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A nagging injury that caused an 11-day interruption between starts wasn’t nearly enough to derail Clay Buchholz during the most magical run of his career.

Boston’s ace right-hander stepped back on the mound Sunday night and picked right up where he left off, firing five shutout innings while leading the Red Sox to a rain-shortened 3-0 victory over the Yankees in the rubber match of a three-game series in the Bronx.

In his first 11 starts of 2013, Buchholz is 8-0 with a Major League-leading 1.62 ERA.

“Unbelievable,” said designated hitter David Ortiz. “I mean, his command is ridiculous. He throws every pitch for a strike in any situation. He’s confident and his focus is ridiculous. I sense that when he’s on the mound. You see how he’s focused, how he executes. His numbers talk for themselves.”

The only thing that could stop Buchholz was the rain, which halted play while the Red Sox were batting in the top of the sixth and limited Buchholz’s performance to just the five innings and 71 pitches.

But as a sign of how much fortune Buchholz has had this season, even the shortened stint turned out to help him.

Once the game was finally called for good after a third delay that took place in the bottom of the sixth inning, it meant that Buchholz was credited with a complete-game shutout, the fourth of his career.

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“That’s awesome,” Buchholz said with a smile.

Buchholz hadn’t pitched since May 22 because of irritation in his right AC joint, but there was no evidence of rust.

“After the first inning, he started getting better touch and feel, and the last couple, three innings that he threw were as sharp as he’s been all season,” said manager John Farrell. “He threw an assortment of pitches ahead in the count. It looked like he could go to any single pitch in any given situation. He kept them being tentative to the point where they weren’t sure which pitch was going to come in which sequence.”

Buchholz and Yankees right-hander Hiroki Kuroda pitched to a 0-0 stalemate over the first three innings.

The Red Sox rallied in the fourth when Dustin Pedroia led off with a single up the middle and Ortiz followed with a single to right that put runners at the corners with nobody out.

Mike Napoli hit a fielder’s-choice grounder to short that scored Pedroia for the first run of the game.

Jose Blue Jays Canada Days Jersey Iglesias, who has tormented the Yankees consistently this season, opened the fifth by belting a home run to left. It was the first homer of 2013 for Iglesias, and the second of his career.

Given the opportunity to fill in at third base while Will Middlebrooks rehabs from a back injury, Iglesias might just stay on the roster even when Middlebrooks returns.

“That’s not my decision,” said Iglesias. “That’s their decision.”

Iglesias is hitting .434 in 53 at-bats.

“Yeah, I feel pretty good,” Iglesias said. “I’m just putting good at-bats and trying to put together a good swing for the team.”

In the sixth, it was Ortiz who found a pitch he liked from Kuroda and walloped it into the second deck in right-center, giving Buchholz a 3-0 lead.

“I just put a good swing on it and made things happen,” said Ortiz.

Two batters after the Ortiz homer, the game went into a 37-minute rain delay. Play resumed long enough for the Yankees to get out of the top of the sixth.

Four minutes later, play again was halted — this time for good. During the final delay — which lasted 35 minutes, there was one viciously loud thunder and lightning bolt that boomed through the stadium.

“I heard some guys kind of buckled a little bit,” said Yankees manager Joe Girardi. “I was inside and didn’t hear it. All I know is my TV went out. That was my clue that the weather was pretty bad.”

Once play was called, the Red Sox had accomplished their goal, taking two out of three from their rivals.

“That’s how you get yourself closer to the playoffs: winning series, winning series, winning series,” said Ortiz. “At end of season it’s, ‘Wow, we’re in the playoffs because of that.’ We have to try to get the best out of every single series and move on.”

Meanwhile, the Red Sox head into Monday’s off-day knowing that they went 13-7 while playing 20 games in 20 days. They leave New York with a 2 1/2-game lead over the Orioles in the American League East.

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“We’re fully aware of where we are. We’ve got a challenging month ahead of us,” said Farrell. “It starts on Tuesday with Texas coming into town. They kind of manhandled us a little bit in a three-game set down in Arlington. We’re not, certainly, looking too far ahead. I say the month of June, but I know our guys in that clubhouse are looking at just Tuesday and that’s the extent of it.”

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The Red Sox are paying Mike Napoli to be a run producer. However, the slugging first baseman has an even greater focus to what his true value to the team is.

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And never does he take that job more seriously than in situations like Saturday night at Yankee Stadium, when Yankees manager Joe Girardi felt the time was right with one out in the top of the third to call for an intentional walk.

With the bases loaded, Napoli belted a 2-2 offering from Phil Hughes over the wall in right-center. That game-breaking grand slam led the Red Sox to an 11-1 victory in Saturday night’s contest in the Bronx.

“It was a good feeling,” said Napoli. “It’s my job to be his protection, and when something like that happens, it feels good to come through.”Houston Texans Ed Reed Jersey.

If it keeps happening, managers are going to have start thinking twice about the strategy.

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons tried it on May 1, and Napoli cranked a three-run homer.

“I mean, like I said, I like protecting him and maybe giving managers another thought of doing that,” Napoli said. “I went in there and just tried to execute. Had a runner on third with less than two outs and tried to hit a fly ball.”

And that fly ball wound up being Girardi’s worst-case scenario.

“You’ve got one guy that struck out 75 times in 200 at-bats and one guy that struck out 22 times in 150 at-bats coming into this series,” said Girardi. “So to me, you’re looking for a strikeout in that situation, and Napoli has struck out a lot more, but he wasn’t able to strike him out.”Cheap Ed Reed Jersey.

Instead, Napoli struck for the first of what would be many big hits for the Red Sox in this Bronx bashing.

Daniel Nava went 4-for-6 with four RBIs, including a three-run blast that put the game away in the top of the eighth.

“Just an outstanding offensive performance by him,” said manager John Farrell. “We’ve talked about it many times. His path, his pedigree, or lack of, and yet all he does is go out and perform and produce.”

There was a lineup full of offensive heroics.Ed Reed Jersey for Sale.

Stephen Drew broke out of an 0-for-16 drought, going 2-for-5 with a homer. Jose Iglesias continued to torment the Yankees, going 2-for-5 and scoring twice. Jackie Bradley Jr. had the best game of his young career, going 3-for-5 with two doubles from the No. 9 spot in the order.

“I was just trying to stay back on the ball, not trying to be too anxious,” Bradley said. “That’s when I feel like I’m at my best, when I can drive the ball to the opposite field or dead center and also being able to react on the inside pitches and fight those off.”

The big bats backed a strong performance by lefty Felix Doubront, who scattered six hits and one run over six innings, walking three and striking out six.

“As the night went on, his tempo, his pace picked up,” said Farrell. “He threw a lot more quality strikes within the strike zone. He’s making steady progress each time he walks to the mound. Tonight was another step.”Ed Reed Elite Nike Jersey.

In his career against the Yankees, Doubront is now 2-1 with a 2.52 ERA in nine games.

Any secret to Doubront’s success against his team’s chief rival?

“The adrenaline of facing those guys — my respect for those guys,” Doubront said. “I think adrenaline and wanting to win the game against the Yankees. It’s a lot of things going on in my mind in that moment that made me have confidence and have a lot of conviction.”

The Sox got the bats going in the third inning against Hughes. Bradley got it started with a double over the head of Brett Gardner. Nava followed by blooping a single to left. Mike Carp’s double got Bradley home for the first run of the game.

After Dustin Ed Reed Jersey Pedroia struck out, Girardi opted for that fateful intentional walk to Ortiz.

That didn’t go so well. Napoli’s second slam this season — and fifth of his career — made it a 5-0 game.

“That’s tough,” said catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia. “I understand, obviously, with David, he’s been hot, and he’s been swinging a good bat. But with Napoli, you just never know. You play the numbers and take your chances. It worked out for us.”

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Ed Reed Texans Jersey for Sale.CC Sabathia said that he needed to help the Yankees out of their troubled patch and get the team back onto a winning track. His teammates appreciated that, but they’re also thrilled that the big left-hander is pitching like an ace again.

Sabathia may have found the answers to his lingering problems in a sharp 10-strikeout performance, winning for the first time in more than a month as the Yankees snapped their five-game losing streak with a 4-1 victory over the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium on Friday.Authentic Ed Reed Texans Jersey.

“I always feel like it’s my responsibility when I’m out there to give this team a chance to win — go out and pitch well enough to try to win,” Sabathia said. “With us having a tough week, getting swept by the Mets, you want to go out and have a good game. I was lucky enough to do that tonight.”

The left-hander had not won since April 27, a span of five starts, and he said that his biggest struggles were coming in the departments of command and aggressiveness.

One start after lamenting that he was no longer helping the team, Sabathia was happy to showcase his good stuff on a steamy night in the Bronx, outpitching Boston’s Jon Lester by completing 7 1/3 innings with a power fastball and his best slider of the season.

“CC Ed Reed Texans Jersey was really good. When you have two aces out there, you just want to give them a few runs,” said Mark Teixeira, who was activated from the disabled list on Friday. “Once we got that lead, you could just tell he wasn’t going to give it up. He was upset at himself for giving up one run. That’s how good he was tonight. He was pretty dominant.”

Sabathia’s 10 whiffs tied his season high set on May 14 against the Mariners, and marked the first time as a Yankee that he had recorded 10 strikeouts without issuing a walk.

“You don’t really expect anything less from him,” Lester said. “I know he hasn’t really pitched well — or probably up to his standards — the past couple, so you knew coming in with us being here he was going to step it up and throw a good game, and he did that tonight. He threw the hell out of the ball tonight.”

While Sabathia credited his improved command, his velocity also seemed to jump a tick, as manager Joe Girardi noted that the hurler seemed to sit at 92-94 mph instead of the 89-91 mph radar gun readings they’d been seeing.Men’s Nike Ed Reed Houston Texans Elite Team Color NFL Football Jersey. 

“I felt a little better, but I couldn’t really tell,” Sabathia said. “I definitely felt like I got a couple swings and misses on my fastball and a couple guys were late, so it was definitely coming out a little better.”

So did the Yankees’ lineup, which at least looked more like the one envisioned this spring. Teixeira went 0-for-3 with a walk and run scored in his first game of the season, and Kevin Youkilis went 1-for-4 with an RBI single — coincidentally, playing in his first big league game since Sabathia’s last victory.

“These guys grind out at-bats,” said Girardi, who was ejected for arguing a fifth-inning call at second base. “That’s what they do, so I think their impact is big and we need to keep them healthy. It changes our lineup. It really does because it gives us a better balance.”

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Hoping to punch out of a skid that included the Mets’ first sweep of a season Subway Series, the partially restored Yankees batting order produced four runs over 6 1/3 innings against Lester, who is winless in his last three starts after starting the season 6-0.

Jayson Nix and Ichiro Suzuki touched Lester for run-scoring hits in the second inning before Youkilis tacked on an RBI single in the fifth.

“Jon wasn’t commanding the ball as much as he probably would have liked tonight, so our hitters really kind of played into that and made him throw more pitches and made him work,” Youkilis said. “I think if you have a team that really focuses on that stuff, I think that’s really a good thing, and I think this team does a good job of that.”

That was enough for Sabathia, who said he only made a tiny change coming off a rough seven-run pounding his last time out against the Rays at Tropicana Field. Boston’s only run against Sabathia came in the seventh inning, as Dustin Pedroia doubled and scored on a Mike Napoli double.

“It was a small difference,” Sabathia said. “I didn’t feel that much different than I did in Tampa, but just being aggressive in the strike zone and attacking guys, that was the biggest difference.”

The Yankees added a run in the seventh as Brett Gardner laced an RBI single to greet reliever Andrew Miller, a run charged to Lester.

David Robertson got two outs in the eighth to set up closer Mariano Rivera, who put the Yankees back on a winning track by converting his 19th save in 20 opportunities, bouncing back from his blown save earlier in the week at Citi Field.

“I think it was an important game,” Girardi Ed Reed Texans Jersey said. “After the little stretch that we’ve been in and we’ve struggled a little bit … all teams are going to go through it, that’s the bottom line. But I thought it was an important win.”

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Dillon Gee Shin Soo Choo Jersey had just recorded 22 of the most significant outs of his career, putting the Mets on track for a 3-1 victory over the Yankees, their fifth straight, and their first Subway Series season sweep in history. More important from a personal standpoint, those outs had already begun cooling the heat setting over his job security.

Sensing that Gee had reached his limit and desperate for him to finish on a positive note, manager Terry Collins walked to the mound, took the ball from his starter, then spoke.

“Finally, he told me, ‘Good job,'” Gee said.

Shin Soo Choo Reds Jersey.The pitcher laughed.

“Well, he didn’t say, ‘Finally.’ But he said, ‘Good job’ for once when I came out of a game.”

Consider that a criminal understatement of a job artfully done. Gee struck out a career-high 12 Yankees over seven innings of one-run ball, saving one of the finest performances of his career for one of its most critical junctures. With Zack Wheeler knocking on the door and Jeremy Hefner continuing to pitch well, Gee took the mound on Thursday at Yankee Stadium knowing his rotation spot was in danger. Collins related as much to Gee between starts, telling him he was at risk of heading to the bullpen once Wheeler arrives.

But Collins’ message did not come with an hourglass. Wheeler woke up on Thursday in Las Vegas, a member of the Mets’ Triple-A affiliate. And so Gee still had time to hang onto his post.

He began that process in almost clinical fashion, roaring after hitters with an increasing number of fastballs. After Robinson Cano smacked a line-drive homer with one out in the third, Gee retired his final 15 batters. He whiffed nine of the last 13 Yankees he faced, including the final five in succession.

“I needed that on so many levels, it’s crazy,” Gee Choo Jersey, Shin Soo Choo Jersey Sale said.

Hardly able to match their offensive output from Wednesday’s blowout, the Mets nonetheless did enough damage to support Gee’s effort. Yankees starter Vidal Nuno’s critical mistake was walking Lucas Duda to lead off the second; the next batter, Marlon Byrd, drilled his second homer in two nights over the left-field fence.

It was all the Mets could muster against Nuno, who allowed only two other hits in six innings. But they plated a critical insurance run in the eighth, when John Buck’s dribbler down the third-base line stayed fair, scoring Omar Quintanilla.

Scott Rice and Bobby Parnell combined on the final five outs, and with that the Mets swept the season Subway Series for the first time.Shin Soo Choo Authentic Jersey.

It was a nice carrot for the Mets, though their opponent hardly mattered. In danger of losing all relevance before the dawn of June, the Mets have responded by playing four dozen innings of inspired baseball.

“The hardest thing I’ve done is try to keep these guys positive,” Collins said. “It wasn’t about changing stances or shuffling bullpens. It was about trying to keep the guys in the clubhouse positive. Everybody goes through some bad times. You’ve got to work your way out of it.”

Collins reserved sterner words for Ike Davis and Ruben Tejada, holding a closed-door meeting with those two earlier this week to warn them of their tenuous roster spots. When he delivered a similar message to Gee, it came as no surprise to a pitcher who entered Thursday’s start with a 6.34 ERA.

“I’m not stupid,” Gee said. “I know that that many bad outings in a row, you’re probably hanging on a thread.”

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Knowing that is one thing. Doing something about it is entirely another. But Gee toed the rubber on Thursday with a different “look in his eye,” according to catcher Anthony Recker, and a more aggressive approach on the mound. Fifty-one of Gee’s 88 pitches were fastballs, including a low-90s four-seamer and a sinker that faded away from left-handed hitters. Supplementing those offerings with his signature changeup, Gee finally resembled the pitcher he was before last July’s season-ending right shoulder surgery.

“He didn’t leave many balls over the middle of the plate,” Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner said, referencing his team’s only real rally off Gee, in the bottom of the first. “Robbie and I took advantage of some pitches to hit in the first inning, we didn’t get anything out of it and from there, he had his way with us.”

And so Gee delivered a message to Collins, just as the manager had delivered one to him. David Wright said that this week was “not about proving anything,” and the Mets’ captain very well may be right.

But do not underestimate the power of messages in a time of transition for the Mets.

“You could sense there was tremendous frustration,” Collins Shin Soo Choo Jersey said. “Guys were down. I heard some guys that I’ve known for three years now starting to say, ‘I don’t know if I can do this. I can’t do it anymore.’ And you can’t listen to that.”

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Chris Davis sent the fans home happy on the night the Orioles honored him.

In a six-run seventh, Davis launched a two-run home run — his second of the game — to cap a rally in the Orioles’ 9-6 win over the Nationals on Wednesday night. The comeback was needed after Washington third baseman Ryan Zimmerman hit three home runs off starter Chris Tillman.

Before the game, Davis received a trophy, a check and watch in recognition of his April American League Player of the Month award. The team also gave fans orange “Crush Davis” T-shirts sporting his silhouette. During the game, Davis stated his case for earning the honors for a second consecutive month.

“It’s fun,” Davis said. “You’re always working on things, whether you’re locked or struggling. Just the consistent approach every day has helped me out, the routine. I heard for such a long time that routine was such a big part of this game. I’ve really found one that I like, and I’ve continued to do that every day.”

Davis first homered in the fourth and singled twice to put an exclamation point on a month of May that has seen him hit .370 with 10 home runs, 10 doubles and 22 RBIs. He also has scored a run in eight consecutive games, the longest active streak in baseball.

“He’s just been consistent,” manager Buck Showalter said of Davis. “And when people are consistent in the way they live their life, they have a chance to be consistent in baseball and sports, too. He’s in a good place in a lot of ways. … We’re proud of him and he’s getting back what he’s putting into it.”

Davis’ big offensive effort was sorely needed, because a night after the Nationals rocked rookie starter Kevin Gausman with a barrage of home runs, they brought the long ball act on the road, victimizing Tillman on Wednesday.Authentic Ed Reed Texans Jersey.

Tillman, who had six consecutive quality starts entering Wednesday, gave up four home runs total and was chased after just 4 2/3 innings, having allowed six earned runs. He was on the hook for the loss before the seventh-inning comeback, with Nick Markasis’ RBI single giving the O’s the lead.

Zimmerman got the scoring started for the Nationals in the first, when he hit a solo home run off Tillman with two outs. Zimmerman drove a 2-2 fastball to left-center field.

The home run extended Washington’s streak to 74 consecutive series with at least one home run, the longest such streak in MLB.

But Zimmerman and the Nationals were just getting started. He would go on to homer twice more, and the rest of the Nationals’ offense helped pile it on Tillman.

Orioles Ed Reed Texans Jersey second baseman Ryan Flaherty, in the starting lineup fresh off being recalled from Triple-A Norfolk, ripped an RBI double to the right-field corner that tied the score at 1 in the second.

Then Roger Bernadina hit his second home run of the season — and his second in as many nights — to put Washington back on top, 2-1. His home run traveled an estimated 406 feet and landed on Eutaw Street behind the right-field wall, so he’ll get a plaque in the sidewalk to commemorate the blast. Ed Reed Texans Jersey for Sale.

Before Tillman could recover from Bernadina’s homer, Zimmerman followed with his second of the night. He drove a 3-1 high fastball over the center-field wall to stretch the Nationals’ lead to 3-1.

Davis led off the bottom of the fourth with a solo home run, cutting the lead to 3-2.

Denard Span extended his hitting streak to 10 games with an RBI double to the right-field corner in the fifth inning. Danny Espinosa had singled before Span reached and advanced to second when Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy threw the ball into the home dugout.

After Bernadina grounded out to short, Zimmerman hit his third of the night on a 1-2 high fastball to plate Span and give Washington a 6-2 lead, its largest of the night. It was the first three-homer game against Baltimore since Evan Longoria did it Oct. 3, 2012. It was also the third three-homer game in Nationals history, matching Adam Dunn and Alfonso Soriano.

But the Orioles chipped away, starting with Markakis’ solo home run in the sixth, which cut the lead to 6-3.Men’s Nike Ed Reed Houston Texans Elite Team Color NFL Football Jersey.

“There’s just not a whole lot of panic,” Showalter said. “I think they have a lot of faith in each other, they really do … and I think our pitchers feel that way, too, if we can just get some zeros up there and get the momentum headed in the other way.”

Flaherty singled in the seventh inning and scored when Pearce homered behind him to pull the Orioles within one run at 6-5. Then McLouth singled, which brought Manny Machado to the plate as the potential go-ahead run.

Machado doubled in McLouth and Markakis drove him in with an RBI single. Davis’ two-run blast off Tyler Clippard capped the scoring.

“I’m trying to use his aggressiveness to my advantage,” Clippard said. “I know he doesn’t want a walk right there, and I did that the first two pitches. … I just left it up and it was off the plate by a hair, but not enough, and that’s on me. I just didn’t execute the pitch like I needed to.”

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Nationals manager Davey Johnson said he considered walking the hot-hitting Davis, but didn’t because he liked what Clippard has done against left-handed hitters this season.

“They’re hitting less than .100 off him and just one of those things,” Johnson said. “Tough game. Tough one to take.”

After the game, Davis was asked if he’d ask for another commemorative T-shirt night to help ensure his hot hitting continues.

“I mean, I didn’t ask for this one, but I’m pretty excited about it,” Davis said. “It’s definitely an honor to look at and see all these people wearing your shirt to know you have so many fans and so many people behind you. I was kind of in awe tonight, and the game I had tonight was an added bonus.”

Orioles Ed Reed Texans Jersey reliever Steve Johnson earned the win after mopping up after Tillman. He pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings in relief to keep the O’s within striking distance.

Closer Jim Johnson kicked his recent struggles to earn the save. He’d blown four of his past five opportunities entering Wednesday.

Mets Cheap Clay Matthews Jersey walk off on Mariano for emotional victory

The sea of Mets flowed from the dugout to the field, surging into shallow left before ebbing back to the clubhouse. Ike Davis led the pack, charging full speed at a jubilant Lucas Duda. David Wright was there. Daniel Cheap Clay Matthews Jersey Murphy was there. All of them were present, less ballplayers at that moment than they were children.

The Mets had won a game — stolen a game, really — against a premier opponent and the best closer in history.

For once in this hardscrabble season, they were having fun.

“It feels good to have all your teammates jumping around you,” Duda said.

Duda called the Mets’ 2-1 victory over the Yankees their best win of the year — or at least their most emotional. He had the right to call it whatever he wanted, considering he was the one who came up with the game-winning hit, redirecting a Mariano Rivera cutter into right field to score Wright.Clay Matthews Packers Jersey.

Three hits on nine pitches — that was all it took. Murphy started the rally, dunking a double into left field in a one-run game. Wright followed with an RBI single back up the middle, which nearly scorched Murphy on its path to center field. Then Duda struck the game-winner, allowing the Mets to dispatch Rivera for the third time ever. It marked the first time the future Hall of Famer had blown a save without recording a single out.

“I think we surprised ourselves,” Wright said. “You get Mo coming in, it’s usually game over.”

Three hits on nine pitches — in retrospect, it all seemed so simple. And yet the Mets had recorded a total of four up to that point, unable to do anything against Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda or setup man David Robertson. That left Matt Harvey on the hook for his first loss of the year, despite eight brilliant innings of his own.Clay Matthews Nike Elite Jersey.

Losing seemed inevitable for the Mets, who, as Wright noted, have won several emotional games this year only to flat-line in their encore performances. They entered Tuesday’s play with consecutive wins against the Braves and Yankees, both in relatively dramatic fashion. So it would not have been wholly unexpected to see them wallow away quietly against Rivera in the ninth.

“You make the bed you sleep in,” Wright said. “You’re not going to get a bunch of energy and electricity and excitement in the stadium when you’re 10, 11 games under .500.”

The Mets tried to manufacture some of their own, despite rainy conditions that resulted in a 91-minute delay and a sparser-than-usual Subway Series crowd. Harvey did his part, retiring six in a row to start the game, regularly dialing his fastball as high as 98 mph and striking out eight of 15 from the second through fifth innings.

His only problem came in the sixth, when Marlon Byrd committed an error on Brett Gardner’s leadoff single in a scoreless game. Though Harvey did recover enough to give himself a chance to emerge unscathed, he cracked on Lyle Overbay’s two-out RBI single.

Cheap Clay Matthews Jersey for Sale.If any energy floated out of Citi Field at that moment, manager Terry Collins restored it in the bottom of the inning, when he argued Ruben Tejada’s pickoff at second base long enough to get ejected. Drawing a roar from the crowd as he walked off the field, Collins planted himself in the Citi Field video room for the rest of the evening.

There, he spoke to several Mets hitters as they prepared for their at-bats against Rivera. Swing early, Collins told them, or the greatest closer in history will bury you.

What happened next, Rivera called “unacceptable.”

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“You could tell everybody wanted to get a run so bad,” Harvey said. “The way the guys were playing defense, the way everybody was getting mad that they weren’t getting hits. Everybody played their — I can’t say it, but they played their butts off. And that’s fun to watch.”

“Fun” is a concept somewhat foreign to the Mets, who had not enjoyed a three-game winning streak since the season’s opening weekend. Wright spoke often about the notion last summer, noting how much fun he had before the Mets plummeted out of contention. Those were the memories upon which he drew when deciding to sign a long-term extension in New York.

Wright Cheap Clay Matthews Jersey is also a realist, understanding the Mets’ place in this rebuilding process. But he knows good things can happen nonetheless.

Buoyed by the past three days, he feels there is more opportunity for fun at Citi Field.

“This could be, hopefully, the couple games that we needed to get a little bit of swagger back,” Wright said. “We need to capture that.”

Adrian Cheap Clay Matthews Jersey 4-for-4 as Dodgers derail Angels

If the Dodgers can overcome all that went wrong on Monday night to beat the Angels, 8-7, maybe they can overcome a 7 1/2-game deficit in the National League West.

They won despite Matt Kemp’s four strikeouts, another four-inning start by Zack Greinke, three errors (it could have been four) and the latest injury, a lower back bruise to the gritty Nick Punto.

That many negatives would normally mean doom in this season of curses, but the Dodgers somehow overcame all of that for their greatest comeback of the year, and they snapped the Angels’ eight-game win streak for good measure.

“That was a great win for us,” Punto said after receiving treatment. “We were down, 6-1, and we were just fighting the whole time. It was kind of what the manager wants to see and what we expect to be doing the rest of the year. Just no quit and keep fighting.”

They did it with four hits and four runs scored from Adrian Gonzalez; a pair of RBI doubles from Scott Van Slyke, shaking off a sore neck to start in place of Andre Ethier; and a game-winning RBI single by Jerry Hairston, activated for the game after a disabled list stint with a strained groin.

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“In talking to the guys, I think we’re all excited about today’s win,” said Gonzalez. “It can definitely be a momentum builder. But again, you can’t have momentum unless you come out tomorrow and play hard and win another one. That’s when things start rolling. We can’t just say today is the day it turns around. It takes a number of days.”

The Dodgers did it with Juan Uribe, given up for dead last year, going 3-for-3 in a game he entered in the fifth inning. They did it with Luis Cruz — given a death-sentence reprieve with the option of Dee Gordon to make room for Hairston — parlaying a rare single and rarer walk into two runs scored.

They did it with a two-run double from Mark Ellis in a four-run fifth inning that Angels Cheap Clay Matthews Jersey lefty C.J. Wilson couldn’t finish. And with five innings from the bullpen, a save from Brandon League and four double plays over the last five innings, including one in the eighth inning that had the Angels livid.

That one came with Erick Aybar breaking from first base and Ethier, who pinch-hit in the seventh, running down Mike Trout’s long fly to right field off Kenley Jansen. Aybar rounded second before realizing the ball was caught. Ethier sailed a wide throw to first that required Gonzalez to make a diving, sweeping tag.

“I thought I caught his shirt, that’s why I showed the ball,” said Gonzalez.Clay Matthews Packers Jersey.

First-base umpire Paul Emmel was down the line for the batted ball and plate umpire Gary Darling was in position at first base to call Aybar out, afterward saying he saw no daylight between glove and jersey live and saw the same thing on video. That ended the inning with Albert Pujols on deck, having already hit four balls hard and destined to lead off the ninth with a single.

League got Mark Trumbo on a double-play grounder in the ninth, Ronald Belisario snuffed out a rally with a double-play grounder from Hank Conger in the seventh and Matt Guerrier did the same thing to Conger after taking over for Greinke with two on and no out in the fifth.

Those plays helped nullify the three errors and a passed ball, as two first-inning runs off Greinke were unearned.

“The way we started wasn’t very pretty,” said manager Don Mattingly.Clay Matthews Nike Elite Jersey.

A scoreless second inning wasn’t pretty either, with Gonzalez committed his sixth error, and it ended with Punto beating Aybar to second base on a force play. But Punto’s knee nailed Aybar’s shoulder and Punto went airborne, landed on the square of his back. He played in pain until the fifth inning.

“As the game was going on it felt alright,” said Punto. “As long as I kept it moving it felt OK. We’ll just see how it feels tomorrow. I’m sure it’s just a little bruise, but we’ll see.”

Kemp might have bruised feelings after going 0-for-5, with fans booing louder with each out. Mattingly, who returned Kemp to the lineup after a one-day benching, essentially said he’s still the center fielder.

Cheap Clay Matthews Jersey for Sale.“Honestly, we’re going to need Matt,” said Mattingly. “I just don’t give up on Matt. I’m not giving up on Matt, he’s going to get going. At certain times, he’ll hit in different spots.”

Greinke, who acknowledged he didn’t pitch well against Milwaukee earlier in the week, thought he pitched well against the Angels, who scored six runs (four earned) on 10 hits in four-plus innings. He also knocked down suggestions that his collarbone or elbow might be bothering him.

“I felt good, actually,” he said. “They were hot and swinging good. Overall, I thought I did about as well as I could. From being on their side, I’ve seen them beat some really good pitchers. That’s kind of what it felt like.”

Mattingly Cheap Clay Matthews Jersey said Greinke is understandably less than sharp after missing time in Spring Training with elbow soreness, then missing a month for the collarbone surgery.

“At this point, I’m not really concerned,” he said. “The ball is coming out of his hand, he feels fine. It’s really been a backwards year for him. I feel he’s been behind the 8-ball the whole year, but I do think he’ll get where he needs to get to.”

Clay Matthews Camo Jersey Memorial Day patriotism on full display across MLB

Memorial Day is a time for a mass of people to open their swimming pools or cabins, fire up the barbecue grills, have family get-togethers at a local park, enjoy the beach or other vacation paradise, float down a river, work around the yard, squeeze another blissful day out of a long weekend and get an unofficial start on the business of summer.

And, most importantly, to remember.

We will remember all around Major League Baseball on Monday, as surely as U.S. flags perched on the fronts of homes and poles from sea to shining sea. There will be tributes to the men and women who gave their lives to defend a nation’s freedom. There will be a symbolic show of support for the military members who returned, to those who serve now, and to military families.

We will remember at Dodger Stadium in the form of 50 Wounded Warriors entering from center field, after Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, greets that crowd on the scoreboard with a message from Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan. We will remember in the form of a “mass first pitch” at Miller Park in Milwaukee, where more than 40 active members of the military, veterans and military dependants get a Twins-Brewers game started.

MLB will commemorate the occasion in grand style, at all 15 home ballparks. Teams and fans will pause to participate in a national moment of remembrance at exactly 3 p.m. ET, punctuating about half of the day’s full docket of games, or in moments of silence at later games. Giant flags will unfurl. Players will wear special digital-camouflage jerseys and caps licensed by the U.S. Marine Corps, raising awareness and funds for Welcome Back Veterans.

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“Major League Baseball considers it both a privilege and a responsibility to honor and assist our troops in any way we can,” Commissioner Bud Selig said. “We are proud to support this initiative, and we ask our fans to join us on Memorial Day and beyond in this effort to raise awareness and funds for this important cause.”

At the Pirates-Tigers game in Detroit, members of the Armed Forces will be honored on the field for their service prior to the National Anthem. David Van Allen of the Disabled American Veterans will throw out a ceremonial first pitch to represent veterans, and Col. David Brooks from Selfridge Air National Guard Base will do the same in honor of active service members. All service members and veterans in the on-field ceremony will receive a patriotic Tigers T-shirt. The Tigers are donating 1,500 tickets to local members and veterans of the Armed Forces to attend the game with their families.

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In Cincinnati, where the Reds play Cleveland in an in-state rivalry, the hosts will honor members of the Tuskegee Airmen and welcome Lincoln Ware as an Honorary Captain. Ware is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and currently works as a local radio host. U.S. Navy Second Class Petty Officer Nicholas Gagner is set to sing the anthem, and the ceremonial first pitch will be thrown out by U.S. Marine Gunnery Sgt. Samuel Deeds, who was injured by an improvised explosive device while serving in Iraq in 2005. The pregame festivities will be capped off by retired Lt. Col. Robert R. Adams, who will deliver the official game ball to the mound.

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In Washington, the Nationals host the Orioles in the second game of what they call the “Patriotic Series.” Military dignitaries will be in attendance, and the first 20,000 fans to enter Nationals Park through the center-field gate will receive mini American flags, presented by SAIC. In addition, SAIC will donate more than 500 tickets to members of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) and their loved ones. TAPS personnel will be involved in pregame ceremonies, as well.

The White Sox celebration and honoring of Memorial Day actually started Sunday with a pregame parade featuring military members and their friends and family. The ceremonial first pitch was thrown by Army paratrooper Staff Sgt. Al Mampre to Chris Sale. Mampre was one of the original members of the Heroic 101st Airborne Company that later became the subject of the book and television series, Band of Brothers, and received two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star during his service in World War II. Eight servicemen were honored on the field, with the White Sox starters signing autographs for each individual at their respective positions. Before Monday’s game, Challenger the bald eagle will fly across the pitcher’s mound during the National Anthem, and there will be ceremonial first pitches by five members of the U.S. armed forces.

The I-70 Series between the Cardinals and Royals in Kansas City will be preceded by the annual Armed Forces Day presented by Budweiser, featuring a special pregame ceremony honoring the men and women who serve our country. Members of the military will also be honored throughout the game through the Buck O’Neil Legacy Seat and Our Heroes program, as well as other special in-game features. The first 20,000 fans will receive miniature American flags, courtesy of the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial.

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At the Twins-Brewers matchup at Miller Park, a “mass first pitch” will bring a mix of more than 40 active members of the military, veterans and military dependants to the field to toss out ceremonial first pitches to Minnesota and Milwaukee players prior to the game. Color Guards from the Army Navy, Marines and Air Force will also participate in the pregame ceremonies on the field, and the National Anthem will be performed by Staff Sgt. Korin Saal. Several thousand tickets have been provided by the Brewers to USO-Wisconsin and Veterans Administration groups so active and retired members of the military can enjoy the game with their families. In addition, proceeds from Monday’s Brewers Community Foundation 50/50 Raffle will be donated to the USO-Wisconsin.

In Boston, where a four-game series opens against the Phillies, the Red Sox will recognize several Gold Star wives. The Color Guard will be performed by the West Roxbury VFW Post 2902. The anthem will be performed by New Hampshire Army National Guard First Class Sgt. Michelle Lowes. The first pitch will be thrown by U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Vic Beck. There will be a hats off to heroes tribute at the end of the fourth, with Ann Brown, U.S. Army Sgt. First Class, being honored. God Bless America will be performed by Lowes before the bottom of the seventh inning.

The D-backs host the Rangers in a doubleheader at Chase Field, and as part of the tribute, veteran and two-time USA Memory Champion Ron White will spend about 10 hours hand writing from memory the first and last names of every fallen American soldier from the war in Afghanistan on a blank 50-foot memorial wall. Fans are invited to watch the transformation of the wall beginning at 10 a.m. PT in the Right Field Deck. Additionally, the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation will donate $2,500 to White’s Wounded Warrior fundraising efforts.

Next to the memorial wall will be a Remember the Fallen moving exhibit honoring the men and women from Arizona who gave their lives in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Remember the Fallen is supported by the Honor Walk Foundation and Circle K and features photos and artifacts.

