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Orioles 5 Blue Jays 6

That ninth inning? Wow.

After giving up a go ahead run in the top of the inning, we start off the bottom of the inning with a Joe Panik walk (on a full count). We thought Daniel Vogelbach (sp?) was going to come in to pinch-hit, but no Reese McGuire put down a perfect sac bunt. I’m not a fan of the play but it worked. Then Charlie put in pinch-runner Santiago Espinal. Why after the bunt and not before I truly don’t understand. Tying run on second, Cavan Biggio popped up. The Orioles pitched around Randal Grichuk (smart move) putting the winning run on. Then Travis Shaw walked on a full count pitch. Ball four wasn’t off the plate by much. Next, on a 1-2 pitch Teoscar Hernandez drove a ball through the infield, Espinal scored and Grichuk beat the throw home to win the game.

The Orioles got the go ahead run on a infield single in the top of the inning. I’m not sure if a better shortstop would have been able to make a play on it. With runners on the corner Jose Iglesias ground one softly, just past pitcher Anthony Bass, just to the left of second base, Joe Panik got to the ball and had the runner at first hadn’t been going on the pitch, it would have been an easy out at second. But the throw to first wasn’t close and the runner from third scored.

Before that?

Well, if you were to ignore two home runs from Ryan Mountcastle, it wouldn’t have been a bad day for Tanner Roark (this is where the Titanic joke goes). Roark went 5 innings plus three batters. And the ‘plus three batters was the bat part. He gave up a solo homer to Mountcastle in the second inning. And then, in that sixth inning, Renato Nunez started it with a double, Pedro Severino singled and Mountcaste homered again. A 3-1 lead became 4-3 for the other guys.

Roark pitched in trouble a fair bit, he gave up 8 hits, 2 walks, 5 strikeouts, for those earned runs.

Anthony Kay came in a gave up a triple to the first guy he faced, but got out of it without the run scoring, in part because of a squeeze bunt that missed.

Sean Reid-Foley threw 2 scoreless inning, allowing 1 hit, with 2 strikeouts. Relief seems to agree with him.

Anthony Bass had the ninth inning. Single, sac bunt, ground out (moving the runner to third) and then the infield single. Bass gets the win.


We only had 7 hits on the day, but took 7 walks. Orioles starter Jorge Lopez was pretty good, until we got 2 runs in the fifth.

We scored:

1 in the fourth: Grichuk doubled. After a Shaw walk, Vladimir Gurrero singled Grichuk home.

2 in the fifth: Lourdes Gurriel and Panik started the inning with walks. McGuire bunted them to second and third. Biggio singled home one and Randal hit a sac fly bringing home the other.

1 in the eighth: With two out, Teoscar singled, Vlad walked and Rowdy Tellez singled home Teoscar.

And then the rather amazing bottom of the ninth.

Jays of the Day: Teoscar (.638 WPA), Tellez (.209), Panik (.132 for the 2 walks), Vlad (.119) and Reid-Foley (.119).

Suckage: Bass (-.283), Roark (-.249), Biggio (-.135) and Gurriel (-.113). They have McGuire at -.110 but that’s mostly off the sac bunts and I can’t give him the award for doing what he was told to do. But, he has to stop the throwing from his knees stuff).

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Senators part ways with cherished veterans Anderson, Borowiecki – Sportsnet.ca

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As the Ottawa Senators prepare to welcome young additions from the 2020 NHL Draft, they say goodbye to two cherished veterans.

In a Zoom call with reporters, general manager Pierre Dorion confirmed what has long been suspected: the Senators are moving on from venerable goaltender Craig Anderson and the team’s hard-nosed defenceman, Mark Borowiecki. Both are expected to pursue free agency on Oct. 9.

Anderson, 39, was not offered a contract. Borowiecki, 31, a player Dorion once said he wanted to make a “Senator for life,” is leaving on his own terms. Dorion saluted them both on the way out the door.

“Craig should be given so much credit — it was one of the best trades (the late GM) Bryan Murray made,” Dorion said. “He’s the winningest goalie in this organization’s history, and I will go on the record as saying he’s the best performing goalie in this organization. The best goalie we’ve ever had.

“But it’s time for us to take another direction. And we thank him for everything he did.”

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Anderson, who came to Ottawa in 2011 in a trade with Colorado for Brian Elliott, quite likely saved Murray from getting fired — so well did he play down the stretch that year, for a team headed to a rebuild. His Senators record: 202-168-46 with a .914 save percentage and 2.84 goals-against. Anderson is the franchise leader in games played by a goaltender (435), starts (422), wins (202) and save percentage. He’s second all-time in shutouts with 28, two behind Patrick Lalime.

Dorion called Anderson the “MVP” of the 2017 run to the Eastern Conference Final.

“It’s unfortunate we were unable to win a Cup with Craig but he did many wonderful things for this organization,” Dorion said.

