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    November 23, 2018 10:15 PM PST

    SAN FRANCISCO -- Rookie Ty Blach will seek to avoid becoming the next Salomon Torres in San Francisco Giants lore when he pitches a critical game Saturday against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Air Max Wholesale China Free Shipping .Torres, then a 21-year-old rookie, was called upon by Giants manager Dusty Baker to pitch the final game of the season in 1993 when San Francisco and the Atlanta Braves were tied for first place.The Los Angeles Dodgers bombed the youngster in 3 1/3 innings of a 12-1 thumping that relegated the Giants to second place at a time when baseball didnt have a wild-card entry into the playoffs.The Giants cant be eliminated from playoff contention Saturday, but itll be up to Blach to help the team retain its one-game edge over the St. Louis Cardinals for the last playoff spot in the National League.The Giants (85-75) will begin the day one game behind the New York Mets (86-74), who currently reside in the top wild-card position. The Cardinals (84-76) need a win Saturday and a Giants loss to forge a tie entering the final day of the regular season.Blach did not respond well to his first major-league start under playoff-race pressure last Sunday in San Diego, allowing two runs, four hits and three walks in three innings in a 4-3 loss.The 25-year-old did shut out the Dodgers in a previous three-inning relief stint, but that was after LA had built a 9-3 lead and was coasting.Giants manager Bruce Bochy has faith in his second-time starter, who got the nod over more experienced right-hander Albert Suarez.I have a lot of confidence in Ty, the veteran skipper said. Hell handle this just fine. Hes a tough competitor.Blach will be up against Dodgers ace left-hander Clayton Kershaw, who will be making his final playoff prep.Dodgers manager Dave Roberts pulled his No. 2 starter, Rich Hill, after five innings Friday night, then watched the Giants rally from a 3-2 deficit to win 9-3.Kershaw is attempting to work his way back into top form after having missed 10 weeks with a back injury.The standout has progressed from three innings to five, six and seven in his four starts since returning from the injury on Sept 9. The six-inning start came Sept. 19 against the Giants, a game the Dodgers won 2-1.Kershaw didnt get the win in that game, but nonetheless has posted an 18-7 record and 1.58 ERA in 34 career starts against the Giants.He will have five days off before starting Game 1 of the series against the Nationals.Roberts believes the Dodgers, who clinched the NL West last weekend, are benefiting from playing the Giants on the eve of the postseason.Thats a very good ballclub, he said. They fight, they compete and theyve won. Theyre fighting for their lives over there, so its good for our guys to play a team like that, especially in this environment. Nike Air Max Free Shipping Worldwide . This should be celebrated because it will not always be this way. With the amount of money given to players by their clubs these days, it is a wonder that so many of those teams allow the sport to continue to take away many of their assets so they can play for a different team in the middle of their season. Air Max China Free Shipping . Parker had 26 points and eight assists and San Antonio beat Toronto 112-99 Monday night. "We won that game because of Tony Parkers aggressiveness," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "His juice; his aggression all night long. . Miller reached right to deflect Mikhail Grabovskis attempt with just over 2 minutes remaining in regulation, and then made two more saves in the shootout Sunday to give the Sabres a 2-1 win over the Washington Capitals.Halle, Germany (Sports Network) - Five-time champion Roger Federer and reigning titlist Tommy Haas will meet Saturday in a rematch of last years final at the $900,000 Gerry Weber Open, a grass-court Wimbledon tune-up. The top-seeded former world No. 1 Federer double-bageled German Mischa Zverev, while a third-seeded Haas fought back to beat former top-10 Frenchman Gael Monfils 6-7 (4-7), 6-3, 6-3 in Fridays quarterfinal action at Gerry Weber Stadium. Federer destroyed Zverev in 40 minutes for the second 6-0, 6-0 victory of his career, while Haas survived a 14-acee effort from Monfils in 1 hour, 54 minutes. Cheap Air Max Shoes With Free Shipping. The reigning Wimbledon champion Federer has appeared in seven Gerry Weber finals, capturing the five titles along the way. The one-time world No. 2 Haas stunned the seven-time Wimbledon champion Federer in last years Halle finale and also titled here back in 2009. Federer is 10-3 lifetime against Haas. including a 2-1 record in Halle. Also on Day 5, second-seeded Frenchman Richard Gasquet drove out eighth-seeded German Florian Mayer 6-3, 7-6 (7-4). 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