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Fresno manager Bob Mariano and his staff wanted Gary Brown to stand a little taller.

Now that he’s heeding the advice, he again looks like the player who hovered over much of the prospect world two years ago.

It took Brown a while to come around, but now he’s all ears and the results are coming fast. One day after his first four-hit game of the season, the Giants’ No. 2 prospect put together what Mariano described as the “best game he’s had all year,” going 3-for-5 with a homer and double on Tuesday in the Grizzlies’ 7-2 loss to Tucson.

Mariano and hitting coach Russ Morman have been preaching most of the same things to Brown for most of the season. But despite hitting .199 through 59 games,’s No. 89 overall prospect remained stuck in his old ways.

“Gary’s been real reluctant to really make adjustments,” Mariano said. “Some guys just take some time and are a little stubborn.”

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Albert Pujols Los Angeles Angels Jersey Mariano and Morman wanted Brown to get taller in his stance and work down to the ball more in his swing. The manager said Brown’s swing had gotten long, noting he was “in and out of the zone real quick.” As Brown told after his four-hit game on Monday, “I wasn’t doing much right.”

With the aid of special assistant Shane Turner, Mariano and Morman finally got through to Brown over the weekend while the team was in Salt Lake City.

“He really started opening up and asking questions to Shane and us about what he needed to do,” Mariano said. “We looked at some video of him in [Class A Advanced] San Jose and he was taller in his setup back then, and that allowed him to stay above the ball in his setup and stay through the zone.

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“He’s been asking more questions and been more receptive to some teaching that Russ was trying to get through to him and Shane Turner was trying to get through to him. And he just started catching on fire.”

Brown snapped out of a 4-for-32 funk with two hits on Sunday, then doubled and homered in Monday’s 4-for-5 effort against Tucson. On Tuesday, he led off the bottom of the first inning with his fifth homer of the season. He lined a double to center field in the seventh and laced a single back up the middle in the ninth.

“He hasn’t done that all year,” Mariano said of Brown’s three line drive hits.

The 24-year-old outfielder is showing signs of the versatile talents that shot him up prospect lists in 2011. He was named California League Rookie of the Year and the Giants’ top prospect — 48th overall heading into the 2012 season — after batting .336 with 14 homers, 53 stolen bases and a .925 OPS.

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Last season, Brown earned mixed reviews at Double-A with a .279 average and .731 OPS. This year, his prospect stock took a hit as his numbers diminished.

Mariano Albert Pujols Womens Jersey thinks the rocky first half could prove a blessing in the long run, as the struggles finally pushed Brown to open up and accept a little coaching.

“Sometimes failure is your best teacher as a coach,” Mariano said. “You let guys fail and they have to take a couple steps back before they can take steps forward. Sometimes guys take time to make adjustments and are more open to it. Gary, he was kind of, he was real receptive earlier.

“He’s catching fire and putting together some good at-bats, and that’s something we’ve been waiting for for a long time.”

Uggla swats pair as Minor, Braves cruise in LA Jose Reyes Canada Day Jersey

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Since joining the Braves before the start of the 2011 season, Dan Uggla has proven to be both maddening and unpredictable. The two prolonged slumps he has endured during his days in Atlanta were interrupted by a long impressive stretch during which he performed like he had during his successful days with the Marlins.

Through the first two months of this season, Uggla extended the woes that haunted him through last season’s final four months. But over the past week, the veteran second baseman has shown signs that he might be in the beginning stages of another highly productive stretch.

As the Braves celebrated Sunday afternoon’s 8-1 win over the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium, Uggla was once again flashing that smile that has been absent most of the past year. His second multihomer game of the season highlighted this convincing victory and gave him reason to believe he might be turning things around.

“You always want to feel like you matter and feel like you’re a factor,” Uggla Blue Jays Canada Days Jersey said. “It [stinks] to feel like I felt last year and this year. You feel like you’re a non-factor. So to get some homers, get some runs and drive in some runs, it feels good.”

Uggla highlighted a four-run third inning with a three-run home run, then added a solo home run in the fifth. His close friend Freddie Freeman hit a three-run double in the fourth to provide even more comfort to Mike Minor, who pitched six strong innings after limiting the Dodgers to one run after they loaded the bases with none out in the first.

Minor’s escape act combined with Uggla’s power paced the Braves, who split this four-game series, despite totaling just three runs in the first three games. They are a season-high eight games in front of the second-place Nationals in the National League East race.

“The batting average is what it is,” Uggla said. “It’s not the first time I’ve hit .160, .170 or whatever it is. I throw those numbers out the door. I look at it like we’re up [eight games] right now and that’s without me doing anything at all.”

A majority of Atlanta’s recent offensive contributions have come from Freeman, who has batted .354 with 24 RBIs in his past 24 games. The 23-year-old first baseman added to his recent success when he chased Dodgers starter Matt Magill with his opposite-field three-run double.

