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SAN DIEGO -- Rookie left-hander Julio Urias got a final tuneup for what he hopes will be a spot on the Los Angeles Dodgers postseason roster. Pavel Datsyuk Red Wings Jersey .The 20-year-old pitched three scoreless innings and Joc Pederson doubled twice and drove in three runs, and the NL West champion Dodgers beat the San Diego Padres 9-4 on Thursday night to avoid a three-game sweep.The Dodgers remained two games behind the Washington Nationals with three to play in the race for home-field advantage in their division series matchup.The Dodgers monitored Urias innings with a spot on the postseason roster in mind.His stuff was good, manager Dave Roberts said. It is one of those things he wasnt as sharp as we have seen but Julio still finds a way to miss bats. In that three-inning stint, which we wanted to keep it abbreviated, he missed bats.If you have one word to sum up Julio it is `poise, regardless of the situation and environment, Roberts said. Having his A stuff or not, he still finds a way to get major league hitters out.Making his first start since Sept. 13, Urias allowed one hit while striking out five and walking two. Brett Anderson (1-2) pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings for the victory.Im very happy for the opportunity, Urias said through a translator. I feel good and comfortable. The roster comes out at the end of the season and I will respect whatever decision they make.Its huge, he added. Its my first year and I always knew it was going to be a playoff team because it is a team that has that capacity. Now that we are here and they are considering me for the playoff roster, that is great. I see it a lot closer. I see it as a reality to be part of that roster.Padres left-hander Christian Friedrich (5-12) allowed five runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings, struck out three and walked one.San Diego took a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning on consecutive RBI singles by Carlos Asuaje and Luis Sardinas.Rob Segedin tripled to right for the Dodgers with one out in the fifth and scored on Pedersons double to center.The Dodgers took the lead in the sixth with four runs -- all charged to Friedrich -- on four hits, a walk and a wild pitch. Friedrich allowed Justin Turners RBI single and loaded the bases on a walk to Segedin before making way for Jose Torres. Torres first pitch was wild, allowing Turner to score, and Pederson then hit a two-run double to center.The Padres went 6-4 on their final homestand, including splitting a four-game series with the San Francisco Giants and taking two of three from the Dodgers.Most of the credit goes to several rookies called up from Triple-A El Paso, which won the Pacific Coast League title.I think we showed some young guys here that infused some life and looked really good, manager Andy Green said. Manny Margot, Hunter Renfroe were outstanding, Carlos Asuaje had some good games and Austin Hedges was great behind the plate. `Although Renfroe had a quiet night, going 1 for 5, he had four home runs and 12 RBI in his first eight games.Although Thursdays game got out of hand, Nobody seemed to care what the score was when its 9-2 there in the ninth inning and were still swinging the bats, Green said. This teams fought all year long. I dont think anybody whos watched us would think anything otherwise. I think thats to be commended. We have a ways to go, but weve showed that same resolve this homestand that weve kind of shown all year.OH MY!Broadcaster Dick Enberg was honored before his final home game as TV voice of the Padres. Enberg was presented with a microphone mounted on a base and gave a brief speech that he ended with his signature Oh my! At a reception earlier in the day, Enberg was given a surfboard featuring his picture and his Oh my! saying. The Padres unveiled a plaque naming one of the broadcast booths after Enberg, who is in his seventh season with the team. At 81, hes retiring from his five decades as one of the most recognizable sports broadcasters in history. Tennis great Rod Laver, who lives in Carlsbad in northern San Diego County, attended the ceremony. Enberg will call the Padres season-ending, three-game series at Arizona.UP NEXTDodgers: LHP Rich Hill (12-5, 2.05) is scheduled to start the season-sending series at San Francisco beginning Friday night. The Giants will counter with LHP Madison Bumgarner (14-9,2.71).Padres: RHP Edwin Jackson (5-6, 5.77) is scheduled to start the opener of the final series at Arizona, which is scheduled to counter with RHP Braden Shipley (4-5, 5.26). Terry Sawchuk Jersey . At a Manhattan federal court hearing, attorney Jordan Siev said his law office has gotten more evidence nearly every day to support its lawsuit accusing MLB and Selig of going on a "witch hunt" to ruin Rodriguezs reputation and career. He said the defendants went "way over the line. Mike Green Red Wings Jersey . Galatasaray said in a statement on its website Monday that Mancini signed a three-year contract and will be paid 3.5 million euros for the upcoming season, with his salary upped to 4. http://www.redwingshockeyauthentic.com/sergei-fedorov-jersey/ . R.J. Umberger scored twice to lead the Blue Jackets to a franchise-record for consecutive wins with a 5-3 victory Tuesday night over the Los Angeles Kings. Nyquist is in the news again. Remember him? The Breeders Cup Juvenile winner, 2-year-old male champion, and undefeated hero of the Kentucky freakin Derby? All it took was two high-profile losses for him to be relegated to yesterdays fishwrap, a one-hit wonder. This years Super Saver. Orb in West Coast drag.Is this a tough room or what?In the most recent NTRA Top Thoroughbred poll -- comprised of 39 votes from an assortment of industry pundits -- Nyquist was still clinging to the No. 10 spot, compared to No. 6 for fellow 3-year-old Arrogate. His greatest sin, despite a record of 8 for 10, seems to be that he has not lived up to the standard set by American Pharoah. Good luck with that.Paul Reddams champ has been out of sight and nearly everyones mind since finishing fourth in the Haskell. He had been training at Del Mar, but Doug ONeill thought a change of scenery would help the cause -- there was something about a growth spurt -- so he dispatched Nyquist to San Luis Rey Downs, a Southern California training center so out of the way that GPS has yet to find it on the map.No kidding, said Kevin Havell, manager of San Luis Rey Downs. GPS takes you way over there to Lilac Road. We get delivery guys calling us all the time asking, Where are you?With such technological anonymity comes peace of mind. Horses loll around at San Luis Rey like box turtles. The only thing they look forward to more than feed time is a nap. Sure, they put in the hard work of racehorses in the morning -- Peter Miller wins training titles out of San Luis Rey -- but when the afternoon comes and the breeze from the Pacific crests the surrounding hills, it is easy to forget the hubbub of a racetrack backstretch full of 1,500 anxious animals and the attendant human traffic.The vacation is almost over, said Jonny Garcia on Monday morning, not long after giving Nyquist a solid jog around San Luis Reys dirt mile.Garcia has been riding Nyquist since the colt arrived at Santa Anita fresh from a 2-year-old sale. He has followed him to Keeneland, Gulfstream Park, Churchill Downs, Pimlico, and Monmouth Park, and now they are on the road again to Parx, near Philadelphia, for the $1.25 million Pennsylvania Derby on Saturday.At Parx, Nyquist will face his old pal Exaggerator, who beat him on sloppy tracks in both the Preakness and the Haskell Invitational. The forecast for Saturday calls for neither rain nor the presence of Arrogate, the runaway winner of the Travers, so the two classic winners should have the headlines to themselves.Exaggerator still needs to provee he can win a big one on a dry track, while Nyquist must quell any notions that the division has left him behind as the champion of the first five months of the year. Nicklas Lidstrom Jersey. This usually gets you nothing.In his favor, Nyquist has been working like he means it at San Luis Rey, with a progressively faster series of miles over the deepish, sandy loam. Nyquists most recent 1:38.20 under Garcia last weekend was as good as a horse should work.I know hes grown, and he feels stronger, Garcia said. His stride is bigger. I like to start him out relaxed in his work, then pick it up after about three-eighths and finish steady.When he is at his best, that is exactly how Nyquist runs his races. In his last two starts -- not coincidentally his only two losses -- he has been asked to press a fast pace. This is not his style, and at the same time, there is no reason to believe that a false pace would ever compromise his chances. He is the ultimate stalker.Garcia, 30, has been with the ONeill stable for nine years. Clearly, the trainer trusts him with the best. Garcias headline horses prior to Nyquist were Derby-Preakness winner Ill Have Another and two-time Breeders Cup Dirt Mile winner Goldencents.When Garcia says that Nyquist has never changed, he is talking about a relatively mellow equine personality that was transparent from the start. Even his quirks have persisted.Yes, look at the back wall, Garcia said, and sure enough, there were the telltale Nyquist teeth marks that have appeared in every stall hes ever occupied.But even the easygoing have their limits. ONeill thought a few sessions in the San Luis Rey equine swimming pool would do Nyquist a world of good, as it has for any number of horses who trend a little sour on the daily grind.First time in, he was great, said San Luis Reys Havell. Usually, when that happens, theyre golden. But when he went back in, he froze. It was clear he wanted out, so we certainly dont push them into having a bad experience. That was the end of the pool for him.What began as a two-week aqua-therapy break turned into six weeks of training-center bliss for Nyquist. And if hes not ready to pick up where he left off after winning the Kentucky Derby, hes been fooling a lot of people. Garcia doesnt think so.We leave here Wednesday, gallop there Thursday and Friday, win on Saturday, and come home to Santa Anita on Sunday, he said with a smile. Then back to work on Monday. ' ' ' 

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