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  • 06 May
    导出博客文章CHICAGO -- The Texas Rangers ended their homer drought in a big way. Adam
    Rosales, Jeff Baker and pinch-hitter Mitch Moreland each had two-run shots to go
    with solo a drive by Adrian Beltre and a bizarre inside-the-park effort by Ian
    Kinsler in Fridays 11-5 win over the Chicago White Sox. The AL West-leading
    Rangers (75-53) won for the 19th time in 23 games to move a season-high 22 games
    over .500. "Weve got guys that can hit the ball out of the ballpark, but we just
    havent been hitting it out of the ballpark," Rangers manager Ron Washington
    said. "All that tells me is were able to win baseball games many, many ways, not
    just with the long ball." The White Sox were unable to overcome a shaky outing
    by ace Chris Sale, ending a season-high six-game winning streak. Sale (9-12)
    allowed eight runs and eight hits in seven innings. "I really have no excuses in
    my corner, really," Sale said. "My arm felt good, my body felt good, my mind was
    right. I even felt like my stuff was good. Sometimes you just get beat." A.J.
    Pierzynski and Alex Rios each had a nice night in their return to U.S. Cellular
    Field for the first time since leaving the White Sox. Pierzynski, who signed
    with Texas as a free agent in the off-season, went 1 for 4 with a sacrifice fly.
    Rios, who was traded to the Rangers on Aug. 9, had two hits and scored two runs.
    Pierzynski received a standing ovation when he was introduced in the first
    inning. Before the game, the team showed highlights of his White Sox career on
    the centre field video board. "It was hard to keep my emotions in check,
    especially the first couple innings," Pierzynski said. "Its just weird to go out
    there, as long as I was on the other side. Just to see the field from a
    different perspective is just odd. I dont know how to explain it." The strangest
    play of the game was Kinslers inside-the-park homer. His third inning line drive
    rolled into a drainage track under the left-field line wall. By the time Dayan
    Viciedo was able to find the ball, Kinsler was on his way to the plate for his
    11th homer and a 5-3 Rangers lead. "He did exactly what he was supposed to do,
    kept running, and it worked in our favour," Washington said. "The ground rules
    say that if the ball is trapped and visible, you have to go get it. It was
    visible." White Sox manager Robin Ventura came out to argue the play and was
    ejected. "I figured since (Viciedo) got on his hands and knees trying to go get
    it, you would think it would be lodged underneath there pretty good that they
    would rule a double but (third base umpire Greg Gibson) didnt," Ventura said.
    Baker and Rosales connected in the second inning, powering Texas to a 4-0 lead.
    Rosales added a sacrifice fly in the fourth for his third RBI of the game to
    make it 6-3. Martin Perez (7-3) allowed four runs and eight hits in seven
    innings for the Rangers, who have won their last nine road games to improve to
    37-26 away from home. In the bottom of the second, Perez gave back three of the
    four runs his team had staked him to in the top of the inning, and also hurt
    himself with a wild pitch and a balk. "The game was moving along, we put up four
    runs and started giving them back, but (Perez) showed some presence out there,"
    Washington said. "Thats a veteran move, the way he gathered himself and got
    himself through seven innings." Viciedo had a two-run single in the second and
    eventually came around on Gordon Beckhams base hit, pulling the White Sox within
    one. But that was as close as it would get. Beltre hit his 27th homer in the
    fifth and Kinsler singled in a run in the seventh to give the Rangers an 8-4
    lead. NOTES: It was the first time in Rangers history that they had a pinch-hit
    and inside-the-park home run in the same game. ... Chicago left eight runners on
    base, to only four for Texas. ... Saturday is the seventh annual Civil Rights
    Game. Texas RHP Yu Darvish (12-5, 2.68 ERA) starts against Chicago LHP Hector
    Santiago (4-7, 3.27 ERA). ... Attendance was 31,891.
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    the team all week and expects to be ready to go on Sunday. Antonio Conte will be
    looking to extend his perfect start as Chelsea boss when newly-promoted Burnley
    visit Stamford Bridge on Saturday.Contes side has picked up three straight wins
    to start the overall season, but none of those victories have come easily. The
    Blues (2-0-0) needed late goals from Diego Costa to beat West Ham and Watford in
    the Premier League, before Bristol Rovers gave them a scare, coming from 3-0
    down to leave Chelsea sweating over their progression late in the 3-2 League Cup
    win.However, Chelsea arent alone in looking a little disjointed at this early
    stage of the season and are expecting another tricky afternoon this
    weekend.There are no easy games in the Premier League, said Victor Moses, who
    scored the decisive goal against Rovers. Its 11 versus 11 so it will be a hard
    game for us, but the most important thing is to work hard together as a
    team.Weve won three in a row, weve got quality players who can win us games,
    collectively and individually, and well keep growing together.Burnley (1-0-1)
    produced the shock result of the early season when they beat Liverpool 2-0 last
    weekend. The Clarets had just 19 percent of possession, but got the better of
    their illustrious opponents thanks to aggressive attacking transitions coupled
    with the pace and cutting edge of forward Andre Gray.But even the quality of
    Gray couldnt help a much-changed Burnley avoid extra-time defeat to Accrington
    Stanley in the League Cup on Wednesday. The striker came off the bench in the
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    know that, Dyche said. We know the challenge thats ahead of us and we know
    theres a group that wed more be hoping to get points against and we know theres
    a group thats more difficult to get points against, particularly away from home,
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    we all love it, when you can go away to these places with a bit of freedom, take
    on the game and see what comes your way, he said.Its obvious were not leading
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    it already has, is we are willing for the challenge and well give every inch of
    ourselves to achieve what we want.Chelsea have taken 10 points from their last
    four Premier League games against Burnley, and won the title on both of the last
    two occasions the Clarets were in the top-flight.However, Burnley will back
    themselves to at least score -- theyve found the net in all but one of their
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