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NEW YORK - With all that speed in centre, Peter Bourjos looked as if he was born to play at Citi Field. Bourjos hit a tiebreaking double and turned in a sensational catch to help Joel Pineiro nail down his 100th career win at last in the Los Angeles Angels 4-3 victory over the New York Mets on Friday night. "He went out and got a couple of em, thats for sure," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "I think its the type of field that you can really see our outfield athleticism show up." Playing under National League rules, the Angels left surging designated hitter Bobby Abreu on the bench in their first game at the Mets spacious home and started their three fastest outfielders. Bourjos and left-fielder Vernon Wells tracked down some key drives in the vast gaps -- and enjoyed every minute of it. "Id love to play here," Bourjos said. "A lot of room to cover and I enjoy that, just kind of being able to run, not having to really worry about walls and stuff, especially out in right-centre. Youre not going to hit a wall for a long time." Admittedly nervous for his first game in New York, hard-throwing rookie Jordan Walden walked his first two batters in the ninth inning before striking out the next three to hold on. Torii Hunter snapped a 2-for-23 slide with three hits, including an RBI single, while Maicer Izturis and Howie Kendrick each scored twice. The Angels, who had lost seven of 10, used some slick defence to improve to 27-10 in interleague road games since 2007 -- the best mark in the majors. Los Angeles has won 28 of its last 40 overall against National League teams. Pineiro (3-3) had failed six times to earn win No. 100 since his previous victory May 10 against the Chicago White Sox. But he ran into the right opponent Friday, pitching 6 1-3 solid innings to up his record against the Mets to 4-0 with a shutout in seven career starts. "I knew it was going to come," Pineiro said. "I didnt put too much pressure on myself." The right-hander, who allowed two runs and six hits, shook off an early line drive to his leg and held nemesis Jose Reyes in check. Reyes, who began the day leading the majors with a .348 average and 101 hits, entered 7-for-12 (.583) against Pineiro with a homer and a triple. But the speedy leadoff man went 0-for-4 with a ninth-inning walk. Reyes stole second, but Walden recovered to preserve Pineiros 100th win. "I totally forgot until after the game," Walden said. "I was like, Oh my God, he probably had a heart attack." Angel Pagan had a pair of RBI singles for the Mets, back home after a 6-4 road trip. With the score tied 2-all, the Angels mounted a two-out rally against Chris Capuano (5-7) in the sixth. Mark Trumbo reached on an infield single that was bobbled by Reyes at shortstop, putting two on. Bourjos grounded an RBI double that glanced off the glove of rookie third baseman Justin Turner, giving Los Angeles the lead. "Those balls are coming back to kill us," Mets manager Terry Collins said. Bourjos helped preserve the edge in the bottom half with a leaping catch as he banged into the left-centre fence to rob Ronny Paulino, who was leading off the inning. On the mound, Pineiro applauded in appreciation. "I love taking hits away from people in the outfield," Bourjos said. "I think your team gets pumped up." Hunter added a run-scoring single in the seventh off Bobby Parnell after Izturis led off with a double. "We definitely got some clutch hits tonight and that was good to see," Scioscia said. "Its been missing in a lot of our baseball so far this season." Paulino drove an RBI double to right-centre -- far out of Bourjos reach -- to cut it to 4-3 in the eighth. But a sharp grounder by Ruben Tejada was smothered by Trumbo at first, and Scott Downs struck out pinch-hitter Scott Hairston to end the inning. Walden then earned his 16th save in 19 chances. "First and second, no out, 3-4-5, three left-handed hitters, three good fastball hitters," Collins said. "It felt like we were going to do something." After the start was delayed 33 minutes by rain, Kendrick doubled in the second and scored on a two-out error by Turner, who rushed a high throw with the speedy Bourjos racing up the line. Daniel Murphy tripled to open the bottom half and Pagan followed with a tying single. Wells, who began the night batting .193, ripped an RBI single off Reyes glove in the third. Moments later, Pineiro was hit behind his right knee by Carlos Beltrans line-drive single, drawing a groan from the crowd of 29,513 -- and another when the replay was shown. Scioscia and a trainer came out to check on Pineiro, who threw two warmup pitches and stayed in the game. Pagans two-out single tied the score again. "We all know Pineiro," Pagan said. "Hes been around for a long time, and he knows how to make adjustments." 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World No. 16 Milos Raonic will lead Canada into the April 5-7 best-of-five series at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre in Vancouver. He will be joined by Davis Cup veterans Frank Dancevic and Vasek Pospisil and doubles ace Daniel Nestor, Tennis Canada announced Tuesday. They will be up against an Italian squad similar in strength to the No. 1-ranked Spanish side they beat 3-2 in February. It was missing top singles stars Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer. "The Italians have good depth as a country," Davis Cup captain Martin Laurendeau said on a conference call. "The Spanish team in Vancouver and the Italian team we find are similar enough that we can plan accordingly. "The tables set for us to do it again. That will be our challenge." Like Spain, the Italians are best on slower clay courts, but in Vancouver they will be faced with a lightning-fast, indoor hardcourt that is Raonics favourite surface. The six-foot-five power server went 2-0 in singles against Spain. "The last Davis Cup that (Italy) played indoors was on a clay court," said Laurendeau. "Given a choice, I think the Italians would play on clay. "We hope the surface plays to our advantage." Italy will counter with world No. 19 Andreas Seppi, current No. 2 doubles team Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini as well as No. 59 Paolo Lorenzi. Fognini is also a highly ranked singles player at No. 36. The Italians beat Croatia in the first round. Canada, which reached the Davis Cup quarter-finals for the first time, has moved up to eighth in the International Tennis Federation rankings while Italy is ninth. The only surprise on Laurendeaus team was that Ottawa native Jesse Levine, who recently switched from U.S. to Canadian nationality, was not on it. At No. 97, he is the only Canadian besides Roanic in the top 100. Levine will be in Vancouver as an alternate, along with Filip Peliwo and Adil Shamasdin. "We prepare five guys to play," Laurendeau said. "Jesses part of our ffive guys.dddddddddddd "If anything happens, Jesses the guy to go in. But for now, hes the fifth guy." Raonic pulled out of a match this week with strep throat, while Nestor has been dealing with a strained calf, but both are expected to be fit for Davis Cup duty. Levine looks to have been bumped by the strong play of Dancevic both at the last Davis Cup tie and in recent tour matches. Raonic, of Thornhill, Ont., is the highest-ranked Canadian mens singles player of all time. He has had a successful start to the season, winning his third straight SAP Open title at San Jose, Calif., and reaching the fourth round of the Australian Open. Dancevic, from Niagara Falls, Ont., has competed for Canadas Davis Cup team every year since 2002, except when he was hampered with a back injury in 2008. He holds a 13-5 record in Davis Cup matches played on home soil. He upset Spains Marcel Granollers 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 in the first-round tie. "Frank played a perfect match at the last Davis Cup and since then hes had some good wins, so he earned a chance to play against Italy," said Laurendeau. Vancouvers Pospisil will be playing his eighth tie for Canada. He was a key contributor to Canadas return to the World Group in 2011, going 6-1 in the three ties he played. Torontos Nestor holds the Canadian Davis Cup records for most years played (21), most wins (44), most doubles wins (29), and most ties played (43). Nestor holds 80 ATP World Tour doubles titles, which is fourth on the all-time list, including a career Golden Slam (all four Grand Slam trophies and an Olympic Gold medal). Laurendeau said another bonus will be the boisterous fan support in Vancouver. "Vancouver is a great tennis town," he said. "They showed that last time. "We talk about the surfaces, but the crowd is also a big factor." The winner will move on to the semifinals in September to face the winner of a tie between Serbia and the United States. Both countries have already qualified for World Group action in 2014 because of their first-round victories. Other quarter-finals have France at Argentina and the Czech Republic at Kazakhstan. ' ' '
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