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StatesmanSports Friday, Aug. 28, 2009 Page 15 Fielder belts leagueleading 115th RBI as Brewers fall to Reds MICHAEL VICK carries the ball against the Jacksonville Jaguars in NFL preseason action Thursday night. AP photo Vick returns to NFL PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Michael Vick zipped a few passes, ran around a bit and even lined up at wide receiver. In his first action in nearly 32 months, Vick has a new role: do-it-all quarterback. So far, the experiment has drawn mixed results. Vick completed a key pass to set up a field goal on his fourth play in Philadelphia’s game against Jacksonville on Thursday night. The three-time Pro Bowl quarterback finished 4 for 4 for 19 yards in the first half. With Vick, the Eagles got three points. Without him, they also scored three but moved the ball more efficiently. Playing his first game since his release from prison, Vick entered to a standing ovation from a half-empty stadium. He completed a 4-yard shovel pass on the Eagles’ second play from scrimmage with Donovan McNabb lined up at wide receiver. On Philadelphia’s second possession, Vick was on the field for three plays, two at quarterback and one as a slot receiver. Vick ran for 1 yard on his second play and was a decoy as a wideout on his third play. With McNabb standing on the sideline, Vick then completed a 13-yard pass to Hank Baskett to the Jaguars 11. David Akers kicked a 31-yard field goal a few plays later. Vick was on the field for six plays. After a 2-yard shovel pass that he threw right-handed, Vick didn’t play the final 12 minutes of the second quarter. That’s when the Eagles finally got going on offense. McNabb drove Philadelphia inside the Jaguars 5 twice, but settled for only a field goal. Fans still hadn’t reached their seats when Vick jogged onto the field for the first time at Lincoln Financial Field. If there were any boos, they were surprisingly drowned out by cheers from a fan base that wasn’t entirely thrilled when Vick signed with the Eagles two weeks ago. McNabb threw an incomplete pass on the first play and was split wide on the next play as Vick took the snap in shotgun formation. Vick tossed a short pass to LeSean McCoy who was quickly swarmed by Jacksonville’s defense. Vick hadn’t played in an NFL game since Dec. 31, 2006, with the Atlanta Falcons. He was released from federal custody July 20 after serving 18 months of a 23-month sentence for his role in running a dogfighting ring. He signed a one-year, $1.6 million contract with the Eagles, who hold a $5.2 million option for a second season. Dodgers 3, Rockies 2 DENVER (AP) – Vicente Padilla gave the Los Angeles Dodgers a shot in the arm and the Colorado Rockies a punch to the gut. The right-hander, who was jettisoned by Texas earlier this month after angering the Rangers by throwing at hitters, returned to the National League Thursday and pitched the Dodgers past the Rockies 3-2. Padilla (1-0) allowed two runs and six hits in five solid innings. He struck out four and walked one. Rafael Furcal hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the sixth and Matt Kemp hit his career-high 19th homer as the Dodgers put the brakes on the surging Rockies by taking two of three in Colorado and opening a four-game lead in the NL West over the wild-card leaders. Jonathan Broxton got the last four outs for his 28th save in 32 chances. The Rockies put runners on first and second with one out in the ninth before Broxton struck out Eric Young Jr. and Seth Smith. Jorge De La Rosa (12-9) allowed three runs and eight hits in seven innings for Colorado. He struck out seven and walked four. Astros 4, Cardinals 3 ST. LOUIS (AP) – Jeff Keppinger hit a tiebreaking homer with two out in the ninth inning to help Houston avoid a three-game sweep. Jose Valverde (2-2) pitched two scoreless innings for the Astros, who won for only the fifth time in their last 19 road games. They avoided a second three-game sweep in St. Louis this season. Matt Holliday homered for the NL Centralleading Cardinals, who lost for only the fourth time in 19 games. The Astros tied it on Darin Erstad’s RBI double off Kyle McClellan (4-3) in the eighth, spoiling Chris Carpenter’s bid for his 15th win. Keppinger’s fourth homer and first in 116 atbats since June 19 at Minnesota barely cleared the left-field wall. Holliday made a try for it but the ball appeared to sneak under his outstretched glove. Nationals 5, Cubs 4 CHICAGO (AP) – Ryan Zimmerman hit a two-run homer and Adam Dunn added a solo shot, leading Washington to the victory. Catcher Josh Bard also made a superb defensive play to help the Nationals win a series at Wrigley Field for the first time since 2005. Aramis Ramirez homered, singled twice and drove in three runs but the Cubs still lost for the seventh time in 10 games. The Cubs have gone 6-15 since Aug. 5 to fall nine games behind St. Louis in the NL Central. J.D. Martin (3-3) outpitched Randy Wells (97) to win a matchup of 26-year-old rookie righthanders. Mike MacDougal got the final five outs for his 14th save in 15 opportunities. Mets 10, Marlins 3 MIAMI (AP) – Tim Redding pitched 6 2-3 innings to give the Mets’ injury-ravaged staff a boost and help New York snap a five-game skid. Redding (2-4), making his second start since July 2, allowed three runs — all on leadoff homers — and five hits. New York scored nine runs with two out and tied a season high with 17 hits. Florida fielding lapses