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  • December 14, 2017 4:56 AM GMT

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Yordano Ventura was not at his best, but good enough to end a personal losing drought.Ventura pitched effectively into the seventh inning, Kendrys Morales hit a grand slam, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-1 Sunday.As far as stuff-wise and command, it obviously wasnt one of his best games, but his mental toughness was great, Royals catcher Drew Butera said. Thats what we need out of him. Somedays youre not going to have your best stuff. He came out and battled. He didnt get too flustered on the mound and stayed within himself.Ventura (7-9), who was 0-5 in seven starts since a June 17 victory over the Detroit Tigers, limited the Blue Jays to one run and five singles in 6 2/3 innings, walking four and striking out four.The Blue Jays had four hits and two walks in the first four innings, but wound up stranding eight men and went 0 for 4 with runners in scoring position.I was fighting the whole game, Ventura said with catching coach Pedro Grifol as his interpreter. I didnt feel comfortable with my mechanics early, but the goal was to keep us in the ball game until we could score some runs and we did.Morales third career grand slam and his first since July 30, 2012, while with the Los Angeles Angels came off left-hander Brett Cecil with two out in the eighth to break the game open. Raul Mondesi, Alcides Escobar and Cheslor Cuthbert led off the inning with singles. It appeared Toronto might escape unharmed after Lorenzo Cain and Eric Hosmer struck out, but Morales hit Cecils first pitch out to straight-away center.I went up to the plate with an aggressive mindset and he threw a fastball and I was able to make good hard contact, Morales said through a translator. It was a high fastball, mask high and I was able to catch it out front.Blue Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman (8-5) allowed three runs and seven hits in five innings. He threw 95 pitches before being replaced by Scott Feldman.Drew Butera and Mondesi delivered run-producing singles in the second. Butera cracked his bat on his hit to bring home Alex Gordon, while Mondesis bunt single scored Paulo Orlando, who logged his fourth straight multi-hit game.Theyre a dynamic team with their speed, Stroman said. They dont have to beat you with homers. Theyre looking to move the ball, move guys. Very fast and they put the ball in play.Escobar homered -- only his second of the season -- to lead off the fifth.Ventura was pulled after walking Darwin Barney and giving up a single to Devon Travis with two out in the seventh. Peter Moylan replaced Ventura and struck out Jose Bautista, but not before a wild pitch allowed Barney to score.Today was a little frustrating, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. Its always tough to play here. Theyre world champs. Theyre that for a reason and they held us in check. We really havent been swinging that good since the beginning of the last homestand. Weve been in kind of a rut, so were due to explode.TRAINERS ROOMBlue Jays: CF Kevin Pillar jammed his left thumb sliding into second base Saturday and not in the lineup as a precaution.UP NEXTBlue Jays: RHP R.A. Dickey, who is second in the AL with 12 losses, will start against the Rays in the opener of a six-game homestand. 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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The patriarch of one of Americas great sports families, Calvin Hill, was standing outside the Dallas Cowboys locker room shaking his head in wonderment. He was comparing the rookie quarterback Dak Prescott to the 1971 version of Hills old teammate, Roger Staubach, who won a Super Bowl that season?after taking over as Tom Landrys guy.Roger was 29, said Hill, a four-time Pro Bowl running back, and this kid is 23. Roger wasnt ready to play continually in his first year [in 1969]. Dak? Im amazed at this young guy, amazed at his presence in the pocket.Amazed at Prescotts ability to make something out of nothing against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night, when the quarterback spun left out of trouble in overtime and found a wide open Jason Witten in the end zone for the Cowboys sixth consecutive victory.Dak reminds me of Roger in terms of being able to extend the play, Hill said, but he also reminds me some of [Tom] Brady in how he manages the game. I dont think Dak managed it well tonight, but [Jim] Schwartz is a really good defensive coordinator for Philadelphia. That front put so much pressure on Dak and yet he never lost his composure.For a change, Prescott didnt play a clean ballgame. He made some throws against Philly that, frankly, looked like fourth-round throws. But this is good news for Dallas, and maybe even better news for the NFL. The Cowboys won even when Prescott walked into AT&T Stadium with his B-minus game, which means the Cowboys are for real as a Super Bowl contender.And when the Dallas Cowboys are in the championship mix, the league benefits in a big way.Its like the Yankees, Hill said. Theres so much passion around the country for and against them. The Cowboys are back, we have two young stars in Dak and Ezekiel Elliott, and thats good for the National Football League.Of course Hill is biased. He put together back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons in the franchises Americas Team era, and he works as a Cowboys consultant in player development. But as the father of Grant, a two-time national basketball champ at Duke who lost his near-certain place among the NBAs all-time greats to injury, Hill knows a thing or three about winners, and how much sports needs marquee programs like the Blue Devils, the Yankees, and the Cowboys.Hill was a student at Yale in the 60s?when the Cowboys first started to win, when he would join his classmates in front of a frat house TV to watch Don Meredith and Bob Hayes. Looking for Bullet Bob to catch a bomb, Hill said.Those were the days, my friend. Into the 70s, football fans up and down the Eastern Seaboard would wait breathlessly for lesser 1 p.m. games to end to watch the Dallas Cowboys in the 4 p.m. national game or, better yet, the marquee game on Monday night.Now youve got NFL games on all the time, Hill said through a sigh. Thursday night, Sunday, Sunday night, Monday night, and sometimes you have teams in these night games that nobody really follows except their own fanns.dddddddddddd. We used to have national teams. The Redskins of George Allen and Joe Gibbs. Landrys Cowboys. Its been a long time for the Cowboys, but having a national team back is good for the sport.The sport needs it now like never before. Ratings are down and uninspiring play is up. Peyton Manning has left the building, Aaron Rodgers isnt winning big, Russell Wilson isnt running, and Cam Newton and Andrew Luck are losing. Brady and the New England Patriots could use a little help, you know. They cant carry this business on their shoulder pads forever.The Cowboys are arriving in the nick of time. They havent won the big one in two decades; in fact, theyve only won three playoff games in that period. But now they have a monster offensive line and a rookie running back, Elliott, who summons the memories of the signature Dallas backs before him, the likes of Hill, Tony Dorsett and Emmitt Smith.They have Dez Bryant, who returned from injury Sunday night to catch the tying 22-yard touchdown pass from Prescott late in the fourth quarter and to finish with 113 big-play yards on four catches. They have old man Witten, who wasnt a factor against the Eagles until he needed to be in overtime.They have the 135th player chosen in Aprils draft, Prescott, who did enough to beat the No. 2 player chosen in the draft, Carson Wentz. Prescott was smacked around by Philly before he reminded everyone why he should keep Tony Romo on the bench even when Romos healthy enough to play.In a recent conversation with ESPN The Magazine, the Dallas coach who started Romo in 2006, Bill Parcells, described the calls for Prescott to become the permanent starter a rush to judgment. The Hall of Fame coach explained that a half-dozen games represented a painfully small sample size, and that Prescott first needed to stare down a late deficit, some real adversity.He hasnt thrown four interceptions yet, Parcells said, and then had the press and the fans getting restless and the players looking at him sideways, and maybe his nose is broken too. Thats when you find out about a quarterback.Prescott survived his brutal end-zone interception near the end of the first half, and needed a 30-yard run by Chris Jones, the Dallas punter, of all people, to get through the night.But the great ones -- or the great ones-to-be -- find ways to score more points than the other guys one way or another. When this 29-23 victory was complete, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones called it one of the best wins Ive ever been a part of and declared Prescott the starter for the next game against Cleveland.I know that Romo can make chicken salad out of chicken whatever, Jones said, but so can Dak.Calvin Hill, always cutting a dignified figure, put it like this:I think were learning how to win.The Dallas Cowboys are back in business, which is always good for the business of the NFL. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '