BOSTON -- Shane Victorino homered twice and added a two-run double. Patric Hornqvist Penguins Jersey . He also walked once and got on another time when he was hit by a pitch. He reached base safely five times in all. Four times he scored. And a career-high seven RBIs in all for Victorino in Bostons 13-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday night. "I dont think he could do much better," said Red Sox manager John Farrell, whose top three batters had three hits apiece. "Thats why theyre at the top of the order, to have that kind of on-base (percentage) ahead of our power hitters." But that wasnt good enough for Victorino, the No. 2 hitter, who drove in most of Bostons runs on his own. It was the second two-homer game of his career, and his most RBIs in a game ever -- topping his previous high of five. "Hes been playing great all year," second baseman Dustin Pedroia said. "And the plays he made in the outfield -- I dont remember anything like it." Felix Doubront pitched 6 2-3 innings of four-hit ball, and Mike Napoli also homered for AL East-leading Boston. Pedroia and leadoff hitter Jacoby Ellsbury had three hits apiece for the Red Sox, who improved to 2 1/2 games ahead of Tampa Bay in the division when the Rays lost to the Los Angeles Angels 6-5 later Tuesday night. "Every game is big from here on out," Pedroia said. "We played great tonight, but it doesnt carry over for tomorrow." J.J. Hardy and Danny Valencia each had two of Baltimores four hits. Wei-Yin Chen (7-7) lasted just 3 2-3 innings, allowing eight runs on eight hits and three walks. He struck out five and hit a batter and allowed three homers to lose for the fourth time in five starts. Chen, who has allowed six homers in his last three starts after allowing six for the rest of the season, called it the worst game of his career. "Its hard to believe we were ahead in this game 2-1," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "Youve got a team playing well over there. Thats why they are where they are. If you make some mistakes, especially in this park, youre going to pay for it." Doubront (10-6) had only one bad inning, allowing the first four batters in Baltimores two-run third to reach. But he retired 14 of the next 16 before leaving to a standing ovation from the Fenway Park crowd of 36,226. In all, Doubront gave up two runs on four hits, a walk and a hit batsman. He struck out seven and has allowed three or fewer runs in 21 of 24 starts. "We had one opportunity against him and cashed in two, but there was potential for more," Showalter said. "He pitched well and we did not pitch well." Victorino started the scoring in the first when he walked, took third on Pedroias double and scored on David Ortizs sacrifice fly. After Doubront allowed his only runs in the third to give the Orioles a 2-1 lead, Boston came back in the bottom half with two of their own when Will Middlebrooks singled and scored on Victorinos two-run shot -- the 100th homer of his career. Napoli led off the fourth with a homer to spark a five-run inning and chase Chen. Boston added three more in the fifth on Victorinos second homer. The Red Sox started a nine game homestand after playing 16 of the previous 19 on the road. They were 4-2 on their most recent trip, to California to play the Giants and Dodgers. In all, the Red Sox will play 18 of their final 30 games at home. NOTES: Red Sox infield prospect Xander Bogaerts made his Fenway debut as a defensive replacement in the ninth inning. ... To honour their connection with the Jimmy Fund, "God Bless America" was sung during the seventh-inning stretch by a patient at the Dana Farber cancer clinic, 4-year-old Darla Holloway, who has acute lymphoblastic leukemia. ... Red Sox starters have held opponents to two or fewer runs in seven straight games. ... Pedroia is batting .424 (14-for-33) with 6 doubles, a triple, 4 RBIs, and 7 runs over his current eight-game hit streak. ... It was Chens fourth loss in five starts. ... Victorino is the first Red Sox player with four runs and seven RBIs in a game since Dwight Evans in 1988. ... Baltimore INF Wilson Betemit made his 2013 debut after sustaining a knee injury in spring training. He grounded out to third for the final out of the game in his only at-bat. To make room for him, the Orioles optioned infielder Ryan Flaherty to Single-A Frederick. ... The Red Sox made a minor-league trade, sending RHP Clayton Mortensen to Kansas City for OF Quintin Berry. Dominik Simon Penguins Jersey . Still, Encarnacion felt a sense of relief. He felt a pop just before crumpling to the ground after running out a groundball in the first inning of Saturdays game. It could have been worse. “Its going to take maybe two weeks,” said Encarnacion. “It depends how Im going to be and how Im going to be day after day, feeling better or not. Paul Martin Penguins Jersey . Nathan Beaulieu, Tomas Jurco, Danick Gauthier and Jonathan Huberdeau had a goal and an assist each as