- Kaitlyn McGrath at Eh Game23 mins ago
TORONTO — Even though the New York Yankees are long gone, the effects of a contentious series finale with them on Monday night are still being felt at the Rogers Centre as the Toronto Blue Jays begin a critical three-game set against the Baltimore Orioles.
The Blue Jays will be without reliever Joaquin Benoit and second baseman Devon Travis when they open the series against Baltimore on Tuesday. Both Benoit and Travis were injured as a result of a bench-clearing brawl one with the Yankees one night earlier.
Blue Jays manager John Gibbons confirmed Benoit tore his left calf muscle after he tripped coming out of the bullpen to join the ruckus on the field. Gibbons compared Benoit’s injury to the one fellow reliever Brett Cecil suffered last year during Game 2 of the American League Division Series against the Texas Rangers.
It’s unclear how long Benoit will be sidelined for, though it's likely he misses the remainder of the regular season. When asked if he’d been ruled out for the rest of the year, Gibbons said: “We don’t know that yet.”Tue, 27 Sep7:07 PM EDTBaltimore at TorontoPreview Game
- Israel Fehr at Eh Game3 hrs ago
The Blue Jays are hoping their remodeled spring training home will look as good in 2019 as the proposed improvements for the stadium look on the big screen.
City of Dunedin officials unveiled a video at a pubic meeting Monday that shows a sparkling new version of Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, which is in desperate need of a makeover. Notable fan amenity upgrades and add-ons include bars, picnic areas, a playground, a giant team store, and 3,000 more seats.
The organization's wish to be able to combine their Florida ballpark with a top-level training facility, however, is not possible due to land limitations near the stadium. Instead, the nearby Englebert Complex will also undergo extensive renovations as Toronto's current setup is woefully under-par for a major-league club.
- Israel Fehr at Eh Game6 hrs ago
Emotions ran high in the Blue Jays and Yankees game on Monday night, from Josh Donaldson taking a pitch in the elbow guard in the first inning to Mark Teixeira's home run in the ninth.
The Donaldson hit-by-pitch was the first of three in quick succession, the other two causing the benches and bullpens to clear in the second inning. Yankees starter Luis Severino, manager Joe Girardi, bench coach Rob Thomson, and pitching coach Larry Rothschild were ejected.
The intensity simmered after that, but did spike a little bit after Teixeira admired his game-tying shot off Jason Grilli and flipped his bat on his way to first. Grilli and catcher Russell Martin appeared to take exception so when Teixeira got back to the dugout he turned and yelled "blown save!" toward the field.
Teixeira not making any friends in Toronto. pic.twitter.com/JIYLq4SE8a
Teixeira, who is retiring at season's end, was taken aback by the Blue Jays' reaction, considering their recent history of high-profile histrionics.
"Those guys do it all the time. They have fun with it. It’s the first time I’ve ever done it, so I’ll have fun with it too."
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Eh Game6 hrs ago
He's one of the most entertaining players in the NBA, routinely thrilling fans with his freakish talent and exhuberant attitude.
But on Media Day in Milwaukee, Giannis Antetokounmpo drew nothing but silence and blank stares.
Fresh on the heels of a newly-signed four-year, $100 million contract, the man affectionately known as the "Greek Freak" decided to open Media Day with a joke. A knock knock joke. About President Obama.
It didn't go well.
No, the joke was not racist or insulting in any way, it was just bad. And poorly executed. As Canadians, we take our Celine Dion impersonations pretty seriously.
We're thrilled to see a burgeoning superstar such as Antetokounmpo bringing a little levity to the standard press conference, but we're guessing there are 100-million reasons why he'll likely stick to his day job.
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- Neil Stevens at Eh Game7 hrs ago
OAKVILLE, Ont. - It was a unique and touching moment.
Derek Keenan handed his son Ryan Keenan a Saskatchewan Rush sweater after making him the No. 1 pick in the 2016 National Lacrosse League entry draft.
“It’s exciting, it really is - big day for him, big day for the family,” said Derek Keenan, the Rush's general manager and coach.
The Rush won the NLL championship for a second year in a row in June and were able to enter this draft with the first and third picks thanks to trades made in previous years. Lefty forward Ryan Keenan was the consensus choice as best player available, yet his dad had to struggle with the reality of the situation.
- Chris Young at Eh Game9 hrs ago
On Saturday, Arsene Wenger marks 20 years as manager at Premier League side Arsenal, a longevity record that few coaches can match nowadays.
But for one day during the club's preseason trip to Los Angeles, Wenger turned over the reins to James Corden of the Late Late Show, for a training session in which he leads the club through a singalong on the bus, some creative drills and of course, goal celebrations, including "Bellerin's frying pan." ("An hour totally wasted," deadpanned the titular Hector Bellerin.)
"There's no 'I' in team," says Corden. "But there is me."
Well played, mate. And maybe this Saturday, we'll see the frying pan. We can only hope.
- Israel Fehr at Eh Game18 hrs ago
TORONTO – A sweep two weeks ago by the Yankees in New York might be what keeps the Blue Jays from winning the division. A sweep of the Yankees in Toronto two weeks later would have been the perfect response for the Blue Jays and helped them solidify their place atop the wild card race.
The Blue Jays were one inning away from securing that sweep but Jason Grilli blew the save in the ninth, allowing four runs, as the Yankees won 7-5 on Monday night in a game that was oddly contentious.
The benches and bullpens cleared twice, first when Toronto starter J.A. Happ hit Chase Headley in the top of the second and then again when New York starter Luis Severino beaned Justin Smoak in the bottom of the inning. The conflict started in the bottom of the first when Severino, making a spot start for injured ace Masahiro Tanaka, plunked Josh Donaldson.Tue, 27 Sep7:05 PM EDTBoston at NY YankeesPreview Game
- Kaitlyn McGrath at Eh Game1 day ago
TORONTO — Athletes taking a knee during the U.S. national anthem in protest of the mistreatment of minorities, including African Americans, and police brutality in the United States has been in the headlines for weeks now, and with the new NBA season approaching, the Toronto Raptors find themselves in a unique position as the only Canadian-based team.
The topic of staging protests came up several times during the Raptors media day on Monday at the team’s practice facility, and head coach Dwane Casey said he’s already had discussions with players.
“I mentioned to the guys, you know, Canada’s a beautiful country and we don’t have those issues here. If they are, they’re very well hidden. I haven’t seen them in my time here,” he said. “It’s nothing against Canada whatsoever, so to disrespect the flag here is wasting your time and energy on something that’s not there.”
That said, Casey said he understood why players, in any sport, are choosing to protest.
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Eh Game1 day ago
While the World Cup of Hockey winds down to its Canada vs. Europe final pairing this week and the NHL preseason gets rolling, there’s hockey out there in the world in the most unlikeliest of places – like Kenya.
Despite myriad challenges and idiosyncracies – lack of adequate equipment and infrastructure, mostly, and a rink that's well below international and NHL size but still requires thousands of dollars a month to maintain – every Wednesday night at Nairobi's Solar Ice Rink has for the last 10 years been hockey night, when a mixed bag of locals and expatriates get together in East Africa's only ice hockey venue for an informal pickup game.
that Kenya missed out on the recent inaugural African Ice Hockey Championships in Morocco, but the biggest obstacles are much more basic.
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Eh Game1 day ago
You probably would have assumed the players of Team Canada would be glued to their TVs on Sunday afternoon, watching the World Cup of Hockey semifinal between Europe and Sweden as Canada anxiously awaits its next opponent.
But while Team Europe skated to a 3-2 win, earning a trip to the best-of-three World Cup final, several of the boys from Team Canada took a break from hockey to take in a Jays game.
Steven Stamkos, Carey Price, Matt Duchene and Shea Weber were just a few of the members of Team Canada to rub elbows with the Blue Jays in the Rogers Centre clubhouse after the game.