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HOUSTON — After completing 125 games using the same five starting pitchers Mike Piazza Jersey , the Astros will on Saturday showcase a second rookie making his first career start since Aug. 26.Right-hander Josh James, the Astros’ sixth-ranked prospect according to MLB.com, will make his big-league debut against the Angels at Minute Maid Park. James has split time between Double-A Corpus Christi and Triple-A Fresno this season, combining to go 6-4 with a 3.23 ERA.What earned James, a 34th-round pick by the Astros in 2014, this opportunity is his eye-popping strikeout totals. James has recorded 171 strikeouts over 114 1/3 innings this season, including 133 over 92 2/3 innings with Fresno. He averaged 15.8 strikeouts per nine innings with the Hooks prior to his promotion to the Grizzlies, where he’s fanned 12.9 batters per nine.Article continues below ...James’ fastball previously sat between 92-94 mph. He’s now up to 95-97 mph and occasionally reaches triple digits on the radar gun. He joins left-hander Framber Valdez as ascending prospects to make their debuts for the Astros (82-53) over the past two weeks.“I’m excited to meet him,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. “I’ve never met him. I’ve never seen him in person but our people to a man will tell you his stuff is real, it’s high-end stuff. He’s performed his way to this opportunity.“He’s punching out everybody in the minors. His stuff is creeping up to where now he’s in the mid- to upper-90s. Brian McCann actually caught him on his rehab stint so there’s going to be some familiarity when B-Mac catches him, and he’s just performed his way to the big leagues. The next test for him is going to be at this level. He’s conquered everything else and he’s the best available and has outperformed a lot of pitchers along the way to the top of the list.”Right-hander Felix Pena (1-4, 4.52 ERA) will start for the Angels (66-69), who are seeking to clinch a series victory. He was charged with the loss last Sunday against the Astros in Anaheim after allowing three runs on five hits and two walks with five strikeouts over six innings. That start was the first of his career against Houston. He has worked six innings in three consecutive starts.With rookie right-hander Shohei Ohtani set to make his first start in nearly three months on Sunday and veteran right-hander Matt Shoemaker poised for reinstatement from the disabled list this weekend, the Angels plan to utilize a six-man rotation for the foreseeable future.Ohtani last pitched on June 6 before suffering a right UCL sprain. Shoemaker has been on the disabled list since April 3 with a right forearm strain. While both are ready to return http://www.metsfanproshop.com/authentic-jose-reyes-jersey , they will be limited by pitch counts, which means all hands will be on deck in the Angels bullpen.“With Shohei in, we’re going to be looking at six guys in our rotation but that doesn’t mean all of them are going to get an extra day,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “We’ll give a guy an extra day when we feel they need it or when we can do it.“Those two guys are probably going to be short starts so we’re going to need a bunch of guys.” TORONTO (AP) — John Gibbons wasn’t sure he had the energy to oversee a rebuild in Toronto, so he’s moving on from his job as manager of the Blue Jays at the end of the season.“We are going to have a new voice. We are going to have a new approach,” general manager Ross Atkins said before Wednesday’s home final against Houston.The 56-year-old Gibbons has one season left in a two-year extension he received in April 2017.“I’ve been here a long time and I agree it’s probably time for a change,” Gibbons said. “We’re rebuilding here, and actually I think I’m the perfect guy for a rebuild. But I don’t know if I have the energy, necessarily.”Outfielder Kevin Pillar, the longest-tenured Blue Jays player, stood at the back of a packed news conference to hear the announcement in person. Gibbons received a standing ovation when he brought the lineup card out to home plate before the game. He acknowledged the crowd with a wave and a tip of his cap.Atkins said Gibbons can decide whether to take a new role in the organization. Gibbons didn’t rule that out, but also said he’d like to manage in the big leagues again.“These jobs are hard to come by,” he said. “But we’ll see. It’s not going to destroy me if I don’t. But time is on my side, age-wise Wilmer Flores Jersey , I think. I’d like to try it again.”Gibbons is 791-787 in 11 seasons during two stints managing Toronto, his 1,578 games second only to Cito Gaston’s 1,764. Gibbons also trails Gaston (913) in career wins with Toronto.Gibbons replaced Carlos Tosca in August 2004, was fired in June 2008 and returned ahead of the 2013 season.Two years later, the Blue Jays won the AL East and ended a 22-year postseason drought, buoyed by the addition of slugger Josh Donaldson. They lost the AL Championship Series in six games against Kansas City, which went on the win the World Series.“We finally became relevant in baseball again,” Gibbons said. “It had been a long time.”A wild-card winner in 2016, the Blue Jays lost to Cleveland in a five-game championship series.Gibbons feared me might lose his job when former GM Alex Anthoplouos left the Blue Jays at the end of 2015 and Mark Shapiro became president, bringing Atkins on as GM.“To be honest with you, I thought I was probably gone then,” Gibbons said. “I can’t thank (Atkins) enough for keeping me around. That doesn’t always happen. He put a lot of money in my pocket. That’s not bad, either.”Atkins said he will discuss the future of Toronto’s coaches this the weekend as the Blue Jays finish the season with three games at Tampa Bay.In between his stints with the Blue Jays http://www.metsfanproshop.com/authentic … ker-jersey , Gibbons served three seasons as a bench coach with the Royals, working alongside managers Trey Hillman and Ned Yost. Gibbons also spent one season managing his hometown team, the Double-A San Antonio Missions, a minor league team in the San Diego Padres organization.A first-round draft pick by the New York Mets in 1980, Gibbons hit .220 with one home run and two RBIs in 18 career games as a catcher, eight of them in New York’s World Series-winning season in 1986. He became a minor league instructor in 1991 and got his first managerial job with the Mets’ Appalachian League team in 1995.Gibbons is the second big league manager to lose his job this month. Texas fired Jeff Banister last Friday.Before the game, Toronto Mayor John Tory issued a statement declaring Sept. 26, 2018, to be ‘John Gibbons Day’ in the city. Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan honoured his sporting colleague too, sending a jersey with Gibbons’ name and number 5 to the departing manager.

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