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American Missy Franklin added an Olympic record and a second gold to her medal
haul at the London 2012 Olympic Games on Wednesday evening. Paul Kruger Jersey . The 17-year-old swam the
opening leg of the womens 4×200-metre relay, setting up teammates Dana Vollmer ,
Shannon Vreeland and Allison Schmitt to claim gold. Their final time of seven
minutes, 42.92 seconds lowered the Olympic record by 1.39 seconds. “I just tried
to get to the wall as fast as I could,” Franklin said. The medal was her third
of the Games; she won gold in the womens 100m backstroke on Monday and
contributed to Team USAs third-place finish in Saturdays 4×100m freestyle relay.
Franklin is the first female American swimmer to have qualified for seven
Olympic events. Wednesdays gold also marked Vollmer and Schmitts second win of
Londons Games. Australia finished second, while France was third. Canadas young
4×200-metre freestyle relay team fell just short of the podium, finishing fourth
in 7:50.65. Competing with an average age of under-20, the four Olympic rookies
—Barbara Jardin , Samantha Cheverton , Amanda Reason and Brittany MacLean—
swam to Canadas best-ever Olympic finish in the event. “Third place would have
been really great but at the same time we were fourth at the Olympics,” said
Jardin, who swam Canadas opening leg. The team finished seventh-place swim at
the World Championships last year. “We definitely took a step up, there,” Jardin
added. “I think were all really happy with the time.” The Americans and
Australians battled it out for much of the race, trading positions at almost
every turn. “I knew it was going to be close,” said Allison Schmitt, who swam
the anchor leg for the United States. “I was just trying to swim my own race and
save legs on that first 50m… and bring it home strong for the U.S.” She pulled
away at the last, winning gold by almost two seconds. The medal marked the
eighth swimming gold for the United States.   “I knew Allison was going to pull
off something amazing and the rest of us had to be at least even with everyone
else,” Vollmer said. “Knowing that, I fought as hard as I could that last 50m to
either get ahead or at least stay even with the field so every person diving in
would have the best chance they could.” Australias team of Bronte Barratt ,
Melanie Schlanger , Kylie Palmer and Alicia Coutts posted a time of 7:44.41 for
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.  Considering the circumstances, though, the Blue Jays probably expected to
come home at least 6-4 or maybe even 7-3 after winning the first two games of
the journey against the Angels. Limited Terrell Suggs Jersey . Baltimore
scored two runs in the 10th and Johnson atoned for his first blown save of the
season by putting Boston down in order to end a wild 8-6 win for the Orioles
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work of the close-to-home Rochester Americans in the first round, sweeping them
in the best-of-five series, the Marlies will face B. SEATTLE —The whirlwind of
playing games on two continents and three states to begin the 2012 season had
Brendan Ryan so confused he legitimately didnt know the Seattle Mariners had an
off-day at home coming on Monday. Ryan will get the needed break after
accomplishing a first in his time with Seattle: actually hitting a home run at
home. “I didnt know that. Are you serious?” Ryan asked. “I dont have to show up
tomorrow? Thats a really happy off-day then.” Ryan hit a two-run homer in the
second inning, Justin Smoak added a solo shot in the third and the Mariners beat
the Oakland Athletics 5-3 on Sunday. Snapping streaks was the tone of the
afternoon. Ryan hit his first homer before the home crowd after all three of his
homers last season came on the road. Then Smoak snapped a skid of 11 straight
at-bats without a hit when he lined a solo homer to right field with two outs in
the third off Graham Godfrey (0-2). Blake Beavan threw seven strong innings,
making just one mistake in the fifth when Oaklands Eric Sogard hit a three-run
homer. But Beavan recovered to retire nine of the final 10 batters he faced and
Brandon League pitched the ninth for his fourth save in as many chances. Homers
are expected to come off the bat of Smoak, who was one of the key pieces in the
trade that sent Cliff Lee to Texas during the 2010 season. But Ryan might be the
last person in Seattles lineup expected to go deep. After fouling off three
straight 2-2 pitches, Ryan hit a shot over the hand-operated scoreboard in left
field. Ryan circled the bases so quickly there was barely a chance for the crowd
to acknowledge the home run. Asked if he thought his ball was out when it left
the bat, Ryan emphatically expressed his doubt. “Never here. No, not ever. Not
even from second base. No. No. So, yeah, thats it. Just no,” Ryan said. Even
with the homers, Seattle still needed a clutch double from Ichiro Suzuki in the
fifth inning to snap a 3-all tie, and the Mariners took two of three from an As
team Seattle is tired of seeing. The As and Mariners opened the season in Japan
in late March, then played a pair of games in Oakland on the first weekend of
the regular season for everyone else and closed out the tiresome stretch oof
seven early-season games against one another with the series in Seattle. Dannell Ellerbe Jersey. . For many Mariners,
Monday will be the first day in Seattle with no baseball since early February.
“Its been a long stretch,” Seattle manager Eric Wedge. “These guys still havent
gotten a chance to get settled in.” While the home runs provided highlights, it
was Seattle taking advantage of Oaklands defensive mistakes in the fifth that
became the difference in the game. Chone Figgins walked with one out and
Dustin Ackley followed with a chopper to second. Instead of making a pivot and
overhand throw, Oakland second baseman Jemile Weeks tried to make a back-handed
flip and was well wide of the bag. Suzuki followed with a double off the wall in
right for a 4-3 lead and Smoak got himself another RBI when his tapper back to
the mound was initially bobbled by Godfrey, allowing Ackley to score from third
without a play at the plate. “(Weeks) knows he has to get an out there and it
didnt happen,” Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. That was plenty for Beavan, who
struck out four and didnt walk a batter. His only problem was one stretch of
three batters in the top of the fifth. Kai Kaaihue led off with a single and
Anthony Reckers jersey was brushed by Beavans inside pitch, putting two runners
on with no outs. Sogard, who had just one hit in his first 11 at-bats this
season, then hit his third career homer into the seats in right field. After the
homer, Beavan was terrific. “Youve got to have a short-term memory. If you give
up a couple of runs and start thinking about it and not going after the guys the
way you were before that you end up getting hurt and giving up more runs,”
Beavan said. “Once I gave up the home run I had to stop the damage right there.”
NOTES: Oakland has yet to record 10 hits in any of its first 10 games this year.
That matches the longest streak in Oakland history to begin a season. ... The
Mariners and As wont see each other again until late June in Seattle. ... Hall
of Fame centre Bill Russell threw out the first pitch on Sunday as part of the
festivities honouring Jackie Robinson. Russell one-hopped his pitch to Figgins,
then posed for a picture with the 5-foot-8 leadoff man. ’ ’ ’ 

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