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TORONTO - Josh Donaldson estimates hes watched thousands of hours of Jose Bautista game tape, modelling his swing — right down to the leg kick — after the Toronto Blue Jays star right-fielder. Cheap Asics Running Shoes China Wholesale .The two became teammates in a late-night trade Friday, creating what Donaldson said could be the most potent lineup in Major League Baseball this season.I spoke to (Bautista) at the all-star game and let him know Ive studied a lot of his work, and really appreciate what hes accomplished up to this point in his career, Donaldson said on a conference call Saturday.The third baseman called Bautista one of the best outfielders and hitters in all of baseball.I feel like this team is going to be so talented, he said. Its going to be nice, and its also going to be interesting to see what happens because I feel like its going to be a pretty fun year.The 28-year-old was home simultaneously playing some old-school Mortal Kombat and watching the Golf Channel on Friday night, when his phone alerted him to the news. He was headed to Toronto in a shocking deal that sent Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie, plus shortstop Franklin Barreto and pitchers Sean Nolin and Kendall Graveman, to the Oakland Athletics.My phone started exploding. I decided to check it out, Donaldson said. The first text I see is Blue Jays I was like Yup, I just got traded.The 28-year-old Donaldson virtually came out of nowhere in 2012, and finished eighth in AL MVP voting this year after hitting .255 for Oakland with 29 home runs and 98 RBIs. A right-handed hitter, Donaldson had a .342 on-base percentage while finishing sixth in the American League with 76 walks. He has a career batting average of .268 with 63 home runs and 228 RBIs and a .347 on-base percentage in 405 games.Donaldson said the trade was a little bit ahead of schedule, but he hopes to bring a habit of winning to Toronto.Ever since I was five years old, my teams have won, the all-star said. Im not saying that its necessarily just me thats causing that, but I think theres a mentality about winning. I just hope to be able to come in and instil that winning mentality.Donaldson already had fond feelings for Toronto after making his debut in the majors here in 2010, recording his first major league hit, a two-run home run, at Rogers Centre.I remember Toronto was a great place, a great city, its just one of those melting pots, you kind of have a little bit of everything in Toronto, he said. Every time Ive been there its been very beautiful and Ive enjoyed my time there.Donaldson said he believes that the bold move by Alex Anthopoulos shows the Jays GM is determined to turn the team around immediately.Last week, Anthopoulos signed star catcher Russell Martin as a free agent.I 100 per cent can say theyre trying to win right now, Donaldson said. What theyre also trying to do is prepare themselves for the future, and Russell Martin has a long-term deal. . . With (Marcus) Stroman and a couple of guys on that staff, they have a young nucleus of pitchers who are very talented. So I definitely think the elements are there to win, its just about going out there and playing the game.Donaldson, known also for his sure-handed, athletic defending, said playing on the punishing turf of Rogers Centre could take some getting used to after the grass of Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.He has a bit of experience with Torontos turf after playing a three-game series here. He switched up his cleats between hitting and playing defence, to help soften some of the pounding.It helped, because the third game I played there in a row, I was definitely starting to feel that I was playing on turf, Donaldson said. And then whenever I decided Hey, Im going to start changing my shoes from defence to offence, it really made a significant difference in how my body was feeling.So, its going to take some getting used to. I definitely believe that I can do it and I will do it. So I really think it will be a non-issue.Hours after the deal, Donaldson said he was still a little shocked.But I tell you what, he said. Somebody Id seen on Twitter or something the other day, somebody had put me in one of those Toronto Blue Jays uniforms, the all-whites, and I tell you what, those uniforms are pretty sexy.Lawrie, meanwhile, sent a note to Toronto fans via Twitter on Saturday.You fans made my time in Toronto unforgettable, the native of Langley, B.C., said in a note posted as a photo. I cannot thank you enough for allowing me to play in my own backyard with the (Maple Leaf) on my chest every day. It was a blessing and it will be truly missed!New chapter is upon me, he added, and I intend to make it worth it!!!!! Asics Shoes Clearance . Earnshaw, 31, most recently spent time on loan in Israel with Maccabi Tel Aviv from Welsh club Cardiff City, which plays in Englands second-tier League Championship. Earnshaw began his career with Cardiff Citys youth program and turned professional in 1998. Clearance Asics Shoes . After deputy commissioner Bill Daly said the league would consider pulling out of Sochi if something "significant" happens before players arrive, those set to participate are trying not to worry about that scenario. .com) - The Calgary Flames are spoilers once again.ATLANTA - Jeff Teague and the Atlanta Hawks continue to use their newly discovered mastery of the Western Conference as their path to the top of the East.Jeff Teague scored 25 points and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Memphis Grizzlies 96-86 on Wednesday night.The Hawks, who have won six straight overall, have a nine-game winning streak against Western Conference teams. Atlanta (27-8) has won 20 of 22 and has the best record in the Eastern Conference.It shows that were a good team, said Atlantas Al Horford, who had 12 points.The Hawks were coming off three straight road wins over Utah, Portland and the Clippers. They continued the run against Memphis (25-10), which began the night third in the Western Conference.Honestly, its just happened that we played all those teams, Horford said. At the end of the day, for us its about wins.Teague has scored 20 or more points in each of Atlantas six straight wins — his longest streak of 20-point games in his career.In any sport thats what you want, to be really consistent every day, Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said. Thats what we keep pushing Jeff on. I think hes made a lot of progress.Hes gifted offensively and hes making some good things happen for himself and for his team.Teague helped the Hawks take control with a 10-0 run following an 84-all tie. Horford started the run with a jumper. Teague and Kyle Korver followed with 3-pointers and Teague added another basket for a 94-84 lead.We were able to find a way the last three or four minutes to get one more burst, Budenholzer said.Mike Conley led Memphis with 17 points. Marc Gasol had 16, but the Grizzlies hit a wall in the closing minutes.It was a matter of not getting stops and not executing, Gasol said. We couldnt make plays. We couldnt execute. And that was it. You cant defend, you cant execute, its hard to win.. Discount Asics Shoes. Grizzlies coach David Joerger tried different lineup combinations as he sought to find an answer for Teague and Korver, who had 14 points.We have to get another playmaker on the floor, Joerger said. We have to. Were going to have to start playing multiple point guards.Joerger said the Hawks really jammed up Conley.Each team began the night with its best start in franchise history. This is the latest in the season the Hawks have led the Eastern Conference since the 1993-94 season.The Hawks, with 6-foot-10 Horford at centre, are accustomed to size disadvantages, and 7-footers Gasol and Kosta Koufos gave the Grizzlies a dramatic edge. Memphis had only a 39-37 edge in rebounds.TIP-INSGrizzlies: Gasol was effective with short fallaway shots over Horford. He used his soft touch from a different angle early in the third quarter when he made a shot from behind the corner of the backboard. Fans reacted with gasps. .. Tayshaun Prince had 12 points off the bench. ... Conley had a team-high nine rebounds and six assists.Hawks: Antic, who had 13 points, set a season high with three 3-pointers. ... Korver made four 3-pointers. .. F Elton Brand was not with the team due to a death in his family.DOWN BUT NOT OUTHawks guard DeMarre Carroll was knocked to the floor in the third quarter. Play was stopped as he staggered off the court and was escorted to locker room with a right eye contusion.He returned to the bench holding an ice bag over his eye. He was back in the game late in the quarter and had five points.TAKING NOTICEAttendance was 17,126. Horford said it felt like a playoff atmosphere when the fans reacted to Korvers late 3-pointer. The Hawks had three straight turnouts over 19,000 to finish their last homestand.UP NEXTGrizzlies: At New Orleans on Friday.Hawks: At Detroit on Friday. Wholesale Hoodies NFL Shirts Outlet Jerseys NFL Wholesale Cheap NFL Jerseys Free Shipping Wholesale Jerseys Cheap Cheap NFL Jerseys China Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys ' ' '

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