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von chenwen121314 03.11.2018 09:38

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. Oklahoma Jerseys From China . -- James Harden has made a living at the free throw line in recent years. This time, his touch was off when it mattered most.Harden, who entered the game shooting 82 percent from the line, missed five free throws in the final 3 minutes against the Detroit Pistons. Fortunately for the Houston Rockets, they were able to hold on in a 99-96 victory Monday night.Harden finished with 28 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds. He went 14 of 19 at the foul line, but only 4 of 9 in the fourth quarter.I had to laugh it off. Its funny, Harden said. But we all have games like this. I cant let it happen. I have to take my time, go up there concentrating on the free throw.Clint Capela added 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Rockets, who won their third straight game.We did not play well all night. I didnt think we were sharp, but we found a way to win, coach Mike DAntoni said. Its just a good win for everyone.Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 26 points and Andre Drummond had 13 points and 16 rebounds for Detroit, which has lost four in a row.With the Rockets clinging to a one-point lead and less than 10 seconds left, Harden made a free throw and missed the second, leaving Houston up 98-96.Drummond rebounded the miss and was immediately fouled by Capela with 4.6 seconds to go. Drummond missed both free throws and the Pistons fouled Harden, who again made one of two, giving Detroit a chance.Ive got to make free throws -- thats all, Harden said. Make free throws, win the game. Its pretty simple.Caldwell-Pope missed a halfcourt heave at the buzzer, handing Detroit its second straight close loss at home.Were going to have to toughen up to be able to accomplish what we want to accomplish, coach Stan Van Gundy said.Detroit led by 12 in the first quarter and took a 29-18 lead early in the second on Jon Leuers dunk. The Rockets, however, chipped away and tied it 43-all on Capelas alley-oop dunk from Harden with 4:11 left in the period.The Pistons regained a two-point edge, but Harden scored the final seven points of the first half to put Houston ahead 51-46.Houston stretched its lead to 11 in the third quarter and settled for a 79-75 advantage heading into the final period.The Pistons used an 8-0 run early in the fourth quarter to open an 85-82 lead. The teams went back and forth the rest of the way, and neither led by more than four points.Detroit, trailing 96-95 with 55 seconds left, had a chance to take the lead, but Ish Smith missed a layup. Harden made one free throw to leave Houston ahead 97-95 with 15.4 seconds left, and Caldwell-Pope answered with a free throw to get Detroit within one.TIP-INSRockets: Nene was assessed a Flagrant 1 foul in the third quarter after tripping Detroits Aron Baynes. The play was originally called a common foul, but after review it was changed to the Flagrant 1.Detroit: Marcus Morris nailed a 33-foot 3-pointer over Hardens outstretched hand to beat the third-quarter buzzer and cut Houstons lead to 79-75. The play was reviewed and replays showed the ball left Morris hands just in time.NO HOME COOKINGAfter starting the season 5-0 at home, the Pistons lost their second straight at the Palace. They lost Saturday to Boston 94-92 on Al Horfords last-second shot. Detroit is just 1-7 on the road.Its tough, especially coming off (the Boston loss), said Morris, who finished with 13 points. Weve got to find a way to play harder or just get rebounds.OFF TARGETThe Rockets were held under 100 points after surpassing the century mark in their previous seven games. Houston shot 44.9 percent from the field, including 32.3 percent from beyond the 3-point arc.We just have to continue to get better and continue to do good things down the stretch and win, Harden said. Thats all that matters.UP NEXTRockets: At home Wednesday against Toronto.Pistons: At home Wednesday against Miami. Cheap Oklahoma Jerseys Authentic . LOUIS -- Mike Smith is used to facing plenty of shots, so this was nothing new. Baker Mayfield College Jersey . But what about the officials? Every sport has officials and they also have stories about hard work and sacrifice but their accomplishments are seldom recognized by anyone outside their inner circle. http://www.cheapoklahomajerseys.com/ . Anthony Davis had 31 points and 17 rebounds in his seventh straight game with more than 20 points, but that was only enough to keep the Pelicans competitive into the final minutes. Andrew Bogut had 10 points and 15 rebounds for Golden State, which rebounded from a loss a night earlier in Oklahoma City and snapped a two-game skid. It is the recession, or rather the season of abject disappointment, that Newcastle had to have, according to coach Nathan Brown.The Knights terrible year continued on Sunday after they slumped to a club record-equalling 13th successive loss to Manly, 36-16 at Brookvale Oval.After the match Brown admitted the wooden spoon had been destined for Newcastle for much of the season and pleaded with fans not to criticise the current crop of players for the Knights run of outs.Its not fair for people to blame the players for what has happened, Brown said.We are at the end of a recession after hitting rock bottom.It is harder this year than when the club started in 1988. They had more mature players playing, not young kids.We are where we had to go with the club moving forward, we just need to add some experienced players.Newcastle were without Jarrod Mullen, Robbie Rochow and Sione Matautia for the round 21 match with the Sea Eagles. Ryan Bryoles College Jersey. Brown admitted his young players were struggling with the situation.I said to (captain) Trent Hodkinson, Jack Cogger, he must think first grade is a horrible place, Brown said.After showing some improvement in recent weeks in losses to Canberra and Melbourne, the Knights have fallen into bad habits against Cronulla and Manly.But Brown said there was some hope for the future.I just know so many of those young players are going to be good, he said.Four years ago Canberra were in the same boat. There is no way for us as a club to get better than by going through what we are now.I do feel sorry for the supporters. But I dont think the players deserve to be held accountable. 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von chenwen121314 03.11.2018 09:35

PITTSBURGH -- Cole Hamels insists that leading the major leagues in losses doesnt bother him and he has been able to keep a positive attitude in the most difficult season of his eight-year career. Jordan Mailata Jersey . "Ive played a lot of baseball and Ive pitched in a lot of games, and I know Im going to play a lot more baseball and pitch in a lot more games," Hamels said. "I know that my record is just kind of blip on the radar and you have to be who you are." Hamels looked more like a former World Series MVP on Thursday as he pitched seven strong innings, Carlos Ruiz hit a tiebreaking single and the Phillies beat Gerrit Cole and the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-4 Thursday. Hamels (3-11) gave up one earned run and five hits, striking out eight without a walk. He won for the first time since June 5. "It was being able to get back to what I know, which is establish the strike zone early then throw all my pitches," Hamels said. "Ultimately, it was staying down in the zone. Thats where Ive got hurt in the past, I get guys where I want them and not able to finish them off because Im getting too many balls up in the zone." Cole (4-1) lost for the first time in the majors after becoming the first Pirates pitcher to win his first four career starts since Nick Maddox in 1907. Cole allowed three runs and eight hits in 5 1-3 innings. "I thought he pitched well," Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said. "Hes a 22-year-old young man. Hes still learning, continuing to grow. Hes fun to watch." Hamels received some rare support as the Phillies have scored just 22 runs in his 11 losses. Ben Revere had three of the Phillies 13 hits and two RBIs. Ruiz, Jimmy Rollins and Delmon Young each had two hits. "Its not so much the raw number of hits you have but what you get them," Young said. "We were playing the best team in baseball with the Pirates. Their pitching has been outstanding and their offence has been lagging but theyre winning because they hit in the clutch. Thats what we did today, and what we need to continue to do." Jonathan Papelbon worked a perfect ninth inning for his 17th save in 21 opportunities. Ruizs two-run single came off Vin Mazzaro in the middle of a four-run sixth inning in which Cole was chased. Ruiz, who sat out the first 25 games of the season after being suspended by Major League Baseball for testing positive for a banned stimulant, had driven in just four runs all year prior to Thursday. Cole was removed after Ryan Howard walked with one out and Domonic Brown followed with a single. Mazzaro, who had not allowed any of his 12 inherited runners to score this season, came on and gave up three straight singles. Youngs hit loaded the bases and Kevin Frandsens single tied it before Ruiz hit a liner to centre to score Brown and Young and put Philadelphia ahead. Revere capped the inning by driving in a run with a grounder. "The Pirates have a really good bullpen but I think it made a difference when we were able to get Cole out of the game," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "Hes a good pitcher now and hes going to be a real good pitcher. He was tough." Both teams complained about home plate umpire Chris Conroys strike zone and Cole seemed particularly upset after the walk to Howard, though he stopped short of being critical when asked about some close calls during that at-bat. "I made a couple of pitches on the black (of the plate) but those pitches can go either way depending on the judgment, Cole said. "I felt I made a couple of quality pitches." Pinch-hitter Michael Youngs sacrifice fly in the eighth extended the Phillies lead to 6-2. The Pirates scored twice in the eighth on a pinch-hit RBI single by Garrett Jones and a double-play grounder by Andrew McCutchen. McCutchens two-run double in the third opened the scoring. The Phillies cut the deficit to 2-1 on Reveres RBI single in the fifth. Starling Marte and Jose Tabata each had two hits for Pittsburgh, which has the best record in the majors, but has lost two of three since a nine-game winning streak. Marte ran his hitting streak to nine games. Philadelphia won for just the 10th time in 25 games as it avoided dropping to a season-worst six games below .500. The Phillies won a series in Pittsburgh for the first time since 2008. NOTES: Pittsburgh RHP A.J. Burnett is likely to come off the disabled list Sunday and start against the Cubs at Chicago, though Pirates manager Clint Hurdle would prefer the veteran make one minor league rehab start. Burnett, who has been out since June 9 with a strained right calf, insists he does not need to go on a rehab assignment. ... Manuel said he will rest Howard against certain left-handed starters but will not use him in a strict platoon with right-handed hitting John Mayberry Jr. ... Pirates SS Jordy Mercer got the day off after going 1 for 9 in the first two games of the series and making an error on Wednesday night that allowed a run to score. ... The Pirates open their three-game series with the Cubs on Friday with LHP Francisco Liriano (7-3, 2.23) pitching against RHP Jeff Samardzija (5-7, 3.34) ... The Phillies open a three-game home series with Atlanta on Friday night as LHP Cliff Lee (9-2, 2.59) faces RHP Tim Hudson (4-7, 4.22). Wholesale Eagles Jerseys . How great will be revealed in the next couple of days at the board of governors meeting in Pebble Beach, Calif. Authentic Eagles Jerseys For Sale . Manuel was offered a position the day he was fired. He accepted earlier this week and the team made the announcement Friday. http://www.cheapeaglesjerseysonline.com/...s-jersey-online . Tracey comes to the Blue Bombers after spending over a decade with Queens University. Most recently he was the schools assistant football coach. CINCINNATI, Ohio -- For the first time, the Brewers learned what its like to keep an opponent from crossing home plate. Pretty nice feeling, actually. Juan Francisco drove in three runs with a sacrifice fly and homer in a ballpark where hes had some big moments, and Yovani Gallardo pitched six innings on Saturday, leading Milwaukee to a 6-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. It was the Brewers first shutout -- they were the only team in the majors without one. Milwaukees staff came into the game with the NLs worst earned run average, giving up more runs and homers than any other club. "Theyve gotten us pretty good in this park this year," manager Ron Roenicke said. "6-0 -- we dont have too many of those. Its nice to kind of be able to relax." The Brewers have lost 11 of their last 14 games at Great American Ball Park. It was the first time theyd shut out Cincinnati since 2009. Logan Schafer had three hits off Homer Bailey (4-5), his second straight three-hit game. Schafer is filling in for Ryan Braun, who went on the 15-day disabled list with an injured right thumb after the series opener Friday. Schafer has filled in for Braun the last five games and gone 8-for-16 with the first back-to-back multi-hit games of his career. "Its nice to play every day and get that comfort level," Schafer said. "I felt good all day. One thing Ive been doing a little better lately is swing at strikes and not going out of the strike zone." Gallardo (6-6) gave up three hits and a pair of walks in his second straight impressive start. The right-hander threw eight shutout innings, allowing only four hits, during a 6-1 win at Miami on Monday. "I feel good -- the past three starts, actually," Gallardo said. "It seems like things are finally falling together. Ive been able to find a rhythm." Three relievers completed a seven-hitter for Milwaukees first shutout. The Reds didnt get a runner to third base and were out of sync after playing extra-inning games the last two days. "None of us looked like we had any rhythm," said manager Dusty Baker on his 64th birthday. "It was one of those low-energy days that usually doont happen. Zach Ertz Jersey. It just wasnt our day. "Thats not the way you want to spend your birthday. If Id known that was going to happen, I wouldve tried to get kicked out in the first inning." After going 6-22 in May, the injury-depleted Brewers are 8-6 in June, winning six of their last eight games. For the second time this season, the Reds couldnt overcome a homer by Francisco, who played for them from 2009-11. He hit the second-longest homer in ballpark history during his final season in Cincinnati, a 502-foot shot. He returned with the Braves this season and had a breakthrough -- his first career grand slam off reliever J.J. Hoover during a 7-2 win on May 8. The Brewers got him for a minor league pitcher on June 3, and hed struggled until getting back to Cincinnati. Francisco was in an 0-for-15 slump when he had a pinch-hit single in Cincinnatis 4-3, 10-inning win on Friday night. He hit a sacrifice fly and two-run homer that smacked off the bottom of the left-field foul pole on Saturday, giving the Brewers a 4-0 lead. It was only his third hit in 25 at-bats as a Brewer. With that, Francisco has one of the longest and one of the shortest homers at Great American. "Hes got big power everywhere and it was nice for him to get that," Roenicke said. Bailey gave up eight hits in seven innings and threw a wild pitch that let in a run, leaving him 1-6 career against Milwaukee. Schafer, taking over in left field for Braun, had three hits for the second straight game. His two-run double in the sixth made it 6-0. NOTES: The Brewers called up OF Caleb Gindl from Triple-A Nashville to replace Braun. He pinch-hit and struck out. Gindl is the sixth Brewer to make his big league debut this season. ... The Reds put RH reliever Jonathan Broxton on the 15-day DL, a day after swelling was detected in his right elbow. RH Pedro Villarreal was called up. ... Gallardo picked Joey Votto off first base in the first inning. ... The Brewers expect LH Chris Narveson, on the DL with a sprained finger, to return next week. ... The Reds plan to activate RH Johnny Cueto off the 15-day DL to start the series finale on Sunday against Milwaukees Wily Peralta. 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von chenwen121314 03.11.2018 09:30

Gloucestershire were playing Hampshire in the 1977 Benson and Hedges Cup semi-final. Discount Hockey Jerseys . I went round the wicket, and suddenly it started swinging. I bowled [Gordon] Greenidge first ball of the over, and the Gloucestershire fans got right behind me. Next ball, David Turner got a single, then I had Barry Richards lbw - he didnt think it was out. Trevor Jesty was lbw the next ball, and then on the hat-trick ball, I bowled John Rice with a yorker.Jacques Kallis was a tremendous allrounder, but Garry Sobers was the best. Sobers had three strings to his bow - he could bowl spin as well. I realised that it was useful to be able to bowl a bit of spin. Sobers was a match-winner. He won games with the bat and ball and he was a magnificent fielder. The thing about Kallis, like Sachin Tendulkar, was his longevity. He did so well for so long.I bowled a lot of spin during the second year of WSC. My knee was playing up.I still think the rebel tours to South Africa were a good thing. The South African administrators, back then, did the right thing organising those tours. South Africans were uneducated as far as Test cricket was concerned. We hadnt seen Test cricket for over ten years.Vernon Philander had a fantastic start to his Test career, but no one can keep up that level of performance forever. He hasnt suddenly started bowling badly. His attributes are consistency, line and length, and he moves it around. Thats usually enough to get you wickets at the top level.The South African team in the mid-70s would have given a good account of itself against the mid-70s West Indies team.After the Harbhajan Singh-Andrew Symonds alleged racist-abuse incident, the ICC decided that a Level 2 abuse case should be heard by a higher authority than a match referee.I think its sad that one of the greatest players, ever, for England, Kevin Pietersen, no longer plays for them, due to non-cricketing reasons.I got more wickets through swinging the ball than bowling quick. Particularly from round the wicket. I had an unorthodox action. When I bowled round the wicket it was similar to a left-armer bowling over the wicket and swinging it in. Batters were vulnerable to lbws.Graeme Smith is a real gutsy guy, who led from the front, the sort youd want in the trenches with you. Most in South Africa will tell you the same thing. As a batsman Smith had fantastic hand-eye coordination. He was never the prettiest to watch but he was effective. I couldnt understand why more bowlers didnt try and tuck him up on his legs with a packed leg-side field, though. He was strong off his legs, but give him space outside off and hed whip you through the leg side all day. In at his legs and hed not have been able to free his arms up as easily.If AB de Villiers is going to be South Africas Test captain, Id give the gloves to Quinton de Kock. AB enjoys fielding as much as keeping wicket. Batting, keeping and captaining will be difficult over five days.Worldwide in the 1970s, there were lots of international bowling allrounders. Now, who are they?After Pakistan refused to play at The Oval in 2006, the ICC changed the rules. Now, the match referee has to agree before the umpires can call a match off.When I got my best ever bowling figures, 9 for 71, I bowled mainly spin.There had been talk of South Africa being readmitted to international cricket, but we thought it was too short notice for the 1992 World Cup. Then the announcement came. We would go to India for some one-day internationals, and then to the World Cup. It was all set up in about ten days. I was asked to be the coach.The quicker you bowl and the more you swing it, the better off you are. But if you havent got control, then neither are of much use.In the first year of World Series Cricket, we werent allowed to practise on the main grounds in Australia. Kerry Packer had to hire other practice facilities. We had to make it work because it was such a huge thing Kerry Packer had done.Its disappointing that South Africa are so low in the Test rankings. But you go through phases where you dont play Test matches, and then you play a lot, so its not as bad as it looks. Once South Africa have finished their home series and then the Tests in Australia, itll give a truer reflection.The early- to mid-70s South African side would have been better than the 1970 side. You still had all the players from the original side and also Denys Hobson, a magnificent legspinner, coming through. Also, Vince van der Bijl and Clive Rice.The quicker I ran in the more pace I generated. I bowled with a whirlwind arm action, didnt use my body so much and get sideways on like most fast bowlers. I needed a long run.I tried to get Pakistan to play at The Oval in 2006. They refused to come back out after tea. I talked to the Pakistan manager, Zaheer Abbas, and Bob Woolmer, Pakistans coach, both good friends of mine. But the umpires decided that by not coming out, Pakistan had forfeited the game. That was the lowest point of my career. I couldnt believe that a Test match could be abandoned.I played against a lot of the West Indies players in county cricket and during World Series Cricket with the World XI. You had to somehow try and get on top of them. Which was, of course, very difficult. But if you could build up some pressure then theyd be like any other side. The WSC Rest of the World side managed that in one of the Super Tests and beat West Indies by an innings.Theres no major problem with the South African team. Spin bowling has always been a bit of a worry, but thats no different to what it has been. Theyve got a good seam attack and good batters. Theyll be okay.If youve got a wicketkeeper who can bat and an allrounder who can bowl, thats a double whammy.As a captain I tried to involve everybody, get people to think that they were part of the team.I was never one to worry about averages. If I did well and we didnt win the game, it didnt mean a hell of a lot to me.The Currie Cup was tough competition. In the 1970s and 80s we didnt play international cricket, so everyone really went for it that little bit more.When batting you only needed to get one good ball or make one mistake. You only have one chance. Bowling, you could send down a couple of half-volleys and then knock someone over next ball.When a few top players retire together theres always a slump before the new players come in and make their mark. It happened when Jacques Kallis, Graeme Smith and Mark Boucher retired. It will again, most probably, when Dale Steyn, Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers go.England have had a few English-born players who liked a word and had an opinion or two. Beefy [Ian Botham] and [Ray] Illingworth for a start.I tried to lead from the front, set the example.I always admired Mike Brearley as a captain, and I later found out that he had me down as one of his favourite captains, which was nice. Brearley was so thoughtful as a captain, meticulous in what he did. He could bring out strengths in people. Look at Ian Botham during the 1981 Ashes. That was in part down to Mike Brearleys captaincy.During World Series Cricket there was great camaraderie amongst all the players. On the field it was hard. Off the field it was fun.There wasnt much difference in standard between Currie Cup cricket and county cricket in the 1970s. Currie Cup was probably a bit more intense because there were fewer games. But county sides had great overseas players - Viv Richards, Garry Sobers, Clive Lloyd, Andy Roberts. Every county had one or two top international players, which we didnt have in South Africa.I always felt more pressure batting than bowling. As a bowler you could never really get out of form. Sometimes youd swing it more and other times you wouldnt and take wickets. But as a bowler you were in charge of your own destiny more so than when you batted. If you bowled one outside leg and hit the top of off stump youd get anyone in the world out. Viv Richards was always hard to bowl at. He could slaughter you if you got it wrong. Guys like Barry Richards, Graeme Pollock, Sobers were the guys who really stood out. Bowling at these guys, you had to make sure you didnt give them too much width, overpitch it, or bowl too short. Youd just try and contain the guy, get on top of him rather than him get on top of you.During World Series Cricket, Garth le Roux bowled as quickly as anyone in the world.I didnt particularly enjoy bowling off a short run in John Player League games. You couldnt get the same speed, but it was the same for everybody. It didnt make much difference to me, to be honest.The last rebel tour, Mike Gattings tour, was probably the best of the lot. Thats because it was the worst of the lot and the tour had to be abandoned. Everything came to a head and soon after that, South African cricket administrators got together. That tour resulted in us getting unity a lot quicker.I enjoyed commentating more than coaching and refereeing. I liked reading the game, seeing what was taking place and airing what I thought. Im sorry that I never had the opportunity to get back into it.At the end of that nail-biting South Africa-Australia semi-final at the 1999 World Cup, Bill Lawry was shouting, I was shouting. We were both standing up in the commentary box. We couldnt sit down as it was so exciting. I should have said something dramatic at the end, when Allan Donald was run out and Australia won, but I couldnt, I was speechless. The late Tony Greig said to me that it was one of the best pieces of commentary hed heard.Schools cricket in South Africa is exceptionally strong and pretty well organised. In Australia and England most junior cricket is run through clubs.Ive got no idea why South Africa has produced so many allrounders. Why didnt Australia have any? When I was a kid you just wanted to bat, bowl fast, spin, field, keep wicket. You wanted to do everything. No one ever told me to just concentrate on one thing. 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POCATELLO, Idaho -- James Felila and Malik Brown each rushed for two touchdowns and Southern Utah scored 21 third-quarter points to break away for a 52-27 victory over Idaho State on Saturday.Southern Utah led 38-13 after Felila scored from 22 yards and 2 yards and, two plays after Mike Needham made an interception, Patrick Tyler connected with Cameron Chamber down the left sideline for a 40-yard score.Southern Utah rolled up 610 yards offense, its eighth-highest total in program history. Tyler was 32 of 45 for 334 yards, two scores and an interception. Wholesale Hockey Jerseys Authentic. Brown rushed 17 times for 103 yards and Steven Wroblewski had 108 yards receiving and Mike Sharp 103.The Thunderbirds (4-4, 3-3 Big Sky) snapped a two-game losing streak while the Bengals (2-6, 1-4) dropped their fourth in a row.Idaho States Tanner Gueller was 23 of 45 for 222 yards, three TDs and two interceptions. 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PULLMAN, Wash. Nathan Noel Jersey . -- Washington State linebacker Logan Tago has been arrested on suspicion of robbery and assault in an incident that occurred in June.The Pullman Police Department said Tuesday that Tago was arrested, photographed and fingerprinted Monday and then immediately released from jail.Police did not release any details of Tagos alleged crimes. The police spokesman was not immediately available for comment Tuesday.It was not known if Tago had hired an attorney.The Pullman Police Department also recommended that another Washington State defensive player be charged for a crime. On Tuesday, it recommended that safety Shalom Luani be charged with second degree assault for a fight outside a pizza restaurant in August.The Whitman County prosecuting attorneys office will make the decision on whether Luani is ultimately charged with the felony. It was not immediately known if Luani had an attorney.?Pullman police previously told reporters that the 22-year-old Luani became verbally abusive when his order took too long, then went outside and struck the victim in the face.?Tago, a 6-foot-3, 235-pound sophomore, played in the Cougars first two games this season, but it was not known if he would play Saturday against Idaho. Luani will play in Saturdays game, a Washington State spokesman said.Anything we do with that, it will be handled internally, coach Mike Leach said Tuesday when asked about Tagos arrest. Everybody is innocent until proven guilty.Luani, an honorable mention All-Pac-12 player in 2015, did not play in Washington States season-opening loss to Eastern Washington. He had two interceptions in last Saturdays loss at Boise State.ESPNs Kyle Bonagura and The Associated Press contributed to this report. Erik Gustafsson Jersey .ca! Hi Kerry, Its another day and here we are looking at another dubious hit to the head. 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There was no formal announcement, just the eventual realization that the free-agent centre wouldnt be playing. "It was a very difficult decision to decide to take some time away from the game," he said in an interview last week. "At the same time it was the right decision. I didnt want to do anything where I wasnt going to be able to give it my full attention or focus." Fast-forward six months and Moore is ready to resume his career after signing a one-year, US$1-million deal with the New York Rangers. Moore hopes he can re-establish himself as an NHL regular and also use that stage to promote the Katie Moore Foundation and other charitable efforts. "I think Dom is a 100-per-center. If he does something, hes a 100-per-cent committed. I dont think he wouldve been a 100 per cent committed to playing hockey at that time," former Tampa Bay Lightning teammate and friend Marty St. Louis said in an interview Monday. "Im so glad that hes back playing next year." Moore, who has been able to work out and train aggressively in recent months, could fill a third- or fourth-line role with the Rangers, but he could have greater impact off the ice. And thats before the 2013-14 season even begins. Moore is hosting the second "Smashfest Charity Ping-Pong Challenge" July 25 in Toronto to raise money for the Katie Moore Foundation and some brain-injury and concussion-research groups. St. Louis, Logan Couture of the San Jose Sharks, Joel Ward of the Washington Capitals, George Parros of the Montreal Canadiens and David Clarkson of the Toronto Maple Leafs are among the current players set to take part, in addition to former players like Eric Lindros, Mathieu Schneider and Kevin Weekes. Its a ping-pong event because, Moore said, theres a table in every NHL locker-room and its a major part of NHL players culture. Several players from the Toronto area and beyond will be there because thats what a fraternity like this does. "The support through the hockey world is great,," Moore said. Lance Bouma Jersey. "Situations like this come up, you see how people come together to support each other, and Im grateful for that." When Moore first got involved in charitable endeavours, it was with the hope of raising money and awareness for concussion research. His brother Steves career ended after he suffered a concussion and neck injury when Todd Bertuzzi violently attacked him from behind in 2004. "The concussion stuff is obvious -- were hockey players," Moore said. "Obviously thats an important issue for the hockey world." Over the past five months, the Thornhill native has tried to jump-start the Katie Moore Foundation for a very specific cause. Katie died of fibrolamellar hepatocellular carcinoma after a nine-month battle. "Its geared towards rare cancers," Moore said. "Obviously theres a lot of money thats been thrown around for cancer research and whatnot, but most of it goes to the big ones: breast cancer and lung cancer and things like that. There are a lot of people out there that are suffering from another rare disease. There a ton of these different less-common diseases that are not getting the attention or funding that maybe they could or should. Thats the intention behind what were doing." The focus of the Katie Moore Foundation is funding primarily non-traditional cancer-research projects in the Boston area, where Dominic and Katie met while at Harvard University. Itll be roughly nine months from the time Moore decided to take the lockout-shortened season off until he plays another game for the Rangers, the team that drafted him and gave him his NHL start. "The Rangers for a variety of reasons were my first choice. Im glad that came to fruition," Moore said. "It feels like coming home for me given thats where I started my career, and I always felt New York had a special place for me." That hes playing anywhere in the NHL next season is special for those in hockey who know Moore and tried to help however possible in the past year or so. "I love the way he plays the game, and I love what hes done away from the game," St. Louis said. "What hes gone through, to come back from that, playing hockey at the highest level again, Im looking forward to watching him play again." 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Witnesses called to give evidence on the second day of his trial said the Barcelona forward had little knowledge of the corporate structures that authorities say were created to lower the players tax burden in Spain.They said that, although Messi signed documents, it was his father who was actually responsible for the players businesses off the field.Messi and his father, Jorge Horacio Messi, have been charged with three counts of tax fraud and could be sentenced to nearly two years in prison if found guilty of defrauding Spains tax office of £3.1m.The trial started on Tuesday with Messi and his father Jorge Horacio Messi, who have both denied the allegations, not obliged to attend the court every day, but they will have to testify on Thursday.The intention of Mr. Lionel was to attend the plenary hearing, but he has suffered an injury, said Messis lawyer, Javier Sanchez-Vera, who presented a medical report.The Barcelona forward hurt his back during Argentinas international friendly against Honduras last Friday and when asked by the judge whether Messi would attend Thursdays hearing, the lawyer said he would.The court appearance comes just days before he joins his Argentina team-mates for the Copa America in the United States. 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All the bad that happened on that night, I owed myself this opportunity to come back out here and compete for my country.For all that has been made about stars such as?LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, James Harden and Kawhi Leonard bowing out of international competition this summer, Georges inclusion cant be emphasized enough.Its one of the great stories of this group, said Jerry Colangelo, USA Basketballs managing director. I mean, when you think about it, when you think back to the tragedy when the injury took place, no one could have projected where he would be. And was his career over? Was his career going to be limited because of the injury? Would he ever come back fully? And to see him back and to see what hes accomplished back in the league, its like he didnt miss a beat.While George has reclaimed his perch, its impossible not to notice all that has changed since that fateful night in August 2014, when he chased down Harden to foul him on a fast break and suffered an open tibia-fibula fracture after landing awkwardly at the base of the basket stanchion.Donald Trump went from reality TV show host to presidential hopeful; the Golden State Warriors went from a promising group to the league standard for excellence; Georges Pacers went from knocking on the door of the NBA Finals with consecutive Eastern Conference finals appearances to a new-look group thats hardly recognizable compared with what they were before the injury.Indianas core has been blown up: Frank Vogel now coaches the Orlando Magic; Roy Hibbert is on his second different team; David West is on his second different team; Lance Stephenson is on his third different team.It just goes to show the evolution of this game, George said. Im looked upon as the leader and the longest-[tenured] Pacer now. So its sunk in. I dont think it will officially sink in until training camps started, and Im looking around, and Im the face of it. So its just part of the game, and Ill deal with it.Indianas future, although its a promising one with the offseason additions of Jeff Teague, Al Jefferson and Thaddeus Young, is yet to be determined. What is certain is how George took a guarantee made by Colangelo shortly after the injury that there would a spot waiting for him on the 16 Olympic team, and went and proved he belonged anyway.It was meant to be an incentive for him, Colangelo said. But when you see its actually happened and hes earned it in every way, this is not a gift here. Hes literally earned this spot. Its just a lot of extra love involved in this one. So were very happy for him, and its great to have him here.This summer could end up being a reminder to the world just how good George really is. With no James or Leonard, hell team with Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony as the teams most versatile swingman.The way hes just handled everything: physically to be at the level hes at, emotionally, mentally ... coach Mike Krzyzewski said. I mean, wow. I remember being in a hospital with him. ... You try to envision and talk about, Well, in Rio, youll be there. And you hope that you believe that, you think you do, but then maybe thats not going to happen. And it is. And hopefully we win, and that would be an even better story.That story and the way it unfolds at the Olympics is the final march on Georges comeback tour.Now I know Im healthy, I know Im OK, I know Im 100 percent, George said. Im back to being myself. Its no limitations. Its no thought in my mind that Im limited to something. 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Serena Williams turned 35 this past Monday.As a belated birthday present for her legion of fans, we offer these fun facts:Roger Federer, Martina Navratilova, Margaret Court, Pete Sampras and Chris Evert -- who combined to win 101 Grand Slam singles titles -- took home a total of one after their 32nd birthdays. That late-in-life breakthrough belonged to Navratilova, who was 34 when she won Wimbledon in 1990.For the record, Williams, who for years has been defying the laws of nature that usually ground 30-something tennis players, has won five majors since turning 32.After her second consecutive surprising exit in the US Open semifinals, when Serena failed to win her 23rd Slam, which would have broken a tie with Steffi Graf and set an Open-era record, her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, was already looking ahead.I know people are going to be very much focused on the 23rd, he recently told CNN Internationals Ravi Ubha at the grand opening of his new tennis academy in France. Im more focused on the 30th.Why not set up a record that will never be beaten in history? I think she can do it.Why not? Clearly, this was a slice of bravado from a coach seeking to take pressure off his athlete as the 2017 season looms.But the questions raises itself: How many more majors will Williams win before she decides to walk away from the game? Its a favorite parlor game these days among tennis aficionados.ESPN.com unscientifically polled more than a dozen tennis experts, a number of them former players-turned-analysts, and the average over-under was between two and three Grand Slam titles.More than one, however, believes the number is zero.My gut feeling is that shes done, one respondent said. Thats really based more on her emotional/mental attitude and reactions than anything else. I have a hard time seeing her going back to the drawing board, refilling that tank, focusing on what she does best.More typical was this response from Pam Shriver:I think she will win three more, said the 21-time Grand Slam doubles champion. Wimbledon, and at least one more on hard courts. But I dont see them coming in bunches as they once did. The only one that can put a big crimp in that is the new No. 1.I think [Angelique] Kerbers in that conversation. With a good next six months, she can establish herself at the top.After failing to win a major in nine previous seasons as a professional, the 28-year-old German won two this year and supplanted Serena as the WTAs No. 1-ranked player. She beat Williams in the Australian Open final and lost to her in Wimbledons championship match.Based on the 2016 returns, it appears Kerber has the best chance to prevent Williams from catching or surpassing Margaret Court, who has the all-time record of 24 major titles.Going back to Wimbledon in 2012, Serena has won half of the major titles available, nine of 18. The only woman with two over that time is Kerber. The others still active are the tandem of Garbine Muguruza and Petra Kvitova. Flavia Pennetta, Marion Bartoli and Li Na have all retired. Maria Sharapova is serving a drug ban, and Victoria Azarenka is pregnant with her first child.If (and when) Sharapova and Azarenka come back, that could complicate the sittuation, for they are still potentially viable at 29 and 27, respectively. Kevin Mchale Jersey. Karolina Pliskova, 24, who beat Serena in this years US Open semifinals, is another likely threat.In losing that straight-sets match to Pliskova in New York -- and to Roberta Vinci at the same stage in 2015 -- Serenas nerves were on display, a phenomenon that often visits older players. And for much of the 2016 season, Serena was dogged by shoulder and knee injuries.The only person to win a Slam at 35 or older is Ken Rosewall, and he did it three times, said Brad Gilbert, who coached Andre Agassi, Andy Roddick and Andy Murray. That said, never, ever underestimate a Williams. If you dont think she can do it, shell say, Im going to show you that you dont know me.Fast-forward to 2018, and if you tell me she has three, Id be less surprised by that than if she had won none. The next year is a big year for her. If shes successful, she continues on. If she doesnt, who knows? 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I think Singapore is really important to play because it guarantees her three matches at minimum -- and probably four to five.If she shuts it down like last year, Im not going to pick her to win the Australian Open.Mary Carillo, a broadcaster for Tennis Channel and NBC, agrees with the concept.When Serena returned to the tour this January, she still didnt seem as fit and refreshed as she needed to be, Carillo wrote in an email. Fitness/focus/motivation is now on the Compulsory Serena Checklist.More important than the physical fitness of the 35-year-old is her mental fitness, and nothing wears down the fortitude of athletes more than the ravages of time and injury. The supreme effort and commitment it takes to want it all over again? Only Serena knows how much she is willing to continue to give.Carillo wonders if she might find motivation in the continuing success of her older sister Venus, who reached the semifinals at Wimbledon at age 36.Her big sister seems to find much more joy in the journey, Carillo wrote. Maybe Serena draws inspiration from Venus. It could help her surpass Graf and add a few more major titles.I would guess that Serena still has a better chance to add to her count than Roger, Rafa, Maria or Vika. But this spinning planet slows for no one. 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The 54-year-old Bonds waved, clapped his hands and raised both arms to acknowledge the cheers as he made his big entrance from center field.“Thank you San Francisco, thank you for making all my dreams come true,” Bonds said while remembering his late father, Bobby.Giants great Willie Mays http://www.tigersfanproshop.com/authentic-omar-infante-jersey , Bonds’ godfather, called for the slugger to reach the Hall of Fame.“When people talk about, ‘Oh, who’s the best ballplayer in the world?’ I don’t care,” Mays said. “I played my 20 years, 22 years, whatever it might be. Give somebody honor that deserves to be in the Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame is a type of fraternity that, when you get there, you’ll say, ‘Man, how did I get here?’ And I want him to have that honor be something that happens to him.”“Vote this guy in!” Mays added.Other Giants Hall of Famers Orlando Cepeda, Juan Marichal, Willie McCovey and Gaylord Perry also took part in the festivities.Former managers Jim Leyland and Dusty Baker and current Giants skipper Bruce Bochy were on hand. So were Bonds’ mother, Pat, and his three children.“Without question he is the best player I ever managed in my 22 years as a major league skipper http://www.tigersfanproshop.com/authentic-travis-wood-jersey ,” Leyland said. “Let all of us be thankful that we had the opportunity to see one of the greatest players that’s ever lived for so many years.”The Pirates stood in their dugout and clapped during a ceremony that lasted more than an hour. First pitch was 16 minutes late. R&B singer Johnny Gill performed the national anthem in another surprise to Bonds.Baker managed Bonds from 1993-2002. He recalled watching Bobby Bonds in Riverside, California.“I thought Bobby Bonds was the greatest prep school athlete I had ever seen in my life until one day Bobby Bonds told me that ‘my son is going to be greater than me,'” Baker said. “I couldn’t see that at the time because I hadn’t seen Barry play much before he went to ASU. But he told me, my son — and I told Barry this — is more dedicated and works harder than he did, and Bobby was right.” NEW YORK — The last time the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox got together on July 1, Aaron Hicks hit three homers and David Price was roughed up. It added up to an 11-1 rout for the Yankees and both teams exited Yankee Stadium tied for first place in the American League East.It seemed the dogfight for AL East supremacy was on, but the Red Sox gradually pulled away. When the rivals get together Tuesday night for the opener of a three-game series, they will have differing goals.The game was originally scheduled to start in the afternoon but was moved back six hours due to the forecast of heavy rain in New York.Article continues below ...The Red Sox (103-47) will clinch their third straight AL East if they win one game in the series. When they clinch, it will be their fourth in seven seasons since the Yankees last won the AL East in 2012.The Yankees (91-58) will try to prevent the Red Sox from celebrating at Yankee Stadium for the second time in three seasons while attempting to keep their lead in the wild-card race.The reason for the differing goals is because of what unfolded for the teams after their last meeting in New York. It was the last time the Yankees and Red Sox were tied for the lead. Since then, Boston is 47-18 and New York is 37-31.“That would be awesome,” Red Sox ace Chris Sale told reporters in Boston after Sunday’s 4-3 win over the New York Mets at Fenway Park put them on the verge of clinching. “I think we’d all like to do it here, obviously, but we weren’t able to do that.“Going to one of your biggest rivals in the division or in the game and being able to do it there, it will be fun. We’ll enjoy it anywhere we’re at.”The Yankees hold a 1 1/2-game lead over the Oakland A’s and can feel fortunate to still have home-field advantage. While the A’s dropped two straight, so did the Yankees Jordan Zimmermann Jersey , losing two one-run games to the Toronto Blue Jays to continue a stretch of inconsistent performances in the last three weeks.The Yankees are 8-11 in their last 19 games since a 5-3 win on Aug. 29 in Baltimore. That capped a 15-5 run immediately after the Red Sox completed a four-game sweep in Boston over the Yankees to take a 9 1/2-game lead.“First of all, it’s never too late. We’re not even close to too late,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said after Dellin Betances allowed two runs and four hits in the eighth inning on Sunday. “We’ve got to play better, clearly. We’re not playing our best right now. But the history of this game is littered with stories of teams that went into the playoffs in different scenarios: limping, playing great.“The bottom line is, you’ve got to be playing right when it counts, and don’t mistake that for ‘This is OK,’ but I still believe at my core that we have everyone in that room to do something special.”The Yankees have been getting healthier in recent weeks with the return of Gary Sanchez (groin) and Didi Gregorius (heel). It’s possible that Aaron Judge (fractured right wrist) could return to the lineup Tuesday and closer Aroldis Chapman (left knee) could also return at some point in the next few days.The Yankees activated Judge on Friday since there are 40-man rosters, but all he has done was play two innings in right field Friday.Without being able to pencil Judge into the starting lineup since he was hit by Kansas City right-hander Jakob Junis, the Yankees are 26-22, including 14-12 at home. During those games, the Yankees are batting .234 (365-for-1,562).“Every team goes through it,” Judge said. “Right now, you don’t want to go through it Jose Iglesias Jersey , especially when it’s late like this, but we’ve still got plenty of baseball left to get hot.“It’s all about what team is hot. If we can get hot here in the last two weeks and take that into the playoffs, we’re going to be in a good position.”Mookie Betts will likely play for the Red Sox on Tuesday and be the starting designated hitter. He injured his left side making a throw and exited Sunday’s game as a precaution.“You know, I was just coming out of it for precautionary (reasons), just to make sure it didn’t get any worse,” Betts said. “But it checked out to be just fine.”Former Yankees pitcher Nathan Eovaldi gets the start for the Red Sox. He is 2-3 with a 4.17 ERA since being acquired from Tampa Bay just before the non-waiver trade deadline.Eovaldi last pitched a week ago as a reliever when he allowed two runs in 3 2/3 innings of a 7-2 win over Toronto. He faced the Yankees on Aug. 4 and allowed three hits in eight scoreless innings of a 4-1 win.J.A. Happ, who missed the series in Fenway because of hand, foot and mouth disease, starts for the Yankees. He is 6-0 with a 2.70 ERA in eight starts for New York.Happ remained unbeaten as a Yankee when he allowed six hits in six scoreless innings during a 7-2 win on Sept. 10 at Minnesota.The veteran left-hander is 7-4 with a 2.98 ERA in 19 career appearances against Boston.Boston leads the season series 8-5. The rivals close out the regular season next weekend with a three-game series at Fenway.

