Cincinnati Reds Personalized Jersey Are White Parents The Only Ones Who Hate Standardized Testing?

Students in the Commack Union Free School District in New York do well. The district’s high school is consistently ranked as one of the best on Long Island. Men’s Authentic Custom Stitched Cincinnati Reds Alternate Red Jersey Cheap.

However, the district’s students have been opting out of standardized tests in droves. During the 2014-2015 school year, more than 50 percent of students in third through eighth grade opted out of taking the state’s English language arts
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Over 90 percent of the district’s students are white. Only a small fraction of students come from low-income families.

About 20 minutes away at Wyandanch Union Free School District, standardized testing season tells a different story. In Wyandanch, less than 10 percent of students refused to take ELA tests last year. A majority of students are black, and a majority are low-income.

Standardized testing season in K-12 public schools is currently underway, with students from third grade through eighth grade sitting down for time-consuming, high-stakes math and English language arts exams. The Commack and
Men’s Cincinnati Reds Authentic Personalized Name and Number Home White Baseball Jersey Wyandanch districts represent a wider dichotomy in America, whereby in some places, white families so far have been choosing to opt their students out of tests at higher rates than families of color.

In recent months, leaders from the opt-out movement have gone on the offensive
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A Movement For ‘White Suburban Moms’?

Former Secretary of Education Arne Duncan during a 2015 press conference. 

There have been questions over the racial and socioeconomic background of students who opt out of standardized tests since 2013, when then-Secretary of Education Arne Duncan commented that opposition to the Common Core State Standards was driven by “white suburban moms.”

The Common Core State Standards are a set of math and literacy benchmarks
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Parents choose to opt their kids out of tests for varying reasons, and policymakers on both the left and right take issue with the Common Core — but some numbers bear out Duncan’s statement. Students who opted out of New York state standardized tests during the 2014-2015 school year were more likely to be white and less likely to be poor. In New Jersey, wealthy districts had the highest opt-out rates last year. In a 2015 poll from PDK/Gallup, 44 percent of white
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Jose Vilson is a math teacher and founder of EduColor, a group that “seeks to elevate the voices of public school advocates of color on educational equity and justice.” Vilson favors “alternate methods for assessment” beyond high-stakes
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“With urban schools, the test has been promoted as the opportunity for those to advance to different grades or move upward and onward … I don’t think that’s the message coming out of suburban schools,” said Vilson. “In suburbia, it’s like, ‘Our kid is going to be promoted regardless.’”

There’s A Divide Among Civil Rights Groups

Denisha Jones, an assistant professor in the school of education at Howard University and an administrator for United Opt Out, understands why black parents might be naturally less disposed to opt their children out of the tests. Standardized tests help expose achievement gaps between groups of students, which advocates say can hold schools accountable for their failings.

But she doesn’t think the logic adds up. Just because scores help indicate a school is failing its students, doesn’t mean the school will necessarily be injected with new resources.

“It’s like thinking taking your temperature is going to cure your flu,” said Jones.
Men’s Cincinnati Reds Authentic Personalized Stitched Any Name Any Number Red BP Baseball Jersey.“Testing will never change the achievement gap.”

She thinks students of color are opting out of tests in growing numbers, and her group has been trying to make sure their communities are reached.

“A lot of black parents feel like, ‘Yes the tests are flawed and they’re biased. But the best way I can help my child is to make sure they do well on this test,y” said Jones. “When you have middle-class parents it might be like,’I know my kid will do well but I find this harmful.’ There’s a little difference there sometimes. We’re trying to talk to our parents of color and say, it’s not about whether your kid does well or not, it’s, ‘Should this be the way they’re treated in school? Should this determine their future?’”

What’s more, Jones feels like standardized tests are part of an education reform agenda that uniquely affects students of color. She notes that low standardized test scores are often used as a justification to close schools in communities of color.

“In addition to testing, they have to deal with charter schools and Teach for America coming in. That’s not necessarily happening in some of the white middle-class schools,” said Jones.

On the other hand, a group of civil rights organizations — including the NAACP and National Urban League — announced their opposition to opt-out efforts in May 2015, citing the importance of collecting data on underserved populations.

Referring to the No Child Left Behind Act, a joint statement from the groups noted, “Until federal law insisted that our children be included in these assessments, schools would try to sweep disparities under the rug by sending our children home or to another room while other students took the test. Hiding the achievement gaps meant that schools would not have to allocate time, effort, and resources to close them. Our communities had to fight for this simple right to be counted and we are standing by it.”

These organizations stress that uniform assessments are important for making sure students of color are not being held to a lower standard. Large numbers of opt-outs undermine standardized tests as an objective baseline for achievement, noted a spokesperson for The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.

But that doesn’t mean the tests are perfect.

“Standardized tests, as ‘high stakes tests,’ have been misused over time to deny opportunity and undermine the educational purpose of schools, actions we have never supported and will never condone,” said the May 2015 statement. “There are some legitimate concerns about testing in schools that must be addressed.”

Jones Joey Votto Authentic Jersey drives in winner to take another Fenway series

But after watching Baltimore rally from a ninth-inning deficit Wednesday night, Thursday’s series-winning contest felt more like a carryover from that losing-streak stopper, a return to the kind of Orioles baseball that carried the club to a 93-69 record last year.

That it came in one-run fashion for the Orioles Joey Votto Authentic Jersey, who were previously 0-3 in one-run games after setting a Major League record with a 29-9 mark last year, was fitting. But the real source of solace as the Orioles got ready to board a plane to New York was the club’s improved play, with some timely hitting and lockdown relief pitching leading the way in Thursday’s 3-2 win against the Red Sox.

“They’re a good team and they’re totally different than what they were last year,” said closer Jim Johnson, who picked up his fourth save as part of 3 2/3 innings of stellar relief action to hand an improved Red Sox club its first series loss. “It’s going to be a dogfight all the way through. And we know that, and they know that. Anytime you can win a series and move on to the next city, you’re happy.”

The victory improved the Orioles to 5-4 and was their 11th out of their last 15 games against Boston, their 21st in the two clubs’ last 30 meetings, and gave them five consecutive series wins at Fenway Park. And it centered on the middle-of-the-order bats of Adam Jones and Chris Davis, who continue to drive the lineup and prove that perhaps the Orioles didn’t need to sign an external bat this winter after all.

“I’m glad what [Dan] Duquette and [Buck] Showalter did,” said Jones, who had a pair of key two-out RBIs, including the game winner. “They put it upon the in-house [guys]. They kept everything in-house. It’s made us get better. It’s made CD better, myself and [Matt] Wieters better. We don’t necessarily need the outside help. We’ve got the guys here.”

Davis continued a torrid streak to start the season, letting loose on Red Sox starter Alfredo Aceves’ 3-0 pitch in the second inning for his sixth homer of the year. The blast marked Davis’ 13th homer in his past 16 games, dating back to Sept. 26. In that stretch, Davis has homered in consecutive games, four in a row and six in a row, all different streaks. Meanwhile, Jones has hit safely in all nine games with six multi-hit contests. Combined, Davis and Jones have hit .441 with eight doubles, seven homers, 18 runs scored and 29 RBIs through the team’s first nine games. Joey Votto Replica Jersey.

“I don’t think our guys feel like one guy’s got to do it, and that’s a good mentality to have,” Showalter said. “Someone else is going to pick them up. I don’t think anyone feels like they’re carrying the load.”

The same can be said for the bullpen, a group that picked up the final 11 outs of the game after starter Chris Tillman’s exit and pieced together a stretch — dating back to Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s sixth-inning homer on Wednesday — in which they retired 14 straight Boston batters, ending with Shane Victorino’s seventh-inning single.

But all of the drama came in the bottom of the sixth inning, when lefty reliever Brian Matusz picked up the biggest two outs of the night.

“I think it set the tone for the rest of the inning,” Jones Joey Votto Authentic Jersey said, “the rest of the game.”

Tillman started the inning and allowed a leadoff single to Mike Napoli, and Daniel Nava’s hit one out later prompted Showalter to bring on Matusz. After falling behind, 3-0, on Saltalamacchia, Matusz bounced back, getting him to chase on a full-count slider. He followed that up by fanning Stephen Drew to strand the pair of runners.

“They had us in a good spot there if he doesn’t get Drew,” Showalter said. “We weren’t going to make multiple moves there in the sixth inning and [Jonny] Gomes was a good matchup for them. I turned to John [Russell] in the dugout and said, ‘If Brian gets this guy out, I think we’ve got a chance to win this game,’ because it really set up for us well the rest of the way.”

Matusz, a rotation candidate who made the Opening Day roster in the bullpen following phenomenal success there last year, has stranded all three inherited runners this season. And that’s following a season in which he recorded a 1.35 ERA in 18 relief outings, stranding all 14 inherited runners.Cheap Joey Votto Jersey.

“It was huge,” Matusz said of escaping Tillman’s trouble. “It was a crucial situation in the game right there. They had a little momentum going their way and to be able to stop it right there — and obviously our offense came back and scored a run for us — it was a crucial part and it was a nice way to end it.”

The Orioles’ offense responded in the next inning, with Jones — after evening the score at 2 with a two-out hit in the third — coming through again.

Manny Machado, who went 3-for-4, started it off with a single to end Clay Mortenson’s day and bring on Andrew Miller, who walked Nick Markakis. Former Oriole Koji Uehara entered to face Jones, who sent the first pitch into left field to double in the decisive run.

Joey Votto Cincinnati Reds Jersey.”He’s a good player,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said of Jones, who is batting .462. “Obviously, the RBI single up the middle to tie the game and then the double to put them ahead, that’s why he’s sitting in that three-hole for them.”

“I’m not trying to really turn and burn it, I’m trying to make solid contact and keep that in my concept,” Jones said. “Hit the ball and not necessarily try and hit the ball out of the park, just hit the ball hard and wherever it goes, live with the results.”

Tillman, who allowed a pair of runs in the third and took a no-decision in a 5 1/3-innings outing, wasn’t thrilled with his individual results.

“It was OK,” he said after allowing six hits and two walks along with five strikeouts. “Not where I need to be yet, but I was able to make some adjustments in-game and I was happy with that. But I’d like to get my work in in between starts and be able to start the game better.”

“He gave us a chance to win the game,” Showalter said. “Tilly had a couple deep counts where you’d like to see him kind of shorten up some, which would allow him to go a little deeper in the game, but he had the type of stuff that could have carried him a little deeper tonight. But it’s early. He’s strong and he carried a good fastball in both outings from the get-go. That’s good to see.”

A’s Joey Votto Authentic Jersey make it eight straight behind Griffin’s gem

After completing his career-high-tying eighth inning against the Angels on Thursday night, A.J. Griffin knew he was done.

The A’s Joey Votto Authentic Jersey right-hander was at 110 pitches in his second start of the season and his team was ahead by five at the time, so he didn’t hesitate asking the bullpen to finish the job.

“You don’t want to get too greedy in this game,” Griffin said.

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The A’s are wearing the look quite well these days, having taken home a Major League-leading 66 runs this season, including eight in an 8-1, series-sweeping victory over the Angels on Thursday night to extend their winning streak to eight.

Being greedy is outscoring your opponents by 41 runs (65-24) in that span — 13 Major League teams have yet to even score that many on the season — and picking up 16 hits for a second straight night to bring your season total to 103, most in the Majors. Joey Votto Replica Jersey.

At least 10 have come in each of their eight wins, marking just the second time in A’s history they’ve collected as many hits in as many consecutive games, the last time coming in August 2002.

Being greedy, it turns out, isn’t always a bad thing.

“We really just go out there to play one game at a time,” Griffin said. “We’ve been fortunate to put them together like this. It’s really cool to be a part of something so awesome with this group and have the type of success we’ve had so far.”

The eight consecutive wins mark the club’s longest winning streak in April since 1981, when the A’s won 11 straight. Six came on the road, and it’s just the third time in Oakland history that the A’s have gone undefeated on a road trip of six or more games.

“That’s pretty remarkable,” manager Bob Melvin said. “I don’t come up with those things, but I do hear about them from time to time. You go on the road and you hope to play over .500. You expect to win every game but to actually go 6-0 is terrific.”

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Particularly when three are played on the turf of the division-favorite Angels, who just so happen to be at the bottom of the division at 2-7, their second worst start in team history.

“Those guys are red-hot,” the Angels’ Mark Trumbo said. “I mean, they have six, seven guys that are swinging the bat well, and that’s a tough task to try to go up against. They definitely have all the momentum. We don’t have hardly any, and you just kind of have to wear it sometimes.”

Both teams managed just one run apiece through the first five innings, before Oakland broke open the game in the sixth with four runs.Cheap Joey Votto Jersey.

Josh Donaldson’s one-out, two-run homer off lefty Jason Vargas busted the tie, and Seth Smith, who finished with four hits, followed with a double. One out later, Vargas intentionally walked Coco Crisp as the Angels prepared to bring in righty reliever Kevin Jepsen to face Chris Young.

Young had just one hit in the series, yet the way his team’s rolling, it was no surprise when he laced a two-run double to left field to bring in another pair of runs.

The A’s Joey Votto Authentic Jersey  continued to bully the Angels’ bullpen in the seventh, with Yoenis Cespedes collecting his third home run of the season off lefty Sean Burnett, giving Oakland six runs for the eighth consecutive game. Just for fun, the A’s added two in the ninth.

“Any time you come in here, you know you have your work cut out for you,” Melvin said. “You have to focus on each game and play your best baseball and we did. Our offense has continued to flourish, and that takes some pressure off the rest of your game.

“But we really played a full game today, where the pitching was good, the defense was good, baserunning, clutch hitting, all of the above. This was probably our best game all the way around.”

By night’s end, Griffin had limited the Angels to one run on five hits with one walk and two strikeouts.

“Going through that lineup three or four times like he did, that’s pretty impressive,” Donaldson said. “I thought he did a fantastic job.

“They’re a good ball team over there but we came in here and had a mission and accomplished it.”

Greinke Joey Votto Authentic Jersey fractures collarbone in fracas at Petco

The Dodgers have lost right-hander Zack Greinke indefinitely with a broken collarbone as a result of a fight in the sixth inning of Thursday night’s 3-2 victory over the Padres at Petco Park.

Greinke hit Padres left fielder Carlos Quentin with a pitch and said he sustained the injury when Quentin body slammed him in the left shoulder as he charged the mound.Joey Votto Replica Jersey.

Stan Conte, vice president of medical services for the Dodgers, said he won’t know the duration of Greinke’s absence until after he is examined by team orthopedic physicians on Friday in Los Angeles. But one thing is certain: Dodgers manager Don Mattingly wants equal retribution.

“He should not play a game until Greinke can pitch,” Mattingly said about Quentin. “If he plays before Greinke pitches, something is wrong. Their guys charges the mound being an idiot and our guy is going to be out for however long and their guy is probably going to be playing in three days. It’s a joke.”

Greinke, who made his second start after signing a six-year, $147 million deal with the Dodgers in the offseason, left the clubhouse with his left arm in a sling. Plate umpire and crew chief Sam Holbrook will send a written report to Major League Baseball. Joe Garagiola Jr., MLB’s vice president of baseball operations, will view the videotape and determine suspensions under the rule restrictions governed by the Basic Agreement.

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“Really, that’s all I can tell you,” Holbrook said afterward in a written statement. “I spoke with my supervisor and until we file a report with the league that’s really all we can say.”

There have been two previous incidents between the two players. In April 2009, when Greinke pitched for the Royals and Quentin was with the White Sox, Greinke hit Quentin in the back. Quentin had to be kept from charging the mound at the time, but ill feelings apparently still linger.

“It’s an unfortunate situation,” said Quentin, who was also hit in the wrist by Dodgers reliever Ronald Belisario during Tuesday’s home opener for the Padres. “Myself and Greinke have a history. It dates back a few years. You guys can look it up. It’s documented. It could have been avoided. You can ask Zack about that. For me, I’ve been hit by many pitches in my career. I think you guys know that. I can tell you I’ve never responded in that fashion, so you guys can do your homework on that. For me, the situation is done. That’s it.”

For his part, though, Greinke denied that he’s ever intentionally tried to hit Quentin. Regarding Thursday night’s situation, Quentin led off the sixth with the Dodgers leading, 2-1, and the count full when Greinke hit him in the left shoulder. Quentin started toward the mound, and when Greinke Joey Votto Authentic Jersey said something he ran full bore into him as the benches and bullpens cleared. In the melee, Quentin dumped Greinke to the ground, pulling off his jersey hockey style.

“The only thing I’m going to say about the whole thing that happened there is I’ve never hit him on purpose,” Greinke said. “I never thought of hitting him on purpose. He always seems to think that I’m hitting him on purpose, but, I mean, that’s not the case. “I actually thought it was just a ploy to get people to not throw inside to him. I just feel like he’s trying to intimidate people to throw away. But I don’t know anyone who has hit him on purpose. I know I haven’t. Like I said, I hadn’t even thought about hitting him on purpose before.”Cheap Joey Votto Jersey.

Mattingly wasn’t having any of it. Not the history and certainly not the results of the skirmish. With the Dodgers at 6-3 heading into a three-game weekend series against the D-backs at Chase Field beginning on Friday night, he’s going to have to revamp his starting rotation. Ted Lilly could be next up off the disabled list. He’s currently rehabbing from labrum surgery on his left shoulder.

“What happened? I don’t quite understand it, either,” Mattingly said. “Were in a 2-1 game and we’re trying to hit him on a 3-2 pitch to a guy that I see on the board set a record for the Padres by getting hit, a guy who basically dives into the plate? In a 2-1 game we’re trying to hit him 3-2? It’s just stupid is what it is.

“He caused the whole thing. Nothing happens if he goes to first base because in baseball that’s what you’re supposed to do. We weren’t throwing at him in that situation. That’s zero understanding of the game of baseball. He shouldn’t play a game until Greinke can pitch. Not one person on their team thinks he was throwing at him. We’re trying to win a game. You don’t hit a guy there. It’s stupid. Just ridiculous.”

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As far as he can remember, Padres left fielder Carlos Quentin had never rushed the mound in a big league game, even though he had been hit 115 times with a pitch heading into Thursday’s game against the Dodgers at Petco Park.

“I’ve never reacted that way,” he said.

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That set off two incidents that ended with much more than hurt feelings on either side, as Greinke suffered a broken left collarbone in the scrum near the mound.

Four players were ejected  — Quentin, Greinke, Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp and infielder Jerry Hairston Jr. The Dodgers went on to win the game, 3-2.

“It’s unfortunate about the situation,” Quentin said. “But it could have been avoided.”

With the Dodgers leading 2-1, Greinke ran the count full on Quentin before hitting him with a fastball in the upper part of his left arm. Quentin took a few steps toward the mound and then charged, he said, after Greinke apparently said something to him.

This marked the third time Quentin has been hit by a Greinke pitch in his career, but the first time since 2009.

Quentin and Greinke collided hard and the two initially bounced off each other, with Greinke — who, at a listed 195 pounds, is 45 pounds lighter than Quentin — absorbing the biggest blow before players from each team joined in the scrum.

“That was the final straw,” Quentin said of Greinke’s words. “Look at his body language and look at the video. It’s clear as day.”

Afterward, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly was not only upset about the Greinke injury but why the incident occurred in the first place.

“Were in a 2-1 game and on a 3-2 pitch  to a guy that I see on the board set a record for the Padres by getting hit, a guy who basically dives into the plate,” Mattingly said. “In a 2-1 game we’re trying to hit him 3-2? It’s just stupid is what it is. He should not play a game until Greinke can pitch.

“If he plays before Greinke pitches, something is wrong.”

As it stands, Quentin could be facing a suspension or fine while the Dodgers will be without Greinke for an indefinite period of time.

“The process will take place. I guess [the Commissioner’s Office in New York] will figure it out if there’s any suspension,” Padres manager Bud Black said. “I suspect something, a fine … I’m not sure. I think there’s a protocol in place for this.”

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“Myself and Greinke have a history. It dates back a few years. It’s documented,” Quentin said. “There is a reason I reacted the way I did.”

Quentin went into the game having been hit by pitches twice in his career by Greinke. Both occurred in the American League when Quentin played for the White Sox and Greinke pitched for the Royals. The first hit-by-pitch occurred in July 2008, the second in April 2009.Cheap Joey Votto Jersey.

In that 2009 game, Quentin was brushed back by a pitch that, according to reports, came close to hitting him in the head. Later in the game, Greinke hit him squarely in the back with a pitch.

“I’ve never hit him on purpose,” Greinke said. “I never thought of hitting him on purpose. He always seems to think that I’m hitting him on purpose, but, I mean, that’s not the case.

“I actually thought it was just a ploy to get people to not throw inside to him. I just feel like he’s trying to intimidate people to throw away. But I don’t know anyone who has hit him on purpose.”Joey Votto Cincinnati Reds Jersey.

Quentin has a long history of getting hit by pitches. While with the White Sox in 2011, he led the league when he was hit 23 times. Last season with the Padres, he led the National League with 17.

Quentin was asked if he expects any repercussions from Thursday’s incident. After all, the Padres face the Dodgers 16 more times this season, including a game Monday at Dodger Stadium in the opener of a three-game series.

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“We’ll see what happens. Obviously they’re not happy losing one of their starting pitchers,” Quentin said. “That’s unfortunate for their organization. Like I said, this didn’t start off as just two teams out on this field. There was a history there.”

Quentin and Kemp had to be separated in the area of the ballpark that leads to the Padres garage, as Padres pitcher Clayton Richard and ballpark security intervened.

“It’s part of the game, it’s happened for 100 years,” said Padres pitcher Jason Marquis, who started the game. “It’s unfortunate guys get hurt. I’m going to protect my teammates in any which way. But you don’t want to see guys hurt in that situation. You don’t wish injury on anyone.”

LA irate after melee in win leaves Greinke Joey Votto Authentic Jersey hurt

The Dodgers’ fury over Zack Greinke’s broken left collarbone, ignited by Carlos Quentin charging the mound in the sixth inning Thursday night, overshadowed Juan Uribe’s pinch-homer that gave Los Angeles a 3-2 win over the Padres.

It simmered throughout the postgame comments and spilled into the service tunnel as the Dodgers were about to walk through the Padres players’ parking lot to board their buses for the airport an hour after this strange and volatile game ended.

In the tunnel is where Matt Kemp and Quentin met in a tense, face-to-face confrontation, Kemp asking Quentin why he’d charge the mound, Quentin saying his head was thrown at. Quentin started pointing, Kemp warned Quentin to stop and at that point the pair was separated by teammates and friends. Hanley Ramirez first intervened, then Clayton Kershaw grabbed Kemp from going back for more, while Clayton Richard was backing up Quentin.

Meanwhile, Greinke Joey Votto Authentic Jersey wasn’t going to Arizona with the team. Instead, he returned to Los Angeles for a morning exam by Dr. Neal ElAttrache. Greinke, his left arm in a sling, wouldn’t give a prognosis or an indication of the severity of the injury, which can take anywhere from two weeks to three months to heal and on rare occasion requires surgery.

So, the physical will be known on Friday. The emotional wounds will be tested next week, as the Padres come to Dodger Stadium for a three-game series starting Monday night.

Is there bad blood between these two teams?

“Now there probably is,” said Greinke. “I don’t know if there was before.”

There really isn’t bad blood between the teams. There’s definitely bad blood between the Dodgers and Quentin for sidelining their $147 million co-ace, as A.J. Ellis pointed out, for no good baseball reason. And there’s bad blood between the Dodgers and Padres reserve John Baker, whom they accused of reveling in the pain Quentin’s bull rush put on Greinke’s fractured clavicle.

“I hear he went to Stanford,” Kemp said of Quentin. “People with good baseball IQs, with a one-run lead in the sixth inning and a 3-2 pitch. Joey Votto Replica Jersey.I’ve heard smart people go to Stanford, but that wasn’t too smart.”

Kemp, Greinke and Jerry Hairston Jr. were ejected for their parts in the melee. During the brawl, Kemp went face to face with umpire Paul Nauert, later saying when he heard Padres players ridiculing Greinke, he “went over the edge.”

“That stuff happens in the Minor Leagues,” Kemp said of Quentin’s actions, “not the big leagues.”

Ellis said even during the brawl, Padres players were apologizing for the breach of the baseball code that Quentin showed when he attacked Greinke in a situation nobody else believed was intentional except for Quentin, who four years ago was intercepted from going after Greinke by the plate umpire and opposing catcher when hit in the back with a 2-2 pitch.

“I had a similar thing happen in A-ball — bases loaded, 3-2 pitch, guy got hit — and the entire team apologized to me and that’s what their guys did tonight, to a man, apologizing for what just happened,” said Ellis. “We knew during the game what was up with Zack. They were upset as well. We all know the code of baseball.”

The Dodgers were nearly as baffled when they heard that Greinke not only was ejected, but that crew chief and plate umpire Sam Holbrook would only confirm the ejections but not explain why to a pool reporter afterward. It did appear that Greinke said something to encourage Quentin just before he headed for the mound.

“I spoke with my supervisor and until we file a report with the league, that’s really all we can say,” said Holbrook. “I can’t tell you what was said or what we think led to it.”

Quentin confirmed Greinke said something to him. Joey Votto Cincinnati Reds Jersey.

“That was the final straw,” Quentin Joey Votto Authentic Jersey  said. “That could have been avoided as well.

“But like I said, there’s a history there. There’s a reason why I reacted the way I did. Who knows what happens if he doesn’t say anything. Or if he motions that it wasn’t intentional.”

Of all the Dodgers that were angry, nobody seemed hotter than Hairston, a former Padre, who billed himself as a peacemaker in the opening round of the brawl. But after order appeared to be restored, he came sprinting out of his dugout pointing a finger at a player on the San Diego bench he wouldn’t name. Manager Don Mattingly, however, said it was Baker.

Cheap Joey Votto Jersey. “Obviously Zack was hurt and one guy over there was chirping, making fun of him,” said Hairston. “I asked him to meet me halfway. He didn’t. That never should have happened. Zack’s not trying to put the tying run on base.

