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  • Their season is just four days old, but the Seattle Mariners are off to an impressive 3-1 start. Dexter Manley Youth Jersey . They swept the Angels, then lost a 3-2, 12-inning heartbreaker to the Oakland As on a Coco Crisp walk-off home run. The biggest story in my mind though was the performance of their number three starter James Paxton, in an 8-2 victory over the Halos. He pitched a two-hitter over seven innings and immediately threw himself into the mix for those to watch in the Rookie of the Year race this season. Paxton is a 64", 220-pound lefty who hails from Richmond, BC. Unfortunately for the Blue Jays, hes one that got away. Paxton was originally drafted by the Blue Jays 37th overall in 2009, but he chose not to sign. He intended to return to the University of Kentucky, but was ruled ineligible because he had signed an agreement with agent Scott Boras. Paxton went on to pitch briefly for the Independent Grand Prairie Airhogs of the American Association in 2010. That year he was drafted by the Mariners in the fourth round. With Hisashi Iwakuma and top prospect Taijuan Walker rehabbing from injuries, Paxton may be around for awhile and could be a key part of the Ms resurgence. Seattle has another impressive young lefty in their rotation in Cuban-born lefty Roenis Elias, who pitched well, but got saddled with a no-decision in the Mariners loss to the As. The only question coming into this season was over their ability to score runs, even with the addition of ex-Yankees star Robinson Cano. With this seeming wealth of starting pitching, the Ms may be able to deal for the bats they need as the season unfolds. Cano, by the way, is off to a decent start with Seattle, going 6 for 16 with a pair of intentional walks. Here and Now Theres no sense fretting now over the Jays not getting Paxton. Better to concentrate on the top two pitching prospects they do have. Marcus Stroman started the Buffalo Bisons season opener on Thursday against the Twins Rochester farm club, the Red Wings. He was on a pitch count and over four innings, made 73 pitches - 47 for strikes - gave up four hits and two earned runs, struck out three of the first four batters he faced and got a no decision in the Bisons 6-3 victory. The Bisons are veteran team, with 16 players on their roster who played in the Majors last season. Matt Tuiasosopo, who was just picked up on waivers last week from Arizona and then three days later was outrighted to Buffalo, led the attack with three hits. After Stroman, the rest of the Buffalo rotation consists of Ricky Romero, Kyle Drabek, lefty Sean Nolin, who was briefly with the Jays, and Liam Hendricks. J.A. Happ is expected to join them as well in the near future on a rehab assignment. Bisons closer Neil Wagner, who figures to be up with the Jays at some point this season, struck out three of four batters and racked up the save. Blue Jays blue chip prospect Aaron Sanchez started opening night for Double "A" New Hampshire at Trenton. He was described as being dominant over his five-inning stint, giving up just one hit and striking out five while walking two. He also got the victory in the Fishercats 6-0 victory over Trenton. Fresh Start Emilio Bonifacio, who was a bust with the Blue Jays last season and eventually moved on to the Royals, signed with the Cubs as a free agent and is off to a torrid start at the plate with Chicago. Hes 11 for 16 with four stolen bases on the young season. Hes been batting lead-off and playing centre field. The Cubs - weather permitting - will be marking the 100th anniversary of Wrigley Field on Friday afternoon in their home opener against the Phillies. Great trivia question on Wrigley: name the only person to hit the scoreboard. Heres a clue, it wasnt a ball player. It was golf legend Slammin Sammy Snead. He teed off from homeplate in a publicity stunt and hit the 89 high scoreboard, which was 420 feet away on the fly. On his next try he hit it right over the scoreboard. Wrigley has also hosted two of the wildest games in Major League history. In the highest scoring game ever, the Cubs beat the Phillies 26-23 on August 25, 1922. The Phils got their revenge in 1979, 57 years later, when they edged the Cubs 23-22 in 10 innings. Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt hommered off Cubs closer Bruce Sutter to win it. The teams combined for 11 homers, including three by the Cubbies Dave Kingman.  Roys Return Great move by the Blue Jays to get Roy Halladay to throw out the first pitch for their home opener Friday night at sold-out Rogers Centre against Derek Jeter and the Yankees. It makes you wonder if they will put Halladays name up on the "Level of Excellence" tonight or at some point down the road. The pitching match-up couldnt be more intriguing with the comeback king Dustin McGowan facing Japanese star Masahiro Tanaka, who will be making his first Major League start. Terry McLaurin Youth Jersey . With the Pirates in the thick of the race in the NL Central, the timing couldnt be better. Liriano struck out a season-high 11 in seven innings to win consecutive starts for the first time this season and Pittsburgh beat the San Francisco Giants 3-1 on Tuesday night. Doug Williams Youth Jersey . Second-seeded Sloane Stephens of the United States made lighter work of her day as she beat 2009 champion and Swiss wild card Timea Bacsinszky 6-3, 6-3. Two seeds fell: No. 4 Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium lost to Katarzyna Piter of Poland 6-4, 6-2, and No.Sidney Crosby showed why he is the reigning Hart Trophy winner in Thursdays season-opening win over Anaheim. Now he steps into the spotlight again as the Penguins visit the Toronto Maple Leafs in tonights battle at Air Canada Centre. Listen to the Penguins vs. Maple Leafs live on TSN Radio Toronto 1050 starting at 5pm et. While Pittsburgh picked up a win in its first try, the Maple Leafs will try to rebound from a season-opening loss to Montreal when they play their second home game tonight. Toronto dropped a 4-3 decision to the visiting Canadiens on Wednesday, with Tomas Plekanec scoring the game-winning goal with just 42.9 seconds remaining. Tyler Bozak, Nazem Kadri and Morgan Rielly each scored for the Maple Leafs, who had a streak of four straight season-opening wins over Montreal snapped. Obviously well try to put (Wednesday) behind us, said Bozak. Were looking toward Pittsburgh and all the talent they have in their lineup, its going to be a tough game for us. Jonathan Bernier stopped 28 shots in the loss. He makes his second straight start in goal tonight, with James Reimer likely to follow in New York on Sunday. Defenceman Cody Franson has been activated from Injured Reserve and will likely make his season debut tonight. Franson missed the opener with a bruised left knee and while head coach Randy Carlyle would only say he is an option, Franson himself said he was ready to play. Stuart Percy would likely come out in Fransons place. The Maple Leafs made some roster moves on Thursday, picking up Richard Panik off waivers from Tampa Bay while assigning fellow forwards Troy Bodie and Josh Leivo to the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League. The 23-year-old Panik played 50 games for the Lightning in 2013-14 and recorded three goals and 10 assists. Charles Mann Redskins Jersey. Panik is expected to make his Leafs debut this evening. Pittsburgh has won four of five and five of its last seven meetings with the Maple Leafs. However, Toronto has fared well recently as the host against the Penguins, taking four of the past six encounters at Air Canada Centre. Crosby, who won his second NHL MVP award in 2013-14, recorded two goals and an assist to help the Penguins down the visiting Ducks by a 6-4 score. The 27- year-old Pittsburgh captain led the NHL with 104 points last season, and his three-point night on Thursday was a good way to begin 2014-15. Pascal Dupuis chipped in a goal and three assists for a Pittsburgh team that was rolling offensively in new head coach Mike Johnstons first game behind the bench. Patric Hornqvist added a goal and one assist in his Penguins debut, while Olli Maatta had three helpers in the win. Johnston took over the coaching job after Dan Bylsma was fired following a second-round loss to the New York Rangers in last years playoffs. Its certainly exciting, Johnston said of the result. The first game out of 82 games, its good to get the win. Now weve got some building blocks going forward and we faced a very good team tonight. The Penguins put up 39 shots on Pittsburgh native John Gibson, who let up all six goals in a rough homecoming that spoiled a hat trick from Anaheim teammate Corey Perry. Marc-Andre Fleury, meanwhile, turned aside 25 chances for the Penguins. Evgeni Malkin sat out training camp with an undisclosed injury, but was able to play in the opener for Pittsburgh. The Russian star recorded an assist in just under 17 minutes of ice time. Wholeslae Jerseys NFL Jerseys Cheap Wholesale NBA Jerseys Cheap NHL Jerseys Cheap MLB Jerseys Wholesale Soccer Jerseys Cheap College Jerseys Cheap Football Jerseys Cheap Basketball Jerseys Cheap Baseball Jerseys ' ' '
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