side Pilsen, Czech Republic, where theyve lived full-time the past three years.Emmons from x123's blog

BOSTON -- Jacoby Ellsbury started off the second half for the Boston Red Sox in the best possible way. Ellsbury hit Andy Pettittes second pitch of the game over the right-field bullpen, and Johnny Gomes added a two-run shot in the second inning to help the Red Sox return from the All-Star break with a 4-2 victory over the depleted New York Yankees on Friday night. "It seems like hes been hitting .700," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "His timing has been much more Jacoby-like. And his ability to get on base speaks for itself with the havoc he can create." Felix Doubront outpitched Pettitte in the opener of the three-game series to help AL East-leading Boston maintain a 2 1/2-game lead over Tampa Bay in the division and open a seven-game cushion over its fourth-place rivals from New York. "You cant take too much of it, but obviously this is an important stretch for us that we are in," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "We understand that. The next three teams we play are all in front of us. We need to play well." Ellsbury also singled in the third inning and reached on a walk in the seventh to support Doubront (7-3), who allowed three or fewer earned runs for the 12th start in a row. Doubront has six quality starts against the Yankees in six tries. The last Red Sox pitcher to open his career with as many quality starts, defined as six innings pitched and three or fewer runs allowed, against the Yankees was Dutch Leonard -- in 1913-15. "Look at the last two months. Hes pitched extremely well since the end of May," Girardi said. "And hes been tough on us." Ellsbury hit .360 in June and is batting .370 in July, putting together a 19-game hitting streak that was snapped just before the break. He had three hits in the first-half finale, then went 2 for 3 on Friday night to raise his average to .308. "Not the way you want to start the second half, first batter of the game hitting a home run off you," Pettitte said. "Cant keep going out there and giving up 2-3-4 runs in the first or second inning. ... The long ball hurt me." Doubront held a Yankees lineup without Derek Jeter and a handful of other regulars hitless until Lyle Overbay doubled to lead off the fifth inning. In all, the Red Sox left-hander gave up two runs -- one earned -- on three hits and three walks while striking out five in 6 1-3 innings. Koji Uehara pitched the ninth for his ninth save. Pettitte (7-7) gave up four runs on six hits and a walk, striking out four in 6 1-3 innings. Three days after the New York Mets showed their support for the city in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings by playing "Sweet Caroline" at the All-Star game, the Red Sox thanked the Yankees by playing "New York, New York." The Yankees made their first visit to Fenway Park this season for the first game after the break, and Robinson Cano played after being hit on the knee by a pitch in the All-Star game. But the lineup barely resembled the team New Yorkers thought would be wearing pinstripes at this point in the season. Jeter was placed on the disabled list before the game -- hes spent all but one game there this season -- and the Yankees are also missing third baseman Alex Rodriguez, first baseman Mark Teixeira (wrist surgery), outfielder Curtis Granderson (broken pinkie) and catcher Francisco Cervelli (broken hand). The lineup was further depleted when left fielder Zoilo Almonte came out of the game in the fifth inning with a left ankle sprain; X-rays were negative. And centre fielder Brett Gardner took himself out when, after being called out on a 3-2 pitch to end the top of the fifth, he slammed his helmet on the ground and was ejected by home plate umpire Mike Everitt. "I have to have better control of my emotions. I put us in a bad spot and caused some guys to play out of position," Gardner said. "I was frustrated. I feel I let the team down and Im sorry for that." That left the Yankees ill-equipped to come back after Boston took a 3-0 lead on the homers. New York made it 3-1 when Gardner walked, stole second and scored when he stole third and catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchias throw went into left field. Chris Stewart doubled home Overbay in the fifth to cut the deficit to one run. The Red Sox added a run in the seventh, then Ichiro Suzuki singled over the shortstops glove and Cano doubled to put runners on second and third with one out in the eighth. But Craig Breslow got Vernon Wells to fly out weakly to short and Luis Cruz grounded to shortstop; Jose Iglesias throw pulled first baseman Mike Napoli off the bag, but he made the tag for the third out. Notes: The Yankees put Jeter on the disabled list before the game with a strained right quadriceps. ... The Yankees signed INF Brent Lillibridge from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. ... 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Brady Brassart chipped in with three assists. Colton McCarthy scored twice, Brayden Point had a goal and two assists, and Jack Rodewald also scored for the Warriors (15-35-9), who were 2 for 5 on the power play. Matt Emmons sat in a beer garden near the shooting range trying to wash away one of the biggest gaffes in Olympic history when he felt a tap on the shoulder.Looking up, he saw Czech shooter Katerina Kurkova and her father, there to offer condolences and express admiration for how he handled himself after failing on sports biggest stage. They gave him a four-leaf clover keychain, wished him luck in the future and walked away.The pair ran into each other a few more times over the next year or so, their interactions expanding, the relationship growing. They decided to start dating. Three years later, they married.From darkness, Emmons had found a light.Had I not made that mistake, maybe I retire from shooting, maybe I dont marry Katy, Emmons said. I wouldnt change a thing.Emmons started his career with a gold medal in prone rifle as a 23-year-old at the 2004 Athens Olympics, doing it with a borrowed rifle after his was sabotaged. He picked up medals at the next two Olympics and is one of the favorites in 50-meter three-position at the Rio Games next month after setting a world record three-position rifle this year.Emmons also has a pair of Olympic-sized gaffes on his resume.The first came at Athens, where Emmons needed only a mediocre score on his final shot in three-position to earn his second gold of the games. Instead, he shot at the target next to him -- called cross firing -- and received no score at all, dropping him from gold to eighth in an instant.That led to meeting his future wife, but misfortune struck again at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, in the same event, no less.Emmons had another large lead heading into his final shot, mediocrity again enough for gold. This time, he accidentally hit the trigger as he lowered the gun sight toward the bulls-eye and missed his mark, a mishap that dropped him to fourth.As he had in Athens, the affable Emmons handled disappointment well, focusing not on the letdown, but on the familys three-medal haul; he won silver in prone, Katy gold in 10-meter air rifle and silver in three-position.Though he would occasionally get irritated after hearing crude remarks about his failures while at shooting events, Emmons never really thought about the two blunders others tried to define him by.Emmons fully closed out that chapter, at least mentally, in 2012 when his sports psychologist suggested he watch the finals. Emmons doesnt like to watch himself shoot, but agreed.Turns out, it wasnt nearly as bad as he thought.It put things in perspective, Emmons said. Those failures, those mishaps, the thinngs that Ive learned in the process have made my life, my athletic career so much richer, so much more fulfilling than anything I could have done had I won those medals.ddddddddddddEmmons perspective had already taken a shift with a health scare two years earlier.While preparing for a trip to Singapore, where he would serve as an ambassador at the 2010 Youth Olympics, Emmons didnt feel right and went to the doctor. Because he was leaving in three days, the doctor sped up the process, ordering x-rays and an ultrasound of his neck.The ultrasound revealed a nodule on his thyroid gland. He was told to cancel his trip and go back to the doctor for a biopsy. It could be cancer.You hear cancer and you think, `Oh my god, Im going to die, Emmons said.After a tense weekend, Emmons had the biopsy and was told though the sample was too small, it looked like cancer. Word spread quickly through the shooting community and Emmons heard from Dr. Yuman Fong, an ENT whose daughters were Emmons teammates.Following Dr. Fongs suggestion, Emmons flew to New York to have surgery at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, just a few hours drive from his parents home in southern New Jersey.During four hours of surgery, doctors removed Emmons thyroid and 24 lymph nodes, eight of which turned out to be cancerous. He later underwent radiation treatment, but was back shooting within two months. Emmons began winning again and eventually qualified for the 2012 London Olympics.He really has an incredible resiliency, Katy Emmons said from their home just outside Pilsen, Czech Republic, where theyve lived full-time the past three years.Emmons needed it again less than a year before the London Games.He and Katy split time between the Czech Republic and the United States, living near an indoor shooting range in northern Minnesota. When the range abruptly closed, the family -- they have three kids -- had to pack and move to Colorado Springs, near the U.S. Olympic Training Center.Even with the personal turmoil heaped upon his health issues, Emmons kept his focus in London, earning a bronze medal in three-position, the event that tripped him up twice before.Thyroid cancer, moving my family, overcoming the mistake I had made in 2004 and 2008, to be in exactly the same position three Olympics later, working through it and getting a medal out of it was huge, Emmons said. I was like, `boom, monkeys off my back, I feel so much better now. ' ' ' 

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