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HARRISON, N. Jerry Rice Jersey .J. — A long trek to the scoring column for Brandon Barklage and Jan Gunnar Solli ended Sunday night with the defence-minded twosome accounting for all the goals in the Red Bulls 3-2 win over D.C. United. A franchise-record crowd of 25,187 witnessed Barklage, a defender waived last December by the same United squad he victimized for his first two MLS career goals, tie the game in the 20th minute, then put the Red Bulls up 2-1 in the second minute of first-half stoppage time. The fans also saw Solli, who has alternated between midfield and defence this year, knock in the winner in the 55th minute for his first career goal in 43 MLS games. Coach Hans Backe was hard-pressed to think of an unlikelier pair to provide the offence to what he termed the most complete game the Red Bulls (9-4-3) have played this year. His team moved into a first-place tie with United (9-5-3) in the East. “When Barklage and Solli score, you have to win, probably,” Backe said after his squad secured its 30th point and ran its mark to 6-1-2 over its last nine games. Barklage played 11 of his 22 career MLS games with United before that team told him he “couldnt cut it” there and waived him last December. He got his first goal almost by accident in an action-packed first half when he flashed across the goalmouth to left-foot Joel Lindperes low corner kick past keeper Bill Hamid. “It was a great ball in, near post,” said Barklage, whose goal followed a difficult opening in which D.C.s Chris Pontius scored his franchises fastest goal at 31 seconds. It was the second-fastest goal ever scored against the Red Bulls, coming a dozen seconds later than New England Revolution forward Jose Caselas goal at 19 seconds in 2005. “The ball came in my space and luckily I got a foot on it. I started celebrating right away.” Barklage put the Red Bulls up in the second minute of first-half stoppage time. Lurking on the right side, Barklage knocked in a one-time volley after Rafa Marquezs free kick, caused when D.C.s Robbie Russell brought down Mehdi Ballouchy just outside the box. The free kick caromed high off the defensive wall. “It took me four years to do it,” said Barklage, who signed with the Red Bulls in February after trying out with assistant coach Mike Petke and playing in three preseason games in January. “Theres a lot of history in D.C. for me. Luckily, they didnt come here and get a point or three points.” Solli saw to that in the 55th minute, putting in his own rebound of a shot off Lindperes feed for a 3-1 lead. “It was a long run for the first goal,” Solli said. “A long time. It was nice to bury that. Now its up to me to try to get into (scoring) positions. But itll be nice to see the replay because I havent done it.” Except for the first minute, the Red Bulls dominated the opening 55 minutes before wearing down over the final stretch, allowing United several good opportunities. Pontius tightened the score in the 66th minute with his second goal, his fifth this season against the Red Bulls thanks to his first career hat trick in their meeting April 22. But the defence held. And the offence was dominant well into the second half. “They were finding seams and we werent too happy,” Hamid said. “You could say we gave this game away in the first half. Once we score early like that, weve got to keep up the pressure and not let up because teams are going to punish us, especially on the road.” Anthony Davis Jersey . — Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs will have surgery for a partially torn Achilles tendon, an injury he insists will not keep him sidelined for the entire 2012 season. Y.A. Tittle 49ers Jersey . 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Well, they all made significant trades for starting pitchers in the off-season, and all three are in the thick of the race for playoff spots in the National League.  As of this writing, Washington leads the East, Cincinnati leads the Central, and Arizona is still close in the West and NL wild card races. How does this apply to the Blue Jays? If theyre going to be better next season, theyll might have to trade for starting pitching this season, like the Nationals, Reds and D-Backs did in 2011.  Lets revisit each of those swaps to see what it took to get done. The Blue Jays were in the race for Mat Latos, who ended up going to the Reds. Cinncinati gave up standout catching prospect Yasmani Grandal and two other prospects, Yonder Alonzo and Brad Boxberger, plus veteran starter Edinson Volquez. It was a pretty hefty price to pay but Latos has delivered. Arizona picked up right hander Trevor Cahill and lefty reliever Craig Breslow from Oakland for three prospects. Ryan Cook has become the As closer and Jarrod Parker is now a fixture in their rotation, while outfielder Collin Cowgill remains in the minors. Based on what Cook and Parker have done, the As look like winners in this deal, but Cahill gave Arizona another veteran arm for their rotation and he isnt eligible for free agency until 2016. Washington picked up lefty Gio Gonzalez from the As along with prospect Robert Gilliam in exchange for four players; lefty starter Tommy Milone, catcher Derek Norris and prospects A.J Cole and Brad Peacock. Milone and Norris have played significant roles with the As and have helped keep them in Wild Card contention, but Gonzalez has blossomed with the Nationals and is turning into a star. Not one of Cincinnati, Washington or Arizona got burned in these deals and all could coonceivably make he post-season. Aldon Smith Jersey. The Blue Jays have an abundance of prospects, especially pitchers who arent quite Major League ready. To make a quantum leap next season, Alex Anthopolous is going to have to make at least one bold trade for an established starter. The alternative is sifting through free agents and over-paying that way. The best of the lot is Zack Greinke and the competition for him figures to be fierce. One dream trade would be to get Felix Hernandez out of Seattle. “King Felix” is only 26, has a 95-72 career record with a 3.18 earned run average.  Hes already won a Cy Young Award and could be in contention for another one this season with a 10-5 mark with a 2.63 ERA, 159 strikeouts and three shutouts. He is also greatly respected by his countryman, Jays right-hander Henderson Alvarez. But thats still just a dream I keep having. Down the Stretch:  There really is no clear favourite for the World Series in the American League. The Yankees are tailing off a bit, and the Rangers just seem to keep running into problems. Colby Lewis and Neftali Felix are gone for the season, Roy Oswalt is upset because hes been exiled to the bullpen and shortstop Elvis Andrus has a tender shoulder. None of the other teams in playoff contention are without flaws either. If Tampa Bay can get Evan Longoria back healthy and contributing, the Rays just might surprise everybody. In the National League Cincinnati looks like a force to be reckoned with in the post-season. The Reds have won 22 of their last 25 games and are 16-4 without Joey Votto, whos recovering from knee surgery. Jays Sign Cust:  This is probably just a look-see signing like Vladimir Guerrero was earlier this season, but if 33-year-old DH Jack Cust pans out at Las Vegas, its just one more reason to believe Adam Lind wont be back with the Jays next season. ‘ ‘ ‘

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