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Dec 9, 2012 9:02pm
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BOSTON - Giancarlo Stanton hit a home run that he hoped ended both a personal
slump and the Miami Marlins skid as well. Greg Jennings Womens Jersey . Not quite. The
Boston Red Sox rallied for three runs in the eighth inning for a 6-5 victory
Thursday night, completing a three-game sweep of the slumping Marlins.
“Especially here, its never going to be over until the last out is made,” said
Stanton, whose solo shot off Daisuke Matsuzaka was the first of two runs the
Marlins scored in the sixth inning while taking a 5-3 lead. “It was a good jump
start to get us back on top and the game back in our hands. But unfortunately it
didnt work out that way.” Not much has for the Marlins lately. The Marlins took
a lead in all three games of the series but lost them all as they dropped their
fourth straight overall and 13th in their last 15. “Finally we got the lead late
in the game. Our bullpen has been great all year long. We feel good about
ourselves. We get the matchup we want, dont work,” Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen
said. “Youve got to fight the fight. They want to quit, Id like to know. Im a
fighter. Im going to fight through it.” Boston tied the score on a two-run homer
by Will Middlebrooks, who drove in four runs. Ryan Kalish then singled, raced to
third on a groundout to first and scored on Daniel Navas single up the middle.
Alfredo Aceves pitched a perfect ninth for his 18th save in 21 opportunities.
Scott Atchison (2-0) allowed one hit over the seventh and eighth. The Red Sox
won their fifth straight game and the seventh in their last eight as they
matched their season-best mark of three games over .500. Stanton, in a 2-for-31
slump, hit his first homer in 12 games and 15th of the season to make it 4-3.
That ended Matsuzakas streak of 14 consecutive outs and brought in lefty
Andrew Miller. He retired the next batter before giving up a single to
Greg Dobbs and a run-scoring double to Omar Infante. Jarrod Saltalmacchia
started the winning rally in the eighth with a double off Randy Choate.
Edward Mujica (0-3) came in and served up Middlebrooks long, tying shot. Then
Nava, who had six singles in the last two games, lined a clean single to centre.
“I believe in my bullpen. We had the matchup we wanted,” Guillen said. “They
beat our matchups.” In just his third start of the season since having Tommy
John elbow surgery on June 10, 2011, Matsuzaka gave up a leadoff single in the
first to Jose Reyes, who went to third on a slow grounder to shortstop
Mike Aviles, who got the out at first. Stanton walked and stole second and both
runners scored on a single by Dobbs. After Dobbs stole second, he came in on a
single by Infante. Matsuzaka ended the inning by retiring Scott Cousins on a fly
ball to centre and didnt allow another runner until Stanton homered. In his
previous start, a 3-0 loss to the Chicago Cubs, he set down 13 of his last 14
batters after allowing three runs. Carlos Zambrano gave up one hit through three
innings before Boston tied the game with two runs in the fourth and one in the
fifth. He hit the first two batters, Cody Ross and Saltalamacchia, in the
fourth. Ross scored on a single by Middlebrooks and Saltalamacchia came in on a
sacrifice fly by Aviles. The Red Sox evened the score at 3 on another RBI single
by Middlebrooks, driving in Adrian Gonzalez, who led off the fifth with a walk.
NOTES: Boston 2B Dustin Pedroia returned to the lineup after missing one game as
a precaution when he felt discomfort in his right hand on his last at-bat in
Tuesday nights 7-5 win. ... Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria spoke to his struggling
team before the game. ... Miami optioned RHP Chris Hatcher to New Orleans and
recalled LHP Mike Dunn from the Triple-A team. ... The Red Sox begin a
three-game series at home against the Atlanta Braves on Friday night, sending
Jon Lester (4-4) to the mound against Jair Jurrjens (0-2). ... Anibal Sanchez
(3-5) is scheduled to pitch Friday night for Miami in the opener of a three-game
home series against Toronto, which plans to start Ricky Romero (7-1). Nick Perry Womens Jersey . —The Patriots
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. The Crew scored the winner in the final moments of second-half stoppage time
when forward Emilio Renteria headed in a cross past Impact keeper Troy Perkins,
ending Montreals five-game win streak. “When we got the lead late, I felt like
we had control of things,” Montreal coach Jesse Marsch said. Greg Jennings Jersey . Many fans, some
wearing Chelsea blue jerseys, cheered as their soccer (football) hero ran
through the centre of Swindon on Wednesday. The 34-year-old waved as he trotted
along with the torch. Drogba announced on Tuesday that he was quitting Chelsea,
just days after scoring the winning penalty shot in the clubs dramatic Champions
League final win over Bayern Munich. Aaron Rodgers Youth Jersey . Roddick
converted only two of 13 break-point chances but dominated with his serve, as
often happens at Wimbledon, where hes a two-time runner-up. “I served really
well,” he said. KIEV, Ukraine—Certainly the best in the world and maybe the
best ever. Definitely not boring. Spain opened a fresh debate on its place in
world football history after sweeping to a majestic 4-0 victory over Italy in
the European Championship final on Sunday. For the third consecutive major
tournament, Spains outstanding goalkeeper and captain Iker Casillas was there at
the end to lift the trophy. After Euro 2008 in Vienna and the 2010 World Cup in
Johannesburg, Casillas and Spain completed an unprecedented hat trick for a
European nation. “To win three titles is almost impossible. Congratulations to
the players,” said Spain coach Vicente del Bosque, who followed Luis Aragones as
coach after Euro 2008. And this was the same team that critics had called boring
at Euro 2012? Spain emphatically shut down that discussion, providing the
perfect response with the most one-sided final in European Championship history.
