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the defense has been
12 wrz 2018 - 09:53:38
Matt Duffy saved his best for last.

Duffy?s ground ball found a hole between third and short with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning Wednesday and drove in the game?s only run in Tampa Bay?s win over the Toronto Blue Jays.

?After seeing that many zeroes Brandon Coleman Jersey , it?s definitely awesome to come out on top in that game,? Duffy said after a game in which eight pitchers gave up a total of 10 hits.

Duffy drove in Mallex Smith, who doubled with one out and moved to third base on a groundout.

Diego Castillo (1-0) got his first major league win after pitching two innings of relief.

Ryan Tepera (3-2) pitched the final 1 2/3 innings for the Jays, who were swept in the three-game series and have lost five of six to the Rays this season. It was the 12th time the Blue Jays have scored one run or none this season, and the first time since August 2011 they were held without an extra-base hit for a second straight game.

?I have no explanation for it. It?s the way it is,? Toronto manager John Gibbons said.

Curtis Granderson had the first three of Toronto?s five hits, leadoff singles in the first, third and fifth innings, and was the only runner to reach third base until Smith in the ninth.

With two outs in the Toronto ninth, Aldemys Diaz hit a line drive off Castillo that was caught by left fielder Johnny Field near the top of the wall, the best-hit ball of the game by far.

?Luckily, I was playing deep and it was high enough that it didn?t seem like one of those no-doubters off the bat Kenny Stabler Jersey ,? Field said. ?He got under it just enough to give me a chance to get back there.?

Toronto starter J.A. Happ allowed one hit and three walks in five innings. He was lifted after throwing 98 pitches, 30 in the first inning.

?I try to give credit where credit is due. I thought they did a good job of fouling some good pitches off,? said Happ. ?They made it difficult. Certainly, I?d like to go more than five innings, but I was happy to keep them off the board.?

Rays starter Wilmer Font gave up two hits in 3 1/3 innings, and Matt Andriese gave up two hits in 3 2/3 innings.

?That?s two days in a row now that the bullpen came in and really picked us up in a big way,? said Rays manager Kevin Cash. ?They pieced it together really well.?

TRAINER?S ROOM

Blue Jays: 3B Josh Donaldson (left calf tightness) will run the bases Thursday and if all goes well could join Triple-A Buffalo on Friday. ? RHP Marcus Stroman (shoulder) was scheduled to start a minor league assignment Wednesday night with Class A Dunedin against Charlotte.

Rays: OF Johnny Field was back in the lineup after missing two games with a sprained knee.

SIXTEEN NOT SO SWEET

Thursday?s game at New York marks the start of a 16-game stretch in which the Rays will play only the Yankees, Astros and Nationals. ?We?re going to really see what kind of team we have here against the best in the league,? Blake Snell said. The Rays are 11-26 against winning teams.

UP NEXT

Blue Jays: RHP Aaron Sanchez (3-5, 4.33 ERA) will pitch Friday night against the Washington Nationals in the opening game of a five-game homestand.

Rays: LHP Blake Snell (8-3, 2.30 ERA) will start in Thursday night?s opener of a four-game series at Yankee Stadium against Domingo German (0-4, 5.32). Snell is 3-0 with a 0.38 ERA in his past four starts.

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MINNEAPOLIS ? Neither New England nor Philadelphia is a tropical paradise Ben Gedeon Jersey , so for the Patriots and Eagles, the Minnesota winter weather has been pretty normal for them. That?s a good thing as both teams head into their Super Bowl LII meeting on Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium trying to treat it like just another 60-minute game.

After the media circus they endured Monday in St. Paul, the players for both the Patriots (15-3) and the Eagles (15-3) welcomed the opportunity to get back to some semblance of normal game week preparation and to focus on the football, even if it?s in a new place.

?We?ve got to go out and practice and kind of get away from the madness,? said Philadelphia defensive end Fletcher Cox on Wednesday after the Eagles practiced at the University of Minnesota. ?I just treat it as a regular game week. Things I would do at the facility, I?m doing here.?

One thing the Eagles did successfully at home and on the road all season was pressure the opponent?s quarterback, and when the Patriots have faltered in two Super Bowl losses to the Giants in the past decade, a relentless pass rush has contributed. But the highly touted Eagles defense, which did not allow a point after the Vikings? opening drive of the NFC title game, is wary about putting too much of their attention on Patriots star Tom Brady.

?It?s Tom plus 10 guys on the field. We can?t just focus on one guy, if we?re going to be real about it,? Cox said. ?I think we have to focus on their whole offense Laken Tomlinson Jersey , because they?ve got a lot of great players. We have to go out and be ourselves. We?ve got to go out and do the little things right and not beat ourselves in order to be victorious.?

New England tight end Rob Gronkowski, who missed the second half of the AFC title game win over Jacksonville due to a concussion, is slated to play.

?Rob?s a tough guy. Obviously, this isn?t something you can just fight through,? said Brady.

While the Patriots offense has revolved around Brady since their first Super Bowl win in 2002, the defense has been one of constant evolution, and the unit adopted yet another new look late in the regular season when linebacker James Harrison came on board after he was jettisoned by the Steelers.

?When you?re in a system for as long as he?s been, there are a lot of things that are habits that get ingrained, which they should be. Some of those things carry over. Some of them kind of don?t,? Belichick said of Harrison, who has played 178 of his 193 NFL regular-season games for Pittsburgh. ?He?s done a great job of trying to separate them and do what we?ve asked him to do.?

While the Eagles will be looking for the franchise?s first Super Bowl title, having lost the big game after the 1980 and 2004 seasons Joshua Garnett Jersey , there may be more pressure on the Patriots, who will be seeking their sixth title and their second in a row, knowing that the coaching staff will look significantly different next season. Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and defensive coordinator Matt Patricia are both widely expected to be head coaches in Indianapolis and Detroit, respectively, next season.

?I realize and I understand and I appreciate the talent in the coaches in our building. I?m grateful for the opportunity to even be coached by them,? said Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola, sounding very much like he was saying goodbye. ?Whatever their opportunities are in the future, I?ll be excited for them.?

There?s one more opportunity for them on Sunday. And it sounds plenty exciting.

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