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Alpharetta, Ga., is a leafy, affluent community north of Atlanta. The median family income, according to the 2010 census, is over $110,000. The population is 72 percent white, 11.2 percent African-American.

Former big league pitcher Paul Byrd lives there.Men’s Majestic Toronto Blue Jays 10 Edwin Encarnacion Authentic Canada Day Jersey Red

McDonough, Ga., lies south of Atlanta. Counting the adjacent unincorporated areas, there are about 30,000 people, 34.3 percent African-American. The median family income is less than $47,000 and 12.8 percent of the residents live below the poverty line.

Tarez Miller, an 18-year-old black kid, grew up in the projects there.

The two suburbs in this modern day tale of two cities are separated by some 55 miles of highway. Given the socioeconomic and cultural gap, it might as well be a thousand. And yet …

On May 16, Miller graduated with honors from Men’s Majestic Toronto Blue Jays 36 Drew Hutchison Authentic Canada Day Jersey Red Alpharetta’s exclusive King’s Ridge Christian School. Later that night, he played shortstop for the Tigers in the Class A private school championship finals as King’s Ridge defended its title. He has both academic and athletic scholarships to attend Georgia Southern beginning this fall.

It was a triumphant journey that required faith and determination and serendipity and the willingness of a lot of people to take a chance.

And baseball. It all started with, and wouldn’t have been possible without, baseball.

He loved baseball, so he started a travel team. His older son Grayson, who now plays at his alma mater, LSU, would be on it. He had no idea how life-changing that decision would be.

That first year he became aware of Tarez Miller, who played for a team called the Shamrocks. By the following season, 2010, the Shamrocks had disbanded and Tarez showed up to try out for Byrd’s Georgia Roadrunners. He was clearly good enough. He was also polite and always hustled. But Byrd had a practical concern. Tarez lived an hour and fifteen minutes away. There were regular practices. How would he make the commute?

“I inquired and said, ‘What about his family situation?'” Byrd said. “I started learning a little bit and I just heard that it was a tough situation. It was like the elephant in the room. Nobody wanted to talk about things too much and I knew something was wrong. But, man, what a great kid.”

The tipping point came at a team sleepover at Byrd’s house. He came down the next morning and found kids sprawled everywhere. On the floor. In chairs. On the couch. “Like a frat house,” he said with a Canada National Day laugh. But Tarez was missing. He had gone upstairs and crawled into a bed.

One of the players explained. Tarez didn’t have a bed at home. Byrd investigated further.

“I went down there to drop him off one day after practice and I saw the place he was living and staying,” Byrd said. “He had stayed with another family for three years. He wasn’t living with his mom and it wasn’t a good situation. And that broke our hearts.”

Byrd, a devout Christian, wanted to help. He was also aware of how vastly different their backgrounds were. They had almost nothing in common. Except for one thing.

“He was passionate about what I’m passionate about. He loved baseball,” Byrd said.

And that was enough. Tarez, he decided, should come and live with him and his family. It wouldn’t be easy and it wouldn’t be simple. He’d have to convince his wife, Kym. And Grayson. And their younger son, Colby. And Tarez. And, of course, his mother.

“This was not a mom who was absent from her son’s life,” Byrd stressed. “This was a mom who really cared about her son, but just had him at a young age and wasn’t able at that point of her life to give him opportunity. She had to take care of two other kids, she was going back to Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey school, she was trying to work a job.

“Still, when I talked to her about that, I think she thought I was crazy. She said, ‘I don’t even know you. Why would I let my son go stay with you? I don’t even know you.’ Like, ‘Why are you doing this?'”

Nats Reggie Jackson take set after Scherzer out-K’s Lester

CHICAGO — Bryce Harper belted his National League-leading 18th home run and Max Scherzer outdueled Jon Lester on Wednesday night to lead the Nationals to a 3-0 victory over the Cubs and a series win.

Scherzer struck out 13, two shy of his career best, and scattered five hits over seven innings for the win, while Lester fanned 10 over seven innings and took his first loss in six May starts. This was the Reggie Jackson Oakland Athletics Jersey fourth meeting between the two pitchers; Scherzer now leads, 3-1.

“Max threw the ball just a little bit better than I did,” Lester said. “Obviously, we lost, and that’s not the ultimate goal, but if you’re a pitcher or just a purist of the game and like watching pitching matchups, that was fun tonight. That’s what it lived up to be.”

Harper, who hit 13 home runs last season, notched his second in as many games leading off the sixth. In the battle between the two Las Vegas kids, Harper and the Cubs’ Kris Bryant — who played together in youth leagues — each finished with two home runs in the three-game series. They’ll meet again next week in Washington.

