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CIN@CHC: Mesoraco launches a grand slam in the 9th

CHICAGO — Devin Mesoraco took a beating on Monday. He took a foul tip off the mask, was hit by a backswing, and was twice plunked by a pitch.

It was worth it.

With the bases loaded and two outs in the ninth, Mesoraco cranked a Hector Rondon pitch into the basket in left-center for his third career grand Youth Nike #90 Jadeveon Clowney Houston Texans Elite Team Color Jersey slam, lifting the Reds to a 6-1 victory at Wrigley Field. Mesoraco has now homered in four straight games, becoming the first Reds player to do so since Jay Bruce from June 19-22, 2013.

“I don’t know what other people are saying about him. If they’re not talking about it and seeing it, I think they’re missing the boat on something, in many different ways,” manager Bryan Price said. “If people aren’t aware of Devin Mesoraco, I’m pretty sure that by the time we get into the late summer that they will be.

“That’s one of the toughest kids I’ve ever been around.”

Another blossoming Reds player, Billy Hamilton, broke a 1-1 tie earlier in the inning to help set up Mesoraco’s blast.

Chris Heisey snapped an 0-for-16 skid with a bloop single to right, stole second, and scored on Hamilton’s RBI single up the middle. Hamilton’s grinding at-bat was talked about as much as Mesoraco’s blast. He went ahead in the count, 2-0, took two borderline strikes low in the zone and fouled off a couple pitches before delivering the game-winning hit.

“It was a great at-bat,” Hamilton said. “It was one of those where I knew I wanted Heisey to get into scoring position. I wanted him to steal. I don’t know if he had the green light or not, but that was great, and I was gonna take it until he went, until he got into scoring position.

“It’s just Houston Texans Jadeveon Clowney Women’s Jersey a grind. Their guy made some really good pitches. I had to battle through it, and it came out good for us.”

After Hamilton’s hit, Todd Frazier singled and Joey Votto walked to set up Mesoraco’s dramatic blast.

“It’s amazing. I knew something was going to happen,” Hamilton said. “I didn’t know if Jadeveon Clowney Jersey Number Texans it was going to be a home run, but I felt like something good was going to happen. Devin’s going great, best that I’ve seen him ever. First time in the big leagues, but I’ve seen him in the Minor Leagues before. He’s just on fire right now. It’s good for us to have him on our team.”

“We tried to let [Rondon] work his way Jadeveon Clowney Texans Jersey for Kids through it, and obviously, it didn’t work out,” Cubs manager Rick Renteria said.

The heroics of Hamilton and Mesoraco overshadowed Alfredo Simon, who delivered yet another strong outing. He allowed just one earned run in seven innings, his only blemish coming on Anthony Rizzo‘s game-tying home run in the sixth.

Simon lowered his ERA to 2.92, What is Jadeveon Clowney Jersey Number in Houston Texans striking out five while walking one. This, from a pitcher who started the season as an injury fill-in for Mat Latos, and who is in his first season as a full-time starter.

“I’m fascinated by it as well,” Price said. “Not that I don’t think he has have the ability to do it, it’s just this guy — really from a guy that had 19 Major League starts before this season — to do what he’s done this year is spectacular, and he did it again tonight.”

The Reds jumped on Cubs ace Jeff Samardzija in the first. Hamilton grounded one under the glove of second baseman Darwin Barney for a hustle double, and Frazier drove him home with an RBI triple two pitches later.

Simon Jadeveon Clowney Youth Jersey worked out of a pair of significant jams — in the third, when Darwin Barney led off with a double but was stranded, and the fourth, when the first two got on with hits and Simon got the next three.

Rizzo’s home run was impressive — he took a curveball well outside and drove it into the left-field bleachers — but the night belonged to Mesoraco, who is putting together a career year. After missing more than two weeks due to injury from late April to mid-May, Mesoraco hit just .239/.286/.609 last month.

He credited some recent adjustments he made with the help of video and hitting coach Don Long for his current hot stretch. Mesoraco is 9-for-20 in his last six games, raising his average to .315 to go along with a 1.035 OPS.

“I felt good coming into this series, and you just try to ride them out as long as you can and hope they don’t end,” Mesoraco said. “Just keep going Jadeveon Clowney Women’s Jersey up there and trying to get a good pitch to hit and putting a good swing on it.”

Padres relieve GM Byrnes of Jose Reyes Canada Day Jersey 2014 duties duties

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SAN DIEGO — Ron Fowler, executive chairman of the Padres, bristled a bit Sunday when he was asked if the dismissal of Josh Byrnes as general manager was a step back for the organization.

“This is a reset,” Fowler said. “This is not a step back. We’re doing this so that we could move forward. We expect continuous improvement from the organization. We’re getting it in other areas. We are not getting it on the baseball field.”

The Padres, who dropped to 32-44 following a loss to the Dodgers, dismissed Byrnes Jose Reyes Canada Day Jersey following two-plus seasons as general manager of the team shortly before first pitch on Sunday.

Only the D-backs trail the Padres in the National League West, with the first-place Giants 13 1/2 games up on San Diego. There are 10 teams ahead of the Padres in the NL Wild-Card race.

Byrnes wasn’t immediately available for comment Sunday.

The Padres have scored the fewest runs in baseball. They have scored 225 runs this season — or 42 fewer than the 29th ranked team (Braves). They also rank last in the big leagues in batting average (.214), on-base percentage (.274), and slugging (.339).

There had been rumblings and rumors locally that the team was considering changes, either up top with Byrnes or possibly manager Bud Black. Mike Dee, team president and CEO of the Padres, said the Padres will keep Black at least through the end of the season.

“This was a decision that was not made in a day or two or a week or two. The last couple months, we’ve seen a team we had high expectations for. Those expectations have not been reached,” said Dee.

Assistant general managers A.J. Hinch and Fred Uhlman Jr. and Omar Minaya, the senior vice president of baseball operations, will oversee the general manager duties on an interim basis.

