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  • 05 Jul
    WASHINGTON -- There has not been a lot of positive news around the last-place Cincinnati Reds this year, but slugger Adam Duvall and pitcher Anthony DeSclafani are two of them.Duvall shares the National League lead in home runs at 22 with Chicagos Kris Bryant while DeSclafani makes his fifth start of the season Friday when he faces the first-place Washington Nationals and Tanner Roark in the second game of the series.DeSclafani is 2-0 with a 1.52 ERA this season. In his last start, he went a career-high eight innings and gave up five hits and no runs while throwing a season-high 117 pitches in a 3-0 victory over the San Diego Padres.The New Jersey native is 1-0 with a 2.35 ERA in five games in his career against Washington. He pitched out of the bullpen three times for the Miami Marlins against the Nationals in 2014 and made two starts last year with the Reds.He has commanded the bottom of the strike zone on both sides of the plate, Reds manager Bryan Price said Thursday. His best two pitches are his fastball and slider but the ability to create speed separation with his changeup and curveball has been a big part of his success.The right-hander has bounced back since he lasted only 2 2/3 innings on June 15 as he gave up six hits and four runs in a 9-8 loss in 13 innings to the Atlanta Braves, though he did not figure in the decision.DeSclafani has also made five minor league rehab starts this year. He began the season on the disabled list with a strained left oblique suffered in his final spring training outing.He made his major league debut in 2014 with the Miami Marlins.The Reds need a good outing as Brandon Finnegan couldnt get out of the third inning on Thursday when the Nationals hit three homers in a 13-4 victory. Shortstop Danny Espinosa hit two of the homers -- one from each side of the plate.Roark, the Washington starter Friday, is 3-1 with a 2.30 ERA in his last four starts.The Nationals used a starting pitcher -- top prospect Lucas Giolito -- for the first time on Tuesday who was not part of the five-man rotation to the start the year.Stephen Strasburg (10-0) went on the disabled list Sunday. When will he return?At this point, we still have half of the year to go. Im more inclined not to rush him. Im not in a hurry, personally, said Dusty Baker, the Washington manager.Roark won 15 games as a starter in 2014 and split last season between the bullpen and the rotation as Max Scherzer supplanted him in the rotation. Joe Thomas Jersey . - Blake Griffin had 30 points and 12 rebounds, J. Joe Thomas Browns Jersey . 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Lancashire 287 (Clark 56, Sam Curran 4-61, Meaker 3-83) and 203-8 (Procter 76, Petersen 56, Footitt 5-49) lead Surrey 480 (Sam Curran 96, Burns 88, Sangakkara 67, Davies 59, Sibley 56, Lilley 5-130) by 10 runs Scorecard When Surrey last met Lancashire in the County Championship, the UK had not voted to leave the European Union and Pokemon Go had yet to be unleashed on British shores. But for these two teams at The Oval, the most significant change in the intervening three months has been on the pitch. Surrey have surged after a dreadful start to the County Championship season, and Lancashires run of three wins in their opening five games, including an evisceration of Surrey, has given way to a winless run of eight matches.Here Lancashire were gazumped by two left-armers who were absent in May. Back then, Mark Footitt was injured and Sam Curran had his pesky A-levels to overcome.Footitt was Surreys marquee winter signing, lured from Derbyshire for his left-arm brawn in return for Division One cricket, on a four-year contract that was sizeable indeed for a 30-year-old with a history of injuries. For much of this season that investment has seemed hard to justify: Footitts injury problems gave way to a return so indecisive that he was left out of the side.Yet as he bounded in from the Pavilion End, the gifts that had enticed Surrey, and led to Footitts selection for Englands tour to South Africa, were undeniable. In a 10-over spell in the early evening, Footitts four wickets prized open the game. His alliance of pace, hostility and awkward bounce made him relentless.The roar he let off after taking his maiden five-for for Surrey was deserved indeed: this was a triumph of will and speed, and refusing to kowtow to a pitch that, in his estimation, has got slower and lower as the match has progressed. On such occasions a fast bowlers short ball is an essential weapon but, while Footitt deployed his sagaciously to harry the batsmen, his wickets were all vindication for pitching the ball up.Earlier in the day, The Oval had been left bewitched by another Surrey left-armer, but for his batting. Sam Curran has already wooed sage judges with his left-arm pace bowling, yet at Surrey they reckon his batting will be even better.Three consecutive fours off Kyle Jarvis gave notice of why. There was an impudent upper-cut over the slips to reach his half-century; a perfectly timed leg glance; and then a drive thrashed imperiously through the cover.He was even more ruthless against the spin of Arron Lilley, three times smearing huge sixes over midwicket that seemed to mock Curranns own slight frame.dddddddddddd The third took him to within four of a maiden first-class century but, the man briefly reverting back to being a boy, he chipped the ball tamely back to Lilley.For a few seconds Curran resolutely refused to move, disbelieving of his fate. His slow walk from the crease gave off the air of a dejected child being dragged away from their favourite TV programme - or from Pokemon Go, perhaps - and remained sheltered in his helmet as he walked up the stairs.As he returned to a warm, sympathetic applause - some, so enraptured by this radiant talent, even stood up in acclaim - no one doubted there would be many times in his professional cricket career when Curran traverses through the 90s unscathed. This was an innings defined by the 96 delightful runs he scored, not the four he failed to.Had it not been for Luke Procter, Surrey might even have won with a day to spare. Procter is a distinctly unglamorous cricketer: his medium-pacers are delivered off the wrong foot; he faces up to bat with an unusually wide stance, hunching so low that he can look like he is attempting to burrow into the ground. But he is also a highly effective one, as he has proved all year in Division One. This 76, a product not just of his obduracy but also some fine driving - one push off Footitt rattled past mid-off, so exquisite was the timing - took his Championship tally in 2016 to 810 runs at 40.55 apiece.That represents a commendable effort, especially for a batsmen some had thought would struggled with the step up to Division One. But here, as on too many occasions in recent weeks, Procter received too little support. Alviro Petersen batted jauntily for 56 but, just as he was lashing the ball regally through the covers, perished playing the same shot off Footitt.The upshot is that, sometime early tomorrow, Surrey should secure their fourth victory in seven matches, effectively ensuring they will not be relegated despite four losses and no victories in their opening seven games. The push has come too late to entertain title hopes, but Surrey now have legitimate hopes of finishing in the top three - and with scope to build on that achievement, especially with Sam Curran now unburdened by school commitments.For 2015s other promoted side, a long trip home tomorrow, after an eighth consecutive Championship match without victory, now looms, and the creeping notion that Lancashires cherished Division One status might yet be imperilled. Cheap Jerseys China NFL Jerseys Cheap NBA Jerseys Wholesale NHL Jerseys Wholesale MLB Jerseys Cheap Soccer Jerseys China Wholesale NCAA Jerseys Wholesale Football Jerseys Wholesale Basketball Jerseys Wholesale Baseball Jerseys ' ' '