TORONTO -- The Toronto Blue Jays started last season with an April swoon that they never really recovered from. Xavier Su a-Filo Jersey . Buoyed by a four-game winning streak and a return to the .500 mark entering play Thursday night, manager John Gibbons said the feeling around the team is much better now than this time last year. "No doubt. I think last year was a little bit of a shock to everybody," Gibbons said during a pre-game availability. "But I think they always had a good attitude. But everybody w from lebaobei123's blog

TORONTO -- The Toronto Blue Jays started last season with an April swoon that they never really recovered from. Xavier Su a-Filo Jersey . Buoyed by a four-game winning streak and a return to the .500 mark entering play Thursday night, manager John Gibbons said the feeling around the team is much better now than this time last year. "No doubt. I think last year was a little bit of a shock to everybody," Gibbons said during a pre-game availability. "But I think they always had a good attitude. But everybody was kind of like they got hit by a two-by-four ... I definitely feel something different this year. "Theyre feeling good." Expectations were sky-high for last years squad after an off-season makeover brought in big names like R.A. Dickey, Jose Reyes, Melky Cabrera and Mark Buehrle. However, the team lost 21 of its first 31 games and struggled to a last-place finish in the American League East. General manager Alex Anthopoulos kept the changes to a minimum in the last off-season. There are early signs that might have been a prudent approach. The Blue Jays had a few hiccups in recent weeks -- including a couple meltdowns from their usually strong bullpen -- but appear to be back in form as they continued a nine-game homestand Thursday night against the Philadelphia Phillies. Torontos starting rotation has been anchored by the steady play of Buehrle, who is off to a 6-1 start with a sparkling 1.91 earned-run average. The Blue Jays starters have been going deeper into games and easing the pressure on the bullpen, which looked good early on but has had some inconsistent patches. Closer Casey Janssen could return from his rehab assignment in the coming days and that would also give the relief crew a boost. Injuries were a problem last year. The absence of Reyes for most of the first half of the season had a ripple effect through the order and his defensive skills were missed. His troublesome hamstring was an issue last month but his game appears to be coming around. A big difference early on this year is the meat of the lineup looks comfortable and is getting results. Entering play Thursday, Melky Cabrera (.329, 6 HR, 14 RBIs) leads the American League with 48 hits, Jose Bautista (.300, 9 HR, 21 RBIs) has reached base in all 34 games and leads the American League with a 1.041 OPS (on-base plus slugging) while Edwin Encarnacion (.242, 4 HR, 21 RBIs) has been a threat in the cleanup spot. There have also been some nice bonuses. Backup catcher Josh Thole is hitting .400, Juan Francisco filled in admirably when Adam Lind went down with a back problem and regular catcher Dioner Navarro has a .300 average. Lind was activated Thursday and served as the designated hitter against the Phillies. He was hitting .324 at the time of his injury. The Blue Jays have also been hitting for power -- they lead the American League with 44 home runs and a team slugging percentage of .432 entering play against Philadelphia. No one is strutting around the dugout after splitting the first 34 games of the season. But its a marked improvement from the 13-23 record and woeful .361 winning percentage the Blue Jays had on this date last year. Perhaps the positive feelings are boosted by the fact the other American League East clubs are in a similar boat with only 3 1/2 games separating first from worst. The Blue Jays will play four games against the Los Angeles Angels before closing out the homestand with a three-game set against the Cleveland Indians. Jon Weeks Jersey . Here at TSN.ca we will take a look back at the season by bringing together a panel of experts to help pick the best 50 players of the season. Johnathan Joseph Jersey . PETERSBURG, Fla.CALGARY -- With both defences taking away space all over the football field, it took a quarterbacking change and the nimble legs of Jon Cornish to give the Calgary Stampeders a 29-25 win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Saturday. The CFLs leading rusher kept adding to his gaudy numbers this season and scored the winning touchdown with just over two minutes to play. The New Westminster, B.C., native plowed three yards into the end zone for the last score of a heated, see-saw battle between the two teams with the best records in the CFL. But Calgary (14-3) secured first place in the CFLs West Division with a game remaining for the right to host the division final Nov. 17. "Thats why you work so hard throughout the regular season and when you get close you want to clinch the deal," Stampeder head coach John Hufnagel said. "This wasnt a must-win situation for us, but we did want to win it in front of our home fans." The Roughriders (11-6) get the division semifinal Nov. 10 against the B.C. Lions. The winner advances to face the Stampeders at McMahon with the division winner earning a berth Nov. 24 in the Grey Cup in Regina. With Calgary trailing 15-10 after the first half because of turnovers, Hufnagel replaced starting quarterback Kevin Glenn with Drew Tate, who completed 11-of-16 passes for 181 yards. Tate also ran for a touchdown and his 37-yard pass to wide receiver Jeff Fuller in the fourth quarter was the play preceding Cornishs TD. "We were having a little bit of problems with our offensive line," Hufnagel said of his halftime decision. "I had guys who werent 100 per cent healthy after the first couple of series and we wanted more mobility at that position." Calgary concludes the regular season on the road against the Lions on Friday, while the Roughriders are at home to the Eskimos. With Tate, who spent much of this season managing an arm injury, back in the mix, it renews the question of which quarterback will start in the post-season. Hufnagel said following the game it is possible Glenn, Tate and Bo Levi Mitchell will all take snaps against the Lions. Cornishs 109 yards padded his own single-season rushing record for a Canadian running back to 1,721 this season. Saskatchewans Kory Sheets, the leagues No. 2 rusher behind Cornish, had 42 yards on 11 carries. Glenn and Cornish each fumbled the ball twice in the first half. Glenn completed 11-of-17 passes for 120 yards and threw a touchdown pass to Anthony Parker before he was replaced by Tate. Stampeder kicker Rene Paredes made his three field-goal attempts in front of an announced 33,671 at McMahon Stadium. Darian Durant threw a touchdown passs to Taj Smith that gave Saskatchewan a temporary lead in the fourth quarter. Jeff Allen Jersey. The veteran quarterback also ran for a TD for Saskatchewan in the game. Roughrider kicker Chris Milo was 4 for 4 in field-goal attempts. "We squandered it," Durant said. "The defence gave us plenty of opportunities to put some points on the board. "Were not going to win kicking field goals. Its always a dog fight when we play these guys and tonight was no different." Sheets and Calgary defensive end Charleston Hughes had traded social media barbs via Twitter heading into the game because Sheets had declared himself that best back in the league. Hughes collected three and Cordarro Law two of Calgarys seven sacks in the game, while the Riders registered three. Hughes took over the league lead in sacks with 18. Saskatchewans Alex Hall didnt register one in the game to remain at 15 and one ahead of Law. "There was a lot of talk throughout the week," Hughes said. "I wanted to back it up. "It was something like a statement game. For one, that I am the best defensive end in this league and for two, the second-best defensive end in this league is right next to me. Cordarro Law." Roughrider defensive back Dwight Anderson, a Stampeder for three seasons before heading to Saskatchewan, had a direct message for his former team. "Were the better the team anyway," Anderson said. "Calgary sucks." The Roughriders are under considerable pressure to participate in the Grey Cup hosted by their province. A win Saturday would have extended the race for first place in the division to the final week of the regular season, although a Stampeder victory over the Lions on Friday would have put it out of Saskatchewans reach. Saturdays game may have been a preview of the division final, which would pit the top offences and defences in the league against each other again. "Saskatchewan is a great team, great defensive line, great linebackers, great offence," Cornish said. "Its one of those things you know youre going to have to play them again and I think were a little bit better prepared now that weve played them simply because we know we cant make mistakes. "I was just trying to do my part for the teams win. There was a lot of hype and build up to this game. Maybe it affected me a little bit. I think thats the first time the balls been falling out of my hand." Notes: With 84 receiving yards, Calgary receiver Marquay McDaniel reached a season 1,000 for the first time in his career . . . Saskatchewan lost its seventh in a row at McMahon and are 3-10-1 there since 2005. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '


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