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  • 16 Jul
    导出博客文章MINNEAPOLIS -- After getting his first night off in more than a year, Jose
    Altuve looked as fresh as ever Tuesday night.The All-Star second baseman, who
    sat out Monday for the first time since June 15, 2015, went 4 for 4 and scored
    twice as the Houston Astros topped the Minnesota Twins 7-5.The four-hit game for
    Altuve matched a career high and raised his batting average to .361 as he puts
    his name in the AL MVP discussion.Hes the biggest piece of this puzzle, teammate
    Carlos Correa said.Correa drove in four runs, including a first-inning homer
    with Altuve on base. That snapped a drought of seven straight games for the
    Astros without a home run.Altuve was given the night off during Mondays series
    opener, ending the longest active streak in the majors at 202 consecutive games
    played. He didnt miss a beat one day later, and his third hit helped spark a
    three-run sixth for the Astros.The undersized star has reached base safely in 39
    straight road games, the longest current run in the majors.He looked refreshed,
    Houston manager A.J. Hinch said. I dont think he ever has too much of a bad day.
    He came out with some fresh legs and the normal swing that he has. Hes just
    continuing a remarkable season and doing just about everything you could ask out
    of a player.Astros starter Mike Fiers (8-5) gave up three home runs -- he
    allowed four total in his previous eight starts -- but benefited from a good
    night at the plate from his offense. Fiers entered ranked fifth in the American
    League in run support (6.75 runs per game).No matter the situation, you always
    need this kind of game, Altuve said. Everybody swung the bat today.Hector
    Santiago (10-6) took the loss in his first home game for Minnesota and second
    start with his new team. Santiago was acquired in a trade with the Los Angeles
    Angels for right-hander Ricky Nolasco and made his Twins debut in Cleveland.Like
    a lot of other pitchers, Santiago had trouble getting Altuve out.You just try to
    throw it up there, make a good pitch and hopefully he can hit it at somebody,
    Santiago said. It just seems that every time he hits the ball, its somewhere
    where nobody is at.The Twins hit consecutive homers off Fiers in the fifth to
    take a 4-2 lead. Robbie Grossman hit a two-run shot to right, and Brian Dozier
    followed with his 23rd of the year. It was the 10th time this season Minnesota
    went back-to-back, the third-most in team history.Houston reliever Ken Giles
    allowed a run in the ninth but earned his second save in five opportunities this
    year. Minnesotas lineup finished 1 for 11 with runners in scoring
    position.ASSISTING FROM THE OUTFIELDHouston outfielders came in tied for the
    most assists in the majors with 35. The Astros added another, and it came at a
    crucial time.Center fielder Jake Marisnick threw out Trevor Plouffe at home
    plate following a single up the middle by Jorge Polanco. Houston catcher Evan
    Gattis fielded the throw perfectly and tagged Plouffe, preventing what would
    have been a big run for the Twins.That play kept it a 5-4 Astros lead, and
    Houston went on to build on that advantage in the next inning. Minnesota also
    threw out a runner at home plate in the first inning, but the Astros outfield
    assist was a game-changer.It changes the complexion of the entire game, Hinch
    said. Jake continues to find ways to contribute in center field. Staying under
    control, he kept the throw low. Great pick by Gattis, good tag at the plate, and
    a momentum-shifter that would have changed the game.TRAINERS ROOMAstros: RHP
    Luke Gregerson (left oblique strain) will throw an aggressive bullpen session on
    Wednesday, Hinch said. Gregerson could return as early as Friday.UP NEXTAL Cy
    Young Award winner Dallas Keuchel (7-11, 4.56 ERA) starts Wednesday for Houston
    in the third game of the series. Keuchel pitched a three-hit shutout his last
    time out against Texas. Minnesota will send Ervin Santana (5-9, 3.62) to the
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    injury, which contributed to his loss to Stanislas Wawrinka in the final in
    Melbourne.Another England Test, another Alastair Cook milestone. Having
    passed Alec Stewarts England record of 133 Test appearances in the victory over
    Bangladesh in the first Test in Chittagong, Cook is now set to become
    Englands most capped captain of all time when he skippers the team against India
    in the first Test, on Wednesday.Cook moved level with Michael Atherton when he
    led his side out for the 54th time in the second Test in Dhaka but come
    Wednesday will top the list. There have been plenty of highs, and lows, during
    his spell as skipper. Click on the video above to see just a few, as we also
    chart them below...Bangladesh beginnings Cook celebrates after scoring a century
    against Bangladesh during his first Test as captain Its somewhat fitting that
    Cook equalled Athertons record where it all started, in Bangladesh. Though it
    was in Chittagong, and not Dhaka, where Cook became Englands 79th Test captain,
    covering for Andrew Strauss as he was rested at the time.He couldnt have wished
    for a better beginning either, smashing 173 against his hapless hosts to become
    only the fifth England batsman to score a hundred in his first game as
    skipper.Cook would lead his charges to a 181-run victory in that first Test in
    2010 - Graeme Swann taking 10 wickets - before cracking another century in the
    second Test, as a nine-wicket win in Dhaka secured a 2-0 series triumph.Early
    success as skipper Cook kisses the urn after winning his first Ashes series as
    captain in 2013 Cook would have to wait over two years till next tasked with the
    Test captaincy, permanently taking over from Strauss for the tour of India. It
    represented a bit of a baptism of fire for Cook, with England having
    relinquished the No 1 Test ranking to South Africa earlier that summer amid
    rumours of ructions in the dressing room that led to Kevin Pietersens exile from
    the team for texts exchanged with the opposition.Cook brought KP back into the
    team for the India tour and would lead his team to a staggering 2-1 triumph on
    the sub-continent, made all the more remarkable by the fact that England were
    trounced by nine wickets in the first Test in Ahmedabad; albeit Cook scoring a
    century. Hed also tonk tons in the second and third Test wins.The Ashes
    (preceded by home and away series against New Zealand) were the next test, but
    one Cook passed with flying colours, leading England to a 3-0 series success.
