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TAMPA, Fla. Danieal Manning Jersey . —Tampa Bay pitcher
Wade Davis took a hard shot by Donnie Murphy off his right ankle in the second
inning during the Rays 3-2 win over the Miami Marlins on Tuesday. Murphys
two-out shot off Davis ankle bounced into right field for a double and left the
pitcher limping. After he was attended to by a trainer, Davis took some practice
jogs on the infield and stayed in the game. He allowed one run and three hits in
five innings, struck out five and walked none. Marlins starter Josh Johnson
retired his first eight batters and gave up two runs and four hits in 4 2-3
innings with four strikeouts and one walk. He has a 2.33 ERA in four starts.
TIGERS 7, BRAVES 2 LAKELAND, Fla. (AP)—Ryan Raburn hit his sixth home run in
spring training and Justin Verlander gave up two runs, four hits and two walks.
Before the game, the Tigers announced that star third baseman Miguel Cabrera
would miss at least a week with a broken bone below his right eye. He was hit by
a bad-hop grounder the previous day. Delmon Young hit his fourth homer and drove
in three runs. Atlantas Jair Jurrjens gave up seven runs in five innings and had
a 10.13 ERA. CARDINALS 6, ASTROS 1 KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP)—Kyle Lohse allowed
one run and three hits in five innings. Matt Holliday hit a two-run triple in a
three-run first against Jordan Lyles and scored on Lance Berkmans a sacrifice
fly. Lyles, competing for a spot in Houstons rotation, gave up four runs and
seven hits in five innings. PHILLIES 4, ORIOLES 1 SARASOTA, Fla. (AP)—
Roy Halladay rebounded from a horrid outing against Minnesota by allowing one
run and three hits in six innings. He struck out five, hit a batter and walked
none. Baltimores run came on a first-inning double by Adam Jones. Brian Matusz
allowed a run and seven hits in five innings. ROYALS 6, ANGELS 4 SURPRISE, Ariz.
(AP)—C.J. Wilson allowed three hits in five shutout innings, struck out five
and walked none. He has allowed one run in 14 innings in four spring training
starts after signing a $77.5 million, five-year contract. Kansas City had four
runs and five hits in the sixth off Jordan Walden, who retired one of six
batters. Vernon Wells homered in the eighth for the Angels. DODGERS 7, BREWERS 6
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP)—Andre Ethier hit a two-run homer and drove in three
runs. Ethier, hitting .440, had an RBI grounder in the first and broke a 3-all
tie in the sixth when he homered into the right-field bullpen off Marco Estrada.
Dodgers starter Chad Billingsley gave up three runs and five hits in 4 2-3
innings, including a two-run homer by Brooks Conrad. Brewers starter
Chris Narveson allowed three runs and seven hits in four innings. Los Angeles
took a 3-0 lead in the first when Dee Gordon led off with a triple, James Loney
had an RBI double and Mark Ellis singled in a run. CUBS (SS) 5, ATHLETICS 5, 10
innings PHOENIX (AP)—Jonny Gomes homered to start a three-run rally in the
ninth. Kila Kaahilue homered and doubled for the As, playing their final spring
training home game before heading to Japan for a season-opening, two-game series
against Seattle in Tokyo next week. Brandon McCarthy, in his final prep for his
opening-day start, gave up four runs—two earned—five hits and three walks
in four innings. The right-hander has a torn middle fingernail on his pitching
hand. Cubs starter Rodrigo Lopez allowed one run and three hits in five innings
with four strikeouts. RANGERS 6, CUBS (SS) 2 MESA, Ariz. (AP)—Neftali Feliz
pitched three scoreless innings, then left with shoulder stiffness. The
right-hander, being switched from the bullpen to the rotation, allowed two hits,
struck out two and walked one. He will be re-evaluated Wednesday. Ryan Dempster
gave up two runs and four hits in six innings, the longest outing for the Cubs
pitcher this year. He allowed Dustin Browns two-run homer in the second.
DIAMONDBACKS 4, GIANTS 3 SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP)—Gerardo Parra hit a two-run
homer off Barry Zito, who allowed three runs, seven hits wand four walks in five
innings. Trevor Bauer, drafted No. 3 overall last year out of UCLA, got the
start and struggled through three innings. He allowed two runs and six hits
while striking out two. MARINERS 8, REDS 1 GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP)—
Kevin Millwood allowed one run and four hits in innings. The 37-year-old is
competing for the fifth spot in the Mariners rotation with Hisashi Iwakuma.
Millwood allowed a run on four hits. Carlos Peguero homered and singled, driving
in four runs. Jeff Francis, who is trying to win a spot in the back of
Cincinnatis rotation. Francis gave up three runs and seven hits in five innings.
