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  • December 30, 2016 12:52 AM PST

    DENVER -- Michael Cuddyer returned from a long absence in a big way. Jimmy Garoppolo Patriots Jersey . Reinstated from the disabled list earlier in the day, Cuddyer hit for the cycle, including a two-run double in Colorados five-run eighth inning, and the Rockies rallied again to beat the Cincinnati Reds 10-5 in Game 2 to complete a doubleheader sweep Sunday night. Drew Stubbs finished off Colorados five-run ninth inning with a three-run homer off J.J. Hoover, sending the Rockies to a 10-9 victory in the first game. Cuddyer, who missed 60 games with a left shoulder fracture, tripled in the first, homered in the fifth and singled in the seventh to become the seventh Rockies player to hit for the cycle and first since Carlos Gonzalez on July 31, 2010, against the Chicago Cubs. "You dont set out to hit for the cycle, thats for sure," Cuddyer said. "Thats why I went down there (in the minors) for so long, to feel comfortable on the baseball field again. You never want to feel foreign on the field. I knew it was going to take a week or so to get that feel back, and today was a good day." Adam Ottavino (1-4) picked up the win in relief and reliever Carlos Contreras (0-1), who allowed five runs in 1 1-3 innings, took the loss. Ryan Ludwick had a two-run homer in the sixth off Yohan Flande to help the Reds take a 5-2 lead into the seventh. But the Rockies pulled even in their half of the seventh with the help of the Reds second error, which came with the bases loaded and one out after Colorado had pulled within two. Reds third baseman Ramon Santiago cleanly fielded Nolan Arenados hard RBI bouncer down the line and stepped on the bag for the force but his throw to first was wide and rolled onto the dirt track in foul territory, allowing two runners to cross the plate. That set the stage for another big finish by the Rockies. After Brandon Barnes and Charlie Culberson each singled with one out in the eighth, Manny Parra relieved Contreras, and Josh Rutledge beat out an infield single to load the bases with two outs. Corey Dickerson, who earlier extended his hitting streak to 12 games, and Cuddyer followed with succesive two-run doubles. "The first one got away from us and the second one got away from us," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "I know runs can score here in a hurry. We really did everything we could with our bullpen to get to the place where he had a chance to win that first game. And thats the one we should put away and we didnt. We had a three-man bullpen for Game 2 and it didnt work out." Cuddyer sent his drive down the third-base line and emphatically clapped his hands as he pulled into second base. It was his second career cycle. He also did it against Milwaukee on May 22, 2009, while with Minnesota. "Its good to see Cuddy out there and swinging like its midseason form," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "Big night for Cuddy." In the first game, the Reds carried a 9-5 lead into the ninth, but All-Star closer Aroldis Chapman walked four straight batters before he was replaced by Hoover. Pinch-hitter Wilin Rosario then hit a sacrifice fly to trim Cincinnatis lead to two. After Charlie Blackmon flied out, Stubbs drove a 1-0 pitch from Hoover (1-9) into the seats in left-centre for his 12th homer. It was Stubbs third career game-ending homer and first with the Rockies. TRAINERS ROOM: Reds: 2B Brandon Phillips (torn left thumb ligament) continued his minor league rehab stint with Class A Dayton on Sunday at Bowling Green. Phillips began the assignment Friday at Triple-A Louisville, going 0 for 2 with a walk against Indianapolis. UP NEXT: Reds: RHP Mike Leake (9-11) is slated to pitch Mondays series opener at St. Louis, where Cincinnati has gone 1-10 in its last 11 series. Rockies: Following an off day, LHP Tyler Matzek (2-8) is slated to pitch Tuesday against RHP James Shields (11-6) in the first of a two-game interleague series against Kansas City. GAME BALLS: The first game was played with balls embossed with the No. 17 in recognition of Todd Helton, who wore that number during a stellar Colorado career and saw it retired during a pregame ceremony. Hes the first player in the teams history to have his number retired. NUGGETS: Reds: Cincinnati was swept in a doubleheader for the first time in seven years. Pittsburgh was the last team to pull it off, on Aug. 28, 2007, by scores of 6-4 and 3-2. Rockies: 3B Arenado, who won the Gold Glove as a rookie last season, registered three straight put-outs in the third inning of the nightcap, the final one coming on a leaping snow-cone catch of Ludwicks liner. Tom Brady Patriots Jersey .Y. - Alex Smith and the Kansas City Chiefs didnt flinch in the face of adversity. Rob Ninkovich Patriots Jersey.K. Subban and Matt Duchene will be the two skaters sitting out the teams opening game.TORONTO - After getting crushed by Canada 8-0 in the first game at the world junior championship, Slovakias players had a meeting. Forward Martin Reways message was simple. I say just: Its hard to not think about that game, but weve got to forget that game. The tournament just started and I still believe that we got a pretty good team, Reway recalled. Slovakia was a good enough team to bounce back from losses to Canada and the United States to qualify for the knockout round and then beat the Czech Republic to advance to the semifinals. On paper, its the same team that was blown out of Bell Centre, but Canadas players expect much more resistance in the semifinals tonight with a spot in the gold-medal game at stake. Watch the game live NOW on TSN1, TSN3, TSN4, TSN5 and TSN GO. You can also listen live on