A couple more games like Friday night should help out a lot.Altherr homered twice and drove in five runs http://www.redsfanproshop.com/authentic-cliff-pennington-jersey , leading the Philadelphia Phillies to a 14-2 victory over the Miami Marlins.The 27-year-old Altherr was expected to be a regular contributor for Philadelphia after he had 19 homers and 65 RBIs in 107 games last season. But the outfielder struggled with his swing all spring and was sent down to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on July 22 after hitting just .171 with six homers.Altherr connected for a two-run shot in the second for his first homer since June 6. He added a three-run drive in the fifth and finished with four hits.“I didn’t make any mechanical adjustments, didn’t think about anything like that,” Altherr said. “Just confidence was the biggest thing. I feel whenever you’re confident up there at the plate, good things are going to happen.”Roman Quinn, Rhys Hoskins and Mitch Walding also connected for the Phillies, who snapped a five-game losing streak.Philadelphia stayed 7 1/2 games back of NL East-leading Atlanta, which beat Washington 10-5 for its sixth straight win. The Phillies were in prime position to make the postseason before stumbling in recent weeks.Zach Eflin (10-7) pitched 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball in his first win since Aug. 16. The right-hander was 0-3 with an 8.64 ERA in his last four appearances.Eflin utilized his four-seam fastball more against the Marlins than in recent outings.“You see how brilliant he can be,” manager Gabe Kapler said.J.T. Realmuto homered for Miami Joe Morgan Jersey , which dropped its fourth straight. Wei-Yin Chen (6-11) was tagged for five runs and seven hits in four innings.Quinn finished with two hits and three RBIs after being sidelined by a small fracture in his right foot. He hit a solo drive in the second and drove in two runs with a bases-loaded fielder’s choice in the fourth.Chen struck out four and walked two in another slugging performance on the road. The left-hander is 5-3 with a 1.77 ERA in 12 home starts, but just 1-8 with a 9.29 ERA in 12 road starts.“I guess I probably need to do some more homework for the games on the road,” Chen said. “Maybe that’s what I need to do.”DROUGHT’S OVERAfter going 0 for 14 with 10 strikeouts, Walding recorded his first career hit when he homered off catcher Bryan Holaday in the ninth.“I was speechless,” Walding said. “Probably one of the happiest moments I’ve ever had in my life. “It was very special and something, obviously, I’ll never forget the rest of my life.”HOMER HAPPYRealmuto’s homer was his 21st of the season — and 18th when he is in the lineup as a catcher. He’s one shy of matching the Marlins record for homers by a catcher in a season; Charles Johnson had 19 in games where he was behind the plate in 1997.TRAINER’S ROOMMarlins: Rookie OF Austin Dean returned to the lineup after missing both games of Thursday’s doubleheader against the Mets due to illness. Dean went 2 for 4.UP NEXTRHP Vince Velasquez (9-11, 4.30) goes for Philadelphia on Saturday night in the second of a three-game set against the Marlins Dave Concepcion Jersey , who will be using a bevy of relievers. TOKYO (AP) — Amid all the hoopla surrounding Ichiro Suzuki’s return to Japan with the Seattle Mariners, it’s been easy to overlook something else: the Oakland Athletics are here, too.The A’s are used to being seen as the also-rans, and even relish it. They were a playoff team last season — not the Mariners. And when “Ichiromania” subsides after the season-opening games in the Tokyo Dome on Wednesday and Thursday, the A’s will again be under-the-radar favorites.“The A’s have always been an underdog organization no matter how you put it,” A’s pitcher Liam Hendriks said. “We enjoy proving people wrong.”Teammate Stephen Piscotty, who is playing for his childhood team, put it a different way.“I don’t think we care too much about how that’s viewed http://www.redsfanproshop.com/authentic-cliff-pennington-jersey ,” he said. “Last year’s expectations weren’t all that high, and we showed why that was wrong. We’re out this year to take down the division and just play our brand of baseball.”Hendriks might be the quintessential Oakland A’s player.He grew up in Perth, Australia, where he forsook Aussie Rules Football for baseball. He was cut twice from state baseball teams in Australia, but eventually the Minnesota Twins signed him in 2007.“I told myself I’d give it a few years, and if I’m not as good as I think I am, I’ll go back to Australia and pick up again with Aussie Rules.”He’s been traveling, but he’s still around after stints with the Twins — he called himself a “failed starting pitcher” there — to the Kansas City Royals Ken Griffey Jersey , Toronto Blue Jays — and now starting his fourth season with the A’s.“I’ve been around,” he said. “There were a lot of teams that didn’t want me, but there were obviously teams that wanted me. Somebody saw something there.”Hendricks has become a multi-functional pitcher. He’s was the opening pitcher in the A’s 7-2 wild-card playoff loss to the New York Yankees, giving up a two-run homer in the first inning to Aaron Judge. That was his only inning.He’s basically a relief pitcher, but tries not to get hung up on terms; opener, starter, set-up man — you name it.“My biggest goal as a starter or opener or whatever you want to call it is to go out there and get us a clean inning and get the next guy in,” he said. “It helps to be versatile.”Hendriks started an exhibition game Sunday in a 5-1 victory over Japan’s Ham Fighters at the Tokyo Dome. He’ll be available in relief in the A’s two games with the Mariners.“I need to go out there and be ready for anything Tony Perez Jersey , and expect any role,” he said.That could include facing Ichiro in what could be his final at-bat — or not. The 45-year-old Ichiro has left everyone guessing about his plans after the two games in Japan.“If you’re going to be overshadowed, it might as well be by the all-time hits leader in baseball,” Hendriks said. “We’re just happy to be along for the ride. I can’t wait for the opening series when they announce Ichiro and hear that crowd. I’m pretty excited for it.”