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CINCINNATI, Ohio – Reds third baseman Scott Rolen went back on the 15-day
disabled list Saturday because of more soreness in his left shoulder, a chronic
problem late in his career. Donnie Avery Elite Jersey . The 37-year-old
infielder had surgery to clean out the shoulder last August, but hasnt fully
recovered his swing. He was batting only .174 with two homers and 11 RBIs when
he called the team on Saturday and suggested something had to be done. Rolen is
on the final year of his contract and knows it could be his last. “I called them
today and said this isnt working, Im hurting, Im in pain,” Rolen said, standing
outside the clubhouse in uniform after the move was announced shortly before the
start of a game against Washington. “Im not healthy right now. As much as I want
to help the team, Im hurting the team. “I was fighting to stay on the field. One
thing I talked about all spring was I wanted to play the season, I didnt want DL
time. I didnt want to talk about the pink elephant in the room, and here were
kind of talking about it. Im not healthy right now.” Rolen briefly teared up as
he talked about the shoulder problem that could end his career before long. He
played in only 65 games last season because of it, then was slow to recover from
the surgery. His next step is to go on a stretching and strengthening program to
try to get rid of inflammation in the shoulder. Hes hopeful that he can get the
problem under control and get back on the field. “I dont see this as a real
long-term thing,” Rolen said. “Its not like a surgical procedure or anything
like going down that road again. Ive had a tough time with it. Im in a bad spot
with it right now.” Cincinnati called up third baseman Mike Costanzo from
Triple-A Louisville before the second game of a series against the Nationals.
The 28-year-old infielder will make his major league debut. He split time
between Double-A and Triple-A this season. Pat Angerer Youth Jersey . And while the
Detroit Red Wings showed Saturday night that they were the team with more
Stanley Cups in their lineup, they also came in as a group that had a lot of
playoff failure in recent years. Jerrell Freeman Womens Jersey . —The
Chicago Bears opened minicamp, and one key piece remained missing—Matt Forte.
. “I thought he was going to check my glove,” Strasburg said. As it turned out,
the ump only wanted to see the ball, which had bounced in the dirt on the throw
to second following Strasburgs final warm-up toss. Andrew Luck Black Jersey .J. —The New York
Jets were a delicious treat for the San Francisco 49ers. Coby Fleener Womens Jersey . The crowd was
electric, the action was chippy, Reggie Miller jerseys were plentiful, and
Indiana rallied from a seemingly hopeless deficit to win.BALTIMORE—The
Baltimore Ravens new no-huddle offence gave the Cincinnati Bengals no chance to
win. Joe Flacco threw for 299 yards and two touchdowns, Ed Reed took an
interception 34 yards for a score, and the Ravens rolled to a 44-13 victory
Monday night to extend their home winning streak to 11 games. Flacco and the
offence worked this summer on running plays without a huddle, and when it came
time to put the new scheme into action, the results were almost flawless. The
Ravens amassed 430 yards, didnt commit a turnover and punted only twice. “That
tempo really helped us out because those guys can really get to the passer and
really create a lot of pressure,” Flacco said. “I think the fact that we were
able to go up-tempo and kind of keep those guys on the field took its toll on
them.” After letting an early 14-point lead dwindle to 17-13, the Ravens pulled
away by scoring 24 straight points in just over six minutes. Ray Rice ran for 68
yards and two short scores, but instead of dominating the Baltimore attack in
his usual fashion, the running back took a back seat to Flacco. “Obviously,
everything went pretty well for us tonight,” Flacco said. Not so for the
Bengals, who made the playoffs last year without beating a team that qualified
for post-season play. In this one, Cincinnati once again came up short against a
high-calibre opponent. “That certainly wasnt what we expected to have out there
today,” coach Marvin Lewis said. “We got outplayed and we got outcoached.”
