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ANAHEIM, Calif. Peyton Manning Womens Jersey . —
Jerome Williams kept throwing strikes and inducing ground balls until the
Minnesota Twins were finally out of outs. Williams earned his second major
league shutout with a three-hitter, leading the Los Angeles Angels to a 4-0
victory on Tuesday night. His other shutout was on June 27, 2003 with the
Giants, a seven-hitter against the Oakland Athletics at San Francisco in his
sixth big league start. “I just went out there and pitched. Thats all I did—
throw strikes and get people out,” Williams said. “I was attacking the zone with
first-pitch strikes. If I get that first pitch over, I have everything to work
off of after that. I also was throwing my cutter and sinker, keeping the ball
down and making those guys hit ground balls. But I didnt realize what was going
on until I had two outs in the ninth.” Williams (2-1) threw 109 pitches,
striking out six and retiring 18 of his last 19 batters to finish in an
economical 2 hours, 10 minutes. It was the third complete game in 81 career
starts for the 30-year-old right-hander from Honolulu. “We pretty much didnt
have much a chance against Mr. Williams out there,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire
said. “He pretty much ate us up and made quick work of us. He was throwing a
nice little cutter and two-seamer, and he never really centred the ball. We
didnt square up all night long.” The Angels No.5 starter faced only one batter
over the minimum before walking Denard Span with two out in the ninth.
Alexi Casilla grounded into a double play after Span opened the game with a
single, and Span was picked off first base to end the third. Spans two hits
extended his career-best hitting streak to 12 games. “Jerome missed a lot of
spring training with a pulled hamstring, but the fact that we didnt need a fifth
starter until April 15 really helped him a lot,” manager Mike Scioscia said. “I
mean, we had some guys throwing the ball well, but we really felt that based on
what Jerome did at the end of last year—and how well he looked in his rehab
starts—he was the guy we wanted to get first crack at the fifth spot. And hes
taken advantage of it. “You need five starters. But the fact that Jerome is
number five I dont think is indicative of how well hes pitched for us,” Scioscia
added. “This guy could be in a lot of rotations in the major leagues—and with
a little higher seeding. After a rough start in New York, hes really bounced
back. Hes shown that he can make pitches and that his stuff plays in the big
leagues.” Torii Hunter homered for the fourth time in five games and Howie
Kendrick also went deep against struggling Francisco Liriano, but Albert Pujols
went 0 for 4 with a run-scoring groundout. The three-time NL MVP and two-time
home run champ, who had 445 in his previous 11 seasons with St. Louis and hit a
career-best 49 in 2006, has gone a career-worst 31 games and 125 at-bats since
his last one on Sept. 22, 2011. Pujols, who signed a 10-year, $240 million
contract in December as a free agent, hit seven homers during spring training—
including a tape-measure shot at Dodger Stadium that was estimated at 441 feet
in his final swing of the exhibition schedule. Liriano (0-4) gave up four runs
and seven hits in 5 1-3 innings. The left-hander surrendered five earned runs in
each of his previous five appearances, including a six-batter relief stint in
his final outing of last season after missing most of the final five weeks with
a strain in the back of his left shoulder. Liriano has given up 24 earned runs,
32 hits and 16 walks over 21 2-3 innings in his five starts, along with a 9.97
ERA. He would be 0-5 this year if the Twins hadnt turned a 6-0 deficit into a
10-9 victory against the Angels on April 12 at Target Field—leaving him with
a no-decision. “The result wasnt very good, but I feel like Im making better
pitches than last time,” Liriano said. “I feel more consistent throwing strikes
and I think things are getting better. I made a few adjustments—but I also
made a few mistakes.” Hunter, a teammate of Lirianos for three seasons in
Minnesota, drove his 1-0 changeup to left-centre leading off the second. Two
batters later, Kendrick homered into the left field bullpen on the same count.
“When I was with the Twins, he was throwing 96, 97 with a slider that was
biting. He had a couple of injuries, but hes still bringing it up—sometimes
to 94 or 95,” Hunter said. “But sometimes I think he leaves the ball up, and
thats probably it. Other than the four runs we got, he settled down and kept the
ball down and tried to minimize the damage.” NOTES: Liriano is 7-9 with a 5.28
ERA in 23 starts since his no-hitter against the White Sox on May 3, 2011 at
Chicago. ... Liriano has yet to complete six innings this season. Last year, he
was 9-0 with 2.32 ERA in 13 starts when he made it through the sixth. ... The
Twins have lost eight of nine games and have a major league-worst 6-17 record.
... Hunters three RBIs in Mondays 4-3 win prevented the Angels from going the
entire month of April without any of their players in double digits. ...