YANKEES 10, PIRATES 3 Alex Rodriguez had two hits and three RBIs, giving him
nine RBIs in 10 games. Andrew McCutchen hit a first-inning two-run homer on a
slider off starter Michael Pineda, who allowed two runs and three hits in three
innings. Yankees closer Mariano Rivera struck out one during a perfect fourth
and extended his streak of not allowing an earned run in spring training to 25
innings dating to 2008. Pittsburgh left-hander Erik Bedard gave up four runs and
five hits in 3 2-3 innings. METS 2, NATIONALS PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP)—
Stephen Strasburg rebounded from his worst start of spring training, giving up
only two hits in five innings, including a solo homer by Lucas Duda. Strasburg,
0-3 with a 5.52 ERA, struck out three and walked one, throwing 85 pitches. Mets
starter Dillon Gee was even better in 5 2-3 innings, allowing three hits—
including one to Strasburg. Gee struck out four and walked one. Ike Davis drove
in the other run with a single in the sixth. BLUE JAYS 9, RED SOX 2 FORT MYERS,
Fla. (AP)—Daniel Bard allowed three runs, three hits and three walks in five
innings. Being converted from a reliever to a starter this year, Bard gave up a
two-run double in the second to Travis Snider. Bostons Kelly Shoppach, slated to
back up catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, hit a two-run homer in the second off
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2011-12. A Canadian under-20 international, Clarke is the Whitecaps sixth
homegrown signing. Danieal Manning Womens Jersey . Although the
competition offers the clubs the realistic chance of a trophy, both know
elimination would leave them free to focus on more pressing domestic matters.
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final two games and Christina Pedersens name was noticeably absent.Pedersen came
under fire after making controversial calls in Mondays game. J.J. Watt Elite Jersey . Provided a one-run
lead for much of the night, the 39-year-old left-hander put together a vintage
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are also getting comfortable at the Giants waterfront ballpark—and now they
are right back in the thick of the NL West race.GLENDALE, Ariz. – Phoenix goalie
Mike Smith stretched out to block a shot from a charging Nashville player and
watched as his stick sailed to the backboards. No way to reach his waffleboard,
Smith slid back and forth across the crease, trying to stay low, throwing up his
gloves whenever the puck came his direction. His teammates cleared the puck
after about 30 seconds and Smith let off a sigh of relief. “We practice that …
but Im not real comfortable with it,” Smith said. His team should be feeling a
little uneasy, too. Despite pulling out a 4-3 win over the Predators in Game 1
of the Western Conference semifinals Friday night, the Coyotes know they have a
lot of work to do to have a shot at winning the series. Thats right. The winning
team may have more adjustments to make than the losers. The Coyotes have been
playing this tightrope game to near perfection throughout the playoffs, leaning
heavily on Smith and coming through with the big shot, usually in overtime. Its
worked so far; Phoenix won its first-round series over Chicago and the opener
against Nashville, becoming the first team in NHL history to go to overtime in
six of its first seven playoff games. The Coyotes know it cant continue against
the Predators, a team that plays the same kind of close-to-the-vest style and
has a superb goalie of their own in Pekka Rinne. “Weve got to be better because
sooner or later its going to cost us,” Coyotes forward Daymond Langkow said
Saturday after practice at Jobing.com Arena. “We sit back in the third, weve had
leads, we just need to be more aggressive. We just sat back and you cant do that
against a good team like that.” A series that was expected to be low scoring got
off to a surprising start with seven goals in the first game. After the
Predators shook off a sluggish start — they had a week off after beating Detroit
in the first round — both teams played crisply in the first two periods,
snapping passes, trading goals, each goalie throwing in some big saves. Once the
third period starts, Nashville picked up the pressure and dominated, spending
what felt like 19 of the 20 minutes in Phoenixs zone. The Predators had the
Coyotes chasing the entire period, outshooting them 16-1 while forcing three
power plays. Martin Erat scored on the third one, with 4:42 left in regulation,
and Nashville appeared to be in control headed into overtime. But the Predators,
whove been known to steal a gamee or two when they were outplayed, ended up on
the short end this time, losing in overtime when Ray Whitney took a pass from
Martin Hanzal and flipped it past Rinne for the game-winner and a 1-0 series
lead. J.J. Watt Jersey. “Theyre opportunistic,
theyve got a great goaltender — theyre a lot like us,” Predators centre
Mike Fisher. “We got some of those wins against Detroit, so weve seen it and
know what to expect, but it was just a matter of coming up a bit short.” In a
series that was billed as a showdown between two of the NHLs best goaltenders,
Smith won round 1. Coming off a superb regular season in his first run as a
no-doubt No. 1 goalie, Smith has been spectacular during the playoffs,
practically willing the Coyotes over the Blackhawks in the first round. He had
his first career playoff shutout in the clincher over Chicago in Game 6 and
again was stellar against the Predators while facing nearly twice as many shots
at Rinne. Smith was at his best after Erats goal, flipping and flopping,
stretching and splitting to reach every shot Nashville sent at him. No stick? No
problem. Smith survived the dicey stick-losing seconds in overtime and finished
with 39 saves while Rinne had 20. “Hes a good goalie, you cant deny that,”
Predators captain Shea Weber said. “He had a good series against Chicago and he
was good yesterday.” The worry for the Coyotes is that theyre relying on Smith a
little too much. Good as Smith has been, Phoenix cant keep falling back into
protection mode whenever they have a lead. Four times in the playoffs the
Coyotes have allowed tying goals in the third period, in part because theyve sat
back and stopped attacking, spending far too much time in their own zone and
giving up way too many good chances. Smith has been good after giving up the
late goals, leading Phoenix to four overtime victories, but the Coyotes know
theyre playing with fire, particularly against an equally-opportunistic team
like the Predators. “Its not the prettiest hockey, and people can say what they
want about it, but weve just got to find a way to win,” Coyotes captain
Shane Doan said. “We pride ourselves as a group in doing that. Obviously, were
pretty thankful that Smith has been as good as hes been. At the same time, we
have to be better as a group, as a whole.” So do the Predators, who did just
about everything right except the most important thing: win. ’ ’ ’ 

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