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SAN FRANCISCO — Yusmeiro Petit learned he would start Tuesday night’s game about an hour before the scheduled first pitch.

It was no big deal for the 29-year-old who has pitched in parts of seven seasons in the Major Leagues. 

Petit replaced scheduled starter Matt Cain, who cut his hand on a knife in the kitchen at AT&T Park just before batting practice, and held the Padres to three hits over six innings of a 6-0 win over the Padres.

Angel Pagan and Buster Posey each hit home runs in the first inning and Hector Sanchez had three RBIs to back the clutch emergency start.

“I’m prepared for it at any time,” Petit (2-1) said of his 45th career start. “Even if it’s one moment before the game.”

Petit, who didn’t walk a batter and faced just two over the minimum, went to a three-ball count twice in the game and threw a first-pitch strike to 15 of 20 batters.

“He’s the perfect guy for the situation,” Giants’ relief pitcher Jeremy Affeldt said. “That’s his makeup. He threw four U.S Military Army Day innings in Colorado and saved the bullpen. Tonight he went above and beyond the call of duty.”

Petit, who threw Adrian Peterson Jersey Authentic a one-hit shutout against the Youth Nike Minnesota Vikings 28 Adrian Peterson Camo Realtree Collection Elite Jersey D-backs on Sept. 6 last season, was impressive in his first start of 2014. He retired the first nine hitters he faced and allowed one baserunner past first base.

“What a great effort,” Men’s Nike Minnesota Vikings 28 Adrian Peterson Elite Black Camo Fashion Jersey Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “To lose the starter and to get six innings like that really lifts the ballclub. We saw him pitch like that last year. It’s sure fun to watch.”

San Diego manager Bud Black wasn’t having nearly as much fun.

“I don’t know this fellow, but I assume it Stitched Letter and Number Adrian Peterson Camo Football Jersey didn’t faze him,” Black said. “Based on looking at him from the other side, he looks calm and poised. This guy’s a Major League pitcher and he pitched a good game.”

Black said he was informed Adrian Peterson Nike Elite Jersey of the pitching change during batting practice.

“There’s a good hour for our players to readjust,” he said. “That’s part of Men’s Nike Minnesota Vikings 28 Adrian Peterson Camo Realtree Collection Elite Jersey what players do — constant mental adjustments as the day unfolds. Players are conditioned to adjust on the fly. We’ve faced Petit before. He’s been around the league for over three years. Our guys know who the opposing pitchers are.”

Petit said he had not thrown in a bullpen session since last pitching eight days ago. He Adrian Peterson Camouflage Military Day Football Jersey did play catch every day to stay ready.

“By the third inning, I was letting it go,” Petit said. “I felt good. I was only worrying about throwing the right pitch at the right time.”

Giants pitchers retired the final 11 batters they faced in succession. Jean Machi struck out one in two perfect innings, and Santiago Adrian Peterson Camo Jersey Casilla struck out one while working the ninth.

Pagan hit a 1-1 pitch by Eric Stults (1-3) just inside the foul pole in left field. Posey hit the first pitch he Adrian Peterson Military Jersey saw into the left-field bleachers. It’s the first time the Giants have hit two home runs in the first inning at home since Fred Lewis and Bengie Molina did it against the Washington Nationals on July 22, 2008.

“That helped me relax,” Petit said.

The Giants added three runs in the third when Sanchez singled home two and Brandon Crawford, who is hitting .440 (11-for-25) against left-handers, drove in a run to end Stults’ night.

Sanchez added a sacrifice fly in the fifth. He has a combined eight RBIs in his last two starts.

Bochy said Cain is likely to be ready for his next start, which would come Monday in Pittsburgh.

Cain said he would probably delay throwing in a bullpen session an extra day to allow the finger to heal.

If Cain is unable to take his next turn, Bochy said he can always turn to Petit again.

Rehab stint Andre Johnson Youth Jersey unlikely unlikely for Sale, but return uncertain

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CHICAGO — Chris Sale played catch for a second straight day, but there’s no timetable for his return.

The White Sox ace, who was placed on the disabled list retroactive to April 18 with a flexor muscle strain in his left arm, is eligible to come back this weekend in Cleveland. That return does not seem plausible as of now.

“We’re not worried about if he throws when the time’s up on the disabled list,” said White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper. “First of all, we’ve got to play Andre Johnson Apparel some more catch, and then we’ve got to get to a light sideline and get all that on track.

“Listen, the last few years he’s had something and we shut him down. Why? Because we wanted to take care of him, and that’s what we’re doing Andre Johnson Youth Jersey right now. And when he’s able to go, he’ll be out there and really not one second before.

“He’s playing catch. He’s loosening up, feeling better each day,” Cooper said. “We don’t really have a timetable. I haven’t spoken to [White Sox head athletic Andre Johnson Jersey trainer] Herm [Schneider] yet today, but we speak on the bench every night when it comes, and he’s starting to feel even better as days go on.”

White Sox manager Robin Ventura doesn’t believe Sale will need to go on a Minor League rehab stint before he comes back, with Sale having the ability to get that work done with the White Sox. He also doesn’t feel the team is taking any extra precautionary measures this time compared to the time in each of Sale’s previous two years as a starter that he has been shut down.

“No. It’s the same. It’s the same,” Ventura said. “The times before, the first time we Mens Nike Houston Texans 80 Andre Johnson Elite Away White Jersey were more cautious than anything moving him from being a starter. But having gone through it, this is just part of stuff that has happened to him before, you just want to make sure.

“He’s the one that will let you know when he’s feeling good enough. He’ll know when he’s ready.”

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CHICAGO — Scott Carroll was getting ready to leave the home clubhouse at U.S. Cellular Field on Sunday after finishing off his Major League debut and first big league victory. Before departing, the 29-year-old White Sox rookie asked teammate Adam Dunn for a restaurant recommendation in Chicago.

