George Springer is starting his Triple-A rehab assignment, Steven Matz tested positive for COVID-19

George Springer is almost ready to return, but the Blue Jays are taking it slowly this time around.

After missing the first month of the season due to injury, Springer returned to the Blue Jays in late April, but appeared in only four games as the designated hitter before going back on the shelf.
This time, Springer will take part in a rehab assignment with the Triple-A Thunder-Bisons as the team wants him to be ready to play centre field when he returns. Springer’s first game will be Tuesday night and the plan is for him to play five innings in centre field and build from there. Fingers crossed nothing goes wrong.
In other injury-ish news, Steven Matz has tested positive for COVID-19, though he’s apparently symptom-free. As per MLB’s COVID guidelines, Matz will need to isolate from the team for 10 days and then he’ll have to undergo tests and be deemed fit to return before he can re-join the Blue Jays.
Matz started for the Blue Jays on Saturday so he’ll miss at least one start while isolating, possibly more. His next start would be Thursday against the Yankees, so the Blue Jays will …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

3 Toronto Raptors players who must step up without Pascal Siakam

3 Toronto Raptors players who must step up without Pascal Siakam

The Toronto Raptors are hoping that a return to normalcy could help Pascal Siakam, Fred VanVleet, and the rest of the squad return to the postseason after their sabbatical in the lottery. With one fell swoop, the Raptors saw their chances of contending take a major hit thanks to Siakam’s shoulder. Siakam will miss a […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

AL East Report – June 8

The pandemic is “over” and it is the first day that you return to the office.

You wake up late as you’ve been used to hoping on Zoom calls right after waking up. You notice you haven’t done laundry in some time, so you throw on your freshest clothing. You’re about to leave when you realize that you don’t have sox, so you run upstairs and throw on one white sox and one red sox and you make the bus in time. While the analogy leaves a lot to be desired, the Jays have a Sox-filled week as they play both the White Sox and Red Sox.
This past week was another winning week as they went 3-2, yet the Blue Jays are still 6 games behind the Tampa Bay Rays for the division lead. Eventually the excuse of “it’s still early” ends and quite frankly, I believe we are already past that point as we’ve made it through a third of a season.
It is pivotal that they have a winning week as the Rays’ schedule is easy as hell. Furthermore, Boston is second in the AL East, so winning that series gives the …

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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation

BJN Radio – Ep. 18: Taking a look around the American League at the one-third mark of the season

The Blue Jays’ return to Buffalo was a success!

The team pulled off a two-game sweep of the Miami Marlins, winning the first game handily on the power of a strong start from Robbie Ray and then winning the second with a dramatic ninth-inning comeback.
There was quite a bit of good to talk about from this mini-series, such as the bullpen returning to form after a difficult few weeks and Lourdes Gurriel finally maaaaaaybe starting to heat up, but we also touched on Alek Manoah’s tough start in the second outing of his big league career and whether there’s any need for concern.
After that, we welcomed Kenny Ducey from Draft Kings to take a look around the American League at the one-third point of the season. He talked about his biggest surprises so far, gave some love to the Blue Jays and Marcus Semien, and discussed who the biggest fraud in the league is right now.
Finally, we finished up by looking at the series coming up against the Houston Astros.
You can listen to the episode here…
 

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Toronto Raptors Player of the Week: The versatile OG Anunoby

Toronto Raptors Player of the Week: The versatile OG Anunoby

As the Toronto Raptors return to normal, the only one who’s looked it has been OG Anunoby. Fred VanVleet and Kyle Lowry are on a bit of a cold streak shooting, Pascal Siakam had one good game followed by a stinker, and the rest of the team has been wallowing in the same slump that […]
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Author: Avishai Sol / Raptors HQ

Death, taxes, and the Toronto Maple Leafs blowing a 4 goal lead

The long awaited return of Joe Thornton is here! Jumbo Joe was finally back on the ice and we couldn’t be any more excited. His presence and energy is something that is simply unmatched and you know that both the team and fans were thrilled to see him back in blue.
Coming off a loss against the Montreal Canadiens, the Toronto Maple Leafs were ready to get back in action and back in the W column. As the puck dropped for the first period against the Ottawa Senators, the Leafs were speedy and had a few really good chances to start. A few shots on Marcus Hogberg but nothing to show for it, yet.
The Senators get trapped with a 3-on-2, and with a pass from Joe Thornton to Auston Matthews, the Leafs made it 1-0 just over 6 minutes into the first. Thornton is back and Matthews is still on fire, what’s new?

AUSTON MATTHEWS
Jumbo is back baby! What a pass! pic.twitter.com/TC08hB0w1R
— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) February 16, 2021

And the fun doesn’t stop there. Less than 5 minutes later the Leafs put some pressure on the Senators and with a pass from Jason Spezza …

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Author: Roxanne Khasow / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: 3 Bold predictions for the Raptors next season

Toronto Raptors: 3 Bold predictions for the Raptors next season

The Toronto Raptors are set to return to NBA action in late December, which is just around the corner and we can’t wait. With the Toronto Raptors along with the other 29 teams in the league returning to action in late December, fans are at the edge of their seats just waiting for tip-off. With […]
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Author: Joseph Zita / Raptors HQ

Prospect Roundup: Rodion rises, the call of Karjala, Ovchinnikov on fire

There is still no concrete date set for the return of NHL action, but the next big event on every hockey fan’s mind is the World Juniors which is scheduled to get underway on Christmas day. The entirety of the hockey world will be ultra focused on the annual holiday tournament as there will be no NHL games competing for viewers’ attention, and it will be a great chance for organizations and their fans to get more familiar with some of their team’s top prospects. The Canadian selection camp will get underway on November 16th, and while there are no Leafs prospects expected to factor into their plans, there are some recent Leafs draft picks representing their countries at the Karjala Cup which got underway yesterday.
Rodion Amirov – LW/RW – Salavat Yulaev Ufa (KHL)
Amirov’s role with Ufa has diminished in recent weeks, to the point where he’s been seeing minimal ice time as their 13th forward in the last few games. It doesn’t look as though that will be a problem at the Karjala Cup, where he played the second most minutes of any Russian forward in their first game yesterday. He started the …

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Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: Siakam has been the Bubble’s biggest Disappointment

The Toronto Raptors have had a successful return to play in Orlando, but the same can’t be said for Pascal Siakam who is struggling to find his form as of late. It feels as if we have seen three different versions of Pascal Siakam so far this season — and he is gradually getting less […]
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Author: Alexandro Fidanza / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Siakam has been the Bubble’s biggest dissapointment

The Toronto Raptors have had a successful return to play in Orlando, but the same can’t be said for Pascal Siakam who is struggling to find his form as of late. It feels as if we have seen three different versions of Pascal Siakam so far this season — and he is gradually getting less […]
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Author: Alexandro Fidanza / Raptors HQ