As he pondered the Rangers’ lineup, Lance Berkman sounded more like a financial advisor than a veteran ballplayer. And Berkman was bullish on his offense.

“If you look at the guys that we’re running out there night in and night out and their past performance, it’s like a stock, I guess — past performance doesn’t guarantee future success,” Berkman said after Friday’s game against the Mariners. “But you would think that with the group that we have, we are going to be a good offensive ball club.”

Long before the closing bell Friday night, Texas was earning dividends. The Rangers scored six runs in the fifth inning, their most productive of the young season, and rode another authoritative Yu Darvish pitching performance to a 7-0 victory.

Darvish tossed seven scoreless innings, striking out 10, and Texas tied its largest margin of victory this season.Los Angeles Angels Jersey Sale.

It was a needed boost for a club that failed to put a runner in scoring position in being shut out by the Cubs the day before. The Rangers’ offense had been languishing even before that.

Coming into Friday’s game, the Rangers had scored only 55 runs, the fourth-fewest in the American League. With an average of 3.67 runs per game, Texas ranked 22nd in the Major Leagues prior to Friday. (By comparison, the Rangers’ 4.96 runs per game in 2012 were the most in the Majors.)

“We haven’t been really performing offensively like we feel we can,” said center fielder Craig Gentry, who was 2-for-4 with a double in the second and a key two-run triple in the big fifth inning Friday. “I feel like that inning showed what we can do. We brought our bats out a little bit today.”

Gentry’s stand-up triple and A.J. Pierzynski’s bloop two-run single were the highlights of the fifth.

Los Angeles Angels of Ahaheim Jersey.Berkman got things started with a one-out single up the middle. Adrian Beltre walked and Nelson Cruz singled to load the bases. Pierzynski looped a ball in front of Seattle left fielder Raul Ibanez, bringing home Berkman and Beltre, and Jeff Baker walked. Cruz scored on a David Murphy groundout before Gentry drove a ball deep to the gap in left-center field. It got past Ibanez, Pierzynski and Baker scored, and the speedy Gentry might have had a chance for an inside-the-park home run had he gotten the go sign from third-base coach Gary Pettis.

“We’ll never know,” Gentry joked.

Ian Kinsler doubled Gentry home for the game’s final run.

The Rangers’ offense was far more than Darvish needed to earn his third victory in four starts this season. He allowed only three hits, but walked three. He put three runners on base in the first two innings, but retired eight of the final nine he faced.

Darvish spent most of his night pitching with a tenuous one-run lead. Baker’s solo home run in the second inning was the game’s only run until the fifth.

Darvish Angels Jersey labored at times with his command, pushing his pitch count to 111. But he recovered when he needed to and became the fifth Rangers pitcher to strike out at least 10 batters in 10 games.

“He’s been asserting himself for quite awhile now — even when he felt that maybe he wasn’t performing the way he should, the results were still being gotten,” manager Ron Washington said. “That’s what good pitchers do. Tonight was no different than what I’ve been seeing. Yes, he’s been a little erratic every now and then, an inning here, an inning there, but he’s always found a way to get through his innings. That’s what you like to see.”

Wholesale Los Angeles Angels Jersey.Pitching on six days’ rest after he lost 3-1 to Seattle last Friday, Darvish looked different to the Mariners this time.

“You saw all the breaking balls he threw last time,” Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. “I think he used his fastball more effectively and still used his breaking ball good. He had better command. He pitched a good ballgame.”Cheap Angels Jersey.

Mariners starter Joe Saunders, who lost to Texas in his previous start, lost again with a 4 2/3-inning, nine-hit, three-walk, zero-strikeout outing. He left after Gentry’s triple.

Having scored more runs in a single inning than in any of their previous seven games, the Rangers still have work to do offensively, but they hope Friday’s outburst can spark the offense.

“I think we all want to get it going earlier,” Kinsler Angels Jersey said. “The fifth inning, we’ll take it, but as an offense we want to make sure that we’re focused on the game every at-bat, every inning and make sure we’re pounding guys from the get-go.”

Segura Angels Jersey thrown out trying to re-steal second base

What in the name of Germany Schaefer happened on the basepaths in Friday’s Brewers-Cubs game?

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More on Schaefer’s antics later. First to Miller Park, where the Brewers’ 5-4 win over the Cubs might have been forgettable if not for a peculiar baserunning mistake by second-year Brewers shortstop Jean Segura. He singled, stole second base, retreated to first in a bizarre rundown, then was caught trying to steal second base again to end the inning.

“Bizarre,” veteran umpire crew chief Tom Hallion said. “Technically, he stole second, stole first, then got thrown out stealing second.”

“Never saw that,” said second-base ump Phil Cuzzi.

Here’s exactly what they saw: Segura reached on an infield single to open the bottom of the eighth inning. After he stole second, Ryan Braun worked a walk. With Brewers cleanup man Rickie Weeks batting, Segura was caught off second base by Cubs pitcher Shawn Camp, who started a rundown between second and third.

