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« on: July 17, 2014, 02:31:30 AM »
WINNIPEG -- The coach and general manager of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers say wins are the only thing that will show whether theyve assembled a better team this season. "I want to say our fans are going to see a team that theyre proud of, that regardless of the outcome on each particular game, that the fans are going to leave the stadium knowing that we gave it all," GM Kyle Walters said Friday on one of the conference calls CFL teams are having with the media as they prepare for the new season. But there were no bold predictions as to whether the Bombers are a better team yet than they were last season. "Its all words until we hit four wins," said Mike OShea, the former Toronto special teams co-ordinator preparing for his rookie season as a CFL head coach. Last season, the Bombers tied their worst record ever in the 18-game schedule as they finished in the CFL cellar at 3-15. "What does better mean?" asked Walters. "Thats the beauty I guess of our line of work that better is quantifiable with wins and losses." The teams on-field balance sheet shows additions and subtractions since that last troubled season ended. General manager Joe Mack got his pink slip well before the final game and coach Tim Burke was sacked after it was all over. Since then, the biggest loss was defensive star Henoc Muamba. The Canadian linebacker who was Winnipegs top defensive player, top Canadian player and top player overall in 2013 signed with the Indianapolis Colts of the NFL. And one possible import replacement, former Tennessee Titan Gerald McRath, didnt pan out. He went to the teams mini-camp in Florida and the defensive staff didnt see what they were looking for in the veteran. "Its not something were worried about," said OShea, pointing to players still on the roster who can fill the hole. The Bombers also lost Canadian special teams linebacker James Green and import receiver Wallace Miles to the Ottawa Redblacks in the CFL expansion draft. They lost receiver and 2012 CFL rookie of the year Chris Matthews to the Seattle Seahawks of the NFL but picked up free agent Nick Moore from the B.C. Lions, the third leading receiver in the CFL in 2013. They traded Canadian receiver Kito Poblah to the Lions for defensive back and four-time CFL all-star Korey Banks. The Bombers lost free agent offensive lineman Justin Sorensen, last seasons starter at centre, to the Edmonton Eskimos and are looking to use their second overall pick next week to select someone in the CFL draft they hope can be a starting centre. Overall though, Walters says this years draft offers a diminished pool because of rule changes regarding the NFL draft and red-shirted freshmen. "Youre going to see some real good players drafted next week," he said. "Theres just not the depth." The Bombers also struck out in every bid to land a bona fide starting CFL quarterback, although they insist theyre thrilled with former Saskatchewan backup Drew Willy, who has been guaranteed the job even before training camp starts. Both Walters and OShea were emphatic Friday that nothing will change that. "He demonstrated down in Florida to be very accurate," said OShea. "Hes not afraid to go down field . . . He took risks in practice. He didnt try to play it safe. . . He absorbed the playbook very quick. He showed some leadership, I dont forsee that changing from the start of training camp to the end." OShea said theyre not going into camp with a wait-and-see attitude. "What weve done in the off-season I believe is showing that were not waiting to see whats going to happen next, were taking a real active step in creating what we want to happen next," he said. cheap jerseys . 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(Sports Network) - Journeyman right-hander Ramon Ortiz makes his first big- league appearance in a Chicago uniform tonight, when the Cubs continue a four- game series with the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. The Nationals got the matchup started in dramatic fashion on Monday night, winning 5-4 in the 10th inning when Jayson Werth stole third, then scored on a wild pitch. Werth led off the inning with a walk, then moved up to second on a sacrifice bunt by pitcher Livan Hernandez, who was pinch-hitting for reliever Henry Rodriguez. Taking advantage of an aloof Aramis Ramirez at third, Werth stole the bag then came home when Carlos Marmol threw a wild slider that skipped to the backstop. Laynce Nix went 2-for-4 with a triple and a pair of RBI and Werth drove in two runs to secure Washingtons third win in five games. Rodriguez (3-1) earned the win after tossing a perfect 10th inning. Marlon Byrd went 2-for-3 with an RBI and Alfonso Soriano drove in two runs for the Cubs, who have lost three of their last four. Ortiz is getting the call for injured starter Carlos Zambrano, whos on the disabled list with a sore lower back. Another starter, Ryan Dempster, is also on the DL, prompting Monday replacementt Casey Coleman and Sunday winner Rodrigo Lopez into emergency roles.dddddddddddd All five regular Cubs starters have been on the DL at least once this season. Ortiz made two starts with the Los Angeles Dodgers last season and hadnt previously made a big-league start since making 10 with the Minnesota Twins in 2007. Hes won 85 games in the majors since debuting with the Anaheim Angels in 1999, including a career-high 16 in 2003. The 38-year-old Dominican won 11 games in 33 starts with the Nationals in 2006 and is 1-1 against them in five career appearances -- two starts. For Washington, 25-year-old lefty Ross Detwiler will also make his first appearance of the 2011 season. The sixth overall pick in the 2007 draft made one appearance that season in the majors, then started 14 times in 15 appearances in 2009. He was 1-3 with a 4.25 earned run average in eight games for the Nationals last season and was called up from Triple-A Syracuse for tonights appearance after the Nats doubleheader on Saturday. He had a 4.53 ERA in 16 starts at Syracuse this season. Detwiler has never faced the Cubs. The Cubs took four of six from the Nats last season and have won 11 of the last 16 overall matchups. ' ' '


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