The Pittsburgh Penguins will unveil their 2011 Winter Classic sweater later this month and plan to wear it more than once this season.Yesterday, the Penguins also released a third jersey schedule for 2010-11. The powder blue duds will hit the ice 10 times this season, including tonight’s debut, while the yet unreleased Winter Classic sweater will see action twice beyond New Year’s Day.Here’s how the schedule shakes out for the third jersey:Fri., Oct. 15 – vs NY IslandersSat., Oct. 30 – @ CarolinaWed., Nov. 17 – vs VancouverSat., Nov. 27 – vs CalgaryMon., Dec. 6 – vs New JerseySun., Dec. 26 – @ OttawaSat., Jan. 8- vs MinnesotaSat., Jan. 22 – vs CarolinaWed., Feb. 23 – vs San JoseSun., Mar. 27 – vs FloridaNote that the powder blue sweater will be worn twice on the road against Carolina and Ottawa. Both of these teams have black thirds and red homes. Think we could see a night or two without white sweaters? That would be a treat.Additionally, the release tells us the Penguins will unveil their new Winter Classic threads later this month,authentic soccer jerseys wholesale, but doesn’t cite a specific date. Icethetics has it on good authority they will be dark blue.Sat., Jan. 1 – vs WashingtonThu., Feb. 10 – vs Los AngelesSat. Mar. 12 – vs MontrealThis new sweater will see action at least twice after the outdoor game at Heinz Field. And more than likely, it will be the Pens’ new third jersey in 2011-12.Panthers Promoting Throwback NightsThe Florida Panthers will be holding three Throwback Nights this season, according to the team’s season ticket packages.Panthers season ticket holder Brian E. wrote in yesterday to let us know about about the events, which haven’t yet been explained by the team. But we can only hope it means the red jersey will make a brief but welcome comeback.Panthers celebrating Throwback NightsHere are the dates:Tue., Dec. 7 – vs ColoradoSat., Jan. 15 – vs New JerseyThu., Mar. 17 – vs TorontoThe Dec. 7th game against the Avalanche has been dubbed “Throwback to 1996,” referencing the only season in which the Panthers made it to the Stanley Cup Final. Unfortunately, they were swept by the Avs,wholesale soccer jersey supplier, but making it that far is pretty respectable in itself.It seems obvious that the Panthers would use the old red sweaters based on the photos used on the tickets. Plus, it’s the only thing they could “throw back” to after only 17 years of existence. However, “Throwback Night” may not necessarily refer to the uniforms. It’s entirely possible it could just be an in-arena promotional thing with special appearances by former players and such.We’ll have to just wait and see,soccer team jerseys wholesale, but how great would it be to see the Cats back in red?
TAMPA, Fla. — With two lefties squaring off Friday afternoon at George M. Steinbrenner Field, the Yankees topped the Nationals, 4-3, in 10 innings.The Yankees walked off with the winning run after Justin Maxwell walked leading off the bottom of the 10th and Melky Mesa reached on a fielding error by third baseman Mark Teahen that allowed Maxwell to advance to third base. Brandon Laird lifted a sacrifice fly to right field, plating Maxwell with the winning run.Nationals southpaw Gio Gonzalez performed better than Yankees ace CC Sabathia, who had a relatively rough outing in a matchup of the clubs’ potential Opening Day starters. Gonzalez allowed one early run on two hits. He walked three but struck out six, running his pitch count up to 69, with only 39 going for strikes. Sabathia, meanwhile,euro 2012 jersey for sale, gave up three earned runs on six hits and a walk,liverpool jerseys, striking out two batters over three innings. Of his 60 pitches, 39 went for strikes. • Travel packages –>• Spring Training schedule “All said and done, today was a learning curve for me,” Gonzalez said. “There was more stuff that I needed to work on — definitely staying in the zone. Can’t work my pitch count up by walking people. Definitely, there’s a lot of things I need to work on.”Sabathia got off to a rough start, allowing two runs in the first inning. Ian Desmond drove a leadoff double to left field, Steve Lombardozzi singled, Mark DeRosa walked and Wilson Ramos’ double-play groundout scored Desmond. Jesus Flores drove in Lombardozzi by lining a double to left off Sabathia.”I felt pretty good,” Sabathia said. “The fastball was all over the place, the command was a little bit off and we’re still working.”Still competing for a spot in the rotation, Yankees right-hander Phil Hughes entered the game to start the fifth and tossed four shutout innings that included three hits and three strikeouts. Alex Rodriguez hit his second homer of the spring on an 0-1 pitch from Craig Stammen in the fifth inning, a two-run shot that tied the game at 3.Playing without Derek Jeter (calf), Russell Martin (groin) and Nick Swisher (groin), the Yankees knocked a run off that early lead in the bottom of the first, when Curtis Granderson reached on an infield single against Gonzalez and scored on Robinson Cano’s double to left.Lombardozzi made it 3-1 in the third by slamming a solo homer,national soccer jerseys 2012, his first of the spring, to left field off Sabathia.Up next: Hiroki Kuroda will make his third start of the spring on Saturday as the Yankees host the Astros at Steinbrenner Field at 1:05 p.m. ET. Kuroda allowed two hits and two walks over three innings in his last start, striking out two and throwing 24 of his 42 pitches for strikes, and the right-hander said he didn’t have his best stuff. The 37-year-old said then that he is usually a slow starter in Spring Training.
TORONTO — Manager John Farrell has seen enough of Adam Lind at the bottom of the order, moving him into the No. 5 spot for Wednesday’s contest against the Royals. Lind is batting .250 (6-for-24), since being recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas, but three of those hits have left the yard, including a three-run shot on Tuesday that propelled the Blue Jays past Kansas City. Farrell says he likes the idea of inserting Lind, a left-handed hitter, back in the middle of the order, because it breaks up the righties in the lineup. Lind will bat behind right-handers Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion, who have combined to hit more homers than any duo in baseball.”I think it was important for [Lind] to come up and just kind of get back in the flow of things, rather than just thrust him back in the middle,” Farrell said. “He has taken his at-bats with a freedom about him, in a good place mentally, and ready to go. If he can continue to be as productive as he has been, it adds another powerful bat in the middle of the order.” Before being optioned to the Minors, Lind was batting just .186 with three homers over 118 at-bats — a total he has already matched in less than two weeks since being recalled. “If you ask him, I think he views himself as a middle-of-the-order-type guy,” Farrell said.Lind is looking to get his career back on track after under-performing following a career year in 2009, when he hit .305, with 35 homers and 114 RBIs en route to a Silver Slugger Award. Newly-signed Stroman going places TORONTO — The first stop for right-hander Marcus Stroman, who the Blue Jays drafted in the first round of the First-Year Player Draft and signed on Tuesday, will be Class-A Vancouver — a Blue Jays short-season affiliate. Provided all goes right, Stroman said it may only be a couple of weeks before he is promoted to Double-A New Hampshire. It isn’t out of the question that he jumps two more levels from there, and makes his Major League debut with the Blue Jays before the 2012 season is complete.”The one thing that was evident and consistent, regardless of what scout you spoke to regarding Marcus, [he is] a polished college pitcher, with now-Major League stuff,” Blue Jays manager John Farrell said. “I think once Marcus gets into his routine and gets some activity, as many players do, he will tell us when he’s ready. “But because he was so advanced coming out of the Draft,nike team soccer jerseys, I don’t think anyone has ruled out that possibility.” Stroman, who just completed his junior year at Duke, hasn’t seen game action since May, but said he remained active while his agents worked on a deal with Toronto, which ESPN’s Keith Law reported on Tuesday was for $1.8 million — the recommended slot value for the No. 22 overall pick. “I’m in mid-season form,” Stroman said. “I’ve been long-tossing two or three times a week back home. Throwing two-to-three bullpens a week. I’m in the same shape as if I had been playing the whole time. So, I’m ready to go.” Stroman led all NCAA pitchers with 136 strikeouts in 2012, and finished second in strikeouts per nine innings (12.49), while going 6-5 with a 2.39 ERA over 14 starts.He will start out as a reliever, however, which probably helps his case of reaching the Majors even faster, but is happy to fill any role with the organization. “I enjoy doing both,” Stroman said. “I think my personality is kind of geared towards coming in and shutting games down in the late innings. But I started at Duke and I kind of got used to that. But either-or, whatever they want me to do,national soccer jerseys, I’m more than willing to do.”Stroman’s pitching coach at Duke, Sean Snedeker, told MLB.com after Stroman was drafted that he felt the 21-year-old “projects more as a back of the bullpen-type of guy.”When asked to name someone Stroman reminded him of, it was a dominant reliever who Farrell also mentioned. “There is a lot of comparables to Flash [Tom] Gordon, even when you watch his delivery — similarities to stuff,” Farrell said. “I think we would all sign on right now to that type of career.” A 5-foot-9, 185-pounder, Stroman has been questioned about his size and whether he could compete at the highest levels, something that he feeds on. “I always keep it in the back of my head, play with a chip on my shoulder knowing I have to continually prove people wrong,” Stroman said. “I kind of live by the motto, ‘height doesn’t measure heart,’ something I’ve branded within the last year. I truly don’t believe in the whole height thing.”It’s definitely something that’s in the back of my head always, and it drives me to be even better.”Whether Stroman can make the jump to the Majors in the same year he was drafted will become clearer when his journey in professional baseball is underway. But heading into the Draft, many tabbed Stroman as the most Major League-ready arm of the class, so the possibility seems very real.Stroman has a four-pitch mix, with a plus-fastball, according to Snedeker, to go along with a slider, cutter and changeup — which Stroman personally grades in terms of effectiveness in that order. He works off his fastball, a pitch he can dial up to the mid-’90s. Janssen getting job done as closer TORONTO — Casey Janssen has filled in admirably since assuming the closer’s role from Sergio Santos, who was forced to the disabled list in April with shoulder inflammation. Santos,jersey euro 2012, who was the Blue Jays’ biggest offseason acquisition and their closer of the future, hasn’t pitched since April 20, but the Blue Jays have gotten adequate production from Janssen during Santos’ absence. Entering Wednesday’s contest against the Royals, Janssen was 10-for-10 in save opportunities since taking over the role. In those 10 save situations, Janssen has allowed just three baserunners in 9 2/3 innings pitched. “He hasn’t changed who he is as a pitcher, whether he is pitching the eighth or ninth inning,” Blue Jays manager John Farrell said. “In some ways, he has become even more efficient in the ninth.”Janssen started the year as Toronto’s setup man, and after a trial run with Francisco Cordero as the closer, the Blue Jays made the switch to Janssen on May 9. “He has been able to expand the zone by design and get some [players to] chase up,” Farrell said. “He has been efficient, aggressive in the strike zone and, actually, he has got a lot more swing and misses in the ninth inning.” Janssen sports a 2.56 ERA and 0.88 WHIP to go along with 32 strikeouts in 31 2/3 innings. The 30-year-old is coming off his best month of the season in June, when he held opponents to a .167 average to go along with a minuscule 0.90 ERA. Blue Jays option Richmond to Triple-A TORONTO — Right-hander Scott Richmond was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas following Wednesday’s 4-1 victory over the Royals. Blue Jays manager John Farrell said his replacement has yet to be determined, but that it will likely be another relief pitcher, meaning Toronto will continue working with an eight-man bullpen.Over three appearances with the Blue Jays, Richmond allowed two runs — both which came in one outing against the Red Sox — while striking out two and walking none. Richmond, a native of North Vancouver, B.C., started 15 games at Las Vegas, where he went 6-5 with a 5.46 ERA before being recalled to Toronto. Farrell wouldn’t tip any names as to who would be getting summoned to Toronto, but Triple-A relievers Chad Beck and Evan Crawford should be considered potential candidates.They have both been up with the Blue Jays this season, as has Joel Carreno, who could be another option, but the Blue Jays may want to keep him for rotation depth, based on the rash of injuries that have plagued the team this season.”We are still looking for that guy we can go to in the seventh inning when we are down a run or two to put up a zero,” Farrell said.
GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Dodgers are trying to arrange a “B” game for Clayton Kershaw on March 4 that would set up the Opening Day starter for his first official exhibition game March 9.Manager Don Mattingly said they haven’t been able to work out a schedule with the White Sox, who share the Camelback Ranch-Glendale complex with the Dodgers. They are looking to get Kershaw two innings, preferably against opposing hitters.Kershaw made his second bullpen session Sunday after having his first one pushed back two days by mild back tightness.”We’ll check him the next day. I still don’t think he’s at 100 percent,” said Mattingly. “Nobody’s been turned loose and he’s still holding back a little.”Kershaw seemed to work mostly on offspeed pitches Sunday, pitching along with fellow starters Chad Billingsley,youth soccer team jerseys, Ted Lilly and Aaron Harang.In other injury updates, non-roster pitcher Shane Lindsay didn’t make his bullpen session because of a strained latissimus dorsi muscle. Non-roster pitcher Ryan Tucker made his bullpen session despite a stiff neck. Mattingly likes what he sees from Uribe GLENDALE,euro 2012 jersey, Ariz. — With third baseman Juan Uribe headed to San Francisco for a Monday civil trial, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Sunday he wasn’t worried if Uribe missed a day or two of practice because “I thought he looked good” when he reported Friday.And how did Mattingly think Uribe looked a year ago, prior to the worst season of his life?”Yeah, he seemed good last year, too.”Uribe, whose first season as a Dodger ended with sports hernia surgery, said he worked out hard during the offseason, losing weight and gaining muscle. Mattingly said Uribe “carries his weight good.”Uribe must appear in court because he is being sued by a former landlord seeking damages for a kitchen fire in a condo Uribe rented while he played for the Giants. Ethier gets backing of Dodgers manager GLENDALE,usa jerseys, Ariz. — Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said he wasn’t alarmed over the terse and tense interview right fielder Andre Ethier gave Saturday in his first day in camp.”He seems like himself, really,” said Mattingly. “That’s Dre. He always wants to do well. He’s always angry. That’s him, that’s the way he plays on the field. Off the field, he’s one of the easiest guys to get along with. He’s a pleasant guy. Some guys play with an edge that they have to have to play. Then there’s Rickey [Henderson]; he was happy-go-lucky, talking to people in the stands and tearing it up.”Mattingly said he hasn’t been told that Ethier has any physical restrictions coming off minor knee surgery in September.”The guys we know we’ll play two days, then give them a day to work on things like find their timing [in camp],” he said.Mattingly also said he wasn’t particularly worried that Ethier would be distracted by his contract status as he heads into his free-agent season.”I’ve seen guys put too much pressure on themselves, and if we see that, we’ll talk about it,” he said. “Some guys flourish knowing they’ve got something on the line.”
Attendance: 52,237Tier Reserved: sold outCheapest available ticket: $42Zack Hample: suckerWhen I ran into the right field seats for batting practice, there were already 50 little kids wearing gloves and adorable, green Little League jerseys. Five minutes later, the section was so full that I had to say “excuse me” before moving anywhere. It was THAT kind of day. I wish I had some wild snagging stories for you. I wish I were writing about leaping for home runs and interacting with future Hall-of-Famers, but instead, I can only report that I got four balls…all with the glove trick.I got help on the first ball from a guy named Nelson who’s been reading this blog. He had spotted me an hour earlier outside GATE 4, and we talked for a while before going inside. I told him I’d be relying on the glove trick, so when he saw some fans drop a ball onto the warning track, he called me over. Nelson was in the front row (where he later caught a home run), and I was buried 20 feet back. That’s why I hadn’t seen the fans drop it. I wouldn’t have gotten the ball without Nelson because there was another kid with a ball-retrieving device. This kid was lurking with one of those cup things, and when I was reeling in my second ball, he shouted, “DROP IT!!!” I informed him that he wasn’t being sportsmanlike.Five minutes later, a man approached me and asked, “Are you the guy that wrote that book?”"That’s me.”"Well,” he said, “I want you to know that you’ve made my life miserable.”I had an idea of what he was getting at, and sure enough, he explained that because of me, his 12-year-old son is now obsessed with collecting baseballs.One of the balls I got has the imprint of a bat. Last year, on June 15, I caught one with a similar marking which contained Derek Jeter’s signature. This one doesn’t appear to be as interesting, and I have no idea what it says. Any theories? Could some of those letters be part of the bat’s model number? Is there a team or player’s name hidden in there? The ball came from the Blue