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Shin-Soo Choos first home run landed in the nightclub

MIAMI -- Shin-Soo Choos first home run landed in the nightclub beyond the left-field fence, catching by surprise revelers distracted by the Miami Heat on TV. babyliss pro uk . His second homer dropped into the right-field bullpen amid Marlins relievers, who saw ball coming. Clearing the hard-to-reach fence both ways, Choo went 4 for 5 Wednesday and helped the Cincinnati Reds extend their winning streak to a season-best five games by beating Miami 4-0. Mike Leake and three relievers combined on an 11-hitter for the Reds. Choo hit solo homers in the fourth and sixth inning, giving him nine this season. His ninth career multihomer game came in a spacious stadium where sluggers tend to struggle. "This ballpark is big," Choo said. "Some balls fly, some dont. Im not thinking about hitting homers. Im just swinging hard." The two-homer effort was his second in eight days, but he came into the game batting only .225 in May. "I havent been feeling great," he said, "but tonight I hit the ball on the barrel." Leake (3-2) went 6 2-3 innings, pitched around nine hits and lowered his ERA to 3.72. Reds ace Johnny Cueto is expected to return next week after being sidelined since mid-April by a sore arm, and manager Dusty Baker bristled when asked if Leakes performance saved his spot in the rotation. "Whos talking about keeping his spot?" Baker said. "Hes doing better than some of the guys on our staff. I dont understand why it was coming down between him and somebody else anyway. Leake has pitched well. It shouldnt have been thought of. Well worry about that when we get there." Leake walked one and hit a batter. The Marlins had 14 baserunners but stranded 12 and hit into two double plays. "I definitely was out of the stretch quite a bit," Leake said. "They hit a few balls hard, but a few of them werent hit too hard." Miami managed three infield hits among their 10 singles but went 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position. "Were just not getting it done," manager Mike Redmond said. "I dont know how to dress it up any more than that. Im trying to be patient, but at the end of the day, somebodys got to step up and get a hit with a guy in scoring position." With the home team giving the crowd of 14,866 little to cheer about, the biggest roars came when highlights of the Heats playoff victory over the Chicago Bulls two miles away were shown on the video scoreboard. The Marlins were shut out for the seventh time, most in the majors. Cincinnati climbed a season-high eight games above .500 and improved to 5-1 against Miami, which has lost four in a row. The Marlins fell to 0-10 this year with the retractable roof open in their stadium. The ball carries better in those conditions, and Choo twice sent it flying off Alex Sanabia (2-6). Choo also led off the game with a single and scored on a double by NL RBI leader Brandon Phillips. Joey Votto added two hits and an RBI for the Reds, who improved to 20-6 when they score first. Choos four hits tied a career high, and he raised his average to .322. He improved to 5 for 5 lifetime against Sanabia. "Other than that hes batting like 1.000 off me, theres not much to say," Sanabia said. The right-hander allowed four runs in six innings and has lost five consecutive starts. The Reds led 4-0 in the seventh when Miami mounted a threat. With runners at second and third, Sean Marshall came on and struck out rookie Derek Dietrich with a 3-2 curve to end the inning. Miami put two runners aboard again in the ninth. Aroldis Chapman then threw seven fastballs of at least 100 mph to Dietrich, who finally struck out looking on a changeup. "That guy can bring it," Dietrich said. "He made a great pitch when he needed to." The Marlins rank last in the majors in wins at home, where theyre 5-13. Notes: Cincinnati 3B Todd Frazier, batting .229, was given the night off. ... Reds starters have allowed one earned run in 22 1-3 innings over the past three games. ... ... Miamis Chris Coghlan singled in the seventh to improve to 6 for 18 as a pinch hitter. ... Cincinnati RHP Mat Latos will try to win his fifth consecutive decision in the series finale Thursday against rookie Jose Fernandez. babyliss uk . Instead, the goalie was called into action for the first time since suffering a concussion on Nov. 13 when starter Josh Harding was injured during the warm-up. babyliss curl secret . The 30-year-old Oduya is in his sixth season in the NHL, spending time with the New Jersey Devils, Atlanta Thrashers and Jets. "Youre excited and a little bit let down at the same time," Oduya told TSN about todays bittersweet news.EDMONTON -- Ales Hemsky wont be testing the free-agent waters. The Edmonton Oilers signed the forward to a US$10-million, two-year extension on Friday night, keeping him in the fold through 2013-14. With Hemsky set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, he was considered a prime candidate to be moved ahead of Mondays trade deadline. Instead, hell remain with the only NHL organization hes ever known. "Ive been here through a lot, through up and downs," he said. "It will be tough to leave the place when you see its changing, a lot of guys coming up and you know hopefully you can make a push for playoffs and one day maybe win the Cup. "So thats why I want to stay here too. I didnt want to give up after 10 years just to leave and pack my bags. So thats why I stay too." Tambellini and Hemsky sat down for a discussion after Edmontons 2-0 victory on Thursday night and a deal was reached Friday. Hemsky had initially asked for a longer term, leaving open the possibility he would have to be traded. "There were a lot of discussions with other teams -- we had to have that going up to the trade deadline," said Oilers GM Steve Tambellini. "You have to be prepared for both (possibilities). ... I think Ales, speaking to him, is happy and I know our players will be very happy. "Maybe thats the most important thing." The 28-year-old Czech was drafted 13th overall by Edmonton in 2001 and has amassed 421 points (119-302) in 536 career NHL games. "Awesome to see Hemmer stay an Oiler!!" twweeted star forward Taylor Hall. babyliss perfect curl. Hemsky has been hampered by injuries in recent seasons but has remained fairly healthy this year. In 46 games, he has five goals and 26 points. "I wanted longer term, but in the end, I dont have a season like I want to," said Hemsky. "You know maybe I could go to free agency, but in the end I want to stay here." A dip in production may be part of the reason Hemsky re-signed with Edmonton. He had a career best 77 points (19 goals, 58 assists) during the Oilers run to the Stanley Cup final in the 2005-06 season. But after putting up 71 points in 2007-08, Hemskys points have steadily declined as injuries kept him out of action. "Im 28, Im not 35," he said. "So I dont think I have to retire next year. Its behind me now. Last month I felt great. Im just looking forward to play more hockey and I think I can have a long career." Edmonton finished in last place the previous two seasons, and with the team once again well out of a playoff spot the speculation was Hemsky would be flipped for more pieces in the teams long rebuild. Instead Hemsky will be back next season in the blue and orange, albeit without a no-trade clause in his new contract. "Hes worked hard to get himself physically to a spot where hes never been," said Tambellini. "Hes in the prime of his career." Notes: Tambellini said he has made a contract extension offer to Ryan Smyth ahead of the trade deadline. Smyth is earning $4.5 million on a one-year deal. ' ' '



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