fellow Italian Alessandro Nesta. from miao1234's blog

DETROIT -- Tommy Milone pitched five innings Tuesday night and walked away with a complete-game victory. Zx Flux Adidas Ocean . Not bad at all. Milone settled down after a slow start and Brandon Moss hit a tiebreaking two-run homer off Justin Verlander, leading the Oakland Athletics to a 6-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers in a game cut short by rain. Seth Smith hit a leadoff homer in the sixth, and Oakland had the bases loaded with no one out when the tarp was pulled on the field due to the weather. It was called after an 80-minute delay. Milone (10-9) allowed three runs in the first, and then pitched four scoreless innings. The left-hander improved to 2-2 with a 4.97 ERA in his last six starts. "Ive had some five-inning complete games in the minors, but Ive never had one in the majors," Milone said. "That was a nice break." Oakland manager Bob Melvin thought about going to closer Grant Balfour when the rain picked up in the fifth inning. But Milone retired the top of Detroits lineup in order. "I was thinking about that, because it was really starting to rain hard, and I knew the forecast wasnt good," he said. "I was going to go to the bullpen pretty quickly if Tommy got into trouble." Detroit dropped its second straight game, but the biggest concern was another sluggish outing for Verlander (12-10), who was charged with four runs, three earned, and four hits in five innings. The right-hander, who won the AL Cy Young Award and MVP honour in 2011, is 0-2 with a 5.00 ERA in his last four starts. But the Tigers have a comfortable lead in the AL Central and Verlander is hoping to use the next month to figure out whats wrong. "My deadline right now is the playoffs," he said. Verlander and Milone each got off to a slow start, combined for 78 pitches during a 45-minute first inning. Oakland pushed across two runs before Verlander recorded an out. Coco Crisp had a leadoff walked and Josh Donaldson singled. The runners moved up on a wild pitch and scored on Jed Lowries bloop double to right. Seth Smith had a two-out walk before Verlander retired Alberto Callaspo for the final out. The 44 pitches for Verlander were the most he had ever thrown in an inning. "Even in that inning, there were times that I felt like I had really good stuff, but I couldnt control it," Verlander said. "Id get in a rhythm for a couple pitches, and then get out of sync again." The game was tied before Milone got an out. With a steady rain beginning to fall, Detroits first four batters reached. Prince Fielder had a two-run single, and Miguel Cabrera came home when Omar Infantes routine grounder to second went under Callaspos glove for an error. Milone then shut down Detroit for the rest of the night. "I dont exactly know what changed, but something worked," he said. "I couldnt get comfortable in the first inning, especially from the stretch, but once I got back into the windup in the second, I was able to go after guys." Verlander ran into more trouble when Moss walked with two out in the third and hustled around to score on Yoenis Cespedes tying double down the left-field line on an 0-2 pitch. The Athletics struck again with two out in the fifth. Moss hit a drive to centre for his 22nd homer. "That was probably the hardest rain Ive ever pitched in," Verlander said. "I thought I could grip a changeup, but it came out flat and he crushed it." Bruce Rondon replaced Verlander in the sixth, and Smith hit his second pitch over the scoreboard in right-centre for a 6-3 lead. The next three batters reached on two singles and a walk, but then the rain became too heavy for play to continue. "That worked out really well for us, because we didnt have to use the bullpen," Melvin said. "We did a great job against Verlander -- we were patient and we were able to really boost his pitch count. We only got the two runs in the first, but we made him throw 40-some pitches, and thats probably why we were able to add on in the later innings." Rondon had been checked by trainer Kevin Rand earlier in the inning, and appeared to be favouring his right leg as he came off the field. NOTES: The Tigers activated C Alex Avila from the concussion disabled list and optioned C Bryan Holaday to Triple-A Toledo. ... Detroit had been hoping to get reliever Octavio Dotel (elbow) back by Sept. 1, but he had to leave Tuesdays rehab outing with Toledo after being hit by a comebacker from the first batter he faced. ... Melvin confirmed Bartolo Colon (groin) will start Thursday afternoon against Detroit. Brett Anderson (foot) is also close to returning from the disabled list, but will go to the bullpen when he is activated. Mens/Womens Shoes Army Green/Grey Adidas Ultra Boost . -- Kevin Martin hit a step-back jumper with 8. RSPN Mens Adidas ZX 5000 Shoes Dark Blue/White . Spezza was tasked with taking over for Alfredsson as captain, and Ryan with filling the void as a scoring winger. In the Senators first game against Alfredsson and the Detroit Red Wings, Spezza and Ryan fittingly spearheaded an impressive offensive display in a 6-1 blowout at Joe Louis Arena.Marco Di Vaio declared on Friday that his work in Montreal is "not yet finished," after announcing he will be staying with the club for the 2014 season. While Di Vaio was alluding to grand aspirations for next year with that comment in his press conference at Stade Saputo, it can also be applied to this season with the clubs current poor run of form leaving much work still to be done if they are to finish in the top five. Montreals results in recent weeks have been far from that of a playoff contender. They are winless in six and have lost three straight at home. They do however still control their destiny and sit fourth in the Eastern Conference standings with two matches left to play. The Impacts final home game of the season on Saturday couldnt be bigger, up against a Philadelphia Union team that is tied with them on points and sitting just below them in the standings. Marco Schallibaums men have been short on preparation time for the Union match, only arriving back in Montreal on Thursday evening after a 1-0 loss away to defending champions LA Galaxy on Wednesday night. With an understrength squad, the Impact were unfortunate not to leave California with a point. The performance was certainly a major improvement on the display in the 1-0 loss at home to New England Revolution a few days earlier. The biggest concern for me last Saturday was not the result against the Revs, but the lackluster performance Montreal put in. They lacked urgency, cohesion and looked bereft of ideas in front of goal. They were unable to get the ball to Di Vaio in positions where he could make an impact, and the one chance that did fall the veterans way was well saved by New England goalkeeper Matt Reis. The only bright spot on that day was the performance of Argentine Designated Player Hernan Bernadello who was impressive in midfield. After home defeats against Columbus, Vancouver and New England, there can be no more slip ups. A win against Philadelphia on Saturday would allow the Impact to breathe a little easier. They ccould even secure their place in the postseason if they win and other results go their way. Adidas Superstar Foundation NZ Shoes For Mens/Womens Running White Ftw/Light Scarlet/Running White . The last thing the Impact will want, is to head into the derby match at Toronto FC on the final game of the season needing a win to ensure they make the postseason. The announcement of Di Vaios future has certainly lifted a cloud of uncertainty that has been hanging over the Impact for the last few weeks. The Italian forward has been outstanding in his first full season in MLS and is tied for the league lead with 19 goals alongside Chicagos Mike Magee. Its not just on matchday that Di Vaio has been an important figure. His leadership on and off the field has been superb. He is one of the fittest, hardest working players on the team and certainly didnt arrive in Montreal with an ego. His attitude is an example to the younger players within the squad. While the Impact wont have to replace Di Vaio next year, they will be losing fellow Italian Alessandro Nesta. The Impact have been lucky to have Nesta as part of their squad for the last 18 months, and as with Di Vaio, Nestas contribution to the Impact has touched many aspects of the club, way beyond his performances on the field.  Nesta has had an incredible career, and he will bring the curtain down on his playing days at the end of this season. Although the Impact wont be able to call upon the Italian next year, his influence will live on for a long time to come. You only need to look at the young defence Montreal fielded in LA on Wednesday to see the quality players that are coming through. Karl Ouimette, Wandrille Lefevre, Maxim Tissot started against the Galaxy, and all of them have benefitted from seeing Nesta up close in training every day during his time in Montreal, and also the teaching he has given them. Quite rightly, Montreal will take time pre-game on Saturday to honour the career of Nesta - a true legend of the game. Montreal Impact against Philadelphia Union is live on MLS on TSN on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. ET, 11:00 am PT on TSN2. Cheap Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From ChinaAuthentic China Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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