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Nov 14, 2012 8:33pm
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SAN DIEGO —The San Francisco Giants have responded well to being without their
top offensive player. Jim Brown Youth Jersey . Playing their third
game without suspended outfielder Melky Cabrera, the Giants cranked up their
offence and used another big inning in an 8-7 win over the San Diego Padres on
Saturday night. Joaquin Arias homered and drove in three runs, Hunter Pence had
two RBIs and Buster Posey had three hits and one of San Franciscos three
sacrifice flies. “Thats what it takes, guys picking each other up,” Giants
manager Bruce Bochy said. San Francisco has scored 22 runs on 37 hits in three
games since Cabrera was suspended on Wednesday for 50 games following a positive
test for testosterone. Arias hit a leadoff homer in the second and had an RBI
single to cap a four-run fifth that put the Giants ahead 5-4. He blooped an RBI
single in the seventh when San Francisco scored twice to take a 7-5 lead. “Its
fun to see our offence work,” said Pablo Sandoval, who had two hits and drove in
a run. “When you have guys coming through in RBI situations, Im happy for that.”
The Giants followed up the 15 hits they had in Friday nights 10-1 win over San
Diego, when they broke loose for an eight-run inning, with 14 more on Saturday.
“It was a good win for us, good comeback,” said Bochy. “The guys had another big
inning to save us.” San Francisco remained in first place in the NL West by a
half-game over the Los Angeles Dodgers, 6-2 winners over Atlanta. San Diego lost
despite getting a three-run homer from Chase Headley and Carlos Quentins solo
shot. The Padres have dropped five straight games and have lost 19 of their last
25 meetings with the Giants. “Its been nice to hit a couple of homers,” Headley
said. “You try to focus on wins and losses. When you dont win, it really doesnt
matter to you.” Headley reached the 20-homer mark for the first time in his
career. The switch-hitter leads the majors in August with eight home runs and 24
RBIs. Jose Mijares (1-0) retired the only two batters he faced to pick up the
win. Jeremy Affeldt allowed two runs in the ninth before Clay Hensley got the
final out for his third save. Giants starter Barry Zito lasted only four innings
before getting pulled for a pinch-hitter leading off the fifth. Zito allowed
four runs and six hits. “I knew I had a fresh bullpen and we needed to get back
in the game,” Bochy said about lifting Zito while trailing, 4-1. Zito is 1-2
with a 7.37 ERA in his last five starts. At Petco Park, he is 0-3 with a 7.28
ERA in his last six starts. “I wasnt frustrated with him,” Zito said. “I was
frustrated I wasnt more aggressive.” Brad Brach (1-3) allowed two runs and four
hits with a walk, retiring just one batter. San Diegos Eric Stults couldnt hold
a 4-1 lead. He gave up five runs and nine hits over six innings. Headley
contributed to the Giants four-run inning with a questionable defensive play.
Pinch-hitter Ryan Theriot led off with a single and went to third on
Angel Pagans double. Marco Scutaro followed with a sacrifice fly. Pablo Sandoval
then hit a grounder to Headleys left at third base. As Headley fielded the ball,
he had to make a 360-degree spin. Instead of going to first, the off-balanced
Headley decided to throw home in an attempt to get Pagan. But the throw had
little zip on it, and Pagan scored easily. “Obviously, I wish I would have made
the throw to first, now,” Headley said. Posey doubled and Sandoval soon scored
on Pences sacrifice fly. Arias then singled in the final run. NOTES: The Padres
scored more runs against San Francisco than they had in losing their previous
four games, when they were outscored 28-2. ... Zito is 1-7 in his last 12 starts
against the Padres. This was the first time in that stretch that he received
more than two runs of support. ... It appears likely that Padres opening-day
starter Tim Stauffer is done for the season. Stauffer, who made only one start,
has been on the DL with a strained right elbow virtually all season. The
right-hander is considering surgery to repair a flexor tendon. ... San Francisco
has won 11 of its last 15 road games since the All-Star break, outscoring its
opponents by a 110-50 margin. ... San Francisco RHP Ryan Vogelsong (10-6, 2.72
ERA), coming off his worst start of the season, opposes LHP Clayton Richard
(9-12, 3.91) in the series finale Sunday. Jim Brown Jersey . —There was nobody White
Sox manager Robin Ventura would rather have had at the plate with runners on the
corners in the 14th inning than his gritty new third baseman. Brandon Weeden Womens Jersey . Croatia had
several chances before substitute Jelavic scored in 63rd minute, but the hosts
were far from dominating. Captain Darijo Srna said that “it was really tough .
. The Vancouver Sun reported that Mitchell, an all-star with the Lions in 2011,
signed with the Dolphins after a workout with the team last month. As for
Thigpen, news of his possible signing south of the border was broken by his
Ticats teammate Jeremy Kelley on Twitter. Trent Richardson Jersey . —Brendan
Shinnimin of the Tri-City Americans has been honoured as the best player in
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made yet another strong bid to start for the National League in the All-Star
game.Canadas Antoine Valois-Fortier won a bronze medal in the mens -81kg judo
event Tuesday with a surprising yet incredible showing on Day 4 at the London
2012 Olympic Games. The 22-year-old captured the spot on the podium by defeating
10th-ranked American Travis Stevens to become the first Canadian to win an
Olympic medal in the sport since his coach Nicolas Gill won a silver at Sydney
2000. It is just the fifth time Canada has won an Olympic judo medal. “This is
such a good feeling,” Valois-Fortier said afterward. “I cant realize it yet but
Im so happy, Ive worked so hard.” The native of Beauport, Que., a small suburb
of Quebec City, took the early advantage in his bronze-medal bout, getting a
yuko score at 0:55 when he lifted Stevens and landed a te-guruma (hand wheel)
throw. From then he frustrated his opponent with his constant pressure and
steady grips. Stevens entered the match with bandage over his left eye for a cut
sustained in an earlier bout, but it wasnt a factor. In the final seconds
Valois-Fortier, ranked 21st in the world, was assessed a harmless shido
(penalty) for a false attack, and before they were restarted Stevens let out a
small yell of frustration. After the final second ticked off, an emotional
Valois-Fortier raised his arms while on his knees and fell to his back in
celebration as he became just the fourth different Canadian to win an Olympic
judo medal and first ever in the 81-kilogram weight class. “(Stevens and I)
train together a lot, we have fought each other a lot. I knew that the first guy
who scored a point on the board would control the others attack,” said
Valois-Fortier, who was entering London 2012 as the Pan American Judo
Championships silver medallist. “So when I scored, I was just telling myself, I
can do this. There was no doubt left in my mind that I was going to win this
match.” Valois-Fortier, who trains in Montreal, advanced to the bronze-medal
bout by beating 29th-ranked Emmanuel Lucenti of Argentina with a waza-ari in an
exciting repechage match that featured plenty of action. The six-foot-two judoka
kept up his aggressive but calculated pace and eventually executed a forceful
uchi-mata (inner thigh throw) for the score at the 2:36 mark of their
five-minute contest. An earlier throw by Lucenti was originally awarded a yuko,
but the score was then taken off the board after a video review. Both fighters
were assessed a shido (penalty) in the match, with Valois-Fortier being warned
for defensive posture with 18 seconds left as he fended off his opponent for the
victory. Stevens lost his semi-final bout to Germanys Ole Bischof, who claimed
silver. No. 2 Kim Jae-Bum of South Korea beat Bischof for the gold medal,
avenging his loss to the German in the -81kg final at Beijing 2008. Top-ranked
Leandro Guilheiro of Brazil missed the podium after being defeated in the
quarter-finals and also in his repechage match. In his first match of the day,
Valois-Fortier pulled off a big upset to get his run started. He knocked off the
No. 3 Elnur Mammadli of Azerbaijan by decision after no points were scored in
regulation or golden score. Jim Brown Womens Jersey. Mammadli, who won
gold at Beijing 2008 in the-73kg division, was a huge favourite against
Valois-Fortier. But the six-foot-two Canadian applied constant pressure using
his longer reach to tire and outwork his opponent, over whom he held a six-inch
height advantage, and earn the nod. Valois-Fortier then beat 33-year-old British
judoka Euan Burton with an ippon throw at 1:45 and advanced to the
quarter-finals by outscoring Montenegros Srdjan Mrvaljevic in the round of 16.
Valois-Fortier maintained his aggressive approach and scored with a tomoe-nage
(stomach throw) at 2:59 that earned a yuko, followed by a tai-otoshi (body drop)
12 seconds later that scored waza-ari. With the big lead on points against
Mrvaljevic, he changed gears and turned on the defensive. He surrendered two
late shidos to give his opponent a yuko, but he could easily afford it as he
held on to put himself in position to win a medal. In his quarter-final match,
the 2010 Canadian national champion faced Russias Ivan Nifontov and it was tight
contest from the get-go. The seventh-ranked judoka threw Valois-Fortier midway
through regulation and was initially given a yuko, but it was quickly waved off
by the two side judges. Moments later, the 2009 world champion scored a good
waza-ari after throwing Valois-Fortier onto his side then rolling him onto his
back. Valois-Fortier continued to grip hard and push the pace but Nifontov, who
went on to win the other bronze medal with a victory over Japans Takahiro Nakai,
was too strong. Valois-Fortier managed a throw that nearly scored, but the
timing of the execution wasnt sufficient. He made desperate attempts to score in
the fading moments, but the Russian shook off all of his attacks to hand
Valois-Fortier his only loss of the day. The result bumped Valois-Fortier to the
repechage, but he rebounded quickly to beat Lucenti and put himself in position
for the podium finish. “(Winning bronze) feels amazing,” Valois-Fortier said.
“Ive sacrificed so much and all of the fights today were very hard. It was tough
mentally but the whole team supported me and I managed to pull myself together.
“I wanted it really bad, its what I work for every day.” NOTES: No Canadians
were in action on the womens side on Day 4. The top two seeds at -63kg, Japans
Yoshie Ueno and Gevrise Emane of France, were upset in the quarter-finals by
Mongolias Munkhzaya Tsedevsuren and Da-Woon Joung, respectively. Both ended up
winning bronze medals. Slovenias Urska Zolnir beat Chinas Lili Zu in the womens
gold-medal match … Gill, who now serves as the head coach of Canadas national
judo team, is the countrys most decorated Olympic judoka; he won a silver medal
in the -100kg division at Sydney 2000 and a bronze in the -86kg at Barcelona
1992. The other Canadian judo players to win Olympic medals are Doug Rogers
(silver at +80kg when judo debuted at Tokyo 1964) and Mark Berger (bronze at
+95kg at Los Angeles 1984). ’ ’ ’ 

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