Toronto Raptors: Can the Lakers still end up landing Kyle Lowry?

Toronto Raptors: Can the Lakers still end up landing Kyle Lowry?

LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and the rest of the Los Angeles Lakers may have suffered a setback this year in their quest for championships and glory, but that doesn’t make them any less likely to fight again for a stronger roster and another crack at a deep playoff run. Might Toronto Raptors legend Kyle Lowry […]
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Author: Avishai Sol / Raptors HQ

Hockey community rallying around 15 year old with serious injury

Anthony MacDonald is a 15 year old hockey player from Nova Scotia who suffered an unfortunate and very severe head injury on the ice earlier this week. Anthony happens to be the son of a friend of mine, so this is personal to me and to The Leafs Nation team. The outpouring of support so from the hockey community has been overwhelming and heartwarming. The GoFundMe page has been shared by hundreds of people, including some prominent members of the hockey world such as Bob McKenzie, Pierre LeBrun, and David Amber.

Anthony is a young hockey player who needs our help. If you’re able to, click on the link below. Our thoughts are with Anthony and his family. https://t.co/WMRpw3V3Pt
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) November 12, 2020

Anthony is currently being cared for by the incredible doctors and nurses at the IWK in Halifax, but his family is sure to incur many unexpected expenses during his recovery and the days ahead, which is the last thing they should have to be concerned with at this time. I, along with Anthony’s loved ones, would greatly appreciate any support you might be able to provide in this very difficult time. …

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Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation

The Pirates have claimed Anthony Alford off of waivers

When the Blue Jays designated Anthony Alford for assignment last week, it was pretty obvious that somebody was going to claim him.

While Alford hasn’t been able to find his groove at the Major League level, he still boasts an incredible set of talent and athleticism, and he’s certainly worth a shot to a team in a rebuilding phase. Like, say, the Pittsburgh Pirates!
And that’s exactly where Alford is headed.

No surprise here but Anthony Alford has been claimed on waivers. He’s going to Pittsburgh. #BlueJays
— Gregor Chisholm (@GregorChisholm) August 27, 2020

Another thing to consider here is that Pirates general manager Ben Cherington, who worked in the Blue Jays’ front office over the past few years, knows Alford well.
He’ll surely get the chance to show what he can do with the Pirates that he never got with the Blue Jays. It’s a shame things didn’t work out for him here, but I’d love to see the guy do well. This should be a great opportunity for him.

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Dr. Fauci discusses possibility of sports returning

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a key figure in the United States’ battle against the COVID-19 pandemic, appeared on Snapchat’s Good Luck America program to discuss a handful of disease-related topics, including whether or not professional sports could return to action any time soon.

The question was specifically aimed at whether or not Major League Baseball would be able to get its season rolling during the summer and whether the NFL and college football would be able to operate in the fall. According to Dr. Fauci, the return of sports is possible, but it would require some strict guidelines.
“There’s a way of doing that,” Fauci told Snapchat’s Peter Hamby. “Nobody comes to the stadium. Put [the players] in big hotels, wherever you want to play, keep them very well surveilled. … Have them tested every single week and make sure they don’t wind up infecting each other or their family, and just let them play the season out.”
It’s become very clear at this point that if sports do return, …

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Author: Cam Lewis / The Leafs Nation

Anthony Alford is running out of time

Anthony Alford’s spring training — and, ultimately his pursuit of grabbing the roster spot that everybody wanted him to grab — got off to a bang.

He was going to steal that spot on the 26-man roster. That quite literally was the narrative, as Alford swiped three bags in his Grapefruit League debut back in late February, sending Blue Jays fans into a frenzy about what the year had in store. But since then? There hasn’t much much to write home about for the enigmatic former top prospect.
Alford, as we know, is out of option this year. It’s a make or break spring. Either he makes the team or he’s exposed to waivers. On the bright side, if he keeps playing like this, maybe waivers won’t even be an issue. For all the wrong reasons, of course.
As I said earlier, everybody is rooting for Alford. Whether it’s fans, media, or the team’s staff, Alford is somebody who people want to see succeed. I mean, obviously you want top prospects to make good on their potential and become successful players who make the …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

‘I’m excited to be somewhere I’m wanted’: How Anthony Bass thrived in Japan, and came back stronger than ever

For years, Anthony Bass believed that Major League Baseball players going to play in Japan signalled the end of their careers in North America. He, like many other scribes and athletes, thought that foreign baseball was easier and less demanding than its North American equivalent. 
Now, he regards Japanese professional baseball as a vastly different, not lesser, challenge for players everywhere. 
“A lot of people don’t realize how talented the players are in Japan,” he told Blue Jays Nation. “There were so many players I played against that could’ve easily played professional ball here.”
In the fall of 2015, the Texas Rangers traded him to the Seattle Mariners, who in turn tendered him a contract not long after. That winter, the Mariners signed three relievers — Steve Cishek, Blake Parker, and Donn Roach — leaving him on the outside looking in. 
Even though he was committed to the Mariners, Japanese teams had been interested in him all winter, checking in at various points throughout the offseason. Conversations between his agent and Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) clubs really started to pick up near the end of December, leading Bass to ask for his release to sign with the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters. 
With …

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Author: Hayden Godfrey / Blue Jays Nation

Yankees at Blue Jays 09/13/19 – Odds and MLB Betting Trends

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September promotee Anthony Kay will try to maintain a totals trend for the Toronto Blue Jays while making his second major-league start against his hometown team.
The Blue Jays are the +170 home underdog (bet $100 to win $170) while the New York Yankees are the -200 away favourite (bet $200 to win $100) with a 10.5-run total on the MLB odds for Friday at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
Yankees at Blue Jays | OddsShark Matchup Report
The Blue Jays are 7-8 this season as a home underdog of +150 or more on the moneyline, according to the OddsShark MLB Database, with the total going UNDER in nine of those 15 matchups. The Yankees, on the other hand, have been merciless when they go past the -180 mark in minus money, fashioning a 17-3 record in their last 20 matchups with the OVER hitting 15 times. But the longer-spanning trend has seen the total go UNDER in 13 of the Yankees’ last 17 games against the Blue Jays as away favourites.
Kay (0-0, 3.18 ERA, 12.7 strikeouts per nine innings in one MLB start), a lefthander who was part of the return in the Marcus Stroman trade on July 28, is slated to make his home debut for the …

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Author: Nation World HQ / Blue Jays Nation

Anthony Alford is running out of runway with the Blue Jays

There’s no way to substantiate this, but Anthony Alford might have the MLB record for burning through three options with the least amount of service time. Believe it or not, the Blue Jays outfielder is on his third option year, having played only 22 games at the major league level since 2017.
At age 25, Alford’s barely gotten his feet wet with the Blue Jays and yet they need to decide this offseason whether he’s worth keeping on the 40-man roster, or if it’s time to sever ties with their multi-talented outfielder.
For a frame of reference, Alford was drafted the same year as Marcus Stroman and Ryan Borucki. Stroman has come and gone, Borucki had a promising rookie campaign in 2018, but Alford never established himself like others from the 2012 draft.
Alford’s narrative is similar to Dalton Pompey’s; a promising young prospect with all the tools to play centre field for the Blue Jays, whose career was mired by injuries. With Alford, a broken hamate bone, a serious concussion and a hamstring injury derailed his development.
Finally healthy again this year, Alford’s getting a look in the outfield as one of the Blue Jays’ select few …

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Author: Ian Hunter / Blue Jays Nation