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had a good at-bat the last at-bat. My timing felt good," Kinsler said. "

Northamptonshire 31 for 0 trail Kent 230 (Dickson 63, Coles 52, Gidman 51, Kleinveldt 3-70) by 199 runsScorecard Northamptonshire are easily branded a team of white-ball specialists. Air Jordan Discount . Yet for all their excellence in the limited overs games - T20 champions twice in four seasons, and denied a Royal London Cup semi-final berth only by the majesty of Kumar Sangakkara - the club feel that they have not given the best of themselves in the County Championship.Chances of a tilt at promotion went in the dying embers of spring, never mind the onset of autumn. But an evisceration of Glamorgan last week hinted at Northants potential over four days, especially when the end of their white-ball season means that David Ripley does not have to preserve his sides vitality for limited-overs.The return of the schools in September feels like no time for outground cricket. For Northants, this sepulchral day allowed their seamers to embrace the role of wreckers, intent on ending Kents hopes of promotion back to Division One.Jokes about Rory Kleinveldts girth are trotted out often, yet Kent would have felt in no mood for them after his skilful swing with the second new ball prevented a score more substantial than 230. Ben Sanderson was relentlessly accurate, and Steven Crook in unyielding mood too.Yet it was Azharullah who left the greatest mark on Kent. First, Sam Northeast, the totem of his sides batting all season, was induced to give an outside edge behind. Next ball, Darren Stevens edge found Rob Keogh at third slip, a dismissal for which the batsman could not be considered culpable.An odd feature of Beckenham is the Kent team analyst occupies the same tent as the media. As a result, batsmen often pop in to watch how they were dismissed. When he did so, Stevens could only rue his bad luck: the delivery had swung in, seamed away and squared him up, the sort of ball to render his outstanding form meaningless.After the end Sean Dicksons austere 63, an innings in keeping with the sombre mood of the day, Kent slipped to 122 for 6, a position from which they feared not even gaining a single batting point. That they did so owed everything to a contrasting pair of half-centuries.It is only two years since Will Gidman was one of the most sought-after county cricketers in the land. Yet he has spent much of the intervening period marooned in 2nd XI cricket, seemingly a man too good for Division Two but not good enough for Division One. Kent still reckoned that he could assist their attempt to return to Division One for the first since 2010, and in July enlisted him on loan from Nottinghamshire.Gidmans reputation in Division Two was built on his parsimonious seam bowling, but it is as an unobtrusive middle-order batsman that he has been most valuable for Kent. He plays the ball late, prefers to hit along the ground, and is skilled in working the ball around adroitly - so much so that, when Gidman chipped Graeme White to midwicket for 51, where Kleinveldt took a neat catch, it was the first time that he had been dismissed for Kent in the County Championship. Four innings have brought four half-centuries, an average of 283 and enough, surely, for Kent to be keen to sign him permanently should Gidman be released from the final year of his contract at Trent Bridge.Matt Coles, who could be considered the anti-Gidman, is not the sort to escape notice in anything he does. On this gloomy day, Coles briefly restored a little of the festival feeling that is supposed to be inherent to outgrounds with a sparkling 41-ball half century that was a distillation of Coles power, bravado and considerable skill. All were in evidence in an astonishing reverse-sweep for six over midwicket off Rob Keoghs offspin, the sort of shot to startle any indulging in a late-afternoon nap.Yet when Coles failed to take a wicket in his opening burst, memories of this bravado were overtaken by Kents frustration with their opening-day batting. Wish it was this easy when we batted, chuntered a Kent member as the evening session meandered to a conclusion with Kents promotion ambitions cooling - at least for now. Clearance Air Jordan Store . Anthony Davis had 31 points and 17 rebounds in his seventh straight game with more than 20 points, but that was only enough to keep the Pelicans competitive into the final minutes. Andrew Bogut had 10 points and 15 rebounds for Golden State, which rebounded from a loss a night earlier in Oklahoma City and snapped a two-game skid. Fake Jordan . "I wrote 36 on my sheet at the beginning of the game," the Cincinnati coach said, referring the yard line the ball would need to be snapped from. . LOUIS -- Roman Polak was celebrating even before Alexander Steen scored the winning goal in Saturdays 4-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. ARLINGTON, Texas -- Toronto Blue Jays knuckleballer R.A. Dickey was feeling a bit nostalgic even without his best stuff. Adam Lind and Colby Rasmus just hit the ball hard. Lind and Rasmus both hit two-run homers while Dickey worked into the sixth inning against his original team, as the Blue Jays stretched their winning streak to four games with a 6-1 victory over the Texas Rangers on Saturday. "This was a game when I didnt have my best knuckleball. I had a good enough one to survive the outing, but not much more," Dickey said. It was in Texas eight years ago that Dickey started using the knuckleball as his primary pitch. He won the NL Cy Young Award last year pitching for the New York Mets, and is having an up-and-down first season with the Blue Jays. Though he allowed 10 base runners (seven singles and three walks), Dickey allowed only one run over 5 2-3 innings. "Even when hes not at his best, he competes," manager John Gibbons said. "He battled, got out of some jams." Even with the unexpected early return of second baseman Ian Kinsler from his rehabilitation assignment, the Rangers season-long losing streak reached five games. All of those losses are at home, and theyve dropped 10 of 14 overall to fall out of first place in the AL West. They have scored only six runs the past five games, and were 1 for 13 with runners in scoring position Saturday. "Its just simple baseball, getting base hits with runners in scoring position," manager Ron Washington said. "Its not just one part of the batting order. Its up and down the lineup. We gave ourselves more opportunities today than we have in the last week or so." Lind put the Blue Jays ahead to stay in the first, when his seventh homer of the season ricocheted high off pole down the right field line. Rasmus hit his 12th homer, and second in two games, in the fourth to make it 4-0. Those homers accounted for all four runs off Josh Lindblom (0-2), who went six innings on his 26th birthday. The right-hander struck out two in his third start in place of injured Alexi Ogando. Dickey (6-8) struck out three against the team that took him in the first round of the 1996 draft, and later determined that the right-hander was missing a ligament in his right elbow. "Its somewhat nostalgic to come back here," said Dickey, who also won his only other start at Rangers Ballpark as an opponent, in 2008 with Seattle. "This is where the discovery about the absence of the ligament was made, this is where I started my knuckleball career. I have a lot of great memories here, and a lot of tough memories here." Texas, which lost 8-0 on Friday night, ended a 21-inning scoring drought in the sixth. Nelson Cruz and DDavid Murphy had consecutive bloop singles before Chris McGuiness grounded a hit through the right side of the infield. Wholesale Air Jordan. Cruz scored when Leonys Martin beat out a potential inning-ending double-play grounder. Martin was 3 for 4, getting the RBI on the only at-bat he didnt get a hit. His fielders choice ended Dickeys day and the longest scoreless streak by the Rangers since 25 innings in a row without a run in September 2009, also the last time they lost five games in a row at home. Texas also had the bases loaded in the fourth before McGuiness struck out to end the inning. There were two runners on with no outs in the fifth before Dickey retired the Nos. 2-4 hitters in order. "We got (Dickey) in trouble a few times. He got out of it," Washington said. "Some of it was him, but most of it was us." Kinsler, out since May 18 with a ribcage injury, was supposed to stay at Double-A Frisco for at least three games and not expected back before Sunday at the earliest. That changed when after an 11-inning game on Friday night, he declared himself healthy and ready to rejoin the team -- even after going 0 for 8 with a walk in the two rehab games. Texas had a 6 1-2-game lead in the AL West when Kinsler got hurt, but then went 11-14 without the three-time All-Star. "I was a little off early, but I felt like I had a good at-bat the last at-bat. My timing felt good," Kinsler said. "My legs didnt hurt, so theres no reason why I cant move and play defence." While he was 0 for 4 with a walk Saturday, Kinsler was involved in a couple of highlight-worthy defensive plays that ended innings without him even. putting his hand on the ball. When Lindblom deflected Josh Tholes high hopper, Kinsler scooped the ball with his glove and to first base in one motion to end the fourth. An inning later, Kinlser went toward to middle to glove Melky Cabreras grounder and was stumbling when he pushed the ball toward shortstop Elvis Andrus, who made a nice catch and pivot of his own to complete a double play. Notes: Blue Jays left-hander Brett Cecil got out all four batters he faced, stretching his scoreless streak to 16 innings. He has retired 24 batters in a row. ... Torontos win evened the all-time series between the teams to 195-195. ... Blue Jays SS Jose Reyes, out since April 12 because of a sprained ankle, is expected to begin an injury rehabilitation assignment with Class A Dunedin on Monday. He went through a second simulated game in Florida on Saturday, going 2 for 2 with a triple and two walks. ... Rangers 1B Mitch Moreland, rehabbing a right hamstring strain, is expected to play some games for Frisco this week. He is on track to come off the DL when eligible Friday. ' ' '