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PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Pirates patiently waited six years for former No. Nike Air Max 97 Canada . 2 overall draft pick Jameson Taillon to make the major leagues. So far, hes been worth the wait.The Pirates didnt call up Taillon until two months into the season but, thanks to several reshufflings of their rotation, hes now settled into what effectively is the No. 2 man in their rotation. And its taken Taillon only nine starts in the big leagues to do that.Taillon will make start No. 10 Thursday afternoon against the San Diego Padres after going 2-2 with a 3.29 ERA, 43 strikeouts and only six walks in 52 innings during his first nine starts.Taillon has been in the majors long enough that he doesnt feel like a rookie any longer, even though he clearly is.The 24-year-old Taillons latest start was typical of the way hes pitched to date; he gave up only one run in six innings Friday against the Cincinnati Reds, although he didnt get the decision in a game the Pirates won 3-2.Hes got some tools to work with, and hes learning more each and every time out there, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. It was another night for him to grow.Taillon is quickly growing into an irreplaceable piece of the Pirates pitching puzzle.He has allowed only eight earned runs in 30 innings over his last five starts, walking a single batter. Not surprisingly, the Pirates have won five of his last six starts, even though the right-hander was on the disabled list with right shoulder fatigue from July 5-19.Taillon hasnt won since June 29 at Seattle, or at all in five starts at PNC Park, but the Pirates are 4-1 in those games.Taillon will oppose Padres left-hander Christian Friedrich (4-7, 4.76 ERA), who makes his ninth start on the road of his 16 overall starts. Friedrich pitched a season-high seven innings in his last start Aug. 5 vs. the Philadelphia Phillies, permitting four runs and five hits.Friedrich, like Taillon, is a former first-round draft pick -- and one of 13 starters the Padres have used this season.For the most part, I thought he was really good all day, Padres manager Andy Green said -- with the exceptions being the home run and double he allowed to the Phillies Cameron Rupp.The Padres and Pirates will play for the sixth and final time this season, with the Padres leading the season series 3-2 following their 4-0 win Wednesday behind Edwin Jackson and two relievers, who combined to allow only two singles.San Diego is one of the more aggressive teams in the majors stealing bases -- theyre third in the majors with 99 steals -- and that was evident Wednesday as Travis Jankowski pulled off a rare steal of home in the eighth inning.Jankowski detected that reliever Antonio Bastardo wasnt watching him closely as the left-hander focused on his matchup with Alex Dickerson, so he took off for the plate and scored as catcher Eric Fryer fumbled Bastardos hurried throw home.We run the bases with a ton of aggression and steal a lot of bases -- but we take whats given to us, Green said. That was probably more of a gamble ... but it worked out because Travis has the ability to create anxiety in other people when hes running the bases. He took it upon himself (to go) ... and if youre going to take a chance, thats the time to take one. Nike Air Max Outlet Canada . "I wrote 36 on my sheet at the beginning of the game," the Cincinnati coach said, referring the yard line the ball would need to be snapped from. Nike Air Max Canada . "I wrote 36 on my sheet at the beginning of the game," the Cincinnati coach said, referring the yard line the ball would need to be snapped from. . Two pressure cooker bombs exploded near the finish line of the April 15 race in an area packed with fans cheering the passing runners. Three people were killed and more than 260 injured, including at least 16 who lost limbs. OXNARD, Calif. -- The Dallas defense figures to start the season with a cornerback as its career sacks leader, which explains why Rod Marinelli recently was asked if he can remember coaching so many inexperienced or unproven players.And when someone suggested that he would prefer a batch of Pro Bowl pass rushers instead, the Cowboys defensive coordinator skipped the obvious one-word answer and said, That we develop.Owner Jerry Jones and son Stephen, the executive vice president of personnel, are counting on that mentality with Dallas missing three suspended starters to open the season. Its possible that two of them -- linebacker Rolando McClain and rush end Randy Gregory -- will miss the entire season dealing with their issues.Add to that a mediocre 2015 when the Cowboys were last in the NFL in takeaways and turnover margin, and the questions were plentiful at training camp. The Cowboys broke camp Wednesday and play their preseason home opener Friday night against Miami.Those things hurt, Marinelli said of McClains 10-game suspension and the four-game ban for Gregory and fellow end DeMarcus Lawrence -- all on violations of the NFLs substance-abuse policy.But disarray sounds like everybodys going different directions. Nobody knows what theyre doing. I think of a bunch of men who want to play like a unit. If we just play together as a defense, we did that a couple of years ago, and this has got a little more talent actually right now than we did.Marinelli spoke of 2014, when Dallas was among the league leaders by forcing 31 turnovers on a 12-4 team that won the NFC East and a playoff game.But when quarterback Tony Romo and receiver Dez Bryant missed significant time with injuries last season, the defense couldnt make up the difference with game-changing plays as the Cowboys tumbled to 4-12.The Cowboys tried the approach of a proven pass rusher in free agency last year, signing Greg Hardy despite the stain of a domestic violence case and a looming suspension that originally was 10 games but reduced to four. Hardys production sagged along with the teams fortunes late in the season.So now, cornerback Orlando Scandrick enters the season with the most sacks (9 1/2, same as the missing McClain). And the biggest pickup in free agency was Benson Mayowa from Oakland on an offer sheet. He has two sacks in three seasons.This is why we have 100 guys out here at camp because you have to find the next person to fill in to those shoess, cornerback Brandon Carr said. Nike Air Max Fury Canada. And also its up to us veteran guys as leaders out there on the defense to kind of set the tone, to hold everybody accountable.Marinelli prefers an eight-player rotation in his line, and he has plenty of unheralded choices at the moment. Cedric Thornton out of Philadelphia is a free agent addition in the interior line, along with rookie third-round pick Maliek Collins from Nebraska.The other edge rushers are a mix of returning players (Lawrence when he gets back, David Irving, Ryan Russell), newcomers (rookie fourth-rounder Charles Tapper, Mike McAdoo) and a pair who can play inside and outside (Jack Crawford, Tyrone Crawford).Tyrone Crawford and Lawrence have eight career sacks apiece, with Lawrence getting all eight in his second season last year when he led the team.Youve got to be careful saying its all about sacks, coach Jason Garrett said. Its about affecting the quarterback. Well continue to try to help this younger pass rushers develop and grow, technically understanding our system, playing emotionally the right way over the course of a game.Without McClain in the middle, Sean Lee becomes the focal point of the linebackers. Third-year player Anthony Hitchens is the likely replacement for McClain, and the Cowboys brought back veteran Justin Durant for depth.For us, its the fourth quarter, its the turnovers, Lee said. I think we have the guys who can cause those big plays. Weve got some guys back. So I think we have the group here that can play well. I think that the suspensions, were not really focused on any of those.Carr is focused on ending a two-year interception drought after taking a pay cut in the final year of his five-year, $50 million free agent deal. Morris Claiborne is still trying to prove hes not a bust as a top 10 pick the same year Carr signed. And Scandrick is back after a major knee injury late in training camp a year ago sidelined him for the season.I think its bigger than a chip at this point -- its probably like a big boulder, Carr said. Were not satisfied with last years results. We left a lot of plays on the field.And the suspensions have left the Cowboys with holes to fill.---Online:AP NFL websites: and Schuyler Dixon on Twitter at ' ' ' 

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