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ARLINGTON, Texas -- A season that saw Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Matt Andriese shuttle between the rotation and the bullpen closed with him making a statement about being a starter when 2017 begins. Cheap Air Force 1 Shoes Wholesale .Andriese (8-8) allowed three runs in 5 1/3 innings as the Rays lost to the Texas Rangers 3-1 on Friday night. The victory earned Texas home-field advantage throughout the postseason.Yu Darvish (7-5) allowed one run, three hits and a walk while striking out 12. His 28th career game of double-digit strikeouts is the second-most in a pitchers first 100 major league starts, topped only by Dwight Gooden (31).Andriese gave up seven hits, including solo home runs to Carlos Beltran and Rougned Odor. He began the season as a starter and went 5-0 with a 2.28 ERA. He was moved to the bullpen in mid-June to open a spot in the rotation when Blake Snell was recalled from Triple-A Durham. When Matt Moore was traded to San Francisco at the non-waiver trade deadline, Andriese returned to the rotation.It was definitely a grind being put in the bullpen and then trying to come back and finish the year in the rotation, Andriese said. But I think I proved to some people that with my last four or five starts I do belong in the rotation. I know I can give our team a chance to win if given the opportunity day in and day out.Were all pleased with how Matt finished the season and what he brought to us this year, manager Kevin Cash said. I thought he handled (moving to and from the bullpen) pretty well. Weve got big hopes for Matt Andriese because we know he can really be a big anchor in our staff.The home run to Beltran came on a fastball, the one to Odor on a changeup that was left out over the plate.That was probably the one mistake that hed like to have back, Cash said.Thats a pretty tough lineup over there, Andriese said. It wasnt a bad outing by any means, kind of a decent one to go into the offseason with.Darvish went into the game averaging 11.45 strikeouts per nine innings this season, best in the league. In his final four starts of the season, he fanned 38 in 24 2/3 innings.He looks a little bit more electric to me, said Evan Longoria, who had two of the Rays four hits. His ball is moving in different directions.MILESTONES FOR LONGORIALongorias two doubles give him career highs of 171 hits and 80 extra-base hits this season.Ive felt for the most part as comfortable as Ive ever felt this year at the plate, he said after driving in the Rays lone run. I guess that helps.HOMECOMING FOR WILSONBobby Wilson was selected off waivers from Tampa Bay by Texas last season on July 31 and spent the rest of the season in Arlington. He was traded to Detroit in late March, traded back to Texas in May and then re-acquired by the Rays on Aug. 4.Wilson said he enjoyed his stints with the Rangers and might attend some of their postseason games.I wish them nothing but the best, he said. It was an honor and a privilege to play for them.SHORT HOPSThe Rays are 10-18 in September, the most losses in one month for the team since going 7-20 in July 2007. ... Logan Forsythe, who has been the Rays leadoff hitter in 123 games this season, appeared as a pinch-hitter and will return to the lineup on Saturday night. ... Ian Desmond of the Rangers increased his majors-leading total of outfield errors to 12 with two dropped fly balls.UP NEXTTampa Bay: Jake Odorizzi (9-6) hasnt won since Aug. 30. The Rays have lost in his last four starts, during which he has had a 5.40 ERA.Texas: Colby Lewis (6-4), who figures to start Game 3 of the Division Series, is 0-3 with a 9.75 ERA in three September starts after missing two months with a strained lat muscle. Lewis lasted only 1 1/3 innings in his previous start last Sunday at Oakland. Nike Air Force 1 Cheap Outlet . Down by seven with 90 seconds left in regulation, thats where they looked comfortable. Nike Air Force Ones Sale .C. -- Manny Malhotra had two goals and an assist, leading the Carolina Hurricanes to a 6-3 win over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday. http://www.airforceforsalecheap.com/ . -- Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Alrdridge were again the go-to duo for the Trail Blazers against the Kings. NEW ORLEANS -- Drew Brees hopes the world watches what happens in and around the Superdome on Monday night.As the Saints host the Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans will mark the 10-year anniversary of the reopening of the hulking, 73,000-seat stadium on Sept. 25, 2006, following its unprecedented 10-month restoration from extensive damage caused by Hurricane Katrina.Brees figures coverage of the game will resonate with people he met this summer from flood-ravaged areas of West Virginia, when the Saints held training camp there -- or with Louisiana residents whose communities around Baton Rouge were inundated last month.So many of those people, right when it happens to you, just cant fathom ever being able to come back from that, Brees said. New Orleans is a great example and symbol of how it can come back when you have this community that bands together and continues to press on.The handful of current Saints who were on the team in 2006 -- Brees, right guard Jahri Evans, right tackle Zach Strief and safety Roman Harper -- dont anticipate an atmosphere as electric and cathartic as a decade ago. Several said it would be impossible to contrive the raw, communal emotion that poured forth during a game played just 13 months after Katrina had transformed a community renowned for its joie de vivre into a sea of devastation.And nothing could replicate the