TORONTO—Toronto Blue Jays’ manager John Gibbons couldn’t help but worry just a little.
Marcus Stroman had a no-hitter alive through six innings, but the prized 23-year-old prospect was up to 91 pitches in a game the Jays were well on their way to winning.
EDMONTON—Bo Levi Mitchell isn’t interested in tying or surpassing any personal records.
He just wants his team to win.
The Stampeders’ quarterback threw for 124 yards and a touchdown last night to improve to 7-0 as a CFL starter and help Calgary edge the Edmonton Eskimos 26-22.
Rene Paredes nailed four field goals as the Stampeders improved to 4-0 on the season.
MONTREAL—The Montreal Canadiens avoided arbitration with centre Lars Eller—agreeing to terms of a four-year contract with the 25-year-old yesterday that reportedly pays him an average of $3.5 million (U.S.) a season.
“Now it’s up to me to go out and play the best hockey I can,” Eller said by phone from the airport in Toronto, where he was waiting to catch a flight home to Denmark.
ATLANTA—Jarrod Saltalamacchia knows most teams don’t get many chances to beat Atlanta Braves’ closer Craig Kimbrel.
Saltalamacchia drove in the go-ahead run in the ninth inning, and Henderson Alvarez won for the first time in three starts, as the Miami Marlins beat the Braves 3-2 last night.
CLEVELAND—Andrew Wiggins has an NBA home.
Maybe a temporary one.
The Cavaliers signed the No. 1 overall draft pick yesterday—a deal that prevents Wiggins from being traded for 30 days.
Wiggins, from Vaughan, Ont., has been linked to a possible blockbuster trade with Minnesota for all-star forward Kevin Love.
But any deal now involving Wiggins can’t be finalized for at least 30 days.
MONTREAL—Michael Putnam and Tim Petrovic mastered the afternoon winds to shoot six-under-par 64s and take a share of the first-round lead at the $5.7 million (U.S.) RBC Canadian Open yesterday.
But the surprise of the day was big-hitting amateur Taylor Pendrith of Richmond Hill, Ont., who shot five-under 65 for a share of third place with Kyle Stanley.
TORONTO—Aaron Sanchez didn’t know which Boston Red Sox hitters he’d be facing—and he didn’t know the score.
Making his major-league debut against Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz, and Mike Napoli protecting a one-run lead, the Toronto Blue Jays’ top prospect just tried to pretend no one was in the batter’s box.
“My mentality out there was just me and the catcher,” Sanchez said.
MONTREAL—It was 60 years ago that Pat Fletcher won the Canadian Open.
No other Canadian has won the national open golf tournament since then, but that could change when the PGA Tour event returns today to Royal Montreal—the tree-lined course that hosted the 2007 Presidents Cup.
Mike Weir, Graham DeLaet, and David Hearn are among the 19 home-grown players looking to end the losing run.
MINNEAPOLIS—After working for two decades in the NFL to fulfil his desire to become a head coach, Mike Zimmer finally has reached the real deal.
Minnesota Vikings’ training camp starts tomorrow—and the season-opener is a little more than six weeks away.
TORONTO—When Drew Hutchison got to the dugout after striking out David Ortiz to end an easy first inning, the Blue Jays starter had nine strikes on 10 pitches and every reason to believe he had his best stuff.
Some of his worst followed.
Hutchison unravelled quickly from there as he and his Toronto teammates got shelled by the Boston Red Sox in a 14-1 loss last night at Rogers Centre.