#1 nations preparations after no other country von miaowang123 16.04.2019 04:21

MINNEAPOLIS -- Joe Mauer hit a two-run double that just missed reaching the seats and Kevin Correia pitched a smooth six innings to help the Minnesota Twins beat the Chicago White Sox for the third straight game, 4-3 on Saturday. Glen Perkins pitched another tenuous ninth inning but got his 19th save in 22 tries after giving up two runs to blow one the night before. Adam Eaton led off with a triple and scored on Gordon Beckhams sacrifice fly. Pinch-hitter Paul Konerko then smacked a single up the middle, but Perkins struck out Jose Abreu and Adam Dunn to end it and punctuated the final swing and miss with a big pump of his left arm. With the Twins trailing 2-1, Mauers drive in the fifth inning soared over left fielder Alejandro De Aza and landed about halfway up the wall. Kendrys Morales hit the next pitch for an RBI single against Andre Rienzo (4-5), who lost his fifth straight start. Correia (4-8) gave up five runs or more in five of his first 12 starts, sliding toward replacement in the rotation, but the 33-year-old right-hander has pitched superbly in three turns since. In 18 innings, Correia has allowed a total of two earned runs and walked only four. He surrendered his share of sharp drives on this picture-perfect first-day-of-summer afternoon, but the defence behind him didnt do him any favours. Centre fielder Sam Fuld tried to dive for a two-out sinking liner by Conor Gillaspie in the first inning, but the ball skipped in front of and past him for a triple and Abreu followed with an RBI single. Then third baseman Eduardo Escobar bungled a routine ground ball by letting it slide between his legs to start the second inning. The White Sox only needed a single, a walk and a two-out hit-by-pitch to produce the unearned run. Correias 3-1 bases-loaded fastball bounced off Beckhams elbow and hit catcher Kurt Suzuki in the throat, but he was all right to stay in the game. Escobar committed a second error on a similar play the next inning, but Correia escaped trouble with a double-play groundball by Dayan Viciedo. The Brazilian-born Rienzo, who debuted for the White Sox last summer, was 4-0 after his first six starts following the rotator cuff injury that knocked Felipe Paulino out of action. Rienzo has struggled badly since, though, by finishing the fifth inning in only two of his last five turns. His ERA during the losing streak is 8.87. The Twins hit three straight two-out singles in the second inning to load the bases, and Fuld walked to force in the first run. Then Rienzo hit Brian Dozier with a pitch to put two runners on for Mauer in the fifth inning, setting the struggling six-time All-Star and three-time batting champion up for just his fourth multi-RBI game this season. Two of those have been in this series. The White Sox have hung around the pack in the American League Central all year, never losing or winning more than four games in a row, but this has been a rough start to an 11-game road trip. They fell a season-high five games under .500 and back into last place. The Twins took a five-game losing streak into this series. Their starters have a 2.41 ERA over the last 11 games. NOTES: Mauer has 18 of his 20 RBIs this season at Target Field. ... Gillaspie went 2 for 4 to raise his average to .340, but he doesnt have enough at-bats to qualify yet for the league batting lead. In his last 30 games, Gillaspie is batting .366. ... Twins RF Oswaldo Arcia is hitless in his last 27 at-bats. ... The White Sox will send John Danks (6-5, 3.97) to the mound for the series finale Sunday, and Phil Hughes (7-3, 3.09 ERA) will pitch for the Twins. Danks has a 5.70 ERA in six road starts this season. Hughes gave up three HRs in his last home start, the only time a team has taken him deep in his last eight turns. ... White Sox manager Robin Ventura successfully challenged a call in the third inning, when Brian Dozier originally led off with a double. Replays showed Beckhams tag grazed Doziers foot before it landed on the base. Ron Francis Jersey . The Blue Jays lost to the New York Yankees 3-1 Tuesday night, their seventh defeat in 10 games. Rasmus was put on the 15-day DL on May 15 because of a sore right hamstring. Hes hitting .222 with nine home runs and 19 RBIs. Michel Briere Jersey .com) - A pair of Eastern Conference rivals will meet on Saturday as D. http://www.penguinsauthenticofficial.com/bryan-trottier-jersey/ . So far, so good: Gonzalez has allowed one run through 12 innings this season. His second start came Tuesday night, when he gave up only three singles over six innings to lead the Nationals to a 5-0 victory over the Miami Marlins. Paul Coffey Jersey . -- Slugger Jose Abreu, All-Star left-hander Chris Sale and closer Matt Lindstrom are on the disabled list. Mark Recchi Jersey . Wrights first stint with Milwaukee was on a 10-day contract from March 14-23. He played in two games, averaging six points and two rebounds in 16.MALABO, Equatorial Guinea - Ghana, Algeria, South Africa and Senegal were drawn together Wednesday in one of two extremely tough groups for next years African Cup of Nations.In the other, its Ivory Coast, Mali, Cameroon and Guinea.New host Equatorial Guinea will play Republic of Congo in the opening game of the four-group, 16-team African Cup on Jan. 17. Gabon and 2013 finalist Burkina Faso are the other teams in Group A and also meet on the first day.Group B has 2012 champion Zambia, Tunisia, Cape Verde and Congo.Group C will surely be the hardest of the four. It brings together two former World Cup quarterfinalists in Ghana and Senegal, top-ranked African side Algeria and former Cup of Nations winner South Africa, which was unbeaten in the final round of qualifiers to help eliminate defending champion Nigeria.Star-studded Ivory Coast and four-time champion Cameroon will renew their rivalry in Group D at the finals after they were in the same group in qualifying. They were joined by Mali, a semifinalist and the third-place team at the last two Cup of Nations.The draw for the 2015 Cup of Nations was held in the Equatorial Guinea capital of Malabo after the central African country replaced Morocco as host at short notice. Morocco had requested a postponement of the championship because of the West African Ebola outbreak. Organizers the Confederation of African Football refused and announced last month they were moving the Jan. 17-Feb. 8 cup to Equatorial Guinea.On Wednesday, CAF Presidentt Issa Hayatou thanked Equatorial Guinea for stepping in just two months ahead of kickoff to rescue the continents showpiece soccer event.ddddddddddddCAF will never forget this gesture by Equatorial Guinea, Hayatou said at the draw ceremony before passing the golden Cup of Nations trophy to Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema.But the focus now will be on the state of the oil-rich nations preparations after no other country appeared willing to step in as host, apparently forcing CAF to go with its only option.Equatorial Guinea co-hosted the African Cup with Gabon in 2012 and will use existing facilities in two of the four host cities for 2015; the capital Malabo and Bata, the largest city. However, it plans this time to also hold games in the more remote cities of Mongomo and Ebebiyin, where it is rushing to complete new stadiums in time for the start, which is around six weeks away.This week, a government delegation expressed concerns over delays to stadium construction work in the far eastern cities of Mongomo and Ebebiyin, according to the government news agency. CAF has not released details on the size or readiness of the planned stadiums in those two cities.Group C games will be in Mongomo, with Ghana opening against Senegal and South Africa playing Algeria in the first round.Ivory Coast starts its quest for a long-awaited first title since 1992 against Guinea, while Cameroon plays Mali. In Group B, Zambia faces Congo and Tunisia plays Cape Verde first. ' ' '

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