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ST. Devin Mesoraco Jersey . PETERSBURG, Fla. -- If Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Chris Archer needs some kind of spark to get out of the long, difficult slump that has been his 2016 season, perhaps the Minnesota Twins will do the trick.Archer is 5-15, leading the majors in losses, with just one win in his last 10 starts and his team 2-8 in those games. Baseball hasnt had a 20-game loser since Detroits Mike Maroth in 2003, and if Archer is to keep pitching and avoid such infamy, something has to change.For his career, Minnesota has been that kind of cure-all -- hes 4-1 all-time against the Twins, with a sterling 1.78 ERA in his five starts. He actually lost in his last outing against Minnesota, but struck out 12 in doing so nearly a year ago in August.And if the Rays, too, are to reverse their struggles, theyll need Archer to last longer than Fridays starter, Blake Snell, who got to 97 pitches in just 5 1/3 innings, putting a 2-1 lead in the hands of the Tampa Bay bullpen.It didnt go well, as relievers Erasmo Ramirez and Ryan Garton combined to give up five runs and six hits in their 3 2/3 innings, while the Twins bullpen calmly threw 2.2 innings of one-hit, scoreless relief.(Ramirez) has been throwing the ball pretty good for us, Rays manager Kevin Cash said. Today, you go back and look at those pitches and Im guessing they were probably hit where they were supposed to be hit, (given) the location.Those pitches included a two-run home run to Eddie Rosario and a solo shot from Miguel Sano. And just as the Twins have been good for Archer in the past, the Rays could benefit from facing a young, unproven arm in Minnesota starter Jose Berrios, who is carrying an 8.57 ERA with a 2-1 record.Berrios had good numbers at Triple-A Rochester, carrying a 2.71 ERA in 13 starts, and Saturday will be his second start since being recalled. He took the win in his last start, giving up three runs on five hits in six innings for a quality start, retiring 15 straight at one point.Minnesota kept the Rays from causing any real trouble in Fridays opening win, holding them to a 1-for-7 night with runners in scoring position. Starter Ervin Santana gave up three hits in the first five at-bats, then settled down to retired 10 straight and last into the seventh inning. Their bats, meanwhile, came through with four hits with runners in scoring position, allowing them to break open a game that was a pitchers duel entering the seventh inning.A nice overall win for us, manager Paul Molitor said. We had to keep fighting. We fought our way back in the game and the bullpen was solid. Reggie Sanders Jersey . Ancelotti says Ronaldo has recovered from a hamstring injury but "but he doesnt feel comfortable yet so we wont risk him." Madrid is third in the Spanish league, six points behind leader Barcelona, going into Saturdays game against Valladolid. Anthony DeSclafani Jersey . -- Charlie Graham stopped 67 shots as the Belleville Bulls edged the visiting Guelph Storm 6-5 on Saturday in Ontario Hockey League action. http://www.redsjerseyscheap.com/?tag=johnny-bench-jersey . The 18-year-old American had five birdies in her bogey-free round for a 17-under total of 196. Lee held the overnight lead but mixed three birdies with two bogeys for a 70. Can anybody truly say they thrive as the target of social and physical hostility? In any of lifes myriad endeavours, competitive or otherwise, success is usually achieved in spite of hostility, not because of it.So the logic goes in much of Australian cricket. While the battle is officially between bat and ball, there is an unofficial social dimension to combat too. And while we only whispered it softly last week, our time-honoured tradition of creating cold, hostile atmospheres for batsmen is otherwise a matter of chest-thumping pride. A welcome batsman is a sleeping batsman, because that scenario is the stuff of dreams.In a week where public introspection threatened but never quite manifested, it wasnt just at home that our cricketing philosophy was under the microscope. Earlier in the week, Kepler Wessels, the former South Africa captain who also played for Australia, derided the embarrassing and totally ineffective sledging of the Australian players as they eventually slumped to a 5-0 whitewash against South Africa.Speaking on the same issue 24 hours later, in-vogue Australian batting coach Trent Woodhill said, We need to get away from this mentality of weve all played the game, youve got to be tougher, youve got to be harder, youve got be noisier, youve got to be louder, because its basically bullshit.In an increasingly saturated game, where contests feel automated and matches blend into one another, Woodhills point, sacrilegious as it is, has the ring of truth. But can Australians divorce themselves from their deep-seated cultural attachment to noise and hardness?Perhaps more important is whether wed even be willing to. Hostility is celebrated in our cricketing culture, and those who can demonstrate it best are revered for it, in the main. The views of Wessels and Woodhill swim against an Australian tide that protects the divine right to intimidate like fanatical Americans do their guns. Its who we are, weve always been this way, and were proud of it. Despite Woodhills argument that its not even advantageous to winning, one feels that any attempt to change those attitudes would be regarded as soft, and as a result, unthinkable.If we were willing to engage in some introspection, our view of bouncers may be a good place to start. Lets be honest about them: beyond the odd occasion where they are legitimately deployed as a defensive tactic against rampant batsmen, bouncers in cricket are like fights in footy. For most, there is a visceral pleasure in watching seasoned athletes put every part of their bodies at risk for sporting success. Or when it comes to fights, some kind of mascculine honour. Billy Hamilton Jersey. We know its wrong but it feels so right.Australians watched Mitchell Johnson against England in 2013 with an almost primal satisfaction. The blood-curdling fear of the English batsmen released a spiritual type of pleasure, because this was as Aussie as Aussie could get. But its worth asking: are there any other ball sports that legally permit opposition engagement with the head? Even in that sport notorious for attacking the head, rugby league, the laws at least attempt to prevent it.To ask questions of our relationship to hostile cricket isnt to call for radical change, if any. But our automatic dismissal of the mere possibility that there might be something to learn from this weeks conversations, both home and abroad, says more about us than the event itself.The cricket world watched as the NSW Coroners Court held an inquest into Phillip Hughes death. Concerned about unfair blame and the creation of witch hunts, the Australian public rallied behind the players involved, understandably so. While the court pondered the events of the day, the court of public opinion reached its decision quickly and emphatically: This was a freak accident. No one is to blame. Sledging and intimidation are part of the game. Only harm can come from this, we chorused.While there may be something darkly instructive about the certitude of our response, it is - more than anything - a raw expression of sympathy for the players involved. But there were some uncomfortable truths at play too, and the almost knee-jerk refusal to engage in collective reflection about what happened on the field that day is revealing.Because if ever there was an event significant enough to warrant simple introspection about the way we play cricket in Australia, then surely this was it.Of course, nobody wanted what happened at the SCG to happen, and blame is not the point; thats undisputed. But there is a sense that we have missed an opportunity to think with some depth about the impact of Hughes death on our cricketing philosophy.Because while the inquest was importantly about a young mans life and the moments before and after the incident, the examination may have initiated important contemplation about the game more broadly. The main questions may have become: How important is hostile cricket to us? How proud of our intimidatory approach should we really be?If, like most, your conclusion is very, then thats fine. 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