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Dec 2, 2012 8:33pm
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TORONTO —When it rains, it pours. Joe
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. The Rogers Centre roof was having difficulty
closing on Tuesday but the Toronto Blue Jays had even more trouble with the
surging Baltimore Orioles who pounded out a 12-0 victory. Blue Jays starter
Carlos Villanueva was getting his cleats muddied in the middle innings as the
retractable roof could not close as quickly as usual and Baltimore racked up
seven runs during the fifth, sixth and seventh innings. “I can say a million
things about what happened out there with the roof and everything,” said
Villanueva who gave up seven hits and six runs in 6 2-3 innings. “Yet the fact
of the matter is it happened. “I dont know if it got stuck or whatever happened.
We were definitely not prepared for that. It was a tough inning. My cleats were
muddy.” The Orioles (76-59) moved into a first-place tie with the New York
Yankees in the American League East. The Yankees lost 5-2 at Tampa Bay on
Tuesday. The struggling Blue Jays (60-75) are fifth. The rain was worst in the
sixth when Villanueva (7-5) allowed only one run. He had given up a three-run
homer in the fifth to Mark Reynolds who had four RBIs in the game as the Orioles
outhit the Blue Jays 18-4. Villanuevas downfall came in the seventh when the
Orioles scored three runs against him and left-handed reliever Aaron Loup. By
then the rain wasnt a factor and neither were the Blue Jays. Orioles left-hander
Zach Britton (5-1) held the Blue Jays to four hits and two walks, one
intentional, while striking out eight in seven innings. Also, at one stage a
fire alarm went off but an announcement was made that there was no problem.
“There was actually a point when it wasnt raining on the mound but it was
raining behind the plate,” Britton said. “I was laughing at them because they
had to wear it and I didnt. “Its a little bit of an adjustment because you dont
expect it but once it closed it up it was fine.” The grounds crew did take a
couple of minutes to work over the mound but it was not considered an official
delay. “They did a great job (of working on the mound),” Britton said. Blue Jays
manager John Farrell quickly dismissed the rain as being a factor. “I cant say
some light drizzle…we face those conditions in many places,” Farrell said.
Villanueva agreed with Farrell. “It happened, they dealt with it, too, and came
out fine,” Villanueva said. “It was definitely surprising, looking up just
waiting for that last bit to close and then the alarm went off. “It was a very
adventurous couple of innings. Its unfortunate but it happened.” Villanueva was
asked if he had considered asking for time and getting one of the trainers to
bring him a tongue depressor to clean out his cleats, a time-honoured method of
dealing with such conditions. “They used to but I guess everybody was just
shocked that it was happening,” Villanueva said. “In the end I ended up getting
out of that inning,” The game started with the roof close and it was opened in
the second inning. “I dont even know why they opened it in the first place,”
Reynolds said. “It was raining outside all day. I never had a rainout in a dome
and I played in Arizona for five years. The worst part was it was right over our
dugout and our batting gloves and helmets were getting wet.” The score was 0-0
through four innings and Adam Jones opened the fifth with a double into the
right-field corner. Matt Wieters flied out to right and Jones tagged at second.
Shortstop Yunel Escobar jumped to cut off the throw from Moises Sierra but
neglected to make the tag as Jones got back. Chris Davis walked. Reynolds hit
his 17th homer of the season to left field to put the Orioles into a 3-0 lead.
Nick Markakis led off with a single in the sixth, took third on a double by
J.J. Hardy and scored on a sacrifice fly to centre by Nate McLouth. Davis opened
the seventh with a single, moved to third on a double by Manny Machado and came
home on Robert Andinos sacrifice fly to left. Loup replaced Villanueva and
immediately balked in the sixth run of the game. Markakis doubled and scored on
a single by Hardy. Jones and Wieters led off the five-run eighth with singles
and Davis knocked in one run with a double. Chad Beck replaced Loup and gave up
run-scoring singles to Reynolds and Machado. Markakis doubled with one out to
score a run. Hardy reached first on Becks error and McLouth singled in a run.