“Now we’re trying to win and one of our aces has a broken collarbone. It’s unacceptable. I lost it. I know Zack, we talked in the offseason, we have the same agent. I knew he’d be huge for us, hasn’t given up a run all year. And their guy is making fun of a broken collarbone? I took exception to that. You don’t make fun of a guy that’s injured.”

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The umpires were late. The bats were quiet. And through three innings on Wednesday night, the Nationals had only one hit.

But starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann Aroldis Chapman Authentic Jersey was never worried.

“These guys,” he said, “they’re going to score some runs sooner or later.”

That’s what happened against the White Sox. Bryce Harper homered — again — to lead off the fourth inning and spark a nine-hit, five-run spree over the next three frames. That push — fueled by Harper, Ian Desmond and Danny Espinosa — gave Washington its second win in as many nights against the White Sox, 5-2, before a crowd of 24,586 at Nationals Park.

“It’s easy to take the mound when you’ve got the lineup we have, and team’s are going to have a hard time shutting them down all game,” Zimmermann said. “When they score runs like that, it’s a lot easier to pitch.”

Zimmermann used his fastball effectively to strike out four over seven innings. He allowed just two earned runs on seven hits and threw 90 pitches, showing the efficiency the Nationals look for and expect out of their No. 3 starter.

“It starts with Jordan,” said Desmond, who finished 3-for-4 with two doubles and a triple. “He was working quick, getting quick outs, getting us back in the dugout, and the other guys around me were hitting, too.” Aroldis Chapman Jersey Replica Jersey.

Everybody knows about the power at the heart of the Nationals’ lineup with Adam LaRoche and Harper, who had his seventh multi-hit performance in eight games and his team-leading fourth home run of the season. But what may surprise — and scare — some teams is just how deep Washington’s lineup really is.

On Wednesday night, it was the sixth, seventh and eighth spots in the order that did the damage. Desmond had three hits, and six of his past seven have now gone for extra-bases. Espinosa had a single and a double and drove in two runs. And Kurt Suzuki got on base three times, all walks.

 Aroldis Chapman Cincinnati Reds Jersey.”All the way up and down,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “They’re good up and down the lineup. Those guys in the middle are tough at-bats. They play good defense and they have some speed. You look at those first four, and they’re names you know, but the rest of that lineup is pretty solid.”

The pitching has proven to be pretty solid, too. Zimmermann Aroldis Chapman Authentic Jersey cruised through seven innings, but Johnson opted to lift him in favor of Drew Storen in the eighth. The Nationals skipper said that, at this point in the season, seven innings of two-run baseball is more than enough. Zimmermann has not lost a start at home since May 17, 2012.

The Nationals matched Zimmermann’s stellar pitching with a stellar offensive effort. Harper’s home run, which landed in the second deck of the right field seats, just above the bullpen, and Desmond’s three extra-base hits were the highlights, but all of the starters contributed in one way or another. Every batter except Zimmermann and pinch-hitter Tyler Moore reached base for the Nats.

“It wasn’t like I was the only one,” Desmond said. “Hitting barrels is contagious, and a lot of guys are finding the barrel right now.”Cheap Aroldis Chapman Jersey.

The game’s first pitch was delayed by 15 minutes because the umpires got caught in traffic and “it delayed their preparation for the game.” But the late start didn’t prevent the Nationals from improving to 5-0 at home this season.

“It didn’t seem to bother Zim too much,” Johnson said with a smile. “He pitched a great ball game.”

Zito Aroldis Chapman Authentic Jersey, Posey drive Giants to sweep in blowout victory

No Pablo, no comebacks. No problem. The Giants had Barry Zito on the mound.

Zito looked like an ace again, and with slugger Pablo Sandoval resting, the Giants’ other bats exploded for a five-run second inning en route to a 10-0 win Wednesday and a three-game sweep of the Colorado Rockies at AT&T Park.

A day after coming back twice from four-run deficits, the Giants (6-3) chased Rockies starter Jeff Francis (1-1, 5.87 ERA) in the second, and nearly everyone in the lineup contributed for their first series sweep this season.

After tossing a seven-inning shutout in his season debut, Zito (2-0, 0.00 ERA) tossed another Wednesday, spreading seven hits and one walk with four strikeouts. He even contributed offensively: along with his sac bunt during the second-inning onslaught, he singled and scored in the fifth, and singled to left in the sixth before chants of “Barry! Barry!” in his first career multihit game (2-for-3 with three runs). Aroldis Chapman Jersey Replica Jersey.

“You can’t have more confidence than what Barry has right now,” manager Bruce Bochy said.

It was the 16th consecutive game, including last postseason, in which San Francisco won with Zito starting.

The way the Giants were swinging, though, they didn’t even need him to be so sharp. San Francisco banged out 16 hits, including six extra-base hits, and six different players tallied at least a hit and an RBI.

“Today the boys came out swinging it,” Zito Aroldis Chapman Authentic Jersey said.

The victory was the ninth in a row against the Rockies (5-4) and the second consecutive sweep.

Angel Pagan led off the game with a single, and two batters later Buster Posey brought him in from first on a deep triple to right-center, making it 1-0. With two outs, Joaquin Arias — starting at third base to give Sandoval a break — singled to left to score Posey.

In the second inning, Brandon Crawford led off by doubling to the warning track in right-center. Zito laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt, moved Crawford to third and beat the throw to reach first safely. Pagan walked, Marco Scutaro drove in Crawford on a sac fly and Posey plated Zito from third on a ground-rule double to right-center. Hunter Pence then hit a grounder to third baseman Chris Nelson, who gloved it diving left, but his throw — meant to start a rundown — to catcher Wilin Rosario was off target and allowed Pagan to score on the throwing error for a 5-0 Giants lead.

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Francis intentionally walked Arias, Brandon Belt popped out, and Andres Torres looped a two-RBI single to right, making it 7-0 and ending Francis’ day. Francis, who entered with a career 5.72 ERA in 61 1/3 innings at AT&T Park, allowed seven hits, seven runs and two walks in 1 2/3 innings. It was the shortest outing of Francis’ career.

“You miss a pitch, and they whack it,” Francis said. “And then you make a pitch. They whack it, too.”

Posey led the offense, going 3-for-5 with three RBIs and two runs. He was a home run away from hitting for the cycle, but flew out to center in the seventh.Cheap Aroldis Chapman Jersey.

“I was aware of [the cycle],” Posey said. “I really wanted to concentrate today on letting the ball travel. Making sure I get good pitches to swing at. I had been a little out in front, swinging at borderline pitches. When I feel right, I’m even taking pitches. The goal today was to see the ball a long time.”

Andres Torres (3-for-5, three RBIs), starting at left field, notched his first multihit game this year. Marco Scutaro made progress out of his slow start by going 2-for-3, including a double, with one RBI to raise his average to .235.

And as much as there was to celebrate with the Giants offensively, it was really Zito’s day. Though he allowed a runner in scoring position in the third through sixth innings, he was in control and calmly worked out of trouble. When he allowed a leadoff single in the seventh, the defense backed him up with a double play, and Zito struck out the final batter.

“Today was better than the last couple [of outings],” Zito Aroldis Chapman Authentic Jersey said. “The last three innings probably felt the best for me.”

The fans basking in a beautiful San Francisco day felt just as good, giving him a standing ovation.

“He’s hitting his spots, mixing them up,” Bochy said. “It’s a thing of beauty when you have a guy who’s not just reaching back and throwing 95 [mph].”

Gattis Aroldis Chapman Authentic Jersey, Francisco power Braves’ sixth straight win

The Braves’ Opening Day lineup included five players who have notched at least one 20-homer season during their Major League careers. None of those players has the incredible raw power possessed by Evan Gattis and Juan Francisco.

Fortunately for the Braves, the value of that power extends beyond impressive batting practice displays.

Gattis and Francisco displayed their massive strength with a pair of monstrous home runs during a six-run fifth inning that helped the Braves completed a three-game sweep with Wednesday night’s 8-0 win over the Marlins at Marlins Park.

“Gattis’ ball when he hits the ball has a different sound,” Braves starting pitcher Mike Minor said. “Off the bat, it almost sounds like the bat is breaking. When Juan hit that ball, I didn’t even think he got it from what I’ve seen in [batting practice]. Then it landed like 500 feet or something. I think both balls were pretty impressive.”

While Gattis Aroldis Chapman Authentic Jersey and Francisco stole the show, the Braves cruised toward their sixth straight win with significant contributions from Minor, who scattered five hits over 5 2/3 scoreless innings, and Jordan Schafer, who celebrated his first start of the season with the fourth four-hit game of his career.

“He had a nice night for a guy who it has taken me nine games for me to put him [in the lineup] to get him some at-bats,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said in reference to his decision to rest struggling center fielder B.J. Upton to get Schafer some playing time.

This proved to be another stroke of good fortune for the Braves, who are 8-1 for the first time since the 1994 team began the season with a 13-1 record. They outscored the Marlins 13-2 during this series and surrendered just one earned run. Now Gonzalez can only hope this momentum carries through this weekend’s key division matchup against the Nationals.

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After being held scoreless through the first four innings, the Braves released their frustrations against Marlins starter Alex Sanabia, who had not allowed run in the previous 10 innings he had completed this season.

Gattis began the powerful assault with a line drive three-run homer that landed in the swimming pool located beyond the left-center-field wall. Seven pitches later Francisco turned on Sanabia’s first-pitch fastball and hit it off the second-level facade beyond the center field wall.

“Real men hit the baseball,” Schafer said. “That’s not little kids. Even in [batting practice] the way the ball comes off their bat is unbelievable. You don’t see that very often.”

Francisco’s two-run homer, which appeared to travel at least 450 feet, capped the fifth-inning eruption that actually began with a bunt single from Schafer, who also doubled in the sixth inning. The former top prospect, who has accepted his role as a bench player, entered the game with just one previous at-bat this season.Aroldis Chapman Cincinnati Reds Jersey.

“I have to stay within myself,” Schafer said. “I can’t try to hit the ball off the 502 sign like Juan. Unless I’m hitting from second base, that is not going to happen.”

Two weeks after learning that he would be on a Major League roster for the first time, Gattis now finds himself serving as the Braves’ primary catcher in Brian McCann’s absence and the cleanup hitter in Freddie Freeman’s absence. The 26-year-old rookie has hit .391 (9-for-23) with three home runs and a double.

“I had never homered into a pool before,” Gattis Aroldis Chapman Authentic Jersey  said. “So notch that one. I got another one.”

Francisco’s long blast served as his first home run of the season. He is now serving as the everyday third baseman while Chris Johnson plays first base in Freeman’s absence.

