Danny Duffy can blow away hitters with a mid-90s fastball.

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He’s learning that his softer stuff can be just as effective.
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Duffy pitched seven innings of three-hit ball, and the Kansas City Royals snapped a six-game skid with a 2-0 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Saturday.

Duffy (3-6) struck out a season-high 10 and walked three.

The rain picked up in the seventh, but there were no stoppages and the Brewers’ offense was stymied after outscoring Philadelphia 24-7 in the first two games of the New Orleans Saints Womens Jersey series.

Brewers: Eric Thames (left thumb) started in left field for Triple-A Colorado Springs in what was expected to be Kawann Short Youth Jersey his final rehab game. He could be activated Monday.

Phillies: Slumping 3B Maikel Franco, who also has been ill, according to Kapler, http://www.officialauthenticshoppanthers.com/WOMENS_YOUTH_KAWANN_SHORT_JERSEY.html was out of the lineup for a fourth straight game.

It’s not that Boone hasn’t http://www.officialfootballusa.com/new-orleans-saints/hoodie escaped his own criticism, however. In an April 1 loss to the Blue Jays, the Yankees blew a 4-1 lead as Justin Smoak hit a grand slam off David Robertson in the eighth inning after an intentional walk to Josh Donaldson had loaded the bases. The move was questionable if defendable (until it didn’t work): Robertson does have a sizable reverse platoon split and Donaldson is Donaldson, but loading the bases also leaves no margin for error. You could imagine the reaction before the papers went to press:

That’s the beauty of New York, whether you’re a player or manager: the unconditional love and passion when things are going well, mixed with the expectation that things better always go well. Boone has the perfect demeanor for the job. He’s enthusiastic and media-friendly, two traits that weren’t among his predecessor Joe Girardi’s strong suits, and he’s going to be an excellent communicator with his players. In this era with few stolen bases, few hit-and-runs, the death of the pitchout and bunt, that’s the manager’s primary job, other than not screwing up the bullpen moves.