Buchholz Joey Votto Cincinnati Reds Jersey flirts with history as Sox blank Rays

Clay Buchholz’s hair is much longer now, his beard fully grown in with shaggy hairs wrapping around his face.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia replaced Jason Varitek behind the plate. John Farrell replaced Terry Francona in the dugout. John Tumpane replaced Joe West as the home-plate umpire.

And Buchholz nearly made history again.Joey Votto Authentic Jersey.

The 28-year-old carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning of the Red Sox’s 5-0 win over the Rays on Sunday, coming six outs short of joining a list of 27 pitchers who have thrown multiple no-hitters in their career.

“It’s fun to go out and pitch when you have all your pitches working,” Buchholz said. “It doesn’t happen every day. Probably five times a season for a starting pitcher.”

Buchholz Joey Votto Cincinnati Reds Jersey weaved his way through the struggling Rays lineup, which entered Sunday with fewer hits this season (70) than any other team in the American League. He picked his corners, perhaps nibbling a little too much at times as he walked four batters in the outing, but he wouldn’t allow hard contact.

The first five innings went by like a swift breeze. Buchholz needed just 68 pitches, as nine of the first 15 batters were retired via the strikeout.

Then it hit him. He looked to the scoreboard after the fifth — about the same time he realized what was going on during his first no-hitter more than five years ago. But the dugout didn’t present the traditional baseball scene, with the untouchable pitcher segregated to the far half of the bench.

Mike Napoli sat next to Buchholz between innings and played the role of conversationalist, while Buchholz played the role of a DJ.

“I didn’t feel as outcasted as usually seems to happen,” Buchholz said.

Joey Votto Jersey Shirt.Saltalamacchia was far more nervous.

“I was sitting in my same spot, I didn’t want to do anything,” the catcher said. “My shirt was untucked for seven straight innings.

As the game progressed, innings felt longer to Buchholz. He was at 90 pitches after seven and returned for the eighth to face Kelly Johnson, who Buchholz and Saltalamacchia had planned on pitching differently than anyone else in the Rays’ lineup.

Traditionally a good fastball hitter, scouting reports suggested pitching Johnson offspeed. As it is, Johnson has seen an astonishing amount of curveballs and sliders this season — about one out of every three pitches, which is about five percent more often than any other year — and Johnson has struggled to keep his batting average above .200.

So for the first time all afternoon, Buchholz threw back-to-back curveballs. The first one dropped in for a strike. The second one wasn’t supposed to.

“It basically was supposed to be a purpose pitch, fall right on top of the plate and see if we could get a swing,” Buchholz said. “I didn’t quite get it there, and he was able to put the bat on it. It’s just one of those things.” Joey Votto Baseball Jersey.

Johnson’s bat shattered on contact, and the ball fell into shallow right field as the 35,198 in attendance at Fenway Park gave Buchholz a standing ovation.

“He threw me two breaking balls; I really was not expecting that,” Johnson said. “But I was in a good enough position the second time around to at least make some contact, even if it was a broken bat, obviously.”

Had Buchholz gotten through the eighth without allowing a hit, it would’ve left Farrell in a tough spot with his starter’s pitch count.

“This early in the season, you get into those 120s, you’re starting to push it pretty good,” Farrell said.

Reliever Clay Mortensen said no one in the bullpen had been warming until the no-hitter was broken up. The relievers thought Buchholz was going to do it.

“We only get up when skip calls us down and tells us to get up,” said Mortensen.Joey Votto Replica Jersey.

Joining former Red Sox pitcher Justin Masterson as the only other Major Leaguer at 3-0, Buchholz hurled eight shutout innings, allowing two hits and four walks while striking out 11, a career high. He threw 109 pitches, 69 for strikes.

Buchholz Joey Votto Cincinnati Reds Jersey has come a long way since Sept. 1, 2007, when he was still a clean-shaven rookie. At 23 and making just his second career Major League appearance, his career was full of promise then.

“Even last year when you look beyond the numbers, after start No. 6, I believe, he reeled off about 18 in a row that were very consistent,” said Farrell, who didn’t ring the bullpen until Buchholz finally allowed a hit in the eighth inning. “Back in 2010, he had an ERA in the low twos. He’s very capable of what we’re seeing right now.”

The Red Sox took the pressure off Buchholz early when Jacoby Ellsbury, Shane Victorino and Dustin Pedroia connected on three consecutive singles, and Napoli launched a shot that fell about a foot away from the 420-sign in deep center field, resulting in a two-run double.

After win No. 200, Doc sees more to accomplish Joey Votto Cincinnati Reds Jersey

Roy Halladay smiled widely as Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins offered their congratulations and presented him a big bottle of champagne inside the visitors’ clubhouse Sunday afternoon at Marlins Park.

He had just won the 200th game of his storied career.

“I’d rather win a World Series,” he reminded his teammates following the 2-1 victory.

They applauded him, officially ending a day that was long anticipated.

“They root for him,” manager Charlie Manuel said. “He carries a lot of respect. They know how dedicated and how hard he works.”

Halladay’s Joey Votto Cincinnati Reds Jersey troubles since last season have been analyzed and dissected by everybody inside and outside baseball. He battled injuries last year, he struggled in Spring Training and he got hit hard in his first two starts of the season. And despite public affirmations from the Phillies that everything was just fine, there had been a very real unease about Halladay’s ability to pitch successfully.

But after struggling to throw strikes in the first couple of innings Sunday, he settled, found the strike zone and attacked. He threw just 87 pitches after going through 95 pitches in just 3 1/3 innings against the Braves on April 3 and 99 pitches in just four-plus innings Monday against the Mets. Joey Votto Replica Jersey.

“I had been putting a lot of pressure on myself,” acknowledged Halladay, who allowed five hits, one run and a walk with two strikeouts in eight innings. “My plan the whole week was to worry about the game and not worry about what was going on internally. I felt like that made a big difference. Things are going to happen, hits are going to happen, and guys are going to get on base, but most importantly, I have to stay with my plan.

“I can’t get caught up in things going on around me. I think in the past I’ve tried to really control too much and do too much and worry about too much. I felt like today that plan was simpler: execute pitches one at a time and not worry about what’s going on. And that made it good.”

How good was Doc? He threw first-pitch strikes to just one of the first seven batters he faced, but he found the strike zone in the third inning and attacked from there. He retired 10 consecutive batters when Marlins right fielder Justin Ruggiano singled to right field with one out in the seventh. Halladay walked Rob Brantly on five pitches, and Chris Valaika followed with a single to left to score Ruggiano to tie the game, 1-1.

It must be mentioned that the Marlins have scored just 20 runs in 12 games and were without slugger Giancarlo Stanton, who is their only legitimate offensive threat.

Halladay will face a much tougher test Friday against the Cardinals at Citizens Bank Park.

Joey Votto Baseball Jersey.But Halladay said he believed the successes and strides he made Sunday could translate into success against other teams.

“The biggest thing is to throw strikes early in the count, get ahead, mix pitches and throw them for strikes,” Halladay said. “That’s something I hadn’t done against any of the other two teams. You’re right, they haven’t scored as many runs, and Stanton isn’t in there offensively; they haven’t been as good. But I feel like if I can make pitches confidently, and make them early in the count, I feel like I can be successful.”

Time will tell, but Halladay Joey Votto Cincinnati Reds Jersey looked better this day.

“He can pitch,” Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. “Everybody was talking about his numbers. I was like, ‘Hey, this guy is a professional; he knows how to pitch.’ He understands the game. Nobody is more prepared than him. His velocity might have been down a few ticks, but when he needed to make pitches, he made pitches. You saw how efficient he was with his pitches.”

He needed to be. The Phillies’ offense vanished during the series, mustering just six runs in 28 innings against the 2-10 Marlins. They hit just .200 (6-for-30) with runners in scoring position and stranded 27 runners on base.

The Phillies entered the ninth inning tied when Laynce Nix hit a pinch-hit home run to right field against Marlins right-hander Jon Rauch to give the Phillies a one-run lead.

“That’s really cool for me to be a part of that,” said Nix, referring to Halladay’s 200th win. “I’ve been on lots of losses when I’ve faced Doc. It’s good to be on a positive side in one of these wins. This guy has been great his whole career, and it’s really cool to be a part of that. … Just looking at the way the ball was coming out of his hand early in the game, he looked great. He really did pitch a good game. He made most of his pitches. I thought he looked awesome. That’s just good to see.”

Halladay talked a lot afterward about simplifying things. He believes he can keep things simple in future starts. It would be a huge lift for the Phillies, who are 6-6. They need a good Halladay to keep pace with the Braves (11-1) and Nationals (7-5) in the National League East.

“There are a lot of things you can’t control,” Halladay said. “And for some reason I felt like I had to control those things. I’ve never been that way, and for some reason coming in I felt like I had to prove that I was healthy. I had to prove that I was effective. There were a lot of things that I had no control over but were getting in the way of going out and making pitches.Joey Votto Authentic Jersey.

“Really, my focus this whole week was, what’s my job? How can I help us? How can I do my job effectively and not get caught up with everything else going on?”

Halladay was asked if he felt like he needed to go into a back room in the clubhouse and yell once Jonathan Papelbon recorded the final out in the ninth to preserve the win.

No, he chuckled.Joey Votto Jersey Shirt.

“I want to win a World Series, and that’s why I’m here,” he said. “That’s why I want to play. The personal milestones are great. My wife, my family — they are all excited about it. But the ultimate goal is to get to the playoffs and win a World Series, and when that happens, I’m going to go in the back room and yell.”

Braves Joey Votto Cincinnati Reds Jersey dominate Nats as win streak hits nine

As the Braves rolled through the first week-plus of this season, manager Fredi Gonzalez regularly said that his team had not yet clicked on all cylinders.

While that might have been true, such was not the case on Sunday afternoon as the Braves assumed the appearance of a powerful juggernaut and completed a three-game road sweep of the Nationals with a convincing 9-0 win.

“It was good to make a statement early,” Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons said. “Let them know we’re going to be tough to beat. That was a great win for us.”

Simmons’ three-run home run capped a four-run third inning against Gio Gonzalez and served as the crushing blow for the Braves, who have won nine consecutive games for the first time since 2010. Through this successful run, they have served notice that they are more than capable of preventing the Nationals from capturing a second consecutive National League East title.

“I don’t think they took us by surprise at all,” Nationals center fielder Denard Span said. “We knew they were a good team coming in here, but they came in and gave us a good old-fashioned kick in the butt.”

After taking advantage of some costly mistakes in the first two games of this series, the Braves Joey Votto Cincinnati Reds Jersey improved to a Major League-best 11-1 with some assistance from some of their struggling stars, who showed some signs of life during this series finale.

Sure, there were more contributions from Justin Upton, who hit his seventh home run, and Paul Maholm, who ran his consecutive scoreless-innings streak to 20 1/3 innings by limiting the Nationals to four hits in 7 2/3 innings.

But the most encouraging development during this series finale might have come courtesy of B.J. Upton’s first three-hit game since he signed a franchise-record five-year, $75.25 million contract in November. The veteran center fielder, who entered the game with a .105 (4-for-38) batting average, notched two doubles and a single.Joey Votto Authentic Jersey. 

“I’ve just been making adjustments,” B.J. Upton said after raising his batting average to .163. “I’ve been working hard every day with [hitting coach] Greg Walker. I’m just trying to get things going in the right direction. Today is a start. We’ve got to just build off of that.”

The Braves are hoping this blowout victory also provided a spark to Simmons, who entered the game with a .200 batting average (7-for-35) and Jason Heyward, whose sixth-inning RBI double snapped a 1-for-31 slump that had extended back to the second game of the season.

“The best is yet to come, I feel, for the offense,” Heyward said. “It’s a long season. We’ll go through slumps. We’re just trying to keep it simple and not try to do too much.”

This series finale began in auspicious fashion as B.J. Upton hit Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez’s first pitch of the game into the left-field corner to account for the first of his two doubles. His only previous extra-base hit through the season’s first 11 games was his game-tying home run in the ninth inning of a thrilling win against the Cubs on April 6.Joey Votto Jersey Shirt.

“It’s important to get off to a fast start, especially against those guys,” B.J. Upton said. “They’re a very good ballclub, and the goal is to pretty much not let Gio get settled in. If he can get settled in, he can be pretty darn good.”

Evan Gattis scored B.J. Upton with a double, and Chris Johnson capped a three-run first inning with a two-run single. Johnson, who has been playing first base in place of the injured Freddie Freeman, finished the afternoon with four hits and batted .481 (13-for-27) during the Braves’ perfect six-game road trip.

The Braves Joey Votto Cincinnati Reds Jersey continued their assault against Gonzalez during a four-run third inning that began with Justin Upton’s home run over the right-center-field wall. The veteran left fielder’s opposite-field shot served as his first home run in 18 at-bats. He had not gone more than six at-bats between any of his first six homers of the season.

Simmons’ first home run of the season added to the fourth-inning uprising and increased the frustration felt by Gonzalez, who allowed seven earned runs and seven hits in just five innings.Joey Votto Baseball Jersey.

“I still don’t think they’re better than us,” Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa said. “They’re hot right now, they’ve come back on people. They’re playing well. It doesn’t last forever. So I’m not worried about it.”

While the Braves could benefit from some more consistency on the offensive end, they certainly have little reason to complain about their pitching staff, which has compiled Major League-best 1.81 ERA. After grabbing a 4-0 lead in the first two innings of Friday’s series opener, the Nationals scored just one more run in the final 26 innings of this series.

Maholm did not allow an earned run in the last 24 2/3 innings he completed during Spring Training and now has not allowed a run in his first three starts of the season. He limited the Nationals to two hits through Sunday’s first seven innings and then handed the ball to Luis Avilan, who escaped a bases-loaded jam in the eighth inning.Joey Votto Replica Jersey.

The Braves have gained consistent contributions from their starting rotation and their relievers, who have stranded each of the 14 runners they have inherited this year.

Despite the early struggles endured by Heyward, B.J. Upton and Dan Uggla, the Braves have scored at least six runs in half of their first 12 games. But there is still a sense that the offense is capable of being even better than it has been.

“It’s something I think we’ve all been waiting for all year,” B.J. Upton said. “Obviously it’s still early. But it’s definitely good to see signs of it. We’re going to keep grinding it out, working hard and taking it game by game.”

Cubs Joey Votto Cincinnati Reds Jersey throw record five wild pitches in single inning

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Cubs Joey Votto Cincinnati Reds Jersey starter Edwin Jackson struggled with his command during the sixth inning of Sunday’s 10-7, 10-inning loss to the Giants, and when manager Dale Sveum called to the bullpen, his replacement, right-handed reliever Michael Bowden, didn’t fare much better as he and Jackson combined to set a Major League record for most wild pitches in an inning of a regular-season game with five.

Jackson struck out nine in 5 1/3 innings and held the Giants scoreless through the first five innings but threw two wild pitches in the sixth, the second of which accounted for San Francisco’s third run of the game. Jackson gave up five runs (four earned) on five hits and walked four in a no-decision.

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Bowden threw three wild pitches, walked a batter and gave up one hit, but he managed to work his way out of a jam, getting two outs to escape the inning.

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Chicago’s five wild pitches in the inning topped the previous regular-season record of four, which happened seven times, most recently by the Mariners on Aug. 17, 2008.

The only other time a club threw five wild pitches in an inning occurred in the 2000 postseason, when Rick Ankiel of the Cardinals threw all five while pitching in Game 1 of the National League Division Series against the Braves.

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“It’s inexcusable to let your team down like that when you self-implode in an inning like that and not make an adjustment to regain control of your pitches,” Jackson Joey Votto Cincinnati Reds Jersey said. “I let a flaw pretty much detonate the inning and ruin the game.”

Joey Votto Cincinnati Reds Jersey Rays: Hellickson facing extra rest, early start

Hellickson will take the mound after a postponed game forced the Joey Votto Cincinnati Reds Jersey Rays to shuffle their rotation, giving him an extra day of rest. He’ll also have to deal with the unusual 11:05 a.m. ET first pitch by waking up around 7 a.m. — not something that falls in line with the late sleeper’s schedule.

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“I don’t know what else I can do,” Hellickson said. “I think Spring Training and these last few days probably helped a little bit. Luckily I’m still kind of on the Spring Training schedule. But it’s going to be early. … Everybody says it looks like I’m sleeping out there anyway.”

Hellickson will enter Monday’s game with an 0-1 record and a 6.35 ERA after two starts, though he feels he’s pitched at least somewhat better than those numbers indicate, particularly in his first start. Between that and the long wait between starts, Hellickson will be raring to go Monday no matter what time the game starts.

“I definitely am,” Hellickson said. “I had an extra day this time and just ready to get back out there.”Joey Votto Replica Jersey.

 Joel Joey Votto Cincinnati Reds Jersey Hanrahan has been dealing with a sore right hamstring since April 3, and Farrell said the closer will be evaluated day to day. As long as Hanrahan is unavailable, the Sox will call on Andrew Bailey in the closer’s role. Farrell didn’t know Sunday if the injury is serious enough to put Hanrahan on the disabled list.

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“Right now, we’re hopeful that’s not the case,” Farrell said. “That’s not to speculate that it would. Our starters working deep in the game will have some effect on that. As we mentioned to Joel, we’ll put our heads together and map out what’s best for all involved.”

Farrell inserted Daniel Nava into Sunday’s lineup between Mike Napoli and Will Middlebrooks, separating the two powerful, albeit strikeout-prone, hitters for the first time.

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“It breaks the two righties up, for one. Recognizing that there’s been some strikeout totals with that threesome, including Salty [Jarrod Saltalamachia], that’s why you see [Stephen] Drew in the middle of Middlebrooks and Salty today,” Farrell said before Sunday’s game. “Just trying to spread some things out.”

After honoring Jackie, Red Sox Joey Votto Cincinnati Reds Jersey look to sweep Rays

The first two games of this Rays-Red Sox series at Fenway Park have brought to light two early-season trends: Boston’s starting pitching has been lights-out, and Tampa Bay is experiencing some all-too-familiar trouble at the plate.

Jon Lester got the Red Sox Joey Votto Cincinnati Reds Jersey off to a strong start Saturday, Clay Buchholz was nearly unhittable Sunday and the Rays managed to cobble together just one run in two days. Right-hander Ryan Dempster will try to keep the Sox rolling Monday morning, when Boston will celebrate both Patriots’ Day and Jackie Robinson Day.Joey Votto Jersey Shirt.

In 1997, under the direction of Commissioner Bud Selig, Robinson’s No. 42 was retired across all of Major League Baseball in an unprecedented tribute. The Red Sox will celebrate Jackie Robinson Day by honoring the Jackie Robinson Scholars and the Jackie Robinson essay contest winners during a pregame ceremony.

Both clubs’ players and on-field staff will wear No. 42.

“Without him this wouldn’t be possible,” Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. said. “He’s a very special guy. His will and determination is what keeps us playing this game at such a high intensity.”

Red Sox Joey Votto Cincinnati Reds Jersey manager John Farrell thinks Dempster is up to the task of continuing to stifle the Rays, especially after the way Lester and Buchholz set the tone against Tampa Bay.

“You become accustomed to seeing quality performances, and maybe Ryan, Felix [Doubront] and Alfredo [Aceves] can see those tangible examples ahead of them and gain some information on how we’re attacking hitters through watching the other two games,” Farrell said. “The old adage of hitting and pitching can be contagious.”

Joey Votto Authentic Jersey.Good pitching has certainly been contagious for the Red Sox this year, as their starters have held opponents to three runs or fewer in all 11 games to start the season. On the other side of the field, poor hitting has become equally prevalent for the Rays.

After Sunday’s 5-0 loss, the Rays have hit .160 (30-for-187) with only seven extra-base hits and eight runs over their last six games. They’ve been outscored 31-8 and have batted .071 (3-for-42) with runners in scoring position during that stretch, and they haven’t hit a home run since April 6.

Buchholz carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning Sunday afternoon, stirring some belief that Tampa Bay might once again find itself on the wrong end of a no-hitter. Rays manager Joe Maddon has had some scuffling lineups in the past — just look at last year’s club — but this year, he’s already being asked in mid-April what he can do to create more offense. Joey Votto Baseball Jersey.

“You’d like to do different things,” Maddon said Sunday morning. “Like we do run on the bases, we do run and hit-and-run moments. We had so few baserunners [Saturday], you have to have enough baserunners and you have to have the right runners and the right hitters to try different things — guys who are going to make contact. And the pitcher has to cooperate by being a strike thrower. There’s different things you can do to try and encourage movement, but you have to have people out there to create movement with.”

In the meantime, the Rays’ pitching staff is left in the unenviable position of having to take the mound each day knowing run support will be at a premium. Right-hander Jeremy Hellickson, who will get the nod in the series finale, isn’t any more concerned than usual.

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“We put pressure on ourselves anyway. We’ve been facing some very good pitching and a lot of these bullpens are tough,” Hellickson said. “To score three or four runs against these staffs is a good amount of runs. Our goal is to shut them out or [hold them to] one or two runs. We put our own pressure on ourselves.”

No. 42 to be ubiquitous for Jackie festivities Joey Votto Cincinnati Reds Jersey

Once again, the Dodgers — all of them — will be wearing the famous No. 42 on Monday night at Dodger Stadium in honor of one of their own. It’s the 66th anniversary of the day Jackie Robinson put on a Brooklyn Dodgers uniform in a regular-season game for the first time, thus integrating Major League Baseball forever.

Robinson will be honored in each of the nine ballparks where games will be played again this April 15, but the main ceremony will be staged in Chavez Ravine for the first time since 2007. The revamped ballpark is more than six decades and 3,000 miles removed from Flatbush and tiny Ebbets Field, where Robinson went out to play first base for dem Bums. On that epic day in 1947 in front of 26,623, Robinson reached base on a throwing error, scored a run, the Dodgers defeated the Boston Braves, and the grand old game was never the same.

In 1997, under the direction of Commissioner Bud Selig, Robinson’s No. 42 was retired across all of Major League Baseball in an unprecedented tribute.Joey Votto Authentic Jersey.

After Ken Griffey Jr., then with the Reds, requested and was granted permission by Selig to wear 42, the practice gradually became widespread around Major League Baseball, and now everyone wears it on April 15. Mariano Rivera of the Yankees is the only player still actively using it. He was grandfathered in, and his 42 will be retired next year by the Yankees after the great reliever throws his final pitch at the end of this season, one of their top executives said.

The wearing of No. 42 seems even more apropos than ever this year, only days after release of the movie “42” that largely details and dramatizes Robinson’s travails playing baseball during the 1947 season. It’s also incredibly apropos that the Dodgers, now under new ownership, will be the center of attention on Monday night again before their game against the Padres.

“This is good. I always like it when we do it,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said this week. “Obviously, we’re his team, you know? I know everybody wears 42, but when we’re wearing it, it’s even more significant. He played for this organization. It just seems like we’re the one tied to him. It’s pretty cool, actually.”

It was general manager Branch Rickey, intent on shattering MLB’s 20th century-long color barrier, who chose Robinson to lead the charge of great black players to adorn Dodger blue in Brooklyn. Robinson was followed by Roy Campanella, Joe Black, Junior Gilliam and Don Newcombe.

Newcombe, now 86, still works for the Dodgers in community relations and will be in attendance for the ceremony.

Former Lakers greats Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will also be there. So will Rachel Robinson, Jackie’s seemingly ageless widow and the founder of the Jackie Robinson Foundation, which offers college scholarships to underprivileged minority students. Her daughter, Sharon, has taken a more central role in the foundation, works for MLB and will also be front and center. Robinson is survived by Rachel and two children.

Johnson Joey Votto Cincinnati Reds Jersey is part of the ownership group that bought the team this past May 1 for $2.15 billion. He’s the first African-American in a top ownership role for a Major League team. Abdul-Jabbar, the NBA’s all-time leading scorer who won five NBA titles with Magic and the Lakers and one with the Milwaukee Bucks, wrote the forward to MLB.com’s recent eBook entitled, “Fortitude: The Exemplary Life of Jackie Robinson.”

Harrison Ford, the actor who played Rickey in the new movie — and is a dead-ringer for the Hall of Fame baseball executive — is scheduled to throw out the first pitch.

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During this recent Spring Training in Glendale, Ariz., it was Dodgers All-Star center fielder Matt Kemp who gathered all the team’s players and executives to view the movie at a local theater.

“I like [the movie]. I learned a lot. It was a great experience for all of us,” Mattingly said. “Any time you see things on the big screen, it’s a lot different, much larger than life. You read about him and you’ve heard about him, but that was a totally different thing, especially seeing it in that setting, too. Our whole organization was there. Maury Wills was there, so many guys who’ve been part of our organization for a long time. It was something to be a part of that.”

With Selig’s blessing, Griffey led the charge to wear 42, and after the Dodgers wore it in mass for the 60th anniversary, other teams began picking it up until the practice became commonplace.

Rivera has always been honored to wear the number and his Yankees teammate, Robinson Cano, wears 24 in obvious homage to the player he was named after.

“As a minority, I feel honored wearing the No. 42 and carrying the legacy that Jackie Robinson left,” Rivera Joey Votto Cincinnati Reds Jersey said. “I wear it with good pride. That’s the way it goes. All the guys retired or left, and I’m still carrying the number. I feel blessed for that.”

Omar Minaya, now senior vice president of baseball operations with the Padres, became the first Latin general manager in baseball history when Selig appointed him to run the MLB-owned Montreal Expos back in 2002. Minaya teamed with manager Frank Robinson, a Hall of Fame player who became the first black big league skipper with the Indians in 1975. With the Expos, Minaya and Robinson were fused as the first minority tandem to run a Major League organization and stayed together until Minaya took the same job with the Mets and the Expos franchise moved to Washington in 2005. Frank Robinson is now an MLB vice president of baseball operations.

Minaya said he owes it all to Jackie Robinson, who integrated baseball long before the military, the repeal of Jim Crow laws in the south and the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964. Joey Votto Baseball Jersey.

“When I think about Jackie, he impacted our entire society, not only baseball,” Minaya said. “Through baseball, he was able to open up our society. Jackie in a lot of ways started other movements and to a certain extent led the way for Barack Obama to be president. But the most important thing about Jackie is how he went about it. His impact will be felt for generations to come.”

It’s no small irony that in his dying days, Robinson became frustrated by having to use his stature to lobby baseball to hire minorities for on-field and executive management positions.

After Rickey and Walter O’Malley split because of financial issues in the early 1950s, Robinson’s relationship with the Dodgers owner was never good. O’Malley tried to trade Robinson to the hated New York Giants after the 1956 season, and upon that move, Robinson decided to retire rather than play regularly at the Polo Grounds. The two teams moved west in 1957, and the rift lasted for many years.

There was a method, though, to Rickey’s development strategy. Primarily because the Dodgers were at the forefront of signing minority players, they dominated the National League from 1947 to 1966, winning 11 pennants and the World Series four times.

The Dodgers are the only team in the Majors that retires just the numbers of their Hall of Famers. Robinson was elected to the shrine in Cooperstown, N.Y., in 1962. It wasn’t until 10 years later that O’Malley officially retired No. 42 during a ceremony at Dodger Stadium, the same facility where he will be honored again posthumously on Monday night.

On the 25th anniversary of Robinson cracking the color barrier in 1972, there was no ceremony offered by baseball to honor his incredible life.Joey Votto Replica Jersey. That wouldn’t become an annual staple for another 25 years.

Despite the decades of acrimony, Robinson, sick with diabetes, heart disease and almost legally blind, agreed to attend the ceremony at Dodger Stadium on June 4, 1972, after a long absence. On the same day, the Dodgers retired the numbers of Sandy Koufax and the wheelchair-bound Campanella, who was paralyzed in an automobile accident.

Robinson passed away at 53 only a little more than four months later.

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Jose Reyes Cheap Tom Brady Jersey was on crutches Saturday as he positioned himself against a wall in the Blue Jays’ clubhouse and talked about the severe left ankle sprain that is expected to sideline him for about three months.

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The Blue Jays are expecting Reyes, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list, back around the All-Star break and will mix and match until their starting shortstop and leadoff hitter is ready. Reyes sustained the injury on Friday night against the Royals, when he attempted a late slide and injured his ankle to the extent that he was carted off the field.

“I heard something pop in my ankle,” Reyes said. “I knew from the beginning that something was not right. I was in pain right away. It’s disappointing, because I don’t know how that happened so fast. But it is what it is. I have to deal with this one more time. The same thing happened to be back in 2003 in New York.”Tom Brady Jersey for Sale.

In ’03 with the Mets, Reyes attempted to break up a double play when he went feetfirst into second and hurt his left ankle. This time, Reyes said he looked back toward the plate as he approached second and then suddenly realized how close he was to the base. He chose to go feetfirst into second, because he instinctively felt he was to close to go headfirst.

“I [almost] never go feetfirst,” Reyes said. “Things happen so quickly in a baseball game. You don’t think about it, you just do it.” Tom Brady Nike Elite Jersey. 

Reyes, who hit .395 in 38 at-bats for the Blue Jays prior to the injury, made it clear he’ll do whatever he can to speed up the return timetable. He isn’t convinced that it will take three months.

“That’s what the doctors say, but I’m going to do the best I can to be in the field sooner,” Reyes said. “I’ll do my rehab and I’ll be prepared. We have high expectations for this ballclub and I want to be part of it.”

Reyes Cheap Tom Brady Jersey is grateful for all the support he has received in the wake of the injury through calls and various social media outlets.

“It has meant a lot,” Reyes said. “I have a lot of fans and they support me. When I’m on the field, I try to give everything I have for my ballclub. The fans appreciate that and I appreciate their support.”

Watching the Blue Jays play from the dugout won’t be easy for Reyes as he goes through his rehab.Tom Brady Jerseys. 

“I love baseball so much and I love to be with my teammates on the field,” Reyes said. “Now, I’m not going to be there for a little while. It’s kind of disappointing for me. But injuries are part of the game and I have to deal with it.”

Early Panic In Toronto Cheap Tom Brady Jersey

It’s hard to get baseball fans to agree on much of anything, even when things are going well for their favorite team. But when things go wrong, everybody knows exactly when it’s time to panic: right now.

We’re nearing the end of just the second full week of baseball — most teams will play another 14 or 15 games before the first month of the season even ends — and some of the teams that people around the baseball media (myself included) have picked to win a wild card spot, win their division, or win the World Series have started, well, a bit slow — none moreso, perhaps, than consensus Offseason Champion Toronto Blue Jays. I was one of the particularly loud bangers of that drum, writing that I thought the Jays had a one of the top-three rotations in the game and perhaps the best rotation in the American League, should they stay healthy, and that while they wouldn’t exactly cruise to a division championship, they would be an early favorite for the AL East title.Tom Brady New England Patriots Jersey.

Things have not exactly gone according to plan in Toronto.Cheap Tom Brady Jersey. Following their drubbing at the hands of the Detroit Tigers on Thursday, the Jays had the worst run differential in baseball and were at the bottom of the American League. Over the course of their disastrous three-game series with one of the best hitting teams in baseball, they allowed 24 runs while scoring only 12, and eight of those came by abusing Detroit’s unimpressive Rick Porcello/bullpen combo that shows up every fifth day. Meanwhile, the Jays gave up at least six runs in every single game, and at least five runs a game were allowed by their starting pitching. As a unit, Jays starters went into the rubber match of the Detroit series with a 6.53 ERA, and then Josh Johnson (my preseason pick for the American League Cy Young Award) went out and allowed another six earned runs in Toronto’s 11-1 loss.

Simply put, the starting pitching for the Jays is a horror show right now. Streaks like this happen from time to time; even the fans of the other AL East teams currently dancing on the Jays’ supposed grave will acknowledge that no team wins or loses a division in nine games played, unless they really want to crown the Boston Red Sox right now and send them off to the postseason with Joel Hanrahan as the closer. The Jays will not continue to allow six runs a game from their starters over the course of the season, because that’s completely unheard of. Even last year, when their entire rotation — a rotation far less talented than the one they’ve assembled for 2013 — was either hurt or woefully ineffective, the starters still only had an ERA of 4.82. The question is, will the Jays’ staff turn into a group of hurlers that’s actually good, one that’s conventionally awful, or something in between?

 Tom Brady Jersey for Sale.We can’t answer that question yet — we’ll have to check in with them again around the All-Star break to even begin discussing their stats meaningfully, and that’s assuming everyone stays healthy — but early indications from a health and scouting perspective are not so good.

Take R.A. Dickey, for instance. Dickey is the reigning National League Cy Young Award winner, and he won that award on the back of a lethal high-70s, occasionally low-80s knuckleball that actually “knuckled” less than the pitch conventionally does. With that decrease in movement, Dickey gained better command of the pitch and threw it with a higher velocity. However, so far this year Dickey hasn’t had that pitch. In the World Baseball Classic, when international teams were hitting him hard, the former Mets ace was throwing a “standard” knuckleball like the ones Tim Wakefield used to throw, low-70s flutterball things that would sometimes fool hitters and sometimes get launched into the gap, and whenever he tried to go to his killer upper-70’s knuckler, it would start rotating, straighten out and turn into a batting practice fastball. This is not a new issue for him: in the years before he became a dominant arm for the Mets, this sort of inconsistency is what kept him in the minors, and it’s not inconceivable that now that it’s back, it could be back for a good long while — that’s the nature of knuckleballers. However, it’s still only two starts, and Dickey’s been able to conquer this inconsistency before. Hopefully he’ll be able to do so again.Tom Brady Jerseys.

Josh Johnson Cheap Tom Brady Jersey, on the other hand, could be a bit more of a concern. In Johnson’s first start of the year, though his results were hardly ace-like (6 IP, 4R, 3ER, 9H, 1HR, 6K, 2BB, 1HBP), he still had his fastball sitting 93-94 and sometimes touching 96. In his disastrous outing against Detroit (1.1 IP, 6R, 6ER, 7H, 1K, 2BB), he never once even touched 93; he sat between 89-91, he wasn’t able to locate or command his breaking pitches, and the Tigers teed off on him. Johnson’s had injury problems in the past — most recently, they ruined his Cy Young candidacy in 2010 by robbing him of his last month of starts, then took most of his 2011 away as well — so it’s not inconceivable that there’s something wrong in his shoulder again. But the game was played in early April in Detroit. It’s also entirely possible he had difficulty with his grip or mechanics due to the cold weather, and that this will be something he figures out in his next start.Tom Brady Nike Elite Jersey.

Stars big and small out in force for screening of ’42’ Cheap Tom Brady Jersey

There were stars on the big screen and in the audience on Saturday night when the Dodgers presented a private screening of the movie “42” to more than 200 youth from Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) programs at Rave Cinemas 15 in Baldwin Hills.

Jackie Cheap Tom Brady Jersey Robinson’s niece, Kathy Robinson Young, addressed the crowd before the movie, which chronicles Robinson’s first season with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947.

“I’d like you all to think about how you treat people in the classroom, in school, on the field and at home,” said Young, before honoring requests for pictures and handshakes.

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In 1997, under the direction of Commissioner Bud Selig, Robinson’s No. 42 was retired across all of Major League Baseball in an unprecedented tribute.

Former Dodgers utility man Derrel Thomas, who grew up in Los Angeles, spoke to the kids about Jackie Robinson’s social and academic accomplishments.

“Jackie Cheap Tom Brady Jersey was a great student and a great person, and you can learn a lot from him,” said Thomas, who played with the Dodgers for five seasons from 1979-83. “Jackie was an inspiration for me.”

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The RBI program is designed to give youth from underserved communities the opportunity to play baseball and softball, encourage academic success and teach the value of teamwork.

RBI director David James said the movie screening was a great way to reintroduce youth to Jackie’s legacy, and his importance not only to the integration of the Major Leagues, but also to the nation.Tom Brady Jersey for Sale.

“This is a chance to open up minds and eyes to kids who may not know about this not-so-faraway history, and what Jackie went through and how he changed America,” James said. “Jackie is an American hero. I think the movie really puts in perspective what he went through and how he changed the country.”

In addition to Saturday’s screening, the Dodgers will host a baseball and softball clinic at Dodger Stadium on Sunday for 250 kids from Los Angeles-area RBI programs. Coaches at the clinic include Dodgers alumni Maury Wills, Tommy Davis, Al Downing, Kenny Landreaux, Lou Johnson, Dennis Powell and Thomas. There will also be appearances by Hall of Famer Frank Robinson and Don Newcombe, the 1956 National League Most Valuable Player and Cy Young Award winner.Tom Brady New England Patriots Jersey.