Dee said the search for a new general manager “begins immediately.” And while Hinch and Minaya will certainly merit consideration, there seems to be a sentiment Jose Reyes Canada Day Jersey that the hire will come from the outside — and, quite possibly, could occur soon.

“I think this Jose Reyes Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey is a pretty juicy job for someone who wants to be a general manager,” Dee said. “… It will be someone with a near-, mid- and long-term vision of what we want to be as an organization.”

Boston assistant general manager Mike Hazen, who has a history with Dee, will likely figure prominently on the Padres’ wish list. Jose Reyes Canada Day Jersey 2014 He’s been a farm director and has a wide base of front-office experience going back to his days working with the Indians.

Billy Eppler, assistant general manager of the Yankees and a San Diego native, fits the bill of someone who could be a name of interest.

When was hired in October 2011, Byrnes was the third GM in a three-year span. His tenure with the Padres rates as more favorable in terms of his trade history than any free agents or contract extensions that he helped broker.

Byrnes was hired by the Padres as their vice president of baseball operations on Dec. 3, 2010, reuniting him with Padres executive chairman Jeff Moorad, the former CEO of the Diamondbacks.

Byrnes was hired by Moorad in Arizona in October 2005 and was later given an eight-year contract extension that would have taken him through 2015. But Byrnes was dismissed by the D-backs in July Jose Reyes Canada Day Shirts 2010.

On Oct. 26, 2011, the Padres promoted Byrnes to general manager, a move that saw Jed Hoyer, then general manager of the Padres, head to Chicago to serve in the same role with the Cubs. His deal was reported to be for five years with an option, running through 2017.

Lauded by his peers for being methodical, creative and also for his baseball acumen, Byrnes traded for pitcher Tyson Ross after the 2012 season and needed only to give the A’s two Minor League players, Andrew Werner and Andy Parrino. In 51 games, including 32 starts, Ross has a 1.6 WAR with a 9-15 record and .319 ERA.

The Padres acquired closer Huston Street at the 2011 Winter Meetings from the Rockies for Minor League pitcher Nick Schmidt. Street has become one of the most dependable closers in the big leagues, compiling a 3.7 WAR with 94 saves with the highest save percentage (96.2 percent) in the game since 2012.

Under Byrnes, the Padres swapped popular first baseman Anthony Rizzo to the Cubs for starting pitcher Andrew Cashner, who looks the part of a frontline starting pitcher.

This past winter, Byrnes dealt another popular player, reliever Luke Gregerson, to the A’s for outfielder Seth Smith, who has become the most reliable bat in the Padres lineup.

There have been deals that haven’t worked out, too.

The five-player deal with the Reds in December 2011, one that saw the Padres ship pitcher Mat Latos to the Reds for four players, hasn’t provided enough of a return. Catcher Yasmani Grandal, an important piece to the deal, was suspended for 50 games a year ago after testing positive for elevated levels of testosterone.

A handful of extensions done by Byrnes haven’t paid off, as the team inked outfielder Carlos Quentin to a $27 million extension in July 2012 after trading for him on Dec. 31, 2011. Quentin has had three knee surgeries since he joined the organization and hasn’t played in more than 86 games in his first two seasons with the team.

During Spring Training 2012, Byrnes agreed to pre-arbitration deals with three players — pitcher Cory Luebke, outfielder Cameron Maybin and catcher Nick Hundley.

Since then, Luebke has had Tommy John surgery twice, Hundley was traded to the Orioles last month and Maybin played in just 13 games a year ago and has failed to match the offensive success he had in Canada National Day 2011, his first season with the team.

The Padres have also been plagued by a number of injuries to their top players; Chase Headley, Quentin, Jedd Gyorko, Yonder Alonso and Maybin have all missed time the last few years due to injury. The arms have been hit hard by injury as well, as Luebke, Josh Johnson, Casey Kelly and Joe Wieland have had Tommy John surgery.

This past winter, Byrnes rolled the dice and signed Johnson to a one-year deal for $8 million. Johnson, who had health Jose Reyes Blue Jays Jersey Red issues last season with the Jays, suffered an elbow injury in Spring Training and later needed Tommy John surgery, the second in his career.

“It’s tough when this happens,” said Padres pitcher Ian Kennedy, who Byrnes traded for twice. “… The players are the reason we aren’t performing up to our standards. Josh assembled the team, but we’ve still got to go out and play.”

The Padres raised their payroll from $68 million to $90 million this season and the team signed off on a $35 million contract extension in April for Gyorko.

“You expect better performance. We gave baseball ops [operations] a clean slate as far as what they want and what they want to do,” Fowler said. “We’re standing here as a result of that not working.”

As is the case with others in his line of work, some of Byrnes’ deals and trades worked out. Some didn’t.

Now the Padres will embark on finding another general manager to help lead the baseball side of the organization.

“We will hire great baseball people. We want baseball people with baseball experience to make baseball decisions for this organization. We want someone who wants to be in San Diego,” Dee said.

“We are going to look forward, not back.”

Nathan closes Tigers’ much-needed Men’s Nike Houston Texans 56 Brian Cushing Elite Lights Out Black Jersey win win with flourish

KC@DET: Nathan strikes out all three batters for save

DETROIT — Coming off what he called the hardest day of his short managerial career, Brad Ausmus was in desperate need of a lift Thursday.

Nothing rejuvenated him quite like Joe Nathan, who struck out the side in the ninth inning for his first save since May 29. The Tigers avoided a four-game sweep and snapped the Royals’ 10-game winning streak, 2-1, at Comerica Park.

Nathan was on unsteady ground in his role as Detroit’s closer entering Thursday’s game. He had allowed at least one run in five of his last seven appearances, which meant his recovery Thursday wasn’t just expected — it was needed.

“I think it rubs off on everyone, coaching staff included,” Ausmus said of Nathan’s performance. “We’ve missed Joe. We wanted him back to where he was. That looked like him. It lifts you up a little bit.”

One of the strikeouts Nathan recorded, Billy Butler, recognized the old version of Nathan — “the one with a few hundred saves and all those All-Star Games.”

“That looked like the Joe Nathan I’ve Brian Cushing Football Uniform faced for years,” he said.