the TSN Radio Network. We dont expect it to be a blowout like last time, captain Curtis Lazar said. Theyve got a great hockey club. We cant take them lightly. Things have changed since the Boxing Day blowout, when Canada had 34 shots to Slovakias 12. In the process, Canada chased Slovak goaltender Denis Godla by scoring five goals on 23 shots. In four starts since, Godla has allowed a total of six goals on 136 shots and shut out the Czechs in the quarter-finals. Hes been the best player so far for us, Reway said. I dont see any reason why he cant be the best goalie in the tournament. He was MVP for us as well, stopped so many shots for us. Even the last game he didnt get scored on. Its perfect timing for him for his tournament. Its perfect timing because Godla is draft eligible this year and will get two more chances to impress in front of scouts, this time at Air Canada Centre. Whether the second one is in the gold- or bronze-medal game will have a lot to do with how Godla plays against Canada. Hes got to be perfect. He knows that, Reway said. But weve got to help him more than we did in the first game. Asked what his team must do to pull off an historic upset, Godla said he and his teammates must play the game of our life. Max Domi was asked how his team has changed since the blowout win over Slovakia on Boxing Day. In every way possible. I mean, you watch video on that first game and you watch video from our last game and its almost like a different team in a good way, obviously. We still have some stuff to correct and fix a little bit, but if we play our game well be fine. Head coach Benoit Groulx highlighted two key changes for his group since opening night; they are playing with better structure and the on-ice cohesion/chemistry is better. No pressure, kid. Canada is coming off an 8-0 rout of Denmark in which seven different players scored. This looks like a well-oiled machine, one that has also improved since the first Slovakia game. Weve come a long way as a team, defenceman Josh Morrissey said. That was only our fourth game together at that time. Now weve had some big games and really nailed our systems down a lot more. Lazar said Canada is better in its defensive zone and in transition and has more chemistry. Some of that is happening on the fly, as Brayden Point will continue to play on the second line with Lazar and Connor McDavid after replacing the injured Robby Fabbri there against Denmark. Pooint, who had been Canadas 13th forward, doesnt take anything away from Slovakia for how it played in the opener. Kevin Faulk Patriots Jersey. That was their first game coming into a rink that was packed and cheering for our side, Point said. Theyve obviously gained some confidence over the tournament, and theyre a whole new team. Reway said most of the Slovak team had never played against competition like Canada before. Hes confident in his teams improvement but is still justifiably wary of Canadas depth. If you play against Czech or Finland, they got a few good players, but Canada every line can score, said Reway, whos a Montreal Canadiens prospect. It must be the best performance from us for this tournament. I believe we got something to show. ... Theyre the best team in the tournament, thats for sure. Its going to be hard for us. Groulx, who confirmed Zach Fucale will start in goal against Slovakia, didnt want to add to his own teams hype when told of Reways assessment. For us it is only one game at a time and our goal is to prepare and focus on what we have to do and adapt to what other teams are throwing at us, Groulx said. It is something we have been doing pretty well so far, but tomorrow we have to start over again. One victory away from guaranteeing the first medal in this tournament since 2012, Canadas players arent showing signs of feeling the pressure. Its a business-like group, even for players aged 17 to 19, something Groulx credits to preparation and routine. They know exactly what to do. They are a very confident group, Groulx said. When you look at them, they take care of a lot of things day in and day out. They come here, they are focused, they know what they have to do and they take pride at doing things right. In going undefeated by beating Denmark, Germany, Finland, the United States and Denmark, Canada has done just about everything right. Its going to be hard to stop them, Reway said. But were going to try our best, for sure. Canadian forward Robby Fabbri addressed reporters on Sunday, the first time since sustaining a high ankle sprain. The Blues prospect said he had received messages of support from T.J. Oshie and Jaden Schwartz. Its been pretty tough, but I still have a smile on my face coming to the rink every day, being around the guys and supporting them and making sure I dont bring anyone down, Fabbri said. Im a cheerleader for the next couple days. Fabbri suffered the injury after throwing a body check at Denmarks Anders Krogsgaard on Friday early in the first period of Canadas 8-0 quarterfinal win. Game Notes: CAN beat SVK in tournament opener First time they will face each other twice in same WJC CAN has 9 wins, 1 tie all-time vs SVK Tie came in 1999, 8 straight CAN wins since Canada: CAN lost in SF last 3 years came in 4th in 2013 and 2014 won a medal each time tournament was in Canada only time 3 straight years without a medal was 1979-81 have not trailed in any of their games 7/15 on PP, 16/17 on PK .960sv% best at WJC Reinhart (4G, 5A) tied for WJC lead in PTS Slovakia: SVK last made SF in 2009, lost to SWE SVK only medal was a bronze in 1999 finished 8th in 4 of past 5 years (6th-2012) 1/11 on PP, 17/18 on PK rank 5th in sv% .923 Reway has 4 of teams 10GCheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '