Nestor and Mirnyi tied the match with an emphaticin Announcements Thu Jun 11, 2015 9:19 am
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BRADENTON, Fla. -- The Toronto Blue Jays spring training game at the Pittsburgh Pirates was rained out Thursday. The game will not be made up. STARTING TIME The Blue Jays returned to their camp in Dunedin without announcing revised pitching plans. Left-hander Mark Buerhle was scheduled to start Thursday on six days rest and it is not likely manager John Gibbons will want him to wait past Friday for his next outing. Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole, slated to start against Toronto, will pitch against Minnesota in a "B" game Friday morning. Cole allowed two runs in two innings against the Blue Jays in his initial outing on Feb. 28. TRAINERS ROOM Pirates left-hander Jeff Locke does not expect to miss much time due to tightness in his right oblique. Locke felt what he said felt like "a continuous little pull" during his last bullpen session and was scratched from his scheduled start Wednesday. "Its very minor. Well take a few days and re-evaluate," Locke said. "Its funny. I was just out there throwing normally. It could be I was coming out of my turn quick. It could be I didnt stretch enough." Locke was an All-Star last year but didnt pitch due to a back injury. He struggled in the second half -- at one point he was sent to Double-A -- and finished 10-7 with a 3.52 ERA. He is battling Edinson Volquez for the No. 5 spot in the rotation. "From what Ive heard from the training staff, its something that if we dont take care of it now, it could be six to eight weeks later," Locke said. "Thats something I cant afford." FINDING RHYTHM Pedro Alvarez has started five of Pittsburghs first eight games and is tied with Gregory Polanco for the team lead with 15-bats. "Theres a reason for it," manager Clint Hurdle said. "Were trying to bundle at-bats differently for all these guys and give them an opportunity to find some rhythm. The only guys who havent played back-to-back games are (Andrew) McCutchen and (Russell) Martin, and thats by design too." In spring traininng last year, Alvarez hit .241 with two homers in 54 at-bats. In 2012, he hit .170 with two homers in 53 at-bats. "Pedros spring trainings have been challenging," Hurdle said. "Obviously, the season can turn out different, but nobody likes to have to battle for an extended period. If we can give him some help along the way, like by giving him (lots) of at-bats in a short period of time, thats what well do." Glen Rice Heat Jersey . The forward left Thursdays game against the Philadelphia Flyers late in the third period with a lower-body injury that was thought to be a muscle pull. Mario Chalmers Swingman Jersey . -- Starter Homer Bailey agreed to a six-year, $105 million deal on Wednesday that avoids arbitration and will help the Cincinnati Reds with their cash flow by temporarily deferring some of the salary. http://www.nbaheatsonline.com/womens-mario-chalmers-basketball-jersey/ . -- Garret Sparks made 31 saves as the Toronto Marlies beat the Grand Rapids Griffins 3-1 in American Hockey League play Tuesday. Shabazz Napier Authentic Jersey . - The Tampa Bay Times is reporting Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Williams was stabbed in the thigh at his home and an arrest warrant has been issued for his brother. Alonzo Mourning Jersey . Major League Baseball said Wednesday it created a "Mariano Rivera American League Reliever of the Year Award" and a "Trevor Hoffman National League Reliever of the Year Award.SHANGHAI, China -- Torontos Daniel Nestor and partner Max Mirnyi of Belarus earned their third doubles title of the season in dramatic fashion Sunday. Nestor and Mirnyi, the second seeds, rallied to beat Frances Michael Llodra and Serb Nenad Zimonjic 3-6, 6-1, 12-10 at the Shanghai Masters. It was the first doubles title for Nestor and Mirnyi since winning the French Open in June. Earlier, they had captured the China Masters 1000 and Memphis doubles honours. Nestor and Mirnyi needed one hour nine minutes to capture the win Sunday. It was Nestors 74th career doubles crown and left him sixth in the post-1968 Open era alongside American Bob Bryan. "Its huge momentum-wise because we havent strung together too many matches in a row," said Nestor, "This week we played four solid matches. "Confidence always comes from winning matches, so were not going to sit back and enjoy this. Were going to play Vienna, Basel and Paris and try to keep them going, hopefully playing our best by London (at the World Tour Final)." Nestor and Mirnyi entered the final without having dropped a set all week, but quickly fell behind as Llodra and Zimonjic -- Nestors former partner -- won the opening set. Nestor and Mirnyi tied the match with an emphatic second-set win to force the dramatic third set using a sudden-death tiebreaker format. Nestor and Mirnyi saved two match points before a precise Mirnyi pass set up match point.dddddddddddd Nestors service winner clinched the victory as he and Mirnyi finished with two aces and two service breaks. "Obviously winning such a close match, seesaw at the end, was nice to win," said Nestor, who claimed this event in 2007 with Mark Knowles of the Bahamas and 08 with Zimonjic. "We beat the team thats probably been the best over the last few months, the most consistent. "Theyve won a lot of matches, a lot of tournaments, beaten all the best teams. Its nice to beat them in a very tough, mentally gruelling match. They got us pretty good in Montreal so it was nice to get a little revenge." Nestor and Mirnyi improved to 2-2 this year against Llodra and Zimonjic, who earned their wins in the quarter-finals at Madrid as well as the semifinals at the Rogers Cup in Montreal in August. Nestor and Mirnyi earned their first victory in the semifinals of the French Open. Nestor said his team maintained its cool after dropping the first set. "We had our moments in the first set when we were returning well, especially Max," he said. "He was returning well the first, I wasnt returning that well. I started to return better in the second. "In the third set tiebreaker, its just a matter of a couple of lucky shots here and there. But fortunately we held our nerve and won in the end." cheap nfl jerseys Cheap nhl Jerseys ' ' '