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TORONTO —David Ortiz and Adrian Gonzalez each drove in two runs and
Clay Buchholz pitched eight strong innings Friday as the Boston Red Sox defeated
the Toronto Blue Jays 7-2. Heath Miller Jersey . Buchholz (5-2) held the
Blue Jays to six hits and two runs on solo homers by Yunel Escobar and
David Cooper while striking out seven. Toronto starter Henderson Alvarez (3-5)
allowed eight hits, including a home run by Ortiz, one walk and four runs in 6
1-3 innings, despite taking a hard drive off his left leg in the fifth inning.
The win in the opener of a three-game series gave the Red Sox (27-25) their 15th
win in their past 21 outings. It also ended the Blue Jays (27-25) three-game
winning streak, leaving the teams tied at the bottom of the American League
East. Ortiz led off the second with his 13th homer of the season in 10-pitch
at-bat. Boston took a 2-0 lead in the third on Daniel Navas double, his first of
three doubles in a four-hit game, and a single by Gonzalez. The Blue Jays got
one back with two out in the third on Escobars third home run of the season.
There was a scary moment for Toronto in the fifth when Alvarez was hit on the
left leg by a drive hit by Mike Aviles leading off the inning. Alvarez threw his
glove to the ground before hobbling around and going to the turf. But after
being attended to by the Blue Jays trainer, the second-year starter finished the
inning with two ground balls to second, the first leading to a double play.
Another Toronto starter, Brandon Morrow, was hit by a batted ball on Wednesday
and was forced from the game with a bruised right shin. He could not put weight
on the foot as he left the game but could make his next start. The Red Sox
loaded the bases with none out in the sixth on a single by Nava, a double by
Gonzalez and a walk to Ortiz. Jarrod Saltalamacchias grounder to first forced
Gonzalez at second, allowing Nava to score. Alvarez limited the damage by
inducing a double play grounder from Will Middlebrooks. The Red Sox took a 4-1
lead in the seventh after Ryan Sweeneys leadoff double. Left-hander Luis Perez
replaced Alvarez with one out. A groundout put Sweeney at third and he scored on
a Scott Podsednik infield single. Nava then doubled Podsednik home before
scoring on a single by Gonzalez, who advanced to second on the throw. Ortiz
singled Gonzalez home on a line drive to right to make it 7-1 but the Red Sox
designated hitter was thrown out after making the turn to second. Cooper,
playing his seventh game since being called up from triple-A Las Vegas hit his
first homer with two out in the seventh. Notes: Attendance at Rogers Centre was
29,678. ... Vladimir Guerrero will join triple-A Las Vegas on Saturday after
hitting .450 with four home runs and eight RBIs with the Jays single-A team in
Dunedin, Fla. He will work in left field as well as play DH with Las Vegas. ...
Boston gave third baseman Kevin Youkilis a planned day off on Friday. ... Blue
Jays centre-fielder Colby Rasmus extended his hitting string to his season-best
eight games with a single in the fourth. ... Boston second baseman
Dustin Pedroia remained out of the lineup after coming out of Mondays game if
the fifth inning with a jammed right thumb. ... Kyle Drabek (4-5, 4.55
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walked a pair of batters with the bases loaded and two outs in the ninth inning,
then gave up a two-run double to Martin Prado that put the potential tying run
on third and the go-ahead run on second.The Toronto Rock are the beneficiaries
for the second year in a row of an upset elimination of the Calgary Roughnecks
from the National Lacrosse League playoffs. Toronto was seeded behind Calgary,
but has home floor for the Champions Cup falling into its lap after the Rock
dispatched Buffalo and the Roughnecks were upset by Edmonton in the first round.
