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Nov 9, 2012 9:10pm
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BOSTON —The Tampa Bay Rays needed a strong pitching performance to avoid a
four-game sweep by the hot-hitting Boston Red Sox. Andrew Luck Elite Jersey . They got it from
James Shields. Shields allowed four hits—all singles—in 8 1-3 innings, and
the Rays beat Boston 1-0 Monday after being outscored 31-11 by the Red Sox in
the previous three games. “It was my job to stop the bleeding,” Shields said.
“We had a rough three games and they were hot. They were swinging the bats
pretty well.” Boston had a chance to tie it in the ninth when Shields (2-0) left
after walking Dustin Pedroia. Fernando Rodney got his fourth save in four
opportunities when he retired Adrian Gonzalez on a groundout that sent Pedroia
to second, walked David Ortiz intentionally, then got Cody Ross on a called
third strike. Ross slammed his helmet and argued with home-plate umpire Larry
Vanover that the last two pitches should have been balls. “To me its
unacceptable,” Ross said. “If Im up there striking out every at-bat, Im going to
get benched. Theyre are not accountable.” The only run came when Daniel Bard
(0-2) walked Evan Longoria on four pitches with the bases loaded in the seventh.
The traditional Patriots Day home game began at 11:04 a.m. The holiday observed
in Massachusetts and Maine marks Paul Reveres ride and the battles of Lexington
and Concord in 1775. “We absolutely needed something like that today. James did
not disappoint,” Rays manager Joe Maddon said. “I really liked the bounce back
(at) 11 oclock in the morning. After losing three games in a row here, a lot of
teams would give up at that point. Our guys didnt.” The loss was Bobby
Valentines first at Fenway Park as Bostons manager. Fans booed when he went back
to the dugout after lifting Bard for Justin Thomas following the run-scoring
walk. Bard also walked the previous batter, Carlos Pena, on four pitches. “It
was the wrong decision, obviously,” Valentine said. “I wanted to let him know
right there that I thought he could get himself out of a jam.” The boos likely
were prompted by an interview aired on WHDH-TV Sunday night in which Valentine
questioned Kevin Youkilis commitment to the game. He apologized to his third
baseman, a fan favourite, on Monday. Valentine had said he didnt think Youkilis
was “as physically or emotionally into the game.” Maddon got his 500th win as a
manager, all with Tampa Bay, as the Rays stopped a four-game losing streak. “I
just happen to be the steward of this group,” he said. “Better baseball players
make you a lot smarter manager.” Shields retired the first four batters before
Ross broken-bat single off the pitchers glove. The next six Red Sox made outs
before Gonzalez singled to left. He was erased on a double-play grounder in the
fourth. Shields walked Nick Punto with two outs in the fifth, allowed singles to
Pedroia in the sixth and Ross in the seventh and walked Pedroia in the ninth.
Bard gave up three hits through six innings and set down the first two batters
in the seventh. Then he lost his control. Sean Rodriguez walked,
Desmond Jennings singled and Pena walked, loading the bases. Pitching coach Bob
McClure visited Bard and left him in the game. The move backfired as Bard walked
Longoria with his 111th pitch. Thats when Valentine went to the mound to lift
Bard and was booed on the walk back. “Mac came out and said, Do you want this
guy? I wanted him,” said Bard, a converted reliever making his second
major-league start. “In hindsight, probably I was tired.” Thomas ended the
threat by retiring Luke Scott on a fly to right. NOTES: Republican presidential
candidate Mitt Romney attended the game. He chatted with New England Patriots
owner Robert Kraft … Youkilis sat out the game with a minor groin injury. ...
