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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Joakim Soria threw the pitch he wanted to Jacoby Ellsbury with two outs in the 10th inning Tuesday night, and even got the result he wanted -- right until the ball bounced away from him.The grounder off Soria scooted toward the left side of the infield for a base hit, allowing the go-ahead run to score and helping the New York Yankees to a 5-4 victory over the Kansas City Royals.That was an easy ground ball right to me. I dont know if I slipped or something, but I ended up on the ground, said Soria (4-6), who squandered a comeback from a four-run deficit. Its frustrating.The Royals nearly pulled off another comeback.Dellin Betances (3-4) tossed two scoreless innings of relief for New York before Ben Heller loaded the bases with one out in the 10th. Chasen Shreve entered the game and calmly struck out Kendrys Morales and got Salvador Perez to fly out, picking up his first career major league save.I mean, it was really difficult, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said of the mess Shreve inherited, which led to his first career major league save. He came in and really picked us up.Aaron Judge hit a two-run homer for the Yankees, while Ellsbury finished with two RBI.Morales went deep for the Royals to spur their comeback, then provided the tying sacrifice fly in the eighth inning. Jarrod Dyson and Lorenzo Cain also drove in runs for Kansas City.What these guys did, they fought to the bitter end, Royals manager Ned Yost said. We were down 4-0, battled back, tied the ball game under horrible conditions. It just wouldnt stop raining from the third inning on. We had the go-ahead run on second base. We just couldnt get it in.The Yankees built a 4-0 lead off Edinson Volquez by the third inning, only to watch it slowly slip away around a 59-minute rain delay that saturated the soggy turf at Kauffman Stadium.In fact, just about all that could slow down the Yankees Masahiro Tanaka was the rain.The right-hander mowed through the first eight batters he faced, extending the streak of 14 2/3 scoreless innings he had twirled in his last two starts. Tanaka didnt allow a hit until a single by Raul Mondesi, who later scored on Dysons triple off the top of the wall.Tanakas only other mistake came on Morales homer in the fourth inning.The rain began falling and the tarp came out after the fifth inning, and the delay was long enough to end Tanakas night. He allowed two runs and four hits while striking out four without a walk.Its tough. I had enough energy so definitely I would have liked to go out there, Tanaka said through a translator, but you cant do anything about the weather.The Royals got within 4-3 in the sixth inning when Cain slapped an RBI double off Adam Warren, then they coaxed across the tying run in the eighth against Tyler Clippard and Betances.Clippard walked Cain to start the inning. Cain promptly stole second off Betances, and the throw from catcher Gary Sanchez squirted into the outfield, allowing Cain to reach third. He trotted home to knot the game 4-all when Morales lofted a sacrifice fly to center.Thats a game where you battle your tail off. You end up dont winning, so OK -- you come back tomorrow and find a way to win, Yost said. Its as simple as that.ROSTER MOVESThe Yankees optioned RHP Kirby Yates to rookie-level Pulaski and recalled Shreve from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Shreve joined the Yankees for the fourth time this season.TRAINERS ROOMYankees: 1B Mark Teixeira sat again with pain in his neck, Girardi said. From a health standpoint I have to watch him closely, but hes feeling better today than he was yesterday.Royals: RHP Wade Davis allowed one hit and struck out two in one inning at Triple-A Omaha. Davis is on a rehab assignment after a flexor strain but could rejoin the Royals soon.UP NEXTRHP Luis Cessa, the second Yankees pitcher since 2004 to win his first two career starts, returns to the mound for New York. RHP Ian Kennedy tries for his fourth straight win for the Royals. Zack Wheeler Jersey . Los Angeles star goalie survived those perilous gymnastics with no problem, and he eventually backstopped the Kings to a skid-snapping win. Quick stopped 27 shots in his return from a 24-game injury absence, Jeff Carter scored the tiebreaking goal with 7:55 to play, and the Kings snapped their five-game losing streak with a 3-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night. Lenny Dykstra Jersey . At a news conference Tuesday where it was thought that the fiery Schallibaum may be shown the door after a dismal finish to the Major League Soccer season, team president Joey Saputo said no decision has been made on whether the Swiss Volcano will be back in 2014. http://www.metsrookiestore.com/Mets-Jacob-Degrom-Kids-Jersey/ . Perez, 35, posted a 1-2 record with a 3.69 earned-run average in 19 relief appearances last season. His season ended Aug. 9 due to a torn ligament in his left elbow. Perez joins infielder Andy LaRoche and catcher Mike Nickeas with minor-league agreements for 2014 that include invitations to attend spring training. Devin Mesoraco Jersey .com) - The Chicago Blackhawks aim for their third three-game winning streak of the season when they host the struggling Edmonton Oilers in Sundays battle at the United Center. Dwight Gooden Jersey . Cote was eligible to become a free agent Feb. 15. Cote helped running back Jon Cornish run for a league-high 1,813 rushing yards en route to being named the leagues most outstanding player. Grand final week. Anyone involved at the top level in our game aspires to be a part of it. Its an entirely different beast.As much as the game is the same, the ramifications come 6pm Saturday are so much more intense. For some, glory will reign. For others, dejection and what ifs will become all-consuming.Having come so close to tasting the ultimate success in 2009 and 10, grand final week has become a difficult one to bear.I recall the excitement of our