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yed a lot of games against him and hes done a lot

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DETROIT -- Rick Porcello baffled the Seattle Mariners for six innings, and when Detroit finally added a few more runs for the young right-hander, the Tigers were one step closer to another division title. http://www.hockeycapitalsnhl.com/authentic-ilya-samsonov-capitals-jersey/ . That was cause for celebration in a clubhouse that seems a little livelier these days. "September hits, sometimes you get kind of laid back and you get tired, so were just trying to pump ourselves up," outfielder Torii Hunter said. "After the game, we always try to turn the music up loud and jump up and down. We have a huddle and we start screaming loud for no reason. ... Only time we get to do it is if we win." The anticipation is building in Motown. Porcello struck out 10 and the Tigers beat the Seattle Mariners 4-2 on Monday night. Victor Martinez broke a 1-all tie in the sixth with a run-scoring single, and Omar Infante followed with his own RBI single. The AL Central-leading Tigers increased their advantage over Cleveland to six games with 12 to play. Porcello (13-Cool allowed a run and five hits with two walks, falling one strikeout short of his career high. Drew Smyly got five outs in relief and Jose Veras finished the eighth. Joaquin Benoit pitched a hitless ninth for his 21st save in 21 chances. "I think as a ballclub were really coming on strong here," Porcello said. "Guys are working. Its September. Everybodys had a long season, but everybodys coming in with focus, and theyre playing good baseball." Joe Saunders (11-15) pitched well until the sixth, when he got two outs before a walk and three hits chased him from the game. Abraham Almonte homered for Seattle, which has lost seven of eight. "Everyone hates losing," Justin Smoak said. "Weve been in tight ballgames and havent been able to get the big hit." It was tied at 1 in the sixth when Miguel Cabrera walked and Prince Fielder followed with a single. Martinezs single up the line in right field scored Cabrera, and Infante lined a single to left to make it 3-1. That rally made a winner of Porcello, who has bounced back nicely after giving up eight earned runs in a 20-4 loss to Boston on Sept. 4. Porcello pitched his first career complete game in a win over the Chicago White Sox last Tuesday, and he was sharp against the punchless Mariners as well. "Hes starting to change speeds a lot. He used to have the slider, he threw it pretty hard, and the sinker, everything was hard so you kind of gauge it off that," Hunter said. "But now hes starting to hit his spots, in and out, hard and soft and changing up his sequence a lot and mixing it up well. I think hes grown. Hes smarter. He knows if a guy cant hit a certain pitch, he keeps throwing it until he shows that he can hit it. I think thats maturity." The Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the first when Hunter and Cabrera hit back-to-back singles, and Hunter came home on a wild pitch. After that mistake, Saunders quieted Detroit, allowing no more than one baserunner in any inning until the sixth. But it was a frustrating finish for Saunders, who allowed six runs over three innings in his previous start against Houston. He ended up yielding three runs and seven hits in 5 2-3 innings this time. Saunders, who was seen throwing things in the dugout after being pulled, did not speak with reporters after the game. Tom Wilhelmsen relieved Saunders and got out of the sixth, but appeared to get hit in the right leg by Alex Avilas leadoff single in the seventh. Wilhelmsen stayed in the game and eventually allowed an RBI single by Hunter with two outs. Smoaks RBI single off Smyly in the eighth made it 4-2. NOTES: Porcello struck out 11 against Pittsburgh on May 28. ... Smoak snapped an 0-for-17 slump with a fourth-inning single. ... Detroit RHP Anibal Sanchez (14-7) faces Seattle RHP Brandon Maurer (4-Cool on Tuesday night. http://www.hockeycapitalsnhl.com/authentic-mike-gartner-capitals-jersey/ . -- Patrick Kueng of Switzerland was nearly flawless as he captured his first World Cup and halted Aksel Lund Svindals streak of four straight super-G victories on Saturday. http://www.hockeycapitalsnhl.com/authentic-jonas-siegenthaler-capitals-jersey/ . That Ginette Reno can sing. http://www.hockeycapitalsnhl.com/authentic-brett-connolly-capitals-jersey/ . A rainy day saw the former champion Djokovic handle 14th-seeded Frenchman Jo- Wilfried Tsonga 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) under the roof on the famed Centre Court.(SportsNetwork.com) - The Kansas City Royals are back in the American League Championship Series for the first time in 29 years. They will continue their quest toward their first World Series appearance since 1985 when they start the best-of-seven series against the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards on Friday. While its been a generation since the Royals have been back to the Fall Classic, its been an even longer wait for the Orioles, who were last in the ALCS back in 1997, but havent made a trip to the World Series since winning it all back in 1983. Kansas Citys improbable run almost ended in the wild card game against the Oakland Athletics, but the never-say-die Royals rallied to send that game into extra innings, before coming from behind once again to win the game in 12 innings. Ned Yosts crew carried that momentum into the ALDS where they upended the ALs best team, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, in three straight games. The Royals needed more than nine innings to win the first two in Anaheim, before routing the Halos, 8-3, in Game 3 to advance in front of a wild Kauffman Stadium crowd. Im more happy for the fans than anyone else, because they waited a long time to get to this point, owner David Glass said, drenched in champagne in the clubhouse celebration. But listen, were not at the end. Were at the beginning of something that could be really good. No team signified small ball more than Kansas City, which won 89 games this season thanks in large part to its ability to play defense and