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BOSTON – Colby Rasmus doesnt stand to benefit from Melky Cabreras fractured right pinky finger, a season-ending injury suffered in Friday nights loss to the Red Sox. Cheap MLB Jerseys Authentic . Kevin Pillar took Cabreras spot in Saturdays lineup, playing left field and hitting seventh. Anthony Gose was in centre field, batting ninth. “Thats the plan. We want to see what these guys are,” said manager John Gibbons. “Im not saying this is the way its going to be, but there could be a scenario next year where thats your left and centre fielders. Who knows what happens in the offseason? Im not foretelling anything.” Rasmus isnt in the teams plans. Thats not foretelling. Its fact. “Colbys still going to play,” said Gibbons. “Well come up against some guys he matches up well with and hell definitely get some playing time. The whole idea was we need to find out about these guys. Its not like they came out of nowhere. These guys have been pretty good for us. Theyve helped us win a lot of games this year when weve been really strong.” Whats more complicated, impossible at this point, is to predict whether Cabreras tenure in Toronto will extend to a second contract. Cabrera, in brief and laboured English, offered, “I stay in Toronto” in a post-game media scrum on Friday night. Dont take that for a guarantee. There is a lost in translation factor to that quote. Cabrera will go where the term and money are highest. The Blue Jays, at least, should qualify Cabrera. Itd cost the club about $15-million on a one-year term if Cabrera were to accept. If he doesnt, the Jays get a compensatory first-round draft pick. The club could also try to work out a multi-year deal with Cabrera. Anything more than two or three years carries risk with a player whos had a performance enhancing drug suspension and a benign tumour removed from his back within the last 24 months. Cabreras season ends with 139 games played and a slash line of .301/.351/.458 (.808 OPS). Cabreras 171 led the team at the time of his injury; his 16 home runs were the second-highest total of his career (18 with Kansas City in 2011). NORRIS vs. BIG PAPI Players remember their major league debuts. Daniel Norris is no different - in fact, his may be more memorable than most. The 21-year-old left-hander came in to Friday nights game in the seventh inning. With his Blue Jays up 4-3, the Red Sox had a runner on second base and two outs for David Ortiz. “I know this sounds weird, but for a minute I kind of had to put my debut aside because there was a runner on second in the seventh inning of a 4-3 game and I was like I cant let this guy score,” said Norris. “I was definitely mindful of this is my first appearance, this is pretty crazy, but at the same time it was like, equally, I wanted to get out of that inning for the guys.” Norris did get out of the inning. He buckled Ortizs knees with a first pitch curveball, a called strike. After falling behind 3-1, Norris threw a fastball for a foul ball and then, on the full count, froze Ortiz with another curveball. “First 3-2 curveball Ive thrown all year, but I wasnt about to shake (Dioner Navarro) off,” said Norris. Norris becomes the second Blue Jays left-hander to make his big league debut against Ortiz this season. Rob Rasmussen did the same in May. He retired Ortiz on a ground ball. “For the previous three days, I had been envisioning facing him,” said Norris. “Its kind of weird that it ended up that way but I knew there was a possibility Id have to face him.” Wholesale Baseball Jerseys . Jamies number grades given are out of five, with five being the best mark. Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers (5) - Simply put, Lundqvist was brilliant. Cheap MLB Jerseys From China . Perhaps as important, shes sending a message to 17-year-old gold medal favourite Sara Takanashi of Japan. Iraschko-Stolz relegated Takanashi, who has 10 World Cup victories this season, to second place in two of three training jumps Saturday. https://www.mlbjerseyschina.us/ . The NFLs Defensive Rookie of the Year will be named at the NFL Honours Award show on February 1. The 23-year-old 2013 second-rounder out of Oregon becomes the third Bills linebacker to win the honour after Jim Haslett (1979) and Shane Conlan (1987.Just a week or so ago was the 10th anniversary of the final game the Expos played in Montreal. There are many reasons the team wound up leaving town for Washington, starting with the strike/lockout of 1994 when the Expos had the