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PHOENIX - Philadelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel didnt think much of
Hunter Pences power display during batting practice on Tuesday. Mario Williams Womens Jersey . His power
during the game, though, was a different story. Pence hit a two-run homer,
snapping an 0-for-16 slump, and the Phillies went on to beat the Arizona
Diamondbacks 8-5 on Tuesday night. “What it meant was he had outstanding batting
practice and excellent distance of batting practice,” Manuel said of Pence, who
missed Mondays game with a sore left shoulder. “But that dont put no runs on the
board for us. I like the one he hit in the game much better.” Pence wasnt
expected to be in the Phillies lineup two days after hurting his shoulder Sunday
attempting a diving catch. When his teammates last saw Pence on Monday, the
right fielder couldnt lift his arm. That changed when Pence arrived at Chase
Field and started testing his range of motion. “It felt okay so I decided to
take some swings and see how it felt then,” Pence said. “If Im able to play, Im
going to play. In this game you put up with a lot.” Laynce Nix and
Shane Victorino also homered and Vance Worley scattered five hits over six
innings for the Phillies, who ended a three-game losing streak. The Phillies
eight runs were their most since an 8-2 win April 15 against the New York Mets.
Philadelphia entered the game next-to-last in the majors with 48 runs scored.
Worley (2-1) walked one and struck out six for his second straight win and
Jonathan Papelbon pitched the ninth for his sixth save. “They made him pitch,”
Manuel said. “He was gutty but at the same time his stuff was good. It just
shows how good he is and how determined he is.” Josh Collmenter (0-2) lost for
the second consecutive outing, allowing a season-high six runs on nine hits over
six-plus innings. He struck out six. “Any pitch that I made that didnt go where
I wanted ended up where they wanted it,” Collmenter said. Jason Kubel hit his
third home run in four games and Cody Ransom also homered for the Diamondbacks,
who had won two straight after dropping five in a row. The Phillies scored four
in the fourth inning to take control early. Pence homered with one out just over
the right-field fence, Ty Wiggington doubled and Nix followed with a long home
run to right to give Worley a 4-0 lead with which to work. “I think we needed a
game where we got a good lead and were able to sustain it the whole game,” Nix
said. “Were confident as a group we can get the job done. It was nice to come
out and do it.” Ransom led off the fifth with a solo home run to left, his first
of the season, to pull Arizona within 4-1. Then the offences really got moving.
Nix and Brian Schneider singled to lead off the seventh, ending Collmenters
night. After a sacrifice bunt, Juan Pierre looped a fly ball to left off Brian
Shaw and Kubel attempted a sliding catch. Second base umpire Angel Hernandez
said Kubel had trapped the ball, loading the bases, though it appeared on replay
that Kubel had made the catch and Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson briefly
argued in vain. Orr tripled into the right-field corner, clearing the bases to
give the Phillies a 7-1 lead. “I thought he caught it. Thats what I saw,” Gibson
said. “I went out there and asked Angel and he said he saw it hit the ground.
That is what he saw. What am I going to say. He is not trying to blow the call.
He missed it. He went out there and called what he saw. We have to overcome that
and we were unable to do it.” But the Diamondbacks answered against
Jose Contreras. Willie Bloomquist singled and scored on a pinch-hit double by
Ryan Roberts, who snapped an 0-for-15 streak. Parra doubled to the right-centre
field gap, scoring Roberts, stole third uncontested and came home on a grounder
to short by Justin Upton to make it 7-1. Diamondbacks left-hander Mike Zagurski,
who was called up from Triple A Reno earlier Tuesday, came on in the eighth and
promptly surrendered Victorinos leadoff home run. Kubel homered in the bottom of
the inning against Chad Qualls. “A lot of stuff really didnt go my way tonight,”
said Kubel, who was called out on strikes three straight times before his home
run. NOTES: Kubel has homered in consecutive games for the 12th time in his
career. . After the game, the Phillies placed RHP Michael Stutes on the 15-day
disabled list with right shoulder inflammation and recalled RHP Michael Schwimer
from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Schwimer, 1-0 with a 1.04 ERA and two saves in
seven appearances, is expected to arrive before Wednesdays game. . Wiggington
extended his hitting streak to 10 games. ... The Diamondbacks have homered in 17
consecutive home games against the Phillies. C.J. Spiller Jersey . Chicago is not only a
gaudy 38-10 overall, it improved to 10-4 on the season without reigning MVP
Derrick Rose by using a torturous defense to stymie Dwight Howard and the Magic
during a 85-59 rout in Orlando on Monday. Mario Williams Jersey . The 21-year-old from
nearby Thornhill, Ont., advanced Thursday when recent Olympic champion Andy
Murray pulled out because of a knee injury, depriving the rain-delayed
tournament of yet another elite competitor. http://www.billsteamstore.com/ . Durham, who
held the right to negate the trade with his 10-plus years of MLB service, gave
the go-ahead to finalize the deal following Milwaukees 7-4 win over San
Francisco Sunday, completing a three-game sweep. Fred Jackson Womens Jersey . Memphis
Grizzlies centre Marc Gasol will start practice on Tuesday with his older
brother Pau is set to join on Thursday. Jim
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. The American swimmer is about to swim for two
individual Olympic gold medals within a span of just 35 minutes. At 2:48pm
et/11:48am pt, Lochte will attempt to defend his Olympic title in the 200m
backstroke. AUBURN HILLS, Mich. —In his return to The Palace to face his
former team, Richard Hamilton wanted to keep his emotions under control. “I was
just like, Man, please dont start crying or anything crazy like that—just
hurry up and let the ball get thrown up so I can go out there and play,”
Hamilton said. Hamilton scored 14 points and the Chicago Bulls shut down the
Detroit Pistons in a 99-83 victory Wednesday night. The veteran guard started
after missing the previous two games with a sore left groin. He received a warm
welcome from Detroit fans, many of whom stood and applauded a steady player who
spent nine years with the Pistons before being waived prior to this season. “It
was great,” Hamilton said. “The fans appreciate what I did here, and theyve
always been supportive of me. Even when stuff wasnt going so good, theyd always
chant my name and stuff like that. Ive got a lot of love for them.” Hamilton
went 5 of 9 from the field and added five assists. Derrick Rose had 17 points
and 10 assists for the Bulls. Rose, last seasons NBA MVP, was shaken up late in
the fourth quarter when he landed hard following a drive to the basket. He was
able to stay in the game but had his left elbow wrapped afterward. He said an
X-ray was negative. “Just like any other time when you fall, youre definitely
going to be sore,” Rose said. “Thank God we dont play tomorrow and I can rest.”
The Bulls play at Orlando on Friday. Hamilton chatted a bit with some former
teammates while out on the court warming up about 45 minutes before the game. He
was announced last among Chicagos starters, and the crowd showed its
appreciation. Hamilton led Detroit to the 2004 NBA championship but was benched
for an extended period last season amid a falling out with then-coach John
Kuester. The Pistons fired Kuester after the season, then parted ways with
Hamilton following the lockout. “It was a mutual thing—the direction that
they were going, and change was good for me,” Hamilton said. “I get an
opportunity now to try to go and get anoother ring. Thurman Thomas Jersey. ” Greg Monroe had 19
points and 13 rebounds for Detroit. Pistons guard Rodney Stuckey didnt play in
the second half because of a left groin problem. The Pistons were held scoreless
until Monroes layup 3:54 into the first quarter. Hamilton then made a tough shot
off the backboard while being fouled. His three-point play made it 9-2. A dunk
in transition by Rose put Chicago ahead 20-10, and a three-pointer by
Kyle Korver made it 47-33 in the second. The Bulls led 51-35 at halftime. “I
wish we had played a whole lot better, but they had a lot do with it. Thats a
very good team,” Detroit coach Lawrence Frank said. “Im not questioning effort.
Im concerned about execution on both ends of the floor. We had shots at the rim
and shots in the paint that we didnt execute and turned into transition
situations for them.” Hamilton scored seven points in the third quarter,
including a perimeter shot that gave the Bulls their biggest lead at 57-37.
After the Pistons pulled within a dozen, Hamilton made a three-pointer from the
right corner for a 67-52 advantage. With 5:04 left in the fourth, Hamilton was
slow getting up after being fouled hard by Will Bynum in transition. He was able
to make the two free throws and continue playing. Chicago has won five straight
and 12 in a row against the Pistons. The Bulls havent lost to Detroit since Dec.
23, 2008. Five Chicago players finished in double figures, led by Carlos Boozer
with 19 points. Joakim Noah had 13 points and 11 rebounds. The Bulls shot 53 per
cent to Detroits 41 per cent. “I thought we played terrible,” Pistons guard
Ben Gordon said. “No disrespect to the Bulls—thats a good team—but we had
a horrible effort.” NOTES: Chicago had 31 assists on 40 field goals. ... Gordon
was called for a flagrant foul in the fourth quarter for pulling down Noah from
behind near the basket. ... Chicago coach Tom Thibodeau was whistled for a
technical foul in the first quarter for arguing a call. ... Attendance was
announced at 9,125. ’ ’ ’ 

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