.It didnt take long for Miller to get noticed: The second Baltimore batter of the game hit a pop to left that glanced off Miller

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Kyle Shurmur is happy doing whatever it takes to help Vanderbilt win whether that is handing the ball off or throwing down the field.The way the quarterback has grown this season, coach Derek Mason believes the best is yet to come.He wants to be great, he doesnt want to be good, Mason said Tuesday. He challenges himself every day. We talk about football, ball handling, every opportunity to create the balance thats needed as a leader of this group and being able to make sure he gets done the work he needs.Shurmur is getting extra work with Vanderbilt (6-6) preparing to play North Carolina State (6-6) on Monday in the Independence Bowl, and the timing couldnt be better. Shurmur did not throw for even 90 yards in two games this season and topped 150 yards only once through the Commodores first eight games with Vandy leaning heavily on running back Ralph Webb.Yet the 6-foot-4, 223-pound Shurmur could not have finished the season stronger.Shurmur threw for 221 yards in a 23-16 loss at Auburn and only got better each game through the rest of the regular season. He threw for 273 yards and two touchdowns in a 38-17 win over Mississippi and finished with a career-high 416 yards and two TDs in an upset of No. 24 Tennessee that was the highest passing day at Vanderbilt since Chris Nickson threw for 446 in 2006.He wound up throwing for 1,162 yards over the final four games -- nearly half of his 2,251 yards for the season.Whatever we need to do to win the game, thats what Im going to do, Shurmur said.Shurmur got plenty of help from wide receivers catching the ball much better than they did in September and October. The Commodores put up 608 yards of total offense against Tennessee and their 45 points were the most scored in a Southeastern Conference came since 1971.Mason said Shurmur is growing up and has faced new challenges each week. Vanderbilt coaches dont want to overload Shurmur as they work with him to master the nuances of playing quarterback, something Shurmur has embraced during these bowl practices.By the same token, hes still a sophomore, Mason said. Hes still a guy thats got a lot of football in front of him. We just think that hes got a high ceiling with what were going to try to do is hold him responsible for getting there.This will be the Commodores first bowl game since the 2013 season, and Vanderbilt has won its last two bowl games. A victory would be the Commodores third straight in a bowl and fifth overall while also ending the season with three straight victories.Shurmur made it clear the Commodores are not underestimating anything about this game.Were going there to win, Shurmur said. Were not going to just be happy to be there.---More AP college football: www.collegefootball.ap.org and https://twitter.com/AP-Top25. Herman Edwards Jersey .C. - The Carolina Hurricanes have placed backup goalie Anton Khudobin on injured reserve with an unspecified lower-body injury. Trey Burton Jersey . -- Ryan Blaney provided more evidence that Penske Racings No. http://www.cheapeaglesjerseysauthentic.com/?tag=authentic-wes-hopkins-jersey . The 26-year-old Ireland striker, who has four goals this season, has signed a three-and-a-half year contract with his new club. Rodney McLeod Jersey . Toronto has dropped games to Indiana and Miami since a five-game winning streak and closed out a three-game road trip at 1-2. Jerome Brown Jersey . Datsyuk will miss Tuesdays game against New Jersey and could be sidelined longer, while Cleary will likely miss at least the next three games. Its been an injury-plagued season for Datsyuk, who has suited up for just 39 games. BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Orioles had just completed a spirited comeback, and all that remained was for unfailing closer Zach Britton to seal the victory.It did not come easy.Tampa Bays Mike Mahtook was cut down at the plate trying to score from first base with two outs, and Baltimore topped the Rays 5-4 Friday night to stay in the middle of the AL playoff picture.It was the most exciting game that Ive played this year, rookie Hyun Soo Kim said, and I expect that theres more coming. So Ill enjoy every bit of it.The Orioles remained two games behind first-place Boston in the AL East and tied with Toronto for the two AL wild-card spots.J.J. Hardy and Michael Bourn came through with RBI in the eighth inning, and Pedro Alvarez and Chris Davis homered to help Baltimore rally from an early 4-0 deficit.It was 4-3 before the Orioles took the lead in the eighth against wild reliever Brad Boxberger (4-2).Two walks and a hit batter loaded the bases for Hardy, who tied it with an infield single. Bourn followed with a fly ball to left field, and pinch-runner Nolan Reimold easily scored as the throw was cut off.Brad Brach (9-3) worked the eighth and Britton escaped with his 44th save in 44 tries.With two outs in the ninth, Mahtook singled off the second base bag. Alexei Ramirez followed with a liner to left, and Mahtook wheeled toward home. The relay from Bourn to third baseman Manny Machado to catcher Matt Wieters easily beat him there.I knew it was going to be close, just based on the way Alexi hit the ball, Mahtook said. Left-field line, it wasnt like he had super long way to run for it. I was on the move, he made a good play, and they were able to get me.Evan Longoria hit his career-high 34th homer and Richie Shaffer also connected for the last-place Rays.Tampa Bay starter Chris Archer allowed three runs in 6 1/3 innings and struck out four to increase his AL-leading total to 221. The 18-game loser also avoided setting a franchise record for losses in a season.Archer was replaced after giving up successive one-out singles in the seventh. Danny Farquhar hit Adam Jones with a pitch to load the bases for Hyun Soo Kim, who hit a deep liiner to center.dddddddddddd. Kevin Kiermaier leaped with his back to the 7-foot wall, grasped the ball and brought it back onto the field before it popped from his glove.Thats a grand slam with any other center fielder, Rays manager Kevin Cash said.Kim was limited to an RBI single, and Farquhar struck out Machado and Davis.But Baltimore would not be denied in the eighth.Longoria homered off Ubaldo Jimenez with a man on in the first inning and Shaffer went deep in the second for a 4-0 lead.Jimenez settled down after that. The right-hander gave up four runs over seven innings, striking out eight.Alvarez hit his 21st home run in the second and Davis delivered No. 38 in the fourth. Davis also struck out twice and has 201 for the year.Baltimores Mark Trumbo, the major league home run leader with 42, was sidelined with back spasms. It was only the second game hes missed this season.OUT IN LEFT FIELDBrad Miller usually plays shortstop or first base for the Rays. In an effort to gauge Millers versatility and add flexibility to the roster, Rays manager Kevin Cash started him in left field.It didnt take long for Miller to get noticed: The second Baltimore batter of the game hit a pop to left that glanced off Millers glove for an error.The glove was borrowed from Farquhar.TRAINERS ROOMRays: 1B Nick Franklin, who strained his hamstring on Thursday, was held from the game. Cash listed him day-to-day.Orioles: RHP Darren ODay (rotator cuff strain) threw 26 pitches in a simulated game and could be activated Sunday or Monday. ... OF Joey Rickard (thumb) took a couple of practice swings, and it did not go well, manager Buck Showalter said. Rickard has been on the DL since July 21.UP NEXTRays: Matt Adriese (7-7, 4.46 ERA) starts Saturday night, coming off his first career win against the Yankees on Sunday. 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