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LOS ANGELES —Aaron Harang pitched seven strong innings against his former team
and the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Cincinnati Reds 4-1 on Wednesday night
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struck out five and walked one in his second career start against the team he
pitched for from 2003-10. The right-hander last faced the Reds and beat them on
June 21, 2002, with Oakland. Kenley Jansen pitched a perfect ninth to earn his
14th save in 17 chances. The Dodgers took two out of three against the Reds to
snap their skid of four straight series losses. They had not won a series since
June 15-17 against the Chicago White Sox, while they won two in a row for the
first time since June 9-10 at Seattle. The Dodgers wasted no time in jumping on
Mike Leake (3-6), who gave up four consecutive hits to open the game. The
right-hander allowed three runs and six hits in seven innings, struck out five
and walked none in a rocky follow-up to his complete-game victory at San
Francisco last Friday. Dee Gordon led off with a double. Luis Cruz had an RBI
single and Bobby Abreus single sent Cruz to third. James Loney singled home
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including one while laying on his back during a 5-on-3 power play late in the
third period. ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. —Davis Love III might have found the
perfect tonic for any Ryder Cup hangover—playing golf, and playing well on a
Sea Island course he knows better than anyone. In his third straight tournament
since his U.S. team lost a big lead on the final day at Medinah, Love hit a
6-iron to 3 feet on the 17th hole that put him in the final group going into the
weekend at the McGladrey Classic, where he is becoming more than just a
tournament host. Love was one shot behind Arjun Atwal, who is running out of
time to keep his PGA Tour card. Atwal made an adjustment in his putting stroke
earlier in the week and watched it pay off in a big way at Sea Island for a 63,
his best score of the year. Atwal, whose two-year exemption from winning in
Greensboro, N.C., expires this year, is No. 175 on the money list and has only
two tournaments left to finish in the top 125. He opened with three straight
birdies and took the outright lead with a wedge into 5 feet on the fifth hole,
his 14th of the round. “Im in a desperate situation,” Atwal said. “I got no
choice—either win or finish in the top two. So Ive just got to grind it out.”
Atwal was at 10-under 130, though this tournament has a distinct Ryder Cup feel
going into the final two days. It starts with Love, the American captain, who
moved to Sea Island when he was 14. What helped more than his course knowledge
was switching to a belly putter that doesnt quite reach his belly, and not even
his shirt “unless its untucked.” Brian Bateman, who is much shorter than Love,
once used it as a belly putter and Love figures the fact that its a heavy club
and has a different look could only help him. “Ive been messing around with this
putter for well over a year, I just havent had the nerve to put it in play,”
Love said. “But I had two pro-ams this week so I said, This is the best time—
my home greens, two pro-ams on my home course. So I tried it out and the first
day I used it, I made eight birdies. So it worked.” Love was tied with
Jim Furyk, who hasnt played since his bogey-bogey finish in the Ryder Cup and is
making his final PGA Tour appearance of the year. Furyk was plodding along Sea
Island, a few birdies on his card, when he rolled in an 18-foot birdie putt on
the 14th, converted a two-putt birdie from 100 feet away just off the green, and
made a third straight birdie on the 16th from about 12 feet. He wound up with a
65. “I felt a little rusty on the way in,” Furyk said. “I have a lot of
confidence in my ball striking right now, but when you dont play a lot,
sometimes its the course management, making the good decisions. And so far thats
all kind of coming back to me slowly and Ive kind of gained momentum as the last
two rounds have gone on.” David Toms was tied with them until he made bogey on
the final hole for a 67, though he was still only two shots out of the lead.
Bud Cauley, who shared the first-round lead, wasnt as crisp with hiss irons and
had to settle for a 70. Wholesale Jerseys. He also was two behind,
still in great shape as he pursues his first PGA Tour win. Gavin Coles joined
them at 132 after six birdies in a round of 65. Despite all the familiarity at
the top of the leaderboard, the McGladrey Classic remained wide open. The cut
was at 1-under 209, meaning all 88 players were within nine shots of the lead.
David Hearn of Brantford, Ont., shot a 71, and is seven shots back at 3-under
137. Calgarys Stephen Ames carded a 76, missing the cut with a 145 total. There
has been very little wind along the South Carolina coast, and while the weather
has been mild and dry, enough rain has fallen in the early morning hours that
the greens remained soft. Love hit one 7-iron that plugged in its pitch mark.
Such ideal conditions allowed just about everyone to stay in the game.
Chad Campbell, who hit all 18 greens in regulation, was among those at 7-under
133, while Vijay Singh (68) and Jason Day (67) were four shots behind. Atwal
struggled with a bad back early in the year when he opened the season by missing
the cut in seven straight tournaments, one of them while playing in the same
group with Tiger Woods at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. His chronic left
knee is acting up now and he expects to have tests on it at the end of the year.
All he cares about now is getting a card for next year, a position with which he
is familiar. Two years ago, Atwal had to go through Monday qualifying for the
Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, and then he shot a 61 on his way to his lone
PGA Tour victory. He recalls one year on the Nationwide Tour when he won late in
the season to finish in the top 25 and earn back his tour card. More than
injuries, he felt he spent too much time getting technical with his swing after
changing coaches, and it took him until June before he stopping thinking and
starting playing. He started making cuts, but he didnt make up much ground. Love
doesnt have to worry about his card, as a lifetime member with his 20 wins. The
trick for the 48-year-old Love is to finish, which has been a problem this year
amid all his Ryder Cup captaincy duties. But this would be a good place for that
to change, on his home course and playing before hundreds of fans at a
tournament that doesnt attract a big crowd. Love put on a show by making simple
birdies on both par 5s and stuffing that 6-iron into tap-in range on the 17th.
Love isnt the least bit surprised. He was eager to get back to golf after the
Ryder Cup and found he was throwing away too many shots in Las Vegas and
California. Even on Friday, he twice made bogey with a wedge in his hand. But
hes only one shot back going into the weekend, and he has reason to hope that
instead of giving out the trophy this year, he can take it. “Im hitting the ball
real well,” he said. “I wouldnt say Ive gotten everything out of the day. But
its my home course, and I know my way around it. So hopefully, I can keep it
going.” ’ ’ ’ 

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