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American Exports: Spector, Birmingham keep rising

AMSTERDAM — Jonathan Spector and Birmingham City jumped five rungs to eighth in the English Championship with a 2-1 victory over Burnley on Tuesday night.

Going the distance in midfield for the sixth straight game, the US international helped the Brums extend their home unbeaten run to seven, including five wins.

Spector & Co. will visit Blackpool on Saturday, with a key Europa League trip to face Braga scheduled for next Wednesday.