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CHICAGO -- Jason Grilli is off to a rough start for the Pittsburgh Pirates, and manager Clint Hurdle thinks he knows the best w

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CHICAGO -- Jason Grilli is off to a rough start for the Pittsburgh Pirates, and manager Clint Hurdle thinks he knows the best way to get the key reliever back on track. Marcus Williams Jersey . Hurdle announced Friday that Mark Melancon would close games for the Pirates in place of Grilli, who has blown four save opportunities this year after converting 33 of 35 chances last season. "Theres no safety net for a closer. There never is," Hurdle said before the opener of a weekend series against the Chicago Cubs. "So he wont have to deal with that for a while, which I think will help." Grilli allowed a tying homer to Devin Mesoraco in the ninth inning of Thursdays 4-3 victory over Cincinnati. The veteran right-hander, who made the All-Star team last year for the first time, has yielded at least one run in three of his past four outings, and his four homers allowed this season matches his total from all of last year. The 37-year-old Grilli is 0-2 with 11 saves and a 4.34 ERA in 20 games this year. He was sidelined for a month after straining his left oblique in late April. For now, Hurdle said he will use Grilli when the Pirates are trailing. "Hes all about doing whats best for the club and getting better," Hurdle said. "Well definitely need him as the season plays out." Melancon is 1-2 with 10 saves in 13 chances and a 1.89 ERA in 35 games this year. He has not allowed a run in eight games and 7 1-3 innings in June. Hurdle said he also could use Tony Watson in a save opportunity. J. T. Gray Jersey .com) - Demario Richard posted four touchdowns and Kweishi Brown came up with a key late interception as No. Johnson Bademosi Jersey . Still, Inter moved one point ahead of Parma in the race for fifth place and the final Europa League spot. Udinese remained 14th, 11 points above the relegation zone. Inter was beaten 2-1 by Atalanta at home on Sunday and has won only seven of 16 matches at the San Siro this season, as the squad seems to still be searching for its identity under new owner Erick Thohir and first-year manager Walter Mazzarri. https://www.saintsjerseyssale.com/2693f-marshon-lattimore-jersey-saints.html . Kadri was dressed in a green jersey at Thursdays practice and skated as an extra forward on the teams fourth line as the Leafs.(SportsNetwork.com) - The Detroit Tigers go after their 12th straight road win on Monday when they start a three-game series with the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Watch the game live on TSN2 and TSN GO at 7pm et/4pm pt. Detroit won its sixth straight game overall and completed a three-game sweep of the Boston Red Sox on Sunday, as Victor Martinez hit a two-run home run in the Tigers 6-2 triumph. Miguel Cabrera went 3-for-4 with two RBI, while Ian Kinsler was 4-for-5 with two runs scored for Detroit, which is in the midst of its longest road winning streak since capturing the first 17 away from home back in 1984. "Miggy and Victor have been hitting well all season long," Detroit manager Brad Ausmus said. Anibal Sanchez (1-2) returned from a stint on the disabled list to pick up his first win of the season as he gave up two runs -- one earned -- on five hits with three walks and three strikeouts over five innings. Getting the call for the Tigers on Monday will be lefty Drew Smyly, who is 2-2 with a 2.70 ERA. Smyly did not get a decision on Tuesday in Baltimore, but he pitched well, as he allowed just a run and five hits in six innings of his teams 4-1 win. Smyly has faced the Indians 11 times, but this will only be his second start against them. He is 1-1 in those appearances with a 5.09 ERA. Cleveland, meanwhile, will counter with rightty Corey Kluber, who has won his last two starts. Henry Childs Jersey. Kluber was supported with 15 runs on Wednesday in Toronto, as he surrendered a pair of runs and four hits in seven innings. He also struck out nine batters and improved to 4-3 to go along with a 3.38 ERA. Kluber is just 1-3 with a 5.50 ERA in seven games (6 starts). "Everybody here is aware of the fact that [the Tigers] are playing well," said Kluber. "But it doesnt do us any good to compare ourselves to them, at this point." As hot as Detroit is at the moment, Cleveland enters this series at the other end of the spectrum and has dropped four in a row after a 13-3 shellacking at the hands of the Oakland Athletics on Sunday. Justin Masterson (2-3) surrendered a season-high seven runs on seven hits and five walks in 4 1/3 innings to absorb his second straight loss. "Command was obviously his biggest issue. He had five walks and couldnt locate his breaking ball," said Indians manager Terry Francona. Michael Bourn and Michael Brantley each recorded solo homers for the Indians, who have dropped six of their last eight games. Cleveland was 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position and left 12 men on base. Detroit split a two-game series with the Tribe earlier in the year, but has won 15 of the last 18 matchups. The Tigers were also 9-1 a year ago at Progressive Field. ' ' '

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