DENVER -- Cory Luebke wasnt worried about throwing a no-hitter when he went to a 3-1 count on Mark Ellis in the sixth inning. Michael Bennett Seahawks Jersey
. One pitch later, no one else was worried about it, either. Ellis hit a two-run homer to break up Luebkes no-hit bid with two outs in the sixth, but the San Diego Padres cruised to an 8-2 win over the slumping Colorado Rockies on Monday night. "You see it but I cant say I thought about it a whole lot," Luebke said. "Its the sixth inning. Theres still a lot of game to go yet. Its not something you think about until the last inning." The Padres have never thrown a no-hitter in their 43-year history, though 19 times theyve held an opponent hitless into the eighth. The last time was July 9 when five pitchers kept the Los Angeles Dodgers hitless through 8 2-3 innings before Juan Uribe broke it up with a double. "I think you always (think about it) because you want it to happen for your guys," San Diego manager Bud Black said. "Youre always aware of it as you move deeper into the game. Weve seen it a number of times in the past." Luebke (6-9) tried to become the first pitcher in franchise history to accomplish the feat. He walked three and retired 12 straight at one point through five innings. He got Chris Nelson to line out to open the sixth before walking Eric Young Jr. Luebke momentarily preserved the no-hitter in the sixth when he slid to grab Dexter Fowlers slow roller near the mound and threw out the speedy outfielder at first for the second out of the inning. "I was definitely thinking this was his night," outfielder Cameron Maybin said. One batter later, Ellis ended the no-hit bid with his seventh homer to make it 8-2. It was Colorados only hit of the game. "A game like that, the only way you let a team back in is by putting guys on base yourself," Luebke said. "I just wanted to pound the zone." It wasnt a guarantee Luebke would finish the game had he kept the no-hitter going. Entering the sixth his pitch count was 86 and he finished the game with 119 pitches, a total due in large part to nine three-ball counts. "That would have been a tough decision," Black said. "There probably would have been a limit at some point." Luebke was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the eighth. He struck out a career-high nine. "You dont like to give credit to pitchers," Ellis said. "You might have to do it tonight." Ernesto Frieri pitched two hitless innings to finish the game. The Rockies have lost five straight and six of seven. Maybin and Aaron Cunningham homered and had two hits each, and Jason Bartlett also had two hits for San Diego, which has won three of four. Colorado shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (left hip), first baseman Todd Helton (back) and outfielder Carlos Gonzalez (right wrist) were out of the lineup. "We obviously dont have some of the best players out there," Ellis said. "But the guys that are out there are playing hard. Were just not winning a lot of games." The Padres jumped on Kevin Millwood (3-3) early. They took a 1-0 lead in the second on three straight singles and made it 3-0 in the third on RBI singles by Bartlett and Kyle Blanks. San Diego broke it open in the fourth and chased Millwood. Jeremy Hermida led off with a walk and scored on Cunninghams homer to left-centre, his second. One out later, Luebke singled to right and Maybin hit the first pitch he saw into the right-field bleachers for his ninth homer to make it 7-0. "I made a lot of hard outs the past week and a half, and it was nice to finally get some balls to find some gaps and hit the ball out of the park," Maybin said. Jim Miller relieved Millwood and got the final two outs of the inning. Millwood allowed seven runs -- six earned -- and nine hits. He struck out one. NOTES: Maybin is hitting .372 against the Rockies. Three of his nine home runs have come against Colorado. ... Tulowitzki has missed six straight games and eight of the past 10. Helton has missed six consecutive games and 12 of the past 14. Gonzalez missed his fourth game in a row. ... Padres INF Jesus Guzman (sore neck) was not in the lineup. ... The Padres will send RHP Matt Latos to the mound against Colorado RHP Jhoulys Chacin in the second game of the series Tuesday. Custom Seahawks Jersey
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. PAUL, Minn.Toronto FC officially unveiled English international striker Jermain Defoe and U.S. international midfielder Michael Bradley as its latest designated players on Monday morning in front of a boisterous crowd of supporters. Defoe, a 31-year-old striker, comes over from Tottenham Hotspur on a transfer believed to be somewhere in the neighbourhood of $10.8 million to $14.4 milion and an average yearly salary of a reported $8.3 million. Bradley, 26, heads to Toronto from Roma for a reported fee of $10 million and a salary of $7.1 million. "To acquire a star midfielder like Michael Bradley, seen by many as the top American player in the world, alongside Jermain Defoe, makes this a groundbreaking day for Toronto FC and for Major League Soccer," said Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment president and CEO Tim Leiweke of the clubs signings. A visibly emotional Leiweke said that the investment came down to one question that the team had to ask. "Why cant we be great?" he added. "We didnt win anything today, but we created a great opportunity." Defoe, who will return to Spurs on loan until Feb. 28, spoke highly of the reception hes received so far in Toronto and spoke of his desire to hit the ground running. "I feel at home already," he said. "As players, all you want to do is put your boots on, get out there and let your football do the talking...I feel blessed and honoured and Im looking forward to it so much." Assked if a place on Englands 2014 World Cup squad weighed in on his decision to come to North America, Defoe admitted that playing time was his primary concern. Steven Hauschka Seahawks Jersey
. "Its important to be playing," he explained. "To get into a World Cup or European Cup squad, its based on merit...if selected, Ill be ready." Bradley, whose unveiling was not previously advertised by the club, returns to MLS for the first time since 2005. "I have never been more excited, and more motivated, for any challenge in my career," he said. "What theyre trying to build here in really special, something really unique and different from anywhere else in MLS and North American soccer." The team also announced that working agreements were in place with both Spurs and Roma that would result in both friendlies being played in Toronto and a player exchange with Roma that will result in Toronto FC players training with Roma. With Defoe and Bradley in the fold, Toronto FCs number of designated players stands at four - one more than the league-allowed three. With new Brazilian striker Gilberto signed in the fall, Argentinian midfielder Matias Laba is expected to be the odd man out. Toronto general manager Tim Bezbatchenko confirmed that Laba is still with the club and that a final roster did not have to be submitted until the middle of March. "Well be working through the next steps over the next month and a half," he said. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Cheap Soccer Jerseys China
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