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  • 06 Jun
    导出博客文章LOS ANGELES -- Clayton Kershaw outpitched a familiar foe for his first win in
    more than a month. Kershaw was a bit better than Tim Lincecum in the seventh
    regular-season matchup between former Cy Young Award winners, rookie Yasiel Puig
    had three more hits and the Los Angeles Dodgers rallied to beat the San
    Francisco Giants 4-2 on Wednesday night for a three-game sweep of the defending
    World Series champions. "I had better fastball command tonight than I had in the
    past," Kershaw said after his first victory in seven starts since May 20. "There
    were a few three- or four-pitch sequences there where there was a lapse. So
    theres some little things to work on here and there. But overall, it was better
    tonight for sure." Kershaw (6-5) allowed two runs and four hits in eight-plus
    innings and had seven strikeouts against an offence that totalled just 14 runs
    over its previous six games while going 8 for 47 with runners in scoring
    position. The Giants only runs came in the fourth on Buster Poseys 10th homer
    and second in two games, following a 14-game drought. The left-hander, who led
    the NL in ERA each of the previous two seasons, has a 2.06 mark through his
    first 17 starts -- tying Pittsburghs Jeff Locke for second place, .01 behind the
    Mets Matt Harvey. When Kershaw won his Cy Young Award in 2011, he was 5-0 with a
    1.07 ERA in six starts against the Giants that season -- and four of those
    victories came in games that Lincecum was the opposing pitcher. "Hopefully we
    keep pitching against each other for a long time," Kershaw said. "But its not a
    matter of facing him, but facing the eight other guys. And Im sure hed say the
    same thing." Kenley Jansen got three outs for his sixth save in eight attempts
    after Kershaw gave up a leadoff single in the ninth by Marco Scutaro. The
    right-hander retired pinch-hitter Brandon Belt on a broken-bat popup with
    runners at first and second to end it -- opponents are 0 for 32 against him with
    men in scoring position. "He came up with the tying run at the plate and went
    right through the heart of the order," Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis said, "so that
    was a big test for him." Lincecum (4-8) gave up four runs and 10 hits in 5 1-3
    innings and struck out four. The two-time Cy Young winner is 1-7 with a 5.24 ERA
    in his last eight starts since beating Atlanta 5-1 on May 12 with seven innings
    of two-hit ball. The Giants have scored fewer than three runs in six of
    Lincecums last eight outings. "You kind of look forward to it, just because it
    make you rise to the occasion and pitch better," Lincecum said of facing
    Kershaw. "I was more intent on being aggressive, but I just didnt put pitches
    where I needed to and when I should have." The Giants have lost four in a row
    and nine of 12, putting them a season-worst two games under .500 and dropping
    them into fourth place in the NL West. They are 3 1/2 games behind the
    division-leading Arizona Diamondbacks. The Dodgers got the jump on Lincecum with
    an RBI single in the third inning by Hanley Ramirez. But the Giants, who came in
    batting a league-best .285 against left-handed starters, responded in the fourth
    with Poseys 10th home run after a leadoff walk to Scutaro. It was first homer by
    last years NL MVP in his first 40 career at-bats against Kershaw, and snapped a
    stretch of 30 consecutive innings in which the Giants hadnt held a lead. "You
    cant walk Scutaro leading off that inning, especially after we just got a run,"
    Kershaw said. "I mean, Poseys going to hit homers -- thats what he does -- but
    it should have been a solo homer." That lead evaporated in the sixth, when the
    Dodgers pulled ahead to stay. Andre Ethier delivered the tying run with an RBI
    single and Ellis followed with a run-scoring double into the left field corner.
    Juan Uribe got an infield hit and Lincecum ended his night with a wild pitch to
    Skip Schumaker that allowed Ellis to score. Lincecum got a break in the fifth on
    another overaggressive rookie mistake by Puig, who tried to stretch a two-out
    single into a double and was easily thrown out by left fielder Andres Torres.
    This was Puigs 13th multihit game and sixth with three hits since his big league
    debut June 3. He is batting. 435 in his first 22 contests. NOTES: Dodgers CF
    Matt Kemp, who made a circus catch in the warning track to rob Scutaro of extra
    bases for the final out on Tuesday night in his first game off the disabled
    list, was not in the starting lineup but came in for defence on a double-switch
    in the ninth. ... Lincecum is 0-5 in six road starts since beating the Dodgers
    5-3 on April 3 in his season debut. Barry Zito, 0-4 with an 11.28 ERA on the
    road, takes the ball for the opener of the Giants three-game series at Colorado
    on Friday night. ... Kershaw has held the Giants to fewer than three runs in 17
    of his l9 starts against them. ... The Giants were swept in a three-game set at
    Dodger Stadium for the first time since April 2009.
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    4-0, but then had the tables turned on them Tuesday.After defeat to West Brom,
    Manchester United are down in sixth in the Premier League, three points adrift
    of fourth-placed Manchester City, who have a game in hand. Can Louis van Gaals
    men close the gap to qualify for the Champions League? United have nine games
    remaining this season and Van Gaal told Sky Sports his team need 27 points. But
    how high can they finish? We take a look at their prospects… Premier League top
    six 2015/16 Position W D L GD Pts Leicester 17 9 3 21 60 Tottenham 15 10 4 27 55
    Arsenal 15 7 7 16 52 Man City 15 5 8 21 50 West Ham 13 10 6 12 49 Man Utd 13 8 8
    10 47 Back-to-back Premier League wins over Arsenal and Watford launched United
    back into the race for the top four but the fact remains that, after losing at
    West Brom, United have taken just 47 points from their first 29 games of the
    season. Nine consecutive wins would put them on 74 points, but if they continue
    at the same rate, they will finish the season on 62.That total would be nine
    points lower than their tally in 2014/15, when it only would have been enough
    for a sixth-placed finish. It might be a different story this season given the
    struggles of the Premier Leagues big sides, but Van Gaal will still be hoping
    for considerable improvement. Salomon Rondon scored WBAs winner against
    Manchester United Remaining fixturesSo what are Uniteds chances of bouncing back
    from their disappointment at the Hawthorns? On paper, their run-in looks tricky.
    The Red Devils still have to travel to Man City, Tottenham and West Ham, and
    they also face potentially difficult home clashes against Everton and leaders
    Leicester. Average position of remaining Premier League opponents Team Avg
    position of opponents Man Utd 10.dddddddddddd1 Man City 11.4 Tottenham 11.5
    Leicester 12.1 Arsenal 12.7 The average position of their remaining opponents
    (10.1) is higher than any of the top four, but on the plus side their fixtures
    throw up plenty of opportunities to close the gap on the teams above them.
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    ominously, however, is that United took just 13 points from a possible 27 in the
    reverse fixtures of their remaining games - winning three, drawing four and
    losing two. Repeat results would see them finish the season on just 60
    points.Potential fixture worry?Another potential issue facing United is fixture
    congestion. Van Gaals side face Liverpool in the next round of the Europa League
    and host West Ham in the FA Cup quarter-finals over the next fortnight, meaning
    they could have as many as 11 cup games to play as well as their remaining
    Premier League games before the season is out. Potential remaining games
    (including possible FA Cup replays) Team Potential remaining games Leicester 9
    Tottenham 16 Man City 16 Arsenal 20 Man Utd 20 Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester
    City also have domestic and European commitments to consider, but Leicester have
    a clear run in the league having been knocked out of the FA Cup earlier this
    season.Injury issuesA hectic fixture list could take its toll on Uniteds
    depleted squad. Their injury crisis has forced Van Gaal to promote youngsters
    from their academy in recent weeks, and according to Physio Room they currently
    have nine first-team players out injured. Wayne Rooney is sidelined with a knee
    injury The number of absentees limits Van Gaals options when it comes to squad
    rotation, so hell need the likes of Wayne Rooney, Bastian Schweinsteiger and
    Phil Jones to recover as quickly as possible.ConclusionThere are plenty of
    obstacles facing United in the final months of the season and their task has
    been made tougher by defeat at West Brom. They can barely afford any more
    slip-ups. United must deliver more big wins against their closest rivals to
    boost their chances. Where do you think Manchester United will finish? Leave us
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