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CINCINNATI, Ohio -- The few caustic signs in the stands werent a bother. Nike Free Shop Schweiz . Mike Leake was glad just to be back on the mound and, for a few hours, away from his troubles. Better yet, he got a win. Leake got razzed by some fans during his first appearance since his shoplifting arrest, but ignored the handwritten signs and gave the Cincinnati Reds a much-needed boost Thursday, going seven innings for a 7-4 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks. "I was glad for him," said manager Dusty Baker, who pulled Leake close for a hug when he left the field. "I was proud of him, and we needed it badly. Thats as big a win as weve had since opening day." Leake (3-0) led the Reds to only their second win in eight games. The defending NL Central champs had fallen to .500 for the first time since May 8. Leake allowed three runs and fanned six in his longest outing of the season. Leake has been told by his lawyer not to talk about his court case. Asked how hes doing mentally, he said, "Ill be better once its all done. Right now, Ive just got to eat it and go out there and do what I can for the team. "It was nice to go out there and kind of erase some things and pitch." The 23-year-old righty was the Reds top draft pick last June. He went directly to the majors last season and helped the Reds get to the playoffs for the first time in 15 years. Police reports said Leake removed the tags from six American Rag T-shirts at a Macys store downtown on Monday afternoon and tried to leave without paying for them. The shirts were valued at US$59.88. At a court hearing the next day, his lawyer asked that the case be moved into a diversion program for first-time offenders. In a statement, Leake apologized to fans and the team "for this distraction." Baker considered skipping his turn in the rotation, but decided Leake wouldnt let the arrest distract from his pitching preparations. He talked to Leake the last few days to gauge his mood. "Usually you can look in a persons eyes and read that person at that moment. His eyes were gentle eyes," Baker said. "His eyes were gentle to the point of pain and embarrassment." Baker also considered the reaction hed get from fans, and decided it was probably best to let him get his first start at home rather than face much worse taunting on the road. A few had fun at his expense, Leake got a typical round of applause when he came to bat for the first time and grounded into a double play that ended the first inning. One fan in the left field stands held up a sign that said, "Mike Leake We Gave You The Bunt Sign Not The Steal Sign!" Another sign said, "Steal Us A Win Leake." Two fans sitting 10 rows behind the home dugout wore Bengals helmets -- the NFL team had a series of player arrests a few years back. "I didnt know if they were going to support me or not," Leake said. "For the most part, I think they were very nice about it." Leake didnt get off a good start, although thats been the norm in Cincinnati lately. Brian Roberts doubled and scored on Stephen Drews single for a 1-0 lead -- the fifth game in a row that a Reds starter allowed at least one run in the opening inning. The Reds have given up 23 runs in the first inning, the most in the majors. Daniel Hudson (0-4) was far worse in the bottom half of the inning, throwing 37 pitches while facing nine batters. He walked Jay Bruce and Paul Janish with the bases loaded to force in runs, and gave up a two-run single by Miguel Cairo. Joey Votto of Toronto hit his third homer in the fifth, helping the Reds pull away. Hudson also has been struggling in the first inning. "I cant keep putting my team in a deficit and expect them to fight their way out of it," Hudson said. "Ive got to fight through this. Im extremely frustrated. Thats three straight games -- four straight, really -- where Ive struggled in the first inning. Thats unacceptable." Francisco Cordero came on with a four-run lead in the ninth and gave up a homer by Drew, a single and a walk before getting Russell Branyan to ground out. NOTES: Arizona 3B Melvin Mora missed his third game with a sore left foot. ... Roberts, who took Moras place in the lineup, has a career-high eight-game hitting streak. ... Hudson gave up seven runs in 5 1-3 innings, raising his earned-run average to 5.92. ... The Reds have been outscored 23-16 in the first inning. ... Baker gave 3B Scott Rolen a day off, saying he looked slow the last couple of days. ... The Reds went 2-5 on their homestand, leaving them 7-6 at Great American Ball Park this season. Nike Free 3.0 V3 . The more recent spat is buried. With the regular season winding down, the Dallas Mavericks are tuning up nicely for the playoffs. Nike Free 3.0 Run+ 2S Laufschuhe . Capps deal, announced Thursday, includes a non-roster invitation to spring training. The 29-year-old right-hander has 138 career saves in 444 appearances for Pittsburgh, Washington and Minnesota. . -- Although Corey Perry and the Anaheim Ducks need no extra motivation for the Freeway Faceoff, they welcomed the chance to put a bit more space between themselves and the Los Angeles Kings, who also happen to be their closest pursuers in the Pacific Division. Nike Free run 3.0 Herren . On the fourth day, the Victoria native used a late move to grab the pink jersey back from the Spanish rider. Hesjedal caught everyone by surprise Saturday when he broke away from the peloton with just over a kilometre to go. Nike Free Schweiz . -- Whatever critics in his home country had to say about Felix Hernandez, it all seemed many miles away Friday when the star pitcher reported to Mariners spring training. (Sports Network) - After a thrilling win in Mondays opener, the Seattle Mariners try to make it two straight this evening when they continue their three-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays at Safeco Field. Seattle had dropped seven in a row entering Mondays series opener and appeared headed for an eighth straight loss, as it fell behind 7-0 after six innings. However, the Mariners rallied for eight runs over the final three innings and pulled off the improbable victory in the ninth when Luis Rodriguezs two-run single lifted them an 8-7 triumph. I knew the situation, especially with our seven-game losing streak, said Rodriguez, who entered the game when Chone Figgins left with a bruised thumb in the fourth inning. This win is really big for us. Michael Saunders led off the ninth with a double and was moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Brendan Ryan. Ichiro Suzuki came up with two outs and was intentionally walked after he worked a 2-0 count. Suzuki stole second base to allow the game-winning run to come in on Rodriguezs base hit to right-center field. We took our chances with a guy hitting .091 versus a perennial All-Star, said Toronto manager John Farrell. And wed do it again. The rally took reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Felix Hernandez off the hook, as he allowed seven runs on 12 hits annd two walks with six strikeouts through six innings. Nike Free Run+ 3 Laufschuhe Blau WeiƟ. . Josh Lueke (1-0) earned his first career win with a perfect ninth inning that included a strikeout. Torontos bullpen had entered the game leading the majors with a 1.11 ERA, but gave up all eight runs in this one after Jesse Litsch left after five scoreless frames. Shawn Camp (0-1) was charged with the loss and the blown save after Rodriguezs ninth inning heroics. Tonight the Mariners could have their hands full, as they face left-hander Ricky Romero, who has allowed just one earned run in each of his two starts. After beating the Minnesota Twins on Opening Day, Romero received a no- decision against the Oakland Athletics on Thursday, but pitched well, allowing a run and four hits in 7 1/3 frames. Romero is 1-0 lifetime against the Mariners with a 3.79 ERA in three starts. Seattle, meanwhile, will rely on 22-year-old righty Michael Pineda, who lost his big league debut to Texas last Tuesday. The defending American League champions reached Pineda for three runs and five hits in six innings. On the injury front, Figgins is questionable for tonights affair after x-rays taken on the thumb came back negative. Toronto took three of five from the Mariners last season and has won six of the last nine matchups in the series. ' ' '

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