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The good news is that, heading into Canada Day, the Toronto Blue Jays are still in first place in the American League East. Matthew Spencer Lightning Jersey . The bad news is that with 78 games left to play, they have removed almost all of their margin for error. After winning their first five games in June, injuries and a cooling offence caught up with them. They only won seven of their next 22 and finished the month at 12-15, exactly their record in April. In other words, thats two losing months out of three so far this season. Two things are saving them, the general mediocrity of the entire AL East and that brilliant month of May that saw go 21-9. If you go back to 2002, only twice have the Jays headed into July with a better record than the one they have now. In 2006, they were 45-34 and, in 2003, they were 46-37. In the latter, they tailed off to 42-41 the rest of the way and finished at 87-75, while in the former, they went 42-39 down the stretch and finished at 86-76. Both were in the era before the extra Wild Card and, in 2003, they wound up in third place in the division, 15 games back of the Yankees in the East and seven-and-half games out of the Wild Card spot taken by the Boston Red Sox. They didnt fare much better in 2006, finishing three games back of the Chicago White Sox for the Wild Card. Even if there had been a second Wild Card, they would have missed it by a game to the Angels. The Blue Jays will have to go 45-33 the rest of the way to finish with 90 victories, which figures to be around the number they will need to put themselves in the conversation for a post-season berth, division title or a Wild Card. The AL East will probably be won within the division. The Baltimore Orioles have the best record within the East at 22-16, while the Jays and Yankees are both 17-15. The trouble part for the Blue Jays is they are only 3-6 against the Yanks this season and havent won in New York so far this season or in all of last year. Seven of the Jays remaining 10 games against the Yankees are in the Bronx.  On the plus side, theyve split with Baltimore thus far in 2014 and six of their remaining nine against the Os are at Rogers Centre. Boston, though still a long shot, is slowly entering the equation again, as well. The BoSox are six out in the East and six out in the Wild Card race. The Blue Jays still have 13 left with Boston, seven at home and six at Fenway. Tampa Bay is pretty much an also-ran now. The Jays still have 12 left with them, including six in September, but Joe Maddons teams arent know for packing it in in the final month. So the Jays will play 44 of their final 78 games in the East, 22 at home and 22 away. Going 26-1) over than span just might be enough to put them in the playoffs  if they hold their own in their other 34 games. To break it down even further though, the Blue Jays and T-Bay have the fewest number of home games left of the teams in the East with 37 apiece. The Yankees have the most with 43 and Baltimore has 41. Although the latter two have stumbled a bit in their own parks this season, being at home and travelling less and playing meaningful games in their own facilities could be a sizeable edge in a close race. Boston, too, has a favourable  home/road split at 42-38. Then there is the matter of strength of schedule down the stretch. The Blue Jays play 40 of their 78 against teams that currently sport winning records and 38 against teams with losing records. The Yankees, on the other hand at my count, play only 38 against teams above .500 and  44 games against  teams below .500. Again, that gives them an edge. The Orioles, though, play 48 games against teams with winning records and only 33 against teams with losing marks. So, the Blue Jays and the Yankees get the edge there. For the Blue Jays, the next five weeks could ultimately tell the tale. In July,  they play only nine of their 17 games at home, broken up in the middle by the All-Star Game. After the next two games at home to the Milwaukee Brewers, they hit the road for 10 in 11 days including four at the Oakland Athletics, three at the Los Angeles Angels and, after an off-day, three at Tampa Bay. Then, after a seven-game homestand, they go on another 10-game journey over 10 days that includes three in New York versus the Yankees,three at Fenway against the Red Sox, culminating with four at Houston against the Astros. If they are still in it at that point, the Blue Jays will at least have a shot. Somewhere near the end of that span, Brett Lawrie should be back, as well. - With Milwaukee hitting town, its interesting to compare the numbers of the two guys who were disgraced by PED suspensions that, this year, have been key factors in getting their teams into first place in their respective divisions. The Brewers Ryan Braun, coming off his 50-game suspension of last season, is batting .290 for the N.L Central leaders with 11 homers, 46 RBI, an .849 OPS  and 18 walks versus 52 strikeouts. Braun also helped the Brewers cause by agreeing to move to right field this season. Melky Cabrera is having a stand-out season in his own right and has put up almost identical numbers, hitting .299  with 11 homers and 42 RBI, an .809 OPS and 23 walks to 46 strikeouts. Cabrera is playing some strong left field, as well. Both have a decent shot at being at the All-Star game two weeks from Tuesday at Minnesota. - Speaking of the All-Star game, isnt the Home Run Derby starting to feel like the NBA Slam Dunk Contest?  Every year it seems many of the bigger stars opt out.  