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  • 05 Jun
    导出博客文章Missing his first All-Star Game since 2008 was a tough blow for Yadier
    Molina.Even though the 34-year-old catcher welcomed the respite, he was deeply
    disappointed in his performance in the first half of the season with the St.
    Louis Cardinals.I hate to look bad, said Molina in a recent conversation with
    ESPN.com. I hate losing. Im a bad loser.When I am performing poorly and the team
    is losing, I feel terrible. I am a very proud man in what I do. I want to be the
    very best. And sometimes thats not going to happen. In baseball, we play too
    many games, there are so many moments when you are going to fail, but I simply
    dont like to lose.And struggle the Cardinals?did.St. Louis finished the first
    half barely four games above .500 (46-42), seven games behind the
    division-leading Chicago Cubs?and far from the team that was 56-33 at the break
    in 2015 and went on to win 100 games on its way to securing a third consecutive
    National League Central title.Molinas batting average in his first 82 games in
    2016 was .259 with only 28 RBIs, evidence of the much-noticed decline his
    offense has shown his past two injury-ridden seasons.Nonetheless, Bengie and
    Jose Molinas younger brother said he paid no attention to the multiple
    criticisms writing him -- and the Cardinals -- off.We are a good team that never
    gives up, Molina said. We have had a lot of injuries, players that we have
    missed, but every time we put someone in the lineup, whatever their last name
    is, they give their best.We are a team of tradition and know how to win. It
    hasnt been an easy season for us, yet here we are.It has been a tale of two
    halves for Molina, and his resurgent offense has gone hand in hand with the
    Cardinals re-establishing themselves as solid wild-card playoff
    contenders.Molina said he has no explanation for his remarkable improvement,
    beyond feeling healthier. With a batting average of .357 and 13 doubles and two
    home runs in his past 34 games, Molina has had the best offensive production
    among all catchers that have played at least 20 games in the second half of the
    season.I play ball the same way every day, Molina said. Sometimes things go your
    way, sometimes they dont. But I have been playing baseball for a long time, and
    the key is always making adjustments. And each game its different.I also have
    felt healthier lately, better than the first couple of months. I had two
    surgeries back in December. A lot of people dont realize that. It has taken a
    while for my hand to feel 100 percent. I cant say Im at a 100 percent, because I
    really am not, but it has felt better, and that helped me perform better.The
    Cards currently hold a 1? game lead over the Miami Marlins for the National
    Leagues second wild-card slot after losing two out of three games to the New
    York Mets. But while Molina certainly has a sense of acceptance to the
    inevitability of the Cubs being crowned divisional champs, he is quick to point
    out that making it into the postseason is the Cardinals only goal, regardless of
    how they get there.Chicago is playing really well, but there is nothing written
    in baseball, said the eight-time Gold Glove Award winner and four-time Platinum
    Glove Award winner. I have gone through many moments, played in World Series,
    and weve been back 10 games or 11 games with 20 days left in the season, and we
    have come from behind to reach the playoffs.Winning the division is one of those
    things that one would like to do, but the mentality of every player is to make
    it to the playoffs. Anything can happen in the playoffs. We won 100 games last
    season and lost in the first round. Winning the division doesnt guarantee you
    anything. It doesnt guarantee that you will go to the World Series. All that
    matters is that you get to play in the postseason -- and there, anything can
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    But when it comes to determining if Raymond will find a place on the Leafs
    roster when training camp concludes in a week, well, that decision will
    ultimately fall to the head coach. The Arizona Diamondbacks activated ace
    right-hander Zack Greinke from the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday.He is
    scheduled to start Tuesday nights game against the New York Mets at
    CitiField.Greinke was placed on the disabled list on July 3 because of tightness
    in his left oblique, an injury he suffered while batting against the Phillies on
    June 28.The Diamondbacks ace is 10-3 with a 3.62 ERA in his first season with
    the Diamondbacks after signing a six-year, $206.5 million contract with Arizona
    in the offseason.He had won seven of his eight most recent starts wiith a
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    Welington Castillo on the paternity list. By rule, hell miss from one to three
    games.Catcher Oscar Hernandez was recalled from Double-A Mobile. He was hitting
    a combined .249 with 10 home runs and 31 RBI at two levels of the minors.The
    Diamondbacks also optioned right-hander Evan Marshall to Triple-A Reno.Arizona,
    at 45-66, is in last place in the NL West. ' ' '