Wainwright shines in second career shutout vs. Crew Cheap Tom Brady Jersey

Adam Wainwright captivated a Cardinal fan base last month when he tearfully attempted to express the significance of showing up to work at Busch Stadium each season. Seventeen days later, Wainwright returned to pitch under the shadow of the Gateway Arch for the first time since that press conference, which had been called to celebrate a contract extension for the organization’s ace.

He’d make the homecoming momentous.

Wainwright twirled his second career shutout against the Brewers, extending the pitching staff’s string of scoreless innings to 32 with the 8-0 win on Saturday. With a sellout crowd of 44,696 on hand, Wainwright complemented his masterful pitching performance with a three-hit, two-RBI afternoon at the plate. Two of those hits came in the sixth, an inning during which the Cardinals scored seven times.

“I felt kind of like it was high school,” Wainwright Cheap Tom Brady Jersey said afterward. “I used to be able to hit a little bit, so it’s nice to every now and then put a good swing on the ball. That was a fun game.”

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Wainwright carved up a Milwaukee offense hampered by injuries to several key starters. A day after Shelby Miller threw 77 percent of his 113 pitches for strikes, Wainwright’s percentage wasn’t far behind. He was efficient in needing only 115 pitches and threw 84 of them for strikes. Wainwright matched his career high with 12 strikeouts (11 swinging) to bump his season total to 24. He has yet to walk a batter in three starts.

Adding an improved changeup to his repertoire and varying his pitch sequencing has seemingly made Wainwright — already among the league’s elite — even more formidable. On Saturday, he garnered strikeouts on four different pitches — his sinker, cutter, four-seam fastball and curveball.

“That was exactly how you design pitching,” manager Mike Matheny said. “This year, he’s back to himself. He’s healthy. I think he has evolved as a pitcher. I think seasons like last year teach you how to pitch more than just rely on stuff. He’s expanding a little bit.”

Milwaukee never advanced a runner to third against Wainwright, whose shutout was preserved by a pair of defensive plays behind him. Center fielder Jon Jay likely saved a run with his diving catch in the fifth. Making his first start of the season at short, Daniel Descalso made a terrific diving stop, and Allen Craig finished the tough pick at first to get Martin Maldonado in the seventh.

“He’s working hard out there,” Descalso said. “With a guy at second base, I’m doing everything I can to keep the ball from going into the outfield. Luckily, I was able to get the out at first, too.”

With the Cardinals already leading by eight at that point, the play essentially meant little to the outcome. However, that wasn’t evident in Wainwright’s emphatic reaction as he greeted Descalso walking to the dugout. Clearly, Wainwright was gunning for the shutout.Tom Brady Jerseys.

“It’s always fun to pitch a complete-game shutout,” Wainwright said. “I’ve done it against the Brewers a couple times now. I don’t know what it is about that team. I think they make me focus more, because they have guys that are really dangerous. I’m fortunate enough to do it against a team like that, and especially at home. I love doing it at home.”

In securing the shutout two innings later, Wainwright became the second Cardinals starter in the team’s last three games to blank the opponent. Jake Westbrook shut out the Reds on Wednesday. In between, Miller, Trevor Rosenthal and Mitchell Boggs combined to hold the Brewers scoreless in the first game of this series.

The three straight shutouts is a first for the organization since September 1988. The Cardinals last allowed a run in the fourth inning on Tuesday. Since then, the pitching staff has given up only 14 hits.

“I said it in the beginning of the season to [pitching coach Derek Lilliquist], that this league doesn’t really know what kind of arms we have in our rotation right now,” said Wainwright Cheap Tom Brady Jersey , who anchors a starting rotation that has eight quality starts and a 1.99 ERA through the season’s first 11 games. “We have some great arms. The world is seeing that now.”

The Brewers are streaking as well, but in the other direction. Milwaukee, which is missing Aramis Ramirez and Corey Hart and didn’t have Alex Gonzalez on Saturday because he was hit by a pitch on Friday, hasn’t scored in its last 25 innings.

“The biggest thing right now is that we don’t have everybody in our lineup,” second baseman Rickie Weeks said. “That’s not making excuses. We are facing some really good pitching.”

With four hits on Saturday, the Brewers tallied only one more than Wainwright, whose third-inning single drove in the game’s first run. Wainwright then started the sixth with his second of three singles. The Cardinals would go on to send 11 batters to the plate in the inning.Tom Brady Jersey for Sale.

Matt Holliday, Allen Craig, Yadier Molina and Jay followed with RBI hits. Wainwright drove in a run later in the inning, too, as he became the first Cardinals pitcher since Braden Looper (Aug. 6, 2007) to record two hits in one innings.

Five earned runs were charged to Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo, who fell to 1-10 in his career against St. Louis.

“He’s got great stuff, always has,” Matheny said. “These guys just always seem to put together some pretty tough at-bats. When our offense is going right, we’re taking their pitches or we’re fouling them off and making them come into the middle of the plate.”

Though the season is still in its infancy, the Cardinals’ offense has shown a propensity for scoring in bunches. Saturday’s seven-run sixth marked the sixth time this season that the Cardinals have scored four or more runs in a frame. Tom Brady New England Patriots Jersey.

Ballpark can’t contain homer-happy Tigers Cheap Tom Brady Jersey

Tailgating since 8:30 a.m., a lot of A’s fans showed up at O.co Coliseum to watch the pitcher who was the reason the fleece blanket given away Saturday said “American League West Division Champions,” and not potentially “AL Champions.”Tom Brady New England Patriots Jersey.

On the mound, Justin Verlander tried not to think about the past or the A’s nine-game winning streak.

But Verlander said the 35,067 fans who sold out the game “reminded me with their boos.”

After defeating the A’s twice in the AL Division Series last season, including a shutout in the fifth and deciding game at the Coliseum, Verlander and his team’s three home runs helped the Tigers defeat the A’s, 7-3, on Saturday in the place where he is the stubborn nemesis, the adversary who throws strikes even in the face of high-pitch-count adversity.

Verlander, 8-5 with a 2.32 ERA in 14 career starts against Oakland, was victorious yet again.

“He did what he normally does,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “He did throw a lot of behind-in-the-count offspeed pitches, which he can do. That’s the mark of a good pitcher. I wouldn’t say he had his best stuff.”

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Facing a starting lineup without three of its top hitters — Coco Crisp and Yoenis Cespedes (both sustained injuries Friday), and Jed Lowrie (day off) — Verlander (2-1) permitted just one run, three hits and three walks while striking out six. Despite helping Detroit improve to 6-5 on the season, he felt he could have done better.

“Obviously I would have liked to go longer than six [innings],” Verlander said. “Not executing on some pitches caused me to throw more than I had to.”

Verlander got into some long counts and threw 111 pitches (75 strikes), but he faced three batters in three of his frames and never faced more than five in an inning.

Detroit used the long ball for its first five runs: a 468-foot moon shot by Torii Hunter in the third to tie it at 1, a go-ahead solo shot by Prince Fielder in the fourth and a three-run homer three batters later from Jhonny Peralta.

Fielder reached base in all four of his plate appearances, including two walks, and extended his hitting streak to eight games with 17 RBIs in the stretch.

“He’s locked in pretty good,” manager Jim Leyland Cheap Tom Brady Jersey said. “Probably as good as I’ve seen him.”

A day after getting only two pinch-hit at-bats, Hunter fouled off four pitches and drove an 0-2 slider to the higher left-field stands in the third for his first homer of the year — and first as a Tiger.

“That was awesome,” Fielder said of Hunter’s blast. “Great swing.” Tom Brady Nike Elite Jersey.

The Tigers really got to A’s starter Brett Anderson (1-2) in the fourth, when it took him 26 pitches to stumble out of the inning. It included Fielder’s fourth home run this season, which flew over the center-field wall on a 1-1 fastball for a 2-1 lead. On a 2-2 count to Peralta, Anderson threw a ball and lost his balance on his follow through. On the next pitch, Peralta drove a fastball to the left-field stands for a three-run homer and 5-1 lead.

“We got a couple of balls up,” Leyland said. “[Anderson is] one of the better pitchers in the game.”

The A’s lone run off Verlander came with two outs in the second. Derek Norris hit a laser to third and deflected off of Miguel Cabrera’s glove into left for an RBI single, giving Oakland a 1-0 lead.

Tom Brady Jerseys.Verlander did not allow a walk until one out in the fourth, when he yielded two in a row. But two strikeouts ended the inning, in which he labored with 31 pitches.

Detroit chased Anderson with two outs in the sixth, when Brayan Pena, filling in for catcher Alex Avila, doubled to right-center. Omar Infante was stealing on the pitch and scored to make it a 6-1 lead. Reliever Pat Neshek entered, and the next batter, Austin Jackson, drove a double to left and plated Pena for a 7-1 lead.

Anderson’s line: eight hits, three walks, seven runs allowed and two strikeouts.

Al Alburquerque began the seventh on the mound for the Tigers Cheap Tom Brady Jersey  and allowed a two-out, two-run double to Chris Young that cut the lead to 7-3. Phil Coke entered and got Josh Reddick to ground out.

Melvin was ejected in the eighth inning by home plate umpire Andy Fletcher for arguing balls and strikes after Brandon Moss struck out looking.

Sunday’s rubber match will be the last time the Tigers play the A’s in Oakland in the regular season.

Hudson, Gattis Cheap Tom Brady Jersey propel Braves to eighth straight win

There was some skepticism surrounding the Braves after they took advantage of opening this season with three-game sets against the Phillies, Cubs and Marlins. But most of the lingering doubts about their tremendous potential have been erased over the past two days.

Still feeding off the momentum of Friday night’s extra-inning comeback victory, the Braves returned to Nationals Park on Saturday afternoon and extended their winning streak to eight games with a 3-1 win over the Nationals.Tom Brady Jerseys.

“Close games like today, well-pitched games for both sides, I think there are the little things you need to do to win the game,” Braves veteran pitcher Tim Hudson said. “They made one mistake defensively that cost them the game. We were pretty solid all day.”

Hudson allowed one run over seven strong innings, and Evan Gattis introduced his powerful compact swing to Stephen Strasburg with a decisive two-run home run in the third inning. But the turning point in this game came courtesy of Nationals third baseman’s Ryan Zimmerman’s second costly throwing error in less than 24 hours.

Zimmerman’s errant throw to first base on Justin Upton’s two-out grounder extended the third inning long enough for Gattis to turn on Strasburg’s high 96-mph fastball and send it over the visitors’ bullpen in left-center field. The two-run shot added to the wonder surrounding the 26-year-old rookie catcher, who has four home runs through the first 30 at-bats of his Major League career.

“Really more than anything, I was just trying to put the ball in play,” Gattis Cheap Tom Brady Jersey said. “I just felt like I didn’t need to be that long [with my swing]. I was just trying to barrel the ball with a runner on second. We had a good runner on second with Justin. I was just trying to put the ball in play and score a run. ”

Tom Brady Nike Elite Jersey.While the Nationals have made a number of mistakes since taking a 4-0 lead into Friday’s seventh inning, the Braves have proven they can do the little things to win games. Jason Heyward’s desire to beat out a potential double-play grounder in Saturday’s ninth inning provided an insurance run for closer Craig Kimbrel, who has thrown two perfect innings to close out both of the first two games of this series.

Though Heyward is hitting just .086 (3-for-35), he has found ways to help the Braves begin the season with wins in 10 of their first 11 games. He drew two walks that extended late-inning rallies in Friday night’s win, and ended Hudson’s seven-inning effort by making a diving grab of Adam LaRoche’s long fly ball to deep right field.

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“The batting average is not good,” manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “But Jason beat you today defensively. He beat you on the basepaths and he beat you just plain out-hustling. That’s a great sign of a winner.”

Gattis’ home run accounted for the only damage incurred by Strasburg, who surrendered the two unearned runs and five hits over six innings. The Nationals right-hander has gone 3-4 with a 3.59 ERA in eight career starts against the Braves. He has gone 19-8 with a 2.81 ERA in his 40 other career starts.

“He’s a kid,” Hudson said of the 24-year-old Strasburg. “He’s going to make mistakes just like he did today. I knew it definitely wasn’t going to be an easy walk in the park. This is the big leagues . You have big league hitters on both sides of the field. You make pitches, you get outs. We made a few more pitches today than they did.”

Other than the Gattis Cheap Tom Brady Jersey home run, Strasburg limited the Braves to four singles, including two recorded by Hudson. The veteran pitcher’s third-inning single provided him hits in three consecutive at-bats dating back to his previous start. He now has 10 career multi-hit games.

“I’m not supposed to hit,” Hudson said with a smile. “So it’s always exciting to throw a couple of knocks out there, especially a guy throwing that hard. I turned it around. What can I say?”

Hudson scattered four hits and retired the final seven batters he faced. He benefited from the double plays that were recorded after he surrendered leadoff singles in both of the first two innings. The most costly for the Nationals occurred courtesy of Denard Span’s first-inning baserunning blunder.

Span took off for third base after Jayson Werth hit a line drive that B.J. Upton easily caught in center field before throwing to second base to complete the double play.Tom Brady New England Patriots Jersey.

“If you don’t get Huddy early, he settles in pretty well,” Zimmerman said. “He’s done that his whole career. It was a good game, and unfortunately we made more mistakes than they did, and they ended up winning.”

Harvey Cheap Tom Brady Jersey flirts with no-hitter as Mets top Twins

Matt Harvey Cheap Tom Brady Jersey has not pitched a no-hitter since high school — not in college, not in the Minors and certainly not in his first 12 Major League starts. But he got the sense that something special was happening Saturday as the outs kept piling up.

“After the sixth inning, I sat down in the dugout and I realized it was a possibility,” Harvey said of a no-hitter. “But I knew the seventh was going to be toughest inning for me.”

He was right about that. Justin Morneau’s solo homer broke up the no-hitter with two outs in the seventh, but Harvey did just about everything else right in a 4-2 win, the Mets’ second straight against Minnesota, on a chilly afternoon at Target Field.

Tom Brady Nike Elite Jersey.Harvey (3-0) was in cruise control before Morneau hit his first homer of the season, a 404-foot blast off the right-field foul pole on a 2-2 pitch, Harvey’s 87th of the day. He ended up allowing two hits and walking two while fanning six in eight innings pitched — the longest outing of his career — but that one pitch to Morneau was still on his mind after the game.

“It was a slider in. It was a good pitch — he just put a good swing on it,” Harvey said. “I think we’d gone in there three or four times with the slider, and you know, looking back we probably should have gone with another changeup or a fastball, but I made a good pitch, and he put a good swing on it.”

The Mets have now gotten three straight dominant outings from Harvey, whose ERA actually rose to 0.82 on Saturday. He had allowed just four hits and one earned run while striking out 19 in back-to-back seven-inning starts against the Padres and Phillies to start the season.

“Going into it, we knew he was throwing the ball really well,” said Twins second baseman Brian Dozier, who had Minnesota’s other hit off Harvey. “Our mentality was to attack early. I knew from facing him in the Minor Leagues he comes at you with his fastball, but he had all three pitches working today.”

