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HOUSTON (AP) — Even Andrew Heaney couldn’t remember his last road win.“Apparently http://www.sandiegochargersteamonline.com/derwin-james-jersey , it’s been awhile,” the left-hander said.Heaney pitched six scoreless innings, Andrelton Simmons capped a four-run sixth inning with a three-run double and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Houston Astros 5-2 Thursday night.Heaney (8-8) scattered five hits with six strikeouts to earn his first road win since Sept. 2, 2015, at Oakland, a span of 17 straight road starts.“Heater was good,” Heaney said. “Breaking ball mixed in at times, and I really didn’t throw the changeup all that much. … I got some timely outs. I kept them from building that big inning.”After missing all but one start in 2016 with Tommy John surgery and starting just five games in 2017 — including three on the road— he began the day 0-5 in 12 road starts this season.Heaney, who allowed five runs in six innings in his last start Friday against the Astros, improved to 3-1 against Houston this season and allowed fewer than two runs in three of the four outings.“Coming from just facing them last week, it looked like his command was where it needed to be,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “He had all his pitches working. He pitched ahead in counts. He checked all the boxes that should lead to a great outing.”Heaney’s only other shutout start this season was June 5 against Kansas City in which he threw a one-hitter. He had allowed 11 runs in his last two starts.“We saw him a couple days ago and he didn’t quite have the velo that he had tonight,” Houston manager AJ Hinch said. “And then I think four out of the first five innings we had baserunners and they were erased one way or another, so he was able to escape any baserunners that we had. He threw a really good game.After Tony Sipp walked Shohei Otani to load the bases in the sixth, Simmons cleared them with a double off Will Harris to push the Angels’ lead to 4-0. Simmons finished with three hits.Justin Upton, who was reinstated off the disabled list earlier in the day, put the Angels on top 1-0 with an RBI single to right earlier in the inning, chasing Justin Verlander. Kole Calhoun started the inning with a double and moved to third on Mike Trout’s one-out single.“We got some big hits in the sixth inning,” Scioscia said. “We haven’t gotten too many good looks at Justin all year http://www.losangelesramsteamonline.com/aaron-donald-jersey , but tonight, we got him in the sixth.”Ohtani scored on Chris Devenski’s balk in the eighth to increase the lead to 5-0.The AL-West leading Astros began the day 2 1/2 games up on Oakland.Verlander (13-9) allowed three runs and five hits but struck out 11 in 5 1/3 innings. He allowed three or more runs for the third straight start.“Not great; we lost,” Verlander said of his night. “Feel like I had good stuff. Unfortunately, I gave up a couple hits in a row and those guys were able to capitalize on it.”Tyler White hit a two-run homer to left field in the ninth as Houston avoided the shutout.TRAINER’S ROOMAngels: RHP Ohtani (right UCL sprain) will start Sunday against the Astros. Ohtani, who threw a simulated game on Saturday, last pitched for the Angels on June 6. … 1B Albert Pujols (left knee) was placed on the 10-day disabled list after undergoing an arthroscopic debridement in Los Angeles on Wednesday. The general timetable to return to playing from the procedure is at least six weeks. “That’s a big loss for us,” Scioscia said. “I think Albert is part of the heart and soul of this club.” … RHP Matt Shoemaker will join the team in Houston and throw a bullpen sometime during the weekend, with the possibility of joining the rotation sometime early next week if everything goes well, Scioscia said. Shoemaker threw four hitless innings allowing one unearned run on two walks and six strikeouts Wednesday in a rehab start with Class A Inland Empire. … C Jose Briceno was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake Thursday.Astros: C Brian McCann (right knee) will catch on Saturday, Hinch said. McCann has been on the disabled list since July 1.UP NEXTAngels: RHP Jaime Barria (8-8, 3.67 ERA) will make his 21st start of the season Friday against the Astros looking to rebound after allowing four runs in three innings in his last start Saturday against them.Astros: LHP Framber Valdez (2-0, 0.96) will make his first career home start Friday against the Angels looking for another good outing after allowing one run in five innings in his last start Saturday against them. The New York Yankees shouldn't be expected to stop at one blockbuster move this winter. They have a score to settle with the Boston Red Sox, and they have the assets to pursue upgrades for exactly that purpose.Still, there's no harm in pushing them to pull off one in particular. In this case, the target is Corey Kluber.For now, the two-time American League Cy Young Award winner is merelya target. Kluber is available as the Cleveland Indians deal with "market constraints," according to ESPN's Buster Olney.Per Jon Heyman of Fancred, the Yankees met with them at the general managers' meetings Tuesday:Jon Heyman JonHeymanYankees have interest in Kluber, Carrasco and Paxton in addition to free agent targets Corbin http://www.losangelesramsteamonline.com/todd-gurley-ii-jersey , Happ and CC. NYY meeting with at least Indians today.Though the Yankees have already re-signed veteran left-hander CC Sabathia, their interest in Kluber fits with their desire