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(Sports Network) - The Texas Rangers are finally playing in another game that Cliff Lee is starting. Nike air jordan schuhe weiß . The only problem is that he is wearing a Philadelphia Phillies uniform. Lee faces the Rangers for the first time since helping the club reach the World Series last year in the continuation of a three-game series at Citizens Bank Park. Lee has been a man of many hats over the past few seasons. The former American League Cy Young Award winner was dealt by the Indians to the Phillies prior to the 2009 trade deadline and helped Philadelphia make it back to the World Series, where it lost to the Yankees. The Phils then acquired Roy Halladay the following offseason, so they shipped Lee to Seattle to restock their farm system. The Mariners failed to compete, though, and dealt the Arkansas product to the Rangers before last seasons non-waiver trade deadline. Lee went 4-6 with a 3.98 earned run average in 15 starts with the Rangers, who won the American League West for the first time since 1999, and with Lees help captured their first AL Pennant in team history before losing to the Giants in the World Series. The 31-year-old Lee went 3-2 in his five postseason starts with a 2.78 ERA, but lost both of his games in the World Series. It was believed the pending free agent would either re-sign with the Rangers or join the Yankees, but the Phillies swooped in and signed him to a five- year, $125 million contract. Will that give Texas a little extra incentive to beat the southpaw tonight? You want to try to beat everyone, especially a guy that didnt come back to your team, Lee told the Phillies website. Im sure theres some incentive for them to beat me. There should be. Thats the way it is. They try to win every game, and Ive got to keep them from scoring. The left-hander takes the hill tonight looking for his first victory since April 14. He is 0-3 with a 3.66 ERA in six starts since and walked a career- high six batters in a loss to the Cardinals on Monday. He also gave up three runs on six hits over 6 1/3 innings and was not a fan of home-plate umpire Gerry Davis strike zone. I felt like I threw a lot of strikes that were called balls, but whatever, it is what it is, Lee said. Im the pitcher and hes the umpire, and its his job to call balls and strikes, and he felt like they were balls, I guess. Lee, who had walked just seven batters in his first eight starts, is 2-4 with a 3.84 ERA this season and 6-3 with a 5.55 ERA in 10 career starts versus the Rangers. Lee may need to keep the Rangers off the scoreboard tonight as the Phillies havent scored more than three runs in seven straight games. However, they did pick up their second victory in that span with last nights 3-2 win behind homers from Ben Francisco and Raul Ibanez, as well as eight innings of two-run ball by Halladay. Still, the Phillies got just enough to beat Rangers starter C.J. Wilson, who struck out 10 over seven innings but gave up both home run balls. [Wilson] made two pitches I know hed like to take back, Rangers manager Ron Washington said. Elvis Andrus scored a run when he stole home on a double steal in the first inning, but the Rangers still lost for the third time in four games and sit a half-game in front of the Angels for first place in the AL West. The Rangers would love a repeat performance tonight from Colby Lewis, who hurled the first shutout of his career last time out. Lewis held the White Sox to just five hits and a walk, striking out seven in the 4-0 win, his second in a row and third in four starts. He has a 1.67 ERA in that span. The White Sox have a lot of talent up and down that lineup, so for Colby to come out in their ballpark and have that kind of effort was big for us, said Rangers designated hitter Michael Young. His last three or four starts have been fun to watch. The right-handers hot streak has evened his season record to 4-4 and lowered his ERA to a season-best 3.81. The 31-year-old Lewis went 3-1 with a 2.57 ERA in four interleague starts last year and faces the Phillies for the first time. Texas took two of three from the Phillies in the last meeting between the teams in 2008, three years after the Phils swept a three-game home set over the Rangers. The Rangers went 14-4 versus the NL a season ago, while the Phillies were 10-8 in interleague play. Nike air max jordan 11 hohe ferse schuhe weiß . Ryan Howard and Domonic Brown hit solo homers to back Kendrick and the Phillies beat the Miami Marlins 7-2 Thursday night. Nike Air Jordan Retro Schuhe Schweiz . One was saved for late February. The CFL Coach of the Year will be awarded Thursday, with two first-year bench bosses in the running, joined by a veteran head coach of five seasons.http://www.airjordanschweiz.eu/ . Mariners starter Jason Vargas matched a career high with 10 strikeouts in 6 2-3 innings. Charlie Furbush (4-1) earned the win with a scoreless eighth and Seattle improved to 13-20 at home. Nike air max jordan 4 schuhe weiß-licht blau . The contract will pay him an average of $3.8 million per year. "We wanted Antti to remain a San Jose Shark and he wanted to be here," general manager Doug Wilson said. Nike air jordan 7 schuhe weiß-schwarz-rot . -- Joe Flacco beat two of the NFLs greatest quarterbacks to get the Baltimore