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#1 25-10-2017 03:01:14

Date d'inscription: 25-10-2017
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Dalemberts name with a huge roar

Youve got to admit - when Lost Boys Colby Rasmus and Casey Janssen led the Blue Jays to that thrilling 10-inning win at Tropicana Field Thursday night, it felt like something magical was unfolding with this club. Rasmus, who had been benched for the platoon of Anthony Gose and Kevin Pillar, pinch hit for John Mayberry Jr. and promptly slugged a game-winning solo homer in the top of the 10th. Then in the bottom of the 10th, Janssen -  another free agent-to-be at the end of the season - chalked up his 21st save. Who writes this stuff up? A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about the Blue Jays best September runs - all of which revolved around their five division titles and two World Series victories. But I purposely left one out in case a circumstance like this came up. Remember - though the Jays have won five in a row, theyre still 4 1/2 games back of Detroit for that final wild card slot in the American League and they still have to jump over three teams - the Yankees, Seattle and Detroit - to reach their goal. That said, I bring you the run of 1988. It was the Blue Jays final full season at old Exhibition Stadium. They started September at 66-68 and were fifth in the seven-team American League East, 9 1/2 games back of division-leading Detroit. In fact, they were only a 1 1/2 ahead of sixth-place Cleveland and there were already whispers that manager Jimy Williams could be gone by the end of the season, if not sooner. The 1988 season was the second-last year the Million Dollar Outfield of George Bell, Lloyd Moseby and Jesse Barfield played together as a unit. The pitching staff was anchored by the likes of Dave Stieb, Jimmy Key and Mike Flanagan with youngsters like Todd Stottlemyre and David Wells coming along. The bullpen had the 1-2 punch of Tom Henke and Duane Ward. With Pat Borders, Fred McGriff, Tony Fernandez and Kelly Gruber also on hand, this team had underachieved for the first five months of the season. Then, all of a sudden, something special happened in September. The Blue Jays won six in a row to start the month, followed by four in a row and closed the season on Oct. 2 with a six-game winning streak. In total, they went 21-7 over the last 32 days of the campaign. There was no wild card in those days, so it was win the division or bust. Detroit, Boston and the Yankees all hovered around the .500 mark for September. Milwaukee, like the Jays, put on a strong stretch run going 17-8. But at the end of the day, Bostons 15-14 mark for the final month was good enough to let them win the division by just a single game ahead of Detroit - the team that had beaten the Jays out the year before in that gut-wrenching final weekend series at Tiger Stadium. As for the Blue Jays and Milwaukee, they finished in a tie for third at 87-75 1 1/2 games ahead of the Yankees. It was one of the closest division races in history. As a post script, the 1989 Blue Jays got off to a slow start at 12-24, Williams was fired and caught fire under promoted hitting coach Cito Gaston. They won their second division title before losing the ALCS to Rickey Henderson and the Oakland As. One other note from that 1988 season, the Montreal Expos also finished third in the National League East. However, they wound up at 81-81 and ended their season 20 games behind the division-winning New York Mets. I know baseball - and sports for that matter - is all about performance, but it was kind of sad this week to see Kansas City designate veteran lefty Bruce Chen for assignment, especially with the club so close to possibly ending its post-season appearance drought. 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We really felt like this was a tune-up game going into Wednesday against Atlanta.The Raptors open their regular season Oct. 29 versus the Hawks at Air Canada Centre, where Toronto will play nine of its first 12 games of the year.Although pre-season records arent always indicative of how a team will fare when the games actually matter — last years championship-winning San Antonio Spurs went 2-4 in pre-season — the Raptors are feeling confident heading into the regular season.Were a team thats going to compete, and thats going to be hungry, said Kyle Lowry, who scored 12 points against the Knicks, including six from the free-throw line. Were going to go out there every night and making sure were doing our job.With the Knicks ahead 78-77 with less than a minute to play, Williams drained a jump shot to put Toronto in the lead for good. A key giveaway by New Yorks Shane Larkin with eight seconds remaining in the game sealed the victory for the Raptors.It was a tight contest throughout, with 17 lead changes. With the Raptors in front by six to start the fourth quarter, New York slowly clawed at Torontos lead, coming to within two points with 10 minutes remaining in the game. The Knicks tied it up 68-68 with seven minutes on the clock.New York (3-4) then answered Torontos seven-point run with five consecutive points of their own, which set up the pivotal basket by Williams with 1:04 on the clock.The effort tonight was where we want it to be, said Knicks head coach Derek Fisher. But we need to focus on our attention to detail. We let it go in the third quarter. We got frustrated with the ball not going in our offensive end, and our defense got really poor.A Raptors victory looked unlikely early on.Carmelo Anthony, who finished with 24 points for the Knicks, was unstoppable to start the game. The forward set the tone with an early three-pointer — his first of three in the game. Anthony finished the first quarter shooting five-for-eight from the field for a game-high 14 points.The score was tied 24-24 after one.It was a close contest for much of the first half — with 12 lead changes — and no team taking more than a three-point lead until late in the second quarter.TThats when the Knicks starting pulling away.dddddddddddd With four minutes remaining in the half, a tip-in shot by Canadian Samuel Dalembert gave Fishers men a 38-34 lead. New York went to the dressing room with an eight-point advantage at halftime, with Dalembert sitting on a team-high nine rebounds.The Knicks centre, one of only 14 Canadians in the NBA, got the start for New York. Born in Haiti, Dalembert moved to Montreal when he was 14 years old. The six-foot-11 centre, who was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round in 2001, finished the game with two points and 10 rebounds in 18 minutes of play.Im ecstatic to be back here, with all my friends and family, he said. Who knows, maybe Ill be back next year?When the starters were announced, the crowd met Dalemberts name with a huge roar.I loved it, said the 33-year-old, who was traded to the Knicks from the Dallas Mavericks this summer. It was a great game. The crowd was into it. They were screaming all the time, clapping for both teams — they had a great time, they had fun.Down eight at the half, an inspired Raptors team took the court in the third quarter, scoring 17 unanswered points. A couple of commanding, crowd-pleasing slam dunks by DeMar DeRozan and eight points by Jonas Valanciunas led Toronto to a 57-48 lead, their biggest of the game at that point.I dont think we wanted to lose, said Williams, trying to explain the halftime turnaround. When we play teams in our division or conference, we want to get things going now, and create an identity for ourselves. Down the stretch, we just didnt want to lose that game.Added Lowry: We just picked it up. We understood what our flaws were, and we made adjustments.DeRozan ended the game with 15 points, and Valanciunas added another 13. Veteran centre Amare Stoudemire had 11 points and six rebounds for the Knicks.The inaugural edition of the Canada Series in 2012 saw the Raptors beat the Knicks at the Bell Centre and the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Detroit Pistons in Winnipeg. Last year, the Timberwolves played the Boston Celtics in Montreal, a game in which Toronto-born rookie forward Kelly Olynyk scored four points.The Knicks get their regular season underway against the Chicago Bulls at home at Madison Square Garden on Oct. 29.Notes: Prior to the match, fans at the Bell Centre observed a moment of silence to honour Corporal Nathan Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent. … In attendance at the game were NBA legends Dikembe Mutombo and Muggsy Bogues, and Montreal mayor Denis Coderre. … Montreal is the only Canadian city to host four Raptor pre-season matches. … There were 20,738 in attendance at the Bell Centre. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '

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