manufacture runs. The Royals also led the AL with 153 stolen bases, but their 95 home runs were the fewest in baseball. Kansas City, though, has enjoyed the luxury of the home run here in the postseason and won the first two games in Anaheim on the strength of two extra-inning homers and have hit just as many this postseason (4) as the Orioles, a team that blasted 116 more than them during the regular season. Well, you know, it was huge. Won us two games, Yost said of the power hitting after Sundays clincher. Coming into this game, we were hitting .162 as a team, they were hitting .141, but the difference were the two big home runs. That gave us the edge. Tonight the power was huge again. If you are looking for a star on this Royals team, good luck. Eric Hosmer, Alex Gordon, and Mike Moustakas get most of the attention, considering how highly regarded they were coming up through the organization, but Lorenzo Cain might be the most underrated player in the game. Cain is as good of an outfielder as there is and hes not too shabby at the plate either, as he hit .301, drove in 53 runs and swiped 28 bases. Cain didnt offer much in terms of offense against the Angels, but flashed some serious leather in center field. I know now the whole world is starting to see what he can do, Hosmer said. Hes on the big stage now making the plays and doing it with the bat, also. Thats something weve been seeing all year from him, from Gordo (Gordon), from (Jarrod) Dyson and all these guys out there. Theyve been really controlling that outfield. Theres a lot of turf out there obviously to cover out there, and they make the stadium and the field look a lot shorter than it is. Of course, you cant talk about the Royals and not mention their incredible bullpen triumvirate of closer Greg Holland, Kelvin Herrera and Wade Davis. The group combined for a 1.28 ERA and 258 strikeouts in 205 1/3 innings in the regular season. It has been more of the same here in the postseason, as the Royals bullpen has accounted for three victories and has pitched to a 2.37 ERA. They have also fanned 21 batters in 19 innings. The Royals also dodged a bullet with Herrera, who left Game 1 against the Angels with a forearm strain. An MRI, though, revealed no structural damage and he returned for the clincher. If there is one perceived weakness within the Royals it could be their starting pitching. Capitals T-Shirts Sale Online. James Shields is the ace and will likely go in Game 1 against the Os. Yost will likely then throw rookie Yordano Ventura and lefty Jason Vargas, who was tremendous in his Game 1 start versus the Angels. Yost could also give hard-throwing lefty Danny Duffy a start in this series. Baltimore, meanwhile, beat the ALs last three Cy Young Award winners to sweep its way past the Detroit Tigers. While the Tigers three aces werent exactly lights out, the Orioles were able to batter the beleaguered Tigers bullpen to the tune of 10 earned runs in just 4 2/3 innings. Theyve got a lot to be proud of, said Orioles manager Buck Showalter, who won his first postseason series. Its a step. Theres different steps during the season that you have to take and this is one of them. Its so hard against a team like Detroit that has a great pedigree and experience at (the postseason). Baltimore slugged its way to the postseason for the second time in three years thanks to its first AL East crown since 1997 after going 96-66. The win total was the most for an Os team since they accumulated 98 in the year of their last division title. The Os had to overcome a pair of serious injuries along the way, as catcher Matt Wieters was lost for the season in June with an elbow injury, while promising third baseman Manny Machado again suffered a serious leg injury that required surgery in August. Then as if that wasnt enough last years home run champion Chris Davis was suspended for the use of amphetamines in September. Davis is eligible to return for Game 6 of this series, but will probably be left off the roster. Regardless, it didnt slow the Orioles down from an offensive standpoint, as they hit a league high 211 dingers, with Nelson Cruz leading the way with an MLB-best 40. Cruz continued to mash against the Tigers, going 6-for-12 with a pair of home runs and five RBI. Eight of Cruzs 16 postseason home runs have come against Detroit. Hes been awesome all year, said Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis. Thats the main reason we got him. I played a lot of games against him and hes done a lot of damage against us. Im just glad hes on our team doing the damage now. Baltimores rotation almost mirrors Kansas City with its lack of star power, but the group did have three 13-game winners (Wei-Yin Chen, Bud Norris and Chris Tillman) for the first time since 97, when Scott Erickson, Jimmy Key and Mike Mussina helped pitch the Os to their last division title. Norris could be a player to watch this series. He threw 6 1/3 scoreless innings in the Os clincher over the Tigers and is 5-0 since the start of September. Whatever perceived flaws Baltimore may have in the rotation, the Os more than make up for it with one of the better bullpens in baseball. Closer Zach Britton is as underrated as any pitcher in the game and Orioles relievers combined for a 3.10 ERA in the regular season, which was the third-lowest mark in the AL, and a 1.16 WHIP, tied for the second lowest. Left-hander Andrew Miller and righty Darren ODay will set the bridge to Britton. If the Os do get by, you can bet its on the strength of their pitchers late in games. Opponents batted .216 against the Os from the eighth inning on in the regular season. PREDICTION: Baltimores lineup wasnt shut down by the Tigers aces, but still, most of its damage was done against a bullpen that was nowhere near the caliber of the one it will face this series. Still, I think the Orioles offense will continue to hit Kansas City pitching, starting pitching that is. Kansas City may have all the momentum and as exciting as it is, its hard to imagine the Royals being able to hang with the Os from a scoring standpoint. BALTIMORE in SIX Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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