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BOSTON —Boston manager Bobby Valentine has been around long enough to
understand how fiery second baseman Dustin Pedroia takes each at-bat. Josh Gordon Jersey . “Dustin is the most
determined, talented player Ive ever seen,” Valentine, in his first year with
the Red Sox, said after Pedroias two-run homer broke a tie and helped Boston to
a 7-3 win over the Detroit Tigers on Monday night. “He was upset after he left
the runner on second (in his previous at-bat),” Valentine said. “I knew he was
going to do something.” Pedroia, the 2008 AL MVP, also finished with three RBIs
to support Clay Buchholzs eight solid innings that carried Boston to its third
straight win. With the game tied 2-all in the sixth, Pedroia homered into the
first row of seats above the Green Monster after Crawford drew a leadoff walk.
Buchholz (9-3) allowed two earned runs and five hits. He improved to 5-1 with a
2.43 ERA in his last eight starts. “Everything feels in synch right now,” he
said of his recent success. He not only feel like hes on a roll, but feels the
team may be getting on a run, too. “Its pitching and hitting at the same time,”
he said. “Youve got to pitch and hit well to go on a streak like we need to go
on.” The Red Sox opened a 10-game homestand—their longest of the season—
after taking the final two of three-game set at Yankee Stadium over the weekend.
Will Middlebrooks had a two-run homer and Carl Crawford added an RBI triple for
Boston. Austin Jackson began the game with a homer and Miguel Cabrera had an RBI
single for the Tigers, who lost for the fourth time in five games. Max Scherzer
(10-6) gave up five runs in 6 1-3 innings, striking out nine. “Obviously the
pitch to Pedroia, I completely missed my spot,” Scherzer said. “Thats whats
frustrating—when you dont execute pitches the way you want to and you get
burned by it. It leaves a bad taste in your mouth.” Tigers manager Jim Leyland
felt Scherzer may have been too concerned with the speedy Crawford on first. “I
think in that particular situation, to be honest with you—I dont know this
for a fact—I think he was a little conscious of Crawford and maybe rushed it
just a little bit and probably didnt get it exactly where he wanted to,” he
said. Detroit had taken a 1-0 lead when Jackson hit Buchholzs second pitch of
the game into the first row of seats above the left-field wall. Quintin Berry
followed with a double off the wall, but the right-hander retired the next three
batters, grabbing Cabreras hard one-hop shot back to the mound for the first out
before getting the next two easily. Boston took a 2-1 edge in the bottom half.
Jacoby Ellsbury drew a leadoff walk and scored on Crawford triples off the
left-field wall. Crawford scored on Pedroias groundout. The Tigers tied it at 2
in the third. Omar Infante tripled off the left-field wall and scored on
Cabreras single. But with the bases loaded, Delmon Young bounced into an
inning-ending double play. Buchholz then retired the next nine batters before
Detroit scored an unearned run in the seventh. Brennan Boesch opened the inning
by striking out, but reached when catcher Kelly Shoppach had the ball get away
from him and hit Boesch as he was running to first on the missed third strike.
One out later, Alex Avila had an RBI double into the right-centre field gap,
closing the score to 4-3. In the seventh, Ellsburys RBI single—the last
batter Scherzer faced—came after Shoppach had his second career triple,
sending a drive to the centre-field wall that caromed away from Jackson and
rolled toward left. Scherzer was sharp after Bostons two-run first, holding the
Red Sox to a pair of singles until Pedroias homer. Middlebrooks homered off
reliever Phil Coke in the eighth. NOTES: Boston OF Ryan Sweeney left the game
for a defensive replacement in the ninth inning. Valentine said he did something
with his and hand and couldnt throw, but Sweeney said he “punched a door” and
will have x-rays Tuesday. ... Leyland managed his 3,278th game, moving him into
15th place on the career list. ... With the non-waiver trading deadline
approaching Tuesday, Valentine opened his pregame news conference by joking:
“Ive been assured Im not going to be traded.” ... Valentine also said DH
David Ortiz, eligible to come off the 15-day DL after being sidelined with a
strained right Achilles, was unable do some agility running over the weekend,
but was “running in the pool” on Monday. “Hes not far away (from returning), but
I dont know if Wednesdays the magical day,” Valentine said. ... Shoppachs other
triple came at Kansas City on May 7. ... A roar and chats “USA! USA!” were heard
when the centre-field board showed the Olympic medal count. ... The Red Sox took
three of four from the Tigers at Fenway Park in late May. Jim Brown Womens Jersey D Qwell Jackson Jersey . The Russians put on
a clinical attacking display Friday, scoring two goals in each half in a 4-1 win
over the Czech Republic in Group A. Post-victory, Advocaats only regret was that
the score wasnt higher. http://www.nikeclevelandbrownsjerseyshop.com/trent-richardson-jerseys
. According to ESPN.com, the Blue Jays have discussed signing one of the free
agent relievers available, including Jonathan Papelbon, Heath Bell or
Joe Nathan. Jim Brown Jersey . How close? Maybe an inch.
