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HALLE, Germany—Rafael Nadal defeated Lukas Lacko 7-5, 6-1 at the Gerry Weber
Open on Thursday in the Spaniards first singles since clinching his record
seventh French Open title. Maurice Jones-Drew Youth Jersey . Nadal broke
the Slovak twice in a first set that lasted 50 minutes, before finally
overpowering Lacko to take the second in just over half an hour and wrap up the
match. “In the second set I think I did everything better,” said Nadal, who
defeated top-ranked Novak Djokovic at Roland Garros on Monday for his 11th Gram
Slam title. “Every hour on court works well for me—on grass—because I dont
have a lot of time to practice. Im happy to be through, thats the main thing.”
Five-time winner Roger Federer also progressed, with a 6-4, 7-5 win over Florian
Mayer of Germany in an hour and 14 minutes. Federer used only one of one of five
break points in the first set. Both players held their serve in the second—
until the 12th game, when Federer sealed the match with a graceful stoke that
was beyond the Germans reach. The Swiss will next play the fifth-seeded Milos
Raonic of Canada. Nadal will next play defending champion Philipp Kohlschreiber,
who rallied from a set down and hit 11 aces to defeat Lukasz Kubot of Poland 6-7
(5), 6-1, 6-3. “I was too anxious and missed too many chances,” Kohlschreiber
said of the first set in which he failed to take two break points. “(But) the
early break to make it 2-0 (in the second set) was very good for me.” The
33rd-ranked Kohlschreiber has never beaten Nadal in their eight meetings. Also,
wild card Tommy Haas of Germany eliminated sixth-seeded Marcel Granollers of
Spain 6-3, 6-4 for a quarterfinal date with third-seeded Tomas Berdych of the
Czech Republic. Granollers once in the first set before claiming a decisive
break in the ninth game of the second. Haas won the tournament in 2009. At 34,
he is the oldest player in the singles draw at Halle. Justin Blackmon Jersey . The 37-year-old
Hernandez was 1-1 with a 4.94 ERA and one save—the first of his 17-year
career—with the Braves. He gave up seven hits and five runs in 1 2-3 innings
against Toronto in his last appearance Sunday. Blaine Gabbert Jersey . The six-foot-three,
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. Fernandez-Castano first won this event in Milan in 2007. His biggest previous
victory came at last years Singapore Open. The Spaniard hit a solid shot out of
the rough following an errant tee shot and birdied the final hole of the Royal
Park I Roveri course outside Turin, finishing at 24 under with a 64. Maurice Jones-Drew Womens Jersey . The
21-year-old got out of trouble repeatedly with his serve, which produced 22
aces. He had 12 Tuesday night when he opened with a victory over Rogers Cup
finalist Richard Gasquet. Raonic improved to 2-0 over the recently married
Baghdatis after beating the Cypriot last October at an indoor tournament in
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19th-seeded Thornhill, Ont., native, will face a true clay test in the next
round when he plays Argentinas Juan Monaco after the 13th seed defeated Czech
Lukas Rosol 7-6 (4), 6-0, 7-6 (5). NEW YORK —Jose Bautista was worried his
injury was worse. The star slugger landed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday
but was relieved to learn theres no structural damage in his ailing left wrist.
He thinks he could return to Torontos lineup as soon as hes eligible, though
manager John Farrell said its too early to tell. “The last thing that we want is
to push this to the point of any kind of relapse or the potential for any other
damage that might be incurred if hes not fully ready to go,” Farrell said. “So
we can fully appreciate his eagerness, but well monitor this closely daily as we
go through at least these first 15 days.” Bautista left Monday nights loss to
the New York Yankees after feeling pain in his wrist on an eighth-inning swing
that produced a long foul ball. X-rays were negative and the Blue Jays said the
All-Star right fielder had an MRI on Tuesday that revealed inflammation.
Bautista called the injury a strain. “Just as I was finishing my swing, I felt
something weird around my wrist, and on the recoil is when I felt sharp pain,”
said Bautista, who had started all 90 games this season before Tuesday night.
“So obviously a little scary at the time. You cant help but think the worst. “I
thought I had torn something or maybe broken my wrist, but thats not the case
and Im happy to know that.” Bautista wore a brace on his wrist as he answered
questions from a pack of reporters in the centre of Torontos clubhouse. “The
only thing that I can think of is I held on with both hands maybe longer than I
usually do, and maybe my wrist got turned in a direction that it never gets
turned,” he said. “That just maybe put too much stress in the area and maybe
kind of hyperextended it. “Just one of those freak things that you cant control
or predict. Its just unfortunate that it happened at such an important part of
the season and such an important game,” Bautista added. “Its going to be tough
to sit in the dugout.” Without their biggest bopper, the Blue Jays fizzled at
the plate in a 6-1 loss to CC Sabathia and the New York Yankees. Sabathias
successful return from a groin strain overshadowed an encouraging outing by
Brett Cecil (2-2) in his sixth major league start of the year. The 26-year-old
lefty, demoted to Double-A New Hampshire at the beginning of the season, held
the powerful Yankees in check for six innings and retired his final eight
batters. He struck out five and walked two. Rafael Soriano entered with the
bases loaded and earned his 24th save in 25 attempts when pinch-hitter
J.P. Arencibia lined into a game-ending double play. The runner doubled off
first base to end it was speedy prospect Anthony Gose, just called up from
Triple-A Las Vegas to fill Bautistas roster spot. Gose made his big league debut
as a pinch-hitter in the seventh and got his first career hit on a bunt single
back to the mound in the ninth. The ball was tossed into the Toronto dugout to
be saved as a souvenir. “Its a great feeling to get that one out of the way,”
Gose said. “Whatever it takes to get on base and scorre runs. Blaine Gabbert Youth Jersey. ” A left-handed
hitter, Gose was expected to start Wednesday against right-hander Hiroki Kuroda.
Ben Francisco replaced Bautista in the lineup Tuesday against Sabathia (10-3),
just activated from the disabled list after missing three weeks. The two-time
defending AL home run champion, Bautista was tied for second in the majors with
27 homers. He is batting .244 with 65 RBIs and a .360 on-base percentage. “His
absence will certainly be more of a challenge for us. Anytime you take one of
the premier right-handed power hitters in baseball out of the lineup, its going
to create a little bit of a hole,” Farrell said. “But much like the injuries
weve sustained in our rotation, we havent used it as an excuse. We havent
allowed that to distract us.” Bautista wont be able to pick up a bat for a
couple of days, but hes already on medication to alleviate the inflammation.
Doctors told him he wont make the injury any worse with activity, so his
progress will be determined by how much pain he can tolerate. “When I move it in
certain directions, its pretty tough,” Bautista said. “But thats what Ive got to
try to avoid. Thats why Im wearing a splint, to protect the area, too, from
bumping against anything. As long as I dont move it in certain directions, Im
comfortable.” He can begin full treatment right away, but he cant do any
strength exercises at first. “Its a good and bad news situation,” Farrell said.
“The bad news is hes going to be lost for some time, but the worst that we
feared has been alleviated by the negative X-rays, negative MRIs, in terms of
the fact that theres no tear. So at this point were just going to let the
symptoms subside and then gradually bring him back based on his tolerance.” The
21-year-old Gose played in the Futures Game for top prospects last week in
Kansas City and said he was “shocked” to get his first call-up to the majors. He
said he struck out leading off the game Monday night for Las Vegas and when he
returned to the bench, he was told to stay in the dugout. Because of Bautistas
injury, his next stop would be Yankee Stadium. “Strike out and next thing you
know youre going to the big leagues,” Gose said, adding that he had a hard time
sleeping on his red-eye flight across the country. “Exciting, nerve-racking. The
feelings indescribable. ... I still dont know what to think right now.” But he
has a simple plan for his first stint in the big leagues. “Put the bat on the
ball and run fast,” Gose said. “From where I started to where I am now, its
night and day.” Gose was hitting .292 at Las Vegas and leading the Pacific Coast
League with 29 stolen bases. He had five homers, 10 triples and 41 RBIs. He was
acquired by the Blue Jays from Houston in July 2010 for first baseman
Brett Wallace. Farrell said Gose will likely play right field against righties
and could be in the leadoff spot Wednesday. To make room for him on the 40-man
roster, the Blue Jays transferred right-hander Brandon Morrow from the 15-day
disabled list to the 60-day DL. ’ ’ ’ 

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