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CHICAGO -- Has a backup catcher ever been honored as he approached his retirement as much as Chicago Cubs backstop David Ross? This time it was Cubs fans who kept the party going -- along with good friend Jon Lester?-- two days after the team honored him. Willy Caballero Chelsea Jersey .Ross received four standing ovations and two curtain calls on Sunday night during the Cubs 3-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals while Lester orchestrated a surprise mid-inning visit by manager Joe Maddon to give his catcher a moment in the spotlight.What a treat for a backup catcher to get, Ross said after the win, the Cubs 99th of the season and record 57th at home. Just overcome with emotion.It began in the second inning when Ross came to the plate for the first time in the game. The crowd gave him a standing ovation while Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina showed a lot of class, according to Ross, allowing the moment to linger by walking halfway to the mound. Standing ovation No. 2 came in the fifth, again before Ross stepped into the batters box. This time he homered, breaking a scoreless tie and sending 40,859 fans into a frenzy. Curtain call No.1 came moments later.I felt like I floated around the bases, Ross said smiling.Maddon added: It was just fitting David would hit a home run, isnt it? It had to happen tonight.It was Ross 10th home run this season, his most since 2007. The Hollywood script didnt end there, as his final plate appearance came in the sixth inning -- but with a runner on second base and the pitcher due up, the Cardinals decided to intentionally walk him. Standing ovation No.3 quickly turned into boos as Ross took four balls and walked to first base.Usually the fans are cheering when they intentionally walk me, Ross joked.Meanwhile, Lester was mowing the Cardinals down in his quest to win the National League Cy Young Award. He was leading 2-0, getting two quick outs in the seventh inning while barely reaching 80 pitches when Maddon made a walk to the mound. Was he really taking Lester out before he could finish the inning? He was actually there to pull Ross, as the manager and Lester had hatched a plan the day before to give their catcher a proper send-off.I felt like that was going to be the best time for people to really recognize him, Lester explained. Theres not many backup catchers in this game that get that. I really wanted to do something that was special to him and special to me ... When Joe came out there, you can tell Rossy was pretty heated [thinking Maddon was pulling Lester]. He was ready to let him hear it about where I was [with] my pitch [count].Ross confirmed he was angry at first. He had no idea it was all about him.Im like, Why is he taking Jon out? Ross said. Im kind of getting pissed.Lester continued: Its like the kid in the candy story when you tell him he can pick out whatever he wants. The disbelief in his face as he slams the face mask back down, [emotionally] saying, I love you guys, I love you guys, I love you guys.Then, Ross walked off the field to standing ovation No.4, followed by curtain call No.2. The water works took over from there. Ross was seen crying in the dugout on more than one occasion.How about Rossy, Lester said in summing up the night. He only cried about three times.The two close friends are likely to take the field together the next time the Cubs play at Wrigley, as that will be Game 1 of the divisional round of the playoffs on Oct. 7. As Lesters personal catcher, Ross and the Cubs lefty have combined to produce a magical season for Lester, who improved to 19-4 with a 2.28 ERA after Sundays game.?I thought Jon was fantastic again, Maddon said. Definitely making a strong case for the award. One win away from 20 wins and very close to 200 innings.Lester likely will get more than enough attention next month when he leads the Cubs into the postseason, but Sunday was about his 39-year-old reserve catcher playing in his final regular-season home game, which produced plenty of emotional moments. A home run, four standing ovations and two curtain calls will do that.I couldnt write it any better, Ross said, undoubtedly between tears. Victor Moses Jersey . -- Jacksonville wide receiver Cecil Shorts will likely be a game-time decision whether hell play Sunday in the Jaguars home game against the San Diego Chargers. Robert Green Chelsea Jersey . John Tavares, Thomas Vanek and Kyle Okposo were also being counted on to slow down sizzling Rangers forward Rick Nash. That plan didnt go so well early. http:///...inho-chelsea-jersey/ . -- Canadian Andrew Wiggins got the ball on the wing, made a nifty spin move and then let go with a soft floater from about 10 feet that swished through the net in Allen Fieldhouse. A broken hand will force Australias Jack Miller to miss a third MotoGP race in six weeks.Millers team Marc VDS has ruled him out of this weekends Aragon Grand Prix to give him time to properly recover from two fractures in his right hand, suffered in a warm-up crash in mid-August.He will be replaced by former MotoGP world champion and current world superbike front-runner Nicky Hayden.Miller sat out the August 14 race at the Red Bull Ring in Austria and the following Czech Grand Prix, with back and wrist injuries arising from his high-speed fall.The 21-year-old pushed on to finish 16th in the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, but was a late withdrawal from last weeks San Marino GP.Additional medical checks carried out immediately after the San Marino race revealed Miller has been riding with two fractures in his right hand, the team said in a statement.The constant stress on the hand while riding has slowed the healing process and Miller, in consultation with HRC and the team has decided the most appropriate course of action is to miss this weekends Motorland Aragon encounter. Ruben Loftus-Cheek Jersey. The team hopes the week off will give Miller the best possible chance to be fit in time for next months three flyaway rounds - including the Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island.Obviously wed have preferred Jack to be racing in Aragon, but its the racing that is stopping the two fractures in his hand healing properly, said team principal Michael Bartholemy said.It makes sense to have him sit out this race in a bid to recover ahead of the three overseas races, one of which is his home race in Australia.Hayden, 35, said he wished Miller a speedy recovery.He is a buddy of mine and he is a rider I believe in a lot, so I hope he can get healthy as quickly as possible to show the high potential we all know he has got, Americas 2006 title winner said.He just needs to get his body right so he can perform. ' ' ' 
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