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Watching video over the past few days, the trio gleaned that Nathan’s arm slot had risen higher than it had traditionally been.

“Sometimes, mechanically, you creep into bad habits,” Ausmus said. “You don’t even recognize it because it’s such a slow process. Now we have so much information, broken down to the inches.”

Even with the mechanical problem corrected, Nathan Brian Cushing Football Apparel said he still worried entering Thursday’s outing that his location would be off.

“Fortunately, everything came out very natural,” the 39-year-old closer said. “Location wasn’t an issue at all.”

Despite collecting only three hits off Kansas City starter Danny Duffy, Detroit now sits a half-game behind the Royals in the American League Central. The Tigers entered this week’s series with a 1 1/2-game lead.

Detroit’s problems were compounded by an inappropriate remark made by Ausmus following Wednesday’s game that he has since repeatedly apologized for. It all added up to a game that the Brian Cushing Elite Jesey Tigers simply had to have Thursday.

“Even talking to the umpires, they even chime in and say it: ‘Everything that can go wrong just seems to be going wrong for you guys,’ ” said J.D. Martinez, who hit the go-ahead homer in the fourth inning.

Nathan’s ninth Brian Cushing Jersey Sale inning followed seven stellar innings of one-run ball from Anibal Sanchez and a scoreless eighth by Joba Chamberlain.

The Royals scored in the first inning on a pair of doubles. From that point on, however, Sanchez allowed just three more hits and no more runs. For the first time in his career, he didn’t record a strikeout.

It was an odd juxtaposition to see Sanchez, who has a 1.94 ERA over his last six starts, go without a punchout, while Nathan, with all his recent struggles, got three of them in one frame.

“He has the ability to make batters miss the barrel — to get a lot of balls off the end or off the hands,” Ausmus said of his starter. “He didn’t get the swing and misses.”

The Tigers took the lead in the fourth inning, when Austin Jackson led off with a single and Miguel Cabrera doubled to the base of the left-center-field wall, tying the game. Victor Martinez followed with a fly out to right, and Cabrera was caught sleeping returning to second base, allowing the Royals to Brian Cushing Jersey complete the double play after a Kansas City challenge overturned the initial call that ruled Cabrera safe at second.

The next batter, Martinez, hit his solo shot to right, which held up as the winning run.

“It’s a step,” Ausmus said. “It’s a baby step.”

Detroit, which finished the homestand 3-4, now embarks on a nine-game road trip that will begin with three games against the third-place Indians.

Crisp rescues A’s in wild 10th-inning Angels Jersey Cheap walk-off walk-off victory

BOS@OAK: Crisp delivers a walk-off single to right

OAKLAND — This is the first year of expanded replay in the Major Leagues, but the A’s may now want it expanded further.

Starter Jesse Chavez took a no-hitter Angels Shirts into the sixth, pitching seven scoreless innings for Oakland, and appeared on his way to besting Boston on Saturday afternoon. Then a close — and unreviewable — play in the eighth gave the Red Sox life.

Thanks to Coco Crisp, many will remember the 10th inning instead.

One game after providing a winning hit in the eighth, Crisp delivered a walk-off single to give the home team a 2-1 win, its fifth of the last-at-bat variety so far this season.

“Coco being Coco again,” said Chavez, referencing Crisp’s eighth-inning single on Friday night. “He goes, we go. He’s our jump-starter.”

Added manager Bob Melvin: “There’s always a good feeling when he’s at the plate.”

Crisp’s heroics were needed because of a disappointing eighth.

Relieving Chavez to start the inning and trying to protect a one-run edge, right-hander Luke Gregerson yielded one-out singles to Brock Holt and David Ortiz, with Dustin Pedroia grounding into a forceout in between. Gregerson then got Mike Napoli to wave at a 2-2 pitch, but home-plate umpire Quinn Wolcott ruled that Napoli fouled the ball into the ground. TV replays showed the ball landing in catcher Stephen Vogt‘s glove for a would-be inning-ending strike three.

“Quinn heard sound and thought there was a foul ball,” crew chief Gerry Davis told a pool reporter postgame. “This type of play happens quite often, actually. It’s a difficult call for us. And in order to change it, we have to [be] positive.”

With the at-bat extended, Gregerson’s next pitch was wild and dribbled far enough away from home plate for Pedroia, racing from third base after he had advanced on Ortiz’s single, to beat Vogt to home plate and tie the score.

“I took a little gamble,” Pedroia said. “It all depends on the situation. Righties are hitting .150 off [of Gregerson], so obviously it’s a tough at-bat, so I tried to make something happen.”

While the A’s credited Pedroia for his hustle, they had, in unison, issues with the call.

Gregerson: “It was pretty simple. The ball had no scuff marks on it. It was an obvious catch, strike three.”

Vogt: “[Napoli] tipped it, and I caught it. I wasn’t even worried about it [at first]. I heard him call, ‘Foul ball’ and you saw what happened from there.”

The sequence concluded with the ejection of Melvin, who said he didn’t like the way Wolcott engaged with Gregerson after the inning.

“I was objecting Angeles Uniform to [Wolcott] speaking to my pitcher and then into further stuff,” Melvin said. “What I was told was that it was a foul ball that hit the dirt and no [umpire] saw anything conclusive to overturn it [on the field]. … After looking at it, it was caught.”

The A’s got on the board first in the third, when Vogt tripled high off the right-center-field wall, coming Los Angeles Angels Shirts inches from a solo home run, and scored on Alberto Callaspo‘s ensuing lineout to a laying-out Holt in right field.

Boston starter Rubby De La Rosa was otherwise sharp — he yielded only three other base hits, all singles, while striking out seven over seven innings.

But he was no match for Chavez.

The 30-year-old right-hander, who had pitched against the Red Sox three times before but always in relief, walked three of the first eight batters he faced and set a single-start season high in walking a fourth, Napoli, in the fourth.

But he didn’t allow a hit until Holt and Pedroia led off the sixth with consecutive opposite-field singles. Ortiz promptly grounded into a double Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Jersey for Sale play. From there, with Holt lurking on third, Chavez struck out Napoli looking and pumped Los Angeles Angels Online Merchandise Shop his fist as Angels Jersey Cheap he left the mound.

The A’s as a whole have reason to celebrate, of course. Melvin’s ballclub has now won five straight games, is a season-high 19 games above .500 (47-28) and sports the Los Angeles Angels Uniforms best record in the Majors.

Clutch hitting is a part of the A’s success. After Callaspo drew a walk and advanced to second on Nick Punto‘s sacrifice bunt to start the 10th, Crisp Discounted LA Angels Merchandise pulled Red Sox right hander Koji Uehara‘s first pitch into right field for his seventh career walk-off hit.

“I was taking the approach that he was going to come right after me,” Crisp said of Uehara, who hadn’t allowed a run in 20 relief appearances. “He has a cutter and a good sinker. Then, later, he tries to finish you off with his plus splitter. I didn’t want to wait around for the splitter, so I was hoping he would come in to where I was looking for it, and he did. … Another lucky guess.”

Gwynn sent Jose Bautista Apparel ‘home’ ‘home’ in stirring service at SDSU

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SAN DIEGO — Tony Gwynn was sent “home” on Saturday during a poignant memorial service staged in the student union building on the campus of San Diego State, the university that provided neat bookends to the Hall of Famer’s life.

Anthony Keith Gwynn started as a star Aztecs baseball and basketball player and spent his last 12 years as their head baseball coach. In between, he played 20 years for the Padres, batting .338 and collecting 3,141 hits.

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He died in the early-morning hours on Monday from the complications of a long battle with salivary gland cancer at nearby Pomerado Hospital in Poway, Calif. He was 54.

“Toward the end [of his career], the tributes always ended with Tony saying thank you to all of us for letting him do all his stuff,” former Padres teammate Trevor Hoffman said in his prepared remarks. “It’s my opportunity now for me to say thank you to you, ‘T.'”

Hoffman, who played with Gwynn from 1993 to the right fielder’s retirement in 2001, couldn’t stem the tears. Nor did he even try.

There was a veritable Major League Baseball who’s who at the service, which is to be followed on Thursday with a public memorial at Petco Park, the ballpark where Gwynn never played, but is nestled on a street named after him.

The memorial is slated to begin at 7:19 p.m. PT, or 19:19 military time after Gwynn’s famous and retired No. 19, which is now etched into the right-field grass at the yard that opened in 2004.

Four fellow Hall of Famers were there Saturday to honor Gwynn: Dave Winfield and Ozzie Smith, whose careers also began with the Padres; Rod Carew, an early admirer and longtime friend of Gwynn, and Cal Ripken, Jr., who was inducted along with Gwynn in 2007, nearly seven years ago.

Joining Hoffman from different eras of Gwynn’s career, were former Padres Steve Finley, John Kruk, Garry Templeton, Joe Carter, Jerry Royster, Bip Roberts, club TV analyst Mark Grant, plus coaches Bobby Tolan and Rob Picciolo. Steve Garvey’s wife, Candace, represented the first baseman, who played Jose Bautista Jersey with Gwynn and Templeton on the 1984 team that won the National League pennant, the first in club history.

Giants star and all-time home run leader Barry Bonds was there as was Tony Clark, the former Major Leaguer who is now the executive director of the MLB Players Association, Jeff Idelson, the president of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, and Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, who played for the Padres from 2006-10, long after Gwynn retired.

Manager Bud Black represented the current team. Black and Clark — like Gwynn — played college ball at San Diego State.

The list goes on and on. From the club’s hierarchy were owners Peter and Tom Seidler, executive chairman Ron Fowler and club president Mike Dee. In the crowd were former team presidents Dick Freeman and Ballard Smith. Smith ran the club for the late Ray and Joan Kroc when the Padres selected Gwynn in the third round of the 1981 Jose Bautista Jersey Cheap First-Year Player Draft. Gwynn signed with the Padres on June 16 of that year, exactly 33 years to date of his death on Monday.

Kruk, now an analyst for ESPN, recalled his time rooming with Gwynn in the Minor Leagues, tooling around Walla Walla, Wash., where they played Class A ball in 1981, on bicycles, Gwynn’s suggested mode of transportation.

“The one thing you knew about Tony was that he was on a fast pace to the big leagues,” said Kruk, who played with Gwynn in San Diego from 1986 until he was traded to the Phillies in 1989. “He wasn’t going to be long in the Minor Leagues. You knew that from the start. The one Jose Bautista Blue Jays Uniforms thing I loved and respected about him was he never forgot me. That would have been so easy when he went off to play in the big leagues.

“But he’d come over to the Minor League camp almost every day just to see how I was, to make sure everything was all right. But I learned more from Tony than about baseball. I learned about life.”

Kruk, like Hoffman, didn’t pretend to hide the tears. And that was the tone of the one-hour service.

There was a video of Gwynn’s on-field prowess from his strokes at home plate where he won eight NL batting titles to his great catches in right field as a five-time Gold Glove Award winner. The clips were set against the rhapsodic tones of Frank Sinatra’s classic, “My Way.”

Gwynn had his nicknames and they were present on Saturday in all their glory. Mr. Padre to the fans, “T” to many of his teammates, “Pops” to his son Tony Gwynn Jr., who only this year began wearing No. 19 with the Phillies to honor his dad as his health deteriorated. Add another one.

“We at San Diego State know him as ‘Coach,'” said Mark Martinez, Gwynn’s longtime assistant who replaced him when Gwynn had to take a leave of absence as the situation became dire in late March. “Every player, everybody on the coaching staff, every person in our athletic department knows Tony as Coach.”

And of course, his whole team was in the crowd, prompted by Martinez to sing the Aztecs fight song, which they did in resounding fashion. University president Elliot Hirshman and basketball coach Steve Fisher were also there, Fisher sitting next to John Boggs, who represented Gwynn as his agent and business manager for 30 years. Hirshman and Boggs gave short eulogies. So did Idelson.

Shirley Weber, a member of the California State Majestic Toronto Blue Jays 19 Jose Bautista Authentic Womens Alternate Blue Jersey Assembly representing the 79th District, which includes San Diego State, had some words of affection for the audience.

The last word, though, was saved for a member of Gwynn’s family, Clarence Cureton, the brother of his wife, Alicia. Jose Bautista Baseball Jersey Gwynn and Alicia met as kids, growing up in Long Beach, Calif. She was an athlete Jose Bautista Apparel in her own right, a track star in high school who also ran at San Diego State.

Cureton lauded Gwynn as a friend, brother-in-law and family member who far exceeded the impact he had as a player. 

“This is the greatness of Tony, as we send him home,” he said. “Please remember to be good to each other. Be good to each other as he would want us to be. Love each other as he would want us to love each other. Take care of your families. Men, be better fathers, love your wives. I hate to sound like a preacher, but if you knew him like I knew him, that was him in a nutshell.

“If he were here today, he’d probably be uncomfortable. He wasn’t about accolades. He wasn’t about praise. He was just about people being people and loving each other. So on this day as we send him home, for Tony’s sake, love each other, be good to each other.”

Jumbo’s journey to Majors Brian Cushing Jersey for Kids culminates culminates in Cincinnati

CINCINNATI — Reliever Jumbo Diaz earned his nickname because he used to carry a lot of weight on Brian Cushing Jersey his big body until last year. Jumbo could also have applied to the length of his wait to reach the Major Leagues.

For the 30-year-old Diaz, a long road to the Majors is finally at its destination after 12 seasons and 340 games pitched in the Minor Leagues for four organizations. The Reds selected his contract from Triple-A Louisville on Friday after Brian Cushing Football Uniform pitcher Tony Cingrani was demoted.

“I told my wife it’s been 13 years since I signed my first contract with the Dodgers, and I will keep fighting to get that call, working hard every day,” Diaz said inside the Reds clubhouse. “I feel so good right now. My family, everybody in town was excited because I got a call today.”

Name Position Weight Height Last played
Walter Young 1B 315 6-foot-5 2005
Jonathan Broxton RHP 295 6-foot-4 2014
Dmitri Young 1B 295 6-foot-2 2008
Calvin Pickering 1B 295 6-foot-5 2005
CC Sabathia LHP 285 6-foot-7 2014
Adam Dunn DH/1B 285 6-foot-6 2014
Seth McClung RHP 280 6-foot-6 2009
Carlos Silva RHP 280 6-foot-4 2010
Renyel Pinto LHP 280 6-foot-4 2010


With the given name of Jose, Diaz hails from La Romana in the Dominican Republic. It was there during the previous offseason where he made the decision that potentially helped him finally reach the big leagues.

Diaz learned to say no to unhealthy food, namely the rice, beans and fried chicken his mother liked to cook for him that are mainstay foods for his country. He started working with a doctor and dietician. The result was a stunning weight loss from 347 Brian Cushing Jersey for Kids to 278 pounds on his 6-foot-4 frame.

“I stopped eating late in the night after winter ball games,” Diaz said. “I cut the rice, fried food, fast food and tried eating healthy — a lot of fruit, salad and that kind of stuff. It made me better now.”

Last season for Louisville, Diaz had a 1.66 ERA and earned a re-signing and a first-time invite to Reds big league camp at Spring Training. He was strongly encouraged by the organization to make the most of it, which prompted the lifestyle change.

The weight loss did not sap his Diaz’s velocity — his fastball can still reach 97-98 mph — and his strong performance in camp made him a sleeper candidate to make the team, until he was one of the final cuts.

The numbers this season for Louisville have been even more impressive. In 30 appearances, Diaz is 2-2 Brian Cushing Elite Jesey with a 1.35 ERA and 18 saves in 19 attempts. In 33 1/3 innings, he allowed 25 hits and 10 walks with 31 strikeouts. The Reds bullpen, where Brian Cushing Merchandise the front end has struggled, came in with a 3.97 ERA that is ranked 14th in the National League.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if he pitched in almost any role other than probably closer, unless we needed him in that role,” Reds manager Bryan Price said.

Diaz made his big league debut in the seventh inning but didn’t get the dream outcome. Staked with a four-run lead, he gave up three hits and three runs, including a pair of homers. Brett Lawrie drove a 98-mph 1-0 pitch for a one-out solo homer to right field. Three batters later, pinch-hitter Juan Francisco drove a two-run homer to left field. Diaz had allowed just one home run for the Bats this season. Cincinnati went on to lose, 14-9, after having an 8-0 lead in the second inning.

Diaz, who has maintained his same Spring Training weight, is not even the biggest player in the Reds’ clubhouse. That distinction belongs to fellow reliever Jonathan Broxton, who is listed at 6-foot-4 and 295 pounds. Also a former Dodger, Broxton remembered seeing in the Diaz in that organization from 2002-07. He sees Diaz being more of a pitcher than a thrower, with a bigger repertoire, but that his reduced size also helps.

“Playing in the heat is the big thing. It wears you down so much,” Broxton said. “I think he went and got in shape and he’s been real productive. I think he wanted to make a statement this past offseason. This spring, no one could say he was overweight or whatever. He really worked his behind in the offseason.

“You can’t really appreciate what guys do down there to stick around forever until they get their chance. He could have been out a long time ago and found a regular job. Those guys aren’t making a whole lot down there.”

During all the years of trying, Diaz tried to avoid self-doubt and giving up on reaching the big leagues.

“You Brian Cushing Football Apparel have some point where you wake up and say, ‘I’m working hard every day and I don’t get the call.’ You have to fight it, because you never know when that call will come,” Diaz said. “If I didn’t get the call, I did the best I can. Thank you God, I got the call this morning to try Men’s Nike Houston Texans 56 Brian Cushing Elite Lights Out Black Jersey to help the team over here. I’m so happy. It’s pretty exciting now.”

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Wacha to skip Jose Reyes Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey next next start to preserve arm

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ST. LOUIS — Though Michael Wacha threw a combined 180 1/3 innings in 2013, the Cardinals entered this season planning to once again closely monitor his workload so as not to push the young starter too far, too soon in his budding Major League career.

It is for that reason that the Cardinals have opted to skip Wacha’s next start, scheduled for Sunday, and pitch Carlos Martinez in his place. Wacha is physically fine, both he and manager Mike Matheny asserted Thursday. But there was some indication that fatigue was setting in.

“There have definitely been times over the last couple starts where I was maybe getting a little bit tired,” said Wacha, who has allowed eight runs on 16 hits and seven walks in his three June starts. “Obviously, I want to be out there every fifth day. But we have Carlos in a situation where he’s able to fill in; he’s already stretched out a little bit. I guess it’s that time to do it.”

Martinez is stretched out after throwing 59 pitches in a spot start for Adam Wainwright on Monday. It was the need to have him available for Sunday that led the Cardinals to keep Nick Greenwood as an eighth reliever all week. Greenwood is expected to remain in the bullpen at least through the weekend.

Wacha has logged 90 1/3 Jose Reyes Canada Day Jersey innings through 15 starts this season, putting him on pace to throw 193 innings if he were to make a full season’s worth of 32 starts. On top of that is the potential for postseason innings. That’s why the Cardinals are choosing to preserve pitches now.

In 2013, Wacha combined to throw 180 1/3 innings between Triple-A and the Majors. Of those, 30 2/3 came in October as Wacha benefited from the Cardinals’ decision to have him skip 13 days between starts at this time last summer. In this case, Wacha will go nine days between outings.

It was Wacha’s start in Tampa Bay last week — a start in which Wacha allowed a season-most four runs while searching for fastball command — that prompted the Cardinals to Canada National Day look for an opportunity to Jose Reyes Canada Day Jersey 2014 rest the right-hander sooner rather than later. They probably will do so again, too, in what is Wacha’s first full season in the Majors.

“I doubt it’s the last time,” Matheny said. “We’re going to be looking to get him time. That was part of the plan when we walked into this thing.”

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ST. LOUIS — Knocked around for four runs in the Cardinals’ 4-1 loss to the Phillies on Thursday, Shelby Miller also left his 15th start of the season a bit beaten up.

He scraped his arm on a sliding play in the fifth and later left the game in the seventh, a few pitches after feeling a pinch in his hip. The issues were unrelated to each other, but both seemingly preventable.

It was Miller’s late break to cover first base that led to a sliding play that left Miller fortunate only to suffer a few scrapes. Matt Adams made a terrific play to stop Reid Brignac‘s hit down the first-base line, and Miller recorded the out by beating Brignac to the base as both slid.

“I’d rather see Shelby over there on time. That’s the issue,” manager Mike Matheny said afterward. “You can’t let a fantastic play by your first baseman surprise you. Their defense is that it’s a ball they don’t think is going to be fielded. It’s not a good enough defense. We have to be better than that.”

Miller was checked on by head trainer Greg Hauck, but it was Brignac who left with a true injury. He reacted to Miller’s slide by starting one of his own and hit the bag awkwardly with his left leg.

“There really wasn’t much room for me to touch the bag,” Brignac said. “I probably, if I would have stayed on my feet, would have stepped on him or stepped further on the bag, which is not normal. Things could have been worse.”

He hobbled off the field with a high ankle sprain. Miller met him on the way to apologize for getting in the way.

“I don’t think I would have beaten him if I didn’t slide. I don’t think I caused the play; I think he hit the bag wrong.”

Hauck was back out on the field in the seventh, when Miller landed awkwardly on an 0-1 pitch to Carlos Ruiz. Miller said afterward he fell too far off the left side of the mound, which resulted in a pinching sensation near his hip. Miller talked his way into remaining in the game and then threw four straight pitches out of the zone. His night ended there, as did any discomfort.

“That’s all it was — just that one pitch, just bad mechanics,” Miller said.

The Cardinals consider it to be an isolated issue, not something that will need to be monitored.

“He’s going to be fine,” Matheny said. “When your mechanics fall apart like that and you’re swinging and you’re falling down like that after you throw, it should hurt. That’s what happened. The trainers have already seen him. He looks fine. It was just a pinch from poor mechanics.”

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ST. LOUIS — After throwing another side session on Thursday, Joe Kelly said he hopes to go on a Minor League rehab assignment as early as next week. He intends, though, to show some restraint when Jose Reyes Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey he finally returns to the field.

Kelly shouldn’t be physically held back by anything, as he has given his left hamstring two months to heal and has had no lingering tightness since resuming his mound throwing and increasing his agility drills. Rather, the restraint will be by choice.

“I’m not going to try ever for the rest of the season,” Kelly said, when asked about running sprints. “I can get by with three-quarters [effort]. I’m going to be good enough to run faster than your average hitter. I’m going to be smart about it. … I’m not going to try to be beating bunts out.”

Trying to beat out a bunt, of course, is what landed Kelly on the disabled back on April 17.

The recovery since has been longer than Kelly anticipated, but progress has been steadily made in recent weeks. He has now thrown three bullpen sessions and expects to have one more before heading out for a rehab stint. Kelly has also resumed controlled running. His focus now is to work through fielding drills and to get himself back into pitching condition.

He was fortunate in that he only briefly stopped throwing during the recovery process. He was able to continue to play catch even when he had to halt all other baseball activities.

“I feel like I’m good,” Kelly said. “My arm is fine. Everything is fine. It’s just about putting it all together now for a consistent basis.”

The Cardinals plan to have Kelly build up the arm strength to be a starter, suggesting that he’ll make several Minor League starts once he begins a rehab assignment. How the Cardinals then use him in St. Louis will be dictated by whatever the need is at the time.

“We need all kinds of options because you just never know what’s going to happen,” manager Mike Matheny said. “We’ll just continue to try and get guys healthy and have everybody that we can and put together the best roster that we can. You’re going to have those periods where you’re a little beat up, but having somebody like Joe gives us options. We want everybody healthy so we can make those tough decisions.”

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ST. LOUIS — Left-hander Tyler Lyons returned to Triple-A and resumed pitching in the Memphis rotation Thursday after being activated from the disabled list after Wednesday’s game.

Lyons missed a little more than a month while nursing a left shoulder strain that cost him the opportunity to keep pitching in the Cardinals’ rotation. He last pitched on Saturday, going 2 2/3 innings in a rehab start for Memphis. The Cardinals then had Lyons spend a few days in St. Louis in case the club needed to add Jose Reyes Canada Day Red Jersey another arm to the roster. When that wasn’t needed, the decision was made to send Lyons back down so that he can get into a normal starting routine again.

Lyons started for the Redbirds on Thursday, taking the mound after his offense scored six times in the top of the first. He needed every bit of it. Lyons lasted only 3 2/3 innings, allowing nine hits and six runs in the 71-pitch outing. It was his fifth appearance of the season for Memphis, with whom he allowed eight runs on 20 hits and seven walks in 21 2/3 innings before an April callup to St. Louis. The lefty made six appearances with the Cardinals before landing on the 15-day DL.

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Defense in seventh Jose Bautista Baseball Jersey crucial crucial on Kershaw’s historic night

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LOS ANGELES — After Hanley Ramirez threw away Clayton Kershaw‘s perfect game, Miguel Rojas saved his no-hitter and shutout.

Start with Rojas, the fourth-string third baseman who keyed a five-run fourth inning with a bases-clearing three-run double. For a lifetime .234 hitter in eight Minor League seasons, that at-bat should be a career highlight.

There have been seven previous no-hitters since 1900 that would have otherwise been perfect games if not for an error.
Date Pitcher Teams
7/10/09 Jonathan Sanchez For Giants vs. Padres
8/15/90 Terry Mulholland For Phillies vs. Giants*
6/27/80 Jerry Reuss For Dodgers vs. Giants
7/19/74 Dick Bosman For Indians vs. Jose Bautista Jersey Cheap A’s
9/3/47 Bill McCahan For A’s vs. Senators
7/1/20 Walter Johnson For Senators vs. Red Sox
6/13/05 Christy Mathewson For Giants vs. Cubs**

* Charlie Hayes made an error on the first batter of the seventh inning, who was then wiped out on a double play. Mulholland faced the minimum.

** Two errors

But it’s Rojas’ glove that finally got him to the big leagues and he showed it off in the seventh inning, robbing Troy Tulowitzki to preserve Kershaw’s historic achievement in an 8-0 victory over the Rockies on Wednesday night.

The play came two batters after Corey Dickerson reached on Ramirez’s two-base throwing error leading off the inning. With Dickerson on second and no outs, Kershaw struck out Brandon Barnes, but Tulowitzki pulled a two-hopper that required Rojas to range behind the bag for a back-hand stop, then fire across the diamond, with first baseman Adrian Gonzalez scooping the long throw.

“Through my mind, I was like, ‘I gotta make this play for him because he’d be doing great,'” said Rojas, who held one of the lineup cards that will become a lifetime souvenir. “So I just catch the ball and try to make a good throw, and Adrian made a great pick. After he hit the ball, and a guy like Tulowitzki who’s hitting the ball hard … After I made that play, I felt great.”

With Dickerson on third base, Kershaw caught Wilin Rosario looking at a called third strike, one of his career-high 15 strikeouts on the night.

“A great play by Miggy,” said Kershaw. “I thought it was foul. It was definitely huge for me.”

Rojas, 25, said he wasn’t nervous with history in the making.

“Not really. Not today,” he said. “I can’t be nervous when something like that is happening. For me, it’s take advantage of every opportunity, Cheap Mens Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Jose Bautista Authentic Alternate Blue Jersey show everyone I can be here, and I can help the team to win.”

He said he was aware the no-hitter was on the line.

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“Especially in that situation, when the game wasn’t on the line. For me, it was like a challenge every ground ball, because it could be just one. You’ve got to make the play.”

It followed by two plays the error committed by Ramirez, whose defense has been shaky all year. Manager Don Mattingly said he considered replacing Ramirez at shortstop Majestic Toronto Blue Jays 19 Jose Bautista Authentic Womens Alternate Blue Jersey with defensive specialist Carlos Triunfel, as he did in the ninth inning Monday night, and as he did with Rojas in the eighth inning Friday night. Replacing Ramirez for defensive purposes has Jose Bautista Jersey Number become routine when the Dodgers lead, the only question being when.

Ramirez wasn’t even certain of starting this game, Mattingly said during batting practice, as the shortstop suffered a bruised ring fingertip on his throwing hand when it got in the way of fielding a smash the previous night. The injury drove Ramirez from that game in the seventh inning.

But Ramirez remains the starting shortstop and he was in that spot, and on the spot, when Dickerson led off the seventh inning. After viewing a replay, official scorer Don Hartack ruled a two-base error rather than an infield hit and error. After the game, Mattingly was asked if he thought about removing Ramirez earlier.

“Yeah, we considered it,” Mattingly said of switching shortstops for the seventh inning. “But not at that point. We feel good about the game [with Jose Bautista Blue Jays MLB Jersey an eight-run lead], but anything can happen. Wanted to wait another inning,” which is when Mattingly made the change.”

On the ball chopped by Dickerson over the mound, Ramirez charged to glove the ball cleanly and threw quickly, pulling the throw into the ground to the right-field side of first base. It got past Gonzalez and bounced into foul territory as Dickerson continued to second base.

“I thought Hanley looked good tonight,” Mattingly said. “The ball that (Drew) Stubbs hit (in the fifth inning). That was a tough play. It looked like the throw wasn’t that far off.”

Kershaw immediately motioned to Ramirez to shake it off.

“And he came up to me and said that’s part of the game,” said Ramirez. “He said, ‘Great play, you made a great effort. Don’t worry about it.’ That’s the kind of person he is. He’s got a great heart and he knows we give everything we have every day on the field. He knew right away I was mad, and he told me, so that definitely made me feel better.”

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Faces of franchises are not born overnight. They require loyalty and, even more importantly, success. Tony Gywnn had both of those traits in abundance during his two decades of Major League service — all of which he spent with the San Diego Padres.

