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PHILADELPHIA -- Roberto Hernandez might want to have his next start switched, as well. Andy Pettitte Jersey . Hernandez pitched four-hit ball over 7 1-3 innings, outdueling Gio Gonzalez and leading the Philadelphia Phillies past the Washington Nationals 1-0 Sunday. Chase Utley hit an RBI single in the first inning for the only run. Hernandez (2-1) struck out three and walked three. His start was moved up two days because Cole Hamels had the flu, and he retired 14 of 15 batters in the middle innings. "Not a big deal, whatever I had to do," Hernandez said. "I kept the ball down and tried not to overthrow. Im happy. It was a great game for my team and for me, too." Philadelphia manager Ryne Sandberg likes what Hernandez has added to the Phillies rotation as the fifth starter. "We like his stuff," Sandberg said. "Hes a ground ball pitcher. He has a durable arm. He likes the ball. Hes reliable and he can throw a lot of pitches in the game. "I like the way hes throwing. He solidifies our rotation and is a good complement. Hes funky out there, hes different and I like what hes doing right now." Mike Adams and Antonio Bastardo each got an out in the eighth. Jonathan Papelbon pitched the ninth for his ninth save in 10 chances. Gonzalez (3-2) allowed four hits in 7 1-3 innings. He struck out seven and walked two. "It was just a good pitchers duel," Gonzalez said. "I just tried to keep us in the game as long as possible." Philadelphia scored when Jimmy Rollins hit a one-out triple and Utley followed with a single. "That set the tone for our game," Sandberg said. Ben Revere tripled with one out in the Philadelphia third, and Gonzalez didnt give up another hit until Jayson Nixs leadoff single in the eighth. "Gio pitched well and their guy did too," Nationals manager Matt Williams said. "It was a good, old-fashioned pitching duel." Gonzalez got some help from his defence during that stretch, as Nate McLouth robbed Rollins of a hit with a diving catch in left field to open the sixth. The slumping McLouth didnt have success with the bat, though, going 0 for 3. He has just four hits in his last 44 at-bats, and has been filling in for the injured Bryce Harper. Denard Span opened the eighth with a single off Hernandez and the Philadelphia starter departed after Kevin Frandsens sacrifice bunt. Adams, who gave up the lead and took the loss in Friday nights series-opening loss to the Nationals, got Jayson Werth to ground out. Bastardo then relieved and walked Adam LaRoche before striking out Anthony Rendon. "Weve had some really key hits over the course of the season," Williams said. "It just wasnt our day." Said Gonzalez, "Were still good and the guys are working hard. Im not worried about this team." The Phillies unsuccessfully challenged a safe call by first-base umpire Fieldin Culbreth in the second. Culbreth ruled that Ian Desmond beat Rollins throw from shortstop to first baseman Ryan Howard. The delay lasted 2 minutes, 42 seconds. NOTES: A former Phillies minor leaguer, Gonzalez dropped to 4-2 in seven career starts against Philadelphia at Citizens Bank Park. Gonzalez has a 2.00 ERA in the hitter-friendly ballpark. ... Howard went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts against Gonzalez, dropping him to 0 for 11 with six strikeouts lifetime against the Washington lefty. ... The Phillies host the Blue Jays for a short, two-game series beginning on Monday night when Toronto LHP J.A. Happ (0-0, 4.15) is scheduled to face Philadelphia RHP Kyle Kendrick (0-2, 3.52). Hamels is set to start Tuesday. ... The Nationals begin a three-game home series against the Dodgers on Monday night when RHP Jordan Zimmerman (2-1, 3.27) is scheduled to face Los Angeles RHP Zach Greinke (5-0, 2.04). Carlos Correa Jersey . Olsen, who is 6-foot-3 and 305 pounds, can play either centre or guard. 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No. 25 Harvard - Lower With five straight 20-win seasons, four consecutive Ivy League titles and back-to-back wins in the NCAA Tournament, Harvard has been one of the top mid- major programs in the country of late. However, the Crimsons schedule is rather weak. While that is simply part of being in the Ivy League, just a few losses will likely keep them from spending all season in the national rankings, although it wont keep them out of the field of 68 come March. No. 25 Utah - Higher Utah also earned 98 points in the preseason poll, tying them with Harvard for No. 25. If you havent already heard of Delon Wright, its only a matter of time. The 6-foot-6 guard is one of the most versatile performers in the