Look for Anderson to be honoured in some way by the Senators next season. He’s a good fit for the Ring of Honour.

Borowiecki was that rarest of 30-year-olds in Ottawa, a Senators player who was drafted and stayed here for more than a decade. The Kanata native has been Boro-Cop on the ice and on the streets — breaking up a robbery in Vancouver this season — and a community role model off it, with deep ties to several charitable organizations.

Along with Anderson, Borowiecki has been a veteran leader for the Senators as the team got younger in recent years and the likes of Mark Stone, Kyle Turris, Erik Karlsson, Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Matt Duchene left via trade.

“Mark has been a great member of this team for many years,” Dorion said. “If he’s going to go to the free agent market, we thank him for everything he has done. I don’t think you will ever meet a better person… someone who has great values. He’s a great human being.

“But at the same time we have to respect a player’s wishes.”

They leave a big void. Bobby Ryan, 33, is the only long-standing veteran remaining. He joined the Senators in 2013 via trade from Anaheim.

Look to Dorion to shore up his veteran depth either through trades at the draft or free agency.

“We are not going with a team of all young players,” Dorion assured fans. “We will add key veterans to solidify the progress of our young players.”

Draft: Best player or match needs?

With picks at Nos. 3, 5 and 28 plus four more in the second round and 13 selections overall, Dorion and chief amateur scout Trent Mann will be overlooking one of the Senators’ most important drafts in just two weeks time.

While it’s expected Ottawa will take either Quinton Byfield or Tim Stutzle with their first pick, Dorion wasn’t going to tip his hand on the pick at five. There is a group of excellent forwards available, but also defenceman Jake Sanderson, who could be playing alongside Senators prospect Jacob Bernard-Docker at the University of North Dakota this season.

“We are going to draft the best player who is going to help us win as we move forward with this plan,” Dorion said, quite generically, although his eyes twinkled a little when he considered the question about Senators prospects playing together in college.

“We have a lot of needs, we’ve finished in 30th, 31st and 30th place over the last three years… we have a lot of prospects coming at multiple positions but we are going to draft who we feel are going to help us win in the near future and in the long term.”

Dorion said that general managers are doing a lot of talking before the draft, and admits he is open to swapping some of his picks to move up or acquire a player, but won’t “jump the steps required to make us a better team in the long term.”

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Just another 2020 oddity: the Senators won’t have their full complement of scouts together for the draft as COVID-19 travel restrictions make it too difficult for European and U.S. scouts to be in Ottawa. They will follow and contribute online.

Tkachuk deal has to wait: red flag or TBA?

In response to a question in French, Dorion said that it will take some time to sort out a long term deal with young forward star Brady Tkachuk because “the landscape of the NHL has changed and is going to be changing,” due to the pandemic and its impact on the NHL.

The Senators were able to sign Thomas Chabot last fall before the last year of his entry-level deal. Tkachuk’s ELC ends in 2021 when he becomes a restricted free agent. Ottawa’s rebuild will lose credibility if the club can’t extend Tkachuk long term.

Nilsson ‘should’ be ready

Dorion tried to sound optimistic about the health of goaltender Anders Nilsson, who suffered a concussion in mid-December, but admitted he won’t really know until teams are able to report to training camp.

“We think Anders will be ready when the season starts,” Dorion said. “He’s not been on the ice but he feels better. When he gets to Ottawa we should get a better indication of his recovery, his path.”

Pierre Groulx, the Senators’ goalie coach, has been in touch with Nilsson weekly.

The club’s level of confidence concerning Nilsson, pencilled in as the team’s starter, might dictate whether they seek help through trade or free agency to secure a veteran for the upcoming season, whenever it might begin. Marcus Hogberg is the other returning veteran, and he doesn’t have a lot of NHL experience.

In the pipeline, Dorion likes the “depth and quality at the goaltending position.”

In particular, Dorion said he was pleased with the progress of Joey Daccord in the ECHL and AHL last season, as well as Filip Gustavsson in Belleville, who has had “ups and downs” but whom Dorion sees as having a lot of upside.

Kevin Mandolese of the Cape Breton Eagles, signed to an entry-level deal in April, was the QMJHL goalie of the year.

“I would say there wasn’t a better goalie in junior in the second half of the season,” Dorion said.

At the last draft, Ottawa selected goalie Mads Sogaard in the second round and while he experienced some growing pains last season, Dorion and Groulx like his size (six-foot-seven) and lateral ability.

Sogaard will likely remain in Medicine Hat (WHL) this season, according to Dorion.

“We feel we have four quality prospects,” Dorion said.

Three of them will be at the pro level this season.

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Senators part ways with longtime goalie Craig Anderson – CBC.ca

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Ottawa general manager Pierre Dorion says longtime Senators goaltender Craig Anderson will not be offered a new contract by the NHL club.

In an availability with reporters Wednesday, Dorion thanked Anderson for his contributions to the Senators over the years but said the club would be moving in a different direction.

Anderson is an unrestricted free agent after completing a two-year, $9.5-million US contract this season.

The 39-year-old Anderson joined the Senators in a goaltender swap with Colorado on Feb. 18, 2011, that sent Brian Elliott to the Avalanche.

WATCH | Anderson makes crazy, no-look save against Sabres

Craig Anderson somehow was able to make a no-look backwards facing blocker save on the Sabres’ Evan Rodrigues. 1:02

Anderson has a 202-168-46 record over 435 appearances (422 starts) with a 2.84 goals-against average and ,914 save percentage over nine-plus seasons with the Senators. He helped the Senators reach the Eastern Conference final in 2016-17, though the team has struggled the last free seasons.

Dorion also said he expects defenceman Mark Borowiecki to test the free-agent market.

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In his daily recap, Rob Pizzo talks about the bubble, gambling, and previews Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals. 2:47

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Scanning the Wire: Finding help after injuries took their toll in Week 2 – TSN

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Congratulations if you managed to survive Week 2 of the fantasy football season without losing one of your star players to injury.

The second Sunday of the NFL season was especially brutal, as injuries tore through the league at an unprecedented rate, shelving several of the game’s biggest stars.

Six of the top-30 players in TSN fantasy football leagues by ADP were forced to the sideline, five of which are expected to miss significant time.

Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey, the consensus No. 1 fantasy pick, is out four-to-six weeks with a high-ankle sprain (the same injury that reigning receiving king Michael Thomas suffered).

Giants running back Saquon Barkley, who was a consensus top-three overall option, tore his ACL and is done for the season.

With so many stars now on the sidelines, nailing the waiver wire this week is extremely important to your fantasy success.

So without further delay, here are the top pick-up options that could still be available in your league heading into Week 3.

RB: Mike Davis, Carolina Panthers

The absence of CMC creates an abundance of opportunity in the Panthers backfield. McCaffrey was averaging 24 touches a game and that work has to go somewhere.

Enter Mike Davis, one of only two healthy RBs on the team. Davis was a big part of the Carolina offence once McCaffrey left the game, and faces little competition for work.

As of right now, the only one standing between him and 15-20 touches a week is special teamer Trenton Cannon, making Davis a must-add in all formats. He’s currently available in over 99 per cent of TSN fantasy football leagues.

RB: Darrell Henderson Jr, Los Angeles Rams

The Rams backfield suddenly doesn’t seem so crowded. Week 1 star Malcolm Brown and talented rookie Cam Akers left Sunday’s game versus Philadelphia and both are question marks moving forward.

That’s great news for Darrell Henderson Jr., who ripped off 81 yards and a score on the ground, and added another 40 yards through the air. The Rams lead the NFL in rushing rate (56.83%) and Henderson is available in 55.4 per cent of TSN fantasy football leagues.

RB: Devonta Freeman, Free Agent

This is a bit of a leap of faith. Freeman, not Dion Lewis or Wayne Gallman, is the guy you want to replace Barkley. He already worked out for the Eagles and reportedly worked out for the Giants on Tuesday.

Multiple reports out of the Big Apple suggest the Giants are interested in bringing in a free- agent running back, and Freeman is the best name available.

Even if he doesn’t land in New York, with so many injuries to his position he’s bound to sign somewhere. When he does, he’ll have real fantasy value, which makes him a great add this week. He’s currently available in 92. 1 per cent of TSN fantasy football leagues.

WR: Corey Davis, Tennessee Titans

A.J. Brown is dealing with a knee injury, which makes Corey Davis an enticing add for wide receiver-needy teams. The former first round draft pick has yet to live up to his potential so far in his career, but is off to a nice start so far in 2020.

Davis has produced double-digit points in back-to-back outings and is tied for the team lead in targets (13). He’s currently available in 64.4 per cent of TSN fantasy football leagues.

WR: Mecole Hardman, Kansas City Chiefs

Mecole Hardman, everyone’s favourite 2020 sleeper, is in line for an increased workload due to the head injury to Sammy Watkins. The 4.33 speedster should now see work in three receiver sets.

Although he won’t be Patrick Mahomes’ first look, he has the talent to single-handedly swing your fantasy matchup in the blink of an eye.

Hardman converted six of his 26 catches into touchdowns last season. He is currently available in 57.8 per cent of TSN fantasy football leagues.

TE: Jonnu Smith, Tennessee Titans

Fresh off a two-touchdown performance in Sunday’s win over the Jaguars, Jonnu Smith is the biggest priority-add at the tight end position. He’s tied for the team lead in targets (13) and leads all Titans with three touchdowns.

A freak athlete, Smith ranks 10th in the NFL in yards after catch (85) this season. He is still available in 59.7 per cent of TSN fantasy football leagues.

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