In 1968, the Red Sox began the tradition of playing a single game with a morning
start on Patriots Day. The Rays are 3-0 in those games. ... Ryan Sweeney was 0
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cross into the Boca Juniors area, then sealed the victory in a breakaway in the
72nd, sending a low shot into the far corner. Dwight Freeney Jersey . With three straight
wins, the Thunder have changed the conversation from how anyone can stop the San
Antonio Spurs record-setting 20-game winning streak to how Oklahoma City needs
just one win on its home court in Game 6 on Wednesday night to play for the NBA
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clay in Davis Cup action.REGINA—The new and improved Saskatchewan Roughriders
defence has looked sharp so far this season, but today it will face its toughest
test yet. The defending Grey Cup champion B.C. Lions visit Mosaic Stadium for a
battle of the leagues only undefeated teams. Catch all the action live on TSN
beginning at 3pm et/Noon pt. Also available on TSN Mobile TV.   “Were hanging in
there, you know, just trying to get better with every game,” defensive
co-ordinator Richie Hall said on Friday. “Weve got two wins, and it took us a
long time last year to do that, so thats something, anyway.”   Last season, en
route to a last-place finish in the West Division, Saskatchewan did not win its
second game until Week 9 and by then the playoffs were a moot point.   This
year, the Riders opened with a 43-16 victory over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and
followed up by beating the Edmonton Eskimos 17-1.   “The guys are buying in,”
Hall said. “Hopefully, as the season goes on, everyone will be buying in 100 per
cent.”   Hall said Saskatchewans defensive coaches have been stressing the
importance of “getting some pressure off the edge, and generally just being more
consistent with everything we do.”   As well, rookie head coach Cory Chamblin
has asked his players on both sides of the ball to play hard on every down.  
“Not just on 30 snaps,” Hall said. “On all 60 snaps.”   Hall said so far the
work ethic is paying off.   “The guys are being rewarded,” he said. “Weve taken
a couple of big steps, but there are still some huge steps ahead of us.”   One
of those steps would be the Lions.   “I dont know about this being the stiffest
test of the season, because the stiffest test is always the game youre playing
in any given week,” Hall said. “But we do know that to get where we want to go,
we have to go through B.C., because theyre the defending Grey Cup champions.  
“The thing is, theyre not invincible. You have to find the chink in their
armour, and everybody has one. Superman had kryptonite.”   For the Saskatchewan
defence, the obvious challenges this week are Lions quarterback Travis Lulay,
running back Andrew Harris and slotbacks Geroy Simon and Arland Bruce III.  
“Plus theyre well-coached, and theyve been through the wars,” Hall said. “Theyre
a solidd football team and they know how to win. Coby Fleener Jersey. .   “But we have a good
team, too. They guys are playing sound football. Theyre giving us a chance to
win. Thats all we can ask.”   The Saskatchewan offence, meanwhile, will have to
handle a Lions defence that has a veteran secondary and mobile linebackers but
still depends largely on a front four consisting of ends Khreem Smith and Keron
Williams and tackles Khalif Mitchell and Eric Taylor.   This is not a good week
to be shuffling the offensive line, but a shoulder injury to veteran guard
Brendon LaBatte has left the Roughriders no choice.   LaBatte will dress for
Saturdays game, but according to Chamblin, he will be used only in “an
emergency.” Starting at left guard will be rookie Johan Asiata.   Because Asiata
is an import—one of three on the Roughriders offensive line—Canadian wide
receiver Jordan Sisco has been added to the lineup in place of import wide
receiver Sinorice Moss, who is now on the one-game injured list.   “We have a
group than can get the job done,” Chamblin said, adding that the homegrown Sisco
“has to show us what he can do.”   Just as Chamblin was shrugging off
suggestions that this game is an early-season showdown of unbeaten teams,
Roughriders quarterback Darian Durant was dismissing the notion that its a
matter of Durant versus Lulay. The B.C quarterback has led the Lions to
victories of 33-16 over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and 39-36 over the
Tiger-Cats.   “Hes got his team off to a good start, and thats good for him,”
Durant said. “I cant worry about the personal matchups.”   Instead, Durant is
focused on the Lions defence in general and the front four in particular.   “We
definitely have to control them up front,” he said.   Like Chamblin, Durant
expressed confidence in the two new starters, Asiata and Sisco.   “Sometimes
there are going to be injuries,” he said, “and guys are going to have to step
in.”   Durant is approaching Saturdays game as something less than a
sudden-death showdown.   “I wouldnt say its a Grey Cup situation, but its a
great opportunity for us,” he said, and then he fielded yet another question
about comparisons between him and Lulay.   “Hes got a Grey Cup,” Durant said
with a smile, “and I dont.” ’ ’ ’ 

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