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TORONTO —Edwin Encarnacions time with the Toronto Blue Jays appeared to be
over after a rough 2010 season that saw him demoted to triple-A and ultimately
put on waivers. Maurice Jones-Drew Authentic Jersey . Two
years later, Encarnacion is one of the Blue Jays most potent weapons in a lineup
loaded with offensive potential. And now there is no more uncertainty concerning
his immediate future. The Blue Jays rewarded Encarnacion for his dramatic
turnaround Thursday, signing the first baseman to a three-year deal worth US$27
million with a $10-million club option for the 2016 season. “Im very happy to be
part of this organization for the next three years,” Encarnacion said at a news
conference. “Thats why I signed to stay here. I love this country, I love
Toronto and I love the fans.” The 29-year-old native of La Romana, Dominican
Republic is having a breakout offensive year for the Blue Jays. He is currently
batting .295 with 23 home runs and 58 RBIs. He is currently tied for fourth in
the American League in home runs, fifth in slugging percentage (.595) and
seventh in RBIs. “Weve really seen him grow as a player, grow as someone who
quietly leads in the clubhouse as well thats very well-respected,” said Blue
Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos. “The abilitys always been there. I think
it finally started to show at the end of last year and currently now.” Things
have not always been smooth for Encarnacion though his eight-year career.
Originally a member of the Reds, Encarnacion arrived in Toronto as part of the
trade that sent third baseman Scott Rolen to Cincinnati on July 31, 2009. He
struggled at the start of the 2010 season, and after a particularly
disappointing West Coast road trip he was placed on outright waivers on June 20.
He cleared waivers because of his $5-million contract and was sent to Triple-A
Las Vegas. He ended up finishing the 2010 season with the Blue Jays, but was
waived in the off-season and claimed by Oakland. When the As didnt offer him a
contract, he returned to the Blue Jays as a free agent. Its been a winning
relationship ever since. “This game is not easy, it has its ups and downs,”
Encarnacion said. “They sent me down, I passed waivers, but thats part of this
game. ... Thats why you always have to keep your head up, keep working hard and
dont worry about (what you cant control).” Anthopoulos said Encarnacion
impressed the Blue Jays with his positive response to adversity. “I remember
when he went down (to triple-A) he had a guaranteed contract and (I thought) hes
probably going to be upset. The reports we got back from the staff in Las Vegas
were unbelievable,” Anthopoulos said. “Its rare. he could have sat there and
said Woe is me,” he could have put his head down, but he kept fighting.”
Anthopoulos said he doesnt like working on contract extensions during the season
because they can be distracting, but said the all-star break proved the
opportune time to sign Encarnacion before the trade deadline and silence any
rumours that the Blue Jays might be interested in shopping him around.
Encarnacion said he wanted to sign the three-year deal to provide stability for
his family rather than face the uncertainty of off-season free agency. He also
welcomed the opportunity to continue playing with his “best friend,” Blue Jays
star Jose Bautista. “When I started talking about my contract, I asked
(Bautista) and he loved for me to stay here with him, because hes going to be
here for four or five years,” Encarnacion said. The Blue Jays also selected the
contract of left-handed pitcher Aaron Loup and placed left-hander Luis Perez on
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eliminated in the first round of the playoffs for a second straight season after
winning the Stanley Cup in 2010. Quenneville met with general manager Stan
Bowman after the season ended with a six-game, opening-round playoff loss to the
Coyotes and was given the opportunity to make coaching changes, if necessary. Blaine Gabbert Authentic Jersey .15 metres.
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.A. Dickey wasnt feeling it Saturday. Maurice Jones-Drew Elite Jersey . He just
wasnt intimidated. Anderson made 37 saves, Chris Stewart had a goal and an
assist and the Colorado Avalanche hung on to beat the New Jersey Devils 3-1 on
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taking up residence in the RBC Canadian Open record book.LAKE LOUISE, Alta. —
Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway won the season-opening World Cup mens downhill at
Lake Louise, while Canadian Erik Guay finished sixth. Svindals time on the
Olympic course was one minute 48.31 seconds. Austrias Max Franz was second in
1:48.95. His teammate Klauss Kroell and Marco Sullivan of the U. Maurice Jones-Drew Womens Jersey. S., tied
for third with identical times of 1:48.97. Guay, from Mont-Tremblant, Que.,
posted a time of 1:49.48. The mens super-G race is Sunday. Svindal won that race
last year and is looking to make it two in a row. ’ ’ ’ 

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