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hen, however, Happ was traded four times in the next six seasons and compiled a 42-54 record through last years

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EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Coach Tom Izzo believes his team learns more from a loss to a ranked opponent than an easy win against a lightweight.Perhaps so, but Michigan State needs to start collecting victories.The No. 13 Spartans lost a buzzer-beater to No. 10 Arizona in the Armed Forces Classic at Honolulu, Hawaii on Friday, then got dismantled by No. 2 Kentucky 69-48 in the Champions Classic at New Yorks Madison Square Garden on Tuesday.The level of opposition drops considerably on Friday when the Spartans (0-2) face winless Mississippi Valley State at the Breslin Center. The Delta Devils have lost their first three games by an average of 34 points.Izzo isnt surprised his team is winless at this stage, considering that freshmen are playing prominent roles.Teams are beating (opponents) by 30 and getting a false feeling of where they are really at, Izzo told media outlets. I told my guys, Youre gonna get exposed. But we look at two-thirds of that (Kentucky) game and say, OK, we played pretty good. We took a couple of punches in the mouth and hung in there.Michigan States defense was not the issue against the Wildcats. It held Kentucky to 38.3 percent shooting but couldnt get into any flow with its half-court offense. The Spartans shot 32.8 percent from the field, made just five of 26 3-point tries, missed six of nine free throws and committed 20 turnovers. Kentucky turned those giveaways into 24 points, while Michigan State scored only four fast-break points.Were a little tired. Were a little worn out, Izzo said of the cross-country travel. Weve got to get back to the drawing board as coaches and do a better job with the execution.Swingman Miles Bridges, the Spartans most highly touted newcomer, had a brutal night in New York. He scored six points on 2-for-11 shooting and committed nine turnovers.Izzo believes Bridges will benefit in the long run from that experience.Miles Bridges is one of the most coachable great players, Izzo told the Detroit News. He still competed, didnt hang his head -- but he did struggle and got his butt kicked. But good players self-evaluate and get better from it, where if he scored 30 points against Sisters of the Poor, it wouldnt have mattered.Bridges is still the only Spartan averaging double figures at 13.5 points per game.Senior guard Eron Harris, the Spartans top returning scorer, needs to rediscover his offensive touch after being a non-factor the first two games. Hes averaging nearly as many turnovers (3.5) as points (4.5).Mississippi Valley State, a Southwestern Athletic Conference club, has offered little resistance in its three losses. The Delta Devils fell to another Big Ten team, Northwestern, in its opener 94-63. They were subsequently blown out by West Virginia 107-66 and Kent State 93-63.Senior guard Marcus Romain is the teams leading scorer at 12.7 points per game. Romain averaged 18.6 points last season. Senior guard Isaac Williams is the only other player averaging double digits at 10.3.Mississippi Valley State lost its first 14 games last season and finished with an 8-27 record. Jusuf Nurkic Jersey . Radwanska, making her debut in the Seoul tournament, hit eight aces in a match that lasted 1 hour, 4 minutes at Olympic Park tennis stadium. "It was definitely a very good match -- I was playing really good tennis," Radwanska said. Anthony Tolliver Jersey . Clarkson had been dealing with an elbow injury in early January and will be out of action for at least one week. 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Happ (18-4, 3.33 ERA) will take the mound for the Blue Jays, who enter the game in the thick of the race for both the American League East championship and a wild-card spot.Toronto trails the first-place Boston Red Sox by two games in the division and is one game behind the Baltimore Orioles for the top wild-card position. At the same time, the Blue Jays are trying to repel the Detroit Tigers, Seattle Mariners and New York Yankees, all of whom lie within two games of the second wild card.Entering this year, Happ owned a career record of 62-61. His best season came in 2009, when he went 12-4 with a 2.93 ERA and two shutouts for the Philadelphia Phillies, winners of the National League pennant. Since then, however, Happ was traded four times in the next six seasons and compiled a 42-54 record through last years trading deadline, when the Seattle Mariners sent him to the Pittsburgh Pirates.Joining the Pirates provided the impetus for Happs resurgence.Once pitching coach Ray Searage adjusted his delivery, Happ went 7-2, forged a 1.85 ERA and struck out 69 batters in 63 1/3 innings while issuing just 13 walks. That performance motivated the Blue Jays to sign the left-handed free agent in November to a three-year contract worth $36 million.The 33-year-old veteran not only provided the stability that the Blue Jays rotation needed once David Price signed a free agent contract with the Boston Red Sox, but he also is making his own case to win the Cy Young Award.Happ won 11 consecutive decisions from June 11 to Aug. 17. He ranks second in the American League with a career-best 18 victories while sharing 10th place in ERA. The left-hander also is holding opposing batters to a .235 average, and he needs just three strikeouts too set a career high in that category.dddddddddddd.The thing Im most satisfied and happy with is that I feel the hard work is paying off, getting to a place mentally where I feel comfortable, Happ told the Globe and Mail. I may have pressed a little bit more than I do now. When you press, all of a sudden youre trying to be too perfect and youre down 2-0 to the batter and youre not making your pitches.One factor in Happs ability to maintain his perspective is his newborn son, J.J.Honestly, I had my first child this offseason, the left-hander told the Globe and Mail. I go home and instead of being selfish and worrying about me and moping and being upset, I get to see his face and it changes everything.The Angels will counter with right-hander Daniel Wright, who seeks his first major league victory. He will make his second start since being acquired off waivers from the Cincinnati Reds on Sept. 4.In his only previous appearance with Los Angeles, Wright allowed four runs on six hits, including two home runs, in five innings but received no decision Saturday night in the Angels 8-5 loss to the Texas Rangers. The 25-year-old rookie also hit two batters, walked one and struck out two.He really showed the ability to spin the ball, Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. I think his fastballs sneaky. He got into some good spots. And really, the first pitch of the game, (Carlos) Gomez just ambushes him (for a homer), and then he hung a slider later.Wright, 25, went 0-2 with a 7.62 ERA in four games (two starts) for the Reds this year to begin his big-league career. He will be facing Toronto for the first time.Happ opposed the Angels once this year, allowing four runs in five innings during a 6-3 home loss on Aug. 25. The defeat continued his career-long trend: He is 0-5 with a 7.83 ERA in five starts against the Angels. ' ' '

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