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Journeyman no more, Brandon Moss has found a home with the A’s at first base.

And that’s exactly where the slugger’s focus is this year, never mind a breakout 2012 campaign at the plate, where Moss tallied 21 home runs and 52 RBIs in just 84 games. Topping those marks isn’t his priority.

“My goal was to get better at first base and be a good defensive first baseman,” Moss Aroldis Chapman Authentic Jersey said. “The offense will take care of itself.”

That it has.

Moss led a seemingly unstoppable A’s club to its seventh straight win on Wednesday, collecting three hits while falling a double short of the cycle by walking in the ninth and picking up five RBIs in another imposing victory, this one an 11-5 drubbing of the division-favorite Angels.

Moss has nine RBIs in the series, with one more game still to be played on Thursday night, and he will enter it batting an even .400.

“He’s really starting to become a complete player,” manager Bob Melvin said. “He’s a must for us. It’s a testament to a good person that works his butt off and is now really getting some results at the big league level.”

Moss spent parts of five seasons in the Majors with Boston, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, with a pit stop spent in the International League along the way, before picking up a Minor League contract with Oakland last year and enjoying a breakthrough campaign following a June callup.

Moss quickly turned what was once simply thought to be a temporary opportunity into something much more. And now?

“He doesn’t really surprise me anymore,” said starter Tommy Milone.

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That’s essentially how the baseball realm should feel about the A’s, who seem to be continuing what they started in a domineering second half that led to a division title last year.

After scoring just one run total over their first two games, both losses to the Mariners, the A’s have outscored their opponents 57-23 in the seven that have followed, marking the first time they’ve started a season 7-2 since 2003.

The Angels, plagued again Wednesday by missed scoring opportunities and poor pitching, have only won two games and, even with Josh Hamilton in tow, appear to be riding down the same slow track they ventured down last April.

They sit dead last in the American League West, looking up at the first-place A’s. Hamilton, by the way, is batting just .156.

Like Los Angeles, Oakland didn’t have an April to remember either last year. The A’s won 11 games, next to 13 losses during that span. But unlike the Angels, Oakland transformed into a contender that put together a magical season.Aroldis Chapman Cincinnati Reds Jersey.

The A’s surely had to work hard for their division crown. This year’s club is merely making everything look easy.

Granted, only nine games are in the books, but in that time the A’s have proved that they can really hit, despite some doubters saying otherwise. They’ve tallied 10 or more hits in each of their last seven games, including 16 on this night.

Many of them have been homers, but on Wednesday it was all about manufacturing runs, outside of Moss’ fifth-inning solo shot off starter Joe Blanton. Each of Oakland’s starting nine picked up at least one hit, and they also drew seven walks, including three in a row issued by relievers Mark Lowe and Dane De La Rosa in a five-run sixth.

“That was just great selfless baseball,” Moss Aroldis Chapman Authentic Jersey said. “Seeing guys go up there and not try to do too much but just get the guy over, it sets the tone for the night and that’s when you see quality at-bats.”

“Guys here will work counts, work at-bats and pass it on to the next guy, and that’s how everyone’s getting to hit,” Melvin said. “That’s the way it’s been here the last six or seven games, and we feel like our lineup is deep enough to where we can score any inning.”

Fittingly, leadoff hitter Coco Crisp was the first to score, notching a base hit off Blanton and stealing second before finding his way home on a pair of groundouts. He has scored a run in each of the club’s seven wins and leads the Majors with 13.

The Angels plated a run of their own in the bottom half of the inning off Milone, but the A’s got three in the third on an RBI knock from John Jaso and a two-run triple from Moss, who had not tripled since Sept. 18, 2009.

Los Angeles, again, countered with a run, but Moss’ home run in the fifth pushed the A’s to a 5-2 lead, one the Angels quickly narrowed with two runs in the bottom of the frame.Cheap Aroldis Chapman Jersey.

That’s all they would get until the eighth, with Milone exiting after five with four runs to his name, while the A’s proved far from done, utilizing the sixth to break open the game, before Moss locked up his final RBI of the night in the seventh with a single.

“It seems like we’ve started off this year just as we did the last half of last year,” Milone said. “It’s a good feeling.”

Home opener spoiled as ‘pen can’t hold off Reds Cheap Clay Matthews Jersey

Perhaps it was cloaked in all the attention paid to pageantry of Opening Day in St. Louis, but Monday’s home opener was much more than stirring introductions and poignant remembrances. It was — after all the ceremony and celebration — the start of a 19-game season series between clubs pegged by almost all prognosticators to be the division’s best.

The anticipation of a new season indeed wore away amid the reality that the Reds Cheap Clay Matthews Jersey , who finished nine games in front of the Cardinals last year, will again be formidable division opponents. By scoring in each of the final four innings, Cincinnati shaved away a deficit off a St. Louis bullpen that continues to seek stability sans Jason Motte.Clay Matthews Lights Out Black Jersey.

The game unraveled with Mitchell Boggs on the mound in the ninth, as Cincinnati scored nine times to turn a tie game into a 13-4 blowout in front of the biggest regular-season crowd (47,345) in Busch Stadium history. An inning earlier, Cincinnati had tied the game off hard-throwing righty Trevor Rosenthal.

Both Rosenthal and Boggs have been thrust into new late-inning roles as Motte’s elbow heals, and neither transition has gone all that smoothly.

