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  • MINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota Twins placed struggling right-hander Ricky Nolasco on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday with a strained right elbow. Stefan Charles Jersey . The Twins announced the move one day after Nolasco left the team in Seattle to return to Minnesota for an examination. The Twins signed Nolasco to a $49 million, four-year deal in the off-season to bolster one of the leagues worst starting rotations. But he is 5-7 with a 5.90 ERA in 18 starts this season. Nolasco told the Twins on Monday he has been pitching through discomfort in his elbow all season. "Its good there is no major thing here, nothing structurally too awful bad. Now its about getting the soreness out, getting the stiffness out, time probably better than anything else and well see. Well see where it goes from there," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "Let him take some time, do some treatment with the trainers and see how he responds to that. Obviously the throwing is not making it better." The Twins recalled catcher/outfielder Chris Herrmann from Triple-A Rochester. Gardenhire did not announce how they would replace Nolasco in the rotation. He was scheduled to make his next start this weekend in Colorado against the Rockies. Jermey Parnell Jersey . At this point, even he isnt sure when it is going to stop. The right-hander dropped his fourth straight decision in Los Angeles 6-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday night, leaving his status very much in doubt as the Dodgers prepare for the stretch drive. Justin Blackmon Jersey . The New York Rangers centre had a goal and two assists in a 4-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators ending a 13-game goal-scoring drought.OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Charging from opposite ends of the line with a single-minded purpose, Baltimore Ravens linebackers Elvis Dumervil and Terrell Suggs are waging a duel to see who finishes the season with more sacks.Its competitive. Its a race, Dumervil said Wednesday. Once the ball is snapped, he knows Im coming and I know hes coming from the other end.They have combined for more sacks this season than six NFL teams. Although its too early to declare a winner in this friendly competition, this much is certain: The real losers are the opposing quarterbacks.When you get a sack, its a big momentum-boost for the defence and a drive-killer for the offence, Dumervil said. The more sacks we get, the better chance our team has to win. Its good for the Ravens, for sure.Dumervil is tied for the NFL lead with a single-season franchise record 17 sacks. After getting 2 1/2 in a 20-12 win over Jacksonville on Sunday, Suggs upped his total to 11.No other tandem in the NFL has more. A year ago, Suggs beat Dumervil 10 sacks to 9 1/2.When youve got two guys on the same defence like that, you cant do anything but get better, Suggs said. Youd better raise your game, otherwise, hell start to pull away from you.Suggs has tied a franchise record by getting a sack in five straight games. He has 7 1/2 sacks over that span, and will shoot for the record on Sunday in Houston.With Suggs and Dumervil leading the way, Baltimore has 45 sacks — third-most in the NFL behind only Buffalo and Philadelphia. Thats one reason why the Ravens (9-5) are in the thick of the AFC North title chase and stand tied atop the wild-card standings.In preparation for facing the Ravens on Sunday, Houston coach Bill OBrien has been watching off film of Dumervil, Suggs, Pernell McPhee (5 1/2 sacks) and rookie Timmy Jernigan (four). Dawuane Smoot Jersey. They have a very dynamic pass rush, a lot of different players that can rush the passer, OBrien said. They do a really good job with their blitz scheme. Its a big challenge for us. Well be working on it right up until game time.Given that the Ravens have a half-dozen cornerbacks on injured reserve and own the NFLs 30th-ranked pass defence, putting pressure on the quarterback is an absolute must.The pass rush is always really important. Its a strength of ours, obviously, coach John Harbaugh said. We have to play to that strength.Dumervil believes a strong rush makes the defensive backfield better, and tight coverage helps guys up front in their quest to get to the quarterback.I always say it works hand-in-hand — rush and coverage, coverage and rush, he explained. Sometimes we get cover sacks and sometimes we get pressure sacks. As a rusher, man, you need the guys back there to cover. Everything has to go perfect. Thats why a sack is so sacred.Playing in place of suspended Haloti Ngata, Jernigan got two sacks last week. Hes too inexperienced to get involved in a competition with Suggs and Dumervil, but isnt too young to listen and observe.Its an honour for me to be able to play with those guys and learn from them, Jernigan said. From the day I got here, they taught me a lot.Suggs is having an outstanding season, but hes going to need a flurry of sacks to catch Dumervil.Hes been playing phenomenal, but the same can be said of our front seven all year, Suggs said. Were all kind of getting after it, and its pretty good.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.orgm and NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '