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BALTIMORE —For the first time in six weeks, Jeremy Hellickson had a victory to
savour. Von Miller Jersey . The Tampa Bay
right-hander took a three-hitter into the seventh inning to earn his first win
in 10 starts, and the Rays defeated the Baltimore Orioles 3-1 on Tuesday night.
Hellickson (5-6) gave up one run and three hits in 6 1-3 innings, striking out
four and walking none. He was 0-6 since beating Boston on May 16, the
second-longest losing streak by a Tampa Bay pitcher since the start of the 2008
season. Asked if he was relieved to put the skid behind him, Hellickson replied,
“Yeah, I am. ... It feels really good. A good team win tonight.” Light-hitting
Brooks Conrad homered and Jeff Keppinger had two hits and an RBI for the Rays,
who were playing their first road game since the All-Star break. Tampa Bay made
the most of six hits in bouncing back from two straight 2-1 defeats against
Seattle. “That was a big win for us tonight to get the road trip off on the
right foot,” said Conrad, whose two-run drive in the fifth inning put the Rays
up 2-1. After Hellickson left, Jake McGee struck out the only two batters he
faced and Joel Peralta worked a perfect eighth. In the ninth, Fernando Rodney
got three outs around two walks to complete the three-hitter and pick up his
28th save in 29 tries. Adam Jones hit his 23rd homer for the Orioles, who have
lost two straight following a five-game winning streak. Baltimore has allowed
three runs or fewer in seven straight games. In this one, however, the Orioles
couldnt muster enough offence to back starter Wei-Yin Chen (8-6), who yielded
three runs and four hits in 6 2-3 innings. The Taiwanese left-hander issued
three walks, and two of those runners came around to score. “He deserved a
little bit better fate. Their guy was real good, too,” Orioles manager Buck
Showalter said. “Three hits is going to be tough to win many games.” The credit
goes to Hellickson, who kept Baltimore off balance by throwing his fastball for
strikes and mixing in an effective changeup. “Helley did good. Helley was more
aggressive with the fastball in the strike zone,” Rays manager Joe Maddon said.
“I thought he pitched a brighter game tonight. I liked it.” Sam Fuld, activated
off the 60-day disabled list by Tampa Bay before the game, went 1-for-3 with a
walk and a stolen base in his season debut. He had been sidelined since
undergoing wrist surgery on April 3. Tampa Bay went up 2-1 in the fifth when
Fuld walked and Conrad homered with two outs. Conrad, the No. 9 hitter in the
lineup, stepped to the plate with a .180 average and one homer in 50 at-bats. “I
hit a slider,” Conrad said. “Shortened my swing up, ended up catching it out
front and I got it pretty good.” The Rays added a run in the sixth. B.J. Upton
drew a leadoff walk, reached third with one out and scored on a bloop single by
Keppinger. Both starting pitchers were in control early. Neither team got a
runner past first base until the fourth inning, when Jones hit a 1-1 fastball
over the wall in centre field. It was his third home run in 21 career at-bats
against Hellickson. NOTES: After the game, Tampa Bay obtained INF Ryan Roberts
from Arizona for Class AA infielder Tyler Bortnick. ... Tampa Bay took a 4-3
lead in the season series and improved to 124-123 all-time against Baltimore.
... Four of the team-high 18 homers allowed by Hellickson have been hit by the
Orioles. ... Chen has given up eight home runs in his last seven starts after
yielding only eight in his first 13 outings. ...... The Orioles fell to 34-16 in
games decided by one or two runs. ... Rays LHP David Price will vie for his
major league-leading 14th win on Wednesday night. Rookie Miguel Gonzalez (2-1)
will start for Baltimore. ... Keppinger is batting .458 (27-for-59) against
left-handers this season. ... The Orioles signed 25-year old Cuban outfielder
Hentry Urrutia to a minor league contract. Urrutia, who played in the Cuban
League from 2006-10, will be assigned to Double-A Bowie. Von Miller Youth Jersey . Baltimore scored
two runs in the 10th and Johnson atoned for his first blown save of the season
by putting Boston down in order to end a wild 8-6 win for the Orioles over the
Red Sox. Demaryius Thomas Jersey . Jakobshalle were
long gone. Canadian team alternate Scott Howard was still hard at work, throwing
rocks down the sheet and soaking up every valuable minute of late-night practice
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.” In an emotional news conference, the team captain explained his bitter
disappointment at being ruled out of the tournament after rupturing his left
knee ligament in Switzerlands opening 1-0 loss to the Czech Republic on
Saturday. John Elway Jersey . Nicasio was injured in
the second inning of his start Saturday against the Los Angeles Dodgers when put
his foot down after turning his body to the right to try to field a ball hit
through the middle. Manager Jim Tracy said Nicasios injury is not believed to be
serious, but Nicasio will have a precautionary MRI on Monday. Peyton Manning Youth Jersey . Hanson (2-2)
gave up just two runs on five hits with a walk and seven strikeouts to help the
Braves win their fifth straight game. Martin Prado and Chipper Jones each drove
in a run while Dan Ugglas solo homer in the third proved to be the winner.
MADISON, Wis. —The Green Bay Packers have an MVP candidate in quarterback
Aaron Rodgers, a Super Bowl championship won just 10 months ago and an
undefeated team making a run toward another title for Titletown. The Packers now
have hundreds of new owners, too. The team kicked off a rare stock sale Tuesday
to help pay for another round of renovations at Lambeau Field, giving pretty
much anyone a shot at becoming an NFL owner for US$250 per share, plus a $25
handling charge. Sarah Johnson, 34, of Portage, said it took her nearly 20
minutes to complete what should have been a 30-second process, but it was worth
to wait. “I could have just as well thrown my money out the window for what I
get for it, other than a feel-good,” she said. “I just feel like the Packer
organization has sort of a nostalgia and an excitement around it other
franchises dont have. Just to say youre part of that on some level is neat to
me.” The team received 1,600 orders in the first 11 minutes of the sale, said
Packers President Mark Murphy, who had to reassure fans the Packers website was
still working. Team spokesman Aaron Popkey said he did not have any sales data
as of late Tuesday evening. “Its just a question of volume,” Murphy said. “Fans
are excited about this opportunity. We just encourage fans to be patient.” It is
the fifth stock sale in the Packers 92-year history and the first in 14 years.
The NFLs only publicly-owned team offered 250,000 shares through Feb. 29,
subject to an extension. The stock isnt an investment in the traditional sense:
Its value doesnt increase, there are no dividends, it has virtually no re-sale
value and it wont give buyers a leg up on the 93,000 people on the waiting list
for season tickets. The fine print on the Packers stock sale website says, too,
that NFL rules prohibit shareholders from betting on any NFL game; violators
could face up to $5,000 in fines. Popkey and NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said in
emails to The Associated Press that shareholder betting has never been a problem
in the past. What buyers do get is a piece of paper declaring them a team owner,
voting rights and the right to attend the annual stockholder meeting at Lambeau
each summer before training camp. Oh, and they get access to a special line of
shareholder apparel, too. The economy is still lurching along, but that probably
wont make much difference to the cheesehead nation, among the leagues most
dedicated fans. The Packers timing is perfect, too. Christmas is only a few
weeks off and the Packers are hot, hot, hot: