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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- What Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen had ca
01-16-2020, 05:09 PM,
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- What Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen had ca
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- What Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen had called "a big piece of the puzzle" fell into place Monday when the club signed goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky to a two-year contract extension. Lonzo Ball Jersey . The 24-year-old Russian, recipient of the Vezina Trophy as the NHLs top goalie this past season, could have become a restricted free agent this week. The deal carries an average annual value of $5.625 million. Bobrovsky was paid $1.750 million last season. His representative, Paul Theofanous, was not immediately available. "Im very happy to be a Columbus Blue Jacket," Bobrovsky said. "My wife (Olga) and I really like Columbus and the fans have been very nice to us and supportive of our team. Im looking forward to the season and working with my teammates to help us to our goal of winning a Stanley Cup." Kekalainen called the re-signing of Bobrovsky his top objective but had made little headway until just before the start of Sundays NHL draft. Acquired from Philadelphia for draft picks last summer, Bobrovsky blossomed in Columbus. He had a 21-11-6 record with a 2.00 goals-against average, a .932 save percentage and four shutouts. His stellar play fueled the Blue Jackets 19-5-5 finish that brought them within a tiebreaker of making the playoffs. "Re-signing Sergei Bobrovsky was a top priority for our organization," Kekalainen said. "He was a big part of the progress we made last season and we expect him to play an important role in the growth of our team." A native of Novokuznetsk, Russia, he was acquired by the Blue Jackets from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for second- and fourth-round picks in the 2012 draft and a fourth-round pick in yesterdays draft. Derrick Favors Jersey .Dawson also birdied two of the last four holes to reach 12-under 132 on TPC San Antonios AT&T Canyons Course. He won his only title in a PGA Tour-sanctioned event in 2002 in the Tours LaSalle Bank Open.Im not going to lose any sleep, believe me, Dawson said. I used to be a perfectionist, but my attitude now is to play like Im in the pro-am. Desmond Mason Jersey . -- The Sacramento Kings have claimed forward Travis Outlaw off waivers under the NBAs new amnesty provision, filling out the frontcourt with another veteran. . In a matter of days, he went from unwanted to wanted, from fired to hired, from discarded by the Philadelphia Eagles with reputation tarnished to rock star treatment and a new fat contract from the Washington Redskins.TORONTO -- Bludgeoned by injuries that seem to be piling up by the day, the Toronto Blue Jays dont have the offensive firepower they would like in the middle of a pennant race. Still, they hope that good enough pitching can keep them in games. J.A. Happ held up his end of the bargain Thursday night, but his stellar performance wasnt enough as the Blue Jays lost to the Baltimore Orioles 2-1 to fall five games back of the American League East leaders. "These are big games, theyre right behind us," said Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph, whose two-run shot was his fourth home run in the past four games. "We knew we had to come in and try to take care of business." Happ (8-6) was brilliant in striking out a career-high 12 batters in eight innings, and the lefty limited the damage on five hits allowed except for Josephs home run. Even after Happ and Drew Hutchison each tossed a gem in this vital series, Toronto lost two of three. "If we pitch like we have the last couple nights, we at least give ourselves a good shot," manager John Gibbons said. "Thats a game you normally think youre going to win." With a full lineup, perhaps the Blue Jays (61-55) couldve done more against starter Miguel Gonzalez (6-6) and the Baltimore bullpen. But the what-if game doesnt mean much with Adam Lind and Edwin Encarnacion still out but close to returning and third baseman Brett Lawrie gone until early September with an oblique strain. When Melky Cabrera got plunked in the right elbow in the first inning and had to leave the game because he couldnt swing, it was another blow. Nolan Reimold went 0 for 3, and the Blue Jays managed just five hits total on a night Anthony Gose hit his first home run of the season for the only run. "Our lineup is what it is right now," Gibbons said. "Some nights youre going to get that big hit, some nights youre not." That big hit never came as Happ became the first pitcher in franchise history to lose a home game when allowing two or fewer earned runs and striking out 12 or more. Happ threw 89 of his 125 pitches for strikes and worked out of a few jams with precision. "I just tried to relax and tried to make pitches and tried to execute and not put quite as much pressure on myself," Happ said. "Once I let go, its up in the air, whats going to happen is going happen." Happ gave up a few doubles, but the Orioles (65-49) didnt make him pay until the fifth, when Joseph hit a towering blast to left. ETwaun Moore Jersey. . On a night he didnt make many mistakes, Happ served one up on a 2-0 fastball in Josephs sweet spot down and in. "Just a bad pitch, and he didnt miss it," Happ said. "I kind of gave up the big hit, and that was the difference." It was only the difference because the Blue Jays didnt give Happ much support. Theyve scored two or fewer runs in four of their past six games and are 1-5 in that time. "Lets be realistic, were missing the home-run ball," Gibbons said. "Thats a big part of what we are, you know?" This loss dropped the Blue Jays into a second-place tie with the New York Yankees. Theyre also tied with the Yankees and Kansas City Royals for the ALs second wild-card spot. General manager Alex Anthopoulos said earlier Thursday that he hoped Lind could be back as early as Monday and Encarnacion later next week. X-rays on Cabreras elbow were negative, but Gibbons wasnt sure when hed be able to play. "Hes got a nice welt and seam marks on his arm," Gibbons said. "I dont think its a big deal, but like Ive said a hundred times, Ive said that before." Considering the Blue Jays face upcoming tests against the Detroit Tigers and pitchers Max Scherzer and David Price and then Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez, they hope this run of strong pitching continues. "Wed love to get on a roll," Happ said. "Especially the teams we got coming up, I think were going to need it." But Happ and the rest of the starters dont want to put too much pressure on themselves. And Thursday night the Orioles showed them how to win these kinds of games. "You just never know whos going to be the guy -- they got so many good hitters up and down their lineup, you might not guess that Joseph was going to be the guy, but he was," Happ said. "Hopefully we have some of that, too." Notes -- Left-handed reliever Rob Rasmussen was returned to triple-A Buffalo so infielder Steve Tolleson could be reinstated from the paternity list for Fridays game against Detroit. Rasmussen had been recalled when Lawrie was placed on the 15-day disabled list. ... Joseph became just the third catcher in Orioles history to hit four home runs in four games, joining Gus Triandos in 1959 and Ramon Hernandez in 2006. ... Zach Britton picked up his 24th save of the season for Baltimore. ' ' '

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