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NEW YORK -- Daniel Murphy is torching major league pitching and no one is burned more than his former New York Mets teammates.Murphy, who is leading the majors in hitting, homered for the sixth time this year against the Mets, drove in four runs, leading Max Scherzer and the Washington Nationals over New York 6-1 Saturday night.Oh my gosh, how many superlatives can you say? Scherzer said when asked about Murphy. This guy is just absolutely hitting the cover off the ball. He just understands what he is doing at the plate. He has such a great feel for the strike zone and when he gets his pitch, he hits it, and he is hitting these guys pretty good.Murphy had a run-scoring single in the third inning, an RBI double in the fifth and launched his 16th home run in the seventh. He is hitting .349 overall -- hes batting .438 (21 of 48) with 19 RBI against the Mets after becoming a free agent in the offseason and signing with Washington.Murphy refused to discuss his accomplishments against the team that he led to the NL pennant.His focus was on the Nationals, their season and winning this four-game series, with the Nats leading 2-1. Even being booed at Citi Field didnt seem to draw a reaction.I guess it means you are doing something to help your ballclub win a game, against that team, Murphy said. Thats the way I look at it.The NL East leaders now have a five-game lead on the Mets. At 53-36, they set a team record for wins before the All-Star break, snapping the mark from 2005, the clubs first season in Washington after the move from Montreal.Nationals manager Dusty Baker did not understand the booing. He added Murphys hitting reminded him of some of the great players he either played with or managed -- Orlando Cepeda, Rico Carty, Barry Bonds, Jeff Kent and Moises Alou..He is not missing much, Baker said. His concentration level is beyond compare right now.Baker is not surprised that Murphy has hit the Mets.Anybody who has gotten traded or came back to play their old team, definitely it means a lot to them, Baker said.Mets manger Terry Collins said Murphy is taking advantage of mistakes.You know, hes pumped up to play against us and show us we made a mistake, Collins said. Thats human nature and its part of the game. We just got to make better pitches. Were giving him balls to hit. They were good pitches to hit. Weve got to do a better job.Scherzer (10-6) gave up three hits and an unearned run in seven innings. He joined fellow Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg (12-0) in having 10 wins before the All-Star break.Logan Verrett (3-6) gave up five runs on only four hits in 6 2/3 innings, but he was hurt by walks. His first three all scored, including one to Scherzer.The Mets staked Verrett to a lead in the first. Jose Reyes drew a leadoff walk, Curtis Granderson followed with a single and both runners advanced on left fielder Jayson Werths throwing error back to the infield.Scherzer minimized the damage, giving up a sacrifice fly to Neil Walker and striking out Asdrubal Cabrera and Brandon Nimmo. The hard-throwing righty cruised the rest of the way, fanning nine.THE EYE HAS IT:After walking Alejando De Aza with two outs in the seventh, Baker considered taking out Scherzer. He went to the mound and asked the righty how he felt. The pitcher said he was still strong and wanted to finish the inning.Baker wanted to see the look in Scherzers eye to confirm that, so he asked the pitcher which eye he should look at. Scherzer has a blue eye and a brown one.He said the expletive brown eye, Baker said with a laugh. The pitcher stayed in and got Travis dArnaud on a liner to left.Scherzer explained after the game, the brown eye, his left one, is his pitching eye.DE AZA STARTS: De Aza started for Cespedes in center field and and had two singles and a walk. He struck out to end the game with a heavy rain starting to fall and the fans getting up to leave.TRAINERSS ROOMNationals: Baker expects Joe Ross (7-4) to return to the roster after the All-Star break, but he did not have an exact dathe te. Ross was placed on the 15-day disabled list earlier this month with right shoulder inflammation.Mets: Noah Syndergaard (arm fatigue) and outfielder Yoenis Cespedes (strained right quadriceps) are not going to play in the All-Star Game in San Diego. Both will attend Tuesdays game. There was no definitive word on how long they will be out, but Collins indicated that neither injury was major.UP NEXTWashingtons Gio Gonzalez (4-8, 4.79 ERA) pitches Sunday against Steven Matz (7-4, 3.34) in a matchup of lefties. Gonzalez has lost seven of his last eight decisions, but he is 7-1 in his career at Citi Field, with a win this year. Matz has lost his last three decisions. T. J. Watt Steelers Jersey. "Thank you for the warm welcome," Beckham said on an 80-degree February morning. In this case, it was soccer weather. The sport moved a step closer to returning to South Florida on Wednesday, when Beckham confirmed he has exercised his option to purchase a Major League Soccer expansion franchise in Miami. T. J. Watt Youth Jersey. "Hes going to have hip surgery on Jan. 7, and hell be expected to rehabilitate for four to six months beyond that," Canucks general manager Mike Gillis said Friday in an interview. http://www.shoptheofficialsteelers.us/steelers-juju-smith-schuster-super-bowl-jersey-authentic/. The Vikings announced Thursday that Priefer will be one of seven holdovers from the previous staff, along with offensive line coach Jeff Davidson, wide receivers coach George Stewart and others. Norv Turner will mark his 30th year of coaching in the NFL as the offensive co-ordinator, as widely reported for weeks, and George Edwards will be the defensive co-ordinator. James Conner Womens Jersey. The scientists believe the small earthquake during a Marshawn Lynch touchdown was likely greater than Lynchs famous "beast quake" touchdown run three years ago, which also came against New Orleans during a playoff game. James Conner Youth Jersey. -- In one brief spurt, Brazil turned a close game into a rout and proved again it will be a strong World Cup favourite. The way-too-early Top 25 rankings for next season in college basketball have been updated, and with that, weve decided to look beyond the on-the-court talent to see which recruiters are bringing in the talent. Who is the best recruiter on each Top 25 team??1. Duke Blue Devils: Jeff Capel It obviously helps to have Mike Krzyzewski as your boss, but Capel has proven his worth at multiple stops over the last decade-plus. He played a key role in helping Duke land Harry Giles, Jayson Tatum and others in the 2016 class, and was the top guy with the likes of Jabari Parker, Jahlil Okafor, Tyus Jones and Justise Winslow.2.?Villanova Wildcats:?Kyle Neptune The truth of the matter is that the Wildcats recruit nearly every player as a staff, with assistants Neptune, Ashley Howard and Baker Dunleavy combining with Jay Wright to consistently land top talent. Neptune gets the nod here for landing five-star forward Omari Spellman from New England in the 2016 class.3. Kentucky Wildcats: Kenny Payne Like with Duke and Krzyzewski, the primary reason for Kentucky reeling in top-two recruiting classes year after year goes to head coach John Calipari. But Payne is the Wildcats top assistant and helped Calipari bring in the nations No. 1 recruiting class in 2016, led by top-10 prospects Malik Monk, DeAaron Fox and Bam Adebayo.4. Kansas Jayhawks: Kurtis Townsend Townsends résumé speaks for itself. It started with Jamal Crawford back when he was at Michigan and has continued every year with the Jayhawks. Townsend recruited Andrew Wiggins, Ben McLemore and many others -- and also was the point man in getting elite prospect Josh Jackson to commit to Kansas in 2016.5. Virginia Cavaliers: Ron Sanchez Tony Bennetts program doesnt necessarily recruit off the usual five-star lists, instead choosing to search for players who fit what the Cavaliers do on a daily basis. And Sanchez goes back with Bennett to his days at Washington State. He helped land Klay Thompson nearly a decade ago and played a key role in getting Kyle Guy in 2016.6. North Carolina Tar Heels: C.B. McGrath The North Carolina brand speaks for itself, but the Tar Heels still need to beat out other blue bloods for players, and McGrath has been busy the past few classes. He was the lead recruiter on a long list of players, including Marcus Paige, Brice Johnson, Kennedy Meeks, Joel Berry, Isaiah Hicks and J.P. Tokoto.7. Oregon Ducks: Mike Mennenga Fellow assistant Tony Stubblefield has also done a great job at multiple stops, but Mennengas ability to successfully recruit Canada has his star on the rise. He brought in All-American Dillon Brooks, as well as Villanova transfer Dylan Ennis and breakout performer Chris Boucher -- while also barely missing out on Kentucky star Jamal Murray in the final hours.8. Wisconsin Badgers: Lamont Paris This one is essentially by default, given that Greg Gard was promoted to head coach after Bo Ryan stepped down and Howard Moore and Joe Krabbenhoft were added to the staff this spring -- but that doesnt diminish Paris abilities. He has recruited at different levels during his 20 years of coaching and recruited Nigel Hayes to Madison.9. Xavier Musketeers: Travis Steele The Musketeers are continuing to find their way onto the recruiting lists of several top prospects, and Steeles tireless work in the Midwest is a major factor. He helped bring in last years stars, Trevon Bluiett and Edmond Sumner, as well as Jalen Reynolds. Steele also has Xavier heavily in the mix for multiple ESPN 100 prospects in 2017, namely Kris Wilkes and Paul Scruggs. Steele and Luke Murray, who landed ESPN 100 recruit Tyrique Jones and transfer Malcolm Bernard in 2016, form a potent duo.10. Michigan State Spartans: Dane Fife and Dwayne Stephens Tom Izzo is a nice trump card to have, but Fife and Stephens have consistently put in work on the recruiting trail. Fife helped Michigan State land No. 25 senior Jaren Jackson last week and also got West Virginia transfer Eron Harris and five-star Josh Langford in recent years. Stephens reeled in Cassius Winston and was the point man on Denzel Valentine and Deyonta Davis, going all the way back to Draymond Green. Fellow assistant Mike Garland helped get top 10 freshman Miles Bridges, the linchpin to the Spartans No. 3-ranked 2016 class.11. Indiana Hoosiers: Chuck Martin The Hoosiers have been dipping into other parts of the country to build their roster over the past few years, and Martin has been at the forefront of those efforts. He was the main recruiter for Thomas Bryant from New York and also closed the deal for ESPN 100 forward DeRon Davis. Martin also helped bring in ESPN 100 guard Curtis Jones.12. Arizona Wildcats: Joe Pasternack Pasternack cemented his spot on this list in recent weeks by helping land the nations No. 1 prospect, DeAndre Ayton. But Pasternack has been the point man on plenty of top West coast prospects in recent years, especially in the Oakland Soldiers AAU program, bringing Aaron Gordon, Brandon Ashley and Stanley Johnson to Tucson. He also recruited Allonzo Trier.13. Louisville Cardinals: Kenny Johnson Johnson is one of the most well-connected assistant coaches in the D.C.-Maryland-Virginia region, given his time with the Team Takeover AAU program and Paul VI (Virginia).dddddddddddd He recruited Troy Williams and Noah Vonleh to Indiana under Tom Crean and, more recently, landed ESPN 100 prospect V.J. King for Rick Pitino at Louisville.14. Purdue Boilermakers: Jack Owens The Boilermakers associate head coach has worked under Matt Painter at both Purdue and Southern Illinois. Owens was the main recruiter for five-star center Caleb Swanigan, arguably the most high-profile recruit to go to West Lafayette since Glenn Robinson in 1991. Owens also played a key role in getting A.J. Hammons.15. West Virginia Mountaineers: Larry Harrison and Ron Everhart This one is too close to call. Harrisons days with head coach Bob Huggins date back to Cincinnati, where Harrison helped recruit the likes of Nick Van Exel, Danny Fortson and Kenyon Martin. Everhart has been key recently, landing ESPN 100 prospect?Esa Ahmad in 2015 and last years leading scorer, Jaysean Paige, out of junior college.16. Gonzaga Bulldogs: Tommy Lloyd Theres clearly an international influence on Gonzaga the past several years, and Lloyd is a major reason why. Lloyd is simply the best assistant coach in the country at consistently recruiting players outside the United States. He reeled in Domantas Sabonis and Przemek Karnowski?and also brought in Canada natives Kevin Pangos and Kelly Olynyk.17. UCLA Bruins: David Grace Its not exactly a coincidence that UCLA has begun to consistently land top West Coast prospects and bring in nationally ranked recruiting classes since Grace made the move from Oregon State. He has great relationships with the Compton Magic AAU program and was the main recruiter on elite freshman Lonzo Ball, as well as Kevon Looney, Thomas Welsh and 2017 guard Jaylen Hands.18. Maryland Terrapins: Bino Ranson Mark Turgeon should probably get the nod here, as he did most of the work on Melo Trimble, Dion Wiley and Anthony Cowan -- but Ranson pulling Diamond Stone out of the Midwest and away from Wisconsin was huge for the Terrapins. Dustin Clark has signed a long list of players, and Cliff Warren has them involved for plenty of 2017 prospects.19. Saint Marys Gaels: Marty Clarke There has been a shuffling of assistant coaches in Moraga the past couple years, but Clarke has helped the Gaels due to his connections in Australia. He was an assistant coach for the Australian National Team before coming to Saint Marys. While Clarke was still in Australia, he coached Patty Mills and Matthew Dellavedova, two of the best players in Saint Marys history.20. Creighton Bluejays: Steve Lutz The Bluejays have survived the post-Doug McDermott era and should be a tournament team this season. Lutz has brought in several of the key players on this years roster, led by Kansas State transfer Marcus Foster and Nevada transfer Cole Huff. Lutz also landed Geoffrey Groselle, James Milliken and Austin Chatman, who have graduated. Fellow assistant Preston Murphy has also done a good job since coming over from Rhode Island, where he was the lead man on E.C. Matthews.21. Rhode Island Rams: David Cox There has been some staff turnover the past couple of years, including the aforementioned Murray and Murphy, but Cox is well-connected in the Washington area from his days with the D.C. Assault AAU program. One player from Coxs catalog to keep an eye on will be D.C. guard Jeff Dowtin. Jim Carr gets a nod for recruiting Hassan Martin.22. Cincinnati Bearcats: Larry Davis While Davis received plenty of credit for filling in during Mick Cronins leave of absence, he has also been effective on the recruiting trail. He helped sign Troy Caupain, Gary Clark and Jacob Evans, the top three returning scorers from last years team. Moreover, Davis helped get NC State transfer Kyle Washington, who could be in for a breakout season.23. Florida State Seminoles: Dennis Gates Leonard Hamilton deserves plenty of attention for being able to compete with blue bloods for prospects, and Gates has established himself as Hamiltons top lieutenant when it comes to recruiting. He was on five-star Jonathan Isaac before his emergence as a national name and helped recruit Dwayne Bacon and Malik Beasley in 2015.24. Connecticut Huskies: Kevin Ollie Its mostly Ollie who does the heavy lifting for the Huskies, as players continue to say that Ollie is excellent at building relationships with recruits throughout the process. He was the main recruiter on Jalen Adams, Alterique Gilbert and others. Ricky Moore has done a good job on several players, while Glen Miller was the point man on recent ESPN 100 point guard commit Makai Ashton-Langford. New assistant Dwayne Killings will be a nice addition, from Temple.25. Syracuse Orange: Mike Hopkins The eventual next head coach of Syracuse, Hopkins has established himself as one of the best recruiters in college basketball. His connections in New England and the Northeast have enabled the Orange to consistently bring in highly touted prospects -- including Dion Waiters, Michael Carter-Williams, DaJuan Coleman?and, most recently, Tyus Battle. Wholesale Jerseys  Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Authentic Jerseys From China Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys ' ' '

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