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WASHINGTON -- With the uncertainty surrounding Stephen Strasburg, theres increased pressure on the Washington Nationals other starters, including veteran Gio Gonzalez.On Sunday, he met the challenge.Gonzalez pitched seven sharp innings, Anthony Rendon doubled home the tiebreaking run and the NL East-leading Nationals defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 3-2.Gonzalez (11-9) gave up one run on four hits, striking out five with one walk.We talked the other day and I told him that hes very important in this equation, especially with Stras out, and he responded, manager Dusty Baker said.Gonzalez rebounded from a rough outing against Atlanta in his last start when he allowed six runs in three innings and matched his longest outing of the season.Since July 10, Gonzalez is 7-1 with a 3.51 ERA in 12 starts, a welcome development for Washington.Washington turned three double plays, including in the eighth inning when the Phillies had runners on first and second with one out.As long as I can keep going deep in the game like that, Ill take some groundball double plays and some groundballs to the middle infield anytime, Gonzalez said. These guys play great back there.It was 1-all when Bryce Harper drew a leadoff walk from starter Adam Morgan (2-10) to open the seventh. Rendon then doubled to the wall in left-center on 2-0 off reliever Edubray Ramos.I mean, 2-0 is a hitters count, so youve got to be aggressive in those situations and he just happened to leave the ball over the plate, Rendon said.Rendon later scored on a passed ball by catcher A.J. Ellis.Mark Melancon pitched the ninth for his 41st save and 11th with Washington.Tommy Joseph hit a tying homer for the Phillies in the seventh. Freddy Galvis homered in the eighth, but the Phillies left six runners on base.We need consistent at-bats rather than 15 to 20 to 25 home runs, manager Pete Mackanin said. Those are sexy stats, but getting a man in from third base with the infield back requires a groundball to short and thats the type of thinking they need.The Nationals took the final three games of the four-game series.Gonzalez had retired nine straight when Joseph connected for his 18th home run of the season.He was dealing. He had that changeup working, Baker said. He was ahead in the count most of the time with his fastball. It was well-located and he seemed like a guy on a mission.Morgan was looking to win back-to-back starts for the first time in his career. He allowed two runs on three hits over six innings plus one batter in his third straight solid effort and credited his recent success to mixing his pitches better.Thats the name of the game, changing speeds and keeping guys from cheating, Morgan said. Im just going to keep throwing like Ive been throwing.Washington took a 1-0 lead in the first. Trea Turner led off with a single and scored on Daniel Murphys major league-leading 42nd double.REMEMBERING 9/11Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus threw out the ceremonial first pitch as part of the Nationals 9/11 remembrance. The ceremony also included Midshipmen from the U.S. Naval Academy, first responders from the region, and service dogs and their owners. The Naval Academy Mens and Womens Glee Club & Gospel Choir performed the national anthem, which was concluded by a flyover.WELCOME TO THE SHOWPhillies OF prospect Roman Quinn, a second-round pick in 2011, made his major league debut and went 0 for 3 with a walk.TRAINERS ROOMPhillies: 3B Maikel Franco (jammed right thumb), who pinch hit Saturday night, was out of the starting lineup for a fifth straight game.UP NEXTPhillies: RHP Jeremy Hellickson (10-9, 3.90 ERA) starts when the Phillies host the Pirates Monday in the first of four games. Hellickson is 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA in his last three starts. Hes 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA in two career starts versus the Pirates.Nationals: Mat Latos (1-0, 7.71 ERA) makes his first start since being recalled by the Nationals. In his career, hes 2-4 with a 3.11 ERA in 12 games against the Mets. Jordan 31 Westbrook Why Not . -- Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis was charged Thursday with driving while intoxicated, a day after he was suspended for an NFL substance-abuse policy violation. Jordan Retro 8 Aqua Mens . It was just business as usual for the Thunder at home. Durant scored 32 points and the Thunder beat the Bulls 107-95 on Thursday night for their eighth straight win. . LeBron James and Chris Bosh didnt need any more. Williams scored 11 points in 10 minutes, Alan Anderson scored 17 points, and the Brooklyn Nets finished the exhibition season with a 108-87 win over the Miami Heat on Friday night. Jordan 32 Low Like Mike . Zvonareva, who won the tournament in 2009 and 10, couldnt handle her opponents big groundstrokes in only her third event back after 17 months out with a shoulder injury. Zvonareva made her comeback in January in Shenzhen and played in the Australian Open but lost her first matches at both tournaments. Jordan 32 Gatorade Low . Aaron Harrison scored a 22 points for Kentucky (6-1), which has won four in a row following a Nov. 12 loss to current No. 1 Michigan State. Julius Randle overcame a scoreless first half and added his sixth double-double in as many games with 14 points and 10 rebounds. MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The perception pains Dwight Howard. He doesnt think its fair or accurate that many consider him a bad teammate and an underachieving goofball who doesnt care enough about his craft to fully take advantage of his immense physical gifts.Howard, however, knew he needed to make major changes after a third consecutive awkward, disappointing ending to his tenure with a team. Over the course of the last year, he has changed agents, tightened and revamped his inner circle and left the Houston Rockets in his rear-view mirror while joining his hometown Atlanta Hawks.Howard even switched numbers, ditching the 12 he wore for the first dozen years of his career in favor of symbolic No. 8. The number means new beginnings, new life, Howard said. I wanted to get away from my old ways and stuff like that, so I changed my number. It has some significant meanings with my mom, some personal reasons. I just wanted to change it up.With Howard getting settled in with his fourth franchise, ESPN caught up with the eight-time All-Star after a preseason win Oct. 6 over the Memphis Grizzlies in the FedEx Forum.Q: When you say new beginnings, whats that mean?A: I changed up everything around me. I hold myself more accountable in certain situations. I try to be a better man, a better father, a better teammate. I know a lot of the stuff thats been said about me that I cant really control and has been false, but at the same time, I just want to show this city who I really am and show my teammates what kind of teammate I am. Theyve been great to me, and I think its a great situation for me to be in.Q: Youve been in the spotlight since you were an 18-year-old kid who was the No. 1 pick, and that spotlight has gotten brighter throughout the course of your career. You mentioned the perception of you. Why does that bother you? A: It has bothered me because I know who I am and what kind of teammate Ive always been. For certain things to be said, it really did bother me, but the only way to shut people up is just by winning and just playing basketball and not allowing that kind of stuff to really affect who I am away from the game.Q: Who is Dwight Howard?A: Im a fun person to be around, laid back, love to have fun. Ill joke all day, but once I get in the gym, Im going to work hard. Thats one thing I pride myself on is working hard in the weight room, working hard in practice, trying to become a better player. I hated that perception that I didnt work hard, that I really dont love the game. This game has brought me a lot of joy, brought me a lot of good things. Just that side of it has really affected me. I know you cant please everybody; you cant make everybody happy, but just getting that perception that I dont care about this game and what it brings is a lie.Q: Do you feel that you feel that youre not allowed to have fun, not allowed to smile, not allowed to be yourself? A: Yeah, a lot of times I do feel like that. When Im smiling, Im supposedly not taking the game seriously. When Im not smiling, then its like, He dont care. Hes just out there. When I was in Orlando and everything was going well and we were winning, even in L.A. when we won those games and stuff like that, me smiling didnt bother people. But like I said, you really cant please people. I know everybodys attention is on what Im doing on the floor. My job is to be the best teammate I can be, push these guys to the limit every day, make sure that Im being the right type oof leader.dddddddddddd Q: Youre a lovable personality when you smile and win, but when you smile and lose, youre a clown. A: Correct, but its OK. Stuff will change. Im on a great team, got a lot of great guys in this locker room, great coaching staff and theyre going to hold me accountable for everything. Its something I want to have. I want to be held accountable. I want my teammates and my coaches to push me to be the best that I can be. This is a great situation.Q: You mentioned changing things this summer. Whatd you change? A: Just things off the court, a lot of the stuff that was happening around me, just personal things. I tried to change that up and just really start over, get a clean slate. No offense to the people that I had around me, but I just wanted to start over, start fresh. Like I said, its a new beginning, so I wanted everything to be fresh. I didnt want to bring any old baggage or anything from my past to this organization. They believe in me, this city believes in me, so I just wanted to make sure that when Im out there on the court that Im free, that I can give this city and this team everything that Ive got.?Q: Im sure youve thought a lot about this. You go to Houston and James [Harden] is entering his prime, youre in your prime, your games seemed to be complementary. Why didnt that work?A: Well, sometimes things dont work like they should. Ive never had an issue with James. I wish him nothing but the best. I just think the timing of everything was a little bit different. Thats OK. All that stuff did was just mold me for this moment here, this organization, this team. Theyve asked me to be a leader. Its my job to come in here every night and provide physicality and the leadership that this team needs.?Q: This is a good situation for you. Youre home. Youre making money that 99.999999 percent of the world would ... A: [Interrupting] Its not even just the money part, but the fact that Im able to play at home, the fact that Im able to play for Coach [Mike Budenholzer], who has been nothing but unbelievable. The whole staff has been great. Just the team, just the whole atmosphere is something that Ive always prayed for and I always wanted, so Im very grateful.Q: Were you surprised there werent max offers on the table?A: Well, I knew all the situations that was going on. I really only looked into one place and that was the Hawks. I didnt go to other teams. As soon as free agency opened, I met with Coach Bud and [general manager Wes Wilcox]. After the meeting, I went back to my car and I was like, Man, this is where I want to be. I didnt need to meet with other teams. I didnt care about what offers were on the table. I wanted to be in Atlanta. I wanted to represent for this team.Q: Physically, how do you feel?A: My body feels great. I took five days off last summer and have been working out since then. I havent had any issues. I feel good. Playing 13 years is a long time, but I feel really good. Its not like Im [old]. Im just thankful. Before the game when the announcer said, In his 13th season ... it was kind of weird. Coming from an 18-year-old [when he was drafted], now Im 30, its a great situation.Q: Do you feel you can still be as dominant as youve been earlier in your career?A: No doubt, and theyre going to push me to be that player that I can be. Its going to happen. Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China Jerseys NFL China Wholesale Jerseys China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Stitched Jerseys Jerseys Wholesale ' ' '

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