Colorado plays at Houston, and veterans and active military personnel will receive a half-price discount on tickets at the Minute Maid Park box office with the presentation of a military ID. Prior to game time, service members representing the National Guard Reserve and active duty components of all five branches of the military will take part in a special flag presentation. An additional pregame ceremony will include combat veterans from several military campaigns, including World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Persian Gulf, Iraq and Afghanistan. The first pitch will be thrown by 90-year-old WWII veteran Pat Duncan, who joined the Navy at age 17 and served for six years, receiving eight different commendations and medals.

The Freeway Series reunites the Angels and Dodgers at Dodger Stadium, and there is a seemingly endless lineup of tributes to the military. Uniformed members of each branch of the military will unfurl a giant flag along with USO Captains in center field.

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Pros vs. GI Joe is a charitable organization started by retired military members Greg and Addie Zinone that provides scholarships to Wounded Warriors. Their mission is to connect troops serving all over the world with professional athletes and celebrities in online and in-person game competitions. One of Pros vs. GI Joe’s initiatives is called “Salute the Troops.” Fans will be asked to join the Dodgers and Pros vs. GI Joe in an all-stadium salute to troops that will be coordinated with a live feed with Kandahar, Afghanistan.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. De’Jon Fruga of the 452nd mobility wing at March Air Force Base California will sing the National Anthem. Alejandra, Alejandro and Lanny Thompson, family of fallen Army Lieutenant Alejo R. Thompson, who was killed in the line of duty one year ago, will officially start the game with “It’s Time for Dodger Baseball.” In recognition for the sacrifice they make, several active troops will join Dodgers starters as they take the field.

In Seattle, where the Padres visit the Mariners, the host club joins with the National Alliance to End Veteran Suicide for Veterans Appreciation Day at Safeco Field. The program is part of the Veterans Family Fund, which helps veterans and their families with the challenges of long deployments and military service. The Alliance to End Veteran Suicide engages in research, education, resource provision, and community collaborations to actively address the alarming rate of suicide among U.S. military veterans. Recently released statistics show that suicides among active duty military hit a record high in 2012, and according to the Department of Veterans Affairs, the rate is even higher among military veterans, an estimated 22 each day.

At Safeco Field, the Alliance will host a Veterans Resource Fair with information about resources and opportunities that are available to all veterans, current military and their families. Veterans of all eras and their families will be recognized during the game. The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown out by Bruce Hullinger, a WWII veteran. The anthem will be performed by the First Corps Command Army Band from Joint Base Lewis McChord, and the U.S. Coast Guard Honor Guard will present the colors.

On Sunday at Citi Field, the Mets and the USO of Metropolitan New York hosted the sixth annual Military Appreciation Night, one of the biggest gatherings of military personnel over Memorial Day weekend in New York. Mets general manager Sandy Alderson, a Vietnam vet, said the Mets are very committed to honoring the military and had advice for everyone else on what they can do year-round.

“Whether you go to a parade or just take 30 seconds to thank the person in uniform maybe flying on your plane,” Alderson Clay Matthews Camo Jersey said, “just so they know that they’re appreciated.”

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Combine the frenzy of an inside-the-park home run with the grandeur of a walk-off homer, and you have Saturday afternoon at AT&T Park, where Angel Pagan provided a thrilling conclusion.

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To put this event into historical perspective, Halley’s Comet, which is visible from earth approximately every 75 years, appears more frequently than a Giant achieves what Pagan did. The last time a Giant slapped a walk-off, inside-the-park homer was Aug. 24, 1931, when Hall of Famer Bill Terry hit one against the Cubs.

Pagan admitted that he was “running out of gas” as he rounded third base. But he noticed the excitement he generated, which in turn energized him.

“I saw all of my teammates … everybody giving me their support, as well as the fans — they’re screaming as loud as they can — and it was such a great feeling to get it done in that way,” said Pagan, who recorded his third career inside-the-park homer.San Francisco 49ers Anquan Boldin Jersey.

The Giants trailed, 5-4, courtesy of Troy Tulowitzki’s homer off Sergio Romo that christened the 10th. Crawford drew a walk from Rockies closer Rafael Betancourt to open the Giants’ half of the inning and advanced to second base on Guillermo Quiroz’s sacrifice bunt.

Pagan then drove an 0-1 pitch off the base of the portion of right-center-field wall that angles toward the 421-foot marker.

“Off the bat, I thought he might have hit it out,” Crawford said. Instead, the ball caromed away from right fielder Michael Cuddyer and toward center fielder Dexter Fowler, who relayed it to second baseman DJ LeMahieu.Cheap Anquan Boldin Jersey.

Crawford scored easily, leaving the rest of the drama to Pagan. Receiving the “go” sign from third-base coach Tim Flannery, the fleet leadoff hitter poured his remaining energy into his sprint home. He slid headfirst as Rockies catcher Wilin Rosario took LeMahieu’s relay in front of home plate, marking the first time any team won a game on an inside-the-park walk-off since Rey Sanchez victimized Colorado on June 11, 2004.

“I was thinking about three [bases], to be honest with you,” Pagan said after hitting the sixth regular-season inside-the-park homer in AT&T Park history and the first since Conor Gillaspie’s on Sept. 27, 2011. “I was watching the ball and it didn’t bounce too far from [Cuddyer]. I’m thinking three, but looking at [Flannery], if he gives me the OK, I’m going for it.”

Rockies left fielder Carlos Gonzalez had resigned himself to the team’s fate moments earlier.

Anquan Boldin Niners Jersey.“As soon as that ball bounced off the wall, I tried to look at where [Pagan] was and he was already on second base,” Gonzalez said. “He’s a fast guy. I think he’s the only one who could turn that into an inside-the-park home run.”Rare as this feat was, Flannery sensed it coming. Speaking on a pregame show Saturday on KNBR, the Giants’ flagship radio station, he responded affirmatively to the question, “Are you ready to send someone on an inside-the-parker?” Addressing reporters after the game, Flannery explained his anticipation by saying, “It’s crazy. We’ve had a couple this week where it almost happened. … You always think there’s a chance. You just never know.”

Indeed, having amassed seven walk-off triumphs and 14 come-from-behind victories this season, the Giants always seem ready for anything.