Ravens to the Super Bowl.VANCOUVER -- Marcus Stroman hopped on a bus Tuesday morning as he began the journey to what he hopes will be a career in the big leagues. The Toronto Blue Jays pitching prospect, chosen in the first round of this years Major League Baseball draft, is getting ready to commence his career with the Vancouver Canadians of the single-A Northwest League amidst high hopes from the parent club. He is expected to take the mound Wednesay against the Boise Hawks. "I feel like Im ready to go," said the 21-year-old. "Therell definitely be some butterflies in my stomach when Im out there for my professional debut, but Im excited, man. I cant wait to get out there and compete. Im ready to roll." The Blue Jays took Stroman with the 22nd pick overall. Assistant general manager Andrew Tinnish, formerly the teams scouting director, and Toronto manager John Farrell have said Stroman could rise to the majors by September. Usually, clubs avoid such predictions about players starting out in single-A ball. "Im just trying to focus on what I can do for the Vancouver Canadians," said Stroman. "Ive started to develop a pretty close relationship with some of the guys here, and Im just enjoying them. The guys are awesome on this team. So Im not worried about moving up or anything. Im worrying about the now and doing my best for the Vancouver Canadians and helping them win and, hopefully, everything else takes care of itself." The right-hander joined the Jays organization after three standout seasons at Duke University, where he struck out 136 batters in 98 innings last season. He also starred for Team USA in the summer of 2011 as a closer. He has received much more hype than some of the players on the Canadians roster, several of whom were signed as non-drafted free agents and are considered longshots at best to reach the majors. But he has also dealt with many nay sayers. Listed at five-foot-nine and 185 pounds, he does not fit the prototypical mould of the tall and lanky hurler prevalent on many major-league clubs rosters. He has used the criticism as a motivating force. "Ever since I started playing, size has always been an issue -- not an issue in my eyes, but an issue in everyone elses eyes as far as how far Id be able to go with my talent and my height," said Stroman. "So I just put stuff in the back of my mind every time Im in the game and every time on the mound that I just have to constantly prove people wrong. I like it. It motivates me. Id be the first one to tell you that I dont wish I was 6-1, 6-2, 6-3. I like what I have." Basketball was Stromans "first love" while growing up on Long Island. But after realizing hhis height would work against him on the court, he dedicated himself in his early high school years to excelling on the diamond. Nike air jordan schuhe kaufen. The sport did not come naturally to him. His father Earl Stroman, a police detective, played football growing up. But the father still helped the son as much as possible, enabling Stroman to rise to prominence. "At times, I didnt like him growing up," said Stroman. "I thought he might have pushed me too hard. We butted heads most of the time when I was young and got into a bunch of fights, but I realize now that it was all for the better. If that hadnt happened, who knows where I would be today?" Stroman, who also credits his mother Adlin Auffant for much of his success, struggled to find the best position that would take him to the pros. He also played shortstop in college. After serving as a closer in a summer league for top prospects following his freshman year, he realized that he should focus on pitching. Despite his lack of size, his 97 m.p.h. fast ball has turned the heads of batters and scouts alike. He has also developed three other pitches in his arsenal. "I definitely pitch off my fastball, and then I throw a slider," said Stroman. "Its usually my put-away pitch. Ive started mixing in a cutter and change-up this year, too, since Ive started, so that gives me two more weapons." Canadians manager Clayton McCullough plans to deploy him out of the bullpen as a middle reliever. But Stroman said he is comfortable in either a starter or reliever role. "This past year at Duke, I just started," said Stroman. "But my whole career before that, I did both. So Im used to coming out of the pen continuously." McCullough said Stroman has come as advertised with a big-time fastball and a good feel for secondary pitches that he can spin different ways. He has also fit in extremely well among players with more pro experience. "First-round pick, a lot of things come along with that, and all the attention that comes with it," said McCullough. "You walk into a new clubhouse where you dont know anybody, but theyve all read about you and heard about you. But hes come right in. Hes a great kid." The Blue Jays are battling injuries to pitchers and are on the lookout for help from within their system, but McCullough said it has yet to be determined -- and its impossible to know -- how soon Stroman will rise through the ranks. Right now, the aim is to make sure he makes a smooth transition from college to the pros. "You dont want to do anything crazy this summer," said McCullough. "Just get his feet wet and get him moving along." ' ' '
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