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BALTIMORE — When the Rays intentionally walked Chris Davis on Thursday night, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he understood the move and that — despite Davis’ sub-.200 batting average — he was always a threat to go deep.

Davis didn’t take long to issue a reminder. The slugger hit his second grand slam and 24th homer of the year on Friday night, highlighting an offensive onslaught — including a two-run homer from Delmon Young — that kept the first-place Orioles rolling with a 9-1 win over the Twins.

“Chris has stayed selective,” Showalter said after Davis’ blast saw his team maintain a Andre Johnson Jersey seven-game lead in the American League East. “You can see the walk total, you see the defense and the effort he’s playing with. Obviously, that was the big blow of the night … But Chris has kept working through thick and thin.

“He’s got a chance to end up with 25-30 home runs and 80 RBIs. Who knows? We know what he can do in bunches. I’m real proud of the way he’s continued to fight through it. A lot of people could have or would have given in, but he hasn’t.”

Baltimore, which tied a season-high in going 21 games over .500, got a stellar seven innings from Miguel Gonzalez and saw its impressive bullpen run its scoreless Andre Johnson Texans Jersey streak to 16 1/3 innings in the win.

“It’s definitely better to pitch with that type of lead,” said Gonzalez, who allowed only Trevor Plouffe‘s solo homer in the seventh. “I thought our Men’s Nike Houston Texans 80 Andre Johnson Elite Lights Out Black Jersey offense did a good job later in the game. Early in the game, May was doing really good, changing speeds. I thought, in general, we did good. Our offense and defense was great, and that’s what [we need].”

The O’s — who have scored four or more runs in four of their last five games — scored eight of their runs off Twins prospect Trevor May, exploding for a five-run fourth inning highlighted by Davis’ blast, which sailed into the right-center-field seats. The O’s loaded the bases after Jimmy Paredes — an in-game replacement due to Steve Pearce‘s abdominal strain — collected his first Orioles hit, and May hit both Adam Jones and Nelson Cruz.

Following J.J. Hardy‘s bases-loaded walk, Davis drilled the 24-year-old’s 3-1 fastball over the wall.

“I’ve felt pretty good the Andre Johnson Captain Patch Jersey last two or three weeks,” Davis said. “Made a few adjustments the last few days and it’s translated into the game. It’s something I’ve got to continue to grind out.”

The Orioles added a trio of runs to extend to an eight-run lead in the following frame, including Young’s two-run homer, which stood after replay review and chased May from the game.

After Jones singled in a run, Young drove a pitch off May that had just enough carry to sail Women’s Nike Houston Texans 80 Andre Johnson Limited Navy Blue Team Color Jersey into the left-field stands. Twins outfielder Jordan Schafer, who made a fantastic effort in crashing into the wall in hopes of corralling it, watched a fan reach over and grab the ball before it had a chance to clear the park. While the fan didn’t interfere with Schafer, it was enough to draw a crew chief review.

“The question, if they had ruled fan Andre Johnson Shirts interference, they could have given Jonesy home plate,” Showalter Houston Texans Andre Johnson 10th Anniversary NFL Jersey said of the play. “I’m not quite sure how they saw it, but I liked the end-game on that.”

Gonzalez, who needed just 72 pitches to get through five innings, cruised for most of the evening. The Andre Johnson Nike Elite Jesey right-hander allowed four runs and one walk, striking out six in the 103-pitch outing.

“He pounded the strike zone,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said of Gonzalez, who was followed by lefty Brian Matusz‘s two scoreless innings. “He had a good fastball and a great breaking ball it seemed he could throw at any time. He has great stuff. He was up in the zone and our young hitters sometimes chase out of the zone, and he took advantage of that.”

AFL Paul Molitor Jersey announces announces preliminary rosters for 2014 season

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The Arizona Fall League announced its preliminary rosters for the 2014 season on Tuesday, and for the second year in a row, the game’s top prospect is heading to the desert for some extra baseball.

Byron Buxton is one of 20 Top 100 prospects slated to participate in this year’s AFL, extending their seasons beyond the end of the Minor League season this month (mid-September at the latest, for those playoff-bound prospects). As always, the AFL will be chock full of future big leaguers when the six-week league, which has established itself as the finishing school for the game’s best prospects since its inception in 1992, begins its season on Tuesday, Oct. 7.

“We welcome the Class of 2014 and the arrival of the Arizona Fall League’s 23rd season,” AFL director Steve Cobb said. “It’s an exciting array of top Draft choices and Minor League All-Stars who have excelled in Paul Molitor Jersey Sale the early stages of their professional careers. We continue to take great pride in the role the Fall League serves in Major League Baseball’s player development process.

“Approximately 60 percent of our players will reach the Major Leagues. We want fans to know top young professional talent still will be playing baseball in October and November in Arizona.”