country, posting team-highs in scoring (15.5 ppg), assists (5.3 apg), steals (2.5 spg) and blocks (1.3 bpg) for a 21-win Utah team last season. Wright isnt the only top-notch player the Utes have, as Jordan Loveridge (14.7 ppg, 7 rpg) and Brandon Taylor (10.6 ppg) are back for another go. No. 24 Michigan - Higher There is talent to burn in the backcourt for John Beileins squad, which is coming off its first outright Big Ten title since 1986, and thats even with the departure of Nik Stauskas. Caris LeVert seems destined for stardom and Spike Albrecht, Zak Irvin and Derrick Walton, Jr. will all fight for time on the floor. If the Wolverines get anything positive from a young group up front, they will be tough to stop. No. 23 Syracuse - Lower The Orange have risen to No. 1 in this poll in three of the last five seasons, but that wont happen this time around. Syracuse lost too many key pieces, including clutch point guard Tyler Ennis (12.9 ppg, 5.5 apg), leading scorer C.J. Fair (16.5 ppg, 6.4 rpg) and highlight reel stud Jerami Grant (12.1 ppg, 6.8 rpg). Trevor Cooney (12.1 ppg) and Rakeem Christmas (5.8 ppg, 5.1 rpg) remain, but Jim Boeheim needs to get a lot out of a young group. No. 22 SMU - Higher It is interesting that SMU is ranked lower than Connecticut in the preseason poll. Obviously, the Huskies are defending national champions, but the Mustangs have the most potential among teams in the American Athletic Conference. All-conference guard Nic Moore (13.6 ppg, 4.9 apg) and defensive enforcer Markus Kennedy (12.4 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.2 bpg) lead the way for a team that won 27 games last season. They will be even hungrier following last seasons NCAA Tournament snub. No. 21 Nebraska - Lower Five returning starters, including Big Ten scoring champ Terran Petteway, make the Cornhuskers seem like an easy bet to return to the NCAA Tournament. However, it is worth noting this is a program that has not made it to the Big Dance in consecutive seasons in 20 years. The Cornhuskers also got into the field in 2014 by the skin of their teeth, finishing at 19-13 overall. Some degree of regression appears to be on the horizon. No. 20 Ohio State - Higher The Buckeyes find themselves in a different position than fellow Big Ten member Nebraska, as they must replace a number of key players, including point guard Aaron Craft and leading scorer LaQuinton Ross. Fortunately, there are reinforcements and excellent ones at that. Shannon Scott averaged 3.4 assists and two steals per game last season. His style of play mirrors Craft, who he no longer has to back up. Anthony Lee, a transfer from Temple, and highly- touted recruit DAngelo Russell make for an even deeper talent pool. No. 19 Oklahoma - Higher There is a lot to like about the team that Lon Kruger has assembled. The Sooners, who finished at No. 21 in last seasons AP poll are taking aim at a third straight NCAA Tournament appearance, and with nearly every piece back they could do more than that. While the loss of Cameron Clark stings, the Sooners still have Buddy Hield, Ryan Spangler, Isaiah Cousins and Jordan Woodard. If Houston transfer TaShawn Thomas, who was a double-double waiting to happen with the Cougars, is granted eligibility, the Sooners will trot out one of the best starting fives in the country. No. 18 Michigan State - Lower Gary Harris is gone. So is Adreian Payne. Oh, and Keith Appling no longer calls East Lansing home. Those are three major hits to take, even for a Tom Izzo-coached squad. Thats not too say the Spartans streak of 17 seasons with an NCAA Tournament is in jeopardy. Denzel Valentine and Branden Dawson will make sure of that. It just may be another year before the Spartans are back rubbing shoulders with teams in the top-10. For instance, next season when West Virginia transfer Eron Harris is eligible to play. No. 17 Connecticut - Lower Led by Shabazz Napier and his clutch shooting, the Huskies won the national championship last season. The encore will feature a change to the cast, as Ryan Boatright is now the go-to guy in the backcourt, with Napier now cashing checks in the NBA. Boatright is a blur on the floor, but he isnt the scorer that Napier was. Neither is promising center Amida Brimah, who is going from DeAndre Daniels understudy to primary post option. No. 16 San Diego State - Higher Does San Diego State have another Sweet 16 run in it? Obviously the AP thinks so, and for good reason. Winston Shepherd and the Aztecs ran to 31 wins last season, taking home the regular season title in the Mountain West Conference. They did so by playing tough defense, ranking second in