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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Talk about a 1-2-3 punch for the Toronto Blue Jays in these playoffs. Ben Revere Nationals Jersey .The wild-card Blue Jays have rediscovered their power stroke in October, and are going home with a chance to sweep the Texas Rangers in the AL Division Series after a 5-3 win Friday.Edwin Encarnacion capped a three-homer burst in the fifth inning off Yu Darvish, and Toronto won on a dreary, misty afternoon for a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five matchup.One important reminder, though: Last fall, Toronto lost the first two games of the ALDS at home against Texas, then rallied to win the series.I learned something last year ... you got to win three games, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. Theyve got a great team over there. You dont lead the American League, powerhouse league, you dont luck into that.Wearing spikes that had No Panic printed on them, closer Roberto Osuna got a five-out save that sent the Blue Jays home looking to clinch the series in Game 3 Sunday night.Osuna entered after reliever Francisco Liriano was hit near the back of the head by Carlos Gomezs line drive. Liriano was taken by ambulance after the game to a hospital, where he was checked out and then cleared to fly home with the team that evening. It was Osunas first appearance since he left the mound in the AL wild-card win Tuesday night with a shoulder injury that left his status in doubt.Kevin Pillar, Ezequiel Carrera and Encarnacion, who ended the wild-card game with a three-run homer in the 11th inning, hit solo homers in a five-batter span in the fifth. Troy Tulowitzkis two-run drive in the second put 20-game winner J.A. Happ and the Blue Jays ahead to stay.Getting behind in the count, and they were looking for fastballs, Darvish said through his interpreter. When I left it on the plate, they got it.Texas scored twice in the eighth, including Gomezs single that struck Liriano. The pitcher walked off the mound.A day after Cleveland homered three times in an inning against Boston and won its ALDS opener, the Blue Jays matched the feat against the team that won an AL-high 95 games this year. The home runs boosted the Blue Jays in a game in which they got outhit 13-6.While Toronto finished the regular season fourth in the majors with 221 homers, only eight came in the last 11 games. They already have eight in three postseason games.Home runs are always a good thing, Gibbons said.Darvish had as many strikeouts (four) in his five innings as homers allowed, becoming the first pitcher in the postseason to allow four homers in a game since Minnesotas Rick Reed against Oakland in Game 3 of the 2002 ALDS.Texas has lost five straight ALDS games to the Blue Jays since winning the first two games in Toronto last October. The Rangers dropped to 1-11 in ALDS games in their home ballpark, including Cole Hamels worst postseason outing in the 10-1 series-opening loss Thursday.Weve come back from a lot this year. ... We all believe in each other, said Texas outfielder Ian Desmond, who drove in two runs but was also thrown out trying to score on a grounder.Happ allowed nine hits but only run before leaving one batter into the sixth.You go into a game knowing that at some point theyre going to get their hits, Happ said. But yeah, it was a battle. It seemed like a long five innings.Osuna, who afterward said he felt no pain, came in a little earlier than planned, a move that followed Liriano getting struck.The ball off Gomezs bat was measured at 102 mph, and Liriano turned away just in time to avoid being hit in the face. Gomez winced as the ball caromed into right-center field for a single to make it 5-2.Desmond drove in a run with a grounder before Osuna struck out Carlos Beltran to end the eighth.Adrian Beltre was stranded at second after a leadoff double in the ninth.COOL DOWNAt first pitch, it was overcast with a temperature of 67 degrees, but the game started on time after rain fell overnight and in the early-morning hours at Globe Life Park. It was 90 degrees Thursday at the start of the series opener that was played under bright, sunny conditions.OUT AT HOMEDesmond had a leadoff double in the seventh, but was later thrown out at the plate after third baseman Josh Donaldson fielded a grounder. The out call stood after a replay challenge by the Rangers.TRAINERS ROOMBlue Jays: 2B Devon Travis was scratched from the starting lineup about an hour before the first pitch because of right knee irritation.Rangers: RF Shin-Soo Choo was out of the lineup after playing Game 1, but manager Jeff Banister said Choo was fine physically. Choo was on the disabled list four times this year, and had missed 39 games with a broken left forearm until last weekend.UP NEXTBlue Jays: One of the two losses this season by RHP Aaron Sanchez, the AL ERA leader at 3.00, was to Texas. He gave up six runs, matching his season high, and was the loser in that May 15 game with the bench-clearing brawl after Toronto star Jose Bautista was punched by Rougned Odor.Rangers: RHP Colby Lewis is 4-1 with a 2.38 ERA in nine career postseason games (eight starts) for Texas. In 2010, he won the AL Championship