KANSAS CITY – His Blue Jays mired in their first prolonged slump of the season, losers of six of eight and prone to giving away
KANSAS CITY – His Blue Jays mired in their first prolonged slump of the season, losers of six of eight and prone to giving awayin Spam 15.04.2018 10:13
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KANSAS CITY – His Blue Jays mired in their first prolonged slump of the season, losers of six of eight and prone to giving away games in which theyve enjoyed healthy leads, star shortstop Jose Reyes has noticed bad habits creeping into the teams games and wants them nipped in the bud. Christian Laettner Team USA Jersey . "We cannot stay the same way the whole season long," said Reyes. "This is not acceptable. Something needs to change because were a better team than what were showing right now. Its a long season and we just need to continue to push." Its been a frustrating week for the ballclub. Dating back to the start of the last homestand, a week ago Tuesday versus Baltimore, the Jays have lost four games in which theyve led by at least three runs. The bullpen, usually reliable, has allowed 23 earned runs in 25 2/3 innings (8.06 ERA) in that span. Making matters worse, the Jays played perhaps their worst game of the season on Tuesday in Kansas City, which starts a string of 20-consecutive games without a day off. There were fundamental mistakes sprinkled throughout, including a run-scoring throwing error; the Royals taking an extra base twice on balls hit to left field; an arcing fly ball that bounced on the warning track for a double to start the Kansas City comeback; and Edwin Encarnacion not hustling out a ground ball and wild throw with two runners on. "This is baseball," said Reyes. "Sometimes the stuff in baseball doesnt go perfect. Sometimes youre going to make a mistake but you have to learn from that mistake." Its early and the Jays entered action on Wednesday only three games behind the division-leading New York Yankees but Reyes doesnt want the club consistently giving away games any longer. "When you go through September, if youre competing for making the playoffs those are the games you say, Oh man, I lost those games in April and you see where we are now and we need those games," said Reyes. "But like I said thats in the past and as a player you have to put stuff in the past and try to get it the next day." LAWRIE OUT OF THE LINEUP Brett Lawrie missed his first game of the season on Wednesday night, sitting out with tightness in his back. The 24-year-old is hitting .192/.243/.384 in 107 plate appearances. His six home runs rank second on the club behind Jose Bautista (8). Lawrie leads the Blue Jays with 20 RBI. Lawrie gave no indication he was concerned for the long-term, deeming himself day-to-day. GIBBONS CONSIDERING McGOWANS ROLE Dustin McGowans six-inning, two earned run effort on Tuesday night may have earned him another start. "As of right now its going to stay the same," said manager John Gibbons. "Were still debating adding that extra guy for that long stretch. Weve got to decide quick." McGowan, a type 1 diabetic, wore his insulin pump for the first time in an attempt to regulate his blood sugar and maintain energy throughout the game. It worked. McGowan alluded to "feeling stronger" as the night progressed. "He did a helluva job (Tuesday) night," said Gibbons. "Hes probably going to start again. My only reservation about it is how good he was in the bullpen. Weve struggled at times down there. Im still not sure where it all leads." On top of McGowans move out of the bullpen, Gibbons is without his closer, Casey Janssen, meaning hes down two quality late-game right-handers. JANSSEN THROWS BULLPEN Casey Janssen is making tangible progress toward his much-anticipated return from an oblique strain. He threw a bullpen session of more than 30 pitches on Wednesday. "Yeah, pain free, just trying to get my arm to work fast again," said Janssen. "I didnt get much of a spring training and want that to start building up and getting strong and getting used to the grind of throwing all those pitches off a slope and throwing aggressively." Janssen will throw another bullpen on Friday in Pittsburgh. If all goes well hell head out on another, hopefully his final, rehabilitation assignment. Hell ask the Blue Jays to place him at Double-A New Hampshire, hoping for better competition than he would get at Single-A Dunedin. Janssen also wants to be closer to Toronto and with the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons scheduled to play early next week against the Braves affiliate just outside Atlanta, New Hampshire seems the appropriate spot. As for the recent struggles of his bullpen mates, Janssen doesnt expect the issues to persist. "Honestly, I kind of use this line, but I truly feel that zeroes can be contagious," he said. "When everyones putting up zeroes it seems easier to put up zeroes. Unfortunately when those hitters are comfortable in the box and putting good swings, their confidence level goes up and makes our job a little bit tougher. Its the same guys that had unbelievable years last year, and I dont want the first month to skew anybodys vision of what our bullpen is and what they can be, because its an electric bullpen." LIND TO RESUME BASEBALL ACTIVITIES Adam Lind, out with lower back tightness, is eligible to come off the disabled list on Thursday. He wont be back then but the Blue Jays are hopeful his return will come soon. "Hes feeling better," said Gibbons. "Hes going to take some ground balls either today or tomorrow. Hes swinging the bat. Hes starting to feel better. They backed him off a couple of days ago because it was still irritating him but hes back to go." Lind is under the care of team doctors in Dunedin, Florida. He received a medicinal injection nine days ago to alleviate his symptoms. Hell appear in at least one extended spring training game and could play in a Gulf Coast League game before rejoining the Blue Jays no sooner than this weekend in Pittsburgh. DeMar DeRozan Team USA Jersey . Bryant, who signed a five-year, $34 million contract as a free agent with Cleveland in March, reported symptoms on Monday morning, a team spokesman said. Allen Iverson USA Jersey . Spezza scored a power-play goal with 5 minutes left and Stephane Da Costa had the other two goals to lead the Ottawa Senators to a 3-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night. http://www.teamusaolympicsshop.us/Olympics-Kyle-Lowry-Usa-Jersey/ . -- Phil Mickelson came to the St. BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins keep rolling at home. David Krejci snapped a tie and set up Milan Lucics goal as the Bruins earned a split of a two-game set with a 4-1 victory Saturday night. Reilly Smith had a power-play and an empty-netter for Boston, which won its seventh straight at home. The Bruins havent lost at home in regulation since late October, going 12-0-2 in their last 14 games. "Thats what youre trying to do every year," Lucic said about Bostons run at TD Garden. "You want to make your building a tough one to play in." Its Bostons best run at home since winning 14 straight from Oct. 25, 2008-Jan. 1, 2009. "Every season we start talking about it, creating the atmosphere and getting the fans in it when we play against teams at home," Boston goalie Tuukka Rask said. "Youre always disappointed when you lose at home." Zemgus Girgensons scored for the Sabres, who beat the Bruins 4-2 in Buffalo on Thursday night. The Sabres, who havent won three straight this season, had a two-game winning streak broken. Bruins coach Claude Julien said the teams overall play is growing with each win in its own rink. "I think the more times you win, the more confidence you get," he said. "We talked about it before the season, wanting our building to be a tough building to come in to." Rask, who was rested Thursday, made 34 saves, including a pair of key stops early in the third period. Buffalo backup Jhonas Enroth stopped 35 shots and dropped to 1-7-3. Sabres interim coach Ted Nolan felt like its even tougher for his team to win on the road when its not getting production from all if its lines. "It tough to win in this league if you only have one line going and a couple of other guys and a goaltender," he said. "Especially with us, we need a little bit more. But tonight it just wasnt there." Krejcis goal broke a 1-1 tie early in the second period. Trailing and coming down the centre of the ice, Krejci took a drop pass from Jarome Iginla before waiting and firing a wrist shot past Enroths glove. Krejci fed Lucic in the slot from the left circle, and Lucic beat Enroth with a wrister inside the left post. Anthony Davis USA Jersey. Smith scored his empty-netter 21.4 seconds left. Rask made a pair of right-pad saves seconds apart early in the third. Matt Ellis stole the puck from Brad Marchand near the blue line and cut in alone. Linus Omark fired in the rebound. "Its a one-goal game. You try and keep it that way," Rask said. "We gave them some turnovers and they couldnt score. I guess you can say it was a momentum changer." The Bruins were short-handed two players for a lengthy stretch in the second period after Patrice Bergeron was called for cross-checking, and Gregory Campbell got a four-minute penalty for high-sticking Jamie McBain 11 seconds later. Boston held Buffalo to two shots during the initial 1:49 stretch, and one when they were down one man. Krejci felt like it was the truning point. "It was big," he said. "It was a long 5-on-3, but we killed that. From there it felt like we took over the game and were in control." Buffalos captain Steve Ott said his team didnt challenge enough in Bostons end of the ice. "I didnt think we did a good job of getting pucks behind them and then creating a fore check," he said. Boston was short two players again with just over 6 minutes left in the game, but Ott got a slashing penalty seconds into the advantage. Boston took a 1-0 on Smiths power play goal 9:39 into the game. Carl Soderberg sent a pass across the top of the crease to Smith, who one-timed a shot into an open side of the net. The Sabres tied it late in the period when Girgensons banged in the rebound of Matt Moulsons shot. Moulsons wraparound attempt popped into Rasks stick side. NOTES: Bergeron had his first career regular-season fight late in the second period, taking on Sabres defenceman Tyler Myers. ... The Sabres had killed 14 straight penalties before Smiths goal. ... Marchand was helped off the ice midway into the first period and was assisted down the runway to the dressing room area before returning to action a few minutes later. ... Bruins forward Shawn Thornton, who is appealing his 15-game suspension for taking down, punching and injuring Pittsburghs Brooks Orpik, watched from the press box. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys 2019 Cheap Jerseys Jerseys NFL Cheap Cheap Jerseys China Discount NFL Jerseys NFL Jerseys China ' ' '
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