The Orioles have won 21 of their past 29 game to catch the Yankees. “Weve got
too many bridges to cross, too many things to do, to accomplish the goal
everybody had coming out of spring training,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter
said. “Were trying to stay in the moment, stay in whats important and keep a
grip on reality.” Notes: Some of the announced crowd of 13,556 at Rogers Centre
used umbrellas or scurried for cover when the rain came in the sixth and an
announcement was made that technical difficulties the roof closed more slowly
than usual … Outfielder Anthony Gose and right-handed reliever Beck joined the
Blue Jays Tuesday as call-ups from triple-A Las Vegas. ...Catcher J.P. Arencibia
(fractured right hand) was 0-for-4 with a walk playing while behind the plate
for Dunedin in the single-A teams 1-0 playoff loss to Lakeland on Tuesday on his
rehabilitation assignment. ...Brandon Morrow (8-5, 2.93 earned-run average) will
start Wednesdays series finale for the Blue Jays against Miguel Gonzalez (6-3,
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. McCoy started at second base for Saturdays game against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Nix played second base in Fridays 6-4, 11-inning win over the Rays but came out
of the game in the second inning after Sean Rodriguez slid into him in breaking
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inch. Mark Reynolds two-run single in the eighth inning backed a strong
performance from Wei-Yin Chen and rallied the Baltimore Orioles to a 4-3 victory
over the Minnesota Twins on Thursday. The Orioles had failed several times
earlier in the game with runners in scoring position, but Reynolds was able to
reach out and bloop a single just in front of centre fielder Denard Span to put
the Orioles ahead. LOS ANGELES —Antawn Jamison is joining up with Kobe Bryant
and Steve Nash to chase a championship with the Los Angeles Lakers. Jamison will
sign a one-year deal with the Lakers, a person with direct knowledge of the
decision told The Associated Press on Wednesday. The person spoke on condition
of anonymity because the Lakers hadnt announced the move. The 36-year-old
forward will sign for the veterans minimum salary, likely bolstering the Lakers
woeful bench with scoring and veteran leadership while pursuing the first
championship ring in a career largely spent as the best player on bad teams. He
wont have that problem with the Lakers, who will have Bryant and newcomer Nash
in their backcourt flanked by two elite 7-footers—although their identities
will depend on whether Los Angeles apparent efforts to land Dwight Howard are
successful. Jamison also will be reunited with coach Mike Brown, who was in
charge of the Cavaliers when Jamison was traded to Cleveland during the 2009-10
season. Jamison had several suitors for his services, including his hometown
Charlotte Bobcats, the Brooklyn Nets and the Golden State Warriors, his employer
for his first five NBA seasons. For a player who has never advanced past the
second round of the playoffs in 14 NBA seasons, the Lakers chance to contend
apparently was too enticing to Jamison. The Lakers are the fifth NBA team for
Jamison, who averaged 17.2 points and 6.3 rebounds for an awful Cavs team last
season despite shooting a career-low 40.3 per cent. He is averaging an
impressive 19.5 points per game in his career, never scoring fewer than 14.8
points per game since his rookie season with Golden State in 1999. Jamison could
be a huge upgrade to the Lakers bench, which repeatedly struggled to holld leads
last season when the starters sat down. Ed
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just 7.8 points per game, and Los Angeles had the NBAs lowest-scoring bench with
just 20.5 points per game. Jamison has been a reserve just once in his career,
but he was good at it: During his only season with the Dallas Mavericks in
2003-04, he was selected the NBAs Sixth Man of the Year while playing alongside
Nash. Metta World Peace is likely to be the Lakers starting small forward,
although Brown brought World Peace off the bench early last year. Jamison could
back up World Peace and Pau Gasol in a job that would resemble Lamar Odoms
responsibilities for the Lakers last championship team in 2010. Jamison
generates his steady scoring from an arsenal of herky-jerky, off-balance shots,
including an impressive ability to shoot underhanded. Hes also a remarkably
consistent 3-point shooter—hitting between 34 and 35 per cent of his attempts
in each of the past five seasons—joining a team that needs perimeter scoring.
Bryant knows all about Jamisons unique skills: They were Pacific Division rivals
early in their careers, and they engaged in one of the most scintillating
scoring duels in NBA history on Dec. 6, 2000, in Oakland. Jamison and Bryant
scored 51 points apiece—Bryants career high at the time—as Golden State
beat the Lakers in overtime. Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak hasnt
commented on the clubs interest level in Howard, speaking instead about his
interest in supplementing his addition of Nash with a handful of veteran bench
players. The Lakers will be well over the luxury-tax threshold, forcing Kupchak
to seek out new additions willing to put team success ahead of financial
rewards. ’ ’ ’ 

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