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MIAMI -- Miami Marlins left-hander Adam Conley set three alarm clocks Wednesday morning to ensure he arose in plenty of time for his 12:10 p.m. start.The Marlins bats woke up too.Mired in a team slump less than 24 hours earlier, the Marlins totaled 16 hits and took the rubber game of their series against Philadelphia, 11-1.The Marlins totaled three runs in the first, including Giancarlo Stantons two-run homer.Scoring early was big, Conley said. The game is at noon. Nobody is accustomed to that, nobody can prepare for that too much. So for them to put up three in the first inning set the tone, and I was able to maintain the momentum throughout the game.Conley (7-5) pitched around eight hits and three walks to throw 6 2/3 scoreless innings.He awoke at 6:30 -- hence the alarm clocks.Never less than three, he said. Because its easy at 6:30 to turn it off, and then you wake up at 9:30. I would rather get less sleep and have a regular pregame routine and preparation.The Marlins ended a 24-inning scoreless streak Tuesday, and started fast against Philadelphia rookie Zach Eflin (3-4). J.T. Realmuto led off the first inning with a double, Martin Prado singled, Christian Yelich hit an RBI groundout and Stanton followed with his 22nd homer.Prado credited a crowd of 32,403, the Marlins largest since April. It was heavy on youth groups.The kids were loud, so they gave us a boost, Prado said. That first inning set up the whole game.Eflin, who threw a three-hit shutout against the Pirates in his last start, allowed seven runs in five-plus innings.I was leaving pitches up in the zone, he said. I didnt do my job.Dee Gordon, the 2015 NL batting and stolen base champion, should give Miamis lineup a further lift when he returns Thursday after serving an 80-game suspension for a positive drug test.Don Kelly, who began the game 1 for 22 this season, went 3 for 5 with two triples, two RBI and two runs scored. That raised his average from .045 to .148.That was fun, he said. This game is tough when youre struggling.Even Conley joined the hit parade. He had his first career sacrifice fly and a run-scoring single for his first two RBI of the year.Conley improved to 3-0 in five starts this month with an ERA of 1.82. In five career starts against Philadelphia, hes 2-1 with an ERA of 1.42.The Phillies were one out from their second consecutive shutout loss when Cesar Hernandez doubled home a run.Realmuto, Prado and Marcell Ozuna had three hits apiece for the Marlins, who totaled seven extra-base hits and rewarded manager Don Mattinglys faith. During their slump he had said he wasnt worried.I lie a little bit now and then, he said with a smile. Nah, youre going to have sequences in the season where youre not going to look good offensively. We know we have talent and guys that are working hard, and we know thats not going to continue.SUZUKI UPDATEMarlins fourth outfielder Ichiro Suzuki did not play and remained three hits shy of 3,000. He has started only one of six games on the homestand.Well play what we think is the best lineup and move forward, Mattingly said. Its a little uncomfortable when you get this close with Ich, because you dont want to put him in there to try to do this. Youd like to see it at home, but I dont want to force it just to do that. If its a good matchup and guy needs a day off and its a good thing for the team, thats when well do it.YER OUTPhillies bench coach Larry Bowa was ejected in fourth inning by home plate umpire Pat Hoberg.TRAINERS ROOMMarlins: 1B Justin Bour (ankle) will work out with the team Thursday and then go on a rehab assignment. Closer A.J. Ramos (finger) was feeling better and may be available Thursday. RHP Tom Koehler (pectoral) was also feeling better and is expected to make his next start.Phillies: OF Peter Bourjos (right shoulder) sat out, and his status is day to day.UP NEXTPhillies: RHP Aaron Nola (5-9, 4.75) tries for his first victory since June 5 when Philadelphia opens a four-game series at Atlanta against RHP Matt Wisler (4-10, 4.92).Marlins: RHP Jose Fernandez (12-4, 2.54) hopes to improve to 27-1 at home when Miami opens a four-game series against St. Louis and RHP Michael Wacha (5-7, 4.37). The Cardinals are 53-32 in Miami. Discount Hoodies . 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That came on the heels of Bryan Murray taking the unusual step of going into the locker room at the Prudential Center and addressing the players himself. Wholesale Nike Hoodies . The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruling "puts an end to my dreams of being a top player," the 27-year-old Troicki said in a statement. "I worked my entire life for it, and it has been taken away from me in one afternoon by a doctor I didnt know," said Troicki, whose ranking peaked at No. I remember it: Sunday at the Sinhala Sports Club, Colombo - August 1, 1993. The day India beat Sri Lanka to win an away Test match for the first time in my career. Young Indian cricket fans have no idea how rare that was. When we stepped onto the SSC that morning, it had been seven years since Indias last away Test win. Headingley,1986; even though I wasnt to take a fifer or be a star in that game, being a part of the Indian eleven on that day made the day precious, made me feel blessed.We knew the Test could go only go two ways: either Sri Lanka, two down with 386 to win, would bat us out to a deathly draw or we would win. Back in the 90s, no one scored more than 250 in a day and for us, everything hinged on getting rid of Aravinda, who was on 10 overnight and after him, Arjuna. They were the only two who could bother us, take the game down to the very end till we ran out of energy and purpose.I know why I remember this day with such a good, strong memory. We had travelled to Sri Lanka after being defeated in back to back series in Australia and South Africa; evidence enough that again, we were not that good in terms of getting results when we went outside India. We had always grown up hearing stories about how India doesnt do well abroad. Almost like an inevitability.The Colombo wicket wasnt like the spin-friendly turners we got in India but Anil was still our main man. He was coming off a series against England in which he led the rout against Graham Goochs side. Basically, we were like bowling fillers to Anil, who would come on as a very rapid first-change. He was the wicket taker and we used to surround him and bowl those few overs. I remember my exact role in that team and on that day. I was young and quicker than Kapil Dev and Manoj Prabhakar. As the second change, my job was simple. At my pace, bowl bouncers at a few targeted batsmen. I remember bowling a lot of short-pitched balls in that Test match. I hit Arjuna Ranatunga on his helmet, maybe Hashan Tillakaratne too, that was my job. In the 90s, I was the guy who played a fill-in part but was eager to make it count, because before the Sri Lanka tour, I had gone through a tough eight months.After a Man of the Match award in my last Test in South Africa, I had spent months sitting in the dressing room. It was disorienting; after a good performance in the first two Tests in South Africa, Id been compared to Allan Donald in an article written by Hansie Cronjes father but then maybe it didnt go down well and I was dropped for the third Test in Port Elizabeth. India lost and there was more drama for the final Test, but I was to make it to the eleven and ended up man of the match. Then, from January to August 1993, zero Tests for Javagal Srinath.India would pick three spinners, I wasnt the first choice seamer; called in only for the ODI stuff. By the time we got to Sri Lanka, I didnt know if Id be picked at all. In the Kandy Test, I bowled an over and it had rained for the rest for the match. So Colombo became my first Test match after a very long time. I was desperate to get back into rhythm and it felt good to bowl short and watch the ball whistle past the batsmen. When you have energy and even desperation, when you bowl short on a slowish kind of pitch it doesnt fly high. It comes exactly to a height where the batsman cant even escape, hes jammed; so leaving the ball also becomes difficult and it makes the bowler feel even better.On that Sunday at the SSC, we were to push on towards victory in very taxing weather, the crowd was thin, but I remember Percy there, waving his flag. Hes still around, but its like I tell him when we meet now, he was even old then and he is old even now. It was a terribly sticky and draining day and all through the morning there was a lot of complaining about the umpiring and how we would need to take 16 wickets and noot eight to win.dddddddddddd There were two local umpires then, and looking back, maybe cricketers do get into a competitive, irascible mindset in tight match situations. Every 50-50 decision you dont get becomes part of a grand, deliberate conspiracy against the entire team, with even the gods turning their eyes away from you. The same thing happened to us in Australia, even South Africa, we felt that the umpiring was not with us, maybe at some point through an entire decade. It was always them, not us. Half of what cricketers look at comes from an emotional standpoint, rather than an objective one and I think that is what happened there as well.There were some outstanding individual performances in that match and the scoreboard is proof: Vinod Kambli got a fighting century in the first innings, Anil took 5-75, and I remember catching Ranatunga off his bowling in the deep, just as he was threatening to break away and trim our lead in the first innings. Then, centuries from Sachin Tendulkar and Navjot Singh Sidhu in the second. But to me, what stays in my mind was the happiness at winning together, walking off that field, having done the job just after lunch. It was Indias first Test win in Sri Lanka and the dressing room felt and looked so different than it had in the miserable months on our last tours.I saw happiness on the faces of senior guys like Kapil, and Mohammad Azharuddin. We had a good celebration, not over the top but certainly nothing like Id seen before in an Indian dressing room when on tour. You could see how buoyed the team was by that result. The sweetest thing about victory is how it binds a team, whatever your differences. Your mind is suddenly cleaned of all negativity, you dont take offence to what is said, no one minds what you say. There was none of the agenda stuff you suspected was at work on days when the going was not great. Things change drastically with victory for the good. It becomes like a drug, you keep wanting to win more. We went to dinner at the high commission that night and there was much bonhomie.This great bogey of not being able to win overseas had been so much on our minds when we left the country and to prove it wrong was liberating in itself.As a young player, I was at a very crucial stage of my career, I had experienced a bit of success and it had begun to dawn on me that I could take cricket as a career for the rest of my life. When I was called into the team, I found myself in a very fragile place. I had not finished my engineering and it formed a part of my back-up plan in case the cricket didnt go well. I wanted to play for India, I enjoyed it but in the first few months, I wasnt sure in my heart whether I belonged at that level. After South Africa, the ODI series against England at home where I was the highest wicket taker for the team, made me feel stronger and more confident about my place in the team; no matter who I was competing against. I knew I was younger, stronger, quicker. That day in Colombo, winning overseas, gave an extra layer to that awareness, just watching the dressing room celebrations and experiencing how sweet the fruit of an away victory really was, I thought that this could be the beginning, this could be the moment that would mark the change in the Indian cricket team, in the way we played and the way we played when we travelled. I was to be proved wrong, of course. Our next away Test victory was to come eight years later in Bulawayo, when I was the oldest guy in that team, watching wild celebrations in the dressing room. But Colombo will remain precious because it was to unshackle many things about my cricket. About what I could be and what kind of a team I wanted to belong to.As told to Sharda Ugra ' ' '

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