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MIAMI -- Atlanta Braves right-hander Aaron Blair and Miami Marlins left-hander Wei-Yin Chen are looking for redemption for seasons gone terribly wrong.They will face each other on Saturday when the Braves (63-91) take on the Marlins (76-78). Even though the Braves are in last place, they are one of the hotter teams in baseball, having won seven games in a row for their best win streak in two years.Blair, a 24-year-old from Las Vegas who played his college ball at Marshall, was acquired by the Braves in December in the deal that sent star pitcher Shelby Miller to the Arizona Diamonbacks.The Braves also got shortstop Dansby Swanson and center fielder Ender Inciarte back as part of that deal.Swanson and Inciarte have worked out well so far, but Blair (1-6, 7.71 ERA) has been a disaster.Blair started the season ranked No. 4 among Braves prospects, and he made his major league debut on April 24.But Blair, after making 11 starts and going 0-5 with a 7.99 ERA, was sent back down to Triple-A Gwinnett on June 25. While in the minors, Blair injured his knee and didnt pitch well there, either, sporting a 5.98 ERA.The Braves, though, gave him another chance, and -- on Sept. 19 against the New York Mets -- Blair finally earned his first major league victory, allowing just two runs in six innings.Braves manager Brian Snitker said Blair changed his delivery, an improvement that led to victory.All the work he put in, making changes, its nice to see that being rewarded, Snitker told the media after his win.In essence, Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell worked to keep Blair more upright during his delivery. By eliminating a turn in his motion, Blair kept his weight on his back leg longer, and that has made a difference.Giving up a run per inning wasnt great, Blair said, exaggerating only slightly his poor performances this season. I was open to any changes.Chen, a 31-year-old native of Taiwan, may want to make some adjustments as well because he is just 5-4 with a 5.04 ERA this season.Much more was expected from Chen when the Marlins signed him to a five-year, $80 million contract.He was supposed to be the Marlins second-best pitcher behind Jose Fernandez, but he hasnt been.He was supposed to be a fly-ball pitcher who benefits from the spacious dimensions at Marlins Park, but that hasnt been the case either.His numbers were really good the past two years with the Baltimore Orioles -- 16-6 with a 3.54 ERA in 2014 and 11-8 with a 3.34 ERA in 2015.The expectation was that those numbers would get even better in a big ballpark and in a league with no designated hitter. Chen figured to have the element of unfamiliarity to his advantage since few NL batters had faced him consistently as had their AL counterparts.None of those theories worked, however, and Chen also missed two months due to an elbow injury. 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After a first half in which he thought "the lid was on the basket," the Toronto Raptors coach watched his squad mount a second half surge to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers 98-91. (STATS) -- Its highly impressive that Jacksonville State has not lost to a conference opponent or against a non-FBS opponent during the regular season under third-year coach John Grass.But the Gamecocks, last years FCS national runners-up, cant help but have the postseason in the back of their thoughts while they continue to dominate opponents.The Gamecocks (7-1) head into November on a strong note and with the No. 2 ranking in the STATS FCS Top 25. They only trail Sam Houston State, which held the top ranking for the third straight week on Monday.Its a good sign for Jacksonville State when Grass says, I dont think we can play much better, as he did after a 47-14 victory over Eastern Illinois this past Saturday. It came against the most recent Ohio Valley Conference program to beat the Gamecocks, something their seniors probably remembered from 2013 while they raised their conference win streak to an FCS-high 21 games. They have beaten 28 straight non-FBS teams in the regular season, losing only to Michigan State, Auburn and LSU.Today was just a great team win, Grass said after quarterback Eli Jenkins accounted for three touchdowns and running back Josh Clemons scored twice.Jacksonville State received 15 of the 142 first-place votes in the national media poll.Sam Houston State (8-0) collected the most with 102 after the nations highest-scoring team had its season-high point total in a 66-17 non-conference win over Texas Southern. Coach K.C. Keelers Bearkats are tied for first place in the Southland Conference.The top six teams remained unchanged in the poll -- Eastern Washington (7-1) sitting third followed by North Dakota State (7-1), The Citadel (8-0) and Richmond (7-1). Eastern Washington beat Big Sky Conference rival Montana 35-16 and North Dakota State defeated Missouri Valley Football Conference rival Northern Iowaa 24-20.dddddddddddd The Citadel continued their best start in program history by topping East Tennessee State 45-10 in the Southern Conference.Richmond was idle this past weekend, but the Spiders were happy to rest up for Saturdays showdown against the CAA Football rival sitting right behind them, No. 7 James Madison (7-1). The Dukes, who hold a slight lead in the conferences crowded title race, routed Rhode Island 84-7 -- the most points scored by an FCS team this season.Charleston Southern (5-2), Chattanooga (8-1) and Villanova (6-2) completed the Top 10.MEAC leader North Carolina A&T (7-1) moved up one spot to No. 11 followed by Western Illinois (6-2), South Dakota State (5-3), Cal Poly (6-2), Youngstown State (6-2), North Dakota (7-2), Central Arkansas (7-1), Coastal Carolina (6-2), Montana (5-3) and Samford (6-2).Rounding out the Top 25 were Grambling State (5-1); New Hampshire (6-3), which re-entered after a six-week absence; Harvard (6-1); newcomer Lehigh (7-2), the Patriot League leader; and Stony Brook (5-3).Eastern Illinois and Tennessee State fell from the Top 25, and a season-high 11 FCS conferences were represented in it, led by the CAA with five.A national panel of sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries select the STATS FCS Top 25. In the voting, a first-place vote is worth 25 points, a second-place vote 24 points, all the way down to one point for a 25th-place vote.The Top 25 is released every Monday afternoon during the regular season, except for Sunday morning, Nov. 20, prior to the selection of the 24-team FCS playoff field. A final Top 25 will follow the FCS championship game, which will be held Jan. 7 in Frisco, Texas. ' ' '

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