The only catch was that the restaurant needed to be able to accommodate 35 friends and family members who were in town for the contest against the Rays. Dunn made a few calls to set things up for Carroll at a local establishment called Timothy O’Toole’s in the downtown area.

“I just thought he was reserving the spot for me,” said Carroll with a laugh, speaking prior to Monday’s contest.

Dunn did more than reserve the spot. Mens Nike Houston Texans 80 Andre Johnson Elite Black Impact Jersey The veteran designated hitter picked up the entire tab for Carroll’s group. It was Dunn’s way of paying tribute to the impressive 7 1/3-inning outing for Carroll, who had pitched 138 games over eight Minor League seasons before getting to the Majors.

“This kid pitched great. I know how special it is to Womens Nike Houston Texans Andre Johnson Elite Battle Red Alternate Jersey kind of remember your first time,” Dunn said. “It’s just something that was done for me when I was young. That’s one cool part of the game where hopefully one day he’ll be in position where he’s able to do it.”

“It doesn’t surprise me that Adam did that. A guy comes up, has a day like that, you’re trying to figure out where to take 30 people. He’s as good a teammate as there is,” said White Sox manager Robin Ventura. “That’s part of being around good people, and he was fortunate when he came up to play with some guys who were the same way.”

Ventura pointed out that Dunn didn’t want any recognition for his actions, but it was good to see team stuff like that for two players who didn’t really know each other that well.

“We played together in Spring Training, but other than that, no,” said Carroll of his past friendship with Dunn. “It just shows the kind of guy he is, willing to do that for me playing just one game.”

“Carroll last night, that was awesome,” Dunn said. “That’s an awesome story and you’ve got 24 guys who are really happy for him.”

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CHICAGO — White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu and Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager shared American League Player of the Week honors for the period ending April 27.

Abreu batted .310 (9-for-29) with one double, five homers, 14 RBIs and eight runs scored in seven games to become the first White Sox rookie to win AL Player of the Week since infielder Josh Fields on Sept. 24, 2007.

“I was just like, ‘Man, I know that’s an award every player would like to have,'” said Abreu through interpreter and White Sox manager of cultural development Lino Diaz. “Once again, I thank God. And the first thing I thought of was my mom. I wish she was here so she could see it as well. I know she’s going to be very happy.”

Abreu has set the March/April Major League rookie record with 10 homers and 32 RBIs. He also has proven to be able to make adjustments within games, let alone within weeks Andre Johnson Football Merchandise of games.

“When I got out of Cuba, I said to myself, ‘I’m going to be ready mentally for any kind of adversity I may have,'” Abreu said. “I don’t really know what kind of adjustments they will be making on me, but if they make adjustments, I will be making adjustments on them as well. God willing, we’ll have success again.”

The rookie sensation continued his hot streak with a 2-for-4 performance in Monday’s 7-3 victory over the Rays. He is 16-for-42 with six home runs and 18 RBIs in his last 10 games and has 10 homers and 26 RBIs in his last 20.

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CHICAGO — After taking five days off completely from throwing when he first was sidelined, Felipe Paulino is moving closer to a Minor League start as the next step in his injury rehab. Paulino was placed on the disabled list April 19 Andre Johnson Jersey for Sale with right rotator cuff inflammation.

“He’s got one more sideline on Wednesday. We’ve had two already, a light one, a medium, and we’re going to have a heavier one on Wednesday,” White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper said. “He’ll pitch somewhere Saturday, I would imagine, but I haven’t spoken to anybody about that. But that’s kind of the plan.”

Paulino, 30, has gone 0-2 with an 11.29 ERA in four starts this season after not pitching in the Majors since June 6, 2012, following ulnar collateral ligament replacement surgery and shoulder issues. While Paulino worked hard to be ready for the start of this current campaign, he might have needed more preparatory time to take his recovery to the next level.

Along with getting healthy, Paulino knows he has to be better to earn a rotation spot again.

“I believe I have to do well there. I have to do well because I want to make sure my arm responds well and after that, get everything right,” Paulino said. “I want to come back here and come back to do the right thing. Give the team a chance to win.

“We worked so hard to be good, but sometimes your body is not ready and you have to Andre Johnson Nike Limited Jersey hang on with that soreness, up and down, up and down. I want to be good and I want to do it right, but sometime you have to listen to your body. Just figure out the best way to keep in shape and I believe it will be OK. Just try to understand what’s going on with me right now.”

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OAK@HOU: McHugh retires 19 straight batters in win

HOUSTON — When Collin McHugh joined the Astros rotation last week following his promotion from Triple-A Oklahoma City, the goal was for him to make two starts before ace Scott Feldman was able to be activated from the disabled list.

McHugh, however, doesn’t plan on giving up his spot in the rotation that easily. The 26-year-old journeyman, who was a relative unknown to most Astros fans five days ago, spun his second consecutive gem Sunday afternoon by holding the A’s to one run and two hits in a masterful 8 2/3 innings in a 5-1 win in the series finale at Minute Maid Park.

“He’s the man right now,” Astros catcher Carlos Corporan said.

Indeed, in his first two starts with the Astros, McHugh is 2-0 with a 0.59 ERA, having allowed only five hits and one run while striking out 19 batters in 15 1/3 innings. He came within one out Sunday of recording a one-hit shutout before the A’s rallied for a run.

He’s the first pitcher in franchise history to pitch at least 6 2/3 innings and allow one run or fewer with at least seven strikeouts in his first two starts.

“It feels great,” McHugh said. “First of all, it feels good to get another win against the A’s. They’re a good team. To be Andre Johnson Football Merchandise able to take two from them, especially at home and even the series and build some momentum, it’s huge.”

Astros manager Bo Porter said McHugh will remain in the rotation going forward.

“He put himself in a really good spot,” Porter said. “Performance pretty much speaks for itself. This guy has earned the right to get the ball next turn.”

In his first start with the Astros on Tuesday in Seattle, McHugh picked up his first Major League win by striking out 12 batters and walking none in 6 2/3 scoreless innings. He struck out seven batters and walked three on Sunday, but the A’s weren’t especially complimentary.

“Stuff-wise, I thought he was OK,” said Josh Donaldson, who went 0-for-3 with a walk. “I don’t think it was anything special. But he changed speeds well and pitched to his game plan.”

McHugh’s control certainly wasn’t quite as good on Sunday, but he retired 19 in a row before hitting Brandon Moss with a two-out pitch in the ninth inning. The ball grazed Moss’ foot and originally wasn’t called a hit by pitch, but A’s manager Bob Melvin had a successful challenge via instant replay.

Moss, with the Astros Andre Johnson Nike Limited Jersey not holding him on, swiped second base and scored on a Andre Johnson Jersey for Sale looping liner off Andre Johnson Apparel the bat of Alberto Callaspo, who took advantage of a cutter up in the zone and wound up being McHugh’s final hitter. He reached career highs in innings pitched and pitches (114).

“That was an outstanding performance,” Porter said. “When we sent him out there in the ninth, it was with the complete hope that he was going to be able to finish what he started. That was tremendous, attacking the strike zone with all three of his pitches. To pitch that well against a really good-hitting Oakland lineup speaks volumes to Collin and the way him and Corporan worked today.”

The Astros blew the game open in the seventh inning by scoring four runs on a two-run triple by Jonathan Villar and a two-run homer by Jose Altuve, his first Womens Nike Houston Texans Andre Johnson Elite Battle Red Alternate Jersey of the year. Villar doubled and scored on a Dexter Fowler single in the third inning as the Mens Nike Houston Texans 80 Andre Johnson Elite Camouflage Realtree Collection Jersey pair went a combined 4-for-7 with three runs.

“Those tack-on runs are always huge,” Porter said. “When you start to look at the quality of two-out hits, those are big, big hits from a standpoint of giving yourself the extra cushion late in the game.”

McHugh allowed the A’s to load the bases with two outs in the first inning on a pair of walks and a single by Jed Lowrie, but he got Josh Reddick to pop out to shortstop to end the threat. He was Andre Johnson Jersey pretty much unhittable after that, sending down 21 of the next 22 batters he faced to Mens Nike Houston Texans 80 Andre Johnson Elite Away White Jersey carry a one-hit shutout into the ninth.

“I wasn’t even thinking about the hits,” McHugh said. “I was more mad about the walks. Mens Nike Houston Texans Andre Johnson 10th Anniversary Elite Away White Captain Patch Jersey I had walked a couple of guys early, and with this team you can’t give them free base runners because anyone in that lineup can really do damage. Once I got that momentum and started rolling with it, it got a little bit easier to kind of make pitches and feel that flow.”

Facing a lineup that featured eight left-handed hitters, McHugh credited his cutter, which zooms inside to lefties, with helping him navigate his way. Unlike Tuesday when he relied on strikeouts, he was willing to allow the A’s to put the ball in play and let his defense perform.

“The guys played great defense behind me all night,” he said. “Those guys put the bat on the ball. Early in the game, I was trying to pitch around them, and they’re going to take and put themselves on Mens Nike Houston Texans 80 Andre Johnson Elite New Lights Out Black Jersey base if you do that. The middle of the game Corp[oran] said, ‘We’ll go right at them Andre Johnson Youth Jersey and let our defense play for you,’ and they did, and did a great job.”

McHugh’s success through two starts is one of baseball’s biggest surprise Mens Nike Houston Texans 80 Andre Johnson Elite Black Impact Jersey stories so far. He was claimed off waivers by the Astros from the Rockies in December, and hadn’t fared well in his previous 15 Major League outings with the Mets and Rockies over the past two years.

When asked if he would have believed it if someone had told him coming into this year that he would have two eye-popping Major League starts under his belt, McHugh responded: “Depends who told me.”

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OAK@HOU: Fowler lines a go-ahead RBI single to left

HOUSTON — One night after a tie game got away from the Astros in the ninth inning, they delivered a little payback — albeit an inning early and not without some sighs of relief.

Dallas Keuchel Mens Nike Houston Texans Andre Johnson 10th Anniversary Elite Away White Captain Patch Jersey gamely pitched into the seventh inning, allowing Chris Carter‘s power surge and four runs in the Astros’ final at-bat to finally eke Houston past Oakland, 7-6, on Saturday night at Minute Maid Park.

The win smoothed over some lingering frustration following a rough week, one that featured a walk-off loss Andre Johnson Jersey at Seattle and two ejections in two losses to the A’s by a combined score of 22-6.

Entering the home half of the eighth with the score tied at 3, Marwin Gonzalez and Jose Altuve posted base hits to set up runners at the corners and no outs against Oakland lefty reliever Sean Doolittle.

After losing so many recent break points — as manager Bo Porter likes to call high-leverage moments — Andre Johnson Apparel Dexter Fowler delivered a go-ahead RBI with a single past diving shortstop Jed Lowrie.

“Really good job of situational hitting,” Porter said. “Altuve, with Marwin on the move, shooting the 4 hole and Dexter knowing the first and third situation, Andre Johnson Youth Jersey bringing them in. When you have speed on the basepaths, it dictates pitch selection for their guy.”

The go-ahead single capped a big night for Fowler, who also drilled a solo home run in the first and has a seven-game hitting streak.

“Just simplify things at the plate and seeing good pitches,” Fowler said. “I’d been swinging at some bad ones, so I settled down a little and found some Mens Nike Houston Texans 80 Andre Johnson Elite Camouflage Realtree Collection Jersey that were in my zone.”