Tom Brady Jerseys.After the game, Mets manager Terry Collins praised Harvey for his composure, which Collins attributed in part to Harvey’s getting his feet wet in 10 starts last year.

“[Harvey] knows he can compete here,” Collins said. “He trusts his stuff. He knows if he makes pitches, he’s going to get outs up here. I think that month and a half he spent here last year was a tremendous experience leading into this year. I think he pitches with great confidence up here, and he knows that he’s got good enough stuff to get the best hitters in the game out.”

Meanwhile, one day after posting two five-run innings and a four-run frame against the Twins, the Mets again put a crooked number on the board in the fifth to break up a scoreless tie. The rally featured seven consecutive hits, one shy of the team record and the first time seven straight Mets had hits since Aug. 1, 2001, in a game at Houston. Marlon Byrd Cheap Tom Brady Jersey  started the outburst with a solo home run to deep left field, his first of the year, which gave the Mets a home run in every game so far this season. After he missed a homer to right-center by inches Friday night, Byrd knew he had broken through Saturday.

“I didn’t even look at it,” he said. “It was one of those you swing, you get it. If it went to right field it’s a different story, but I hit it to the better part of the park.”

Collin Cowgill drove in the second run on a swinging bunt down the third-base line, and Daniel Murphy and David Wright followed with solid singles.Tom Brady Jersey for Sale.

Murphy’s hit chased Twins starter Scott Diamond (0-1), who was making his 2013 debut after starting the season on the disabled list with elbow soreness. Diamond had effectively handcuffed the Mets through four innings, but he did not retire a batter in the fifth — the only out he recorded came when Ike Davis was thrown out by Twins left fielder Josh Willingham when Davis tried to leg out a double after Byrd’s home run.

Tom Brady New England Patriots Jersey.But after the game, even the hitters just wanted to talk about Harvey, and how close he came to the second no-hitter in Mets history.

“You saw in the first couple innings he had no-hit stuff,” Byrd said. “In the outfield you’re just hoping anything that comes out there, you’re going to go get. I was thinking if there was a ball hit to me on the ground, I was going to throw him out at first.”

Ryu Cheap Tom Brady Jersey delivers solid start, three hits in win over D-backs

Hyun-Jin Ryu Cheap Tom Brady Jersey ripped his first three professional hits, and didn’t pitch badly either, as the Dodgers hung on to beat the Diamondbacks Saturday, 7-5, snapping their six-game losing streak at Chase Field.

“I told Kersh he’s just been replaced as pinch-hitter,” manager Don Mattingly said, referring to home-run hitter Clayton Kershaw.Tom Brady New England Patriots Jersey.

So, Kershaw, who’s the better hitter?

“Today he is,” said Kershaw, who’s never had a three-hit game in the Major Leagues. “Everybody has a day.”

Ryu said Kershaw is still the better hitter because he already has a home run this year. Ryu never hit in the Korean League because it uses the designated hitter. He said he was “surprised” with his hitting and “lucky.” He said he didn’t think he even had a three-hit game in high school.

Opposing pitcher Ian Kennedy couldn’t believe it happened against him.

“The pitcher got three hits,” said Kennedy. “That’s ridiculous.”

Although the bullpen almost let it get away, the Dodgers built a five-run lead with clutch hits, getting RBIs from every hitter two through six. Adrian Gonzalez had three hits, including a homer and two RBIs and Matt Kemp had a two-run single.

“I’ve been saying we’ve had a lot of traffic on the bases and I felt we were going to score,” said Mattingly. “Tonight we got more of the big hits from a lot of different guys.”

Meanwhile, Ryu continued to show he’s no fluke on the mound, raising his record to 2-1 with his 100th professional victory, 98 across the Pacific. He was charged with three runs (two of them scoring after he left) in six-plus innings, striking out nine while impressing as much with his arsenal of pitches as his bat. Tom Brady Jersey for Sale.

“He’s got four good pitches and he used them all,” said Arizona first baseman Paul Goldschmidt. “Fastballs to both sides of the plate, his changeup is really good as well and kept guys off balance. He threw it in just about every count. The slow curveball kind of slowed guys down too and then the hard slider he was throwing into righties and away to lefties starts out looking like his fastball, so he did a good job keeping guys off balance and locating his pitches.”

That repertoire, and Ryu’s knowledge in how to use it, made an impact on newly acquired catcher Ramon Hernandez, familiar with Ryu only from watching video.

“He can throw his off-speed pitches any time he needs it,” he said. “He knows when he has to throw a strike and when to make them chase. It got to the point with a left-handed hitter at 2-0 and he wanted to throw a change-up. I’ve never seen that before and he threw it for a strike. Then he throws 93-94 fastballs.”

 Tom Brady Nike Elite Jersey.Hernandez made a few trips to the mound, although with him not speaking Korean and Ryu not speaking much English or Spanish, the “conversations” were brief.

“I would just go out there to calm him down and give him a breather,” Hernandez said. “He put his glove up to his mouth but never said one word. He was just doing this (shaking his head yes).”

Ryu’s fastball was mostly 91 mph, picking up a tick or two from his first two starts. More noticeably, he threw more short-breaking sliders and often for strikes, so he didn’t need to overuse the change-up, which is his out pitch.

“It’s improved over the last couple of games,” Ryu said of the slider. “I’m utilizing it more, especially against righties. I’m just getting into shape the way I would in Korea. Back to my normal form.”

Ryu’s mother, father and brother attended the game, their cheering section expanded by the presence of “some random Korean people from Arizona,” Ryu said, who turned out to be international students at Arizona State.

They saw Ryu Cheap Tom Brady Jersey double in the third inning, single leading off the fifth inning that led to a run, and single with two out in the sixth to start a rally that included a two-run single by Kemp and an RBI hit by Gonzalez.

Ryu came up for a fourth plate appearance in the seventh inning and nearly screwed himself into the ground with a spinning swing, only for Justin Sellers to be picked off first base by catcher Miguel Montero to end the inning and send Ryu back to the mound.

The last Dodgers pitcher with three hits in a game was Randy Wolf on Aug. 9, 2009, also at Chase Field. The last one to go 3-for-3 was Carlos Perez on June 26, 1999.Tom Brady Jerseys.

Mattingly has frequently spoken about Ryu’s confident nature, but Ryu wouldn’t bite when asked if he was always confident he would succeed in the Major Leagues the way he did back home.

“It’s really hard to say,” he said. “I came here with the purpose to challenge myself and compete at this level.”

Dickey Cheap Tom Brady Jersey stymies KC for first win with Blue Jays

The Blue Jays have the first big dividend on the investment they made in knuckleballer R.A. Dickey.Tom Brady Jerseys.

Anxious to atone for a rough start in his last outing against Boston, Dickey bounced back by limiting the Royals to one run over 6 1/3 innings in a 3-2 Toronto win on Saturday night at Kauffman Stadium. The knuckleball was dancing and Dickey said it can get better.

“My posture was a little better for my mechanics tonight, and that’s something I feel I can build on,” Dickey said. “I still wasn’t as sharp as I can be. I’m not all the way there, but I’m pretty close.”

The Blue Jays (5-6) got a win on a night when they managed just two hits. When a team has more runs than hits, that means the execution has to be crisp in a lot of areas. That was the case on Saturday.

Center fielder Colby Rasmus made a highlight reel catch in the fourth inning before banging into the wall. The first Blue Jays run was manufactured through good situational at-bats and Jose Bautista put an exclamation point on the win with a two-run homer off Kansas City starter James Shields.

Dickey Cheap Tom Brady Jersey, who entered his third start with an 8.44 ERA, wanted to set a tone one night after the Blue Jays experienced the downer of losing shortstop Jose Reyes for approximately three months with a badly sprained left ankle.

“It certainly hurts to lose a player of Jose’s caliber and personality,” Dickey said. “But I think it also provides us an opportunity to really come together and collectively shoulder the burden. Sometimes, a situation like that can really cause a team to jell. Hopefully, that will be the case.”

The Blue Jays called up shortstop Munenori Kawasaki to replace Reyes and Kawasaki’s first performance was a winner. He handled his defensive chores flawlessly and battled Shields for a sacrifice fly to put Toronto on top in the third.Tom Brady Nike Elite Jersey.

Maicer Izturis led off the third with a double and Henry Blanco moved him over by grounding to second. Kawasaki then followed with a fly ball to right that was just deep enough to prevent strong-armed Jeff Francoeur from throwing out Izturis at the plate.

Toronto went up 3-0 in the sixth, when Kawasaki walked and Bautista’s 28th career at-bat against Shields resulted in his fourth homer off the lanky right-hander.

Tom Brady Jersey for Sale. The Royals (6-5) didn’t go easily. They got an RBI bunt single from Chris Getz in the seventh and an RBI single by Alex Gordon in the ninth. But with a man at first, closer Casey Janssen got Alcides Escobar on a fly to right to end the game for his third save.

“When you play those tight ballgames and win, it does wonders for you,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. “We had great pitching all the way around.”

So did the Royals.

Shields went the distance with his two-hitter, but got a loss to show for it. He felt he made two mistakes. One was issuing a walk to Kawasaki prior to the Bautista homer. And then, Shields lamented the homer itself.

“I was trying to get the ball down and left it over the middle of the plate,” Shields said.Tom Brady New England Patriots Jersey.

Dickey might have known it was going to be his night when the Royals put two runners in scoring position with two outs in the first. Lorenzo Cain then hit a sharp liner, but it went directly at second baseman Izturis.

“It might have been two runs right there and been a different ballgame,” Cain said. “His knuckleball was tough to read. It was going away from us and then two-seaming in on us.”

As the Royals’ bench coach from 2009-11, Gibbons saw the competitive spirit in the young Kansas City nucleus.

“They battle you,” Gibbons said. “They keep coming after you.”

Gibbons Cheap Tom Brady Jersey made the decision to lift Dickey in the seventh. Kansas City had a man at second with one out and Dickey had thrown 100 pitches.

“He had a great outing and we wanted him to end on a good note,” Gibbons said. “I have all the confidence in the world in our bullpen and they came in and did the job.”

Pujols’ Cheap Tom Brady Jersey walk-off double completes comeback victory

After being shut down for nine innings on Friday and for the first seven innings of Saturday night’s game, the Angels offense scored two in the bottom of the eighth and two more in the bottom of the ninth to defeat the Astros, 5-4.

