#1 Mao won our respect and hearts and so too did Kostner von ruogu1234 11.01.2020 02:18

TORONTO -- Right-hander Nathan Karns needed just one swing of the bat for his first major league win. Tampa Bay catcher Ryan Hanigan provided it with a solo homer to lead off the third inning. Karns did the rest, riding out a rocky opening to hold the Blue Jays to two hits over seven innings as the Rays blanked Toronto 1-0 Friday night. The end result was the first major league win for Karns (1-0), summoned earlier in the day from triple-A Durham. The 26-year-old Karns, who made his three previous big league appearances last year with Washington, struck out eight while walking two. "I thought he was pretty damn good," Toronto manager John Gibbons said. "The chance to get him was in the first when he had trouble with the (strike) zone. He didnt throw a lot of strikes ... Then after that things clicked for him. I thought Hanigan did a great job with him behind the plate." Karns walked two and hit a batsman in the first. But he was rescued by a double play in an inning that saw him throw 25 pitches with only 10 strikes. The Jays wasted a fine performance by left-hander J.A. Happ (9-10), who struck out seven and walked one while giving up just two hits in seven innings. "He (Karns) was great tonight. Happ was great," said Gibbons. "The difference was that solo home run. If you love good pitching, you saw it." Said Rays manager Joe Maddon: "He (Karns) got to the point where he had to throw a strike, he could ... He did a nice job. That really exceeded expectations." Jake McGee pitched the eighth for the Rays (71-77) before Australian Grant Balfour came on in the ninth for his 12th save. Toronto (76-70) came into the game having won four straight and nine of its last 11. Jays pitchers had posted an earned-run average of 2.36 during those 11 games, nosing the team back up the wild-card standings. Jays bats were hot in a three-game sweep of the Chicago Cubs at the start of the week that saw the National League visitors outscored 28-3. But they were quiet against Tampa as both teams managed just two hits on the night. The Rays had lost two straight and three of their last six. Tampa blew leads of 4-0, 4-0 and 3-0 in those losses. The Jays let Karns off the hook in the first inning before 19,909 under the roof at the Rogers Centre, failing to take advantage of men on first and second with no outs. Karns settled down and did not give up a hit until the fourth inning -- a Danny Valencia double. Adam Lind, with a single in the sixth, was the only other Jay to get a hit off the right-hander. "The nerves were a little overwhelming at first but then they wore off and everything settled in," said Karns. Happ came into the game with a 1-3 record in his last eight starts. But he threw strikes for 10 of his first 11 pitches and struck out the side while walking one in the first. Happ retired six of the first seven batters he faced before yielding the solo homer to Hanigan to left field to lead off the third. It was the fifth of the season for the Rays catcher and the first since coming off the disabled list on Aug. 26. "You guys are probably going to say thats a mistake. I dont really consider (that)," said Happ. "If being aggressive, throwing at the glove and trying to get ahead is a mistake, then it was a mistake. I think he just kind of guessed right and ambushed it and got enough of it." Happ retired 14 of the next 15 next batters he faced until a Jose Reyes error put a man on base. "You expect to win most of those games," said Happ, who said he took no positives from the evening. It marked the seventh time this season he has thrown six-plus innings while limiting the opposition to one earned run or less. Happ has gone six-plus innings in seven of his last eight outings, during which time he has received just 16 total runs in support. The team has lost seven of those games. Aaron Sanchez came on for the Jays in the final two innings. Air Max 2002 Sale . Coach Randy Carlyle didnt know the severity of Bozaks injury. Bozak left the bench and went down the tunnel early in the second period, returned to play a handful of shifts and then did play in the third. Nike Air Presto Sale . Murray beat Sam Querrey 7-6 (5), 6-7 (3), 6-1, 6-3 to clinch Britains opening-round victory against the United States on Sunday at Petco Park. "Im proud of the way Im playing just now, because I had to do a lot of work to get back to where I want to be," Murray said after celebrating with his teammates on the red clay court in a temporary stadium in left field of the downtown home of baseballs San Diego Padres. https://www.wholesaleshoesforcheap.com/air-jordan-18-sale/ .J. -- Patrick Sharp is on one of those streaks. Adidas Shoes Sale . As each game passes (each has played close with the exception of last night) it becomes clearer just how evenly matched these two teams are and how one mistake, or one bad inning, is likely to sway the result. Air Jordan 10 Sale . -- David Freese is starting to pick up his run production, which is something the Los Angeles Angels have been waiting half a season to see.In Sochi, the most memorable moments were not always golden. Much has already been written about the Olympic champions in figure skating at these Games. Their achievements deservedly applauded, their celebrations ongoing, and their names will go down in history. While I too applaud their efforts and accomplishments, there were numerous performances other than the winning ones that also provided for me some noteworthy and unforgettable moments. Collectively, the Pairs Short Program, the Free Dance and the Ladies Free Skate had some of the best skating I have ever seen. Quality, competitiveness, variety and depth had us first riveted and then lifted us to our feet. We were left in awe of the events remarkable performances and the audience certainly got more than their moneys worth. Speaking of audience, the Russian audiences were always vociferous