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Doug Custom Angels Jersey Fister had to move out of town 1 1/2 years ago, but he’s still making himself at home at Safeco Field. Now, though, he doesn’t have to worry about how to pitch to Miguel Cabrera.

“He’s such a special guy, that he can do things most people can’t,” Fister said after Cabrera’s two-run home run put the Tigers up for good in Tuesday’s 6-2 win over the Mariners.

There are enough hitters in this league who can pick up their starting pitchers with a home run to put them back in front after giving up the lead. Far fewer can do it on a pitch well off the plate, hitting it to near-straightaway center field on a swing that seemed effortless. Personalized Angels Jersey.

“I try to always do my best, man,” Cabrera said. “I never take something for granted. I always try to fight out there to get hits to help my team to win games. That’s why I always like to battle and I always like to wait for a mistake.”

That wasn’t exactly a mistake pitch from Aaron Harang, who had a 2-2 count with two outs and a 2-1 lead in the top of the fifth inning.

“We went back and looked at it,” Harang said afterward, “and it was 4 or 5 inches off the plate. It should have been a ball. So it proves why he’s as good as he is.”

It’s a good pitch for most hitters. It’s a mistake pitch for Cabrera.

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“[Justin] Verlander told me it was a good pitch,” Cabrera explained, “but I tell him I like that pitch, because it’s down and away. If it’s down and inside, that’s a good pitch for me, but down and away, that’s where I like it to be. I can extend my arms. I’ve got more extension to the ball right there.”Customized Los Angeles Angels Jersey.

The Tigers pretty much beat Harang on two-strike counts, from Austin Jackson working out of an 0-2 hole for a leadoff triple to Cabrera’s first-inning RBI single on an 0-2 offering to the Cabrera homer. They added on with two-strike damage as well, including Jackson working out of an 0-2 hole for the first of back-to-back bases-loaded walks in the eighth.

None of those, however, will haunt Harang like Cabrera’s second home run of the year. Cabrera was just 2-for-15 lifetime off him going into the game. Cabrera got him for two hits and three RBIs in three at-bats Tuesday.

“It’s one of those things,” Harang said. “Great hitter. He did a good job and he ended up basically single-handedly beating us.”

Once Cabrera gave Fister his lead back, however, it was up to Custom Angels Jersey Fister to hold it. The way he recovered from three consecutive fourth-inning hits, retiring nine consecutive batters, he didn’t give the M’s much of a chance.

By the time Detroit’s bullpen came into play, the insurance runs created more room for mistakes for Al Alburquerque and Joaquin Benoit, who had none on their way to perfect eighth and ninth innings.

“That’s the kind of team that we are,” Fister said. “Those guys, as soon as I gave up a couple runs, they’re right back at it and give us the lead again. Picking one another up, I think that’s the biggest thing that we’ve done from the start and I think that’s a big focus for us.”

By doing so, they won their third game in a row on a nine-game, 10-day West Coast trip, and earned a valuable series-opening victory heading into a Wednesday night matchup with Mariners ace Felix Hernandez.

Fister, meanwhile, continued to put his Spring Training struggles out of mind. The one Tigers starter who seemed hittable coming out of camp moved to 3-0 on the season with his second consecutive dominant outing.

Five days after Fister tossed eight innings of one-run ball to beat Toronto, and a year after he pitched seven shutout innings here in a no-decision in his return, Fister allowed two runs on seven hits over his seven innings with a walk and five strikeouts. The lanky right-hander, traded to Detroit at the 2011 Trade Deadline, has tossed 14 innings with two runs on eight hits at Safeco Field in a Detroit uniform.

The latest gem, too, came on the same night that Cleveland’s Ubaldo Jimenez — the pitcher most closely tied to the Tigers going into that 2011 deadline — walked seven batters in less than two innings.

The entire trade scenario, and the idea of pitching well to prove a point to Seattle, appears to be a moot point for Fister. He doesn’t pitch well to beat the Mariners, he insists. He just wants to win.

“I don’t look at it at all,” Fister said. “I look at it as I have a job to do, no matter what team it is. That’s the focus. I’m a Tiger and that’s through and through right now. I don’t look at how things have turned out for either side. I feel honored to be a part of this club. We’ve got some great teammates and that’s my main, my only focus.”

On Tuesday, he had at least one teammate with another glimpse of greatness.