This year, American League captain Jose Bautista has to deal with the fact his own teammate Edwin Encarnacion doesnt want to compete and neither does Orioles slugger,  Nelson Cruz. Then, White Sox rookie Jose Abreu, who slugged two dingers at Rogers Centre Friday night against the Jays and is one of baseballs emerging stars, isnt inclined to take part either, though, he apparently hasnt entirely closed the door. Good on Jose Bautista for agreeing to be part of this again. But if most of the other sluggers the fans really want to see dont want to be part of it all, then whats the point? Vladislav Namestnikov Lightning Jersey . - Connor McDavid scored twice and added two assists as the Erie Otters beat the Sarnia Sting 7-3 on Saturday night in Ontario Hockey League action. Anton Stralman Jersey .com)LeBron clearly likes his Italian sports cars, and thats ok with me, so up next up is the 458 Spider. OTTAWA -- Home sweet home. Cody Ceci grew up in Orleans in the east end of Ottawa about 30 minutes from Canadian Tire Centre. He played junior hockey with the Ottawa 67s and Monday night he scored his first NHL goal in overtime as the Ottawa Senators beat the St. Louis Blues 3-2. Ceci recovered a clearing attempt by the Blues and sent a wrist shot towards the St. Louis goal that beat Brian Elliot at 3:59 of the extra period. "I had probably a better opportunity right before that with a slapshot with a pretty open look but it didnt go as high up as I wanted it to," Ceci said of a shot seconds before his goal. "Next thing I know I get the puck at the blue-line and theres a lot of traffic crossing in front of the goalie. I just kind of floated it through and it found the net. Ill definitely remember this. "Its a special moment, it couldnt have happened at a better time and Im really happy things worked out the way they did." Ceci has two goals this season with the Binghamton Senators and both of those have also been overtime winners. Jean Gabriel Pageau and Bobby Ryan scored in regulation for the Senators (14-15-6), who picked up points for the fifth time in their past six games. They only time they have been held pointless during that time was a 5-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday. Chris Stewart had both goals for the Blues (22-6-4) and both came late in the second period and both were set up by Ottawa native Derek Roy. Roy also took a hooking penalty in overtime but the Senators were unable to take advantage of the four-on-three. Ryan scored a highlight-reel goal on a pass from Kyle Turris, who put the puck on Ryans tape from 40 feet away, right in front of the St. Louis goal. Ryan cut in front, went to his backhand and beat Elliott to tie the game 2-2. It was also the only goal of the third period and sent the game to overtime. "We feel much better with the way we played. We played a very good opponent in back-to-back games. The game against L.A. didnt turn out near as good as this one did, but I thought we responded," Senators coach Paul MacLean said. "Our completion level and our commitment to playing without the puck and playing the game hard was much better and at a much higher level. "The good news for us is that we did it and now we have to come back and get prepared to do it again and that starts tomorrow at practice. Andrei Vasilevskiy Lightning Jersey. quot; Goaltending played a key role throughout the game as former Senator Elliott duelled with Ottawas Robin Lehner. Each made some big saves, especially through the first two periods. "Its not the way you want to lose a game. We all kind of made mistakes but I thought we battled hard to get back. Its a tough way to lose," Elliott said. "We got a point but weve got to answer right back against San Jose at home tomorrow." Pageau beat Elliott early in the game as he found the back of the net over the Blues goalies glove. Ryan set up the play from behind the net, finding Pageau in the slot. That goal at 3:37 of the first stood up as the only goal until just 3:10 remained in the second when Stewart scored his first of two goals. Roy made a long breakout pass to Stewart, who slid a backhand along the ice and through the legs of Lehner at the end of a breakaway. With just 12 seconds remaining in the second, Brendan Morrows miscue led to Stewarts go-ahead goal. While behind the net, Morrow fanned on a pass attempt out front but the puck went directly to Roy at the side of the goal. Roys no-look backhand pass was met with no hesitation as Stewart delivered a one-timer to the far side past Lehner for a 2-1 St. Louis lead. "They played really hard in the first period but I thought the way we played in the second was one of the best road periods we played all year," said Blues coach Ken Hitchcock. "We really took it to them and at times overwhelmed them with our forecheck, so I was really happy with the point." Notes: Coming into Mondays game the Senators were 1-9-2 against the Western Conference while the Blues were 11-2-0 against the Eastern ConferenceaScratches for the Senators Monday were defencemen Marc Methot and Eric Gryba along with forward Matt Kassian. The Blues sat forwards Jaden Schwartz and Vladimir Sobotka plus defenceman Ian ColeaSenators coach Paul MacLean was drafted by the Blues in 1978. He was traded to Winnipeg before returning to St. Louis to play his final two seasons. MacLean played 115 games for the Blues and had 40 goals and 44 assistsaOttawa is the only team the Blues have not shutout in club history. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '

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