playing group, our frenzied supporters and the exercise in futility at trying to treat it like a normal week. I remember the games themselves and the intensity at which they were played. I will never forget the tense last quarters where every contest became critical.Unfortunately, I also remember the heartache, the missed opportunity and hope for redemption that followed.Generally my feeling towards this week now is one of avoidance. Being a current player who still harbours dreams of winning a premiership, Im quite content being on the other side of the world, away from all the noise. Ignorance is bliss I guess you could say.I envy greatly the Bulldogs and Swans players who will take the field this weekend to the point of jealousy, and hope that 2017 evolves into the Saints shot at greatness.If Im feeling this way, I wonder to myself how must Bob Murphy be feeling? It seems every year there is a hard luck story associated with playing in the big dance. Im not sure many come as close, or have resonated with the football public than Bob this week.Bob and I have become great mates. Our wives hit it off last year in Ireland which is the prerequisite of any great friendship. When Bob went down in Round 3 this year, the football family collectively sighed and hoped that the lure of a flag in 2017 would dictate he played on.I didnt anticipate 2016 would be the year the Bulldogs broke their 55-year grand final drought but knowing the man and leader that Bob is, and the influence he has on that group along with Luke Beveridge and Eason Wood, Dale Morris, Matthew Boyd and Co, Im not surprised.Following the incredible preliminary final victory over the Giants, the outpouring of emotion by, and for, Bob was clear for all to see. Missing a grand final would be an incredibly difficult time for any player - it is no doubt magnified by Bobs history of coming so close previously, being a dedicated and decorated one-club player for 17 years and the opportunity to become just the second Bulldogs premiership captain.Placed in the same shoes, I would feel cheated. However, there is still an incredibly important role to play. He needs to ensure the group remains focused on the job, while still allowing for an element of enjoyment that accompanies grand final week. He will do his best to ensure the participating players are the story, not him.Bob will also no doubt have a role in the coaches box on Saturday, and will fulfill his role as captain. While hell feel extreme levels of disappointment, it wont show until after the final siren. He is just that sort of bloke.Of all the footballers Ive encountered in 16 years, he is perhaps the most balanced, the most worldly and well-adjusted. But even for him, this will be hard to swallow.Aliir Aliir finds himself in a similar situation, having been ruled out with a knee injury suffered against Geelong last weekend.dddddddddddd Given his tender age, he will be hopeful of another shot in what will hopefully be a long career, and given Sydneys abundance of talent and ability to seemingly challenge every season, few would argue that wont materialise. Nonetheless, those of us with more experience know how hard these chances are to come by.In American sports, those who have played even a few games during the season with the eventual championship winners are considered champions themselves regardless of whether they actually played in the title game. In that situation either Aliir or Bob would be premiership players come Saturday evening. Im not sure thats a model we would ever support in our sport, but it would somewhat soften the blow in situations such Bobs and Aliirs this week.Now to the players who will take the field on Saturday.Im not sure I can recall a more fascinating match-up. The Swans, full of genuine stars and role players, against the system and spirit of the Bulldogs. Thats not to say the Swans dont play with spirit. Both teams play a tough, relentless, pressure-filled style that requires nothing short of 100 percent effort, 100 percent of the time. Both teams excel at winning the contested ball and applying pressure when they dont.We can take it as written that both midfields in particular will bring that formula, so the key will be handling that pressure and using the ball efficiently.Both sides deploy ruckman devoid of a Nic Naitanui-like advantage at stoppages, so the battle in the clinches should be particularly fierce. I give the slight edge to the Swans in this area as Josh Kennedy, Luke Parker, Dan Hannebery and Co. have the experience and size advantage. Once the ball gets on the outside however, the Bulldogs through Luke Dahlhaus, Caleb Daniel, Lachie Hunter and Jack Macrae have the legs to hurt the Swans mids, as GWS showed a few weeks ago.Neither forward line can expect too much quality service, as is usually the case in grand finals. The majority of delivery coming inside 50 will be what we call dirty ball, so the ability to create something out of nothing will be important.The Bulldogs generally employ a defensive zone in the back half, protecting dangerous space rather than playing directly on an opponent, which often has them in a position to win first possession. The danger for the Sydney forwards will be calling for the ball out the back when a teammate is rushed and under pressure. If the Swans forwards present at the ball and attack the contest as they did last week, they will be hard to contain.Then theres the Buddy factor.Lance Franklin enters the game in terrific touch so Dale Morris and Fletcher Roberts will play crucial roles.Up the other end, Im excited to watch Dane Rampe. He is uncompromising, great with the ball and rarely beaten. He looms as the most likely match-up for Jake Stringer.Franklin and Stringer appear the men most likely to catch fire and kick a winning score for their respective teams but as Clay Smith and Tom Papley proved last week, the finals are a time for unlikely heroes.My prediction: Sydney by three points. ' ' '
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