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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.”

Tigers Josh Hamilton Angels Jersey prevail in 14th on night of 40 strikeouts

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.

A’s edge Astros late for AL-leading 11th victory Custom Angels Jersey

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 Los Angeles Angels Custom 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.”

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Jordan Pacheco richly deserved his time in the sauna and hot tub in the home clubhouse at Coors Field on Tuesday night. Customized Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Baeball Jersey.

To earn the warm luxury, Pacheco delivered a walk-off RBI single with two outs in the 10th to climax a comeback from a six-run deficit and ice a 9-8 victory over the Mets in Game 2 to complete a doubleheader sweep. Colorado won Game 1, 8-4.

“When you’re in that situation, you just want to get it over with,” Pacheco said. “I’m glad it worked out.

The Rockies had the home-ice advantage for two of the coldest games in franchise history. The temperature was 39 degrees, tied for 10th lowest in club history, at the start of Game 1. The 34-degree temp to start the nightcap was fourth lowest at either Mile High Stadium or Coors Field, and light snow fell during the late innings.

The four-game series continues Wednesday and Thursday, although snow is predicted before game time Wednesday.

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“It was the best worst day ever,” said Gonzalez, who joined Cuddyer, third baseman Chris Nelson and center fielder Eric Young Jr. as the Rockies who were on the field for all of both games.

“Games like this get out of your hands when you think about how bad it is outside,” Gonzalez said. “We were able to stay patient, always believing we would always come back in this game. Games like this are games that are going to take you far.”

Three early errors, one by shortstop Reid Brignac and two by catcher Yorvit Torrealba, as well as less-than-sharp pitching from starter Jeff Francis (nine hits, eight runs — six earned — in 4 1/3 innings) allowed the Mets to get an 8-2 lead entering the bottom of the fifth.

“It speaks volumes about our club,” Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. “These guys compete. They enjoy competing, even in extremely difficult conditions. Getting down by six, they found a way to win a game.”

The Rockies responded with a four-run fifth. With one out, Pacheco drew a bases-loaded walk from Mets reliever Josh Edgin. Nelson then added a sacrifice fly and Torrealba hit a two-run double against LaTroy Hawkins. Hawkins fanned Brignac to end the frame.

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The tying runs scored when Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada threw wildly to first after fielding Cuddyer’s bouncer. It was Tejada’s sixth error in 13 games, after making just 12 all last season.

“As a shortstop, I can feel for a guy like Tejada,” said Weiss, whose long playing career at the position included four seasons in at-times difficult conditions with the Rockies. “By that point you can’t even feel your fingers.”

Tejada didn’t offer the cold as an alibi.Customized Los Angeles Angels Jersey.

“I have to do something to try to stay ready for every ground ball, every throw,” he said. “It’s really cold, but it’s no excuse.”

It could have been a cold night for the Rockies had Pacheco, who went 3-for-5 to lift his batting average 82 points to .304, not come through. Weiss had used all of his offensive substitutions.

“If you’re looking for a guy to get a hit to win a game, he’s near the top of the list,” Weiss said. “He handles the bat so well. It’s a tough at-bat for a right-handed hitter off of Burke.”

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Yankees Custom Angels Jersey shortstop Derek Jeter has been taking batting practice and fielding ground balls at the club’s training complex in Tampa, Fla., but he has still not received clearance to play in Minor League games.

Jeter’s progress has been slow since he felt soreness in his surgically repaired left ankle on March 23, the last time he has played in a game. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said on Tuesday that Jeter is not likely to rejoin the club by May 1.

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“That was a date that was thrown out there,” Girardi said. “The easiest way for me to say it is, he’ll be back when he’s back, when he can physically do it on an everyday basis.

“I don’t think any of us are going to know the exact date until we go through some trial and error. He’s not ready to play in games. I don’t think they necessarily have an exact date of when he’s going to play in games, and we’ll just go day by day and see how he feels.”

Girardi said that Jeter worked out on Saturday and Sunday at the complex, and The Associated Press reported that the Yankees’ captain ran on the field on Monday and Tuesday. But after Jeter pushed himself during Spring Training in order to try to be on the field for Opening Day, the Yankees have encouraged him to back off his routine for fear of aggravating the injury. Personalized Angels Jersey.

“Sometimes I think you can take too many ground balls, and they talked about lessening that load a little bit just because he was taking so many,” Girardi said. “Derek is such a creature of habit. To get him to break a cycle sometimes is difficult. He’s going to want to do as much as he can as soon as he can, so we’re just trying to make sure that we don’t go too fast. But there was no setback.”

Andy Pettitte said that he threw about 40 pitches in a bullpen session on Tuesday and should have no issue being ready to start against the Blue Jays in Toronto on Friday evening.

Pettitte, 40, experienced back spasms after traveling back to New York from Cleveland last week, prompting the Yankees to push him back in the rotation.

The left-hander would have preferred to pitch in the series against the D-backs, as originally scheduled, but he said he understood the club’s caution.

“I feel good; it was a good decision,” Pettitte Custom Angels Jersey said. “I don’t want to second-guess anybody. I’ll go Friday. It’s not that big of an issue. Hopefully, I’ll feel great Friday.”

Pettitte has looked terrific in his first two starts of the season, going 2-0 with a 1.20 ERA against the Red Sox and Indians, and he expressed some concern that the long layoff might affect his command in Toronto.

“I can tell I haven’t pitched,” Pettitte said. “I feel strong. I’m back to square one. When I get out there Friday, it’s going to be trying to control yourself when you feel a little bit strong.

“Obviously, they want to see how I feel after this, and I’ll be real excited if I come in [on Wednesday] and feel really, really good and have no tightness or anything like that creep up there after I worked it as hard as I did today. So we’ll see what happens.”Customized Los Angeles Angels Jersey.

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Kevin Youkilis Custom Angels Jersey has walked along Boston’s Boylston Street countless times, including to attend past runnings of the Boston Marathon, and the Yankees infielder said he and his family were “pretty much sick to our stomachs” as they watched Monday’s events on television.

“It’s just a tragic day,” Youkilis said. “You have thousands of people down there just really enjoying amazing feats. I’ve been down there on the finish line, and it’s an amazing thing to watch these people finish a marathon. Then something tragic like that happens; you can’t put it in to words.”

On Tuesday, the Yankees held a moment of silence prior to their game against the Arizona Diamondbacks to honor those lost and affected by the events, and to pay tribute to the strength and resilience of the Boston community.

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“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and the families who were affected by the bombings and our respect and admiration go out to the police, medical personnel and first responders who acted so heroically,” the Yankees said in a statement. “We stand united with the participants, volunteers, staff and spectators of the Boston Marathon and the people of Boston.”

In addition, the Yankees played Neil Diamond’s Fenway Park favorite “Sweet Caroline” over the public-address system between the third and fourth innings of Tuesday’s game.

“I think it’s important that we recognize that we’re all behind the people in Boston and everyone that was involved,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “You think about that being a song that’s a tradition there — it’s special to Fenway Park and the people of Boston. We’re behind them. Put the baseball teams aside. We want to be there for them.”

Youkilis said that he and his wife, Julie, spent most of Monday afternoon reaching out to as many people as they could in the Boston area, knowing that thousands turn out annually to cheer on runners and take part in the Patriots Day festivities.

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“I actually was at the finish line one year, right there,” Youkilis said. “I would’ve been on the other side of the street, where that [bombing] would’ve occurred. I would’ve been in plain view of where the first explosion went off.

“My wife, she has run in the Boston Marathon a couple of times and her sisters have run in it, too. You always know somebody in Boston that’s run in it, is close, a family member, a loved one, the awesome people that go to it. There’s so many people that go to it. It’s just a sad day, especially with the children that have been injured.”

Youkilis Custom Angels Jersey said that during his time with the Red Sox, players would gather in the clubhouse to marvel at the speed of the top marathon finishers. Patriots Day has also traditionally been a festive time at Fenway Park, complete with a giant U.S. flag draped over the Green Monster, and Youkilis said that he hopes Monday’s tragic events will not change that atmosphere.

“It’s the most exciting day of the year in Boston,” Youkilis said. “People are off work — they celebrate it and cheer on the runners. It’s such a positive atmosphere. Personally, I’ve never seen so many people just sitting there and cheering for people running that they don’t even know. They give them a boost of energy. It’s a pretty remarkable thing.” Customized Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Baeball Jersey.

On night of tributes, Yanks Custom Angels Jersey edge D-backs

Robinson Cano’s birth certificate ensured that he would be a walking reminder of Jackie Robinson’s exploits, and the slugging second baseman doesn’t seem to miss an opportunity to celebrate the legacy of the barrier-breaking hero.

