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LOS ANGELES, Calif. A.J. Green Womens Jersey . – Perhaps one day,
Bryce Harper will be hitting home runs at Matt Kemps current pace — although
very few can.For now, the Washington Nationals top prospect can take
satisfaction from the fact he hit a rope over Kemps head in centre field for a
double in the third at-bat of his major league debut.Harper also drove in the
go-ahead run in the ninth inning with a sacrifice fly and Wilson Ramos added an
insurance run for the Washington Nationals with an RBI single. But closer
Henry Rodriguez gave both runs back in the bottom half with the help of three
wild pitches, and Kemp homered leading off the 10th to give the Los Angeles
Dodgers a 4-3 victory on Saturday night.Kemp hit a bomb, and thats terrible,
Harper said. But hes a great player and a great hitter. Hes hitting like .440
right now with 11 jacks and 24 RBIs. I know that if I had a number one pick, hed
be it. Hes unbelievable.Harper, the Nationals much-ballyhooed 19-year-old
outfielder and the first overall pick in the 2010 draft, was 1 for 3 in his four
plate appearances. He started out by hitting a comebacker in the first inning
and flied out in the fifth.I really didnt have butterflies at all. I think thats
one of the first times Ive never gotten butterflies, Harper said. I was sitting
in the dugout before the game and I was thinking to myself: Wow, Im in the big
leagues. But I was talking to Adam LaRoche before the game and I told him: Hey,
Im really calm right now. I was just trying to look for my pitch and got into
some good counts. I think in the next week or so, itll really sink in.Because of
the Nationals rainout last Sunday at Miami, Stephen Strasburg didnt get the
marquee matchup with NL Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw that many had hoped for.
But the Nationals ace right-hander still had his hands full keeping up with
Chad Billingsley, who matched zeros with him until both teams scored a run in
the eighth against the two starters.We played a great team tonight, Harper said.
Billingsley threw a great game and we fought til the end. Thats the way you want
to start off your career, I think. But I wish we would have gotten the W, of
course.Kemp drove a 1-2 pitch off Tom Gorzelanny (1-1) to centre field for his
majors-leading 11th home run, breaking the Dodgers record for long balls in
April set by Gary Sheffield in 2000. Kemp tossed his helmet as he galloped from
third to home plate, where he was mobbed by teammates.Were having fun right now,
Kemp said. It took everybody to get this win tonight. I got the pitch I wanted
to hit, a fastball over the middle and I hit it hard.Jamey Wright (1-0) pitched
a perfect inning for the win.Strasburg allowed one run and five hits over seven
innings, struck out nine and walked none in his Dodger Stadium debut before a
rollicking crowd of 54,242.I knew it was going to be a loud stadium tonight, so
I just wanted to go out there and keep my composure, pound the strike zone and
do my best and keep the team in the ballgame, Strasburg said. This was a tough
one for us.Rodriguez, trying for his sixth save and first since tag-team partner
Brad Lidge went on the disabled list on Friday, gave up a ground-rule double by
Juan Uribe — one pitch after a fan ran onto the field and was tackled in
left-centre by security guards.A.J. Ellis struck out and James Loney was thrown
out at the plate on a grounder to first by pinch-hitter Adam Kennedy. But
Rodriguez threw a wild pitch to Dee Gordon on a 1-2 count, allowing the tying
run to score, and Gordon reached on a strikeout-wild pitch. Gorzelanny relieved
Rodriguez, and Tony Gwynn Jr. lined out to first with two runners in scoring
position.I was proud of the guys for bouncing back in the ninth, Dodgers manager
Don Mattingly said. To scratch out a win against those guys is showing that our
guys are playing together. Its fun to watch Kemp, you see him getting better and
better.LaRoche, whose two-run homer Friday night against Kershaw accounted for
all the Washington scoring in a 3-2 loss, put the Nationals ahead 1-0 against
Billingsley with a line drive into the lower seats in the right field corner on
a 3-1 pitch. It was his third home run in 24 career at-bats against the
right-hander.The Dodgers pulled even after Strasburg hit Jerry Hairston Jr.
leading off the bottom half. Loney reached on a fielding error by second baseman
Danny Espinosa, and Hairston scored on a one-out single to left field by Ellis.
