NEW YORK – Make it two in a row for the Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium following Sundays grind-it-out, 5-4 victory, a monumental accomplishment when contrasted with the 17-game losing skid that ended with Saturdays win in the Bronx. Ua Scorpio Chrome
. Suddenly, after six weeks of bad baseball compounded by a rash of injuries to vital cogs like Brett Lawrie, Edwin Encarnacion and Adam Lind, the Blue Jays (56-50) are 7-3 out of the All-Star Break and have crucial series wins over the Red Sox (three out of four) and the Yankees (two out of three). The Blue Jays will travel by train to Boston on Sunday evening in preparation for a three-game series with the Red Sox. Regardless of the result of the Orioles-Mariners game in Seattle, the Blue Jays will wake up on Monday morning in sole possession of second place in the American League East and, perhaps more importantly, in sole possession of the lead for the American Leagues coveted second wild card spot. It wasnt pretty at times. The Jays blew leads of 2-0, 3-2 and 4-3 on Sunday but in a test-of-the-mettle type of game, the club went ahead for good when Dioner Navarro singled home Jose Bautista with two outs in the ninth. That the base hit came off Yankees closer David Robertson and combined with the fact that Bautista had stolen second to get into scoring position, it seemed a solid way to cap a solid weekend. Bautista wants his team to believe its good. "We need to sometimes have that swagger and that attitude that we are a good team," said Bautista. "At times when we lose a couple in a row, it seems like we lose it a little bit, lose that edge. Im not saying we dont compete, we dont show up on time and do our work and do our preparation. Were great about that but at times you can see it on the field and in the clubhouse, if we lose a couple in a row and theyre tough games, its like the energy goes down a little bit." Sanchez wins his first game Rookie Aaron Sanchez picked up his first career major league victory in Sundays win. He wasnt entirely satisfied. "Maybe not so much the way I would have liked it to have," said Sanchez of the way the win played out. "We score a run there in the eighth and I go back out there and for me, I need to do a better job of shutting that inning down so they dont have to fight for another one but those guys picked me up and its such an awesome feeling right now to get my first win, especially here in Yankee Stadium." Sanchez pitched a three-up, three-down seventh on three groundballs to preserve a 3-3 tie. After Colby Rasmus drew a walk and advanced two bases on a pickoff attempt throwing error by Yankees reliever Dellin Betances, Munenori Kawasakis sacrifice fly scored Rasmus to give Toronto a 4-3 lead in the eighth. Sanchez gave up a leadoff single to Brett Gardner in the eighth. Gardner advanced to second on a Derek Jeter sacrifice bunt and scored on a two-out single by Carlos Beltran. The game was tied 4-4. Sanchez was still the pitcher of record when the Blue Jays went ahead in the ninth. Casey Janssen worked a clean inning for his 16th save. Reimold returns One day after revealing publicly that Edwin Encarnacion isnt close to returning to the lineup due to a right quadriceps strain, the Blue Jays trimmed their bloated infirmary by one in welcoming back outfielder Nolan Reimold. Pitcher Esmil Rogers was designated for assignment to make room for Reimold on the active roster. "To get another position player up here," said manager John Gibbons, explaining the move. "Another right-handed bat instead of having eight bullpen guys." Reimold arrived at Yankee Stadium about two hours before Sundays game and wasnt in the starting lineup. Coming off a left calf strain suffered while running the bases in the July 11 game at Tampa Bay, Reimold wont be in the outfield for at least "a couple of days," according to Gibbons. He was available to pinch hit and will be used as a designated hitter. Expect to see him in Wednesdays starting lineup when the Jays face Red Sox ace lefthander Jon Lester. "Hes a good pitcher so itll be good to get back in there and compete again," said Reimold. Reimold was just getting settled with his new team when he was bitten by the injury bug. Its been a consistent theme throughout the 30-year-olds career. Hes had two major neck surgeries, spinal fusion. The second procedure was required to correct the first, which didnt take. The calf strain happened as he was running to third on a base hit. Hed never had a problem in that area before. "Its very frustrating," said Reimold. "But its behind me now. No issues; you know, get back at it again and start over." In four games with the Jays, his first big league games of the season after being picked up on waivers from the Orioles, Reimold showed flashes of the player the Blue Jays believe he can be. He had two hits, including a double, and three RBI in an 8-7 loss to the Angels in Anaheim. Rogers, who turns 29 on August 14, will be exposed to irrevocable waivers for the second time this season. While its likely he clears and is assigned, once again, to Triple-A Buffalo, the Blue Jays would be content for another team to take a flier on Rogers and pick up the remainder of his $1.85-million salary. Rogers played a significant role in Toronto last season, making 44 appearances, including 20 starts to cover for an injury-depleted rotation. He was initially shipped out in mid-May, following a series at Fenway Park. At the time, he led the entire staff with five home runs allowed. His regression isnt a story exclusive to Rogers. The Jays relief corps also has been burdened by down seasons from two 2013 All-Stars, Steve Delabar (now pitching for Buffalo) and Brett Cecil. What makes the Rogers situation hurt more is what general manager Alex Anthopoulos gave up to get him. Catcher Yan Gomes is a regular in Cleveland and Mike Aviles is a serviceable utility infielder. For the cash-strapped Blue Jays, Rogers salary is burdensome with ownership apparently unwilling to take on money in a midseason trade. Theres no timeline for Encarnacions return to the lineup after he suffered a setback in his rehabilitation from a right quadriceps strain, an injury sustained on July 5. In Encarnacions absence, Reimolds potentially potent righthanded bat will be a welcome addition to Gibbons lineup. Ua Speedform Phenom
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.3 seconds remaining, and No. 7 North Carolina held off a resilient No. 25 Virginia team, 54-51, on Saturday. John Henson contributed a double-double with 15 points to go with 11 rebounds for the Tar Heels (25-4, 12-2 ACC), who have won five straight and 10 of 11.(SportsNetwork.com) - The sizzling New York Rangers will try to continue their ascent up the Metropolitan Division standings when they complete a three-game road trip with Saturdays meeting against the San Jose Sharks. New York has been on a magnificent run since the early part of December and enters tonights game at the Shark Tank with a 12-1-0 record over its last 13 games. The surge has helped the Rangers, who are currently on a four-game winning streak, move into third place in the division, where it is tied with Washington at 50 points. New York holds the tiebreaker over the Capitals due to having played two less games. Washington plays tonight at home against Detroit. The Blueshirts also find themselves just four points behind the second-place Pittsburgh Penguins and five in back of the Metro-leading New York Islanders. The Rangers will get a shot at the Islanders on Tuesday when they host the rival New York club at Madison Square Garden. New York is 2-0 so far on this road trip and was able to exact a small measure of revenge Thursday in a Stanley Cup Finals rematch against the Los Angeles Kings. The Rangers lost in five games to Los Angeles for the Cup last spring, but recorded a 4-3 regulation win in the first encounter between the clubs in 2014-15. The Blueshirts beat the Kings behind a 28-save performance from backup goaltender Cam Talbot. L.A. led New York 2-0 after a pair of first-period goals, but New York scored four straight to claim control. You never want to start a game like that, but its a credit to the guys, said Talbot. They showed a lot of character in coming back. Dan Boyle, Kevin Klein, Lee Stempniak and Martin St. Louis lit the lamp for New York, while Derick Brassard notched a pair of assists. Boyle also added an assist for New York, which scored twice onn four power-play chances to help push their road record this season to 10-6-1. Curry 2 Under Armour
. No. 1 netminder Henrik Lundqvist is expected to be back between the pipes for the Rangers tonight. He is 3-3-0 with a 2.21 goals against average in seven career games against the Sharks. San Jose enters tonight with three wins over their past five games, but the two losses in that span were troubling to say the least. The Sharks, who are tied with Vancouver for second place in the Pacific Division, followed a 3-0 win in Anaheim on Dec. 31 with last Saturdays 7-2 loss against visiting St. Louis. San Jose then won its next two games before dropping another 7-2 decision to the Blues on Thursday night in St. Louis. Logan Couture and Melker Karlsson scored on Thursday for the Sharks, who are 3-4-1 over their last eight contests. Antti Niemi was pulled after giving up five goals on 21 shots in 33-plus minutes. Alex Stalock finished up and yielded the other two St. Louis scores. For us, the two games against St. Louis give us an indication of where we are as a club, said Sharks coach Todd McLellan. The Sharks played without Joe Thornton for a fourth straight game on Thursday. The star centerman has been sidelined with a shoulder injury, but he could return to action tonight. Thornton, who played in 319 consecutive games before getting hurt on New Years Eve against Anaheim, has nine goals and a team-high 24 assists in 38 games this season. Tonight begins a home-heavy part of the schedule for San Jose, which will play eight of its next nine games at the Shark Tank. McLellans club is 10-6-2 at home this season. The Rangers have won three of the past five meetings in the series with the Sharks, but the Blueshirts were blown out 9-2 when they last visited San Jose on Oct. 8, 2013. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys
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