There will be 26 first-round draft choices and numerous Minor League all-stars and league most valuable players on the rosters. This year’s league also includes players from nine foreign countries — Aruba (1), Canada (2), Chinese Taipei (1), Colombia (1), Cuba (4), Dominican Republic (12), Mexico (1). Panama (1) and Venezuela (2) — and Puerto Rico (2).

The Fall League season runs through Saturday, Nov. 15, with a championship game held at Scottsdale Stadium. The league’s Fall Stars Game, which will feature many of those Top 100 prospects, will be held Saturday, Nov. 1, at Salt River Fields.

A year ago, Buxton went to the AFL as a teenager coming off of a huge first season with the hopes the experience would serve as a springboard to the upper levels. This time around, however, MLB.com’s No. 1 prospect will simply be trying to make up for lost time. The talented center fielder has amassed just 124 at-bats this season because of a wrist injury and then a concussion suffered in an outfield collision during his Double-A debut.

“I’m just trying to go there and catch up on some at-bats, trying to do well and try and get my swing back,” said Buxton, who is currently rehabbing from his concusion at the Twins’ facility in Fort Myers, Fla., and will play for the Salt River Rafters this fall. “I want to go there and see what happens.

“It’s very important, especially if you want to move up the ladder, you have to get the at-bats in, the experience. I’m just trying to slow it down, be patient and disciplined and try to move past the injuries that happened this year.”

There is one other Top 10 player, Addison Russell, who is also heading to Arizona for the second straight fall. Like Buxton, Russell missed a good chunk of the 2014 season, due to a hamstring injury. In addition to getting some extra at-bats, the No. 6 prospect will continue to get to know his new organization after being traded from the A’s to the Cubs in the Jeff Samardzija deal. He’ll still get to spend time with his old friends from the A’s. Both Oakland and Chicago are sending players to the same AFL team, the Mesa Solar Sox.

The AFL tends to be an offensive-minded circuit, and 14 of the 20 Top 100 players attending are hitters, including top 50 performers like No. 16 Corey Seager of the Dodgers (who also played in the AFL last season), No. 32 Josh Bell of the Pirates, teenager Raul Adalberto Mondesi of the Royals (No. 41) and the Reds’ Jesse Winker (No. 43). That doesn’t mean there aren’t good arms expected to throw, headlined by D-backs and Pirates right-handers Archie Bradley (No. 11) and Tyler Glasnow (No. 19), 2013 No. 1 overall pick Mark Appel of the Astros (No. 44), who’s had an up-and-down first season of pro ball, and No. 56 prospect C.J. Edwards of the Cubs.

D.J. Peterson, the Mariners’ first-round pick in the 2013 Draft, was supposed to attend in 2013 with Buxton, Russell, et al. That possibility vanished when he was hit in the face with a pitch last August. The No. 52 prospect was so pumped about getting the chance to go, he tweeted about it immediately after getting the news.

Very excited to be playing in the AFL this off season! Something I have been looking forward to for a long time!

– DJ Peterson (@godj33) August 25, 2014

“I’m looking forward to being challenged and facing good competition,” said Peterson, who has split his first full season between the Class A Advanced California League and the Double-A Southern League. “It gives me a chance to see what I might be able to see one day in the big leagues.”

It’s also a bit of a homecoming for Peterson. The Arizona native will get the chance to play in very familiar surroundings, while sharing an apartment with his younger brother Dustin Paul Molitor Jersey (No. 12 on the Padres’ Top 20) and his cousin Nate Causey, an Arizona State product drafted by the Rockies in the 19th Vintage 1982 Milwaukee Brewers 4 Paul Molitor Mitchell and Ness Retro Cooperstown White Jersey round of this past June’s Draft. Both will be in Arizona for instructional league play for their respective organizations.

“I’ve lived in Arizona my whole life,” Peterson said. “It’s where I played baseball almost my whole life. I’m looking forward to being home.”

2014 AFL rosters:

Glendale Desert Dogs – Orioles, White Sox, Dodgers, Tigers, Brewers
Peoria Javelinas – Braves, Indians, Royals, Cardinals, Rays
Scottsdale Scorpions – Mets, Yankees, Mitchell and Ness Paul Molitor 1993 Toronto Blue Jays Cooperstown Authentic Blue Throwback Jersey Phillies, Pirates, Giants
Mesa Solar Sox – Cubs, Angels, A’s, Blue Jays, Nationals
Salt River Rafters – D-backs, Rockies, Astros, Marlins, Twins
Surprise Saguaros – Red Sox, Reds, Padres, Mariners, Rangers

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A’s, Halos have firsthand Cheap Custom Angels Jersey experience experience with earthquake

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Northern California was struck by a 6.0 magnitude earthquake early Sunday morning, sending scores to the hospital, igniting fires, damaging roads and buildings and creating power outages south of Napa. The epicenter of the quake was six miles south of Napa, roughly 35 miles north of Oakland, and its magnitude makes it the strongest one in the area in 25 years.

Sunday night’s game between the Angels and Athletics, tied for first place atop the AL West, went on as planned at O.co Coliseum in Oakland.

It was the strongest earthquake in the Bay Area since the Loma Prieta quake in 1989, which registered a 6.9 in magnitude.

The Athletics’ Stephen Vogt slept right through it.

“I’ve slept through a lot of earthquakes,” said Vogt, who lives in Orinda. “Everybody in Walnut Creek said they felt it, so I feel like I should have felt it. But I didn’t.”

Eric Sogard wasn’t so lucky, as his family felt the effects of Custom Angels Jersey it from their home in Pleasant Hill.

“I don’t know if I woke up from the earthquake or [my wife] shaking me to wake up,” he said. “Once she Personalized Angels Jersey woke me up, I still felt it for a good 15 seconds. My whole room was swaying. It was Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Authentic Personalized Alternate Red Cool Base Jersey pretty crazy.”

Oakland outfielder Jonny Gomes was less concerned.

“You’ve been through one, man,” said Gomes. “Just letting the land surf, that’s all it is.”

As a Palo Alto native, Oakland manager Bob Melvin has experienced his share of earthquakes.

“My wife and daughter felt it,” said Melvin, “but they had the cat and the dog walking around underneath, and I’m in bed the whole time. I didn’t Women’s Majestic Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Customized Authentic Alternate Red Jersey feel it as much as they did. I also Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Authentic Personalized 2013 Road Gray Cool Base Jersey grew up here.”

Angels outfielder Mike Trout, on the hand, experienced his first.

“It woke me up. I thought it was a lot of wind outside, just messing with the hotel. But then when I looked out, it was pretty calm. It started shaking a little more. I got a Cheap Custom Angels Jersey little nervous,” Trout said.

Angels reliever Joe Smith, who hails from Cincinnati, could relate to Trout.

“I’m from the Midwest, so [an] earthquake isn’t really the first thing that comes to my mind. But then when they said earthquake, I was like, ‘Oh, that makes complete sense’,” Smith said.

It jolted Angels third baseman David Freese out of his slumber at the team hotel.

“I think we all kind of felt it. I woke up at 3:30, then I Google’d it, and it said there was an earthquake. They said there was an aftershock. It was a little crazy. Ceiling popping. I guess that’s why they build them the way they build them,” Freese said.

The San Francisco 49ers, whose new stadium is south of San Francisco near San Jose, carried on with their home preseason game against the San Diego Chargers on Sunday, as well.

In Cincinnati, Selig addresses Rose Jose Reyes Baseball Jersey issue issue

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CINCINNATI — On the latest stop in his farewell tour of Major League ballparks before he retires as Commissioner in Jose Reyes Jersey January, Bud Selig met with reporters in Cincinnati on Friday fully prepared for the line of questioning he received.

By the second question, the topic of Pete Rose surfaced and was repeated throughout the 30-minute session at Great American Ball Park.

Rose, the Major Cheap Mens Toronto Blue Jays Majestic 7 Jose Reyes Authentic Alternate Blue Jersey Leagues’ all-time hits leader, received Jose Reyes Apparel a lifetime ban by then-Commissioner Bart Giamatti in 1989 for betting on baseball as manager of the Reds. Rose, a Cincinnati native and Reds great, has repeatedly lobbied Selig to be pardoned and has since admitted to betting on baseball.

“I understand the feeling here in Cincinnati, I do. I’m sensitive to it, as a matter of fact,” Selig said. “I’ve said because I am the judge that it’s a matter under advisement and therefore it really is inappropriate to say any more than that. How it ends eventually, I don’t know. But I’ve taken it seriously, talked to a lot of people and it’s one of those situations in life, it’s difficult. You wished it didn’t exist, but it does. I have five months to think about this.

“It’s not a secret that this office was founded in 1921 because of the Black Sox Scandal. There’s no secret about my own strong feelings. I think any Commissioner in any sport, but in baseball because of our history, the one thing the day you step in this office is you’re always concerned about integrity. A sport without integrity is not a sport.”

Selig said he has not discussed the Rose matter yet with his successor, Rob Manfred. Selig noted he would like to clear a few issues from the Commissioner-elect’s plate before he takes office.

“There will be no subject that Rob and I don’t discuss. This will be Youth Toronto Blue Jays Majestic 7 Jose Reyes Authentic Alternate Blue Jersey a very Jose Reyes Blue Jays MLB Jersey thoughtful, sensitive, seamless transition,” Selig said.

One area where it appeared optimistic for Rose is that Selig seemed quite open to the idea of Rose being able to participate in All-Star Game festivities when Cincinnati serves as host in 2015. In past years, Selig has permitted Reds CEO Bob Castellini to invite Rose to be on the field for club celebrations such as 1975 World Series team reunion and, in 2010, the 25th anniversary of Rose surpassing Ty Cobb with his record-setting 4,192nd hit.

“The rule of thumb has always been to be reasonable and rational,” Selig said. “When there are certain things that honor the history of the club, that’s been my exception. The history Jose Reyes Jersey Number of the club is very important to me. It’s very important everywhere and it’s certainly important here, in our oldest franchise with a magnificent history. If [Castellini] calls me and said, ‘We’re going to do this and this is a part of it,’ one thing I was taught at an early age was, always use common sense. That’s what I’ve tried to do.”

As for other issues not pertaining to Rose, the Commissioner was asked about his concerns for the pace of games. When asked about the idea of a “pitch clock,” Selig was opposed.

“In the next two to three weeks, I’m going to try to get some things done so they kick in for next year,” Selig said. “I don’t think we need a clock. I think there are other things we can do that can be just as efficient and frankly do the job.”

Selig admitted that some “tweaking” needed to be done to the instant replay system the league introduced before this season. But he also said he’s happy with the results in the system’s first year, noting that it eliminated the time-consuming arguments from managers.

“We’ve stopped all of that,” Selig said. “When people say it’s added time to the game, I don’t agree with that. I think it’s shortened it. But there are some tweaks that need to be done. … Maybe that first part Jose Reyes Shirts when the manager comes out. I think we can do that a little better.”

One reporter asked Selig if he could envision a league-wide retirement of another uniform number besides Jackie Robinson’s No. 42.

“I don’t see any other number,” Selig said. “Jackie’s number deserves to be alone in my opinion.”

Regarding a baseball story that has swept the nation outside of the Major Leagues — the sensation of female pitcher Mo’ne Davis in the Little League World Series, Selig was asked if he could envision a woman playing at the game’s top level.

“I wouldn’t say ‘no’ to that. Life is changing,” Selig said. “My mother got me interested in baseball from the time I was 2-3 years old. My daughter ran the Brewers for 10 years. Do I think a woman someday could be able to compete in the big leagues? I wouldn’t stand here today and say ‘no.’ I think it would be a wonderful thing. I think it’s captivating what’s happened in Williamsport.”

Once in retirement, Selig plans to become a history teacher at the University of Wisconsin and will write a book with historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, he said, but he has five months to go as Commissioner.

MLBAM answers Women’s Nike Minnesota Vikings 28 Adrian Peterson Limited Away White Football Jersey Manfred’s Manfred’s Ice Bucket Challenge

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The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge continued to make its rounds through Major League Baseball on Thursday morning, as nearly 400 participants from MLB Advanced Media completed the challenge outside MLB.com’s headquarters at Chelsea Market in New York.

The mass participation Youth Nike Minnesota Vikings 28 Adrian Peterson Elite Purple Team Color Jersey came one day after Commissioner-elect Rob Manfred completed the challenge himself, along with Joe Torre and 165 other MLB staffers, then proceeded to call out MLB Advanced Media, MLB Network and MLB Productions. Like Manfred and MLB, MLB Advanced Media donated $100 per participant toward ALS research. With 392 people taking part in the challenge Thursday morning, that means another $39,200 will be donated.

Following his company’s Ice Bucket Challenge on Thursday morning, MLBAM president and CEO Bob Bowman challenged Yankees president Men’s Nike Minnesota Vikings 28 Adrian Peterson Elite Away White Autographed Football Jersey Randy Levine and the club’s front office, Columbia University athletic director Dr. M. Dianne Murphy and the Boston Red Sox’s front office. The first two each have ties to Lou Gehrig, as he spent his entire 17-year career with the Yankees after playing his college ball at Columbia.

“The one who got the disease and made it so famous and did it so gracefully, Lou Gehrig was, as we all know, a lifetime Yankee,” Bowman said. “So our first challenge goes to that great organization and Women’s Nike Minnesota Vikings 28 Adrian Peterson Limited Away White Football Jersey the people who run it. Randy Levine and the Yankees’ front office, you are now on the clock.”

As for challenging the Red Sox’s front office, Bowman made that selection with Pete Frates in mind. Frates, who started the Ice Bucket Challenge and suffers from ALS, is a former Boston College baseball player and a lifetime Red Sox fan.

“While many people have had a hand in making this so great and so meaningful, the name that we all respect the most and hear the most is Boston native Pete Frates,” Bowman said. “Pete has ALS, was a Boston College great baseball player and he’s a diehard Red Sox fan. So in honor of the person who would give the ‘Luckiest man alive’ speech today, Pete Frates, we now call on [Red Sox vice president and COO] Sam Kennedy and the entire Red Sox front office — you are on the clock.”

On July 4, Major League Baseball commemorated the 75th anniversary of that famous Gehrig speech with in-park tributes and a $300,000 donation split among the organizations that are leading the fight against ALS: ALS Association, ALS Therapy Development Institute [ALS TDI], Muscular Dystrophy Association [MDA] and Project ALS.

Frates has helped to bring national attention to Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, more commonly known as “Lou Gehrig’s disease.” The disease attacks nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, leading to weakness and eventual paralysis of all voluntary muscles, including those used for breathing and swallowing. There is no cure or effective treatment for ALS, and an estimated 30,000 people in the U.S. have the disease.

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Giants must take advantage of Mitchell and Ness Paul Molitor 1993 Toronto Blue Jays Cooperstown Authentic Blue Throwback Jersey opportunity opportunity

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CHICAGO — You never know what’s going to turn a playoff race.

“You can’t dope it out,” the late Hall of Famer Johnny Evers said. “All you can do is to call it baseball and let it go at that.”

In 1964, during a 10-game losing streak that cost them the pennant, the Phillies lost September games on steals of home by Willie Davis and Chico Ruiz. In 1969, a black cat walked in front of the Cubs’ dugout at Shea Stadium.

Doug Rader fired up the unexpectedly strong 1983 White Sox by saying they were “winning ugly.” Lou Whitaker was doing the splits at a party in September 1988 when he felt something pop in his right knee and was lost for the year. In 2007, Milton Bradley took out Padres teammate Mike Cameron in an outfield collision, and later in the same game was lost for the season when he was tackled while charging umpire Mike Winters.

Evers was right. We wouldn’t have doped any of that out, not even with Paul Molitor Jersey Sale proprietorial software.

Now, thanks to a ruling by Joe Torre in their favor following Tuesday night’s tarp incident, it’s the Giants’ turn to take advantage and step up to the plate. They’ve been steadily sliding back into the crowd of also-rans since the end of a 31-11 run on June 8 but now have a cause to rally around.

When the Giants left Wrigley Field at some point around 2 a.m. on Wednesday, they were fuming about a 2-0 loss that ended 4 1/2 innings early because of unplayable field conditions — the result of the grounds crew’s inability to properly Paul Molitor Memorabilia cover Mitchell & Ness Paul Molitor 1993 Toronto Blue Jays Cooperstown Authentic White Throwback Jersey the field during a summer squall.

At one point back in June, the Giants led the Dodgers by 9 1/2 games. But Tuesday’s loss dropped them 4 1/2 games back in the National League West and into a virtual tie with the Braves for the second NL Wild Card spot. No wonder they were steaming.

The Cubs weren’t exactly gloating, either. Team president Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer felt terrible that their infield would not dry, remaining a quagmire even after Hunter Wendelstedt’s crew had allowed a delay of four hours and 34 minutes. Epstein and Hoyer supported the Giants’ arguments to have the umpires declare it a suspended game, to be resumed on Wednesday, but the crew did not feel the rules allowed for such flexibility.

But on Wednesday, after the Giants filed a formal protest, Major League Baseball concurred with their claim that the difficulties resulted from “mechanical” issues with the tarp. That meant the game could be suspended at the point it was interrupted, and that’s where it will pick up on Thursday at 4:05 p.m. CT , before the regularly scheduled 7:05 p.m. game.

It’s possible that the Cubs felt as good about the ruling as the Giants.

“It’s a good result,” Hoyer said. “The last thing you want is a playoff team feeling bitter about the result here, something, obviously, that was caused by our organization. It’s a good outcome. Hopefully, we’ll win the game. We’ve got a 2-0 lead. But I definitely feel it was a just outcome.”

Torre’s ruling came down about an hour before the start of Wednesday’s game, and the Giants celebrated with a four-run first inning off Edwin Jackson. It was the kind of inning they’d had often earlier in the season — with singles by Angel Pagan and Hunter Pence starting the rally and Pablo Sandoval contributing a sacrifice fly — and it was easy to think, “Here they come, the Giants who nobody will want to face in October.”

Before the ruling this had been a snakebitten team, one worried about a sore left hip that kept Buster Posey out of the lineup and even more so about the well-being of Brandon Belt, who is expected to be out at least two or three more weeks as he battles concussion issues. But suddenly the Giants were given Mitchell and Ness Paul Molitor 1993 Toronto Blue Jays Cooperstown Authentic Blue Throwback Jersey the rarest opportunity in baseball — the chance to literally wipe a loss off their record.

Giants president Larry Baer spoke for the team, saying that he appreciates MLB’s “careful review of our protest.” He thanks Commissioner Bud Selig, commissioner-elect Rob Manfred, Torre and the Cubs organization for their cooperation throughout the process.

Manager Bruce Bochy was impressed Paul Molitor Jersey by how his players responded to the long, bizarre night at Wrigley Field.

“They know there’s no point in dwelling on what happened last night,” said Bochy, who has pretty much seen everything. “You have to come out and play. You have no choice in this game. You’re going to have some ups and downs. We got in late last night, came out today, really not talking about it. Worried about tonight’s game.”

Now it’s time to start worrying about Tuesday’s game — the one they will get a chance to finish on Thursday.

You’ve still got to take them one at a time, even if the order can sometimes get confusing.

The Giants have been given a rare chance. It’s up to them to take advantage of it.

Greinke could miss Case Keenum Jersey start start with tender elbow

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LOS ANGELES — Zack Greinke is only a “possibility” to make his scheduled start on Men’s Nike Houston Texans 7 Case Keenum Elite Alternate Battle Red Jersey Thursday, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said after Tuesday night’s 8-6 win over the Padres.

Greinke has been dealing with a tender elbow for the past three weeks, bypassing regular bullpen sessions to Men’s Nike Houston Texans 7 Case Keenum Elite Away White Football Jersey throw on flat ground, which puts less of a strain on the arm.

Mattingly would not elaborate on Greinke’s condition or who might replace him, although the Dodgers have few options besides rookie Case Keenum Houston Cougars Football Jersey Carlos Frias, who pitched four Case Keenum Jersey innings in relief of Dan Haren on Sunday.

“Nothing to talk about right now,” Mattingly said. “We’ll let you know more [Wednesday].”

Greinke previously said he’s pitched through similar arm discomfort and theorized that the 20-game stretch without a day off that ended Sunday might have contributed to the issue.

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Cards keep Adam Lind Jersey Reds Reds reeling with walk-off win

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ST. LOUIS — Justin Masterson had already lost one lead, Trevor Rosenthal another. But with a fly ball over the head of retreating left fielder Ryan Ludwick in the 10th inning on Monday night, Jhonny Peralta drove Adam Lind Jersey the narrative to a positive finale in front of 42,973 at Busch Stadium.

After scoring what looked like it would be the game-winning run two innings earlier, Peralta delivered a walk-off single to lead the Cardinals to a 6-5 win over the Reds that pushed St. Louis back to a season-best 10 games above .500. The victory was sealed when Peralta followed singles by Matt Holliday and Matt Adams with his third hit of the night.

Those three middle-of-the-order hitters reached Adam Lind Blue Jays Apparel base a combined nine times, scored three runs and drove in four in the series-opening win.

“It’s really important right now to win these games,” said Peralta, whose final hit came off Logan Ondrusek with runners on the corners and one out. “I know they’re trying to play for the double play. He has a pretty good sinker, but I tried to put the ball in the air.”

The Cardinals, now 2 1/2 games out of first in the National League Central, further buried the Reds in that same division race. Cincinnati has lost seven of nine and sits 6 1/2 games back of St. Louis. Its bullpen has allowed 17 runs (16 earned) in eight innings over the last two days.

“I hated to have to use Logan in that situation,” said Reds manager Bryan Price, who was short three arms Adam Lind Authentic Jersey in his bullpen.

The Cardinals have had their own bullpen concerns and were without Cheap Mens Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Adam Lind Authentic Alternate Blue Jersey Pat Neshek on Monday, but this ending massaged those worries from further swelling. This game required 10 innings because Rosenthal, a day after having to be bailed out of a save situation after walking the bases loaded, blew his fifth save opportunity of the season.

Cincinnati speedster Billy Hamilton caused the ruckus with a walk, stolen base (his 46th of the season) and advancement to third on a throwing error by catcher A.J. Pierzynski. Jay Bruce drove home the tying run with the double. The inning may have unraveled further, too, if not for a sprinting grab by Jon Jay, who had just been moved to right field as part of a defensive shuffle.

“We just walked the wrong guy,” manager Mike Matheny said. “You put that guy on base and we’re in straight defense mode trying to figure out how to limit the damage.”

It took Rosenthal 22 pitches to get through his latest complicated inning. He had inherited a lead after Pierzynski plated Peralta as the go-ahead run in the eighth.

“It’s not fun giving up those leads,” Rosenthal said, “but it is fun watching us battle back, especially down the stretch here.”

The Cardinals’ bullpen had held strong until Rosenthal’s blip. Carlos Martinez, in his first appearance since being recalled from Triple-A, took over in the sixth and pitched two scoreless innings.

“That was probably the biggest play of the game,” Masterson said of Martinez’s work

When Sam Freeman ran into bases-loadd trouble in the eighth, Seth Maness helped him out. Oscar Taveras‘ running catch at the right-field wall also was key in keeping the Reds from scoring in that inning. Nick Greenwood, following Rosenthal, retired the side in order in the 10th.

The Cardinals had built up a 3-0 lead for Masterson, whose outing went awry in the fifth. After extending his scoreless-inning streak to 11, Masterson allowed the Reds to score four times in a five-batter span, punctuated by Bruce’s three-run homer to give the Reds a 4-3 lead. Brayan Pena and Zack Cozart had opened the innings with doubles. Starter Mike Leake reached when he was hit by a pitch.

Masterson later pinpointed the problem with ease — “My arm started dragging behind,” he explained — but now has to learn to rectify it more quickly.

“A couple steps forward, maybe a half step back,” Masterson said of his night. “But now we’ll continue to leap forward into the next one.”

Needing 30 pitches to get through the inning, Masterson wouldn’t return. He threw 90 pitches in all, but had a loss wiped away when the Cardinals clawed back to tie the game against Leake in the seventh Cheap Mens Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Adam Lind Authentic Road Grey Jersey with an Adam Lind Jersey Shirts RBI double by pinch-hitter Daniel Descalso.

The Cardinals scored four times in Leake’s seven-inning start, including a pair of first-inning runs on two-out RBI hits by Adams and Peralta. Holliday snapped a personal 0-for-18 skid with an RBI single in the third.

“We put together good at-bats late in the game to come back and eventually win the game,” Descalso said. “Adversity happens, and you have to hang with it and keep fighting.”

Injured fan Stow pays Brett Lawrie Blue Jays MLB Jersey visit visit to Giants’ clubhouse

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SAN FRANCISCO — The Giants welcomed a special visitor to the team’s clubhouse before Sunday’s game: Bryan Stow.

Jeremy Affeldt served as the de facto tour guide for Stow, the Giants fan who was brutally beaten in the Dodger Stadium parking lot on Opening Day 2011. A jury awarded $18 million in damages to Stow and his family in July.

“It’s awesome,” Brett Lawrie Jersey Cheap manager Bruce Bochy said of seeing Stow around the team. “All those players have to be excited to see him here at the park. After all he and his family have been through, it’s great to have them here. We think about him a lot and he’s talked about a lot.”

Affeldt in particular has been involved with the Stow family since the attack and has donated $25,000 to help pay’s Stow’s medical bills.

“I believe in humanity and I believe in fighting against injustices that take place against humanity,” Affeldt said after the jury’s decision. “Poverty is one of them, but so are those kinds of things where you can basically jump a guy and beat him into oblivion like that and do that much damage to a man who’s got kids.

“Over what? A baseball game? Wins and losses that have absolutely no bearing on anybody’s life at this point in time? Whether we won or lost that game … they just ruined that guy’s life.”

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SAN FRANCISCO — Giants second baseman Joe Panik dislocated his left pinkie finger after sliding headfirst into second base in the eighth inning Sunday. He stayed in the game to eventually score despite the pain, but was removed for the next half-inning.

After the Giants’ 5-2 victory over the Phillies, Panik said X-rays were “fine” and that he views the injury as day to day.

“We’ll see how it feels tomorrow,” Panik said.

Head athletic trainer Dave Groeschner relocated the finger.

“I’m too much of a chicken to do that,” Panik joked after the game.

It’s easy to see why he’d be jovial: He’s hitting .439 (18-for-41) in his last 12 games.

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SAN FRANCISCO — Brett Lawrie Blue Jays MLB Jersey A vicious foul tip to the mask Saturday prematurely ended a second consecutive game at Triple-A for Hector Sanchez, whose rehab assignment to recover from a similar blow is now on hold. Sanchez left Friday’s game early with back spasms.

Manager Bruce Bochy said before Sunday’s game that Sanchez is back in San Francisco to be evaluated by team physicians. Sanchez had to be helped off the field by teammates Saturday and was dizzy and dry-heaving, according to Bochy.

“We are concerned,” Bochy said. “He took a good one yesterday. I think it’s going to be awhile for him.”

Bochy was told that Sanchez was looking for a high fastball, so he was not in his crouch, which left the already-big-target Sanchez even more susceptible to a cranium-rattling deflection.

“Normally these things are once every couple weeks, but with him it’s a couple every game,” said Bochy, a former catcher. “It’s unbelievable, something like I’ve never seen.”

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SAN FRANCISCO — After losing his closer’s role in late June, Sergio Romo vowed redemption if and when he got another chance to save a game. Redemption was had on Saturday, as Romo closed the Giants’ 6-5 victory. It was his first save since June 22.

“It felt good to contribute, but I didn’t really look at it as another save opportunity,” Romo said Sunday. “Even through it all, I’ve been put in situations where one pitch can be the difference in the game, so I feel that the inning is the main thing that’s changed for me.”

Well, that and the mental adjustments he said he’s made. A more consistent focus is the key to more consistent success, and he believes he’s fixed that problem.

“Every outing, whether it’s been good or bad, the Brett Lawrie Jersey difference has been that one pitch,” Romo said. “If I can execute on a more consistent basis, then I like my chances because I trust myself.

“I’m in the Majors for a reason. I’ve got good enough stuff to compete. Just focus on executing, that’s all I’ve been trying to do.”

After striking out three and allowing a hit in a scoreless inning Sunday, Romo is 23-for-28 in save opportunities this season and has a 4.24 ERA in 46 2/3 innings.

