(Sports Network) – The Toronto Blue Jays will send Kyle Drabek to the hill
hoping to turn his fortunes around against Nick Blackburn and the Minnesota
Twins in Game 2 of their four game series. Ray Rice Jersey . Drabek opened the season
with two straight wins followed by a no-decision, but has lost three straight
outings since. The first two setbacks of that career high-tying losing streak
were quality starts, but the righty endured a tough outing on Saturday at the
Angels. Drabek was touched for a season-high five runs on eight hits, five walks
and two homers over five frames of a 6-2 setback as he struggled with control.
“Just couldnt seem to find the four-seam fastball, and thats what beat me
today,” said Drabek on Torontos official website. “It just needs to be fixed.
... Thats pretty much the end of that.” The former 2006 first-round pick has
faced the Twins just once before, beating them on April 2 of last year with
seven innings of one-run ball. Drabek also struck out seven in that outing.
Toronto continued its recent road dominance of the Twins in Thursdays opener,
picking up their fifth straight win at Minnesota with a 6-2 triumph. The Blue
Jays have won 13 of their past 15 as the guest in this series. Yunel Escobar set
the table by going 4-for-4 and scoring three runs, while Brett Lawrie and
Edwin Encarnacion drove in two runs each. Henderson Alvarez allowed two runs—
one earned—over seven innings for the win, Torontos second in a row and sixth
in nine games. “I felt good out there tonight and the bullpen really backed me
up,” said Alvarez. “Those guys have been really solid for us lately and that is
always big.” Josh Willingham hit a solo home run in the loss for the Twins, who
have dropped five of six and are just 8-23 on the season. They have lost 14 of
their past 17. “I thought we played aggressive out there tonight,” said
Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire. “We just couldnt get hits when we needed them
the most.” Jason Marquis gave up six runs—five earned—on seven hits in
just four innings of work to take the loss. The age of 30 has not been kind to
Twins starter Nick Blackburn, who hasnt tasted a victory in over 10 months. The
right-handed Blackburn is winless since July 8, dropping each of his past eight
decisions. That includes an 0-4 mark and 6.84 earned run average through five
starts this season. Blackburn, who turned 30 back in late February, was hit
early in Sundays 5-2 loss in Seattle. He opened the game by throwing six
straight balls and four of the five runs he allowed came in the first two
innings. The Seminole State product lasted six innings total, yielding seven
hits and three walks. “I thought he was kind of feeling for the ball, wasnt
aggressive until later on in the game, and when he got aggressive, he was pretty
effective,” Minnesota acting manager Scott Ullger said of Blackburn. Blackburn
is 1-1 with a 2.33 ERA in four career starts versus the Blue Jays, who counter
with 24-year-old Kyle Drabek. Arthur Jones Jersey . The MLS club, however,
insists that he remains in the fold, although he could be headed out for a loan
spell. Michael Oher Womens Jersey . How close? Maybe
an inch. Mark Reynolds two-run single in the eighth inning backed a strong
performance from Wei-Yin Chen and rallied the Baltimore Orioles to a 4-3 victory
over the Minnesota Twins on Thursday. The Orioles had failed several times
earlier in the game with runners in scoring position, but Reynolds was able to
reach out and bloop a single just in front of centre fielder Denard Span to put
the Orioles ahead. http://www.baltimoreravensmall.com/anquan-boldin-jerseys
. Agent Mike McCartney confirmed reports that the veteran was let go, with the
Bears facing a deadline Friday night to trim their roster to 53 players. Jameel McClain Jersey . Many of the
top draft-eligible players from North America and Europe were put through
intense physical, medical and psychological testing in final preparation for the
NHL Draft. Terrell Suggs Womens Jersey . Michael Ryder
also scored for the Stars, who improved to 87 points and are in the middle of a
six-team scramble along with the Flames (83 points) for one of the final two
playoff spots.MOSCOW—Zenit St. Petersburg has signed Brazil forward Hulk on a
five-year contract from FC Porto. The Russian club announced the signing on
Monday, but did not give further details of contract terms. As a member of
Brazils national team, Hulk has 14 caps and five goals. Terrell Suggs Youth Jersey. He played at the
London Olympics earlier this year as one of his countrys three over-23 players.
Zenit says the 26-year-old Hulk is set to play in either a central striking
position or as a winger. ’ ’ ’
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