Series clincher to get the Rangers to their first World Series, and beat San Francisco in Game 3 for their only victory in that series. John Lackey Cubs Jersey . Houston won 3-0 to advance to face New York in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Last in the game, Di Vaio and Romero got into a shoving match with several Houston players. Romero appeared to elbow and kick Houston defender Kofi Sarkodie. Travis dArnaud Mets Jersey . The 27-year-old Scrivens will be joining his third NHL club since signing with the Toronto Maple Leafs as a free agent in 2010. The move also reunites with him with head coach Dallas Eakins from their time together with the American Hockey Leagues Toronto Marlies. . It was the second consecutive win for the Pacers (2-5), who lost their first five preseason games. Jeff Teague led the Hawks (1-5) with 17 points and eight assists and Al Horford had 12 points and seven rebounds. Mike Scott scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half.As Manchester United bow out of Europe at the hands of Liverpool, we take a look at four talking points from Old Trafford. Anthony Martials first-half penalty put United within a goal of Liverpool on aggregate, but Philippe Coutinhos superb leveller put Liverpool 3-1 ahead on aggregate.Thats how it ended, and Liverpool are now in the hat for the quarter-final draw on Friday. Man Utd 1-1 Liverpool (Agg: 1-3) Liverpool progressed to the last eight of the Europa League after a 1-1 draw at rivals Man Utd Exciting youngstersLouis van Gaal opted to start with Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard for Thursdays crunch game, and the three youngsters looked impressive in a match that had plenty of attacking intent.They often linked up with some delightful play, and Frenchman Martial was a menace down the wing, involved in the majority of the home sides attacks.  Anthony Martial scores from the penalty spot at Old Trafford With Wayne Rooney out for the next few weeks and some big games coming up - including Sundays Manchester derby, live on Sky Sports - Red Devils fans can take some positives from these three youngsters for this season and beyond.Solid SakhoNot always one to come in for praise, Mamadou Sakho was a rock in defence for Liverpool. He was constantly sniffing out the ball in the danger areas and made a number of vital blocks from chances that at times came thick and fast from United.In total, he made ten clearances in 90 minutes for his side - the rest of the team 11 between them - and also had the highest pass completion rate of 89.4% from the starting side. While Rashford was bright, Sakho was constantly on his tail and kept him in check during the first half. Mamadou Sakho was in fine form for Liverpool on Thursday night He constantly found himself in the right areas, but needs to find the same consistency on a regular basis. Juan Lagares Mets Jersey. Klopp avoids sour Old Trafford bowJurgen Klopp is the first Liverpool manager since Graeme Souness in October 1991 to avoid defeat in his first game at Old Trafford as Reds boss.Roy Evans, Gerard Houllier, Rafa Benitez, Roy Hodgson, Kenny Dalglish and Brendan Rodgers all failed before Klopp, whose record against Louis van Gaal now reads W3, D1, L2. Jurgen Klopp is the first Liverpool manager since Graeme Souness to avoid defeat in his first game at Old Trafford as Reds boss Klopp has now reached the last eight of European competition as a manager for the third time in four seasons, and with a favourable draw, this could be Liverpools best chance of playing Champions League football next season.A European first for UnitedAnother unwanted record broken with Uniteds defeat over two legs; they have now lost their first European tie against English opposition, having won their previous five.  United have been knocked out of Europe by English opposition for the first time Famous wins include a 4-1 aggregate semi-final victory over Arsenal on their way to the Champions League final in 2009, a 3-1 aggregate quarter-final win over Chelsea in 2011, and the 2008 final victory on penalties over the Blues in Moscow.Liverpool, meanwhile, have reached the quarter-final of a European competition for the first time since 2009/10, when they faced Benfica in the Europa League on their way to the semi-finals.  Also See: Man Utd 1-1 Liverpool (Agg: 1-3) As it happened Fourth may not secure CL spot Europa League news Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys ' ' ' 
