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Dec 27, 2012 8:02pm
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As Andy Fantuz was greeted by both cheers and boos in his return to Regina – in
a game the former Most Outstanding Canadian and his Hamilton Tiger-Cats ended up
winning – we were reminded again that this past off-season was full of change
with several star players changing addresses. Brandon Marshall Womens Jersey . Fantuz was
amongst a surprisingly large group of high profile CFLers switching teams this
off-season, either via trade or free agency. And, just like every other year,
some off-season moves pay bigger dividends than others. Its time to give out
some admittedly early grades on the big off-season acquisitions. Theres plenty
of time for minds to be changed on players, but after five games of the 2012
season The Rouge looks at which off-season pickups have had the biggest early
impacts for their new teams. No doubt, the biggest acquisition ahead of the
season was Ricky Ray, who was added by the Toronto Argonauts after finishing
last in the East. Ray has been solid so far but the most important stat is the
Argos record – 3-2. Under Ray, the Argos are tied atop the East Division – and
the league – in the standings and unlike last year, they have a chance to
compete for the 100th Grey Cup later this year in Toronto. While Rays stats are
good, the Southern Ontarios other new quarterback Henry Burris has been great.
Burris, acquired from Calgary via trade, has been outstanding for the Hamilton
Tiger-Cats during their recent three-game win streak. Burris has thrown a
league-leading 15 touchdown passes compared to just three interceptions. Initial
impressions suggest the Ticats may have gone 2-2 with their big off-season
splashes. Fantuz is second on the team in both receptions (23) and receiving
yards (337) and has two touchdowns through five games. Burris and Ray were the
headliners in their respective trades, but the returning pieces have been key
early this season as well. Drew Tate entered the season as Calgarys clear cut
QB1, but the Stampeders were wise to secure a veteran like Kevin Glenn for
worst-case scenarios. Now, Tate is likely out for the year and Glenn, pressed
into action, is keeping the teams playoff and Grey Cup hopes alive. And while
Steven Jyles has certainly struggled with consistency issues, he is the pivot of
a 3-2 team tied for first in the West. A number of new Saskatchewan Roughriders
have helped the team jump out to a 3-2 start to varying levels including
offensive linemen Dominic Picard and Brendan LaBatte and defensive end Odell
Willis, who has one sack early this season. Five games into the 2012 CFL season,
the Rouge asks: What off-season acquisition has had the biggest early season
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lined an RBI single in the 10th inning and the White Sox beat the Milwaukee
Brewers 1-0 Sunday. Lance Briggs Youth Jersey . Hesjedal, who is
from Victoria, is the first Canadian to ever lead the race. Domenico Pozzovivo
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obviously enjoys Steven Stamkos offensive skills. DETROIT —Tom Wilhelmsen had
already allowed two hitters to reach base when Detroits Delmon Young hit a deep
fly to right-centre field. The ball stayed in the air for a while before
Ichiro Suzuki finally caught it. “Like two hours,” Wilhelmsen joked. “I just
looked up and saw Ichie make this grab and was like, Thank God hes out there.”
Wilhelmsen held off the Tigers in the eighth inning, and Seattle went on to a
7-4 victory over Detroit on Tuesday night. Alex Liddi had a career-high three
hits, including a solo homer, and the Mariners snapped a four-game losing
streak. Miguel Cabrera and Alex Avila homered for the Tigers, but it wasnt
enough to overcome an early 4-0 deficit. Michael Saunders drove in three runs
for Seattle. Jason Vargas (3-1) pitched six innings for the Mariners, allowing
four runs and six hits. He struck out four and walked one. Three relievers
finished, with Brandon League pitching a hitless ninth for his sixth save.
Max Scherzer (1-2) allowed five runs and 10 hits in five innings. He struck out
six and walked two. Liddis homer—his first of the season—made it 6-4 in
the seventh. The Italian-born third baseman made his debut last September and
had only one two-hit game before Tuesday. He singled in the first and fifth
before his home run. “Our team did a pretty good job putting pressure on the
pitcher,” Liddi said. “Every inning, we had somebody on base, so it was a really
good game for us.” The Mariners still led by two when Suzuki made a jumping
catch on Youngs flyball with two on in the eighth. Cabrera went to third on that
out, but Jhonny Peralta then struck out looking on a breaking ball. After a
passed ball allowed Prince Fielder to move to second as the tying run,
Wilhelmsen struck out Avila to end the inning. “One of the reasons hes in the
back side of our bullpen is because theres a lot of toughness there,” Seattlle
manager Eric Wedge said. Robbie Gould Elite Jersey. “Hes a tough
cookie out there. He competes. Hes a fighter.” Scherzer, who has been erratic so
far this season, struggled through a 25-pitch first inning, allowing an RBI
single by Jesus Montero to open the scoring. The right-hander appeared to steady
himself, fanning Saunders to end the inning and striking out the side in the
second, but the Mariners scored three in the third. Kyle Seager drove in a run
with a single, and Saunders added a two-run double. “His stuff was unbelievable,
he just couldnt control it,” Avila said. “Thats what we need to do—get him to
a point where hes got this stuff and gets into a groove. Weve seen what he can
do when he pitches like that.” Detroits Brennan Boesch hit an RBI single in the
bottom of the third, and Avila made it 4-3 with a two-run homer the following
inning—a 432-foot shot into the shrubbery over the wall just to the right of
dead centre field. Fielder was on base for that home run after hitting an
infield single. His comebacker bounced off Vargas and toward the line between
home and third, and the big Detroit slugger hustled down to first. But the
Tigers could never pull even. Miguel Olivo hit a run-scoring groundball in the
fifth for Seattle before Cabrera answered with a solo shot in the bottom of the
inning. Then Liddi restored a two-run advantage. Saunders hit an RBI double in
the ninth. NOTES: Detroit RHP Al Alburquerque (right elbow surgery) was
transferred from the 15-day to the 60-day DL. ... Opponents are hitting .475 on
balls in play off Scherzer this season, according to STATS, LLC. ... The
Mariners were playing the opener of a 10-game road trip. ... Detroit manager Jim
Leyland remained stuck on 1,598 wins, one victory shy of catching Tommy Lasorda
for 17th on the career list. ... Seattle ace Felix Hernandez (1-1) takes the
mound Wednesday night against Detroit LHP Adam Wilk (0-2). ’ ’ ’ 

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