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  • 05 Jun
    TORONTO -- Milos Raonic easily advanced to the Rogers Cup quarterfinals in front of his home fans, routing American qualifier Jared Donaldson 6-2, 6-3 on Thursday night.The fourth-seeded Raonic, a Montenegro-born player who moved to the Toronto area when he was 3, set up a match Friday against 10th-seeded Gael Monfils of France.Im taking care of my own things, creating some opportunities. And, you know, Im going for the shots, Raonic said. Im taking time away from the other guy, making the guy, from what I can tell, the other side of the net, uncomfortable, not giving him too much rhythm.Raonic had 15 aces to Donaldsons three.Its that way always, Raonic said about his serve. And just because I saw that he was going to return from close, I went a little bit harder into the body just to try to make him think about it, hopefully make him step back to open up the angles for myself more.Top-seeded Novak Djokovic of Serbia also advanced, beating Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic 6-2, 6-4 in the late match. Djokovic, the tournament winner in 2007, 2011 and 2012, will face fifth-seeded Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic, a 6-4, 6-7 (2), 6-4 winner over American Ryan Harrison.We played so many times. Hes one of the few players Ive played at least 30 times, Djokovic said about Berdych. Its not a first. Obviously, I need to review some past matches.Monfils outlasted Belgiums David Goffin 7-6 (5), 2-6, 6-4, winning when Goffin put a backhand into the net at York Universitys Aviva Centre. The Frenchman won the Citi Open on Sunday in Washington.I love to play when its crowded, and if the crowd is for the other one, its fine, Monfils said about facing Raonic in Canada. I expect a very good match.Second-seeded Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland beat 16th-seeded Jack Sock of the United States 7-6 (3), 6-2; third-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan topped Rajeev Ram of the United States, 6-3, 6-4; South Africas Kevin Anderson edged 12th-seeded Bernard Tomic of Australia 4-6, 6-3, 6-4; and Bulgarias Grigor Dimitrov beat Croatias Ivo Karlovic 6-3, 7-5.Wawrinka will face the 6-foot-6 Anderson.Im playing against Anderson, who I lost many times against him, Wawrinka said. I lost two years ago when I played him here. Its going to be interesting match to play again against him. Its always been difficult to beat him, but hopefully I can do that tomorrow.Nishikori will play Dimitrov. Swell Bottles On Sale . 8 Iowa State on Saturday, sending the Cyclones to their third consecutive loss. The Longhorns (14-4, 3-2) got their biggest win of the season with their third in the row in the Big 12. Cheap Swell Traveler .S District Court against Major League Baseball, the Office of the Commissioner and his own union, the MLBPA. http://www.swellbottlesale.com/ . Colin Wilson had two goals and an assist, and Mike Fisher scored a goal and helped set up two others in the Predators 6-4 victory over the Red Wings on Monday night. Swell Wood Water Bottle . 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. Swell Bottle Wood . No. 13-seeded John Isner and No. 21 Philipp Kohlschreiber were among six players who dropped out of the tournament on Tuesday, joining No. 12 seed Tommy Haas and two other players who withdrew on Monday. TORONTO -- The Houston Astros have a whole lot of rookies in the lineup right now.Two of them played a big part in Friday nights win at Toronto.Joe Musgrove pitched seven innings for his first major league win, Teoscar Hernandez homered for his first big league hit and the Astros beat the Blue Jays 5-3.Nine of the 25 players on Houstons current roster are rookies, tied with Oakland for most in the majors.Weve got a pretty young group now, manager A.J. Hinch said. This is fun to watch these guys come up and break in.Astros DH Evan Gattis had four hits, including two doubles. Hernandez had two hits and reached base three times while George Springer singled and walked three times.Carlos Correa and Jose Altuve had two RBI each as Houston extended its winning streak to four.Making his second career start, and facing the team that drafted him in 2011, Musgrove (1-0) allowed two runs and six hits.Its awesome, Musgrove said. Its definitely good to get that first one out of the way, get the nerves and stuff out of the way.The Blue Jays traded Musgrove to the Astros in July 2012, as part of a nine-player deal that sent left-hander J.A. Happ to Toronto.He used all four of his pitches, Hinch said. Seven strong innings is about as much as you could expect at his development curve right now.Hernandez found out Thursday that he was being selected from Triple-A, and was too excited to sleep before catching a 4:00 A.M. flight from Fresno. He finally arrived at Rogers Centre about an hour before the game, and didnt even have time to take any swings before his first at-bat, a walk. He homered in the sixth and singled in the eighth.Incredible day, a day that Im never going to forget, Hernandez said.Edwin Encarnacion hit his 300th home run and Michael Saunders hit his career-high 20th, but the Blue Jays lost for the first time in four meetings with the Astros.Good for Eddie, manager John Gibbons said. He puts himself in a different category with 300.Encarnacions 32nd home run tied him with Baltimores Mark Trumbo for the major league lead.Pat Neshek handled the eighth and Will Harris workedd around Encarnacions homer in the ninth for his 12th save.ddddddddddddBlue Jays left-hander Francisco Liriano (6-12) took the loss in his home debut with Toronto, allowing five runs and eight hits in 5 2/3 innings.I was behind in the count a lot so that didnt help, Liriano said through a translator.GURRIELS DEBUT DRAWS NEARCuban infielder Yulieski Gurriel, who signed a five-year, $47.5 million deal with Houston on July 16, is expected to make his major league debut against St. Louis on Tuesday. Gurriel defected in February after competing in the Caribbean World Series in the Dominican Republic. He entered play Friday batting .321 with one home run and nine RBI in eight games at three minor league levels.POWER TRIOToronto is the fifth team in the majors with at least three players with 20 homers (Encarnacion, Josh Donaldson, Saunders). The others are Baltimore, Colorado, Detroit and Seattle. The Orioles have four 20-homer hitters.TRAINERS ROOMAstros: OF Colby Rasmus had surgery Wednesday to remove a cyst from his right ear. He is expected back by mid-September. ... OF Jake Marisnick (right groin) was not in the lineup for a second straight game. He is day-to-day. ... OF Preston Tucker (right shoulder) was placed on the 15-day DL. ... Houston activated RHP Luke Gregerson (left oblique) off the 15-day DL and put RHP Ken Giles on the paternity list.Blue Jays: OF Ezequiel Carrera (left Achilles) went 0 for 4 and struck out three times in a rehab game at Triple-A Buffalo. Carrera is expected to come off the DL on Tuesday.UP NEXTAstros: RHP Collin McHugh (7-9, 4.69) has lost his past three decisions. McHugh matched a season-worst by giving up 10 hits in an Aug. 8 start at Minnesota.Blue Jays: RHP Aaron Sanchez (11-2, 2.85) lost at Kansas City in his previous start, his first defeat since April 22 against Oakland. Manager John Gibbons confirmed Friday Sanchez will be skipped in the rotation over the next few weeks in an effort to limit his innings. ' ' '