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Baffert trained American Pharoah.

PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago White Sox are going in different directions as they head into their final series before the All-Star break.Nike Roshe One Print Zwart . The Phillies, recently thought to be trade-deadline sellers like the White Sox, have played perhaps their best baseball of the season the past last two weeks. Philadelphia has won seven of 10 and now might be a buyer before the deadline. Chicago (36-53) is in the cellar of the A.L. Central and will likely be a target for contending teams looking to add players for a late-season stretch drive. The Phillies and White Sox got an unexpected Friday night off when rain postponed the opener of their weekend series. The game will be made up as part of a split doubleheader on Saturday with games starting at 3:05 and 8:15 p.m. The weather is the only thing that has slowed the Phillies lately. "Our batting average has been going up," manager Charlie Manuel said Friday. "Weve been improving as far as our offence, getting runners on base, things like that." Philadelphia, which won five straight NL East titles from 2007-2011, has won four of its last five series, including taking two of three against division leaders Atlanta and Pittsburgh. The Phillies entered Friday 7 1/2 games behind the Braves in the NL East and need one win to get back to .500 for the first time since June 7. White Sox left-hander John Danks (2-6, 4.31) will face right-hander Jonathan Pettibone (5-3, 3.84) in the doubleheader opener on Saturday. Chicago lefty Hector Santiago (3-5, 3.49) will take on Philadelphias John Lannan (2-3, 4.23) in the nightcap. Manuel hopes the Phillies can carry their hot play into the All-Star break. "It would be real good if we could win a series before we go into the break," Manuel said. "Its what we need to do, start winning series. If you do that every day, youre right there, youre sitting in good position." The White Sox began Friday with the third-worst record in baseball, and they trailed Detroit by 13 games in the AL Central. They will likely take a look at young players in the second half. If that happens, manager Robin Ventura said winning wont be sacrificed for development. "You try to teach them the right way to do things," Ventura said Friday. "Ultimately, its to win the game. They have to learn how to win and get better at the same time. Thats part of the process." One young player who has shown promise for the White Sox is Josh Phegley, who was called up last week and homered in three of his first five games. He hit the go-ahead grand slam in Thursdays 6-3 victory over Detroit. The Phillies also have been getting production from young players to climb within reach of playoff contention. Twenty-five year-old Ben Revere, who struggled at the start of the season, has batted .441 while hitting safely in 13 of his last 14 games. He raised his average from .200 on May 1 to .304. Domonic Brown, who was selected to his first All-Star team, has been producing all season. He is hitting .281 with 23 homers and 64 RBIs after securing a job during spring training. "Im very proud of him," Manuel said. "Hes come a long way. He made a big change. Thats what gave him a chance to play, but hes the guy that did it. Hes learned a whole lot in the time hes been here. "Hes very deserving. He was determined. He was going to win a job (in spring training)." The Phillies hope Brown continues to produce. Manuel knows he will need it and more from the rest of the roster. "It takes a very good team to compete, to win a division, to go to the World Series," Manuel said. "It takes a very solid baseball team." NOTES: The White Sox placed right-hander Brian Omogrosso on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 29, with a right triceps strain. . Chicago has lost 29 of 41 and is 17-32 on the road this season. . The Phillies are 5-4 in the all-time series against the White Sox and have won all three meetings at Citizens Bank Park. Adidas Neo Sneakers Oranje . The Lightning are 2-0 so far on a four-game road trip, giving the club five straight wins as the guest and improving Tampas away record this season to 11-8-2. Adidas ZX 500 . Supported by three-run homers from Jayson Werth and Wilson Ramos, the young right-hander went seven strong innings in the Washington Nationals 8-4 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night. http://www.adisuperstar.nl/adidas-stan-smith-bestellen.html . First off, the fans ripped the Cubbies introduction of a fuzzy new kid-friendly mascot named "Clark". DEL MAR, Calif. -- Kaleem Shah named Klimt for the late Austrian painter, and now hell get his silks painted on one of the lawn jockeys in the paddock at Del Mar after Klimt captured the Grade 1, $300,345 Del Mar Futurity on Mondays closing-day card at Del Mar.Del Mar paints the lawn jockeys in its paddock in the colors of the winning owners of the Pacific Classic, Del Mar Debutante, and Del Mar Futurity. Shah finished third in the Pacific Classic with Dortmund, had to withdraw his filly American Gal from the Debutante on entry day, but got a masterpiece from Klimt, who overpowered favored Straight Fire to win the Futurity by 4-1/4 lengths.It was another paint-by-numbers job for trainer Bob Baffert, who has made the Futurity his personal canvas. Klimt gave Baffert his record 13th victory in the race, all since 1996, which encompasses 21 runnings.Were fortunate to have these good horses, and the clients who step up to buy them, Baffert said. Weve made good draft picks.Klimt ($7) was the second choice in the six-horse field. He got a favorable trip over a track that seemed to favor outside lanes. Under Rafael Bejarano, Klimt ranged up three paths wide on the turn, and once he turned into the lane Straight Fire could not go with him.Klimt covered seven furlongs on the fast main track in 1:21.80.Straight Fire finished 1-1/2 lengths in front of third-place Midnight Pleasure, then came Dynamic Ruler and Vegas Itch.The race was marred by the severe injury and subsequent euthanization of Chasing Aces, who was pulled up in the stretch with a slab fracture to his left knee. He had ducked in near the 5-1/2-furlong pole, moved into striking position, but was eased out of the race entering the lane and vanned off.It probably happened when he ducked in, said his trainer, Peter Miller. The knee slabbed and collapsed. The vets said they hadnt seen anything like that in years. Nike Roshe One Flyknit Leopard. . The humane thing to do was put him down. Im heartbroken, devastated.Chasing Aces, by Flatter, was second in his debut, then earned the fastest Beyer Speed Figure of the year among 2-year-olds, a 101, when beating maidens -- including Straight Fire -- at Del Mar on July 17. After that win, a majority interest in him was sold to Earle Mack and Adam Wachtel. Gary Hartunians Rockingham Ranch retained a minority interest. The Futurity was his third start.Baffert and Shah had teamed earlier in the day to win the Pirates Bounty with Power Jam.What a way to end the meet, said Baffert, who finished fourth overall in the trainer standings. Kaleem always wanted one of those jockey statues.Klimt, by Quality Road, was purchased as a 2-year-old in training at Ocala in March for $435,000. After finishing fourth in his debut going five furlongs, he has won three straight, at ever-increasing distances, including the Grade 2 Best Pal in his prior start.Baffert has always felt Klimt would be even better with more distance, a point he repeated Monday.We always thought hed be better going two turns, said Baffert, who said Klimts major goal this fall will be the Breeders Cup Juvenile on Nov. 5 at Santa Anita, going 1 1/16 miles. Hes got a great mind, will sit off horses.Klimt earned $180,000 to bring his career total to $336,960.The last two winners of the Futurity were American Pharoah and Nyquist, who went on to win the Kentucky Derby the following spring. Baffert trained American Pharoah. Nyquist, trained by Doug ONeill, is named for the Detroit Red Wings hockey player whose first name is Gustav, just like the late painter Klimt. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys China ' ' '
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