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  • 09 Aug
    TORONTO -- Rajai Daviss speed was the undoing of the Boston Red Sox. [b]Kevin Mchale Celtics Jersey[/b] . Davis led off the 10th inning with a double and then scored on Brett Lawries hard hit to shortstop Stephen Drew as the Toronto Blue Jays snapped a three-game slide with a 4-3 win on Wednesday over Boston. "I was just looking to put it in play because I knew (Davis) was at third base and any ball you can put in play you know hes going to have a good chance to score," said Lawrie. "I choked up a bit and just tried to put it in play as best I could and ended up stinging it better than I thought I was going to." It was the second time in the game where Daviss speed on the basepaths earned Toronto (55-65) a run. The centre-fielder opened scoring in the third when he hit a sharp single to Bostons Jon Lester, where the pitcher fumbled the ball. Lesters throw to first went past Mike Napoli, letting Davis round second. Boston right-fielder Shane Victorino threw to third but the ball bounced off Davis and into foul territory, allowing the speedy Blue Jay to sprint home. "I was hoping I could just get to first. They made an errant throw and after that I just went to run," said Davis. "Honestly, I didnt know where the ball was. I heard our third-base coach (Luis) Rivera saying go, go, go! "OK, Im gone." Lester said that Daviss speed can generate errors because it makes defences hurry. "Obviously his speed makes you rush a little bit," the Red Sox starter said. "It would have been nice to keep him on third right there. The ball takes a bad hop and hits off him and scores the run." Davis went 3-for-5 and Edwin Encarnacion hit two doubles and scored a run for the Blue Jays. Esmil Rogers (3-7) pitched six innings with six strikeouts, five hits and an earned run. Reliever Brett Cecil ruined Rogers chance at a victory though, blowing Torontos 3-1 lead in the ninth inning. Brad Lincoln pitched an inning and a third in relief to earn the win for Toronto. Rogers, who started the season in the bullpen, was likely going to return to reliever duties after Wednesdays start. His strong performance against the Red Sox earned him a reprieve, however. "He was on the plate, he was making good pitches," said Blue Jays manager John Gibbons. "It all comes down to putting the ball in a good spot. He was popping it pretty good tonight too, keeping it down. "We cant put him in the pen after that, can we?" Designated hitter David Ortiz hit a home run for Boston (72-50), while Lester (10-7) gave up three runs -- two earned -- and fanned three hitters over six and a third innings of work. Brandon Workman (3-2) pitched three innings for the Red Sox and took the loss. Davis drew cheers when he led off the bottom of the 10th with his second double of the game. He then advanced to third base on Jose Bautistas groundout to short. Workman intentionally walked Encarnacion to put runners on the corners. With Lawrie at the plate, Encarnacion stole second. Lawrie then hit a sharp single off Drews glove to drive home Davis and end the game. "Kind of unfortunate, I thought I had a bead on it and at the very end it started taking off on me," said Drew. "It hit the very end of the web. At first off the bat, I thought I might be able to catch it out of the air real quick, but there was no shot. " The Blue Jays added to their 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth. Encarnacion hit a double up the third-base line and was driven in when Mark DeRosa hit a double to shallow right field. Both teams stranded runners in scoring position in the fifth inning, maintaining the Blue Jays 2-0 lead. Ortiz pulled Boston to within one on his home run to deep right field in the sixth inning. Encarnacion hit a second double to lead off the bottom of the sixth, and Lawrie reached first after being hit by a pitch. Encarnacion was moved to third when DeRosa grounded into a double play. J.P. Arencibia then doubled off the left-field wall to make it 3-1 for Toronto. Reliever Neil Wagner took the mound for the Blue Jays in the seventh, quickly retiring three Red Sox hitters. Boston manager John Farrell pulled Lester in the seventh in favour of Workman, who was dialled in for his first two innings of work. Wagner continued his efficient pitching in the eighth, retiring three Boston batters in quick succession. The right-handed pitcher threw two scoreless innings with three strikeouts. Workman was also effective for the Red Sox, striking out Encarnacion and getting Lawrie to fly out to right field. Adam Lind pinch hit for DeRosa, drawing a walk. The inning ended when Arencibia struck out swinging. Cecil took the mound in the ninth and his first out was gifted to him when Ortiz -- not known for his speed -- tried to beat out a defensive shift by bunting. The lumbering DH was thrown out at first by Arencibia. Jonny Gomes reached base when he was hit by a pitch, but Cecil settled down to fan Drew. Napoli drove the ball over the right-field fence for a two-run shot and tied the game 3-3 with two out in the ninth. Cecil unravelled after that, giving