No team has ever won a World Cup final by four clear goals, either. Even Peles
Brazil only managed a three-goal margin a couple of times. “It was more
difficult when people didnt believe in us,” Spain playmaker Xavi Hernandez said.
“The bar was very high, but they are nice challenges.” Pity poor Italy, who
leave Euro 2012 showered with popular acclaim as the most watchable team in some
years from a country renowned for defensive tactics. Playing Spain with 11
players is tough enough. Trying it with 10 for much of the second half is almost
impossible. With all three substitutes used, Thiago Motta was injured and unable
to continue after the 64th minute, and an exhausted Italian side limped through
to the end. “This was a great European Championship for us,” Italy coach Cesare
Prandelli said. “Really the only regret is that we didnt have a few extra days
to recuperate. “When we see the lights of the Kyiv stadium from the airplane it
will be painful, but tomorrow well have a new outlook. We have shown that you
can lose with dignity.” Goals from David Silva and Jordi Alba in the first half
gave Spain a convincing lead at the Olympic Stadium. Fernando Torres and fellow
substitute Juan Mata scored in the last six minutes to turn victory into a rout.
When the final whistle was blown, Spains players rushed to each other and
huddled in a circle, jumping and spinning in celebration. There were more hugs
later in the dressing room, this time with Crown Prince Felipe of Spain. A regal
presence was appropriate for a Spanish team whose four-year reign over world
football shows little sign of ending. Spain allowed Italy the majority of
first-half possession, yet its trademark quick passing game was lethal when
required—as was the finishing in front of goal. The second half was almost
entirely one-way traffic. When called into action, Casillas excelled by keeping
Italys attack at bay. “These years have been the best of my life,” said
Casillas, who recorded his 10th consecutive clean sheet in tournament knockout
matches. “I hope it can be matched in the future but it will be hard.” Critics
of Spains style said the world and European champions had become tedious—
keeping possession with endless back-and-forth passes to stifle games, not to
win them. Cedric Benson Jersey. But Spain answered by
playing its best and slickest football at Euro 2012 when most was at stake.
Along with some sublime football, it also delivered the most comprehensive
victory in a European Championship final, beating West Germanys 3-0 win over the
Soviet Union in 1972. “We won being true to our playing style, and by moving the
ball the we way we moved it we knew how to take charge of the match,” Casillas
said. “What we do is difficult but we make it look easy.” Xavis Italian
counterpart, Andrea Pirlo, failed to orchestrate play as he had done when
Germany and England were eliminated from the knockout stages. He looked up with
teary red eyes as Spain lifted the trophy. Sergio Ramos and Xavi had already
threatened Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffons goal when Spain took the lead in
the 14th minute. Andres Iniestas incisive forward pass to find Cesc Fabregas was
superb. Fabregas drifted behind defender Giorgio Chiellini and surged to the
byline, drawing Buffon to his near post. Silva waited eight yards (meters) out
to head a crisp chip back from Fabregas into the net. Spain then increased its
lead just four minutes before the break, in a move started by Xavi who had been
below his usual high standard at Euro 2012. “I was lacking that deep, incisive
pass, and today I had two,” said the Barcelona midfielder, who put a weighted
pass into Albas stride as the left-back burst past four Italian defenders to
slip his shot past Buffon. The great Italian keeper also witnessed a master
class from his friend Casillas, who was on a winning Spanish side for the 100th
time. Casillas has not conceded a goal in a knockout match since Zinedine Zidane
scored for France in a 3-1 win, which knocked Spain out of the 2006 World Cup in
the second round. At 1-0, Casillas twice stretched to tip crossed balls to
safety, as Daniele De Rossi and then Mario Balotelli seemed poised to head
goalwards. He also saved two shots from Antonio Cassano before Albas goal put
Spain into its comfort zone. Italian substitute Antonio Di Natale—who scored
the only goal Spain conceded here, in a 1-1 draw to open its Group C campaign—
quickly forced Casillas into a double save when released into space by Pirlos
clever pass. However, Motta lasted just a few minutes before he appeared to pull
his right hamstring and left in obvious pain. Spain cruised through the second
half, to cries of “Ole” from its fans, before inflicting further agony on Italy.
Xavi found Torres who slid his shot past Buffon and inside the far post in the
84th minute. Minutes later, Juan Mata came off the bench like Torres, and took
his Chelsea teammates pass to score into an Italian goal left unguarded by
Buffon yet again. It was his first shot of the tournament, and Spains final
goal. “Tonight, there was no contest, they were too superior—so the
bitterness at losing this final is only relative,” Buffon said. ’ ’ ’ 

Dec 10, 2012 7:17pm