Given Oakland’s seven-run final inning in Friday’s 12-5 triumph, the Astros kept their foot on Mens Nike Houston Texans 80 Andre Johnson Elite Away White Jersey the gas in the eighth, and it would prove necessary.

Jason Castro brought Altuve home with a base hit before ballyhooed rookie George Springer delivered another run with a fielder’s-choice groundout. Marc Krauss finished the barrage with the eventual game-winning RBI on a groundout.

“The pitch that Gonzalez hit was on the outside corner., the pitch that Altuve Andre Johnson Nike Limited Jersey hit was away [and] the pitch that Castro lined was in,” Doolittle said. “Only one I really thought I missed my spot was to Fowler. I don’t know. That’s tough.”

Little has come easy for this year’s Astros, though, and the ninth was further proof. Brandon Moss roped a three-run shot off righty Jerome Williams with no Andre Johnson Football Merchandise outs, considerably slimming Houston’s hard-earned lead.

Suddenly, the good vibes in Minute Maid had melted away and another A’s hit had the game in jeopardy.

“Pretty interesting, huh?” Porter quipped. “I try to keep my emotions intact, though. Your thought process has to stay clear. I thought we were going to win the game the whole time.

He was prophetic in this instance. Williams settled down with a fielder’s choice and fellow reliever Raul Valdes finagled out of the inning to ease the home crowd’s unrest.

The late drama obscured a gutty outing by Keuchel, even though the first inning suggested it would be another long night against the Athletics. The southpaw surrendered a walk and three hits in a two-run opening frame, managing through it by inducing a double play and a fielder’s choice.

“Just felt sluggish out of the gate,” Keuchel said. “That’s not like me, but you’re not going to feel your best every time out. Feel like I was lucky to get out of it with two runs.”

After that, the red-hot A’s offense was mostly powerless against the lefty, as he set down 13 in a row at one point.

He wasn’t overpowering, yet plenty effective by using a mix of sharp breakers and low fastballs to keep the high-flying A’s frustrated with 12 groundouts. Keuchel didn’t factor into the decision. He did post his fourth straight quality start, lasting 6 1/3 innings and allowing three runs while striking out six.

“He’s probably pitching the best he’s pitched in his career,” Porter said.

Along with the A’s recent dominance against Houston, Carter’s power struggles have been another major story for the struggling Astros.

Carter entered Saturday with just two home runs, both against Seattle, after belting 29 last season.

He finally found some juice on his swing, mashing a two-run homer off the Community Leaders signs high up the left-field facade to give Houston a 3-2 lead Womens Nike Houston Texans Andre Johnson Elite Battle Red Alternate Jersey in the second. All three of Carter’s home runs have come in the last five games.

The teams’ breezed through the Mens Nike Houston Texans 80 Andre Johnson Elite Black Impact Jersey next five innings, setting up a back-and-forth final third.

Williams bailed Keuchel out of a seventh-inning jam, though the A’s did nab Mens Nike Houston Texans 80 Andre Johnson Elite New Lights Out Black Jersey a run credited to the starter on Coco Crisp‘s sacrifice fly to tie it at 3.

It looked like advantage A’s at that point, especially with Oakland’s bullpen far fresher than Houston’s.

Instead, the Astros finally held on Andre Johnson Jersey for Sale for a win during what has been a testy series against a team that is a thorn in their side.

The win snapped a six-game home losing streak and was Houston’s first victory against the Athletics in nine tries dating back to last season.

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CHC@MIL: Garza yields two earned, strikes out seven

MILWAUKEE — Matt Garza insisted Friday that his first win in a Brewers uniform was no more satisfying because it came at the expense of the team that traded him away last season.

A former Cubs teammate smiled when he heard that.

“You can tell he was different tonight,” Brewers third Andre Johnson Nike Limited Jersey baseman Aramis Ramirez said. “Any time you go against a former team, you put a little extra on it. We all know he was. There’s nothing wrong with that.”

Garza worked seven quality innings for a 5-2 win over the Cubs at Miller Park, helped by 12 hits from an offense that is waking up at home. Lyle Overbay delivered his first Brewers home run since 2005, Carlos Gomez scored twice and five Mens Nike Houston Texans Andre Johnson 10th Anniversary Elite Away White Captain Patch Jersey different players, including Ramirez, drove in a run apiece.

“It’s a lot of fun when you win,” said Garza, comparing his current experience to his 2 1/2 seasons with the Cubs. “When you go through three years of constantly hoping, you kind of run out of hope. Come to a team like Andre Johnson Football Merchandise this, where every day we’re going out to win — not hoping to win — it’s a lot different. A lot different emotion, a lot better emotion. It’s confidence.

“That’s what we’re playing with a lot of right now. It’s just great to be here right now, and I’m happy where I’m at, and I love going out there and giving my team a shot to win every Mens Nike Houston Texans 80 Andre Johnson Elite Away White Jersey five days.”

The 17-6 Brewers still own baseball’s best record, and with the calendar moving to May next week, it’s getting a little late to be characterizing what is happening in Milwaukee as a fast start.

“The first week, 10 days of the season you can say Mens Nike Houston Texans 80 Andre Johnson Elite Black Impact Jersey ‘fast start,'” said Brewers closer Francisco Rodriguez, who struck out two of the three batters he faced in the ninth for his 10th save in as many chances. “But we’re almost at the end of the month. That tells you something.”

Ramirez agreed.

“We can be better offensively, but we have real good pitching,” Ramirez said. “That’s why we are where we are right now.”

That pitching culminated on Friday with Rodriguez, who tied Robb Nen for 18th all-time with 314 career saves, and tied a franchise record set by Francisco Cordero in 2007 with his 10th save in the first month of a season. Rodriguez has yet to allow a run in 13 appearances in ’14.

