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CHICAGO (AP) — Jon Lester offered no clues. When it comes to his mid-summer swoon Authentic Aaron Donald Jersey , there’s only one thing for the veteran left-hander to do.“Figure it out. A little rut right now,” he said. “Keep grinding.”Lester was hit hard again and the San Diego Padres also battered Chicago’s bullpen on their way to a 10-6 victory over the Cubs on Sunday.Cory Spangenberg put San Diego ahead to stay with a tiebreaking double off Carl Edwards Jr. (3-2) with two outs in the eighth inning. Hunter Renfroe hit a two-run homer and Travis Jankowski added a two-run single in the Padres’ four-run ninth against Randy Rosario.Renfroe finished with three RBIs, helping the last-place Padres salvage a split of the four-game series after they blew a 5-1 lead in the finale.“It was one of our most team-oriented wins we’ve had all year where everybody did something positive for us,” manager Andy Green said.Spangenberg and Jankowski were inserted into the game as defensive replacements in the seventh inning. Craig Stammen (5-1) got the win despite allowing pinch-hitter Anthony Rizzo’s tying single.Lester was tagged for five runs and eight hits in five innings. The All-Star left-hander was 10-2 with a 2.18 ERA after beating the Dodgers on June 26, but has a 6.81 ERA in seven starts since that win in Los Angeles.“I can’t tell you from the view behind the plate or from center field, but stuff kept getting better in the game,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “That’s what I saw.”One of the biggest problems for Lester has been the long ball, and it hurt him again on Sunday. Freddy Galvis golfed a leadoff drive just over the wall in left in the second, and Franmil Reyes opened the fourth with a massive shot to center that traveled an estimated 477 feet for baseball’s fifth-longest homer this season, according to Statcast.The 34-year-old Lester has allowed at least one homer in each of his last seven starts. Getting him back on track could be the biggest key for Chicago as it tries to hold off Milwaukee in the NL Central.“Just got to be better,” Lester said.Asked about his health at this point in the season compared to past years, Lester said: “Every year is different. I’m here. I’ll take the ball in five days.”San Diego also got a two-run triple from Eric Hosmer with two outs in the second. Joey Lucchesi struck out nine in 5 2/3 innings after his start was pushed back a day due to a bout with food poisoning.“The main thing we can’t lose focus on is understanding how hard the process is,” Hosmer said. “We’re going to learn from failure. As long as we’re gaining ground and moving forward, we’ll be all right. And we definitely did that in this series.”Javier Baez hit his career-best 24th homer and an RBI double for Chicago Aaron Donald Jersey Elite , which won five of seven in the season series against San Diego. Ben Zobrist added two hits after beginning the game on the bench, including his eighth homer.Rizzo came up again with a runner on first in the ninth and struck out looking on a pitch that appeared to be outside , ending the game. Rizzo then had a long conversation with plate umpire Angel Hernandez before leaving the field.“I feel like I have a great working relationship with pretty much the whole league,” Rizzo said. “But with that being said, that call was unacceptable. Angel told me to look at it, I looked at it, and he was wrong. … Things like that can’t happen, and it happened all game.”COMING AND GOINGSan Diego lost right-handers Tyson Ross and Jordan Lyles on waiver claims. Ross was picked up by St. Louis, and Lyles was claimed by Milwaukee.Right-hander Trey Wingenter was promoted from Triple-A El Paso. Green said right-hander Brett Kennedy will come up from the minors to start Wednesday against the Brewers in his major league debut.The 24-year-old Kennedy is 10-0 with a 2.72 ERA in 16 starts for El Paso.TRAINER’S ROOMCubs: Maddon said RHP Yu Darvish (triceps and elbow injuries) felt good after throwing 55 pitches in a bullpen session Saturday. “We’re in the process of talking about what we’re going to do with him in Kansas City,” Maddon said.UP NEXTPadres: Following an off day, LHP Clayton Richard (7-10, 4.99 ERA) faces Brewers RHP Chase Anderson (7-7, 3.65 ERA) in the opener of a three-game set at Milwaukee. Richard is 0-4 with a 7.05 ERA in his last seven starts.Cubs: LHP Cole Hamels (6-9, 4.53 ERA) starts the opener of a three-game series at Kansas City on Monday night. It will be Hamels’ second start since he was acquired in a July 27 trade with Texas. RHP Jakob Junis (6-11 http://www.sandiegochargersteamonline.com/derwin-james-jersey , 5.12 ERA) pitches for the Royals. CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — For 10 years, ever since they bonded over baseball at work, Franlet Bencomo and Elbert Albarran haven’t missed an opening day game together.This year, however, they left their kids behind and ate a big breakfast before heading out to watch their beloved Caracas Lions because a hot dog inside the stadium costs more than 10 percent of the roughly $30 each makes a month at their minimum-wage jobs.“Now we have to eat beforehand, watch the game and go straight home” said Bencomo, in line for tickets six hours before the start of Friday’s season opener. “There’s no other way.”Throughout Venezuela, as winter league play gets under way, fans are having to make similar sacrifices to feed their passion for “pelota,” — the word for ball that’s used to describe the national pastime.Hyperinflation has pulverized incomes while putting ticket prices out of reach for many. Others are avoiding the ballpark for fear of getting mugged or because they don’t know how they’ll get home amid a nationwide transportation crisis. In response, more daytime games are being played.Venezuela’s eight professional teams are struggling. For the second straight year, state-run oil company PDVSA had to step in with a $12 million lifeline to pay for everything from imported baseballs to the salaries of the seven foreign-born players — most of them minor league prospects from the U.S. — on each team’s roster.During the offseason, vandals picked through stadiums http://www.losangelesramsteamonline.com/aaron-donald-jersey , stripping bathrooms of metal faucets. Groundskeepers have been battling water shortages in several cities. Meanwhile, ticket prices remain a mystery, with some clubs changing them by the week to keep pace with inflation forecast by the International Monetary Fund to soon reach 10 million percent.In Maracaibo, Venezuela’s second-largest city, the situation is so dire that the Aguilas (Eagles) team canceled its opener and five other home games this month after an inspector hired by Major League Baseball ruled their diamond didn’t meet minimal safety standards. The club said several of its light towers had the copper wiring stolen and the state government, which owns the facility, hasn’t come up with the relatively modest sum of $39,000 needed to repair the lighting. Still, the Eagles will be playing on the road.Venezuela’s once highly competitive winter league has been in decline for years.While many of the 70-plus Venezuelan players on big league rosters return home for a few games each season, most arriving this year, such as Los Angeles Angels pitcher Eduardo Paredes or Detroit infielder Harold Castro, are little known and don’t reflect the nation’s powerhouse talent. Meanwhile, major league organizations have shut down all their academies in the country.Venezuela is scheduled to host the Caribbean Series in February at Barquisimeto, one of the city’s hardest hit by power outages that have roiled much of the country. Last year’s tournament http://www.losangelesramsteamonline.com/todd-gurley-ii-jersey , which brings together the champions of five Caribbean winter leagues, was moved from Barquisimeto to Guadalajara, Mexico, following deadly protests against Venezuela’s socialist government.Ramon Guillermo Aveledo, a former Venezuela league president and prominent opposition leader, said he remembers going to the stadium with his father during the 1960s oil boom and watching future Hall of Famer Earl Weaver manage the Cardinals in Barquisimeto. Pete Rose, after winning rookie of the year honors, and Barry Bonds are among other major leaguers who played in Venezuela during its golden era.“Back then there wasn’t such a big difference between salaries in the major leagues and what Venezuelan teams could pay,” he said.In something of a departure from his normally fierce criticism of President Nicolas Maduro, Aveledo applauds the government’s decision to spend part of its dwindling supply of dollars on baseball — even if he acknowledges that there are more pressing needs.From field crews to ticket scalpers to hot dog vendors, thousands of families depend on baseball to make a living, and Aveledo says the stadiums have long served as a sporting sanctuary where fans of all classes and political backgrounds can set aside their differences and mounting hardships.“It is one of the few things that unites us,” he said. “For the three months the season lasts, there’s a different vibe in the country.”Indeed http://www.losangelesramsteamonline.com/cooper-kupp-jersey , last year stadium attendance rose 5 percent amid the political and economic crisis, although it remains down by a third from a peak in the 2013-2014 season.It’s not just the fans who have to endure sacrifices.Former All-Star shortstop Ozzie Guillen said he was tempted to skip returning home to manage the La Guaira Tiburones (Sharks) for the third straight season.In addition to cross-country bus rides on dangerous roads, players coming from the U.S. run the risk of getting food poisoning at neglected restaurants. And they have to deal with frequent power blackouts, like the one that postponed Monday’s game between the Bravos (Braves) and Magallanes in Valencia.“But I’m not here to cry,” said Guillen, who for the first time since growing up in poverty near Caracas said he has been without running water at his home in a well-to-do district of the capital.Guillen, the first Latino to manage a World Series winner with the 2005 Chicago White Sox, said Venezuelans’ passion for the game shows no sign of fading despite the country’s problems. While ticket and beer prices are rising fast, he insists the ballpark is still the “cheapest bar in all of Venezuela.”“I know things are difficult for the fans,” said Guillen, whose reputation for speaking freely about politics has sometimes gotten him in trouble. “But the game still brings more happiness and joy than sadness.”

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