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LOS ANGELES -- As Vin Scully closes out his career broadcasting Los Angeles Dodgers games, his successor is waiting in the wings. Discount Air Jordan 11 .Joe Davis has been working road games for the team this season, warming up for next year when the 28-year-old moves into Scullys old booth full-time.Davis shares a philosophy with Scully: Its not about the broadcaster, its about the game. That should come as a relief to Dodgers fans who for 67 years havent heard anyone except Scully wax lyrical about their beloved team.Early on in my career I obsessively tried to nail the basics, Davis said, citing time, game situation and score, pronouncing names and getting the facts right. If youre not good fundamentally than you lose all credibility before anyone knows what you sound like.Davis was hired by the team last November to work with former Dodgers Orel Hershiser and Nomar Garciaparra calling 50 road games on SportsNet LA, the teams television channel that isnt widely seen in Los Angeles because of an ongoing dispute between Time Warner Cable, which carries it, and other pay TV providers.This year there were plenty of nerves going into it because of the unknown and how people would accept me, he said. Its exceeded expectations with how positive people have been.Some critics have pounced on social media, telling Davis that hes no Scully.Im always happy to remind them that nobody is, he said.Next year, Davis will do play-by-play with Hershiser and Garciaparra analyzing the action.Its ridiculous how confident he is, how prepared he is, how much passion he has for the job, Hershiser said of his young sidekick. Thats going to serve him really well.Scully called Davis the night before his hiring was announced to welcome him and assure him it was a great gig.Ive saved that voicemail in about a hundred different places, he said. A part of me is glad I missed the call.This season, Davis has flown from his home in Michigan to wherever the team is on the road. When the Dodgers are in Los Angeles, Scully works the games with Davis listening to the icon from long distance. He looks forward to being around the team full-time.Theres something romantic about baseball broadcasting, he said, and how that story writes itself over the course of an entire season.Davis grew up in tiny Potterville, Michigan, near Lansing, as a Chicago Cubs fan, listening to Pat Hughes call their games. Nationally, hes been influenced by Fox Sports announcer Joe Buck.Although Davis hasnt sought out Scully for advice, not wanting to badger him in his final months, the Hall of Famer was asked recently if he had any.Be himself, Scully said. Thats the hardest thing in the world to be.Like Scully, Davis has strong support at home.He and wife Libby, along with their 3-month-old daughter, Charlotte, are house hunting in Los Angeles in preparation for moving here full-time. The couple met as students at Beloit College in Wisconsin, where he earned a communications degree while playing quarterback and wide receiver on the football team.Shes seen me do games for nothing and make $16,000 a year doing minor league baseball, he said. She is the real star in the whole thing.Davis has called baseball, college football and basketball for Fox Sports, something he will continue to do, which means he wont broadcast the Dodgers entire 162-game schedule. He declined to specify how many games hell miss.That was a big thing for me, he said. I didnt want to give up the national stuff.Davis is six years older than Scully was when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers radio and TV booth as a 22-year-old in 1950.The Dodgers are not ones to change much, Hershiser said. Once the audience gets used to him and likes him, maybe hell be here forever. Wholesale Jordan Retro 11 . -- Lou Brocks shoulder-to-shoulder collision with Bill Freehan during the 1968 World Series and Pete Roses bruising hit on Ray Fosse in the 1970 All-Star game could become relics of baseball history, like the dead-ball era. Cheap Air Jordan 11 From China . By having more great seasons. Manning was the only unanimous choice for the 2013 Associated Press NFL All-Pro team Friday. http://www.discountairjordan11.com/ .Y. -- Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo had little trouble picking up his first shutout of the season against a Buffalo Sabres team thats having trouble scoring goals. PITTSBURGH -- Matt Murray stood tall for the Pittsburgh Penguins during a key second-period sequence in which the short-handed Toronto Maple Leafs tried to make a push.Murray turned aside the threat and the Penguins took over from there, putting away a tired Maple Leafs team in the final 20 minutes.Sidney Crosby and Bryan Rust scored in the third period to help Pittsburgh pull away for a 4-1 victory over Toronto on Saturday night.I think sometimes you give up opportunities and we kind of dodged one with some of the chances they got, Crosby said. Those were some big saves and we were able to get those go-ahead goals after that.Evgeni Malkin and Chris Kunitz also scored and Murray stopped a career-high 35 shots as Pittsburgh won for the seventh time in nine games.Zach Hyman scored for the Maple Leafs and Frederik Andersen had 45 saves in his second start in two nights. Toronto has won just once in its last eight on the road.I thought our fatigue showed a bit in the third period, Leafs coach Mike Babcock said. Our goalie was good and we gave up two, what I think, are bad goals that are D-zone coverage.Murray kept the game tied at 1 late in the second period, denying Connor Brown and Matt Martin on a pair of point-blank, short-handed opportunities, in addition to a stop on another odd-man rush.My job is to make the save at the right time, to bail them out when they need it, and they came out hot in the third, said Murray, who has won his last 11 regular-season starts. We were pretty much unstoppable in the third.Kunitz put the Penguins ahead with 18 seconds left in the period when he flipped the puck over a sprawled Andersen.To get that goal late in the second definitely gave us a big boost, Crosby said.Rust made it 3-1 at 6:58 of the third period when he took a feed from Crosby at the faceoff dot and put a shot on Andersen. He got his own rebound and darted to the net, sweeping a shot past Andersens outstretched pad.Crosby extended the lead a little more than three minutes later, tapping in a twice-redirected shot from the top of the crease for his 10th of the season. Crosby, who missed the Penguins first six games with a concussion, has 10 goals and 133 points in his last nine. Air Jordan 11 Retro Cheap. The Penguins, who rebounded from their first regulation loss on home ice Thursday against Minnesota, extended their unbeaten stretch against Toronto to nine games, including seven in Pittsburgh.Everyone has been there with back-to-back games, Crosby said. Going into the third, its not easy, but I thought we did a good job of keeping our foot on the gas and applying pressure.Hyman got Toronto on the scoreboard first less than two minutes into the game with a between-the-legs deflection over Murrays shoulder from the right post. It was Hymans second goal of the season and second in two nights.Malkin scored his eighth on the power play to tie it at 3:06 of the second. Kris Letangs initial shot from between the circles ricocheted off the end boards behind the net and Malkin was near the post to tap it in.Malkin has points in nine of his last 11 games, including four straight overall and six consecutive at home. Patric Hornqvist, who had an assist on the goal, has points in 11 of 15 games this season.This was the first meeting between Crosby and Maple Leafs rookie forward Auston Matthews. Crosby faced Matthews, the No. 1 overall pick in 2016, four days after his first game against Edmonton star Connor McDavid, the No. 1 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.Matthews, who had six goals and four assists in his first six games, hasnt scored since Oct. 25, and has just three assists in his last nine games. He was shut out again on Saturday with one shot in nearly 17 minutes of ice timeGame notes Leafs D Matt Hunwick played for the first time since sustaining a lower-body injury Oct. 25. ... Penguins F Tom Kuhnhackl was in the lineup for the first time in six games. ... The Penguins wore their Pittsburgh Gold white road jerseys on home ice for the first time since Game 2 of the 1992 Stanley Cup Final against Chicago.UP NEXTToronto: Hosts Nashville on Tuesday night in the opener of a stretch of three of four at home.Pittsburgh: At Washington on Wednesday night to start a stretch of five of six on the road. ' ' '
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