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PITTSBURGH -- Ryan Vogelsong, the Pittsburgh Pirates 39-year-old starting pitcher, literally gave them all he had in his first start in 2 1/2 months. Air Max 720 Free Shipping .Now that Vogelsong is starting again for a team that has labored all season to find a reliable rotation, the Pirates hope the right-hander can give them a similar outing Wednesday against the San Diego Padres and another veteran starter, Edwin Jackson.Vogelsong, reacquired by the Pirates this season to give them a veteran arm who could start or relieve, allowed Atlanta only one run and three hits over six innings Thursday in his first start since being slammed in the face by a Jordan Lyles pitch May 23 against the Colorado Rockies.Vogelsongs face still bears some visible damage of taking 94-mph fastball to his upper left cheekbone, and there were some doubts immediately after he sustained facial fractures whether hed pitch again this season. But, taking the mound again for the first time since that scary moment, he was more than outstanding against the Braves.It was the kind of give-them-all-youve-got-and-more performance the Pirates have seen only sporadically during an up-and-down season, even though they eventually lost the game 5-2.Vogelsong wasnt sure at times during his recovery that hed be back.Ive been doing this a long time and I dont know much else other than baseball, he told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Its kind of scary when you think about what you might have to do if you cant play anymore. I was pretty determined to get back and not let this thing beat me.(But) there were moments when I wasnt sure. To be able to make it back and pitch a big league game and throw the ball like that again, it was icing on the cake.Vogelsong probably didnt figure to be in the Pirates rotation this late in the season, but the trade of Francisco Liriano and the repeated failings of Jonathon Niese, Juan Nicasio and Jeff Locke -- a former All-Star whos now in the bullpen -- have him starting again.The Pirates, now out of the NL Central race thats being dominated by the Chicago Cubs, remain in the mix for a fourth consecutive NL wild card berth, but the rotations struggles arent helping those chances.Similarly, the Padres certainly didnt plan on the well-traveled Jackson being in their rotation less than a month away from Labor Day, but the constant adjustment of their starting five led them to sign him to a minor league deal in June. In four starts with his 11th major league team, hes flirted with a no-hitter while going 2-1 with a 4.62 ERA in 25 1/3 innings.Jackson is 2/3 with a 3.98 ERA while pitching 40 2/3 innings in PNC Park during a career that began with the Dodgers at age 19 in 2003 -- or three years after Vogelsong debuted with the Giants at age 22.I just want to go out every fifth day and give the team a chance to win, Jackson told the San Diego Union-Tribune, repeating the oft-spoken theme of almost every starting pitcher. At the end of the day, thats your job -- just to keep the team in the game. So you go out every five days trying to do that as much as you can.The Pirates won 6-4 on Tuesday in the first game of the three-game series, with Gregory Polancos three-run homer driving a four-run Pirates fifth inning. The Padres, who are 2-2 against Pittsburgh this season, started six rookies. Cheap Authentic Air Max 720 . LOUIS -- Roman Polak was celebrating even before Alexander Steen scored the winning goal in Saturdays 4-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Cheap Air Max 720 Wholesale . Numbers Game examines the deal that sees Michael Del Zotto and Kevin Klein switch places. The Predators Get: D Michael Del Zotto. . Ferrer, trying to win his fourth title on Mexican soil, will next play South Africas Kevin Anderson, who eliminated American Sam Querrey,7-6 (2), 6-4. Also Wednesday, Gilles Simon (6) of France beat Donald Young of the United States 6-4, 6-3, Ukraines Alexandr Dolgopolov downed Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 6-3, 6-4 and Croatias Ivo Karlovic defeated Dudi Sela of Israel 7-6 (4), 6-2. RIO DE JANEIRO -- On the eve of arguably the most anticipated race of the swimming program at these Olympics, there was no need for words. No need for soft and cuddly clichés about respect or admiration. Instead, one 10-second television clip told you everything you needed to know about the relationship between Michael Phelps and South Africas Chad le Clos.It was four years ago in London when le Clos, who grew up idolizing Phelps, handed the American his first loss at a major international meet in a decade by out-touching him in the 200-meter butterfly final. Afterward, a gracious Phelps offered medal stand pointers to the then-20-year-old le Clos and there was talk that Phelps would someday visit South Africa to go shark diving with le Clos.Now that possibility couldnt be any further from happening.On Monday night, in the call room before the second semifinal heat