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    November 8, 2018 11:17 PM PST
    HOUSTON (AP) — Carlos Correa is in pain.Every swing and miss hurts Daniel Castro Jersey , and on the bad days it can even be uncomfortable for the Houston Astros star shortstop to walk.Correa often puts on a brave face but told The Associated Press how much this is affecting him as the Astros prepare to leave for Boston and the best-of-seven AL Championship Series that begins on Saturday.“You’re a competitor so every time you step on the field you play it off like everything is fine,” he said Wednesday. “But obviously you’re hurting.”Correa returned from a six-week stint on the disabled list on Aug. 10 and declared that he was better. But he has struggled to regain his top form. He hit just .180 in the second half of the season and managed a single hit — a home run — in an ALDS, looking nothing like the player who made the All-Star team last season and was the 2015 rookie of the year.He said it bothers him most at the plate, and it’s been impossible to get back to how he felt before the injury.“Not only to find my swing, just to feel comfortable at the plate when I swing,” he said. “Because I know every time I swing and miss it’s going to hurt. So, I try not to swing and miss and then I try to baby my swing and I don’t swing as hard as I usually do or as quick as I usually do. So, it’s definitely been tough.”Correa said there’s been a domino effect of pain in other areas, most notably in his obliques, as he tries to avoid doing things that make his back hurt.He’s receiving treatment “24/7,” but the pain remains. He’s using a foam roller at home and been sporadically taking anti-inflammatories.“It’s just a pain down in my lower back that doesn’t let me move right,” he said. “When I bend over, when I rotate. Sometimes when I wake up and I walk in the morning, I know it’s not going to be a good day.”He’s accepted that the aching likely will be with him until he gets an extended rest. He’s trying not to let it weigh on him, but in private moments at home with his fiancee Daniella Rodriguez ttp://www.rockiesfanproshop.com/authentic-tony-wolters-jersey , he laments that he simply hasn’t been himself this season.“When I go to sleep at night, I think about especially this year (how) I’m not performing the way I know I can perform, it’s just been tough,” he said. “Sometimes I talk to Daniella and I’m like: ‘There’s nothing I can do about it. I’m hurting.’ But I’m a competitor so you grind, you try to perform. But it’s definitely … been frustrating at times.”Despite his woes, Correa started all three games of the ALDS and continues to play stellar defense, something he takes pride in as he struggles at the plate. And though he was just 1 for 10 against the Indians, his one hit was a big one — a three-run homer in the clinching game — providing hope that maybe things are getting better.“I feel like I had really good at-bats in the series vs. Cleveland, just not getting lucky with the balls I hit hard,” he said. “But that one fell, and it gives me a lot of confidence going into this series.”Manager AJ Hinch was asked if he’s concerned about Correa.“Not now,” he said. “We (have) four days off. We get to press the reset button. You don’t just get to press pause either way. We had some guys get six and seven hits in that series, but you have to start over again, new opponent. So, no it doesn’t concern me.”Correa is focused on keeping a positive attitude as he fights through this and is determined to do all he can to help the Astros repeat as champions.“It’s been a tough year. But it’s not the end of the world Kyle Freeland Jersey ,” he said. “I keep grinding every single day. I keep trying to find ways to help my team. I thought my defense this year was excellent and I’m looking forward to winning another championship and getting some rest.”“And come back next year strong and be the player that I am,” he continued. PHOENIX — This spring, Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black told his players they are good enough to win anywhere.Words to live by.The Rockies won their franchise-record 42nd road game with a 6-2 comeback victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first game of a three-game series on Friday, maintaining their status in the tight NL West and wild-card races while putting the Diamondbacks in an even more precarious position.Article continues below ...“My message to the team, as far back as spring training, is we’re a good team no matter where we play,” said Black, who led his team to an NL wild-card berth in his first season with the Rockies in 2007.“On the road. In the cold. In the heat. In the rain. In the wind. It doesn’t matter. We can win. And we should win if we play our game, if we play the way the Rockies need to play. I think our guys understand that.”Colorado right-handed Antonio Senzatela (5-6, 4.81 ERA) will face Arizona left-hander Patrick Corbin (11-6, 3.09) in the second game of the series Saturday.The Diamondbacks, who led the NL West on Sept. 1, have lost 10 of their last 13 games and have dropped six games behind the division-leading Dodgers and 5 1/2 games behind St. Louis for the second wild-card spot.Colorado closed to within 1 1/2 games of the first-place Dodgers in the NL West, and the Rockies are 1 1/2 games behind the Cardinals for the second wild-card berth.The Rockies rallied for four two-out runs in the eighth inning off four Arizona pitchers for the fourth victory over the Diamondbacks in the last five meetings. It was a pick-me-up for an offense that had scored only nine runs in the previous six games.“I’d like to say that we have really hit the ball hard, but honestly I can’t Chris Iannetta Jersey ,” Black said. “It’s been a little difficult, but tonight was a good sign. We’ve had some opportunities on this trip and we haven’t got the key hit.“But we have to let that go. We have to turn the page on the last seven days and go from there.”Arizona manager Torey Lovullo returned his regulars to the lineup after giving his top four hitters — Paul Goldschmidt, David Peralta, A.J. Pollock and Eduardo Escobar — an unexpected day off Wednesday, when the Diamondbacks beat the Chicago Cubs 9-1 and got homers from Christian Walker, Chris Owings and Jeff Mathis.They did not get a runner past second base after Peralta’s two-run homer in the first inning Friday.Colorado again played without All-Star shortstop Trevor Story, and there is no announced timeline for his return. He has missed three games in a row after suffering a right elbow injury in a game against the Dodgers last Monday.Story took early batting practice before Friday’s game and did some throwing, but he will not be rushed.“This is still an injury that if you push it you could go backwards,” Black said, adding, “the thinking is that another day, maybe the next two or three days” until Story might return “I think it is going to depend on some of the tests Trevor does during the game in the training room. How he reports tomorrow. Today was encouraging, just because he had a bat in his hand. He was taking batting practice. He had a glove on his hand. He was making some throws. And he did this with the confidence that he’ll play at some point in the next 10 games. “I wish I could tell you when.”Senzatela has made 11 starts this season after joining the rotation on July 3. His first was his best – three hits over seven scoreless innings in an 8-1 victory over San Francisco at Coors Field. He has faced the Diamondbacks twice as a starter and once in relief this season, going 0-3 while allowing 10 runs in 14 innings. He was the loser in the only game the Rockies lost to Arizona in their last series at Coors Field, giving up seven hits and four runs in six innings of a 6-3 loss. Senzatela http://www.rockiesfanproshop.com/authentic-ryan-mcmahon-jersey , in his second year, is 0-4 with a 7.66 ERA in seven career outings, including three starts, against the Diamondbacks and 0-2 in Chase Field.Corbin is having the best year of his career in every measurable except victories, mostly because he has received an average of fewer than four runs per game. It is the seventh-lowest support among qualifiers.He has a career-high 235 strikeouts, the first time he has exceeded 200, and has walked only 43. Only the Mets’ Jacob deGrom and Washington’s Max Scherzer have a better strikeout-to-walk ratio. Corbin’s 1.03 WHIP ranks fourth.Corbin will face the Rockies for the fourth time this season, the second time at Chase Field. He won the season opener at home 8-2, giving up two runs in 5 2/3 innings, and has two no-decisions at Coors Field. He is 1-0 with a 3.86 ERA against Colorado this season and is 8-3 with a 4.63 ERA in 20 career appearances, including 19 starts, against them.Nolan Arenado has hit two homers off Corbin this season and DJ LeMahieu has one.