the country in points allowed (57 pg). Shepherd doesnt have point guard Xavier Thames or leading rebounder Josh Davis to help him this season, but the Aztecs will be among the nations best anyhow, especially if they stay strong on the defensive end. No. 15 VCU - Lower The Rams started in the 14th position in this poll last season. They were at No. 10 three weeks in, but then fell from the rankings altogether, not to reappear until March when they lifted themselves to No. 23 before ending at No. 24. This seasons squad has the tough task of replacing some important parts, with Rob Brandenberg and Juvonte Reddic gone. Shaka Smart is still the mastermind and that alone makes VCU dangerous. With Briante Weber and Treveon Graham ready to go as well, the Rams will still be good, just not top-15 good. No. 14 Iowa State - Higher How did Fred Hoiberg deal with the loss of Big 12 Player of the Year Melvin Ejim and potent scorer DeAndre Kane? Why, he just picked up several coveted transfers, who will keep the Cyclones on an upward trajectory. Bryce DeJean- Jones comes in from UNLV, Hallice Cooke brings his shooting touch from Oregon State, and forward Jameel McKay (Marquette) adds even more depth. All that is new will fit with all that is familiar (Georges Niang, Monte Morris, Dustin Hogue) to create an enviable roster and one that will bring plenty of wins to Ames. No. 13 Gonzaga - Higher The Bulldogs wont fall into the same trap as other mid-major programs, although at this point its tough to group them there as their schedule presents plenty of chances to pad their resume. Mark Fews squad will play Arizona, UCLA and Memphis in non-league play, and two bouts with West Coast Conference rival BYU wont be easy. Colby Rasmus Astros Jersey. With an experienced backcourt led by Kevin Pangos and Gary Bell Jr, as well as frontcourt titan Przemek Karnowski, Gonzaga has a chance to win every one of those contests, and the other 30 on the schedule as well. No. 12 Villanova - Higher Creighton no longer has sharpshooter Doug McDermott, and no team is happier about that than the Wildcats. Villanova was the best team in the Big East last season, finishing with a 16-2 mark in conference play en route to a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament. However, the Wildcats two losses in league play came against the Bluejays, by an average margin of 24.5 points. While Creighton, and many other teams in the conference are retooling this season, the Wildcats have four starters back. Expect them to dominate their league and be a bigger factor in the NCAA Tournament. No. 11 Wichita State - Lower The Shockers finished at No. 2 in this poll last season. Thats what winning 35 straight games will do for you. Greg Marshall has led his team to at least 27 wins in four straight seasons, including back-to-back 30-win finishes. He also has Fred VanVleet, who may just be the best point guard in the country, as well as Ron Baker and Tekele Cotton back. However, the loss of Cleanthony Early cannot be understated. Wichita State is still the best team in the Missouri Valley Conference, but it is not one of the 11 best in the country. No. 10 Texas - Higher Rick Barnes quickly turned things around following a disastrous 16-18 finish in 2013, leading the Longhorns to a 24-11 record last season as well as a spot in the NCAA Tournament. The expectations are set much higher this time around, with the Longhorns expected to challenge for the Big 12 title and perhaps more. Its easy to imagine UT playing deep into March with the returning talent on the roster. Isaiah Taylor, Javan Felix and Jonathan Holmes highlight the group, which gets a major boost with the addition of prized recruit Myles Turner. No. 9 Virginia - Lower Tony Bennett has done an incredible job at Virginia, turning a program that went 10-18 the season before his arrival into the Atlantic Coast Conference champions. Bennetts squad may not have been the flashiest, but its dedication on defense made the Cavaliers difficult to topple. They led the country in scoring defense (55.7 ppg), while holding foes to 38.8 percent shooting. Bennett has a number of key components back, including all-league guard Malcolm Brogdon, but improved squads at Duke and North Carolina, as well as the addition of Louisville to the ACC, may push the Cavaliers back, albeit slightly. No. 8 Louisville - Lower In each of the last three seasons, the Cardinals have won at least 30 games. They also have won three conference titles and a national championship in that span. They are now a member of the ACC, which is a murderers row compared to the diluted American Athletic Conference. Montrezl