TORONTO—After suffering through three-straight extra-innings defeats, the Toronto Blue Jays won stylishly in regulation last night thanks to a strong outing by rookie pitcher Marcus Stroman and a three-run homer by pinch-hitter Danny Valencia.
Jose Bautista also homered for the second day in a row as Toronto beat the Boston Red Sox 5-2 to avoid a sweep.
TORONTO—NHL expansion likely is coming in the near future, although the league hasn’t committed to any official plan just yet.
For more than a year, commissioner Gary Bettman has said the NHL is listening when approached by cities interested in acquiring a team even though there’s no formal expansion process underway.
NASHVILLE—Jake Locker and Matt Cassel might never leave the sidelines tonight with a pair of rookie quarterbacks possibly getting the chance to start.
“If our starters play, it won’t be for long,” said Tennessee Titans’ coach Ken Whisenhunt.
NEW YORK—Milos Raonic emerged as the only Canadian survivor from five starters on opening day at the U.S. Open yesterday.
The fifth seed reached the second round with a 6-3, 6-2, 7-6 (1) victory over Japan’s Taro Daniel.
Raonic had a smooth ride in the first two sets, but hit speed bumps as he tried to serve it out.
TORONTO—In a month that continues to go from bad to worse, the Toronto Blue Jays came agonizingly close to a stirring comeback win last night before literally falling short.
Another foot or so and Edwin Encarnacion’s ninth-inning blast to left-centre would have been a game-winning home run instead of a double off the wall to tie the game at 3-3.
PHILADELPHIA—A mechanical adjustment in between starts helped A.J. Burnett out of a funk.
Burnett struck out 12 in seven innings, and Cody Asche and Carlos Ruiz homered, to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 3-2 victory over the Washington Nationals last night.
“I just noticed something with my delivery, or the leg kick,” Burnett noted. “I just noticed something wasn’t right.
VANCOUVER—Two unheralded Saskatchewan players spoiled the B.C. Lions’ guaranteed win night yesterday.
Back-up quarterback Tino Sunseri’s first career CFL touchdown pass to reserve offensive lineman-turned-tight-end Dan Clark sparked the Saskatchewan Roughriders to a comeback 20-16 victory over the Lions.
“For me to get the first one, it was really special,” said Sunseri.
PARAMUS, N.J.—About the only thing that went wrong for Hunter Mahan at The Barclays was when the trophy broke.
All he had to show for perhaps the biggest win of his career was a large wreath of roses.
“Am I supposed to put this on Kentucky Derby style?” he asked.
That would have been fitting. The closing stretch was exactly what he needed yesterday.
TORONTO—John Gibbons knows his team can’t afford to lose its best player in the middle of a wild-card chase.
So when Jose Bautista was ejected from yesterday’s 2-1 extra-inning loss to the Tampa Bay Rays for arguing a strikeout with home plate umpire Bill Welke, Gibbons didn’t mince words when asked about the situation.
BRISTOL, Tenn.—Joey Logano is looking more and more like a Sprint Cup title contender.
Logano surged past Matt Kenseth with 44 laps to go and won for the first time in his career at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday night—foiling the 2003 series champion’s gambling attempt to secure a spot in NASCAR’s playoffs.