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16/03/2019

real sense of a need to re-calibrate and re-energise the system for Rio so we set an aspirational target.

NEW YORK -- Once Felix Hernandez tweaked his back, the whole game took an odd twist. Al Kaline Jersey . Robinson Cano hit a two-run double, Lyle Overbay delivered a tiebreaking sacrifice fly and the New York Yankees rallied in the seventh inning after King Felix was forced to make an early exit, beating Seattle 4-3 Tuesday night. "It was hard luck," Hernandez said. The Mariners ace was in the midst of another top outing at Yankee Stadium, outpitching CC Sabathia in the first matchup between the former Cy Young Award winners and taking a 3-0 lead into the sixth inning. But with a runner on first and one out, Hernandez fielded a soft comebacker by Curtis Granderson in front of the mound, quickly pivoted and snapped a throw to second base for a forceout. The swift play, however, came with a price. Hernandez twice kicked his left leg near the mound, trying to get loose, and seemed to say "ouch" a few times. Not a significant setback, yet enough to cause concern. "He was feeling it," Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. Wedge and a trainer visited Hernandez and left him in. Overbay followed with an RBI double that made it 3-1. After a walk and an inning-ending fly ball, Hernandez was pulled. "Im going to be fine," said Hernandez, adding hed treat his back with ice. "Nothing serious." Wedge said Hernandez, whos dealt with a stiff back this season, wanted to pitch the seventh. "I didnt want to take any chances," Wedge said. "Under any other circumstances, Im sending him out there. And I wanted to send him out there." Hernandez allowed one earned run and five hits, and leads the AL with a 1.53 ERA. "We had some chances off him, but he basically did what he usually does. He gets people out when they get on. He even gets better," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. Sabathia, who had won his last eight starts against Seattle, struck out 10 in 6 1-3 innings while giving up 10 hits. Raul Ibanez hit a two-run homer for Seattle in his return to Yankee Stadium. Granderson came off the disabled list and went 0 for 3 with a walk in his season debut. Down 3-1, the Yankees rallied for three runs in the seventh to win for the seventh time in eight games. Mariners reliever Yoervis Medina gave up a leadoff single to Chris Nelson, who went to second on a wild pitch. Charlie Furbush (0-2) entered with one out and walked Brett Gardner before Cano tied it with his double off the base of the wall in right-centre. Vernon Wells was intentionally walked, Granderson walked to load the bases and Overbay hit a sac fly to centre that put the Yankees ahead. Shawn Kelley (2-0) got two outs in the seventh. Mariano Rivera pitched the ninth to remain perfect in 16 save chances this season. Granderson broke his right forearm in his first at-bat of spring training, and the public-address announcer said "Welcome back" when introducing the starting lineups. Granderson was the first of the injured Yankees stars to return to the team. Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez still havent played this year. "It was like another opening day. Nerves coming into it since its the first game of the 2013 season, to be here in Yankee Stadium since the first time last season, and all those different things ran through in terms of emotions and excitement," Granderson said. Ibanez got a nice ovation before the game from fans who remembered his clutch homers last October for the Yankees -- when he connected this time, the crowd responded with a mix of boos and calls of "Ra-uuuul." Hernandez was involved in a weird play in the fourth when he ran over to cover first base on Overbays grounder to the right side. Hernandez was called for obstruction -- and charged with an error -- when Overbay ran into him near the bag as first baseman Kendrys Morales took the throw from second baseman Robert Andino for an apparent out. "I was in the middle," Hernandez said. Wedge said he argued Overbay was already out before the obstruction occurred. On a groundball, "it doesnt matter if the runner is 89 feet away when he gets obstructed or he is 1 inch away. If he is obstructed before first base, the ball is dead and he is awarded first base," umpire Hunter Wendelstedt said. Seattle took a 1-0 lead in the third on Kyle Seagers double. NOTES: The Mariners committed two errors in a game for the first time this season. C Kelly Shoppach made a wild throw to first, trying to get Nelson when he struck out and reached on a wild pitch in the third. ... DH Travis Hafner was out of the Yankees lineup because of a sore right shoulder. Girardi said Hafner would have an MRI and get a couple days off as a precaution. Wholesale Tigers Jerseys . Batiste, who briefly signed with the Eskimos in 2006, has spent time with several NFL teams including the Pittsburgh Steelers and Washington Redskins. Willie Horton Jersey . Perez, 35, posted a 1-2 record with a 3.69 earned-run average in 19 relief appearances last season. His season ended Aug. 9 due to a torn ligament in his left elbow. Perez joins infielder Andy LaRoche and catcher Mike Nickeas with minor-league agreements for 2014 that include invitations to attend spring training. http://www.cheaptigersjerseys.com/ . LOUIS -- Rookie Tavon Austin has missed another day of practice, lessening the odds hell be ready for the St. Great Britains Olympics team have been set a record-breaking target of 48 medals for this summers Rio Games, UK Sport has said.Team GB won 65 medals -- including 29 golds -- at the London Games in 2012, but the target, set by UK Sport in London on Thursday, would exceed the 47 medals won in Beijing in 2008, and would rank as the countrys greatest-ever away Games.UK Sport has set 47 medals as the minimum target with a haul of 79 viewed as the best outcome.And British cycling, despite former technical director Shane Suttons resignation in April amid allegations of sexism and bullying, are expected to be the most successful sport with a target of at least eight medals. Athletics (seven) and rowing (six) also feature at the top of UK Sports list.Meanwhile, the Paralympic team have been set an aim of at least 121 medals, which would better the haul they achieved in London.Beijing 2008 was a record breaking Olympics for Team GB, but Im confident we can top it in Rio and make this our best ever away Games, Simon Timson, Director of Performance at UK Sport, said.With the backing of National Lottery players and through our partnership with the British Olympic Association and the British Paralympic Association, ours will be the best supported and prepared athletes in Rio bar none, primed and ready to once again make the nation proud.In the wake of their bestt medal haul in more than a century in London four years ago, UK Sport initially aimed for even greater success in Brazil. Jose Iglesias Jersey. So the medal targets released on Thursday could be viewed as something of a backtrack.Everybody in the high-performance system invested a huge amount of physical and emotional energy into a home Games, Timson added.We delivered unprecedented success, and there was a real sense of a need to re-calibrate and re-energise the system for Rio so we set an aspirational target. It was based on ambition that would unite everybody in the high performance system to go that extra mile.Explaining the reviewed target, Timson added: Throughout the cycle we have been working with the sports on an individual basis and refining more precise medal targets.As the facts and reality of performances have come to light over the last two years it has become more obvious that a more realistic target is a best away Games ever in the Olympic Games.If all the stars align, it is possible that 66 could happen, but it is not probable and we dont see it as a likely outcome. But we have a great opportunity to have a fantastic Games that will unite the nation.The Rio Games get underway on August 5 and run until August 21. ' ' '