RAPTORS AT SUNS: Ibaka, VanVleet listed as doubtful against Phoenix.

INJURY REPORT AT 5:30 P.M. TUESDAY

Phoenix Suns Harper, Jared Out G League – Two-Way
Johnson, Cameron Probable Injury/Illness – Low Back/right Hip; Contusion
Kaminsky, Frank Out Injury/Illness – Right Patella; Stress Fracture
Lecque, Jalen Out G League – On Assignment
Oubre Jr., Kelly Out Injury/Illness – Right Knee; injury
Owens, Tariq Out G League – Two-Way
Toronto Raptors Brissett, Oshae Out G League – Two-Way
Gasol, Marc Out Injury/Illness – Left Hamstring; Tightness
Hernandez, Dewan Out Injury/Illness – Right Ankle; Sprain
Ibaka, Serge Doubtful Injury/Illness – Right Knee; Soreness
VanVleet, Fred Doubtful Injury/Illness – Left Shoulder; Soreness

Watson, Paul Out G League – Two-Way

Fred VanVleet (sore shoulder) and Serge Ibaka (sore knee) were listed as doubtful and Marc Gasol (hamstring) was listed as out for the away game Tuesday night against the Phoenix Suns.

VanVleet and Ibaka have missed the past two games. Gasol will miss his 14th straight game.

The Raptors and Suns will be trying to end three-game losing streaks. The Suns will be without Kelly Oubre Jr. (knee) for the fourth consecutive game.

The Raptors defeated the Suns in Toronto 118-101 on Feb. 21.

TORONTO – The Suns (22-34), playing their first game back after the All-Star break, dug a huge hole in the first half but nearly fought their way out of it in the second half before ultimately falling 118-101 to the Toronto Raptors (41-15) at Scotiabank Arena. The Suns held their final lead of the game at 14-13 in the first quarter before the Raptors went on a 13-2 run to take their first double-digit lead of the game. The Raptors dominated the second quarter, outscoring the Suns 36-20 in the period, taking their largest lead of the game at 67-41 just before taking a 24-point lead into the intermission as Pascal Siakam had 25 points at halftime. The Suns opened the second half on a 19-8 run to cut into the lead and trailed by 15 going into the fourth quarter. In the fourth, Deandre Ayton scored all seven points on a 7-1 Suns run to cut the score to 96-90 with 8:08 remaining. Six points was as close as the Suns would get before the Raptors ended the game on a 16-6 run. The Suns shot 41.3% from the field as Toronto had 13 blocked shots. Devin Booker led the Suns with 21 points while Ayton had 17 points and 10 boards. Siakam finished with 37 points to lead the Raptors. RAPTORS

MAPLE LEAFS AT SHARKS PREGAME NOTES: Jack Campbell has a 3-0-1 record with a .919 save percentage and a 2.40 goals-against average since being acquired by the Maple Leafs. He is 1-1-0 in two career appearances against the Sharks with a 1.99 goals-against average and a .923 save percentage.

“We wanted to get Jack involved,” Sheldon Keefe said. “He’s comfortable in California, he’s won a game here in San Jose here this season” Campbell stopped 22 of 24 shots in win at San Jose on Dec. 27. He last played on Feb. 15 in Ottawa

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (35-23-8 – 78 Points) vs.

SAN JOSE SHARKS (28-33-4 – 60 Points)

MARCH 3, 2020 ▪ 10:30 PM EST

SAP CENTER (SAN JOSE, CA) ▪
TV: SPORTSNET ONTARIO ▪ RADIO: SPORTSNET 590 THE FAN

MAPLE LEAFS HISTORY versus SAN JOSE

ALL-TIME RECORD:24-21-5-2 (52 Games)
ALL-TIME ON THE ROAD:9-12-3-0 (24 Games)
2019-20:1-0-0
LAST FIVE:4-1-0
LAST 10:4-4-2

MAPLE LEAFS CAREER LEADERS versus SAN JOSE

GAMES PLAYED:Kyle Clifford (41), Jake Muzzin (30), Jason Spezza (23)
GOALS:Auston Matthews (7), John Tavares (7), Kyle Clifford (5)
ASSISTS:Jason Spezza (15), John Tavares (12), Mitch Marner (8), Jake Muzzin (8)
POINTS:John Tavares (19), Jason Spezza (18), Jake Muzzin (11)
PENALTY MINUTES:Kyle Clifford (61), Jake Muzzin (24), Morgan Rielly (9)

MAPLE LEAFS – SHARKS TEAM STATS

 TORONTOSAN JOSE
GOALS FOR (Rank):232 (1st)167 (28th)
GOALS AGAINST (Rank):       214 (28th)208 (26th)
POWER PLAY [%] (Rank):43/181 [23.8%] (5th)27/174 [15.5%] (27th)
PENALTY KILL [%] (Rank):140/182 [76.9%] (t-24th)183/212 [86.3%] (1st)
SHOTS (Rank):2172 (5th)1928 (28th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPTS FOR (Rank):3286 (3rd)2841 (21st)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT % (Rank):52.1% (6th)50.6% (14th)
FACEOFF % (Rank):52.7% (3rd)49.1% (22nd)

MAPLE LEAFS – SHARKS NOTES

First Matchup between Clubs:November 4, 1991 (Toronto 4, San Jose 1)
All-Time Record:24-21-5-2 (52 Games)
All-Time Record at Home:15-9-2-2 (28 Games)
All-Time Record on the Road:9-12-3-0 (24 Games)
Last Win vs. Opponent at Home:November 15, 2018 (Toronto 5, San Jose 3)
  

MAPLE LEAFS MILESTONES vs. SHARKS

Frederik Andersen:100th game as a Maple Leaf (Jan. 4, 2018 vs. SJS)
Cody Ceci:100th NHL point (Dec. 1, 2018 (OTT) vs. SJS)
  

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

CATEGORYLEADER
GOALS45 (Matthews)
ASSISTS49 (Marner)
POINTS77 (Matthews)
POWER PLAY POINTS24 (Matthews)
SHORTHANDED POINTS(Engvall, Kapanen)
PIMs40 (Muzzin)
SHOTS270 (Matthews)
FACEOFF WIN%55.5% (Gauthier)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT %54.7% (Nylander)
BLOCKED SHOTS110 (Muzzin)
TAKEAWAYS73 (Matthews)
HITS109 (Muzzin)
TOI PER GAME24:15 (Rielly)
PP TOI PER GAME3:08 (Marner)
SH TOI PER GAME2:50 (Ceci)

MAPLE LEAFS SNAPSHOTS

Faceoffs– The Maple Leafs rank third among NHL teams in faceoff win percentage (52.7%) and are second among NHL teams in offensive zone faceoff win percentage (54.1%).
Goals by Strength– The Maple Leafs hold the NHL lead in goals scored at 5-on-5 (157).
Goals by Period– Toronto is tied for second in the NHL in goals scored in the second period (84) and are fifth in the NHL in goals scored in the third period (77).
Power Play– The Maple Leafs have the fewest power play opportunities (181) among NHL teams that have scored at least 40 power play goals (43).
Penalty Kill– Toronto has been shorthanded 182 times this season, which is the eighth-fewest times shorthanded in the NHL.
Scoring First– Toronto has a .767 win percentage when scoring first, which is tied for the third-highest in the NHL.

