(Sports Network) - The Toronto Blue Jays return after taking two of three over the weekend from the Cleveland Indians to face the Boston Red Sox in their home opener. Jacquizz Rodgers Falcons Jersey
. After rallying to win their first two games in extra innings, the Blue Jays were denied the sweep on Sunday, falling 4-3 at Progressive Field. Joel Carreno (0-1) took the loss in his first major league start as he gave up four runs on six hits over six innings for the Blue Jays. Kelly Johnson had two hits and scored twice, while Adam Lind added two hits, an RBI and a run scored. After the game Carreno was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas. Getting the call for the Blue Jays tonight will be righty Henderson Alvarez, who started last season at Single-A Dunedin, but rose quickly through the Jays ranks and made 10 starts for the Blue Jays down the stretch, going 1-3 with a 3.53 ERA. One of those starts came against the Red Sox, as he tossed six scoreless innings against them on Sept. 5. The Boston Red Sox meanwhile are still searching for win No. 1 in the Bobby Valentine era. Tonight, they try again as they open a three-game series against Toronto in the Blue Jays home opener at Rogers Centre. The Red Sox fell in heartbreaking fashion on Sunday, as they watched a three- run ninth-inning lead evaporate, before blowing a two-run advantage in the 11th when Alex Avilas two-run blast carried the Detroit Tigers to a 13-12 victory and a three-game sweep at Comerica Park. "We like our bullpen, we have some good arms," infielder Nick Punto said. "We just got beat by a tough offense this series." After Alfredo Aceves served up the ninth inning homer, Mark Melancon (0-1) gave up Avilas game-winner. "This is a work in progress," Valentine said. "Were three days in after losing our closer (Andrew Bailey), and were still trying to figure it out." David Ortiz, Punto and Mike Aviles all had three hits in the loss, while Adrian Gonzalez launched a two-run homer for Boston, which has dropped the first three games of this season after beginning last year with six consecutive losses. Its the first time since 1931-33 that the Red Sox have opened consecutive seasons with at least three losses. For the second straight day Boston got nothing from its starter, as Clay Buchholz left after allowing seven runs in only four innings. Josh Beckett was chased on Saturday after giving up seven runs in 4 2/3 frames. Hoping for a better effort tonight the Red Sox will turn to 24-year-old lefty Felix Doubront, who will be making only the fourth big league start of his career. Doubront appeared in games out of the bullpen for the Red Sox last season and pitched to a 6.10 ERA without recording a decision. "I have to be aggressive with every batter in the lineup. I have respect for all the hitters, and my plan is to get ahead." The Blue Jays return home after taking two of three over the weekend from the Cleveland Indians. After rallying to win their first two games in extra innings, the Blue Jays were denied the sweep on Sunday, falling 4-3 at Progressive Field. Joel Carreno (0-1) took the loss in his first major league start as he gave up four runs on six hits over six innings for the Blue Jays. Kelly Johnson had two hits and scored twice, while Adam Lind added two hits, an RBI and a run scored. After the game Carreno was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas. Getting the call for the Blue Jays tonight will be righty Henderson Alvarez, who started last season at Single-A Dunedin, but rose quickly through the Jays ranks and made 10 starts for the Blue Jays down the stretch, going 1-3 with a 3.53 ERA. One of those starts came against the Red Sox, as he tossed six scoreless innings against them on Sept. 5. The Jays were 8-10 against the Red Sox last season. Joplo Bartu Falcons Jersey
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. He doesnt show much emotion," said McIntyre, co-founder of the AAU basketball program CIA Bounce in the Toronto suburb of Brampton, Ontario. "Early on, I had to ask him, Do you even like basketball? It seems like youre bored. He said, I get excited when my players do well. "Hes just a smart kid. He thinks like a coach. If hes panicky, everybody else will panic. A point guard is supposed to be out there to make the four guys with him the best. Guys play harder with a guy they know theyll get the ball from, and hes never not won." Despite the departure of last seasons backcourt -- Brandon Triche graduated after four years and Carter-Williams was an NBA lottery pick after his stellar sophomore season -- the Orange are riding high with the 6-foot-2 Ennis running the offence. He also ranks third on the team in scoring (11.9), second in minutes (33.6), and tops in steals (48), a threat to eclipse the school record of 111 set last season by Carter-Williams. "Hes making everybody else score," said Orange guard Trevor Cooney, whos rediscovered his shooting touch with Ennis at his side, averaging nearly 14 points. "Hes always going to make the right play, and that makes us so much better." His dad said it all started 19 years ago. "Within four days after he was born, we brought the stroller into the gym with him in it," McIntyre said. "From that day, he never spent a day without basketball. He didnt have a choice." However, he played lacrosse and spent time on Canadas national game as a youngster. That helped hone Enniss basketball skills because he learned the nuances of the screen and roll. "He really excelled at it," McIntyre said. "At that time, he was way better in lacrosse." Not anymore. "We knew he was going to be great. We knew the potential and the maturity on the floor," said Mark Taylor, Enniss high school coach at St. Benedicts Prep in New Jersey. "He never gets out of control and hes the same off the court. Thats a rare thing -- to have a player that calm and humble." Wholesale NFL Jerseys
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