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MIAMI — Tuesday’s game — a 2-1 New York Yankees victory over the Miami Marlins in 12 innings — marked the return of Giancarlo Stanton to Marlins Park.Stanton and the Yankees will try to win their fifth straight game when they conclude the two-game set in Miami on Wednesday.Stanton , who was the 2017 National League MVP while playing for the Marlins, was traded to the Yankees over the winter in a cost-cutting move.Article continues below ...“I don’t think there were any hard feelings,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said when asked about Stanton and the trade Tuesday. “There weren’t any bad parts.”Stanton agreed.“We know what the (financial) situation is over there,” Stanton said. “We understand what they have been through. I’m just happy to be here. I always miss Miami. I miss the city.“It’s cool to be back. It was cool flying in and driving over the bridge. I miss everything about the city.”Miami feels the same about Stanton. The fans — attendance at Marlins Park was much bigger than usual with an announced crowd of 26,275 — gave Stanton a standing ovation when he came to bat in Tuesday’s first inning.Stanton went 2-for-6 with a double and three strikeouts, and the Marlins honored him with a video tribute in the second inning.The Yankees (79-46) are in second place in the American League East and have won four straight games to move within eight games of the first-place Red Sox. They have also won 11 of their past 15 games since being swept in a four-game series at Boston.Miami (50-77) is in last place in the National League East and had its modest two-game win streak snapped Tuesday.On Wednesday, Stanton will face a Marlins pitcher who is not a former teammate. Rookie right-hander Trevor Richards (3-7 Brandon Crawford Jersey , 4.28 ERA) has below-average speed on his fastball (90.9 mph).But Richards, armed with an effective changeup, has been better at home (2-3, 3.27 ERA) than on the road, and that could give him a boost Wednesday.However, after posting a 1-0 record and a 2.30 ERA in five July starts, Richards has lost his way. In three August starts , he is 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA.Richards will face veteran right-hander Lance Lynn (8-8, 4.68 ERA), who was acquired by the Yankees from the Minnesota Twins on July 30.In four games with the Yankees — including three starts — Lynn is 1-0 with a 2.61 ERA.Lynn is also 4-1 with a 3.75 ERA in eight career games (six starts) against the Marlins.However, the Yankees will likely be without closer Aroldis Chapman, who was trying for his 32nd save of the season Tuesday when he exited the game in the 12th inning after six pitches because of an apparent arm injury.Tommy Kahnle got the last three outs for his fourth career save and his first since 2016 in his 200th career game.The feel-good story for Miami on Tuesday revolved around rookie left fielder Austin Dean, who jumped on the first pitch of the bottom of the fifth inning for a leadoff homer to left-center.Dean, who crushed an 87-mph splitter Jeff Samardzija Jersey , got his first major league hit last week — a home run. This homer was his first base hit at Marlins Park, and perhaps more heroics are in store for him Wednesday. The Houston Astros close out a roller-coaster road trip when they face the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday afternoon at Angel Stadium.The Astros lost the first two games of the nine-game trip to the Oakland A’s, dropping them into a tie atop the American League West standings, but they’ve rebounded to win their past four games and maintain a 1 1/2-game lead over Oakland entering Sunday.Houston (79-50) opens a three-game series against the visiting A’s on Monday.Article continues below ...Houston right-hander Gerrit Cole was available to pitch on regular rest Sunday, but the Astros are saving him for Monday’s series opener against the A’s.Instead, rookie left-hander Framber Valdez will make his first major league start in the series finale. His outing will come five days after he delivered a strong performance out of the bullpen to earn the victory in his major league debut.Valdez entered Tuesday’s game against the Seattle Mariners with two outs in the second inning and allowed one run (unearned) and two hits over 4 1/3 innings in the 3-2 victory.“He’s got a wipeout breaking ball, so he fits right in ,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch told reporters after his debut.Valdez was the organization’s Minor League Pitcher of the Month for July, when he allowed one earned run in 22 1/3 innings for Class AA Corpus Christi.The Angels (63-67) still have eight games remaining against the Astros and can play a key role in the AL West race. They’ve lost five in a row and seven of eight to fall four games under .500 for the first time this season.Los Angeles started the season a franchise-best 13-3.The Angels will send right-hander Felix Pena (1-3, 4.53) to the mound in the series finale.Injuries to the Los Angles pitching staff have created a need for Pena to log innings as a starter.“I don’t like the fact that I am here because other people got hurt,” Pena told through a translator after his last start. “That is not a good thing for the team, but I will take the opportunity and continue working hard and improve and make sure to give the team what they need.”Pena, who was converted to a starter earlier this season, is winless in his past eight starts Mark Melancon Jersey , but the Angels have averaged just 2.9 runs in those outings, leaving him little margin for error.He had a career-high 12 strikeouts in his last start on Tuesday at the Arizona Diamondbacks, but Pena did not receive a decision after giving up four runs and seven hits in six innings of the 5-4 loss.Pena did not allow an earned run through six innings the previous week against the San Diego Padres and departed with a 2-1 lead, but again failed to get the win after the bullpen surrendered the tying run in the seventh inning before the Angels won 3-2.Pena has not faced Houston in his career.

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