Harper Josh Hamilton Angels Jersey, still under weather, tallies four hits

The Nationals hope to have Denard Span and Danny Espinosa back for Friday night’s series opener against the Mets in New York, but they returned one ailing hitter to their starting lineup Wednesday night.

And make no mistake about it: Bryce Josh Hamilton Angels Jersey Harper was still sick.

The 20-year-old phenom went 4-for-5 with a double and an RBI and recorded three hits off Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco in the Nationals’ 6-1 win over the Marlins after sitting out the previous game due to a stomach flu that kept him up all night.

But Harper deemed himself well enough to play after a pregame IV, and he said he felt “solid as a rock” afterward. He simply wasn’t going to sit out Wednesday, even as bad as he felt on the field.Josh Hamilton Jersey.

“I was still struggling. The biggest thing was trying to keep everything down and fluids down,” Harper said afterward. “I think getting in the box and swinging made my head spin a little bit. It was just a matter of trying to have good ABs and trying to get some knocks and trying to help the team out.”

Believe it or not, Harper said his worst moment wasn’t when he left the dugout to vomit in the second inning. He felt the worst after a sixth-inning double off Nolasco. He was bending over, sick and worn out, but he kept playing.

“I thought he was going to die every time he went up there and he got a hit,” Nationals manager Davey Johnson said.Josh Hamilton Jersey Sale.

And he continued to beat up on Nolasco. Harper homered twice against the Marlins right-hander on Opening Day and finished 3-for-3 against him Wednesday night, boosting his career average against Nolasco to .450 (9-for-20).

“Now, it’s to the point where I make good pitches and they’re still falling,” Nolasco said. “I just hope he just doesn’t turn into Chipper Jones [who hit .341 off Nolasco] for me, where every time I break his bat or make good pitches, they’re still hits.”

Span, who also sat out Tuesday, felt better Wednesday but wasn’t quite feeling up to speed. He seemed to be hit a little harder by whatever stomach flu bug affected him and Harper. He reported to Marlins Park early Tuesday afternoon but was sent back to the team hotel and couldn’t even build up the strength to get out of bed and come back to meet a doctor around 6 p.m. ET, so he remained in bed the rest of the night.

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Espinosa had been hoping to return Wednesday, but his bruised right forearm didn’t heal quickly enough for that to happen. Espinosa has been saying he’ll return by Friday “at the latest,” but Johnson was even a bit cautious about that projection, though he reiterated that the injury isn’t anything more serious than a bad bruise.

Espinosa did field a few grounders at second base during batting practice, but as of Wednesday afternoon, he hadn’t taken any swings since the injury occurred.

“I knew there wasn’t going to be any chance [Espinosa would be back in the lineup Wednesday],” Johnson said. “We’ve got an off-day coming, so that gives him another day. I think he’s probably got a 50-50 chance Friday.”

A day after Ryan Zimmerman’s fourth throwing error in five days dramatically changed the course of the Nationals’ 8-2 loss to the Marlins, manager Davey Johnson reiterated that he doesn’t think there’s anything wrong with Zimmerman. Cheap Josh Hamilton Jersey.

“I don’t think it’s a mental problem. I think he’s fine, and he’s only going to get better,” Johnson said. “This spring, I thought with the severity of that injury and the [shoulder] surgery in the offseason, and now throwing from a different angle, his arm is a lot stronger. It’s just going to take a little while for him to get comfortable in his slot over there.

“And it’s always magnified if somebody makes a bad pitch after you make an error and they hit a home run. We’re not picking each other up. Good teams do that. It puts more focus on a guy making an error behind him, especially when he’s coming back from some surgery. I don’t have any concern. He’s feeling great and making a lot of plays. We just haven’t picked him up behind an error, which we usually do.”

Zimmerman more or less admitted after Tuesday night’s game that the problems were only in his head and that he’s frustrated he can’t make the plays he knows he’s capable of. And the former Gold Glove Award winner is still making many excellent plays, particularly those that require a quick reaction and afford him little time to think about his mechanics and his throwing.

“He’s taking more time, but he’s actually, in one fluid motion, fielding the ball, coming up and throwing. That’s the normal sequence that you go through,” Johnson said. “But his release point, it’s a whole new release point. That just takes time for him to get to the real comfort zone where you don’t even think about it. That’s where we’re headed, and that’s he’s headed, and I really like where he’s at.”

Johnson Josh Hamilton Angels Jersey said Tuesday night that it could take until June for Zimmerman to feel truly comfortable with his new arm slot, but he described the third baseman’s new throwing mechanics as “100 percent improved” since last year.

“I like where he’s at. I like his natural throwing motion. He had plenty of time,” Johnson said. “He felt so good, he took more time and the ball got away. But that just told me he really felt good. Last year, he got rid of it real quick. This year, he’s feeling more comfortable.

“When you’re coming back from offseason surgery and you’ve restricted yourself because you couldn’t really throw overhand, that’s a major adjustment. … It’s a feel. This game is all about feel.”

Leake leads way on hill, with bat as Reds Josh Hamilton Angels Jersey rout Phils

It’s very possible the Reds’ rotation will eventually miss injured ace Johnny Cueto at some point, but that time is not yet. Not when the team saw the three performances it got while burying the Phillies for a three-game sweep.

Following the efforts of Bronson Arroyo and Homer Bailey before him, Mike Leake not only pitched a fantastic game, he was a dual threat, too, during an 11-2 Reds rout of the Phillies on Wednesday at Great American Ball Park. Leake not only provided seven scoreless innings on the mound, but he tied a career high with three hits at the plate and scored three runs.

“He had everything going on tonight,” said Reds Josh Hamilton Angels Jersey manager Dusty Baker, whose club moved back over .500 at 8-7.

During the three wins over Philadelphia, which came on the heels of a five-game losing streak to end a road trip in St. Louis and Pittsburgh, Reds starters allowed two runs and no walks in 23 innings. Leake and Bailey combined for 15 scoreless innings.

