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Postby kaisy on Fri Oct 11, 2013 2:30 am

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Over the past six weeks, Texas Rangers starter Matt Harrison has pitched through a kidney stone, missed a start because of a blister on his index finger and taken a liner off his left arm. So Friday night was an easy one. Harrison pitched seven strong innings and the Rangers hit three home runs in an 8-1 win over the New York Mets. "Its nice not to have to pitch with a kidney stone or a blister, or a bruise on my arm," Harrison said with a smile. "Its kind of nice to go out there and not have to deal with those kinds of things. I guess you can kind of say this is a rebound game from all that." The solid outing came six days after Harrison (6-6) remained on the mound after a rain delay of two hours 16 minutes in Atlanta and earned a no-decision in his first career start against the team that drafted him, when the Rangers won in 10 innings. Harrison is 3-2 with a 1.43 ERA over his last six starts and his season ERA of 3.00 is among the best in the majors for a left-hander. "Hes focused. Whatever trouble he created tonight, he was able to pitch around," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "Continue to do that, it builds your confidence." Adrian Beltre snapped a 13-game homerless drought with a two-run shot off Mike Pelfrey (4-6) that put the Rangers up 3-0 in the first. Beltres 13th homer was his first since June 8. Michael Young and Josh Hamilton also connected for the AL West-leading Rangers. It was the 100th career homer for Hamilton. Harrison gave up one run and seven hits, struck out four and walked one. "It took him probably a couple of weeks to pass that stone, I dont want even want to get into that, its pretty gnarly," Young said. "But he did a great job. For him to come out there, compete and give us seven innings is huge." Pelfrey, coming off a complete-game victory at home last Saturday against the Los Angeles Angels, gave up four runs over six innings in another tough outing away from Citi Field. The right-hander is 1-6 with a 6.65 ERA in nine road starts this season. "You give up six runs on two-run homers, its tough to for us to catch up in those circumstances," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "In this park, youve really got to bear down and make your pitches." Beltre added a one-out double in the seventh off Manny Acosta before Young hit his fifth homer. Hamilton connected for a two-run drive off Acosta in the eighth. All seven of the reigning AL MVPs homers this season have come in 29 games since coming of a six-week stint on the disabled list for a broken bone in his upper right arm. New York opened a stretch of playing 13 of 16 games on the road before the all-star break. The Rangers won two of three at home earlier this week against the Astros to begin a span of 19 games before the break when their only road games are during a three-game series at Houston next week. Ian Kinsler hit a leadoff double in the first, moved up on a sacrifice by Elvis Andrus and scored on Hamiltons single. Beltre followed with his drive to left. "I didnt get off to the start I wanted. My fastball command wasnt very good," Pelfrey said. "Beltre was right down the middle." Beltre, hitless in 10 at-bats coming into the game, finished with three extra-base hits after another double in the eighth. Andrus had an RBI single in the fourth before leaving the game with a sprained left wrist. The shortstop got hurt when his left hand buckled awkwardly on the ground when he sliding headfirst for his 22nd stolen base of the season. He was replaced in the field by Andres Blanco to start the fifth. An MRI is scheduled for Saturday, though Washington doesnt think the injury is serious. "Hes OK," Washington said. "He dove there, his left hand stayed behind him and just turned it over. Hell be fine." NOTES: The Mets got their run in the fifth when Ronny Paulino hit a leadoff double and scored on a single by Ruben Tejada. ... Jason Bay had three singles for the Mets, his fifth multihit performance in the last nine games. ... Both weekend games in the series will be day games. The forecasted high for both days is 99 degrees. It is the first time since 2005 with consecutive day games at Rangers Ballpark during the summer heat. ... Pelfrey has allowed 14 homers this season, already two more than last year. ... Hamilton has hit in 18 consecutive interleague games at home. ... The only other time the Mets played at Rangers Ballpark was 2003. New York won two of three in that series, and also at home in 2008, outscoring Texas 44-22 in those six games. Johnny Unitas Jersey . -- Charline Labonte was named Canadas starting goaltender for womens world hockey championship opener against the United States. T.Y. Hilton Jersey For Sale . It required the one-time ace to buy in; to believe there was a problem only an overhaul of his delivery could solve. ... Cn-94.html . With the winning run at second and two outs in the bottom of the 12th at soggy PNC Park, Harrison didnt pass up a first-pitch fastball from Fernando Rodriguez. Cassius Vaughn Jersey . -- Charline Labonte was named Canadas starting goaltender for womens world hockey championship opener against the United States. Robert Mathis Jersey . He was on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation for three weeks. Sheets lost his third straight start Aug. 23 at San Francisco, dropping to 4-4 with a 3.NEW YORK -- Back in the series, now back to Boston. The Celtics are two victories from NBA history, and from extending the Knicks post-season futility in a most improbable manner. Kevin Garnett had 16 points and 18 rebounds and the Celtics stayed alive in the playoffs, cutting New Yorks lead to 3-2 with a 92-86 