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WASHINGTON —The Washington Nationals made the most of long-awaited production
from Edwin Jackson and Adam LaRoche to beat the slumping New York Mets. Arian Foster Jersey . Jackson hadnt won a
game in nearly eight weeks, and LaRoche was in an 0-for-13 rut. Both came
through in a 5-3 victory on Wednesday night. Jackson pitched seven effective
innings, and LaRoche hit a three-run homer to fuel Washingtons second straight
victory over the Mets. Jackson (2-3) allowed three runs, two earned, and three
hits to earn his first win since April 14 against Cincinnati. The right-hander
was 0-3 with a 3.33 ERA in his previous eight starts. “Its been like a while,”
Jackson said. Sean Burnett pitched a perfect eighth inning, and Tyler Clippard
worked the ninth for his fifth save in six chances to complete the three-hitter.
Jackson didnt complain about his teams lack of run support, but LaRoches
first-inning homer set the tone. “Theyre not going out and not scoring on
purpose,” Jackson said. Before LaRoches home run, Nationals manager Davey
Johnson told his coaches that he expected a big hit from the first baseman. “Hes
been quiet for a long time. Hes going to start getting hot,” Johnson said.
LaRoche added a fourth RBI on a sacrifice fly in the seventh. Johnson got
Michael Morse back on Saturday after the right fielder missed the first two
months of the season with a back strain. Morse had two hits and an RBI, and is 4
for 8 in his last two games. “The first two guys get in—then, thunders
coming,” Johnson said. LaRoche thought his recent at-bats were poor, but now he
is pleased to be part of the middle of the order with Ryan Zimmerman ahead of
him, and Morse behind him. “This is kind of what we were talking about in spring
training. This is what were capable of doing, kind of getting everybody going at
once,” LaRoche said. Jordan Zimmermann and Jackson, Washingtons third and fourth
starters, havent been as fortunate as Stephen Strasburg and Gio Gonzalez, the
top two. Zimmermann and Jackson have a combined record of 5-8. Strasburg and
Gonzalez are 13-3. “When youre pitching behind those guys, youre always going to
hear about what theyre doing,” Morse said. “Hes been as sharp as any of them,”
Johnson said of Jackson. “He was exceptional. Just what we needed.” Lucas Duda
drove in a run and walked twice for New York, which has lost three straight.
David Wright, Ike Davis and Kirk Nieuwenhuis had the Mets only hits. “They dont
lead the National League in pitching without having some guys get you out,” New
York manager Terry Collins said. LaRoche got the first-place Nationals off to a
fast start, belting his ninth homer of the season in the first inning against
Jeremy Hefner (1-3). Bryce Harper reached on an error by second baseman
Daniel Murphy, and Ryan Zimmerman walked before LaRoche hit a drive into the
right-field bullpen. “I wish I could get that pitch back,” Hefner said. “It hung
for him practically on a tee. He did what hes supposed to do with that pitch.”
The Mets got on the board in the third. Omar Quintanilla reached on a leadoff
walk, advanced on Hefners sacrifice and scored on Nieuwenhuis single. Wright
singled and scored on Dudas groundout in the fourth, and Quintanilla had a
run-scoring bouncer in the seventh but that was it against Jackson, who struck
out six and walked four. Hefner allowed four runs, three earned, and seven hits
in six innings. NOTES: The Mets activated OF Jason Bay from the 15-day disabled
list. Bay had been sidelined with a fractured rib since April 23. He didnt play,
but Collins said Bay would be in the lineup on Thursday afternoon. ... RHP
Chris Young, who started on Tuesday for the first time in more than a year, went
on the paternity list. RHP Pedro Beato was reinstated from the DL. He hadnt
pitched this year because of shoulder stiffness. INF Josh Satin was designated
for assignment. ... Mets INF Ruben Tejada, on the disabled list with a strained
right quad, is back in New York for an exam, one day after he took himself out
of a minor league game when the quad tightened up. ... Johnson said C
Carlos Maldonado would go on the DL with a back injury, and the team would
recall OF Tyler Moore from Triple-A Syracuse. ... Johnson said Morse, who played
his fourth game after returning from a strained back muscle, likely would DH
when the team plays at Boston on Friday. ... The Mets are scheduled to send RHP
R.A. Dickey (8-1, 2.69 ERA) to the mound against Washington RHP Chien-Ming Wang
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. Huberdeau set up three goals, earning the games first star, as his Saint John
Sea Dogs defeated the visiting Quebec Remparts 4-1 on Friday in Quebec Major
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.Y. —The Ottawa Senators got aggressive in
overtime and Jared Cowen made it work.HAMILTON, Ont. —Martell Mallett
entertained offers to remain in the NFL but the opportunity to be a starter with
the Hamilton Tiger-Cats was too good to pass up. So two seasons after bursting
on to the CFL scene, Mallett is back in Canada anxious to prove hes better now
than he was in 09 when he was named the leagues top rookie while with the B.C.
Lions. “There were other opportunities in the NFL, but not having any up-to-date
film I just didnt want to go out there and be just another guy,” Mallett said
following Hamiltons training camp session Wednesday. “I wanted them to know who
I was so I went ahead and came up here to play football. “I expect to be better
than last time I was here. It can be done.” A lofty expectation, indeed,
considering in 09, the six-foot, 195-pound Mallett ran for 1,240 yards with
B.C., including a club-record 213 yards in a game against Montreal. The
26-year-old native of Pine Bluff, Ark., was a West Division all-star and capped
his season being named the CFLs top rookie. Mallett parlayed that success into a
contract with the Philadelphia Eagles, the start of a two-year roller-coaster
ride that saw him spend time with three NFL clubs—including two stints with
the Eagles—before returning to the CFL. After initially signing with the
Eagles, Mallett was waived twice by the NFL club before being added to the
practice roster Sept. 5. However, Philadelphia released him again 16 days later.
The Cleveland Browns placed Mallett on their practice roster Sept. 28, 2010, but
let him go in November. Mallett re-signed with Philadelphia on Jan. 5, 2011, and
went back on the practice roster but became a free agent following the Eagles
NFC playoff loss. Mallett then signed with the New York Giants on Jan. 11, 2011
but eventually went on injured reserve with a hamstring ailment before reaching
an injury settlement Aug. 25. Mallett signed with Hamilton on Jan. 30. Despite
bouncing around the NFL, Mallett isnt bitter about his experience south of the
border and doesnt regret his decision to sign there following his impressive CFL
debut. “It was a great experience,” Mallett said. “I had success there, I just
didnt get a chance to prove myself because of injuries. “Its a business and when
you get injured, its just part of the game. But I always have something to
prove, Im never satisfied.” The addition of Mallett gives Hamilton more than
just an accomplished runner in the backfield. He can also provide solid blocking
in pass protection while also having the ability to catch passes—he hadd 43
receptions for 342 yards and two touchdowns with B. Andre Johnson Womens Jersey. C. Malletts
versatility gives the Ticats plenty of flexibility on offence and was a reason
why the club released veteran Avon Cobourne—who ran for 961 yards last year
—after Mallett signed in Hamilton. “Hes a good player,” said new Ticats head
coach George Cortex. “Hes a good protector, he can run and catch the ball out of
the backfield. “He and Chevon (rookie Chevon Walker) are the kind of backs we
want in the backfield. We dont want a one-dimensional guy.” Mallett said running
backs must be versatile in todays game. “Its very important,” he said. “Back in
the day if you could run the football you were good but now with the difference
offences you have to also be able to block and catch coming out of the
backfield. “Ive worked hard on that in the past and developed those attributes.”
But opposing defences wont have the luxury of keying solely on Mallett this
season. Ticats GM Bob OBillovich spent a lot of time this off-season revamping
his offence. He traded for veteran quarterback Henry Burris and dipped into free
agency to land slotback Andy Fantuz before signing 2008 first-round pick Sam
Giguere, a receiver from Sherbrooke who after being drafted by the Ticats opted
to instead spend time in the NFL with the Indianapolis Colts and Giants. The
arrival of Giguere and Fantuz solidifies an already solid Ticats receiving corps
that features veteran slotback Dave Stala along with talented youngsters Chris
Williams—the CFLs top rookie last year—Bakari Grant, Aaron Kelly and
Terence Jeffers-Harris. But the abundance of offensive weapons does create the
challenge of trying to give everyone sufficient touches with just one football
to go around. But Mallett, for one, isnt concerning himself with how many times
he gets the ball. “Whether its passing or running, it doesnt matter so long as
were winning,” he said. “Either way, you have to be a team player.” Mallett
joins a Ticats squad that has reached the CFL playoffs three straight years but
last season finished third in the East Division with an 8-10 record. But
Hamilton ended Montreals two-year Grey Cup reign in the conference semifinal
before losing 19-3 to Winnipeg in the division championship. Mallett leaves no
doubt that the team has higher expectations this year—much higher. “We have
to rise up another notch and get over the hump,” he said. “I think with the team
we have, once we get clicking together well be good.” ’ ’ ’ 

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