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WASHINGTON -- Nationals centre fielder Denard Span left in the third inning after making a diving, tumbling catch, and NL East champion Washington went on to a 4-2 victory over the New York Mets on Tuesday night. Gianluigi Buffon Juventus Jersey . The win boosted the Nationals push for home-field advantage during the National League playoffs. They began the day three games ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers for the leagues best record with less than a week left in the regular season. Span is a key player for the Nationals. A strong defensive presence and their leadoff hitter, he entered with the clubs highest batting average at .298 and most stolen bases with 31. The player who replaced him, rookie Michael Taylor, doubled home Washingtons first run in the fifth. Taylor wound up scoring moments later on Adam LaRoches 26th homer, a three-run shot into the home bullpen beyond right field off Bartolo Colon (14-13) that made it 4-1. Colon gave up four runs and five hits in six innings. Tanner Roark (15-10) allowed two runs in 6 1-3 innings to win his third consecutive start. Drew Storen pitched a scoreless ninth, making him 9 for 9 in save chances since taking over the primary closers role from struggling Rafael Soriano on Sept. 7. As good as Roark has been in his first full season as a major league starter, he appears destined to be in the bullpen for the post-season, because Washington is expected to go with a four-man rotation of Stephen Strasburg, Doug Fister, Jordan Zimmermann and Gio Gonzalez. Coming off a 9-2 road trip, this was Washingtons first game at Nationals Park since Sept. 10 -- and the first chance for the home fans to salute the players since they clinched their second NL East championship in three years last Tuesday in Atlanta, Roarks previous outing. Roark was given a standing ovation as he headed from the bullpen to the dugout before Tuesdays game began, and again when he exited with two on in the seventh. When Washingtons players ran out to their positions for the top of the first, the crowd roared during another standing ovation, as the stadium announcer noted the division title. The fans rose to applaud yet again after Span made his terrific grab on the warning track of a liner off the bat of Matt den Dekker for the last out in the top of the third. Span received kudos from outfielders Bryce Harper and Jayson Werth, and a high-five from Roark, who waited for him on the grass between the infield and the dugout. Span, who has a history of concussion problems, walked slowly to the dugout, then headed toward the clubhouse with a team trainer. The Nationals did not immediately announce whether Span was injured. TRAINERS ROOM Nationals: Ryan Zimmerman was out of the lineup because his right hamstring felt sore; he pinch-hit in the seventh and popped out. Mets: Rookie RHP Jacob deGrom was shut down to make sure he ends the season healthy. ... Manager Terry Collins said CF Juan Lagares will not need surgery for a hyperextended right elbow. ... Collins said RHP Vic Black (rotator cuff strain) will avoid shoulder surgery but wont return this season, and 2B Dilson Herrera (right quadriceps strain) is doubtful to play again this year. UP NEXT Nationals LHP Gio Gonzalez (9-10, 3.74 ERA) faces Mets RHP Dillon Gee (7-8, 3.88) on Wednesday. METS MOVES The team announced a contract extension for GM Sandy Alderson that runs through 2017, and Alderson confirmed that Collins will be back next year. ... New York recalled INF Wilfredo Tovar from Double-A Binghamton. Gianluigi Buffon Jersey . PAUL, Minn. Mario Lemina Jersey . Ive said it before, Ive worked with top pros and I could have made my own program.SAN ANTONIO -- The San Antonio Spurs are on an unprecedented post-season roll that not even a boatload of turnovers in Game 1 of the NBA Finals could stop. They probably ruined Tim Duncans hopes of a career change, though. Duncan wants to be a point guard, coach Gregg Popovich revealed Saturday, a wish that wont be granted. But Duncan would gladly settle for another championship, and the Spurs would be halfway there by beating Miami on Sunday night in Game 2. The Spurs have won eight straight post-season home games by 15 or more points, an NBA record, but know as well as anyone that a one-game lead means nothing against the Heat. "Thats why I think we cant be satisfied," said point guard Tony Parker, who isnt worried about losing his job to Duncan. "Because we was in the same situation and we know they can win here, and so we just have to go out there and play our game and try to win this one. I think its a big game for the series." LeBron James expects to be fully ready for the Heat, who also dropped the opener last year in the finals against the Spurs, and in 2012 to Oklahoma City. Miami is 5-0 in series with James when dropping the opener, rebounding to win Game 2 every time. A 2-0 deficit would surely bring loads of unwanted attention to whats already one of the most scrutinized players and teams in sports. "Im sure the series would be over from the outside," Heat guard Dwyane Wade said, laughing. "Our focus is on how we can win ballgames and understand in the series its the first one to four; not the first one to one, not the first one to two, not the first one to three. You win a series by being the first one to four. We understand the journey, we understand the path and what it takes to get there." The Heat were in position to win Game 1 before James departed with cramps. The Spurs committed 23 turnovers that not only led to 28 Miami points but also prevented them from getting the ball more often to Duncan, who shot 9 of 10 from the field. Popovich said Duncan never demands more shots, even when he is in a good rhythm like he was Thursday. "No, the only thing Timmy has ever demanded is he wants to play the point and he thinks Ive held him back," Popoovich said. Andrea Barzagli Juventus Jersey. "True story. He thinks hes a point guard." Duncan is one of the best power forwards in NBA history but likes to think like a little guy, though he realizes he hurt his chances of getting to actually play the part of one. "After my five turnovers the other night, I think I took a step back from that," he said. "I dont think that Im going to be able to step up and fill that role for a little while. But, no, I enjoy getting in the middle of the floor and making decisions and getting the ball to the right place, and thats what a point guards got to do." The Spurs dont need one, not after Parker looked healthy while posting 19 points and eight assists in the opener after missing the second half of the Western Conference finals clincher because of a sore left ankle. He laughed when told that Popovich and Duncan had brought up his teammates aspirations. "Are we still talking about that? I cant believe they brought it up in the NBA Finals," Parker said. "Its been a joke that Timmy thinks hes a great quarterback, that he can be a good passer. I disagree with that. I want to keep my spot." With Parker seemingly fine, James health remained the focus. He practiced Saturday and was still receiving treatments in hopes of preventing more cramping. It also should help that the air conditioning inside the AT&T Center has been repaired, but he wont be worrying about that, anyway. "You cant think about what may happen in the third or fourth quarter. Live in the moment," James said. "And for me, whatever I can give my teammates if it happens again, hopefully I can make an impact while Im on the floor and thats all that matters to me." The Spurs knocked James into a 2-0 hole in the 2007 finals, but that was when he was still in Cleveland. The team James is on now gets out of trouble just as quickly as it gets into it. "Thats why they are two-time champs," Parker said. "To win championships, you have to face adversity and come back from any situation, and theyve proved that over the years. Thats why its our job to stay focused and we know its just one game, and we know theyre capable to come back and win at our place."Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '

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