in their appreciation of their own and were often an intimidating presence for others in Sochi. In my mind, they were a game-changer more so in these Olympics than in any of the other Games that I have attended. It felt a little more like a hockey crowd and while they didnt cheer when one of their skaters competitors made a mistake, the excited chatter when an error occurred was noticeable and undeniable. It created a strange buzz throughout the skating events. The Russian skaters, for the most part, thrived on it and capitalized. Such was the case for the second-ranked Russian team of Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov who, for me, stole the show in the Pairs. This was the team that in the last season - despite being injured and missing two months of training - has totally reinvented themselves. In one season, they have added new lifts, perfected the triple-twist and revamped their skating style and technique dramatically. It was the improvement of their overall quality of skating that impressed me the most and gave them a new found power and command. The fact that the Olympics were at home and that they were training alongside the World Champions provided the perfect fuel for the improvements they made. One saw clearly that the Russians are back in form to dominate in the Pairs event once again if the rest of the field doesnt take notice and respond quickly. Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir in the Ice Dance delivered the moment they had hoped for at centre ice in Sochi. Their Free Dance was undoubtedly their best of the season and was a skate that will be remembered for years to come as an "all-time great performance." What they have done for the sport of ice dance with their beautiful lines, connection to each other, versatile portrayals, and athleticism is they have clearly defined the sports identity. They bring the sense of dance to the forefront and stay true to it usually at a price, because the artistic risks they take add technical difficulty, which I believe has often gone unrewarded. The Free Dance event was spectacular in Sochi with all teams delivering dramatically and once again the wonderful careers of Meryl Davis and Charlie White and Tessa and Scott were revered and celebrated. Did the judges get it right? The debate will rage on and in the end there were no losers, only winners in what was a captivating dance event. The ladies were as hot in the Free Skate as the men were not. Coming in, the mens free skate had the potential to be the best mens event ever. Patrick Chan, with his world renowned eedges and choreographic complexity combined with his mastery of the quad, set the bar for what was expected to win gold at the these Games.dddddddddddd He had been the driving force in mens skating since Vancouver and it was the teenager from Japan, Yuzuru Hanyu, who had been able to move in and keep pace this season. They had been so impressive all year that it felt to me that they were exhausted from the expectation and belief that it would take "perfect" to win in Sochi. The men tried valiantly but left points on the table and in the end, it was Japan who had its first ever gold medal in mens Olympic skating. In hindsight, the wacky competitive schedule that the men had to endure will likely be revamped. It was the first time in at least 30 years that they had to compete on back-to-back days at the Games. That fact in itself can be challenging but on top of it, when the men finished the short program just before midnight, they had the draw and the mandatory press conference for the top finishers which took them into the early hours. They were left with about a seven hour turnaround at the village before they had to return for the morning practice. The guys werent complaining but their legs did late that night when they competed in the Free. After a stellar lead up season and awesome practices in Sochi, one could only "feel" for the guys that they didnt have "that moment" in the Free Skate at the Games. In all of the wonderful moments that made up the Ladies event, it was the performances of Japans Mao Asada and Carolina Kostner of Italy that touched and inspired me most. Both were personal victories for these skaters, who after the Vancouver Games came at the challenge of Sochi in very different ways but with the same intense personal conviction. Mao, second in Vancouver with her trademark triple axel, decided that her favorite jump - while worth more than any other - was not enough to make up for some of her other jumping deficiencies. So she committed herself to taking apart her technique and relearning and rebuilding her jumps from the ground up. It was a long, almost three-year process. I watched and admired her work ethic and her respect for her craft throughout the rebuild process in her determination to have no weaknesses. To watch her triumph in the Free Skate was a delight! Its so good for the sport and Im so happy for her. In 16th after the short, Mao was too far back to contend but for me her performance was the evenings big winner. Mao won our respect and hearts and so too did Kostner with her charming Bolero. Carolina, in her previous two Olympics, literally fell apart. In the Vancouver Games, her Free Skate was so desperate that she sobbed as she finished. Of that skate she said, "I felt ashamed and nobody should have to feel that way at an Olympics." So, this was about righting that wrong. Her goal this time was not about placements, even though she was a contender. It was, she said, about leaving the ice with a smile on her face. Her performance touched everyone, and especially those of us who have witnessed her turbulent past and watched her new found love for the sport. One couldnt help but admire her excellence and feel her sense of joy and gratitude. She left the Games this time with a smile and a medal, and for me it just doesnt get better than that! ' ' '

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