thunderous, drink-spilling frenzy that erupted when then-special teams standout Steve Gleason blocked a punt that Curtis Deloatch recovered for a Saints touchdown. That play -- widely regarded as the most memorable in franchise history -- is immortalized in a statue just outside the dome.Still, they expect this Monday night to be special in its own way.As you begin to highlight the specific elements around New Orleans that have come back even stronger than they were prior to the storm, thats a great story to tell, Brees said. Its a very uplifting story.The Superdome, one of Americas most famous sporting arenas long before Katrina, became a poignant symbol of destruction, suffering and loss when Katrina hit. Its expansive white roof was torn up, exposing evacuees inside to falling debris and water pouring in -- all while rising water in surrounding streets turned the stadiums elevated public plaza into an island of desperation.It took nearly four days to evacuate more than 30,000 people who took refuge at the stadium. They spent three-plus days in increasingly squalid, dank conditions after plumbing and power systems failed. The air was hot, heavy and stifling, overpowering the senses with the stench of perspiration, backed-up sewage, and festering mildew and mold.Doug Thornton, a New Orleans-based executive for SMG, which manages the Superdome, was in the stadium until those stranded were evacuated by bus or helicopter.Thornton recalled feeling helpless and so sorrowful as he left the dome and boarded a helicopter, which flew over his own devastated neighborhood near the breached 17th Street Canal.Then I looked back over my shoulder and saw the dome in the background and could see the water glistening for miles, Thornton said. I saw that roof ripped apart and I knew what Id left behind and I couldnt imagine that we could ever recover.Thornton figured the dome might be a demolition candidate. Architects later advised him it could be saved. Then-NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue informed Thornton that the league wanted the stadium restored enough for football by the 2006 season, which would require crews working long hours, six to seven days a week.The Saints played their home preseason games in Jackson, Mississippi, and Shreveport, Louisiana. Nike Air Force 1 Clearance. They opened the 2006 regular season with two road games, winning both, further fueling excitement about the domes reopening.Players already had gotten a sense of how unique their home opener would be two nights before the game, when coach Sean Payton brought players to the dome for a walk-through. Payton gathered players near midfield to watch a short video which featured residents rebuilding amid devastated streetscapes, welcoming the Saints home and thanking them for being back.Forget sports for a while. Theres a period of time where just life as New Orleanians knew it, or Louisiana residents knew it -- how would that be affected? Payton recalled this week. So you have this event that coincides with the opening of an area that was used to shelter people. There were a ton of things that were unreal about it.Evans said the Saints were moved by the video and the hardship theyd witnessed around town.We wanted to play hard. We wanted to play tough, Evans said. We wanted to give the fans something to be proud of.Rock bands U2 and Green Day, eager to celebrate the rebirth of a city with a renowned musical history, joined to sing The Saints Are Coming in a Super Bowl-like production before the game.Thornton, whod noticed some fans crying as they entered the dome, said he wept, too, when the music began. When the house lights went down, the lighting was similar to when the building was on emergency power during the storm. Thornton noticed he was standing near the same section he and his staff had scurried people out of when the roof tore open above it during Katrina.I saw these people standing and cheering, Thornton recalled, and all could visualize were people huddled under blankets shielding themselves from the rain.Strief was not in uniform that night, but was on the sideline.Usually in a game like that, the attention and focus and importance in that building is on the field -- and it wasnt that night, Strief said. The people in there that night were a bigger deal.Brees and Strief said they remember the sound of the blocked punt -- the ball squarely hitting Gleasons hand. Brees compared it to a shotgun blast, followed the crowd roaring so loud, Strief said, that you could feel physically the energy and the noise.Gleason, who retired in 2008, was diagnosed several years later with ALS, or Lou Gehrigs Disease, which causes paralysis. Now wheelchair-bound, he is arguably known more globally for his activism on behalf of those stricken with neuro-muscular diseases than he was for football.Yet his punt block that cemented his place in New Orleans lore. He was popular before Katrina because of how he embraced New Orleans. He was dating a local woman who he would ultimately marry. And as he sat at his locker after the game, he said the play gave him infinite joy.Sometimes, people think the future of New Orleans is in doubt, and were just here to help people create a bright future, Gleason said that night. Ive got a lot of connections here. Ive got people here that I know and love, and that was our goal, is to come out, man, and provide joy for those people -- and thats exactly what we did.It cant get any better than that, Gleason continued, and Im just real grateful that I could be a part of it.----AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and AP NFL Twitter feed: http://twitter.com/AP-NFL Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '