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Blue Jays starter Kevin Gausman pulled from second inning with injured ankle

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Toronto – Blue Jays starter Kevin Gausman suffered a right-ankle contusion after being hit by a comebacker in the first game of Toronto’s doubleheader against the Tampa Bay Rays.

The team said X-rays of Gausman’s ankle came back negative.

Tampa shortstop Wander Franco hit a comebacker to Gausman in the second inning, with the ball bouncing off the turf and into the pitcher’s right ankle.

Gausman tried to field the ball, but instead fell to his stomach on the Rogers Centre turf.

Toronto catcher Gabriel Moreno completed the play and threw Diaz out at first, with Gausman still lying prone nearby.

Trainers attended to Gausman and helped him off the field as the inning ended.

Right-hander Casey Lawrence, who had been called up from triple-A Buffalo as Toronto’s 27th player for the doubleheader, took over pitching duties in the third inning.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 2, 2022.

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Canada’s men’s U18 team defeats Finland 4-1 to advance to Hlinka Gretzky Cup final

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RED DEER, Alta. — Canada’s men’s under-18 team defeated Finland 4-1 to advance to the Hlinka Gretzky Cup final Friday night.

Ethan Gauthier scored the opening goal in the first period, his tournament-leading fifth of the competition.

Calum Ritchie added another for his second in the past two games. Matthew Wood and Denver Barkey scored 19 seconds apart around the halfway mark of the final period to put the game out of reach.

Finland got on the board with only 18 seconds remaining, courtesy of Arttu Alasiurua.

Scott Ratzlaff made 23 saves, conceding his first goal of the tournament in three appearances for the undefeated Canadian team.

In the other semifinal, Sweden defeated Czechia 6-2 to set up another showdown against the Canadian squad. Sweden lost 3-0 to Canada in the final game of the preliminary round on Wednesday.

Canada will seek its first gold medal since 2018 when the two sides meet Saturday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 5, 2022

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Canada goes unbeaten in preliminaries after 3-0 win over Sweden at Hlinka Gretzky Cup

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RED DEER, Alta. — Canada’s men’s under-18 team closed out preliminary play undefeated after a 3-0 victory over Sweden on Wednesday at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup.

Calum Ritchie and Brayden Yager each recorded one goal and one assist, while Zachary Benson added a score of his own. Scott Ratzlaff made 18 saves in the win.

The Canadians dominated offensively for much of the way, firing no less than 12 shots on goal within each period of play and totalling 43 for the night.

Canada had previously defeated Switzerland 14-0 on Sunday, and Slovakia 9-1 on Tuesday in Group A action.

Finland, which finished second in Group B awaits Canada in the semifinals on Friday. The gold and bronze medal games will take place Saturday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 3, 2022

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