Cano Custom Angels Jersey blasted a mammoth three-run homer and Mariano Rivera, the last active player still regularly wearing uniform No. 42, nailed down the save as the Yankees fittingly defeated the D-backs, 4-2, on Tuesday as the clubs celebrated Jackie Robinson Day at Yankee Stadium.

“That was one of the days that you always want to be in the big leagues to play,” said Cano, who was named after the Hall of Famer by his father, Jose. “That guy opened the door for us. It’s amazing to get a chance to wear 42 that day.”

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All players and on-field personnel in the Bronx wore No. 42 on Tuesday to pay tribute to Robinson one day after the 66th anniversary of his first game for the Dodgers at Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field on April 15, 1947.

Rivera, who was in his third season with the Yankees when Major League Baseball universally retired Robinson’s number in 1997, said that it felt noteworthy to log a save — his third of the season and No. 611 overall — on this night.

“Definitely — that’s what we try to do, not only today, but every day,” Rivera said. “Today is a little bit special, definitely, because we’re commemorating Jackie Robinson Day. To come up with the victory and be the guy to close the game, it’s pretty good.”

Ivan Nova navigated five wobbly innings to pick up his first victory of the season, and Eduardo Nunez lifted a seventh-inning sacrifice fly to provide insurance as the Yankees opened their 2013 Interleague slate with their sixth win in the last seven games.

The victory came on an eventful night in the Bronx, as the Yankees also paid tribute to those affected by Monday’s tragedies at the Boston Marathon with a pregame ceremony and the playing of Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline,” a fan favorite at Red Sox games, before the top of the fourth. Personalized Angels Jersey.

“You think about that being a song that’s a tradition there — it’s special to Fenway Park and the people of Boston,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “We’re behind them. Put the baseball teams aside; we want to be there for them.”

Making his second start of the year, Nova needed 94 pitches to get through five frames, but he limited Arizona to two runs on seven hits. The right-hander outpitched the D-backs’ Brandon McCarthy, who lasted just four innings before the game turned into a battle of the bullpens.

“It feels really good,” said Nova, who logged his first win since last Sept. 15. “I was joking with the guys — I don’t remember when the last time was that I won a ballgame. I know that I didn’t go far enough in the game. It’s something we will keep working on. Hopefully, this is a good sign for me.”

Girardi said that the Yankees seemed to wake up from their slow start when Cano’s bat came alive, and with his 2-for-4 performance on Tuesday, Cano is now 13-for-26 (.500) with 11 RBIs over his last six games.

“Robbie got going, and we got going as a team,” Girardi Custom Angels Jersey said. “The big three-run homer tonight ends up being the game-winning hit. It seemed like when he started to get hot, our offense took off a little bit.”

Rivera, who was watching as Cano’s drive cleared the bullpen and landed in the right-field bleachers, said that Cano’s emergence into a bona-fide big league star and team leader should be no surprise.

“I have seen Cano grow through the years,” Rivera said. “Since I saw him in the Minor Leagues, he has a kind of easy way to getting it done. You make a mistake with a guy like that, and you’re going to pay.”

Especially right around the 15th of April. Over the last five Jackie Robinson Days, Cano is hitting .474 (9-for-19) with four homers and eight RBIs.

Cano said that his father, who pitched briefly with the Astros in 1989, told him about Robinson at a young age, but he started to appreciate Robinson’s impact only around age 15 or 16.Customized Los Angeles Angels Jersey.

“You don’t realize until you grow a little,” Cano said. “You can’t understand all the things that he went through. If it wasn’t because of him, I wouldn’t be here right now.”

Both of Arizona’s runs off Nova came in the third inning, as Miguel Montero lifted a sacrifice fly and Cody Ross connected for a one-out RBI single, but Nova settled in to clamp the damage there.

“We got his pitch count up early, but he kind of settled down,” Arizona’s Eric Hinske said. “He was throwing his sinker well and kept us off balance with his curveball and his changeup. We needed to get after him when he had his pitch count up, and we weren’t able to do it. ”

Boone Logan, Joba Chamberlain and David Robertson all pitched well in relief to get the ball to Rivera in the ninth, with the quartet combining for four innings of one-hit work with no walks and three strikeouts.

