Monday Night Football again, this ti from lebaobei123's blog

TORONTO – Shortly after 11 oclock on Saturday morning, Brett Lawrie wandered into manager John Gibbons office for a brief conversation. Thomas Rawls Jersey . There were two topics: the status of Lawries injured right hamstring and where he would play when he returns to the lineup. Gibbons confirmed Lawrie will sometimes play second base. "Hes got no problem with it," said Gibbons. "He basically said, hey, whatever the boys need. I mean, hes here to win. Thats the name of the game and like I said, I think it makes us better." Lawrie was less enthused but reiterated what he has said before and what Gibbons offered on Saturday morning. "Just doing it for the team," said Lawrie. The differences between second base and third base are many. The footwork is different. The timing is different – third base is called the "hot corner" for a reason. Lawrie has history at second base, having played the position in Milwaukees minor league system. Part of his hesitation for making the switch is grounded in the pride he takes in how hard hes worked to become a gold glove calibre third baseman, doing so almost entirely at the major league level. "I worked my butt off to get where Im at," Lawrie told on Friday. "Im not saying its not going to help the team. Im here to do what it is to help the team but I worked my butt off to be that good at third base and continue to do what Im doing. I work every day over there. Still continuing to get my work in and second base, it is what it is, man, its not what Im here to do. I worked my butt off to do what I do out there." Lawrie has appeared in four games at second base this season. He started at second six times last year. His limited time there doesnt make him feel more comfortable. "Not necessarily," said Lawrie. "You got to have comfort to do it a bunch of times in a row and Ive only done it for a couple of games but you need a few games under your belt to make it comfortable." Out of action since leaving in the fourth inning of Monday nights game in Philadelphia, Lawrie is nearing a return. Its been a daily process, as each day Lawrie has been intensifying the demands on his hamstring. "He came out and ran and felt pretty good today," said Gibbons. "What were going to do is were going to make him do it one more day and if all is well hell be ready to go on Monday. So I would expect to see him on Monday." If Lawrie plays on Monday night in the series finale against the Angels, expect to see him at third. Los Angeles is scheduled to start left-hander C.J. Wilson. Juan Francisco is a left-handed batter. The realignment is aimed at keeping Francisco in the lineup against right-handers, against whom he has greater success. "Weve been watching him ever since he got here," said Gibbons. "Hes a pretty good player. Hes off to a great start. I dont think wed be doing our job if we just decided to sit him and not take advantage of what hes doing." Put together Reyes, Cabrera, Bautista, Encarnacion, Lind, Navarro, Francisco, Lawrie and Rasmus and its a potent, long lineup one through nine. If someone is struggling, the next guy can pick him up. If the Blue Jays can keep everyone healthy for a period of time, it would give Gibbons a bona fide American League East lineup. "A good whatever division lineup," said Gibbons. Luke Joeckel Jersey . Wiggins, who had been seen as a contender for a podium finish in Paris, was one of about 20 riders caught near the back of the peloton with 38 kilometres to go in the 218-km flat stage from Le Mans to Chateauroux. Tyler Lockett Jersey . It certainly isnt a coincidence that Dwight Howard has scored at least 20 points in each game of the winning streak.The race for the Premier League title is approaching what looks set to be a dramatic conclusion, and weve got all the twists and turns covered over the next week. Tottenham cut the gap to leaders Leicester to five points with victory over Stoke on Monday Night Football - but a host of other crunch encounters will take place in front of the Sky Sports cameras this week.From the title chase to the race to fourth and the bid to beat the drop, heres what could happen across a further seven live games...   Newcastle v Man City - Tuesday, 7.45pm, Sky Sports 1 HD Rafa Benitez secured his first win as Newcastle manager against Swansea A game with repercussions at each end of the table, both teams will be looking to follow up impressive 3-0 victories when they meet at St James Park.Rafa Benitezs first win was crucial to Newcastles survival bid, and they could jump out of the relegation zone with another on Tuesday night. A 1-0 victory would put them on 31 points and -25 goal difference, level with Norwich, but Newcastle would have 36 goals scored versus 35 for Norwich.City will be keen to consolidate their top-four position, and a victory would give them a seven-point cushion over Man Utd, who play Crystal Palace on Wednesday.Liverpool v Everton - Wednesday, 8pm, Sky Sports 1 HD Liverpool and Everton go head-to-head in the Merseyside derby on Wednesday Crucial cup fixtures for both teams means this Merseyside derby may not have important consequences as far as the league is concerned.But a win for Roberto Martinezs side could do plenty to alleviate the pressure on his shoulders, with three points potentially taking Everton back into the top half.Arsenal v West Brom - Thursday, 7.45pm, Sky Sports 1 HD Arsenal were held to a draw against Crystal Palace at the Emirates Dropped points against West Ham and Crystal Palace has all but ended Arsenals title challenge, and they will be looking back nervously to Man Utd in fifth.If United beat Palace on Wednesday, Arsenal will be just one point clear at kick-off at the Emirates in the final match of our seven games in six days.Man City v Stoke - Saturday, 12.45pm, Sky Sports 1 HD Manchester City beat Chelsea 3-0 and are looking to finish in the top four Saturdays early game offers Manuel Pellegrinis team another chance to put pressure on Tottenham, and a third win in a week could put them into second place. Amara Darboh Jersey. With games to come against Southampton, Arsenal and Swansea, a strong end to the season for City will clinch a Champions League spot ahead of Pep Guardiolas arrival.Sunderland v Arsenal - Super Sunday, 2.05pm, Sky Sports 1 HD Sunderland could escape the relegation zone over the next week Arsenal face a quick turnaround from Thursdays match against West Brom, as theyre live on Sky Sports again three days later.Sunderland will be scrapping, but with Man Utd in FA Cup semi-final action, Arsenal will get the chance to establish breathing space in the race for Champions League qualification.Regardless of Newcastles result against City, Sunderland know a win at home to Arsenal will take them out of the relegation zone with four games to play.Leicester v Swansea - Super Sunday, 4.15pm, Sky Sports 1 HD Leicester are in action again on Super Sunday Leicester, who will be without Jamie Vardy after his red card against West Ham, will be five points ahead of Tottenham at kick-off.Victory over Swansea will put them onto 76 points, piling the pressure on Spurs again ahead of their second Monday Night Football match in as many weeks.Tottenham v West Brom - Monday Night Football, 8pm, Sky Sports 1 HD Tottenham are on Monday Night Football again, this time against West Brom Tottenham return to White Hart Lane, and depending on results, may have the opportunity to close to within two points of Leicester with three games to go.Its all set up for a dramatic finish, and you can see it live on Sky Sports. 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