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MINNEAPOLIS —Pitching, fielding, baserunning and timely hits. Eric Weddle Jersey . That all fell into place
for the surging Texas Rangers this weekend. Just like the fastball Glen Perkins
left over the middle for Josh Hamilton. Hamiltons two-run homer in the eighth
capped a three-run inning for the Rangers and set up Joe Nathan for the save
against his former team in a 4-3 victory on Sunday over the Twins, their first
series sweep in Minnesota since 1999. “Im not trying to do too much. Its do what
the situation asks for,” said Hamilton, who leads the American League with 16
hits and is tied at the top with four home runs. Perkins (0-1) walked
Ian Kinsler to start the eighth, and Elvis Andrus followed with a triple to
bring the Rangers within one. Then Hamilton hit the first pitch he saw from
Perkins an estimated 449 feet into the upper deck above right field. “Hes locked
in. Hes doing everything. Hes using all the fields. Hes not missing mistakes.
Hes playing tremendous defence. We certainly needed that big hit he gave us
today, and thats what hes been doing for us,” manager Ron Washington said.
Hamilton is 6 for 12 in his career with two homers and five RBIs against
Perkins. “Thats what they do when you make a mistake, and he did what he
shouldve done with that,” Perkins said. The Rangers won their fourth in a row
and raised their AL-best record to 8-2. The Twins have the worst mark in the
league at 2-7. Robbie Ross (2-0) struck out three in relief of Neftali Feliz
over two scoreless innings for his second win in as many days. Then Nathan
pitched a perfect ninth for his third save in four tries with his new team.
“Weve got an unbelievable team that can hit, get runs whenever it seems like
they want to,” Ross said. “Its pretty cool. It makes pitching a lot easier.” The
Twins stretched their lead to 3-1 after a triple by Denard Span—who is 10 for
18 in his last four games—and a single by Jamey Carroll. Joe Mauer walked,
but Ross retired three in a row. “We thought we had a pretty good opportunity
there, but the kid made some pitches and got us out,” Twins manager Ron
Gardenhire said. Then in the eighth, Span started with a single but Carroll
popped his bunt attempt up and Mauer grounded into a double play. Feliz, the
converted closer who joined the rotation to replace C.J. Wilson and make room
for Nathan this season, has made the transition look relatively smooth. He
retired the first 10 batters he faced and got Justin Morneau to ground into an
inning-ending double play with runners at first and second in the fourth. The
Twins lead the major leagues by grounding into 13 double plays this year. Texas
starters have yet to drop a decision, and their 2.42 collective ERA is the best
in the league. “Just because we won a series doesnt mean were going to stop on
the last day,” Kinsler said. “We want to make sure we continue to play good
baseball. Our pitchers did a heck of a job today to keep us in that game and not
let it get out of hand and giving our offence a chance.” Clete Thomas, a waiver
claim the day after being let go by Detroit, hit a two-run homer off Feliz in
the fifth to give the Twins the lead. Then in the top of the sixth,
Michael Young doubled down the right-field line with two outs and Adrian Beltre
on first. Thomas put his relay right on target, and second baseman Alexi Casilla
threw a strike, too, to get Beltre at the plate. Liam Hendriks, who hadnt
pitched yet because of food poisoning in Baltimore, gave up seven hits without a
walk in six innings for his first start of the season for the Twins.
Mike Napolis homer in the fifth was the only run allowed by the 23-year-old
Australian right-hander, who struck out four. Napoli, playing first base for
Mitch Moreland, who missed his second straight game because of an abscessed
tooth, was 2 for 20 this season before that. Notes: Moreland is scheduled to
have oral surgery Monday in Texas and rejoin the team Tuesday in Boston. ...
Washington is considering flip-flopping Yu Darvish and Matt Harrison in the
rotation to keep Darvish on his normal rest pattern and to split up Harrison and
fellow LH Derek Holland. ... The Rangers dont play Monday. RH Colby Lewis (1-0,
1.42 ERA) pitches Tuesday against Red Sox LH Jon Lester (0-1, 2.40 ERA). ... The
Twins send RH Carl Pavano (0-1, 5.93 ERA) to the mound against his former team
Monday in New York. RH Freddy Garcia (0-0, 5.79 ERA) pitches for the Yankees.
... Young went 3 for 4 for the Rangers and is 11 for 21 in his last five games.
... Mauer and Morneau were a combined 3 for 22 with 14 runners left on in the
series. Philip Rivers Womens Jersey . “I hope well
continue on that path,” Selig said of the positive talks Monday night before
Game 2 of the NL championship series. MLBs agreement with the players union
expires on Dec. 11. Ryan Mathews Jersey . FIFA president Sepp
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. Ortiz has been on the disabled list since June 3 with a partially torn tendon
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fouled off a pitch. Eric Weddle Womens Jersey . Its never fun to
lose in overtime in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final but the New Jersey Devils
can take some positives from the loss. Antonio Gates Womens Jersey . Halladay threw
a six-hit complete game to reverse his fortune in Texas, and the Toronto Blue
Jays beat the Rangers 4-1 on Saturday night.CINCINNATI, Ohio—The Padres have
placed catcher Yasmani Grandal on the 15-day disabled list, a day after he
strained muscles in his right side on a big swing. San Diego called up catcher
Eddy Rodriguez from Class A Lake Elsinore. The 26-year-old Rodriguez hit .223
with 13 homers and 36 RBIs this season. Rodriguez originally was drafted by the
Reds in the 20th round in June 20066. Philip Rivers Jersey. Grandal left an 11-5
win over the Reds on Monday night after a swing-and-miss and was treated for a
strained oblique muscle. The rookie batted .312 with five doubles, five homers
and 15 RBIs in 24 games over two stints with San Diego. San Diego also moved
right-hander Anthony Bass to the 60-day DL. Hes been sidelined since June 24
with a sore shoulder. ’ ’ ’ 

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