Darvish Joe Montana Jersey looks regular-season ready against Reds

Yu Darvish may end up with more stiffness in his neck from jerking his head to watch a couple of the home runs he gave up on Saturday afternoon.

Otherwise, he was strong and as sharp as he has been all spring over five innings against the Reds and is back on track to be the Rangers No. 2 starter when the season begins.

Darvish Joe Montana Jersey , pitching in a Cactus League game for the first time since March 11, allowed two runs on three hits against the most of the Reds’ regular lineup in the Rangers’ 6-2 victory at Goodyear Ballpark. He walked one and struck out five while throwing 78 pitches. The only runs came on a first-inning home run by Joey Votto and another leading off the fifth from Todd Frazier.

“I thought it went really well,” Darvish said. “I could have pitched a little longer, but I’m right on schedule.”Joe Montana Throwback Jersey Mitchell and Ness.

Darvish, who was skipped in his last start on Monday against the Royals due to stiffness in his neck, will make one more start before the regular season. He pitches against Mexico City on Thursday at the Ballpark in Arlington and then makes his first start of the regular season on April 2 against the Astros.

“As far as my pitch sequences, they aren’t closer to what I do during the regular season,” Darvish said. “But, I think I’m ready to start the season.”

“I feel he’s ready,” catcher Geovany Soto said. “He was using his fastball on both sides of the plate and his offspeed stuff is there. He was there today.1989 Joe Montana Jersey. His command has been really good, I was really pleased to see that.”

His pitch sequence against Votto wasn’t too astute. Darvish, with the count 0-1, fooled Votto with a slow curve for strike two. After missing with a slider, Darvish threw another slow curve and Votto crushed it over the grass berm beyond the right-center field wall.

“It’s still going,” manager Ron Washington said. Joe Montana Lights Out Black Jersey.

.Votto said something to Soto as he took off around the bases. The crowd roared and Votto put one finger to his lips as he crossed home plate. Darvish smiled on the mound.

“He put a good swing on the ball, that was good hitting,” Darvish said. “I don’t know what he meant by that, but one of my teammates told me. I wasn’t too concerned about it. I was able to get him out the second and third time around.”

Votto struck out his next two times against Darvish.

“I was just fooling with the crowd,” Votto said about his hush gesture. “It’s Spring Training and we’re having fun, there’s nothing really to it.”

Frazier’s home run came on an 0-2 pitch and caught Darvish by surprise.

“I thought it was a pop fly,” Darvish said. “I was surprised it went into the stands.”

Other than a bout of neck stiffness and a couple of long home runs, everything else has gone well for Darvish this spring. He has now pitched 14 2/3 innings and allowed three runs on eight hits. He has walked three, struck out 15 and opponents are hitting a paltry .167 against him. The lack of walks has been most impressive. Darvish walked eight in 15 innings last spring.

“I have better control than last year,” Darvish Joe Montana Jersey said. “More than my physical level, though, I’m more relaxed the second time around.”

Darvish has made all the adjustments that he has needed and he has had an excellent spring. Darvish said there is only one thing left to do before the start of the season.

“Just don’t get hurt,” he said.

Free agent pitcher Joe Montana Jersey Kennedy dies

Free agent left-hander Joe Kennedy arrived at Spring Training with the A’s in February having shed 20-plus pounds in anticipation of what he called the biggest year of his seven-year career, and he spoke at length about what the birth of his first child had done to change his perspective on life.1989 Joe Montana Jersey.

Kennedy’s life came to a tragic end early Friday morning when he died after passing out at his in-laws’ home in Florida. He was 28.

After passing out, Kennedy was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead, said Hillsborough County (Fla.) sheriff’s spokeswoman Debbie Carter, who had no further details, according to The Associated Press. Medical tests to determine the cause of death are expected to take about six to eight weeks.

On Sunday, Kennedy’s agent, Damon Lapa, was quoted as saying that an enlarged heart may have been the cause of death, according to doctors.

