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Dec 9, 2012 8:54pm
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(Sports Network) – The Atlanta Braves go after a fifth straight win this evening
when they open a three-game interleague set with the Toronto Blue Jays at Turner
Field. Mike Wallace Jersey . After losing nine of
11, the Braves have bounced back in a big way and enter tonights contest on the
heels of sweeping the Miami Marlins. On Thursday, Martin Prado went 2-for-5 with
a home run and three RBI in Atlantas 8-2 victory. Michael Bourn had three hits,
including a three-run homer, and Jason Heyward crushed a pair of solo shots for
the Braves, who have won six of their last seven. Mike Minor (3-4) walked five
and allowed four hits over five innings, but gave up just one run to earn his
first win since April 19. Brandon Beachy takes the hill for the Braves tonight
trying to stop a personal three-game skid. Beachys most recent loss came on
Saturday against Washington, as he allowed two runs and three hits in 6 1/3
innings to fall to 5-4 on the year to go along with a terrific 1.87 ERA. He has
allowed more than two runs just once in his 11 starts this season and has an
amazing 0.95 WHIP. Beachy beat the Jays last season, holding them to a run and
four hits in six innings. “I pitched against them last year in Interleague, so I
have some video to look at and a little bit to go on,” said Beach. “Theyre a
good team that plays in a really good division and they can hit the ball. Its
going to be a fun challenge.” Toronto, meanwhile, was denied a sweep in Chicago,
as the White Sox pulled out a 4-3 win over the Blue Jays on Thursday. Mike McCoy
clubbed a two-run single and Yunel Escobar added two hits and a run scored for
Toronto, which had a brief three-game win streak snapped. Getting the call for
the Blue Jays tonight will be righty Kyle Drabek, who is 4-6 with a 4.35 ERA.
Drabek lost his second straight start on Saturday to Boston, as he allowed five
runs (2 earned) and five hits in 6 2/3 innings. He also walked four batters and
struck out the same. Drabek has never faced Atlanta. The Braves swept the Jays
last season and have won the last six in the series. Toronto managed just two
runs in last years three-game sweep. Franco Harris Jersey . Both men met at an
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hit a three-run homer and five pitchers combined to beat the struggling
Cleveland Indians 8-4 on Wednesday night. “We did what we needed to win,”
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failed drug test has cost him his job at Penske Racing. OAKLAND, Calif. —
Kansas City pitcher Danny Duffy didnt see much need to celebrate his first
victory in the major leagues. His teammates thought otherwise and gave the
Royals rookie a milk shower. What else would you expect from the youngest team
in the big leagues? Duffy pitched six innings, Alcides Escobar had three hits
and two RBIs and Kansas City beat Oakland 7-4 on Tuesday night to spoil the home
debut of Athletics interim manager Bob Melvin. Pitching before more than 100
friends and family members, Duffy (1-2) gave up two runs and four hits. The
left-hander worked out of jams with two runners on and less than two outs in
three innings and overcame four walks to win for the first time in six starts.
“It was awesome. I couldnt pick a better night to get a win,” said Duffy, who
began the season in the minors. “Its a milestone, but at the same time Im ready
to finish out the season strong. Weve got a lot of baseball left and were trying
to get into the playoffs.” Mike Moustakas singled twice and scored both times,
and Billy Butler added a two-run double while helping the Royals to their fourth
victory in five games. Kansas City remains in a deep hole in the AL Central, but
things look much better after improving to 3-1 on its road trip following a 4-7
homestand. “That was good for us to get away for a bit,” said first baseman
Eric Hosmer, who had two hits and an RBI. “It was big for us to be able to go
down to L.A. and take two of three from a good Angels team. If we can get out of
here with a few more victories and head into St. Louis with some momentum, that
will be big for us.” Kansas Citys latest road win didnt come easily. After the
Royals scored two runs in the eighth to take a 6-2 lead, the As scored twice
with two outs against reliever Greg Holland in the bottom half. Aaron Crow got
the final out of the inning and Joakim Soria pitched the ninth for his 10th save
in 15 chances. Hideki Matsui homered and scored twice for the As. Melvin, who
took over when Bob Geren was fired June 9, was greeted warmly by the Coliseum
crowd during pre-game introductions. But those cheers turned to boos as the As
lost for the 13th time in 14 games and fell a season-high 12 games under .500.
The Royals didnt get much going early and scored their first run without a hit,
but took advantage of Trevor Cahills wildness. Cahill had a career-high seven
walks and two wild pitches, continuing a troubling trend for As starters who
have not won iin 14 consecutive games. Louis Lipps Jersey. “Thats not what we were
looking for our first game home,” Melvin said. “Trevor was a little out of
sorts. Youre not going to see him walk that many. He has to let it go and not
try to muscle it. He has to let it work naturally for him.” Jeff Francoeur and
Butler drew consecutive walks in the second against Cahill and both moved up on
a sacrifice. Matt Treanor grounded out, scoring Francoeur. Kansas City failed to
score after loading the bases with one out in the third but got to Cahill for
another run in the fourth despite hitting only one ball out of the infield.
Moustakas singled, took second on first baseman Daric Bartons throwing error and
moved to third on a sacrifice before Escobars RBI groundout made it 2-0.
Escobar, who also doubled home a run in the ninth, has nine hits in his last
four games. The four straight multihit games are a first for the Royals
shortstop. Oakland cut the lead to 2-1 in the fourth on Matsuis fifth home run.
It was the 498th homer of his professional career, including Japan. Cahills
command problems cost him again in the fifth. The right-hander issued
consecutive one-out walks to Hosmer and Francoeur before Butler doubled over the
head of left fielder Josh Willingham. Hosmer and Francoeur both scored, making
it 4-1. Cahill (6-5) was done two batters later despite giving up only four
hits. He looked like a potential Cy Young Award candidate after starting the
year 6-0, but is winless in his last seven starts. Duffy had his own command
problems but kept the damage to a minimum. He gave up a triple to rookie
Jemile Weeks in the fifth, and Weeks scored on Coco Crisps sinking single to
right. Beyond that, Duffy was solid while pitching his way to his first win in
the majors. Afterward, he received a milk shower courtesy of his teammates. Team
tradition calls for beer showers, but the Athletics do not provide beer in the
Coliseum clubhouses. “That was the Duffy I know,” Hosmer said. “He was pounding
the strike zone all day.” NOTES: Oakland RHP Rich Harden (muscle strain) will
throw a simulated game Wednesday and hopes to begin a rehab assignment in the
minors as early as next week. ... Cahill did not strike out a batter for the
first time since July 23, 2010. ... Weeks triple was his third since being
called up from the minors last Tuesday. ... Escobar has a season-high seven-game
hitting streak. ... Hosmers single in the sixth snapped an 0-for-20 skid on the
road. ’ ’ ’ 

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