Braun did what he was taught and advanced to second, so whatever the result of the Cubs’ rundown, the Brewers would have a man in scoring position. Braun and Segura both wound up at second base and Cuzzi correctly called Braun out.

 Los Angeles Angels of Ahaheim Jersey.The play should have ended there.

But Segura, who had slid headfirst into second, instead started trotting back to the Brewers’ dugout, thinking he was the man out. Luckily for the Brewers, the Cubs had no one at first, and Segura reached the bag safely. Play resumed with one out and Segura 90 feet further from home than on the previous pitch.

“Bizarre,” Hallion said again, “but the ruling was all correct.”

Cubs manager Dale Sveum disagreed. Sveum was watching on television in the clubhouse after being ejected by plate umpire Chris Guccione two innings earlier, and noticed that Cubs third baseman Luis Valbuena appeared to tag Segura the moment he left second base and headed back toward first.Wholesale Los Angeles Angels Jersey.

If that tag occurred while Segura had contact with second base, he was safe. If he was no longer in contact with the base, he should have been out.

“The problem was that the umpire didn’t see us tag Segura when he came off the bag,” Sveum said. “We got ’em, Braun’s out. When Segura thought he was out, he popped up and Valbuena tagged him again, and the umpire didn’t see him tag him.”

Segura had not looked at the video.

“It was tough on me, so I don’t want to see it again,” he said.Cheap Angels Jersey.

“Definitely a confusing play,” Braun said. “I’ve never been a part of anything like that. It’s a good thing we were still able to win a game despite something like that happening.”

Said Brewers manager Ron Roenicke: “Hey, ‘Seggy’ is 23 years old, he’s got all kinds of energy, he’s going to make some mistakes and we know that. But his pluses are so good, we’re going to take the mistakes that are going to happen.”

Another question was more fundamental: Is it legal for a baserunner to advance in the opposite direction?

The answer is yes, most of the time.

According to rule 7.08(i): “Any runner is out when — after he has acquired legal possession of a base, he runs the bases in reverse order for the purpose of confusing the defense or making a travesty of the game. The umpire shall immediately call “Time” and declare the runner out.”

But Segura Angels Jersey never intended to confuse the Cubs or make a travesty of the game. He just made a mistake.

A comment appended to Rule 7.08(i). It says: “If a runner touches an unoccupied base and then thinks the ball was caught or is decoyed into returning to the base he last touched, he may be put out running back to that base, but if he reaches the previously occupied base safely he cannot be put out while in contact with that base.”

Said Hallion: “Any point between second and first that they would have tagged him, he’s out. What he did was take the liability to be put out by leaving second base. But once he got to first base, now that’s his.”

So, Segura tried stealing second again. This time, Cubs catcher Welington Castillo threw him out.

“If I was him, I would’ve stole again, too,” Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney said. “I don’t think anyone has ever stole second twice in the same inning in the same at-bat. That would’ve been history there. Luckily for us, that didn’t happen.”

According to the Society for American Baseball Research, the “travesty of the game” rule was implemented in response to our old friend Schaefer, an infielder who played at the beginning of the 20th century — he actually played for both the Cubs and the old Milwaukee Brewers of the American Association. He’s best known for the day he stole first base.

According to SABR, on Aug. 4, 1911, with Schaefer playing for the Senators against the White Sox, he reached first base in the bottom of the ninth inning of a tie game with teammate Clyde Milan on third. Schaefer stole second, hoping to give Milan a chance to break home, but the White Sox did not bite.

So Schaefer tried going in the opposite direction. He took a lead off second base toward first, and stole on the next pitch. While White Sox manager Hugh Duffy argued, Schaefer tried to steal second again, giving Milan his chance to try for home. He was out to end the inning.

Friday’s strange eighth inning paled in comparison, but it gave players something to talk about.

“It’s a weird game,” Braun Angels Jersey said.

Tulo’s homer leads Rox Angels Jersey to seventh straight win

The sun finally came out, and after days of freezing temperatures, the air was a little nicer at Coors Field on Friday night. It wasn’t quite summer, but jackets and Jhoulys Chacin’s masterful pitching kept Rockies fans among the 23,445 warm for 6 1/3 innings.

That was before the first significant storm cloud set in over the Rockies’ season.

Troy Tulowitzki Angels Jersey homered for the fifth time and the National League West-leading Rockies won their seventh straight, 3-1, over the D-backs. But the joy was tempered when Chacin grasped his back and side on consecutive seventh-inning fastballs and was removed.

The Rockies, whose 12-4 record matches the 2011 squad for best 16-game start in club history, announced that Chacin exited the game with left oblique stiffness, although he said he didn’t know if the source of the pain was the oblique or his back. He will be re-evaluated on Saturday.

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The victory in the opener of a three-game weekend set, on a night when the Rockies had just three hits, put them at 4-0 on a nine-game homestand and 7-0 at Coors. The homestand was originally scheduled for 10 games, but one was wiped out by the snow that hit earlier this week.

Chacin (3-0) struck out five against one walk and held the D-backs to three hits. It’s not known how much longer he would have pitched, since he came out after pitch No. 100.

“I thought he was really good,” Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. “He’s had nice outings all year early on for us. That was as good as any of them.”Los Angeles Angels of Ahaheim Jersey.

Chacin left after becoming the first Rockies pitcher to reach the 100 pitches since last June 12. That was before the Rockies experimented with a four-man rotation with limits of either 75 pitches or two turns through the opposition’s lineup. That plan was scrapped late last season.

The injury was all that could stop Chacin on Friday night. The only real threat came when the D-backs loaded the bases with two outs in the fifth, but Chacin worked D-backs pitcher Ian Kennedy (1-2) into a grounder to short.

Chacin did it by commanding his fastball, then using his slider for either early strikes or put-away pitches. His best slider was one that froze Eric Goldschmit for a strikeout to end the sixth inning.

“He was throwing all his pitches over for strikes,” D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. “We never really got ahead of him. He dumped his slider over early in the count and we were just laying off it. It had good depth to it. That’s probably the best I’ve seen him throw. Give him credit there.”

Wholesale Los Angeles Angels Jersey.Chacin said, “Everything was working. I felt really well. I felt like I could have gone longer, even though I threw a lot of pitches [before the injury].”

With two out in the fourth and Josh Rutledge aboard because of one of the three walks Kennedy issued, Tulowitzki hammered on the first pitch into the left-field seats. Tulowitzki has homered in the last two games, and leads the Rockies with 15 RBIs.

Chris Nelson tripled to right-center off Kennedy to open the Rockies’ fifth and scored on Chacin’s sacrifice fly.Cheap Angels Jersey.

“We’re not going to bang the ball around the park every night in this league, so you’ve got to be able to win a variety of ways,” Weiss said. “Tonight we did it with a great outing by Jhoulys and a big hit by Tulo.”

Wilton Lopez  Angels Jersey replaced Chacin and struck out two, and Rex Brothers gave up one hit but forced a double-play grounder in a scoreless eighth. Rafael Betancourt (6-for-6 on save chances) gave up one hit and would have completed the Rockies’ first shutout of the season had Nelson not bounced a two-out throw to first base to give the D-backs an unearned run.

Angels Jersey Pagan clubs winner in Giants’ walk-off victory

The Giants prevailed Friday night over the San Diego Padres, 3-2, but they did just as much to lose the game as they did to win it.

Madison Bumgarner threw 25 pitches in the first inning. Giants hitters went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position against Padres starter Edinson Volquez, who began the game with an 11.68 ERA. Bumgarner executed a slug-bunt attempt perfectly in the sixth inning but nearly hit into a triple play. And Andres Torres botched a sacrifice-bunt try in the ninth.

None of that mattered as Angel Angels Jersey Pagan drove in Torres with a one-out double in the ninth inning off Luke Gregerson, breaking a 2-2 tie and vanquishing any lingering disappointment from the three-game sweep San Francisco absorbed in Milwaukee.

The climactic ninth typified the Giants’ performance. Gregor Blanco led off by attempting one of his self-described “push/slaps,” in which he breaks from the batter’s box as he tries to punch the ball on the ground by an infielder. Much to his dismay, Blanco popped up.

“I was disappointed,” he said.

But his dejection quickly vanished as the ball fell between shortstop Everth Cabrera and left fielder Kyle Blanks for a bloop single. It was Blanco’s third hit of the game.

Up came Torres, who bunted directly to Gregerson — the one man he was trying to avoid. Gregerson forced Blanco at second base. Torres ached for a chance to atone for his poor execution as he listened to first-base coach Roberto Kelly.

“You want to try to get your job done,” Torres said. “But I forgot about that. [Kelly] told me to get a good jump and go.”

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Torres did exactly that, dashing to second base to record his first steal of the season. Impressed by Torres’ clean break, Pagan didn’t want to spoil his teammate’s theft by fouling off a pitch.

“I wasn’t going to swing,” Pagan said. “I could see him in the corner of my right eye. He got an incredible jump.”

It paid off as Pagan lined Gregerson’s 2-0 slider to the right-field wall. Torres scored easily, giving Pagan his sixth go-ahead RBI of the season. He ranked second in that category among National Leaguers entering Friday.

“In those situations, you want to be the guy,” Pagan said.

Earlier, Bumgarner wasn’t just the guy for the Giants. He was The Man. Seeking his fourth consecutive victory, Bumgarner settled for an impressive no-decision. The left-hander struck out 10 batters in six innings, the ninth double-figure strikeout game of his career. Los Angeles Angels of Ahaheim Jersey. 

“We had some good swings early but in the middle part of the game, he locked in,” Padres manager Bud Black said. “He got it together. We couldn’t get anything going. It was good to get on the board early against him.”