Results of Kennedy’s autopsy are pending the completion of the tests, said forensic investigator Amanda Whidden on Saturday. She is with Hillsborough County’s medical examiner’s office.

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“We are deeply saddened and shocked to hear of Joe’s passing,” A’s assistant general manager David Forst said in a club release. “He was a valued teammate and friend to everyone with the A’s organization. On behalf of the entire A’s organization, we extend our condolences to Joe’s wife, Jami, and his entire family.”

Kennedy, who opened the 2007 season as Oakland’s No. 5 starter but was dropped from the rotation and subsequently picked up on waivers by the Diamondbacks, closed the season with the Blue Jays, who signed him on Aug. 29 after he had been designated for assignment by Arizona.

“This is tragic and stunning news,” Blue Jays GM J.P. Ricciardi said in a statement. “It is difficult to express the emotions felt by the Blue Jays players and our organization. My sincere sympathies go to his wife, their son and the entire family.”

Joe Montana Jersey Kennedy was 43-61 with a 4.79 ERA in seven seasons with Tampa Bay, Colorado, Oakland, Arizona and Toronto.

News of the pitcher’s death emerged Friday when Kennedy’s agent, Damon Lapa, told ESPN.com that Kennedy died while at home. The Denver Post reported that, according to Lapa, Kennedy was visiting his wife’s family in the Tampa area. He got up in the middle of the night and collapsed.

“The cause of death is unknown at this time,” Lapa told FOXSports.com. “The best guess at this point is either a heart attack or a brain aneurysm. The way he died was sudden. There is no reasonable explanation for what happened.”

Kennedy, an eighth-round pick of the Rays in 1998 out of Grossmont (Calif.) College, made his Major League debut in 2001 and was Tampa Bay’s Opening Day starter in 2003.

“We are shocked and deeply saddened by the news of Joe’s sudden passing and extend our deepest sympathies to his family,” Rays director of Minor League operations Mitch Lukevics said in a statement. “Joe Montana Lights Out Black Jersey made all of us very proud as we watched him transform from a young pitching prospect in 1998 into our Opening Day starter in a very short time.”

“He really dedicated himself and was really on a mission to become a major league pitcher,” said Craig Weissmann, the Tampa Bay scout who signed Kennedy. “You wish as a scout and a Major League organization, you wish every kid could develop that fast.”

Kennedy filed for free agency after the World Series, and Blue Jays president and chief executive officer Paul Godfrey told the AP that the club had “every intention” of speaking to Kennedy about returning to the Blue Jays next season.

“We were terribly shocked,” Godfrey said. “From what we understand, he was in Brandon … to be the best man at a wedding today.”

Kennedy, acquired by Oakland at the All-Star break in 2005 and used almost exclusively in relief before being handed a spot in the A’s rotation this spring, was moved back to the bullpen after going 3-9 with a 4.37 ERA as a starter this season. He appeared in 27 games, including 16 starts, before being placed on waivers.

The Diamondbacks claimed Kennedy on Aug. 4, but he appeared in just three games for Arizona, allowing seven runs in 2 2/3 innings, before being designated for assignment on Aug. 15. After being signed by the Blue Jays, he got his first win for Toronto on Sept. 21 against the New York Yankees.

Kennedy is the third active Major League player to die since October 2006. Cory Lidle, another former Athletic, pitched for seven teams from 1997-2006 before dying at age 34 when his small aircraft crashed into a Manhattan building on Oct. 11, 2006. Cardinals right-hander Josh Hancock, who previously pitched for the Red Sox, Phillies and Reds, died at age 29 in an auto accident on April 29, 2007.

Kennedy’s best season as a starter was 2004, when he went 9-7 with a 3.66 ERA in 27 games with the Rockies. In 2006, he posted a 4-1 record and a 2.31 ERA in 39 relief appearances with the A’s.

“Obviously, when a 28-year-old man dies, ballplayer or not, it’s a terrible, terrible thing,” Godfrey said.

Joe Montana Jersey Kennedy, his wife and their 1-year-old son, Kaige, lived in the Denver area, where Kennedy remained close friends with Rockies first baseman Todd Helton, who told the Denver Post he had recently played golf with his former teammate.

“They just bought a house,” Helton told the Post. “This was the first Thanksgiving we haven’t spent together in quite a while. This is just really sad news.”

Rockies team president Keli McGregor extended his sympathies through a statement released by the team.

“Joe was a great husband, father, teammate and friend to so many in our organization and throughout the baseball world,” McGregor said. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, wife, his young son and all those whose lives were touched by Joe over his life.”

Joe Montana Jersey.Israel to Turkey: We apologize for deadly raid on Gaza-bound flotilla

Joe Montana Jersey Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu apologized Friday to Turkey for a 2009 raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla, both nations said, signaling a potential major thaw after three years of chilly relations between the two key Middle East nations.

The Joe Montana Jersey Israeli leader phoned his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, while sitting with U.S. President Barack Obama in a trailer on a Tel Aviv airport tarmac. In the call — which Turkey’s foreign minister said lasted for nearly 30 minutes — Netanyahu acknowledged “operational mistakes” during the raid, which ended with eight Turks and an American of Turkish origin dead.1989 Joe Montana Jersey.

“(Netanyahu) made it clear that the tragic results regarding the Mavi Marmara were unintentional and that Israel expresses regret over injuries and loss of life,” the Israeli government said.

Erdogan accepted the apology, which came shortly after he talked with the leaders of Egypt and Qatar. Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said later on state TV, according to the semiofficial Anadolu news agency, that all Turkey’s demands had been met.Joe Montana Throwback Jersey Mitchell and Ness.

It wasn’t immediately clear what impact the conversation might have on a region that is already home to numerous crises — such as the deadly, two-year-long civil war in Syria and tensions over Iran’s nuclear programs.

At the least, the movement toward mending a rift between two of Washington’s top allies appeared to be a boon for Obama, who said he’s been appealing to Netanyahu and Erdogan “for the last two years” for them to fix “this rupture.”

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“There are obviously going to still be some significant disagreements … but they also have a wide range of shared interests, and they both happen to be extraordinarily strong partners and friends of ours,” Obama said at a press conference with Jordan’s King Abdullah II. “So it’s in the interest of the United States that they begin this process of getting their relationship back in order.”

BU and Minnesota Joe Montana Jersey to meet for NCAA Women’s title

Minnesota Joe Montana Jersey moved within one victory of a perfect season by beating Boston College 3-2 in overtime on Friday at the NCAA Women’s Frozen Four in Minneapolis.

Sarah Davis scored 1:39 into the extra period for the defending national champion Gophers (40-0-0), who’ve won their last 48 games.Joe Montana Lights Out Black Jersey.The Gophers will play Boston University in Sunday’s championship game — the Terriers (28-5-3) rolled over Mercyhurst 4-1 in the other semifinal.

Davis took a pass from Bethany Brausen, skated to the left to deke goalie Corinne Boyles and put a shot behind the sprawling netminder.

“We didn’t want to play any more three-overtime games, that’s for sure,” said Davis, whose team scored late in the third overtime to beat North Dakota 3-2 in the quarterfinals last Saturday.1989 Joe Montana Jersey.

“I’m smiling like a fool now, but it’s a great day,” Davis said.

Boston College took the lead late in the second period on a power-play goal by Emily Field. Minnesota Joe Montana Jersey tied the game early in the third with a power-play goal of its own when Hannah Brandt fought off a defender to score on a redirection. Becky Kortum gave Minnesota a 2-1 lead midway through the period, but Lexi Bender scored two minutes later to get BC even and force the overtime.

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In the other game, senior forward Jenelle Kohanchuk scored a goal 13 seconds into the game and later added an assist as BU won its 10th in a row. Kohanchuk has 10 goals and five assists in her past seven games.

Isabel Menard, Kathryn Miller and Poulin also scored for the Terriers, and Kerrin Sperry made 27 saves as BU advanced to the championship game for the second time in three years. Boston University lost 4-1 to Wisconsin in 2011.

