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PITTSBURGH  His flair for the dramatic on draft day is well-established. Ryan Mathews Womens Jersey . But its evident
heading into Fridays NHL draft at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh that
Brian Burke and the Leafs can veer in a number of different directions with card
in hand, each aimed at bolstering an organization yearning for its first playoff
berth post-lockout. A heavy air of unpredictability surrounds the class of 2012
making any course of action rather unsteady at the moment. Burke has the fifth
overall pick at his disposal, a selection he can wield in a variety of manners.
Keep The Pick Burke said earlier this week in Las Vegas that hed be content to
keep the fifth pick if a trade failed to materialize. Such a sentiment will
likely hinge though on the progression of the four selections previous to the
Leafs. If a player the organization covets happens to drop down further than
expected Burke may choose to keep the pick. Or he could venture down the
standard path and select the best available player, perhaps one of a number of
strong defensive prospects, a thoroughbred such as Morgan Rielly or an
all-around blueliner such as Griffin Reinhart, Mathew Dumba or Ryan Murray if he
happened to fall that far. At the very least Burke will consider utilizing the
pick to address an organizational need, an admitted first in his career. While
he wouldnt go as far as to name that position outright, its a well-known fact
that the organization lacks big, elite skill down the middle. If in the unlikely
scenario, either Alex Galchenyuk or Filip Forsberg dropped to the Leafs at
number five (unlikely, but possible), the prospect of addressing such a need
would present itself.  Trade Up or Down At last years draft Burke flipped the
30th and 39th selections for the right to select Tyler Biggs with the 22nd
overall pick. The Leafs already hold the early first round ticket this summer,
but could choose to move either up or down the ladder depending on the options
available at number five. Much again will depend on how the opening picks shake
out, an unpredictable formula with the draft drawing near. It may become clear
early on that one of the Oilers, Blue Jackets, Canadiens or Islanders are
content to move down, offering at least an opportunity to leap a few rungs to
snatch whichever player the organization happens to covet most. If on the other
hand, the player the organization desires is off the board and another similar
player is certain to be available later on, Burke could opt to move down the
ladder if ever so slightly. The class of 2012 isnt considered especially deep,
making such a scenario a strong option for a number of teams including the
Leafs. Trade Out For More Immediate Help Missing out on the playoffs for a
seventh consecutive season this past spring, the Leafs could spring for a more
immediate fix by dealing the fifth pick for proven talent. Burke and his
management team have generally steered clear of weighty financial anchors and/or
those players who have since lingered past their prime. If a deal is to be
struck in this capacity 
likely in some sort of package - it would likely have
to match both criteria; a player with a solid contract in a suitable age
bracket. A wildcard (think Roberto Luongo) always remains a possibility with a
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PETERSBURG, Fla. —Tampa Bays suddenly potent lineup is powering the Rays back
into the playoff chase. B.J. Upton and Jose Molina homered during a six-run
fifth inning and the surging Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 11-5 on Saturday
night for their fourth consecutive victory. Evan Longoria and Desmond Jennings
also connected for the Rays, who moved within 3 1/2 games of Oakland for the
second AL wild card. Tampa Bay has scored 43 runs during its winning streak. “It
seems like weve been having more fun,” Longoria said. “Thats probably the
biggest thing. Its really all about the belief that you can score runs, and we
didnt have that for a while. It seems like its back now.” The Blue Jays have
lost five in a row, including the first two of the weekend set against the Rays
to make it 17 consecutive losing series at Tampa Bay—two short of the AL
record. The New York Yankees won 19 consecutive home series against the St.
Louis Browns from 1946-51. “I can only speak to the last two years,” Toronto
manager John Farrell said. “Its an outstanding pitching staff. Weve been in some
close games here late in games where theyve hit a ball out of the ballpark or
scored some runs late. Theyre a good team.” Adam Lind drove in three runs for
Toronto, and Brett Lawrie and Rajai Davis had two hits apiece. Blue Jays
shortstop Yunel Escobar was back in the starting lineup two days after he served
a three-game suspension for wearing eye-black displaying an anti-gay slur
written in Spanish. He went 0 for 4. After Ben Francisco doubled in a run and
Ryan Roberts added an RBI single, Molina and Upton each hit a two-run shot off
Brad Lincoln as the Rays went up 11-4 in the fifth. “We have to have another
one-game winning streak (Sunday),” Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said. “Anxiety
lives in the future. Youve got to stay in the present. Youve got to focus on
today, and thats what weve been doing.” Upton has 25 homers tthis season,
including seven in his last 13 games. Eric Weddle Womens Jersey. Longoria put the
Rays ahead 4-2 with a three-run homer in the second against Brandon Morrow
(8-7), who gave up five runs and five hits in four innings. Jennings tacked on a
solo drive in the fourth for his fourth home run in 13 at-bats against Morrow.
Lind trimmed Tampa Bays lead to 5-4 with a two-run triple in the fifth. The ball
got past Jennings, who failed to make a sliding catch in left. Toronto took a
2-0 lead in the first on Edwin Encarnacions RBI single and a sacrifice fly by
Lind off Matt Moore. Moore, who had lost his four previous starts, was pulled by
Maddon after allowing two runs and three hits over 2 2-3 innings. The rookie
left-hander departed with two on and has lasted four innings or less in three
consecutive starts. “I really dont feel (fatigued),” Moore said. “Thats
definitely not the issue.” Burke Badenhop (3-2) replaced Moore and retired all
four batters he faced. Tampa Bay got on the board in the first when Francisco
walked—the Rays third free pass of the inning—with the bases loaded and
two outs. Torontos Adeiny Hechavarria had an eighth-inning RBI single. Escobar,
who was out during a three-game series against the Yankees, had a pinch-hit
single in the eighth inning of the Blue Jays 12-1 loss to the Rays on Friday
night. “Its time to get back in there,” Farrell said. “Whether hes completely
over what has taken place, I would venture to say that hes not. These are the
things that he has to deal with.” Escobar apologized and said he meant it to be
a joke. NOTES: The Rays (82-70) clinched their fifth consecutive winning season.
... Toronto general manager Alex Anthopoulos said a key off-season goal will be
to add depth to the Blue Jays rotation. “Well try and be aggressive,”
Anthopoulos said. ... Jennings reached five times on three hits and two walks.
He scored four runs. ... Davis stole his 45th base this season in the third. ’ ’
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