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. PETERSBURG, Florida – Its been almost seven years since the Blue Jays last won a series at Tropicana Field. Theyll have to capture both Wednesday and Thursday nights games to break the unbelievable skid, which has reached 19 consecutive series either lost or tied. Manager John Gibbons, who was in his first tenure as Blue Jays manager the last time the club took a series from the Rays in St. Petersburg, from April 6-8, 2007, has taken to calling the barren stadium his teams "House of Horrors." "Weve seen some crazy things happen here," said Gibbons. "They open the door. I dont know what it is. Its something and they expect it over on the other side. Theyve done it so many times, they expect it." The Blue Jays were waxed, 9-2, on Opening Day Monday, a game in which Murphys Law applied. Everything that could go wrong did, from R.A. Dickeys unimpressive outing to Jose Reyes pulling up lame with a recurrence of the hamstring inflammation that plagued him late in spring training. Even Tuesdays 4-2 victory, a game in which Toronto led 4-0 heading to the bottom of the eighth, was a nail-biter at the end. The Rays had the tying run in scoring position with two out in the ninth and the winning run at the plate. "You know its tough to win here and it usually takes nine tough innings," said Gibbons. While it may sound like an obvious, generalized comment, first baseman-designated hitter Adam Lind believes its important to play with the lead against the Rays and the sooner, the better. "Its hard to come from behind against Tampa," said Lind. "When youre in the lead, theyre out of their comfort zone and when youre running out of innings or wherever they want to be with their pitching staff where they can just tack on a run here or a run there. Its paramount to get a lead against these guys because even when its 1-0, theyre definitely in the drivers seat." There are teams that are harder to prepare for than others. There are teams that are harder to play against than others. "Its tough, man," said Lind. "You just tell by how they pitch, (pitching coach) Jim Hickey, its like we play them every game how they pitch us. They get excellent execution from their pitching staff and their whole defensive side of the ball is probably the best in the game." Challenges with the challenge Adam Lind offered the line of the season so far on the topic of managers challenges and the ramifications of the new rule. "Well, I know Bud Seligs worked his whole career to get the pace of play up and now were just back to square one," said Lind. "I enjoy that theyre going to have the calls right but I dont think anyone saw the whole, are we going to do it or not going to do it?" The issue is the stalling. Both John Gibbons and Joe Maddon have emerged from their dugouts to politely dispute a call – thats another problem, the intensity of the manager-umpire argument is all but taken away – while their video coaches review the footage. Theyre waiting for a signal from the dugout on whether to challenge. "I think thats just the way the game is going to go now," said Lind. "I guess the higher ups didnt think about that before the whole walk-out but youre going to do whatever you can to get outs or get people safe. Just like (Tuesday) with Gibby, if you still have a challenge left, you might as well use it." Happ throws a bullpen J.A. Happ, on the disabled list with a back injury, threw a bullpen session on Wednesday at Tropicana Field. "Hes feeling much better, definitely feeling good, played catch (Tuesday), threw a light side today and really feels no ill-effects from the issues with the back right now and hell progress accordingly," said pitching coach Pete Walker. "Well discuss now what the next step is, if its to get him in a game, when that will be, and progress him from there." Santos survives ninth Sergio Santos got the save in Tuesdays 4-2 win but not before the Rays put a scare into the Blue Jays. Tampa Bay brought the winning run to the plate with two out, in the person of Yunel Escobar, and had the tying run on second base after a double steal on the first pitch of the Escobar at-bat. Santos didnt bother with the base runners. Why? It all goes back to a conversation he had with Yankees legendary closer Mariano Rivera in 2011. "My whole thinking is Escobars the only guy that can hurt me," said Santos. "Whether there are runners on first and second or second and third, to me, in that situation is irrelevant because I know if I get my job done, which is getting the hitter out, it doesnt matter what base theyre on. "That was one of the things that Mo had stressed was not to be so preoccupied with whos on the bases and what theyre doing because the second you give some of your attention on the base runner and youre not fully with the hitter, thats when bad things can happen." Marquel Lee Jersey
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. Dillon Brooks scored 26 points on 9-17 shooting for Canada while pulling down six rebounds and picking up six steals. Teammate Chris Egi had 20 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks.Nail Yakupov will return to the lineup Tuesday as the Edmonton Oilers visit the red hot Pittsburgh Penguins, who are looking to post their best start at home in 19 years. Head coach Dallas Eakins said the second-year player - a healthy scratch the last two games - will dress tonight. In other roster news, Jesse Joensuu is heading back to Edmonton to nurse an injury, Philip Larson was sent to Oklahoma City (AHL) and Ryan Jones was recalled. The Penguins opened the season with a perfect three-game homestand before splitting a two-game road trip in Florida. They havent won their first four home games of a season since starting the 1994-95 season 7-0 at the Civic Arena. Pittsburgh has won 18 of its past 20 at home dating back to last season and followed up a loss to the Florida Panthers with Saturdays 5-4 victory over Tampa Bay. Crosby notched his eighth career hat trick, and first since Dec. 2, 2010, while also assisting on Matt Niskanens game-winning goal with 18.6 seconds left in regulation. Skating on the advantage after Richard Panik was whistled for tripping, Pittsburgh set up in the Tampa end and Evgeni Malkin held the puck at the right circle. Malkin sent a saucer pass through a seam to the left point where Niskanen one-timed it past Anders Lindback for the advantage. "We had to battle through some sloppy play but we did a good job battling back all night," Niskanen said. "We got lucky with them taking a silly penalty late in the game and we scored." Crosby has a point in all five games so far this season, logging five goals and four assists. He has yet to score in four career games versus the Oilers, but has four assists. Marc-Andre Fleury, who stopped just 14-of-18 shoots faced in the win over the Lightning, has won all four of his starts on the season and is 4-2-0 lifetime against Edmonton with a 2. Amari Cooper Jersey
. 67 goals against average. The Penguins are 8-2-1 in their last 11 meetings with the Oilers and had a four-game series win streak snapped when the clubs last met on Oct. 9, 2011 in Edmonton. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored for the Oilers in his NHL debut and Edmonton won a 2-1 shootout. The Oilers have lost five of six to begin the season (1-4-1) and all five of their losses have come despite scoring first. That was the case versus Washington on Monday, when Boyd Gordon scored midway through the opening period before the Capitals netted the next four goals, including three on three straight shots in the middle frame. Will Acton scored his first career goal with 1:42 left in the game, while Jason LaBarbera yielded four goals on 20 shots in Edmontons third straight loss. That includes a setback in the first two contests of a six-game road trip out east. "I thought everything was going fine until we brought a puck back into our zone, and that basically started a few dominos to fall," Edmonton coach Dallas Eakins said. "It goes back to the adage of every moment in the game is important. For three minutes we went backward, and it cost us the game." Gordon notched his team-leading fourth goal of the campaign for an Oilers club that made Nail Yakupov a healthy scratch for a second straight game. The first overall pick of the 2012 draft did not log a point over his first four games before the benching. Devan Dubnyk is likely to make his fifth start of the season for the Oilers and is 1-2-0 with a 2.93 GAA in three lifetime meetings with the Penguins. NFL Jerseys Cheap Wholesale NFL Camo Jerseys China NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap NFL Black Jerseys Wholesale Stitched Jerseys Cheap NFL Black Jerseys China NFL Jerseys NFL Jerseys China Wholesale NFL Gear Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys Wholesale NFL Womens Jerseys Cheap Authentic Jerseys Wholesale Authentic Jerseys Wholesale Stitched Jerseys Cheap NFL Womens Jerseys China NFL Gear Cheap Authentic Jerseys Youth NFL Jerseys Cheap Wholesale Jerseys China
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