Jays, but who knows, it might’ve been hit/imprinted by a team they played two weeks ago.Another ball was 10 feet from the wall, so I had to swing my glove out and yank the string at just the right moment so the glove landed on the ball and knocked it closer. It took several attempts, and the fans loved it. Unlike my last trip to Yankee Stadium, people were actually stepping aside so they could see me use the trick again and again.As I was carefully reeling in a fifth ball, Blue Jays pitcher Gustavo Chacin walked over and knocked it out of my glove. Just like that. Totally unprovoked. But you know what? As bad as that was for me,shop by country soccer jerseys, it’s gonna be much worse for Gustavo, his family, his friends, his fans, his lovers, his pets, his plants,liverpool jerseys, and his agent, for he has officially earned himself the Hample Jinx.I went to the third base side after BP (where I took the photo of the imprinted ball) and nearly got Vernon Wells’ autograph. If he’d signed one or two more, I would’ve have him. Crap!After that, my Night ‘o Wandering began. I photographed the concourses, the ramps, the way-too-fancy-for-a-baseball-game Club Level, and the view from the Loge…Then I looked down at the latecomers before checking out the view from the last row of the upper deck. I ran into the famous “Freddy Sez” (take a lesson, cow-bell man) and snapped a pic of the anorexia-inducing main aisle. Seriously, who designs a stadium with an aisle that narrow?My next stop was the top of the upper deck in left field. From there, I got a great view of the bullpens, the back of the facade, the crappy fields in the shadow of the stadium, and the overhang. I was so far from home plate that Superman on steroids couldn’t have reached me. Of course, there was one little kid up there with a glove, getting an early start to a life of disappointment.The stadium was so crowded-in case you forgot, there were 52,237 people-that it took 20 minutes to reach the right field corner of the upper deck. On the way, I ate the worst slice of pizza that $4.50 can buy. Then I got some shots of the foul pole, the bleachers, and the last wisp of sunset. It was the bottom of the fourth inning, and I sat down for the first time all night because the Yankees had something going. Jeter drew a leadoff walk, stole second,team soccer jerseys wholesale, and moved to third on a wussy single by Jason Giambi. A-Rod followed with an RBI double to right-center. (The fans who’d cheered him before his first at-bat and booed him after he’d struck out now decided to cheer again. Idiots.) Bobby Abreu, playing in his first game with the Yankees, drew a walk, Jorge Posada struck out, and Bernie Williams came through with a three-run double.I headed down to the field level and took another pic of the concourse/ramp weirdness. Since there were only 52,237 people instead of 54,000-plus, I was able to find an empty seat on the first base side of home plate. It was a good foul ball spot except for the fact that no one hit a foul ball there. By the ninth inning, I’d worked my way into the precious ($105 apiece) and heavily guarded seats behind the Yankees’ dugout, from which I saw Kyle Farnsworth mow down the Jays with a fastball that topped out at 101mph. Final score: USA 5, Canada 1.STATS:• Competition Factor = 208,948.• 119 balls in 16 games this season = 7.4 balls per game.• 443 consecutive games with at least one ball• 69 consecutive games with at least two balls• 2,871 total balls• 2 very tired feet
SURPRISE, Ariz. — Royals closer Joakim Soria has decided to undergo Tommy John surgery for a second time, the Kansas City club announced on Friday.The surgery will be performed on April 3 by elbow specialist Dr. Lewis Yocum at the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic in Los Angeles. Soria made the decision after considering his options for a few days.”It’s always a challenge, even the first time,” Soria said in the Royals’ clubhouse on Friday afternoon, “but right now, I’m feeling good. My mind is clear now, and I’ve just got to work hard, even harder than I was before, to get better and get out of this.”The surgery means that Soria, a right-hander,official soccer jerseys wholesale, will be out at least for the season because the typical recovery time is nine months to a year, although it might be longer for a second surgery. • Travel packages –>• Spring Training schedule “It depends on the body and the rehab and everything. Only God knows about it,” Soria said. “I’m just going to have my surgery and just try to get better.”Soria made the decision after getting three opinions, consulting with Yocum, head team physician Dr. Vincent Key and Dr. James Andrews of Birmingham, Ala.”It’s the right thing to do,” Soria said. “They know what they’re doing. Hopefully, I can have a clean surgery and have a good rehab to come back.”He had struggled throughout Spring Training, and finally last Sunday, he was taken out of the game and an MRI revealed damage to the ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow.Tommy John surgery is named for the Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher who had the first such procedure — in which a tendon is taken from a different part of the body and attached to the elbow — in 1974 by Dr. Frank Jobe. John came back to pitch 14 more years.Soria had his first reconstructive elbow surgery in 2003 when he was a Minor Leaguer with the Dodgers. A second poses a new challenge.”It’s always bad for any person, but I’m taking it good,wholesale soccer jersey,” Soria said. “God knows why it happened to me, and it’s in his hands and I’ll move forward.”The confirmation of surgery means that the Royals closer’s job will fall to either Greg Holland or Jonathan Broxton, with Aaron Crow also a possibility.Broxton, the Dodgers’ former All-Star closer, worked a perfect inning with two strikeouts against his old club in the Royals’ 2-0 win on Friday.”He was throwing 95, 97 [mph] today with an 89 mph slider. That’s overpowering stuff,” manager Ned Yost said. “Plus he’s commanding the ball down in the zone and moving it in and out. It doesn’t get much better than that.”Holland and Crow have also been impressive this month. Holland has 12 strikeouts in seven innings, and Crow has given up just two hits and two runs in seven innings.”We’ve got time, we’ll play it out,” Yost said. “We can mix and match. We’ve got a bunch of really good options. We may, before the season starts, name a closer or we may not. I’ve got three guys that can close on any given night, so we may just go that route, too.”The Soria situation will also prompt a decision by club management in the future. The Royals hold options on Soria’s contract for $8 million in 2013 and $8.75 million in ’14. There is a $750,000 buyout in each case.Soria, 27, has been one of the game’s premier closers with 160 saves in five seasons with the Royals. He was an All-Star selection in 2008 and ’10, the seasons that he had his best years with 42 and 43 saves, respectively.Having two rounds of reconstructive elbow surgery is a challenge not taken on by many pitchers.Yost believes that Soria has the grit to come back successfully.”It’s a tough thing, but he can overcome it,” Yost said. “Guys that have his type of work ethic and his type of mentality can overcome it. I’ve seen guys do it. Lesser guys in their mental strength and mental makeup and work ethic,wholesale soccer jerseys from china, they never recover from it. It’s too big, but I’ve got all the confidence in the world that Jack’s going to recover from it.”Pitcher Chris Capuano, now with the Los Angeles Dodgers, had Tommy John surgery in 2002 and again in ’08. He missed the ’08 and ’09 seasons but returned to find success with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2010. Last year, in the New York Mets’ starting rotation, he was 11-12 in 33 games.Reliever Hong-Chih Kuo was an All-Star for the Dodgers in 2010 after undergoing two Tommy John procedures. He was released by the Seattle Mariners this spring.Other pitchers including Jason Isringhausen, Doug Brocail, Scott Williamson, Al Reyes, Darren Dreifort, Shawn Kelley and Mike Lincoln have had two such surgeries with varying degrees of results. Jose Rijo had it done three times before his career ended.Outfielders Xavier Nady and Jay Payton were among the position players who have returned to play after two Tommy Johns. Catcher Vance Wilson had two surgeries, but his comeback fell short with the Royals in Spring Training two years ago.Wilson, now manager of the Royals’ Class A Wilmington team, noted that his situation was different because his two surgeries came within about a year of each other. Soria’s second surgery will come about nine years after the first.”His elbow was more back to normal by that point,” Wilson said.Wilson said the rehabilitation process is the most important item in recovery. His first rehab was a failure because the elbow blew out again, but his second, under the Royals’ medical team, turned out much better.”The rehab is everything,” Wilson said. “He’s lucky to be in a system under not only [head athletic trainer] Nick Kenney, but with [assistant trainer] Kyle Turner. Kyle oversaw my second one when I was here, and he’s one of the best. That, to me, is the biggest thing.”For his part, Soria is confident that he can come back and pitch successfully.”I’m sure I can,” he said.
The Ottawa Senators are using the splash page of their official web site to tease their new black third jersey. There’s a shoulders-up picture of Daniel Alfredsson donning his new duds.Got some interesting striping going on around the sleeve there. And we now know that the primary logo will be featured on the shoulders. And based on the “C” it looks like this jersey will use the same lettering style as the regular sweaters.And maybe it’s just me and the fact that I’m not a native French speaker but “Retour en force du noir” just doesn’t have the same ring as “Back in Black.”Don’t forget,euro soccer jerseys, I’ll be leaking a full (if grainy) view of the Sens’ new third jersey during one of the next three Live Chats scheduled between now and Tuesday. The Senators will officially unveil their third jersey on Saturday,official soccer jerseys wholesale, November 22.
National Hockey League: 1992—Quick links: Current alternate | Current home | Current roadCrest,arsenal jerseys, helmetShoulders2011—Home uniform4 Vincent Lecavalier14 Brett Connolly21 Mattias Ritola26 Martin St. Louis30 Dwayne Roloson91 Steven StamkosUnveiled 1/31/2011 [blog post] … Debuted 10/17/2011 vs. Florida Panthers (L 4-7)Added 11/5/2011 | Photos: Getty Images/NHL.comCrest, helmetShoulders2011—Road uniform9 Steve Downie18 Adam Hall19 Dominic Moore32 Mathieu Garon44 Nate Thompson77 Victor HedmanUnveiled 1/31/2011 [blog post] … Debuted 10/7/2011 at Carolina Hurricanes (W 5-1)Added 11/5/2011 | Photos: Getty Images/NHL.comCrestShouldersHelmet:2008—2011Helmet: 2011—2008—Alternate uniform4 Vincent Lecavalier9 Steve Downie26 Martin St. Louis35 Dwayne Roloson39 Mike Lundin42 Dana TyrellUnveiled 11/23/2008 [blog post] … Debuted 11/23/2008 vs. New Jersey Devils (L 3-7)Added 2/11/2011 | Photos: Getty Images/NHL.comCrest,celtics jerseys, helmetShoulders2007—2011Home uniform4 Vincent Lecavalier5 Mattias Ohlund10 Sean Bergenheim33 Dan Ellis77 Victor Hedman91 Steven StamkosUnveiled 8/25/2007 [blog post] … Debuted 10/4/2007 vs. New Jersey Devils (W 3-1) … Retired 4/8/2011 vs. Florida Panthers (W 4-2) … Worn for all home games during 2011 Stanley Cup PlayoffsAdded 2/11/2011 | Photos: Getty Images/NHL.comCrest,national soccer jersey, helmetShoulders2007—2011Road uniform4 Vincent Lecavalier6 Ryan Malone12 Simon Gagne41 Mike Smith44 Nate Thompson91 Steven StamkosUnveiled 8/25/2007 [blog post] … Debuted 10/13/2007 at Florida Panthers (L 4-6) … Retired 4/9/2011 at Carolina Hurricanes (W 6-2) … Worn for all road games during 2011 Stanley Cup PlayoffsAdded 2/11/2011 | Photos: Getty Images/NHL.com; Sports IllustratedOther galleries to be added for this team:2001—2007: Home/road uniforms1997—1999: Alternate uniform1995—2001: Home/road uniforms1993—1994: Home/road uniforms1992—1993: Home/road uniformsUnveiled 1/30/1997 … Debuted 2/8/1997 vs. Buffalo Sabres [source]–>
This past week you all have been voting on the divisional boundary alignment for the Icethetics-created fantasy hockey league. Alignment A got the most votes, taking 733 of 2,208. For a quick refresher, here’s what that boundary alignment looks like.Obviously, not all of the cities listed will be included. Last week we completed a poll in which you guys determined our league would have 30 teams. That brings us to this week. We’re going to be doing two divisions at a time over the next three weeks. This week you’ll vote on the cities to be included in the Pacific and Central Divisions. One from the West,nike team soccer jerseys, one from the East. Five cities from each division — 10 total. Yay, math.From the 12 cities listed, you can choose to vote for as few as 1 or as many as all 12. It’s entirely up to you. You just choose the cities you think should be included. However, only the five with the most votes at the end of the week will be included in the division.LOOKING AHEADFor reference, next week will be the North and Northeast Divisions. That’ll be the weekend of September 6. After that we’ll do the South and Southeast. Those polls will begin on the weekend of September 13.My plan is to do a few things concurrently just to get through this quicker, but I reserve the right to change my mind if it becomes too much work for me. Next weekend we’ll know which cities are getting teams so at that point I’d like to start taking nominations for team names. NAMING NOMINATIONSIMPORTANT: I will not accept name nominations until the city selection polls are finalized — no matter how many votes any city is getting,euro 2012 jersey for sale!Now, about how the naming will work. When you make a nomination, you must include locator with it. In other words, don’t just submit Lightning. Submit Tampa Bay Lightning. Or Florida Lightning or St. Petersburg Lightning. Like I said before, you’ll be choosing a locator that goes with your name.When these polls are finished, I will offer a complete list of acceptable locators for each city chosen. For example, if Tampa was one of the selected cities, your locator options would be: Tampa, Tampa Bay, Florida, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, and Lakeland. Orlando would not be accepted because it is considered a separate market for our purposes. However, if Orlando was selected instead of Tampa, Lakeland might still be included with it because of its proximity to both cities. But if Tampa and