Baltimore Ravens will open 2013 season on road.Joe Montana Jersey

A league source told the Baltimore Ravens official website early in the week that opening the 2013 NFL season on the road is the “least desirable” option in the team’s Sept. 5 scheduling conflict with the Baltimore Orioles.

That undesirable option is now reality.

The Ravens announced Friday that they will open the 2013 season on the road in a Thursday night game.Joe Montana Throwback Jersey Mitchell and Ness.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell had raised the possibility of a Baltimore double-header for that day. Joe Montana Jersey . While the Orioles were willing to compromise on their game time, the NFL and the Ravens ultimately decided that logistical issues would be a nightmare under the double-header scenario.Joe Montana Lights Out Black Jersey.

“After thorough discussions among the Orioles, the NFL and the Ravens,” Ravens president Dick Cass explained in a statement, “it became clear that holding both an Orioles’ game and the Ravens’ regular-season opener on the same day would create logistical situations (that) would cause serious issues for the city of Baltimore, and fans for both teams.”

Cass went on to cite anticipated problems with parking, rush-hour traffic, plus crowd and car congestion around Oriole Park at Camden Yards and M&T Bank Stadium.

 

NFL senior vice president of communications Greg Aiello released a statement expressing his disappointment for the fans in Baltimore. The NFL still is exploring other avenues for Baltimore fans to celebrate the 2013 NFL Kickoff Game, including a pre-game concert.

Joe Montana Jersey The Ravens are the first Super Bowl champion to open the season on the road since 2003 when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers visited Lincoln Financial Field to play the Philadelphia Eagles

The opponent for the Ravens’ Week 1 game has yet to be determined. The NFL already has announced home and road opponents for this season, meaning the Ravens could open the season against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Bengals, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions or the Denver Broncos.1989 Joe Montana Jersey.

Bullpen Joe Montana Jersey jobs available for new-look relief corps

Bullpens are vital to the success of a baseball team, and with a large amount of offseason turnover, the Texas Rangers are not quite sure what to expect from their bullpen in 2013.

“There are still guys fighting for jobs,” manager Ron Washington said. “We haven’t decided what our pen is going to look like except for Joe Nathan.”

A season ago, the Rangers Bullpen Joe Montana Jersey, mainly Nathan, converted 83 percent of its save opportunities, 11 percent above the Major League average. The Texas relievers were also credited with 116 holds.

However, Mike Adams (3.27 ERA in 61 games), Mark Lowe (3.43 ERA in 36 games) and Koji Uehara (1.75 ERA in 37 games) were all part of that bullpen, and none will be with the team in 2013.

The Rangers Joe Montana Jersey will also attempt to replace Alexi Ogando, who is being moved to the starting rotation. Ogando appeared in 58 games last year, posted an ERA of 3.27 and was second on the team in holds (behind Adams).

“This year we brought up a couple of our young kids that we feel can fill some of those spots, but they have to perform,” Washington said. “They have the ability. They have potential, but they have to get it done.

Washington specifically named Michael Kirkman and Tanner Scheppers as young players who need to step up. Scheppers has been battling a strained left hamstring and scheduled to throw a bullpen session Sunday. Kirkman has pitched four scoreless inning this spring.Joe Montana Throwback Jersey Mitchell and Ness

To solidify the relief corps, the Rangers also signed Jason Frasor and Joakim Soria over the offseason.

“You like to have your bullpen set, but you do what you have to do,” Washington said. “Sometimes it falls in place, sometimes you are maneuvering pieces throughout the year.”

Entering the season with question marks is not ideal, but Washington will have plenty of choices when constructing his opening day bullpen.

“Of course we have options,” Washington said. “We have a lot of arms, but we certainly haven’t started identifying ‘You’re going to do this’ and ‘You’re going to do that’ because [the pitchers] are competing for jobs.”1989 Joe Montana Jersey.

• Right-handed reliever Joakim Soria is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Monday. Joe Montana Lights Out Black Jersey.Colby Lewis’ next session is scheduled for Wednesday.

• Lance Berkman is in the starting lineup on Sunday, marking the first time he will have played back-to-back games this spring.

• Adrian Beltre is expected to play on Monday, according to assistant general manager Thad Levine — something Washington would neither confirm nor deny.

Bullpen Joe Montana Jersey jobs available for new-look relief corps

Bullpens are vital to the success of a baseball team, and with a large amount of offseason turnover, the Texas Rangers are not quite sure what to expect from their bullpen in 2013.

“There are still guys fighting for jobs,” manager Ron Washington said. “We haven’t decided what our pen is going to look like except for Joe Nathan.”

A season ago, the Rangers Bullpen Joe Montana Jersey, mainly Nathan, converted 83 percent of its save opportunities, 11 percent above the Major League average. The Texas relievers were also credited with 116 holds.

However, Mike Adams (3.27 ERA in 61 games), Mark Lowe (3.43 ERA in 36 games) and Koji Uehara (1.75 ERA in 37 games) were all part of that bullpen, and none will be with the team in 2013.

The Rangers Joe Montana Jersey will also attempt to replace Alexi Ogando, who is being moved to the starting rotation. Ogando appeared in 58 games last year, posted an ERA of 3.27 and was second on the team in holds (behind Adams).

“This year we brought up a couple of our young kids that we feel can fill some of those spots, but they have to perform,” Washington said. “They have the ability. They have potential, but they have to get it done.

Washington specifically named Michael Kirkman and Tanner Scheppers as young players who need to step up. Scheppers has been battling a strained left hamstring and scheduled to throw a bullpen session Sunday. Kirkman has pitched four scoreless inning this spring.Joe Montana Throwback Jersey Mitchell and Ness

To solidify the relief corps, the Rangers also signed Jason Frasor and Joakim Soria over the offseason.

“You like to have your bullpen set, but you do what you have to do,” Washington said. “Sometimes it falls in place, sometimes you are maneuvering pieces throughout the year.”

Entering the season with question marks is not ideal, but Washington will have plenty of choices when constructing his opening day bullpen.

“Of course we have options,” Washington said. “We have a lot of arms, but we certainly haven’t started identifying ‘You’re going to do this’ and ‘You’re going to do that’ because [the pitchers] are competing for jobs.”1989 Joe Montana Jersey.

• Right-handed reliever Joakim Soria is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Monday. Joe Montana Lights Out Black Jersey.Colby Lewis’ next session is scheduled for Wednesday.

• Lance Berkman is in the starting lineup on Sunday, marking the first time he will have played back-to-back games this spring.

• Adrian Beltre is expected to play on Monday, according to assistant general manager Thad Levine — something Washington would neither confirm nor deny.

Kirkman Joe Montana Jersey hoping solid start leads to roster spot

With 28 days remaining until Texas opens the season against the in-state and divisional foe Houston, it may be a bit early to set specific individual goals. However, Michael Kirkman Joe Montana Jersey currently has one goal in mind, and it has been driving him this spring.

“My goal is to be on the roster March 31 in Houston,” Kirkman said. “If I make the team then I might start looking ahead, but right now [my focus] is to be on this roster.”

Kirkman Joe Montana Jersey, who has been a part of the Rangers organization since he was drafted in 2005, is coming off of a 2012 season in which he appeared in 28 games and posted a 3.82 ERA.

Joe Montana Lights Out Black Jersey. It remains early in Spring Training, but the left-hander is building off of last season and has appeared in two games, pitched four scoreless innings and allowed just two hits.

“I feel like I’ve had a solid start,” Kirkman said. “I still have a lot of room to work with. There is a lot of time left in camp, but I’m headed in a good direction right now.”

When discussing his bullpen Saturday, manager Ron Washington said the younger players in the bullpen need to step up in 2013. The 26-year-old Kirkman Joe Montana Throwback Jersey Mitchell and Ness was mentioned specifically.

Kirkman, who is working on pounding the strike zone and smoothing out his mechanics this spring, embraces the challenge.1989 Joe Montana Jersey .

However, Kirkman knows that although he has Washington’s attention, nothing about the projected bullpen is secure because there is plenty of talent and depth to go around.

“There are a lot of guys with really good arms here,” Kirkman said. “[The bullpen] is going to be pretty dang good.”

Joe Montana Jersey Nathan, E. Beltre primed for spring action

Rangers Joe Montana Jersey and Engel Beltre both made their Spring Training debuts on Sunday against the Mariners.

Nathan had been healthy but did not previously pitch in a game because the Rangers simply opted to take it slow, and when the closer finally got his chance, he pitched a scoreless third inning in the game.

Beltre, who has been limited by a sore left shoulder, contributed an RBI triple after starting in right field.

Joe Montana Jersey Nathan posted a 2.80 ERA last year while recording 37 saves in his first season with Texas, and manager Ron Washington saw no need to get Nathan work earlier in spring camp.

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“I expect Joe to be Joe,” Washington said before the game. “Throw the ball over the plate, use the pitches he needs to work on, get his inning in and get out healthy.”

While some players get excited to make their debuts and hit the field for the first time following a long offseason, Nathan downplayed the significance of returning.Joe Montana Lights Out Black Jersey.

“It’s just a Spring Training game,” the right-hander said before his outing. “I’ll just go out there and get my work in. It’s just another day to get prepared for Opening Day.”

The 38-year-old Nathan may not be putting much stock in his debut, but how Beltre feels may affect his plans for the World Baseball Classic.Joe Montana Throwback Jersey Mitchell and Ness,

Originally, Beltre, who is planning to play for Spain in the Classic, expected to leave the Rangers on Sunday.

However, Beltre’s shoulder has slowed his progress thus far, and the Rangers worked out an agreement with the Spanish team, allowing Beltre to report late.

Before Beltre leaves for the Classic, the Rangers want him to play in two games, one of which he will play at least five innings.

Ideally for the Spanish team, Beltre will play on Monday after Sunday’s appearance because the Rangers have an off-day Tuesday.

Rangers Joe Montana Jersey awards show quotes

Random observations by Rangers Joe Montana Jersey before Friday’s awards show at the Arlington Convention Center:

• Adrian Beltre on being reunited with hitting coach Dave Magadan from 2010 with the Red Sox: “He helped me a lot, especially in Spring Training. We watched some tapes, he called me over and pointed out some things I was doing wrong. I didn’t realize it. After that, I felt a lot better in my swing. That year, we had a good relationship. I’m glad he is over here.”Joe Montana Throwback Jersey Mitchell and Ness

• Joe Montana Jersey on Mike Napoli, Josh Hamilton and Michael Young departing this offseason: “We’re not going to try to replace what Michael brings to a clubhouse or try and replace a guy like Josh or Napoli. That’s not what we’re trying to do. The new guys coming in, all they can do is go out and do what they’re capable of. It’s about us coming together as a team and jelling and having that chemistry and going out and competing together. We hope at the end of the day we have a chance to go to the postseason.”

• Catcher A.J. Pierzynski was on the White Sox team that swept the Astros in the 2005 World Series, with Lance Berkman on the losing side.1989 Joe Montana Jersey .Now they are together and Pierzynski said, “He also got a [Word Series ring with the Cardinals in 2011], so I can’t brag too much. He had a pretty good Series against us, he did some damage, so I can’t brag too much.”

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• Manager Ron Washington said he still wants to pair catcher Geovany Soto with Yu Darvish, but added that he reserves the right to use A.J. Pierzynski with him, as well.

• The Rangers will hold a pitchers minicamp at the Ballpark in Arlington next week. Among those expected to attend are Martin Perez, Michael Kirkman, Justin Grimm, Wilmer Font, Robbie Ross, Tanner Scheppers, Roman Mendez, Coty Woods, Cory Burns, Nick Tepesch, Cody Buckel, Johan Yan and Jacob Brigham.

• Matt Harrison was at the Rangers awards show to accept Pitcher of the Year, and he said being in town may allow for further discussions on his contract. The two sides have had preliminary discussions on a multiyear deal.