“I’ve seen a lot of great hitters, played with some really, really good ones, and the best ones are able to go opposite field with power,” Scherzer said of Harper. “And we’re starting to see that from him.”

Danny Espinosa added a solo homer off Travis Wood in the Nationals’ ninth.Drew Storen pitched the ninth for his National League-leading 16th save.

With the win, Washington avoided losing Reggie Jackson California Angels Jersey consecutive games for the first time since a season-high six-game losing skid from April 22-27.

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Start me up: Lester’s personal five-game winning streak was snapped with the loss. He now has given up eight earned runs over 41 innings for a 1.76 ERA in six May starts. He got into trouble in the fourth and needed 34 pitches to get through the inning.

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Bombs away: Harper homered for a second straight game the opposite way, to left field. Whereas Tuesday’s homer was a fly ball aided by Reggie Jackson New York Yankees Jersey the wind, Wednesday’s was a majestic, high blast leading off the sixth that probably would have gone out just about any day at Wrigley Field. His 13 May home runs are the most in a single month in Nationals history. Alfonso Soriano held the club record of 12, set in May 2006.

Johnny Cueto’s MRI reveals no tear in elbow

CINCINNATI — Reds ace Johnny Cueto underwent an MRI exam on his right elbow on Tuesday afternoon and received good news. The test revealed no tears or structural damage in his elbow.

It is not yet known when Johnny Cueto will rejoin Cincinnati’s rotation. The club will have a better idea when the right-hander resumes throwing on Wednesday. He will test the elbow by playing catch.

“I had the gut feeling that everything was going to be OK; I never thought it was going to be different,” Cueto said via translator Tomas Vera. “But thank God after the test, everything came back good, like I thought it was going to be.”

While the test revealed inflammation that would be typical for a pitcher, Reds manager Bryan Price was among those relieved that Cueto’s elbow received a clean bill of health.

“More than anything, it gives us peace of mind that there’s really no major structural damage or injury that would linger or could get worse,” Price said.

Cueto’s scheduled start on Sunday against the Indians was skipped because he felt stiffness in the elbow. Although Cueto could have pitched, he and the club chose to exercise caution, with Raisel Iglesias stepping in as a replacement.

The best-case scenario would involve Cueto missing just the one start.

“As he throws, if he’s pain-free and the stiffness is out, I think it makes sense that we would follow that with a bullpen [session],” Price said. “If everything went well with that, we would in turn slot him in the rotation.”

Cueto is 3-4 with a 3.03 ERA in nine starts this season.

A 20-game winner last season and the runner-up for the National League Cy Young Award, Cueto can be a free agent after the 2015 season, at which point he’s expected by many to be one of the more sought-after pitchers available. If the Reds, who entered play on Tuesday with an 18-26 record, continue to slide, he could also be a prime chip before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.

Johnny Cueto Jersey appreciated the Reds’ cautious approach to this situation.

“I feel good that they take care of me this way,” Cueto said. “I feel like they care about everything that happens with me. Now that it’s nothing and I’m feeling good, all I want to do is get back and feel normal and get back and play.”

Newcomer Hemsky helps Senators with three assists Adrian Peterson Limited Jersey

The newly formed line of Milan Michalek, Jason Spezza and Ales Hemsky combined with goaltender Craig Anderson’s 46 saves to push the Ottawa Senators to a 5-3 win against the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday. Three assists from Hemsky, whom the Senators acquired Wednesday from the Edmonton Oilers before the NHL Trade Deadline, tied his career high.

Spezza had three assists, and Michalek had a goal and an assist. The win pulled the Senators (28-25-11) to within four points of the Detroit Red Wings for the second Stanley Cup Adrian Peterson Nike Limited Jersey Playoff wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.

Ottawa wrapped up a four-game road trip 2-2-0. The Michalek-Spezza-Hemsky trio could provide the Senators a strong first line as they push for a postseason berth. “[Hemsky is] an extremely offensively talented player,” Spezza said. “I seem like I can read off him fairly easily. I’ve watched him play a lot. He’s really good with the puck. He’s got that short stick and protects it really well and is a great passer.” Playoff hockey has eluded Hemsky since the Oilers’ run to the 2006 Stanley Cup Final.

“It’s fun again to be in the race,” Hemsky said. “I wasn’t in the race for a long time, and I love those type of games [where] you play for something. It’s a lot of fun, and I’m excited.” After consecutive losses to the Oilers and Calgary Flames this week, Senators coach Paul MacLean put his team through a 90-minute practice Friday. Men’s Nike Minnesota Vikings 28 Adrian Peterson Drenched Purple Limited Jersey“I thought we played harder as a team in all aspects of the game, and that’s what we need to do,” MacLean said. “Can we play harder? Yes. We need to still play harder than we did tonight, but it’s a really good place to start. “You’ve got to start at one [win]. You can’t get on a streak unless you win one.