With runners on first and second and two outs, Albert Pujols Cheap Tom Brady Jersey doubled down the left-field line to score Luis Jimenez and Mike Trout. The double was Pujols’ 15th career walk-off hit and his first in an Angels uniform.

“That’s the guy we want up there,” manager Mike Scioscia said. “No doubt, that’s the guy we want up there in that situation. That’s a big hit.”

The win snapped the Angels’ five-game losing streak and avoided the first 0-5 home start in team history. With a win on Sunday, the Angels can claim their first series of the year. Tom Brady Nike Elite Jersey.

“It’s always nice to break through and break a streak,” Scioscia said. “We didn’t play a perfect game out there, we made some mistakes, but we came back late and got some big hits. You want to create momentum and with a win like this, hopefully we can carry it over and start [a win streak] tomorrow.”

While the Angels fell behind for the fifth straight game, Garrett Richards kept the team in the game and gave the pitching staff exactly what it needed.

Pujols did the same for the offense.

The veteran first baseman provided the hit with runners in scoring position that the offense needed and the win the entire clubhouse needed.Tom Brady Jerseys.

“We needed that,” Trout said. “Things were going bad for us the past couple games, that was a big hit for Albert.”

Richards, who allowed four runs on three hits in 6 1/3 innings, was the first Angels starter to pitch into the seventh inning this season.

The Halos’ offense entered Saturday’s contest struggling to score runs — the unit had only scored one run in the previous two games — but Richards did not let that affect his mindset and he didn’t feel any extra pressure to hold the Astros down.

“For me, pitching is pitching, whether the offense is performing or not,” Richards Cheap Tom Brady Jersey said. “I’m going to go out there and try to keep the ball in the infield with my sinker and when the time comes, [go for the strikeout].”

Opposing Richards was right-hander Lucas Harrell, who shut down the Angels in 5 2/3 innings of work by scattering six hits and only allowing one run. But, his bullpen allowed four runs in three innings of work leaving him with a no-decision.

“It’s really disappointing,” Astros closer Jose Veras said. “The starting pitching was great and did a wonderful job, and they hit good pitches. You can’t say [anything] about it. Maybe they should be better pitches, but I think they were good pitches and they just hit them. Pujols hit a good pitch down the line.”

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Hamilton’s first home run in an Angels uniform provided the first run of the night for the Angels, snapped a 19-inning scoreless streak and awakened the offense.

From Hamilton’s home run to Pujols’ double, the Angels’ hitters were 7-for-14.

While he was undoubtedly happy to be a part of a win — and score the tying run in the ninth — Jimenez also went 2-3 and recorded his first career Major League hit, a bloop double that dropped between the second baseman and the right fielder.Tom Brady New England Patriots Jersey.

“I was excited to finally get it,” Jimenez said. “It was unbelievable for me, my family, all of my fans and my dad. It was something fun.”

On the same night Jimenez recorded his first career hits, reliever Michael Roth — promoted from Double-A earlier in the day — made his Major League debut. Roth pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth while striking out four. He was also rewarded with the win.

“It’s a good feeling to see a youngster take the ball for the first time and get out there,” Scioscia said. “His makeup is off the charts. He got out there, competed and earned his first win.”

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When the Mets arrived in Minneapolis on the eve of their Interleague weekend series with the Minnesota Twins, they were welcomed by sub-30 degree temperatures and an unseasonable mid-April snowstorm.

That’s not exactly springtime baseball weather.

The snow subsided early on Friday and the Target Field grounds crew worked for several hours to clear the covering of snow from the field and stands. However, long sleeves and other cold-weather gear will still be a must with the temperature at game time expected be close to freezing and with another smattering of snow in the forecast.

From his office in the visiting clubhouse, Mets manager Terry Collins, who grew up in Michigan, brushed off any concerns about the atmosphere outside.

“It is what it is. It’s April. We’re in Minnesota. It’s cold,” Collins Cheap Tom Brady Jersey said.

Besides the obvious addition of extra layers of clothing, the Mets are planning to take precautions to ensure their players stay healthy and loose during the game, including giving their bullpen extended time to warm up.

The Mets embraced the cold Minnesota spirit in a sense on Thursday night when several players attended a Minnesota Wild hockey game in St. Paul. Tom Brady New England Patriots Jersey.

The weather isn’t expected to get much better for the Mets on their current road trip. The long-term forecast in Denver, where New York faces Colorado in a four-game series starting Monday, calls for temperatures that could reach as low as the mid-20s.

“That’s cold. That might be too cold,” Collins quipped.

Interleague Play has come early this season and, as a result, National League teams already have to start worrying about how to manage the designated hitter slot on their lineup card.

“Our team isn’t really built for the DH,” Mets manager Terry Collins said. “Our guys, we play both sides of the ball, so it’s a little different for us to have a DH, but we’ll be fine.”

Collins plans on rotating players at DH during the Mets’ three-game series with the Twins, depending on matchups. Tom Brady Jersey for Sale.