of the 200-meter fly, le Clos began shadowboxing directly in front of Phelps. The most decorated Olympian of all time glared over, under and pretty much right through the South African. The moment was picked up by NBCs cameras, prompting commentator Rowdy Gaines to say Ive never seen this before. Lets just leave these cameras right here. Before the night was through, Phelps glare of death would become the latest sports-driven meme.Everybody has their own race strategy of what they do, Phelps said afterward. If thats his, then thats his. I tried to not really pay attention.When told after the session that cameras had picked up his moves, le Clos seemed surprised.Phelps stare down of Chad le Clos is much better with the Curb Your Enthusiasm theme song: NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) August 9, 2016Did they catch that? he asked. Dammit. I dont know. I just do what I need to do. The call room is what it is. Its a difficult place. A lot of tension, especially before a final. We will see tomorrow.Tomorrow refers to the 200 fly final that has been circled on the calendars of both men for about a year now. It was August of 2015 when the flames in this rivalry first began to burn from opposite ends of the globe. With some 6,500 miles and eight time zones between them, le Clos, competing at world championships in Kazan, Russia, took offense to Phelps comments that the worlds top times in the butterfly events werent all that impressive. Phelps was unable to compete at worlds as part of his punishment for his DUI arrest in September 2014 and was instead at U.S. nationals in San Antonio at the time.Le Clos responded with a 50.56-second 100 fly, telling reporters afterward, I just did a time that he hasnt done in four years. So he can keep quiet now.Those words caught the eye of Phelps and his coach, Bob Bowman. Phelps was on his way to the Northside Aquatics Center that night when Bowman made a comment how everyone in the van needed to keep quiet now. Phelps picked up on it immediately.He was like, Did you read that? Bowman said. And I was like, Yeeah. Cheap Air Max 720 Free Shipping. I knew there was no way he wasnt going to see that.Phelps responded with a 50.45, the fastest time in the world in 2015 and the fifth-fastest ever. Afterward, Phelps refused to name le Clos specifically but said he thrived on opponents trash-talking him. He begged more of them to do it. Bowman took it a step further, pointing out that the time le Clos beat Phelps head-to-head in London, Phelps was at a point where he despised the sport of swimming and had been ditching training sessions.I dont know why you would say something like that, Bowman suggested that night in San Antonio. He beat Michael in a race where Michael was completely unprepared. Other than that ... its like ... just shut up.From that moment on, a rivalry was born. That fall, le Clos told the website Sport360 he felt his quotes had been taken out of context. He said the same Monday night. But in that Sport360 interview he took another shot at Phelps, questioning his status as a global role model.Hes my idol. Maybe not ... I look up to him in swimming terms, thats it, le Clos said. But if I was as great as he was, I would conduct myself in a way children would be proud of. Thats what defines a champion. It doesnt matter how much money you have, how many gold medals you have, you must be a true champion and I pride myself on being that.In Mondays semifinal, Phelps time of 1:54.12 was the third-fastest in the world this year and good enough to beat le Clos by nearly a full second. But le Clos was coming off a challenging double after becoming the first South African to medal (bronze) in the 200 freestyle. He vowed that Tuesday nights final would be different.Im in the best shape Ive ever been in, le Clos said. Like I always say, I race to win. I want to beat Michael and he wants to beat me.Le Clos said he will be dedicating Tuesday nights final and all of his races to his parents, who are both battling cancer. Le Clos put out a statement this summer that doctors found a tumor in his fathers prostate that required surgery and his mother had to undergo a double mastectomy after a second bout with breast cancer.He said this week that both of his parents as well as his brother and sister are in Brazil cheering for him.Its been difficult. Its been hard. Its been an emotional week, he said. I was on the blocks and I heard my dad shout for me, and thats important for me. I want to do him proud.That would involve beating the most decorated Olympian of all time at a second straight Games in one of his marquee events.All I can say is I will race my heart out, le Clos said. Ill keep coming back at you. Im sure everyone else will be thinking of that those last 50 meters.Added Phelps: [This] race I would expect is going to get a lot of hype. Its going to be exciting.The mens 200-meter butterfly is scheduled to start on Tuesday, at 9:28 p.m. ET. ' ' ' 

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