Minnesota has been outscored by a combined 55-15 margin through the second,
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Lightning had a man advantage for a total of 15 seconds during regulation Friday
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. Nashville blueliner Shea Weber, whose status as a restricted free agent is
already making headlines this summer, thought Minnesotas new $98 million man
would stay with the Predators and build on last seasons success. Willis McGahee Jersey . The Grimsby, Ont.,
native stands alone as Canadas most decorated Olympic womens wrestler after
capturing her first silver at Athens 2004 and a bronze at Beijing 2008. “I
promised going into the Olympics I would give everything and the result would
take care of itself,” Verbeek said. Eric Decker Jersey . The teams made it
official on Tuesday night when the NBA lifted the free agency signing
moratorium. The Suns received first-round picks in 2013 and 2015, and
second-round selections in 2013 and 2014 for Nash, an eight-time All-Star and
two-time league MVP. STRATFORD, Ont. —Ontarios Glenn Howard is heading back to
the Canadian mens curling championship. The Coldwater skip nudged out Peter
Corners stone in the tenth end Sunday to win the Dominion Tankard Ontario mens
curling championship 5-4 to book his place in the Brier. The 12-team field for
the March 3-11 mens tournament in Saskatoon filled up as the remaining provinces
and the territories determined their champions. Joining Howard is Calgarys Kevin
Koe, another former Canadian and world champion. Koe will represent Alberta
again after winning the nation and world titles in 2010. Koe defeated Brock
Virtue 6-3 in the Alberta final Sunday. Brock had eliminated 2010 Olympic
champion Kevin Martin 8-7 in the semifinal. Also headlining the Brier field will
be Brad Gushue, the 2006 Olympic champion who won the Newfoundland and Labrador
championship Sunday Brad Jacobs of Northern Ontario, Manitobas Rob Fowler and
Nova Scotias Jamie Murphy all won their respective provincial finals Sunday.
Jamie Koe, Kevins brother, will represent the Territories. They join New
Brunswicks Terry Odishaw, Saskatchewans Scott Manners, Mike Gaudet of Prince
Edward Island and Robert Desjardins of Quebec who qualified in earlier
playdowns. Fowler, from Brandon, Man., defeated Mike McEwen 10-6 to win his
first Manitoba mens title. Fowler had eliminated Jeff Stoughton, last years
Canadian and world champion, 8-7 in a playoff game Saturday. Jacobs defeated
Mike Jakubo 9-2 to win the Northern Ontario championship, Gushue beat Ken
Peddigrew 9-3 in Newfoundland and Murphy downed former Canadian champion Mark
Dacey 7-5 in Nova Scotia. Jamie Koe, from Yellowknife, went a perfect 5-0 in
Whitehorse for the right to represent both Yukon and Northwest Territories.
Kelowna skip John Cotter won the B.C. mens title by stealing a point in the 10th
end to beat Brent Pierce 7-5. The Brier winner represents Canada at the mens
world championship March 31 to April 8 in Basel, Switzerland Howard, meanwhile,
won the Dominion Tankard Ontario mens curling championship in dramatic fashion.
The final shot looked like it would spin past but Howard was able to stick it to
set off a celebration with teammates Wayne Middaugh, Brent Laing and Craig
Savill. “It just kind of came on in the end and if it rolls two inches more,
Pete (wins),” said Howard, who will represent Ontario at the Brier. “The good
news is it didnt. It held off and it worked out.” Corner was still shaking his
head long after the game was over. “My rock was almost in a perfect spot,” said
the skip from Brampton, Ont. “I wanted to make him make a tricky, little
delicate shot to win the game and honestly, at the hog line, Id thought hed
missed it. There was a lot of room to roll there and did it ever carve up.”
Corner yelledd for third Graeme McCarrel to get on the rock but he couldnt sweep
it out. Peyton Manning Jersey. . “I was yelling just
to make it look good because I thought it was going to roll away,” Corner said.
“When it hit I couldnt believe how soft it stopped. Even Graemes in disbelief
right now.” Howard, who plays out of the Coldwater & District Curling Club,
had control of the game until the seventh end. He grabbed a 4-2 lead with two
points in the fifth and forced Corner into taking one in the sixth so he could
have the hammer down the stretch. Corner stole one in the seventh, but Howard
came back to blank the eighth and ninth end, setting up the winning shot. “It
was a fantastic game. I feel bad for Pete, because weve got him in a couple
finals now and hes a good friend of mine,” Howard added. “You hate to beat
buddies but the bottom line is youre out there to win.” Corner gave Howard all
he could handle in the final and in the Page 1 playoff, when Howard needed an
extra end on Friday to beat him 7-6. Prior to those games, Howard had only
played to the 10th end twice in 10 round robin games. “He was crushing everybody
all week long and the two games that we played him I thought we could have beat
him both times. Its a testament to our guys stepping up,” said Corner, who beat
the Mike Anderson of Thornhill, Ont., 8-5 in the Sunday morning semifinal. “I
had really good karma going this game. I thought it was ours to win. I just had
a really good feeling that the gods of curling were going to show up on my team.
We played exactly the way we wanted to play and thats how it goes sometimes.”
For Corner, it would have been his first Brier since 2000. “The last 12 years
Ive lost the (Ontario) final six times. I havent been to the Brier in 12 years
so it hurts, because I dont have many more of these left in me. That one
stings,” Corner said. “Tomorrow Ill wake up with my family and go to work and
itll be over and done. Its not life or death for me as it is for those guys.” It
may not be life or death for Middaugh, but it has been seven years since he went
to the Brier, the last time in 2005 as skip. Middaugh joined the Howard rink at
the start of the season, taking over for third Richard Hart. “Hes a kid in a
candy store right now,” Howard said. “I knew when he joined our team, you just
light a fire under Wayne Middaughs butt and look out. Hes played so well and fit
in so well with our team. The adjustment has been seamless.” Middaugh joked that
Howard was just being kind. “I worked hard to try and be ready and fill those
shoes, because theyre huge,” he said. “They were a great team long before I came
along, but Brent and Craig have been so easy to play with.” ’ ’ ’ 

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