Veteran North Melbourne forward Drew Petrie continues to enjoy the strong backing of coach Brad Scott despite his run of indifferent form.By his own admission, the 33-year-olds return of 19 goals from 15 games this season has been below expectations.But Scott left little doubt where he stands on Petries place in the AFL side when asked if he had considered dropping him.Not for one second, Scott replied.But (our forward) unit hasnt been working to the level that we would expect (of late) ... Drews only a part of that. Hes a significant part but hes only a part nonetheless.So were looking at all of our forward line players to improve and to work a bit better together but the baseline of Drews game is the way he defends and that is just incredibly underrated outside our football club. But its incredibly highly rated inside it.Any external comments about Drew are irrelevant to us.North have been in free fall recently, losing five of six games to go from top of the ladder after 12 rounds to eighth heading into round 17.The Roos face an improving Port Adelaide at Etihad Stadium on Saturday, with the Power their nearest challenger three games behind in ninth.Key trio Daniel Wells, Jarrad Waite and Nick Dal Santo return from injury and illness in a significant boost to the side.But Scott confirmed emerging forward Mason Wood will miss up to two months of football after undergoing knee surgery. Alize Johnson Jersey . In the lead up - which seemed to begin the moment Mike Geiger blew the whistle in Houston last Thursday night - the Impact rumour mill went into overdrive. The speculation went into meltdown mode, of the golden nugget variety. Myles Turner Jersey . LOUIS -- Attorneys for the St. http://www.authenticbasketballshoppacers.info/paul-george-pacers-jersey/ . 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So, I still believe our best time of the year is yet to come, he said Sunday night.The Nationals wound up leaving Citi Field with two straight losses, the latest when rookie Seth Lugo pitched the New York Mets to a 5-1 win.Reynaldo Lopez (2-3) gave up three runs on six hits, three wild pitches and a walk in four innings. Called up from Triple-A before the game, he did get his first major league hit.Lopez hit the upper 90s mph, but as hes learned from his back-and-forth trips between the majors and minors, its hard to overwhelm big leaguers with pure heat.Hitters are very intelligent, and thats not about power on my end. Its not about trying to throw the ball past everybody. Ive got to pitch intelligently and got to be smart and get smarter, he said through a translator.Curtis Granderson and Jay Bruce each hit a two-run homer as the Mets won for the 11th time in 15 tries and stayed within one game of St. Louis for the second NL wild-card slot.Lugo (3-2) limited the Nationals to one run and six hits in seven innings, walking none and striking out four. The 26-year-old righty has won three straight starts, permitting a total of three runs, to help rejuvenate an injury-plagued rotation.Lugo wobbled in the first inning, giving up two quick hits, plunking a batter, making multiple pickoff throws and drawing a visit from pitching coach Dan Warthen. Lugo escaped a bases-loaded jam by retiring Wilson Ramos on a nubber and later set down 10 hitters in a row.Had him on the ropes in the first inning and we didnt cash it in. It could have been a different ballgame, Baker said.Granderson drove in three runs. 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The Mets also will wear them next Sunday on Sept. 11. This was their last home game before the 9/11 anniversary and they received permission from Major League Baseball for the tribute. The Mets asked the Nationals if theyd want to join them, and they did.These guys need to be rewarded, Mets manager Terry Collins said, wearing an NYPD hat.TRAINERS ROOMNationals: RHP Stephen Strasburg (sore elbow) threw a bullpen before the game and Baker said the reports were good. There is a chance the ace could start Wednesday at home vs. Atlanta.Mets: RHP Jacob deGrom (forearm) is still resting and its very possible he could miss two starts, Collins said.UP NEXTNationals: RHP Max Scherzer (15-7, 2.89 ERA) was returning to Washington early to prepare for his start at 4:05 p.m. Monday against Atlanta. His start was pushed back a day to give him extra rest. Ryan Weber (1-0, 5.24) was to pitch for the Braves. ' ' '