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All of this smooth work happened after Cueto went on the disabled list Monday with a strained right lat muscle.

“This is how you get it done,” Baker said. “This is how you get your bullpen well. We couldn’t ask for anything better, considering how this stretch of 20 days in a row started out. We’re not out of the woods yet, but we could have been upside down, big time.”

The timing was good for Leake, who came in with a less-than-stellar 6.75 ERA through his first two starts. He was tapped for five runs and 10 hits against the Pirates on Friday.

Josh Hamilton Jersey Sale.With prized prospect Tony Cingrani being called up to replace Cueto on Thursday, more good performances from Leake should block any thoughts of making a change.

“As long as we keep this going, it should be a good season,” said Leake, who allowed just three hits and a hit batsman with no walks and seven strikeouts. “I needed the good performance rather than the hits, but [the hits] definitely helped.”

Cincinnati, which completed a suspended game with a narrow 1-0 win over Philadelphia less than two hours before beginning the finale, dispensed with the drama and jumped lefty John Lannan for a 6-0 lead through two innings.

It was already 1-0 before the Reds sent 10 men to the plate during a five-run second. Todd Frazier started the rally with a leadoff homer to right field. Leake soon was helping himself with the first triple of his career, as his drive over center fielder Ben Revere scored Devin Mesoraco. Rookie Derrick Robinson notched the first RBI of his career with a single to right field.Josh Hamilton Jersey.

With two outs and the bases loaded, Jay Bruce finished Lannan’s night with an RBI single to right field. It was a similar hit to his game-winner in the completion of the suspended game. Lefty reliever Raul Valdes did not fare much better than Lannan, as he began the Reds’ third inning with back-to-back doubles, including Mesoraco’s RBI two-bagger off the left-field wall. Brandon Phillips added a two-out single into right field for his team’s 12th hit and a nine-run lead.

Leake, who added two infield hits, was on first base with two outs in the fifth when Zack Cozart went deep to the left-field upper deck for a two-run homer. That made him the first Reds pitcher since Danny Jackson in 1988 to score at least three runs in a game.

“Obviously, the road trip wasn’t too good for us,” Cozart Josh Hamilton Angels Jersey said. “To come in and face the Phillies and get a big sweep was important. We know we’re a good team. Especially when Johnny goes down, just like last year when Joey [Votto] went down, we’re going to keep proving we’re still a good team even though you lose your big guys like that. A good step in the right direction.”

The night marked the first time the Reds have swept a series from the Phillies since sweeping a pair of four-game series in 1996. Their last three-game sweep came in 1995. On the Phillies’ now completed six-game road trip, they scored only 10 runs.

Although Leake came in 0-3 with a 9.33 ERA lifetime vs. Philadelphia, he was no tonic for their faded bats. Following a one-out double by Valdes in the third, he faced one over the minimum the rest of the way. Seven of his last eight outs came via the ground ball.

“I was mixing and matching, going after them and staying convicted to your pitch rather than being scared,” Leake said. “It’s an attitude thing for me.”Cheap Josh Hamilton Jersey.

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The waiting proved to be the hardest part. Cheap Josh Hamilton Jersey.

Resuming Tuesday’s scoreless game that was suspended by rain after 8 1/2 innings, the Reds wasted little time Wednesday in claiming a 1-0 win over the Phillies on Jay Bruce’s bases-loaded single to right field in the bottom of the ninth at Great American Ball Park.

“I wished it was quicker,” Bruce said of the outcome. “It was nice to get that one out of the way and set the tone for the second game.”

On Tuesday, rain fell before the bottom of the ninth inning and forced umpires to suspend the game after waiting for 44 minutes. Once play resumed 18 hours and 43 minutes later at 5:31 p.m. ET, it took all of nine minutes to wrap it up.

“Our guys came out ready,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “They wanted to win it right away. We didn’t have to get deep in our bullpen.”

Zack Cozart began the bottom of the ninth by hitting a Phillippe Aumont full-count pitch for a lined single to left field. Joey Votto followed by drawing a walk, putting Aumont into immediate danger.

It wasn’t a start for Aumont, but it kind of felt like one as he took the mound. He didn’t adjust to the circumstances very easily.

“Obviously, there is no intensity,” Aumont said. “As a pitcher, you have to find a way to fire yourself up. I was feeling good in the bullpen. It was good. The walk killed me. That’s more frustrating than anything else.”

Going from an 0-2 count to 3-2, Brandon Phillips skied a tailing fly ball that went off of the glove of center fielder Ben Revere for an error that loaded the bases.Josh Hamilton Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Jersey.

“That’s a tough time of the day,” Baker said. “A lot of guys have missed balls. This guy doesn’t miss many.”

Bruce ended it by pulling a first-pitch fastball for a lined single to right field that gave Cincinnati wins in the first two games of the series.

“You can’t discount the at-bats the guys before me took,” Bruce said. “We’ve had a lot of them this year. It’s going to be the trend of our team. It usually is. It’s exciting.”

Not only was the conclusion delayed by rain, so was the start of the game, as an 80-minute delay pushed back Tuesday’s first pitch. In between downpours, both teams’ pitchers reigned all night while putting zeros on the scoreboard. Neither team had a runner reach third base.

“Both Josh Hamilton Angels Jersey sides were dealing,” Baker said Tuesday night.Josh Hamilton Jersey Sale.

Resembling the first six innings of Monday’s clash between Bronson Arroyo and Cliff Lee, Reds starter Homer Bailey and Phillies pitcher Kyle Kendrick were almost equally sensational.

Showing dominance reminiscent of the no-hitter he threw at Pittsburgh late last season, Bailey allowed all of two Phillies singles — one of which was an infield hit — over his eight innings. There were no walks, and he tied a career high with 10 strikeouts.

“We felt pretty good today,” Bailey said. “This weather was kind of muggy, you could sweat a lot. [Catcher Ryan] Hanigan did a great job back there. We were on the same page all night.”

Over his final six innings, Bailey faced the minimum number of batters. His final hit allowed was Chase Utley’s one-out single to right field in the fourth. But Utley was caught stealing second base, and moments later, Ryan Howard looked at a 97-mph fastball on the inner half of the plate for strike three to end the inning. It was the first of the final 13 Phillies in a row that Bailey retired.

In three starts this season, Bailey has allowed runs in only two of his 19 innings pitched. He was a 15-0 winner with six innings vs. the Nationals in his 2013 debut. In his previous start at St. Louis, he gave up seven runs over the fifth and sixth innings — including not retiring a batter in the sixth.

In his last two starts, Bailey has gotten zero runs of support from the lineup. Baker didn’t view Bailey’s hard luck as wasted effort.

“I don’t think in those terms,” Baker said. “We can build off of that. And we didn’t waste it. Homer saved my bullpen. It was great for his confidence — and ours, too — to see him pitch so well. We would have wasted it if he had lost it.”Josh Hamilton Jersey.

On the other side, Kendrick also gave up two hits over his seven innings with two walks and four strikeouts. Cozart hit a one-out single to left field in the first inning, and Hanigan lined a one-out single to left field in the fifth. Bailey moved Hanigan to second base with a sacrifice, but Shin-Soo Choo grounded out to end the inning.

“A lot of respect to Kyle Kendrick. He threw the hell out of the ball,” Bailey said. “Sometimes, that’s just the way it goes, especially with a 0-0 game. You have to go out there and stay sharp. It makes it a little easier to stay focused.”

Bailey threw 89 pitches, but was lifted for pinch-hitter Chris Heisey as the Reds tried to get something going offensively in the bottom of the eighth.

“I really hated to take Homer out, but we had to try and get some runs, especially before the rains came,” Baker Josh Hamilton Angels Jersey said. “They told us it was coming.”

Aroldis Chapman took over and dealt a perfect top of the ninth inning with two strikeouts before being credited with the win. More showers fell and prompted the night’s second delay — one that would last overnight. Had the game gone to extras, Sam LeCure was warming in the bullpen and would have pitched the top of the 10th inning.

Fortunately for the Reds, it never came to that and quickly ended one of the stranger ninth innings they have ever played — and gave them time to spare before Wednesday’s regularly scheduled series finale.

“You try to treat it as normal as possible. The reality is that it’s the ninth inning and 5:30,” Bruce said. “You don’t play eight before, so it’s not a doubleheader. You use that as BP. We’re usually getting done with BP right now. We’ll get ready for the next game at 7:10.”

Burnett flirts with history in shutting down Cards Josh Hamilton Angels Jersey

The Pirates got a superb outing from right-hander A.J. Burnett and defeated the Cardinals, 5-0, on Wednesday night at PNC Park.

The two teams split the rain-shortened two-game series.

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Burnett allowed one hit in seven scoreless frames. He retired the first 16 Cardinals he faced and carried a no-hitter for 6 2/3 innings before Carlos Josh Hamilton Angels Jersey Beltran smacked a double to right-center. Burnett notched eight strikeouts in the win, upping his record to 1-2.

“I’ll take that every time out,” manager Clint Hurdle said. “He’s knocking on the no-hitter door again. We’ve seen it before — fastball command, hitting the four corners, very solid breaking ball. … I mean, that’s the rhythm when he’s the beast that he can be, that’s the rhythm you see. Efficient with pitches. Still, the strikeouts jumped his pitch count a little bit, but you couldn’t ask for any more than we got out of him tonight.”

“I remembered what they did last year, and that fired me up to go against them tonight,” Burnett stated. “Not to mention that they’re a pretty good lineup, so that always brings it out of you, but I was just trying to attack them. [Cards starter Shelby] Miller, he was impressive, too. I was just trying to go pitch for pitch with him, and then by the fourth or fifth, you look up and you notice it. I had a good hook today, and I threw some balls in that I don’t normally throw in and caught them off guard, and [catcher] Russ [Martin] and I did a good job of mixing everything in.”

Burnett’s lights-out performance came on a night when he reached a milestone, getting Beltran to look at a called third strike for career strikeout No. 2,000.Josh Hamilton Jersey Sale.

“No, I don’t think about things like that, but it’s part of the game, it’s a part of what I’ve done,” Burnett said. “I thank Neil Walker for telling the infield to come in, that was his idea. Just the amount of love that these guys show me is really special.”

Burnett ranks fourth among active pitchers in strikeouts, trailing only the Yankees’ Andy Pettitte (2,327) and CC Sabathia (2,232), and the Phillies’ Roy Halladay (2,080).

“He got 2,000 strikeouts tonight as well,” Hurdle said. “You think, ‘OK, it’s all come together, here it is, this is going to be one, wrapped up with one big bow at the end. “The 2,000 strikeouts, there’s more that goes into that. Anybody that downplays this, they haven’t played the game, they don’t respect the game, first of all. You’ve got to have skills, you’ve got to have stuff, you’ve got to have dependability, you’ve got to go to the post for a long time. ‘Cause if you’re just a thrower, you don’t get 2,000 strikeouts, you don’t pitch that long. So that’s significant in and of itself, the way he maintained his composure. He threw that and just kept pitching, and no walks on the night … impressive as well.”

Burnett didn’t allow a baserunner until he hit Daniel Descalso with a pitch.Cheap Josh Hamilton Jersey.

Burnett tossed a no-hitter when he was with the Marlins, and he admits that he wants another one before the end of his career. But it wasn’t to be, thanks to Beltran.

“[Beltran] hit a hook, it was up a little bit,” Burnett Josh Hamilton Angels Jersey said. “He covers everything. I looked at him at second and said, ‘You can’t swing and miss on one more for me?’ and he smiled. He just put a good swing on a good hook.”

“That was a slider right there,” Beltran said. “I think that was one of the few that he threw right around the middle of the strike zone. He threw me a first one for a strike, and the second one was more hittable than the first one. I put a good swing on that one.”

Miller allowed two runs on six hits in six innings. He took the loss, falling to 2-1 on the season.

“You’ve got to tip your hat to Miller,” Hurdle said. “You saw why the numbers are what they are. We thought we had him in a place where we might be able to make him move, and he collected himself. That fastball showed up, that sharp breaking ball showed up and he held us at bay for quite a period of time without striking anything really hard.”Josh Hamilton Jersey.

The Pirates nicked Miller for a run in the bottom of the first. Starling Marte extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a leadoff triple off the Clemente Wall, and he scored on a base hit by Travis Snider.

“The first inning, I didn’t feel near as sharp as I did the rest of the game,” Miller said. “I was leaving the ball over the middle. They were hitting it hard. The leadoff triple didn’t help. After that I made some good pitches.”

The Pirates struck again in the bottom of the sixth. With two outs, Andrew McCutchen singled, Garrett Jones walked and Walker stroked an RBI single, giving the Pirates a two-run lead.

Pittsburgh tacked on an insurance run off reliever Trevor Rosenthal in the bottom of the seventh. Martin singled and later scored on a throwing error by third baseman David Freese. Gaby Sanchez’s RBI double and Pedro Alvarez’s run-scoring single in the eighth closed out the scoring.

The bullpen took it from there, with Mark Melancon, Tony Watson and Jason Grilli combining to pitch scoreless eighth and ninth innings.

But the night belonged to Burnett.

“It makes my job a lot easier in the outfield,” McCutchen said. “It’s almost like I can get a lawn chair and just watch it. He was carving it up, he was doing a good job just making his pitches when he needed to make them. It was a great performance, and I was happy that I was a part of it. It was great that he was able to get 2,000 here and get it at home and get a win on top of it.”

Josh Hamilton Angels Jersey Rebirth of rotation revives Red Sox mystique

Curt Schilling was entering what would turn out to be the last of his 20 seasons in the big leagues when John Farrell joined the Red Sox as a pitching coach in 2007. By that point, the man who brought us the bloody sock and other outstanding postseason exploits wasn’t looking for some reinvention of his mechanics or sophisticated evaluation of his stuff.

The way Schilling put it to Farrell that spring was that he just wanted “direction.”

Farrell remembers that conversation. And he still draws from it. Josh Hamilton Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Jersey. 

“I think we, as people, want direction,” Farrell Josh Hamilton Angels Jersey says, glove in hand, hours before another Red Sox win. “Our players want that direction. And when they feel that there is good reason as to why we’re going to take a certain approach, they gain confidence from that.”

Farrell’s club is awfully confident these days. The Red Sox are 10-4, perched atop the American League East in these early days of the season, providing an upbeat note as the people of Boston endure these difficult days. While there is plenty of time for the pitfalls of a 162-game schedule to reveal themselves, the Red Sox mystique that eroded in the September 2011 collapse and the wayward days of the short-lived Bobby Valentine era seems to have returned.

It returned in step with the return of Farrell, to be the manager after his two unsatisfying years north of the border, and the arrival of pitching coach Juan Nieves. While much has deservedly been made of Boston’s improved clubhouse culture (the fact that 22 members of the club gathered for dinner here Monday night speaks to the quality of the camaraderie), the fundamental difference between the Red Sox of ’12 and the Red Sox of ’13 rests atop the rotation, where Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz have summoned their inner aces.

Josh Hamilton Jersey Sale. They are quick to credit their coaches.

“Having John and Juan has helped a lot of us focus on the little things,” Lester says. “It sounds simple and easy, but pounding the strike zone, keeping the ball down and attacking hitters. It sounds like you learned that in Little League, but you get away from that sometimes with the monotony of the season. Juan and John and the coaching staff have simplified our outlook and our game plans. Now it’s our job to execute that.”

They’re executing it, all right. Last year they combined for a 20-22 record and 4.70 ERA. This year they are 5-0 with a 0.88 ERA. He’s made only three starts, but Buchholz has lowered his WHIP from 1.326 to 0.955 while improving his strikeouts per nine from 6.1 to 9.4. He says he’s merely following the lead of Lester, who enters Thursday’s start against the Indians with a 0.947 WHIP and 8.5 strikeouts per nine. Cheap Josh Hamilton Jersey.

“He’s the same guy, the same Jon Lester I’ve watched for the last six years,” Buchholz says. “But it looks like he’s going out there with a purpose. He’s determined right now.”

It was easy to make beer and fried chicken jokes at the end of 2011 and easier still to snicker at the dysfunction of the Valentine dynamic. But the Red Sox lost their way when their starting pitching fell apart. And the re-emergence of Lester’s dominant downhill plane and Buchholz’s trust in his body (after the back woes that plagued him in ’11 and affected his preparation for ’12) and his stuff has put them back on a winning path.

“They’ve gotten back to who they are,” Farrell says. “It’s not like we’ve added a pitch or they’ve all of a sudden gained five miles per hour on their fastballs. They’ve been very good pitchers in their own right, and it’s just been about getting them back to their career norms. There’s no magic potion.”Josh Hamilton Jersey.

Nor is there any guarantee that Boston’s strong start will hold up in the wildly unpredictable AL East.

But unlike the ’11 and ’12 clubs, this one stands to benefit from April, rather than spending all summer trying to recover from it.

“It’s definitely better to not be swimming upstream,” says assistant general manager Mike Hazen. “It’s not like you can breathe easy, but getting off to a good start is important. The last couple years, we haven’t. And when that happens, it taxes you mentally as a team.”