Outfielder Lucas Duda, who is coming off a two-home run game in New York’s 7-3 loss to Philadelphia Wednesday, filled the opening on Friday against Twins right-handed starter Vance Worley.

Collins hinted at the likelihood of infielder Justin Turner taking on the DH responsibilities Saturday in the second game of the series, with the Twins scheduled to counter with left-hander Scott Diamond.

Catcher John Buck has also been floated as a DH possibility in an effort to give him a break from his spot behind the plate. Buck has been the Mets’ key source of power lately, having belted five home runs in the last eight games.

The Mets’ Cheap Tom Brady Jersey first meeting with the Twins in three years has served as a reunion of sorts for new Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Mike Pelfrey.

Selected by New York in the first round of the 2005 MLB First-Year Players Draft, Pelfrey spent the better part of the last seven years with the Mets before he signed with the Twins in the offseason as a free agent.

The humble 29-year-old right-hander had an up-and-down stay with the Mets, posting a 4.36 ERA in 149 starts. Season-ending Tommy John surgery early last year spoiled what ended up being Pelfrey’s final season with the Mets.Tom Brady Jerseys. 

While he credits New York with showing him how to deal with the realities of life in the Major Leagues, the move to Minnesota has given Pelfrey a fresh perspective.

“This is just different,” Pelfrey said. “New York is all I’ve ever known. This is completely different over here. I think it’s a good different in the sense that’s it’s more low-key and you don’t have to talk to 30 media guys a day.”

Despite the change in allegiances, Pelfrey has remained close with many of his former teammates. Since the Mets arrived in Minnesota on Thursday, he went to lunch with third baseman David Wright and spent time playing cards with Friday’s starting pitcher Jon Niese and several others.Tom Brady Nike Elite Jersey. 

Pelfrey won’t get the chance to face the Mets as his spot in the Twins’ rotation won’t come up until Monday, but he is hoping by the end of the weekend to have a reason for some lighthearted gloating with his friends in the opposite dugout.

“It would have been cool [to start], but there is not any hate on my end,” Pelfrey said. “It’s not like I want to get back and get revenge on those guys. I’m a fan of the Mets. I want them to do well. I hope we kick their butt for the next three days, but for the other 159 games I hope they win.”

Buck’s grand slam leads offensive attack over Twins Cheap Tom Brady Jersey

Unfazed by the wintry backdrop Friday night at Target Field, the Mets shelled the Minnesota Twins with a furious early scoring barrage to open the Interleague series with a 16-5 victory.

From leadoff hitter Jordany Valdespin’s opening single onward, the Mets Cheap Tom Brady Jersey subdued the Twins by scoring 10 runs in the first two innings.

With the help of 15 hits, New York bounced back from a disappointing series loss at Philadelphia to surpass its combined scoring total from its last three games (13) in a seven-inning span.

Catcher John Buck’s startling power streak continued. He belted a grand slam in the second inning for his fourth home run in four games, and sixth since making his Mets debut this season.

The impressive start of the 32-year-old Buck, who set an MLB record for most RBIs in the first 10 games with a new team, had manager Terry Collins nearly in awe afterwards.Tom Brady Nike Elite Jersey.

“Right now you’re almost starting to take it for granted,” Collins said. “When you need a big hit, he’s going to get it and he’s going to drive in runs when he gets his hit. It’s just amazing. It’s one night after the next. While he’s hot you ride it.

Buck, on the other hand, is purposefully trying to downplay his rediscovered slugging prowess.

“What streak?” Buck joked with reporters. “I’m benefiting from last year when I tried too hard. Now I’m just going up there and trying to hit the ball solid and good things are happening.”

Buck’s blast to the upper-deck bleachers in left field came off reliever Pedro Hernandez, but the damage was placed on Vance Worley’s pitching line after he left the game with the bases loaded. Worley was charged with nine runs (seven earned) after going just one-plus inning.

Tom Brady Jerseys.Worley allowed the first five hitters he faced to score and proceeded to do the same one inning later.

“I just didn’t locate very well,” said Worley after watching his ERA inflate to 10.50. “If I threw down, the ball was too far down and the secondary stuff wasn’t breaking very well. I pretty much got hit.”

It felt far from springtime in Minnesota as the temperature had dropped to 34 degrees by first pitch, the coldest gametime start in Target Field’s four-year history. While the frosty temperatures were a pregame concern, the negative effects on the Mets’ lineup were almost non-existent.

However, the struggles for Mets pitcher Jonathon Niese were more obvious. Niese battled through troubles gripping the ball in the wet and cold weather to give up five hits in his third start of the season, picking up the win despite surrendering five runs. A high pitch count (101) led to the end of his outing after five innings, halting a streak of 22 consecutive starts of six innings or more.

The big lead he was handed eased the pressure on Niese.

“It was tough to be consistent with it,” Niese Cheap Tom Brady Jersey said. “Some pitches would feel good and a pitch later it would slip out of my fingers and the ball would hang there. It was tough, but fortunately our offense was able to give us a big lead there to start off and our bullpen was able to shut it down from there.”

