Shaw knows he’s safer in Canada than being in the U.S. — Toronto Sun

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Shaw knows he’s safer in Canada than being in the U.S. — Toronto Sun

MLB’s 60-game season might turn out to be a battle of attrition rather than a battle of hitting and pitching.

Amid a pandemic, players can opt out on their accord, while players testing positive for COVID-19 may decide they prefer not to return at any point.

The numbers in the U.S. continue to grow, while the situation in Canada is much better.

“We’ll be safer up here if we stay in Canada,” Blue Jays infielder Travis Shaw said. “The numbers up here are way better than they are in the United States. As a team longevity if we can get through these three months of the season we should be able to stay healthier than some of these other teams. We have a competitive advantage in that mindset.”

When Shaw looks at the available options presented to the Jays, the best, by far, is to be at Rogers Centre for the regular season.

The guidelines in Canada are quite strict when compared down south.

Shaw and the rest of his teammates will play 30 road games in the U.S.

He said no discussions have been held internally about players’ behavior when venturing to the U.S., which is scheduled to begin with a pair of pre-season games in Boston beginning July 21.

“I think everyone has to be smart,” said Shaw. “I can’t sit here and say 100% everyone is going to stay in their hotel room on the road, either. I think people have to be smart about it. I do not think people will go out and be selfish and jeopardize our team, our team health and public health.

“I don’t think that’s going to be an issue at all.”

Shaw, who is on a one-year deal, doesn’t plan to opt out, at least not at this point.

He can see how players with long-term security may decide not to play.

“As it sits right now I have no plans to opt out,” he said. “I feel really good baseball-wise.”

Shaw is bent on re-establishing himself.

“I’m looking forward to getting going in a few weeks,” he said.

CHASE SHELVED

Manager Charlie Montoyo announced that Chase Anderson has an oblique strain, a setback the pitcher suffered while getting loose in the bullpen a few days ago.

“He’s day to day right now,” said Montoyo, who plans on going pitcher-heavy when the Jays open the regular season.

Anderson was pencilled in as part of Montoyo’s rotation.

The Jays have been building a bevy of starting pitchers in the event of injuries.

“It’s going to be a crazy year, as you know, and you don’t know what’s going to happen,” said Montoyo. “We have many options, which is great because they will be competing for a spot if Chase isn’t ready when this season starts.”

The plan is to maintain a traditional five-man rotation.

“He (Anderson) was ready to go,” added Montoyo. “He was in great shape.”

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Leafs announce camp roster — Toronto Sun

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Published:July 12, 2020

Updated:July 12, 2020 10:34 AM EDT

Summer hockey is here for the Maple Leafs.

The club announced its 34-man training camp roster Sunday morning ahead of Monday’s official start of training camp for the 24-team Return To Play tournament for the Stanley Cup.

Toronto, which opens a best-of-five qualifying round Aug. 2 against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Scotiabank Arena, will have all hands on deck from the postponed regular season, including players such as Auston Matthews and Frederik Andersen, who spent much of the four-month COVID-19 suspension of games in the United States. Matthews, who tested positive for the condition last month and others coming from outside Canada either self quarantined before or are part of the NHL bubble, arranged with the Canadian government to keep returning players within bounds of the rink and hotel during the 12-team Eastern Conference part of the tournament, in and around SBA.

As expected, the Leafs added junior draft pick sensation Nick Robertson to the roster at forward, along with AHL Marlies top scorer Kenny Agostino. On defence, youngster Mac Hollowell and prospect Teemu Kivihalme are coming, too, with rookie goalie Joseph Woll behind Andersen, Jack Campbell and Kasimir Kaskisuo.

Ilya Mikheyev, who suffered a serious wrist tendon injury in December has returned, but winger Andreas Johnsson (knee surgery)  is still out. Only 31 players will be picked for the tournament.

The rest of the roster, listed here, played at some point for the Leafs prior to the stoppage in play when the COVID-19 pandemic began raging in early March. General manager Kyle Dubas was to address the media Sunday afternoon.

FORWARDS (18)

Kenny Agostino

Adam Brooks

Kyle Clifford

Pierre Engvall

Tyler Gaudet

Frederik Gauthier

Zach Hyman

Kasperi Kapanen

Alex Kerfoot

Egor Korshkov

Denis Malgin

Mitch Marner

Auston Matthews

Ilya Mikheyev

William Nylander

Nicholas Robertson

Jason Spezza

John Tavares

DEFENCE (12)

Tyson Barrie

Cody Ceci

Travis Dermott

Justin Holl

Mac Hollowell

Teemu Kivilhalme

Timothy Liljegren

Martun Marincin

Jake Muzzin

Morgan Rielly

Calle Rosen

Rasmus Sandin

GOALIES (4)

Frederik Andersen

Jack Campbell

Kasimir Kaskisuo

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MLS forced to postpone D.C. United vs Toronto FC after positive coronavirus test | Goal.co — nyob.news

The MLS match between D.C. United and Toronto FC has been postponed just minutes before it was scheduled to kick off.

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Sunday’s MLS match between D.C. United and Toronto FC has been postponed after a player tested positive for coronavirus.

The announcement was made just minutes before it was scheduled to kick off and the league is yet to announce a new date or time for the match.

The match was called off after one D.C. United player tested positive for Covid-19, while a Toronto player’s test came back inconclusive.

The players were tested the previous day but had to be checked again on Sunday morning and in the interests of health and safety the league has decided to reschedule the match.

A statement read: “Major League Soccer announced that today’s D.C. United vs. Toronto FC match has been postponed and will be rescheduled. MLS will announce details later today for the rescheduled match.

“Under the league’s health and safety protocols, clubs are tested the day before each match. The results of yesterday’s tests for D.C. United and Toronto FC produced an initial unconfirmed positive Covid-19 case for one player and an inconclusive test for another player.

“Because of the arrival time of the clubs in Orlando, the league’s protocol called for retesting both teams this morning and to await the results of those tests prior to playing the match.

“Major League Soccer will continue to prioritize the health and safety of all participants of the MLS is Back Tournament in making these decisions.”

Mark Abbott, the league’s deputy commissioner, explained further: ”Each team was tested the game before and two results we are re-evaluating.

“One for D.C. is a positive test, but not a final positive. With Toronto we had one that is an inconclusive test and we are re-evaluating that.”

He added: “Once we receive the results of the two tests we will be in a position to know when to re-schedule the game.”

The MLS is Back tournament being held in Florida has been hit hard by the ongoing pandemic since before it began on July 8.

The competition’s schedule had to be changed just a day before the opening game because FC Dallas and Nashville SC had to withdraw before because several players tested positive for Covid-19.

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