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ATLANTA —Kris Medlen did his part to ensure Chipper Jones last regular-season
home game was a win. Colin Kaepernick Womens Jersey . Then again,
all of the Atlanta Braves have been winning a lot with Medlen on the mound. The
Braves won for a major league record 23rd straight time in games started by
Medlen, beating the New York Mets 6-2 on Sunday as a sellout crowd cheered Jones
every move. Medlen (10-1) gave up one unearned run and three hits in six
innings, adding to his momentum heading into the post-season. The Braves have
already clinched an NL wild-card spot and are on track to host the one-game
playoff, which Medlen would start. “I think the best part about it is my name is
in the history books, but its a team thing,” Medlen said. “Its a really cool
feeling. Like I said, were not done. I hope we keep going.” According to STATS
LLC research going back to 1921, only two other teams won 22 straight starts by
a pitcher: the New York Giants with Carl Hubbell (1936-37) and the Yankees with
Whitey Ford (1950-53). Fords streak was interrupted by military service. With
Washingtons 10-4 loss to St. Louis, the Braves gained a game in the NL East and
trail the first-place Nationals by three games. The Nationals have a magic
number of one for clinching the division. The Braves close the regular season
with three games at Pittsburgh. The Mets (73-86) topped 2011s loss total and
ensured their most losses since a 70-92 record in 2009. Atlanta is 12-0 in
Medlens starts this season after he moved to the rotation on July 31. The teams
streak of 23 straight wins in Medlens starts began in 2010. Braves manager Fredi
Gonzalez said he was thinking of the post-season by limiting Medlen to six
innings. “If we were able to do that, get him the win, get the team the win and
keep him right where we wanted in terms of pitches and innings, that was a good
day,” Gonzalez said. The Mets only run off Medlen was set up by first baseman
Freddie Freemans throwing error on Justin Turners grounder in the third. The
wild throw to Medlen, who was covering first base, allowed Ruben Tejada, who
singled, to score from second. David Ross hit a three-run homer in the second
off Jenrry Mejia (1-2). Jones had a single and two walks and wouldnt agree to
come out of the game early. “I tried to pinch-hit for him, get a big ovation for
him,” Gonzalez said. “He said, I want to finish this. Thats just the way he is.”
Jones parents were in Atlanta for the series. “To be honest with you, I saw us
winning this game early and I wanted to go give my mom and dad a hug after the
game,” Jones said. “If I had taken myself out of the game, Id be in (the
clubhouse) watching fantasy football.” The retiring 40-year-old slugger said he
had “a lot of relief” the weekend was over. “Im glad its over and we can go to
Pittsburgh and finish out the year and get ready for the next one back here when
all the fun is going to start,” Jones said. Jones teammates stayed behind in the
dugout as he ran onto the field to a standing ovation to start the game. The
Braves joined the ovation, and even some New York players applauded him. Mets
third base coach Tim Teufel walked over and shook Jones hand, and finally the
Braves joined Jones on the field. “Its a well-deserved tribute,” Mets manager
Terry Collins said. “We all salute him in his career. Hes a great, great
player.” Jones was immediately tested as he made a dive to his left to make a
stop on a grounder from Mets leadoff hitter Ruben Tejada. The All-Star third
baseman made a one-hop throw to first base from his knees for the out. He made
another diving stop on a sharply hit grounder by Scott Hairston to end the
inning. Braves chanted “Lets go, Chipper!” when he batted in the second, and
booed Mejia for walking him. Jones first hit of his final regular-season home
series came with his third-inning single, ending a 0-for-13 drought that
included four walks. He tipped his helmet to the fans before his at-bats in the
first and seventh innings. With fans standing in the seventh, Jones walked
again. Jones received another loud ovation when he took the field in the ninth.
Fans chanted “Thank you, Chipper” as the inning started and then “Chipper!
Chipper!” with two outs. The Braves scored a run in the fifth on doubles by
Michael Bourn and Jason Heyward. Andrelton Simmons doubled in Dan Uggla in the
sixth off Collin McHugh and scored on Bourns single. Mejia gave up four runs on
six hits in five innings. “I thought he threw the ball good today,” Collins
said. “He made a real bad throw to Ross, right down the middle. But his
two-seamer was the best one Ive seen him have.” The Mets scored one run off
Cory Gearrin in the ninth on a double by Ike Davis, a walk to Lucas Duda and a
single by Andres Torres. Closer Craig Kimbrel recorded the final out on a
grounder by Fred Lewis for his 42nd save. Bourn was a late addition to Atlantas
lineup after missing six games with a sprained left thumb. Medlen lined a foul
ball into the Mets dugout in the fourth, hitting catcher Josh Thole. Tholes
right ear was red and swollen but he said he passed a concussion test. “I just
saw the doctor and theres no issue, other than this big ear I have,” Thole said.
“It got me more on the cartilage of my ear, I think. Thats what saved me. It
definitely could have been worse.” NOTES: The sellout crowd of 50,635 raised the
Braves attendance for the season at 2,420,171, a slight increase from their 2011
total. ... Following Collins lead, the Mets had a theme dress day, with all the
players and coaches wearing football jerseys—NFL or college—to the park.
The team had a similar hockey jersey day earlier in the season. ... Mets rookie
RHP Jeurys Familia will make his first career start Monday against Floridas
Josh Johnson. Familia has an 8.64 ERA in seven games in relief. R.A. Dickey is
scheduled to start on Tuesday. ... LHP Paul Maholm will face Pirates LHP
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spokesman Doug Haney says the five-time overall World Cup winner “has had an
incredible preparation period” so far but will focus on the only U.S. stop on
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. Madrid is seven points clear of its top rival with three games to play, so
even a Barcelona loss earlier in the day will award the Spanish leader its
record 32nd domestic crown. Madrids record achievement—Barcelona is next
closest with 21 trophies—comes with the team building on its record 112 goals
scored in a season, Cristiano Ronaldo looking to establish a record scoring
total in a season and coach Jose Mourinho set to become the first coach to win
league titles in four different countries. David Akers Womens Jersey . Alfonzo missed 48
games—the final 15 of last season and the first 33 of this year. Brauns
50-game suspension for a positive drug test was overturned in February by
arbitrator Shyam Das after Brauns lawyers argued his urine sample was not
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pitchers were traded for each other. Guthrie had double-digit victories in three
straight seasons with the Baltimore Orioles in the American League.WIMBLEDON,
England—Top-ranked Novak Djokovic will begin the defence of his Wimbledon
title on Monday against Juan Carlos Ferrero, the former No. 1 and 2003 French
Open champion. Djokovic and Ferrero last played five years ago and are 1-1 in
matchups. Fridays draw also seeded Djokovic to meet 2010 finalist Tomas Berdych
in the quarterfinals then possibly six-time champion Roger Federer. That would
be their sixth semifinal in the last eight Grand Slams. Djokovic leads them 4-1.
Milos Raonic of Thornhill, Ont., is seeded No. 21 and will open against Santiago
Giraldo of Colombia. Vasek Pospisil of Vancouver will meet American Sam Querrey
in first-round play. Torontos Daniel Nestor and Max Mirnyi of Belarus are the
top seeds in the mens doubles draw. Federer opens against Albert Ramos of Spain.
Second-seeded Rafael Nadal and fourth-seeded Andy Murray were in the bottom of
the draw. Nadal, the two-time champion, will meet Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil
first up, and Murray plays former top-5 player Nikolay Davydenko. On the womens
side, Maria Sharapova, who is top seed for the first time, has a first-round
match with Anastasia Rodionova of Australia, and defending champ Petra Kvitova
plays Akgul Amanmuradova of Uzbekistan. Sharapova and Kvitova could meet in the
final for a second straight year. Also in separate halves of the draw were Venus
and Serena Williams, who share nine Wimbledon titles and met each other in four
finals. Serena (No. 6) was seeded to meet Kvitova (No. 4) in the quarterfinals.
Serena beat Kvitova in the semifinals in 2010 en route to her fourth Wimbledon
title and 13th and last Grand Slam title. Venus, unseeded for the first time
since her tournament debut in 1997 and struggling with an auutoimmune disease,
plays Elena Vesnina of Russia, then could run into No. Carlos Rogers Womens Jersey. 3 Agnieszka
Radwanska in the second round. Kim Clijsters, unseeded and counting down to her
retirement in September, was drawn against another former world No. 1, Jelena
Jankovic, in the first round. Clijsters has been sidelined for most of the year
with injuries, and withdrew from the Unicef Open semifinals in the Netherlands
on Friday because of a stomach muscle strain. Aleksandra Wozniak of Blainville,
Que., will face world No. 94 Vera Dushevina of Russia in her opening match.
Stephanie Dubois of Laval, Que., will open against No. 25 seed Zheng Jie of
China. The draw also gave hope to extending the longest-running saga in
Wimbledon history: John Isner vs. Nicolas Mahut. The pair played the longest
match in tennis history, more than 11 hours over three days in the first round
in 2010. Isner won a second time—in about two hours—in the first round
last year. The American and Frenchman could meet in the second round this year.
Isner could run into Federer in the quarters. Lleyton Hewitt, the champion 10
years ago who was entered on a wild card, will start against No. 5 Jo-Wilfried
Tsonga. Three-time finalist Andy Roddick, No. 30, was in the same quarter as
another former U.S. Open champ, Juan Martin del Potro, and Murray. Other notable
openers include No. 8 Janko Tipsarevic against David Nalbandian, who was
defaulted from the Queens Club final last weekend for kicking an advertising
board and hurting a linesman. Bernard Tomic, the Australian who reached the
quarterfinals last year and was back as the 20th seed, starts against Belgian
wild card David Goffin, who reached the last 16 at the French Open. ’ ’ ’ 

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