The Twins sporadically attempted to rally, but could never come close to matching the Mets’ offensive outburst. New York added four more runs in the seventh inning and two more in the ninth to stretch its lead to 11 runs. Relievers Scott Atchison, Greg Burke and Aaron Laffey kept the Twins silent for the remainder of the night. Tom Brady Jersey for Sale.

Third baseman David Wright broke out of an 0-for-8 slump by putting up three hits and four RBIs. Wright combined with Buck and second baseman Daniel Murphy, who went 4-for-5 with a pair of doubles, to tally 12 RBIs. It was a return to form the Mets need to see continue.Tom Brady New England Patriots Jersey.

“David is the key to our order,” Collins said. “When you hit third, that is what you’re supposed to do, be the guy that you can turn to when you need big hits. When he gets going, as we know, he can carry us.”

Pena Cheap Tom Brady Jersey’s rare homer gives Braves seventh straight win

Staring at the possibility of opening their season series against the Nationals with a deflating loss, the Braves proved resilient and began the season series against their National League East rivals in fitting fashion with a thrilling victory.

After encountering a four-run deficit through the first two innings at Nationals Park on Friday night, the Braves scored two runs with two outs in the ninth inning and claimed a 6-4 win over the Nationals after Ramiro Pena’s two-out, two-run home run in the 10th inning.

“We’re having fun out there,” Braves corner infielder Chris Johnson said. “We know the game is not over until we’re back in the clubhouse. I think there is a deep part of everybody that thinks we are going to come back every time it happens. It’s a good feeling. We don’t want to do it every night. But it was good.”

Johnson highlighted his second three-hit game of the season with a two-out seventh-inning home run that halted Ross Detwiler’s dominance and marked the start of an improbable comeback that was aided by the Nationals bullpen’s five walks in the final three innings.

This late-inning patience, combined with Ryan Zimmerman’s costly throwing error with two outs in the ninth inning, set the stage for Pena to deliver the biggest hit of his career. The utility infielder’s decisive home run off right-handed reliever Craig Stammen sailed deep over the right-field wall and into the Nationals’ bullpen, who cost Detwiler what appeared to be a sure win.

“I was feeling good,” Pena said. “I saw the pitcher and I thought I’m going to take a chance. I just wanted to concentrate on one pitch. It was a good thing that I didn’t miss it.”

Pena Cheap Tom Brady Jersey, who was signed as utility infielder in December, has already made his presence known in Atlanta. He has delivered key hits in three of the nine wins the Braves have notched through the season’s first 10 games.

“What a pickup that young man has been,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said after his club opened this three-game series with its seventh straight victory.

 Tom Brady Jersey for Sale.Pena also played a key role in the ninth inning, when his sacrifice attempt turned into a perfectly placed bunt single. After Blake DeWitt’s sacrifice bunt put runners on second and third, Jason Heyward drew a two-out walk off Drew Storen, who served as the closer because Rafael Soriano had pitched each of the previous three nights.

That loaded the bases and set the stage for Justin Upton to follow with a sharp grounder to his childhood friend Zimmerman, who made a diving stab behind third base before making an errant throw that sailed wide of second base and into right field.Tom Brady New England Patriots Jersey.

Johnson and Pena scored easily to tie the game and erase the four-run advantage the Nationals had gained against Julio Teheran. After struggling through the first two innings, Teheran and the Braves bullpen limited Washington to just two more hits the rest of the game.

“The whole time, the way our bullpen was throwing zeros up there, you felt like you were in the game,” Gonzalez said. “We keep talking about our offense and all that stuff. But our pitching has kept us in the ballgame and given us a chance to [come back].”

After Detwiler allowed one run and four hits over seven innings, Heyward started a two-out, eighth-inning rally with a walk. Upton followed with a single before Tyler Clippard brought the Braves to within two runs on consecutive walks to Evan Gattis and B.J. Upton.Tom Brady Jerseys. 

The bases-loaded walk to B.J. Upton came after Clippard got ahead with a 1-2 count. The Nationals were fortunate to escape the eighth inning with the lead. Storen entered after the bases-loaded walk and allowed Dan Uggla to hit a deep drive that center fielder Denard Span caught on the warning track.

“We just didn’t make the pitches,” Nationals Cheap Tom Brady Jersey manager Davey Johnson said. “We just didn’t attack the hitters. We just kind of gave them some momentum.”

The Nationals seized the early momentum as they scored two runs in each of the first two innings. Bryce Harper hit an opposite-field home run in the first inning after Span had reached courtesy of an errant throw that pulled Gattis off the bag just as he was trying to get comfortable during his first career game at first base.Tom Brady Nike Elite Jersey.

Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki walked to open the bottom of the second and advanced to second base on Detwiler’s sacrifice bunt. Span followed with an RBI single to left that drew an unnecessary throw to the plate from Justin Upton. The throw allowed Span to race to second and easily score when Jayson Werth followed with an RBI single.

Showing some impressive mental resolve, and following the guidance of veteran catcher Gerald Laird, the 22-year-old Teheran allowed the Nationals to produce just two baserunners — courtesy of two fifth-inning walks — in his final four innings.

“For a young kid, the wheels definitely could have come off, and then next thing you know, he gives up five or six runs and then we’re into the bullpen early in the game,” Laird said. “He bounced back and showed me something. He battled.”