Standing in the way are the Rochester Knighthawks, wholl trot into Toronto for
the East final Saturday night after knocking off Philadelphia. One year ago
Toronto was back of the seeding line but got home floor for the title game after
going into Buffalo and beating regular-season leader Buffalo in the East
Division final. Then they lucked out with top overall seed Calgary losing the
West final to Washington. The Rock then won the championship at home. This year,
Toronto swept Rochester 3-0 during the regular season, but Colin Doyle made sure
to downplay expectations before reporters could ask about the record.
“Everything goes out the window before you ask,” he said. “Weve had their number
as of late but this is obviously a team that has changed since we played them
last. “They are playing with confidence. Theyre doing something right because
theyre beating some good teams. Well stick with what we do, grind it out and
focus on what we do best and the results take care of themselves.” Toronto has
won its last three games and is 6-1 since installing Nick Rose as No. 1
goaltender. Rochester has won its last two and has two-time NLL goalie of the
year Matt Vinc, who was in the nets for Canada when it won the world indoor
championship in Prague last May. “I know theyre a great team and theyre proven
that over the years,” said Knighthawks captain Pat McCready. “Theyve had a great
history and theyve carried that on.” As for the mood of his team, McCready
offers up one word: expectant. “Were a young team and we know we have to go in
and play a really disciplined and hard game and not make any mistakes to have a
chance to win,” he said. “We have to win all the little battles including loose
balls and running to the bench. “We have to stay very disciplined, keep the
penalties to a minimum and, overall, just work hard.” Rochester would love to
make amends for a 10-8 loss in Toronto in a first-round 2011 playoff game and go
on to its first championship game appearance since winning in 2007, while
Torontos players are trying to be the first to win consecutive NLL titles since
the 2002-2003 Rock. Meanwhile, the Edmonton Rush will be in St. Paul for the
West final Saturday night against the Minnesota Swarm, who advanced by
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twice during the regular season, with each team winning at home in overtime and
scoring 18 goals apiece. Theyve never met in playoffs previously, and neither
team has won an NLL title. Rookies comprise one half of the Minnesota lineup,
and getting this far after so many roster changes earned John Arlotta the NLL
award for GM of the year and Joe Sullivan the coach of the year honour. “I know
theyre on a roll,” said Rush transition player Steve Toll. “Theyre a young team
that works very hard. Were just going to have to outwork them.” Edmonton had the
poorest regular-season record (610) of any of the eight playoff hopefuls and
knocking off No. 1 overall seed Calgary buoys confidence. The Rush have won five
of their last eight games—a turnaround that coincided with the signing of
Toll. “The key to winning (the division final) is not to allow Minnesota to go
on runs,” he said. “Hopefully, well get a couple of goals early and take the
crowd out of it. “Well have to limit our mistakes and capitalize on their
mistakes. I like our chances.” Rush goalie Aaron Bold has been among league
leaders in goals-against average and save percentage all year. “Aaron prepares
for games so well, physically and mentally,” said Rush forward Shawn Williams.
“Hes reaping the rewards for his work ethic. Hes making the big saves when we
need him to make them.” Minnesota has had success rotating Evan Kirk and Tyler
Carlson, a pair of rookies who have been superb in net. Its Carlsons turn to
play this weekend but Kirk was so good last Saturday in Denver that coach Joe
Sullivan has a tough decision to make. “We have the utmost confidence in both,”
said Swarm captain Andrew Suitor. “They both play like starters and seasoned
vets. Well have his back, whoever it is.” Williams watched Suitor play junior in
Orangeville, Ontario, and is full of praise of the Swarm captain. “Hes a great
leader and hes brought his passion to the boys in Minnesota,” says Williams.
“Theyre all on side with him.” Suitor was asked to describe the mood of his
team. “Were definitely committed,” he said. “I know we have to stick to our game
plan and give Edmonton the utmost respect. These are two hot teams about to go
at it. Were trying to keep level-headed. We dont want to let this opportunity
slip away. “We need to play a balanced game with a lot of transition and we have
to capitalize on our opportunities.” There has never been an all-Canadian NLL
final. ’ ’ ’ 

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