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Every baseball season is different in its texture and results. letters numbers And so, it was strangely compelling that the first weekend of the newest campaign played out for the Giants and D-backs exactly the way the last one ended."Right now, they have our number," Giants reliever Jeremy Affeldt said Sunday after Arizona's three-game sweep of San Francisco was in the books. "It can go the other way, too. It's a long season. This weekend was just a little hiccup, but we're going to be very competitive."The series of hiccups ended with a 7-6 D-backs victory at Chase Field, giving them a trio of one-run wins here this weekend and a club-record eight-game winning streak over the Giants dating back to Sept. 3. The Giants hadn't opened a season 0-3 since 1984 and hadn't opened 0-4 since 1950. The D-backs haven't opened 3-0 since 2000.
"I don't get caught up in those kinds of numbers," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. embroidered patches Perhaps he should. Last year, the Giants finished eight games behind the division-winning D-backs in the National League West and are now three games in arrears of the Snakes as the season heads out of the gate in earnest this week. The Giants head to Colorado, where the Rockies play their home opener Monday, while the D-backs open a three-game series in San Diego against the Padres on Tuesday night.
The Giants, of course, already have what this particular edition of the D-backs really wants. They won the World Series in 2010 and, since then, have had a very difficult time trying to replicate all that magic. The D-backs snuck under the radar last year after losing 97 games the previous season. iron on patches But their 94-win surprise ended with a five-game loss to the Brewers in an NL Division Series that came down to the final play.
Pavano runs out of gas, pleased with final start
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"I feel like I've made some improvements," iron on patches said Pavano, who threw 96 pitches. "No doubt. Today my changeup was good, I had good life on the ball and my command was good. My slider was average, but I've had some outings where it was really good." Pavano cruised through the first five innings before allowing four runs in the sixth, but he said that he's right where he wants to be with his pitch count heading into the regular-season opener.
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But Darvish rallied and retired the next eight hitters before Giambi's two-out single in the fourth.
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Seven years ago, Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey first be
Seven years ago, Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey first began writing down the stories of sexual abuse that appear in his autobiography, slated for release on Thursday. The process ultimately proved too painful for Dickey, Jersey letter who temporarily abandoned the project.
Now, those stories are public information. Dickey's book includes revelations of childhood sexual abuse, details of suicidal thoughts as an adult and a description of finding a syringe on the bathroom floor of the Rangers' clubhouse."One of the hopes I had for the book ... nhl custom jersey is that people will be able to draw something from it that might help them," Dickey said Tuesday afternoon, "whether it's to talk about it more, Jersey number not to be afraid to be open with what's happened, that there are people available that will love you no matter what. I kind of grew up in a place where I didn't necessarily feel that, and a lot of that's on me."
Entitled "Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest for Truth, Authenticity and the Perfect Knuckleball," and written with Daily News sportswriter Wayne Coffey, Dickey's book is mostly a narrative of his journey from Minor League anonymity to Major League success. The most shocking revelations first appeared Tuesday in a 1,394-word excerpt on Sports Illustrated's website. The Daily News simultaneously published additional details, including Dickey's thoughts of suicide after having an affair.