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TORONTO – It didnt happen right away, this positive working relationship between centerfielder Colby Rasmus and hitting coach Kevin Seitzer. It wasnt that the two men were at odds. Its just, sometimes, these things take time. Its especially true with a guy like Rasmus. Hes taken all kinds of advice through the years on how to be a better hitter and how to be a better player and sometimes too much information rattles around in his brain. "Weve crossed some humps for sure," said Rasmus. "Just getting to know each other better; him getting to know me a little better." It was a conversation in Kansas City that proved the turning point. Rasmus was scuffling, his batting average hovering around the so-called Mendoza Line (.200). Hed been trying things his way. Noticeable details, like how he would hold his hands out over the plate when he came set in his batting stance. There were less noticeable things, like his approach to particular pitchers, which also needed tweaking. Seitzer approached Rasmus. The coach asked his 27-year-old pupil to do it his way for one week. The hands came in a bit, the bat rested still on Rasmus shoulders to launch a more even swing through the strike zone and the results were immediate. Entering Sundays play, Rasmus had at least one hit in each of the nine games hed played in May. He was tied with Jose Bautista for the team lead with nine home runs. "I was probably more surprised than what he was that he was able to do it so quick and he did it immediately," said Seitzer. "It was amazing how he just went from a straight pull guy to having a willingness to go back through the middle of the field." For his entire career, Rasmus has been considered a dead pull hitter. Seitzer, with whom manager John Gibbons became familiar when the two served on Trey Hillmans coaching staff in Kansas City, was brought in to change the Blue Jays all-or-nothing offensive approach. The hitters would use all fields under his tutelage and get away from their pull-happiness. Seitzer would like to clarify. "I said, I dont care where the ball goes. What I care about is your approach," said Seitzer. "The quicker your hands, the better your swing, the more balls youre going to catch early and youre going to pull them but its the approach that allows for better recognition and the ability to repeat your swing path to where youve got a chance on balls that are cutting and sinking and the change of speeds." The hitting coach also plays the role of part-time psychologist. Different guys need different types of help. Rasmus doesnt need the proverbial kick in the rear. His issue never been work ethic; if anything, hes often worked too hard to the point of physical and mental fatigue. "Keep it light," said Rasmus of what he needs from Seitzer. "I guess make the game less than what it really is and I think hes learned that about me, that I dont need a lot of poking and prodding to give me a lot of energy out there because I like to compete, I like to play, I like to do good and I think hes starting to learn that about me. Hes been just kind of cutting up with me and trying to keep it light and we laugh. I think if Im laughing, its a good thing." Rasmus slash line had climbed to .234/.279/.516 before Sundays action. The on-base plus slugging is closing in on .800, moving toward the numbers of his two best seasons (.859 in 2010; .840 in 2013). His career on-base percentage of .315 suggests that statistic will improve as games pass by. The strikeout rate remains high, almost 33 per cent after Sunday, but Seitzer thinks Rasmus will end up cutting down on the whiffs with his new approach. "I feel like hes putting balls in play and fouling off more pitches that he would have swung through the first part of the season," said Seitzer. "Thats an encouraging sign for me." Rasmus admits to being too pumped up after hitting a grand slam in Pittsburgh. Hes still finding an even keel, having to remind himself that each at-bat isnt life and death. Seitzer has met a student hes better learning to understand as time rolls on. "I think Colbys very quiet, hes a very private person and what Ive learned about him is hes probably one of the most genuinely nice, kind, sincere, honest people that Ive ever been around," said Seitzer. "I told him he has an absolutely beautiful heart inside and I can see it. I see it everyday even when hes got a scowl on his face because hes either in his zone or a little frustrated." JANSSEN RETURNS The Blue Jays activated closer Casey Janssen from the disabled list in time for Sunday afternoons game with the Angels. Janssen strained his left oblique muscle on March 28 in Montreal. He felt a tweak during a warm up pitch, thought nothing of it and threw a scoreless inning against the New York Mets. He made three appearances for Double-A New Hampshire on a rehab assignment that began on Monday and concluded on Saturday. "In my last outing I told myself I was going to step on it a little bit more and get some more velocity and I did that," said Janssen. "Not that velocity is anything really but I know that the difference between throwing in a Double-A game and a big league game youre going to go through those adrenaline rushes where youre going to throw harder based on actual adrenaline and I wanted my arm to withstand it." Torontos bullpen entered play on Sunday with the fourth-worst ERA in baseball (4.77). Its 62 walks rank third-most in baseball. The Jays are hoping Janssens return settles down the relief corps as pitchers resume roles to which theyre more accustomed. "We had a nice bullpen last year," said Janssen. "We were able to pass the baton pretty well in the certain inning that they had and if we can back to that and start putting up some zeroes I think