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Postby kaisy on Thu Nov 14, 2013 7:28 pm

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Desmond Jennings hit three home runs, including a grand slam, to lead the Tampa Bay Rays to an 8-5 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday. Jennings connected twice off left-hander Wei-Yin Chen and added a solo shot off reliever Kevin Gregg in the seventh. He finished with six RBIs. Before Sunday, Jennings had no homers and one RBI in 42 at-bats. Jennings hit a tape-measure shot off Chen in the third to give the Rays a 2-1 lead, and homered again in the fourth after the Rays loaded the bases on Jose Molinas double, a walk to Matt Joyce and an error by Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy. Chen gave up seven runs, three earned. Baltimore got two homers from Hardy and one apiece from Nick Johnson and Nick Markakis. ... te-Jersey/ . MacDonald was claimed off waivers from the Detroit Red Wings by the Flames in February. MacDonald, a native of Pictou, Nova Scotia, has played 18 games this year with Calgary recording a 7-7-1 record, a 2. ... te-Jersey/ . Channing Frye and Jared Dudley each had 17 points while grabbing nine and eight rebounds, respectively, for the Suns, who got 14 points from Grant Hill. The Suns finished at 40-42 for their first losing season in seven years, and missed the playoffs for the second time in three years. ... te-Jersey/ . In a letter obtained late Tuesday by The Associated Press, Washington, D.C.-based attorney Jeff Fried told the Nevada Athletic Commission that Petersons doctor determined that a one-time "therapeutic" treatment "would not produce a significant enhancement of athletic performance. ... te-Jersey/ . -- As Aldon Smith chases down the NFL record for sacks, his specialty becomes of particular significance this week when the San Francisco 49ers face New England and the NFLs top-ranked offence. ... te-Jersey/ . What can the Blue Jays learn about their roster in September? Is it really an accurate gauge to determine, for example, if a player like Gose will ever be a good major league hitter? Baseball scouts and executives are always evaluating players. TORONTO -- Rudy Gays former team showed it still knows him better than his new team does. Gay was held to just 13 points and three assists as the Toronto Raptors fell 88-82 to the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday. "It was emotional, a little bit, it was good to see the guys," said Gay, "but at the end of the day it was one of those things where we still thought we could win." Raptors head coach Dwane Casey said he felt sorry for Gay, who entered the game averaging 21.1 points in eight games since being acquired from Memphis on Jan. 31. "They didnt want to let Rudy get going," said Casey. "They were double-teaming him on pick-and-rolls, they were sending help quickly, they made it tough on him. "I felt for him cause I knew he wanted to do well, but every time they were rotating bodies against him." Zack Randolph led the way for the Grizzlies (35-18) with 17 points and 18 rebounds while Mike Conley added 17 in the win. Memphis led by 11 points at halftime, but had to withstand a fourth quarter rally by the Raptors for its fifth straight win. "We knew it was going to be a dog fight from the beginning," Conley said. "They were playing very well. It was very much like a playoff game with the way the attitudes were and the emotions out there. Both sides played very hard and the crowd was into it. It felt like a playoff game. It was a big game." Torontos (22-33) Alan Anderson caught fire in the fourth quarter, shooting 4 of 5 from three-point range and collecting 15 of his game-high 19 points. At one point Anderson had 15 straight Raptor points. Amir Johnson, who brought the Air Canada Centre crowd out of thheir seats late in the third quarter when he threw down a monstrous one-handed jam over Randolph, had 16 points and five rebounds.dddddddddddd "First half we just wasnt there," said Gay. "I dont know if it was the schedule or travel -- I dont know, but we just werent there mentally. Second half we ramped it up, but with a team like that, you cant pick it up in the second half and expect to win." The loss snapped Torontos five-game win streak. Ed Davis, who Toronto traded for Gay, had four points off the bench for the Grizzlies and received some applause from the Raptors faithful. The Grizzlies opened the game by missing their first eight field goals, but the Raptors also struggled early, hitting just four of their first 20 shots. "Were trying to prepare for the playoffs," said Casey. "That game, the New York game (Friday) and even (Tuesdays) game to certain extent, its not an offensive affair, its about being tough, being strong with the ball, making the right decisions, not playing in the crowd and playing with that type of mental fortitude." Memphis used an early second quarter 8-2 run to stretch their lead to nine. Gays first points of the game came with just over five minutes remaining in the half, when he drained a shot from three-point range with the shot clock winding down. Memphis took a 43-32 lead into halftime. Notes: Toronto lost its previous meeting 103-82 at Memphis in November. ... Gay was the Grizzlies sixth overall selection at the 2006 draft. Memphis also picked up Tayshaun Prince and Austin Daye from Detroit in the three-team trade while the Pistons received Toronto veteran Jose Calderon. ' ' '
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