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Messaggioda lw789 » 06/06/2018, 6:45

TORONTO – Amid the pomp and circumstance of the home opener, the great Roy Halladay throwing out the ceremonial first pitch and the major league debut of Yankees phenomenon Masahiro Tanaka, it could be easy to lose the significance of Dustin McGowans role in Friday nights festivities. Yet there he was, toeing the rubber to throw the first pitch of the first inning for the first time since September 26, 2011. Even greater an accomplishment, considering his significant injury history, is that McGowan is healthy to begin a season for the first time since 2008. Not many pitchers undergo three shoulder surgeries and another on a knee and continue to throw in the best league in the world. McGowan is a rare exception. Hes allowing himself to enjoy the experience but not enough to distract him from the task at hand. "I have a little bit but the last few days, my focus has been on what Ive got to do to get the Yankees out," McGowan told TSN.ca. "It feels like Ive got a lot of stuff going on in my head but thats part of it. Im ready." The shoulder surgeries chronicle like this: in 2008, to repair fraying of the labrum; two years later, in 2010, to repair a torn rotator cuff; in 2012, an arthroscopic procedure. McGowan underwent the knee surgery in 2009. Yet there he was on April 4, 2014, starting Torontos first home game of the season. His wife Jilly and their two children were in attendance. At the time McGowan spoke to TSN.ca, he was trying to arrange for his brother-in-law to be in the crowd, too. The result matters because the game counts in the standings. But in its own way, the fact McGowan is on the mound in the first place, the fact he went to the Blue Jays late last season and told them he wanted to take one more shot at being a starting pitcher and the fact he achieved the goal seems just as important as the result itself. "To be honest with you, I am," manager John Gibbons said, admitting to surprise. "All hes been through, hes defying all the odds really. So many guys thats happened to disappear and then to be able to maintain most of it, I mean hes not popping it like he once did but theres still plenty there." There really is no plan for McGowan because nobody knows what lies ahead. Hes tired of being asked how his shoulder feels after every bullpen session and each outing but those are important questions. The Blue Jays intend to monitor McGowans innings for as long as this experiment goes. The club, should it choose, could utilize its three April off days to push McGowan back, giving him extra off days in between appearances. If his shoulder starts to ache, or "bark" as players often say, McGowans bosses want to hear about it. "Ive told him multiple times, any concerns at all, youre not doing this for us, youre doing this because you want to do it," said general manager Alex Anthopoulos. "He had no problems at all last year. We would have loved to have been able to stretch him out but we werent in a position to do it." Halladay tosses ceremonial first pitch It was an all-too-familiar scene: the great Roy Halladay back on the mound for the home opener in Toronto. But he wasnt in full uniform and he only had the ceremonial first pitch to deliver. It was a strike. "Its pretty cool to be back," said Halladay. "It doesnt seem that long ago when you walk in. It feels like I was just here. Its exciting. Im enjoying retirement but this is pretty cool to be able to come back here." Halladay has settled in the Tampa Bay area and went to the Jays season opener against the Rays on Monday at the behest of his son. He worried that sitting in the stands would be uncomfortable so soon after his retirement. "I had my doubts," said Halladay. "But, honestly, I enjoyed it and I have no regrets, no disappointments. Im actually really happy with the choice I made and it was the right choice I made." Tim Hardaway Jr. Jersey . 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"Im ready for this,"Treliving said.Foxborough, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - The New England Revolution will aim to secure their first trip to MLS Cup final since 2007 on Saturday when the club welcomes the New York Red Bulls to Gillette Stadium for the second leg of the Eastern Conference final tie. The Revolution have been one of the hottest teams in the league coming down the stretch and are in fine form with five wins and a draw over their last six matches. Jay Heaps club simply has to avoid a complete disaster in the second leg in order to advance after coming away with an impressive 2-1 win over New York in the first leg back on Nov. 23, thanks to a late goal from U.S. international Jermaine Jones. The visitors opened the scoring in the 16th minute as Teal Bunbury did well to collect the ball on the right side of the pitch. He cut inside on his left foot and unleashed a wicked, curling strike just inside the far post for the opening salvo. I thought Teal showed not just his pace, but you saw the movement to get open on the goal. I thought thats Teal Bunbury. When you get him a little bit of space, he can create and I think hes been excellent for us, Heaps said. The Red Bulls drew level 10 minutes later as Peguy Luyindula slipped in behind the New England defense but his point blank attempt was stopped by Revs goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth. Luyindula had a second bite of the cherry from the seat of his pants that smacked the crossbaar, but Bradley Wright Phillips cleaned up the rebound.dddddddddddd The winning tally came in the 85th minute as materialized as MVP candidate Lee Nguyen drove down the center of the pitch at the New York defense. He laid the ball off on the right flank to Bunbury, who then played it across the face of goal for Jones, who tapped it in at the back post. New England has been nearly unbeatable on home soil as the club has won its last seven straight home matches, including a 3-1 win over Columbus in the East semifinals. The Revs last home last came back on July 26. To make matters worse for New York, the visitors will be without their biggest offensive threat, Bradley Wright-Phillips, due to suspension. Wright-Phillips, who fired in 27 goals during the regular season, was shown a yellow card in the 60th minute in the opening leg and will be forced to sit out on Saturday due to accumulation. I didnt know the rules of the yellow card accumulation. Im angry obviously, Im angry. Stupid yellow card and now I have to pay, Wright-Phillips said. Despite missing Wright-Phillips, New York will have Thierry Henry available as the Frenchman will play on artificial turf at Gillette for the first time in his MLS career. The only thing is if my Achilles dont last, then I will be on holiday if we dont go through, Henry said. 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