ARLINGTON, Texas -- Justin Grimm joined the Texas rotation as a stopgap. The rookie right-hander pitched more like an ace Thursday. Mitch Moreland hit a two-run homer and Grimm took a shutout into the sixth inning to help the Rangers snap their first three-game losing streak of the season with a 9-5 interleague victory against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday. Grimm (5-3) allowed four hits through five innings while Texas cooled off Arizona starter Brandon McCarthy on the way to a 9-0 lead. The AL rookie leader in wins and strikeouts was replaced after Arizonas three-run sixth, and trails only ace Yu Darvish in victories on the Texas staff. The 24-year-old Grimm, who made his debut last year, came up from the minors in April when opening day starter Matt Harrison went on the disabled list with back trouble. He figured to stick around awhile with Harrison out until at least August, and was the AL rookie of the month for April. He gave up eight hits and two earned runs with three strikeouts in his third straight May win after starting the month with all three of his losses. "Hes gotten better as far as confidence-wise, believing and knowing that belongs here," catcher A.J. Pierzynski said. "It just a progression with young guys. He continues to get better. You can see it in his face. You can see it when he takes the mound in his mannerisms." McCarthy (2-4) had allowed one run in 25 innings when the Rangers scored six in a span of four outs in the second and third. The outburst started when centre fielder A.J. Pollock misplayed a line drive by Nelson Cruz into a double. Pierzynski brought Cruz home with a double and scored on a two-out single from Leonys Martin. The Rangers went up 6-0 in the third on three straight run-scoring hits -- a double from Adrian Beltre, a single by Cruz and a two-run homer from Moreland that hit near the top of the foul pole in right. McCarthy lost for the first time since April 26 in his shortest outing of the season. He gave up nine hits and six runs in just 2 2-3 innings. "I didnt have any life on my stuff," said McCarthy, whose ERA at Rangers Ballpark is 7.65 in four starts since he left Texas in 2009. "It was a fight for me. A good lineup hits those pitches. Its not an easy lineup to get out." Grimm lost his shutout when he gave up four straight hits in the sixth, starting with a double from Paul Goldschmidt, who tied a career high with four hits. An error by Martin in centre on a single by Miguel Montero led to an unearned run. "Its just all about battling and competing against these guys," Grimm said. "Be aggressive with them, but not overly aggressive obviously." The Rangers beat the Diamondbacks after they were swept in a doubleheader in Arizona on Monday and had the first of two games in Texas rained out Wednesday night. Moreland was hit by a pitch on the shoulder by reliever Josh Collmenter the next time he came up after his 11th home run and scored on a two-run single from Elvis Andrus that made it 9-0. "Honestly, I hadnt even thought about us losing three games," Moreland said. "Were going to go out and play our style of ball. We got out of it for a couple of games, but came back out today and made it work and it was a good win for us." The Diamondbacks got within 9-5 in the seventh on RBI singles from Goldschmidt and Martin Prado off Texas reliever Michael Kirkman. Neal Cotts replaced Kirkman with two outs and struck out Montero with the tying run on deck. Arizona had the tying run on deck again in the ninth when Robbie Ross got a game-ending double play from Cliff Pennington, who replaced Eric Chavez in the first inning after Chavez strained his right oblique on a swing. "The guys came back," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said. Texas prospect Jurickson Profar had a career-high three hits a day after learning that his stay with the Rangers would be at least two weeks longer because second baseman Ian Kinslers rib injury has been slow to heal. Moreland and David Murphy, who hit his fifth homer, were among four Rangers with two hits. Notes: Gibson said Chavez was on his way back to Arizona for an MRI. If Chavez is headed for the disabled list, the Diamondbacks might bring up Willie Bloomquist from a weeklong rehab assignment at Triple-A Reno. ... The Texas grounds crew stayed until 2 a.m. after a high winds from a thunderstorm prevented the crew from getting the tarp down before heavy rainfall. Both baselines were swamped and had to be rebuilt. Cole Bardreau Jersey
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Something Jackson said set him off, and not even coach Nick Saban stepping in is enough to calm him down.Apparently, Jackson wasnt happy with the way Harrison performed on third down and let him know it. Yeah, Harrison was responsible for making the stop, which was great. But then he and a USC wideout squared one another up, got face mask to face mask and exchanged words. Jackson stepped in as Harrison left the field and told him to shut it.Jackson knew that Saban doesnt tolerate talking to the opposing teams players. In fact, Saban wishes there were an NCAA rule against it.It was simply the senior from South Floridas turn to step up.It was his turn to become the enforcer of the Alabama way.The lesson to be learned, Saban said, is that when you have a teammate who is caring about you and trying to help you, the response should be thank you not screw you. If Alabama continues its wire-to-wire run atop the polls and reaches the College Football Playoff, Jackson should get a big thank-you from Harrison, Saban and everyone associated with the program. He was already one of the best safeties in the country before the Tide traveled to Arlington, Texas, to face USC. But in that moment just before halftime, his worth grew.It didnt matter that the game was well in hand. No one would have blamed Jackson if he had let the whole thing go. But if complacency was the No. 1 enemy of the Crimson Tide entering the season, he showed that he was willing to become the face of the resistance.After all, he knows exactly how easy it is to lose focus. Six years earlier, he had to climb out of a hole of his own digging to get his life back on track.Jackson was a rudderless freshman in Pompano Beach, Florida, working on flunking out of Northeast High.He was skipping classes. He was running with the wrong crowd. Coaches werent paying attention, and his GPA slipped below 1.0.His teammate Stacy Coley was growing into a star at receiver. His older half-brother, Demar