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CHICAGO -- Anthony Rizzo says the Chicago Cubs will be ready to roll when the seasons second half begins on Friday in the opener of a three-game series with the Texas Rangers at Wrigley Field. China NHL Hoodies .The Cubs ended a 6-15 pre-break skid with last Sundays 6-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.Was it a slump possibly of their own making?Rizzo seemed to suggest that the Cubs may have eased up a bit after rolling to a 25-6 start and double-digit game leads over their closest Central Division competitors.You build a big lead, and I dont want to say we were coasting, but I guess we were, the Cubs first baseman told reporters during All-Star Game festivities this week. You cant be good all the time in this game. Its impossible. Well be ready for the second half.Chicago outfielder Dexter Fowler echoed Rizzos expectations for a second-half start.I think the break was good, I think well come back recharged, hopefully, Fowler told reporters. And I think were in for a long, long season.Fowler, a catalyst for the Cubs fast start, opens the second half still on the disabled list with a right hamstring strain and no projected return date.Rizzos assessment might be an overstatement because the Cubs slump could also be attributed to a series of injuries, fatigue through a stretch playing 24 consecutive games and the end of a run of exceptional pitching especially by reigning Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta that would be hard to perpetually sustain.Chicago (53-35) starts the second half with a seven-game lead over the St. Louis Cardinals and a six-game homestand with two challenging series.AL West-leading Texas (54-36) brings that leagues best record into a three-game weekend series. Thats followed by a three-game set with the New York Mets next week, a team that humbled the Cubs with a four-game sweep prior to the break.Chicago owns the National Leagues best home record (26-14) and are facing a team that knows about slumps.Texas owns a 5 1/2 game lead over the Houston Astros and has dropped seven of its last nine heading into the All-Star break while Chicago had lost five straight before beating the Pirates.Texas entered the break with the rotation having a 10.50 ERA over the final nine games as Yu Darvish, Derek Holland and Colby Lewis are on the disabled list.Its obviously a challenge, Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. We go as our starters go. When we get quality starts, its proven, has been all year long that when we get quality starts our offense gives us an opportunity to win baseball game.Texas sends left-hander Martin Perez (7-5, 3.85 ERA) against Cubs right-hander Kyle Hendricks (7-6, 2.55 ERA) in the series opener.Hendricks needs one win to match a career-high. Hes 5-1 with a 1.97 ERA at home. Perez is coming off a rough start again the Red Sox on July 5, allowing 11 runs (seven earned) over four innings in an 11-6 loss.Neither starter has ever faced the opposing team.Darvish (2-0, 2.87 ERA in three starts) is expected to be activated from the 15-day disabled list on Saturday and start against Cubs right-hander Jason Hammel (7-5, 3.46 ERA).Darvish had been on the disabled list since June 13 and has made two rehab starts. He also opened the season on the disabled list while recovering from 2015 Tommy John surgery on his right elbow.Chicago and Texas have met only 12 times since interleague play began in 1997 and have six wins apiece.The Cubs took two of three in the most recent meeting in 2013 at Wrigley Field with two games played in cool April conditions and an early May makeup of a rainout.The Cubs play 24 of their next 32 games at home and two series will be strictly by bus including two against the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field and three at Milwaukee. Chicago also has a three-game trip to Oakland (Aug. 5-7).The Rangers are on a 10-day, nine game road trip that also takes them to Anaheim and Kansas City before hosting the Athletics July 25-27. Cheap NHL Jerseys Wholesale . With the first unit struggling of late and Amir Johnson - one of the teams iron men - hobbling on an injured right ankle, Patterson knew he could get the nod in a challenging matchup against one of the leagues up and coming players at his position. Cheap NHL T-shirts . P.A. Parenteau scored early in the third period to help the Avs edge Toronto 2-1 on Tuesday night. Cory Sarich also scored for Colorado (3-0-0), which is off to its best ever start. http://www.cheapnhljerseysgear.com/ . LOUIS -- Alexander Steen scored a power-play goal with 59.The Boston Bruins will try to take a commanding lead in the Stanley Cup Final tonight, as they host the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 4 from TD Garden. You can listen to the game live on TSN Radio 1050 and TSN Radio 690 and follow along on TSN.cas GameTracker at 8pm et/5pm pt. After losing Game 1 in a triple overtime, the Bruins have taken two in a row to grab a 2-1 edge in this best-of-seven set. Boston notched a 2-1 OT victory in Saturdays Game 2 battle in Chicago and then recorded a 2-0 triumph in Mondays clash at TD Garden. Chicago had its worst outing of the series in Game 3, but this years Presidents Trophy winners have a chance to tie the series on Wednesday. If the Blackhawks lose Game 4, however, theyll be faced with an elimination game when the teams meet again in Chicago on Saturday. Boston is 8-2 at home in the playoffs this year while Chicago is just 3-5 on the road. The visiting Blackhawks couldnt solve Tuukka Rask in Game 3, as Bostons goaltender stopped 28 shots for his third shutout of the playoffs. Rask has turned aside 120-of-125 shots so far in this series and is sporting a 1.64 goals against average in 19 playoff games this spring. "I mean, they had shots, but most of them came from the outside," said Rask. "We eliminated a lot of those rebound opportunities. I think thats something that every team likes to do, and we succeeded today." Boston received second-period goals from Daniel Paille and Patrice Bergeron on Monday, then turned to its goaltender in the third period to preserve the lead. Paille scored for the second straight game, while Bergeron dominated the faceoff circle, winning 24 of his 28 draws in Game 3. Jaromir Jagr registered an assist on Bergerons goal, giving him 197 playoff points in his career and moving the Czech star into sole possession of fifth place on the NHLs all-time list, one ahead of Paul Coffey. Jagr, who has no goals and eight assists in thiis postseason, is the only player never to have worn an Edmonton uniform in the top-five in playoff points. Cheap Stitched Jerseys. Wayne Gretzky (382), Mark Messier (295), Jari Kurri (233) and Glenn Anderson (214) are in spots 1-4. Chicago received a 33-save effort from Corey Crawford on Monday, but the club couldnt overcome the absence of star winger Marian Hossa, who was a late scratch for Game 3. The good news is the unspecified upper-body injury wont hold him out of tonights game, even though he did not skate this morning. Jamal Mayers skated on the second line, possibly holding a spot, while Ben Smith skated with the extra line. The likely return of Hossa, who was replaced by Smith in the lineup on Monday, could spark the struggling Chicago power play, which went 0-for-5 with the man advantage on Monday. The Blackhawks have failed to score on 11 power- play chances in this series and the club is just 7-for-62 on the man advantage in this postseason. "They box you out. They got big bodies. They blocked shots," said Quenneville about Bostons success on the penalty kill. "I think we had some chances to get some pucks through the net, we didnt. Our entries werent great. Thats something you want to look at." From a historical sense, Chicago needs to take Game 4 to have a realistic shot at winning this series. Although the Blackhawks came back from down 3-1 to defeat Detroit in the second round of this years playoffs, only one team in NHL history -- the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs -- has ever come back to win a Stanley Cup Finals series after trailing three games to one. The Leafs erased a 3-0 deficit in that series to against the Red Wings. This series marks the first time Original Six franchises have met in the Stanley Cup Finals since 1979, when Montreal defeated the New York Rangers in five games. Boston has won five of the six postseason meetings with Chicago. Cheap Jerseys From China Wholesale Jerseys 2018 Camo China NFL Jerseys Black China NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Gear Wholesale NFL Camo Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Outlet China Womens NFL Jerseys Nike NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Wholesale Discount NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Hoodies Wholesale Jerseys From China ' ' '

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