On night of tributes, Yanks Custom Angels Jersey edge D-backs

Robinson Cano’s birth certificate ensured that he would be a walking reminder of Jackie Robinson’s exploits, and the slugging second baseman doesn’t seem to miss an opportunity to celebrate the legacy of the barrier-breaking hero.

Cano Custom Angels Jersey blasted a mammoth three-run homer and Mariano Rivera, the last active player still regularly wearing uniform No. 42, nailed down the save as the Yankees fittingly defeated the D-backs, 4-2, on Tuesday as the clubs celebrated Jackie Robinson Day at Yankee Stadium.

“That was one of the days that you always want to be in the big leagues to play,” said Cano, who was named after the Hall of Famer by his father, Jose. “That guy opened the door for us. It’s amazing to get a chance to wear 42 that day.”

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All players and on-field personnel in the Bronx wore No. 42 on Tuesday to pay tribute to Robinson one day after the 66th anniversary of his first game for the Dodgers at Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field on April 15, 1947.

Rivera, who was in his third season with the Yankees when Major League Baseball universally retired Robinson’s number in 1997, said that it felt noteworthy to log a save — his third of the season and No. 611 overall — on this night.

“Definitely — that’s what we try to do, not only today, but every day,” Rivera said. “Today is a little bit special, definitely, because we’re commemorating Jackie Robinson Day. To come up with the victory and be the guy to close the game, it’s pretty good.”

Ivan Nova navigated five wobbly innings to pick up his first victory of the season, and Eduardo Nunez lifted a seventh-inning sacrifice fly to provide insurance as the Yankees opened their 2013 Interleague slate with their sixth win in the last seven games.

The victory came on an eventful night in the Bronx, as the Yankees also paid tribute to those affected by Monday’s tragedies at the Boston Marathon with a pregame ceremony and the playing of Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline,” a fan favorite at Red Sox games, before the top of the fourth. Personalized Angels Jersey.

“You think about that being a song that’s a tradition there — it’s special to Fenway Park and the people of Boston,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “We’re behind them. Put the baseball teams aside; we want to be there for them.”

Making his second start of the year, Nova needed 94 pitches to get through five frames, but he limited Arizona to two runs on seven hits. The right-hander outpitched the D-backs’ Brandon McCarthy, who lasted just four innings before the game turned into a battle of the bullpens.

“It feels really good,” said Nova, who logged his first win since last Sept. 15. “I was joking with the guys — I don’t remember when the last time was that I won a ballgame. I know that I didn’t go far enough in the game. It’s something we will keep working on. Hopefully, this is a good sign for me.”

Girardi said that the Yankees seemed to wake up from their slow start when Cano’s bat came alive, and with his 2-for-4 performance on Tuesday, Cano is now 13-for-26 (.500) with 11 RBIs over his last six games.

“Robbie got going, and we got going as a team,” Girardi Custom Angels Jersey said. “The big three-run homer tonight ends up being the game-winning hit. It seemed like when he started to get hot, our offense took off a little bit.”

Rivera, who was watching as Cano’s drive cleared the bullpen and landed in the right-field bleachers, said that Cano’s emergence into a bona-fide big league star and team leader should be no surprise.

“I have seen Cano grow through the years,” Rivera said. “Since I saw him in the Minor Leagues, he has a kind of easy way to getting it done. You make a mistake with a guy like that, and you’re going to pay.”

Especially right around the 15th of April. Over the last five Jackie Robinson Days, Cano is hitting .474 (9-for-19) with four homers and eight RBIs.

Cano said that his father, who pitched briefly with the Astros in 1989, told him about Robinson at a young age, but he started to appreciate Robinson’s impact only around age 15 or 16.Customized Los Angeles Angels Jersey.

“You don’t realize until you grow a little,” Cano said. “You can’t understand all the things that he went through. If it wasn’t because of him, I wouldn’t be here right now.”

Both of Arizona’s runs off Nova came in the third inning, as Miguel Montero lifted a sacrifice fly and Cody Ross connected for a one-out RBI single, but Nova settled in to clamp the damage there.

“We got his pitch count up early, but he kind of settled down,” Arizona’s Eric Hinske said. “He was throwing his sinker well and kept us off balance with his curveball and his changeup. We needed to get after him when he had his pitch count up, and we weren’t able to do it. ”

Boone Logan, Joba Chamberlain and David Robertson all pitched well in relief to get the ball to Rivera in the ninth, with the quartet combining for four innings of one-hit work with no walks and three strikeouts.

“Everybody did a tremendous job,” Rivera said. “From Logan to Robertson and the rest, we just try to do our job. We’ve been pitching better, and we want to keep it that way.”

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It looked like the Braves Custom Angels Jersey had finally found that ditch that all baseball teams are in danger of careening into. Oh well, the roll couldn’t last forever, could it? After nine straight wins, the unlikely was bound to happen to blunt Atlanta’s early-season charge to the top of the National League East. A random guy would hit a home run for the first time in 954 at bats, the Braves would make three errors, and that would be that, end of the streak.

But with the suddenness of a late afternoon summer shower, the Braves continued their early-season roll. Tied in the bottom of the eighth and facing one of the hardest throwers in baseball, Atlanta, the best team in baseball so far this season, erupted. Jason Heyward clobbered a solo home run off Kansas City’s Kelvin Herrera. Justin Upton belted another pitch 20 rows deep in left field, and Dan Uggla hit what he called his “baby home run.”

On a night when it seemed like the Braves might finally take a rest from their early season spree, they beat the Royals, 6-3, before a rollicking crowd of 26,400, who sounded more like 35,000, at Turner Field.

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“These runs don’t come too often, and you’ve got to ride the wave as long as you can ride it,” Uggla said. “There is a great vibe in the clubhouse. We’re going to keep going. We’re going to keep riding it.”

The Braves lead the Majors in team ERA, and pitching has clearly been the force behind the 12-1 start. There has been some power in the bats, but not a lot of efficiency. The Braves were hitting .258 coming into the game. They were hit-and-miss with strikeouts, Heyward and Uggla were scuffling and first baseman Freddie Freeman was out of the lineup with an injury. You wondered. What would happen if the club started to hit? Heyward was batting .095 when he belted his home run. Uggla was hitting .171 and still the Braves were winning.Personalized Angels Jersey.

“We’re still kind starting the process of figuring it out as a collective team,” Uggla said, which sounds ominous if you are the rest of the National League.

Heyward, to be sure, was not as dreadful at the plate as his sub-.100 average suggested. His hard-hit balls were landing in gloves as outs.

The shot Heyward hit in the eighth had no chance of landing in a glove. Herrera, who had struck out 11 in 5.1 innings and can hit 98-99-100 mph, threw a 98-mph fastball that was hit high and far to break the 2-2 tie.

“It reminds me of a similar start to a season I’ve had before,” Heyward said. “You’ve just got to keep putting up good at-bats, hitting the ball hard. It felt great. It put us up.”

Upton followed with his shot off a Herrera changeup and it was 4-2. It was his eighth homer of the season. Then came Uggla’s home run and the crowd chanted and chopped with the fervor of the mid-90s crowds at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. The Braves lead the big leagues in home runs with 25, and there is a sense that they have not yet hit their stride at the plate.Customized Los Angeles Angels Jersey.

“I’ve been around them now two months. You know the power is there,” said manager Fredi Gonzalez. “It doesn’t surprise me. It’s nice to have that type of arsenal in your club; it’s a game changer.”

Lost in the bedlam of the eighth were the two home runs by third baseman Juan Francisco off Kansas City starter Jeremy Guthrie, who had not lost in 13 starts.

Francisco’s home run in the seventh over the center-field fence tied the score, 2-2. It was a relief for him because his throwing error helped the Royals score an unearned run in the fourth and take a 2-1 lead off Atlanta starter Kris Medlen.

Medlen, who has the Braves’ only loss this season, did not factor in the decision, but he pitched well enough to win. He went seven innings and gave up six hits and struck out five. Medlen threw 99 pitches, 73 for strikes

Chris Getz Custom Angels Jersey , the Royals second baseman and No. 8 hitter, homered in the top of the third. It was Getz’s first homer in 954 at-bats, his first since 2009 when he hit one off Guthrie, then pitching for the Orioles. It tied the score at 1.

Jeff Francoeur, the former Brave, drove in a run in the fourth to make it 2-1 before Francisco clubbed his second home run in the seventh to tie it again.

Then came the home run barrage in the eighth, but unfortunately for the Braves it was not the end of the drama.

Reliever Luis Avilan came on to finish off the Royals in the top of the ninth, but with one out he collapsed in agony in front of the mound. Avilan had to be helped off the field.

“Obviously the way he fell down there, it doesn’t look good. We think it’s a hamstring,” Gonzalez said.

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For their entire existence, the Red Sox have always hailed from Boston, but it would be hard to imagine an occasion in which they played more for their city than in Tuesday night’s 7-2 victory over the Indians.

One day after two bombs at the Boston Marathon killed three and injured close to 200, the Red Sox tried to create a diversion for their ravenous fan base by performing the simple act of playing a baseball game.

Maybe for those nine innings and three-plus hours, New Englanders could turn away from somber news coverage and watch the Red Sox improve to 9-4 on the season.

“Given the events and the tragedy of yesterday, this was a good way to send some positive energy back toward Boston,” said manager John Farrell. “[The tragedy] was fresh on everyone’s mind. Even though we might not be in Boston right now, we carry this with us. We feel very much a part of the city of Boston, the community and everything that goes on there. We have not forgotten by any means.”

Wearing black armbands on their left sleeves and hoisting a symbolic uniform (“Boston 617 Strong” on the back) in the dugout, it was clear the Red Sox Custom Angels Jersey kept the tragedy close to their hearts.

“It was obviously not a normal game,” said second baseman Dustin Pedroia. “I mean, the stuff before the game and during the game — it’s in your mind. You know, we’re obviously thinking about what’s going on back home. We know a lot of people are back home watching, trying to maybe hopefully get something to take their mind off what’s happening there. We’re going to come out and play as hard as we can and we’ll be home in a couple days.”