that would help everybody." "I just think it brings a bit of a comfort down there for those guys having Casey back," said pitching coach Pete Walker. "Obviously our staff, knowing that hes down there and hes a viable option to close out a game, it does put guys back into their more proper roles. Trying to mix and match and close out the ninth without him has been difficult." To make room for Janssen on the active roster, infielder Chris Getz was designated for assignment. ROGERS ALTERS DELIVERY Esmil Rogers, whos struggled early this season, looked noticeably different during his two-inning appearance in Saturdays game. He dropped to a three-quarters arm slot. Rogers went six up, six down. "He made a little bit of an adjustment the day before," said pitching coach Pete Walker. "Were trying to find a little more deception. Hes an over-the-top guy and maybe the hitters have a good view of the baseball. We just altered just a hair and he seems comfortable with it and he had a good outing (on Saturday)." Its been a tough year for Rogers. Hes allowed a staff-high five home runs in just 18 1/3 innings pitched and of late has been used by manager John Gibbons only in low-leverage situations. Alexander Isak Jersey . "We were left with the overall impression that the team wasnt trending toward being able to compete for a Stanley Cup," Capitals owner Ted Leonsis said in a news conference at the clubs arena. "And that was just a clear signal and why it was time to make those changes. Julian Weigl Jersey .com) - The Hatch Attack is back in the Southern Conference. http://www.dortmundfcshop.com/c-26-mari ... rlingSkins - with the Top 16 curlers earning a ticket to Banff, Alta. to compete in the TRAVELERS ALL-STAR CURLING SKINS GAME Presented by Pintys, running Jan. 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I didnt expect this outcome, said Suh, who was later asked if the game had been stolen from the Lions (11-6).Its unfortunate for sure, he said. We cant let just one play define the game.Still, the Lions went from a potential first down to keep alive a possible clinching drive to a shanked punt and a go-ahead Dallas touchdown.Detroit had third-and-1 from the Cowboys 46 with just over eight minutes left when Stafford threw a deep pass toward tight end Brandon Pettigrew, who was covered by linebacker Anthony Hitchens.A flag was thrown, and referee Pete Morelli announced a defensive pass interference call. After a discussion with other officials, Morelli then announced, without explanation, there was no penalty.Not a good enough one, Caldwell said multiple times when asked if officials explained to him what happened. I dont ever think it comes down to one call, but calls are crucial during games like this ... to have something so questionable that occurs, thats concerning.Stafford said he was told that the defender made no contact with Pettigrew, though the tight end said that wasnt the case.I thought it was ridiculous, to be honest, Pettigrew said. He ran through me, pretty much, trying to get back to the ball. To me, it was obvious.Without the penalty, and still up 20-17, the Lions had fourth-and-1 at midfield. Stafford was on the field, but it quickly became clear he was trying to draw an offside call against Dallas, though Caldwell had considered going for it. The Cowboys didnt jump, Detroit took the delay of game and Sam Martins punt then went only 10 yards.Obviously you look at the result of the punt, and you look at it a little diffferently, Caldwell said.dddddddddddd But were up, we werent behind.They trailed after the Cowboys went 59 yards in 11 plays, including a 21-yard catch by Jason Witten on fourth-and-6. There were also two defensive holding calls, the second on a third-and-7 play, before Tony Romo threw his second touchdown pass to Terrance Williams with 2:32 left.Dallas (13-4) wiped out an early two-touchdown deficit to advance to a divisional game in Green Bay, their first post-season visit there since a heartbreaking loss to the Packers in the Ice Bowl in 1967.You just have to stay in the moment and understand the game, said Romo, now 2-3 in the playoffs. It doesnt end after the first quarter, second quarter. You just have to keep calm. Ive played enough games to understand that. Maybe I didnt do that as well when I was younger.The Lions went 99 yards for one of two first-quarter touchdowns, but Stafford couldnt get them in the end zone again. He fell to 0-2 in the playoffs three years after losing a wild-card game to New Orleans.Dallas had to wait a little longer to celebrate after rookie DeMarcus Lawrence gave the Lions the ball back with a fumble following Anthony Spencers sack that knocked the ball loose from Stafford, who was 28 of 42 for 323 yards playing against his hometown team.Lawrence redeemed himself on the clincher, sacking Stafford on fourth down near midfield in the final minute.Theres only going to be one happy team at the end of the year, Caldwell said, And its not going to be us.Notes: The Lions have not won a playoff game since the 1991 season, when they beat Dallas. ... The Lions went up 14-0 on a drive that amounted to 99 3/4 yards. After Dekoda Watson ran into Martin to keep the drive alive, the 14-play series ended with Reggie Bush badly faking Orlando Scandrick on an 18-yard scoring run. ... NFL rushing leader DeMarco Murray slogged his way to 75 yards on 19 carries against the NFLs best run defence, including a 1-yard plunge on fourth down that pulled Dallas to 20-14 late in the third quarter. ... Calvin Johnson, who had 329 yards receiving in a comeback win in Detroit in 2013, had 85 yards on five catches. Golden Tate had 89 yards on six grabs.___Online:AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '


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