Lester and Buchholz Josh Hamilton Angels Jersey don’t feel mentally taxed by the burden of fronting the rotation, because they are confident in those who follow. Ryan Dempster has made a solid transition to his new digs, and Felix Doubront probably has the best raw stuff of any pitcher on the staff. Alas, John Lackey’s comeback bid has already been slowed by biceps tendinitis, so April has not been without its requisite bumps. But Farrell and his staff don’t let their players take the field without a well-considered and constructed plan of attack, and it has paid early dividends.

“All the pieces of the puzzle are here,” Buchholz says.

General manager Ben Cherington and Hazen took some interesting steps in assembling those pieces, placing a heavy emphasis on personality and passion in their free-agent pursuits of Shane Victorino, Mike Napoli, David Ross and Jonny Gomes. And the Red Sox have, indeed, been productive at the plate, even with David Ortiz on the mend.

For the Red Sox, though, the most encouraging aspect of an undoubtedly encouraging April has been the re-establishment of a respectable rotation. Farrell and Co. have the starters pointed in the right direction.

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Usually, Koji Uehara comes out of Boston’s bullpen first, only to be followed later in the game by Junichi Tazawa.

Perhaps the order doesn’t matter as much as their consistent dominance. Together, they were vital in leading the sizzling Red Sox to a 6-3 victory over the Indians on Wednesday night at Progressive Field.

Alfredo Aceves was clearly on the ropes when manager John Farrell came out to get him with nobody out in the bottom of the sixth, Boston’s once comfortable 5-0 lead down to 5-3 and Mark Reynolds at second base.

Junichi Tazawa, however, quickly restored order. The 26-year-old righty with filthy stuff snuffed out the rally, getting a groundout from Cord Phelps, a flyout to center by Lonnie Chisenhall and strikeout to Drew Stubbs.

In the seventh, Tazawa (1.13 ERA) blew away all three batters he faced, striking out the side.

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“Up to this time, it was always Koji’s role to come in for that situation,” Tazawa said through an interpreter. “He’s been doing a very good job, so I tried to duplicate it and I was happy I was able to do so.”

It was only fitting that after Tazawa’s brilliant work was complete, Uehara came on next. Tazawa threw a mere 14 pitches in his 1-2-3 inning, striking out two of the three batters he faced.

When the exuberant Uehara (18 straight scoreless innings dating back to last season) came back into the dugout, he nearly leveled half of his teammates with a steady stream of high fives.

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In the ninth, it was Andrew Bailey’s turn, and he notched his first save of the season. Bailey, a closer for most of his career, is filling that role again, at least while Joel Hanrahan (right hamstring strain) is on the disabled list.

So Boston’s bullpen faced 12 batters on the night, and retired all 12 of them.

“Just outstanding stuff, particularly Taz,” said Farrell. “He comes in with a man at second base, nobody out and seemed to get stronger in the two innings of work he had tonight. Koji continues to do what he’s been doing all year. And it was good to see a little breathing room for Andrew to come in and close out the ninth. Good stuff, a lot of strikes. Some swing and miss to all three guys that came to the mound. Just a good all-around win tonight.”

Josh Hamilton Jersey Sale.It is still early in the season, but the Red Sox are clearly developing a winning feeling. They’re off to a 10-4 start and have won five in a row.

“Winning baseball games is a lot of fun,” said Bailey. “The way Taz came in and threw the baseball today was awesome, and Ace threw really well, too. You can’t say enough about Koji and the whole group of guys down there. It’s fun. Anytime you can shorten a game, it’s important. I think the starters know that, and obviously the way they’re throwing is key to our success so far.”

Aceves, making his second start in place of the injured John Lackey, gave the Red Sox what he had, firing five shutout innings before running into a world of trouble in the sixth. Carlos Santana started it with a walk. Nick Swisher followed by walloping a two-run homer to center. Then it was Jason Giambi’s turn, and he unloaded for a 417-foot homer to right-center that made it a 5-3 game.

In truth, Aceves started to tire in the fifth, when the Indians loaded the bases. But Shane Victorino was off with the crack of the bat in right field to make a tremendous catch on a liner by Asdrubal Cabrera.

“So far, so good, man. It’s a good season,” said Aceves. “I’m just proud of [Victorino]. I can’t wait to get home and sleep.”Josh Hamilton Jersey.

But for those nine innings on the field, the Red Sox aren’t showing any weariness.

Offensively, the Sox got a surprising outburst from Mike Carp, who drilled two doubles and an RBI triple in his first start of the season.

“Carp, I was not surprised when he was in the lineup,” said Tribe manager Terry Francona. “Just his swing path and everything, he goes out and gets that ball off [Justin Masterson] pretty good. They stayed on him and went the other way very well.”

The top of the order was also a force, with Boston’s 1-5 hitters all producing multihit games. Jacoby Ellsbury and Shane Victorino both had three hits. Mike Napoli and Daniel Nava each had two RBIs.

Aceves earned the win, scattering seven hits and three runs over five-plus innings.

“The most important is that we won,” Aceves Josh Hamilton Angels Jersey said. “My fastball, curveball, cutter, changeup, they were real good. We played good defense.”

For the second night in a row, the Sox got off to a hot start offensively. Ellsbury led the game off with a single against former teammate Masterson. Victorino was hit by a pitch. Dustin Pedroia laced a single to right to load the bases with nobody out. Napoli kept the train moving with a two-run single to right. Nava followed with an opposite-field RBI single to left that gave Aceves a 3-0 lead before he threw a pitch.

After squandering a couple of opportunities, the Red Sox again came through in the fifth. Stephen Drew got a two-out walk and Carp smashed an RBI triple to center that made it 4-0.

“Any time you hit a triple it’s nice,” said Carp. “You don’t get too many of those, a standing triple.”

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A game that threatened records for punchouts Wednesday night ended with Tigers backup catcher Brayan Pena absorbing a potential knockout.

After 40 strikeouts over 14 innings, including 21 from Tigers hitters to tie a franchise record, and 12 each from Mariners ace Felix Hernandez and Max Scherzer over eight innings, everything came down to one major contact between Pena and Justin Smoak, who was the potential tying run. Pena took a forearm to the head, but held onto the ball to show it to home plate umpire Bob Davidson while recollecting his thoughts.

As a result, the Tigers took a 2-1 win out of a game in which exactly half of their 42 outs came by strikeout. By avoiding one in his last at-bat, Pena recorded the game-winning RBI before arguably deserving the save.

“It was just one of those games that you really do whatever it takes to get the win,” Pena Josh Hamilton Angels Jersey said. “Everybody battled, both teams, but definitely our team, we played great baseball. We never laid back because we know how hard it is when you’re the visitor. For us to come out with this ‘W’ is huge for us.”

Detroit became the first team in modern Major League history to win back-to-back games striking out 16 or more times, according to research on baseball-reference.com.

“I’m not much for those kind of records. I don’t care,” manager Jim Leyland said. “All I know is we’re 2-0 the last two nights, and that’s all that matters. That’s a nice conversation piece for everybody else, but we got two wins.”

This was by far the trickier of the two. If they can’t beat Hernandez, still 9-0 against Detroit since 2007, they showed they can match him. Cheap Josh Hamilton Jersey.

Not since Mark Prior and Javier Vazquez in 2003 had two Major League pitchers both racked up 12 strikeouts in the same game, according to ESPN Stats and Info. Not since the great Randy Johnson dueled Mark Langston in 1992 had two opposing starters put up 12 or more strikeouts with an earned run or less, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

The similarities between Hernandez and Scherzer kept going beyond the strikeouts, from eight innings of one-run ball to nearly identical pitch counts: 105 pitches and 75 strikes for Scherzer, 106 pitches and 76 strikes for Hernandez. They set the tone for the night.

“I knew going in Felix was going to bring his game,” Scherzer said. “He always seems to find a way to pitch his best games against the best lineups, so I just knew going in tonight I was going to have to bring my ‘A’ game if we were going to have a shot to win.”

Josh Hamilton Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Jersey.Scherzer rolled through the Mariners lineup in order in the first three innings, striking out five. After Franklin Gutierrez singled leading off the fourth, Scherzer left him on first with back-to-back strikeouts of Kendrys Morales and Michael Morse.

Once Scherzer struck out Morales again end the sixth, Scherzer had fanned 10 of Seattle’s first 21 batters. When Hernandez followed with two more in the seventh, 21 of the game’s first 39 outs were strikeouts. Only one out had come on a fly ball to the outfield.

“He allowed me to stay in a rhythm,” Scherzer said of his counterpart, “because he was working quick innings. Every inning felt like 1-2-3, no knock on our guys. For me, I was able to stay in a rhythm. I felt like that’s why I was able to stay consistent with my pitches. That’s the nature of the pitching duel tonight.”

Three pitches into the bottom of the seventh, the Mariners got the tying run that essentially canceled the two starters out with a Morse double into the left-field corner, followed by a Raul Ibanez bouncer down the first-base line two pitches later.

From there, it was on. While Leyland played matchups with his bullpen, using two relievers in both the ninth and 10th innings before Al Alburquerque pitched an easy 11th, M’s closer Tom Wilhelmsen fanned three more Tigers in two innings. Josh Hamilton Jersey Sale.

Five strikeouts in a six-batter span of the 12th and 13th innings — two from Oliver Perez, three from former Tigers left-hander Charlie Furbush — put the Tigers at 21, tying a record last accomplished against Toronto on Aug. 8, 1991, in a game that was fittingly scoreless until the 14th.

The only Tigers starter not to strike out Wednesday was Victor Martinez. He was a strike away from it in the 14th when his single through the middle started the deciding rally.

Furbush couldn’t get a call on a full count to Matt Tuiasosopo, whose walk moved pinch-runner Don Kelly into scoring position. Kelly slid in ahead of catcher Jesus Montero’s throw on Jhonny Peralta’s sacrifice bunt, loading the bases with nobody out.

The M’s needed strikeouts to escape, and they couldn’t get it. Robert Andino’s diving stop at short with a drawn-in infield denied Pena a go-ahead hit but couldn’t prevent the run.

“I was trying to redeem myself,” Pena said, “because last at-bat I struck out with a runner on second. I’m not trying to do too much, trying to put the ball in play and trying to look to the middle.”

He had another play in mind — a slide from then-Ranger  Josh Hamilton Angels Jersey Mike Napoli under a tag at the plate a couple years ago while with Kansas City — when Dustin Ackley doubled into the right-field corner in the bottom of the 14th off Joaquin Benoit.

It took a fundamental relay just to get the ball there. Prince Fielder, backing up Omar Infante on Torii Hunter’s throw, got it to him.

“My main goal in that situation was to hold onto the baseball and absorb the hit,” Pena said. “It was one of those plays that was a do or die. I knew he was coming after me, and credit Prince Fielder. He made a good throw and Torii made sure he got the baseball as fast as possible.”Josh Hamilton Jersey.

The way the game unfolded, 4 hours and 27 minutes old, there was little question to send him.

“I knew off the bat I was trying to score,” Smoak said. “They had to make a perfect relay throw to get me. He was up the line there and I really had nowhere to go. I had to do what I had to do. I just lowered my shoulder and hoped for the best.”

Pena was fine. Moments later, he couldn’t have felt much better.

“I was a little dizzy for a few seconds,” he admitted, “but I got my breath back and I understood where I was. That was the most important thing. I knew I was fine.”

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Jon Lester’s son, Hudson, is just 2 1/2 years old and still shielded, blissfully, from the wicked ways of the world. In Lester’s house, the TV is rarely tuned to anything other than “Barney & Friends” or cartoons. If children are a window into the grace of the world, that window is wide open for the Lesters.

Thankfully, then, Lester and his wife, Farrah, don’t yet have to discuss with young Hudson those awful scenes that played out Monday afternoon at the Boston Marathon finish line, just 30 minutes from the Lester home and just a mile and a half up the road from where Daddy pitches for the Red Sox.

They don’t have to explain the inexplicable.

“Try explaining it to yourself, let alone your kids,” Lester said with a sigh in the visitors’ clubhouse at Progressive Field, where the Red Sox beat the Indians, 7-2, in the opener on Tuesday while their heartbroken home city tried to regroup. “The majority of the guys in here, we’ve asked ourselves, ‘Why does this stuff keep happening?’ And it’s pointless.”

They asked themselves those questions at dinner upon their arrival here Monday night, mere hours after learning about the bombings while aboard the team bus for the trip to the airport. When their police escort sped away from Fenway Park and left them behind, the members of the Red Sox players knew something was up, and the details began filtering through social media and text messages.

 Personalized Angels Jersey.And so here they were Tuesday, sharing their stories about where they were when they heard the news and how the joy of a sweep over the Rays was quickly erased by sorrow and concern. Here they were, instinctively looking up at CNN’s coverage as they headed to the batting cage or trainer’s room. Here was the Indians’ clubhouse staff, finding black arm bands to sew on the road grays. Here were the conversations about how maybe baseball will provide a worthwhile distraction from the devastation. Here was the flag flying at half-staff, and here was the moment of silence before the national anthem.

Oh, God, here we go again, trudging through an unimaginable tragedy as best we can, asking ourselves, “Why?”

“I understand we live in an evil world,” said the Indians’ Justin Masterson, a former member of the Red Sox, “but it’s just sad that any person would think of or want to do anything like that.”Customized Los Angeles Angels Jersey.

Sadness yields to strength in moments like these. It’s the only way we keep our sanity, frankly. And we find strength in numbers.

Already, folks in and around Beantown have latched upon the Red Sox logo as a symbol for their city at large. The Boston “B” intertwined with a yellow ribbon honoring the victims of the heinous attack is making the rounds, as is a photo of the Red Sox players gathered together here, holding that sign with the same “B,” the word “Strong” and a Standells-inspired caption, “Boston, you’re OUR home.”

In New York, the Daily News ran an editorial cartoon depicting a Yankees player with his arm wrapped around a Red Sox player — a touching display of unexpected and much-welcomed brotherhood. And the Indians played “Sweet Caroline” — that staple of the Fenway experience — just before first pitch Tuesday, a nod to Bostonians everywhere.

We’ve been here before. The baseball world at its best, rallying in the unsettling wake of a terrorist attack.

But that doesn’t make it any easier.

“You can’t even describe how you feel,” Dustin Custom Angels Jersey Pedroia said. “All of us — that bus ride was silent. It’s still hard to put together.”

They’re gathered here together to play a boys’ game — a game that will take on added meaning and magnitude when the Red Sox return home to Fenway on Friday. The good people of Boston will report to that sacred shrine of sport, and together they’ll try to move past the pain and paranoia that the Patriots’ Day explosions wrought. Their world, once again, will feel more tense and less innocent, and they’ll hope, once again, that a communal experience will double as a healing one.

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This game is played every day from April through October, so we lean on it often, ask it to be something stable and steady in a world that is too often the opposite. The Red Sox are a good team, a likeable team. Boston’s team. And in these unsettling hours, as we all ask ourselves those unanswerable questions, they’ve got a lot of people pulling for them.

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Doug Custom Angels Jersey Fister had to move out of town 1 1/2 years ago, but he’s still making himself at home at Safeco Field. Now, though, he doesn’t have to worry about how to pitch to Miguel Cabrera.

“He’s such a special guy, that he can do things most people can’t,” Fister said after Cabrera’s two-run home run put the Tigers up for good in Tuesday’s 6-2 win over the Mariners.

There are enough hitters in this league who can pick up their starting pitchers with a home run to put them back in front after giving up the lead. Far fewer can do it on a pitch well off the plate, hitting it to near-straightaway center field on a swing that seemed effortless. Personalized Angels Jersey.

“I try to always do my best, man,” Cabrera said. “I never take something for granted. I always try to fight out there to get hits to help my team to win games. That’s why I always like to battle and I always like to wait for a mistake.”

That wasn’t exactly a mistake pitch from Aaron Harang, who had a 2-2 count with two outs and a 2-1 lead in the top of the fifth inning.

“We went back and looked at it,” Harang said afterward, “and it was 4 or 5 inches off the plate. It should have been a ball. So it proves why he’s as good as he is.”

It’s a good pitch for most hitters. It’s a mistake pitch for Cabrera.

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“[Justin] Verlander told me it was a good pitch,” Cabrera explained, “but I tell him I like that pitch, because it’s down and away. If it’s down and inside, that’s a good pitch for me, but down and away, that’s where I like it to be. I can extend my arms. I’ve got more extension to the ball right there.”Customized Los Angeles Angels Jersey.

The Tigers pretty much beat Harang on two-strike counts, from Austin Jackson working out of an 0-2 hole for a leadoff triple to Cabrera’s first-inning RBI single on an 0-2 offering to the Cabrera homer. They added on with two-strike damage as well, including Jackson working out of an 0-2 hole for the first of back-to-back bases-loaded walks in the eighth.

None of those, however, will haunt Harang like Cabrera’s second home run of the year. Cabrera was just 2-for-15 lifetime off him going into the game. Cabrera got him for two hits and three RBIs in three at-bats Tuesday.

“It’s one of those things,” Harang said. “Great hitter. He did a good job and he ended up basically single-handedly beating us.”

Once Cabrera gave Fister his lead back, however, it was up to Custom Angels Jersey Fister to hold it. The way he recovered from three consecutive fourth-inning hits, retiring nine consecutive batters, he didn’t give the M’s much of a chance.

By the time Detroit’s bullpen came into play, the insurance runs created more room for mistakes for Al Alburquerque and Joaquin Benoit, who had none on their way to perfect eighth and ninth innings.

“That’s the kind of team that we are,” Fister said. “Those guys, as soon as I gave up a couple runs, they’re right back at it and give us the lead again. Picking one another up, I think that’s the biggest thing that we’ve done from the start and I think that’s a big focus for us.”

By doing so, they won their third game in a row on a nine-game, 10-day West Coast trip, and earned a valuable series-opening victory heading into a Wednesday night matchup with Mariners ace Felix Hernandez.

Fister, meanwhile, continued to put his Spring Training struggles out of mind. The one Tigers starter who seemed hittable coming out of camp moved to 3-0 on the season with his second consecutive dominant outing.

Five days after Fister tossed eight innings of one-run ball to beat Toronto, and a year after he pitched seven shutout innings here in a no-decision in his return, Fister allowed two runs on seven hits over his seven innings with a walk and five strikeouts. The lanky right-hander, traded to Detroit at the 2011 Trade Deadline, has tossed 14 innings with two runs on eight hits at Safeco Field in a Detroit uniform.

The latest gem, too, came on the same night that Cleveland’s Ubaldo Jimenez — the pitcher most closely tied to the Tigers going into that 2011 deadline — walked seven batters in less than two innings.

The entire trade scenario, and the idea of pitching well to prove a point to Seattle, appears to be a moot point for Fister. He doesn’t pitch well to beat the Mariners, he insists. He just wants to win.

“I don’t look at it at all,” Fister said. “I look at it as I have a job to do, no matter what team it is. That’s the focus. I’m a Tiger and that’s through and through right now. I don’t look at how things have turned out for either side. I feel honored to be a part of this club. We’ve got some great teammates and that’s my main, my only focus.”

On Tuesday, he had at least one teammate with another glimpse of greatness.

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Shane Peterson may have walked away from his Major League debut without a hit on Tuesday, but it was his glove that was to be remembered on this night.Customized Los Angeles Angels Jersey.

Called up from Triple-A just hours earlier to fill in at first base for Brandon Moss, stationed on the paternity list, Peterson’s third-inning diving play was one of the only reasons the A’s salvaged a 4-3 victory over the Astros.

Josh Donaldson’s RBI triple — the club’s record-tying third three-bagger of the night — in the eighth to unlock a 3-3 tie helped, too, of course, carrying the A’s to their second straight win and fifth overall in as many tries against the Astros this season.

Overall, they have 11 victories, most in the American League, and their 11-4 ledger, including a 10-2 mark against the AL West, is their best after 15 games since the 1990 club started 12-3.

Donaldson’s game-changing hit came with two outs against right-hander Rhiner Custom Angels Jersey Cruz, who just moments before had walked Josh Reddick, and eased any pain felt by Sean Doolittle, the lefty who surrendered Carlos Pena’s game-tying home run in the top half of the inning.

“He’s maturing to the point now where he’s not trying to hit a home run to left field all the time in those situations,” manager Bob Melvin said. “It takes maturity and some experience to know that in those situations, you’re not going to hit a ball in that you can pull, that they’re going to make you work and hit a ball the other way, and he’s done it several times now.”

“That definitely helps knowing you can hit the ball over the right fielder’s head, but it’s one of those things where, when I’m hitting well, I’m hitting the ball that way anyhow,” Donaldson said. “That’s a big focus for me, is to make sure I’m going to right field, because any time I get a little too pull-conscious, I start to get exposed on other pitches.”

 Personalized Angels Jersey.Donaldson’s heroics, staged just four days after he was responsible for Oakland’s walk-off win over Detroit, were not to be forgotten. But neither were Peterson’s in the third.

Two Astros having already crossed home plate in the frame, with the bases loaded against a struggling A.J. Griffin, Rick Ankiel laced a sharp liner down the right-field line that was trapped by a stretched-out Peterson, ending what could have been the continuation of an ugly inning — and saving a few runs.

“At least two, right?” Melvin said, smiling.

That’s exactly why Griffin deemed him “the player of the game, in my opinion.”

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“To come up huge in that situation, to make that play, that’s the play of the game right there, not to take anything away from Donaldson’s triple,” Griffin continued. “But that play’s huge, kept us in the game and allowed me to keep going.

“It’s one of those momentum changers. They have the bases loaded, they have something brewing right there, but he came up huge and we got the momentum back in our dugout.”

That was all Griffin needed to reemerge as his usual self, retiring all 11 batters he faced after issuing a career-high four walks, along with three hits, in his first two-plus innings. The righty also struck out eight.

Melvin never made a call to the bullpen in that time, mostly for lack of resources.

“I didn’t have enough to cover today,” he said. “I had confidence he was going to turn it around. Sometimes a starter just has to wear it or figure it out, and he figured it out.

“I don’t know that I’ve been more proud of him than today. One thing you can count on is his command all the time. He was really fighting himself. You could see it for a while. Then after the third he just decided, ‘You know what, I’m starting over and going to make my pitches and be confident.’ Then all of a sudden he gives us six innings that we needed. It was quite a turnaround for an outing that we really hadn’t seen out of him before.”

All at once, Griffin’s teammates came alive at the plate, where they overcame a sluggish start against former A’s farmhand Brad Peacock — collecting just one hit through the first three innings — to tag him for three runs over the next two. Eric Sogard finished with three of the A’s eight hits, falling a home run short of the cycle.

And Peterson Custom Angels Jersey, though hitless, still finished with a smile.

“Obviously you don’t picture yourself the first day in the big leagues going 0-for-4,” he said, “but that’s what tomorrow’s for.”