(Sports Network) - The Tampa Bay Rays put a bit of a scare into the Boston Red Sox this past weekend at the Trop. air jordan retro schwarz
. The Rays try to get themselves even closer in the wild card standings tonight when the American League East rivals begin a four-game set at Fenway Park. Tampa, though, failed to carry the momentum from their three-game sweep over the Red Sox last weekend, as it lost two of three to the hapless Baltimore Orioles, including a 6-2 setback on Wednesday. Matt Joyce drove in both runs for the Rays, who had won five straight prior to dropping the past two games. Wade Davis (10-9) had a two-start winning streak snapped, as he gave up four runs on seven hits over 6 1/3 innings. Tampa enters tonights set four games back of the wild card-leading Red Sox. "Were in a position to do it and thats all we can ask for," said Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon about the upcoming series. "Go there for four and hopefully play very well and see what happens." The deficit could have been worse, but Boston suffered a heartbreaking loss on Wednesday to Toronto, as it allowed three runs in the eighth inning of a 5-4 loss in Beantown. Adrian Gonzalez homered and Jason Varitek added an RBI for the Red Sox, who have dropped 10 of their last 13, but remained four games behind the Yankees in the AL East. New York lost at Seattle in 12 innings Wednesday night. "Theyre all crushing at this point," Varitek said of the latest defeat. "Weve played better the last few days. There are some things to take from today." Heading to the hill for the Red Sox tonight will be righty Kyle Weiland, who is 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA. Weiland did not get a decision against the Rays on Saturday, as he allowed three runs and six hits with three walks in four innings of a 6-5 loss. This will be just the fourth big league start of his career. The Rays, meanwhile, will counter with right-handed rookie Jeremy Hellickson, who is 12-10 with a 2.96 ERA. Hellickson opposed Weiland on Saturday and also did not get a decision, as he gave up three runs and five hits in six innings. "I think he was trying to be a bit too fine at times," Tampa manager Joe Maddon said. "Hes got a really good fastball. Its quick and sneaky. So that was what did not permit him to get deeper into the game, I think. Just pitch selection in general." Hellickson has faced the Red Sox three times this season and is 1-1 with a 3.93 ERA. Tampa has won nine of its 14 matchups with the Red Sox this season and is 4-1 at Fenway, where it won six of nine a year ago. air jordan schuhe kaufen
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.C., and Trey Denton of the U.S. share the lead at 10 under after three rounds of the Canadian Tour Championship.(Sports Network) - Colby Lewis tries to pitch the Texas Rangers to their first-ever World Series title this evening when they attempt to finish off the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6 at Busch Stadium. Texas first World Series appearance last season ended in a five-game loss to the San Francisco Giants. But, the Rangers head to St. Louis tonight with a 3-2 series lead and a chance to close the Cardinals out with exactly the man they want on the hill in right-hander Colby Lewis. "Well, you definitely think when youre a kid, you want to be in this position, be on this stage," Lewis said. "I think just being in the situation that we were last year throughout the playoffs gives you more of an edge, more relaxation. Thats for sure." Lewis has emerged as one of the best postseason pitchers in baseball over the last two seasons, going 4-1 with a 2.22 earned run average and a 1.07 WHIP (walks and hits per inning) in seven starts. "He totally believes in what hes trying to do out there," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "He never gets away from what he does best. Thats mainly the key right there. ... Colby never doubts what hes capable of doing, and I think thats what [sets] him apart from some guys at this stage." Lewis, who is 1-1 in three starts this postseason with a 2.95 ERA, did not get a decision in his Game 2 start, despite a terrific effort that saw him allow just a run and four hits in 6 2/3 innings. The Rangers put themselves in this position with a win on Monday, as Mike Napolis two-run double proved to be the difference in the 4-2 win. "Im glad I can help to contribute," Napoli said. "Anybody in this lineup can do it. Youve got to give (Adrian) Beltre credit for hitting the homer to tie the game up. If he doesnt do that, I dont have a chance to do that in the eighth inning. We all do it together, and there are key things that are overlooked, but we fought hard." Napoli, who has driven in nine runs in this World Series and is hitting .314 with three home runs and 14 RBI this postseason, also snuffed out two potential Cardinals rallies by gunning down Allen Craig at second on what were supposed to be hit-and-runs wwith Albert Pujols at the plate. jordan schuhe bestellen
. The Cardinals didnt help themselves any in the Game 5 loss, as they were just 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position and left 12 runners on base. "If youre going to beat a good team at their ballpark, youve got to capitalize when you have the opportunity," Berkman said. "The longer you go without it, the more confidence I think they have that somebodys going to have a big hit." Since erupting for 16 runs in Saturdays Game 3 triumph, the Cardinals have managed just two runs. Take away that rout and St. Louis is 4-for-30 with runners in scoring position this series. And aside from his epic Game 3 performance, Pujols is 0-for-12 in the set. History does not appear to be on the Cardinals side, as the team that won Game 5 has prevailed in 26 of the previous 39 World Series that were tied at two after four games. However, of the five previous occasions that St. Louis has been in this position it has gone on to win the series four times. Getting the call for the Cardinals tonight will be lefty Jaime Garcia, who is 0-2 this postseason with a 3.97 ERA. Garcia was tremendous against the Rangers in Game 2, as he scattered three hits over seven scoreless innings, but did not factor in the decision of his teams 2-1 loss. "You dont want to think that because that happened once, thats going to happen again," Garcia said. "Every time I go out there, Im thinking that I want to do good. What Ive done in the past against them, you learn from that, but you move forward." Over his last six home starts Garcia is 3-1 with a 1.87 ERA. Hes also pitched to a 0.77 ERA at Busch here in the playoffs. "Im going to sleep good and get ready," Garcia added. "Ive worked really hard in between starts through the whole season to get to this point, and it all comes down to whoever is better." Should the Rangers win tonight they would become the ninth different team in the last 11 years to win a World Series title. Theyd also become the seventh expansion team to win and the first since the Anaheim Angels in 2002 to win their first-ever title. If necessary, Game 7 will be played on Thursday at Busch. ' ' '