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    HOUSTON -- Jered Weaver has not had much success against the Houston Astros this season, and that continued Saturday night. China Chicago Cubs Jerseys .Evan Gattis had two home runs and four RBI in his return to the lineup, Collin McHugh threw six strong innings and the Astros beat the Los Angeles Angels 7-2.Weaver (8-8) allowed six runs on seven hits with three walks in four innings.It looked like Jered had trouble with his release point, Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. I think getting ahead of some guys and repeating some pitches, he didnt look as grounded as he has been. I dont think he got a chance to get his game on the field the way he has been the last couple starts.The right-hander has struggled against Houston this season, allowing 16 runs in 15 1/3 innings.I just think that obviously, I dont have the same (stuff) that I used to have is first and foremost, Weaver said. They have become a pretty patient team. Not as free swinging. They make you work for it. I had to work my (butt) off there in the second and third.Weaver had allowed a run in each of his last two outings -- both wins -- before Saturday. Weaver said his command wasnt very good Saturday.It was not like it had been, Weaver said. Everything was up. It was kind of erratic. When I made good pitches, good things happened, but when I fell behind, I had to come back in with certain pitches that didnt work out too good.The Angels have lost 10 straight to Houston.Its kind of a spell of bad luck, Kole Calhoun said. They play well against us, and we are not swinging the bats here like we should be.Gattis sat Friday with a bruised right hand after being hit by a pitch Wednesday. He came back Saturday and launched a three-run homer into the Crawford Boxes in left field in the second inning and added a solo shot off the facade in left-center in the fourth to give Houston a 5-0 lead.It was his sixth career multihomer game and first since hitting a pair Aug. 26, 2015, against the Yankees.Carlos Correa had a solo home run to right in the fifth.McHugh (7-6) allowed two runs on six hits with six strikeouts in six innings. He continued his string of solid outings, allowing two runs or fewer for the sixth time in his last seven starts.Houston tacked on a run in the third when Weaver hit Preston Tucker with the bases loaded, scoring George Springer. Springer knocked an RBI single in the fourth.Ji-Man Choi had a solo home run to the upper deck in right field to lead off the fifth, and Andrelton Simmons hit an RBI single in the sixth for the Angels.ROSTER MOVESAngels: Los Angeles called up Carlos Perez from Triple-A Salt Lake. Perez started at catcher and went 0 for 3. The Angels optioned C Juan Graterol to Salt Lake.UP NEXTAngels: RHP Tim Lincecum (2-3) will make his seventh start of the season Sunday and is looking for his second straight win.Astros: RHP Mike Fiers (6-4) will make his 18th start of the season and look to bounce back from two straight starts of four innings or less, including Mondays outing in Oakland where he was tagged for six runs in 3 2/3 innings. Cheap Ben Zobrist Jersey .C. -- Rodney Hood connected from all over the court while freshman Jabari Parker was busy swatting shots and scoring in transition. Cheap Drew Smyly Jersey .Y. -- Bills receiver Stevie Johnson has a bone to pick with the NFL schedule maker. http://www.cheapcubsjerseysauthentic.com/?tag=cheap-jon-lester-jersey . Jeff Green scored 13 points and Kris Humphries 12 for the Celtics, who nearly blew an 18-point, second-half lead. Sullingers 20-20 was the first by a Celtics player since Kevin Garnetts first game in Boston in 2007. Garnett was dealt -- along with Paul Pierce -- to Brooklyn during the off-season. In Ibtihaj Muhammad, fencing might have finally found an athlete whose story transcends the sport.Muhammad will make history at the Rio Games by becoming the first American athlete to wear a hijab -- a Muslim head scarf -- while competing in the Olympics.Muhammads Olympic goal -- beyond winning a medal, of course -- is to be a positive role model for the Muslim-American community.Ive been in this sport for a pretty long time -- at this point I feel like Ive kind of created a name for myself. If anything, I think the wonderful thing is that now these young kids, they see Muslim women involved in sports. So its not an anomaly anymore, Muhammad said at the Team USA media summit Los Angeles in March.But Muhammad is hardly the only American poised for a breakout in Rio.The U.S. might be as strong as its ever been ahead of an Olympics -- and the fact that this years Games will be broadcast live in the Eastern time zone should only help fencings growth domestically.The Americans and Russians caught some bad luck because two of their top teams -- mens sabre and womens foil -- wont compete in Rio because the IOC only has room for 10 of the sports 12 divisions during the Olympics. But those athletes will still compete as individuals.Here are some of the key story lines to follow during this years Olympic fencing tournament.---U.S. ON THE RISEThe U.S. and Italy have three teams ranked in the top three in their weapon in the most recent FIE rankings, trailing only Russias five.The Americans havent won a gold medal in mens Olympic fencing since Albertson Van Zo Post in 1904. But Alexander Massialas, the son of former national team coach Greg Massialas, is ranked No. 1 in the world in mens foil. Gerek Meinhardt and Race Imboden -- whos also a fashion model -- also owned top-seven spots in that weapon.Daryl Homer and Eli Dershwitz are ranked 10th and 12th in mens sabre, well within striking distance of a medal.Two-time Olympic gold medalist Mariel Zagunis is a medal favorite in womens sabre, and Muhammad (eighth, sabre) might be peaking just when she needs to. Lee Kiefer ttook a year off from her studies at Notre Dame to focus on Rio, and shes ranked third in foil. Cheap Brandon Morrow Jersey. ---RETURNING STARArianna Errigo is the new face of Italian fencing after Valentina Vezzali, a six-time Olympic champion, failed to qualify for Rio.Errigo, who lost to teammate Elisa Di Francisca 12-11 in the gold medal match in London, went on to win world championships in 2013-14 and is currently ranked No. 1 in foil. Errigos 270 points earned so far in 2016 are the most of any individual fencer.Sophia Velikaya of Russia (sabre) was also a runner-up in London who has since ascended atop the world rankings, one spot ahead of Zagunis.Top-ranked Anqi Xu of China will seek her first world championship in epee.---OLYMPIAN EFFORTRuben Limardo, Venezuelas flag bearer for Rio, will be asked to bear the weight of a continents worth of pressure as South Americas best hope for a fencing medal. But the favorite in Limardos weapon, Gauthier Grumier, has led France to five team epee world titles and is desperate to claim Olympic gold as an individual.Japans Yuki Ota and James Andrew-Davis of Great Britain are the biggest threats the U.S. will likely face in foil.Russias Alexey Yakimenko is ranked No. 1 in sabre on the strength of a strong end to 2015. But South Koreas Kim Jung-hwan recently won a Grand Prix in Moscow and looks primed for a run at gold in Rio.---RULE CHANGESThe biggest change fans will noticed from London in 2012 to Rio is the shift in the piste, or fighting strip, from parallel to angled.The venue in London only allowed fans to view from two sides of the arena. But with seats circling all of Carioca Arena 3, spectators should have a much clearer and more dimensional view of the matches. There will also be a family-friendly area just outside the venue, where passers-by will be able to grab a weapon and give fencing a try free of charge. Coaches will be on hand to provide instructions, and safety equipment will be provided. ' ' '