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PHILADELPHIA - Jonathan Papelbon sealed a victory with a fist pump, a reaction that certainly didnt offend the Phillies fans. Air Max 90 Prezzo Basso .Papelbon made his first appearance in Philadelphia since he made a lewd gesture as he left the field, closing out the Phillies 5-4 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Friday night with a scoreless ninth inning.Yeah, I wanted to get back out there, Papelbon said. Just to get back on this field and compete, show everyone I come out to this field every day to compete. Everything else is kind of hindsight.The game was Papelbons first at home since he blew a save against the Marlins on Sept. 14 and lost his composure when he was booed coming off the field. He grabbed himself in response, and then bumped umpire Joe West.Papelbon denied that he was insulting the fans but served a seven-game suspension.The closer entered Friday to a chorus of boos that got louder when he was introduced by PA announcer Dan Baker.I didnt hear nothing, he said. I dont hear nothing out there when Im pitching.But the fans gave him a standing ovation when he got Joey Terdoslavich out on a grounder to end it for his 39th save in 43 chances, prompting Papelbon to pump his right fist before embracing catcher Carlos Ruiz.Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said he was a little curious about the fan reaction but didnt think it would affect his closer.Hes a professional about going about his business and being ready to close for us, Sandberg said. He had pretty good stuff tonight.Papelbon again said he wasnt trying to insult the fans on Sept. 14, but added that fans have the right to boo and cheer. Hed like to be defined by his on-field performance.Ive always hoped the perception of me is Im a hard worker, Im a team player and I come to win every night, he said. To me, everything else falls on the back burner.Marlon Byrd drove in the go-ahead run with a seventh-inning groundout.Luis Garcia (1-0) pitched a scoreless seventh to earn the win.Chris Johnson homered for Atlanta, which dropped its ninth in 11 games while falling to 5-18 this month.Philadelphia took the lead in the seventh off Jordan Walden (0-2). Ruiz led off with a walk and went to third on Ryan Howards one-out double before scoring on Byrds groundout to second.Howard snapped an 0-for-15 skid with the hit.Ervin Santana allowed four runs on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings, ending the season with a 14-10 record.Jerome Williams gave up four runs on eight hits in six innings. The veteran right-hander finished 4-2 with a 2.83 ERA in nine starts for Philadelphia since claiming him off waivers on Aug. 10.TRAINERS ROOMBraves: Johnson returned to the lineup after missing Thursdays game with a lower back strain. He put his hands on knees, seemingly in discomfort, after fielding a ball in the first inning. But he showed no ill effects on his fourth-inning homer.Phillies: SS Jimmy Rollins missed his 17th straight game due to a strained left hamstring.UP NEXTBraves: Aaron Harang (11-12) makes his final start of the season and likely will surpass 200 innings when the teams play the second of the three-game series.Phillies: A.J. Burnett (8-17) will try to salvage a forgettable season. The right-hander leads the league in walks (93) and earned runs (105).CENTURY MARKAtlantas Justin Upton reached 100 RBIs for the first time in his career with a first-inning single. His previous best of 88 RBIs came in 2011 with Arizona.WOLEVER OUTThe Phillies fired assistant general manager and amateur scouting director Marti Wolever, general manager Ruben Amaro announced on Friday. Wolever had been the clubs scouting director since 2002. Vans Scarpe Scontate . Bach, a 59-year-old German lawyer, was elected Tuesday as president of the International Olympic Committee. He succeeds Jacques Rogge, who stepped down after 12 years. Bach, the longtime favourite, defeated five candidates in a secret ballot for the most influential job in international sports, keeping the presidency in European hands. Air Vapormax 97 Scontate . Louis and Ryan Kesler have demanded to be traded.BUFFALO a€“ It was more than a dozen years ago, but Henrik Tallinder a€“ now pushing toward the creakier age of 36 a€“ remembers just about every detail. He remembers the score (3-1). He remembers the opponent (Washington). He remembers the matchup with one of the gamea€?s greatest players (Jagr). He remembers how very anxious he was that day in mid-April when he made his NHL debut in this very building a€“ then named HSBC Arena. a€?Youa€?re a rookie,a€? he said of the experience, a€?youa€?re nervous, and you dona€?t really know what to expect.a€? Tallinder is again auditioning for a spot in the NHL, only this time with 678 career games under his belt a€“ his chances damaged in his preseason return to Buffalo on Friday night. Hea€?s too old to change now, he says. His game is what it is. His experience, which includes an Olympic silver medal, speaks for itself. He is jostling for a job in Toronto with the same type of young, hopeful defender he once was. That bid, which appeared strong at the outset of training camp, is suddenly in major doubt. Tallinder was driven into the end boards by former teammate Mike Weber midway through the middle frame of Fridaya€?s game. His left shoulder took the brunt of the impact and afterward it was diagnosed as dislocated. His NHL career is suddenly in jeopardy in the same place that it all began. Back in the fall of 2002 when that career was just beginning, he was an untried, unheralded 22-year-old Sabres second-round pick simply trying to make his start in the league. Grinding away in Rochester during his first dance through North America, Tallinder, a Stockholm native, was given two NHL games at the conclusion of the 2001-02 campaign. He spent the summer that followed back in Sweden and it was the offseason of his life in many ways. He knew he had to get bigger and stronger to play in the league and spent the warmer months of that year endeavouring to do so. a€?I dona€?t think Ia€?ve ever worked so hard my whole life that summer to be able to get a spot in Buffalo,a€? he said, recalling 10 painstaking workouts each week. a€?It was such a big difference between the American Hockey League and NHL.a€? He was a different defenceman then; quicker, spryer, more energetic, but less nuanced in the game the way he would become over 11 seasons. He had more jump in his body then, a certain and ever-present excitement to join the rush wherever and whenever possiblee. Balenciaga Scarpe Triple s Fake. All that evolved with age and games logged, most of them here in Buffalo with the Sabres. a€?Ia€?m not maybe as fast as I used to be,a€? Tallinder said, a€?but you compensate with experience.a€? a€?You learn where to be on the ice,a€? he continued. a€?Thata€?s something you dona€?t get to start with. Thata€?s experience. Thata€?s learning.a€? And that will be the choice in some ways for the Leafs in the coming days, (a choice that gets a lot easier if his injury is as serious as it appears) whether to lean with an experienced defender like Tallinder, who might not have much left, or opt for untested youth, the kind in Korbinian Holzer, Stuart Percy and Petter Granberg, that Tallinder once was 12 years earlier. Having a veteran depth defender around a€“ Stephane Robidasa€?s status for the start of the regular season notwithstanding a€“ may be attractive for a team fortunate enough to skate through last season without any serious injuries to its defence. a€?Ia€?m just going out with my business, trying to do what I can do, trying to get better and trying to prove that I can play on this team,a€? says Tallinder, who played more than 500 games as a Sabre. a€?Ia€?m too old now to change anything that Ia€?m doing. Ia€?m going to play my kind of game that Ia€?ve been successful with. Nothing has really changed for me.a€? That game, according to Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle, includes a€?lots of moxiea€? and a cool kind of poise that comes with experience. a€?There is a possibility that he could make our hockey club and play against some top lines,a€? Carlyle observed early in camp. a€?He was a steady defenceman and a really good teammate,a€? former Devils teammate, David Clarkson, says of Tallinder. a€?He brings that stuff, but he also poises you at the back-end. Hea€?s not a guy to make very many mistakes. Hea€?ll get the puck and move it quick. a€?I think therea€?s a lot of things he can do for this team and this organization.a€? Carlyle couldna€?t say how long Tallinder might be sidelined (he missed about a month with a right shoulder injury in 2009), but in any case, whatever hopes he had are now dangling precariously with Holzer, Granberg and Percy pushing for the same job. It would be an unfortunate end for a player who still believes in his ability to play in the NHL. a€?I know I can still play in this league,a€? he said before the game, a€?so ita€?s not that.a€? ' ' '

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