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BALTIMORE — The Chicago White Sox will try to stretch their winning streak to four games and finish a weekend sweep of the Baltimore Orioles when the teams meet Sunday at Camden Yards.Chicago has bounced back after dropping seven straight games. The White Sox took the final game of a series with the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday and won the first two games of this series Curt Schilling Jersey , including a 2-0 victory on Saturday night.That win also locked up the season series for the White Sox, who now lead the Orioles 4-2 with just the one game left. The White Sox (59-89) have not beaten the Orioles (42-106) in a season series since 2008.Article continues below ...Chicago has not waved the white flag in the season’s final three weeks despite struggling at times and recently dealing with that long losing streak. They’re still pushing hard in each game.“We came here to play 100 percent,” Avisail Garcia said after his solo homer in the ninth inning gave the White Sox some insurance on Saturday night. “(We) try to do our best and try to win every single game. Just trying to do our job.”Neither team could do much offensively for much of Saturday’s game. The White Sox three times tried to steal, but Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph gunned them down each time — in the third, sixth and eighth innings.Chicago went ahead thanks to a two-out rally in the sixth against Baltimore starter Yefry Ramirez. Yoan Moncada doubled to right with two outs and Yolmer Sanchez came up next and sent a double to left that scored the game’s first run.Ramirez, a rookie, has likely earned another start after a solid 5 2/3-inning outing in which he gave up one run and struck out seven.“He was outstanding,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “That was fun to watch. That was as good as you want to see a young pitcher pitch.”But that one run was all the White Sox needed thanks to seven shutout innings from Reynaldo Lopez. Lucas Giolito (10-10 Luis Gonzalez Jersey , 5.76 ERA) will start Sunday for Chicago against Baltimore rookie David Hess (3-10, 5.17) in the final game of the season between the teams.Giolito has fared well of late, going 3-1 with a 4.05 ERA in his last five starts. He also has struck out 33 in 33 2/3 innings and held opponents to a .218 average.The right-hander has an 0-1 career record with a 47.25 ERA versus the Orioles thanks to one bad start the only time he pitched against them. Baltimore touched him up for seven runs and six hits in 1 1/3 innings in a May 24 loss.For Hess, who has pitched well at times, especially lately, this will be his first appearance against the White Sox.Matt Davidson returned to the Chicago lineup Saturday after sitting out the previous four games (sore left calf). Manager Rick Renteria said he wanted to get Davidson’s big bat back into the lineup — he has hit 20 homers this season — and put him in as the designated hitter.Renteria said Davidson felt good after the game and will return Sunday in the series finale but at first base. CHICAGO (AP) — Even though complete games are rare these days, Cole Hamels still likes to finish what he starts.The 13-year veteran went the distance Thursday night to continue his dramatic turnaround with the NL Central-leading Chicago Cubs, who got home runs from Anthony Rizzo and Javier Baez in a 7-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.“That’s ultimately the goal Gregor Blanco Jersey ,” Hamels said. “It’s just tough to do so now. The hitters are better, a lot more research is going into it. As a starter, you just have to grind, you have to pitch.”Hamels (4-0) allowed eight hits, struck out seven and walked two in his 17th career complete game and the first by a Cubs pitcher this season. His ERA in five starts with Chicago is 0.79.Before being traded to the Cubs last month, the 34-year-old lefty was 5-9 with a 4.72 ERA in 20 starts for the Texas Rangers, including 1-3 with an 11.12 ERA in his last four.Hamels, though Blake Parker Jersey , never doubted he could turn things around.“I got into a rut in Texas and really was trying to get out of it,” he said. “Sometimes when you strive to do something, you can make it worse. You finally have to give in. You have to get back to the basics.”Hamels had allowed just two earned runs in his first four starts with Chicago, but the Reds jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning as Phillip Ervin beat out an infield single with two outs, scoring Billy Hamilton from third base.The Cubs quickly answered. After Baez reached on an error with one out, Rizzo hit the first pitch he saw from starter Anthony DeSclafani (6-4) into the bleachers in right for a 2-1 Chicago lead. Baez’s homer in the third made it 3-1.The Cubs added another in the fifth and then broke it open with three runs in the seventh.Cincinnati loaded the bases with one out in the ninth, but Hamels got Tucker Barnhart to ground into a game-ending double play on his 114th pitch.“We’ve all seen Cole through the years and he’s pitched a lot of good ballgames,” Reds manager Jim Riggleman said. “But that one was right there at the top of the list. He was really good with all his pitches.”CRUSHEDHamels overshadowed Baez’s mammoth 481-foot solo shot that cleared the bleachers just left of straightaway center and landed on Waveland Avenue.“That was one of my dreams CJ Wilson Jersey , to hit a ball like that,” Baez said.It was the longest homer at Wrigley Field this season and sparked some ribbing from his teammates.“When I got back to the dugout, they asked if that’s all I had,” Baez said. “Yeah.”ROSTER MOVESThe Cubs placed RHP Tyler Chatwood on the 10-day DL with left hip inflammation. The move is retroactive to Tuesday. RHP Dillon Maples was recalled from Triple-A Iowa.Chatwood, 28, has struggled with his control after signing with the Cubs as a free agent in the offseason. He is 4-6 with a 5.22 ERA in 23 games (20 starts) with 93 walks in 101 2/3 innings.TRAINER’S ROOMReds: RF Scott Schebler (sprained right shoulder) continued his rehab assignment with Double-A Pensacola. Riggleman said Schebler will travel to Chicago on Friday and be activated on Saturday.Cubs: RHP Yu Darvish (stress reaction right elbow) is out for the season but said he is relieved doctors finally discovered the source of his elbow pain. “At first, I was told it was a simple tightness, but I always knew there was something else other than the tightness http://www.dodgersfanproshop.com/authentic-julio-urias-jersey ,” he said through a translator. .. 3B Kris Bryant (left shoulder inflammation) is expected to increase the intensity of his swings during a batting practice session Friday.UP NEXTThe Cubs will recall RHP Alec Mills from Triple-A Iowa to start the second game of the series Friday. Mills has pitched two scoreless innings of relief for Chicago this season. The 26-year-old is 5-12 with a 4.84 ERA in 23 starts at Iowa. RHP Matt Harvey (6-7, 4.91 ERA) goes for the Reds after taking a no-hitter into the sixth inning during his last start.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Burglars caused $10 Josh Harrison Jersey ,000 worth of damage to Los Angeles Dodgers star Yasiel Puig’s home while attempting to steal a safe.According to the Los Angeles Police Department, the suspects broke into Puig’s San Fernando Valley home Tuesday night. They ransacked the residence, found a safe in the second-floor master bedroom, and dragged it downstairs to the front door.Police said Thursday that the suspects then fled, leaving the safe in the entry way. An inventory is being conducted to determine what else was taken. Puig was at Dodger Stadium for a game on Tuesday.“I (did) not sleep too much yesterday http://www.piratesfanproshop.com/authentic-gregory-polanco-jersey ,” Puig said Wednesday, without offering details about the latest incident.Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying three suspects, including the driver of a black four-door Toyota vehicle with paper license plates.Police say the same suspects are believed to have been involved in another burglary attempt at Puig’s home on Aug. 30.Previous break-ins at Puig’s residences occurred in March 2017 and during Game 7 of last year’s World Series. Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Urena is hoping his Sunday start against the Philadelphia Phillies goes like the last time he faced them.Urena (6-12, 4.29 ERA) threw seven strong innings against Philadelphia earlier this month. A similar outing could help the Marlins (57-91) avoid a sweep Sunday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park. Right-hander Nick Pivetta (7-12, 4.64) will be on the mound for the Phillies in the series finale.Urena notched seven strikeouts and gave up only one run on four hits against the Phillies in a victory Sept. 3. It was part of a strong stretch for the right-hander. He has a 2.22 ERA in his last four starts http://www.piratesfanproshop.com/authentic-jung-ho-kang-jersey , which have followed a suspension he received for hitting Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. with his first pitch of the night Aug. 15.Article continues below ...In his last outing, Urena surrendered one run on four hits and three walks across 6 1/3 innings in a win against the New York Mets. He hasn’t lost since Aug. 10.“I think he’s throwing a lot of strikes with his fastballs,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly told mlb.com of Urena. “He’s keeping the ball down, and letting it just move. His breaking ball has got a little better shape right now. He’s got some depth to that pitch.”Urena is 2-4 with a 5.23 ERA in 13 career appearances (nine starts) against Philadelphia.The Phillies (76-71) have captured their first series win since early August (which also came against the Marlins at home) by winning the first two games of the set. Philadelphia was winless in its last 12 series entering the weekend, going 11-23 in that span.The Phillies’ postseason hopes are now slim Francisco Cervelli Jersey , however. A 5-4 victory Saturday pulled Philadelphia within 6 1/2 games of the Braves in the National League East, and the team is 4 1/2 back of the Colorado Rockies in the National League wild card race.“That’s how we looked at (Saturday), this is an opportunity to gain a game in the standings, but much more importantly, it’s an opportunity to win a series and to demonstrate there’s zero quit in this team. We will fight until the very end John Jaso Jersey ,” Phillies manager Gabe Kapler told reporters after Saturday’s win.Pivetta is searching for his first win since Aug. 7. The second-year major leaguer has not allowed more than two runs in any of his last three starts, but also has not gone deeper than five innings during that stretch.The Washington Nationals plated two runs on three hits in 4 1/3 innings against Pivetta on Tuesday.Pivetta is 1-1 with a 2.30 ERA, 0.83 WHIP and 11.5 strikeouts per nine innings in three starts against the Marlins this season. He is 2-2 with a 5.67 ERA in seven career starts against them.Sunday’s game is the final contest between the Phillies and Marlins this season. Philadelphia has won 11 of the first 18 games in the season series. The Phillies have won nine season series in a row against the Marlins, which is tied for the second-longest such streak in the majors.

