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    NEWTON, Iowa -- Every year, Team Penske arrives in Iowa with a host of championship-contending drivers and leaves without a win. Cheap Miami Dolphins Jerseys 2017 .The 10th edition of the IndyCar race at Iowa Speedway could be Penskes best shot at breaking through.The grueling demands of Iowas 0.875-mile bull ring typically rewards the most skilled drivers. Penske has plenty of those, as Simon Pagenaud, Helio Castroneves and Will Power entered the weekend first, second and third in the point standings.Pagenaud will start Sundays race from the pole, followed by Josef Newgarden, Castroneves, Max Chilton and Charlie Kimball.Still, Penske has lagged far behind Andretti Autosport, winner of the last six races and seven of nine overall on IndyCars shortest track.Weve been close many times, said Castroneves, winless in Iowa despite two poles and five starts on the front row. The good news is Team Penske is one, two, three, and thats our goal to keep going all the way to the end of the season. But we have a big test here.Andretti could use another strong showing in Iowa to push at least one of its drivers into championship contention.Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi leads the way for the team in 10th, just one point ahead of teammate Ryan Hunter-Reay.Hunter-Reay has won the last two races in Iowa. Last seasons victory helped turn a miserable season into a decent one as Hunter-Reay went on to win at Pocono and finish sixth in the standings.Hunter-Reay has also finished in the top four in each of his last two races.But replicating his previous success here might be tough.Hunter-Reay had a miserable qualifying session and will start 20th out of 22 cars. Although no driver has ever won from the pole in Iowa, no one has taken first after starting from so far behind either.It doesnt really change my mentality at all. Every year I have to come back and work just as hard to get it done. Seems like it gets harder and harder every year, actually, Hunter-Reay said.Perhaps Sunday will provide Newgarden an opportunity to thrust himself into the championship conversation. Newgarden took second behind Hunter-Reay in 2014 and 2015, and hell start on the front row at Iowa for the first time all season.Yeah, its always tough. I mean, when you qualify second you think `Ah! Its just really hard to qualify second. You almost wish you qualified fifth or something. That sounds really stupid, but its always tough; we needed that last little bit, Newgarden said. But its nothing to complain about. I think we have fast cars.Should Penske fail to win yet again in Iowa this weekend, it can take solace in the fact its drivers will get at least two more chances here.Iowa Speedway announced Saturday that it has extended its agreement with IndyCar through 2018. Miami Dolphins Jerseys China . 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TORONTO -- A milestone win for Rick Porcello gave the Boston Red Sox some breathing room atop the American League East.Porcello pitched seven innings to become the first 20-game winner in the majors, Hanley Ramirez hit a three-run homer and the Red Sox increased their AL East lead to two games by routing the Toronto Blue Jays 13-3 on Friday night.Xander Bogaerts homered and Dustin Pedroia had three hits and four RBIs as the Red Sox used 18 hits to rough up the sloppy, slumping Blue Jays in the opener of a pivotal three-game series between the divisions top two teams.Porcello (20-3) allowed two runs and six hits to become Bostons first 20-game winner since Josh Beckett in 2007.Its definitely a huge honor, Porcello said. Its hard to win one game in the big leagues, let alone 20. Im definitely very proud of that.Porcello has worked at least seven innings and held opponents to three earned runs or fewer in nine consecutive starts, the longest streak by a Red Sox pitcher since Pedro Martinez did it in 11 straight in 2000.Just a model of consistency, Red Sox manager John Farrell said. He keeps rolling along and we play with a lot of confidence. His execution has been outstanding. Hes pitching with average velocity, but his location is tremendous.Porcello said he had received a number of congratulatory text messages, but had one he was going to respond to right away.Ive got to call my parents, he said. Thats first and foremost.Porcello came in 6-7 with a 5.27 ERA in 15 career games against Toronto but kept the Blue Jays in check.The Red Sox broke it open by scoring six runs in a 10-batter seventh. Bogaerts hit a leadoff drive off Scott Feldman, his 18th. Three batters later, Ramirez connected off Feldman, his 22nd. Pedroia capped the rally with a two-run single off Ryan Tepera.Boston (79-61) surpassed its win total from a last-place finish in 2015, when it went 78-84.Toronto, which was swept in a three-game series at Yankee Stadium earlier this week, fell to 1-6 in September. The Blue Jays had won six of their previous eight against the Red Sox.We havent necessarily been playing good baseball the last week, but I still believe, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said.ddddddddddddBlue Jays right-hander Marco Estrada (8-8) allowed four runs, three earned, and six hits in 2? innings, his shortest outing of the season. The last time Estrada failed to finish three innings was June 30, 2015, also a home loss to Boston.He was off, no question about it, Gibbons said. He lives on the edges, and he was just missing.Estrada is 3-5 with a 5.32 ERA in nine starts since being named an All-Star for the first time. He missed the All-Star Game after being placed on the disabled list because of a sore back.Nothing went our way today and obviously it started with me, Estrada said.Parka for PapiBlue Jays sluggers Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion presented retiring Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz with a winter parka and a leather jacket before his final series in Toronto. Ortiz has 40 career home runs at Rogers Centre, more than any other road ballpark. Ive seen enough of him, Gibbons joked about Ortiz. The Blue Jays made a donation to Ortizs foundation.StreakingPedroia has at least one hit in 27 consecutive games against Toronto, the longest streak by any Blue Jays opponent.Trainers roomRed Sox: OF Andrew Benintendi (left knee) ran the bases before the game and will try sliding as early as Saturday. A very good day for him, Farrell said. There is still no timetable for Benintendis return. ... Boston recalled LHP Henry Owens from Triple-A Pawtucket.Blue Jays: C Russell Martin (left knee) was held out of the lineup. Martin aggravated the injury in Wednesdays loss at New York and was replaced by a pinch hitter in the ninth. Hes still pretty sore, Gibbons said.Up nextRed Sox: LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (2-6, 4.83) has a 2.73 ERA in nine starts since the All-Star break. Rodriguez is winless in his past five outings.Blue Jays: LHP J.A. Happ (17-4, 3.44) is winless in three starts since his 11-game winning streak ended Aug. 25. Happ won his only start against Boston this season, allowing one run in seven innings. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys AuthenticWholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '

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