“Everybody did a tremendous job,” Rivera said. “From Logan to Robertson and the rest, we just try to do our job. We’ve been pitching better, and we want to keep it that way.”

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It looked like the Braves Custom Angels Jersey had finally found that ditch that all baseball teams are in danger of careening into. Oh well, the roll couldn’t last forever, could it? After nine straight wins, the unlikely was bound to happen to blunt Atlanta’s early-season charge to the top of the National League East. A random guy would hit a home run for the first time in 954 at bats, the Braves would make three errors, and that would be that, end of the streak.

But with the suddenness of a late afternoon summer shower, the Braves continued their early-season roll. Tied in the bottom of the eighth and facing one of the hardest throwers in baseball, Atlanta, the best team in baseball so far this season, erupted. Jason Heyward clobbered a solo home run off Kansas City’s Kelvin Herrera. Justin Upton belted another pitch 20 rows deep in left field, and Dan Uggla hit what he called his “baby home run.”

On a night when it seemed like the Braves might finally take a rest from their early season spree, they beat the Royals, 6-3, before a rollicking crowd of 26,400, who sounded more like 35,000, at Turner Field.

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“These runs don’t come too often, and you’ve got to ride the wave as long as you can ride it,” Uggla said. “There is a great vibe in the clubhouse. We’re going to keep going. We’re going to keep riding it.”

The Braves lead the Majors in team ERA, and pitching has clearly been the force behind the 12-1 start. There has been some power in the bats, but not a lot of efficiency. The Braves were hitting .258 coming into the game. They were hit-and-miss with strikeouts, Heyward and Uggla were scuffling and first baseman Freddie Freeman was out of the lineup with an injury. You wondered. What would happen if the club started to hit? Heyward was batting .095 when he belted his home run. Uggla was hitting .171 and still the Braves were winning.Personalized Angels Jersey.

“We’re still kind starting the process of figuring it out as a collective team,” Uggla said, which sounds ominous if you are the rest of the National League.

Heyward, to be sure, was not as dreadful at the plate as his sub-.100 average suggested. His hard-hit balls were landing in gloves as outs.

The shot Heyward hit in the eighth had no chance of landing in a glove. Herrera, who had struck out 11 in 5.1 innings and can hit 98-99-100 mph, threw a 98-mph fastball that was hit high and far to break the 2-2 tie.

“It reminds me of a similar start to a season I’ve had before,” Heyward said. “You’ve just got to keep putting up good at-bats, hitting the ball hard. It felt great. It put us up.”

Upton followed with his shot off a Herrera changeup and it was 4-2. It was his eighth homer of the season. Then came Uggla’s home run and the crowd chanted and chopped with the fervor of the mid-90s crowds at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. The Braves lead the big leagues in home runs with 25, and there is a sense that they have not yet hit their stride at the plate.Customized Los Angeles Angels Jersey.

“I’ve been around them now two months. You know the power is there,” said manager Fredi Gonzalez. “It doesn’t surprise me. It’s nice to have that type of arsenal in your club; it’s a game changer.”

Lost in the bedlam of the eighth were the two home runs by third baseman Juan Francisco off Kansas City starter Jeremy Guthrie, who had not lost in 13 starts.

Francisco’s home run in the seventh over the center-field fence tied the score, 2-2. It was a relief for him because his throwing error helped the Royals score an unearned run in the fourth and take a 2-1 lead off Atlanta starter Kris Medlen.

Medlen, who has the Braves’ only loss this season, did not factor in the decision, but he pitched well enough to win. He went seven innings and gave up six hits and struck out five. Medlen threw 99 pitches, 73 for strikes

Chris Getz Custom Angels Jersey , the Royals second baseman and No. 8 hitter, homered in the top of the third. It was Getz’s first homer in 954 at-bats, his first since 2009 when he hit one off Guthrie, then pitching for the Orioles. It tied the score at 1.

Jeff Francoeur, the former Brave, drove in a run in the fourth to make it 2-1 before Francisco clubbed his second home run in the seventh to tie it again.

Then came the home run barrage in the eighth, but unfortunately for the Braves it was not the end of the drama.

Reliever Luis Avilan came on to finish off the Royals in the top of the ninth, but with one out he collapsed in agony in front of the mound. Avilan had to be helped off the field.

“Obviously the way he fell down there, it doesn’t look good. We think it’s a hamstring,” Gonzalez said.