“He’s been the most consistent hitter we’ve had,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “He’s come up with some big two-strike hits.”

While Freeman has been a model of consistency, Uggla has consistently battled disappointment as his batting average has remained below the Mendoza Line throughout this season. But through his struggles, he has continued to show the power he possessed while hitting at least 30 home runs over the course of five consecutive seasons (2007-11).

Uggla opened his most recent multihomer game with his third-inning shot off Magill, who issued six walks in just 3 2/3 innings. He capped it with a solo drive in the fifth inning off Ronald Belisario.

Combined with his solo shot in Saturday night’s 2-1 win, Uggla hit three home runs within a span of five at-bats to raise his season total to 13, second among all Major League second basemen. He has also raised his batting average from .175 to .193 with seven hits in his past 20 at-bats.

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“He’s swinging it pretty good right now,” Gonzalez said. “That’s the stuff he can do right there, what we saw today.”

After hitting .173 through his first 86 games of the 2011 season, Uggla produced an Atlanta-record hitting streak in the 33 games that followed. That streak marked the start of a 130-game stretch — over two seasons — in which he batted .291 with 34 home runs.

In the 157 games that have followed, Uggla has hit .188 with 22 home runs. But the Braves are certainly going to hold out hope that he is indeed in the early stages of another turnaround.

Minor has certainly turned things around since entering last July with a 6.20 ERA. In the 28 starts that have followed, he has posted a 2.32 ERA and gained the maturity that was on display after the Dodgers loaded the bases in the first with Yasiel Puig’s first-pitch single, a bunt single and a walk drawn by Gonzalez.

The only thing that prevented Minor from escaping that potentially damaging threat unscathed was Skip Schumaker’s two-out RBI dribbler that traveled approximately 45 feet down the third-base line.

“I knew I was a couple pitches away from getting out of it,” Minor Jose Reyes Canada Day Jersey said. “Or it could have been really bad. But I knew if I made quality pitches that I could get out of it. I pitched around Gonzo just because he has hit me pretty well in the past. I just tried to make quality pitches.”

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Through 10 rounds of the First-Year Player Draft, the Red Sox had yet to select an infielder, but that all changed on Day 3, as the Red Sox picked a slick-fielding shortstop from Florida. With their 11th-round pick, Boston took Carlos Asuaje from Nova Southeastern, a Division II school in Florida, on Saturday.

A native of Venezuela, Asuaje was raised in Florida. He has consistently played well at Nova Southeastern for the last three years, where he drew the attention of many professional scouts. This year, Asuaje hit .320 with 13 doubles, 33 RBIs and a .449 slugging percentage.

“It was ridiculous the way he dominated our league,” said his college coach, Greg Brown, a former scout. “He has the best hand-eye coordination I’ve ever been around.”

Asuaje Blue Jays Canada Days Jersey makes hard contact using a compact swing, which he also showcased in the Cape Cod League last summer. Listed at 5-foot-8 and 155 pounds, he doesn’t hit for much power, profiling more as a speedy, top-of-the-order hitter. He was 32-for-35 in stolen base attempts this season.

“I think he’s a true leadoff, which is one of the hardest things to find these days,” Brown said. “Red Sox Nation is going to love him.”

Asuaje played mostly second base in college but moved to shortstop halfway through the spring, and he has played third base as well. As a professional, he is considered to be best suited for second base, where he has soft hands and solid range.

Red Sox end Drehoff’s wait in Round 12

Frustrated with not hearing his name called through the first 10 rounds of the First-Year Player Draft, Jake Drehoff decided to go to the pool with his friends to take his mind of it.

It didn’t take long for the left-handed pitcher to be selected on Day 3, though. Less than an hour after the Draft’s third day began, he received a call from his adviser that he had been selected by the Boston Red Sox in the 12th round on Saturday.

“I was ecstatic,” he said. “I know the Red Sox are known to have a great organization. I was thrilled to get drafted by them.”

Drehoff, who played his college ball at Southern Mississippi, is a 6-foot-4, 185-pound lefty who says his changeup is his best pitch.

He also throws a slider and a fastball, which sits between 87 and 91 mph.

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The Red Sox have made left-handed pitching a priority in the Draft this year as Drehoff is the fourth southpaw Boston has selected through the first 12 rounds.

Drehoff had a 5-5 record this season while posting a 3.54 ERA in 81 1/3 innings. He struck out 69 batters.

To get to the big leagues, Drehoff said he’ll need to work on his consistency.

“I need to get more consistent and tighten up my breaking ball a little bit and get better with my location,” he said.

Red Sox take Sheffield in 13th round

It’s been quite some time since Jordan Sheffield, one of the top high school arms in this year’s MLB First-Year Player Draft, took a mound, but he heard his name called nonetheless — by the Red Sox in the 13th round on Saturday.

“Jordan, when he’s challenged, he can really step up,” said Brad Melky Cabrera Canada Day Jersey White, Sheffield’s coach at Tullahoma (Tenn.) High School. “I can’t think of a bigger challenge than this for a 17-year-old [pitcher]. If he faces this like he has every other challenge, then I like his chances.”

Sheffield also played shortstop for Tullahoma and appeared at designated hitter while trying to recover from the arm tightness.

Sheffield, who was ranked No. 47 on’s initial ranking of the Top 50 Draft Prospects, underwent Tommy John surgery on his prized right arm in April. The operation was performed by renowned orthopedic surgeon James Andrews. Sheffield has not pitched in a game since March 12, when he exited a start after 73 pitches because of tightness in his forearm.

He isn’t the biggest player in this year’s Draft class, but his athletic frame and fast arm deliver three future above-average to potentially plus pitches.

He was touching the mid 90s over the summer and can sit in the 92-93 mph range consistently, and a dazzling performance at the Perfect Game World Wood Bat Championship last fall helped boost his draft stock when he displayed some impressive velocity at the event.

Sheffield backs up his fastball with a sharp breaking ball that remains a bit inconsistent at this point, but it still has the chance to be an outstanding secondary offering. He maintains his arm speed on his changeup with good sink and deception, giving him a third projectable weapon in the future.

The righty is committed to play ball at Vanderbilt next year, and his operation could factor into his signability.

Red Sox take Gwynn pupil Romanski in 14th round

Hitting is an art and few are better equipped to teach it than former MLB hitting extraordinaire Tony Gwynn.

The Red Sox selected one of Gwynn’s pupils in the 14th round of the First-Year Player Draft on Saturday when they drafted catcher Jake Romanski out of San Diego State, where Gwynn coaches.

Romanski hit .303 for the Aztecs in his senior year and was named all-Mountain West.

He is the second catcher the Red Sox have drafted this year behind third-round selection Jon Denney.

Red Sox take OF Hudson in 15th round

With their 15th-round selection in the First-Year Player Draft on Saturday, the Red Sox selected their third outfielder in Bryan Hudson.

Hudson, who hails from Mill Creek High School in Georgia, is listed at 6-foot-1 and 185 pounds. He bats left, throws right and is currently committed to play for Darton State College, which is also located in Georgia.

The Red Sox drafted outfielders Jordon Austin in the sixth round and Forrestt Allday in the eighth.

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Chris Archer, making his 2013 home debut, turned in the best performance of his brief Major League career on Friday, holding the slugging Orioles to two hits in seven innings as the Rays beat Baltimore, 2-1, at Tropicana Field on the strength of Desmond Jennings’ two-run homer.

Archer, who struggled in his season debut last Saturday in Cleveland, allowing five runs on seven hits in four innings, retired the final seven Orioles he faced and 13 of the last 14 to claim his second big league win in a pitchers’ duel with Jason Hammel.

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Hammel, the former Ray who leads the Orioles in victories with seven, held Tampa Bay to three hits and had retired eight in a row until James Loney lined a single to center leading off the seventh.

Jennings then lofted the next pitch over the center-field fence for his sixth home run of the season, putting the Rays on top, 2-1.

2013 Jose Reyes Canada Day Jersey .The Orioles took a 1-0 lead in the third inning when Chris Dickerson and Nate McLouth walked and Manny Machado, who came into the game batting .320, singled to center for the first hit off Archer.

Hammel was ejected from his last start when he hit a batter after serving up back-to-back-to-back home runs to the Tigers. He has served up 12 long balls in 13 starts this year.

The Rays have won six out of 10 against the Orioles this season.

The Orioles had won 11 of their last 16 contests

Follow every pick of Draft’s Day 3

Ten rounds may be over, but 30 rounds of talent remain. Major League Baseball’s First-Year Player Draft barreled through its second day Friday, and while more than 300 players have been taken so far, that doesn’t erase the drama for the hundreds of players left on the board.

Will your team locate a superstar like Albert Pujols, famously acquired with a 13th-round Draft choice in 1999? Perhaps they can find a workhorse like Roy Oswalt, selected in the 23nd round in 1996? The drama will last for 30 rounds on Saturday, and you can catch it all on

Blue Jays Canada Days Jersey Rounds 11-40 will be streamed live on on Saturday, starting at 1 p.m. And with technology comes options. The Draft, which began as a clandestine conference call, is now open to the public in a wide variety of ways that should appeal to fans of all ages.’s coverage includes Draft Central, the Top 100 Draft Prospects list and Draft Tracker, a live interactive application that includes a searchable database of Draft-eligible players. You can also keep up to date by following @MLBDraft on Twitter. And get into the Draft conversation by tagging your tweets with #mlbdraft.

There is another key new Twitter account to follow: @MLBDraftTracker. Every pick throughout the Draft will be tweeted there immediately after it has been announced.

Just as fans have grown familiar with MLB Advanced Media’s delivery of live games over a constantly expanding array of mobile and connected devices, this Draft rides that wave of portability through which baseball is available virtually everywhere. The mobile-friendly version of the Draft Tracker is linked from the mobile site and from the award-winning At Bat 13 app, and there are also callouts on the Scoreboard and News sections when the Draft is live.Toronto Blue Jays Canada Days Jersey 2013.

Here is a rundown of how to find what you are looking for:

iPhone At Bat: Draft Tracker is available in the “More” tab. There are also callouts to the Tracker on every Team page and in the News section of the app. The Tracker links to the live video when the Draft is live, and there are callouts on the MLB.TV page of the app.

iPad At Bat: Draft Tracker is in the app’s main menu.

Android phone: Similar to iPhone, is putting a link to the Draft Tracker in the app’s “More” menu as well as linking to the Tracker from the News section and the Team section of the app.

Android tablets: Draft Tracker is linked from the “More” section and from the News section.

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Miller, Cardinals drub D-backs with five dingers Josh Johnson Canada Day Jersey

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On a night when the Cardinals were looking to the future, the current roster left a lasting impression.

In the midst of the First-Year Blue Jays Canada Days Jersey Player Draft, the Cardinals used four rookie pitchers and knocked around the D-backs with five home runs and a season-high 17 hits for a dominating 12-8 victory in front of a sold-out crowd of 43,798 at Busch Stadium on Thursday night.

Three of the Cardinals’ homers came against D-backs starter Ian Kennedy, whom St. Louis drafted in the 14th round of the 2003 Draft. Kennedy didn’t sign and attended USC before being a first-round pick of the Yankees in 2006.

The D-backs jumped out to an early 2-0 lead on three hits against Miller, but Matt Holliday erased it with a 427-foot blast to center field in the bottom half of the frame, tying the game at 2.

The tie held for two innings until the Cardinals blew it up in the fourth. Daniel Descalso started the action with a double and then slid home safely on an RBI single from Jon Jay. Kennedy struck out Miller, and after allowing a single to Matt Carpenter, retired Yadier Molina for the second out, needing just one more to escape with only a one-run deficit. Instead, Kennedy opened the floodgates and the runs came pouring in.

Kennedy Josh Donaldson Canada Day Jersey loaded the bases by walking Holliday, and Allen Craig made the pitcher pay with a two-run single. Matt Adams cleaned up the rest with a three-run home run to right field. Kennedy walked one more and served up another dinger to Descalso before he could secure the third out on the 50th pitch of the inning.

With his pitch count wildly out of control at 99 through four innings, Kennedy was removed from the game. But reliever Matt Reynolds had similar results in the fifth. Even Miller got in on the action for his first home run on Josh Donaldson All Star Jersey just the fourth hit of his career. Before his base hit in the second and his first big league homer, Miller was 0-for-22 with 16 strikeouts this season. Carpenter made it 12-2 with the Cardinals’ second set of back-to-back home runs this season.

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Meanwhile, Miller was making quick work of the Arizona offense. He retired his last seven batters, six of which were strikeouts — four looking, two swinging. Seth Maness relieved Miller for the seventh as manager Mike Matheny cleared his bench. Miller finished by allowing two runs on six hits, no walks and nine strikeouts in six innings.

Maness, who has been impressive in 13 relief appearances as a rookie, ran into trouble in the seventh, allowing four consecutive singles and three earned runs in one-third of an inning. Matheny trotted out his eighth rookie pitcher of the season and third of the night in Kevin Siegrist, who struck out Didi Gregorius and Eric Hinske to end his first Major League inning.

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The Houston Astros entered the month of May with six or possibly seven candidates to select with their No. 1 overall pick in the First-Year Player Draft.

Now, with mere hours remaining before the Draft begins on Thursday night, there hasn’t been much change in the situation, as five prospects are being discussed in Houston’s Draft room. At least the Blue Jays Canada Days Jersey Astros can’t say they didn’t warn anyone.

“I don’t think we’re going to have any dramatic narrowing until the end,” Mike Elias, the Astros’ director of amateur scouting, said nearly a month ago. “I think it’s important to keep scouting them until the very end. We’re making sure we’re keeping the field as open as we can. We are not going to make that decision when there’s no reason to.”

There will be reason to soon enough. The Draft begins with the Draft preview show on and MLB Network on Thursday at 6 p.m. ET. Live Draft coverage from MLB Network’s Studio 42 begins at 7 p.m., with the Astros starting things off and the top 73 picks being streamed on and broadcast on MLB Network. Rounds 3-10 will be streamed live on on June 7, beginning with a preview show at 12:30 p.m., and Rounds 11-40 will be streamed live on on June 8, starting at 1 p.m.’s coverage includes Draft Central, the Top 100 Draft Prospects list and Draft Tracker, a live interactive application that includes a searchable database of Draft-eligible players. You can also keep up to date by following @MLBDraft on Twitter. And you get into the Draft conversation by tagging your tweets with #mlbdraft.

For some time now, most have believed the two main candidates to go No. 1 overall are the two best college pitchers, Stanford’s Mark Appel and Oklahoma’s Jonathan Gray. Appel and Gray separated themselves from the rest of the class earlier this year and have more or less maintained their spots at 1 or 2 on the Top 100.

Appel was a potential No. 1 pick a year ago, fell to the Pirates at No. 8 but returned to Stanford for his senior season rather than sign with Pittsburgh. He had a better season as a senior and it seems likely he will hear his name called in one of the first few picks. The Astros didn’t take him last year, though, leading many to believe they won’t select him this time around, either.

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Unlike Appel, whose season is over, Gray is still pitching. Thanks in part to his strong NCAA regional start, the Sooners are preparing for Super Regional play against Louisiana State. Gray doesn’t have the track record that Appel has had over the years, but he’s been every bit as good, if not better, than his Stanford counterpart in 2013. While many scouts don’t think that the recent news of Gray’s positive test for the ADHD drug Adderall will impact his status much, it remained to be seen if it has altered Houston’s opinion of him.


North Carolina third baseman Colin Moran was seen as more of a dark horse a month ago, but talk of him potentially going first continues to persist. Moran, who’s Tar Heels are also playing in a Super Regional this weekend, has had an outstanding season, hitting .348 with 13 homers and 86 RBIs and being named a Golden Spikes Award finalist. Should he go No. 1, though, it would likely be a signal that the Astros decided to save money at the top and perhaps be aggressive later on, as they did in 2012 when they took shortstop Carlos Correa of Puerto Rico with the first pick.

San Diego’s Kris Bryant is also a Golden Spikes finalist, thanks to his 31-homer season. He’s performed well in his entire college career, including for Team USA, and his power is legitimate. He’s become a much better all-around hitter than he was in high school and the big home run total masks the fact that he’s highly athletic and has good overall tools. He has more than enough ability to remain a third baseman, but a team could easily move him to right field and he’d fit there very well, considering his power and plus arm. While there has been more buzz about Moran than Bryant in discussions regarding the top picks, in some ways it is Bryant who better fits the profile of a No. 1 overall pick.

That leaves one high schooler. At one point, both of the top Melky Cabrera Canada Day Jersey Georgia high school outfielders, Clint Frazier and Austin Meadows, were said to be in the mix. It seems more and more likely that the top pick on Thursday will be a collegian, but it appears that Frazier and his plus bat speed are still being discussed.

The one player from the initial pool of candidates no longer in the mix is Sean Manaea, a lefty from Indiana State. Manaea entered the spring very much in there with Appel and Gray. But the he never was quite as dominant as he was last summer in the Cape Cod League. A hip flexor injury threw him off and caused his stuff to back up. In what would have been his final start of the season, Manaea threw three warmup pitches and was scratched as talk of possible shoulder stiffness gave teams something else to worry about.

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At-bats looked more like batting practice swings and groundouts were met with severe disappointment — but only because they were missed opportunities for glory. The game was never close.

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In the midst of a 17-5 win Tuesday over the Texas Rangers in which the Red Sox had 19 hits, David Ortiz, at least for a moment, looked like a kid out there.

It was the second inning and the Red Sox were already up 3-0 while Rangers pitcher Justin Grimm was struggling to get outs. Ortiz, who had already doubled high off the left-field wall, crushed a ball into the right-center-field gap.

He hadn’t tripled in more than two years, and while he started running at a decent pace, he showed no sign of urgency, as if the triple was such an evasive result for a 37-year-old with a recent foot injury that the mere thought of it was exhausting.

But then the ball scooted past center fielder Leonys Martin and right fielder Nelson Cruz, the crowd started to roar and Ortiz took notice. Suddenly the 6-foot-4, 230-pound designated hitter went from jog to sprint. His quick feet churning beneath powerful legs, Ortiz rounded second and looked for third, slamming into the dirt as he slid toward the bag for his first triple since April 11, 2011.

“My legs have been feeling good, and whenever I can take my chance, I take my chance,” Ortiz said.

Running from home to third in 12 seconds may not have taken his breath away, but what happened next did.

Ortiz Blue Jays Canada Days Jersey hardly had time to wipe the dirt off his pants before Mike Napoli sent the first pitch he saw high into the air in left field. Ortiz tagged from third, crossed home plate and took a few steps before halting his movement completely.

In the middle of the field, Ortiz bent over, put his hands on his knees, hung his head and let himself catch his breath.

“We’re not going to confuse him for a basestealer,” manager John Farrell said. “At the same time, it speaks volumes to the work that he’s done to get himself healthy. It also speaks loud of the attitude he goes about each and every game. He’s hustling right out of the box. We’re not typically going to see him stretch a double into a triple like he did tonight. But he’s playing with a lot of life, he’s playing with a lot of enthusiasm. That is the overriding attitude that’s in that group downstairs.”

Ortiz had ran 360 feet, driven in two runs and scored another in about 60 seconds.

It was that kind of night for the Red Sox.

“It’s just fun to be a part of that,” said Daniel Nava, who was again solid out of the leadoff spot, going 2-for-3 with a walk and RBI while scoring four times. “The dugout was in a good mood.”

A look up and down the order reveals a whole lot of tally marks as the Sox jumped all over the rookie Grimm, scoring eight runs in 1 2/3 innings before he was removed.

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With a predominantly veteran lineup, the Sox have taken advantage of rookie pitchers this season, improving to 5-2 against them as seven rookie starters have combined for a 12.93 ERA.

The Red Sox scored runs in each of the first seven innings, as their 13 extra-base hits set a Rangers record for most allowed.

“Too many pitches in the middle of the plate and the Red Sox didn’t miss them,” Texas manager Ron Washington said.

Mike Carp was 3-for-4 with his fourth homer before getting ejected in the eighth after striking out against Rangers outfielder David Murphy, who was on the mound to save the bullpen.

“Anytime it’s a position player, it makes for an interesting atmosphere,” Carp said. “And getting tossed on top of that makes it that much more unbelievable.”

Jarrod Saltalamacchia was 3-for-5 with his sixth homer. And Stephen Drew, who had gone hitless in 13 of his previous 20 games before Tuesday, went 4-for-5 with his fifth home run.

Jackie Bradley Jr., whose time with the club could be short as Shane Victorino nears a return from the disabled list, hit his first Major League home run, a towering shot into the right-field bullpen.

“It felt great to get the first one out of the way,” said R.A.Dickey Canada Day Jersey Bradley, who is 4-for-15 with two doubles and a homer since being recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket. “Hopefully it’s not the last.”

On the mound, Ryan Dempster was able to minimize damage, pitching seven strong innings while allowing three runs on five hits and one walk, striking out six. Dempster spent the final two months of the 2012 season with the Rangers, posting a 5.09 ERA over 12 starts before leaving for free agency, where the Red Sox plucked him for two years, $26.5-million.

“A little bit of an adrenaline rush,” said Dempster, who improved to 3-6 with a 4.39 ERA this season. “You want to do well because I’m sure they want to do well off you too.

“I had a good fastball, good command. The pitches I got burned on were hanging sliders. Other than that, I felt in command for the most part.”

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Domonic Brown tossed his bat high into the air just seconds after he ripped a pitch into the first few rows of seats in right field at Citizens Bank Park.

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This is becoming routine for Brown, who hit his eighth home run in eight games and National League-leading 17th homer of the season in the sixth inning Monday in a 7-2 victory over the Marlins. Brown remained one of the hottest hitters in baseball, while Phillies right-hander Kyle Kendrick pitched splendidly, throwing the fourth complete game of his career, while also scoring the tying run in the fifth after his first big league triple.

“A home run is the greatest hit in baseball,” Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. “That’s what a home run is. The crowd loves homers.”

Brown is providing plenty, giving Phillies fans something to watch in a season that has been mostly tough to watch.

He earned National League Player of the Month and Player of the Week honors earlier Monday before he became the first Phillies player to hit nine home runs over a 10-game stretch since Bobby Abreu from May 8-18, 2005. It is hard to believe, but Brown was hitting .206 (13-for-63) with one double, two home runs, six RBIs and a .623 OPS in 20 games through April 23. He is hitting .329 (47-for-143) with six doubles, two triples, 15 home runs, 36 RBIs and a 1.053 OPS in 37 games since.

“I’m not really big on numbers,” Brown Blue Jays Canada Days Jersey said. “I kind of go off my at-bats. I go and watch my at-bats every day and see which ones are good and eliminate the bad ones and just keep improving at not giving at-bats away. That’s really the main objective — not giving any at-bats away.”

He worked an impressive eight-pitch at-bat against Marlins right-hander Tom Koehler in the sixth. He fouled off five pitches before striking a 2-2 changeup and sending the pitch into the stands. This one got Brown’s juices flowing. He tossed his bat into the air as he took a wide turn and stutter stepped before reaching first base.

He greeted Ryan Howard at home plate and bowed before returning to the dugout.

“You’re throwing him good pitches and he’s finding ways to fight them off,” Koehler said. “And then when you make your mistake, he’s really punishing it. That’s what he did there. He fouled off some good curveballs in that at-bat, and I floated a changeup up there. Catchers don’t usually catch high changeups. You don’t want to get beat there with that pitch. But at the same time, that’s what he’s supposed to do.”

It seems the Marlins might be rethinking their plan of attack for Brown.

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“A guy like that, we’ve got to pitch around him,” Marlins manager Mike Redmond said.

Kendrick attacked the Marlins, who have the worst offense in baseball. He allowed six hits, two runs, one walk and struck out five to improve to 6-3 with a 3.12 ERA. He retired the final 15 batters he faced.

Kendrick has allowed two or fewer earned runs in nine of his 12 starts this season.

He also tripled and scored in the fifth inning when the Phillies took a 3-2 lead. Kendrick’s headfirst slide into third got the attention of Manuel, who joked that he hoped Kendrick would have swallowed a mouthful of dirt so he does not try that slide again.

“It was fun,” Kendrick said. “Obviously, the hit was awesome. My dad was here, so I’m sure he enjoyed it. [Erik Kratz] called a good game, I was pounding the strike zone early and I was able to keep my pitch count down. It was a fun night, that’s for sure.”

Kratz and Delmon Young also homered as the Phillies scored seven runs in consecutive games. They play two more games against the Marlins, and there is no reason the Phillies should not be thinking about a sweep. The Marlins are on pace to finish an abysmal 45-117.

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“In the last two or three weeks, he really has put a lot of energy in our game,” Manuel said. “If you look at [what] he can do in a game, especially from an offensive standpoint, that definitely creates a lot of energy. Then the crowd likes it and they get behind you, too. There’s more of a roar and an aura in the stadium and everything becomes a great feel. It’s energy.”

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The Josh Donaldson Jersey Orioles, quiet for the first six innings against Tigers starter Rick Porcello, broke out in a three-run seventh to close the homestand with a 4-2 win on Sunday afternoon at Camden Yards.

It was the second come-from-behind victory in three days and sealed a series win for the O’s in front of 39,182 fans.

It was also the first time touted prospect Kevin Gausman showed he belonged in the rotation. In his home debut, the 22-year-old stifled one of the top offenses in the Majors.

After Josh Donaldson 40th Anniversary Jersey nine innings in which Gausman gave up 11 earned runs and four home runs, the rookie right-hander engaged in a pitchers’ duel with Porcello.

He wound up with a no-decision, but his team rallied in the seventh to get him off the hook for the loss in his best start to date.

“I thought he had a much better angle today,” manager Buck Showalter said. “[Pitching coach Rick Adair] and he made a couple adjustments getting back to what he was doing in the spring … You could tell right away he had a better angle, some depth to his fastball.”

“I’m real proud of him. I know it meant a lot to him,” Showalter said.

Gausman said he mixed in a straight changeup and a split-change, and tweaked his mechanics during his side sessions this week “to get on top more and have more of a downward plane on the ball,” he said. “Get back to getting ground ball outs.”

And the changes appeared to pay dividends. Of the 18 outs Gausman recorded, 12 were on the ground and four were strikeouts, including catching reigning Ameican League MVP Miguel Cabrera looking to end the sixth.

In his six-inning outing, Gausman Blue Jays Canada Days Jersey held his own against Detroit, which entered Sunday tied with Baltimore for the second-most runs scored in the Majors. The lone blemish on his line was a Prince Fielder solo home run in the fourth. In his third career start, Gausman gave up five hits, struck out four and didn’t issue a walk.

“I felt comfortable today,” Gausman said. “I felt like today was the most polished and calm I’ve been out there since I’ve been up here. I don’t know if it had something to do with [pitching at home], or I was just comfortable with my mechanics and all that.

“Obviously, it was fun and I made my debut today here, so that was something I’ll never forget. The fans were awesome. It was a great atmosphere.”

He left trailing, 1-0, but the O’s took Gausman off the hook with a three-run seventh in which they sent eight men to the plate, and unraveled what had been a solid outing for Porcello.

Chris Davis led off the seventh with his 20th home run of the season, which broke up Porcello’s 16-inning scoreless streak and brought Baltimore within one run.

After Chris Dickerson and J.J. Hardy singled, Danny Valencia pinch-hit for Ryan Flaherty and tied the game, driving in Dickerson with a soft line-drive single. It was just the second hit in 19 pinch-hit at-bats for the Orioles this season.

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“Put the ball in play, to be honest,” Valencia said of his approach to the at-bat. “I knew he had good stuff. I actually saw both of his pitches, he threw me a fastball first pitch and a slider second pitch. I was hoping to put it in play and get the run in.”

Chris Snyder followed and bunted right back to the pitcher, Phil Coke, who forced Hardy at third base. But Nate McLouth put Baltimore up when he drove home Alexi Casilla, who was pinch-running for Valencia, with a broken-bat single up the middle.

“It was awesome. Sitting in here watching Danny Valencia came up with a huge hit right there,” Gausman said. “I think it just works out perfect. Buck is so smart. He brings up Danny to pinch-hit. Sure enough when he gets on base, he brings in Alexi at second base right there, and he comes up big later in the game. It’s fun to watch.”

Casilla added an Josh Donaldson All Star Jersey insurance run in the eighth with an RBI double to left, scoring Davis.