“Whenever you lose a guy like that, it’s tough on everybody,” Boggs said. “At the same time, we’re professionals and we have a job to do. This team has shown time and time again that when it loses big pieces that people are going to show up. I think our bullpen is going to do that.”

Much of that onus is on Rosenthal and Boggs, the two directly affected by Motte’s absence. Boggs left Spring Training knowing he’d be the closer. Rosenthal, after making only 19 appearances as a rookie last season, was given the reins on Boggs’ former eighth-inning duties.

But Rosenthal couldn’t preserve an eighth-inning, one-run lead in Arizona last week, and he lost another chance for a hold on Monday. After a one-out single and errant 98-mph that plunked Todd Frazier, Rosenthal lost an eight-pitch battle to Xavier Paul, who tied the game at 4 with an RBI single.

“You have an opportunity to step up for a lot of these guys to step up and fill some shoes,” Rosenthal said. “That’s what we’re all looking to do. I need to be a little bit sharper than that.”Clay Matthews Camo Jersey.

Boggs said the same, describing this appearance as the “worst outing of my career.” Boggs, too, blew a save against the D-backs last week. He entered Monday not in a save spot, but with the opportunity to push a tie game deeper.

Instead, the Reds sent 15 batters to the plate in the frame, seven of which scored off Boggs. The first came off an RBI single from Brandon Phillips, who had been vehemently booed by fans during the pregame ceremonies.

“The atmosphere here was nice,” said Phillips, who had earlier connected for a solo homer. “I loved everything that they did here. They had the legends out there. They did the tribute for Stan the Man. It was beautiful. When it came to the game, I had some key situations to get done and I did it.”

In all, Boggs allowed two hits and walked four (two intentional) while retiring just one batter.

“I’m not going to hide from this. There are no excuses. I was bad today,” Boggs said. “But I expect to be a part of a lot of good ones. My mindset won’t change. I’ll show up tomorrow ready to do whatever they ask me to do.”

For now, it appears as if manager Mike Matheny will continue to ask Boggs to close games. Rosenthal seemed the natural backup closer choice, but with his struggles in the eighth, he’s likely off the list of options for now.

If the Cardinals do want to push someone else into that late-inning mix, it could be Edward Mujica, who also has extensive setup experience, or Joe Kelly.

“Whenever you have a loss this fresh, nobody is too happy with anything right now,” Matheny said. “Those guys know that they can pitch better than they did. I know that they realize that they have to do something different. We all do. We just have to figure out what that is and make the adjustments.

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“We always keep the door open, but right now you have to look at the fact that those guys are there for a reason,” he added. “They’ve earned that spot and not to make any knee-jerk reactions. But we always evaluate every situation when we get to it. We need to convince them to do exactly what they did before — just get outs and don’t let yourself fall into the trap of making it any different than what it has been in the past.”

In the first 26 relief innings this season, the Cardinals’ bullpen has allowed 19 runs (16 earned). Sixteen of those runs have scored when the ‘pen was trying to hold a lead.

Monday’s blown save cost starter Jaime Garcia the win in an outing where he matched his career high with 10 strikeouts. Garcia threw first-pitch strikes to 21 of the 29 batters he faced.

“You can see the confidence in him,” third baseman David Freese said of Garcia. “He’s taking it to the hitter. He arguably has the nastiest stuff in the league. I think every hitter that faces him can attest to that.”

Long before the ‘pen implosion, the Cardinals Cheap Clay Matthews Jersey built up a lead with substantial assistance from Shin-Soo Choo, who had an adventure in center field. In the first inning, Yadier Molina lined a ball to deep center that bounced in and then out of Choo’s glove for an error. Two runs scored.

Molina again exposed Choo when, in the sixth, another of his line drives hit off Choo’s glove to give St. Louis a 4-2 lead. In between, Molina delivered a fourth-inning RBI single.

That was one of only four hits the Cardinals would have against Reds starter Mat Latos.

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Bryce Cheap Clay Matthews Jersey Harper was disappointed when the Nationals optioned him to Triple-A Syracuse in March 2012, ending his quest to make the team’s Opening Day roster. But he saw it as an opportunity.

“I just want to go down there, get better, get on my groove, get on a streak, get called up and hope to be a game-changer for the Nationals,” Harper said at the time.

A game-changer he was. Harper, at age 19, was in the big leagues by the end of April and earned National League Rookie of the Year honors as he helped Washington to a National League East title. And he was far from the only player absent from Opening Day to make his presence felt in 2012.

Every year, much emphasis is placed on which players will break camp with their Major League clubs and participate in the pageantry of the season opener. But for those who fell short of the goal this year — for reasons other than injury — last season should provide plenty of hope and inspiration. From young phenoms such as Harper and Mike Trout to journeymen such as Miguel Gonzalez and Brandon Moss, numerous players overcame the initial setback to establish themselves and impact pennant races.

That sort of productive response isn’t something everyone can manage, so front offices must agonize over every possible consequence of a demotion.

“Every situation and scenario is different,” Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said. “There are some guys who are going back to Triple-A, who have been to the big leagues, and that’s a different scenario than a guy who is up-and-coming going to Triple-A. You have to take every situation independently and weigh the positives and negatives that can occur from sending them down to the Minor Leagues.”

With Harper, Trout and other top prospects, there are off-the-field considerations. Waiting past Opening Day for a callup can delay how quickly a player reaches eligibility for arbitration and free agency.

But there also might be concerns about a prospect’s readiness for Major League competition, no matter the talent level or Spring Training success. Even after watching Harper hit .270/.340/.477 with 22 home runs, perhaps the finest season ever produced by a teenager, Rizzo saw validation, rather than a reason to second-guess.

“Well, I think it was a great decision,” Rizzo said last week amidst Harper’s hot start, during which he hit three homers and had five RBIs in the Nats’ first five games. “I thought he needed some extra at-bats. He had never played at the high Minor League level, and I thought that was valuable experience to figure out that level. The pitching at that level is much different than it is at the low [Class] A levels, and it gets you much more prepared for a Major League season.”

Regardless of whether the early Minor League time served as necessary seasoning or a superfluous delay, several prospects flourished when eventually called upon. Clay Matthews Green Bay Packers Jersey.

Trout won the American League Rookie of the Year award and finished second in the AL Most Valuable Player voting despite not playing his first game until April 28. Reds third baseman Todd Frazier helped his club to an NL Central title by racking up 19 home runs and an .829 OPS. Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo forced his way to the big leagues by hitting .342 with 23 homers in 70 games at Triple-A Iowa, then hit .285 with 15 dingers in 87 games for Chicago. A’s pitcher Jarrod Parker won 13 games and had a 3.47 ERA.

Mets pitcher Matt Harvey, Orioles third baseman Manny Machado, Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks and Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons were some of the other rookies whose strong play last year cemented their spots on 2013 Opening Day rosters.

Among the top prospects who could seize an opportunity sometime this season are pitchers Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman of the Orioles, infielders Nolan Arenado of the Rockies and Jurickson Profar of the Rangers, outfielders Billy Hamilton of the Reds and Oscar Taveras of the Cardinals, and catchers Travis d’Arnaud of the Mets and Mike Zunino of the Mariners.

On the other hand, many of those squeezed off Opening Day rosters are older players looking to break through or get a long-awaited first chance. Their contributions also can be significant, if less anticipated.

The Orioles’ Gonzalez Cheap Clay Matthews Jersey , for example, has shown how much things can change in a year. He was in Minor League Spring Training in 2012, but got a shot with Baltimore after a hot start at Triple-A and wound up going 9-4 with a 3.25 ERA to help the O’s capture an AL Wild Card spot. On Opening Day 2013, he lined up for introductions during ceremonies before the Orioles took on the Rays at Tropicana Field.

“It’s incredible,” Gonzalez said. “I think things happen for a reason. Last year I was nowhere to be found, and this year they gave me a chance to be the third starter.”Clay Matthews Lights Out Black Jersey.

Moss was one of several A’s, along with Parker, who spurred the team to an AL West crown despite not being among its original 25 players. Oakland became Moss’ fourth club in six years when he arrived from Triple-A Sacramento in early June, and he led the A’s with a .954 OPS and finished third on the team with 21 homers.

Others, such as Twins pitcher Scott Diamond, Phillies infielder Kevin Frandsen and Marlins outfielder Justin Ruggiano, also took advantage when given a chance.Clay Matthews Camo Jersey.

Unexpected contributors are sure to emerge this year as well, perhaps along with some veterans searching for another shot. Consider Blue Jays pitcher Ricky Romero, who won 15 games with a 2.92 ERA in 2011 but is starting this season at Class A Advanced Dunedin following a rough 2012. Or Jose Valverde, who could reclaim the Tigers’ closer role after returning to the club on a Minor League deal last week.

While the wait is no doubt difficult, patience could pay off for the likes of Nationals pitcher Chris Young, 33, who will begin his season at Triple-A Syracuse but might be the first option should Washington need a starter.

“He’s a qualified, quality Major League starting pitcher,” Rizzo said. “He’s a guy who could help us down the road.”

Motte shut down until May, surgery an option Cheap Clay Matthews Jersey

An MRI taken of Cardinals closer Jason Motte’s right elbow on Tuesday revealed a low-grade tear of the ligament, which, if it doesn’t show improvement over the next three weeks, will require season-ending Tommy John surgery.

The news, which was delivered by general manager John Cheap Clay Matthews Jersey Mozeliak just prior to Tuesday’s first pitch, has the club bracing for the possibility of playing the rest of the year without its closer. It also came a day after the Cardinals’ bullpen was exposed during a late-inning meltdown.

“Your job is to try and plan and deal with things,” Mozeliak said. “But as you thought about how we planned this offseason, we felt pretty good about our ninth, eighth and seventh innings. Now we’re going to have to reshuffle. When you think about the last few years, we felt pretty good about our bullpen going in because there wasn’t injuries. Now we have an injury. Clearly, when you lose your closer, it’s not easy shoes to fill.”

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Tuesday’s MRI provided the first indication that the ligament in Motte’s throwing arm had been compromised. When he was shut down from throwing after his March 21 Grapefruit League appearance, it was determined that he had sustained a strain of his flexor tendon muscle. Inflammation from that injury concealed the ligament tear until now.

While he would have preferred a more promising prognosis, Motte said he did find some relief in at least getting some clarity as to why he continued to feel discomfort during some of his range-of-motion exercises. As for the possibility of surgery, Motte hasn’t dwelled on that just yet.

“It’s kind of out of my hands, honestly,” Motte said. “We’re doing everything we can to get it better. You think about it, but it is what it is. If I have to, I have to. There’s nothing I can do about it. I have to put faith in that everything is going to go all right.”

At the recommendation of head physician George Paletta, Motte has been prescribed three more weeks of rest. If he does not improve to the point where he can resume a throwing program by May 1, then surgery becomes the likely course of action.

“Realistically, we want to be optimistic with this,” Mozeliak said. “But we also have to understand that now we are talking about surgery, which, three weeks ago, was not something we felt was on the table. Understanding the bandwidth of outcomes here, how we think about moving forward, I think it’s all hands on deck. I don’t think we’ll rule anything out at this point.”Clay Matthews Lights Out Black Jersey.

Putting a limit on how long the Cardinals Cheap Clay Matthews Jersey will wait to see improvement is necessary in order to ensure that Motte isn’t lost for this season and much of 2014, as well. The recovery time for pitchers who undergo Tommy John surgery is typically 12-15 months, meaning that the earlier Motte were to have a procedure, the more time he’d salvage next season.

In January, the Cardinals signed Motte to a two-year, $12 million extension. He will be a free agent when that contract ends after the 2014 season.

“We’re still going to be optimistic until they tell us differently,” manager Mike Matheny said. “We’ll have to be patient and watch him go through the rehab process and hopefully we’ll get some good news and we’ll see him playing some catch here soon, which would be something to look forward to. ” Clay Matthews Camo Jersey.

Adams’ pinch-hit homer awakens Cardinals Cheap Clay Matthews Jersey

Within the span of five sixth-inning pitches, the Cardinals foiled Bronson Arroyo’s perfect game and positioned their bullpen for an immediate chance at redemption. And in the big picture of the season — one that looks increasingly likely to be played without Jason Motte — the latter was of particular importance.

In securing a win for Lance Lynn, the Cardinals’ late-inning relievers put away Monday’s ugly affair and rewarded manager Mike Matheny’s decision to go right back to them. Taking a lead provided by Matt Adams’ 403-foot, pinch-hit home run, Trevor Rosenthal and Mitchell Boggs closed out a 5-1 win over the Reds in front of 37,731 at Busch Stadium.

“I know it wasn’t a save situation tonight, but it didn’t matter to me,” said Boggs, who pitched a perfect ninth. “That was as big a game for me as any I’ve ever pitched.”

The comments Cheap Clay Matthews Jersey came from a right-hander who, a day earlier, stood in front of his locker disgusted with how he let a tie game turn into a runaway Cincinnati win. If he had questions about whether he’d lost the handle on the team’s closer’s duties, those were quelled during batting practice.

Making his usual rounds, Matheny found Boggs with a simple message: the ninth would be his again that night.

“It’s a pleasure to show up here every single day and know the guy sitting in that office cares about you and believes in you,” Boggs said. “It would have been easy for him to say, ‘Let’s give him a few days. Let’s throw him in there in a spot where it doesn’t matter.’ That would have been an easy thing for him to do. But I appreciate him sticking with me.”Clay Matthews Green Bay Packers Jersey.

Matheny met with Rosenthal before the game as well, letting him know he, too, wasn’t going to be moved. And indeed, with a three-run lead, it was Rosenthal who was summoned to hold it in the eighth.

“To have the opportunity to go back out there and see that they have the confidence in me to get in that situation again was big,” Rosenthal said. “And to have the results is always better. To know that a manager really cares and has your best interest in mind is huge.”

A night after losing his grip on a lead, Rosenthal erased a Shin-Soo Choo single with an inning-ending double play to secure his first hold in three chances. He pitched an inning after Edward Mujica retired the Reds in order.

“It was rewarding,” Matheny said, “to be able to get those guys back out there in a situation where they could feel good about themselves heading into the game tomorrow.”

While the bullpen bounceback could have long-term benefit, the Cardinals’ ability to even the series hinged on finding a way to break through against Arroyo.

The crafty Reds starter entered the sixth with a 1-0 lead and having retired all 15 batters he had faced. Daniel Descalso changed the latter with a leadoff double and two batters later, Adams, pinch-hitting for Lynn, dumped a hanging curveball into the Cardinals’ bullpen.

The homer was the third of Adams’ brief Major League career and it came on a pitch that has given him fits in the past, which is why he spent the winter hitting off a curveball machine.

“With the tying run at third base, I had a pretty good idea that I was going to get an offspeed pitch sometime during that at-bat,” Adams said. “He left it up in the zone and I was able to get the barrel on it.”Clay Matthews Camo Jersey.

The two-run shot, which came in Adams’ first pinch-hit opportunity of the season, was the first pinch-hit blast by a Cardinal since Lance Berkman connected in May 2012.

“He’s been paying real close attention,” Matheny said of Adams. “You see him on the top step. He’s not just sitting around like he’s on vacation. The guy is working hard. We have been very clear that that bench position is probably a position where you’re going to have to work twice as hard as anybody else that is playing every day.”

The Cardinals Cheap Clay Matthews Jersey then piled on a pair of insurance runs to give the ‘pen a cushion. After singles by Jon Jay and Matt Carpenter, Allen Craig pushed a run home with a groundout. Carlos Beltran drove home the other with a single to center. Carpenter singled and scored an inning later to erase a save opportunity for Boggs.

The sixth-inning scoring came just in time to support Lynn, who struck out two batters in five of the six innings he pitched. The 10 strikeouts tied a season best for a Cardinals pitcher, matching what Jaime Garcia did against the Reds on Monday.Clay Matthews Lights Out Black Jersey.

“He’s good. He comes right after you,” said Reds infielder Zack Cozart, who played college ball with Lynn. “He’s not scared to throw his fastball. That’s what he did tonight. He got ahead and threw a lot of fastballs. He’s a competitor. He obviously outdid us tonight. He pitched well.”

The Reds scraped their only run off Lynn in the fourth, despite only hitting one ball with much authority. Cozart’s one-out chopper skipped past shortstop Pete Kozma. Joey Votto then reached when his grounder snuck through the right side of the infield as Descalso raced to cover second.

Cozart scored on Brandon Phillips’ sacrifice fly, which would have been an extra-base hit if not for Matt Holliday’s sliding catch.

“That’s probably as much ground as I’ve seen him cover,” Matheny said. “He was aggressive going after that. That certainly could have been ugly for us.”

Lynn (1-0) then stranded two in his final inning of work. He fell just two strikeouts shy of equaling his career high of 12, which he set on June 13, 2012, against the White Sox.

Lee K’s six, nearly goes distance in Phillies Cheap Clay Matthews Jersey rout

The Phillies believe they upgraded their lineup in the offseason when they acquired Michael Young, Ben Revere and Delmon Young.

Time will tell if those talent evaluations were good ones.

But in the end, the Phillies Cheap Clay Matthews Jersey are built to win with pitching. They have committed $324 million in salary to Cole Hamels, Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee, but through the season’s first eight games only Lee has earned his keep. He threw eight scoreless innings last week in a victory over Atlanta and threw another gem Tuesday in an 8-3 victory over the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park.

Lee is 2-0 with a 1.08 ERA after allowing eight hits, three runs (two earned) and striking out six in 8 2/3 innings against the Mets. Hamels and Halladay are a combined 0-4 with a 12.50 ERA.

“No,” said Lee, when asked if he felt any extra pressure to perform following their struggles. “It’s still so early. It’s two outings. It’s way early.

“I’m not too worried really about anybody on this team. Our talent is going to play out over the course of the season pretty well. I still like our team. I like our chances.”

Those chances improve considerably if the rest of the rotation steps up like Lee.Clay Matthews Green Bay Packers Jersey.

“I’ve loved playing behind Cliff,” Michael Young said. “He’s basically a baseball player who pitches. He loves to compete. He has a bad at-bat and he gets [upset]. It’s a lot of fun to play like that.”

It is fun to play with a lead, too. The Phillies jumped out early after talking before the game about bringing more energy to the field. Phillies manager Charlie Manuel likes to say teams look energetic and full of life when they are hitting and scoring runs, which is absolutely true. How many teams look  energetic when they are getting shut out every other day?

But Young said they verbalized their desire to bring more life to the park.

“We talk before every game about our approach offensively,” Young said. “I think it was just a couple small things said, maybe at 7:02 [p.m.] in the dugout and you can kind of just get a bit of a vibe, and I think those are things that happen with veteran teams. A couple things are said and next thing you know, everyone kind of gets the point. And at that point, we know what the goal is for the day.”

The Phillies Cheap Clay Matthews Jersey  scored four runs in the second inning and three more in the third to build a 7-0 lead. The runs in the third came on solo home runs from Ryan Howard, Young and John Mayberry Jr. The home run barrage came during a span of five pitches against Mets right-hander Dillon Gee. It was the first time the Phillies hit three homers in an inning since July 23, 2011, against the Padres, when Howard, Chase Utley and, yes,  Michael Martinez did it.

“I was just living in the wrong part of the strike zone,” Gee said.

“They’ve obviously got a good-hitting lineup over there,” Mets catcher John Buck said. “They can put some runs on the board.”

It was Howard’s first home run and extra-base hit of the season. It snapped his longest at-bat streak (28) to start a season without a home run. It also snapped his longest at-bat streak to start a season without an extra-base hit.

“It’s always good to see the big guy in the middle of the order get going,” Young said.Clay Matthews Lights Out Black Jersey.

Young tripled to left-center field in the fourth inning to make him a double short of the first Phillies cycle since David Bell accomplished the beat June 8, 2004, against the Montreal Expos. But Young grounded out in the seventh inning, and didn’t get another chance to get an at-bat.

“I did it in college, I’m good,” Young joked.

Young produced the energy players talked about before the game. He went from first to third on Domonic Brown’s single to left-center field in the second and stretched a double into a triple in the fourth.

“A lot of times you can set the tone on the bases for sure,” Young said. “Just small things like that. Even if I get thrown out, it just kind of sets the tone of this is how we’re going to play. We’re going to be aggressive and stay in attack mode.”

Lee attacked the Mets throughout the night. He needed 96 pitches to get through eight innings and came within an out of getting his first complete game of the season, but he allowed two singles in the ninth and Manuel pulled him for Mike Adams.

Manuel got booed on his walk to and from the mound. He understood.

“That was tough,” Manuel said. “I want Cliff to finish the game, but at the same time I didn’t want him to get into a big inning there.”

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Giants Cheap Clay Matthews Jersey pick up Lincecum with big rallies

If anything could distract the Giants from Tim Lincecum’s inconsistency, it was their stirring comeback Tuesday night against the Colorado Rockies.

Actually, despite his inelegant statistical pitching line, Lincecum performed well enough to keep the Giants Cheap Clay Matthews Jersey competitive. And compete they did, overcoming a four-run deficit to defeat the Colorado Rockies for the second straight game, 9-6.