Harper made a strong throw to the plate on the fly, but Ramos couldnt handle it
cleanly.I was trying to make a good throw and I had a good opportunity to try to
throw him out, Harper said. I did the best I could, but it didnt go our
way.Billingsley gave up one run and five hits in seven innings with six
strikeouts and a walk. He came in 4-0 with a 2.28 ERA in his four previous
starts against Washington at Dodger Stadium.Notes: Strasburg hit two batters,
one more than he plunked in 177 innings over his 21 previous big league starts.
But he hasnt allowed a home run in his last 10 starts and 63 1-3 innings since
LaRoche took him deep on Aug. 15, 2010 while playing for Arizona. ... Strasburg
led off the sixth with an opposite-field double to right-centre, his first
extra-base hit in 35 career at-bats to that point and the first by a Nationals
pitcher this season. ... Billingsley has given up five homers in 30 2-3 innings
this season. Last year, he had a homerless stretch of 92 innings. ... Strasburg,
who was born in San Diego, made his first start in California. ... The youngest
player in the 44-year history of the Montreal/Washington franchise was LHP Balor
Moore, who was 19 years and 116 days old when he made his big league debut on
May 21, 1970. Harper is 79 days older than Moore was. Rey Maualuga Jersey . Fehr wrapped up a
meeting held over parts of two days with about 40 players at a hotel outside of
OHare International Airport. The union will hold similar informational meetings
next week in Kelowna, B. BenJarvus Green-Ellis Jersey . Manager John
Farrell, speaking in an interview on MLB Radio, said Santos would miss a minimum
of four weeks of action. Farrell said that Santos will not throw for 10-14 days
before beginning a throwing program to get back in game shape. http://www.bengalsteamstore.com/andrew-hawkins-jerseys
. —Clark Haggans joined the San Francisco 49ers at practice Tuesday pledging
to hit the ground running with a team that fits the rugged style he has
established throughout a 13-year NFL career. Dre Kirkpatrick Womens Jersey . More than
seven years later, the Miami Marlins are giving him a second chance. The Marlins
said Thursday that they have signed Greenberg to a one-day contract, effective
Oct. Andy Dalton Elite Jersey . Stanton hit his
12th home run in May to tie the franchise record for a single month and the
Marlins completed a three-game sweep of the first-place Washington Nationals
with a 5-3 win Wednesday night. NASHVILLE —The Nashville Predators nailed down
another one of their core players Monday, signing Mike Fisher to a two-year
contract extension worth US$8.4 million. One month after making a monster
$110-million payout to keep captain Shea Weber in town, the Predators made sure
the 32-year-old Fisher—the teams second-leading goal scorer last season—
would be also be sticking around. The new deal, which kicks in for the 2013-14
season, pays the six-foot-one, 208-pound centre $4.2 million per season.
“Obviously I love being here,” said Fisher, one of Nashvilles assistant captains
last season. “It has been a great year and a half for me. I love everything
about the city. Geno Atkins Jersey. It is just a perfect
situation.” Last season, the Peterborough, Ont., native posted 24 goals and 27
assists for 51 points while coming 11th in the NHL in game-winning goals with
seven. Since joining Nashville from the Ottawa Senators halfway through the
2010-11 season, hes scored 63 points in 99 games while adding 11 more points in
22 playoff games. Fisher is married to country music superstar Carrie Underwood,
and the couples primary home is in the Nashville area. Fisher joined the league
when Ottawa drafted him 44th overall in 1998, and has amassed 411 points in 774
games since then. In 97 career playoff games, he has 39 points. ’ ’ ’ 

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