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ST. PETERSBURG — The initial plan was to drop a bunt onto the artificial turf, an assignment that proved more challenging than Derek Jeter had anticipated. The third attempt sent the Yankees captain sprawling to the dirt; the fourth crossed the plate for a called strike.

So Jeter came up with a better idea, delivering a key hit that the Yankees needed desperately. He lashed a run-scoring single Andre Johnson Jersey to right field off Jake McGee, lifting New York to a 3-2 victory over the Rays that snapped the Bombers’ five-game losing streak.

“I always like to be in those situations,” Jeter said. “It doesn’t mean I’m going to succeed; I’ve failed quite a bit as well, but I like those situations. I’m lucky it found a hole there.”

Brett Gardner scored the go-ahead run as Jeter’s grounder shot past second baseman Logan Forsythe, whose throwing error on Gardner’s infield hit had allowed Gardner to move to second. That’s the kind of opportunity that the Yankees say is important to take advantage of.

“It’s really nice,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “We’ve had some tough losses in this stretch, and now we have a chance to win a series. That’s what we’ve talked about. We have to play good tomorrow.”

Jeter said that he had agreed with Girardi’s strategy to move Gardner ahead with a sacrifice; he said that Andre Johnson Texans Jersey he didn’t even have to look for a sign, as he was planning to bunt anyway. But squaring up against the hard-throwing McGee was no easy task.

The hit came on a 99-mph fastball and was rewarded with an ovation from much of the crowd of 31,042, the Rays’ first sellout since Opening Day. Many were clad in Yankees gear, and they seemed delighted that the decisive hit was delivered by Jeter, whose permanent residence sits just across the bay.

“The fans have been awesome,” Jeter said. “They’ve been awesome all year. They’ve been awesome here the first two games. There are a lot of Yankees fans down here, with Spring Training here. It seemed like quite a few were in the stands. It’s almost like a home game.”

“The cheers that you heard for him today, the chanting of his name, I’m not so sure I’ve heard his name chanted that loud at an opposing stadium this year,” Girardi said. “You’ve heard some and you’ve heard standing ovations, but this was probably the loudest.”

Rays manager Joe Maddon called Jeter’s battle with McGee “a real competitive at-bat;” McGee said that he wanted the 2-2 pitch to Jeter to be more outside.

“I had my normal stuff, I just wasn’t locating well enough,” McGee said. Andre Johnson Football Apparel “Like the Jeter hit, I didn’t locate where I wanted to. It ran back over the middle of the plate.”

Dellin Betances was credited with the victory, having pitched a scoreless eighth with a strikeout. David Robertson, pitching for the first time since Aug. 7, recorded the final three outs for his 32nd save.

Wielding a sharp cutter, rookie Shane Greene struck out a career-high 10 men over six-plus innings. He settled for a no-decision after the Rays mounted a soft seventh-inning rally that tied the game.

“I felt really good when I was long tossing, and then in the bullpen and in Andre Johnson Jersey for Kids the game as well,” Greene said. “I think it led me to overthrow a little bit on some pitches, but I felt really good.”

Greene opened the seventh inning by hitting Curt Casali, and Kevin Kiermaier followed with a slow roller to Chase Headley, who pumped a throw to second base but saw no one covering; a mental error on the part of shortstop Brendan Ryan, according to Girardi.

“I think at first, for a second he reacted to the ball the way it was hit,” Girardi said. “His responsibility is at second base. He has to get back to second base.”

Kiermaier beat Headley’s throw to first base, and Ben Zobrist knocked in the tying run with a one-out ground ball to first base off Shawn Kelley.

Yunel Escobar’s sixth-inning RBI single accounted for the Rays’ other run Houston Texans Andre Johnson 10th Anniversary NFL Jersey off Greene, who scattered seven hits with a walk in his seventh Major League start.

“He had everything today,” Girardi said. “His sinker was really good, his cutter was good, his slider was good and his changeup was good. He used them really effectively.”

The Yankees’ offense had produced just seven runs in the last five games, but it showed signs of life early against left-hander Drew Smyly. Martin Prado provided a quick lead with a two-run homer to left in the second inning.

“I was down in the count [0-2], and I was just hoping that he could make a mistake,” Prado said. “He actually threw a fastball, and he left it up. I put the best swing I could put [on it].”

Francisco Cervelli followed with a double but was stranded, and the bats went quiet; Smyly Andre Johnson Captain Patch Jersey faced the minimum over the next five frames, permitting just four hits through seven innings.

Brad Boxberger set the Yankees down in order in the eighth, and Betances returned the favor in the home half before Jeter’s hit momentarily turned The Trop into St. Jetersburg.

“We need all of them. I mean, we’re getting down to crunch time,” Jeter said. “Every game we play is important. This was Andre Johnson Shirts a big one for us, Men’s Nike Houston Texans 80 Andre Johnson Elite Lights Out Black Jersey but we have to come back tomorrow and play well tomorrow.”