TORONTO – This weekends series against the Tampa Bay Rays is important for the obvious reason: the Blue Jays are running out of

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TORONTO – This weekends series against the Tampa Bay Rays is important for the obvious reason: the Blue Jays are running out of time and games to make up the three-and-a-half game deficit for a playoff spot they had entering Fridays action. DeAndre Yedlin Jersey . There are other reasons, too. Take a look at the leagues schedule. The Blue Jays are one of six teams, seven if you count Kansas City thanks to its precarious half-game lead on Detroit in the American League Central, competing for two wild card spots. As Toronto is hosting the Rays, four of those teams are squaring off. Cleveland (tied with Toronto) is visiting Detroit (which holds the second wild card spot). Meanwhile, nighthawks will stay up enjoying the Athletics (which holds the first wild card spot) versus the Mariners (a half-game behind the Tigers) from Seattle. If the Blue Jays sweep the Rays, it will mean they gained ground on at least two teams (because one of Oakland, Seattle and one of Cleveland, Detroit will lose) each day. On the days Toronto loses, it loses ground to at least two teams, a situation the Jays cannot afford as the regular season enters its final two weeks. "Well, I mean, were coming out here trying to win this game regardless of the circumstances," said manager John Gibbons. "We dont have a whole lot of room to play with so we need to win some games." With a seven-game road trip to Baltimore and New York looming, followed by home series with Seattle (four games) and Baltimore (three games) to end the year, as of Friday Tampa Bay was the lone remaining sub-.500 opponent on the Jays docket. "We dont think about what other teams are going to do," said Jose Reyes. "We think about us, about taking it one game at a time because youre not going to win three games in one day." Reyes hammered the old cliché but its the truth. While theres reason to root for Baltimore to beat New York (there was a loud cheer during Jays batting practice when the Orioles walked off an 11th inning victory over the Yankees on Friday afternoon) and Boston to beat Kansas City, the other two results are saw offs. Simply, the Jays must win. Rotation switch Manager John Gibbons is taking advantage of the off day on Thursday to slightly reconfigure his starting rotation. Left-hander Mark Buehrle, originally scheduled to open the series in Baltimore on Monday, instead will start Sundays finale at home against Tampa Bay. Rookie Marcus Stroman moves to Monday. He had been set to pitch on Sunday. "Give (Stroman) another extra day," said Gibbons. "Weve been trying all year long to protect these guys, young guys especially." Another reason for the switch: Buehrles numbers against the Rays are much better than his numbers against Baltimore. In five starts against Tampa Bay this season, Buehrle is 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA. In three starts against the Orioles, hes 1-2 with a 4.67 ERA. Stroman has yet to face Baltimore. Yet another reason for the switch: despite injuries to Manny Machado and Matt Wieters and a 25-game suspension to Chris Davis for a positive test for amphetamines, the Orioles are a home run hitting team. The recent development of Stromans dominating sinkerball, a groundball pitch, plays well in Oriole Park at Camden Yards, which is prone to allowing the home run. Davis suspension helps Blue Jays The AL East-leading Orioles, already without Wieters (elbow) and Machado (knee) for the remainder of the season, lost first baseman Davis for 25 games. This will not disappoint Blue Jays pitching, on whom Davis has feasted. Since the start of the 2012 season, in 47 games, Davis has hit 21 home runs against Toronto. No opposing player has more in that span. Davis, 28, has had a disappointing season. After leading baseball with 53 home runs and 138 RBI and posting a 1.004 OPS in 2013, his numbers have dropped dramatically (20 home runs, .704 OPS in 2014). Davis tested positive for amphetamines, which he said were the result of his use of the stimulant Adderall. Davis said he had a Therapeutic Use Exemption for Adderall through to the end of last season, a prescription which, apparently, was not renewed. Matt Miazga Jersey . The matchup will be made up in Minnesota at a later date. The arena was evacuated about 45 minutes before the scheduled 9:30 p.m. EST tipoff when a generator malfunction outside the arena sent smoke pouring into the building, according to NBA spokeswoman Sharon Lima. Dax McCarty Jersey .Michael Briscoe is serving a life sentence for sexual assault, kidnapping and first-degree murder in the death of 13-year-old Nina Courtepatte in 2005. http://www.usasoccerauthority.com/chris-pontius-usa-jersey/ . Weise will have his hearing with the NHL head office over the phone, while the league has requested an in-person hearing with Kassian. Oilers centre Sam Gagner suffered a broken jaw after getting hit with a high stick from Kassian in Edmontons 5-2 win.The St. Louis Blues continue to hold down top spot in the TSN.ca NHL Power Rankings. The Blues reclaimed the number one ranking last week, then won all three of their games to stay ahead of the surging Los Angeles Kings and the falling San Jose Sharks and Chicago Blackhawks. Moving up, from nine to five, the Vancouver Canucks are ripping through December, winning all seven games this month, thanks in part to stellar goaltending, as Roberto Luongo has a .962 save percentage in his last five games. Making the same four-spot jump as the Canucks, the Anaheim Ducks are up, from 10 to six, as it has been eight games since the Ducks suffered a regulation defeat. Also climbing, the Phoenix Coyotes go from 12 to nine, though some of that is merely overtaking Pittsburgh and Boston teams that have been ravaged by injuries. The Bruins fell, from eight to 11, because of injuries decimating their lineup and certainly not for winning four of their last five. Four wins in the past dozen games knocked the Minnesota Wild down to 12, from seven; they also scored three goals in three games last week. Winnless in five, while scoring a total of five goals, the Detroit Red Wings slipped from 14 to 17 and the Columbus Blue Jackets sunk from 20 to 27, despite going 4-1-1 in their last six, because they are down to their third-string goaltender after injuries hit Sergei Bobrovsky and Curtis McElhinney. Sacha Kljestan Jersey. Across Canada, the Montreal Canadiens slid a couple of spots, to seven; the Winnipeg Jets lost a couple places, to 18 and the Toronto Maple Leafs are up a couple from 21 to 19 after Joffrey Lupul returned and they surprised the Chicago Blackhawks Saturday night. The Ottawa Senators cant make consistent progress, yet managed to move from 23 to 20 as injuries knocked some teams below them in this weeks rankings. The Calgary Flames may have fired their general manager, but they have been playing better lately, so they keep climbing from 24 to 22, staying one spot ahead of the Edmonton Oilers. Scott Cullen can be reached at Scott.Cullen@bellmedia.ca and followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tsnscottcullen. For more, check out TSN Fantasy on Facebook. Jerseys From China Jerseys NFL China Jerseys NFL China Wholesale Jerseys 2020 Jerseys NFL China Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Nike NFL Jerseys ' ' '

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