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KANSAS CITY, Mo. Joel Dreessen Womens Jersey . —The Chicago
White Sox have no more games left against the Kansas City Royals, and thats a
good thing for the AL Central leaders. Kansas City catcher Salvador Perez threw
out Alex Rios at the plate and picked off Alexei Ramirez at third base, and the
White Sox kept missing chances Thursday night in a 4-3 loss to the Royals.
Eric Hosmer singled home the winning run on a 0-2 pitch with two outs in the
ninth inning. Chicago stayed two games ahead of Detroit, which lost in the
afternoon to Oakland, with 13 games remaining. The White Sox went 6-12 against
the Royals this year, including one stretch of six consecutive losses. “Weve
played them tough all year,” Hosmer said. “Its baseball. Certain teams match up
well against other teams.” After going 1 for 12 with runners in scoring position
in Wednesdays 3-0 loss to Kansas City, the White Sox went 1 for 8 in those
situations and stranded seven runners. Chicago is hitting .190 with runners in
scoring position over the past 19 games. “If you keep shooting yourself in the
foot its going to come back to bite you,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said.
“If you keep having opportunities and not taking advantage, a team like this
will beat you.” Rios tried to score with one out in the third when
Jeremy Guthries pitch rolled a few feet behind Perez. But Perezs toss to Guthrie
cut down Rios at the plate. “Alex thinks he can go, then he hesitates,” Ventura
said. “That ones an instinct play, you go or you stop. Its little things like
that we have to stop doing.” Rios out became more magnified when Kevin Youkilis
singled to left two pitches later. “If you hesitate and dont get a good read,
bad stuff happens when you do that,” Rios said. “You have to be aware of the
situation, with one out I could have scored on a fly ball. It was a tough read,
a bad angle. I hesitated. Ive got to go without hesitating.” Perez nabbed
Ramirez in the fourth for his fifth pickoff, most among major league catchers.
“I dont know if theyve got quicksand around third, but weve been losing guys
over there,” Ventura said. Chicago wasted an early 3-0 lead and lost to the
sub-.500 Royals for the ninth time in their last 11 meetings. Billy Butler led
off the Royals ninth with a single against Jesse Crain (2-3). Pinch-runner
Jarrod Dyson stole second with two down and Jeff Francoeur was walked
intentionally. Matt Thornton relieved and Hosmer singled down the third-base
line. Greg Holland (7-4) worked a scoreless ninth for the victory.
Alejandro De Aza, Adam Dunn and A.J. Pierzynski singled in the first to put the
White Sox in front 1-0. Guthrie committed a throwing error in the second that
led to two unearned runs. He walked Dan Johnson and gave up an infield single to
Ramirez, then made a wild throw to first on Gordon Beckhams sacrifice that
allowed a run to score. Dewayne Wise added an RBI grounder. Guthrie allowed
three runs and eight hits in six innings. The right-hander is 4-0 with a 1.75
ERA in his past nine starts, all of which the Royals have won. “I didnt have
great command or great stuff, but I relied on defensive plays,” he said. “Sal
made three great plays. I dont think I really settled in. Really each pitch
seemed like a struggle, not many at-bats did I feel like I was in control. It
was a real struggle. I didnt have a feel for much of what I was doing.”
Francisco Liriano held the Royals to one hit in the first four innings, but gave
up a two-run triple to Johnny Giavotella in the fifth. “Gios hit turned it
around,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “We were doing absolutely nothing until
then.” Billy Butler doubled in Alex Gordon in the sixth, tying it at 3. Butler
has 99 RBIs, the most by a Royals player since Carlos Beltrans 100 in 2003.
NOTES: White Sox 1B Paul Konerko was held out of the lineup with a sore back.
Rios replaced him in the cleanup slot. ... The White Sox continue their trip
with a weekend series at Los Angeles. RHP Jake Peavy will start Friday night
against the Angels. He is 0-2 with a 5.04 ERA in four career starts vs. the
Angels. ... RHP Luis Mendoza, who had strep throat and was scratched from a
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experienced Canadian womens soccer team is primed for this summers Olympic
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seventh-ranked Canadians to deliver against top opposition. “Were a very
confident team right now and we feel that on any given day we can beat the
Japans, the U.S.A.s, the Swedens,” Sinclair told a media conference call Monday.
“But realistically we havent shown that in a huge tournament like the Olympics
or World Cup in quite some time. Were a confident team and we fell that we can
beat them, but thats just words. We have to actually do it.” Coach John Herdman
agrees. “Theyve gone on this podium adventure on a number of occasions and never
seem to cross the line,” said the Englishman. “They get close but they never
cross the line.” To get there, he says his players have had to identify and
address the weaknesses that have let them down. “Theres no hiding, there has to
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18-woman squad announced Monday has a combined 1,374 caps.Sinclair (180), Diana
Matheson (131), Rhian Wilkinson (121), Brittany Timko (112), Candace Chapman
(108) and goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc (100) each have more than 100 or more caps
to their credit. Twelve of the women are veterans of the 2008 Olympics, when
Canada lost 2-1 after extra time to the U.S. in the quarter-finals. And all but
defender Lauren Sesselmann have appeared in at least one World Cup. The Canadian
women are looking to erase the memory of a dreadful World Cup last summer, when
Canada came into the tournament with high expectations and left with an 0-3
record, outscored 7-1. Coach Carolina Morace quit midway through her review
session on the tournament with the Canadian Soccer Association. In the absence
of a womens pro league, the Canadians have been preparing for the Games at a
residency camp in Vancouver. Herdman says that has allowed them to develop as a
team, although he believes the players progress more with club sides where they
are fighting for starting positions with games each week. “They are certainly
pros and cons, but weve done everything we can to make sure that the players are
getting the best of both worlds,” he said. Herdman says the camp has allowed his
staff to improve the players fitness, which had been one of his concerns. “I
think the players are where they need to be,” he said. Sinclair, who has 134
career goals for Canada, says the mood is good. “Were in a completely difference
space right now,” Sinclair said when asked to compare how the team is prior to
the London Games as opposed to last years world Cup. “Heading into the last
World Cup, players were away from their homes for a long period of time being
(at a residency camp) in Rome. Whereas players this time round have had that
balance. Theyre excited to play, and focused and ready to go.”; The team feels
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plans to take the fall off from soccer. “Thats what weve been doing in Vancouver
and its been very nice.”Still, she insisted that coming out of the World Cup,
the players “werent as low as people thought we were.” Herdman, who took over
last September, says Canadas challenge is to take it to the next level. “If were
going to move from good—which this team has been good, theyve been ranked from
seven to 10 for a long time—but moving to greatness is going to need another
shift. And it needs a total buy-in to those players knowing theyve got to accept
responsibility for every action in every game that we play.” Canada opens the
Olympics on July 25 against World Cup champion Japan, ranked third in the world,
before matches against No. 61 South Africa and No. 4 Sweden. Canada wraps up its
pre-Olympic program on Saturday against the top-ranked U.S. in Sandy, Utah. The
Canadian women are coming off a 1-0 win over No. 18 China in Moncton on May 30.
Additions from the squad that finished runner-up to the U.S. at the CONCACAF
Olympic qualifying tournament in Vancouver in January are defender Emily Zurrer,
midfielder Matheson and forward Jonelle Foligno. Matheson (knee) and Foligno
(ankle) were injured and unavailable for qualifying. Zurrer won her job back
with her performance on the field. Herdman called Zurrer a “seasoned campaigner”
who has raised her game during the selection period. “She worked hard on her
game and shes showed some real promise in the last six months where shes been
impossible not to select,” Herdman said. The coach says the Olympics will mark
the end of one cycle and signal the start of team preparations for the 2015
World Cup in Canada and 2016 Olympics in Brazil. “There will be some players
that will retire after this Olympics, Im absolutely sure of that,” he said. And
some will find that the game has moved beyond them, he added. “With that, around
400, 500 caps could disappear,” he added. “I think if thats the case, its a new
beginning for Canada. Its a new start, its a four-year cycle building into the
next Olympics where were going to have get new player through, young players
invested in, and an exciting future.” Forward Chelsea Buckland is not on the
Olympic roster after injuring her knee. “Probably the hardest decision to make
was (forward) Christina Julien,” said Herdman. “Shes been a big part of the
team, helped us through the qualifiers, played nearly every game in my tenure.”
He called it a “football decision,” saying Foligno “showed that little bit
more.” “Ive got no doubt that Christina will come back fighting and this will be
a great learning curve for her,” he said of the Ottawa Fury forward. ’ ’ ’ 

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