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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Tennessee Titans have kicked their youth movement into high gear with rookie Zach Mettenberger starting at quarterback against the Houston Texans on Sunday.Jake Locker has missed three of the past four games with injuries, and coach Ken Whisenhunt said Thursday that the decision to go with Mettenberger was made Tuesday. The coach said this is an opportunity to see what the sixth-round draft pick out of LSU can do with the Titans struggling at 2-5.No question hes a talented, young player, and maybe itll give us a spark, Whisenhunt said. Offensively, we havent exactly been lighting it up, so thats part of it in consideration.Whisenhunt waited to announce the change to make sure Locker — who has been sidelined with an injured thumb — is healthy enough to back up Mettenberger. The coach also was trying to buy a day to slow down the Texans preparation for the rookie. The shake-up dropped Charlie Whitehurst, who started three of the past four games with the Titans losing two of those, to third on the depth chart.Mounting losses and injuries seemed to make the change inevitable.The Titans had stuck with Locker, the eighth pick overall in 2011, since hiring Whisenhunt in January. But Locker has missed 17 of a possible 39 starts and finished only three games this season because of injuries.Mettenberger will become the fourth rookie quarterback to start in the NFL this season, the third quarterback for Whisenhunt. The Titans already are starting left tackle Taylor Lewan, linebacker Avery Williamson and running back Bishop Sankey with Mettenberger the fourth of six draft picks to start this season.The quarterback dropped to the sixth round after tearing his left ACL on Nov. 29 playing for LSU but led the NFL this preseason with 659 yards passing. The rookie shaved the beard he started growing during training camp after practice just before talking to reporters.By no means am I a Tom Brady or a Peyton Manning, Mettenberger said as he leaned back against his locker. This is going to be my first game, so really I just got to get the ball out of my hands quick, avoid turnovers and put the ball in the (hands of) guys who can make plays for us. Really thats the biggest thing a young guys got to do.Whisenhunt had promised he would be more patient with quarterbacks in his second time around as a head coach. He reached the 2009 Super Bowl in Arizona with Kurt Warner, but the coach cycled through quarterbacks after the veteran left. Whisenhunt started Kevin Kolb, John Skelton, Ryan Lindley and finally Brian Hoyer in his final season in 2012.Once in Tennessee, he inherited Locker who was coming off a Lisfranc injury to his right foot that cost him the final seven games of the 2013 season. The Titans did not pick up Lockers option for 2015 in May, even as they stood behind him as their starter.But Locker hurt his right wrist in a loss at Cincinnati on Sept. 21. He missed a loss at Indianapolis and then started Oct. 5 against Cleveland where he threw for a touchdown and ran for another TD before hurting his right thumb on a helmet.I understood after last year I didnt know kind of how it would go and coming into this year they gave me an opportunity, Locker said. I havent been in. I havent played. Thats been kind of one of those things that Ive dealt with throughout my career, and I imagine it has something to do with that.Fans have been clamouring to see Mettenberger with the Titans losing five of their last six. This franchise also needs to give people a reason to use their tickets and come to the stadium where they have won only two of their last nine home games.Mettenberger fits the profile of the quarterback Whisenhunt has had the most success with: Pittsburghs Ben Roethlisberger. Mettenberger is 6-foot-5 and 224 pounds who can stand in the pocket, and he has a strong arm throwing for 3,082 yards last season at LSU. With Lockers injured thumb, Mettenberger also had taken some practice work with the starters over the past two weeks.He will be the first rookie this franchise has started since 2010. Rusty Smith started at Houston after Vince Young was placed on injured reserve and veteran Kerry Collins was hurt. Smith and the Titans lost 20-0.___Online:AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL___Follow Teresa M. Walker at www.twitter.com/teresamwalker Cheap Tom Glavine Jersey . -- Canada played to expectation up until halftime. Cheap Dale Murphy Jersey . 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Its kind of turning into a pretty good rivalry.The Dodgers 94 wins were their most since going 95-67 in 2009. They ended the regular season without a losing streak longer than three games, something only their 1924 and 1988 clubs had done.Zack Greinke (17-8) set a career high for wins and remained unbeaten in his last eight starts, going 5-0 with a 2.34 ERA since Aug. 15. He allowed one run and four hits in five innings, struck out six and walked one while finishing 12-0 with a 1.74 ERA in 15 starts against NL West opponents.I felt good, he said. I used all the pitches; they all had some crispness to them. I didnt give up too many hard-hit balls, so that was the goal.Clayton Kershaw acted as pitching coach in place of Rick Honeycutt. Before the game, Kershaw threw 32 pitches in two simulated innings in an effort to limit rustiness over the nine days between his scheduled starts. He will take the mound in the playoff opener after becoming the first pitcher to lead the major leagues in ERA in four consecutive years at 1.77.He was kind of half doing his job, Greinke said of Kershaw, while giving props to third baseman Juan Uribe, who served as manager. Juan was more intense doing his job.Uribe started out wearing Mattinglys name and number on his jersey. He later changed to a jersey with Hall of Fame manager Tom Lasordas name on it.Easy game today, said Uribe, who got a cooler full of a blue sports drink tossed on him by Kemp before a postgame rally on the field.He did great. We won, right? Mattingly said of Uribe. He had them playing hard and got them to do what he wanted.Lasorda took the mic during the rally and sshowed he could still muster some bombast after turning 87 earlier in the week.ddddddddddddI think were going to get to the Fall Classic, he told the crowd. Then the big Dodger in the sky can take me away.Colorados Justin Morneau won the NL batting title, finishing at .319 after he grounded out as a pinch hitter in the eighth. Its the lowest average for a batting champion since the late Tony Gwynn hit .313 for San Diego in 1988.Im most proud that I was consistent all season, Morneau said. Sometimes you get hot for a while and hit .450, but I think I was consistent all season and I focus and concentrated on that.Morneau edged Pittsburghs Josh Harrison, who was hitless in four at-bats Sunday and slipped three points to close at .315.It was the Rockies second straight batting title and ninth in 22 years; Michael Cuddyer led the NL last season at .331. Morneau finished the season two hits shy of 1,500 for his career, although his 160 hits are his most since he had 187 in 2008.Gonzalez finished three RBIs short of his career high, set in 2008. His 27th homer helped power a 16-hit attack and extended the Dodgers lead to 5-1 in the third. It scored Darwin Barney who singled and Yasiel Puig, who reached on an error by shortstop Josh Rutledge.Kemps 25th homer into the left-field pavilion with two outs in the first gave Los Angeles a 2-0 lead and scored Gonzalez, who doubled.Theyve been a force together, Mattingly said.Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon, who didnt play, finished as the major league stolen base leader with 64.Rookie Christian Bergman (3-5) gave up eight runs a€” seven earned a€” and 11 hits in 5 1-3 innings.FIRST HITDefensive replacement Roger Bernadina collected his first hit in nine games with the Dodgers. He hit a three-run homer on his first pitch from Rob Scahill in the sixth, making it 9-1. He finished 2 for 2 with four RBI.Hawkins replied.TRAINERS ROOMRockies: INF DJ LeMahieu (sprained left knee) will have a MRI on Monday.Dodgers: Gordon had a MRI on his right hip Sunday after leaving in the second inning a day earlier. The results were not available, but Mattingly said he expects Gordon to be ready for the playoff opener. ... LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (left shoulder inflammation) threw a bullpen session and used all his pitches, topping out in the 85 mph range. He is set to throw a simulated game on Wednesday. ' ' '

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