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The next nine days probably wont determine the Toronto Blue Jays playoff fate, but the upcoming stretch of games definitely will play a role. Lee Roy Selmon Jersey . Over the next three series, Toronto will face the East-leading Baltimore Orioles, the Central-leading Detroit Tigers and finally the Wild Card-vying Seattle Mariners. The Blue Jays can put themselves in a better position to make the postseason for the first time since 1993 with a solid record over this stretch or they could put themselves out of it entirely with a disastrous one. So the question is: How many games will the Blue Jays win over the next nine days? Baltimore Orioles (63-48) - Four games ahead of Blue Jays for first in AL East This one has been marked on Torontos calendar for quite some time. The clubs have split the first 10 games of their season series and the Jays can pull within a game of the Orioles for the division lead with a sweep. Toronto had been playing good ball until they ran into a pesky Astros squad, losing three of four in Houston over the weekend. Toronto should get a jolt to the lineup as Brett Lawrie was activated from the disabled list Monday night and is expected to get the start Tuesday in the opener. Baltimore, on the other hand, has been red-hot since the All-Star break with an impressive 11-6 record. The Orioles are also the American Leagues best road team with 33 victories away from Camden Yards so far this season. They acquired relief pitcher Andrew Miller from the Boston Red Sox on deadline day and seem to be putting things together both at the plate and on the mound.  Baltimore will go with Bud Norris (8-7), Wei-Yin Chen (12-3) and Miguel Gonzalez (5-6) while Toronto will counter with Mark Buehrle (11-7), Drew Hutchison (7-9) and J.A. Happ (8-5) over the three-game set. There should be plenty of power too at the hitter-friendly Rogers Centre, as the Blue Jays and Orioles sit one-two in homers with 134 and 133, respectively. Detroit Tigers (61-48) - First place in AL Central After Baltimore, the Jays welcome to Toronto the team with arguably the best pitching staff in all of baseball. Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer and now David Price lead the Tigers starting staff with each having won a Cy Young award over the last three seasons. And then theres the very formidable Anibal Sanchez and Rick Porcello, who have combined for a 21-10 record this season. The Jays will likely have to face Sanchez, Scherzer and Price over the three-game set next weekend. Detroits arms are one thing to worry about, but theyre also one of the best hitting teams in the American League. They are first in team batting average (.277 – 13 points better than the second place Los Angeles Angels), first in on-base percentage (.331) and first in slugging percentage (.435). If the Blue Jays want to be considered a legit playoff contender, taking two of three from the well-rounded Tigers would be a good step. Seattle Mariners (57-54) - Two games behind the Blue Jays for the second Wild Card spot Toronto wraps up this critical stretch out west at Safeco Field against the Mariners, who may sneak into the playoffs with a Wild Card entry, but theyve fallen off as of late, losing six of their last 10. Ace Felix Hernandez may anchor one of the leagues better pitching staffs (they lead the Majors with a 3.05 team ERA), but their hitting has left a lot to be desired. Theyre last in the American League in RBIs with 402 and second last in team batting average with .243. The Jays could possibly put the Mariners away in this series, in a place thats become a home away from home because of all the west coast fans that come down from B.C. for the games. Looking ahead, the Blue Jays will play the Orioles six times, the Mariners four times and the New York Yankees four times over the final two weeks of the season at the end of September.  Those games will undoubtedly determine Torontos season if theyre able to stay in contention until then. But that is then and this is now, and the Blue Jays need to think about taking care of business in the present day. Having said that, how many games will the Jays win over this critical nine-day stretch? As always, its Your! Call.Luke Stocker Jersey . Kyle Denbrook, a soccer player from Saint Marys University, took the CIS male athlete of the week honour. Stanley, a fourth-year business administration student from Charlottetown, scored both goals in a 2-0 win over Dalhousie on Friday and tallied again in a 1-0 win over Saint Marys on Sunday. Chris Conte Jersey . Ted Ligety, Mikaela Shiffrin, Bode Miller and Tim Jitloff underlined the squads enormous potential on the Rettenbach glacier in Austria.BATHURST, N.B. - Anthony Gingras scored his second goal of the season with one second left in overtime to give the Acadie-Bathurst Titan a 5-4 win over the Shawinigan Cataractes in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action on Thursday. Alexandros Soumakis, Simon Fortier, Raphael Lafontaine and Christophe Boivin also scored for the Titan (16-22-4). Boivins goal tied the game at 15:27 of the third. Giovanni Fiore, Anthony Beauvillier, Felix-Antoine Bergeron and Alexandre Delisle-Houde replied for the Cataractes (10-28-4), who are last overall in the QMJHL. Jacob Brennan finished with 24 saves for Acadie-Bathurst, while Marvin Cupper turned back 28 shots for Shawinigan. --- FOREURS 4 VOLTIGEURS 1 VAL-DOR, Que. -- Anthony Mantha moved ahead of Quebecs Anthony Duclair to take over the QMJHL scoring lead with two goals in the Foreurs win over Drummondville. Mantha scored his 36th and 37th goals of the season on the power play. Bryan Anger Jersey. Guillaume Gelinas also had a power-play goal for Val-dOr (27-15-1), while teammate Anthony Richard got one shorthanded. Jerome Verrier scored his 30th of the season at even strength for Drummondville (26-15-2). Antoine Bibeau turned back 31 shots for the Foreurs, while Louis-Philip Guindon made 28 saves for the Voltigeurs. --- OCEANIC 5 SEA DOGS 0 RIMOUSKI, Que. -- Anthony DeLuca had two goals and two assists, and Philippe Desrosiers stopped all 19 shots headed his way as the Oceanic blanked Saint John. The two goals give DeLuca 31 on the season, while the shutout was Desrosiers second of the campaign. Alexis Loiseau, Brent Turnbull and William Couture also scored for Rimouski (25-11-7), which had period leads of 2-0 and 4-0. Antoine Landry had a busy night for the Sea Dogs (11-26-3), stopping 35 shots. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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