A’s edge Astros late for AL-leading 11th victory Custom Angels Jersey

Shane Peterson may have walked away from his Major League debut without a hit on Tuesday, but it was his glove that was to be remembered on this night.Customized Los Angeles Angels Jersey.

Called up from Triple-A just hours earlier to fill in at first base for Brandon Moss, stationed on the paternity list, Peterson’s third-inning diving play was one of the only reasons the A’s salvaged a 4-3 victory over the Astros.

Josh Donaldson’s RBI triple — the club’s record-tying third three-bagger of the night — in the eighth to unlock a 3-3 tie helped, too, of course, carrying the A’s to their second straight win and fifth overall in as many tries against the Astros this season.

Overall, they have 11 victories, most in the American League, and their 11-4 ledger, including a 10-2 mark against the AL West, is their best after 15 games since the 1990 club started 12-3.

Donaldson’s game-changing hit came with two outs against right-hander Rhiner Custom Angels Jersey Cruz, who just moments before had walked Josh Reddick, and eased any pain felt by Sean Doolittle, the lefty who surrendered Carlos Pena’s game-tying home run in the top half of the inning.

“He’s maturing to the point now where he’s not trying to hit a home run to left field all the time in those situations,” manager Bob Melvin said. “It takes maturity and some experience to know that in those situations, you’re not going to hit a ball in that you can pull, that they’re going to make you work and hit a ball the other way, and he’s done it several times now.”

“That definitely helps knowing you can hit the ball over the right fielder’s head, but it’s one of those things where, when I’m hitting well, I’m hitting the ball that way anyhow,” Donaldson said. “That’s a big focus for me, is to make sure I’m going to right field, because any time I get a little too pull-conscious, I start to get exposed on other pitches.”

 Personalized Angels Jersey.Donaldson’s heroics, staged just four days after he was responsible for Oakland’s walk-off win over Detroit, were not to be forgotten. But neither were Peterson’s in the third.

Two Astros having already crossed home plate in the frame, with the bases loaded against a struggling A.J. Griffin, Rick Ankiel laced a sharp liner down the right-field line that was trapped by a stretched-out Peterson, ending what could have been the continuation of an ugly inning — and saving a few runs.

“At least two, right?” Melvin said, smiling.

That’s exactly why Griffin deemed him “the player of the game, in my opinion.”

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“To come up huge in that situation, to make that play, that’s the play of the game right there, not to take anything away from Donaldson’s triple,” Griffin continued. “But that play’s huge, kept us in the game and allowed me to keep going.

“It’s one of those momentum changers. They have the bases loaded, they have something brewing right there, but he came up huge and we got the momentum back in our dugout.”

That was all Griffin needed to reemerge as his usual self, retiring all 11 batters he faced after issuing a career-high four walks, along with three hits, in his first two-plus innings. The righty also struck out eight.

Melvin never made a call to the bullpen in that time, mostly for lack of resources.

“I didn’t have enough to cover today,” he said. “I had confidence he was going to turn it around. Sometimes a starter just has to wear it or figure it out, and he figured it out.

“I don’t know that I’ve been more proud of him than today. One thing you can count on is his command all the time. He was really fighting himself. You could see it for a while. Then after the third he just decided, ‘You know what, I’m starting over and going to make my pitches and be confident.’ Then all of a sudden he gives us six innings that we needed. It was quite a turnaround for an outing that we really hadn’t seen out of him before.”

All at once, Griffin’s teammates came alive at the plate, where they overcame a sluggish start against former A’s farmhand Brad Peacock — collecting just one hit through the first three innings — to tag him for three runs over the next two. Eric Sogard finished with three of the A’s eight hits, falling a home run short of the cycle.

And Peterson Custom Angels Jersey, though hitless, still finished with a smile.

“Obviously you don’t picture yourself the first day in the big leagues going 0-for-4,” he said, “but that’s what tomorrow’s for.”

Rockies Custom Angels Jersey walk off in 10th to sweep doubleheader

Jordan Pacheco richly deserved his time in the sauna and hot tub in the home clubhouse at Coors Field on Tuesday night. Customized Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Baeball Jersey.

To earn the warm luxury, Pacheco delivered a walk-off RBI single with two outs in the 10th to climax a comeback from a six-run deficit and ice a 9-8 victory over the Mets in Game 2 to complete a doubleheader sweep. Colorado won Game 1, 8-4.

“When you’re in that situation, you just want to get it over with,” Pacheco said. “I’m glad it worked out.

The Rockies had the home-ice advantage for two of the coldest games in franchise history. The temperature was 39 degrees, tied for 10th lowest in club history, at the start of Game 1. The 34-degree temp to start the nightcap was fourth lowest at either Mile High Stadium or Coors Field, and light snow fell during the late innings.

The four-game series continues Wednesday and Thursday, although snow is predicted before game time Wednesday.

Carlos Gonzalez Custom Angels Jersey drew a 10th-inning walk with two outs from right-hander Greg Burke (0-1) and Michael Cuddyer reached on a single to set up Pacheco, whose hit through the right side made a winner of Rafael Betancourt (1-0). The Rockies (10-4) have their second five-game winning streak of the season. They’re also first in the National League West in a season that’s in its infancy, but after a club-record 98 losses last season, the Rockies believe they deserve to enjoy the good parts of a new journey. Personalized Angels Jersey.  

“It was the best worst day ever,” said Gonzalez, who joined Cuddyer, third baseman Chris Nelson and center fielder Eric Young Jr. as the Rockies who were on the field for all of both games.

“Games like this get out of your hands when you think about how bad it is outside,” Gonzalez said. “We were able to stay patient, always believing we would always come back in this game. Games like this are games that are going to take you far.”

Three early errors, one by shortstop Reid Brignac and two by catcher Yorvit Torrealba, as well as less-than-sharp pitching from starter Jeff Francis (nine hits, eight runs — six earned — in 4 1/3 innings) allowed the Mets to get an 8-2 lead entering the bottom of the fifth.

“It speaks volumes about our club,” Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. “These guys compete. They enjoy competing, even in extremely difficult conditions. Getting down by six, they found a way to win a game.”

The Rockies responded with a four-run fifth. With one out, Pacheco drew a bases-loaded walk from Mets reliever Josh Edgin. Nelson then added a sacrifice fly and Torrealba hit a two-run double against LaTroy Hawkins. Hawkins fanned Brignac to end the frame.

The Rockies Custom Angels Jersey used smart play, and two Mets errors, to tie the game in the eighth. Pitcher Brandon Lyon let Josh Rutledge’s grounder bounce off his glove with two outs. With the Mets’ infield shifted heavily to the right side, Gonzalez tapped a Scott Rice pitch down the third-base line for a single.

The tying runs scored when Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada threw wildly to first after fielding Cuddyer’s bouncer. It was Tejada’s sixth error in 13 games, after making just 12 all last season.

“As a shortstop, I can feel for a guy like Tejada,” said Weiss, whose long playing career at the position included four seasons in at-times difficult conditions with the Rockies. “By that point you can’t even feel your fingers.”

Tejada didn’t offer the cold as an alibi.Customized Los Angeles Angels Jersey.

“I have to do something to try to stay ready for every ground ball, every throw,” he said. “It’s really cold, but it’s no excuse.”

It could have been a cold night for the Rockies had Pacheco, who went 3-for-5 to lift his batting average 82 points to .304, not come through. Weiss had used all of his offensive substitutions.

“If you’re looking for a guy to get a hit to win a game, he’s near the top of the list,” Weiss said. “He handles the bat so well. It’s a tough at-bat for a right-handed hitter off of Burke.”

Custom Angels Jersey No setback, but Jeter likely out past May 1 Pettitte set for Friday after successful session

Yankees Custom Angels Jersey shortstop Derek Jeter has been taking batting practice and fielding ground balls at the club’s training complex in Tampa, Fla., but he has still not received clearance to play in Minor League games.

Jeter’s progress has been slow since he felt soreness in his surgically repaired left ankle on March 23, the last time he has played in a game. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said on Tuesday that Jeter is not likely to rejoin the club by May 1.

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“That was a date that was thrown out there,” Girardi said. “The easiest way for me to say it is, he’ll be back when he’s back, when he can physically do it on an everyday basis.

“I don’t think any of us are going to know the exact date until we go through some trial and error. He’s not ready to play in games. I don’t think they necessarily have an exact date of when he’s going to play in games, and we’ll just go day by day and see how he feels.”

Girardi said that Jeter worked out on Saturday and Sunday at the complex, and The Associated Press reported that the Yankees’ captain ran on the field on Monday and Tuesday. But after Jeter pushed himself during Spring Training in order to try to be on the field for Opening Day, the Yankees have encouraged him to back off his routine for fear of aggravating the injury. Personalized Angels Jersey.