Players who spend their entire careers performing at high level for one franchise are becoming a rare breed not just in baseball, but in all sports. Here’s a list of some of the most notable Major Leaguers who ignored the lures of free agency, were never traded and aided just one team for multiple seasons.

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Tim Canada National Day Salmon — 1992-2006
The right fielder and 1993 Rookie of the Year was with the franchise so long, he played for the California, Anaheim and Los Angeles Angels.

Craig Biggio — 1988-2007; Jeff Bagwell — 1991-2005
Combining for a total of 5,374 hits in precisely 5,000 regular-season games for the Astros, Biggio and Bagwell provided many memories for Houston, usually while playing side-by-side.

Chipper Jones — 1993-2012
The switch-hitting third baseman was a big part of the Braves’ run of National League East dominance in the 1990s and early 2000s. Jones’ .402 career on-base percentage is a When is Canada National Day franchise record, and he won a World Series in 1995.

Robin Yount — 1974-1993
The Hall of Famer spent all 20 seasons of his career in Milwaukee and won the American League MVP award twice (1982 and 1989).

Stan Musial — 1941-1963; Bob Gibson — 1959-1975
The Redbirds have two franchise icons that spent their entire careers in St. Louis, and Musial and Gibson have a combined 39 seasons and five World Series titles between them.

Ernie Banks — 1953-1971
You don’t earn a nickname like “Mr. Cub” for no reason. Banks, a two time MVP, has the franchise record in games (2,528) and extra-base hits (1,009).

Peewee Reese — 1940-1958; Jackie Robinson — 1947-1956; Sandy Jose Bautista Canada Day Red Jersey Koufax — 1955-1966
A famous trio of Dodgers actually got to spend two seasons together on the same team. The first of those years, 1955, the Dodgers won the World Series.

Travis Jackson — 1922-1936; Carl Hubbell — 1928-1943; Mel Ott — 1926-1943 Back in their New York days, the Giants had a trio of players with staying power in Jackson, Hubbell and Ott who helped lift the Giants to the 1933 World Series championship.

Mel Harder Jose Bautista Blue Jays Jersey Red — 1928-1947; Bob Feller — 1936-1956; Bob Lemon — 1941-1958
A trio of right-handed pitchers, Harder, Feller and Lemon totaled 696 wins in their careers for the Tribe.

Edgar Martinez — 1987-2004
All 2,247 hits and 309 home runs of Edgar Martinez’s career came in a Mariners uniform, and he represented the franchise in seven All-Star Games.

Ed Kranepool — 1962-1979
Kranepool, a lifelong Met, held the club’s career hit record with 1,418 until he was passed by current third baseman David Wright in 2012.

Steve Rogers — 1973-1985
A five-time All-Star in his 13-season career, Rogers had 1,621 strikeouts and 158 wins while wearing the powder blue for the Montreal Expos.

Jim Palmer — 1965-1984; Brooks Robinson — 1955-1977; Cal Ripken — 1981-2001
The Orioles were able to keep three all-time greats on their team for about two decades apiece. It worked out well as Palmer, Robinson and Ripken were all first-ballot Hall of Famers.

Tony Gwynn — 1982-2001
The greatest hitter in Padres history and one of the best to ever pick up a bat, the late Gwynn hit .338 in his 20-year career in San Diego and never hit below .309 in a full campaign.

Mike Schmidt — 1972-1989
A three-time Jose Bautista Canada Day Jersey for Blue Jays NL MVP, Schmidt was the holder of the Phillies’ all-time hits record with 2,234 until Jimmy Rollins passed him earlier this month.

Pie Traynor — 1920-1937; Roberto Clemente — 1955-1972; Bill Mazeroski — 1956-1972; Willie Jose Bautista Canada Day Jersey Stargell — 1962-1982
Traynor, Clemente, Mazeroski and Stargell all have their own separate and special legacies in Pittsburgh, and the latter three were all part of the 1971 World Series championship team.

Johnny Bench — 1967-1983; Barry Larkin — 1986-2004
Bench and Larkin combined for 4,388 hits, three World Series rings and three NL MVP awards with Cincinnati.

Ted Williams- 1939-1942, 1946-1960; Carl Yastrzemski — 1961-1983; Jim Rice — 1974-1989
Though they were all fruitless in their quest to bring the World Series trophy to Boston, Williams, Yastrzemski and Rice combined for 8,525 hits for the Red Sox.

Todd Helton — 1997-2013
The recently retired Helton was a cornerstone of the Rockies franchise over the last two decades, hitting 369 home runs in the process.

George Brett — 1973-1993
The face of the Royals for two decades, Brett holds the franchise record in average (.305), games (2,707) and hits (3,154), among others.

Charlie Gehringer — 1924-1942; Al Kaline — 1953-1974; Alan Trammell — 1977-1996
All position players, Gehringer, Kaline and Trammell each made at least six All-Star teams, combining for a total of 30 selections, 18 of which belong to Kaline.

Walter Johnson (Senators) — 1907-2007; Kirby Puckett — 1984-1995
They played in very different eras for teams that didn’t have the same nickname, but Johnson and Puckett both helped the franchise win a World Series title.

Red Faber — 1914-1933; Ted Lyons — 1923-1946; Luke Appling — 1930-1943, 1945-1950
It’s been a long time since the White Sox have Jose Bautista Canada Day Jersey had one standout player spend his whole career with the team, but they had a good trio do so in the first half of the 20th century. Faber, Lyons and Appling are all Hall of Famers.

Lou Gehrig — 1923-1939; Bill Dickey — 1928-1943, 1946; Joe DiMaggio — 1936-1942, 1946-1951; Whitey Ford — 1950, 1953-1967; Mickey Mantle — 1951-1968; Don Mattingly — 1982-1995; Bernie Williams — 1991-2006; Jorge Posada — 1995-2011; Mariano Rivera — 1995-2013
The poster boys for having a player spend his career with one team, the Yankees will be able to add another name to this list when Derek Jeter retires at the conclusion of the 2014 season.