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NEW YORK -- Three straight one-run games in sweltering heat at Yankee Stadium, and the Baltimore Orioles had nothing to show for it. Cheap Avalanche Jerseys . That is, until Adam Jones stepped to the plate in the ninth inning. Jones hit a two-run homer against Mariano Rivera, and the Orioles beat the Yankees 2-1 on Sunday to end New Yorks longest winning streak of the season at six games. "Its off the greatest closer in the history of the game," Jones said. "Ill always remember it." A healthy Hiroki Kuroda pitched seven innings of three-hit ball for the Yankees, unable to finish off a three-game sweep after Baltimore took all three games from them at Camden Yards last weekend. David Robertson worked a 1-2-3 eighth and the 43-year-old Rivera (1-2) entered looking to reach 30 saves for the 15th time, which would break a tie with Trevor Hoffman for the major league record. With one out, Nick Markakis made a bid for a tying homer but his drive hooked just wide of the right-field foul pole. Markakis then singled sharply to centre for his third hit and Jones, elected to his first All-Star start on Saturday, drove an 0-1 pitch to left for his 16th home run. "I wanted it to be more in. Didnt get in enough," Rivera said. "It wasnt really a mistake, just good hitting." It was Riveras second blown save in 31 chances during his farewell season. Baseballs career saves leader, chosen for his 13th All-Star squad, had converted 41 tries in a row at home since his last failure on Sept. 26, 2010, against Boston. "Whenever it happens youre kind of shocked, thats how good he is," manager Joe Girardi said. Darren ODay (5-0) got two outs and Jim Johnson, who blew a save in the series opener Friday, struck out two in a perfect ninth for his major league-leading 30th save in 36 attempts. Baltimore finished 2-4 on its road trip against the Chicago White Sox and Yankees. "Obviously, thats what you want. You want the ball as soon as possible. You want to try and redeem yourself and get back in a groove," Johnson said. "I felt like I was more aggressive with my fastball today and located it a little better." New York fell to 40-2 when leading after eight innings. The only other home run Rivera allowed this season was to Tampa Bay slugger Evan Longoria on April 23. The last long ball he gave up at Yankee Stadium was to Russell Branyan of the Angels on Aug. 11, 2011. "You dont want to go out there and get swept, especially against the teams in your division in games you need to win," Markakis said. "The way Kuroda threw the ball and, like I said, the conditions, well take it." Kuroda outpitched Jason Hammel on a day when the 92-degree temperature seemed to sap power from the bats on both sides -- until Jones connected. During the game, the Yankees put an announcement on the big video board informing fans about several stations around the ballpark where they could cool off and get water. Kuroda, beaten Sunday night at Baltimore in the series finale, skipped a turn because of a tweaked hip flexor. But the 38-year-old right-hander felt fine during his latest bullpen session and just ended up getting pushed back two days. Helped by some solid defence, Kuroda struck out four and walked one while throwing 88 efficient pitches. Hammel threw 69 of 102 pitches for strikes, but that only got him through five innings as the Yankees fouled off many of his best offerings. He is 0-3 in seven starts since beating Washington on May 27. Orioles third baseman Manny Machado made a jaw-dropping play to end the sixth, showing why he was selected to the All-Star team Saturday on his 21st birthday. Machado knocked down Luis Cruzs high bouncer with a backhand behind the bag, but the ball was rolling away from him when he picked it up with his bare hand. In one twisting motion that almost defied the physics of athletic momentum, he zinged a perfect throw across his body to first base -- from deep in foul territory. After he was called out, Cruz looked across the diamond in disbelief at Machado, who ended up near the dugout railing. Eduardo Nunez hit a sacrifice fly for New York in the second. "Hiroki pitched a tremendous game and we shouldve, shouldve won that game," Rivera said. "That wouldve been a great game to save." NOTES: RHP Scott Feldman makes his first home start for Baltimore on Monday night against his former team, the Texas Rangers. Acquired from the Cubs on Tuesday, Feldman pitched seven shutout innings of two-hit ball against Texas on May 6. ... Orioles slugger Chris Davis said he would happily participate in the Home Run Derby at the All-Star game if asked. "Its something Ive always wanted to do," Davis said, adding he has no concerns about messing up his swing. "I play home run derby every day in batting practice." ... Yankees SS Derek Jeter (ankle) was the DH in his second rehab game with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and went 1 for 2 with two walks and a run. ... The Yankees hosted about 4,000 residents of Newtown, Conn., in an effort to help the community heal from the shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School last December. Avalanche Jerseys China . -- Devin Hester is done returning kicks in Chicago. Cheap Avalanche Jerseys Online . Blackwood, 28, has played the last three seasons in the San Diego Padres system, including the past two summers with Class AA San Antonio of the Texas League.http://www.wholesaleavalanchejerseys.com/ . The Cleveland Indians, Tampa Bay Rays, and Texas Rangers all won on Sunday meaning the Rangers will host the Rays in a play-in game on Monday. Delhi --Francis Cheka knows how to play a villain. The challenger to Vijender Singhs Asia Pacific super middleweight title defence on Saturday, Cheka came in late to Tuesday press conference.He swaggered in wearing a brand new grey suit bought on Vijenders dime, after his own suitcase had been misplaced on the way over from Tanzania. Speaking through a translator, he sneered at Vijenders lack of experience and dismissed his Olympic bronze.The lion of Africa,saw fear he said in Vijenders eyes. In case those watching were feeling left out, Cheka cheekily promised to invite them to the party he would throw after beating Vijender.When the two boxers posed in a faceoff, the man with scars crisscrossing his eye line and a caved-in nose - evidence of half a life spent fighting - stuck his left palm with fingers stretched out in Vijenders face.Pick a number. Thats how many rounds Im going to knock you out in, he growled. He then proceeded to shove him, kicking off a minor scuffle. It might have been scripted, but it made for good video. With 5000 tickets to sell for Saturdays main event, all the animosity, feigned or otherwise, needed to be generated.It was assumed that Cheka was continuing in the same vein later in the day when he asked for a bottle of packaged water , drank it and then crushed the plastic container. Surely this was a metaphor for what he wanted to do to the Indian?As it turns out, Cheka was simply explaining his side job. While boxing is Chekas claim to fame, he also runs a plastic recycling business back home in Morogoro.Before he earned paychecks throwing punches, Cheka lived a hardscrabble existence picking up and selling plastic bottles.My father and mother separated when I was very young. I lived with my father but there wasnt a lot of money. So I would pick up plastic bottles on the road and then sell them to the plastic recyclers, he says through translator and manager Jay Msangi.Cheka got his break in life when as a seventeen-year-old, he decided to try boxing. I was just trying to do something to keep my mind occupied, he says. Despite not having a lot of technique, Cheka developed a reputation as someone who could get into slug-fests in the ring.He has fought 43 times, including once in Russia against Fedor Chudinov - who held the WBA super middleweight title. Cheap Stitched Avalanche Jerseys. Cheka has had his share of success too with 17 of his 32 wins coming by way of knockout. He currently holds the WBF super middleweight belt and according to his manager, is a household name in Tanzania.Francis Cheka is Tanzanian boxing. After he won the WBF title, he was invited to parliament and was asked to speak to the members there, Msangi says.Despite the adulation in his home, Cheka knows how fickle the sport can be. Which is why with his winnings over the years, he set up a plastic recycling unit in Morogoro.When I was a kid I would sell the plastic bottles to dealers. Even after I started boxing I would do this because there wasnt any money when I started out. But when I started making money, I started investing it in machinery because I understand this business, he says. His purse from the fight with Vijender will go into the business as well.Msangi says Cheka has done well for himself. He was gifted land and a house by the government for winning the WBF title, but Francis has built three homes for himself from the recycling business, he says.Indeed, while Cheka says he will support his four young children - Astoria, 10, Addis 7, Boniface,5, and Azenka 2 - if they want to box, he says they will first have to join him on the shop floor.Through the plastic business, Cheka had an Indian connection even though he had never been to India before this week. I know a lot of Indian businessmen in Tanzania. They buy the recycled plastic from me and then export it to India, he says. The plastic from this bottle probably came from my plant, he jokes while picking up one of the water bottles.Cheka says his clients knew he was a boxer but were surprised to know he would be coming to India. When I told them that I was going to go to India and fight the pride of their country they got a huge surprise.And if Vijender does find himself in trouble on Saturday, Cheka explains those Indian businessmen will have to share the blame. They have beaten me up a lot of times doing business. So I guess its time for me to return the favour to their hero. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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