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Dec 17, 2012 7:59pm
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DENVER —Jamie Moyer handcuffed the Arizona Diamondbacks at the plate and in
the field. Eli Manning Authentic Jersey . The
49-year-old lefty pitched neatly into the seventh and drove in two runs with an
infield single in Colorados 6-1 win Wednesday night. In the fourth inning, he
dribbled a 2-2 fastball in between lefty Patrick Corbin and first baseman
Paul Goldschmidt, who fielded the ball and futilely lunged at the old-timer
lumbering down the line. That scored Jordan Pacheco from third, and he was
quickly followed by Dexter Fowler, scoring all the way from second base on the
85-foot single and giving the Rockies a 5-0 lead. “The guy has his back turned,
hes not expecting that,” Fowler said. “I always run hard, especially with two
outs.” The two RBIs tied Moyers career high set against Pittsburgh in June 2004
when he was with the Seattle Mariners. After working the count to 2-2, Moyer
squirted the ball off the end of his bat. “I thought it was going to roll foul,”
Moyer said. “And I feel like I hesitated just a little bit, and then … as I
was running down the line, I saw the pitcher stop and the first baseman, I think
he picked it up and he was going to throw it to the pitcher and then he realized
the pitcher wasnt (covering the bag). “So, then it became, I guess, a slow crawl
to first base.” The D-backs said they were caught in no-mans land. “At first, I
thought I could get to it,” Corbin said. “He called me off, thought he could get
to it.” Still, it was close and from some angles on TV, it looked like
Goldschmidt might have made the tag. “I didnt feel him tag me,” Moyer said with
a shrug. “I thought I got a piece of him,” Goldschmidt said. “It wasnt one of
those plays where I crushed his leg or anything like that. But thats how it goes
sometimes.” Moyer said he never considered just jogging out the dribbler. “I
feel like when youre on the field, if you cant give your best effort, then you
shouldnt be out there,” he said. “Thats how I was taught the game of baseball
and Im not one of the overly-talented guys in the league, so I always feel I
have to try to be on top of things all the time.” Moyer couldnt recall ever
witnessing a two-run infield single in his nearly quarter-century in the majors.
In fact, he still hasnt. “I didnt see it,” Moyer said of Fowlers hustling home
on the play. “Actually, I didnt realize it until I came back to the bag and I
stood on the bag and I looked up and I just assumed he would be on the base. And
my gosh, thats (third base coach) Rich Dauer. Then, I looked at the scoreboard
and I realized what had happened. It was great hustle.” Fowler said Moyers the
one who should be commended. “I was more shocked that Moyer beat it out,” Fowler
said. “The guy was hustling. He was hustling, himself. ... Hes a bulldog. The
guy never quits.” Moyer (2-3) also drew a walk in the sixth, but he was even
more impressive on the rubber. He allowed one earned run and six hits in 6 1-3
innings, walked two and struck out five in winning for the first time since
April 17, when he broke Jack Quinns mark to become the oldest pitcher in major
league baseball to win a game. He outpitched Corbin (2-2), who gave up six runs
on nine hits in six innings, in improving to 5-1 lifetime against the
Diamondbacks. Corbin is the second 22-year-old pitcher Moyer has faced this
season. The 26-year, 243-day difference in their age marked the fourth-largest
differential for starting pitchers in major league history, according to the
Rockies pregame notes, which cited the Elias Sports Bureau. “I havent really
seen him too much,” Corbin said. “Big age difference, obviously, that people
were saying. Hes still going out there and look what he did today, still keeping
our hitters off balance. Thats why hes been around so long.” The D-backs finally
got to Moyer in the seventh when John McDonald led off with a double and scored
one out later on pinch-hitter Cody Ransoms double. That brought in
Josh Roenicke, who threw 1 2-3 innings of scoreless relief before Esmil Rogers
pitched a perfect ninth. Fowler, who was recently dropped to eighth in the
batting order, went 3 for 3 with a single, double and triple but didnt get a
shot at becoming the seventh Rockies hitter to hit for the cycle. He was on deck
when Pacheco made the last out in the bottom of the eighth. NOTES: The press box
grease board where other games are charted at Coors Field was blank Wednesday
night in memory of Robert Storey, 67, an usher at Rockies and Broncos games who
was killed in a traffic accident Tuesday. ... Rockies RHP Jhoulys Chacin said he
still hasnt started throwing yet. Hes dealing with shoulder inflammation and
biceps tendinitis, which he said started to bother him in spring training: “I
didnt feel good at all in spring training,” he said Wednesday night. Hakeem Nicks Elite Jersey .J. —Nets centre
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. Louis Blues re-signed forward Scott Nichol to a one-year, $650K contract on
Thursday, bringing the 12-year veteran back for another season with the Central
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Nate Diaz choked out Jim Miller in the second round to win the main event of a
televised UFC card at the Izod Centre on Saturday night. TORONTO —Much like
the Toronto Blue Jays, it is all about the future for rookies Anthony Gose,
Yan Gomes and Adeiny Hechavarria. The trio are trying to prove they belong with
Toronto next season. And the Blue Jays are trying to prove they can finally
contend for the post-season. In all cases, the verdict is out. But the three
rookies did their part on Monday as the Blue Jays defeated the Minnesota Twins
6-5 in 10 innings. Gomes tied the game in the ninth with a two-out home run.
Gose won it in the 10th with a two-out single against left-hander Brian Duensing
(4-12) that scored Hechavarria, who had singled in the opener of a three-game
series that will end the season for both teams. “Theyre making the most of their
opportunity,” manager John Farrell said. “We cant sit here today and make out
next years 25-man roster. But the exposure, the experience that all the guys
coming up here for the first time like that is invaluable.” The Blue Jays were
down to their last out against left-handed closer Glen Perkins in the ninth when
Gomes hit his fourth major-league homer to tie the game at five. Gomes entered
the game in the eighth at first base, replacing Adam Lind who was 4 for 4 with
two runs batted in before giving way to a pinch-runner in the seventh. “I was
just trying to get the ball in play, trying to keep the game going and got a
good pitch to hit and hit it pretty well,” Gomes said. “Im not trying to hit it
out of the park but just keep the game going. But thats kind of what my role
was, especially against a left-handed pitcher. I was just trying to be ready for
it.” After Brandon Lyon (4-0) worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the 10th,
Hechavarria got things going in the bottom of the inning with his hit. He took
second on a wild pitch with pinch-hitter J.P. Arencibia at the plate. Arencibia
struck out on a ball that got away from catcher Drew Butera. The catchers throw
hit Arencibia, who was running to first, but it was ruled that he was not
running in the proper lane and Arencibia was called out for interference. That
prompted an argument from Farrell and his ejection by plate umpire Marvin
Hudson. “I saw it as J.P. was on the line,” Farrell said. “Obviously after
seeing a replay Marvin made the right call.” And Gose came through with the
winning single up the middle on the next at-bat. “I was really just trying to
put the ball in play and give myself a chance,” said the speedy outfielder who
started in left but finished the game in centre. “I feel more comfortable and Im
having better at-bats. Its pretty special to contribute in that way to help the
team win.” Trevor Plouffe drove in three runs for the Twins with a homer and a
double. Toronto left-hander Aaron LLaffey allowed eight hits and four runs,
three earned, in five innings. Eli Manning Elite Jersey. . The Twins got 5
2/3 innings from Esmerling Vasquez, who allowed six hits, three walks and three
runs in his sixth start of the season. The Blue Jays (71-89) scored in the first
on a single by Lind. It brought home Rajai Davis, who led off with a single,
took second on a foul out to the catcher and moved to third on a fly out. The
Twins (66-94) took a 2-1 lead in the second on the 24th homer of the season by
Plouffe after Laffey hit Parmelee with a pitch to lead off the inning. Plouffe
doubled in a run with two out in the third to put the Twins into a 3-1 lead. It
scored Jamey Carroll, who doubled with one out and took third on Parmelees
infield single. Joe Mauer singled in a run in the fifth to put the Twins into a
4-1 lead. It scored Carroll, who led off with an infield hit to shortstop and
continued to second on Hechavarrias throwing error. Toronto catcher Jeff Mathis
doubled in two runs with two out in the sixth to cut the lead to 4-3.
Brett Lawrie of Langley, B.C., led off the inning with a walk, Lind singled and
Yunel Escobar sacrificed them to second and third. Kelly Johnson walked to load
the bases. Hechavarria forced Lawrie at the plate with a grounder to third but
the throw to first was too late for a double play. “Failure to turn a double
play hurt us,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. “Thats a double-play ball and
we went home with it. In my opinion, weve got to turn two there. Those little
things end up killing you in the end and they did tonight.” After Mathis hit,
Alex Burnett replaced Vasquez and struck out Gose to end the inning. Jays lefty
Brett Cecil allowed a run in the seventh on a single and a stolen base by
Ben Revere and a single by Carroll. The Blue Jays made that run back in the
bottom of the inning on a two-out single by Lawrie against Burnett and Linds
double against left-hander Tyler Robertson. Notes: Announced attendance at
Rogers Centre was a season-low 12,359. ... Wayne Gretzky threw out the first
pitch. ... Edwin Encarnacion was not in the starting lineup for the Blue Jays on
Monday after coming out of Sundays game for a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning
because of a tight trapezius muscle. . . . Twins first baseman Justin Morneau of
New Westminster, B.C., did not play because of a sore wrist. ...Chad Jenkins,
(0-3, 4.67 earned-run average) will start Tuesday for the Blue Jays instead of
Carlos Villanueva. It will give the Blue Jays another look at Jenkins, who will
be making his third major-league start after making 10 relief appearances.
Villanueva, who will be a free agent in the off-season, finishes his season at
7-7 with a 4.16 ERA in 38 outings, including 16 starts. ’ ’ ’ 

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