led to five runs. A USU HOCKEY PLAYER completes a set of pushups as punishment during Wednesday night’s tryouts. G. CHRISTOPHER TERRY photo USU hockey club holds tryouts By G. CHRISTOPHER TERRY assistant sports editor Head coach John Eccles and his staff got their first look at this year’s new players Wednesday night in the Eccles Ice Arena. Team president Jacod Guttormsen and assistant coach Aaron Burrell ran the hopefuls and returners through a series of fast-paced drills which quickly separated the scrubs from the possible impact players. Forward David Wyman said with all the returning experience and talent, there are only a few roster spots up for grabs. One of those spots is going to Canadian power forward Tyler Mistelbacher, who has not arrived in Logan yet. A good bet to grab another roster spot is Alaskan freshman Dillon Sondargaard. Sondargaard sent several skaters spinning into the glass with well-timed checks, while displaying great skating ability on offense. USU could not be any more settled at goaltender, where Greg “The Force” Finatti returns for his senior year. Finatti is complemented by Dan Cornelius in goal, it’s the third straight year for the pair splitting starts. Finatti said it’s a relief to begin this year with a coaching staff that is “set in stone.” Last year the team was thrown into turmoil at midseason when longtime face of the program Jerry Crossley resigned as head coach. This year, Eccles is running the show, no questions asked, with Burrell coaching the offense and a new coach, Kjol Lahti, handling the defense and goaltenders. Wyman seemed relieved to be back on the ice hitting people. “I missed it all summer,” he said. “We’ve got some unfinished business. This is our year.” Last year USU’s dreams of a trip to Nationals were shattered when a sustained rally fell just short against Eastern Washington in the Regional tournament. Wyman doesn’t see his team falling short again this year. “If we work hard, we’ve got the most talent in the league,” Wyman said. The Aggies go into this season with some questions on defense, where they lost two mobile blueliners in Jordan Francom and Paul Reinhardt. Unexpectedly absent from the Aggie roster is Mike Daugulis, a tireless battler along the boards who is taking his physical game to play professionally in Finland. –email@example.com. edu Fernando Tatis connected in the eighth to finish 6 for 13 in the series, and Angel Pagan also homered for the Mets. Daniel Murphy doubled twice and drove in three runs. Chris Coghlan led off the Marlins’ first inning with a home run and went deep again in the sixth. Dan Uggla hit his 23rd homer to start the seventh, but that still left Florida trailing 83. Anibal Sanchez (2-5) lasted only 3 2-3 innings for the Marlins, yielding four runs, two earned, and eight hits. Reds 8, Brewers 5 MILWAUKEE (AP) – Justin Lehr overcame a rocky start to pitch into the eighth inning and drew a key walk in Cincinnati’s five-run fifth, helping the Reds to the three-game sweep. Lehr (3-1) struck out a career-high seven over 7 2-3 innings and Cincinnati matched its season-best winning streak at four. The Reds are 13-26 since the All-Star break. Lehr settled down after a rough first inning and walked with two outs in the fifth to start Cincinnati’s comeback. Joey Votto homered, drove in two runs and scored twice. Prince Fielder hit a three-run homer in the first to give him 115 RBIs, tops in the majors, and Mike Cameron also doubled in a run for Milwaukee. Dave Bush (3-5) allowed five runs and four hits over 4 2-3 innings. Francisco Cordero struck out Ryan Braun with runners on the corners in the ninth for his 28th save. Rangers 7, Yankees 2 NEW YORK (AP) – Ian Kinsler homered twice, the Texas bullpen pitched shutout ball and the Rangers became the first visitors to win a series at Yankee Stadium since mid-June, beating New York 7-2 on Thursday. Kinsler and Chris Davis both had threerun homers for Texas, which took two of three from the club with the best record in the majors. Jason Grilli (2-2), C.J. Wilson and Frank Francisco combined for 5 1-3 innings of two-hit relief. A.J. Burnett (10-8) lost despite striking out a season-high 12 in six innings. Texas’ Dustin Nippert was pulled after walking seven in 3 2-3 innings. Kinsler got Texas’ first hit, a three-run homer in the fourth. Kinsler connected for a solo homer in the eighth, giving him a career-high 28. Davis hit his three-run homer in the seventh off Phil Coke. Angels 4, Tigers 2 ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) – Torii Hunter hit a two-run homer, Joe Saunders pitched five effective innings in his return to the rotation and Los Angeles snapped a three-game skid with a 4-2 victory over Detroit on Wednesday. Kendry Morales and Chone Figgins added run-scoring hits for Los Angeles, the only major league club without four straight losses. Hunter hit his 18th homer in the first against Edwin Jackson (10-6), who took his first loss since July 19. Adam Everett hit a two-run homer for the AL Central-leading Tigers, who had won eight of 12. Saunders (10-7) made his first start since Aug. 7, and allowed four hits and two walks while striking out six. In his first appearance in eight days, closer Brian Fuentes hit two batters. Student TICKETS for USU vs. U of U, Thursday, Sept. 3 will go on sale Monday, Aug. 31, International Lounge, Taggart Center $30. Includes bus ride down, if needed. 9-10 a.m-HURD members ONLY! 10 a.m-until sold - All Students! Go Aggies!