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Nov 7, 2012 9:37pm
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LONDON —Chelsea rode its luck to hold Arsenal to a 0-0 draw in the Premier
League on Saturday, keeping the race for Champions League qualification in the
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came closer to breaking the deadlock in a London derby of few chances at
Emirates Stadium, with top scorer Robin van Persie and Laurent Koscielny both
striking the goal frame in the first half. Just like against Barcelona in the
Champions League on Wednesday, Chelsea held firm to keep a clean sheet and stay
seven points behind Arsenal with a game in hand. “Under the circumstances, we
have to be pleased with a point away at the Emirates,” said interim Chelsea
manager Roberto Di Matteo, who made eight changes to the team that beat
Barcelona 1-0 in their semifinal first leg with a view to the return fixture at
the Camp Nou on Tuesday. The result leaves Arsenal within range of Tottenham and
Newcastle, who are both six points behind Arsene Wengers team having played two
matches fewer. To add to Wengers concerns, Theo Walcott hobbled off in the
second half with a hamstring pull and is unlikely to play in the teams final
three league matches. “I think we were nervous today because we could not afford
to lose the game,” Wenger said. Arsenal was desperate to avenge Mondays shock
2-1 home loss to lowly Wigan, a result that breathed unexpected life into the
race for third and fourth, and created the games few clear-cut chances. Chelsea
relied on the goal frame to twice get out of trouble—just as the team did
against Barca—with Van Persie striking the base of the post from two yards
out in the 14th minute and Koscielny heading against the bar when unmarked in
the 42nd. “They decided to lock up the game and catch us on the break only,”
Wenger said. “We had the chances and they had zero.” For Chelsea, a point at one
of its biggest rivals isnt the worst result but with games running out—
Chelsea has four left—its best chance of qualifying for the Champions League
now likely hinges on winning this years competition. They could have done with
the likes of Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole and Juan Mata, who started on the bench,
and were again reliant on the obdurate centre-back partnership of Gary Cahill
and John Terry—four days after their resilient defensive display against
Barcelona. Chelsea looked dangerous on the counter-attack and from set pieces
but lacked the killer ball as well as numbers going forward, with lone striker
Fernando Torres often isolated. “Two semifinals and an away match against
Arsenal in the space of six days is a crazy schedule,” Di Matteo said. “I think
we are still in the running for fourth spot and we will fight until the end of
the season.” Arsenals hopes of pressing home its narrow advantage in the second
half werent helped by the hamstring injury sustained by Walcott. The speedy
winger pulled up with the problem in the 57th but decided to play on, something
Wenger said may have exacerbated the injury. Three minutes later as he attempted
surge down the right, he came to a stop again clutching his hamstring and was
replaced by Gervinho. “Theo has a serious hamstring (injury),” Wenger said.
“(Hell be out for) 21 days. It will be tough to come back before the end of the
season.” Van Persie missed a couple of chances late on when he shot wide from
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Open.SAN FRANCISCO - Hanley Ramirezs daily chats with hitting instructor Manny
Mota are already paying big dividends for the Dodgers. Now its even more clear
why the Los Angeles front office didnt flinch when pursuing a deal for the
high-priced slugger this week. Ramirez hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning
and the Dodgers beat the San Francisco Giants 5-3 on Friday night in a matchup
of the top two teams in the NL West. “Its why Im here,” Ramirez said. “Manny
Mota spoke to me and told me, Dont try to do too much. Just do what you know how
to do. Every day he comes and talks to me. I have a lot to learn from him.” Two
days after being acquired from Miami in a trade meant to boost the Dodgers
offence and playoff hopes, Ramirez went hitless in his first four at-bats
against the Giants before homering to left-centre on an 0-1 pitch from reliever
Sergio Romo (3-2). Ramirezs 15th home run of the season extended a stellar start
to his Los Angeles career. The infielder slugger had three hits in the first two
games with his new club and is batting .364 since the trade from the Marlins.