Bumgarner left with the score even, 2-2, though he nearly gave himself a lead before he officially left the game. Brandon Belt and Blanco singled to open the Giants’ sixth, setting up a sacrifice-bunt situation. Nick Noonan, the would-be pinch-hitter, was called back from the on-deck circle so Bumgarner could bat. Instead of bunting, Bumgarner swung and hit a sharp grounder past third baseman Headley. But Cabrera, moving over to cover third base, was in perfect position to field the ball. He tagged Belt and relayed the ball to second baseman Jedd Gyorko, whose throw to first was in the dirt. Hustling up the line, Bumgarner might have been safe anyway. But the Giants knew that they barely avoided the ignominy of a triple play, despite Bumgarner’s admirable effort.

“He did what you’re supposed to do on that play. He smoked the ball,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “It was a smart play on his part. It was just bad luck.”

Buster Angels Jersey Posey provided encouragement for the Giants by showing signs of emerging from his offensive funk. He doubled in two at-bats and was involved in generating San Francisco’s first two runs. Posey lifted a first-inning sacrifice fly before walking and scoring in the third on Hunter Pence’s double.Cheap Angels Jersey.

Current events made this evening at AT&T Park more emotionally charged than usual. A pregame moment of silence was observed for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings and for Mae Louise Allen Mays, the wife of Giants great Willie Mays, who died Friday at 74.

Everybody in the park, it seemed, knew of the capture of the second Boston Marathon bombing suspect. That was apparent as fans stood between halves of the eighth inning and, instead of being serenaded by Journey, enthusiastically sang Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline,” the unofficial Red Sox anthem.

“That was touching,” Bochy said. “It was nice to honor Boston.”Wholesale Los Angeles Angels Jersey.

Giants Angels Jersey legend Mays’ wife passes away

Mae Louise Allen Mays, the wife of Giants legend Willie Mays, died in her sleep Friday morning in the couple’s Atherton, Calif., home after a 16-year bout with Alzheimer’s disease. She was 74.Cheap Angels Jersey.

Mays and his wife of 41 years initially crossed paths in 1951, his rookie season with the New York Giants Angels Jersey . As Mays recounted in “Say Hey,” his 1988 autobiography with Lou Sahadi, he autographed a photo for Mae, whose mother told him that she was a baseball fan.

“I looked around in my pocket and found a picture of me wearing a suit and I autographed it to this little girl in pigtails,” Mays said.

Their formal introduction resulted from the future Hall of Famer’s most prolific day in baseball — his four-homer performance at Milwaukee on April 30, 1961. According to Mays, Ed Sullivan flew him to New York to appear on his popular Sunday night television show. Afterward, Mays went to Small’s Paradise, a Harlem nightclub owned at the time by Wilt Chamberlain. The basketball star suggested to Mays that he and Mae should meet and gave him her phone number.Wholesale Los Angeles Angels Jersey.

The next day, as Mays related in his autobiography, he made the call.

“You don’t know me, but I’m Willie Mays,” he said.

“And I’m Martha Washington,” a skeptical Mae replied.

They dated periodically until getting married during Thanksgiving weekend in 1971, following Mays’ final full season with the Giants.

“Mae died peacefully and without pain,” Malcolm Heinicke, the Mays family attorney, said in a statement. “Willie is now grieving the loss of his beautiful wife of more than four decades, but he is staying strong by remembering all of the many experiences they enjoyed together. Mae was a beautiful person, and although her illness took some of her memories late in life, Mae passed with full knowledge that Willie loved her dearly. Willie appreciates all of the well wishes of his friends and fans during this difficult time.”

“On behalf of the Giants Angels Jersey partnership, front office, team, alumni and fans, we express our heartfelt condolences to Willie and his family with the passing of his beloved Mae,” Giants president and chief executive officer Larry Baer said in a statement. “I was honored to know Mae and to witness how Willie loved and cared for her.”

Author Jim Hirsch dedicated his recent Mays biography to Mae, stating that her “grace and beauty touched the soul of a legend.”Los Angeles Angels of Ahaheim Jersey.

Mae Louise Allen was born on May 26, 1938. She grew up in the racially segregated Homewood section of Pittsburgh, where she was an accomplished sprinter. She attended the University of Pittsburgh where she was a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority and earned a degree in sociology. She went to graduate school at Howard University, where she obtained a master’s degree in social work. Mae worked in child welfare and, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, she eventually became a “pioneer in getting single adoptions started in San Francisco.”

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A private funeral service will be scheduled in the near future. In lieu of flowers, it is requested that donations be made to the Say Hey Foundation Inc., P.O. Box 2410, Menlo Park, Calif., 94026.

As Boston Angels Jersey exhales, routine will help healing

The enduring routine that distinguishes big league baseball from other sports and comforts the game’s participants will return to Fenway Park on Saturday afternoon following a one-day absence. The Red Angels Jersey Sox fully expect to engage the Royals as scheduled and restore a degree of normalcy lacking in this city and its satellite communities since the attack at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday afternoon.

Apprehension of Suspect No. 2 in the Boston suburb of Watertown, Mass., at dusk Friday relieved a tension that had gripped this metropolis since the premature end of the internationally famous race. The return of routine within the game here will allow the baseball’s remedial qualities to begin their work.

When Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, was captured — he was hiding in a boat in a backyard — following some 20-hours of intense search in Watertown, all of Boston proper exhaled. The city could resume its focus on the more uplifting aspects of New England living, of which the Red Sox are a central part. Their games, particularly those at Fenway, help maintain the rhythm of the city and this region.Cheap Angels Jersey.

The big league game is wonderfully habit-forming. The structure and routine of it often provide degrees of comfort for players and folks linked to the game. When the routine is disturbed, or worse, eliminated, even for 24 hours, it’s unsettling. It’s a morning without coffee for a caffeine freak, an hour without service for a cellphone abuser, pregame sustenance without chicken for Wade Boggs. For the Red Sox and Royals on Friday, it was an evening without batting practice, clubhouse kibitzing and without a game and also without a full sense of security that has been routine for most of their careers.

So, the diversion baseball offers, one that could have been so remedial for this scared and scarred city, became another victim Friday. Routine at and away from the park was among the dominoes that fell. At the same time, a sense of relief was achieved.

“I appreciate what Boston is doing by [postponing] the game,” the Royals’ Elliot Johnson said in a tweet. “You would much rather play, but there are bigger things at stake here than baseball.”

Shortly before 3 p.m. ET, a Boston police officer, standing in the shadow of the Citgo sign near Fenway’s Green Monster said, “No game? … It could have helped. We need to get back to normal as soon as we can.”

Even though no one can say for certain what normal will be.Wholesale Los Angeles Angels Jersey.

I appreciate what Boston is doing by canceling the game. You would much rather play, but there are bigger things at stake here than baseball

– Elliot Johnson (@ElliotJohnson9) April 19, 2013

 

Normal was out of town Friday. Pigeons outnumbered pedestrians. The traffic, if the few cars and trucks even qualified as traffic, was akin to what exists here early on Sunday mornings. Neither the Fenway neighborhood nor the area around the Gahden were parts of the lockdown; they were quite accessible. But at 3:17 p.m. and 3:23 p.m., respectively, they were without sound or sightseers, as if a November chill and stiff breeze had swept through and whisked the citizenry indoors.

The Bruins were to have played at home as well Friday. Another diversion denied.

Boston has been terrorized, that we understand. Whether it is terrified, no one could say Friday afternoon; no quorum existed on any street corner. Folks had been urged to lock themselves in. Federal buildings, universities, schools and businesses were closed. Many restaurants were dark. Hospitals thought better of releasing patients.

“There’s no way to describe it,” Royals vice president of communications Mike Swanson said Friday morning from the team’s hotel. “Usually you see some kind of foot traffic or car traffic and horns honking, but all you’ve got here is a periodic police siren. That’s about it.”Los Angeles Angels of Ahaheim Jersey.

Baseball people throughout the country, including former Red Sox pitcher Bronson Arroyo, had their eyes fixed on Boston.

“It’s crazy for that to be anywhere,” Arroyo said to MLB.com. “But I am familiar with where these guys are roaming around and having shootouts. It’s definitely weird to see a Google Earth image of where these guys are blowing things up and having shootouts and that I have lived within blocks of that. I’ve traveled those roads a good bit. And I still have a lot friends living up there that are in lockdown at their houses.

“It’s a strange vibe. I think the type of people who live in New England and the way they view the world, they will be as resilient as anyone in America. I think they will bounce back from this pretty quick.”

Reds Angels Jersey catcher Ryan Hanigan, from the Boston suburb Andover, said, “It’s intense. I have a lot of buddies up there who live in Boston and towns around there. It’s hard to imagine that populated of town is deserted. Everyone is inside. I’ve never ever seen anything but bustling on the streets.

“It was my backyard. I spent a lot of time in that city and the different towns around Boston. It’s unfortunate. I’m happy they have a lock on who these guys are, and they’re doing a great job to try and end the situation. That will give people peace of mind. Maybe it will give a little bit of closure to some of the families. The people of Boston are resilient. They’re the type of people that can push through adversity. I’m sure they will in this case and unite together even more.”

The “stay inside” order was lifted in Boston, though not in nearby Watertown, where 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev died early Friday morning after a shootout with police merely five miles from Fenway. The door-to-door search for his younger brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was far more urgent in Watertown.

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 Public transportation had been shut down in Boston while hundreds of uniform personnel hunted in Watertown for the brother who escaped into the dark early Friday. But trains were tracking again after 6 p.m. And all day long, a choice of cabs existed.

News radio provided almost continual updates without commercials, reminiscent of what evolved New York City a dozen years earlier. The network TV affiliates chose news over scheduled programming. The visiting Royals seemingly had few options.

“We’re locked in,” Swanson said. “They’ve told us not to leave the hotel and every place is closed.”

Royals reliever Tim Collins, from nearby Worcester, Mass., described the feeling among the players holed up at the hotel.

“I think this is probably the safest place you can be, because there are so many officers, FBI and stuff like that,” he said. “Until they catch the guy, this is a pretty safe place to be. You really couldn’t tell anything outside when we flew in, but once we got closer to the hotel, you could really see what was going on.”

The Red Sox were still trying to process all that has gone on in their home city since Monday afternoon. The Sox returned to Boston early Friday morning, following their three-game sweep of the Indians in Cleveland. The mood in their clubhouse had been unsettled all week. Team personnel were relieved that none of their family members or friends had been injured on Monday. Nonetheless, they anticipated their returns to their residences would be emotional.

The team was expecting an emotional experience Friday night at Fenway. Now that will come Saturday afternoon. The city awaits the return of routine. Then baseball will assume its position as a diversion and a healing force.

In marquee matchup, Harvey outduels Strasburg Angels Jersey

Throughout his first nine months as a big leaguer, Matt Harvey’s outward intensity has served as one of his defining characteristics. But even the Mets had rarely seen him like this. Hours before his most-anticipated start of the season, Harvey, in the words of his manager, “was a little grouchy.”

“He’s usually not quite that grouchy,” Terry Angels Jersey Collins said Friday afternoon, eyes wide. “When your manager walks up to you and the first thing you want to do is bite his head off, you’re a little bit on edge.”

If anyone had a chance to funnel that intensity against Stephen Strasburg and the Nationals, it was Harvey, whose goal of becoming the best pitcher in baseball no longer seems like a pipe dream. Harvey responded to his marquee billing by striking out seven over seven innings of one-run ball at Citi Field, outdueling Strasburg in a 7-1 Mets victory that included multihomer efforts from Ike Davis and Lucas Duda.Cheap Angels Jersey.

“That’s what’s fun about our game is when you have two aces — two guys who are very, very good — facing each other,” Collins said. “It makes for a great night for the fans and for each team.”

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 Brilliant from the start, Harvey’s most impressive work came after Daniel Murphy committed a throwing error on a potential double-play ball in the seventh. With one run already on the board, that gaffe allowed the Nationals to load the bases with no outs in a three-run game.

But approaching 100 pitches for the evening, Harvey struck out Kurt Suzuki on a slider off the plate, induced pinch-hitter Roger Bernadina’s popup and forced Denard Span to ground out. He walked off the mound to a standing ovation.

“That was a big challenge,” Harvey said. “At any point it felt like it could have unraveled and things could have gone the other way. That was definitely a big part of winning the game.”Wholesale Los Angeles Angels Jersey.

“We had the right guys,” Nationals manager Davey Johnson said. “We had pitches. We didn’t get the hit.”

Attempting to beat Strasburg for the first time in four career tries, the Mets received all the offense they would need during an error-aided rally in the first. After Ian Desmond’s bobble allowed Jordany Valdespin to reach base with no outs, Murphy singled and Valdespin scored on a wild pitch. With two outs, catcher John Buck then reclaimed the National League RBI lead (20) with a run-scoring single.

Los Angeles Angels of Ahaheim Jersey.The Mets hit Strasburg relatively hard all night, shooting balls to the warning track in the first and fifth innings. But it was not until the sixth that they broke the game open on solo home runs from Davis and Duda. Both sluggers added their second home runs of the night off Drew Storen in the eighth.

“Strasburg obviously made me look foolish the first two at-bats,” said Davis, who drew a smattering of boos from the Citi Field crowd following strikeouts in the first and third innings. “I didn’t want to miss the fastball over the plate.”

He didn’t, and those boos quickly turned to cheers from a stadium full of fans that did not need much encouragement. Despite cool temperatures and whipping winds at Citi Field, an announced crowd of 26,675 seemed to grow louder as the game progressed.

After Duda crossed home plate following his first home run, Mets fans began chanting, “Harvey’s better!” as Strasburg attempted to regroup on the mound.

At least on this night, Harvey clearly was. Relying more than usual on his slider and changeup early in the game, Harvey struck out three of the first six batters he faced and five of the first 13. He finished with seven strikeouts and three walks, increasing his total to 32 strikeouts in 29 innings this season. Harvey is now 4-0 with a 0.93 ERA.

“There was definitely some electricity out there tonight,” Duda Angels Jersey said.

Harvey seemed so amped early that Collins worried about his stamina. Throwing his fastball no slower than 96 mph in the first inning, Harvey, in the words of his manager, seemed to be engaging in a “Who can throw harder?” contest with Strasburg.

“He functions on such a high octane already,” said Buck. “To be honest, I really don’t think he cares who he’s facing.”

Of course, if Harvey keeps pitching like this, who he is facing will not often matter.

Josh Hamilton Angels Jersey’ baserunning reviewed before walk-off

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There was some controversy surrounding the Orioles’ 10-6 victory over the Rays in 10 innings Thursday night.