Customized Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Baeball Jersey.Jonny Gomes suggested the idea of a Boston area code-numbered jersey to clubhouse manager Tom McLaughlin, who carried out the task on short notice. After the game, the jersey was hanging on a post in the clubhouse.

“They’re out of sight right now, but definitely not out of mind,” Gomes said of Boston. “How far is that jersey going to stretch? I don’t know, but it was just the fact of letting people know we have a heavy heart over here. Today, we had Boston across our chests — we didn’t have our own individual names. That being said, we’re representing the whole community and the area.”

The Boston bats, helped by a meltdown from Indians starter Ubaldo Jimenez, broke through with a seven-spot in the top of the second inning.

Mike Napoli, fresh off his walk-off hit on Monday, delivered two doubles in that second, including a bases-clearing double.

“What happened yesterday was terrible. I can’t even explain how everyone felt in this clubhouse,” said Napoli. “It’s just a weird feeling. It’s sad that something like that can happen. All our hearts are with the people in Boston, the families, the people that got hurt. That’s a sad situation. Hopefully we can help the people back there as much as possible by whatever we can do — playing on the baseball field or whatever.” Personalized Angels Jersey. 

This was the first time the Red Sox played against Indians manager Terry Francona since his departure from Boston after the 2011 season. Francona won two World Series championships in his eight seasons with the Sox.

Before the game, the Red Sox and Indians lined up along the baselines for a moment of silence. “Sweet Caroline,” a Fenway Park staple, was played moments before the first pitch.

“I’m not sure how to describe the feelings,” Francona said. “You’re sad and you think of a lot of things. We get so wrapped up in a baseball game, because it’s so important to us, and then you look up and you realize why you’re having a moment of silence. If you need perspective, it gives it to you in a hurry.”

Felix Doubront, who was making his second start of the year, did enough to get the win. The lefty went five innings and allowed four hits, two runs and four walks. He struck out seven.

After a scoreless first, Jimenez completely fell apart in the second, walking five batters.

Napoli started the rally with a double. Jimenez put the next three batters on via a walk, the latter of which forced in a run. Pedro Ciriaco drove in another run with a sacrifice fly. Then came an RBI single from Jacoby Ellsbury, a walk to Shane Victorino and yet another walk to Pedroia that forced in another run.

At that point, Francona had no choice but to go to his bullpen. On came righty Cody Allen, and Napoli greeted him with a three-run double to center.

“The first inning he went out and he was crisp and down,” Francona Custom Angels Jersey said of Jimenez. “And then the second inning, he didn’t throw strikes. Even when he worked ahead, he went off the plate, and he stayed off the plate. As that inning [progressed], it looked like he didn’t want to give up any and he ended up giving up a crooked number. He threw a lot of pitches.”

The Indians came back with one run against Doubront in the bottom of the second on a sacrifice fly by Mike Aviles.

Doubront ran into some trouble in the fifth, giving up two singles and a walk to load the bases with one out. A run scored on a passed ball by David Ross, making it a 7-2 game, but Doubront got out of the jam by inducing Mark Reynolds into a popup.Customized Los Angeles Angels Jersey.

“Minimizing the damage was important,” Doubront said. “That inning was tough for me. I was thinking, ‘Just one pitch away and throw the pitch and whatever happens.’ I threw a really good changeup to Reynolds, and he popped up. That’s what I was looking for.”

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For a city in need of healing voices after the horrific events Monday in Boston, one song seemed so appropriate to ring through baseball’s gathering places, a melodic name sending a heartfelt message that we’re all Bostonians.Custom Angels Jersey

Sweeeeet Caroliiine . . .

And, of course, the now familiar refrain that follows Neil Diamond’s eponymous expression of adoration, famously vocalized to the heavens at Fenway Park home games by Red Sox fans.

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With ballparks from Yankee Stadium to Safeco Field putting “Sweet Caroline” on the loudspeakers between innings, a unique tribute to Boston and its people went viral through the Major Leagues on Tuesday, one day after two explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon killed three and injured more than 170 spectators and participants in the annual race, an event that — along with an early Red Sox game — is a traditional part of Patriots’ Day activities in Boston.

A song isn’t going to heal the wounded or bring back the victims, but the gesture of love and support for Bostonians rang out — and with no more passion than in the Bronx, home of their rivals, the Yankees.

“I think it’s important that we recognize that we’re all behind the people in Boston and everyone that was involved,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “You think about that being a song that’s a tradition there, it’s special to Fenway Park and the people of Boston. We’re behind them. Put the baseball teams aside, we want to be there for them.”

In response, Diamond went to Twitter and expressed his appreciation to the Yankees for the thought of using his song in such a gesture:Customized Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Baeball Jersey.

“Thank you NY Yankees for playing ‘Sweet Caroline’ for the people of Boston. You scored a home run in my heart. With respect, Neil”

Thank you NY Yankees for playing ‘Sweet Caroline’ for the people of Boston. You scored a home run in my heart. With respect, Neil #OneBoston

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The Yankees were not alone in sending that same message to the people of Boston. The “Sweet Caroline” idea spread throughout the Majors, including in Cleveland before the Red Sox played Tuesday night following a pregame rendition of the familiar tune.

And the gesture didn’t go unnoticed by the team with “Boston” across its chest.

“I think it’s a touch of class by, not only Cleveland, but every Major League city around baseball that has done something tonight,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said. “I saw the sign on the front of the facade at Yankee Stadium and I think the fact that they played ‘Sweet Caroline’ in the third inning there, I think it’s a touch of class by all of Major League Baseball to acknowledge this.”

Custom Angels Jersey.The fans at Chicago’s Wrigley Field, always known to belt out “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” without equal during the seventh-inning stretch, followed suit by singing “Sweet Caroline” during the eighth inning, as their Boston friends do. “Sweet Caroline” was heard from the crowd at Marlins Park in Miami, where a fan waving an American flag was an image accompanying the voices.

The Cincinnati Reds played the song in the second inning, and it happened to be Bark at the Park night so there were a few extra best friends helping send the message. And West Coast home teams, including the Dodgers, Mariners and A’s, had “Sweet Caroline” on their playlist for the eighth inning of their Tuesday night games.

In Milwaukee, a different tune of tribute emerged at Miller Park. After a moment of silence was observed prior to the Giants-Brewers game, the theme from “Cheers,” the Boston-based sitcom classic about a bar where everybody knows your name, was accompanied by a message on the scoreboard, reading: “To our friends in Boston, our thoughts are with you tonight.”

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the outpouring of support & the playing of “Sweet Caroline” across @mlb #BostonStrong

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But nowhere else was the song or the message of support more poignant than in Cleveland, where the Red Sox were in town to play a game that no doubt many Bostonians were watching to gain some respite from Monday’s terror. The messages of support were there, in force — including a road uniform hanging in the Red Sox dugout with Boston area code 617 and “Boston Strong” the message embroidered on it, and third baseman Will Middlebrooks writing the same words on his spikes.

And then, before the first pitch, the song that became an anthem of healing for Boston from baseball fans all over the country.

“It caught me off guard,” said Indians pitcher Justin Masterson, who used to play for the Red Sox. “That was a nice gesture for Boston. That song more or less defines the Red Sox.”

As did so many across the country, the Indians and their fans delivered the message, loud and clear, that everyone is there with Boston, with the aid of Diamond’s heartfelt words to the lady he loves:

And when I hurt,
Hurtin’ runs off my shoulders
How can I hurt when I’m holding you?”

On Tuesday, all of America was holding you, Boston, and ballparks around the country showed it in song. Indeed, with the Red Sox taking the field and Boston yearning for friendly voices after such bad times the day before, “Sweet Caroline” and her promise of good times never seemed…

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The Nationals recalled catcher Jhonatan Solano from Triple-A Syracuse and placed catcher Wilson Ramos on the 15-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain.2013 Men’s Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Josh Hamilton Authentic Alternate Red Cool Base Jersey.

This will be Solano’s second stint in the Major Leagues. Last year, Solano hit .314 with two home runs and six RBIs in 12 games for the Nationals.

Ramos injured himself running out a ground ball in the eighth inning against the Braves on Saturday. Ramos was one of Washington’s most consistent hitters, batting .300 with two homers and three RBIs. He missed most of 2012 after undergoing surgery on his right knee in May.

“It’s [stinks]. He was working so hard in Spring Training. He gets back. He is in great shape. Something freaky like this to happen, it unfortunate,” catcher Kurt Suzuki said.

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With Ramos out, it means Suzuki will catch most of the games. Suzuki and Ramos were catching every other day before Ramos’ injury.

“You have to pick up the slack with Wilson on the DL. I’ll try to do the best that I can. It’s unfortunate. We had a pretty good thing going,” Suzuki said. “Since I came over last year, if [manager Davey Johnson] says I’m in, I’m in. … Davey doesn’t need to ask if I’m good, I’ll be good to go.”

In Minor League injury news, Double-A Harrisburg outfielder Steven Souza, Jr. was placed on the disabled list because of a sore shoulder. Souza was off to a great start,  going 10-for-27 (.370) with two home runs and four RBIs.

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Nationals center fielder Denard Span was shocked to learn that he was part of a double-switch in the top of the sixth inning during the 9-0 loss to the Braves on Sunday afternoon.

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After making the last out in the fifth inning, manager Davey Johnson decided to take Span out of the game and put left-hander Zack Duke in his spot in the lineup, while outfielder Roger Bernadina hit ninth. At first, Span thought he did something wrong. Bench coach Randy Knorr explained why he was out of the game.

“I didn’t know what the heck was going on. It was the first time being double-switched. Being in the National League, I thought maybe I got benched,” Span said. “They had to break it down to me to let me know what’s going on. I still don’t understand it. I shook my head and took a seat.”

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Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa left Sunday’s game against the Braves because of a sore right wrist, the team announced.2013 Men’s Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Josh Hamilton Authentic Alternate Red Cool Base Jersey.

Espinosa hurt the wrist in the second inning, when he was hit by a pitch thrown by left-hander Paul Maholm. Espinosa stayed in the game through the fourth inning and was replaced by Steve Lombardozzi to begin the fifth after the pain and swelling in the wrist became too much.

Espinosa had X-rays taken and the results were negative. Manager Davey Johnson said that Espinosa could miss a game or two.

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“It’s sore. It is what it is,” Espinosa said. “I already had my hamate bone removed, which was their biggest concern. I think what happened was it got me square on the wrist.”

Espinosa was 0-for-1 in the game and is batting .175 this season.

After watching Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman make key errors against the Braves on Friday night and Saturday afternoon, an American League scout asked when Zimmerman was moving over to play first base. The scout feels Zimmerman’s arm isn’t strong enough to play third base any more.

In Friday’s 6-4 loss to the Braves, the bases were loaded in the ninth inning for Atlanta when Justin Upton hit a grounder to Zimmerman, who went for the force at second, but threw the ball away trying to get Jason Heyward at second base. Two runs ended up scoring and the game was tied at 4.

Josh Hamilton Authentic Jersey.On Saturday, Zimmerman made another key error in the third inning of Washington’s 3-1 loss to Atlanta. In that frame, Upton hit a routine ground ball to Zimmerman, who threw the ball past first baseman Adam LaRoche. It should have been the third out of the inning, and it proved costly. The next hitter, Evan Gattis, hit a two-run homer.

Zimmerman made his third error of the series Sunday, when his throw drew LaRoche into Ramiro Pena at first base, the slight collision causing the ball to fall from LaRoche’s glove, allowing Pena to reach safely.

“If you look at [Zimmerman’s] throwing, you are going to see a few more errors over there this year,” the scout said. “He is struggling over there trying to get it right. After a while, it’s going to become a mental situation. Eventually, he’s going to have to come off third base.”

Zimmerman had right shoulder surgery last offseason, and on a scale of 1-to-10, Zimmerman rated his shoulder a 9-plus.2013 Men’s Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Josh Hamilton Authentic Alternate Red Cool Base Jersey.

“The shoulder is fine. Everything is fine. Everything feels good. Everything is great,” Zimmerman said before Sunday’s game. “Everyone always asks me how I throw or what I throw. Nobody throws the same and nobody hits the same. It’s just how I throw. It’s the way it is.”

When asked about the errors the last two games, Zimmerman said, “It happens. The play during the night game was a really tough play. Yesterday, it was an error. People make errors. It’s going to happen again before the year is over. Everyone is going to make errors. It’s part of the game. Nobody wants it to happen. Of course, you feel bad. You play baseball long enough, that kind of stuff happens. It’s part of the game. If you let it consume you, that’s what gets you.”Josh Hamilton Los Angeles Angels Jersey. 

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After being swept by the Braves over the weekend, the Nationals returned to form behind Jordan Zimmermann on Monday night against the Marlins.Josh Hamilton Authentic Jersey.

Zimmermann gave up three runs in his first career nine-inning complete game, and Washington’s lineup clobbered Miami’s pitching staff in a 10-3 win at Marlins Park. It was technically Zimmermann’s second complete game, the first being an eight-inning effort in a 1-0 loss to new teammate Dan Haren and the Angels on June 29, 2011.

“This one’s a little bit better,” Zimmermann said. “For sure.”

It was better for a number of reasons. Zimmermann went the distance on 103 pitches in picking up the win — his third in as many starts this season — he saved a taxed bullpen and he helped the Nationals bounce back after a rough weekend in which they were swept and outscored, 18-5, by the Braves.

“It means I’m doing my job staying in the ballgame and putting up zeros. That’s the kind of pitcher I want to be,” said Zimmermann, who struck out six, walked a batter and scattered six hits. “I want to be a workhorse and someone that can eat up innings and stay out there as long as possible.”

He did just that, tossing Washington’s first complete game since Gio Gonzalez threw two last August.2013 Men’s Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Josh Hamilton Authentic Alternate Red Cool Base Jersey.

The right-hander was efficient early, needing only 48 pitches to get through the first five innings. He didn’t permit a runner to get on base until the fourth and faced the minimum until the sixth. When the Marlins finally got to him, he battled through it and let his defense do the job behind him. And when he had made 98 pitches after eight innings, he and manager Davey Johnson knew it was time for him to finish what he started.

“It’s nice. It’s always fun to get a complete game. You enjoy it and all that. But I don’t want them to think that their job is done after six, seven innings,” pitching coach Steve McCatty said. “They understand, if they keep their pitch count down and their head in the game, they’ve got a good chance to go deeper in the game. … That’s the whole idea as a starter. That’s what you do. That’s what you’re supposed to do. So it was really good to watch him do it.”Josh Hamilton Angels Jersey.

Zimmermann felt more comfortable pitching with a lead, and the lineup certainly gave him one, jumping out to a four-run lead in the first inning before tacking on six more over the third, fourth and fifth frames. Shortstop Ian Desmond led the way with four hits, including two doubles, and third baseman Ryan Zimmerman blasted his first homer of the year, igniting an offense that was shut out, 9-0, on Sunday.

“I wouldn’t say we needed to be calmed down,” Zimmerman said. “We don’t really get too out of character, or we don’t panic too much. … [The Braves] took it to us pretty good this weekend. To kind of recover and get off to a good start down here in this series is always good.”

Josh Hamilton Los Angeles Angels Jersey.Washington’s first six batters reached base against lefty Wade LeBlanc. Denard Span singled to lead off the game, and that was followed by a single from Jayson Werth and a walk by Bryce Harper. Zimmerman drove in Span and Werth with a single up the middle, but Harper was thrown out trying to go from first to third. That hardly slowed the Nationals, as Desmond doubled to the left-field corner and Tyler Moore knocked a two-run single to left.

“I executed a lot of pitches. And the pitches that I missed with, they made me pay,” LeBlanc said. “This is a good game to just throw away and move on.”

The Nationals put up two more runs against LeBlanc in the third on back-to-back-to-back doubles by Desmond, Moore and Steve Lombardozzi. And Zimmerman, playing with a sore left hamstring, made it 8-0 in the fourth, crushing the first pitch he saw from reliever John Maine an estimated 387 feet into the Clevelander bar in left field. Span made it 10-0 in the fifth inning with a two-run single that scored Lombardozzi and Kurt Suzuki.

The Marlins finally broke through in the sixth. Zimmermann hit Donovan Solano with a pitch, and Solano moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Maine. Juan Pierre dropped a bloop double just over Zimmerman to score Solano. Pierre then came around to score on Chris Coghlan’s single to shallow right field. Catcher Rob Brantly drove in the Marlins’ third run an inning later with a ground-ball single to right, scoring Greg Dobbs.2013 Men’s Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Josh Hamilton Authentic Alternate Red Cool Base Jersey.

That was as bad as it got for Zimmermann, who pitched a perfect eighth and retired the final three batters on just five pitches. And with that, he’d gone the distance and put a rough weekend in the Nationals’ rearview mirror.

“We don’t live in the past. We don’t worry too much about things,” Johnson said. “We take it one day at a time, and this was a perfect example.”

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There was pure joy on Nate Freiman’s face Monday night, but this bliss was also tempered by pauses induced from much different feelings.

His first Major League home run ball sitting nearby in his locker, hit into the left-field bleachers at the Coliseum just hours earlier in an 11-2 A’s win over the Astros, Freiman deemed the day “bittersweet.”2013 Men’s Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Josh Hamilton Authentic Alternate Red Cool Base Jersey.

For it was earlier in the afternoon when he learned from relatives stationed in Wellesley, Mass., just west of Boston, of the horrific bombing scene at the finish line of the city’s annual marathon that killed at least three and injured more than a hundred others.

“For me, this is a dream come true,” said Freidman, his thoughts suddenly shifting. “A lot of my family is back there, and it was a nightmare. So you know what? It’s an amazing feeling today, but we’re not going to forget about what happened there.”Josh Hamilton Los Angeles Angels Jersey. 

Surely there was a different tone to Monday’s game between the two American League West opponents, and not just because the A’s separated themselves by six runs in the first inning on a cold and windy night that drew a sparse crowd.

“You want to be able to go about your everyday life,” manager Bob Melvin said before the game, “but you can’t help but think about what did happen and feel for those people in Boston.”

That’s where the A’s will be next week for a matchup with the Red Sox. In the meantime, they will try to keep their focus on the club they’ve beaten four times in as many tries this season.

Oakland needed only the first inning to walk all over Houston again on this night.

The A’s managed just two hits in the opening frame, but were awarded five free passes in a lengthy six-run inning that helped snap the club’s two-game losing streak.

Lefty starter Erik Bedard walked his first three batters, finding his form for all of one out by striking out Jed Lowrie before tossing a wild pitch wide and high of catcher Jason Castro to bring in a run. With first base subsequently open, Bedard reloaded it by walking Josh Donaldson, and Brandon Moss made him pay with an ensuing two-run base hit for a three-run A’s lead.

If only Bedard’s night ended there. The southpaw instead remained on the mound to face Freiman, who greeted his former teammate with a three-run shot to left field.Josh Hamilton Angels Jersey.

“He’s produced for us, and it’s in limited action, which is really difficult for a younger player,” Melvin said. “He works really hard. It’s awfully rewarding to see a guy come up with a big hit like that, and against a former club too. To get his first home run and it be the big blow of the game really, I’m sure he’ll go home with a smile on his face tonight.”

With one out, four walks, 35 pitches and six runs in the books, Bedard headed off the field, as righty Paul Clemens was brought in from the bullpen. He, too, walked a batter, but ultimately escaped the inning without creating any more damage.

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The A’s would wait to do more of that in later innings, with Lowrie collecting a pair of two-RBI hits in both the seventh and eighth, in the meantime letting Tommy Milone go to work.

Oakland’s undefeated southpaw, whose winning streak dates back to Sept. 9, limited the Astros to two runs on eight hits with six strikeouts and no walks through 6 2/3 impressive innings, marking the 23rd time in 34 tries since he began his tenure with the A’s last year that Milone has completed at least six.

“Everything was working,” Milone said. “I felt like no matter what pitch was put down, I was able to throw it for a strike. I feel like, especially after the first inning, I was able to pound the zone and get them out of there early and keep the team in the game.”

“You pretty much know what you’re going to get out of Tommy every time he goes out there,” Melvin said. “He’s not going to beat himself. He’s going to make his defenders work. He works quick, he knows what he wants to do and has conviction in what he’s doing.”Josh Hamilton Authentic Jersey.

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Monday night was the first celebration of Jackie Robinson Day with Magic Johnson front and center as a part owner of the Dodgers.

2013 Men’s Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Josh Hamilton Authentic Alternate Red Cool Base Jersey.For the 66th anniversary of the day Robinson shattered the color barrier as a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers, Major League Baseball came full circle at Dodger Stadium. Robinson was the first African-American player of the 20th century to play in the Majors, and the former Lakers great is the first high-level African-American owner.

Just before the on-field ceremony, Johnson said there was nothing comparable in the National Basketball Association, where his star was born, to the legacy Robinson has left baseball.

“Jackie Robinson probably opened the door to a lot of those guys, too — and me,” Johnson said before his team’s series opener against the Padres. “If Jackie hadn’t played for the Dodgers, I don’t think I’d be an owner of the Dodgers.”Josh Hamilton Authentic Jersey.

Robinson was honored on Monday in each of the eight ballparks where games were played, but the main ceremony was staged in the newly upgraded 51-year-old ballpark for the first time since 2007, when the 60th anniversary was celebrated. Once again, every member of the Dodgers and Padres — as well as all uniformed personnel throughout the Major Leagues — wore Robinson’s famous No. 42.2013 Men’s Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Josh Hamilton Authentic Alternate Red Cool Base Jersey.

In 1997, under the direction of Commissioner Bud Selig, Robinson’s No. 42 was retired across all of Major League Baseball in an unprecedented tribute. The wearing of the number throughout baseball seemed even more appropriate this year than any other, coming only days after release of the film “42,” which largely details and dramatizes Robinson’s travails playing baseball during the 1947 season after being signed to a Major League contract by ground-breaking Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey.

Johnson was accompanied on the field by Don Newcombe, the 86-year-old former teammate of Jackie’s in Brooklyn; Rachel Robinson, Jackie’s seemingly ageless widow and the founder of the Jackie Robinson Foundation, which offers college scholarships to underprivileged minority students; and their daughter, Sharon, who has taken a more central role in the foundation and works for MLB.

Rachel, at 90, has been absent from a few of the anniversary celebrations of late and said on Monday that she’s glad Sharon now “has taken on the speaking role.” But Rachel is still thrilled to recognize the accomplishments of her husband, who passed away at 53 in 1972.

Josh Hamilton Angels Jersey.”This means that his legacy lives on,” Rachel Robinson said. “That’s what we wanted to have happen after we formed the Jackie Robinson Foundation, to have his legacy live on. It was his commitment to what he did. That’s what came through in the film, and that’s what we wanted young people to see. He was committed to Rickey, and he was committed to himself. That commitment is the important part of it.”

Harrison Ford, a dead ringer for Rickey in portraying the Hall of Fame baseball executive on the big screen, threw out the first pitch to Dodgers manager Don Mattingly. Standing in front of the mound, Ford bounced the ball to the plate and seemed a tad disappointed afterward.

“I should have thrown it from the rubber,” Ford said sheepishly. “But they told me not to do it so I wouldn’t embarrass myself.”

About his part in depicting the life of Robinson, Ford added: “It’s significant — very important for young people to realize that Jackie Robinson is not just a footnote in history. It’s important for them to feel what it was like to be Jackie Robinson at that time and to recognize there are opportunities for them in their lives to help make America a better place.”

The ceremony began on a somber note with a moment of silence for those who died and were injured on Monday during a bombing at the Boston Marathon. Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp said the tragedy was another example of how precious life is.

“It impacts you a lot,” Kemp said. “It brings it all into perspective.”Josh Hamilton Los Angeles Angels Jersey. 

About playing for the Dodgers under the long shadow of Robinson’s legacy, Kemp said:

“For me, this is very special. I get to put on the same jersey Jackie Robinson put on. I get to put it on every single day. But on this day, April 15, wearing No. 42 with the Dodgers across my chest is more than very special. Everybody has to realize how important Jackie was as a player and as a person.”

Johnson was no less vociferous about Robinson. Magic is a basketball Hall of Famer who combined with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to win five NBA titles with the Lakers. He was joined at several stadium events on Monday by Abdul-Jabbar, the NBA’s all-time leading scorer, who wrote the foreword to MLB.com’s recent eBook, titled “Fortitude: The Exemplary Life of Jackie Robinson.”

Upon his arrival at one function, Johnson acknowledged Abdul-Jabbar by saying, “Here comes my captain.”

Some relationships live on forever. Johnson said that he was asked to join what was, at the time, a prospective Dodgers ownership by team president Stan Kasten, “who put the whole thing together.” Mark Walter, the Dodgers’ chairman and owner, is the control person of the group that purchased the team from Frank McCourt last May 1 for $2.15 billion. Johnson — No. 2 in the ownership hierarchy, and featuring a bio listed just below Walter in the team media guide — did what he does best on Monday, posing for pictures, signing autographs and greeting people.

At 53, Magic is 17 years removed from his last games in the NBA and still has that dazzling smile — and shines it often.

Being part of the festivities was something unique in Magic’s long and storied career, he said.

“It’s just great,” Johnson said. “It’s been wonderful to be part of this with the Robinson family and his wonderful wife and his daughter. One of the graduates of the Jackie Robinson Foundation works for me, so I’m tied in all the way around. Now that I’m the first African-American to own the Dodgers, to be part of this great organization is very powerful as well.

“Look, the man had to endure a lot. Imagine how tough it was for him to focus on baseball when he was getting death threats and everything else. But you know what? He maintained his focus, his discipline. The strength that this guy had to have was amazing.”

2013 Men’s Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Josh Hamilton Authentic Alternate Red Cool Base Jersey.Stults a two-way threat in win over Dodgers

Eric Stults nearly did it all for the Padres on Jackie Robinson Day, but he needed some help from the Dodgers’ bullpen.

Stults tossed six solid innings against his former club and belted his first career home run, and the Padres benefited from a bases-loaded walk to beat the Dodgers, 6-3, on Monday night at Dodger Stadium.

San Diego received hits from nine different players, three scoreless innings from three separate relievers and some timely defense.

“All in all, a good team win,” said Padres manager Bud Black. “A lot of contributors along the way, by all our guys.”

The Padres broke a 3-3 tie with a two-run seventh inning. Cameron Maybin and Jesus Guzman singled to start the rally before a pair of Dodgers relievers issued consecutive walks to score Maybin. San Diego added an insurance run on a double-play grounder.

The walks did not come easy, though. Everth Cabrera fell behind 0-2 to Ronald Belisario, unable to lay down a bunt. But the shortstop reached to load the bases for Chris Denorfia, who also rebounded from an 0-2 count against left-hander Paco Rodriguez.

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“You’re almost like a rat in the corner, you really have to battle,” said Denorfia, who pinch-hit for Will Venable to avoid a lefty-on-lefty matchup. “It’s not ideal. Coming off the bench, you don’t want to get to that point right away. When you do, you just have to buckle down and get the job done.”

Denorfia did his job, but the Padres wouldn’t have been in position to end their five-game losing streak without Stults.

The left-hander escaped a bases-loaded jam in the first inning, striking out Andre Ethier to end the threat, then hit a three-run shot to left-center in the second to give the Padres a 3-0 advantage. With one out, Alexi Amarista reached with a walk and Maybin singled one out later to set the stage for Stults’ first homer in 81 big league at-bats.Josh Hamilton Authentic Jersey.

“I guess my power zone is opposite field,” said Stults, who recalled his last homer coming in the Minor Leagues. “I don’t pull too many balls. I was trying to just put a good swing on the ball.”

Stults found himself in trouble throughout the evening, giving up nine hits. The southpaw allowed the leadoff man to reach in four of the first five innings, resulting in three runs. His only clean innings came in the second and sixth.

But Stults did well to limit the Dodgers’ scoring chances. He stranded two runners in the third after former Padres first baseman Adrian Gonzalez scorched an RBI double to cut the San Diego lead to 3-1. Following RBI singles in the fourth and fifth, Stults induced flyouts to escape further damage.Josh Hamilton Angels Jersey.

“He made some pitches when he needed to, to get out of a few jams,” Black said. “And obviously the big swing got us off to the right start.”

After the pitcher homered, Black said the dugout chatter centered around Stults’ power display during batting practice Monday afternoon.

“He carried it over from batting practice into the game, you don’t see that often,” Black said. “But he can swing the bat, he really can.”

Padres reliever Luke Gregerson got out of a jam in the eighth with both his arm and glove to help preserve the win for Stults. With one out and two runners in scoring position, the right-hander fielded a weak dribbler by Skip Schumaker and fired to first baseman Yonder Alonso, who then threw out A.J. Ellis at home to complete the double play.

“That was critical for us,” Black said.

While the Padres’ bullpen was a source of strength on Monday, the Dodgers’ ‘pen was quite the opposite. After Los Angeles tied the game in the fifth, five relievers issued six walks over the final 16 plate appearances as the Padres scored three runs on just two hits.

“A little,” manager Don Mattingly said when asked if he was concerned about the bullpen. “We walked five in an inning in a game in San Diego. We come back, [tie the game] and get to the guys in the bullpen we feel are our strength. Then a walk leads off.”2013 Men’s Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Josh Hamilton Authentic Alternate Red Cool Base Jersey.

Facing the Padres for the second time in less than a week, Dodgers starter Chad Billingsley allowed seven hits over six innings with three strikeouts against two walks. His only mistake came on a 2-2 pitch to Stults that left the yard.

“I think everybody was excited, we needed a little bit of a boost,” Stults said of the reaction he got upon returning to the dugout after circling the bases. “Hopefully that gives us a boost and turns our season around.”

Josh Hamilton Los Angeles Angels Jersey.  In the first meeting between the National League West rivals since Thursday’s benches-clearing brawl, there was no carryover from the incident by either team. With Jackie Robinson’s wife, Rachel, daughter, Sharon, and son, David, in attendance on the 66th anniversary of Robinson’s integration of the Major Leageus, Monday was simply about baseball.

“I think we put this behind us, I really do,” Black said of the brawl that resulted in an eight-game suspension for Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin and a broken left collarbone for Dodgers starter Zack Greinke. “A solid baseball game was played by both sides.”

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