the Sea Dogs extended the longest streak in the Canadian Hockey League this season.DENVER - The question was simple: Are you coming back next year?As was the case with almost everything Sunday, Peyton Manning didnt have much of an answer. Or at least not the ones Broncos fans were looking for.A few minutes after Denvers 24-13 loss to Indianapolis in the AFC divisional playoffs, the 38-year-old quarterback was noncommittal about returning for the 2015 season, which would be his fourth in the Mile High City.Asked in his postgame news conference where his mindset is for next season, Manning reiterated what he had said earlier to Broncos play-by-play voice Dave Logan: I didnt have a great answer for him.Asked again, directly, if he could say Im coming back, Manning didnt budge, saying he was more focused on the disappointment of the loss to his former team.I cant give a simple answer without processing it, he said. I cant say that. I could not say that.A marked contrast from last year at the Super Bowl, when Manning committed to coming back for 2014, or as recently as two weeks ago, when he said he certainly planned on being back for 2015 if the Broncos would have him.Until the middle of November, that never looked as if it was in doubt.Then, came the 22-7 loss to the Rams that motivated the Broncos to revamp their entire offence, turning a unit that broke NFL records for scoring and passing in 2013 into a grind-it-out operation.Around then, questions percolated about the health of the 17th-year quarterback. In the aftermath of his 26-for-46, 211-yard performance against his former team — his second home playoff loss in the AFC divisional round in three seasons in Denver — Manning was forthcoming about a thigh bruise he suffered in a Dec. 14 game at San Diego. Yes, it lingered, but it wasnt bad enough to keep him out of this one.Nothing more to it than that, he said. And I ... felt good with it coming into the day.If hes not injured, that leaves only one obvious explanation for the deterioration of his game.Hes getting old. Fast.Stats tell part of the story. Since the Rams game, his quarterback rating has been 84.6, about 13 points below his career average.Pictures do, too. Even for a quarterback who cant run, it waas hard watching him roll out in the third quarter, then pass up the run and instead throw an incompletion despite a 20-yard gap between him and any defender on a third-and-5. Joe Mullen Penguins Jersey. .Didnt play well enough today and didnt play well enough consistently in the second half of the season, especially in the games we lost, Manning said.His unwillingness to commit made coach John Foxs same stance behind the same podium a few minutes earlier seem more understandable.Asked about a pregame report that he could be available if the Broncos suffered a loss Sunday, Fox hardly shot it down.I dont make those decisions, he said. I dont control that. My intentions are to be a Denver Bronco and have been since I got here.It should make Monday, and Tuesday and beyond interesting at Broncos headquarters, where executive vice-president John Elway will be meeting with everyone, figuring out whether he needs to go to the Plan B that he readily admitted he didnt have when he threw all his chips in with Manning in the 2012 off-season.The goal was Super Bowl titles. Instead, Manning is 2-3 in the playoffs with Denver.Because of uncertainty about his comeback from multiple neck surgeries, Manning didnt receive a signing bonus when he came to Denver, so the cost of him leaving would be negligible and would free up the $38 million he stands to make over the next two seasons.Still, Elway spent $60 million in guaranteed money last off-season on long-term contracts to upgrade his defence, which he said was the missing piece after Denvers 43-8 loss to the Seahawks last season in the Super Bowl.The idea — one Elway reiterated to Manning at midseason when things started going south — was that the quarterback shouldnt have to do it all himself.But the Broncos cant do it when hes not playing well, either. And so, its time for some soul searching, which for Manning will begin Monday.It may not be pretty.Ive always taken a pretty accurate look and fair evaluation of myself, he said. I think Im as honest with myself as anybody else is and probably as critical of myself as anybody else is.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL ' ' '
