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NEW YORK -- In three weeks, Gary Sanchez has helped the New York Yankees stay within striking distance in the race for the American League wild card. Cheap Jordan Shoes Free Shipping .Sanchez and the Yankees get an opportunity to inch closer to a team holding one of the wild-card spots when they open a three-game series with the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night at Yankee Stadium.The Yankees will face the Orioles in each of the next two weekends and begin 4 1/2 games out of the second wild-card spot.When Sanchez was promoted from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre, the Yankees were 53-53 and 5 1/2 games behind the Boston Red Sox for the second wild-card spot. Their smallest deficit since Sanchez was called up was 3 1/2 games from Aug. 11-13.Since his promotion, Sanchez has hit nine home runs and New York has won 12 of its last 20 games to get to 65-61. Sanchezs latest home run occurred during Wednesdays 5-0 win in Seattle, which capped a 4-2 West Coast trip.Sanchez has become the Yankees regular catcher while moving veteran Brian McCann to being the regular designated hitter. After his latest home run, Sanchez is batting .389 with an OPS of 1,297.You feel like hes going to hit the ball hard is what you feel, New York manager Joe Girardi said. And youre not sure where its going to end up but you feel like hes going to hit the ball real hard. Hes been locked in and its been fun to watch.Sanchez is one of five major leaguers since 1913 with nine or more home runs in his first 21 games. He also is one of nine with 15 or more extra bases in his first 21 games.As much as fans enjoy hearing those things, none of those accolades matter to Sanchez.I understand it, but the focus is not about me, its about winning games here, Sanchez said through a translator. Thats where my focus is, go out there, play hard and win some games.The Yankees did some winning in their last encounter with the Orioles by taking the first three games by a 14-2 margin before Chris Tillman pitched seven outstanding innings in Baltimores 4-1 win on July 21.To demonstrate how much has changed since those games, 10 players who were on New Yorks active roster will not be with the team Friday due to injuries, demotions or trades.Baltimore moved into first place with its second series win against the Yankees June 3-5 but when it left the Bronx it was a half-game out of first place. The Orioles (70-57) have spent 111 days in first place, have not held a share of the division lead since Aug. 15 and trail the Blue Jays and Red Sox by one game.The Orioles dropped 2 1/2 games out when it gave up 32 runs in a three-game sweep by the Houston Astros last weekend. Baltimore recovered decently by scoring 22 times in taking three of four against the Washington Nationals.Chris Davis, Manny Machado, Jonathan Schoop and Mark Trumbo homered in the series. The quartet has combined for 118 of Baltimores major league-leading 197 home runs. Neither player connected Thursday as the Orioles struck out 10 times and mustered three hits in a 4-0 loss.Good series for us, Baltimore center fielder Adam Jones said. We took it to a good team and tonight they took it to us. I think overall it was a good series. We played well. Pitchers threw the ball extremely well. Now lets go to New York and do the same thing. Important series.Jones had one of those hits before leaving with a leg cramp but he said he expects to play Friday.Jones and the Orioles will be healthier than their last visit to New York when a flu bug hit the team and forced Machado, Davis and Showalter to miss games.While Sanchez is part of the Yankees attempt to get younger bats in their lineup, Luis Cessa is making his second career start out of necessity. Cessa and Chad Green are in the Yankees rotation because Nathan Eovaldi is having elbow surgery and Luis Severino is in the minors.Cessa made an impressive debut in New Yorks rotation last Saturday when he allowed two hits in six shutout innings during a 5-1 win at the Los Angeles Angels.For all its prowess at the plate, Baltimore has struggled on the mound at times by posting a 4.38 ERA. Those struggles include Yovani Gallardo, who starts Friday and has a 5.08 ERA.Gallardo is 1-4 with a 4.66 ERA in his last 10 starts though he has pitched decently in four starts this month. Gallardo has allowed three earned runs or less in four straight starts, including Sunday against Houston when he allowed three earned runs and seven hits in seven innings.Gallardo faced the Yankees July 20 in New York and allowed four runs and five hits in seven innings of a 5-0 loss. Cheap Jordan 11 Wholesale . Anthony Calvillo, through 20 CFL seasons, was frequently invincible and largely stoic in the heat of competition. But underneath the professional exterior he was, and is, compellingly human. Air Jordan 7 Fadeaway Pre Order . LOUIS -- Rookie Tavon Austin has missed another day of practice, lessening the odds hell be ready for the St. http:///...white-wholesale.html . -- There were so many positives from the Orlando Magics first victory of the season that it was hard for coach Jacque Vaughn to stop praising his players. CLEVELAND -- Theres a big, fat, ugly, historic zero on the horizon. Browns coach Hue Jackson will do anything he can to elude it.Somehow, someway, we are going to find a way not to be 0-16, Jackson said Tuesday.Theyre more than halfway there.At 0-9 and the NFLs only winless team, the Browns have seven more chances to get that first win and avoid joining the 2008 Detroit Lions as the only teams in league history to go without a victory in a 16-game season.After a 35-10 beating on Sunday against Dallas, the Browns have had little time to regroup before playing on Thursday night at Baltimore, where they will look to end their skid and escape becoming the first team in Clevelands 66-year history to go 0-10.As the losses mount, its gotten tougher for Jackson to put on a brave front. The losing is tearing him up, but Jackson knew when he took the job there would be tough days ahead.He just didnt count on there being so many of them.It is about wins and losses, he said. We dont want to be 0-9 right now to be very honest with you. We are going to fight our tails off, and it starts on Thursday night again. Our guys come in here every week with the mindset of, `Look, we are going to go back out here, we are going to do it again, we are going to give you everything we have and we are going to go try and change this. That is what they have been doing.The Browns have lost 12 straight and 19 of 20, a troubling tailspin that has taken its toll on players and coaches who need some reward. Jackson is doing all he can not to let the negativity creep into the locker room.Noow is not the time for defeatist attitudes. Jordan Why Not Zer0.1 Mirror Image For Sale. It is about this team really staying together and fighting together, Jackson said. I think you guys know within these walls is a brotherhood here. We all have each others back. We understand the situation we are in, but that doesnt mean that we arent doing some things better than what we have ever done here. I do believe there are a lot of good things that are going on here. It just hasnt shown up in the win ledger.That is unfortunate because that is why all of us do what we do.Unfortunately, the Browns, who have been ravaged by injuries, missed a chance at win No. 1 earlier this season, when they blew a 20-2 lead as the Ravens scored 23 straight points to win on Sept. 18.That game seems like ages ago, and Jackson acknowledged the Browns are not the same team at 0-2 as they are at 0-9.Much different, he said. Obviously, we have been through a lot of different highs and lows. We are probably more game-ready to play than what we were in Game 2. I know the results do not say that, but I think we understand and obviously, we have played more games now than we did at that point. We kind of know who we are a little bit more and we know what we need to accomplish to give ourselves the best opportunity to win.From that standpoint, we are much further along, but we are not where we want to be and I think we all know that.---AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP-NFL ;China Jerseys Wholesale Wholesale Jerseys From China China Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping China Jerseys Wholesale Cheap Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Wholesale ' ' '

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