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  • July 26, 2018 12:49 AM PDT

    SAN FRANCISCO -- Johnny Cueto intends to pitch in next weeks All-Star Game after not getting to play in his first appearance there two years ago. Jonas Brodin Jersey .If Giants manager Bruce Bochy has any say in the matter, Cueto will start in the Midsummer Classic.Cueto pitched a five-hitter to become the NLs first 13-game winner, and San Francisco beat the Colorado Rockies 5-1 on Wednesday night to move atop the major league standings.He has made an enormous case of starting that game, Bochy said following Cuetos fourth complete game this season. You look at his record, his numbers, what a great first half hes had. Its obvious were pulling for it to happen.With the Dodgers Clayton Kershaw on the disabled list and Jake Arrieta of the Cubs stumbling in recent weeks, the door is wide open for the Giants right-hander to become the second Giants pitcher in five years to start the All-Star Game, following Matt Cain in 2012.It would be big, Cueto said through an interpreter. It would mean a lot because it would be the first time that I would ever pitch in an All-Star Game. And I want to pitch.Cueto (13-1) allowed one run on five hits with eight strikeouts and one walk while going the distance for the fourth time this season. He also became the first Giants pitcher since John Burkett in 1993 to win 13 games before the All-Star break.The performance gave San Franciscos slumping bullpen a much-needed break.Whenever hes hitting spots, its tough, Rockies slugger Carlos Gonzalez said. Hes going to keep you off balance with all the different moves that he has. I like him because whenever you are trying to get big hes hard to hit.San Francisco (54-33) passed the Chicago Cubs (52-32) for the majors best record and has won five of seven. Buster Posey homered for the second time in three days, Brandon Belt doubled and tripled and Brandon Crawford drove in two runs for San Francisco.Posey struck out looking with a runner on third in the first inning before hitting his 11th home run of the season off Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa (5-7) in the sixth.De La Rosa allowed three runs over seven innings with five strikeouts and one walk. The Colorado lefty has lost two straight since his four-game winning streak.Grant Green walked and scored on Belts RBI triple in the first. Belt scored on Crawfords two-out single.Green also scored on a wild pitch in the eighth and Crawford added a sacrifice fly to make it 5-1.Rookie sensation Trevor Story drove in Colorados lone run in the fourth on a fielders choice grounder with the bases loaded.CUETO AT THE PLATESan Franciscos starter wasnt as dominant at the plate as he was on the mound, but Cueto still managed to end an 0-for-26 slump when he singled off De La Rosa in the second inning.TRAINERS ROOMGiants: Bochy said he hopes to know by this weekend when OF Hunter Pence (right hamstring surgery) will begin a rehab assignment. Pence has been taking batting practice and running. Hes coming along great, right on pace, Bochy said. ... RHP Matt Cain (strained right hamstring) is scheduled to throw 65 pitches in a rehab start with Triple-A Sacramento on Friday. ... 3B Matt Duffy (strained right Achilles tendon) has been running on a treadmill. ... RHP Cory Gearrin was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right shoulder. ... RHP Albert Suarez was called up from Sacramento to take Gearrins place on the roster.UP NEXTRockies: Right-hander Chad Bettis (6-6) pitches Thursday in the opener of a four-game home series with Philadelphia. Bettis has a 6.58 ERA over his previous five starts.Giants: Jeff Samardzija (8-5) makes his third start against the Diamondbacks this season in Arizona on Friday. In his other two appearances combined the right-hander allowed five earned runs in 15 1/3 innings. Charlie Coyle Jersey . The (11-11-4) Jets are seventh in the Central Division with 26 points.  Fifth place Dallas and sixth-seeded Nashville also have 26 points, but the Stars have three games in hand on Winnipeg while Nashville has two. Joel Eriksson Ek Jersey . -- The boos poured down on Tom Brady and the New England Patriots at the end of a horrible first half. ;. - Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie never doubted he would bring back coach Dennis Allen for a third year despite back-to-back 4-12 records. Lewis Hamilton is setting his sights on a top ten finish at the Belgian Grand Prix in the belief that the podium will be out of reach in a normal race without any safety cars or stoppages.Hamilton is due to start from the back row of the grid at the Belgian Grand Prix after incurring a 55-place grid penalty over the course of the weekend for multiple engine changes. With title rival Nico Rosberg starting from pole position, Hamilton faces a battle through the field to try to minimise the damage to his 19-point championship lead on Sunday.Its going to be a very, very hard race and if I had a choice of tracks where you had to start dead last and overtake, this is definitely not in the top three for me as an overtaking circuit, he said. While you can have a good tow up Eau Rouge, with it being this hot its going to be hard to follow and being in the traffic its going to be very unlikely that I get to my [pit] stop target or go longer than the guys that are in front of me.So I envisage tomorrow is going to be hard to get into the top ten with the tyres the way they are, but I hope that I prove myself wrong and I am pleasantly surprised! I hope to be able to take the experiences that we have had over the years, and me as a racing driver, take those things into consideration and apply myself tomorrow and be better and stronger. I cant predict what is going to happen tomorrow, but I hope its going to be a clean race. Time will tell.Hamiltons concerns about tyre life are based on the levels of performance degradation all drivers have been experiencing in the hot conditions at Spa-Francorchamps this weekend. The unusually high temperatures combined with Pirellis high tyre pressure prescriptions -- a precautionary measure following two blowouts at Spa last year -- have resulted in the tyres overheating and blistering, which in turn reduces their performance life considerably.The last time Hamilton started at the back of the grid -- in China -- hee fought back to seventh place, but he suspects Spa will present an even tougher challenge, especially with the added difficulty of managing tyre temperatures and pressures while racing in traffic. Cheap Wild Jerseys. .Its completely different to China. In China we didnt have failures the previous year and they [Pirelli] didnt put the pressures up to a ridiculous number. That is the case here, they had the failures last year and then there was the failures this year, so they put the pressures up to 23 or 24 PSI or whatever it is, which is so high.Ive never seen pressures like that in my whole racing career, so that doesnt help. Plus, its so hot that with those pressures we will get blisters and in China the tyres went a lot longer and it was cooler, so the tyres behaved more like normal tyres. But here there was not really much you could do to stop the tyres from blistering and overheating, so its definitely a much harder race than China ever was.Although Hamiltons strategy options are likely to depend on how well he is able to manage the tyres, he has the clear cut option of starting the race from the pit lane or the back row of the grid. Mercedes is set to analyse that decision ahead of Sundays race, but Hamilton is already firmly against the idea of not starting on the grid.I never like to start from the pit lane. It means you have to wait for them to come past the pit lane exit, and by the time I get round the corner they will be halfway down the hill and the last car will almost be going into Eau Rouge, and it means I then have to catch up.There is the possibility of me crashing in Turn 1 and you avoid that [with a pit lane start], but there is also the possibility that theres not and then I just give up eight or seven seconds or whatever it is. I cant afford to lose any time, so my plan is to start on the grid. Cheap NFL Jerseys AuthenticJerseys NFL Cheap China Jerseys Wholesale Wholesale NFL Gear Wholesale Nike NFL Jerseys Cheap Authentic Jerseys Wholesale NFL Gear ' ' '