Mark Reynolds two-run single in the eighth inning backed a strong performance
from Wei-Yin Chen and rallied the Baltimore Orioles to a 4-3 victory over the
Minnesota Twins on Thursday. The Orioles had failed several times earlier in the
game with runners in scoring position, but Reynolds was able to reach out and
bloop a single just in front of centre fielder Denard Span to put the Orioles
ahead. Trent Richardson Jersey . Instead, things
only got worse. Canadian international Julian de Guzman blasted a stunning
left-footed volley home in the final seconds of stoppage time Saturday as FC
Dallas stunned the Whitecaps 1-0. It was a defeat that left Vancouver (10-12-7)
hanging on to the final playoff position in the Western Conference by one point
over Dallas (9-12-9). RENO, Nev. —J.J. Henry thought he was overdue. The
37-year-old Henry played in 176 tournaments on the PGA Tour before he claimed
his first victory at the 2006 Buick Open and had played in another 178 events
without winning. That ended Sunday in the Reno-Tahoe Open when he held on to
beat Alexandre Rocha of Brazil by a point in the modified Stableford event. “Its
been a long time coming,” said Henry, who picked up the $540,000 winners check
to boost his career earnings to $12.7 million and earn a spot next week in the
PGA Championship. “Ive been out here 12 straight years, so Ive done something
right,” the 2006 U.S Ryder Cup team member said. “But its been six years since
Ive won. To finally get over that hump again means a lot. ... Hopefully, I dont
have to wait another 176 starts.” Henry had seven points with four birdies and a
bogey Sunday to finish with 43 for the tournament. Players received eight points
for double eagle, five for eagle, two for birdie and zero for par. They were
docked a point for bogey and three points for anything worse. Argentinas
Andres Romero was third with 37 points, followed by John Mallinger with 34.
John Daly and Justin Leonard tied for fifth at 33. It was Dalys best finish
since 2005. Henry had three birdies during a four-hole stretch on the front
nine, then mostly stayed out of trouble on the mountain courses more difficult
back nine as the wind picked up late in the day at the 7,472-yard Montreux Golf
& Country Club course on the edge of the Sierra. Rocha, who led after the
second round, needed to eagle the par-5 18th to have a chance to become the
first Brazilian winner on the PGA Tour, but had to scramble for birdie after his
approach bounced into the gallery left of the green. Henry two-putted for par
from 12 feet to secure the victory, which also secures his tour card for another
two years. “Alex played great and really kept the pressure on down the stretch
to make it interesting out there,” Henry said. “To be honest, those are some
stressful holes coming in—16, 17, 18. Theres a lot of drama and a lot of
things that kind of go through your mind, good, bad and indifferent on those
last couple of holes.” Henrys best finish this year had been a tie for third at
the Byron Nelson Championship, where he led by a shot with two holes to go and
said he probably should have won. This week, he had precious eagles in each of
the first three rounds in the scoring system that rewards aggressive play. Brandon Weeden Jersey. The format hadnt been
used on the PGA Tour since the 2006 International in Colorado. A reporter
pointed out that under traditional medal play, Henry and Rocha would have tied
at 17 under. “Well, its not stroke play though,” Henry answered, smiling. “It is
what it is.” Henry parred his first four holes Sunday, then made birdies from 24
feet on the par-4 fifth and 15 feet on the sixth. He added a third when he hit
his drive 380 yards on the 636-yard eighth, hit his third shot to 6 feet and
made the putt. He opened a six-point lead when he made a 3-foot birdie on the
15th, but bogeyed the 16th and watched his lead shrink to three when Rocha
answered with a 6-foot birdie putt. That left Rocha trailing 43-40 but still in
the tourney headed to the 597-yard downhill closing hole guarded by a pond on
the right. Rocha drove left in the waste area, but it kicked out into the
fairway about 315 yards from the green. His approach hit a cart path and bounced
into the gallery left of the green. He was able to get up and down for birdie,
but Henry hit his 12-foot birdie attempt inside a foot and tapped in for par.
The 34-year-old Rocha has won nine times around the world since 2000 when he was
an All-American at Mississippi State but still in search of his first PGA Tour
win in his second full year on tour. “This is a whole new level for me,” Rocha
said. “Ive never been in this position before. In fact, Ive never been anywhere
near this position before,” he said. His previous best finish was a tie for 20th
at the 2011 Childrens Miracle Network Classic in Las Vegas. “Having been under
the gun for three days now, playing in the last group for the last two days,
which is also a first for me—I thought I did pretty good,” said Rocha, who
had a birdie-birdie-birdie-eagle start on Friday. “I couldnt be any happier with
the performance week.” Henry had three previous top-10 finishes at Reno—a tie
for ninth in 2009, tie for fourth in 2005 and tie for third in 2002. He said hed
been playing well for the past six weeks and had a good feeling about his
chances this time around as well. “I even said to some friends and my caddie—
not to sound cocky or full of yourself, but I really thought I was going to have
a great week,” Henry said. “Sometimes when you believe it, good things happen.
And thats exactly what happened this week for me.” ’ ’ ’