CHICAGO -- Already assured a playoff spot, the Pittsburgh Pirates are pushing for even more. [url=http://www.theeaglesshoponline

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CHICAGO -- Already assured a playoff spot, the Pittsburgh Pirates are pushing for even more. Chance Warmack Jersey . Gerrit Cole threw six strong innings and the Pirates took over the NL wild-card lead, beating the Chicago Cubs 8-2 Tuesday night. The Pirates moved one game ahead of Cincinnati, which lost to the Mets 4-2. Pittsburgh remained two games behind NL Central-leading St. Louis. One night after clinching their first post-season spot in 21 years, Cole and the Pirates showed no signs of losing momentum. Cole hit a two-run single against Chris Rusin (2-6), Pedro Alvarez drove in three runs and Jordy Mercer homered. "I had every confidence that wed go out and play a good ballgame," manager Clint Hurdle said. "The men are focused, theyre having fun and the opportunity to gain this kind of experience, weve been getting in all year long, this has added to it." Pittsburgh is trying to add to whats already been a breakout season, and Cole did his part. Cole (10-7) won his fourth straight start, giving up two runs and seven hits. He struck out six and walked one and became the first Pittsburgh rookie since Josh Fogg in 2002 to win at least 10 games. "It just kind of felt like I had different stuff every inning. It was weird," Cole said. "The pace of the game was slow. Im not going to complain about scoring a lot of runs, thats for sure, but it was definitely a new challenge with the cold weather and the long innings. I had to do some different things in there. "It was great to be able to learn from that and take that into some really meaningful games," he said. Chicago started the bottom of the second inning with three consecutive hits from Dioner Navarro, Nate Schierholtz and Donnie Murphy, but a baserunning error and double play helped Cole hold the Cubs off the scoreboard. Schierholtz was tagged between first and second on his single when Navarro stopped at second, and Brian Bogusevic grounded into an inning-ending double play to keep the Cubs scoreless. The Cubs tried to rally in the sixth, scoring when Mercer mishandled Anthony Rizzos bases-loaded grounder to shortstop and cutting Pittsburghs lead to 6-1. But Cole struck out Navarro and pinch-hitter Luis Valbuena before Donnie Murphy flied out deep on Coles 34th pitch of the inning and his last one of the night. "Those are the experiences for growth you can only get by getting the opportunity to compete, and to get the last fly ball out. He spilled the tank out there and it again it shows that theres fight in that young man," Hurdle said. "He doesnt have to show up with every weapon sharp to go out and pitch competitively and pitch good enough to win," he said, The Cubs, meanwhile, havent been good enough to win for most of this season. They lost for the 11th time in 14 games, and their 50th defeat at home set a team record. Chicago plays its Wrigley Field finale Wednesday. "To lose that many games at home, its something you got to stay away from. For whatever reason, we got to score more runs at home and do something at home," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. "This year has just been tough, just seem to do more things on the road than we have at home." Rusin lost his third straight decision. Alvarez opened the scoring when his second-inning double to right got stuck in the ivy, driving in Marlon Byrd. With two outs, Cole singled home Gaby Sanchez and Alvarez. Mercer hit a solo shot in the third, connecting for his seventh homer and first since Aug. 22. "Were still trying to win our division. Thats what were shooting for, so were trying to win out here and just keep going for the next four games," star outfielder Andrew McCutchen said. NOTES: Hurdle said struggling All-Star Jeff Locke wont pitch Sunday against Cincinnati, and said Cole could "potentially" start that day while RHP Charlie Morton would be on his regular rest Saturday. But Hurdle didnt formally announce his starters after A.J. Burnett on Friday. Locke is 1-3 with a 6.00 ERA in four September starts. ... Logan Watkins started at second base, and Sveum said Darwin Barney was just getting a day off and would be back in the lineup Wednesday. Barney is hitting .156 in 20 September games. ... McCutchen didnt seem to enjoy too much of the champagne from Monday night. "After a while, its a little too cold for me, but Ill take it," he said. "I think next time, we should just leave it hot." ... The pitching matchup Wednesday is Pittsburgh LHP Francisco Liriano (16-7, 2.88) against Chicago RHP Jake Arrieta (3-2, 3.94). Darren Sproles Jersey . Monta Ellis had 30 points and nine assists, Nowitzki was another of seven Dallas players in double figures with 11 points and the Mavericks beat the Los Angeles Lakers 123-104 Tuesday night. Lane Johnson Jersey . Peko, a fourth-round pick in 2006, started all 16 games and a playoff loss to San Diego last season. He was second on the line with 72 tackles and had a career-high three sacks. http://www.theeaglesshoponline.com/Youth-Brandon-Brooks-Eagles-Jersey/ . The thinking at the time was Clowney could have already been promised he would be selected first overall by the Houston Texans, therefore negating any need to meet with any other teams. The plot took another twist this week.LONDON - Theres a simple way of measuring if there has been any progress at Manchester United under Louis van Gaal: the Premier League position and the points tally.After Sundays 1-0 loss to Southampton, with United on 37 points after 21 games, it was inevitable comparisons would be drawn with Van Gaals predecessor. After 21 games, David Moyes had also collected 37 points.So after a year of turmoil, despite more than $250 million spent revamping the squad, United has made no progress?You have been waiting for the moment to tell me I have the same points as David Moyes, Van Gaal snapped after Sundays loss.The Dutchmans irritability is partly justified.The priority is restoring United to the Champions League, ensuring this is a one-off season jettisoned from Europes elite competition. So with United in fourth place, Van Gaal is on target (even if Uniteds budget projections are for a third-place finish).For Moyes, 37 points was only adequate for seventh place during a season when he only spent the first week in the top four. And the downfall for Alex Fergusons anointed successor was United only collecting 20 points from the next 13 matches.On paper, United has the attacking potency to avoid such a slump in the second half of the season, without the distraction of European football.But the so-called Gaalacticos arent always living up to their star billing or mega salaries. It was risible that a team featuring Angel di Maria, Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney couldnt manage a shot on target, albeit against a Southampton team that has defied expectations to rise to third — above United on Sunday — with the leagues stingiest defence.They came for a draw, I believe, and they go away with a victory, Van Gaal said. That is disappointing.United, though, expected it was hiring a manager with the tactical acumen to come up with a Plan B to outwit opponents as he did at the Worldd Cup last year with the third-place Netherlands. Jason Kelce Jersey. . The former Barcelona coach talks about imposing a philosophy that remains a mystery to many.Equally mystifying was the complete absence of Radamel Falcao from Sundays squad when United required all the attacking vigour in its armoury to break through such a sturdy back-four. Paying more than $60 million to turn that loan from Monaco into a permanent deal at the end of the season seems unthinkable at the moment, but predicting how the next five months will unfold would be foolish.As a coach you have to take decisions and you have to look at the composition of your team and your selection and you have to look at your game plan, Van Gaal said. We have a lot of players who are coming back and (Falcao) has played the last five matches in a row.Those five games capped an 11-game unbeaten run in all competitions. Unlike Moyes, that included steering United into the fourth round of the FA Cup, albeit against weaker opposition.And Van Gaals job seems far more secure than his ill-fated predecessor. The air of gloom and negativity that pervaded Old Trafford last season has gone, and fan dissent has been quelled with a cocksure coach in the dugout.Publicly, Van Gaal is saying the right things.Moyes was ridiculed for saying of Manchester City: Its the sort of standard and level we need to try and aspire to get ourselves to. Whereas Van Gaal just last week issued a typically crowd-pleasing declaration: My ambition is that I have the best players who can collaborate with each other to form the best team in the world.The starting point is ensuring strikers perform their primary function and find the net more consistently. 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