to add more pitching however they can."I think we'll just gravitate to anything that will make sense," GM Brian Cashmantold reporters. "It could be a combination; something could make sense via trade in the same category as free agency. I'm interested in adding more than one pitcher. I need to, I think, add multiple. If I can do so, we'll see."Where Kluber is concerned, the hard part is convincing the Indians to even consider shipping him to New York.Generally speaking, a team doesn't make a guy like Kluber available unless it's looking to tear it all down and rebuild. But this isn't that. As MLB.com'sJordan Bastiandiscussed, the Indians are merely keeping their options open. They're not giving up on contending.This points to a dilemma: Why would they trade one of the best pitchers in Major League Baseball to a top AL rival, much less one that outpaced them by nine wins in 2018?The price would have to be very, very right for the Indians to even consider it.At the least, the Yankees would have to take on Kluber's entire remaining contract. It pays him $17 million in 2019, and the Yankeeswould be obligatedto accept or decline his 2020 and 2021 options (valued at $35.5 million total) following the 2019 World Series.The Indians would also need the Yankees to fill some of their immediate needs. A Kluber trade would open up one of those in their rotation. The Indians also need outfielders. The Yankees don't have much to suit Cleveland on either front.And yet, there might be a deal to be made if the Yankees arewilling to sacrifice their best young players outside of Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar. Coincidentally, these include left-handerJustus Sheffield (MLB.com's No. 31 prospect) and slugging outfielder Clint Frazier, who originated in Cleveland's system. Outfield prospect Estevan Florial (No. 45) would also have to be involved.The Yankees might balk at that, given that their pitching alternatives include James Paxton and free agents such as Patrick Corbin and J.A. Happ.Or, they could see it as a chance to get the actual Corey Kluber.Tony Dejak/Associated PressKluber has been a steadier presence than any other AL pitcher since 2014. He's put up a 2.85 ERA with a 5.5 strikeout-to-walk ratio over 1,091.1 innings. He's amassed 32.5 wins above replacement http://www.losangelesramsteamonline.com/cooper-kupp-jersey , according to Baseball Reference. Chris Sale is next at 27.4.There is some danger in focusing too hard on these numbers, as they don't entirely reflect what Kluber isright now.He'll turn 33 on April 10, and he's coming off an age-32 season in which cracks started to form. His average fastball dipped to career-low 92 mph. Lo and behold, both his overall contact and hard contact ratesticked up.And yet, Kluber still put up a 2.89 ERA over 215 innings, including a strong 3.29 ERA in 115 innings outside of the pitiful AL Central. To boot, the expected production off him鈥攂ased on quality of contact鈥攚as roughly the same as that of fellow AL Cy Young Award finalist Blake Snell.What happened was a case of Kluber transitioning into a life as the AL's very own Zack Greinke. The stuff may be going, but he just plain knows how to pitch.Though Kluber's arm slot is getting lower over time, he still repeats his delivery and maintains a consistent release point. If nothing else, that's keeping him from getting himself into trouble. He walked 4 percent of the batters he faced in 2018, best in the AL.What's more, Kluber pulled this off despite pitching within the strike zone with a career-low 48.2 percent of his pitches. He succeeded in making hitters chasehis pitches. Acareer-high36.1 percent of swings against him expanded the zone.Those swings ensured that, despite the fact Kluber's contact ratewent up,it stayed below the MLB average. And altogether, Kluber collected more outs on pitches outside the strike zone than all but six other pitchers.It might be tempting to more quickly blame hitters than credit Kluber for that. But the sheer movement of his three primary pitches鈥攖wo-seamer, cutter and slider鈥攔emains outstanding. He's also a master at setting hitters up, which Rob Friedman captured here:Rob Friedman PitchingNinjaCorey Kluber, 3 Pitch Sequence.First two are Two Seamers off the plate/balls, but see how it sets up the Cutter.So http://www.losangelesramsteamonline.com/jared-goff-jersey , when you yell: WHY ARE YOU SWINGING AT THAT?Thats why. 6Ykd2AawVZAnd as always, Kluber was especially lethal against right-handed batters in 2018. He held righties to a .575 OPS. Out of all right-handers who faced at least 300 righty batters, that was the best of any AL hurler.This is worth focusing on because of the specific competition that will be standing between the Yankees and the World Series in 2019: the Red Sox and Houston Astros. Between Mookie Betts, J.D. Martinez, Xander Bogaerts, Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa and George Springer, they pack some serious righty thunder.Again, it does nobody any good to ignore the complications of the Yankees trading for Kluber. It's a long shot on a practicality basis, and they wouldn't be getting Kluber at his peak.But when it comes down to it, he's the best pitcher who's reasonably available this winter.If the Yankees are going to pay a fortune for a pitching upgrade no matter what, it's best if they try and pay a large fortune for Kluber than a smaller fortune for anyone else.Stats courtesy of Baseball Reference, FanGraphs, Brooks Baseball and Baseball Savant.

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