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CLEVELAND (AP) — Trevor Bauer reached a milestone Monday night.Cleveland’s right-hander struck out 11 in six innings — giving him 206 for the season — and the Indians routed the Minnesota Twins 10-0.Bauer (11-6) is one strikeout behind Boston’s Chris Sale for the AL lead. After striking out 196 last season — then a career high — reaching the 200-mark was a goal going into 2018.“That’s something I wanted to accomplish http://www.redsoxproshops.com/authentic-joe-kelly-jersey ,” he said. “Next up is 300. Maybe not this year, but hopefully next year.”Bauer, who held Minnesota to three hits, was given a standing ovation when he recorded he reached the 200-mark against Bobby Wilson in the third. He has 10 double-figure strikeout games, tying him with Sale for the league lead.The Indians hit four home runs, led by Edwin Encarnacion, who had four RBIs, including a three-run homer in the seventh. Yonder Alonso, Brandon Guyer and Jason Kipnis also homered for Cleveland, which leads Minnesota by 10 games in the AL Central.Bauer struck out every batter in the starting lineup and ended his night with a flourish in the sixth. Jorge Polanco doubled with one out and was at third when Miguel Sano drew a two-out walk but Bauer struck out Max Kepler on his 112th pitch.“That’s probably my last hitter, given that I had ran my pitch count up Blake Swihart Jersey ,” Bauer said. “I definitely wanted to finish my own inning. If I can’t finish the game I like to finish my inning. I threw a good pitch. I was excited about both of those things.”Manager Terry Francona knew Bauer, who leads the AL with 159 2/3 innings pitched, had a lot left but went to the bullpen. Adam Cimber, Oliver Perez and Dan Otero each pitched an inning to close Cleveland’s AL-leading 12th shutout.“He could have kept pitching and he wanted to,” Francona said. “That’s enough. On a night like tonight that was plenty.”Bauer hasn’t lost since June 29 and is 4-0 in his last seven starts.Alonso’s home run started Cleveland’s four-run fourth while Guyer added a two-run shot, both coming off Kyle Gibson (5-9). Matt Belisle gave up Kipnis’ leadoff homer in the sixth and Encarnacion’s blast.Gibson allowed six runs — four earned — in five innings. Belisle gave up four runs in two innings. Catcher Mitch Garver worked the eighth, allowing only Francisco Lindor’s one-out single.The Indians scored two unearned runs in the first because Polanco didn’t catch a pickoff throw for an error. Jose Ramirez’s sacrifice fly that was caught in foul territory by second baseman Logan Forsythe to put Cleveland ahead.“We’ve had a lot of better days,” Twins manager Paul Molitor said. “It was not pleasant to endure that beatdown. That first inning was disastrous.”Garver’s first appearance on the mound in a major league game provided some levity for the Twins. He retired Guyer and Erik Gonzalez on groundouts and Rajai Davis on a fly ball to deep center.“I wanted to strike out Lindor, so I turned the gas up,” Garver said, laughing. “He lined one right back at me and I had to get out of the way pretty fast.”GOOD STARTKipnis took a hit away from Joe Mauer to begin the game. Kipnis went several steps to his left http://www.redsoxproshops.com/authentic-rick-porcello-jersey , dove on the outfield grass and made the throw to first. Mauer came into the game batting .302 (13 for 43) against Bauer, but was hitless with a strikeout in three at-bats.ROSTER MOVEMinnesota placed outfielder Robbie Grossman (strained right hamstring) on the 10-day disabled list and recalled outfielder Johnny Field from Triple-A Rochester. Grossman was injured running out a double Sunday. The Twins claimed Field last week after he was designated for assignment by the Indians.DAY OFFOF Melky Cabrera, who is 3 for 31 lifetime against Gibson, wasn’t in the lineup. Cabrera had a big day in the field Sunday against the Los Angeles Angels, making two diving catches and crashing into the wall to grab Shohei Ohtani’s drive.Cabrera’s day off gave Guyer a rare start against a right-hander and he responded with a home run off Gibson.TRAINER’S ROOMTwins: RHP Michael Pineda pitched two scoreless innings in his first outing for the Gulf Coast Twins on Monday. He had Tommy John surgery in July of last year.Indians: C Yan Gomes (right hamstring tendinitis) might return Tuesday. He’s missed the last four games.UP NEXTTwins LHP Adalberto Mejia (1-0, 2.60 ERA) takes on Indians RHP Carlos Carrasco (13-5, 3.66 ERA) in the second game of the series. Carrasco is 5-0 with a 1.99 ERA over his last six outings, pitching 7 1/3 scoreless innings against Minnesota on Aug. 1. BOSTON — Having reached 100 victories for the first time in more than seven decades, the Boston Red Sox send Eduardo Rodriguez to the mound hoping to sweep their three-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday night at Fenway Park.With David Price turning in another masterful performance and the only run of the game scoring on a wild pitch, the Red Sox won 1-0 Wednesday night to reach 100 wins for the first time since 1946 — and only the fourth time in franchise history.Rodriguez will face Sam Gaviglio as the Red Sox look to take their 15th win in 19 tries against the Blue Jays this season.Article continues below ...From the Red Sox’s postgame notes after Wednesday’s game:–Alex Cora became the first manager to lead a team to 100 or more wins in his first season with the club since Felipe Alou (2003 Giants, 100-61) and the first manager to lead a team to 100 wins in his first year as an major-league manager since Dusty Baker (1993 Giants http://www.chicagocubsteamshop.com/authentic-brandon-morrow-jersey , 103-59).–Cora became the second Red Sox manager to lead the team to 100 wins in his first season with Boston, joining Jake Stahl (105-47 in 1912).The franchise record, set in 1912, is 105 wins.After Thursday, the Red Sox will face New York teams for six games, hosting the Mets over the weekend and visiting the Yankees next week.But first it’s another game with the Jays, who have won only once at Fenway this season.Price pitched seven shutout innings to improve to 15-6 and remains unbeaten — and very tough to hit — since the All-Star break.“The goal is to win the World Series,” Cora said. “Since day one we’ve talked about it here. I still remember that press conference. Obviously, we’ve got a shot now.”With the New York Yankees losing again in Minneapolis, the Red Sox’s magic number for clinching their third straight American League East crown is seven. The magic number to clinch the best record is nine.Price, who went 9-1 to help the Blue Jays into the 2015 postseason Jason Heyward Jersey , improved to 21-3 lifetime against Toronto.Aaron Sanchez pitched very well for the visitors, but lost the game on that wild pitch.“He had a real good fastball, he threw some good breaking balls he kept down in the zone and he threw some good changeups,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. “You hate to lose on a wild pitch, but that’s what happened. But he keeps moving in the right direction.”Rodriguez (12-4, 3.64 ERA) lost his last start, allowing five runs and six hits — including two homers — in 3 1/3 innings against Houston. He is 3-3 with a 4.63 ERA in 11 games (10 starts) in his career against Toronto, but 2-0, 2.41 in three starts this year.Gaviglio comes in 3-8 with a 5.25 ERA, but one of the wins was against Boston, in relief. This will be his fifth appearance of the season against the Red Sox http://www.chicagocubsteamshop.com/authentic-john-lackey-jersey , the third straight start. He is 1-1 with a 3.95 ERA in his four games against the Red Sox this season and is 0-1 with a 4.82 ERA in two starts at Fenway.J.D. Martinez has two hits in eight at-bats against Gaviglio, but both hits are home runs.The Red Sox said Wednesday that Chris Sale, who came off the disabled list and pitched an inning — 26 pitches, two strikeouts — Tuesday, felt fine the day after. That had been a problem in his two previous games. He will shoot for three innings Sunday against the Mets.

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HOUSTON (AP) — Justin Verlander continued his strong September with another dominating outing Sunday.Verlander struck out 11 in seven solid innings and the Houston Astros extended their AL West edge Drew Smyly Jersey , topping the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-4.“Certainly, in the last couple of months this is his best start,” Houston manager AJ Hinch said. “He’s had some pretty good ones as an Astro. When he comes out and sets that kind of tone and gets those swings and misses and the strikeouts it’s a pretty special day for us.”The Astros lead Oakland by 4½ games in the division race. Arizona is 4½ games behind in the NL West and four back for the second NL wild card.Verlander (16-9) allowed one run on three hits.“I just felt good,” Verlander said. “I had good control of the fastball. Mechanics felt in line; timing felt good. I was able to execute pretty well today.”He matched his career high for strikeouts in a season with 269 — he passed teammate Gerrit Cole, who has 260, for most in the AL. Verlander also surpassed 200 innings for the 11th time in his career.Verlander hasn’t given up more than two runs in any of his three September starts.Hinch said it all started with Verlander’s fastball Sunday.“His fastball starts everything off because then they have to really cheat to get to his fastball, and when they do that it opens up all sorts of opportunities for the secondary pitches,” Hinch said. “But it all starts off his fastball. He has good hand speed, he has good direction. He finishes that fastball and then all of a sudden, the breaking ball comes along with it. He had a lot of weapons to go to.”Zack Greinke (14-10) allowed four runs on eight hits in 6 1/3 innings. Greinke has permitted at least three runs in four straight outings.“Really good for the most part,” Greinke said. “The last inning wasn’t that great. Just trouble getting them to strikeout. Just a lot of balls in play and that put a lot of pressure on the defense. Wasn’t perfect but felt really good. They battled like a really good team would do.”Tyler White hit a two-out, RBI double in the sixth to give the Astros a 2-1 lead.Josh Reddick led off the seventh with a home run and Jose Altuve hit an RBI single later in the inning. Martin Maldonado’s single in the eighth extended the lead to 5-1.“The thing that makes him so good is that he nibbles http://www.redsfanproshop.com/authentic-drew-storen-jersey ,” Reddick said of Greinke. “He doesn’t really leave too many pitches over the middle of the plate, so when he does, you can’t miss them. We did a great job of that early on, not letting him get too far ahead of us. I think we came out and ambushed his fastball before he got to his offspeed stuff. I think that set the tone really well for us, but after that, we waited for him to go over the plate.”The Diamondbacks scored three times in the ninth after Collin McHugh walked David Peralta and Paul Goldschmidt singled with one out. Eduardo Escobar had a sacrifice fly and Daniel Descalso hit a two-run homer off Roberto Osuna.Osuna struck out Ketel Marte to end it for his 18th save.“I was really proud of these guys for fighting through what were some difficult circumstances there in the ninth inning,” Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said. “Their closer comes in, he’s got a really nice track record, but we didn’t shut down. There was a lot of good talk in the dugout about grinding away and fighting. You could see what happens when a couple of runners get on base, we just fell a little short.”Peralta homered in the Arizona sixth.ASTROS MOVEHouston recalled OF Kyle Tucker from Triple-A Fresno. He hit .154 with three RBIs over two previous stints with the Astros this season.TRAINER’S ROOMDiamondbacks: RHP Shelby Miller (right elbow inflammation) threw a 27-pitch bullpen Saturday and “felt good”, Lovullo said. … LHP TJ McFarland (left elbow inflammation) will throw a bullpen either Sunday or Monday, Lovullo said.UP NEXTDiamondbacks: LHP Patrick Corbin (11-5 Scott Feldman Jersey , 3.05 ERA) will make his 31st start of the season Monday in the opener of a three-game home series against the Cubs. Corbin allowed three runs in 6 1/3 innings in his last outing Wednesday against the Rockies.Astros: LHP Framber Valdez (3-1, 2.66) will make his fifth start of the season Monday in the first game of a three-game set against Seattle. Valdez will be looking to rebound after having his shortest start in his young career Tuesday against the Tigers where he allowed four runs in four innings. LOS ANGELES (AP) — This was one rerun Dodgers fans were happy to watch again. Matt Kemp beat the Diamondbacks for the second straight game, hitting a two-run double in the ninth inning that lifted Los Angeles over Arizona 3-2 Sunday for sole possession of first place in the NL West.A day after Kemp launched a go-ahead, three-run homer in the eighth against Archie Bradley, the Dodgers slugger tagged him again on the first pitch to break a tie for the division lead.“When I was walking up to the plate they showed what I did last night,” Kemp said. “He threw a fastball that was pretty much in and I got the barrel on it and made something happen.”Kemp chucked his helmet in the air rounding second base and his teammates chased him down for a wild celebration along the third-base line.“I’m a little upset right now,” Bradley said.Bradley also a message for Arizona rooters: “To our fans, don’t panic. It’s only one loss.”But a costly one. The D-backs dropped a game back of the Dodgers and Rockies, who beat San Diego 4-2.The Dodgers were 4 1/2 games out of first after a loss on Aug. 22, but have gone 8-1 in their last nine games to regain the division lead for the first time since Aug. 7.“Just grinding, not panicking,” Kemp said.The Dodgers beat the Diamondbacks by identical 3-2 scores three days in a row Eugenio Suarez Jersey , after Arizona won the series opener at Dodger Stadium.“We had our mojo back, but this series clarified that,” Cody Bellinger said.Brad Boxberger (2-5) started the ninth and put the potential tying and go-ahead runs on with consecutive walks to pinch-hitter Alex Verdugo and Max Muncy. The runners advanced on Enrique Hernandez’s sacrifice bunt and set up Kemp, who pinch-hit in the seventh and stayed in the game.“That’s why we call him Hollywood,” Bellinger said. “He likes the big moments.”Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said he considered walking Kemp, but wanted to avoid pitching to Justin Turner and Manny Machado.“I brought in Archie because I thought it would be a good spot (after Saturday’s game),” Lovullo said. “He’s been doing it for us all season, but Kemp has our number.” Daniel Descalso homered leading off the ninth to put Arizona ahead 2-1. Descalso went deep to center field off Caleb Ferguson with the ball just eluding Bellinger’s glove as he reached over the wall.“This loss stings a bit because we clawed our way back and took the lead,” Descalso said. “There has been a lot of low-scoring games and that’s the way it is when it’s high stress and you’re in a pennant race. You’re not going to blow out too many teams.”Kenley Jansen (1-5) took over for Ferguson and got three outs.“That was crazy,” Jansen said.The D-backs tied it at 1 on Alex Avila’s bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the seventh.Rookie Walker Buehler gave up a leadoff single to Paul Goldschmidt and a one-out walk to Descalso. Ryan Madson came on in his Dodgers debut after being acquired from the Nationals and promptly loaded the bases on a walk to Ketel Marte.Bellinger caught Avila’s fly and fired home. Goldschmidt’s left leg caught the corner of the plate before catcher Yasmani Grandal tagged his upper body.Goldschmidt was called out, but Arizona challenged it. After a 2 1/2-minute review, it was overturned http://www.redsfanproshop.com/authentic-jose-peraza-jersey , tying the game as Dodgers fans booed.Muncy hit his 31st homer leading off the fifth for a 1-0 lead. The ball landed in the D-backs’ bullpen in right, ending Arizona starter Clay Buchholz’s streak of not allowing a run at 19 innings.Buehler allowed one run and two hits in 6 1/3 innings. He tied his career high with nine strikeouts and walked three. He had two of the Dodgers’ five hits, getting a pair of singles.TRAINER’S ROOMDodgers: Recalled RHP Brock Stewart from Triple-A Oklahoma City and placed him on 60-day DL with a right oblique strain. … RHP Ross Stripling (low back inflammation) had a bullpen in which he threw 20 pitches, rested and then threw another 25. He’s set for a simulated game Wednesday against Dodgers hitters and could be activated late next week.FIRST TIMEThe Dodgers earned their first-ever four-game series win over Arizona at Dodger Stadium. They improved to 7-9 against the D-backs. The teams play again Sept. 24-26 in Phoenix.RARE STUMBLEArizona ended its California trip going 2-5 against the Giants and Dodgers. The D-backs have lost three in a row for the first time since July 15-21, and have lost six of their last nine away from home.GOLDY STILL GOINGGoldschmidt singled in the first to extend his streak of reaching base to a club-record 45 straight road games, tied with Houston’s Alex Bregman for the longest such stretch by a major leaguer this season.UP NEXTD-backs: RHP Zack Godley (14-7, 4.42 ERA) starts Monday at San Diego in the opener of a two-game set. He is just shy of career highs in innings and strikeouts.Dodgers: LHP Alex Wood (8-6, 3.42) starts Monday in the opener of a three-game series against the Mets and RHP Jacob deGrom (9-8, 1.68).

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NEW YORK (AP) — Traded to the Yankees after the 2014 season Cecil Cooper Jersey , Didi Gregorius had the unenviable task of following Derek Jeter as New York’s new shortstop.A smooth fit, it’s been.Gregorius homered and turned in a pair of nifty defensive plays as the Yankees defeated the Texas Rangers 7-2 on Sunday.Gregorius has been praised by his manager and teammates for his play on the field and his leadership in the clubhouse. Just like his predecessor.“Taking over for who he took over for and being able to have three 20-homer seasons in a row, it’s incredible,” winning pitcher CC Sabathia said. “If he wouldn’t have came in and did what he did the last three or four years, we’d still be talking about ‘Jeet’ and how we need leadership.”Sabathia threw six shutout innings of one-hit ball and Giancarlo Stanton homered for the fifth time in six games. New York has won six of the last seven.The postgame talk was about Gregorius’ fifth-inning gem.The 28-year-old slid to his right to cut off a grounder in the hole by Delino DeShields, rose to his feet and fired a perfect throw to first in one smooth motion, nabbing the Texas speedster by a half-step.The crowd chanted his name after the play and Gregorius smiled and tipped his cap.DeShields was activated from the seven-day concussion disabled list earlier in the day.“When I was at second base, he was like, ‘Man, sorry I took that hit http://www.brewersfanproshop.com/authentic-hernan-perez-jersey ,'” DeShields said. “I said, ‘Nah, bro, you do what you got to do.'”Said Sabathia: “That was one of the better plays I’ve ever seen at shortstop.”Joey Gallo had two hits for Texas, which dropped three of the four games in the series. He also reached over the left-field wall to take a home run away from Austin Romine in the eighth.Sabathia (7-4) struck out seven to win for the first time since July 4. The burly left-hander allowed just one ball out of the infield and lowered his ERA to 3.32 — the 38-year-old has not finished a season with an ERA lower than 3.38 since 2011.Stanton hit his 30th home run, giving New York a first-inning lead for the second straight day, connecting off Martin Perez (2-5). Stanton has the most home runs by any Yankees player in his first season with the team since Mark Teixeira hit 39 in 2009.The Yankees scored five times in the fifth to chase Perez. Aaron Hicks hit a two-run single and Gregorius capped the burst with his 21st homer.“A really active day for me,” Gregorius joked.The shortstop also made a slick backhanded play in the first.“Oh, man, he did it all Domingo Santana Jersey ,” New York manager Aaron Boone said.Texas scored twice in the seventh against Sonny Gray. DeShields drove in a run with an infield single.Gray ran into trouble again in the eighth, allowing the first two batters to reach, but Jonathan Holder wiggled out of the jam with a pair of strikeouts. Expected to be a key component of New York’s rotation, Gray has given up nine earned runs over his last 5 2-3 innings since being moved to the bullpen.TOP TRAINERNew York Yankees trainer Steve Donohue was awarded the National Athletic Trainer Association’s Most Distinguished Athletic Award. Now in his 40th consecutive season in the organization, and seventh as the team’s head athletic trainer, Donohue became part of a viral video earlier in the week when he was captured on film removing a moth from umpire Bruce Dreckman’s left ear.TRAINER’S ROOMYankees: Stanton continues to be limited by a sore left hamstring that keeps him in a designated hitter role. Boone commented that Stanton’s ability to play the field is examined daily. . OF Clint Frazier (post-concussion migraines) was able to hit in the batting cage Saturday, but continues to experience symptoms.Rangers: OF Nomar Mazara (right thumb sprain) was again limited to designated hitter duties with Triple-A Round Rock on Saturday.UP NEXTYankees: RHP Luis Severino (15-5, 3.11 ERA) pitches for the Yankees against Mets ace RHP Jacob deGrom (6-7, 1.77 ERA) Monday to close out the Subway Series on what was originally an off-day for both teams. The game was scheduled for July 22, but was postponed because of heavy rain. Severino’s 15 wins lead the AL. DeGrom continues to lead the majors in ERA and is coming off his first victory since June 18.Rangers: RHP Bartolo Colon (6-10 Eric Sogard Jersey , 5.18) pitches against RHP Zack Greinke (12-7, 2.89 ERA) as Texas opens a two-game interleague matchup with Arizona. Colon allowed four runs over seven innings to defeat Seattle on Aug. 7, passing Dennis Martinez to become the career leader for most wins in MLB by a pitcher from Latin America. LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clayton Kershaw says he accepts the reasons he was given for not starting Game 1 of the National League Division Series.Whether the three-time NL Cy Young Award winner agrees with them may be altogether different.The Los Angeles Dodgers chose to go with Hyun-Jin Ryu in their series opener against the Atlanta Braves on Thursday. Kershaw is set to pitch Game 2 on Friday.“I wouldn’t really consider it a gut punch,” Kershaw said Thursday in his first public comments on the topic.Manager Dave Roberts says he and pitching coach Rick Honeycutt delivered the news via conference call to Kershaw, who has started eight of the Dodgers’ past 10 postseason Game 1s.If Kershaw is miffed, he’s keeping it to himself. Roberts says the vibe between the two of them is “great.” Kershaw can opt out of the final two years of his contract after the World Series.“Obviously, it’s a huge sacrifice for him,” Roberts said. “But to not let it influence his mind or psyche, that doesn’t surprise me.”Calling Kershaw “this generation’s best pitcher,” Roberts reiterated the decision to go with Ryu was that it allows both pitchers to have five days’ rest between starts. If Kershaw had gone first Keon Broxton Jersey , he would be on four days’ rest, while Ryu would be on six days’ rest for Game 2.“This year I’ve pitched with an extra day a lot more than in years past,” Kershaw said. “I mean, not necessarily by choice, not that I wanted to do it. We have more off days now during the season, so it kind of worked out that way. But I think I probably would have been fine either way.”Kershaw said he asked Roberts why he wasn’t starting and received an answer. However, he declined to share it.“It wasn’t really an agree or disagree type thing, I guess,” he said. “They had their reasons, and I accepted them.”Ryu has posted a better ERA (2.81) in his three career postseason games than Kershaw (4.35) in his 24 playoff games.The South Korean was 7-3 with a 1.97 ERA in the regular season. Fellow lefty Kershaw was 9-5 with a 2.73 ERA and a team-high 155 strikeouts.Ryu had an edge over the final month of the season http://www.brewersfanproshop.com/authentic-zach-davies-jersey , posting a 1.88 ERA after overcoming a groin injury. Kershaw had a 3.89 ERA in September.“Hyun-Jin has had a great season and he’s pitched really well for us,” Kershaw said.At 30, Kershaw hasn’t shown the same zip with his fastball this season and he’s been on the disabled list for three consecutive seasons with back issues.“I don’t really need to prove myself to anybody,” Kershaw said. “I want my teammates to want me out there. I think that’s the biggest thing.”If the series goes to a deciding fifth game, Roberts would again have to decide between Ryu and the ace that has been the face of the franchise for years.“It would be one or two of us,” Kershaw said, smiling. “We’ll see.”

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OAKLAND Clayton Richard Jersey , Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics surprised most everyone but themselves.A young team that gained momentum with a strong September a year ago slugged its way right into the playoffs and onto the national radar by hanging tough in the difficult AL West this season.Still, it all ended with the same result: a playoff defeat in an elimination game. After a 97-65 regular season, Oakland lost the wild-card game 7-2 to New York on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium.“Unless you play the last game, it’s disappointing,” manager Bob Melvin said. “So I think when you reflect back and look where we started the year, you know kind of where we came from, it ends up being a good year but it doesn’t feel good right now.”Khris Davis and the A’s rallied all year long to reach the postseason for the first time since 2014 following consecutive last-place division finishes.Davis led the majors with 48 home runs, his third straight 40-homer season.A sensational second-half surge made the difference. The A’s trailed the Mariners by 11 games in the wild-card race on June 15.“If you told us at the beginning of the year we’d have 97 wins at the end of the year and we have about five guys with career years and had an opportunity to be in a wild-card game against a team with a hundred wins, I think we’d all take that,” closer Blake Treinen said.The A’s believed from the start they could do this, even with an opening-day payroll of $66 http://www.padresfanproshop.com/authentic-manuel-margot-jersey ,039,675 that ranked lowest in the American League and second-lowest in baseball ahead of the Phillies.Then they captured the country’s attention — and opponents took notice, too — with a team with a knack for late-game rallies.Led by Davis and all his power-hitting sidekicks like Matt Chapman and Matt Olson, the A’s overcame losing key starters from their rotation down the stretch. That included left-hander Sean Manaea, who pitched a no-hitter on April 21 against Boston then had arthroscopic shoulder surgery last month.“It’s pretty hard but I’m not disappointed at all,” Davis said. “I think we showed some people we can do some things and I think next year, we’re a little bit more of a threat. I hope we can just continue this and build on it.”With his starting staff slim, Melvin recently turned to using an “opener” for an inning before going with another pitcher as a long man, and most everything he tried worked beautifully.Here are some things to take from the A’s year:DAVIS DELIVERS: Davis earned that hefty raise he received last offseason of $10.5 million, more than doubling his salary after he beat the team in arbitration the previous winter.The 30-year-old Davis had career highs in home runs and with 123 RBIs. He joined Jimmie Foxx from 1932-34 as the only players in A’s history with three straight 40-homer seasons.PISCOTTY’S TRIUMPH: Newcomers such as Stephen Piscotty carried the load in a career year — and for him after dealing with the heartbreak of losing his mother, Gretchen Hunter Renfroe Jersey , in May to ALS.Piscotty, acquired from the Cardinals last December, batted .267 and had eight of his 27 home runs and 25 of his 88 RBIs in 25 September games.COMEBACK KIDS: After dropping so far back of the Mariners in mid-June, the A’s answered by going 63-29 from June 16 through the rest of the season. It was the best record during that stretch in baseball — ahead of Boston’s 60-31.Oakland also went a majors-best 31-14 in one-run games and had 10 walkoff victories.TREINEN SHINES: Treinen, who knew of him before this season started?Then the unassuming closer went 9-2, saved 38 games, finished with a career-low 0.78 ERA and career-high 100 strikeouts. He didn’t allow an earned run over his last 15 outings.The right-hander is the first pitcher to finish with at least 30 saves, an ERA below 1.00 and 100 strikeouts.OCTOBER TROUBLE: Oakland has lost eight straight winner-take-all postseason games since beating Willie Mays and the New York Mets in Game 7 of the 1973 World Series. The A’s are also 1-14 in potential clinchers since 2000. They reached the AL Championship Series in 2006, the lone time since 2000 the club has advanced past the first round of the playoffs.Since losing in the ’14 wild-card game to the eventual AL champion Royals 9-8 in 12 innings, low-budget Oakland had won just 68, 69 and 75 games the past three seasons. This year Freddy Galvis Jersey , the A’s shined while still playing at the rundown Oakland Coliseum they share with the NFL’s Oakland Raiders.This was considered a significant step to getting back to the big October stage. The Philadelphia Phillies return to Citizens Bank Park for their penultimate homestand of 2018 in desperate need of some wins as they try to stay in the National League East race.The second-place Phillies will play the three teams behind them in the division during the nine-game homestand, starting Monday night against the Washington Nationals. Jake Arrieta (10-9, 3.61 ERA) will get the start against Washington right-hander Erick Fedde (1-3, 6.00) in the opener of the final series between the teams in 2018.The Phillies have not won a series since sweeping the Marlins in early August. Philadelphia is 11-20 since then and, at 74-68, as close as it has been to .500 since it was 43-37 on June 29. Philadelphia’s latest loss, a 6-4 defeat against the New York Mets on Sunday afternoon at Citi Field, pushed it 4 1/2 games behind the Atlanta Braves for the division’s top spot.Article continues below ...Despite a month without a series victory, the Phillies still have a chance to catch the Braves, who they play seven times in the final two weeks of the season. The Phillies are 43-26 at home but just 28-32 against the rest of the NL East this season. They have an 8-8 mark against the Nationals.“We need to turn the page quickly,” Phillies manager Gabe Kapler told reporters after Sunday’s loss in New York. “Looking forward to getting back to Philadelphia where we’ve played really good baseball all year long. We will come out (Monday) having turned the page. We’re prepared to do that.”The Nationals (71-72) enter the series with a two-game winning streak Austin Hedges Jersey , beating the Chicago Cubs twice before their Sunday game was rained out. There are eight games separating the Nationals and the Braves. Fedde will make his eighth start of the season and his second since rejoining the Nationals after a shoulder injury sidelined him for two months. He gave up four runs (all in the second inning) and four hits and had seven strikeouts in five innings against the St. Louis Cardinals last Tuesday.“I think just that second inning got away from me a little bit,” Fedde told MLB.com after the game. “I started getting a little slider happy with some of the guys that came up, and I think I just let it take over.”Fedde, 25, is 1-1 with a 6.55 ERA in two career starts against the Phillies.Rhys Hoskins will try to keep his home run streak going against Fedde and the Nationals. Hoskins homered for the third consecutive game in Sunday’s loss. The Phillies’ 25-year-old slugger has 30 homers this season, and he has homered in three straight games on three separate occasions in 2018.Arrieta was strong in his last outing, notching 11 strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings against the Miami Marlins. The veteran right-hander has allowed two homers in each of his last three starts, including in a three-inning performance against the Nationals on Aug. 29.Arrieta is 1-2 with a 5.25 ERA and a 1.567 WHIP in 12 career starts against Washington.

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SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego Padres vice president of scouting Don Welke has died. He was 75.The team says he died Wednesday night in San Diego surrounded by family. No cause was given.Welke worked in baseball for more than 50 years. He joined the Padres in 2014 http://www.marinersfanproshop.com/authentic-alex-colome-jersey , following general manager A.J. Preller from the Texas Rangers to San Diego. Welke also worked the Phillies, Dodgers, Orioles, Blue Jays, Royals and Reds.Welke was instrumental in the Rangers reaching consecutive World Series. He was directly involved in the signings and acquisitions of Adrian Beltre, Jurickson Profar and Elvis Andrus. He also helped sign Dave Stieb, Pat Hentgen and John Olerud.In a statement James Paxton Jersey , Preller calls Welke a “visionary who knew and loved baseball, and he shared that knowledge and passion with me and countless other scouts throughout his five decades in the game.” HOUSTON (AP) — If rookie Josh James keeps throwing this way, he might just pitch himself onto Houston’s postseason roster.James struck out seven and scattered four hits over 5 1/3 innings to help the Astros to a 7-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night for his first major league win.Houston eliminated the Mariners from AL West contention and moved five games in front of second-place Oakland, which lost 9-7 at home to the Angels.It was just the second start and fourth career appearance for the 25-year-old James (1-0), who made his debut on Sept. 1. He has a 2.81 ERA with 24 strikeouts.“I’m really impressed by how he’s handling it,” manager AJ Hinch said. “There’s no panic in him. And that pays dividends moving forward when we’re starting to make decisions. Of course, he’s factoring in.”James said he isn’t focused right now on whether he’ll get to pitch for the defending World Series champions in October.“I’m just trying to contribute and pitch as well as I can http://www.stlouiscardinalsteamshop.com/authentic-marcell-ozuna-jersey ,” he said. “Postseason roster’s really not on my mind right now. I just really want to perform.”Marwin Gonzalez hit a two-run homer in a four-run third for the Astros. Four relievers completed the shutout.Seattle starter Mike Leake (10-10) yielded six hits and five runs in 6 1/3 innings to snap a two-game winning streak.“Mike Leake for the most part threw the ball really well,” manager Scott Servais said. “It was that one inning. Seems to be the story of his season, and the games we don’t come back and win, it’s usually that one inning that gets him.”Leake plunked Brian McCann to start the third before Tony Kemp doubled. The Astros took a 1-0 lead when George Springer hit an RBI single, and Springer reached second on the play thanks to an error by left fielder Denard Span. Kemp scored on a groundout by Jose Altuve to make it 2-0.There were two outs in the inning when Gonzalez sent a drive to left-center that was originally ruled a double. But a replay review revealed it was a homer, pushing Houston’s lead to 4-0.The Mariners couldn’t get much going against James. He walked Chris Hermann with no outs in the third before a one-out single by Mitch Haniger. After a short mound visit, James retired the next two batters to end the threat. He allowed a double to Robinson Cano to start the sixth before striking out Nelson Cruz with his final pitch.Cano doubled twice and tied a season high with three hits Miles Mikolas Jersey , but the rest of the team managed only three hits on a night when the Mariners went 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position.The Astros padded their lead in the seventh when Yuli Gurriel doubled with one out and scored on a single by McCann. Houston added two more runs in the eighth, with the first one coming when Tyler White’s fly to left-center dropped right in between Span and Dee Gordon for a double.TRAINER’S ROOMMariners: LHP James Paxton played catch but was not quite ready to throw a bullpen as he continues to build strength after recovering from the flu and pneumonia. … RHP Felix Hernandez (hamstring) is doing better and is expected to rejoin the team Friday before the start of a series against the Rangers.Astros: RHP Lance McCullers Jr., on the disabled list since Aug. 5 with a strained right forearm, threw a simulated game and will throw another one Friday or Saturday. The Astros hope he’ll be able to return before the end of the regular season.MAKE IT A DOUBLECano’s two doubles gave him 530 for his career to move him into 40th place on the all-time list.“Robbie’s been out there a long time. It’s kind of part of his game, is the extra-base hit and getting the doubles,” Servais said. “A couple of those tonight, great to see he swung the bat very well.”UP NEXTLeft-hander Dallas Keuchel (11-10 Bud Norris Jersey , 3.57 ERA), who has won his last two decisions, will start for the Astros when the series concludes Wednesday. The Mariners hadn’t announced their starter, but Servais said it will be a bullpen game.

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