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Nov 16, 2012 11:57pm
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ATLANTA - This time, the Atlanta Braves held onto their big lead and locked up a
playoff trip with plenty of time to spare. Ed Reed Youth Jersey . It couldnt have felt
any sweeter for retiring star Chipper Jones. Freddie Freeman hit a two-run homer
in the bottom of the ninth inning to put Atlanta back in the post-season with a
4-3 victory over the Miami Marlins on Tuesday night. Freemans dramatic drive off
Mike Dunn clinched at least a National League wild-card berth for the Braves,
who squandered a big lead in the wild-card race with a huge collapse last
September. “They took the attitude last year to try and hang on,” Jones said.
“This year we took the bull by the horns. Were shooting for the stars. Were
still shooting for the division until they close us out.” Jones, who plans to
retire at the end of the season, led off the ninth with a double. He moved to
third on a wild pitch by Dunn (0-3) and stood on the bag with his right fist
raised as Freemans 22nd homer easily cleared the centre-field wall. “There was
never any doubt,” Jones said during the soggy clubhouse celebration. “We knew
that last year was somewhat of a fluke.” Craig Kimbrel (3-1) worked a scoreless
inning to help the Braves win their 22nd straight game started by Kris Medlen.
The streak is the longest in the majors since the New York Yankees won 22
consecutive games started by Whitey Ford in 1950 and 53. Last years September
flop was fresh on Medlens mind. “You cant really win consistently until you
lose,” Medlen said. “Losings a big part of being able to win.” Returning to the
post-season helps wipe away some of last seasons frustration for the Braves, who
blew an 8 1/2-game lead in the wild-card standings and finished September 9-18.
They missed the playoffs after one of the biggest meltdowns in baseball history.
This year, Atlanta cruised most of the way and wrapped up a post-season spot
with more than a week remaining in the regular season. And the Braves still have
a chance to catch first-place Washington in the NL East. They moved within four
games of the Nationals, who lost to Philadelphia 6-3, with eight to play. “It
makes it all worth it. Im happier for these guys because they worked hard,”
Jones said. While he was being interviewed on television, the 40-year-old
slugger was doused with bubbly and beer by teammates in a jubilant clubhouse. “I
am so cold right now!” he said. Four of the five NL playoff spots are secured.
In addition to Atlanta, Washington, Cincinnati and San Francisco have all
punched their tickets to the post-season. The second-place Braves have a
comfortable cushion in the wild-card race, and St. Louis leads the chase for the
leagues second wild card. The Braves will return to the post-season for the
first time since 2010. Jones went 1 for 2 with two runs and a sacrifice fly that
gave the Braves a 2-1 lead in the sixth. He is batting .296 and has 14 homers
with 63 RBIs. His leadership has been unmistakable in a season that included a
final All-Star appearance. The Braves tied it 1-all in the second. Jones walked,
moved to second on Freemans single and scored from second on Dan Ugglas single.
After Martin Prados two-out triple in the third, Marlins starter Nathan Eovaldi
struck out Heyward, but Heyward tripled with one out in the sixth and scored on
Jones sacrifice fly to give the Braves a 2-1 lead. Freeman said he expected
Jones to lead off the ninth with a hit. “Hes done it all year,” the 23-year-old
Freeman said. “Thats what hes a Hall of Famer for. He got the rally started
today.” Eovaldi was trying to win for the first time in six starts. He allowed
four hits, two runs and two walks in six innings. He struck out eight.
A.J. Ramos got the first two outs for Miami in the seventh before Dan Jennings
struck out pinch-hitter Jeff Baker with a runner on first. Heath Bell faced the
minimum in the eighth for the Marlins, and Eric OFlaherty did the same in the
bottom half of the inning for Atlanta. Donovan Solano hit his first career homer
in the second to make it 1-0 and followed with a two-run shot in the seventh to
make it 3-2. “Yeah, I mean, weve lost a lot of games and to lose that game like
that is heartbreaking,” Dunn said, “especially with the way the team played
today.” Medlen did not win for the first time in nine starts, allowing five
hits, three runs, no walks and striking out eight. The right-hander began the
game with a 15-0 record over his last 27 starts dating to May 31, 2009. Those
numbers were just a backdrop, though, to the bigger picture of Jones returning
to the playoffs in his final season with Atlanta. “Were not done yet,” he said.
“Weve got one more step that weve got our eyes on.” NOTES: Braves manager Fredi
Gonzalez said MRI results on CF Michael Bourns left thumb revealed no structural
damage. Gonzalez hopes Bourn can return to the lineup Wednesday. ...