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“I wish I was out there to watch it,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.

Bochy was confined to his office, having been ejected in the eighth inning for arguing with plate umpire Alfonso Marquez. Striving to end their four-game losing streak to the Rockies, the Giants rallied from a 4-0 deficit to tie the score. But Bochy didn’t take kindly to Marquez’s out call on Marco Scutaro, who tried to advance from first to third on Pablo Sandoval’s bloop single with one out in the eighth. With third-base umpire Ted Barrett occupied elsewhere, Marquez moved toward third to make the call.

Bochy Anquan Boldin Jersey was still disgruntled over a seventh-inning call on Brandon Belt, whom Marquez called out at home. In both cases, television replays indicated that the Giants runners were safe.

“You’re going to have calls that you don’t agree with or may not be corrrect,” Bochy said. “There’s not a lot you can do about it. [The umpires are] human and they’re trying to get it right. I know that. But still, it’s such a competitive situation, especially in a game like this, where you have some critical calls. You just hope to overcome them.

“That’s what we did.”

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Justin Verlander almost had to make room for another Tigers pitcher with two no-hitters on his resume. As it was, Anibal Sanchez provided yet another reminder why he has a place alongside him in that category of elite starters.

Seven years and a league change after Sanchez tossed a no-hitter for the Marlins on Sept. 6, 2006, here he was again, just the top of the ninth inning away from another on a chilly Friday night at Comerica Park, where he struck out 17 hitters four weeks earlier.

Personalized Authentic Blue Jays Jersey.He claims he didn’t know he had the no-hitter going back in 2006, but he certainly knew it as he began the ninth inning, having seen the scoreboard and heard the reactions. All that stood between him and history was the top of the Twins lineup and Joe Mauer, who makes a living breaking up no-hitters.

Mauer ended two other bids in the ninth inning in his career, and when Sanchez left a breaking ball over the plate with one out in the final frame, he ended this one, too. But his one-out liner through the middle could do nothing about the result, as Sanchez finished the one-hit shutout for a 6-0 win.

He would’ve been the 28th pitcher in Major League history with multiple no-hitters. Instead, he’s the 18th big league pitcher since 1916 to throw five complete games with one hit or less. He’s also the pitcher who put the Tigers back atop the American League Central following Cleveland’s loss in Boston.

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“In the end, he got the hit,” Sanchez said of Mauer. “But I feel good. I’ll take my nine innings.”

There were no regrets from Sanchez, whose mix of fastballs and off-speed pitches in different counts left Twins hitters guessing for most of the night. Nor were there superstitions. As someone who has done this before, he was talking with teammates in the dugout between innings when he wasn’t down in the tunnel.

“I talked to him a little bit throughout the game,” Prince Personalized Blue Jays Jersey Fielder said. “He was just locked in.”

It was a no-hit bid that was so laid-back, even the crowd of 39,789 didn’t really get charged up until he needed just nine pitches to send down the middle of Minnesota’s order in the seventh.

After an eighth-inning walk to Eduardo Escobar ended Sanchez’s roll of 18 consecutive batters retired, Sanchez regrouped to retire pinch-hitter Ryan Doumit. Four outs from history, with the crowd roaring and another pinch-hitter awaiting, he called catcher Alex Avila to the mound.

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“I mean, he called me out to the mound in the middle of a no-hitter,” Avila said. “I’ve been in the middle of a no-hitter a few times in the sixth, seventh inning, and I don’t think any pitcher has called me to the mound.”

That’s Sanchez’s style. After back-to-back summers of Verlander no-hit watches, it was an oddly different vibe.

A walk to Jamey Carroll leading off the game gave the Twins a baserunner, but Minnesota didn’t come close to a hit until the seventh. Sanchez allowed a second-inning walk to Chris Parmelee, then got rolling, striking out four in a row.

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“I think you saw a perfect example of a guy that in a fastball count was throwing something else, and in a something-else count was throwing fastballs,” manager Jim Leyland said. “I thought you saw a masterpiece between him and Alex.”

Sanchez struck out everybody in the Twins starting lineup at least once except for Parmelee, who didn’t hit the ball out of the infield. Mauer, 4-for-8 lifetime against Sanchez entering the evening, struck out twice in a game against the Tigers for just the sixth time in the last five years.

It had to look familiar to Josh Willingham. He was playing left field behind Sanchez in Florida when he threw his no-hitter in 2006.

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“He was throwing the ball great. It was moving all over the place like a Wiffle ball,” said Willingham, who went down swinging at a 93-mph fastball.

The usual history-preserving defensive gem wasn’t to be found. The closest came when Justin Morneau smacked a seventh-inning line drive up the middle that Jhonny Peralta ranged a few steps to his left to snare as a fan behind the home plate yelled out, “Oh no!”

Sanchez’s toughest obstacle at that point looked like his pitch count, 90 pitches through six innings. Once he finished the seventh on nine pitches, it was on.

“His stuff was really good in the seventh,” Fielder said. “You figured he had a great chance, assuming nothing crazy would happen. He was outstanding.”

Mauer, Morneau and Carroll all entered the night batting over .300, but nobody else in Minnesota’s lineup was hitting better than .263. Doumit and Chris Colabello, whose various stops included three weeks in the Tigers organization in 2006, came off the bench in the eighth to try to wreck it, but Sanchez followed Doumit’s groundout by striking out Colabello.

Sanchez was keenly aware by then.

“It’s not like the first time when I threw my no-hitter, I didn’t know,” Sanchez said. “I knew I had a no-hitter and I knew I had a tough ninth inning with Carroll and Mauer, one of the best hitters in the league, and also Willingham.”

Sanchez froze Carroll with a 92-mph fastball on the inside corner for his 10th strikeout. He had a 1-1 count on Mauer when he tried mixing him up with a curveball and missed.

“He wanted to get a second strike on him,” Avila said. “It was over the plate. I’ve seen Mauer do that a bunch of times.”

Mauer thought it was a different pitch.

“He threw me a good cutter,” Mauer Personalized Blue Jays Jersey said, “but I think it caught a little too much of the plate so I was able to square it up. But that was about the only thing I could tonight.”