Orlando were both selected, Lakeland would only be available to one city or the other. Make sense?We’ll do the same name nominating process the week after for the next two divisions and so on. I’ll accept nominations for a week and then have you guys vote on the final name. All nominations will be included in this process provided they fit within the guidelines I set up. More on those in the next paragraph.THE RESTRICTIONSI know saying restrictions sounds bad but it’s basically what they are. I’m just starting to work on this so don’t consider this final by any means. It’s just a way of letting you know what to expect. A team name nomination will NOT be accepted if it breaks any of the following rules:It may not use a name of any current or past NHL team.It may not use the name of any current AHL or ECHL team.It may not use the name or close variation of any professional sports team currently or previously within the same market or geographical area.It may not use the name of any team from Project: IHAIt may not be vulgar or in any way inappropriate. (And I’ll decide what’s inappropriate.)That should cut down on any potential similarity to the NHL or any other league. I’ll have another list like this for when it comes time to choose colors and create logos. But again, this is not final. If you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear them. Email me or leave a comment.Happy voting! tagged fantasy,celtics jerseys, info, project
ST. PETERSBURG — Rays third baseman Evan Longoria took more batting and fielding practice Tuesday and also did some running drills.Manager Joe Maddon was optimistic about what he saw from Longoria, saying there were no setbacks. He is scheduled to also run before Thursday’s game against the Mets. If all goes well, Longoria could begin a rehab assignment Friday.Longoria is still not 100 percent, according to Maddon, who added that it might take another day as well.”With a hamstring, you have to be extremely prudent and wise,” Maddon said. “We wanted to make sure that he was well.”Tampa Bay was 20-17 entering Tuesday since Longoria partially tore his left hamstring April 30. In 23 games, he was hitting .329 with four home runs and 19 RBIs. Matsui gets the start on his birthday ST. PETERSBURG — Rays outfielder Hideki Matsui hasn’t been in the starting lineup since last Wednesday, but manager Joe Maddon had a good reason to insert him into Tuesday’s lineup.”It’s very easy — it’s Matsui’s birthday,” Maddon said. “That’s it.”The always-colorful Maddon then tried to justify his reason even further,team soccer jerseys cheap, saying Matsui was primed to have a big game because of the occasion.”Sometimes you have to look beyond the stats and numbers and just look at the birthday,” Maddon said.He even went as far as to say that he read somewhere that players who played on their birthdays this season had good games.Members of the Japanese media even took part in the celebration. They presented Matsui with a giant red velvet cake, complete with a Rays hat and baseball decorations and “38″ across the front for the now 38-year-old. Farnsworth pitching in rehab games at Class A ST. PETERSBURG — Fresh off a rehab assignment in Port Charlotte, Fla., Rays reliever Kyle Farnsworth is scheduled to pitch again for the Class A Stone Crabs in Jupiter on Thursday.In his first appearance, the 36-year-old pitched one scoreless inning on just five pitches, but he said he still isn’t quite ready to rejoin the Major League club.”The arm strength is still not there, but that will eventually come,” Farnsworth said.Farnsworth added he’ll probably make “six or seven” appearances and hopes to be back during the team’s final home stand in June, which begins against the Tigers on June 28.The righty hasn’t pitched at all for the Rays this season. A year ago, he made 63 appearances and recorded 25 saves for Tampa Bay with a 2.18 ERA. Current closer Fernando Rodney has done well in his absence and holds a 0.94 ERA with 18 saves already this season. Worth noting • Second baseman/right fielder Ben Zobrist was out of the lineup Tuesday due to soreness in his hand. Maddon said he is listed as day to day but joked that he wished Zobrist was out “hour to hour” instead.• Infielder Jeff Keppinger was back in the Rays’ clubhouse Tuesday,adidas soccer jerseys wholesale, this time without the walking boot he was last seen wearing. Maddon said he can begin taking batting practice “in a couple days.”