To come away with a 5-3 win in a tough building in tough circumstances, I believe this should be a boost of confidence for the group.” The Jets (30-28-7) are on an 0-2-1 slide at home and remained three points behind the Dallas Stars for the second wild-card berth in the Western Conference. Anderson started his fourth consecutive game and stopped 21 of 22 shots in the third period. Winnipeg goalie Ondrej Pavelec started for the fifth straight game and made 15 saves before Ottawa’s fifth goal 9:36 into the second period ended his afternoon. Al Montoya made 12 saves in relief in his first game since Feb. 8. “I have no problem with [Pavelec],” Jets coach Paul Maurice said. “I didn’t take him out to do anything other than to hopefully calm the bench down.

He had seen enough.” Michalek opened the scoring with his 10th goal of the season before Jets center Bryan Little’s 20th, on a power play, tied the game. The Senators answered 38 seconds later on Jared Cowen’s fourth goal. Ottawa scored three second-period goals to break open the game. Eric Gryba’s second of the season moved the Senators’ lead to 3-1 at 2:01.

Tobias Enstrom got the Jets within a goal 2:14 later with his seventh on a left-point slap shot. Kyle Turris rebuilt the Senators’ two-goal lead with his 21st at 8:58. Another Ottawa power play ended with Mike Hoffman’s first NHL goal 38 seconds after Turris scored for a 5-2 game. Winnipeg’s Dustin Byfuglien’s 14th goal, off a slap shot 2:13 into the third period, made it 5-3. The Senators’ road power play ranked first in the NHL entering the game and went 2-for-4.

The Jets’ power play, 27th overall in the NHL, scored two goals in a game for the first time since Jan. 25. The Senators power play was on a 2-for-29 skid but awakened Saturday. Shortly after the Senators killed a 1:10, 5-on-3 Jets advantage, and 20 seconds into Winnipeg defenseman Zach Bogosian’s holding minor, Michalek directed Hemsky’s centering pass off the right side and swatted a loose puck that managed to trickle over the goal line at 9:54.

The Jets, stuck in a 2-for-27 slide on their power play, tied the game 1-1 with Ottawa’s Chris Neil off for interference. Little corralled the rebound of Byfuglien’s right-point shot and swept the puck into the net while falling to the ice at 16:59. Cowen’s long left-point shot 38 seconds later beat Pavelec short-side for a 2-1 lead. The goal marked the second time in the Jets’ past two games they have allowed a goal within a minute after scoring. A Hemsky-Spezza rush into the Winnipeg zone led to a collision between Pavelec and defenseman Mark Stuart that set up Ottawa’s third goal.

With Pavelec out of position, Gryba won a race to the loose puck and put it in an open net. Jets forward Adrian Peterson Limited Jersey Evander Kane won a draw back to Enstrom, who drilled a rising shot past Anderson at 4:15 for a 3-2 game. Hoffman Women’s Nike Minnesota Vikings 28 Adrian Peterson Limited Away White Football Jersey drove down the right side toward Pavelec before sending a pass into the slot to Turris, who lifted a shot over Pavelec for a 4-2 lead. With Winnipeg’s Devin Setoguchi off for boarding, Spezza sent a left-side pass across the slot to Hoffman, who stuffed it past Pavelec. Though the .500 road trip did not please the Senators, they took solace in finishing it with a win prior to returning home Monday to play the Nashville Predators.

We don’t want to dwell on what could have, would have or should have happened, but there was definitely an opportunity to get more,” Anderson said. “But at the end of the day, we’re .500. It’s not great, but — how do you put this? — you’re not satisfied, but you feel good that you’re able to close it off with a win on the road.” The Jets, who are trying to push aside the Stars, Phoenix Coyotes and Vancouver Canucks, face a challenge next week that begins with a road game against the Colorado Avalanche.

Trying to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2007, the Jets are 11-5-2 since Maurice replaced Claude Noel on Jan. 12. “We’re still confident,” Stuart said. “Of course it wasn’t quite the week we wanted, but we’ve got to move on here. We’ve got to continue to push.”

Jose Bautista sits while dealing with inflammation

TORONTO — Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista missed his second consecutive game on Monday night as he continues to recover from a cortisone shot in his injured right shoulder.

Bautista received the cortisone shot on Sunday morning and was expected to miss at least the next two games. He remains questionable to start at designated hitter for Tuesday night’s game against the White Sox, but there is no timetable for his return to right field.

