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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Rays have won four straight games, and the onl
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Rays have won four straight games, and the only thing stopping them from their longest winning streak of the season Friday is the best team in the American League, the Texas Rangers.The Rays (50-69) enter the series with serious momentum -- they scored a franchise-record 35 runs in a three-game span before a 2-0 win Wednesday against the San Diego Padres to finish a three-game sweep. Unfortunately, the Rangers (72-50) are coming off their own three-game sweep of the Oakland Athletics and have won nine of 12 entering the series.Texas continues to show its resilience -- nearly half its wins (38) have been comeback wins, like an extra-winning win that saw the Rangers score three runs in the bottom of the 10th on Tuesday. Manager Jeff Banister continues to encounter situations where his team could pack it in, and they refuse to do so.You would think these guys at some point would, Banister said of their comeback nature. They havent. I dont think they will. I dont think its in their DNA. I dont think its in their culture, their chemistry. Theyre going to continue to grind.Texas opens the series with Cole Hamels (12-4, 2.88 ERA), who knows a thing or two about big wins against the Rays. With the Philadelphia Phillies in 2008, he was on the mound for two World Series win, including the Game 5 clincher, holding the Rays to two earned runs in both starts.Hamels hasnt faced the Rays since 2012, when he threw seven scoreless innings in a 3-2 Rays win, and hes coming off a rough start in which he gave up 14 hits -- amazingly yielding only two runs -- in a loss to the Tigers.The Rays answer with Matt Andriese (6-4, 3.36 ERA), who has seen Tampa Bay lose in each of his three starts since joining the rotation after a trade-deadline deal sent Matt Moore to the San Francisco Giants. He has a 6.59 ERA in those three starts and hasnt lasted longer than five innings in any, stretching himself out to 76 pitches after a move from the bullpen, but not yet showing he can pitch efficiently to last longer in games.A big part of the Rays win streak has been Brad Miller, who has three home runs in his last seven at-bats. Miller has 19 home runs since June 17, matching the most in baseball in that span, and has been especially productive at Tropicana Field, where 19 of his 25 home runs have been hit. He has already set a major-league record for most home runs by a left-handed batter playing primarily at shortstop.I think Im picking the right pitch to swing at, Miller said of his hot bat. When you do that, you cant miss them, because you might only get one per at-bat. Thats all Im trying to do is hit the one pitch I get per at-bat. Jackie Robinson Jersey . They were putting most of their energy into a record-setting offensive display. Reggie Jackson Jersey Large . "It doesnt get any better than that," Giambi said. "Im speechless." The Indians are roaring toward October. Giambi belted a two-run, pinch-hit homer with two outs in the ninth inning to give Cleveland a shocking 5-4 win over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night, keeping the Indians up with the lead pack in the AL wild-card race. http://www.customyankeesjersey.com/custo...1444i.html . Shot outdoors against the stunning backdrop of Banff, Alta., the networks 30-minute original production airs tonight at 8pm et/5pm pt on TSN2. The four All-Star teams will play for $100,000 in prize money during TSNs annual skins game, airing live this weekend on TSN from The Fenlands Banff Recreation Centre. Joe Girardi Jersey .com) - The Montreal Canadiens embark on their first road trip of the season as they head out west to battle the Calgary Flames on Wednesday night. Michael King Jersey . Kyle Denbrook, a soccer player from Saint Marys University, took the CIS male athlete of the week honour. Stanley, a fourth-year business administration student from Charlottetown, scored both goals in a 2-0 win over Dalhousie on Friday and tallied again in a 1-0 win over Saint Marys on Sunday. GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Calgary Flames expected a fight from a desperate team and got one.Once they shook off a slow start, the Flames fought back and Dougie Hamilton scored a crafty overtime goal to extend their winning streak to five games.Hamilton scored 1:09 into overtime, Chad Johnson stopped 27 shots and the Calgary Flames beat the Arizona Coyotes 2-1 on Thursday night.We had to stick with it, Flames coach Glen Gulutzan said. Our start wasnt good -- our first 12 minutes wasnt very good -- but we found a way.The Coyotes were the aggressors early, seemingly taking out a season full of frustration in a chippy game filled with big hits and multiple fights.The Flames appeared stunned early and fell behind on a power-play goal midway through the first period before standing their ground.Mark Giordano scored late in the first period, Johnson was stellar the rest of the way and Hamilton capped it by using a forehand deke to set up his backhand winner.Calgary has won eight of 11 (8-2-1).We need to win these type games every once in a while, Flames captain Johnny Gaudreau said. We did a great job of figuring out the play after the first 10 minutes, played well in overtime and got the two points.Max Domi scored and was involved in one of three fights before leaving with an upper-body injury and Mike Smith stopped 33 shots for the Coyotes.Arizona captain Shane Doan became Arizonas all-time assist leader and is the fifth player in NHL history to own his teams records for games played, goals, assists, points, game-winning goals and power-play goals.But for all the fight, the Coyotes still ended up with yet another loss, their sixth straight and 11th in 14 games (3-7-4).There were a lot of emotions out there and everybody was trying hard, Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson said. We need to keep getting better and keep finding ways to get better.Calgary has been headed in the opposite direction as the struggling Coyotes, winning seven of its previous 10 games to bounce back from a slow start to the season.ddddddddddddYet as they headed to Arizona, the Flames were concerned about the Coyotes.Arizona has struggled with puck possession and tended to put a heavy burden on its goalies -- 35.1 shots against per game -- but Calgary knew better than to overlook a desperate team on the road.The Coyotes came out hard at the Flames, leading a physical first period that included two fights.Domi put the Coyotes up midway through the first on a scramble that left Johnson flailing outside the crease. Johnson was unable to secure the puck and it squirted out front to Domi, who one-timed past two Flames for his fifth of the season.But after gathering themselves, the Flames scored on a power play late in the period. Giordano got it, one-timing a pass from Gaudreau in the right circle by squeezing it past Smiths pad and the post for his second goal in three games.Thats one I should have, Smith said. I was there and thought I had it. Im not sure how it went in.Another fight punctuated a scoreless second period, when Domi and Garnet Hathaway squared off. Domi left the ice with blood dripping from his eye and did not return after playing one shift in the third period.Game notes Doan had an assist on Domis goal to break Thomas Steens franchise record of 553 assists. ... Calgary RW Kris Versteeg did not play after injuring his hip against Dallas on Tuesday. ... Arizonas Ryan White was called for instigating and was issued a 10-minute misconduct in the first period after Lance Bouma ran Coyotes Ekman-Larsson into the boards.UP NEXTFlames: Host Winnipeg on Saturday to start a three-game homestand.Coyotes: Host Nashville on Saturday before leaving on a four-game road trip next week. ' ' '
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