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ARLINGTON, Texas—This time, Neftali Feliz watched new closer Joe Nathan
finish the job. Andre Johnson Jersey . Pitching for the first
time since blowing a save in Game 6 of the World Series, Feliz threw seven crisp
innings in his first major league start to lead the Texas Rangers to a 1-0
victory over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night. Feliz, who outdueled
hometown product Blake Beavan in his first trip to the mound where always
dreamed of pitching, smiled widely as he accepted congratulations after Nathans
perfect ninth. It was a much different scene than the last time Feliz was on the
mound in a meaningful game. The right-hander buried his head in his hands in St.
Louis after allowing a two-run triple that tied Game 6 when the Rangers were a
strike away from winning the championship. The Cardinals won the World Series in
seven games. “Its a dream come true for me,” Feliz said. “I was hoping for the
moment to become a starter in the major leagues and finally it happened. And I
thank the Rangers for making that happen. And here I am.” The Rangers could
celebrate thanks to David Murphy, who had three of their seven hits and drove in
the only run with an infield single in the second inning. “Murphy swung the bat
extremely well and the pitching and defence held it up,” Rangers manager Ron
Washington said. Feliz didnt have a strikeout after the fifth inning, and relied
heavily on off-speed pitches instead of the 100-mph heat he used to get 72 saves
over two seasons. Seattle had two runners on with two out in the seventh, but
Feliz (1-0) got out of it when Miguel Olivo hit a comebacker to the mound. Feliz
bobbled the weak grounder and recovered just in time to beat Olivos headfirst
slide at first. Mike Adams and Nathan took over from there, closing out the
four-hitter. “I know we have a good bullpen,” Feliz said. Feliz was a shade
better than Beavan (0-1), who was pitching for the first time in the ballpark
where he grew up watching the Rangers. A former first-round pick by the Rangers
who went to Seattle in the Cliff Lee deal two years ago, Beavan allowed six hits
in 6 1-3 innings and pitched out of trouble in the fifth and sixth. The
Dallas-area high school product left with runners at first and second, but
Tom Wilhelmsen escaped the jam. He battled nerves all day as he prepared to
pitch in front of family and friends. “All day my stomach was queasy, so I could
tell it wasnt any other game for me,” Beavan said. “Its something I dreamed
about doing ever since I was a little kid watching these games was pitching on
that mound.” Like Yu Darvish a night earlier, Feliz let two of the first three
hitters reach base—both on walks—but settled down much more quickly than
the Japanese sensation. Starting with a double play, Feliz retired nine
consecutive batters before allowing his first hit in 59 at-bats over 19 2-3
career innings against Seattle, a two-out single by former Ranger Justin Smoak
in the fourth. Smoak singled again to start the seventh, and Jesus Montero had a
one-out single to give Seattle its best threat. Smoak was on third when Olivo
hit his dribbler back to Feliz. Texas grabbed the lead in the second.
Adrian Beltre led off with a double but was caught between second and third on a
grounder back to Beavan. He stayed in the rundown long enough for Michael Young
to get to second. Young then moved up on a wild pitch and scored on Murphys
infield hit. “You dont see too many 1-0 games in this ballpark,” Mariners
manager Eric Wedge said. “Both pitchers were outstanding.” NOTES: Wedge benched
SS Brendan Ryan for a game, saying it was over issues of “accountability.” He
didnt specify, but did say it wasnt solely because of an errant throw on a
double-play ball that sparked the Texas rally that bailed out Darvish in his
debut. Munenori Kawasaki started in Ryans place. ... Montero was back in the
Mariners lineup as the DH after missing a game with a stomach ailment. ...
Darvish and Feliz became the first back-to-back Texas pitchers to make their
first major league start since Matt Harrison and Warner Madrigal did it in July
2008. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Darvish was the first pitcher in
more than 100 years to win his major league debut after allowing at least four
runs in the first inning. J.J. Watt Jersey .Y. – With the Montreal
Canadiens attempting to mount a late-season playoff push, defenceman P. Kevin Walter Jersey . Bolt, the anchor leg
for the Jamaican mens 4×100-metre relay team, pulled away from the Americans and
powered to the finish, leading his team to a gold medal and breaking their own
world record, in a time of 36. http://www.shopthetexans.com/arian-foster-jersey
. Hutchison had won two straight and four of five starts until a 5-2 setback at
Atlanta in which he was ripped for five runs and seven hits in 6 1/3 frames. The
right-hander fell to 5-3 in 10 starts and his earned run average elevated
slightly from 4. Whitney Mercilus Jersey . —For three
quarters, the Memphis Grizzlies did not resemble a team coming off a win at
Oklahoma City. Matt Schaub Jersey . So much for any hangover
affect from losing last years World Series for the Texas Rangers.(Sports
Network) – The Toronto Raptors and Washington Wizards meet for the second time
in four nights this evening, as the two teams do battle at the Verizon Center
this evening. You can watch the game live on TSN, beginning at 7pm et/4pm pt.
These two bottom feeders met on Friday in Toronto and Leandro Barbosa netted 19
points to lead a balanced offensive attack, as the Raptors rolled to a 106-89 at
Air Canada Centre. The Raptors failed to follow that win up on Sunday, though,
and dropped a 95-89 decision to the Miami Heat. DeMar DeRozan scored 25 points
to lead the Raptors, and Linas Kleiza and Jerryd Bayless netted 17 points apiece
as Toronto has now lost three of its last four games. Raptors coach Dwane Casey
found some positives in the teams loss saying, “I liked our disposition, I liked
the way we approached it. I liiked the way we competed. Johnathan Joseph Jersey. ” “It just shows
that we can compete with anybody,” DeRozan added. Washington, meanwhile, fell
for the fourth straight time on Saturday to the Los Angeles Clippers, who handed
them a 107-81 setback at home. John Wall and Nick Young each scored 14, but the
Wizards fell to 4-20 on the season. Jordan Crawford scored 12 in a reserve role
for Washington, which shot 37.5 percent from the field. Washington managed a
mere 38 points through the first 30 1/2 minutes and were outrebounded 53-32 for
the game. The 17 assists mustered by the Wiz were barely half the Clippers?
total of 32. “We all should have been embarrassed. We were on our home court –
and they came out and did what they wanted,” said Rashard Lewis. “As a unit,
none of us came to play.” ’ ’ ’ 

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