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In the pouring rain, Joe Nathan closed out the Rangers’ 7-4 win over the Los Angeles Angels to give Texas its sixth straight win. With the win and the Tampa Bay’s loss to the Toronto Blue Jays, the Rangers are now tied with the Rays for the second wild-card spot and a half game behind the Cleveland Indians, who played later Saturday, heading into the final day of the regular season. (Photos: Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)

So close: Yu Darvish almost pitched a no-hitter on Tuesday night.

Darvish was one out from a perfect game when Marwin Gonzalez grounded a clean single through the pitcher’s legs, and Texas beat the Houston Astros 7-0 on Tuesday night.

A screen shot of the play showed the ball sail what looked to be less than a foot below the pitcher’s glove and into the outfield.

“That was impossible to catch,” Darvish said through a translator. (Photos: Houston Chronicle/Cody Duty/The Associated Press)

Scary moment: Marc Staal takes a puck to the face

New York is riding high on a three-game winning streak, but instead of being able to fully celebrate their good fortune and the improved play of their newest star, the Rangers are holding their breath as they wait for medical news regarding key defenceman Marc Staal.

Rick Nash broke a third-period tie and added an insurance goal in the Rangers’ 4-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night. Any feelings of euphoria were greatly lessened because of concern regarding Staal, who appeared to be struck in the right eye by a deflected puck 5:45 into the third.

“I just looked at it. It’s scary,” said subdued Rangers coach John Tortorella, who hadn’t gotten an update on Staal’s condition. (Photos: Frank Franklin II/The Associated Press)

This is a photo painting by George Kalinsky of New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist. It is one of six iconic photos by Kalinsky, the legendary Madison Square Garden photographer, being auctioned to help fulfill the dreams of children facing obstacles. Madison Square Garden Company says all net proceeds from the one-of-a-kind, signed artworks of sports and entertainment figures will benefit the Garden of Dreams Foundation. (AP Photo/Madison Square Garden Company, George Kalinsky)

This is a photo painting by George Kalinsky of New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist. It is one of six iconic photos by Kalinsky, the legendary Madison Square Garden photographer, being auctioned to help fulfill the dreams of children facing obstacles. Madison Square Garden Company says all net proceeds from the one-of-a-kind, signed artworks of sports and entertainment figures will benefit the Garden of Dreams Foundation. (AP Photo/Madison Square Garden Company, George Kalinsky)

No, this is not Tony Romo. Texas Rangers closer Joe Nathan can do a pretty good impersonation of Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.The pitcher and New York Giants fan had no choice.Nathan paid off a bet with fellow reliever and Cowboys fan Mike Adams by donning a full Romo uniform, including pads and football cleats, during the Rangers’ batting practice before Tuesday night’s game against Cleveland.It was the Rangers’ first home game since the Cowboys’ season-opening 24-17 victory at the Giants last Wednesday.Nathan even threw a few passes to teammates in the outfield before signing autographs for fans while still wearing the No. 9 jersey and helmet with a star.Adams also had a bet with general manager Jon Daniels, who will have to wear a Cowboys cap during a media session.

No, this is not Tony Romo. Texas Rangers closer Joe Nathan can do a pretty good impersonation of Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.

The pitcher and New York Giants fan had no choice.

Nathan paid off a bet with fellow reliever and Cowboys fan Mike Adams by donning a full Romo uniform, including pads and football cleats, during the Rangers’ batting practice before Tuesday night’s game against Cleveland.

It was the Rangers’ first home game since the Cowboys’ season-opening 24-17 victory at the Giants last Wednesday.

Nathan even threw a few passes to teammates in the outfield before signing autographs for fans while still wearing the No. 9 jersey and helmet with a star.

Adams also had a bet with general manager Jon Daniels, who will have to wear a Cowboys cap during a media session.

"Everything’s OK. Thanks for your concern" — Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur said on Monday, after being asked whether he was OK after getting punched in the face in Sunday night’s victory over the Rangers.

"Everything’s OK. Thanks for your concern" — Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur said on Monday, after being asked whether he was OK after getting punched in the face in Sunday night’s victory over the Rangers.

One, two, three, four: Josh Hamilton made history last night, hitting four home runs against the Baltimore Orioles.

And he does appreciate how fortunate he was to be playing baseball at Camden Yards on Tuesday night as a member of the Texas Rangers. Because, before his epic performance against the Baltimore Orioles, Hamilton had to do something even harder than launching a quartet of two-run homers.

He needed to save himself from personal ruin.

Hamilton went from first-round draft pick by Tampa Bay in 1999 to out of baseball altogether because of drug and alcohol addiction.
   
He recovered and returned to the majors in 2007 with Cincinnati, and was traded to the Texas, where he has become a star – the AL MVP in 2010 – while still battling his addiction. He had a relapse before this season, but is off to a torrid start.

Senators have history with Game 7: Rarely have truer words been written: “Not that this was the Senators’ chosen path, it is their fallback option,” columnist Wayne Scanlan wrote in the Ottawa Citizen. “And they may regret, dearly, that Game 7 was even necessary.”The Senators had a chance to complete a first-round upset of the top-seeded New York Rangers on Monday night, but allowed three goals in the second period to lose 3-2 at home. Ottawa will face New York in Game 7 on Thursday. They have never won a Game 7.

Senators have history with Game 7: Rarely have truer words been written: “Not that this was the Senators’ chosen path, it is their fallback option,” columnist Wayne Scanlan wrote in the Ottawa Citizen. “And they may regret, dearly, that Game 7 was even necessary.”

The Senators had a chance to complete a first-round upset of the top-seeded New York Rangers on Monday night, but allowed three goals in the second period to lose 3-2 at home. Ottawa will face New York in Game 7 on Thursday. They have never won a Game 7.

Grudge match: The Ottawa Senators have extra incentive to win the playoff series against the New York Rangers: a chance to humiliate America’s top diplomat by making her wear their jersey.Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton made a wager with Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird ahead of Thursday night’s opening game in New York. If the Rangers win, Baird must wear New York blue. If the Senators prevail, Clinton must don Ottawa red.“I’m pretty confident that you’ll look good in blue,” said Clinton, who represented New York in the U.S. Senate.Baird said he’d give Clinton the jersey of his favorite player, centre Jason Spezza, if the Senators win. “You can wear it around the house,” he told her.

Grudge match: The Ottawa Senators have extra incentive to win the playoff series against the New York Rangers: a chance to humiliate America’s top diplomat by making her wear their jersey.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton made a wager with Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird ahead of Thursday night’s opening game in New York. If the Rangers win, Baird must wear New York blue. If the Senators prevail, Clinton must don Ottawa red.

“I’m pretty confident that you’ll look good in blue,” said Clinton, who represented New York in the U.S. Senate.

Baird said he’d give Clinton the jersey of his favorite player, centre Jason Spezza, if the Senators win. “You can wear it around the house,” he told her.

Pitching, running, sweating, and riding off into the sunset on a golf cart. Yu Darvish: He’s just like us.

(Source: nationalpost.com)