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enjoyable 53rd birthday for Los Angeles Dod
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LOS ANGELES -- Yasiel Puig made it a very enjoyable 53rd birthday for Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly. Puig hit a three-run homer and threw out a runner at second base, leading Los Angeles over the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-1 Sunday. Puig connected with two outs following an intentional walk. He flipped his bat after capping a four-run sixth inning against Josh Collmenter (0-2). "Obviously it was a big hit by Yasiel," Mattingly said. "I was hoping it would get up. I knew it was going to get us another run, so it was a good feeling right away." The Diamondbacks walked Adrian Gonzalez with two outs to pitch to Puig. "Its definitely not an easy choice," Arizona catcher Miguel Montero said. "Theyve got a good lineup from top to bottom, so you have to think about who you have to pitch around because theyre all pretty good hitters." "I thought it was a good pitch that we made on Puig, but he just put a good swing on it. We wanted to come inside on him," he said. Puig hit a liner over the fence in left-centre. He hit 19 homers last season as a rookie after coming up to the Dodgers in June. Dodgers starter Josh Beckett pitched five innings of one-hit ball, striking out seven and walking two. Beckett and some of his teammates have been getting intravenous fluids because of a flu bug thats been going around the clubhouse. He wound up with his third no-decision in three starts, with none of them going past the fifth inning. The three-time All-Star righty remained winless since Sept. 30, 2012, when he beat Colorado at Dodger Stadium. Beckett was 0-5 with a 5.19 ERA in eight starts last season before sitting out the final five months because of a groin strain and a subsequent bout with thoracic outlet syndrome, a nerve condition that required him to undergo surgery in July. "It would have been nice to go a little deeper, especially with how much the bullpens been used. But I felt like it was probably in the best interest of the team to not keep going," Beckett said. "I felt like Ive done a decent job in my last couple of outings, but I think theres still room for improvement," he said. Jamey Wright (1-0) got three outs for his 93rd career victory, spread over 19 big league seasons and 10 different clubs. Kenley Jansen struck out the side in the ninth for his seventh save and fifth against the Diamondbacks. Chris Perez relieved Wright in the seventh with two on and none out. He retired his first batter, then gave up an RBI double by Eric Chavez. Beckett threw 83 pitches and allowed only a leadoff single to right field in the second by Miguel Montero. But Montero tried to stretch it into a double and was thrown out by Puig. "Obviously, Im not the fastest guy in the world, but he had to make a perfect throw," Montero said. "I could have done a better job going around first base, but I took too wide a turn and lost a couple of steps." The Dodgers broke through in the sixth after Dee Gordon singled and Carl Crawford had a hit-and-run triple into the right field corner. It was Crawfords first triple of the season and 118th of his career, the most among active players. NOTES: For the second time in this series, Arizonas Paul Goldschmidt was awarded first base on catchers interference against Tim Federowicz. ... Gonzalez extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a second-inning double. ... The Diamondbacks upcoming four-game series at Chicago will give pitching coach and former Cub Mike Harkey the opportunity to be at Wrigley Field on Wednesday when the ballparks 100th anniversary is celebrated. Harkey was the fourth overall pick by the Cubs in the 1987 draft and made his first 71 big league starts for them. ... Arizonas catchers are a combined 1 for 20 throwing out opposing basestealers. ... Chavez struck out both times he faced Beckett, and is 4 for 23 lifetime against him with eight Ks. Jason Kidd Jersey . Fognini won 7-5, 6-2, 6-2 after Argentinas Carlos Berlocq had beaten Andreas Seppi 4-6, 6-0, 6-2, 6-1 on the outdoor clay surface. Doubles are set for Saturday with reverse singles on Sunday to decide which team reaches the quarterfinals. Dirk Nowitzki Jersey . - The New England Patriots needed help on defence so they added three experienced players at midseason. http://www.mavericksteamofficial.info/ko...ks-jersey/ . The thunderous cheers quickly changed to an appreciative chant: "Ma-son! Ma-son! Ma-son! Headed to New York with new life, Mason sure earned this curtain call. Luka Doncic Mavericks Jersey . They know how difficult it is to beat the San Antonio Spurs. George scored 28 points and Indiana defeated San Antonio 111-100 on Saturday night, snapping an 11-game skid against the Spurs. Jalen Brunson Mavericks Jersey . "I wouldnt read anything into what happened Saturday at Torrey Pines," Woods said Tuesday after an 18-hole exhibition for past winners of the Dubai Desert Classic.CARROLL GOES FOR THIRD PLATE WITH AMIS HOLIDAY Trainer Josie Carroll, who has already won two Queens Plates (Edenwold in 2006, Inglorious in 2011), will try for a third one on Sunday with Ivan Dalos homebred Amis Holiday. Aboard will be Luis Contreras, who teamed with Carroll to win not only the Plate, but the Woodbine Oaks with the filly Inglorious. Amis Holiday, a son of Harlans Holiday-Victorious Ami, has only started twice this year, finishing a good fourth to Mr. Speaker in the Grade 3 Lexington at Keeneland on April 19, before a troubled third, just a neck behind the disqualified winner and Plate rival Asserting Bear, in the Marine Stakes at Woodbine on May 25. "It was a great effort," said Carroll, about the Marine.   "But it was a disappointing race because the horse didnt get a clean trip and show what he could do.  That was a little troubling." About the Lexington, "He ran a tremendous race.  For the amount of time hed been off, I was very impressed with what he did." Last year, Amis Holiday broke his maiden at first asking and then stepped up to stakes company and promptly won the Grade 3 Grey.  That effort made him the 3-5 choice to win the rich Coronation Futurity but he endured a difficult trip, ending up fifth before being disqualified.  Since the Marine, Amis Holiday has been busy with four solid works, including a sharp five furlong breeze in 59 3/5 seconds last Sunday.   "Hes just a very nice, very easy horse to train.  He does everything you ask him to." About the Plate, Carroll, who is also the only female conditioner to ever win the race, added, "Its a big field and this horse has already had a couple of troubled trips.  He just really needs a clean trip.   Hes coming up to the race in really good order.   Hes bred to go a distance.  Everythings right about him.  Now we just have to see if things work out on the day." ONE DESTINY ON EDGE, BUT SET FOR RACE One Destiny is still touch and go to make the final field for Sundays Queens Plate, but hes been training like hes ready to run a career race. The son of Dance to Destiny is currently ranked 16th on a list of 16 horses (by purse earnings) expected to start in the 155th edition of the 1 ¼-mile event.  If two more horses do enter, One Destiny could be on the outside looking in as a maximum of 17 are allowed in the gate for the race. Trainer Alec Fehr, who also owns a piece of the Ontario-bred with Winston Penny, knows the potential storyline. "Are we going to get in? Were kind of on the edge, arent we?" he wondered. The answer to the first question will be answered definitively on Thursday morning at the breakfast draw for the race. But on Monday, Fehr spoke assuredly about the current condition of the horse, who has one win in three 2014 starts. "Hes doing really fine," Fehr said. "He had a really nice work (on Sunday; a bullet five furlongs in :59, breezing)).dddddddddddd Hes come out of the work in good order and very sharp today. All is well." Fehr says his tactical speed will serve the horse well.  "If you look at his races, he really didnt get to run in any of his three races. Hes got any kind of speed. He can be a six-furlong horse or a mile and a quarter horse. He can be wherever in a race, but Id like to be close to the front (in the Plate)." Justin Stein, who won the 2012 Queens Plate aboard Strait of Dover, gets the call on Sunday. RHYTHM BLUES LOOKS TO ORCHESTRATE PLATE WIN NO. 3 FOR GONZALEZ Will this years edition of the Queens Plate be the same old song for two-time winning trainer Nick Gonzalez? In 2010, it was Big Red Mike who stepped up to the mike for Gonzalez and hit No. 1 on the Plate chart. Last year, it was Midnight Aria who had the veteran horseman humming a winning Queens Plate tune. This year, hes hoping Rhythm Blues will take centre stage in front of a packed house in the "Gallop for the Guineas." "My one thought all along is that he would get better the more he raced," said Gonzalez, of the chestnut son of Tale of the Cat. "His speed figures have gone up each time. I thought he ran a credible race in the Plate Trial (Rhythm Blues was fourth to We Miss Artie in the 1 1/8-mile Plate prep on June 15). He can still get better and hopefully, he is at his best on the big day." Sporting a record of one win, one second and two thirds from eight starts, the Hillsbrook Farms silk-bearer has raced at Delaware, Parx, Gulfstream Park and Keeneland, with his past two efforts coming at Woodbine. "Hes a stalker, not a speed horse," offered Gonzalez. "I dont see him being too far out of it. He isnt afraid to be in the mix, inside, outside, wherever. Weve had good fortune on two occasions to win this race. Hopefully, we can have some luck again this time." EARLY LOOK AT THE POSSIBLE JULY 6 QUEENS PLATE FIELD (16) HORSE / TRAINER / OWNER / JOCKEYAmis Holiday / Josie Carroll / Ivan Dalos /Luis ContrerasAsserting Bear / Reade Baker / Bear Stables / Chantal Sutherland-KruseAthenian Guard / Mike DePaulo / A & L Racing Stables / Omar MorenoCap in Hand / Sid Attard / Tucci Stables / Steven BahenColtimus Prime / Justin Nixon / Cabernet Racing Stables / Jesse CampbellHeart to Heart / Brian Lynch / Terry Hamilton / Eurico Rosa da SilvaLexie Lou / Mark Casse / Gary Barber / Patrick HusbandsLions Bay / Jamie Attard / M. N. V. & J. Earle / David MoranMajestic Sunset / Mark Casse / John Oxley / Gary BoulangerMan o Bear / Reade Baker / Bear Stables / Emma-Jayne WilsonMatador / Mark Casse / John Oxley / Julien LeparouxNiigon Express / Paul Attard / Chiefswood Stable / Gerry OlguinOne Destiny / Alec Fehr /Winston Penny & Alec Fehr / Justin SteinRhythm Blues / Nick Gonzalez / Hillsbrook Farms /TBATower of Texas / Roger Attfield / Thomas Van Meter II & Scott Dilworth / John VelazquezWe Miss Artie / Todd Pletcher / Ken & Sarah Ramsey / Javier Castellano ' ' '
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