to provide the players with a potent strategy each and every game. The other big factor that has helped Canada is improved guard
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SEATTLE -- Bartolo Colon watched the line drive fall into the outfield grass and applauded. It was all Colon could do after his attempt to toss the first perfect game in New York Mets history was thwarted. Colon came within seven outs of a perfect game on Wednesday afternoon, before giving up a two-out single to Robinson Cano in the seventh inning of the Mets 3-2 win over the Mariners. Colon left a 2-2 fastball elevated on the outer half of the plate and Cano served the pitch into left field, dropping it well in front of Eric Young Jr. "Youre a little disappointed when they get a hit, but thats what theyre trying to do," Colon said through an interpreter. "Theyre trying to get a hit and break up the no-hitter." New York manager Terry Collins went one step further than disappointment. He was certain if Colon was able to get Cano to finish off the seventh he would have completed the perfect game. Collins was the Mets manager when Johan Santana ended New Yorks franchise drought without a no-hitter in 2012. "No doubt. There is no doubt in my mind that if he got by Cano he ramps it up. You see it a lot," Collins said. "But you know, great game by him." A no-hitter is one of the few things missing from Colons resume. He has a Cy Young. Hes won a World Series title. Hes made a career comeback after injuries left him out of baseball in 2010. At age 41, Colon is pitching well enough that hes regularly being talked about as trade fodder for teams needing a starter with the non-waiver trade deadline rapidly approaching. "I dont know anything about that," Colon said. "Those are decisions for the upper management and you cant control that stuff." Colon retired the first 20 batters he faced before Canos single. Colon then had to hold on as Seattle rallied in the eighth and came within inches of tying the game on Brad Millers RBI double that hit off the top of the wall. Colon (9-8) improved to 13-1 all-time at Safeco Field, including his dominance of the Mariners when he was pitching for the Angels. Seattle had no answers for the rotund right-hander, who gave up two runs and three hits in 7 1-3 innings. "He was a Cy Young class guy," Cano said. "He knows how to pitch. Back in the day when the guy threw hard, everything was middle of the plate, fastball. Now you see a different guy that moves the ball, both sides, and a pretty good change up." Colon threw a one-hitter for the Angels against the Yankees in 2000 and was cruising until the seventh. He got the first two outs of the seventh, but Canos single ended the bid for perfection. Cano was hitting .400 against Colon entering the game. Corey Hart led off the eighth walking on a 3-2 pitch, just the fourth three-ball count Colon reached. After a fly out, Dustin Ackley singled to right, bringing the tying run to the plate. Miller nearly tied it with one swing, doubling off the top of the wall in right-centre, missing a home run by only a couple of feet. Colon was replaced by Jeurys Familia and Willie Bloomquists infield groundout scored another, but Endy Chavez struck out to end the threat. Jenrry Mejia got his 13th save pitching the ninth, despite giving up a pair of singles. "(Colon) was awesome today. Great command of his fastball. We didnt use his off-speed that much," Mets catcher Anthony Recker said. "... It made my job really easy." Daniel Murphy had an RBI double in the first and David Wright had an RBI single in the seventh. New York also had a score in the fifth when Ruben Tejada was hit in the helmet with a 94 mph fastball from Seattle starter Taijuan Walker. Tejada instantly crumpled to the ground before walking off the field on his own power. Tejada passed all initial testing and was expected to fly with the team to Milwaukee. "It scared me," Tejada said. NOTES: The Mets have 38 one-hitters in franchise history. ... Colons only loss at Safeco field came in 2001 during the Mariners 116-win season. ... Seattle LHP James Paxton (back) is expected to throw one more rehab start this weekend in the minors before possibly rejoining the club. Timberwolves Jersey .com) - Jerian Grant totaled 24 points and six assists as No. Kevin Garnett Swingman Jersey . Matt Adams was so dialed in at the plate he gave his pitcher all the offensive support he needed. http://www.shopthetimberwolvesonline.com/womens-nikola-pekovic-basketball-jersey/ . 3 Ohio State. After watching film of the Bison pull off a huge upset at Notre Dame on Wednesday night, there was no way the Buckeyes were going to be on anything but high alert. Kevin Martin Authentic Jersey . 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Pre-tournament, Canadian head coach Leo Rautins insisted that an injury-free club would be able to make a mark even without Canadas biggest stars, and in the early going he may just have been proven right. This has not been an overnight development, however. Developing a Canadian basketball infrastructure has been a years long process that is just now beginning to bear fruit. European basketball legend Maurizio Gherardini (currently the vice president and assistant GM of the Raptors) brought stability to the Canada Basketball program by taking over as managing director in December of 2008. The experience that he brought to a fractured and disorganized program has been invaluable, and his willingness to improve just a little bit each year has helped keep expectations manageable and achievable, which has led Canada to the point that they are at today. However, it was the decision to keep Rautins on as head coach that has perhaps made the biggest impact thus far. Rautins has taken a fair share of criticism for the lack of success this club has achieved since he was hired in 2004. He famously dismissed Sam Dalembert from the team after Dalembert pulled a prima donna act in 2008, depriving the team of their lone NBA-level talent. He went winless in 2010 at the World Championships, with the team often looking vastly outmatched by their international counterparts. Hes had a difficult time winning over fans but the program stuck behind them and their faith may just have been well-placed as Rautins finally looks to have gotten his team playing up to the standards he insisted they were capable of meeting. Rautins has been steadfast in his approach that Canada is not going to win games based on talent, though, and that may have been his shrewdest admission. He knows that his squads have not had the kind of over-the-marquee names that are employed with USA, Spain, Argentina, France and Germany. Instead he has demanded an energy and an effort that can trump the talent of opposing squads. While Team Canada still lags too far talent-wise for that strategy to gain them serious medal consideration, their hustle has carried them through both Cuba and the Dominican Republic (a squad that features three NBA players) this summer, and got them within spitting distance of beating Brazil last Wednesday, too. For a club that is just looking for a chance to compete in next summers Olympic games, being 2-1 through three games is a respectable position to be in. Two big factors have helped Canada get to where they are this week.dddddddddddd The first has been preparedness. Team Canada has come out at the start of each game looking like they are completely in tune with their plan of attack. Again, without an excess of talent, every other area takes on greater importance, and being prepared for each opponent is a great place to start. Canada significantly disrupted how the Dominican Republic wanted to play on offense, forcing Al Horford into a 5-16 shooting night and the team as a whole into a 33.8 per cent shooting performance. The team has been smothering on defense all tournament, holding opponents to 37.5 per cent by never relenting in their pursuit of ball pressure in the half court and utilizing Joel Anthony in the post as a defensive stopper to great effect. Credit goes to Rautins for being unrelenting in his expectations of his players (a tone set three years ago with the Dalembert incident) but also in his and his coaching staffs ability to provide the players with a potent strategy each and every game. The other big factor that has helped Canada is improved guard play. The addition of point guard Cory Joseph to the club has been tremendous. His stats look positively pedestrian for a starting point guard, but unlike fellow guards Andy Rautins and Jermaine Anderson, hes a true point that controls the tempo of the game, makes smart plays and keeps the club under control. In years past this team has seen tremendously erratic guard play sabotage some truly impressive defensive efforts. The former Texas guard and Spurs draft pick, though, has brought a much more poised demeanor to the floor, impressive for a player that has yet to turn 20. His presence has allowed both Rautins and Anderson to come off of the bench for this iteration of the club, which helps keep their wilder elements in check somewhat, but both players have also brought a more composed personality to the court this summer. Rautins in particular, while still an unapologetic gunslinger, has been forcing things a lot less this week, demonstrating a greater sense of the needs of the game, but is still able to light it up when hot as his five threes against the Dominican Republic showed on Thursday evening. What comes next for Team Canada is anyones guess. In their own way theyve already achieved more than some thought they would in the tournament. Theyve come out and proven that they are no longer a doormat to the basketball fraternity. There is a lot of room for growth (securing the elusive services of Tristan Thompson, Andrew Wiggins and Myck Kabongo would help, as would Nash and Matt Bonner), but for the first time in a long time there is a reason to believe that the team is moving in a positive direction. Hopefully for Team Canada their journey ultimately secures them a spot in London next summer with a chance to show the world how much theyve improved. cheap jerseys wholesale jerseys ' ' '