up a double to Jarrod Saltalamacchia with Will Middlebrooks reaching first after being hit by a pitch. Cecil was pulled in favour of Lincoln after giving up a single to Jacoby Ellsbury. Lincoln got the Blue Jays out of the inning when Victorino flied out to left field. Lincoln stayed on the mound for the 10th, with Pedroia reaching base on Lawries fielding error to start the inning. After Ortiz flew out to left, Lincoln struck out Gomes and got Napoli to ground out to third, setting the stage for Lawries game-winning hit. Notes: Munenori Kawasaki and Kevin Pillar were called up from triple-A Buffalo to take the places of utility player Emilio Bonifacio and centre-fielder Colby Rasmus on the roster. Bonifacio was traded to Kansas City earlier in the day for a player to be named later or cash, while Rasmus was placed on the 15-day disabled list. Pillar went 0 for 4 in his major league debut. [b]Gordon Hayward Jersey[/b] . Over the course of his career Glenn is 79-71-1 in 151 starts for a .526 career winning percentage. Since becoming a Stampeder, he has elevated his play and raised his stock around the league. [b]Jaylen Brown Jersey[/b] . So much so that even a simple foul pop up to the first baseman turned into a run. Houstons four-run rally in the ninth inning to beat the Seattle Mariners 6-4 on Monday night was capped by a bizarre play that started as Crowe fouled out to first baseman Justin Smoak with runners on second and third.When the Canadian womens rugby team won the Nations Cup shortly after he took over the program last year, head coach Francois Ratier held a post-tournament meeting with his players. He asked them what they wanted the teams identity to be and the players had the answers he was looking for. Ratier then chipped in himself by writing down the number of days left until the IRB Womens Rugby World Cup final. "What can we do every day to make it happen?" he recalled asking his players. "And now, we are here." Ratier was dreaming big at the time. Canada had never even reached the podium -- never mind the championship game -- in the six previous editions of the tournament. Now his team has a shot to win it all on Sunday against England at Stade Jean-Bouin in Paris. "We have the passion, we have the rage, we want it," Ratier said. "But then we just have to execute and do it." It has been an impressive run by the Canadians, who have finished fourth on three occasions and were coming off a sixth-place showing in 2010. England, meanwhile, is a 2010 runner-up and has never finished lower than third, winning it all in 1994. The 2014 Canadian squad has surpassed expectations and theyve done it by grinding down the opposition. Canada opened the tournament with comfortable wins over Spain and Samoa before fighting England to a 13-13 draw. Next up was an impressive 18-16 victory over France in front of a sellout crowd that nearly boosted the host side to a comeback win. The Canadians held strong though, with Magali Harveys try standing up as the difference. The Canadian team is a tough, united side that believes it belongs in the mix with the worlds best. Canada has proved that by playing a fast, physical brand of rugby and using a team-first mentality. It takes Ratier back to that meeting a year ago after Canadas 27-13 win over England to win the Naations Cup for the first time. [b]Robert Parish Celtics Jersey[/b]. It was a victory that he said started the players on their current journey. He still remembers the terms the players used to describe the teams identity. "They came back with really simple words," he said. "One of them was Fearless. Which is great, because thats what they are." Canada also defeated England 29-25 earlier in that tournament in Denver. England got some revenge a few months later by easily dismantling Canada 32-3 at The Twickenham Stoop in the final game of Canadas European tour. Harvey and captain Kelly Russell, both recently shortlisted for the womens player of the year award, have continued their strong play in France. Both have been leaders for the Canadian side. "Weve put in the work, so were happy to be where we are," Russell said of her squad. "We have one more goal to achieve here and thats winning it." England lost to New Zealand in the last three finals, but the Black Ferns failed to advance from the pool stage this year. "Its a cliche, but we really have taken it one game at a time," said England coach Gary Street. "If you had said to us at the start of the tournament that we would have the opportunity to play France or Canada in the final then of course, we would have taken it. Were massively looking forward to (the final)." England advanced with a 40-7 rout of Ireland, who will play France in the third-place game before the final. A packed house is expected and with Frances archrival providing the opposition in the championship game, there should be plenty of local support for Canada this time around. "We are not nervous," Ratier said. "We just trust ourselves and were going to play our best rugby. Well see it at the end if its a win or a loss. "But for sure were going to leave everything on the field." ' ' '