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SAN FRANCISCO -- After slow starts to the season, Ryan Vogelsong and Pablo Sandoval have had a resurgence that has helped send the San Francisco Giants to the top of the standings. Vogelsong struck out seven in 6 2-3 innings of a second straight scoreless start and Pablo Sandoval homered for the fourth time in six games to lead the Giants to a 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Saturday night. "I feel like when Im out there, I can throw anything in any count," Vogelsong said. "Thats a great feeling. Its not always like that, but the last couple of games it has been that way. It definitely helps your mentality on the mound." Vogelsong (3-2) followed up seven scoreless innings against Miami by limiting the Twins to three hits and one walk to give him a 1.35 ERA in his past six starts. The win gave the Giants (31-18) the best record in baseball. Josmil Pinto broke up the shutout bid with a leadoff homer in the ninth inning against Sergio Romo, but that was all the Twins could manage. Romo retired the next three batters to get his 16th save in 18 chances. Samuel Deduno (1-3) allowed two runs in 5 2-3 innings after being moved up a day in Minnesotas rotation, but ended up on the short end because of the performances from Vogelsong and Sandoval. Sandoval got off to a slow start in a contract year and was batting under .200 as late as May 13. But he has found his stroke of late to lead the way for San Francisco. "He has his timing and he has his confidence going," manager Bruce Bochy said. "That usually comes with success. That was the longest tough streak he has ever gone through. It looks like he has come out of it and is making great contact right now." Sandoval gave San Francisco the lead for good in his first at-bat for the second straight night, sending an 0-2 pitch from Deduno over the wall in left-centre to lead off the second inning with his sixth homer of the season. It was a rare two-strike hit for Sandoval, who came in with just five hits in 79 at-bats for an .063 average after reaching two strikes. "I missed a changeup," Deduno said. "I like to throw it on the ground, but it was just a little bit up. Thats why he hit it." Sandoval added a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning after a poor throw from second baseman Brian Dozier cost the Twins the chance at a double play. That was enough for Vogelsong, who pitched out of trouble in the first three innings before finding his groove. The Twins had a runner on second with one out in each of the first three innings, but couldnt score against Vogelsong, who has rebounded after posting a 7.71 ERA in his first four starts. "He was throwing good cutters to both sides of the plate," Twins outfielder Jason Kubel said. "If youre thinking cutter, hell throw the straight one in at you, too, and it gets guys to chase. Hes got a good curveball. When hes got his pitches, hes tough to hit." Vogelsong was replaced after making a throwing error on Aaron Hicks comebacker with two outs and no on in the seventh. Juan Gutierrez got pinch-hitter Chris Herrmann to ground out to escape the inning. NOTES: The Giants improved to 23-4 when scoring first. ... Minnesota OF Josh Willingham (left wrist) is expected to be activated from the DL on Monday when the team opens a four-game homestand vs. Texas. Oswaldo Arcia (right wrist) is also expected to be activated. ... Giants RHP Matt Cain will miss his scheduled start Monday because of an injured hamstring that did not feel 100 per cent during a pregame bullpen session. Yusmeiro Petit will start in his place. ... Madison Bumgarner (5-3) will start the series finale for San Francisco against Ricky Nolasco (2-4). Adnan Januzaj Jersey . The alley-oop looked easy -- just like everything else after halftime for the Miami Heat. James scored 32 points, Wade added 22 points and eight assists, and the Heat trailed by 11 early in the second half before running away to a 107-88 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday night. Romelu Lukaku Belgium Jersey . PAUL, Minn. http://www.belgiumsoccerpro.com/Thorgan-...ium-Jersey/.com) - They didnt meet in the regular season, so Sam Houston State might be saying it won the de facto title game between the two Southland Conference co-champions Saturday. Jan Vertonghen Jersey . Therrien would not confirm his lineup for the game, but he did have the same line combinations practicing together for the third straight day which is usually a pretty good indication of what the lineup will be. Youri Tielemans Belgium Jersey .J. -- Kevin Gilbride retired Thursday as offensive co-ordinator for the New York Giants.ROME - The entire Italian league stands to benefit after Torino came back to beat nine-man Copenhagen 5-1 Thursday and complete a clean sweep with all four Serie A clubs advancing from the group phase of the Europa League.Inter Milan, Fiorentina and Napoli had already reached the last 32 and Roma dropped down to the continents secondary competition by finishing third in its Champions League group.With Juventus advancing in the Champions League, Italy has six clubs still competing in Europe — the best showing for the Serie A since 2008-09.In the intervening five years, Italy has dropped from near the top of UEFAs country coefficient rankings to fourth place behind Spain, England and Germany. As a result, Italy can now qualify a maximum of three clubs to the Champions League, whereas the top three countries can land four clubs in the lucrative competition.With fifth-place Portugal and sixth-place France not far behind Italy, this seasons showing could provide Serie A with some much-needed breathing room.In Group B, Torino finished second to Club Brugge, which edged Helsinki 2-1.Elsewhere, Dynamo Moscow become the sixth team in competition history to win all six group matches as Aleksei Ionov scored in the 90th minute for a 1-0 success at PSV Eindhoven, which went through second in Group E.None of the previous five clubs to accomplish the feat of group-stage perfection advanced past the Round of 16.Defending champion Sevilla advanced with a 1-0 win at home to Rijeka, but had to settle for second place in Group G. Denis Suarezs 20th-minute goal gave the Spaniards victory, but they remained a point behind Feyenoord, which won 3-0 at Standard Liege.In Group A, Borussia Monchengladbach and Villarreal advanced with wins over Zurich and Apollon Limassol, respectively; Dnipro claimed second inn Group F by beating St.dddddddddddd Etienne 1-0; and in Group C, Besiktas leapfrogged Tottenham for first with a 1-0 win in Turkey in a match twice delayed by lighting failure.French club Guingamp reached the knockout phase for the first time with a 2-1 win at Greek side PAOK, as Claudio Beauvue scored both goals for the visitors.Guingamp finished second to Fiorentina in Group K, even though the Tuscan side lost 2-1 at home to Dinamo Minsk.In Switzerland, Young Boys beat Sparta Prague 2-0 to overtake the visitors and qualify second to Napoli — which shut out Slovan Bratislava 3-0 — in Group I.Inter, which had already won Group F, drew 0-0 at Qarabag in Azerbaijan.Olympiakos, Liverpool, Zenit St. Petersburg, Anderlecht, Ajax, Sporting Lisbon and Athletic Bilbao also dropped down from the Champions League.Torino hadnt won a match since October — a run of four defeats and three draws — and it wasnt a promising start for the visitors when Daniel Amartey put Copenhagen ahead after just six minutes.But Josef Martinez levelled on the quarter hour. Then Mikael Antonsson was sent off on the half-hour mark and Mathias Jorgensen saw red 10 minutes later for a foul inside the area.Former Juventus forward Amauri netted the resulting penalty and then early in the second half, Martinez added another and Matteo Darmian and Gaston Silva were also on target.The goal we conceded at the start was a cold shower but we reacted well, Martinez said.Torino is 17th in Serie A, one spot above the relegation zone.Were starting to do what we want and what were capable of, which until now weve only shown glimpses of, Torino coach Giampiero Ventura said. Now if the draw gives us a tough opponent, thats more than welcome.The Round of 32 draw will be held Monday at UEFA headquarters in Switzerland. 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