PETERBOROUGH, Ont. Elgin Baylor Jersey . - Chiles Hugo Leon fired a 6-under 65 to take a three-shot lead after two rounds of The Wildfire Invitational on Friday. Leon, who won at The Great Waterway Classic last week, has the largest 36-hole lead of the PGA Tour Canada so far this season. Mackenzie Hughes of Dundas, Ont., and American Kyle Stough trail in second while Victorias Cory Renfrew is four strokes back. Leon said a hot putter helped continue his recent streak of strong play. "Today was my best putting day easily all year. I rolled in so many good ones today," said Leon. "I wasnt aggressive as I was yesterday, so the putts were a little longer but still I made so many good ones today. I made three or four putts today that were incredible." Leon capped the day with a 28-footer for birdie, bouncing back from his only bogey of the day at the eighth to reach 6-under on the day. Derek Fisher Lakers Jersey . His big 2-minute outburst in the fourth quarter Tuesday night is all that really mattered for the Dallas Mavericks. Michael Cooper Jersey . Curlings version of the Ryder Cup will introduce a new format beginning with the 2015 event, set for Jan. 8 to 11 in Calgary, as itll be Team Canada taking on Team Europe this season and in the 2017 event, while itll be Team Canada against Team World (including the U.CHICAGO - Scott Darling didnt have to go far from home to fulfil his NHL dream.Darling made 32 saves in his NHL debut, Jonathan Toews and Brent Seabrook scored, and the Chicago Blackhawks snapped a two-game losing streak with a 2-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Sunday night.Darling, a 25-year-old native of the Chicago suburb of Lemont, Illinois, was steady as he faced a handful of tough chances early. He was rock solid in the third when he stopped 16 shots to protect a one-goal lead.I was excited and terrified, Darling said. Its 20 years of work coming to this one game. Ive been a Blackhawks fan since I knew what hockey was.The 6-foot-6 Darling was called up from Rockford of the AHL last Tuesday after Blackhawks No. 1 goalie Corey Crawford sustained an upper-body injury.Seasoned backup Antti Raanta started the first three games after Crawford went down, but Darling found out he would get the start on Sunday after Chicago lost 3-2 at St. Louis on Saturday night.After turning aside a few early chances, Darling seemed in charge.I try to give off that illusion, he said. I was pretty nervous to start with, but once you get a few pucks, its just another hockey game. The guys played really great after that.Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville agreed about his teams effort and was impressed by Darling, who signed with Chicago as a free agent on July 1 after bouncing around the minors with nine teams in four leagues.I thought it was our best four-line rotation of the year, Quenneville said. We needed (Darling) early in the game, and he was settled down, patient. He controlled his rebounds, handled the puck well.Patrick Kane assisted on Toews goal for his 500th NHL point.Milan Michalek scored a short-handed goal for the Senators, who have lost two straight.The game featured a matchup of goalies from the Chicago area.Ottawas Craig Anderson, from Park Ridge, Illinois, stopped 43 shots, including a second-period penalty shot by Andrew Shaw.The Senators hurt their momentum by taking penalties and being short-handed six times. They also didnt bear down arouund the net, coach Paul MacLean said. Byron Scott Jersey . We created opportunities, but I dont know if we made (Darling) as busy as we could have or would have liked to have, MacLean said. We did have some chances, but I dont think the (difference) ends up being their goalie.Darling was chosen by Arizona in the sixth round of the 2007 draft, then turned pro in 2010 after two seasons with the University of Maine. He was 2-0 with a 1.44 goals-against average with Rockford before being called up.Chicago outshot Ottawa 17-12 in the scoreless first period.Toews opened the scoring 21 seconds into the second with a wrap-around goal.Anderson slid out and overcommitted to Toews as he skated down the left side of the slot. The Chicago captain circled the net and tucked in a shot from the right side before Anderson could get back into positon.Anderson turned aside Shaws penalty shot with his shoulder just over a minute later.Michalek tied it with a short-handed goal at 7:08 when he completed a nifty 2-on-1 rush with Alex Chiasson from the doorstep. Michalek and Chiasson raced down the ice against Brent Seabrook after Brad Richards failed to hold the puck in the Ottawa zone.Seabrooks screened power-play goal with 6:22 left in the second put Chicago back ahead. Seabrook fired a shot from the blue line with Bryan Bickell parked in front.Darling was sharp in the third. Chris Phillips fired a rebound wide of a half-open net with 3:45 left.NOTES: Crawford has resumed skating. ... Quenneville said LW Daniel Carcillo is expected to miss four weeks because of a right knee injury sustained Saturday at St. Louis. ... Only one referee, Steve Kozari, worked the game because fellow official Eric Furlatt was ill. ... Goalies from the Chicago area have faced each other in an NHL game at least once before. On Feb. 20, 2012, Chicago native Al Montoya entered in relief for the host New York Islanders against Ottawas Anderson. ... A moment of silence was observed before the national anthems to honour those killed in last weeks attacks on Canadian armed forces members. ' ' '