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CHICAGO -- Yovani Gallardo and the Milwaukee Brewers havent had the year that either had hoped for. Hopefully finishing strong can put a positive spin on a disappointing season for both. Gallardo pitched seven strong innings to lead the Brewers to a 3-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday. Since returning in mid-August from a stint on the disabled list because of a hamstring injury, Gallardo is 3-0 with a 1.35 earned run average and looks like the ace who won 16 and 17 games, respectively, the previous two seasons. "Ive been feeling good," he said. "Thats the main thing and to be consistent. The year hasnt gone the way I wanted it to, but coming off the DL kind of refreshes the mental side and you can go out there and just pitch." Gallardo (11-9) allowed just three hits in his seven innings with one walk and six strikeouts. The Cubs, who dropped to 29-46 at Wrigley Field, could only muster a Junior Lake home run on offence, and wasted a strong but brief outing by starter Scott Baker, who had five shutout innings in his first start of the season following Tommy John Surgery in 2012. "It felt very good," said Baker, who threw just 55 pitches before being pinch hit for in the fifth. "There were some emotions there. Its been a long road and I was happy my family was here to share this moment because theyre just as much a part of this as I am. Rehab process is hard on everyone just not the player himself. Its been a long road so that definitely plays into it being a very special day for me and my family." Lakes fifth-inning blast gave the Cubs a 1-0 lead and it appeared that Baker might be the feel-good story of the day. But the Brewers rallied in the top of the seventh to turn the game around. Former Cub Aramis Ramirez started things with a one-out double down the left-field line off reliever Justin Grimm (0-1). Carlos Gomez followed with a single to right field, also off Grimm. Ramirez was held at third base, but the throw from Nate Schierholtz missed the cut-off man, allowing Gomez to take second. Left-hander James Russell then was brought in by Cubs manager Dale Sveum with lefty Scooter Gennett due up. But Brewers manager Ron Roenicke countered with righty Jeff Bianchi to pinch hit and he delivered a single up the middle to plate both runners and put the Brewers on top, 2-1. "That was the ballgame, basically," Roenicke said of Bianchis hit. "If he doesnt get that hit, were still trailing and we probably end up hitting for Yovani." Following a walk and a fielders choice for the second out, Gallardo was allowed to bat and provided a little insurance with a single to left to score Bianchi to make it 3-1. The Brewers bullpen had a scoreless two innings and closer Jim Henderson worked a perfect ninth for his 24th save in 28 chances. But clearly, the star of the night was Gallardo. "His command was really good," Roenicke said. "Hes had his good command for quite a few starts. After a rough start for him this season, hes bounced back and he has life on his balls. All of his pitches, hes (throwing) well." NOTES: To make room for Baker on the 40-man roster, the Cubs designated INF Cody Ransom for assignment. "Unfortunately, Ransoms been here all year and its kind of a weird time to designate someone on Sept. 8," manager Dale Sveum said. "Its an unfortunate thing, but its part of the business." Ransom, 37, made 38 starts at 3B. He hit .189 with nine home runs and 20 RBIs. ... Brewers OF Khris Davis (left wrist) hasnt played since Wednesday. With Mondays off-day, manager Ron Roenicke said he hopes Davis can return on Tuesday in St. Louis. ... The Cubs are at Cincinnati on Monday with Travis Wood (8-11) facing Bronson Arroyo (13-10). ... The Brewers are off until Tuesday when they begin a series in St. Louis with Wily Peralta (9-14) going against Shelby Miller (12-9). CLEVELAND -- Browns owner Jimmy Haslam is asking Cleveland fans to be patient as he looks to replace the coach he fired after one season. With criticism growing as the search drags on, Haslam sent a letter to fans Wednesday in which he explained the Browns "methodical" hunt for a "strong coach." Haslam fired Rob Chudzinski last month following a 4-12 season, forcing the Browns to look for their seventh full-time coach since 1999 and fourth in six years. The owner said the team has spoken to a "number of outstanding candidates" and indicated he and CEO Joe Banner will meet with assistant coaches currently in the NFL playoffs. "We have purposefully been very methodical in our approach," Haslam said in the letter released by the team and posted on its website. "We believe it is very important to stay disciplined to this process and to interview all of the candidates on our list. We are strongly committed to finding the right person to coach the Cleveland Browns." The Browns were the first team to fire a coach after the season, and theyll be the last to hire one now that the Minnesota Vikings are completing a contract with former Cincinnati defensive co-ordinator Mike Zimmer, who interviewed for the Cleveland opening a year ago. When Chudzinski was dismissed, Haslam made it clear the Browns would take as long as needed to find a "proven winner." But as days turned to weeks and several candidates took jobs elsewhere or other names surfaced and were quickly dismissed, a perception took hold that the front office was not on the same page. There have also been rumblings that the Browns have been spurned by candidates and are fixated on hiring Denver offensive co-ordinator Adam Gase. Haslams unexpected letter seemed to be the teams attempt to quell some of the outside noise. Cleveland has interviewed six known candidates and the team intends to meet with Gase when the Broncos season ends. Gase was the first candidate contacted by the Browns after Chudzinski was let go. The 35-year-old Gase told the Browns and Vikings he wanted to wait until after the season. Although Gase appears to be the front-runner, theres no guarantee hell be hired by the Browns -- or if he even wants the job.dddddddddddd Gases interview will likely take place soon after the Broncos are finished playing. That could be as soon as Sunday or as late as Feb. 3, if Denver advances to the Super Bowl. Haslam said the Browns, who havent been to the AFC playoffs since 2002, will remain patient. "We are prepared to wait as long as necessary because this is a very important decision," said Haslam, Clevelands owner since 2012. "Everyone in our organization is committed to finding the right leader for our team." The lingering search has created the appearance that the job is not appealing. Haslam, though, insists the Cleveland coaching spot is a "very attractive position." "We have one of the youngest teams in the League, a roster that includes five Pro Bowlers," he said. "In addition, we have more salary-cap room than all but one NFL team. We also have three of the top 35 picks in the upcoming draft and five of the top 83 selections." The Browns also interviewed Seattle defensive co-ordinator Dan Quinn, who could get a second meeting when the Seahawks season ends. New England co-ordinator Josh McDaniels and Arizona defensive co-ordinator Todd Bowles removed their names from consideration. Ken Whisenhunt met with the Browns before he was hired by Tennessee, and Green Bay quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo interviewed with Cleveland but was hired Tuesday as the New York Giants offensive co-ordinator. Former Tennessee coach Mike Munchak met with Haslam and Browns CEO Joe Banner this week. During the Browns search, other prominent names emerged, including Oklahomas Bob Stoops and former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel. However, neither is believed to be on Clevelands radar. Its also possible the team will ask to meet with San Francisco offensive co-ordinator Greg Roman. As they look for a new coach, the Browns have granted permission for offensive co-ordinator Norv Turner to interview with the Vikings, and theyve told defensive co-ordinator Ray Horton he can interview for the same position in Tennessee. cheap jerseys cheap jerseys cheap nfl jerseys Ray Ban Outlet Michael Kors Outlet Michael Kors Sale Cheap Michael Kors ' ' '