Reed Johnson started in CF and hit leadoff for Bourn. ... Gonzalez spoke with
Jones before the game and both decided that the 3B wants to start the last six
remaining regular-season home games. ... Jones double gave him 2,724 hits to tie
Roberto Alomar for 57th place on the career list — and for fifth among
switch-hitters. ... Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said RF Giancarlo Stanton, who
has missed the last six games with a sore left ribcage, is lobbying to return to
the lineup soon. Stanton took batting practice before the game. ... The Marlins
were waiting for MRI results on OF Justin Ruggiano, whos been out since last
Friday with a right shoulder sprain. ... Atlanta SS Paul Janish is trying to
rehab his left shoulder in hopes of returning for the division series next month
if Atlanta is still playing. Arthur Jones Jersey . Rusch went eight
innings and led the Goldeyes (16-6) to a 4-3 win over the RedHawks (9-14) and a
sweep in the three-game series before 2,822 cool and, at times, soggy customers
at Newman Outdoor Field. Rusch set a new season-high for the Goldeyes with nine
strikeouts in the game and allowed just three hits. Haloti Ngata Womens Jersey . —All that
Sporting Kansas City needed Wednesday night was a draw against the Philadelphia
Union to wrap up its second consecutive Eastern Conference regular-season title.
. Goals werent a problem for Fulham and Swansea, with both teams enjoying 5-0
routs, while former Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas made a miserable return to
English football as Tottenham lost 2-1 at Newcastle. But there were happier
returns to the Premier League for West Ham and Reading, with both teams avoiding
defeat in their first matches since gaining promotion. Joe Flacco Womens Jersey . surrendered in a
courtroom Friday to begin a three-month jail sentence for attacking his
ex-girlfriend in September 2010 while two of their children watched. Jameel McClain Jersey . No, he isnt returning
to the sport he conquered—not now, anyway. Instead, Gretzky was content to
say he did all he could for the sport during his career.LONDON – A Chinese
badminton star is apparently quitting the sport after she was one of eight
players disqualified from the doubles tournament at the London Olympics for
trying to lose. A comment on a verified account for Yu Yang on the Tencent
microblogging service late Wednesday read: “This is my last game. Farewell
Badminton World Federation. Farewell my dear badminton.” Yus retirement could
not be immediately confirmed with Chinese badminton officials. In China, the
lives of top athletes are closely controlled by sports officials, including
decisions on retirement. Yu and Wang Xiaoli were one of four doubles teams which
appeared to play poorly on purpose to secure a more favourable position in the
next phase of the event. Two teams from South Korea and another from Indonesia
were disqualified from competition but allowed to stay at the games — a step
lighter than expulsion, the penalty for positive drug tests. It appeared to be
the first mass disqualification in Olympic history. The feeble play was obvious
to fans who attended the matches Tuesday night at Wembley Arena — they chanted,
“Off! Off! Off!” — and to incredulous television broadcasters and viewers
watching around the world. “Theyre serving fault and fault! They are just
hitting the ball into the net!” the BBCs David Mercer said in disbelief. “They
are both trying to lose, and that is unforgivable. This is the Olympic Games.”
The Chinese players set off a dominoo effect when they tried to rig the draw
after Chinas second-seeded pair unexpectedly lost to a Danish team in the
morning. Bernard Pierce Jersey. The South Koreans and
Indonesians, wanting to avoid a tough opponent as well, followed suit in later
matchups. Teams blamed the introduction of a round-robin stage rather than a
straight knockout tournament as the cause of the problem. The round-robin format
can allow results to be manipulated to earn an easier matchup in the knockout
round. None of the players was made available for interviews. Yu went on state
television in China to apologize “to all the badminton fans and friends over
yesterdays game, because we did not comply with the Olympic spirit, and did not
deliver a match with our true level to the audience, the fans and the friends.”
In a statement released to Xinhua, the Chinese Olympic delegation criticized its
players actions. “The behaviour by Yu Yang and Wang Xiaoli on court violated the
Olympics ideal and the spirit of fair play. The Chinese delegation feels
distressed over this matter,” the delegation said. Xinhua also reported Chinese
badminton coach Li Yongbo apologized and accepted blame for the scandal. “As the
head coach, I owe the fans and the Chinese an apology,” Li said. “Chinese
players failed to demonstrate their fighting spirit of the national team. Its me
to blame.”——Associated Press writer Scott McDonald in Beijing, China,
contributed to this report.   ’ ’ ’ 

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