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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs and the Los Angeles Angels meet on Tuesday for the first time since the first week of the season. Bulls Jerseys Online .Their respective fortunes since then couldnt be more contrasting.Chicago (69-41) is on a post-All-Star Game roll with baseballs best record, a seven-game winning streak, victories in 10 of its last 11 contests and a double-digit game lead in the National League Central.(Were) firing on all cylinders right now, right-hander Jake Arrieta (13-5, 2.59 ERA) told reporters over the weekend after working eight strong innings in a 4-0 win over the Oakland Athletics. Were playing good baseball, theres always things to improve on (but) theres things to be happy about.The teams open a two-game series kicking off a 10-game homestand for the Cubs.Chicago sends right-hander John Lackey (8-7, 3.70 ERA) against righty Jered Weaver (8-8, 5.11 ERA) in the series opener. Jason Hammel (11-5, 3.07 ERA) is scheduled for Wednesdays start against Los Angeles right-hander Ricky Nolasco (4-8, 5.23 ERA).The Angels (49-62) have limped through late July and early August with 10 losses in their last 16 contests, including a current four-game losing streak.Los Angeles came out of the All-Star break with six straight victories and sparked slim hopes at a run for a wild-card spot. But the subsequent slump left the Angels hovering near the AL West cellar and the need to leapfrog six teams to secure one of two wild card berths.Manager Mike Scioscia insisted his team hadnt given up even after a pair of trades involving a starter and reliever.Theres absolutely no white flag being run up, he told reporters last week.The Angels sent their top starter -- left-hander Hector Santiago (10-4) -- to Minnesota for Nolasco and a prospect. Los Angeles separately traded sidearm reliever Joe Smith (1-4, 3.82 ERA, six saves) to the Cubs for a minor league pitcher.The Angels also pulled the plug last week on an experiment with two-time Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum. He was designated for assignment last Saturday after posting 2-6 record, 9.16 ERA and 2.37 WHIP in nine appearances.Lincecum, who had surgery last year to repair a torn labrum in his hip, signed a one-year deal with the Angels in May.The departures of Santiago, Lincecum plus others currently on disabled list with a variety of ailments, leaves Weaver, Matt Shoemaker (6-12, 4.07 ERA) and Nolasco as staff aces.Not all is bleak. Outfielder Mike Trout, who turned 25 on Sunday, remains a highlight for the Angels. He has a big league-best .427 on-base percentage, is tied for second in runs scored (88) and owns a .316 batting average.Albert Pujols, meanwhile, needs two home runs to reach 583 for his career and a 10th place all-time tie with Mark McGwire.The Cubs enter the series 11-4 in interleague play this season, are a season-high 28 games over .500 and with two-thirds of the season in the books are on track for 101 wins.They finally got Jorge Soler back from the disabled list (hamstring). Soler went 2-for-4 on Sunday against the As and has five RBI since coming off the disabled list on Saturday.Chicago increasingly looks likely for a second straight postseason berth. Even when the Cubs were struggling, manager Joe Madden insisted theyd be all right and were capable of a strong run similar to how they started the season (25-6).The Cubs lost 15 of 20 prior to the All-Star break. They beat the Pirates 6-5 last month to close the first half and then picked up after the break with 17 wins in their next 23 games.Its just trending in the right direction, Maddon said. Cyber Monday Bulls Jerseys . He said Tuesday thats a big reason why he is now the new coach of the Tennessee Titans. Whisenhunt said he hit it off quickly with Ruston Webster when interviewing for the job Friday night. Wholesale Bulls Jerseys . -- Running backs Darren McFadden and Rashad Jennings were back at practice for the Oakland Raiders on Wednesday despite being hampered by hamstring injuries. http://www.cheapbullsjerseys.net/ . -- Jimmie Johnson held off a teammate, passed a pair of Hall of Famers, and dominated once more at Dover. MONTREAL -- Its said that home is where the heart is. For the Montreal Canadiens, its also where the wins are.A .500 team as the opposition, Montreal (17-6-3) has been dominant at the Bell Centre this season, where theyve won 12 of 14 games and lost for the first time in regulation just a few weeks ago. Now, after a five-game road trip, they kick off a four-game homestand that begins with a tilt against the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night.The Canadiens are coming off a 3-2 overtime loss to the St. Louis Blues to close out the trip, a point lost after holding a 2-0 lead in the game. But while the team earned half of the 10 points on the table during their road trip, theyre pleased with their efforts overall.We wanted to do better and we wanted to come up with that win (in St. Louis) and get that extra point, but all of these games we battled really hard, Max Pacioretty told reporters after the game. Its not always going to go your way. Its not always going to be perfect. But, we liked the effort every night.The Canadiens have been relatively healthy through the first couple of months of the season but lately, the injury bug has begun to take a bite out of the group. After Alex Galchenyuk left the game against the Kings following a collision with center Anze Kopitar on Sunday, the Habs took another hit down the middle when David Desharnais, Galchenyuks replacement on Montreals top line, went down with an injury of his own.The team announced Wednesday evening that both would be sidelined for six to eight weeks with knee injuries. If theres a slight silver lining for the Habs, it would be the recent play of veteran pivot Tomas Plekanec. He scored against St. Louis to put Montreal up by a pair -- his first goal in just over a month and second overall -- and it was his shot that hit Paul Byron to open the scoring.The Canadiens made a swap earlier in the day among their younger forwards, re-assigning Charles Hudon to and recalling Sven Andrighetto from the AHLs St. Johns IceCaps.Montreal also re-assigned defenseman Mark Barberio, who dressed for the teams last six games. That could open the ddoor for Zach Redmond to make his season debut. Chicago Bulls Wendell Carter Jr. Jersey. . Redmond was recently taken off injured reserve after recovering from a broken foot suffered in training camp but has yet to dress for a game. Meanwhile, defenseman Nathan Beaulieu remains on injured reserve.After a rough go through the second half of November, the early days of December have been good to the Devils. New Jersey won just one of its final eight games last month but has kicked off the final month of the calendar year with two wins and an overtime loss.Their most recent triumph came in the form of a 3-2 victory against the Vancouver Canucks in a game that turned into a chippy affair after a big hit from Taylor Hall led to Canucks defenseman Philip Larsen being taken off on a stretcher.Im looking to make contact there but I never want to see a guy laying on the ice like that, Hall told the New Jersey Record, while also noting that he tried to keep his arms in and make a chest-to-chest hit.I only know how to play the game one way and youve got to play it hard.Former Canadiens winger Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau, who has nine points in 25 games with New Jersey this season, had a weight lifted off his shoulder against the Canucks when he recorded his point, an assist, in seven games. He told the Record he met with coach John Hynes in the morning, who provided the veteran with a wake-up call.Im just happy to help the team win, Ive felt pretty useless the last few games, he said. I didnt get much done. Its nice to get on the scoresheet and make some plays again. I had a good chat with Hynsie this morning. He was good about it. It was kind of a wake-up call. I think you need it sometimes. Not only about not producing but, sometimes when youre not producing, you get away from your game and you start looking for other things and you dont compete as hard. Youre puck watching. Youve got to get back to basics and I think I did that.Hynes announced that Cory Schneider will get the start against Montreal. Cheap NFL Hoodies Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys Wholesale Nike NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Free Shipping Jerseys NFL China Wholesale NFL Autographed Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping ' ' ' 

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