“Just another lethal bat in our lineup,” catcher A.J. Ellis said. “That ball was
crushed.” Ramirez also made a potential run-saving play in the field when he
dove into foul territory to catch a throw from rookie pitcher Stephen Fife for a
forceout following Matt Cains attempted sacrifice bunt in the fourth. It was
exactly the type of performance manager Don Mattingly hoped for from Ramirez
after the third baseman had some issues in Miami. “Hanleys an intelligent guy,”
Mattingly said. “Hes been easy to deal with.” Andre Ethier, who walked ahead of
Ramirezs home run, had two hits and scored twice to help pull Los Angeles within
two games of first-place San Francisco. The Giants, looking to bolster their
light-hitting offence, obtained veteran infielder Marco Scutaro from Colorado in
a deal that was announced during the game. “Its no secret were looking for
experience and depth,” San Francisco general manager Brian Sabean said. Even
with their offence sputtering, the Giants didnt go quietly. Kenley Jansen gave
up back-to-back singles to Melky Cabrera and Buster Posey to open the bottom of
the 10th. Jansen struck out the next two batters and then got Joaquin Arias to
fly out for his 20th save. “We needed that win,” Ramirez said. “We have a couple
months left and were just going to go out there and keep winning series.”
James Loney and Juan Rivera had two hits apiece for the Dodgers, who beat the
Giants for the third ttime in seven games this season. Randy Moss Jersey. Shawn Tolleson (1-0)
pitched one inning for his first major league win. Los Angeles needed this one
after getting shut out in three consecutive games here earlier this season. The
Dodgers got a stellar outing from rookie starter Stephen Fife and just enough
from the bullpen until Ramirezs heroics in the 10th. Fife was called up from the
minors before the game to make his second career start and pitched into the
seventh inning. He also helped end the Dodgers 38-inning scoreless streak at
AT&T Park when he doubled off Cain in the fifth for his first career hit.
Jerry Hairston Jr. followed with an RBI double and scored on Mark Ellis single
to give Los Angeles a 2-1 lead. Before that the Dodgers had not scored at the
Giants waterfront ballpark since Sept. 11, 2011, including a series sweep
earlier this season. Los Angeles got to Cain again in the sixth when Ethier hit
a leadoff double and scored on Loneys single. Cain allowed three runs and nine
hits over seven innings. The All-Star right-hander, who struck out two and didnt
walk anyone, has only one win over his last six starts and was on the hook for
the loss until San Francisco scored twice in the eighth. Cabrera singled and
went to third on Angel Pagans one-out double. Brandon Belt followed with his
third hit, a looping single to centre that drove in two and tied the game at 3.
The Giants biggest problem isnt their pitching, however. Thats why they made the
deal for Scutaro. He was hitting .271 with four home runs and 30 RBIs in 95
games for the Rockies. NOTES: SS Luis Cruz has a 10-game hitting streak for Los
Angeles. ... Giants 3B Pablo Sandoval is making progress and could return to the
lineup as early as this weekend, according to manager Bruce Bochy. ... Dodgers
LHP Ted Lilly threw a bullpen session and will pitch for Class-A Rancho
Cucamonga on Sunday before the team decides what to do next with the 36-year-old
pitcher. ... San Francisco backup catcher Hector Sanchez (left knee sprain)
played seven innings for Triple-A Fresno and might see time at first base before
getting activated from the DL. ... The Dodgers placed LHP Scott Elbert (elbow
inflammation) on the 15-day DL. The move, which was made to open a roster spot
for Fife, is retroactive to July 26. ... A fan ran onto the field and made it to
home plate before being taken away by security in the middle of the fifth
inning. ... Dodgers RHP Chad Billingsley (5-9) faces LHP Barry Zito (8-6) in
Saturdays game, which was originally scheduled as a night game before being
changed to 1:05 p.m. for television. ’ ’ ’ 

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