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Nov 9, 2012 7:24pm
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VANCOUVER —Barry Robsons long wait is about to end. Andrew Luck Jersey . The star Scottish
midfielder will suit up for his first game with the Vancouver Whitecaps on
Wednesday as they visit the Colorado Rapids. Robson, who has 17 caps for
Scotlands national team, signed with Vancouver in February but had to complete
the English Premier League season with Middlesbrough. Then he had to wait until
an international transfer window opened June 27 before he was eligible to play
in Major League Soccer. “Its been hard for me to see as many games as I would
like to,” Robson said. “Well see them quite quickly.” The Whitecaps (7-4-5) are
aiming to put out a strong effort after bowing 3-0 to the Los Angeles Galaxy
last week. Vancouver was never really in the road game as Galaxy stars Robbie
Keane and David Beckham worked some of their on-field magic. They will be hoping
to get back on track with a second win against the Rapids (7-8-1), who they
defeated 1-0 at BC Place on June 16. Robson brings European experience to the
Whitecaps. In addition to Middlesbrough, which wanted him back, he has starred
for Glasgow Celtic and Dundee United while playing in such major competitions as
UEFA Cup and Champions League. He expects MLS to be slower than what he is used
to overseas, but still expects to be able to handle himself well. “Ive never had
to rely on pace,” said Robson, 33. “Ive never been lightning-quick, but theres
still plenty in the locker to offer, and well see how it goes.” Robson is
comfortable playing in any part of the midfield. He has not taken his insertion
in the lineup for granted because the Whitecaps went unbeaten in four games
before their loss to L.A. But his readiness is timely, because Vancouver will
play without midfielders John Thorrington (injury) and Jun Marques Davidson
(suspension). Although other players are listed or line up as midfielders, they
often focus on attacking roles. The Whitecaps are looking to Robson to upgrade a
midfield that has been decent but rarely dominant with Thorrington, Gershon
Koffie and Davide Chiumiento among the most reliable. Coach Martin Rennie wants
Robson to provide goals that other midfielders have been unable to muster. “We
havent scored too many goals from midfield and, right now, I think its important
to add that to our game,” Rennie said. Robson scored nine goals in league play
for Middlesbrough in 2011-12, his second and final season with the EPL club. He
had five in his first campaign. Koffie is the only pure midfielder who has
scored this season, and only once. Rennie has indicated that Robson will play a
prominent role whether he starts or comes off the bench. “Well see how the game
goes,” Robson said. “Its not about one player. Its about the whole team. Lets
hope we can get a result.” Vancouver fans will have to wait before they can see
Robson in action at home. The Whitecaps are in the midst of a five-game road
trip. After Wednesday, they will play three more games away from home. before he
can take to the B.C. Place pitch against the Galaxy on July 18. Robson, who is
still getting his family settled, hopes the extended road stint helps him bond
with his new teammates. “Its good to get to know the players better,” Robson
said. “Theyre good guys from what Ive seen so far. So Ill spend some time with
them over the next couple of weeks, and Ill be enjoying it.” Notes: Colorado
will play without defender Anthony Wallace (Achilles) and midfielder Pablo
Mastroeni (headaches). ... Strikers Atiba Harris (knee) and Omar Salgado (foot)
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Washington hitters swinging at shadows. Dwight Freeney Jersey . Michael Grabner had a
goal and an assist for the Islanders, who have won a season-high four in a row.
Josh Bailey and Blake Comeau also lit the lamp. Making his fifth career start,
Nathan Lawson made 28 saves to record his first NHL victory. BALTIMORE
Billy Butler had already cleared the most difficult obstacles of hitting for the
cycle, including a home run and his first triple since 2009. All he needed was a
measly little single in his final two at-bats to become the seventh player in
the history of the Kansas City Royals to complete the cycle. Butler fell short,
but that was one of very few negatives for the Royals in an 8-2 win over the
Baltimore Orioles on Thursday night. Butler finished with three RBIs and scored
three runs, and Alex Gordon homered and had three hits to help Kansas City end
the Orioles five-game winning streak and take the lustre off Manny Machados
impressive major league debut. Butler homered in a four-run first inning,
doubled in the third and tripled in the fifth. Vying to become the first Kansas
City player to hit for the cycle since George Brett in 1990, Butler struck out
against Matt Lindstrom in the seventh and submariner Darren ODay in the ninth.
“I really didnt have much to hit,” Butler said. “They pitched me tough with some
really good sliders. ODay is not somebody a right-hander is going to have much
success against at all. I know I havent in my history. Im just trying to take
him the other way and it just didnt work out. Hes going to get most righties out
all of the time.” Butler is 11 for 24 (.458) with three homers and five RBIs in
six games against Baltimore this season. “Butlers one of the top five
right-handed hitters in baseball,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “This
guy is solid. You look at his track record. I try not to feel like hes picking
on us. We made some good pitches on him the last couple at-bats, but we made
some mistakes on him and good hitters are going to pounce on those.” Machado,
the third overall pick in the 2010 draft, went 2 for 4 and played flawlessly at
third base in his first game above the Double-A level. The 20-year-old grounded
out in the second inning, tripled in the fifth, beat out a slow roller to second
base in the seventh and popped out to end the game. “I thought Manny did well,
presented himself well tonight,” Showalter said. “Im proud of him. There was a
nice calmness about him and a good start. He handled the situation well, all
things considered.” Machado was pleased with his performance but disappointed
with the final score. &qquot;It would have been way much better if we would
have come out with a win, but they did a good job,” the rookie said. Pat Angerer Jersey. . Asked if this taste of
success might carry over, Machado replied, “Ive still got a long year and a lot
more at-bats to go. But for the first night I think it went great.” Matt Wieters
homered for the Orioles, who failed for a sixth time this season to extend a
five-game winning streak to six. Baltimore rookie Wei-Yin Chen (10-7) allowed a
career-high seven runs and nine hits in 4 2-3 innings. Coming off two straight
starts in which he did not allow an earned run, the Taiwanese left-hander
yielded a home run to Gordon on the second pitch of the game and never got back
on track. Will Smith (3-4) gave up two runs and six hits in seven innings for
the Royals, who have won four of five. “That was a great game,” manager Ned Yost
said. “We tacked on runs on three or four different occasions. (Alcides) Escobar
was spectacular at shortstop. Great defence. We hit homers. We hit doubles. We
played very, very well.” Kansas City took a 4-0 lead before Chen could get an
out. After Gordon hit his third leadoff homer of the season, Escobar and
Lorenzo Cain followed with singles before Butler homered on a 1-1 pitch. In the
second inning, Machado received a warm ovation from the crowd of 21,226 before
his first at-bat. With two on and two outs, he hit a chopper to Escobar and was
thrown out by a step. The Royals used doubles by Butler, Mike Moustakas and
Jeff Francoeur to make it 6-0 in the third. Moustakas was 2 for 27 lifetime
against Baltimore before his run-scoring hit. Chens night ended in the fifth,
when Butler tripled and scored on a sacrifice fly by Salvador Perez. In the
bottom half, Machado tripled and scored on a fly ball