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14 декабря 2015 г. 10:40

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LOS ANGELES -- Zack Greinke is in midseason form. Buy Cheap Jerseys . Cole Hamels is just starting his season. Greinke outpitched Hamels with seven strong innings, Hanley Ramirez homered and Yasiel Puig drove in two runs for the Los Angeles Dodgers in a 5-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night. "It wasnt like everything was incredible, but I could use anything in or away at any time," Greinke said. "For the most part, throughout my whole career, Ive had at least two pitches. There have been very few games where I dont have two pitches working, and usually theres three." Greinke (4-0) allowed two runs and five hits while striking out 11 and walking one batter intentionally. Manager Don Mattingly tried to squeeze one more inning out of the right-hander, but lifted him after Jayson Nix drove Greinkes 108th pitch to left-centre for a leadoff homer. J.P. Howell got three outs in the eighth, and Kenley Jansen pitched a perfect ninth for his eighth save after the Dodgers picked up a couple of insurance runs in the eighth on Ramirezs leadoff homer to centre and Justin Turners RBI single off Shawn Camp. Greinke is off to the second-best start of his 11-year career. He won his first six decisions in 2009 with Kansas City, when he finished 16-8 and established career bests with a 2.16 ERA and 242 strikeouts en route to the AL Cy Young Award. "Hes been a great pitcher. He took off in Kansas City when he won that Cy Young and hes been good ever since," Hamels said. "Hes a true competitor and hes pretty smart. He definitely knows how to pitch, and you know when you have to face a guy like him, you have to keep the other guy from scoring because hes going to do the same." It was Greinkes 18th double-digit strikeout game in the majors and his first in 33 starts with the Dodgers. This was the 17th consecutive start in which Greinke pitched at least five innings while allowing fewer than three runs. Hamels took the loss in his season debut, after missing the first three weeks because of biceps tendinitis. The 30-year-old left-hander made 86 pitches, allowing two runs and six hits over six innings with five strikes and a walk. He made 30 or more starts in each of the previous six seasons, so starting the season this late was an adjustment for him. "Thats in the past. I dont really think about last year or last week. I just keep going forward and try to get healthy," Hamels said. "I was worried about what I had to do -- build up my pitch going and get ready to start every five days. Thats what transpired for the past couple of weeks. Thats kind of all I could do. "I knew what I was going into. It was just a matter of preparing myself just like I normally have and getting ready in a spring training-type setting. It was just a couple of weeks later than everybody else." Puig struck out his first two times up, but lined an RBI single to right in the fifth to put the Dodgers ahead 2-1 after Hamels gave up a two-out single by Drew Butera and walked Greinke. "You can never walk the pitcher. I understand Greinke is a very good hitter, but at the same time, you have to let him hit his way on," Hamels said. "That right there was the ballgame. It decided everything in terms of what transpired in the next inning and it racked up my pitch count right there." Juan Uribes sacrifice fly gave Los Angeles 1-0 lead in the second, after Matt Kemp led off with the first of his two doubles. Ryan Howard tied it in the fourth with an RBI single after a leadoff double by Jimmy Rollins. "One of the keys, where Rollins hit that leadoff double, I didnt even try to keep him from scoring," Greinke said. "It would be really tough. As long as you just limit it to that one run, its not that big of a deal. Thats kind of the mindset. Its been working." Greinke had nine strikeouts through the first five innings, including five in a row after Howards hit. Greinke doubled with two outs in the seventh and scored on Puigs triple off the right field fence. NOTES: Two-time Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw will make a minor league rehab start on Friday with Class A Rancho Cucamonga as he works his way back from a muscle strain in his upper back. He last pitched for the Dodgers in a season-opening 3-1 win over Arizona during the teams two-game visit to Australia. ... The Phillies have 18 extra-base hits over their last four games after getting none in their previous four -- the clubs longest drought since a four-game stretch in May 1968. ... Dodgers 1B and cleanup hitter Adrian Gonzalez, whose 16-game hitting streak ended Tuesday, didnt start for the first time this season. He pinch-hit in the ninth and flied out to the warning track in centre with two men on. Wholesale NIKE NFL Jerseys . The Hall of Famer was saluted at Petco Park on Thursday night in a ceremony that would have made "Mr. Cheap NFL Jerseys China MADRID, Spain -- Led by an inspirational banker, Mirandes run to the Copa del Rey semifinals has amazed football fans in a country dominated by big-money teams and invigorated a troubled Spanish town during tough financial times. Mirandes is only the second third-tier club to have reached the last four of the domestic cup competition, after Figueres 10 years ago. It has eliminated topflight teams Villarreal, Racing Santander and Espanyol to go into Tuesdays first-leg match against 23-time cup champion Athletic Bilbao. Miranda de Ebro, a northern industrial town of 40,000 mired in high unemployment like the rest of Spain during the current recession, has a team on the verge of an historic cup final that would secure it a place in European play next season. "Weve put Miranda de Ebro on the map," defender Cesar Caneda, who scored a winning stoppage time goal against Espanyol, told The Associated Press. "This is a city experiencing a tremendous unemployment crisis, so its an honour to play on a team that can provide some kind of pleasure. The fans deserve it." Propelled by influential midfielder Pablo Infante -- banker by day and the competitions leading scorer by night -- Mirandes is getting a taste of first division football despite never having played above the third-tier level in its 84 years of existence. Mirandes is used to matches like Saturdays 1-0 league loss at Segoviana, played on a muddy municipal stadium field, where players slip while delivering long balls on ripped up turf amid poor spotlights. "Everything weve accomplished is bloody unbelievable. What is happening, for a small team like ours, is incredible," coach Carlos Pouso said. "We are among the top four teams in Spain. How many teams would jump at the chance to have what we have right now? Look at how securely we are playing. We arent going to stop." Spains Copa del Rey competition is not one that favours the underdog, the two-legged series designed to give topflight clubs the advantage. But Mirandes has not been daunted with Infantes six goals helping the team and inspiring a town that has been hard hit by the financial crisis. Nearly one in four Spaniards is unemployed, with the youth jobless rate reaching 45 per cent as Spain grapples with the fallout from the collapse of a property and construction bubble that fueled growth for nearly a decade. "People dont know if they will have work day-to-day so everyone is happy aboout this, the attention and extra money these three or four days will bring in," said Rosa Izquierdo, a real estate agent. Wholesale Jerseys USA. "Were spending more than normally with all of these extra matches." Izquierdo was among a few hundred fans who made the three-hour trip down to Segovia for Saturdays game, with the added costs of match tickets, transport and hotels adding up for cash-strapped locals wanting to follow the clubs cup run. The club, which has an annual budget of C1 million ($1.3 million), is reacting to the extra demand, ripping out a wall at the Anduva Municipal stadium to build a new section that will accommodate an extra 1,700 fans to go with the 6,000 capacity. "This is history in the making, so we have to face it as best we can," Infante told the AP in Segovia. "Were very humble people not used to all of this media attention but were trying to do the best we can. There is a lot of desire and hope knowing were so close to the final. Lets see what we can do." Infante holds the unlikely status of popular banker. His play has impressed, with the 31-year-old Caja Circulo bank manager displaying the technical skills and poise of a first division player. "Before he was more of an individual player but through the years and coaches hes developed into a team player," said fan Miguel Angel Martinez, wrapped in his red Mirandes scarf on a cold winter night. "I think if he was younger he might have thought about leaving to play for a topflight team, I think he treats football as a hobby, really." Infante is the clubs most senior player with seven years in the squad. He was there last season when Mirandes surrendered a penalty in the closing stages against Guadalajara, whose 1-0 victory denied Mirandes a chance at promotion when a draw would have sufficed. That has made this seasons run even more special. "Its meant a lot of joy, but its also been possible due to much luck," Izquierdo said. In a country dominated by Barcelona and Real Madrid, Mirandes players and fans alike are dreaming of playing Spanish, European and world champion Barcelona in Mays final with Barcelona facing Valencia in the other two-legged tie. Regardless of the result, Miranda de Ebro has enjoyed the experience. "Mirandes represents the spirit of the weekend, about going to the stadium to enjoy football," Martinez reflected. "Its about living real football." cheap nfl jerseys cheap jerseys cheap jerseys cheap jerseys cheap nfl jerseys wholesale jerseys ' ' '

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