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    CINCINNATI -- After skipping his previous turn in the rotation, Miami Marlins right-hander Jose Fernandez continues his pursuit of the National League strikeout crown Thursday night when he faces the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park.Fernandez (12-6, 2.81 ERA) has 198 Ks in 137 1/3 innings, second in the league behind Washington Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer, who has 211 strikeouts.However, Miami manager Don Mattingly wants his hard-throwing 24-year old to learn how to put batters away earlier in the count, thus limiting his pitches and extending outings.We dont talk a lot about his strikeouts, Mattingly said. We talk about him learning to pitch more. Keep himself in games. Keep his pitch count down. Pitch to contact. Part of that is to get early outs.Mattingly referenced Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, whom he managed in Los Angeles. While Kershaws strikeout totals were high, so were his innings totals.Theres a way to do it, Mattingly said. It cant be 3-2 strikeouts. You cant be missing 1-2, missing 3-2, then you get a strikeout. Thats putting an extra one to two pitches on every batter.Fernandez will be facing Cincinnati for the fifth time in his career. He is 2-1 with a 2.52 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 25 innings vs. the Reds.The Marlins skipped his last start in an effort to limit his innings. Ideally, Fernandez will be kept around the 180-inning mark.Fernandezs fastball is common knowledge. However, his breaking ball is something hitters still are adjusting to, according to Mattingly.Joses got a knack for knowing how to use his breaking ball, the manager said. Hes got a great breaking ball. He throws in the upper 90s, so you have to get going. That puts you in danger against anything that breaks late and breaks big. Hes added the (changeup), which works well with his fastball.Cincinnati is batting .269 since the All-Star break, led by first baseman Joey Vottos torrid .451 clip.The Reds will send one of their more dependable starters to the mound on Thursday, right-hander Dan Straily (8-6, 3.75 ERA).Straily will be making his 26th appearance of the season and 23rd start. Opponents are hitting just .215 against him, the ninth-best mark in the NL. He hasnt walked a batter in his last 16 2/3 innings and hasnt issued a free pass to a right-hander hitter since July 22.Straily has produced quality starts in seven of his past eight starts.Cincinnati (50-69) hopes to have all hands on deck against Fernandez on Thursday after a series of minor injuries caused regulars to miss games during the four-game series against Miami.Center fielder Billy Hamilton missed two starts since leaving Mondays game after a pair of collisions with the outfield wall.Left fielder Adam Duvall fouled a pitch off his left foot on Monday and was in a boot on Wednesday. It is doubtful Duvall will be back in time for the Thursday game.There is no fracture, manager Bryan Price said of Duvall. He was hit on one of those spots that you dont want to be hit. We decided immobilizing it was the way to go. We think hell be out a couple days.Second baseman Brandon Phillips had a knee contusion but returned to the Reds lineup on Wednesday in a big way with a pair of doubles, one of which drove in the tying and go-ahead runs, and two sensational defensive plays in a 6-3 Cincinnati win.Miami (62-58) is looking to keep pace in the NL wild-card race. After dropping two of the first three against the Reds, the Marlins are two games behind the St. Louis Cardinals and one game back of the Pittsburgh Pirates in the chase for the second wild card. Jerseys NBA Cheap. The 27-year-old Scrivens will be joining his third NHL club since signing with the Toronto Maple Leafs as a free agent in 2010. The move also reunites with him with head coach Dallas Eakins from their time together with the American Hockey Leagues Toronto Marlies. NBA Jerseys Cheap China. 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A goalkeeper can change a game without making a save or prove mediocre while making a lot.So, yes, USC redshirt senior Sammy Jo Prudhomme is espnWs national player of the week after she made 17 saves in shutouts away from home against Georgia and Auburn. She set a career high with nine saves against the Bulldogs on Friday at a tournament hosted by Auburn; her seven second-half saves equaled her previous career best for an entire game. Then she nearly matched her new standard with eight saves Sunday against Auburn, USCs second shutout win in eight days against a ranked opponent (the Trojans blanked Pepperdine on Aug. 28).But it isnt just the quantity of saves that earns her top billing. It is a weekends worth of quality for a team that not coincidentally has designs on rearranging the Pac-12 hierarchy.If the game against Georgia was Prudhommes starring role -- USC coach Keidane McAlpine said she made difficult saves look easy -- on a day when the 3-0 USC win might not have been an accurate reflection of the competition, then the clean sheet against Auburn was a subtle masterpiece of supporting acting.In truth, most of her saves against the Tigers were routine, easy saves she didnt make look difficult, to rearrange McAlpines description. The best came early in the second half, USC ahead by a goal in a back-and-forth game. With her team in transition after a USC miscue, Auburns Kristen Dodson pllayed a fantastic bending ball from the right side that curled behind the back line and into the path of teammate Ellie Leek.dddddddddddd. With no help near, Prudhomme took a step out to cut down the shooters angle, dived to her left and pushed away the ball.She later pushed a shot over the bar, and there was a first-half blast off the crossbar that she had covered had its trajectory been any lower. But this wasnt Tim Howard under siege against Belgium in the World Cup. In her second season on the field for USC after transferring from Oregon State, Prudhomme can be a shot-stopper; it just isnt her only skill.The quality of the performance against Auburn was as much in the way she read a pass, bolted off her line in the fourth minute and claimed a ball before it could become a shot that needed saving. Or the way she met a corner minutes later, assertively turning the set piece into an afterthought. It was the way the defenders in front of her calmly played the ball back to her feet, confident in her as an outlet against defensive pressure.It wasnt the best game of her life. It might not have been her best game of the weekend. But it was a composed, mature demonstration that anchored a win on the road against a ranked opponent. If it is the saves we most often notice from goalkeepers, Prudhomme made plenty. They just arent the only reason she is the player of the week. Wholesale Jerseys  Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Authentic Jerseys From China Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys ' ' '

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