“Sometimes I think you can take too many ground balls, and they talked about lessening that load a little bit just because he was taking so many,” Girardi said. “Derek is such a creature of habit. To get him to break a cycle sometimes is difficult. He’s going to want to do as much as he can as soon as he can, so we’re just trying to make sure that we don’t go too fast. But there was no setback.”

Andy Pettitte said that he threw about 40 pitches in a bullpen session on Tuesday and should have no issue being ready to start against the Blue Jays in Toronto on Friday evening.

Pettitte, 40, experienced back spasms after traveling back to New York from Cleveland last week, prompting the Yankees to push him back in the rotation.

The left-hander would have preferred to pitch in the series against the D-backs, as originally scheduled, but he said he understood the club’s caution.

“I feel good; it was a good decision,” Pettitte Custom Angels Jersey said. “I don’t want to second-guess anybody. I’ll go Friday. It’s not that big of an issue. Hopefully, I’ll feel great Friday.”

Pettitte has looked terrific in his first two starts of the season, going 2-0 with a 1.20 ERA against the Red Sox and Indians, and he expressed some concern that the long layoff might affect his command in Toronto.

“I can tell I haven’t pitched,” Pettitte said. “I feel strong. I’m back to square one. When I get out there Friday, it’s going to be trying to control yourself when you feel a little bit strong.

“Obviously, they want to see how I feel after this, and I’ll be real excited if I come in [on Wednesday] and feel really, really good and have no tightness or anything like that creep up there after I worked it as hard as I did today. So we’ll see what happens.”Customized Los Angeles Angels Jersey.

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Kevin Youkilis Custom Angels Jersey has walked along Boston’s Boylston Street countless times, including to attend past runnings of the Boston Marathon, and the Yankees infielder said he and his family were “pretty much sick to our stomachs” as they watched Monday’s events on television.

“It’s just a tragic day,” Youkilis said. “You have thousands of people down there just really enjoying amazing feats. I’ve been down there on the finish line, and it’s an amazing thing to watch these people finish a marathon. Then something tragic like that happens; you can’t put it in to words.”

On Tuesday, the Yankees held a moment of silence prior to their game against the Arizona Diamondbacks to honor those lost and affected by the events, and to pay tribute to the strength and resilience of the Boston community.

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“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and the families who were affected by the bombings and our respect and admiration go out to the police, medical personnel and first responders who acted so heroically,” the Yankees said in a statement. “We stand united with the participants, volunteers, staff and spectators of the Boston Marathon and the people of Boston.”

In addition, the Yankees played Neil Diamond’s Fenway Park favorite “Sweet Caroline” over the public-address system between the third and fourth innings of Tuesday’s game.

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

Youkilis said that he and his wife, Julie, spent most of Monday afternoon reaching out to as many people as they could in the Boston area, knowing that thousands turn out annually to cheer on runners and take part in the Patriots Day festivities.

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“I actually was at the finish line one year, right there,” Youkilis said. “I would’ve been on the other side of the street, where that [bombing] would’ve occurred. I would’ve been in plain view of where the first explosion went off.

“My wife, she has run in the Boston Marathon a couple of times and her sisters have run in it, too. You always know somebody in Boston that’s run in it, is close, a family member, a loved one, the awesome people that go to it. There’s so many people that go to it. It’s just a sad day, especially with the children that have been injured.”

Youkilis Custom Angels Jersey said that during his time with the Red Sox, players would gather in the clubhouse to marvel at the speed of the top marathon finishers. Patriots Day has also traditionally been a festive time at Fenway Park, complete with a giant U.S. flag draped over the Green Monster, and Youkilis said that he hopes Monday’s tragic events will not change that atmosphere.

“It’s the most exciting day of the year in Boston,” Youkilis said. “People are off work — they celebrate it and cheer on the runners. It’s such a positive atmosphere. Personally, I’ve never seen so many people just sitting there and cheering for people running that they don’t even know. They give them a boost of energy. It’s a pretty remarkable thing.” Customized Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Baeball Jersey.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

‘Sweet Caroline’ played across MLB in tribute to Boston Custom Angels Jersey

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

Sweeeeet Caroliiine . . .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

– Neil Diamond (@NeilDiamond) April 17, 2013.Customized Los Angeles Angels Jersey.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

– Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) April 17, 2013


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

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

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

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

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

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

Ramos heads to DL, Solano recalled 2013 Men’s Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Josh Hamilton Authentic Alternate Red Cool Base Jersey

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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