Sam Thaiday has been passed fit to face England in Sundays Four Nations clash at the London Olympic Stadium after passing a fitness test on his injured knee. Kyle Seager Jersey .The veteran forward sustained the problem against New Zealand last week and was rated as 50-50 to play against the hosts but coach Mal Meninga said having Thaiday at his disposal means hell have his best possible 17 available to him.Sams fine and thats exciting, well have our full strength side on the field, Meninga said.Were looking forward to putting on a good performance and better executing what we have done in the last two games.Skipper Cameron Smith said Thaidays inclusion is a huge boost ahead of what he expects to be the toughest match of the tour against a side desperate to end a decade-long wait for a victory over the Kangaroos.A win or a draw for England will ensure they face Australia, who are already through to the final after Scotlands shock draw with New Zealand on Friday in Workington.Its important for us. Hes in our best 17 and hes had a great tour so far, Smith said.Hes great for the squad with the type of character he is. The most important thing is that hes a great footy player.Smith believes Wayne Bennett will have England primed for this match after two underwhelming displays against the Kiwis and Scotland in their opening two matches.Theyve got a bit of a sniff now after Scotlands draw, Smith said.The talk all week was by how much, but now they just have to win to be in the final. Thats probably a bit of extra motivation for their side.But take away what happened last night ... Wayne would have had these guys geared up for a solid performance.England or Great Britain havent beaten Australia for 10 years and London has historically been a happy hunting ground against the tourists in the past.In 1990 and 1994 two powerful Kangaroos sides were put to the sword and Smith said he is expecting a ferocious battle.Traditionally the Kangaroos havent done so well in London, he said.History shows we havent had good results here. This side will be out to change that.Kangaroos team: Darius Boyd, Valentine Holmes, Greg Inglis, Josh Dugan, Blake Ferguson, Johnathan Thurston, Cooper Cronk, Matt Scott, Cameron Smith, Aaron Woods, Matt Gillett, Boyd Cordner, Trent Merrin. Interchange: David Klemmer, Tyson Frizell, Sam Thaiday, Michael Morgan. Taijuan Walker Jersey . On Saturday night, the normally free throw-challenged centre did just that. Howard scored 18 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter, including 13 of 19 free throws in a 2 1/2-minute stretch, and the Houston Rockets beat the Denver Nuggets 122-111. Hisashi Iwakuma Jersey . The Americans, skipped by John Shuster, seized the advantage in the eighth end by scoring five points for a 7-3 lead. The Czechs pulled two back in the ninth, but Shusters team of third Jeff Isaacson, second Jared Zezel and lead John Landsteiner ended with another point to secure the last Olympic berth on offer. . - Oakland Raiders running back Rashad Jennings was speaking to a group of local high school students earlier this week when the conversation turned to the importance of being prepared when opportunities in life arise. MINNEAPOLIS -- Danny Duffy will try and get back on track after two straight rough outings when the Kansas City Royals and Minnesota Twins play the final game of a three-game series on Wednesday night at Target Field.In the midst of a career season, Duffy has struggled each of his past two turns on the mound, allowing a total of 11 runs in 10 2/3 innings of work against the Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers. Prior to that, the left-hander had allowed just nine runs in his previous seven starts.Included in that run was 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball against the Twins at Kauffman Stadium on Aug. 21, when he scattered eight hits and walked two but earned his 11th win.The game has major postseason implications for the defending world champions, who have won the first two games of the series and are playing the third game of a 14-game stretch against teams under .500. If Kansas City is to get back into playoff positioning, this could be their final opportunity to go on a sustained run.In that vein, the Royals were able to avoid using the back end of their bullpen once again, thanks to a seven-run ninth inning on Tuesday in a 10-3 win.We were trying to keep (closer) Wade (Davis) out of the game, said Royals manager Ned Yost. Weve really pounded our back-end relievers the last two weeks. Every opportunity to give them an extra day is always huge.Minnesota got another homee run from second baseman Brian Dozier on Tuesday, whose incredible August has carried right into September. Randy Johnson Mariners Jersey. It was the fifth straight game with at least one home run for Dozier, tying the franchise record shared by Harmon Killebrew and Marty Cordova. It was his 25th blast since the All-Star break and seventh this month.Its kind of like a video game, said Twins manager Paul Molitor. Just impressive to watch.The Twins will send right-hander Kyle Gibson to the bump looking to build on Ervin Santanas solid outing on Tuesday. Santana allowed three runs over six-plus innings of work, giving the Twins a rare quality start over the last month. Minnesota pitchers have allowed at least eight runs in 12 of its last 19 games and 15 times in the last 26.Gibson has been a big part of that, allowing at least five runs in four of his last seven starts since the beginning of August and giving up fewer than three just once during that stretch; that start lasted just five innings, however.The right-hander allowed six runs, five of them earned, on 10 hits and two walks in a loss to the Royals at Target Field on Aug. 12 but has historically fared well against Kansas City, posting a 5-4 record with a 3.10 ERA in nine career starts against them. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys ' ' ' 
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