Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs Wizards Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for Oct. 20

Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs Wizards Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for Oct. 20

The Toronto Raptors are finally bringing an end to a wait that lasted nearly two years, as they are finally returning to Scotiabank Arena for their first regular-season home game in almost two whole years. Some of the most recent Raptors odds have them pulling off a win in this triumphant return. Toronto will take […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Injury Updates: Bo Bichette’s knee injury isn’t major, Rowdy Tellez is in concussion protocol

As we wait for Nate Pearson to take on the Trash Birds tonight, here are a couple of injury updates to fill the time…

First, there’s Rowdy Tellez, who was removed from last night’s game in favour of Brandon Drury. Obviously, you don’t really go out of your way to get a guy with a .245 OPS into the lineup in favour of a big bat, so it was pretty obvious that something was up.
It turns out that Tellez is in concussion protocol right now (I’m assuming it was that play early on when Tellez collided with an Oriole running to first and he smacked himself in the head in the process) and he’s day-to-day.
Second, Bo Bichette has been diagnosed with a Grade 1 strain of lateral collateral ligament in his right knee, which is apparently considered minor with no long-term effects. This is much, much less terrifying than the report from a couple of days ago that said the injury to Bo was “worse than expected.”
It’ll take some time for him to get back to action, but, thankfully, there isn’t supposed …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Nate Pearson will reportedly start for the Blue Jays on Wednesday

The wait is almost over.

According to Jamie Campbell, the Blue Jays are planning to start Nate Pearson on Wednesday in Washington against the Nationals.

#BlueJays plan to start Nate Pearson on Wednesday in Washington, per source.
— Jamie Campbell (@SNETCampbell) July 27, 2020

We always knew that Pearson would make his Major League debut at some point this season, the question was simply when it would happen. Pearson’s service time will have been adequately manipulated by Wednesday, so the Blue Jays will gain an extra year of control before he can hit free agency well down the road.
Adding Pearson to the rotation should be a huge boost for the team. Though we should always keep our expectations for rookies at a realistic level, Pearson was absolutely dominant in spring training and realistically could hit the ground running and immediately become a top-of-the-rotation option for the Blue Jays.
Also, having Pearson in the rotation (along with Hyun Jin Ryu, Matt Shoemaker, Trent Thornton, and Tanner Roark) will allow the Jays to use Thomas Hatch and/or Anthony Kay as a reliever, which will give Charlie Montoyo some much-needed depth out of the ‘pen.
Pearson is currently on the …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Father’s Day gifts for the Toronto Raptors fan

Father’s Day is nearly here. Don’t wait until the last possible moment to get dad something awesome. Instead, get him a Toronto Raptors gift. Father’s Day is June 21. It’s time to celebrate dad for being… well, dad. For all the tidbits of knowledge given, for all the time spent… it’s time to say thanks. […]
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Author: Nathan Cunningham / Raptors HQ

Grapefruit Notes: Nate Pearson was at it again!

I usually wait for a few days so that I can round up two or three of these games into a more worthwhile post, but Nate Pearson changed everything.

Things worth mentioning…
The Blue Jays ended up taking their second loss of the spring on Sunday afternoon in Bradenton to the Pirates by a scored of 13-8, but only two of those seven innings really mattered.
Nate Pearson made his second start of the spring and he was just as insanely good as he was last week when he dazzled during his debut. Pearson, who struck out the side in his debut, threw two innings in relief on Sunday, going six up, six down while collecting three strikeouts. He hit 100 miles-per-hour on the gun and made 2019 All-Star Josh Bell look silly with his high heat.

It’s March 1st and Nate Pearson’s already out here throwing pitches like this. pic.twitter.com/h97roPMMbH
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) March 1, 2020

So, though two outings, it’s nine up, nine down with six strikeouts for Pearson. That’s two-thirds of the guys he’s faced ending up with a strikeout. Two. Thirds. Good lord. I don’t know if …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Sandin loaned to the World Juniors

While we wait on the news for Tyson Barrie’s status, we do seem to have other defense related news, as Rasmus Sandin has been loaned to the World Juniors to play for Sweden.

Defenceman Rasmus Sandin has been loaned to Team Sweden for the 2020 World Junior Championship.#LeafsForever pic.twitter.com/AEfj5HFBVF
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) December 15, 2019

This comes amidst another excellent season for Sandin on the Toronto Marlies, where he has 12 points in 18 games for the Leafs AHL club.
There was some speculation about whether or not he would be sent to the World Juniors with the recent injury to Tyson Barrie, and maybe even be called up to the Leafs, but that would then require either him or Travis Dermott to play on their off side, and the less they have to do that, the better. It seems like Martin Marincin will probably draw in instead if necessary, since he has more experience on his off side.
Going to the World Juniors will allow Sandin to give a chance to play top minutes for his home country and potentially dominate, and maybe pave the way for an NHL call-up afterwards. He had four points …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

Looks like we have a roster for the first preseason game

Guess we won’t have to wait too long to see Mitch Marner back in a Leafs uniform…

Mike Babcock said this will be #Leafs game group tomorrow in St. John’s vs Ottawa. They apparently won the team fitness testing. pic.twitter.com/ZuTngpG0Iw
— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) September 16, 2019
YAY!!! Players!!!
This roster also provides us with a number of interesting first looks, as Tyson Barrie, Jason Spezza, Jordan Schmaltz, and Kevin Gravel will all make their Leafs debuts. I’m willing to hear debate on how interesting some of those debuts maybe, but Barrie and Spezza are worth the price of admission.
It will also be interesting to see how far some prospects who are challenging for spots on the Leafs are fairing as the game includes Adam Brooks, Mason Marchment, Egor Korshkov, Jeremy Bracco, and Pierre Engvall. Seeing up and comers like Duszak and Lindgren should be interesting as well. Hell we’re so starved for hockey this point I’m not sure I’d complain if the game turns into the Nicholas Baptiste show and we’re watching Marlies for 2/3rds of the game. HOCKEY IS BACK!!!
It also looks like we have something resembling …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Leafs sign Marner to 6-year, $65.36-million contract

The wait is over. Both sides have agreed to a contract and everyone can now enjoy the game itself. The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed winger Mitch Marner to a six-year contract that will carry a cap hit of $10.893-million.

Marner 6 years in TOR. Done
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) September 13, 2019

AAV 10.893
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) September 13, 2019

Marner will remain on the team he grew up cheering for, for the next six years and most likely beyond. He will be an Unrestricted Free Agent after this contract expires, but the six years buys a total of two of those precious UFA years.
Coming off a year where he led the team in scoring with 94 points, he will be able to try again for the title this upcoming season with a full 82 games.
The winger now has the seventh-highest cap hit among all active NHL players, but the third on the Leafs — with Tavares ($11-million AAV) and Matthews ($11.634-million AAV) coming above Marner.
With this signing, the Leafs will have to maneuver around the cap ceiling in preparation for the season to start on Oct. 2. Because of the trade this summer to acquire the contract of David Clarkson and Nathan Horton already existing on …

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Author: Thomas Williams / The Leafs Nation