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After Yadier Molina’s two homers led the St. Louis Cardinals to a 3-2 win at Milwaukee Saturday Jonah Williams Jersey , manager Mike Matheny spoke hopefully of a bounce the win would create.

His instinct proved correct Sunday when St. Louis capped a rough road trip with an 8-2 rout that allowed it to salvage a split of a four-game series with the National League Central leaders and pushed it within 4 1/2 games of the Brewers.

The Cardinals open a six-game homestand Monday night in Busch Stadium with the second of four straight series against first-place teams, facing the Cleveland Indians.

St. Louis (40-36) scored just seven runs in its first three games in Milwaukee, whiffing 34 times, with 15 occurring in a 2-1 loss Friday night. It fanned another 11 times on Sunday but mixed in 10 hits, including a three-run homer by Jose Martinez to cap a five-run fourth inning that turned momentum for good.

While the Cardinals enter the series with hope that they are turning things around, Cleveland (43-33) did so during the last week. Its 12-2 rout Sunday of Detroit was its seventh straight win, moving it eight games ahead of the Tigers and Minnesota Twins in the American League Central.

The Indians also appear to have the mound advantage for the series opener with Mike Clevinger (6-2, 3.00 ERA) against spot starter John Gant (1-2, 4.39).

Clevinger’s last start was one of his best this year. He notched 10 strikeouts Tuesday night in 7 2/3 innings of a 6-3 win over the Chicago White Sox at Progressive Field. Clevinger has lasted at least six innings in five straight starts, solidifying his place in a deep rotation.

“His fastball had really good life Elgton Jenkins Jersey ,” Chicago manager Rick Renteria told mlb.com. “He was keeping the ball down below the zone. You saw him get a lot of checked swings on some of his breaking pitches … he’s got a pretty good repertoire and was able to command consistently in the zone consistently throughout the whole ballgame.”

Gant is starting in place of Michael Wacha, who took his 8-2 record to the disabled list last week after suffering an oblique strain Wednesday in Philadelphia. The former Atlanta Braves prospect is 0-2 with a 6.00 ERA in three starts this year, leading some to wonder why Dakota Hudson (10-2 at Triple-A Memphis) or Daniel Poncedeleon was not picked to replace Wacha.

In his last start, Gant lasted 5 1/3 innings on May 25 in Pittsburgh, losing 8-1 despite fanning seven and walking none. He was charged with four hits and three runs.

Gant has made one career start against Cleveland, lasting two innings in a 2016 game for the Braves and permitting one run and three hits with two strikeouts.

Carlos Martinez (3-4, 3.24) starts Tuesday night for St. Louis opposite Corey Kluber (11-3, 2.10). Jack Flaherty (3-2, 2.50) faces the Indians’ Shane Bieber (2-0, 2.45) in a battle of rookie right-handers on Wednesday night.

January: that bittersweet month for every football fan http://www.packerscheapshoponline.com/ch...ger-jersey , where the end of the regular season has given way to the NFL playoffs. Sure, the games mean more and the excitement and talent (hopefully) is at the highest yet, but gone are the full Sundays of games, fantasy, and betting – all for better and worse.It was certainly a memorable year, but definitely neither the smoothest nor the best singular showcase of the game. Notable players engaged in felonious and deplorable off-the-field behavior, while the league scrambled in trying to figure out how to handle it. We took to trying to determine how to value quarterbacks in a league that increasingly titled the game in their favour; Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for six TDs in a game somehow.We also had the Odell Beckham Jr. catch that can be watched on a loop for hours straight and still be exhilarating. He, of course, is part of a cadre of rookie receivers that amazed across the year and will hopefully do so for seasons to come.We saw the resurgent Patriots, the inexplicable Rams Dexter Williams Jersey , and the atrocious NFC South. We saw the rise and fall of the Cardinals, the downward spiral of the 49ers, and the continued disappointment in Tampa Bay (and New York, Tennessee, Chicago...).So the 2014 season is slowly coming to a dramatic close, and because the league and season were far from perfect, there is no reason we can’t reflect in order to make necessary changes that would help improve the game for players and fans alike (owners, I don’t know if the following helps much, but we’re not really thinking of you). The game is constantly evolving, often rather quickly Nick Bosa Jersey , so let us continue on a quest to near-perfect entertainment.With that, here are the top ten things the NFL can fix to make 2015 a better, more fun, more engaging, and more positive season.
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