PHILADELPHIA -- A. Gerald Green Jersey .J. Burnetts injury helped him improve his pitching. Burnett tossed three-hit ball over seven innings, Ben Revere hit an RBI single with two outs in the eighth and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Atlanta Braves 1-0 Thursday afternoon. In his first start since learning hell need surgery for an inguinal hernia, Burnett struck out five to outpitch Alex Wood (2-2). Atlantas Julio Teheran beat Cliff Lee 1-0 less than 24 hours earlier. "Its going to be a blessing in disguise," Burnett said of the injury. "It helped me stay within myself, be simple, nice and easy." Burnett received a cortisone injection on Monday and the right-hander plans to wait until the off-season to have an operation. He has to wait another five days to try for his first win with the Phillies. "He had better command," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said. "He had a shorter stride and looked more effortless. (The injury) might be a good thing." Dominic Brown led off the bottom of the eighth with a single. He advanced to second on a sacrifice and scored on Reveres hit up the middle. Brown then gave Revere a shaving cream pie in the face during a postgame interview. "I found a good pitch to hit and found a hole," said Revere, who had his third three-hit game of the season. Antonio Bastardo (2-1) worked the eighth and Jonathan Papelbon finished off the four-hitter with a perfect ninth for his fourth save in five tries. Sandberg successfully challenged a call in the fifth inning when Andrelton Simmons was ruled out trying to steal second base. Simmons overslid the bag on a headfirst dive, and reached back to touch the base as shortstop Jimmy Rollins lunged to tag him. The replay showed Rollins tagged Simmons before he got his hand in safely. After Sandberg walked onto the field, he turned to bench coach Larry Bowa for direction. But Bowa just threw his hands up and shrugged after talking to the teams video coach on the phone. "Thats not what I was looking for," Sandberg said with a smile. "I looked at him again and he wouldnt look at me. He wasnt much help. Fifth inning. Runner on second. Lets take a shot." Wood became the 10th Braves starter in the first 15 games this year to allow one run or none. The lefty gave up eight hits and fanned seven for his first complete game in 15 career starts. "You cant ask for anything more out of him," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. The Braves wasted an opportunity after Gerald Laird led off the eighth with a double to left-centre off Bastardo. Wood struck out trying to sacrifice, Jason Heyward lined out to right and B.J. Upton popped out. "I think I lost the game for us in the eighth inning by not getting the bunt down," Wood said. The NL East-leading Braves took two of three in a rain-shortened series. Tuesday nights game was rained out and will be made up in late June. NOTES: Phillies 1B Ryan Howard wasnt in the starting lineup for the first time this season. John Mayberry Jr. took his spot. Howard is 3 for 17 with eight strikeouts vs. lefties this season. Howard walked as a pinch-hitter in the eighth. ... Braves starters have a 1.58 ERA. ... In Wednesdays 1-0 loss to the Braves, Lee became the first pitcher to lose two games in which he allowed one run or less and struck out 13 or more. The other time also was against Atlanta. ... The Phillies start a 10-game road trip in Colorado on Friday night. Jonathan Pettibone (0-0, 1.80 ERA) gets the start. ... The Braves open a three-game series at the New York Mets on Friday night. Aaron Harang (2-1, 0.96) takes the mound for Atlanta. Luther Head Jersey . "He came up to me and said, I want to train," said Toronto coach Ryan Nelsen. The 26-year-old midfielder is expected to play Saturday night when Toronto hosts D.C. United, returning to his Major League Soccer squad with mixed feelings about the Americans World Cup run -- sad that it ended when it did but proud of his teams performance. James Harden Jersey . Terms of the contract were not disclosed by the club. Clemons spent his first five NFL seasons with the Miami Dolphins, who selected him in the fifth round of the 2009 draft out of Clemson.SAN FRANCISCO - Those oversized panda heads are being put away — at least the ones seen in the first row at AT&T Park. Pablo Sandovals bamboo-eating buddies arent following him to Beantown.Sam Li, a San Francisco Giants fan often inside one of the four humongous panda heads, said Wednesday he and his friends have decided they must find a new way to honour their team. They had worn those heads in tribute to Sandoval, nicknamed Kung Fu Panda by teammate Barry Zito in September 2008.After his $17.15 million, three-year contract ended with the Giants, Sandoval agreed to a $95 million, five-year deal with Boston this week, saying he needed a new challenge.Li, best friend Michael Jessen and about eight others have rotated under the panda heads in recent years. Li said in an email to The Associated Press that the group became Giants fans while attending college at California-Berkeley across the bay and found the original head on Amazon.com for about $130. They acquired the rest from a toy manufacturer who is a friend of Lis.We could not believe how much more fun those little somethings — the panda heads — brought to every San Franciscans life, Li wrote. For that, we felt the best. We have stuck those heads out of our car windows after games, and every single San Franciscan on the street brought a wide grin and joy. It is only a very small something, not more than say bringing a jacket to a game, but it touches so many people on so many levels, and in a lot of cases, changes peoples life. It is wonderful.Li said the group hopes to donate one of the panda heads to the Giants with the idea that it could be placed in the clubhouse or somewhere special in the ballpark to remember Sandovals contributions to World Series title teams in 2010, 12 and 14. Li termedd the head part of Giants history. Danuel House Jersey. Sandoval, a free-swinging, switch-hitting third baseman, was MVP of the 2012 Series sweep of Detroit after a three-homer game in the opener.Sandoval wasnt even Lis favourite Giants player. That distinction goes to catcher Buster Posey, and the group wore Posey jerseys along with the panda heads.Everyone asked, Why 28 jersey with panda? We always answered, We are here for the team, Li said. It is teamwork, and the Giants have better teamwork than any other baseball team.Li said part of the pleasure of wearing the panda heads has been to support the Giants without making their identities known. Some of the group also wore fake facial hair during the Fear the Beard movement when bushy-bearded closer Brian Wilson worked the ninth inning for San Francisco.The only other member of the group Li identified by name was Jessen, president of Wallys Wine Auctions in New York. Li said he and his friends attended every post-season game during each World Series run.We must have about 10 different friends of ours inside a panda head at games, in some rotations, Li said. (Michael) is a Yankees fan, naturally, but the Giants are his National League team and West Coast team, so it fit well to his passion for the Yankees. Other friends are more shy like myself.They have enjoyed getting to know Sandoval and wish him well. But they are loyal to the orange and black and dont have a trip planned to Fenway Park to catch Sandoval in a Red Sox uniform next year.Good luck to Pablo, and we will watch Boston with interest, Li said. Nothing more. We will not cheer for any other player than in Giants jerseys. We will have to find something else to bring that dimension back to the game. We will retire the panda heads. ' ' '
Sep 21, 2019
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