MAPLE LEAFS PLAYER NOTES

Frederik Andersen– Third among NHL goaltenders in wins (28).- Ranks third in the NHL in saves (1,372).- Is 6-8-1 with a 2.55 goals-against average and a .924 save percentage in 16 career games against San Jose.
Tyson Barrie– Has eight multi-assist games, which is tied for the fourth-most among NHL defencemen.- Tied for third among NHL defencemen in multi-point games (12).
– Averages 14.38 shot attempts per game at 5-on-5, which is the fifth-highest average among NHL defencemen who have played in at least 50 games.- Ranks 17th among NHL defencemen in 5-on-5 time on ice per game (18:16).
Jack Campbell– Has a 3-0-1 record with a .919 save percentage and a 2.40 goals-against average since being acquired by the Maple Leafs.- Is 1-1-0 in two career appearances against the Sharks with a 1.99 goals-against average and a .923 save percentage.
Kyle Clifford– Tied for seventh among NHL left wingers who have appeared in 50 games in 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (54.3%).
– Averages 14.93 shot attempts per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which ranks 18th among left wingers.- Ranks 9.79 hits per 60 minutes of ice time, which ranks 32nd among NHL skaters.
Pierre Engvall– Ninth among NHL rookie forwards who have appeared in 30 games in 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (51.6%). – Has an on-ice goals-for percentage of 54.0 percent at 5-on-5, which is the sixth highest among NHL rookie forwards who have appeared in 30 games.- Ranks sixth among rookie forwards in 5-on-5 shot attempts per 60 minutes (13.73).
Justin Holl– Has started the eighth-lowest percentage of his 5-on-5 shifts (42.4%) in the offensive zone among right-handed defencemen.- Ranks second in 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (52.0%) among NHL defencemen who have started less than 45 percent of their 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone (42.4%).- Has the highest unblocked shot attempt percentage at 5-on-5 (52.6%) among NHL defencemen to have started fewer than 45 percent (42.4%) of their shifts in the offensive zone.
Zach Hyman– Ranks fifth among Maple Leafs skaters in points per game (0.79).- Fourth among Toronto forwards in even-strength time on ice per game (16:05).- Ranks second among Toronto forwards in shorthanded time on ice per game (1:47).
Kasperi Kapanen– Has drawn 20 penalties this season and taken eight, which gives him the highest net penalties among Toronto skaters (+12) and ranks tied for 11th among NHL forwards.- Ranks fourth among Maple Leafs and tied for 12th among NHL right wingers who have appeared in 50 games in assists per 60 minutes of ice time (1.26) at 5-on-5.- Has recorded 21 (9-12-21) of his 36 points on the road this season.
Alex Kerfoot– Ranks second among Toronto skaters who have appeared in 50 games in assists per 60 minutes of ice time (1.29) at 5-on-5.- Eighth among Maple Leafs in even-strength points (8-17-25).- Tied for second among Maple Leafs in primary assists at 5-on-5 (11).
Mitch Marner– Tied for ninth among NHL skaters in assists (49).- Has 12 multi-assist games, which is tied for the seventh-most among NHL skaters.- Averaging 1.16 points per game, which is tied for the 15th-highest average in the NHL.- Averaging 1.81 assists per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which is eighth among NHLers who have appeared in at least 50 games.- Eighth in the NHL in primary assists (31).- Ranks fifth among NHL forwards in time on ice per game (21:29)
Auston Matthews– Tied for second among NHL skaters in goals (45).- Leads the NHL with 34 even-strength goals.- Leads the NHL in goals scored at 5-on-5 (29).- Tied for first in the NHL in wrist shot goals (27).- Second in the NHL in multi-goal games (10).- Seventh in the NHL in multi-point games (24).- Tied for ninth among NHL skaters in points (45-32-77).- Fourth in the NHL with 270 shots on goal.
William Nylander– Leads the Maple Leafs and is tied for fifth among NHLers in game-winning goals (7).- Tied for ninth in the NHL in goals scored at 5-on-5 (19).- One of 10 NHLers to average at least 14:00 minutes per game at 5-on-5 (14:30) while maintaining a goal per 60-minute rate of at least 1.20 (1.23).- Ranks seventh among NHL forwards who average 14:00 per game (14:30) in 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (54.7%).
Rasmus Sandin– Ranks seventh among rookie defencemen who have appeared in at least 10 games in points per 60 minutes of ice time (1.07) at 5-on-5. – Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 54.1 percent, which ranks fifth among rookie defencemen who have skated in at least 10 games.
Jason Spezza– Averaging 2.09 points per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5 this season, which is the fourth-highest average among Toronto skaters who have appeared in at least 50 games.- Averaging 0.81 goals per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5 this season, which ranks fifth among Maple Leafs who have appeared in at least 50 games.- Averaging 1.28 assists per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which is the third-highest average among Toronto skaters.
John Tavares– Tied for 20th among NHL skaters in multi-point games (17).- Had 17 points (8-9-17) in 15 games during the month of February.- Tied for 15th in the NHL in faceoff wins (579)- Has recorded 13 points (6-7-13) in 12 games against Pacific Division teams.- Has 31 points (16 goals, 15 assists) in 30 games on the road.
  

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

Zach HymanHas goals (2) and points (2-1-3) in two consecutive games.
Martin MarincinHas points (1-1-2) in two consecutive games.
Mitch MarnerHas assists (3) in three consecutive games.
Auston MatthewsHas goals (2) in two consecutive games and points (2-2-4) in three consecutive games.
John TavaresHas assists (2) in two consecutive games and points (3-4-7) in five consecutive games.
  

UPCOMING MILESTONES

Zach HymanTwo games from 300 NHL games
Kasperi KapanenTwo games from 200 NHL games
Mitch MarnerFour games from 300 NHL games
Jason SpezzaOne assist from 600 assists
  

RECENT MILESTONES

William Nylander300th NHL game (February 22 vs. Carolina)
  

INJURY REPORT

Cody Ceci (Ankle)On injured reserve.
Andreas Johnsson (Knee)On injured reserve.
Ilya Mikheyev (Wrist Laceration)On injured reserve.
Jake Muzzin (Hand)Sustained a broken hand on February 25 at Tampa Bay.
Morgan Rielly (Foot)On injured reserve.
 Man Games Lost: 182

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

February 26Recalled defenceman Calle Rosen from the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
  

Woz Blog: Raptors shouldn’t worry about Siakam yet — Toronto Sun

DENVER — The Nuggets are a very good, deep and healthy team. Toronto is a very good, deep and not so healthy team that was playing at altitude without much time to acclimate. Maybe what happened on Sunday should have been expected? OK, maybe not the Denver hitting its first seven three-pointers part, but the […]

Woz Blog: Raptors shouldn’t worry about Siakam yet — Toronto Sun

DENVER — The Nuggets are a very good, deep and healthy team. Toronto is a very good, deep and not so healthy team that was playing at altitude without much time to acclimate. Maybe what happened on Sunday should have been expected? OK, maybe not the Denver hitting its first seven three-pointers part, but the Nuggets piling up the points and pulling away in the fourth against a tired, undermanned group.

Will have a lot more on Pascal Siakam’s struggles on Tuesday. For now, we’ll leave it at that was one of his worst games of the season. He missed 15 shots, the fifth-most in a game this season by Siakam. The Raptors recognize what is wrong and understand that without Fred VanVleet, Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka, life is going to be a lot harder for Siakam. Now’s not the time to worry about him.

OG Anunoby had an unbelievable game, showing why the Raptors organization has been so high on him. There are flashes of brilliance from time-to-time on offence — most noticeably in this one, which saw Anunoby score 31 points off a mixture of three-pointers, dunks off of steals and cuts to the hoop. The defence is pretty much always there and can be game-changing.

NBA roundup: LeBron, Lakers outlast Zion, Pels — Stabroek News

LeBron James had a triple-double as the visiting Los Angeles Lakers overcame the absence of All-Star forward Anthony Davis and defeated the New Orleans Pelicans 122-114 on Sunday night. Davis, who averaged 36 points as the Lakers won the first three meetings with his former team, sat out because of knee soreness one night after […]

NBA roundup: LeBron, Lakers outlast Zion, Pels — Stabroek News

MARLIES 3, TEXAS 2: “The guys deserved the game tonight. Even going into that third, being down 2-0, we got a lot of good chances and we were just having a hard time finding the back of the net but the process was there. I thought that the whole game was a good, complete game for us.” –GREG MOORE.

TORONTO MARLIES (28-24-3-2 – 61 Points) vs. TEXAS STARS (24-27-2-4 – 54 Points)

MONDAY, MARCH 2, 2020

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GAME SUMMARY    |    GAME SHEET |    PHOTOS    |      SCRUMS

SCORING SUMMARY

Toronto: G. Wilson (9) (J. Duszak, H. Elynuik), P. Aberg (20) PP (K. Agostino, M. Lorito), K. Agostino (25) PP (J. Duszak, M. Lorito)
Goaltender: J. Woll (28/30)

Texas: N. Caanmano (9) (M. Mersch, T. Kero), J. L’Esperance (22) (R. Tufte, J. Melnick)
Goaltender: J. Oettinger (28/31)

ON THE SCORESHEET

  • Garrett Wilson put the Marlies on the board at 7:26 of the third period. Wilson has 18 points (9 goals, 9 assists) through 47 games this season.
  • Pontus Aberg scored at 14:44 of the third period on the power play. This was his sixth power play goal of the season. Aberg has 43 points (20 goals, 23 assists) through 51 games.
  • Kenny Agostino scored the game-winning goal at 17:37 of the third period and earlier added the primary assist on Aberg’s third period goal. Agostino set a career high in goals (25) scored in one season. This was his third game-winning goal of the season.
  • Joseph Duszak recorded the primary assists on Wilson’s and Agostino’s third period goals. He has seven power play points (1 goal, 6 assists). Duszak has 16 points (2 goals, 14 assists) in his last 13 games.
  • Hudson Elynuik registered the secondary assist on Wilson’s third period goal. Elynuik has 11 points (3 goals, 8 assists) in 49 games this season.
  • Matt Lorito picked up the secondary assists on Aberg’s and Agostino’s third period power play goals. Lorito has 25 points (9 goals, 16 assists) in 54 games this season.
  • Joseph Woll stopped 28 of 30 shots he faced. Woll is now 11-13-3-2 on the season with a .884 save percentage and a 3.67 goals against average.

OF NOTE…

  • Toronto was 4-for-4 on the penalty kill and 2-for-6 on the power play.
  • Toronto had a 31-30 edge in shots in all situations. Kenny Agostino led the Marlies with six shots on goal.
  • The Marlies are 11-5-0-0 against Central Division opponents and 3-1-0-0 against the Texas Stars.

REGULAR SEASON LEADERS

  • Goals: K. Agostino (25)
  • Assists: J. Bracco (30)
  • Points:  K. Agostino (46)
  • PPG: K. Agostino (7)
  • Shots: P. Aberg, K. Agostino (135)
  • +/-:  M. Salomaki (+13)
  • PIMS: G. Wilson (73)

RECORD WHEN…

  • The Marlies are 9-13-1-0 when trailing after the first period and 5-18-2-1 when trailing after the second period.
  • Toronto is 10-9-2-0 when outshooting their opponent.
  • The Marlies are 1-1-0-0 in Monday games and are 1-0-0-0 in March.

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

  • Pontus Aberg has goals (3) in consecutive games.
  • Kenny Agostino has points (2-1-3) in consecutive games.
  • Joseph Duszak has points (1-3-4) in three consecutive games.

MARLIES UPDATES.

  • Adam Brooks (concussion) did not dress for tonight’s game against Texas. He left Toronto’s game against Belleville on February 15 and did not return.
  • Kasimir Kaskisuo (hand) did not dress for tonight’s game against Texas.
  • Kalle Kossila (migraines) did not dress for tonight’s game against Texas.
  • Jesper Lindgren (high ankle sprain)did not dress for tonight’s game against Texas. Heleft Toronto’s game against Cleveland on January 24 in the third period and did not return.
  • Nic Petan (shoulder) did not dress for tonight’s game against Texas. He left Toronto’s game against Rochester on February 8 and did not return.

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

  • February 27: Recalled defenceman Sergei Sapego from loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
  • February 26: Recalled defenceman Calle Rosen from loan by Toronto (NHL).
  • February 25: Loaned defenceman Miles Gendron to Newfoundland (ECHL).
  • February 25: Loaned forward Matt Lorito from Toronto (NHL).
  • February 24: Traded forward Nick Baptiste to Belleville (AHL).
  • February 24: Recalled goaltender Parker Gahagen from Newfoundland (ECHL).

POSTGAME QUOTES

HEAD COACH GREG MOORE

On tonight’s win:
It felt really good. The guys deserved the game tonight. Even going into that third, being down 2-0, we got a lot of good chances and we were just having a hard time finding the back of the net but the process was there. I thought that the whole game was a good, complete game for us.

On what he saw during the third period in the comeback win:
Their mentality to get to the net. We just tried to build a mindset today of what our expectation is of the group, they just went out and put down the pedal. It was great to see and they were all bought in and it was fun to watch. This was really important for us and it meant a lot to the guys.

On Egor Korshkov’s injury during the second period:
Yeah, it was a scary moment. Korsh is a tough guy. Our medical team did a great job helping him in that moment and were able to repair what happened and he was able to get back on the ice.

On the players who have stepped up:
Aberg’s been great the last few games. He’s really stepped up. Agostino has been our best player for about two months.  He’s really, really driven the offence for us and even at times when we get down by two goals, he goes out and has physical shifts and gets a couple good hits and brings energy. He’s finding ways to have an impact in every hockey game.

KENNY AGOSTINO (1 GOAL, 1 ASSIST)

On tonight’s win:
For sure, it feel goods. I think you know everyone worked their ass off tonight obviously. And you know it was huge, Willy getting us going in the third and Woller was unreal the whole game.

On establishing a career high in goals (25):
It feels good. You know, some years they just go in more than others. We’ve had so many different line combos the whole year. I just think it speaks to the depth of our team really. We have so many forwards that are skilled and can make plays and I’ve been fortunate to play with a lot of them like Aberg, Petan, MacMaster as of late, Korshkov. I’ve really kind of played with everyone at some point I feel like.

JOSEPH WOLL (28 SAVES)

On tonight’s win:
Obviously, a special game for us coming back here and getting those two points. I think the guys really worked hard to earn that. I think we had spots in that game where we were really good and really turned it on in the third period so it was really nice to see us get rewarded for that kind of stuff.

NEXT GAME:

March 4 at Belleville – 7:00 p.m. ET
March 6 vs Syracuse – 7:00 p.m. ET
March 7 vs Syracuse – 7:00 p.m. ET
March 11 at Bridgeport – 7:00 p.m. ET
March 13 at Hershey – 7:00 p.m. ET

This Jayson Tatum Career Stat Literally Puts Him On A List Of His Own — NESN.com

Boston Celtics third-year forward Jayson Tatum has had a list of stats to depict just how impressive he has been recently. But Tatum earned another one showcasing how special he’s been since he entered the league as the No. 3 overall pick in 2017. In fact, Tatum is quite literally on a list of his…

This Jayson Tatum Career Stat Literally Puts Him On A List Of His Own — NESN.com

Here’s the criteria: Tatum is the first player in NBA history to hold career averages of more than 17.0 points per game in the regular season and 17.0 points per game in the postseason (minimum of 20 games) under the age of 21, per Boston Sports Info. Tatum averages an exact 17.0 points per game in his career, benefiting from his 23.5 average this year. He averages 17.4 pointer per game in his 28-game playoff career. Read more at:

Read more at: https://nesn.com/2020/03/this-jayson-tatum-stat-literally-puts-him-on-a-list-of-his-own/

The Shoe fits again as Blue Jays starter looks sharp in Grapefruit League debut — Toronto Sun

DUNEDIN, Fla. — There has been far too much injury rehab in pitcher Matt Shoemaker’s career, so every time he makes it back to a big-league mound after a successful recovery, you better believe he appreciates the moment. Read More

The Shoe fits again as Blue Jays starter looks sharp in Grapefruit League debut — Toronto Sun

There has been far too much injury rehab in pitcher Matt Shoemaker’s career, so every time he makes it back to a big-league mound after a successful recovery, you better believe he appreciates the moment.

And he savors it even more when it’s the first start of spring, everything feels good physically and the optimism of a strong new season ahead adds to the moment.

The Blue Jays starter experienced all that and more on Monday at TD Ballpark when he allowed just one hit over 2.2 shutout innings and struck out five in leading his team to a 4-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

“All of it. You say any of those words and they all fit,” Shoemaker said when asked whether he felt relief or reassurance in his first game-action since suffering a season-ending knee injury just five games into his 2019 season. “Most importantly, just really exciting. It’s been a while.

“You fight through injury and surgery and the just excited to be back out there. The excitement starts back up. You’re facing hitters.”

Shoemaker was confident he’d be able to pick up where he left off last season pitching some of the best ball of his career before the devastating injury took place on April 20th when he took a bad step in a defensive rundown. But there’s no replacing the confidence gained from getting out on the diamond and actually doing it.

“Overall (the anticipation) felt really normal, which is very good,” the 33-year-old Shoemaker said. “I’m excited every time I get to go out to pitch, (but) coming off an off season the intensity picks up the adrenaline picks up.

“We play baseball because we love it. It’s exciting to go out there and compete.”

More….

https://torontosun.com/sports/baseball/toronto-blue-jays/the-shoe-fits-again-as-blue-jays-starter-looks-sharp-in-grapefruit-league-debut