victory Wednesday night. The Celtics will host Game 6 on Friday night, needing two victories to become the first NBA team to overcome a 3-0 deficit to win a series. "Were still down. Our mentality has to be all-out," Garnett said. "It cant be anything (else)." Brandon Bass added 17 points, steadying Boston as it shook off an 11-0 deficit and pulled away in the second half to stop the Knicks again from achieving their first playoff series victory since 2000. "We didnt panic and thats something weve done, but we didnt," coach Doc Rivers said. "I thought once the game got back to that five, six area, our guys were good again." J.R. Smith, back from his one-game suspension for elbowing Jason Terry with the Knicks way ahead late in Game 3, missed his first 10 shots and finished 3 of 14 for 14 points. Terry also scored 17 off the bench. Jeff Green scored 18 points and Paul Pierce had 16 as he and Garnett, the two franchise stalwarts, extended this season -- and perhaps their Celtics careers -- at least one more game. "Obviously being down 2-0 or 3-0 or whatever it was, we could have folded shop. Nobody in here is going to quit," Terry said. Carmelo Anthony scored 22 points but was just 8 of 24 in another dismal shooting night for the Knicks, who blew a big lead in this game and now the series. They face an unwanted trip back to Boston instead of the rest this aging roster could surely use before the second round. If they get there. "I think were fine," Knicks coach Mike Woodson said. "Sure we wouldve loved to close it out and move on, but nobody said it would be easy." The Knicks would host Game 7 on Sunday. "I told you from Game 1 that this wasnt going to be a breeze, it wasnt going to be a walk in the park, them guys were going to fight and theyre showing some fight right now," Anthony said. "They threw a couple punches at us now and its time for us to do the same." The Celtics were the first of the eight NBA teams that have come from 3-1 down, beating Philadelphia in 1968, and put themselves on the short list of teams that have erased a 2-0 deficit the next year in the NBA Finals. So perhaps it would be fitting if they were the first to overcome 3-0. "I think so. I mean, I think that would be wonderful, and someones going to do it and I want it to be us, obviously, since thats the situation were in," Rivers said before the game. "Someone will do it, and I really want to be a part of that." Hes still got a chance. The Knicks limited the Celtics to 75 points per game while winning the first three, and nearly came back to win Game 4 on Sunday even without Smith. So they felt good even after missing their first chance to wrap it up, when Anthony was 10 of 35 in an ovvertime loss.dddddddddddd. Point guard Raymond Felton said the Knicks still feel in control of the series "for sure." "I mean, this is what playoff basketball is about. Yes, we wish we could have swept them, yes we wish we could have won that game tonight. Sometimes things dont happen that way," he added. "Things arent always pretty, things arent always the way you want them to be. Weve just got to grind it out and go get a win." Though few of these players were here for the streak, the Knicks were perhaps a bit overconfident leading into the game for a franchise that lost an NBA-record 13 straight post-season games from 2001-12. Smith said Tuesday hed have been playing golf instead of practicing had he played in Game 4, and players wore black to the game Wednesday as if they were heading to the Celtics "funeral." The Celtics didnt like it, with reserve Jordan Crawford exchanging words with Anthony and Raymond Felton after the final buzzer. Forget the funeral. The Celtics are still very much alive. "Well, we was going to a funeral, but it looks like we got buried," Smith said. "Basketball is a very humbling game." Smith finally made a 3-pointer to end his drought, and then another cut what had been a 15-point Boston lead to 88-83 with 1:05 remaining. But Garnett made a jumper, then knocked down two free throws to clinch it. The Knicks were just 5 of 22 from 3-point range, which looked worse until Smith hit three late ones. The Sixth Man of the Year received a loud ovation when he went to check in during the first quarter, but heard a few boos by the third. They will likely be deafening on Friday, the kind usually reserved in Boston for a Lakers player. By the time Anthony drove right into the middle of the lane for a dunk that made it 11-0, the Celtics already had three turnovers. But Bass made a pair of free throws and then a dunk to settle them down. He added five more points in the period as Boston climbed within 22-20 even though Pierce missed all six shots in a scoreless 12 minutes. He made a 3-pointer shortly after returning from a break in the second, and another gave the Celtics their first lead at 34-33 with 5:46 remaining in the half. Then Garnett had two baskets in an 8-0 run that gave Boston a 42-37 advantage, and the Celtics walked off at halftime to mostly stunned silence within Madison Square Garden with a 45-39 lead. The second halves had belonged to the Knicks in the series, but the Celtics remained steady in the third quarter, opening a 69-60 lead on Terrys 3-pointer with 41 seconds left, and pushed it to 75-60 early in the fourth. Notes: Woodson said the team will try to get Amare Stoudemire some contact in practice to see if he will be ready to play in the next round. Woodson said Stoudemire, who is recovering from right knee surgery, is "looking pretty good right now." ... Jason Kidd was honoured before the game after winning the NBAs Sportsmanship Award on Tuesday. He is the first player to win it in back-to-back years and joins Grant Hill as the only player to win it multiple times. ' ' '
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