Closer Jim Johnson came on in the ninth and notched his 18th save in 22 opportunities. Brian Matusz, who gave up a run on three hits in the seventh, picked up the win.

The outing was a welcome boost for Gausman, who left pitches up in the strike zone his first two outings. He said he never lost confidence after the two shaky outings, and credited Showalter and Adair with consoling him and reinforcing the notion that he belonged in the big leagues.

“I thought he [Gausman] looked a lot more comfortable today,” Davis said. “He was working the ball down, he was mixing a lot of his pitches and he was throwing strikes, and that’s the biggest thing. If he can throw strikes and get ahead of guys, his stuff is good enough to beat them. That’s what he did today.”

Davis said although Baltimore lost big at home Saturday, the resilience displayed by taking two of three from Detroit in come-from-behind fashion proves this Orioles team is for real.

“I think we can play with anybody,” Davis Josh Donaldson Canada Days Jersey said. “I think that’s kind of the way we feel in the clubhouse. It was a good team that we just beat. Obviously after the loss [Saturday], you want to bounce back and get the win and win the series, but when we play our game and don’t try to do too much, we can compete with anybody.”

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When rookie Tony Cheap Clay Matthews Jersey Cingrani sizzled for the Reds for about a month in the absence of injured ace Johnny Cueto, fifth starter Mike Leake was paying attention. Some wondered if Leake was on the hot seat, but he knew there was only one way to stay off of it.

Pitch very well.

Leake did just that and has been even better since Cingrani was sent back to the Minors upon Cueto’s return. In a 2-0 Reds win over the Pirates on Saturday, Leake scattered seven singles, but never let a runner past second base.

“I’m not worried about giving up hits,” said Leake, who walked one and struck out five. “It’s happened my whole career and my whole life. It’s part of my game. I’ve just got to make sure they don’t multiply.”

The math has been pretty simple for Leake of late. In his last four starts, totaling 27 innings, he’s allowed two runs with only one being earned. In 11 starts overall, Leake is 5-2 with a 2.75 ERA.Clay Matthews Packers Jersey.

“That’s what you work hard for,” manager Dusty Baker said. “Most people respond when you show a little faith in them. I told Leakie, he’s pitching, big time … I’m just glad he’s doing what he’s doing. He’s helping us and helping himself.”

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As well as Leake pitched, the early innings were dominated by Pirates lefty Francisco Liriano, who retired his first 10 batters. That streak included seven consecutive strikeouts, which matched a Pittsburgh club record.

“You could tell from the start, he was going to have a pretty good game, so I told myself, ‘It’s going to be a tough one and keep it close,'” Leake said.

Clay Matthews Nike Elite Jersey.Despite not getting a ball out of the infield during the fourth inning, the Reds still managed to scratch together a run.

Zack Cozart notched Cincinnati’s first hit — beating out a chopper near the mound to Liriano. Cozart went to second base on Joey Votto’s squib in front of the plate for a groundout. Brandon Phillips followed with a check-swing roller towards second base and barely beat the toss to a covering Liriano with a head-first slide.

While being waved around by third-base coach Chris Speier, Cozart never stopped running and scored standing up.

“I know when Brandon hits it, that the pitcher had to cover right there,” Cozart said. “So I had an idea already, but Spei was waving me around, too. It was a good job on his part, too. It was perfect, because it was a bang-bang play and Liriano probably thought he was out and hesitated, and I beat the play at home.”Cheap Clay Matthews Jersey for Sale.

Liriano was finished after six innings and 96 pitches, but yielded only four hits and one walk to go with his 11 strikeouts. In the top of the eighth against lefty reliever Tony Watson, Votto’s soft roller through the middle went for an RBI single that scored Shin-Soo Choo for a second run.

Leake’s final inning presented a two-out jam on back-to-back singles by Garrett Jones and Russell Martin. But Leake escaped with a Pedro Alvarez groundout to second base on his 94th and last pitch.

Sam LeCure pitched a perfect seventh, but the Pirates threatened in the final two innings. Jonathan Cheap Clay Matthews Jersey Broxton gave up singles to his first two batters, but escaped in the eighth. Closer Aroldis Chapman allowed a leadoff hit and two-out walk in the ninth to bring the potential go-ahead run to the plate. Chapman struck out Alex Presley with a 100 mph fastball to get his 14th save and make it back-to-back shutouts of Pittsburgh in the first two games of the three-game series.

Leake became the third Reds starter to reach five wins. Since his arrival to the Reds in 2010, he has always withstood challenges to his spot on the roster multiple times and shown resilience.

“It definitely helped a little bit. I didn’t want [Cingrani] to take my spot. It definitely gave me motivation,” Leake said. “Part of me says, ‘Don’t worry about it,’ and part of me says, ‘Get a little bit of attitude.’ A third part is to worry about it. You try to forget about that third part.”

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