The 34-year-old hasn’t played the field since April 21, and it doesn’t sound like his status is going to change any time soon. The hope is that the cortisone shot relieves some of the inflammation in the area, but a final prognosis won’t be known for another couple of days.

“The progression wasn’t going the way I expected, or as quick as I expected,” Bautista said when asked to explain why he received the shot. “You’re looking for some relief, not only on the field and my work life, but also regular life.

“Having throbbing pain at night is not necessarily enjoyable, and I was having to take pain medicine just to go to sleep and that was messing up my stomach. It was just time, I’ve been on the pain medication for too long anyways, so it was time to cut that off and try alternatives, and this is the least invasive of all the alternatives left over.”

One of those alternatives is surgery, but Bautista insists that’s not an option at this point. The veteran outfielder will rest for at least another day and then resume taking at-bats in the DH spot while he waits for the discomfort to subside.

Bautista has claimed all along that the injury doesn’t impact his swing, but it does sound like there has been constant pain and he has yet to begin throwing beyond 40 feet. Toronto has been able to survive by using Edwin Encarnacion at first base, but that’s not a luxury the club can afford when it travels to Washington for an Interleague series on June 1.

It’s possible the Interleague series will serve as a deadline for the club and Jose Bautista Canada Jersey to see some progress in the shoulder. If he doesn’t improve by then, a stint on the DL might be required, but Bautista says that’s not a scenario he is considering right now. The same can be said about surgery.

“That would be exploratory, which is not something that I would do right now unless my career was in jeopardy,” Bautista said. “When you take pictures, you look at MRIs and X-rays, there’s not much there other than inflammation.

“It would be pretty hard for all these doctors and experts to have looked at my MRI and not see anything. So, if you do an exploratory surgery, it would have to be absolutely last resort because it makes no sense unless it gets to the point where I cannot play anymore and this is the only way I can get back on the field.”

Bucs stun Jered Weaver Cards with first 4-5-4 triple play

PITTSBURGH — The Pirates Los Angeles Angels Jered Weaver celebrated Mother’s Day one day early with the mother of all pitchers’ best friends — the triple play — but this time it was a historic one, the first 4-5-4 triple play ever seen in the Major Leagues.

With Cardinals on second and third and none out in the second inning of Saturday’s 7-5 win at PNC Park, Pirates second baseman Neil Walker caughtYadier Molina’s rising liner within Los Angeles Angels Jersey Cheap feet of the second-base bag, left vacant by baserunner Jason Heyward.

Quick thinking served Walker better than quick feet would have: Had he done the instinctive thing and stepped on second, the Bucs would not have made history.

o Walker instead pegged to third baseman Jung Ho Kang, who stepped on third to retire Jhonny Peralta, then … turned to sprint into the Pirates’ dugout?

“He looked like he was about to throw the ball into the Men’s Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 2015 Authentic Jered Weaver Road Gray Cool Base Jersey stands,” manager Clint Hurdle said, starting to break into a grin. “We got his attention and told him to go ahead, finish it off.”

Got his attention? How?

“Everybody in [the dugout] was yelling at him,” Hurdle said. “In multiple languages.”

Kang confirmed that it was indeed the first time he had ever been part of a triple play.

“Maybe [Kang] felt I’d already stepped on the [second-base] bag,” Walker said. “I don’t know, but he turned, then everybody started yelling at him. Fortunately, Heyward didn’t come flying back.”

Molina had ripped the first pitch to him from Vance Worley. Peralta and Heyward both expected the ball to clear Walker’s head, and thus took off.

“Just trying to get a good jump on the Jered Weaver Shirts ball, being aggressive,” Heyward said. “It was on me. It’s my bad on that one. I just think Jhonny said he had to go on contact there, so that’s part of it.”

“Not to say [Heyward] made a terrible decision,” Walker said, “but you do want to make sure the ball goes through. I don’t know if they saw the Men’s Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Authentic 2015 Jered Weaver Alternate Red Cool Base Jersey flight of the ball differently — but it got us out of a trouble inning, and we made a pretty special play out of it.”

The play kept the game scoreless, and the Bucs came right back by scoring three runs in the bottom of the second.

The Bucs had turned a more “routine,” around-the-Cheap Majestic Jered Weaver Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Black and Red Fashion Jersey horn triple play last Sept. 14 against the Cubs: Josh Harrison to Walker to Andrew Lambo (who was playing his first career game at first base, incidentally).

The Cardinals had last hit into a triple play on Aug. 10, 2003.

“Everything was in front of me. I could see how close the Jered Weaver Jersey guy was to third, and that the guy on second wasn’t trying too hard to make his way back,” Walker said. “If I step on second, we don’t get the guy on third.”