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FORT MYERS, Fla. cheap jerseys . -- Travis Snider had an early two-run double and David Cooper drove in three runs as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Boston Red Sox 9-2 in exhibition baseball action Tuesday. The Blue Jays got to Boston starter Daniel Bard in the second inning, with Sniders double scoring Eric Thames and Edwin Encarnacion, and Cooper following with a sacrifice fly to score Colby Rasmus. Bard, switching from a reliever to a starter this year, settled down to retire his last eight batters and 12 of his final 14. Kelly Shoppach, slated to back up catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, hit a two-run homer in the second off Aaron Laffey to pull Boston within a run. Toronto expanded on its lead to 5-2 on RBI singles from Cooper and Jeff Mathis. The Jays went up 7-2 in the eighth inning. Cooper doubled to drive in Snider, then Diaz scored Cooper on a single. Brian Jeroloman capped the scoring with a two-run double in the ninth. Laffey gave up two runs and three hits in five innings for the win. Laffey is vying for a back-end rotation spot after spending most of his career as a reliever. He went a combined 3-2 with a 3.88 ERA in 47 relief appearances last season with the Mariners and Yankees. He has started 49 big league games. "Laffey is a guy who threw strikes," Toronto manager John Farrell said. "Hes got good, solid stuff. He left that ball up over the plate for Shoppach, but this is a guy who has always believed hes had the ability to be a starter in the big leagues. This is the first time Id say in two-plus years hes gone five innings. Hes a good athlete on the mound. He controlled the running game. Hes a guy with not very overpowering stuff, but he can be very effective." Bard gave up seven runs on six hits and four walks in his previous outing March 15, which lasted just 2 2-3 innings. "I felt real comfortable as the game went on," Bard said. "I just think I had a string of a couple of walks that got me in trouble. Even the ball Snider hit, it was a pretty decent fastball. You cant really get too mad about that. If the bases werent loaded then, it wouldnt have been a big deal. "I felt the best in the fourth and fifth innings. Physically, fatigue has not been an issue. I think the of the way I throw has helped me in that aspect." NOTES: New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick, who attended South Floridas pro day on Tuesday, took in six innings of action at the Red Sox game as Valentines guest. ... Boston LHP Andrew Miller did not make it through his slated seventh inning of work, leaving with a mild left hamstring strain, his latest setback. Miller did not get past the first batter he faced. "It seems to be mild in nature, but were going to wait it out," Valentine said. -- With files from The Associated Press. wholesale nfl jerseys . Robbens contract was to expire in June after five seasons. The Netherlands winger will stay with Bayern for another three seasons. cheap jerseys from china . Williams, the defending champion, won all three matches in her group without dropping a set. Shes bidding for her fourth title in the elite, eight-women tournament. Those 36-year-old legs of Manu Ginobilis have been feeling pretty spry this season. That spring in his step that had been missing for so much of last season was back, helping the Argentine magician become a game-changer again for the San Antonio Spurs. So when the lane opened up in the third quarter Tuesday night against the Houston Rockets, Ginobili decided to go for it. He rose up, cradled the ball in his left hand and threw down a solid, one-handed dunk. And with that, Ginobili joined the growing list of injured Spurs. The team said Wednesday that Ginobili strained his left hamstring on the dunk and will miss the next three to four weeks. Ginobili joins Danny Green (broken finger), Kawhi Leonard (broken left hand) and Tiago Splitter (sprained right shoulder) on the teams injured list, a run of bad luck that has torn apart the teams depth, particularly on the wing. "You play the guys on the bench," San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. "We cant play the guys on the other team. I know that." The team is hopeful Splitter, who hasnt played since Jan. 4, will return in time for the teams annual rodeo road trip, a 10-game stint that begins Monday in New Orleans. That would help out Tim Duncan and the big men up front, but the problems on the perimeter remain. After struggling for much of last season, Ginobili signed a two-year contract to remain in San Antonio. He has rebounded this season to resume his role as the Spurs playmaker off the bench, averaging 12.1 points, 4.5 assists and shooting 52 per cent on his 2-point shots. During a monthlong stretch from the middle of December to the middle of January, Ginobili scored at least 20 points five times in a 16-game span to help the Spurs once again establish themselves among the NBAs elite teams. Hes been pretty healthy as well, missing two games earlier in January because of a sore left hamstring before injuring it more severely on Tuesday night. wholesale jerseys. Ginobili, who has long been the emotional centre of this close-knit team, was dejected as he limped off the court. His injury puts even more responsibility on the shoulders of veteran Marco Belinelli, who has been a reliable shooter in a supporting role after coming over in free agency from the Chicago Bulls. Belinelli is averaging 10.9 points and shooting 46.7 per cent from 3-point range for the Spurs. With the injuries to Leonard and Green, Belinelli had become a starter on the wing and seen his playing time steadily increase. Belinelli played 38 minutes in the loss to Houston, and the Spurs recently signed NBDL standout Othyus Jeffers to a 10-day contract to give them another warm body on the perimeter. Thanks in large part to Ginobilis return to form, the Spurs entered Wednesdays game against the Bulls at 33-12, good for second place in the hyper-competitive Western Conference. But theyve lost three of their last four games, are 1-11 against the top seven teams in the league and now face the daunting challenge of that long road trip without Ginobili, and with Portland (33-13) and the Clippers (32-15) right on their heels. Chicago is facing its own injuries woes. All-Star point guard Derrick Rose was lost for the season with a knee injury for the second consecutive year and starting centre Joakim Noah (illness) and guard Kirk Hinrich (right hamstring) are game-time decisions for tonights game against San Antonio. So, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said he has little empathy for the Spurs, not because Chicago is also battling injuries, but because of how deep San Antonio is. "Its the nature of the league. Its the grind of an 82-game season. Youre going to take injuries on. Its how you respond and the Spurs have always done a good job with that. Its the way the Spurs are built." ' ' '

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