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01:51, Aug 15 2015

TORONTO -- Its all about numbers for the Toronto Blue Jays these days. Good and bad. Their hopes of reaching baseballs post-season are alive mathematically by the thinnest of margins. Right-hander Drew Hutchison, however, led the way on Wednesday when he equalled his career best with 10 strikeouts in an 11-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs. It was the fourth win in a row for the Blue Jays (76-69) and the sixth straight loss for the Cubs (64-82). In the three-game series sweep Toronto outscored Chicago 28-3. It was the third solid start for the Blue Jays in the series. Rookie right-hander Marcus Stroman pitched his first career shutout in an 8-0 win on Monday and left-hander Mark Buehrle held the Cubs to two runs over seven innings in the 9-2 win on Tuesday. "Theyve really picked it up, too," manager John Gibbons said. "Even coming into the season, that was really the question mark of the team, how was the rotation going to hold up. Of course, 1/8Brandon 3/8 Morrow went down but those other guys have been steady for pretty much the whole year. We added a guy here and there to make a spot start to give them a little breather but theyre pitching a lot better than I expected if you want to know the truth. "Thats important. What they do is most of them give you a shot every time out there. When were pitching good, were capable of scoring a lot of runs every night, and when we play good defence, we win." Hutchison (10-11) allowed four hits and one run, on a homer by Jorge Soler, over 6 1/3 innings. His other 10 strikeout game was July 1 against the Milwaukee Brewers, also at Rogers Centre. "My command has been good," Hutchison said. "Ive been commanding the baseball with all three of my pitches. My slider has been good to both sides of the plate lately. I think thats been a big reason why Ive pitched well and my fastball command has been (good). Try to continue to throw the way I am now and give us a chance every time I go out." The 24-year-old held the Cubs to two doubles and a walk in the first six innings. But in the seventh, Soler hit his fourth homer of the season with one out for the Cubs. Welington Castillo followed with a double and kept going to third on an error by centre fielder Anthony Gose. Left-hander Brett Cecil replaced Hutchison and finished the inning with a strikeout and a fly out. "Its been going well lately," Hutchison said. "I felt like I pitched six really good innings and maybe the wait there hurt a little bit coming out for the seventh. But thats always a good thing when you wait that long. Falling behind those guys was frustrating but overall I thought it was a good outing." The Blue Jays added five runs in the home seventh inning against Cubs relievers Wesley Wright and Kyuji Fujikawa. Edwin Encarnacion and Dioner Navarro each had two-run singles in the inning and Danny Valencia drove in the other run with a single to give him his second RBI on the game. Dalton Pompey, of Mississauga, Ont., had his first big-league RBI in the two-run eighth when he grounded out as a pinch-hitter. "I was nervous, Im not going to lie," said Pompey who was called up for September from triple-A Buffalo. "My arm was shaking before I went up to bat and I just had to collect myself, take a deep breath and try to stick with my approach, it was hard. Even the first pitch, I didnt really see it. Just had to collect myself, try to put the ball in play and good things happen." Cubs right-hander Kyle Hendricks (6-2) allowed six hits and four runs in 5 2/3 innings for his first loss since July 27. "We got into a little trouble there and werent able to dig ourselves out," Cubs manager Rick Renteria said. "They kept chipping away, they kept swinging the bats, they kept doing things to keep their offence going, they kept the line moving. They took advantage of miscues. Kyle probably deserved a better fate." The Cubs had a chance to take the lead in the first inning after Javier Baez walked with one out. Luis Valbuena followed with a double to right centre. Baez continued around third before being held up. He was thrown out trying to return to third by Navarro after the catcher had taken the relay throw home from second baseman Ryan Goins. Hutchison struck out Soler to end the inning. That started a run of 15 consecutive batters retired by Hutchison until Chris Coghlan doubled to centre with two out in the sixth. Hutchison responded by striking out Baez. The Blue Jays scored a run in the third on a double by Kevin Pillar who slid home safely on a sacrifice fly to left by Gose. Pillar had moved to third on a groundout to first by Goins. The Blue Jays took a 4-0 lead in the sixth. Gose singled to left and then came around to score on a bloop single by Jose Reyes when the right fielder, Soler, mishandled the ball for an error. Reyes took third on a fly out to right by Jose Bautista, whose 13-game hit streak ended, and scored when Adam Lind sliced a single to left. Navarro followed with a walk and Valencia doubled to centre to score Lind. "I felt really good," Hendricks said. "That was one of my best outings, from the start, that Ive had all year. It was one of those innings where I made a lot of good pitches, probably should have gotten out of it. If you fall behind on those guys, theyre going to make you pay. Sometimes theres nothing you can do." Notes: Announced attendance at Rogers Centre was 19,411. àThe Blue Jays are considering starting LHP Mark Buehrle on Sunday to give RHP Marcus Stroman an extra day off after he pitched his first career shutout on Tuesday against the Cubs. Buehrle is 18 innings short of pitching at least 200 innings in a season for the 14th straight year. àThe Blue Jays have Thursday off before completing the home stand with a three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays. LHP J.A. Happ (9-9, 4.44 E.R.A.) will start the opener on Friday against RHP Nathan Karns, who is making his first start of the season in the majors. Blidi Wreh-Wilson Womens Jersey . Wednesday night, he was able to do both in the same inning to help the Cincinnati Reds pin a frustrating loss on two-time Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw. Brian Schwenke Womens Jersey . In a 43-game stint, he batted .293 with nine homers and 25 runs batted in with a .953 OPS. He played spectacular defence and seemed to have a skill for pumping up his teammates and electrifying the crowd. http://www.authentictitanslockroom.com/AUTHENTIC-MARCUS-MARIOTA-TITANS-JERSEY/ . The Giants announced the deal Friday. The 29-year-old Huff was 3-1 with a 5.50 ERA for Cleveland and New York last year in 14 appearances, making two starts. The Yankees picked him up off waivers from the Indians in May. Brian Schwenke Jersey . - The Grizzlies are happy to be back in Memphis, where they finished the regular season by winning a franchise-record 14 straight games. Wesley Woodyard Womens Jersey . DeRozan scored 28 of his 37 points in the second half to tie his career high, but in the end, the lone strong performance wasnt enough to lift an otherwise lacklustre Raptors team in a 96-80 loss to the Chicago Bulls.LONDON -- Shock therapy failed to produce the desired result at Tottenham as Spurs conceded two goals in the last 10 minutes to go out of the League Cup in the quarterfinals after a 2-1 home defeat to West Ham on Wednesday. Manchester United also advanced with a 2-0 win at Stoke courtesy of goals from Ashley Young and Patrice Evra. The Red Devils next face Sunderland, with a potential final against bitter rival Manchester City after the Blues were drawn against West Ham in the other semifinal. The match at Stoke was interrupted in the 29th minute because of hail with a delay of more than 10 minutes before Young scored a spectacular goal from the edge of the box in the 62nd following a 1-2 with Javier Hernandez. Evra then sealed the Red Devils win by curling home a right-footed strike in the 78th. "Sunderland played well to beat Chelsea so anything can happen but we are really pleased to be in the last four," Manchester United manager David Moyes said. "The conditions were a leveler and it was really difficult to play in tonight. Its some of the worst conditions Ive played or managed in. But once we got the first goal we felt confident. This club is used to winning trophies, it is business as usual." In the first match since Andre Villas-Boas dismissal on Monday - following a 5-0 home loss to Liverpool - Tottenham interim manager Tim Sherwood made six changes as Emmanuel Adebayor enjoyed his first start of the season. Adebayor, who had played only 45 minutes this season after being ignored by Villas-Boas, put Spurs in front with a spectacular volley in the 68th but West Ham got back into the match when Modibo Maiga flicked the ball to Matt Taylor, who found Matt Jarvis before the winger scored with a clean finish in the 80th. Maiga then jumped higher than the Tottenham defenders five minutes from time and headed home past Lloris to silence the Spurs fans with his first goal of the season. After West Ham secured a second consecutive win at White Hart Lane following a 3-0 victory in October in the Premier League, Sherwood said his immediate future at the club was still "up in the air." The list of potential candidates touted to succeed Villas-Boas in the long term inccludes Fabio Capello and Glenn Hoddle.dddddddddddd "I dont know if Ill be Spurs manager, I havent spoken to the chairman," Sherwood said. "We have to have a chat and see. It has to fit me and the club. The club have to make the right appointment, as you can imagine the list is as long as your arm." With Adebayor up front alongside Jermain Defoe, Sherwood also started Danny Rose, Vlad Chiriches, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Andros Townsend. Tottenham got off to a strong start, creating a first chance almost immediately as Aaron Lennon surged down the right flank before crossing the ball for Defoe, whose shot ended just wide. With Tottenham applying constant pressure on the visitors, West Ham defender Joey OBrien almost headed the ball into his own net as he struggled to cope with Lennons cross from the right in the 7th minute, moments before Adebayor sent a looping header wide. Struggling to string passes together, West Ham was forced to watch and rarely entered Tottenhams half in the first 30 minutes. Looking uninspired, Sam Allardyces players relied on basic tactics, unsuccessfully sending long balls to Carlton Cole. Lennon went close after the interval after West Hams defence failed to clear Roses cross, but the Spurs winger saw his deflected effort ending inches wide. It was then Sigurdssons turn to miss a chance from close range before West Ham captain James Collins almost lobbed Lloris from 70 metres. Tottenham finally got rewarded after a flash of genius from Townsend released Defoe on the left flank, with the striker sending a perfect cross that Adebayor converted with a fierce volley under the crossbar in the 68th. Townsend limped off the pitch with a suspected hamstring injury soon after. Matt Taylor went close in the 75th, forcing Lloris to a good save to keep Spurs in command. Just as Spurs thought they were through, West Ham levelled and Maiga finished Spurs off with his precise header. "It was a matter of exploiting the space Tottenham left," said West Ham boss Sam Allardyce. "We saw the shaken nerve ends of Tottenham when we scored. We then went for the jugular. Our substitutes, who came on with fresh legs, exploited the spaces." cheap nfl jerseys wholesale nfl jerseys wholesale nfl jerseys cheap nfl jerseys cheap nfl jerseys ' ' '

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