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  • 10 May
    TORONTO - To the surprise of some, Brett Lawrie was in the Blue Jays starting lineup on Monday night. To the concern of all, he didnt finish the game, spraining his left ankle while completing an awkward slide during a successful steal of second base. Where have you heard that before? "I guess you could say I dodged a bullet," said Lawrie after Torontos 9-3 win over Atlanta. "Just from what Jose Reyes did earlier this year and that type of injury that can happen when you get caught up on the bag like that where anything can really happen. Obviously, fortunately enough for myself that it was just my ankle and I can put pressure on it and stuff like that so theyre all good signs and well just see what happens when I wake up." Lawrie was walking around the clubhouse without a noticeable limp. An x-ray was negative and the Blue Jays list him as day-to-day. Just 24 hours earlier, Lawrie was the subject of controversy when first he glared, then screamed at Adam Lind and third base coach Luis Rivera in the ninth inning of Sundays win over Baltimore. Lawrie had flied out to right field and felt, in the moment, Lind should have tagged and tried to score. "Thank God I didnt go, I probably would have been out," said Lind. "The only way I would have gone would be if (Nick Markakis) came up throwing to second base." Manager John Gibbons verbally sparred with Lawrie in the dugout; Jose Bautista played peacekeeper and mentor. On Monday, Gibbons said he felt there would be no benefit to benching Lawrie, saying the matter had been "dealt with" and the club was ready to "move on." Lawrie addressed his teammates during a pre-scout meeting but declined media requests to speak on the matter. Other Blue Jays spoke up, including Bautista, who suggested Lawrie got caught up in the intensity of the ninth inning rally and lost track of the games situation. "Everybody noticed his reaction was not the best, but I talked to him and I understood that he got confused a little bit and caught up in the moment," said Bautista. "Thats it, its in the past, it got addressed and it shouldnt be a problem going forward." Veteran Mark DeRosa was signed in January, a late edition to the re-made Blue Jays, tasked with a leadership role. Lawrie is his biggest project. Their locker stalls have been side-by-side since the start of spring training. Theyve golfed together. They talk often. "I think a lot of pressure has been placed on him being the only Canadian guy," said DeRosa. "A lots been made of his importance to this franchise and that he plays well … I mean its just a learning process. I think thats why I was brought in here, to sit down and talk to him about certain things and how to handle yourself the right way. "Hes trying to get things going," continued DeRosa. "He feels he has a sac fly and a (RBI) and hes helped his team and then Adam doesnt go. Instead of looking at it like, as youre running down the first base line, hes probably not going to go. Those are things well work on but I know his hearts in the right place and thats why I kind of move on and well talk to him and address it. I know hes sick about it. I know he is." Lind, whose decision to hold on the Lawrie fly ball paid off one hitter later when he scored on a DeRosa RBI fielders choice, was forgiving of the third basemans indiscretion. "Theres no hard feelings for anybody," said Lind. "Its a fiery game, a fiery inning, bottom of the ninth, a big crowd and everybodys trying to win. Especially when youre young and probably not been in that situation for years, youre fired up." Lind agreed with Gibbons decision to put Lawrie in Mondays lineup. "Our best lineup is with him at third base and were kind of in a situation where we need to win ballgames and he did the mature thing to do, and talk to us during the meeting," he said. THE BROTHERS RASMUS When Colby Rasmus stepped into the batters box to face his brother, Braves pitcher Cory Rasmus, in the seventh inning on Monday, it marked the first time since June 23, 2010 that one sibling had pitched to another. It was an awkward experience. "It was a strange feeling, a lot of emotions going on," said Colby Rasmus. "But it was awesome and terrible at the same time." Colby doubled off Cory. Father Tony and another brother, Cyle, were watching from the stands. JOHNSON BRIEFLY BACK IN TORONTO - RETURN DATE SCHEDULED Josh Johnson made the drive from Buffalo to Toronto on Monday morning to throw a bullpen session for pitching coach Pete Walker. Johnson is rehabbing triceps inflammation and has made two minor league starts, most recently for the Bisons on Saturday. Hes due to pitch for Buffalo one more time and, barring a setback, will return to the Blue Jays and pitch the series opener in San Francisco next Tuesday. ROMERO ROCKED The sad saga of Ricky Romero continued in Buffalo on Monday. Romero didnt get out of the first, allowing eight runs on five hits in two-thirds of an inning. He walked three Durham Bulls and gave up a two-run home run to top prospect Wil Myers. Authentic Jerseys From China . The FA rejected Wilsheres appeal that the length of his punishment was "clearly excessive" and said Thursday his suspension begins with immediate effect. He will miss league matches against Chelsea on Monday and West Ham on Dec. NFL Jerseys From China . LOUIS -- Valtteri Filppula assisted on three of Tampa Bays four goals, and the Lightning beat the St. http://www.wholesalejerseyschinaonline.com/ .C. -- Al Jefferson joked that he feels he can score from anywhere on the court. 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Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers The Northern Irishman, who has made an impressive start to his stewardship at Celtic Park, reflected that the pair had a strained relationship following Balotellis criticism in an interview.He was probably absolutely spot on, Rodgers told talkSPORT. I just couldnt really connect with Mario.He was one that came in very late in the window. It was a gamble taken from a club perspective.It was one where, hes a big talent, hell come in and develop, hes got all the tools. In all fairness, I just findd it very difficult to connect with Mario.dddddddddddd Mario Baloteli has made a great start at Nice On the field, he tried his best. But yeah, it certainly wasnt something that worked out as everyone would like.If you sit with him in the office, the guys a good fella, a good guy. If he could ever match that intensity with his talent, then hed be one of the best players in the world.On the field, it was something that never worked out. That season was difficult for us.But now I hope hes got a club that might be a final chance over in France. But hopefully it can work out for him.Balotelli has made an impressive start to the season with Nice, scoring six league goals to guide them to the top of Ligue 1.Upgrade to Sky Sports now to watch Man Utd v Arsenal this Saturday and get the first six months half price! Also See: Celtic video Celtic fixtures Celtic stats Get £10 free bet! ' ' '