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Abington’s Mike Hazen rewarded with new contract as Diamondbacks general manager

Mike Hazen of Abington was rewarded with a new contract as the Diamondbacks general manager after Arizona won 84 games this season to make the postseason for the first time since 2017.Rick Scuteri/Associated Press

Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen has received a new contract through the 2028 season with a club option for 2029, hours before Arizona swept its National League wild card series against the Brewers with a 5-2 road win and advanced to the division series.

Hazen, who grew up in Abington and worked for the Red Sox from 2006-16, has been the architect of Arizona’s rebuild, helping the team qualify for the playoffs for the first time since 2017. The 47-year-old has made several shrewd moves over the past year, including a trade with the Blue Jays that brought catcher Gabriel Moreno and outfielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. to the franchise.

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He also signed rookie Corbin Carroll to an $111 million, eight-year deal during spring training despite the fact that Carroll had only played 32 games in the big leagues before this season. The 23-year-old Carroll has responded with a huge year and is among the front-runners for the NL Rookie of the Year award.

Moreno left Wednesday’s game after he was struck by a backswing of Brice Turang in the second inning. Still, the Diamondbacks rallied to take a three-run lead in the sixth inning as Ketel Marte put Arizona ahead for good with a two-run single during a four-run rally in the sixth inning as Milwaukee right-hander Freddy Peralta faded after a strong start.

Starter Zac Gallen settled down after a shaky start and his bullpen stepped up at the very end.

Just two years after suffering through a 110-loss season, Arizona moved into the franchise’s first NL Division Series since 2017. The Diamondbacks will take on the NL West champion Dodgers in the opener of their best-of-five series on Saturday in Los Angeles.

In other Diamondbacks news, manager Torey Lovullo says outfielder Jake McCarthy strained his oblique while taking batting practice Tuesday and is weeks from being healthy enough to play.

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The Diamondbacks removed McCarthy from their NL Wild Card Series roster about 10 minutes before the start of their 6-3 Game 1 victory over Milwaukee on Tuesday. Utilityman Jace Peterson replaced him on the roster.

Under MLB postseason rules, McCarthy wouldn’t be able to play for the Diamondbacks until the NL Championship Series. McCarthy apparently would need at least that much time to recover.

McCarthy, 26, batted .243 with a .318 on-base percentage, two homers, 16 RBIs, and 26 steals in 99 games this season. Peterson, a member of the Brewers from 2020-22, batted .183 with a .276 on-base percentage, no homers, nine RBIs and four steals in 41 games for the Diamondbacks after they acquired him from the Oakland Athletics at the trade deadline.

Phillies end Marlins

Bryson Stott crushed the second grand slam in Phillies postseason history and Aaron Nola tossed seven shutout innings in a performance worthy of a postseason ace that led to a 7-1 win and a two-game sweep over the Miami Marlins in their NL Wild Card Series.

After making quick work of the surprising Marlins, it’s time for an anticipated rematch.

J.T. Realmuto also homered as the Phillies advanced to another best-of-five NL Division Series against Ronald Acuña Jr., Matt Olson and the Braves. Game 1 is Saturday in Atlanta.

The NL champion Phillies finished third last season in the NL East at 87-75, a full 14 games behind the 101-win Braves, only to beat them in four games in the NLDS. The Braves were even better this season with 104 wins and a sixth straight NL East crown — clinched last month in Philadelphia — while the Phillies again earned a wild card with 90 wins.

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More postseason thrills are surely ahead.

Stott provided one when he turned on reliever Andrew Nardi’s first-pitch fastball in the sixth and dumped it into the right-field seats for a 7-0 lead. He slammed his bat as he ran down the first-base line, and the Stott Shot sent Phillies fans into a delirious frenzy with the countdown to a clinch officially on.

Nola followed Game 1 starter Zack Wheeler’s excellent effort with one of his own and had 46,000 fans on their feet chanting “Let’s Go, Nola!” when he needed a lift.

The one knock on Nola, who is eligible for free agency after the World Series, is his trouble with shutdown innings. After Realmuto went deep to make it 3-0 in the fourth, Nola ran into a jam in the fifth. He put runners on first and second with one out before he got Jesús Sánchez to ground into an inning-ending double play.

Rangers sweep Rays

Adolis García and Evan Carter homered to back Nathan Eovaldi, and the Rangers beat the punchless Rays, 7-1, to finish a two-game AL Wild Card Series sweep.

Garcia and Carter, a 20-year-old rookie who became the second-youngest postseason player in franchise history, homered off 16-game winner Zach Eflin.

Texas advanced to a Division Series at AL East champion Baltimore starting Saturday. The Rays’ scoreless streak reached 33 innings, one shy of the postseason record held by the 1966-74 Los Angeles Dodgers, before Curtis Mead’s RBI single in the seventh.

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Texas won a postseason series for the first time since 2011, when the Rangers reached the World Series before losing to St. Louis.

After gaining the AL’s second wild card, Tampa Bay lost its seventh straight postseason game. In getting swept in consecutive Wild Card Series, the Rays scored two runs over four games while hitting .161.

Eovaldi, victorious over the Rays for the third time this year in his first season after leaving the Red Sox as a free agent last year, allowed six hits while striking out eight and walking none over 6⅔ innings.

The Orioles, making their first postseason appearance since 2016, announced that Game 1 of the AL Division Series at Camden Yards is scheduled for just after 1 p.m. Saturday. Then it will be time for the Orioles and Texas Rangers to Stand Back, because Stevie Nicks and Billy Joel are playing a concert at 7 p.m. that night at M&T Bank Stadium next door.

Twins advance to ALDS

Carlos Correa contributed an RBI single and a quick-twitch tag off a pickoff throw from Sonny Gray, and the Twins swept the Blue Jays with a 2-0 win in Game 2 of their AL Wild Card Series.

The Twins advanced — for the first time in 21 years — to play the defending World Series champion Astros. Game 1 of the best-of-five AL Division Series is in Houston on Saturday.

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It’s familiar territory for Correa, who played for Houston for seven seasons before signing with Minnesota in free agency. Correa helped the Astros to three World Series appearances, winning it all in 2017, and he appears to be working on another memorable October.

The two-time All-Star, who went 3 for 7 with a hit-by-pitch in the Wild Card Series, ripped a bases-loaded single in a two-run fourth. Despite being outhit, 15-12, by the Blue Jays over the two games, the patient Twins delivered precisely when they needed to at the plate and leaned back to watch their bullpen dominate with 7⅓ scoreless innings in the series.

Jhoan Duran, after an extended examination of his hand by Minnesota’s medical staff following his warm-up pitches, struck out the side in the ninth to trigger the celebration around the mound.

Mets get extra win

The Mets were awarded a 1-0 win over the Marlins in the game suspended by rain on Sept. 28, with Miami’s two-run rally in the ninth voided because the inning was not completed. The game would have been resumed Monday had it impacted the postseason but was not because the Marlins were assured of the second NL wild card and Arizona the third. Miami finished 84-78, earning the second wild card on a tiebreaker over the Diamondbacks because the Marlins won the season series 4-2. New York wound up 75-87, its poorest record since 2017 … Bob Melvin will be back as manager of the big-spending Padres following the most disappointing season in franchise history, general manager A.J. Preller said. The GM also downplayed reports of a fractured relationship with Melvin, who has guided the Padres to the only two winning records in a full season under Preller and has a year left on his contract.