Although the 44 points were only 11 fewer than the Ravens mustered in two games
against Cincinnati last year, Lewis insisted Baltimores no-huddle attack wasnt
the difference. “I wish I could say it was the no-huddle,” he said. “I think its
an effective thing for them, and its something theyll continue to do, but I dont
think it really bothered us.” The loss sure did. “They just outplayed us,”
defensive tackle Domata Peko said. “They just beat us today, and weve got to get
better.” Flacco watched the final eight minutes of the blowout on the sideline
after going 21 for 29 in Baltimores ninth consecutive victory in the AFC North.
The Ravens were the only team in the division to win an opener. And while the
offence certainly was impressive, Baltimores defence also excelled in its first
game under co-ordinator Dean Pees. Playing without injured NFL Defensive Player
of the Year Terrell Suggs—who had 14 sacks last year—the Ravens dropped
Andy Dalton four times. Not only that, but Baltimore turned two turnovers into
touchdowns over a two-minute span. After Reeds touchdown return, 37-year-old
linebacker Ray Lewis forced a fumble that was recovered by Lardarius Webb,
setting up a 1-yard touchdown run by Rice to make it 41-13 with 13:41 remaining.
Lewis annd the Baltimore defence are used to carrying this team, but now the
offence seems ready to do its part. Jerrell Freeman Jersey. “Joe kind of got us
into a rhythm and always kept their defence off balance,” Lewis said. “Weve
practiced against this offence all off-season, so to see it now, when
everythings real, I think you have to take your hats off to how hard we worked
as a team.” Reeds jaunt with a pass tipped by Cincinnati receiver Brandon Tate
put the diminutive safety in the NFL record book. Reed has 1,497 yards in
interception returns, eclipsing the previous record of 1,483 yards by
Rod Woodson. It was Reeds seventh career score on a pickoff return. Dalton went
22 for 37 for 221 yards, and BenJarvus Green-Ellis rushed for 91 yards and a
score in his Cincinnati debut. Dalton went 4 for 5 for 56 yards in the opening
drive of the second half, and although the drive stalled at the Baltimore 1,
Mike Nugent kicked a 19-yard field goal to get the Bengals to 17-13. Flacco
brought the Ravens right back, throwing a bit of Rice into the mix with
excellent results. Rice caught a screen pass for 18 yards and ran for 13 more
during an 89-yard drive in which Flacco went 5 for 7 for 73 yards, including a
10-yard touchdown pass to tight end Dennis Pitta. After a 40-yard field goal by
Ravens rookie Justin Tucker made it 27-13 with 1:13 left in the quarter, Reed
struck exactly one minute later. Flacco went 12 for 15 for 183 yards in the
first half to stake Baltimore to a 17-10 lead. Flacco set the tone for the
shootout on the games first offensive play, throwing deep to Torrey Smith for a
52-yard gain. That set up a 46-yard field goal by Tucker, who won the job in
training camp from Billy Cundiff. Baltimore quickly forced a punt, and Flacco
went back to work. He completed a 16-yarder to Jacoby Jones on a third-and-15,
tossed a 1-yard pass to Rice on a fourth-and-1 and watched from the backfield as
Rice completed the 12-play, 63-yard drive with a 7-yard touchdown run behind a
fine block by fullback Vonta Leach. “It was really fun for me. I barely got hit
tonight,” Rice said. After Dalton got Cincinnati to 10-3 with a 76-yard march
that ended with a field goal, Flacco capped an 82-yard drive by splitting two
defenders with a 34-yard touchdown pass to Anquan Boldin. The Ravens finally
punted with 6 minutes left in the first half, and Dalton used the rest of the
time to move the Bengals to their lone touchdown. The Bengals twice converted
fourth downs on the 81-yard march, the last one a 6-yard run into the end zone
by Green-Ellis on a fourth-and-1. NOTES: Ravens owner Art Modell was honoured
with a tribute and a moment of silence before the game. ... Reed hurt his
hamstring on the runback but says hes OK. ... Bengals safety George Iloka hurt
his ankle in the first half. ’ ’ ’ 

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