Working backward, there was left-hander Zach Duke, who struck out the side in the eighth inning for his eighth consecutive scoreless appearance, helping Mens Nike Houston Texans 80 Andre Johnson Elite Camouflage Realtree Collection Jersey to drive the Brewers’ bullpen ERA down to 2.35.

Before that was Garza, who held his former teammates to two runs on four hits over seven innings, with a walk and seven strikeouts. It was the Brewers’ 18th quality start in 23 games this season, and lowered Milwaukee starters’ ERA to 2.57.

All told, the Brewers’ team ERA is 2.50.

“I don’t know Mens Nike Houston Texans 80 Andre Johnson Elite New Lights Out Black Jersey exactly what are numbers are out there, but I think it’s pretty impressive,” Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. “They’re good. They’re confident right now. They can do this. Whether the entire bullpen can maintain these numbers through an entire season, I don’t know. But they’re good.”

Garza’s outing was his best since his Brewers debut on April 2, when he and Atlanta’s Aaron Harang worked dueling no-hitters for seven innings. Garza lost that battle, 1-0, then saw the Brewers shut out again in his other Miller Park start, this time 4-0 against Lance Lynn and the Cardinals. In those two home games, the Brewers were held to five hits.

Friday’s run support was overdue.

After Garza set down three Cubs hitters in order in the top of the first inning, Gomez singled against Cubs starter Carlos Villanueva, stole second base and scored when second baseman Scooter Gennett hit a ball that somehow eluded Chicago left fielder Junior Lake for an RBI double. Gennett promptly scored when Ryan Braun ripped a single to Lake in left.

“It was good to finally score some runs for [Garza],” Gennett said. “Especially when a guy battles like that for seven strong innings, you want to throw Andre Johnson Jersey up some runs for him. The thing about him is he’s a competitor. He’s not scared of anybody.”

Milwaukee added single runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings against Villanueva, who was charged with five runs on 11 hits in five innings of work. He’s allowed 22 earned runs and 40 hits in 19 innings this season.

Villanueva pitched for the Brewers for parts of five seasons from 2006-10, but dismissed the notion that his former team has a book on him.

“It’s just a matter of making pitches,” Andre Johnson Youth Jersey Villanueva said. “We know Garza, we had him. Everybody knows what everybody else features. There’s video, and you have to take advantage Andre Johnson Apparel of what you know. I’ve faced the Brewers a bunch of times and have done well against them. Sometimes it works to your advantage. There are some things that could’ve gone either way. They just went the other way on me.”

Overbay’s home run leading off the fourth inning was his first in a Brewers uniform since Sept. 20, 2005, against the Cubs, during his first stint in Womens Nike Houston Texans Andre Johnson Elite Battle Red Alternate Jersey Milwaukee. Nomar Garciaparra was in the starting lineup that night for the Cubs, and Brady Clark and Carlos Lee for the Brewers.

Jonathan Lucroy Andre Johnson Jersey for Sale drove in the Brewers’ other run, with all five coming before the end of the fifth inning.

For the first time, Garza was able to savor a personal victory. But again, it meant nothing more that it came against the Cubs.

“I’ve been on five different teams, man,” he said. “If I had to get up for everybody, I’d be tired by midseason. It was just another ballgame, just another club I’ve got to give my team a chance to win [against].”

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NYY@BOS: Sabathia fans eight in six innings of work

BOSTON — The Yankees authored a satisfying ending to their wild road trip on Thursday, rolling their suitcases out of Fenway Park on a high note by packing in their most productive offensive performance of the season.

CC Sabathia pitched six solid innings, Mark Teixeira hit his first homer of the year and rookie Yangervis Solarte drove in four runs as the Yankees defeated the Red Sox for the fifth time in seven games this season, this time by a lopsided 14-5 margin.

“They won the championship, they’re the defending champions, so they’re the team to beat,” Derek Jeter said. “We’ve played them well the first seven games. We play them 12 [more] times. It’s good that we’ve played them well now, but we’ll see them again, and I’m sure they’ll be ready for us.”

The Yankees took advantage of a season-high five Sox errors to claim the rubber game of an eventful mid-week set, marked by Jacoby Ellsbury‘s Fenway return and Masahiro Tanaka‘s rivalry debut in the first game, then Michael Pineda‘s ejection after a slick of pine tar was spotted on his neck early in the second game.

New York opened the trip by splitting a four-game series against the Rays that was no less hectic: the Yanks turned a triple play, had Men’s Nike Houston Texans Customized Elite Battle Red Alternate Jersey Cesar Cabral pitch himself off the team by hitting three men in an inning, lost Ivan Nova to a season-ending injury and won Custom Made Houston Texans Football Uniform a wild 12-inning series finale on Sunday at Tropicana Field.

This past weekend, the Yanks sent infielder Dean Anna to the mound for mop-up duty in the eighth inning of a rout Men’s Nike Houston Texans Customized Elite Navy Blue Team Color Jersey against the Rays. They then got to face a position player on Thursday at Fenway, taking their licks against knuckleball-throwing outfielder Mike Carp.

“Every day you showed up to the yard and you didn’t know what was going to happen,” Ellsbury said. “As long as you’re consistent and go about your business each and every day, usually by the end of the road trip, good things are going to happen. It was a wild seven games.”

“I think the important thing is that we were 4-3,” manager Joe Girardi said. “It’s Customized Houston Texans Jersey for Cheap hard to replace Nova, but someone is going to have to step up.”

On Thursday, Red Sox left-hander Felix Doubront was pounded for seven runs (three earned) and seven hits in 2 2/3 innings, giving Sabathia a healthy lead in the early going.

Alfonso Soriano had a first-inning RBI double, Solarte tacked on a two-run double in the second inning to snap an 0-for-14 skid and Teixeira cleared the Green Monster in the third against Doubront, who also allowed run-scoring hits to Brian Roberts and Jacoby Ellsbury before being lifted.

“It was bad, man. I couldn’t get my job done,” Doubront said. “Probably loss Men’s Nike Houston Texans Customized Elite Away White NFL Football Jersey of concentration, that’s what happened. Stitched Customized Houston Texans Football Jersey It was terrible.”

Sabathia made his second start of the year against Boston, having pitched five splendid innings on April 11 before serving up two homers in a four-run sixth. Sabathia left this one with few regrets, holding the Red Sox to two runs and three hits.

“I just wanted to go out and have a good outing. That’s what it’s all about,” Sabathia said. “I know we’ve been taxing the bullpen in the situation we’ve been in the last couple weeks. But it just felt good to go out and pitch good and get a win.”

David Ortiz lifted a sacrifice fly and Jonny Gomes slugged an RBI double in the third inning against Sabathia, who walked three and struck out eight.

“CC is a guy that can get on some rolls and we’ve seen it in the past,” Girardi said. “Obviously it couldn’t have been real easy conditions to pitch in tonight, with the weather and the long innings.”

Control was in short supply for both teams in a game that featured four wild pitches, 18 walks and two hit batsmen with slick baseballs; a good window, perhaps, into why Pineda felt the need to slather pine tar on under similar conditions a night earlier.

“It’s something that obviously Personalized Texans Jersey if they feel it needs to be addressed, they’ll address it,” Girardi said.

New York pulled further ahead with five runs in the seventh off Craig Breslow, sending 11 men to the plate in the frame. Solarte rapped a two-run single, Ellsbury cracked a ground-rule double and Jeter lined a two-run single to account for the damage.

The Red Sox trimmed the deficit in the seventh with three unearned runs off of right-hander Women’s Nike Houston Texans Customized Elite Navy Blue Team Color Jersey Shane Greene, who recorded just one out in a wild Major League debut, that featured three walks Women’s Nike Houston Texans Customized Elite Battle Red Alternate Jersey and a strikeout.

Girardi called upon Adam Warren and David Robertson — making his first appearance since being activated from the disabled list — to nail down the final eight outs of the evening.

After a dizzying eight-day jaunt to St. Petersburg and Boston that has altered the look of their roster in Houston Texans Customized Jersey several ways, Jeter said that it was good to see the Yankees consistently turn the page when needed.

“You don’t have a choice. You play every single day,” Jeter said. “There’s going to be things that happen throughout the course of the year. … You have to have a short memory when you’re playing this game.”

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LOS ANGELES — Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw will begin a Minor League rehabilitation assignment Friday night with a start at Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga against Lancaster.

Kershaw, who has been on the disabled list since straining the teres major muscle on the left side of his Andre Johnson Jersey for Sale upper back Opening Night in Mens Nike Houston Texans 80 Andre Johnson Elite Away White Jersey Australia, came out of a Monday bullpen session fine, manager Don Mattingly said Tuesday.

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LOS ANGELES — Injured Dodgers pitcher Chad Billingsley received a platelet-rich plasma injection on Tuesday Andre Johnson Football Merchandise for elbow tendinitis.

Billingsley, who is returning from April 2013 Tommy John surgery, had a setback in his first Minor League rehab start that originally was attributed to scar tissue. Continued tightness was diagnosed as tendinitis of the flexor tendon.

Billingsley said he will be shut down for five to seven days and then resume a throwing program, but he didn’t know how much longer his recovery is now expected to take.

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LOS ANGELES — Adrian Gonzalez, Dee Gordon, Carl Crawford and Tim Federowicz were not in the Dodgers starting lineup on Wednesday night.

Manager Don Mattingly said Gonzalez, slowed last week by the flu, was fine, just getting a rest. The same for Gordon, who was feeling no lingering effects from banging his head on Jayson Nix‘s knee on a head-first slide stealing third base on Tuesday night.

Gonzalez has a .296 lifetime average against Philadelphia’s left-handed starter Cole Hamels. Gordon is 0-for-6 with three strikeouts. Crawford is 3-for-9 with a double and homer.

Scott Van Slyke started for Gonzalez at first base, Justin Tuner at second base for Gordon, Andre Ethier in left field for Crawford and Drew Butera caught for Federowicz.

Ethier, Josh Beckett and J.P. Howell all reported feeling better after battling cold/flu symptoms for the past week.

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DETROIT — The much-anticipated pitching duel between Justin Verlander and Chris Sale didn’t happen Tuesday. The much-expected breakout of Miguel Cabrera did. So did the Mens Nike Houston Texans 80 Andre Johnson Elite New Lights Out Black Jersey breakout of Alex Avila.

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By the time the Tigers were done with the White Sox pitching staff, they had three-hit games from Avila and Cabrera, the latter with three RBIs, and at least one hit from everyone else in the starting lineup. With a five-run third inning, meanwhile, Verlander had more than enough run support for his third consecutive win, cruising Mens Nike Houston Texans Andre Johnson 10th Anniversary Elite Away White Captain Patch Jersey for seven innings before the Tigers bullpen survived an Adam Dunn home run for an 8-6 win at Comerica Park.

Bullpen struggles aside, for Mens Nike Houston Texans 80 Andre Johnson Elite Away White Jersey the first time in a while, it was an example of how this team is supposed to look. It continued the early trend for this Tigers offense: When they don’t struggle to score, they tend to score big. The same lineup that has produced two runs or fewer in eight games churned out its seventh game with six runs or more.

“We’ve had flashes a couple of games in the first couple weeks,” Avila said. “We’ve been playing OK baseball. For the most part these couple weeks, we’ve been doing a decent job. I don’t think we’re tapping into our complete potential yet Womens Nike Houston Texans Andre Johnson Elite Battle Red Alternate Jersey or know just how good Andre Johnson Jersey for Sale we are yet, but on a night Andre Johnson Apparel like tonight where up and down Mens Nike Houston Texans 80 Andre Johnson Elite Black Impact Jersey through the order we put up tough at-bats, it’s nice to see.

“Including myself, we’ve had a few guys struggle recently, but now we’re kind of starting to pick it up a little bit.”

They picked it up enough that the Tigers hit that six-run mark by the end of the third, all of it off fill-in starter Charlie Leesman. He was summoned from Triple-A Charlotte when Sale, Tuesday’s originally scheduled starter, went on the disabled Mens Nike Houston Texans 80 Andre Johnson Elite Camouflage Realtree Collection Jersey list with a left forearm flexor strain. Leesman was pulled with two outs in the third, having given up nine hits and a walk through 17 hitters.

None might have been as important as the four hits between Cabrera and Avila, two hitters who had been struggling through much of April. While slow starts aren’t foreign to Avila, having gone through a deep one last season, they were a surprise for Cabrera coming off three straight batting titles.

Both showed better swings Monday with little to show for it, save for an Avila ninth-inning double to the depths of right-center. They got their rewards Tuesday.

“I thought Alex took some good swings yesterday. I thought Miggy took some great swings yesterday,” Verlander said. “I know Miggy was still a little upset yesterday because he didn’t have anything to show for it, as we all are. You like to see results. Andre Johnson Youth Jersey That was just a precursor to today, and hopefully that gets him jump-started. Same with Alex.”

Though winds blowing out to left-center carried more than a few drives, including Jose Abreu‘s first-inning homer to straightaway center, Cabrera’s two big hits actually went to right field, where the wind was no help. The way Cabrera was swinging, it was no match, either.

“That’s the approach I want to be able to take,” Cabrera said.

After hitting Andre Johnson Football Merchandise two fly balls that died near the warning track Monday night, Cabrera’s first hit Tuesday was his classic opposite-field gapper on a line, deep enough to easily earn him an RBI double and score Ian Kinsler from Andre Johnson Nike Limited Jersey second. It was his first RBI hit since last Wednesday against the Indians.

Cabrera came back up two innings later with Leesman reeling, having endured a 10-pitch battle with Kinsler that ended with a two-run double just inside third base. Leesman tried starting him off with a fastball down and in, but Cabrera powered it to right. The ball hung up in the wind, but had just enough to clear the fence for a two-run home run, just the second homer for the two-time 44-homer slugger, and the third multi-hit game of the season for him.

“A lot of us have said we weren’t worried about Miggy,” manager Brad Ausmus said. “He looked good again tonight.”

By contrast, Ausmus had said repeatedly with urgency that they needed to get Avila going offensively. Ausmus admitted that he nearly sat Avila on Tuesday against the lefty to get right-handed Bryan Holaday a start. The swings he saw from Avila on Monday night convinced him not to do it.

“I thought about not playing him today, but I’ve said all along we need to get Alex going,” Ausmus said. “So if he’s swinging the bat well, let’s try to get him on a roll if we can. That was the reasoning for putting him back in.”

Avila had only one two-hit game previously this season, but enjoyed three-hit and four-hit outbursts during his late tear last September. After escaping an 0-2 hole with a single up the middle with two outs in the second, he chased Leesman in the third with a line drive to left following Nick Castellanos‘ sacrifice fly.

Avila added an RBI double in the fifth, when he pulled a liner through the infield shift that had confounded him Monday night.

“I think when you’re able to put quality at-bats consecutively, you gain a little confidence and then you’re able to just repeat it,” Avila said. “Like I said yesterday, for the most part, I’ve been feeling pretty good. I’ve had some bad at-bats, but for the most part, I’ve been feeling good. Just a matter of making some solid contact.”

That made the job of Verlander (3-1) a little easier. He gave up two runs on eight hits over his seven innings, walking two and striking out seven, before leaving with an 8-2 lead.

By the time left fielder J.D. Martinez found the track of Alexei Ramirez‘s line drive through the lights for the final out, the tying run was at the plate. Phil Coke struck out the first two batters of the ninth before Marcus Semien‘s double and Paul Konerko‘s RBI single brought up Dunn. He fell into an 0-2 hole before Coke threw a slider that dove back over the plate.

“It was like I threw an incidental two-seamer,” Coke said. “It was an incident, because he hit that a long way.”

By the time closer Joe Nathan was warming up, Ramirez was up after Joba Chamberlain‘s four-pitch walk to Dayan Viciedo. Chamberlain regrouped for his first save as a Tiger.

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LOS ANGELES — Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw will throw a bullpen session on Tuesday that will set him up to begin a Minor League rehab assignment Friday.

Kershaw said he came out of his Sunday simulated game feeling fine. He’s been on the disabled list since March 23 with a strained teres major muscle.

Kershaw made 50 pitches on Sunday, which manager Don Mattingly called “basically a start. That’s a game, and he bounced out good.”

Even if Kershaw extends into the 70-pitch neighborhood in the Minor Leagues on Friday, the club is likely to encourage him to make a second rehab start. Kershaw is eager to return, but even with a second outing, he could rejoin the Dodgers’ rotation in Washington at the end of the upcoming trip.

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LOS ANGELES — Despite five off-days in the last three weeks, a worn-down bullpen resulted in the Dodgers optioning veteran utility man Chone Figgins to Triple-A Albuquerque to make room for the recall of reliever Jose Dominguez.

Manager Don Mattingly said the absence of Josh Hamilton Jersey Sale innings-eater Clayton Kershaw, effective but short starts from Josh Beckett and Paul Maholm and four extra-inning games in the last 11 combined to leave the Dodgers walking “a little bit of a tightrope” with bullpen usage.

For example, closer Kenley Jansen wasn’t playing catch with the other relievers before batting practice on Monday. Mattingly wouldn’t say if Jansen was off-limits in the club’s series opener against the Phillies after striking out the side while saving Sunday’s 4-1 win over Arizona. Jansen is on pace to make 102 appearances this year.

“We’re trying to regulate it and get things squared up,” Mattingly said. “We hope it’s a temporary thing.”

Mattingly said the team will go with 13 pitchers at least through this week and possibly for the Interleague series next week in Minnesota that will involve designated hitters.

Figgins signed an agreement in Spring Training saying he’d accept an assignment to Josh Hamilton World Series Jersey the Minor Leagues within 45 days, otherwise he would have had the option to become a free agent. He was almost optioned last week when the Dodgers instead optioned left-handed reliever Paco Rodriguez to make room for righty setup man Brian Wilson. Rodriguez must remain in the Minor Leagues for at least 10 days unless he replaces an injured player.

The chance for Figgins to play regularly for a few games with the Isotopes, after sitting out the 2013 season, “I don’t think is horrible,” Mattingly said.

Dominguez got the call, Mattingly said, because he’s durable enough to rebound for back-to-back appearances, even though he throws harder than any other Dodgers pitcher.

“He has a Josh Hamilton Authentic Jersey younger, fresher arm,” Mattingly said of the Dodgers’ 11th-ranked prospect.

This is already Dominguez’s third stint this season with the Dodgers this season. Figgins made nine appearances as a pinch-hitter, going 1-for-6 with three walks.

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LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers Josh Hamilton Shirts on Monday dedicated and officially named the home clubhouse training room at Dodger Stadium after longtime team doctor and sports medicine pioneer Frank Jobe, who died last month.

Club president Stan Kasten made a presentation to Josh Hamilton Jersey Cheap Jobe’s widow, Beverly, and their three sons threw out first pitches.

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DENVER — The Phillies promised a bigger and better offense with a healthy Ryan Howard in the lineup in 2014.

He had hobbled on one leg each of the past two seasons as the Phillies missed the Majestic Authentic Womens Albert Pujols Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Pink Splash Jersey postseason. But even with a healthy Howard this year, the Phillies offense remained inconsistent through the first 17 games. In fact, the Phillies started Sunday’s series finale against the Rockies at Coors Field without an extra-base hit in four consecutive games, matching the longest drought in Albert Pujols Angels Jersey baseball since the expansion Marlins in Albert Pujols Los Angeles Angels Baseball Uniform Sept. 1993 and the longest drought for the franchise since May 1968.

But Howard paced the Phillies in a 10-9 victory on Sunday. He went 4-for-5 with a triple, home run, three RBIs and three runs scored. He tied a career-high with four hits, the first time he had done it since July 30, 2011.

“It’s a work in progress,” said Howard, who raised his batting average to .262. “Just trying to take it as it comes. Today was a good day. Just have to try to continue to build off of that.”

Howard is on pace for 36 home runs, 90 RBIs, 90 walks and 189 strikeouts this season. His 90 walks would be his most since 107 walks in 2007.

“Big Ryan? He could pick it up some,” Jimmy Rollins said with a smile. “He’s got to get like eight home runs a month. Then he’ll be on pace to be Ryan Howard.”

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“He does that in his sleep,” Rollins said. “I’m joking. He’s getting his swing. You see him fouling off balls down the left-field line, to the left side, that’s a good sign for him. That means he’s letting the ball travel. He’s trusting his swing. He’s trusting his contact point. He’s starting to get there. That’s the work. It hadn’t shown up for about four Albert Pujols Baseball Merchandise games in a row, but hopefully everybody gets going and we become sick with hitting.”

Howard pleaded ignorance about the four consecutive games without an extra-base hit, but Rollins said he knew after seeing the statistic crawl across Albert Pujols Jersey Cheap the bottom of his TV screen in his hotel room Saturday night.

Rollins snapped the streak with a solo home run to right field in the first inning to hand the Phillies a 1-0 lead. It snapped a stretch of 130 consecutive plate appearances without an extra-base hit, going back to Domonic Brown’s home run in the eighth inning Monday against the Braves at Citizens Bank Park. It ensured the Phillies would not join the 1985 Pirates and 1927 Phillies, the last team in baseball and the last Phillies team to play five consecutive games without an extra-base hit.

It was Rollins’ third homer of the season. He had six last year.

“There was a power outage last year,” Rollins said. “Somebody Albert Pujols Jersey turned the lights out, but it’s good to be able to get back to doing me.”

Everybody hit Sunday. Chase Utley hit a two-out double down the right-field line in the third in a 1-1 game, which sent Howard to the plate. He hit a two-run home run to left field to Men’s Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Authentic 2014 Albert Pujols Alternate Cool Base Jersey make it 3-1.

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The Phillies scored twice in the sixth to make it 6-5 when Howard tripled and scored on Marlon Byrd’s single, and Byrd scored on a sacrifice fly from pinch-hitter Freddy Galvis. It was the Phillies’ first sacrifice fly of the season.

They finished the game with three after entering the day the only team in baseball without one.

The Phillies took an 8-6 lead in the Cheap Majestic Albert Pujols Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Black and Red Fashion Jersey seventh with help from another hit from Howard, but Rockies first baseman Justin Morenau hit a two-run homer against Jake Diekman in the bottom of the inning to tie it.

The Phillies, who finished with seven extra-base hits, scored two more runs in the eighth to take a 10-8 lead.

Jonathan Papelbon picked up the save in the ninth with John Mayberry Jr. making a difficult pick on a throw from Galvis to end the game. It looked like Mayberry’s foot might have come off the bag, but it did not, which replay confirmed.

“Coors Field special with replays right down to the end,” Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said.