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BOSTON -- After dropping two of three games to the middling New York Yankees, the Boston Red Sox can ill afford a sub-par weekend against the bottom-dwelling Arizona Diamondbacks. Cheap Red Sox Jerseys Authentic .Boston held on for a 5-3 win in the series opener against its archrival, but was blown out by New York 9-4 on Wednesday and fell victim to the Yankees come-from-behind, 4-2 win Thursday.Despite recording nine hits in the series finale, the Red Sox could only muster runs on an RBI single and an RBI double from Hanley Ramirez, and they left nine runners on base.Once again, with men in scoring position, that has been a little bit of a missed opportunity at this point, Boston manager John Farrell said.Making matters worse, Ramirez collided with Gary Sanchez at first base during the Yankees catchers eight-inning single.Ramirez stayed in the game after being checked out but eventually was pulled as a precaution.Hes sore, after the collision it was the impact of the ground that the lower back jarred, Farrell said. Wasnt going to chance it with any kind of violence in his swings.The loss dropped the Red Sox to 61-52, marking the first time they are fewer than 10 games over .500 since July 8.Boston now trails the American League East-leading Toronto Blue Jays by three games, and it holds a half-game lead over the Detroit Tigers for the final AL wild card.Arizona, meanwhile, has nothing left to play for but pride, which it certainly found during a 9-0 rout of the reining National League champion New York Mets on Thursday.The last-place Diamondbacks (48-66) trail the NL West-leading San Francisco Giants by a whopping 17 games and are 12 games out of the NL wild-card hunt.However, that didnt stop them from earning a three-game sweep over the Mets in which Arizona stole 13 bases.I think we were just aggressive, Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said. We got in good situations; the score allowed us to do that a lot.A couple of struggling southpaws are scheduled to toe the rubber Friday as Arizonas Patrick Corbin (4-11, 5.37 ERA) counters Bostons David Price (9-8, 4.34 ERA).Corbin is 0-5 with a 7.09 ERA in his past eight starts, and he hasnt won since June 21 against the Toronto Blue Jays.The former All-Star is 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA in one career start against the Red Sox, in which he allowed three runs on eight hits and struck out six in 2013.Ramirez is 4-for-7 with two doubles and three walks against Corbin. No active Red Sox batter has hit a home run or driven in a run against the lefty.Price will be making just his second start against the Diamondbacks. He pitched eight innings of two-run ball with 11 strikeouts in a victory in 2010.Michael Bourn is 3-for-19 (.158) with a double and five strikeouts against Price.Price also hasnt allowed a homer or an RBI to any current Arizona batter.The former American League Cy Young Award winner is 6-3 with a 4.33 ERA at Fenway Park this season. Cheap Red Sox Jerseys China . Barcelona also left injured defenders Carles Puyol, Javier Mascherano and Jordi Alba out of its squad for the trip to Glasgow. That means that Marc Bartra will probably start again in the centre of the defence alongside Gerard Pique. Wholesale Red Sox Jerseys . -- Bobby Ryan helped the U. http://www.cheapredsoxjerseys.com/ . After taking two big hits this week -- losing at home and dropping back-to-back games for the first time all season -- Indiana struck back by playing its most complete game of the year. NEW YORK -- Juan Martin del Potros magical month ended as it began -- with the big Argentine crying on the court.This time, he wiped away tears with the match still going. Stan Wawrinka was about to serve out a four-set victory to usher an exhausted del Potro out of the U.S. Open, and the hardy faithful who stuck around past 1 a.m. wanted to serenade their beloved 2009 champ one more time.Ole, ole, ole, Delpo, Delpo! rang down from Arthur Ashe Stadium as Wawrinka respectfully waited to serve. Thank you, the chair umpire said, pleading for silence to no avail.Del Potro squinted hard and bowed his head and finally applauded with his racket. Then the third-seeded Wawrinka closed out a 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 victory to reach his second straight U.S. Open semifinal.I can lose the match, but I will never forget this, del Potro said. Its bigger than any match. ... They made me so happy tonight, and I dont mind the score.It was 32 days earlier that del Potro played his first match at the Rio Olympics -- which he figured would be his last because he drew top-ranked Novak Djokovic. After three left wrist surgeries, del Potro lacked the conditioning -- not to mention the two-handed backhand -- to compete with the best. Or so he thought.Del Potro beat Djokovic that night. And sobbed afterward. The wins kept coming, and so did the tears, through a victory over a just-as-exhausted Rafael Nadal to clinch a medal, and then after a grueling four-set loss to Andy Murray in the final.With little time to rest as he received a heros welcome back in Argentina, the 142nd-ranked del Potro entered his first U.S. Open since 2013 as a wild card. The adoring crowds willed him to victory in round after round, so appreciative of his efforts to come back from the wrist problems that nearly ended his career.They couldnt quite do it in a 3-hour, 13-minute quarterfinal that endeed at 1:20 a. Cheap Boston Red Sox Jerseys. .m. Thursday. Del Potro had defeated Wawrinka in the second round at Wimbledon in the initial hint that the Argentine could contend again. But in the rematch, Wawrinka adjusted his tactics in the third set.He started standing farther back on del Potros serves, setting himself up to push his opponent from sideline to sideline in long rallies. Wawrinka needed to save a match point in a five-set third-round match, but now hes in Fridays semifinals against sixth-seeded Kei Nishikori.Its not a player that I can really play always the way I want because hes so aggressive, Wawrinka said of del Potro. It was important to stay tough there. I knew it will be difficult. But Im happy with the way I was fighting, with myself. Im happy with the way I find solutions in the third set to take advantage.Maybe if del Potro had won the opening set, he could have prevailed in three. He was up a break in the first, but after too many mistakes, he lost in a tiebreaker that left him punching his own head in frustration. It was the first set hed dropped all tournament.But mostly there was joy on the court. During that tiebreaker, he argued that Wawrinka challenged a call too late, then wound up playfully rubbing the chair umpires head.Del Potros ranking will skyrocket into the top 65 next week -- no more needing wild cards into the majors. He looks forward to an offseason to hone his conditioning so he can hang with a player like Wawrinka in a best-of-five match.Now Im fighting at the same level as the top guys, and I already beat Djokovic, Rafa. I played against Murray in a great match, del Potro said. Wawrinka is the No. 3 player in the world, and Im there. 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