Dorsey, was on his way to play defensive back at Michigan. And Jackson couldnt seem to get out of his own way.He wanted what they had. He just didnt know how to get there.After enough times catching him at home when he should have been in class, his father stepped in.I saw where it was leading, Eddie Jackson Sr. said. He wasnt going anywhere. So I felt like a fresh start would have been better for him.Eddie Sr. knows a thing or two about starting over. He played football in high school, as well, but he got himself kicked out of school. He was too hard-headed, too rebellious. He was too busy in the streets, he said.Before long, he landed in Calhoun Correctional Institution to serve time for two counts of armed robbery. He went in jail at 19. He came out at 24.Four years, 11 months, he said.Less than a year after he got out, his fiancée, Angela, left work at noon and the two got married. At 7 that same night, Eddie Jr. was born.Happiest day of my life, man, Eddie Sr. said.Angela and Eddie Sr. have been married ever since. He is a heavy equipment operator, doing the backbreaking work of land developers in the South Florida heat.Like his time in jail, it all serves a purpose. He doesnt need to beat his son over the head with the lessons of his past. The boy he calls Bo Jack can see for himself.You lead by example, Eddie Sr. said. Your kids see you doing things like that, it will catch on.It took time for Eddie to get it. But when his father told him that he had to transfer high schools and that he wouldnt play a down of football until his grades were up, he didnt resist for long.The words of his grandfather rattled around in his head: Never settle for wooden nickels.That means dont settle for anything, Eddie Sr. explained. If you know what you want, go after what you want.Wayne Blair laid out the plan: no football games, no practice, no 7-on-7. Nothing.The Boyd Anderson High coach had no idea whether Jackson could play a lick of football, but he knew he wouldnt tackle anyone until he got his academics in order.dddddddddddd The only thing Jackson was allowed to do was lift weights and run his junior year.Jackson was even lankier back then than his is now, a string bean with a beautiful natural gait?that Blair liked. He looked as if he could play, but there was no telling.Outwardly, Jackson was all smiles, but Blair could sense his determination. Jackson told him how he wanted to be on the same track as Coley, who was on his way to playing receiver at Miami, and the two discussed what had gone wrong with his half-brother Dorsey, who had attended Boyd Anderson and was seeing his chance to play at Michigan slip away.Demar was a living example, Blair said.In the span of two semesters, Jackson lifted his GPA from sub-1.0 to above 2.3. That spring, he was finally allowed to play.Blair figured that since he was tall and rangy and lacked experience, free safety was a natural place to start. Then, during the spring game, Boyd Anderson played University School and Jackson picked off current Western Kentucky quarterback Mike White twice.Thats when the folklore literally began, Blair said. He housed one of the [interceptions]. He took it all the way back.Jackson went from free safety to nickel, nickel to corner and corner to receiver in the span of one training camp, Blair said. He started the first game at receiver and led the area in receiving yards, in addition to playing everywhere on defense and returning kicks and punts.He started with one offer from Florida Atlantic that he picked up during a camp before his senior year. Before long, he had Florida State calling. Miami, LSU, Alabama and all the top teams were on him before long.Jackson wanted to be a receiver and loved the idea of staying in-state at Miami or Florida State. LSU was intriguing, as well.Almost everyone was telling him hed play both ways. The Tigers sold him on becoming the next Patrick Peterson, the Seminoles the next Deion Sanders.Meanwhile, all Alabama was interested in was defense.Saban came straight out and said, Im going to play you in the defensive backfield, Blair said.Jackson, his father and Blair talked it over. He ended up deciding that he wasnt interested in being another speedy 6-foot receiver. Hed sign at Alabama and hope to play nickel or dime as a freshman.Little did they know hed start at corner for two seasons before making the transition back to his original position of safety.Ive been an underdog my whole life. People doubt. Just prove them wrong, Jackson said. Thats one thing I can say I like to do.Jacksons strong has always been just below the surface.Blair would sit him during games just to bring it out. Against rival Monarch High, Jackson rode the bench for two quarters before blowing the game wide open at receiver. Blair laughed while recalling how Jackson returned a punt for a big chunk of yards that game and turned back to look at him as if saying, Coach, you know better than to sit me like that. The whole team lit up after that.Getting into it with Ronnie Harrison against USC was both expected and satisfying for Blair to see.No one had to push Jackson to take charge in Alabamas season opener in September, he just did it on his own, the same way he stepped into a leadership role at Boyd Anderson, schooling the young receivers there.Hes a fiery guy, Blair said. Hes going to love his teammates to the max, but at the same time a little tough love isnt going to hurt you.On Jacksons arm is a tattoo that reads: Tough times dont last, tough people do. How tough you are, you can overcome anything, he said.He promised his mother hed get his degree, which is why he came back for his senior year at Alabama rather than turning pro. His motivation now, he said, is to show the young guys what it takes.Even Harrison said that, when he and Jackson got into it, it was only him trying to be a leader.He taught me a lot, Harrison said. Hes just always in my head, in my ear, and he tells me that I push him every day in practice. We just kind of lean on each other and really try to keep each other up.There were no hurt feelings, no need for a thank-you after that.Everyone knows the deal: Get out of line and Jackson will straighten you out. It doesnt matter what the score is.Thats just the Alabama way. China NFL Jerseys White Cheap NFL Autographed Jerseys Black China NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys From China Black China NFL Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Wholesale NFL Camo Jerseys
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