    The margin of Englands win would somewhat flatter them, however, as following a
    347-run drubbing in the second Test at Lords, a revitalised Australia were much
    more competitive, hinting of what was to come.Whitewashed in Aus Mitchell
    Johnson (L) celebrates the wicket of Cook, one of his 37 victims in the 5-0
    Ashes whitewash in 2013/14 And what was to come was an utterly emphatic 5-0
    series defeat in the return Ashes series in Australia later that winter, where a
    broken and battered England were routinely bounced out by Mitchell Johnson at
    the peak of his pacey powers.Englandd lost Jonathan Trott - a key component of
    their top order for the last four years - after the first Test defeat in
    Brisbane to a stress-related condition, while Swann retired, having been
    troubled by an elbow injury, with the series already lost following defeat in
    the third Test in Perth.ddddddddddddDesperately searching for answers, England
    used 19 players during the five-Test tour, of which the resounding find was a
    certain Ben Stokes, who struck a first Test ton on a hideously worn Perth pitch
    in only his second game.Cook defies doubters Cook is warmly applauded off the
    field at The Rose Bowl despite falling short of a century against India in 2014
    There was worse still for Cook after the drubbing down under. A devastating
    defeat to Sri Lanka at Leeds in 2014 off the penultimate ball of the game that
    saw England lose the series, and an embarrassing 95-run second Test loss to
    India on a green-top at Lords perfectly catered for home advantage, had many
    calling for him to step down as skipper.They made a compelling case, as coupled
    with those heart-breaking defeats was that Cook couldnt buy a run - no Test tons
    for 14 matches, averaging 23.63. The captain, at his lowest ebb, himself
    admitted: No-one has a divine right to captain the side, or play in the side if
    theyre not performing.The tide began to turn though in the third Test at The
    Rose Bowl. After a painstaking 231-ball stay at the crease, Cook agonisingly
    fell five runs short of that long-awaited century. Regardless, the crowd
    appreciating the courage of a man under such pressure gave him a rousing
    reception from the crease. Cook would score an unbeaten 70 in the second
    innings, lead his side to a 3-1 series win, and would average 58.30, scoring
    three tons, in his next 14 Tests.Ashes redemption Cook celebrates winning back
    the Ashes urn in The Oval dressing room after a 3-2 win over Australia in 2015
    599 days after handing the urn over to Australia, Cook has his redemption, said
    Sky Sports Nasser Hussain when calling Englands Ashes-winning moment in 2015,
    and how right he was too. 18 months on from his nadir as England captain at the
    hands of the Aussies, Cook was instrumental in wrestling the Ashes back.Not
    necessarily through sheer weight of runs - Cook hit just the two fifties across
    his nine innings in the series, averaging 36.66 - but through innovative
    captaincy, and impeccable leadership, specifically in rallying England from a
    405-run thrashing at Lords that levelled the series after two Tests.Stuart
    Broads stunning 8-15 to bowl Australia out for just 60 on the first morning of
    the fourth Test at Trent Bridge all but ended the contest, though Cook would
    have to wait till The Oval to get his mitts on the urn, his redemption confirmed
    with a 3-2 series win.Watch the first Test between India and England from 3.30am
    on Wednesday, live on Sky Sports 2 HD. Or watch the whole of the first Test for
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    England stats Stuart Broad quiz Live cricket on Sky Ben Duckett blog ' ' '