best record in the Majors only to see the season shut down in mid-August and the World Series cancelled. You can throw in lack of post-season appearances (one) and a relatively fan unfriendly stadium in the wrong part of town and an ownership at the end that wasnt committed or couldnt afford to keep a very good team together. But I discovered something over the weekend that might have profoundly changed the history, and ultimately the future, of the Expos franchise: the 1971 draft. In 1971, the Chicago White Sox lead off the draft by selecting catcher Danny Goodwin, who never really panned out at the Big League level. The Expos, picking fourth overall, chose a short stop out of Tennessee by the name of Condredge Holloway. Condredge was not only an outstanding baseball player, a sport he actually preferred, but also an excellent quarterback. His parents were committed to seeing him get an education and his mother refused to sign his contract with the Expos. Condredge went on to play baseball and football at the University of Tennessee, where he excelled at both sports. He was actually the first African American to play quarterback in the Southeast Conference. Holloway ultimately chose football for his pro career and after being drafted by New England as a defencive back, opted for the CFL and landed in Ottawa. Later on, he was named Most Outstanding Player in the CFL with the Argos in 1982 and along with Joe Barnes, helped the Argos to a drought-ending Grey Cup victory in that 82 season. In 1999, he was named to the CFL Hall of Fame. On more than one occasion, Holloway spoke of what might have happened if he had chosen baseball and favourably compared himself to Brewers Hall of Fame shortstop, Robin Yount. The Expos would never know, but to compound their problems with that first round in 1971, fire-balling lefty Frank Tanana went 13th overall to the Angels and left field slugger and future Hall of Famer Jim Rice went 15th to the Boston Red Sox. So, Montreal effectively struck out in the first round. But that wasnt the end of it. In the second round of the 1971 draft, the Expos chose left handd starting pitcher Dan Warthen. Clearance MLB Jerseys. His career flamed out pretty quickly. Warthen went 12-21 with a 4.31 ERA and his days in the Majors were over at 25, though he has gone on to be a successful pitching coach and his currently with the New York Mets, who may have the best flock of young arms in the business. But back to the matter at hand. Kansas City had the number five pick in that second round in 71 and chose a young shortstop who would later become a Hall of Fame 3B in George Brett, one of the greatest pure hitters the game has ever seen. Right after that selection, the Phillies chose another shortstop, who like Brett would become a Hall of Fame third baseman and Expos Killer Mike Schmidt, who had tremendous power and played gold glove defence at the hot corner. So lets recap. The Expos ended up with little or nothing in Holloway and Warthen, and could have had two of the following four; Frank Tanana, Jim Rice, George Brett or Mike Schmidt. Three of those four turned into Hall of Famers. Schmidt won a World Series over Brett and the Royals in 1980 and Brett and company beat St. Louis in the 1985 Fall Classic. You cant tell me with Rice and Brett or Rice and Schmidt, the Expos wouldnt have won at least one World Series and that could have changed the course of history for Canadas first Major League team. When you look at the current Kansas City Royals who are just two victories away from going to their second World Series, you can pinpoint a three year span of drafting as being instrumental to their success. In 2005, they took 3B Alex Gordon, now their left fielder number two overall. In 2007, 3B Mike Moustakas went number two and in 2008 1B Eric Hosmer went number three overall. Rising prospect Christian Colon went number four in Round 1 in 2010 and lefty reliever Brandon Finnegan, whos in their pen right now, was taken at number 14 this year. The Philadelphia Inquirer made an interesting point the other day. A Major League all-star game hasnt been played in a multipurpose stadium since it was held at the old Veterans Stadium in 1996. So you can basically count out Rogers Centre at least until the Argos are gone and natural grass is finally installed. This season, former Blue Jays utility outfielder Rajai Davis stole 35 bases for the Tigers. Thats more than they stole as an entire team in 2013. ' ' '

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