After Brandon Crawford’s three-run, sixth-inning homer fueled a four-run rally that tied the score, the Giants roared ahead in the eighth inning on RBI singles by Angel Pagan, Pablo Sandoval and Gregor Blanco.

The Giants’ surge followed another rough outing by Lincecum, who yielded six runs in six innings, including a five-run second inning during which he issued all but one of his four walks. He matched a career high by walking seven in his regular-season debut last Wednesday at Los Angeles.

“That second inning really was a doozy for me,” Lincecum said.

Yet after that experience, the only scoring Lincecum permitted was Troy Tulowitzki’s fifth-inning homer, which increased the Rockies’ lead to 6-2. Overall, Lincecum allowed just four hits and struck out seven — all but one swinging, reflecting the effective movement on his pitches.

“What was impressive was how he regrouped,” Giants Cheap Clay Matthews Jersey  manager Bruce Bochy said. “I thought he threw the ball great. He didn’t let the game get out of control.”

Lincecum issued three walks in the second inning, including one to opposing pitcher Juan Nicasio with two outs. That set up Dexter Fowler’s two-run double and Josh Rutledge’s two-run single.

After returning to the dugout, Lincecum visited the video area to scrutinize himself for flaws.

“I saw stuff I needed to see,” he said.

Then the Giants saw stuff they wanted to see.

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Lincecum’s erratic performance was all but forgotten by the time the Giants batted in the eighth inning with the score tied, 6-6. Pinch-hitter Andres Torres lined a leadoff double to right field off Rockies reliever Matt Belisle. Up came Pagan, whose third hit of the evening grazed Belisle and proceeded into center field, scoring Torres.

Right-hander Wilton Lopez relieved Belisle, but that didn’t stop the Giants, who amassed a season-high 14 hits. Marco Scutaro’s single brought up Sandoval, who grounded his hit past first base. Blanco then surprised Lopez with a two-out bunt that delivered Scutaro and sealed the Giants’ eighth consecutive victory over Colorado.

“We were having good at-bats all night, so I think it was kind of a matter of time,” Crawford said of San Francisco’s comeback.

Said Rockies manager Walt Weiss of the Giants, “They won a championship playing like that. They string together a lot of good at-bats.” Clay Matthews Camo Jersey.

Earlier, Crawford provided the lift that made the eighth inning possible. With Colorado leading, 6-2, Nicasio vanished after walking Blanco and Hector Sanchez to open the sixth. Both advanced on reliever Adam Ottavino’s wild pitch. Up came Crawford, who lined Ottavino’s 2-0 fastball over the left-field wall.

“We’re down by four, so to say I was trying to hit a sacrifice fly wouldn’t really be true,” Crawford said.

Of Crawford’s eight career home runs, two were grand slams and three were three-run homers.

“I’m pretty sure I told you last year, maybe the year before, that I pick the right spots,” Crawford jokingly told a reporter.

Singles by pinch-hitter Nick Noonan and Pagan helped load the bases for Hunter Pence, who recorded his 1,000th career hit, a one-out single off Belisle that tied the score.Clay Matthews Green Bay Packers Jersey.

A’s Cheap Clay Matthews Jersey ride three homers to sixth straight win

Once upon a time, the A’s Cheap Clay Matthews Jersey relied on pitching and defense to offset their lack of power.

Yet, there they were on Tuesday night at Angel Stadium, making up for spotty pitching and defense with a power outburst in a 9-5 victory, extending their winning streak to six games while spoiling the Angels’ home opener.

The A’s made a habit out of hitting the ball out of the park in 2012, a trend they’ve carried into ’13. Through eight games, they’re tied with the Yankees for a Major League-leading 15 homers, and Coco Crisp has four of them in as many games. He hit 11 all of last year.

“I don’t expect him to lead the league in home runs, but he’s got some power and sometimes when you get off to a good start, it could be one of those years where some things fall into place,” manager Bob Melvin said. “That’s not typically what we see him do, but he’s seeing the ball well, elevating some balls. If you make a bad pitch to him, he’s all over it.”

That’s what Crisp did in the second as the A’s, who had already pounced on Angels starter C.J. Wilson for three two-out runs in a 43-pitch first inning, built a four-run lead. But homer-happy Oakland wasn’t happy all of Tuesday, as sloppy play both on the mound and around it had the club trailing heading into the seventh.

Cue John Jaso and Brandon Moss, who turned things around against power right-hander Kevin Jepsen, Jaso hitting a three-run homer off the bench and Moss launching a two-run shot to give the A’s Cheap Clay Matthews Jersey back the lead.

The biggest culprit was the defense, but Jarrod Parker, who was knocked around in his first start of the season last week, didn’t look much better this time around. Parker allowed six baserunners in the first two innings, but escaped both frames unscathed. That wasn’t the case in the third, when he allowed five of his nine hits and two runs.

The A’s righty then loaded the bases in the fourth, departing with one out for his shortest outing since May 18, when he lasted all of two innings against the Giants.

“Not good,” said Parker, who also walked three. “It was a battle all night. I made a few pitches when I had to, but not as many as I needed to. Obviously guys picked me up big time tonight.

“Just command of the fastball. It wasn’t there, and that’s something I take pride in.”

“We haven’t seen that in a while and missing by, at times, wide margins, which he doesn’t normally do either,” Melvin said.Clay Matthews Lights Out Black Jersey.

Still ahead by a pair of runs, the A’s failed to keep it that way in the sixth, committing two errors as the Angels took the lead with three runs of their own.

Righty Pat Neshek allowed a leadoff triple to Mike Trout, and Brendan Harris followed with a routine fly to right field, where Chris Young dropped the ball, allowing Harris to reach second. Harris, again, was on the move by way of an A’s defensive miscue seconds later, with shortstop Jed Lowrie committing a fielding error on Albert Pujols’ ground ball to put runners at the corners with no outs.

Lefty Jerry Blevins was brought in to face Josh Hamilton, who tied the game with a sacrifice fly, the Angels ultimately grabbing the lead on Howie Kendrick’s RBI triple off Ryan Cook that was misplayed by Young, who is in right field while the injured Josh Reddick remains out.

It was a rough night all around for Young, who struck out for the second time in the seventh. Fortunately, his teammates picked him up. Clay Matthews Camo Jersey.

With two outs, two on and Jepsen on the mound in the seventh, Jaso pinch-hit for Derek Norris and delivered a three-run homer. Josh Donaldson kept the inning going with a base hit, and Moss, who already had two RBIs after singling in the first inning, followed with his two-run blast.

Jaso is now 24-for-52 (.462) with five home runs and 19 RBIs in his career at Angel Stadium. Clay Matthews Green Bay Packers Jersey.

“When I’m in the lineup, it’s about seeing pitches and learning the pitcher,” Jaso said. “When you get in there to pinch-hit, you always have the mindset of swinging. The manager’s not putting you in there to see pitches. He’s putting you in there to hit.”

“We’re playing well right now offensively,” Melvin said. “Our defense wasn’t great and we didn’t pitch like we normally do, but when the offense continues to score runs in that fashion, sometimes it overshadows the things you’re doing wrong.”

Led by Cano, Yanks Cheap Clay Matthews Jersey blast Tribe with five homers

For all those who loudly proclaimed that the Yankees wouldn’t be able to put enough crooked numbers on the scoreboard this season, Robinson Cano has a message he wants to deliver: This lineup can still mash.

In fact, the remodeled lineup hit more than enough on Tuesday, as Cano was part of a five-homer barrage that supported another strong Andy Pettitte effort. The blueprint worked perfectly as New York trounced the Indians, 14-1, on Tuesday at Progressive Field.

“We have guys that have been in this game for a long time, guys that know how to play the game and guys that have pretty good swings,” Cano said. “They’re stepping up for us. That’s what you want, guys to come here, feel like they’re at home and help us win games.”

The Yankees Cheap Clay Matthews Jersey pounded out 18 hits in cruising to their third straight victory, battering Indians starter Carlos Carrasco for seven runs before the right-hander was ejected for drilling Kevin Youkilis in the back following Cano’s two-run blast in the fourth inning.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that he was not surprised by home plate-umpire Jordan Baker’s ejection, and while Indians skipper Terry Francona defended his hurler by saying that Carrasco slipped on the mound, even Francona acknowledged that “under the circumstances, it didn’t look good.”

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“It doesn’t look good in a lot of ways,” Youkilis said. “A home run is given up and a ball is thrown at your head. Luckily I just ducked down and it hit me in the shoulder. Things like that happen, but you’re not surprised when seven runs are given up. You never know intent, and it’s always on the pitcher.”

Carrasco had just finished serving a five-game suspension for throwing at the Royals’ Billy Butler in a 2011 game, having missed all of last year while recovering from Tommy John surgery.

“I know it doesn’t look good,” Carrasco said. “I really want to say sorry. I don’t want to hit anybody.”

In any event, with the way the Yankees were hitting, Carrasco wasn’t going to hang around much longer. Powered by the long-ball display from Cano, Ichiro Suzuki, Youkilis, Lyle Overbay and Brennan Boesch, Pettitte finished with more than enough support to log his second victory of the young season.

“They just obviously did a great job, just put some really good swings and a lot of runs early,” Pettitte said. “I’m glad I was able to give us a good start and take us fairly deep into the game. It’s just a good win for us. We’ve played a few good games here and put together a good little streak.”

 Clay Matthews Camo Jersey.Pettitte held the Tribe to just Asdrubal Cabrera’s sixth-inning homer over seven innings of effective work, scattering five hits while walking three and striking out four in a 97-pitch outing.

He said that he has not been surprised to watch the Yankees score seven or more runs in their last three games, racking up 32 runs and 44 hits over the current winning streak.

“They’re good big league hitters and they have been for a long time,” Pettitte said. “Most of them have been around for a long time and played for a long time. They know what to do if you make bad pitches. It’s not like you’ve got guys out there that are just going to get beat by fastballs that are right down the middle. Our guys can hit.”

Brett Gardner and Cano each had four hits, with Gardner and Overbay scoring three runs, while Francisco Cervelli had two hits and two runs scored. Each player in the starting lineup had at least one hit for New York except for designated hitter Travis Hafner, who went 0-for-4 after spoiling Cleveland’s home opener on Monday.

“It’s great. That’s what motivates you,” Cano said. “You see the whole team getting on base, so you want to do the little things, get them over and try to get some singles with men in scoring position.”

Ichiro hit his first homer of the year off Carrasco in the third inning, and Cano unloaded on a two-run blast in the fourth, his third in the last two games.Clay Matthews Lights Out Black Jersey.

Youkilis exacted some revenge for Carrasco’s plunking in the sixth when he laced a two-run homer to left off Brett Myers. Youkilis said that even though outside voices have forecasted doom and gloom for the Yanks, that negativity hasn’t seeped into the clubhouse.

“I think we all had confidence within ourselves,” Youkilis said, “and that’s probably been the biggest talk — no one’s had confidence in us. So we stick together as a team, keep trying to have good at-bats.”

Overbay belted a solo shot and Boesch slugged a pinch-hit, two-run blast off Myers in the eighth as the Yankees blew the doors off the contest. Girardi hopes the outburst has washed away any stains left over from losing four of the season’s first six games.

“When you lose two games in a row in the middle of the season, you don’t think much about it,” Girardi Cheap Clay Matthews Jersey said. “The last few days, we beat a very good pitcher in [Justin] Verlander, then to come in here and score a bunch of runs the next two nights, they’ve got to feel pretty good.”

Offense erupts with five homers, 22 hits in rout.Cheap Clay Matthews Jersey

They talked about sticking to the approach, they talked about becoming more selectively aggressive, and they talked about not letting the frustrations mount. The Astros quit talking Tuesday night and started hitting.

The Astros Cheap Clay Matthews Jersey did their best to erase a week’s worth of offensive frustration by exploding against the Mariners, scoring six runs in the first inning and building a 10-run cushion by the third to cruise to a 16-9 win at Safeco Field to snap their six-game losing streak.

The Astros’ 22 hits tied for the sixth most in club history. It’s the most runs and hits for the Astros since an 18-4 win over St. Louis on Aug. 3, 2010.

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“It was only a matter of time,” said Bo Porter, who earned his first road win as a manager. “We’ve had confidence the whole time they can hit. It was unfortunate the games prior to tonight that we had not hit, but it was good to see.”

Houston, which scored only nine runs during its six-game skid, had matched that total by the second inning and nearly doubled its run total (17) from the first seven games of season.

“We’re going to take this day like a wake-up day,” said Astros second baseman Jose Altuve, who went 4-for-6 with a homer and set a career high with four RBIs.

The Astros walloped five homers, with Chris Carter hitting two in his first career multi-homer game, and J.D. Martinez, Marwin Gonzalez and Altuve also hitting their first of the season.

“Hopefully this keeps rolling for us and we keep on winning,” Carter said.

Porter never flinched during the Astros’ early woes, saying he knew his club was due for a breakout performance.

“Like I told you guys the whole time, I was never really concerned,” he said. “It’s a long baseball season. I’ve been in this game a long time. I’ve played, I’ve coached, and you can never get alarmed in any stretch. As well as we played tonight, tomorrow we have to come back and it’s a new ballgame.”

Astros Cheap Clay Matthews Jersey starter Erik Bedard, making his first start for Houston and first appearance at Safeco Field since pitching for the Mariners from 2008-11, threw four scoreless innings, allowing one hit. He left with a 13-0 lead but didn’t go deep enough to qualify for the win after hitting his pitch limit.

“I don’t change anything,” said Bedard, who threw 66 pitches. “I throw like it was a 0-0 game and you can’t let the score do too much to the way you want to throw. You keep battling, you keep throwing strikes and the rest will take care of itself.”

The Astros sent 11 batters to the plate in the first and bashed out six hits and seven runs to chase starter Brandon Maurer (0-2) after two-thirds of an inning. Carlos Pena’s bases-loaded double scored a pair to get the offense going. Martinez and Matt Dominguez added RBI singles, and Altuve’s two-run double made it 6-0.Clay Matthews Lights Out Black Jersey.

“It’s a tough game,” Seattle manager Eric Wedge said. “I just told him to keep his head up when he was walking off the field. It’s the big leagues and sometimes it doesn’t matter what you do.

Carter cranked a homer in the second off reliever Kameron Loe, and Martinez hit a two-run homer to left-center moments later to push the lead to 9-0. Loe gave up a third homer, a solo shot by Gonzalez in the third that made it 10-0.

“They did a good job managing their at-bats and keeping the line moving,” Porter said. “Even before we got the home runs, it was singles, doubles, line drives. It was what we talk about all the time, keep the line moving and make the pitcher work, and those guys did a tremendous job of that.”

Martinez had been removed from the game a night earlier for his approach during an at-bat in the fourth inning, but Porter put him back in the lineup Tuesday and it paid off. The homer was Martinez’s first since July 4, 2012, a span of 141 at-bats. Clay Matthews Camo Jersey.

“You could feel that tension and anxiety that was built up, and once you let that go …” Martinez said. “I felt like right away, in the first inning, we got guys on base and we got some big hits and we got it going right there. Everybody felt that relief, like, ‘OK, all the pressure’s not on me now. We got a lead and let’s just hit.’ You felt that in the dugout.”

Altuve launched a two-run homer in the fourth to push the lead to 13-0, matching a career high with four hits. Seattle pushed across a couple of runs in the fifth on a pair of sacrifice flies off Paul Clemens, who worked four innings — allowing three solo homers — in his Major League debut and got the win — and a shaving-cream pie in the face.

“It was an adrenaline rush,” Clemens said. “It was an unbelievable feeling. It was a dream come true and that was the most important thing. My teammates were all in my corner, and it was an exciting time.”