Harrell is the key for this squad and a strong candidate for All-American honors. However, Rick Pitino has a huge hole to fill with Russ Smith gone. Finding another scorer (or two) may take some time, and could lead to a less prosperous campaign. No. 7 Florida - Higher One of the few teams in the nation equipped to deal with major roster turnover, Florida is poised for another year of domination. Without the likes of Casey Prather, Scottie Wilbekin and Patric Young, most teams would be ready to go into rebuilding mode. Not the Gators, who will attempt to make up for last seasons Final Four letdown with proven commodities (Michael Frazier II and Dorian Finney-Smith), promising youngsters (Kasey Hill and Chris Walker), a key transfer (Jon Horford) and a healthy Eli Carter, who was a double-digit scorer at Rutgers before a fractured fibula slowed him down. No. 6 North Carolina - Lower It has been a turbulent time in Chapel Hill recently. There was the P.J. Hairston and Leslie McDonald debacle last year, followed by former star Rashad McCants damaging claims in the spring. Then, just a few weeks before this season is set to begin, a report was released detailing past academic wrongdoing. Setting aside all that, the Tar Heels are pretty talented this season, led by Marcus Paige, who is at his best in big moments. If they can push the distractions aside, this team could be great, but it remains to be seen if it can be elite. No. 5 Kansas - Higher Bill Self has himself another pair of freshmen that will make Lawrence a frequent destination for NBA scouts. After Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid were key parts of last seasons Big 12 regular-season title team, Kelly Oubre and Cliff Alexander are the key components of this years recruiting class and squad in general. Oubre, at 6-foot-7, is an athletic specimen and Alexander is a bully down low. They will team with Wayne Selden, Jr. and Perry Ellis to form yet another immensely-skilled Kansas squad. No. 4 Duke - Higher Another team that is ready to compete at a high level because of a number of talented freshmen is Duke. The Blue Devils brought in Jahlil Okafor, widely considered the top recruit in the country, as well as Tyus Jones and Justise Winslow. The young trio will have Blue Devils fans forgetting about the loss of Jabari Parker and a painful setback to Mercer in the NCAA Tournament in no time. Rasheed Sulaimon and Quinn Cook, who have actually played for Duke, will be important contributors as well. No. 3 Wisconsin - Lower Four starters return from last seasons Final Four squad. None is bigger, both literally and figuratively, than center Frank Kaminsky, an early favorite for Naismith Player of the Year. Sam Dekker, who suffered a minor leg injury near the end of October, should be good to go, and Traevon Jackson and Josh Gasser are each capable players as well. If there is any reason to believe Wisconsin will fall back from the No. 3 spot it is the programs history. The Badgers have never finished in the AP top-five. No. 2 Arizona - Higher One of the teams Wisconsin beat on the way to the 2014 Final Four was Arizona, which was the No. 1 seed in the West Region and probably will be again this season. It really speaks to how well Sean Miller can recruit when a team that lost Pac-12 Player of the Year Nick Marshall and talented freshman Aaron Gordon is expected to be better than it was a year ago. Top recruit Stanley Johnson will be one of the best freshmen in the country, and hes only the beginning. Brandon Ashley, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Gabe York, T.J. McConnell and Kaleb Tarczewski make for one of the deepest rosters in the country, and one that is capable of winning the national title. No. 1 Kentucky - Lower This is a familiar spot for the Wildcats, who also topped last years preseason poll. They fell from their lofty place during the regular season, but wound up making a run to the national championship game anyway. For once, John Calipari wont have to start over following a mass exodus of one-and-done stars. This season he gets back Willie Cauley-Stein, Andrew and Aaron Harrison, Alex Poythress, Marcus Lee and Dakari Johnson, to go with big-time recruits Trey Lyles and Karl-Anthony Towns. If there is any concern it is a lack of depth in the backcourt, which is admittedly a stretch, but it could be a factor should one of the Harrison twins endure a sophomore slump. China NFL Jerseys White Youth NFL Jerseys China Jerseys Wholesale China NFL Jerseys White Cheap Jerseys China China NFL Hoodies China Jerseys ' ' '

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