With Manny Machado on first and Nick Markakis on second, Adam Josh Hamilton Angels Jersey hit a long single to right field. The runners appeared to be rounding the bases but were held up by third-base coach Bobby Dickerson. As the runners retreated, it appeared Jones did not retouch second on the way back to first, as required.

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Rays manager Joe Maddon appealed but was overruled by the umpires. Matt Wieters then hit a walk-off grand slam.

“I made sure they knew who I was appealing so there was no confusion,” Maddon said. “I told the home plate umpire it was going to be Jones. I wanted to make sure Jerry at second base knew we were appealing Jones, and he said [Jones] was OK. I saw that. I thought he had missed the bag coming back, and wanted to appeal it.”

Maddon said if Jones had been called out, it might have made a difference in the game.

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“The whole world changes at that moment.” Maddon said. “When you have a base open, the pitcher can pitch in a different manner. Second and third with one out would have been a different mindset than the bases loaded with no outs.”

As for Jones, he said he did not remember the play and was just happy to get the win.

“I wish you could take a picture of me shrugging my shoulders,” Josh Hamilton Angels Jersey said when asked whether he touched second. “I don’t remember, to be honest with you. I’m glad it worked out for us.”

Orioles manager Buck Showalter also didn’t see a problem with the play.

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“I didn’t see it as controversial at all,” Showalter said. “Adam made a good baserunning play. I don’t think he even got to the bag, but I would have appealed it, too, looking for an out somewhere.”

Red Sox Josh Hamilton Angels Jersey prepare for emotional Fenway homecoming

The raw emotion that will be at Fenway Park on Friday night when the Red Sox come home will likely be different than any other occasion in the history of the 101-year-old venue.

When the Red Sox found out about the bombs that went off at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, they were in the midst of leaving town for a three-game road trip to Cleveland.

Now they come back with the idea of providing some sort of comfort to the fans and the community which has provided them with so much support over the years.

“I’m glad it was only a three-day series [on the road] so we could get back and be there and be a part of the healing process,” said Red Sox right-hander Clay Buchholz, who will start Friday’s game against the Royals. “I think everybody’s looking forward to getting back being there tomorrow and trying to make the day as special as we can.”

During their three days in Cleveland, the Red Sox Josh Hamilton Angels Jersey put a symbolic jersey in their dugout that had “BOSTON 617 STRONG” on the back.

There will be a home white jersey to that effect on Friday night, assured Jonny Gomes. And he is hoping it will stay there all season long.

“We’ll get a white one for home and hopefully do it all year,” Gomes said. “This isn’t something that us or the community is going to throw under the rug. This is going to last until this whole generation is no longer with us.”

There will be another touch at Fenway as well in the form of a sign on the Green Monster that has the Red Sox logo “B” with the word Strong under it.Josh Hamilton Jersey.

For his entire time with the Red Sox, vice president Charles Steinberg has always been the maestro behind pregame tributes. This will be different than anything he’s planned in his career, given the profound impact that comes from three people dying and 176 others injured at a public place that is just a mile from Fenway Park.

“If anything, you want to be understated. You want to resonate,” said Steinberg. “It’s not really a day where you launch surprises. It’s a day that you hope is higher on sentiment then pageantry. The point is to appreciate how Fenway Park serves as a community gathering place, and there are so many emotions that are swirling through us that if people can be together and come together, they may find comfort just in being together as one.”Josh Hamilton Jersey Sale. 

Steinberg was moved when he watched what the Boston Bruins did on Wednesday night before their game against the Buffalo Sabres. During the national anthem, singer Rene Rancourt turned down his microphone and let the crowd do the bulk of the singing in one of the most stirring tributes in the history of Boston sports.

“Yeah, and we had the same instinct where the fans would sing the anthem and their magnificent performance last night at the Bruins’ game affirms that instinct,” said Steinberg. Josh Hamilton Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Jersey.

The Red Sox, as always, are taking every precaution to make sure their fans are in a safe environment. With that in mind, fans might want to arrive earlier than normal for Friday’s 7:10 p.m. ET game.

“We already have very, very high security standards and we’re working with Major League Baseball security, federal law enforcement, state law enforcement and local law enforcement to ensure the safe environment that everyone deserves,” Steinberg said. “There will be some measures that even take it to a higher level. In fact, people should come a little early because there will be more inspections of bags. The security will be even higher and it’s already very thorough as it is.”

Cheap Josh Hamilton Jersey.In truth, the Red Sox don’t truly know what they will feel with their fans on Friday night. They just look forward to being there for them.

“We all want to be there,” said Sox right-hander Andrew Bailey. “We want to help our own out and do whatever we can to ease some pain and to be there. We’ll have that opportunity coming up. We’re all looking forward to getting home and doing what we can to play a game for a couple of hours and kind of get back some normalcy to the city of Boston. A lot of fans come out to our games. I think they’re looking forward to us being home as well.”

Whatever happens in terms of ceremonial first pitches or the like will be subtle yet poignant.

“I’m sure there will be some kind of low-key tribute to those who have responded first to the situation,” said Red Sox Josh Hamilton Angels Jersey manager John Farrell. “I think based on — or by example of the jersey being hung in the dugout — I think we feel a sense that we can contribute to a communal spirit. Hopefully we can create a little bit of a diversion for those affected directly, but we’re certainly not going to replace what happened. But I think maybe we have a way of helping get back to some sense of normalcy.”

Buchholz has started in the postseason. As recently as 10 days ago, he pitched the Fenway Park season opener. But he knows Friday night is different altogether.

“There’s going to be a lot of emotions going around the clubhouse and with the fans,” Buchholz said. “It’s going to be a special game — definitely one to remember. I’m sort of at a loss for words for it. I’m going to try to keep my emotions under wraps as much as possible. Given the circumstances, it’s going to be a day that’s in pursuit of recovery for everyone who had to face losses.”

The Red Sox will do their best to make sure the atmosphere is one that befits the magnitude of the evening.

“This is not a time to be solely entertained,” Steinberg said. “It’s a time to express your emotions because we’re all filled with emotions and you want healthy, positive vehicles to express your emotions, to express your compassion and to express your sorrow and to express your appreciation that this city does come together as one.”

Josh Hamilton Angels Jersey Dickey’s knuckleball cooperates, but back does not

R.A Dickey’s first few starts in a Blue Jays uniform have been a little bit like his knuckleball, dancing wildly between all of the good spots and all of the bad spots.

The Blue Jays avoided a series loss to the Chicago White Sox with a 3-1 victory at Rogers Centre on Thursday night, many thanks to the 38-year-old finding the perfect release point for his unrelenting signature pitch.

“That’s the first time I have seen one, so for me, it was kind of like someone turned off the lights every couple feet as it was coming to you — it was moving that much,” said Chicago’s Tyler Flowers, who struck out in his first at-bat.

Josh Hamilton Angels Jersey Dickey (2-2) reclaimed his Cy Young Award form from a year ago in the National League, retiring the first 11 batters he faced. But his fourth start with his new club came to an unexpected end after six shutout innings. Cheap Josh Hamilton Jersey.

“I had a knuckleball tonight where I would’ve thrown a complete game tonight with that,” Dickey said.

Dickey did not return for the seventh inning as a precaution with neck and back tightness. Dickey threw just 64 pitches in his six innings of work, striking out seven batters. He allowed two hits and walked one.

“It was a gutsy performance, because it’s been bothering him for a couple of days,” manager John Gibbons said. “Going into tonight, we didn’t know what we were going to get.”

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Gibbons and head trainer George Poulis visited Dickey on the mound after he winced following a strikeout of Dewayne Wise in the sixth, but he appeared to be all right, facing Jeff Keppinger and retiring him on one pitch to end the inning.

The Nashville, Tenn., native has been dealing with lingering stiffness in his upper back since his last start Saturday in Kansas City. He described the location as radiating down from the neck to between his shoulder blade and his spine on his throwing side.

“I was able to get through another inning and a third after I felt it. It got better throughout the course of the week, enough so that I felt comfortable taking the ball [Thursday],” Dickey said.

Though the Blue Jays still couldn’t generate a significant offensive contribution with their bats, it only took a handful of hits and their opponent’s errors to give Dickey his second win of the season.

The Blue Jays went 4-for-27, and the first hit sparked the scoring.

Continuing to hit well against left-handed pitching, Rajai Davis led off the first with a single against Chris Sale (1-2).Josh Hamilton Jersey Sale. He then stole his third and fourth bases of the season, advancing to third and setting up Edwin Encarnacion’s RBI single to give the Blue Jays an early 1-0 lead.

“I think that comes second nature to me. It’s just something I’ve done since I was in Little League,” Davis said of his menacing demeanor on the basepaths. “I feel at home there … how it feels for [a pitcher] — it is to be seen.”Josh Hamilton Jersey.

The run in the first marked only the fifth time in the past 16 games that an offensively-starved Toronto team has been able to open the scoring, and the Blue Jays scored three or less runs for the 10th time in 15 games.

Sale settled down, but hit Emilio Bonifacio with a pitch in the fifth, and didn’t appear able to recover from the bad throw.

With Henry Blanco at the plate, an errant pick-off attempt to first by the lefty allowed Bonifacio to advance to third. The errors didn’t end there for the White Sox. A routine grounder to first by Munenori Kawasaki was fumbled by Adam Dunn, and Bonifacio scored on the play.

“That’s part of their game: Get them on, and that’s what they can do. It puts the pressure on the other team,” Gibbons said. “This turned out to be the type of ballgame where those things can make a big difference.”

Josh Hamilton Angels Jersey Davis doubled to center field for his second hit of the night and scored Kawasaki, giving the Blue Jays an insurance run.

“[Something to take] from this game is start paying closer attention to the runners,” Sale said. “They just had free reign out there it seemed like, especially in the first.”

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