The New York Yankees have activated closer Aroldis Chapman from the disabled list prior to Wednesday night's game against the Boston Red Sox Kenta Maeda Jersey , the team announced.Chapman has been on the disabled list since Aug. 22 as the result ofleft knee tendinitis.It's the same issue that caused him topull outof the 2018 All-Star Game in July.Before being sidelined, the hard-throwing lefty was enjoying yet another outstanding season. He has converted 31 of 33 save opportunities while going 3-0 with a 2.11 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP in 50 appearances. He has 84 strikeouts in 47 innings, putting his 16.1 strikeouts per nine as the second-best rate of his career.Those numbers helped him earn his fifth All-Star selection.As dominant as he was during the first half, Chapman struggled after the All-Star break. He allowed six runs in 40 innings before the break; he matched that total in seven second-half frames. More concerning, he had walked 11 batters in those seven innings after having walked 16 during the first half.Chapman threw a bullpen session and a simulated game this past week Matt Kemp Jersey , leading Yankees skipper Aaron Boone to hint on Tuesday that a return was near:New York is fortunate enough to have a stacked bullpen,. Dellin Betances, Zach Britton and David Robertson give Boone plenty of proven arms to turn to in late-game situations. Despite the abundance of shutdown relievers, havinga healthy (and effective) Chapman will be vital to the Yankees' championship aspirations.The Boston Red Sox (103-48) have a magic number of two in the division, meaning the American League East is all but wrapped up. Meanwhile Rich Hill Jersey , the Yankees (92-58) are in a battle with the Oakland Athletics (90-61) for the top wild-card spot. SAN DIEGO — This is crunch time for the Colorado Rockies, who dropped 1 1/2 games behind the first-place Arizona Diamondbacks in the National League West race late Thursday night by suffering a 13-inning, walk-off loss to the Padres at Petco Park.Not only did the Rockies lose while the Diamondbacks were beating the Dodgers, Colorado used five of its eight relievers.Yes, help is on the way. The rosters can be expanded Saturday. But there is still Friday’s game to play and the Rockies can’t afford to lose again to the division’s last-place Padres.Article continues below ...So the pressure will be on right-hander Antonio Senzatela Friday night to not only defeat the Padres — who have won three straight games — but to go deep into the game to prevent more damage to the bullpen. The effects of a 13-inning loss can linger.Senzatela (4-4 http://www.dodgersfanproshop.com/authentic-alex-wood-jersey , 5.24 ERA) will face Padres right-handed rookie Brett Kennedy (0-2, 7.58 ERA) Friday night in the second game of a four-game series. The Rockies came to San Diego looking for a sweep or three wins to gain a little ground in the National League West as their playoff rivals dueled in Los Angeles.Senzatela was originally scheduled to start Thursday but was given an extra day off before his 18th appearance of the season for the Rockies and his eighth start. He has worked a total of 56 2/3 innings, giving up 34 runs (33 earned) on 61 hits and 20 walks with 42 strikeouts for a 1.43 WHIP and a .272 opponents’ batting average.Senzatela struggled in his last outing and has had problems on the road this season.Against St. Louis on Aug. 24, Senzatela allowed seven runs on 10 hits (two home runs) and a walk over 4 1/3 innings to take the loss against the Cardinals.Senzatela is 1-3 on the road this season with a 5.46 ERA in 10 appearances (four starts). In the four starts, he is 0-2 with a 5.24 ERA.Senzatela has had a degree of success against the Padres. He is 4-0 with a 4.00 ERA in nine career appearances (three starts). But in four relief appearances against the Padres this season Starlin Castro Jersey , Senzatela has allowed five runs in 7 1/3 innings for a 6.14 ERA. However, he won his lone decision against San Diego this year. He is 1-0 with a 5.19 ERA in four appearances (one start) at Petco Park.Meanwhile, the Padres’ auditions for starting spots continue with Kennedy’s fifth start Friday night. The 23-year-old is one of four rookies currently in the Padres’ rotation.With more future rotation candidates expected to arrive Saturday, Kennedy might need a strong outing Friday night to keep his spot in the rotation. Thus far he has given up 16 runs on 31 hits and six walks with 14 strikeouts in 19 innings. In addition to the inflated ERA, he has a 1.95 WHIP and a .373 opponents’ batting average.