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MIAMI -- With Jose Fernandez on the mound, Dee Gordon returning from suspension, Ichiro Suzuki continuing to chase 3,000 hits and two teams battling for wild-card playoff spots, there will be no shortage of story lines on Thursday when the Miami Marlins play host to the St. Mens/Womens Saucony Grid 9000 Premium Royal Black S70196-1 . Louis Cardinals.Fernandez is nearly unbeatable at Marlins Park. The way he has pitched at home -- 26-1 with a 1.47 ERA -- he can pretty much throw his glove on this mound and win.Overall, he is 12-4 with a 2.54 ERA. The 12 wins match a career high for the two-time All-Star. And dont sleep on Fernandez offensively, either. He has six RBI this season.The Cardinals will counter with Michael Wacha (5-7, 4.37 ERA), who was a bit shaky in his most recent start, allowing 10 hits but just two runs. Overall, though, Wacha has held opponents to three or fewer runs in eight straight starts.Wacha vs. Fernandez should be a good matchup. Wacha, the 19th overall pick in the 2012 draft, is only 25, but he is already an All-Star (2015) and a National League Championship Series MVP (2013).In that same year when Wacha was MVP, Fernandez was the NL Rookie of the Year. Fernandez is only 23 years old, but he already ranks as one of the games best.As for Gordon, he is due back after an 80-game ban for using performance-enhancing suspension.His return should inject some life in a lineup that earlier this week went 24 innings without scoring before breaking out on Wednesday with an 11-0 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.Gordon led the NL in steals and batting average last year, and he will also be an upgrade defensively at second base.Suzuki, who is three hits from 3,000, is a reserve outfielder, and it is unknown when he will get his next start. His most recent start came Tuesday, when he went 1-for-5.Well play what we think is our best lineup and move forward, Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. Its a little uncomfortable when you get that close with Ich because you dont want to put him out there just to (get to 3,000).We have been playing in the concept of the team the whole year. Youd like Ich to get (No. 3,000) at home, but I dont want to force it.If its a good matchup or if a guy needs a day off and its a good thing for our team, well do it.As for the pennant race, the Marlins (55-46) lead the Cardinals (54-47) by one game and the New York Mets (53-47) by 1 1/2 games for the second wild-card spot.The Cardinals scored twice in the ninth inning off Mets closer Jeurys Familia on Wednesday night, rallying to win 5-4.St. Louis won two of three in the important series, and the Cardinals also earned the distinction of ending Familias streak of 52 consecutive saves.So there you have it -- a confident Cardinals team travels on little rest to visit a confident Marlins team with a lot on the line in a hot playoff race.And, oh yes, Fernandez takes on Wacha, Gordon returns from suspension and Suzuki chases 3,000. Mens Saucony Jazz Original Retro Sneakers Green White . 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He followed that by scoring 14 of his 35 points in the extra period to help the Thunder defeat the Washington Wizards 126-115 on Wednesday night.Never stop believing in yourself and your capabilities of doing what youre able to do on the basketball floor, Westbrook said.Bradley Beal, who led the Wizards with 31 points, couldnt believe Westbrook hit the shot with 8.5 seconds remaining. It was the only 3-pointer he made in six tries.I felt like I did a great job of cutting him off to the basket, Beal said. He wasnt making any jumpers all game. The only 3 he makes is the one to go into overtime.Westbrook was 4 of 6 from the field and 6 for 6 on free throws in the extra period. He finished with 14 rebounds and 11 assists for his fourth straight triple-double, his ninth this season and the 46th of his career. The Thunder have won all four games during his triple-double streak, and he heads into December averaging a triple-double through 20 games this season.Former Thunder coach Scott Brooks returned as Washingtons coach, and the Oklahoma City crowd greeted him warmly. Brooks coached the Thunder for seven years and led them to the Western Conference Finals three times and the NBA Finals once.Im humbled that they did that for me, and I appreciate it, Brooks said. Im glad they came out and supported their team and showed kind of what we did throughout the years.John Wall had 15 points and 15 assists and Marcin Gortat added 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Wizards, who had won three of four.The Thunder led by 16 early in the second quarter and were up 60-53 at halftime. A block by Domantas Sabonis led to a fast-break dunk by Steven Adams that put the TThunder up 74-62 in the third quarter and prompted Brooks to call a timeout. Saucony Jazz Original Mens. The Wizards closed the quarter strong and tied the score at 84 heading into the fourth.The Wizards took control before the Thunder rallied. A 3-pointer and a dunk by Victor Oladipo cut Washingtons lead to one, and the assist on the dunk gave Westbrook his triple-double.Washingtons Otto Porter missed a short fadeaway at the end of regulation that would have won the game, and then Westbrook took over.I thought we did a good job until overtime on Westbrook, Brooks said. Hes hard to stop. Hes a terrific basketball player playing at a high level -- another triple-double -- but I thought we did a pretty good job of containing him most of the night.TIP-INSWizards: C Ian Mahinmi sat out with a sore right knee. ... Washington missed five of its first seven free throws and made 17 of 26 for the game. ... Markieff Morris was issued a technical foul in the third quarter.Thunder: Oladipo scored 25 points. He hit a long 2-point jumper as time expired in the first quarter to give Oklahoma City a 32-19 lead. ... Westbrook was called for a technical foul with 6:09 to play. ... Adams left the game briefly in the first half after taking an elbow to the face.STAT LINESThe Thunder are 7-2 this season when Westbrook gets a triple-double. They have won 25 of their last 27 games over the past two seasons when he accomplishes the feat.QUOTABLEBrooks, on what he told Westbrook before the game: I told him, `My daughter still loves you. Lexi had a crush on him and was disappointed that he married Nina, but were happy for him. Thats the truth.UP NEXTThe Wizards visit the San Antonio Spurs on Friday.The Thunder host the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday.---Follow Cliff Brunt on Twitter: www.twitter.com/CliffBruntAP. Cheap NFL JerseysCheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From ChinaCheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys' ' '
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