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24 ноября 2015 г. 10:45

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CLEVELAND -- Now that the Minnesota Twins are winning, they hope they havent lost Joe Mauer for long. Brett Favre Packers Jersey . The former AL MVP and three-time batting champion sprained his right thumb and left the Twins 5-3 win over the Cleveland Indians on Sunday, Minnesotas fifth victory in six games following a five-game losing streak. "Hopefully Ill be back in there soon," said Mauer, who singled home Minnesotas first run and later walked and scored. "They (trainers) assured me Im day-to-day." The four-time All-Star played only 82 games a year ago because of a leg injury, but has missed only one game this year. Mauer got hurt while striking out in the seventh inning and was lifted for a pinch hitter in the ninth. "I fouled a pitch back and felt it," said Mauer, hitting .298 in 52 games. "It was barking pretty good, so I got some ice on it." Scott Diamond (4-1) cooled off Cleveland bats, allowing three unearned runs and seven hits without a walk over seven innings. In six starts since being recalled from the minors May 8, he has walked only four. Matt Capps pitched the ninth for his 12th save in 13 chances as Minnesota, last in the AL Central, took two of three in the series. Josh Willingham had two RBIs and Alexi Casilla hit two sacrifice flies for the Twins, who got five infield hits, including three bunt singles. Minnesota won despite making three errors. "We manufactured some runs, but missed the ball a few times and let them back in the game," Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire said. "Every time they got close, we were able to score and get that lead back." Cleveland fell to 2-7 since sweeping three straight at home from Detroit. They dropped to 4-12 overall against lefty starters this year. "Not a good homestand, especially when you win the first game of both series and youre not able to win another ballgame," Indians manager Manny Acta said. "We continue to struggle as a team." The Indians begin a nine-game trip Tuesday in Detroit and play 18 of their next 24 games on the road. "June is going to be a challenge for us," Acta said. "Were going to have to kick it up a notch." Thats particularly true of the starting rotation. Justin Masterson (2-5) gave up three runs and seven hits over six innings in one of the better outings by a Cleveland starter of late. In their previous eight games, Indians starters went 2-6 with a 9.52 ERA. That included a poor outing by Masterson on Tuesday when he gave up nine hits and all the runs in six innings of an 8-2 loss to Kansas City. Gardenhire said strong starts of late have helped the Twins. "It all starts with starting pitching," Gardenhire said. "Diamond did the job. He threw strikes, got ahead in the count and kept attacking the hitters." Diamond said he felt comfortable changing speeds and tried to throw strikes on either side of the plate. "Id rather attack them and give up a hit than walk guys," he said. "I give up a hit, I can get my ground ball and get out of it." Diamond struck out two and got 13 outs on grounders. With the Twins leading 2-0, the teams exchanged sacrifice flies in the fourth. Casilla gave the Twins a 3-0 lead in the top half, then Jose Lopez countered for Cleveland. Shelley Duncans RBI single later in the inning got the Indians within 3-2. Twins shortstop Brian Doziers second error of the game fueled the rally. Willingham and Ryan Doumit singled home runs off reliever Nick Hagadone in the seventh. Ben Revere reached on a bunt and stole second. After replacing his belt, broken on the slide into the bag, Revere scored easily on Willinghams single. "I think we can have three or four guys bunt in a row," Gardenhire said. "That makes it entertaining for the manager, who can just sit and watch them run around for a while." NOTES: Twins LHP Glen Perkins worked a scoreless eighth. Minnesota relievers have held Cleveland to a .175 average and one run in 18 innings this year. ... Gardenhire is awaiting tests on RHP Carl Pavanos sore right shoulder. He showed a sheet of paper to reporters, saying it listed his upcoming rotation. It was blank. Gardenhire said RHP Nick Blackburn, out since May 17 with a strained left quad, could be back soon. ... Twins 3B Trevor Plouffe made an error, but went 3 for 4 and is hitting .423 (11 of 26) in his career at Progressive Field. ... The Twins start a three-game series in Kansas City on Monday. ... Acta is hopeful C Carlos Santana, sidelined since May 26 with a concussion, will return Tuesday. ... Indians 1B Matt LaPorta was 1 for 4 in his first game after being recalled from Triple-A Columbus. ... Indians CF Michael Brantley has hit .370 (17 for 46) during a 12-game streak. James Starks Youth Jersey . Rose keyed a seven-point burst to open the fourth period, assisting on three straight field goals. John Lucas III hit a three-pointer and Taj Gibson scored twice, opening up an 11-point lead for Chicago. Andrew Quarless Womens Jersey . "Id been taking that 8-foot jump shot pretty much all night and I wasnt really driving all the way that much," Burke said.FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - The Atlanta Falcons are two games below .500.The Green Bay Packers might be playing as well as anyone in the league.But, as Falcons coach Mike Smith pointed out Monday, both teams are in identical spots in the standings heading to the final month of the regular season.Theyre playing for the same thing were playing for, Smith said. Theyre in first place in their division. Were in first place in our division. Its no different from this past week.Technically, that may be true.But the Falcons (5-7) will undoubtedly be making a big leap in competition when they head to Lambeau Field next Monday night to face Aaron Rodgers and the streaking Packers (9-3), who have won four straight and scored more than 50 points in two of their last three home games.Its a big challenge for us this week with Aaron Rodgers, Smith said. No doubt, hes playing the best of any quarterback in the NFL right now. Hes got a number of weapons he can get it to. Hes played extremely well at home. I dont think hes thrown an interception at home this season, and I dont even want to talk about how many points theyve scored.Atlanta remained tied with New Orleans atop the NFC South — and holding a tiebreaker edge over the Saints — after perhaps its most impressive performance of the season. Facing the NFC West-leading Arizona Cardinals, the Falcons raced to a 17-0 lead in the first quarter, piled up 500 yards against one of the leagues better defences, and cruised to a 29-18 victory.But they caught the Cardinals at a good time, taking advantage of a team that lost starting quarterback Carson Palmer to a season-ending injury, didnt have top receiver Larry Fitzgerald because of a knee injury, and lost leading runner Andre Ellington to a hip injury early in the game.Arizona didnt score an offensive touchdown until just over a minute remained, ending a streak of moree than 11 quarters without getting to the end zone. Nick Perry Jersey. .Scoring has not been a problem for the Packers, who rank second in the league at 31.67 points a game.And its even tougher for opponents to win at Lambeau.Asked what kind of atmosphere he expected, Smith replied with one word: Cold.The Falcons secondary was bolstered by the return of safety William Moore, who forced a fumble against the Cardinals after missing seven games with a shoulder injury. Also, cornerback Robert Alford is being fitted with a special cast that might make it possible for him to play against the Packers; he sat out the last two games with a wrist injury, but could play a valuable role against the Packers high-flying offence.If nothing else, the Falcons are feeling a lot better about themselves after finally beating a team from outside their woeful division, and coming away with their first victory over a team with a winning record.Theyre still right in the thick of the playoff race despite that poor record.The same spot as the Packers, in fact.The goal, defensive tackle Corey Peters said, has always been to handle the NFC South, make the playoffs and go from there.Notes: Smith said the patched-together offensive line continues to make strides, a big reason the Falcons were able to rush for 142 yards — their second-best showing of the season. Atlanta has lost five linemen to season-ending injuries, leaving undrafted rookie James Stone at centre, undrafted second-year player Ryan Schraeder at right tackle, and rookie Jake Matthews at left tackle. ... WR Roddy White (ankle) was close to playing against Arizona, Smith said, and the coach is confident that hell be able to play at Green Bay. ... The Falcons players will get two days off and hold their first practice of the week on Thursday.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL Cheap Jerseys nfl jerseys cheap authentic wholesale jerseys jerseys from china authentic Cheap Jerseys wholesale stitched jerseys ' ' '

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