“Pretty much one through eight [in the lineup], we’ve got guys who can put the ball out of the ballpark,” Minor said. “A lot of times we can put up big innings. We’re not really worried about it throughout the game if we have zeros on the board because at any time we can put one out of the ballpark.”

Cheap Aroldis Chapman Jersey.On the way to scoring at least seven runs for the third time this season, the Braves provided more than enough support for Minor, who has surrendered just one run in the 13 innings he has compiled through his first two starts. The 25-year-old left-hander, who pitched around leadoff doubles in the second and third innings, has compiled a 2.02 ERA in his past 17 starts.

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Orioles third baseman Manny Machado, one of several players off to an unexceptional start, had one hit in his last 18 at-bats when he dug in against Red Sox closer Joel Hanrahan, with two outs, the bases loaded and Wednesday’s game on the line. Aroldis Chapman Cincinnati Reds Jersey.

Second baseman Ryan Flaherty had three strikeouts and not a hit on the season, going 0-for-17 until he stepped up with the Orioles down a run and down to their final out.

Despite the dire circumstances, the scuffling players stepped up big for Baltimore, with Flaherty’s two-out single sparking a ninth-inning rally and Machado’s three-run homer putting the finishing touches on an 8-5 series-evening win against the Red Sox at soggy Fenway Park.

The season is still young, but the victory, which snapped a three-game skid and erased the ill effects of Boston’s back-to-back homers off reliever Tommy Hunter in the sixth, shouldn’t be understated for an Orioles club that pulled back to .500.Cheap Aroldis Chapman Jersey.

“We were freaking out pretty good,” starter Jake Arrieta said of the group in the clubhouse watching the ninth inning unfold on television. “It really doesn’t matter when we get a win like this during the season. They’re all big, especially second game in Fenway of the season. Fans are pumped up, team’s pumped up. To get to their closer like that in the ninth is big.”

The Orioles, who have double-digit strikeouts in their last two games, rallied from a two-run hole and overcme some abysmal offensive production to do it, particularly in the bottom of the order.

Things got started when Chris Davis, who has carried the offense in the season’s early going, hit his fifth home run of the season to pull the O’s within one.

“I started off with a tough battle with Davis there,” said Hanrahan, who suffered his first blown save of the year. “I threw him a couple of good breaking balls that he fouled off, and he got that one to start it off. I’ve just got to put guys away.”

Flaherty kept the Orioles’ hopes alive in poking a ball through the hole at shortstop, after Hanrahan had retired Matt Wieters and J.J. Hardy.

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“He got the show started,” Machado Aroldis Chapman Authentic Jersey said of Flaherty, who had nine strikeouts in his first 17 at-bats. “It gave us that little rally we needed.”

Nolan Reimold, part of a designated hitter group that has gone 1-for-26 this season, worked a walk to put the tying run in scoring position for leadoff man Nate McLouth, who worked a free pass on a full-count to load the bases and bring up Machado. After Hanrahan’s wild pitch scored pinch-runner Alexi Casilla, Machado, who had one prior RBI on the season, turned loose for the three-run shot.

“That was pretty special,” Flaherty said of Machado’s first homer this season, which he watched sail into the Monster Seats from his view in the opposing dugout. “To see Manny, and he hadn’t had a hit, and then he comes up and wins the game. It was huge. It was kind of a team inning.”

“You can see the frustration on his face in the previous at-bats a little bit,” manager Buck Showalter said of the 20-year-old Machado. “It’s because they want to contribute. It’s the reason Ryan and Manny want to contribute, they want to do something for our team. It’s not personal. They want to be a contributor.”

Aroldis Chapman Authentic Jersey ,”That’s why I feel good about these guys. They want to do better for the right reasons.”

A 43-minute delay following the fifth inning chased Arrieta and Ryan Dempster from the game and brought on Hunter, who struck out the first two batters he faced before Daniel Nava went deep and Jarrod Saltalamacchia following with his first of the season.

“It’s frustrating for Tommy, because he has too good of stuff to have that happen to him as often as it does,” Showalter said of Hunter, who surrendered an American League-leading 32 homers last year and has given up 3 in 3 2/3 innings this season. “But you also see the three or four hitters he will go through that he will look as good as you want to see. It’s up to us and him to figure out a way to minimize that from happening.”

Arrieta also needs to figure out a way to minimize the walks, with the 27-year-old issuing four walks, two of which came around to score, and three hits in the 69-pitch outing.

“I talked to [pitching coach Rick Adair] in between innings and I think it was pretty obvious that I was thinking about the wrong thing in that situation,” said Arrieta. “Rather than just be smooth, throw the ball down in the zone, I was way too worried about throwing a strike there.”

Arrieta got a double-play to end the third and strand a pair of runners and was coming off a 1-2-3 fifth when play was halted.

The O’s scored a first-inning run without a hit, capitalizing on outfielder Shane Victorino’s error — which put runners safely on second and third — and using Nick Markakis’ groundout to take an early lead. Markakis hit his first homer of the season, a solo shot to open the fourth, and the O’s got another run off Dempster on Wieters’ single and Jackie Bradley Jr.’s error in left field, which scored Adam Jones, who has hit safely in all eight of the team’s games.

Troy Patton and Darren O’Day, who got the win, followed Hunter with scoreless innings, with closer Jim Johnson coming in to record his third save.