Edinson Vólquez to retire after 2019 season

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Rangers starter Edinson Vólquez will retire after the 2019 season, the right-hander told reporters Saturday. It’s still uncertain whether or not he’ll be able to pitch for the Rangers before the season wraps up in a few months’ time.

Vólquez, 36, lost his 2018 campaign to a lengthy recovery from Tommy John surgery and has yet to pitch again in any meaningful way. He logged just two starts at the major-league level in 2019, issuing six runs, eight walks, and six strikeouts over 7 2/3 innings before a right elbow sprain forced him back to the injured list.

At this point in his career, injuries notwithstanding, Vólquez is still three years removed from his last productive run in the majors. He shouldered a full workload for the last time in 2016, crafting a 10-11 record in 34 starts with the Royals and finishing the season with a 5.37 ERA, 3.6 BB/9, 6.6 SO/9, and 1.7 fWAR in 189 1/3 innings.

Per Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Vólquez threw a bullpen session on Saturday afternoon, which could indicate his readiness to take the mound for the Rangers sometime in the near future. Any official plans for reinstatement, however, have yet to be confirmed. Should Vólquez follow through on his announcement, he’ll wrap up a 14-year trek in the majors, during which he produced a lifetime 93-87 record, 4.43 ERA, and 12.2 fWAR for the Rangers, Reds, Royals, Padres, Dodgers, Pirates, and Marlins.

Padres clinch NL wild-card spot during 2-1 loss to White Sox

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SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Padres are going back to the playoffs for the first time in a full season since 2006, a spot that they clinched during the seventh inning of a 2-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Sunday.

The Padres were batting when the Miami Marlins beat the Milwaukee Brewers in 12 innings. The sellout crowd of 41,407 at Petco Park stood and cheered the sealed wild-card spot.

The Padres trailed 2-0 at the time but Kim Ha-seong homered a few minutes later.

The Padres had a chance to win in the ninth when they put two runners on with two outs against Liam Hendriks but pinch-hitter Jorge Alfaro, who has five walk-off plate appearances this year, grounded out.

Fireworks went off and the Padres players were given hats and shirts, but there was no wild on-field celebration. Manager Bob Melvin was drenched with a cooler of water and the players gathered near the mound for photos. They were cheered by what was left of the crowd as they headed to the clubhouse.

San Diego is one game ahead of Philadelphia for the second of three NL wild cards.

The Padres won a wild-card series against St. Louis after the pandemic-shortened 2020 season before being swept in the division series by the eventual World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers.

Before that, they hadn’t been to the playoffs since winning the NL West in 2005 and 2006.

It’s the seventh playoff berth in franchise history and the fourth since Petco Park opened in 2004. The Padres haven’t been to the World Series since 1998, when they were swept by the New York Yankees.

The Padres reached the playoffs this year without electrifying shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr., who was on the cusp of returning from a broken left wrist when he was suspended for 80 games by MLB on Aug. 12 for testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug.

Slugger Manny Machado has carried the Padres most of the season offensively and they added Juan Soto from Washington in a blockbuster deal on Aug. 2.

The Padres hired the veteran Melvin after last year’s brutal September collapse cost Jayce Tingler his job.

Lance Lynn (8-7) and Blake Snell 8-10) were locked in a scoreless duel Sunday when Elvis Andrus homered off the San Diego lefty with one out in the sixth, his 16th. His shot reached the top balcony of the brick warehouse in the left field corner at Petco Park.

The White Sox went ahead 2-0 on Adam Engel‘s two-out single in the seventh that brought in Andrew Vaughn, who had drawn a leadoff walk.

San Diego got on the scoreboard when Kim homered to left off Lynn with two outs in the seventh, his 11th.

Lynn allowed one run and five hits in seven innings, struck out five and walked one.

Snell allowed one run and three hits in six innings, struck out six and walked one.


White Sox: RHP Bailey Ober (2-3, 3.18 ERA) is scheduled to start Monday at home against the Minnesota Twins, who will counter with Johnny Cueto (7-10, 3.39).

Padres: RHP Joe Musgrove (10-7, 3.03) gets the start Monday night at home against the San Francisco Giants, who will go with Carlos Rodon (14-8, 2.88).