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SPORTS Thursday, May 15, 2014

Blue Jays in the AL East hunt early on MLB. Toronto in a three-way tie with New York, Boston for second place in what’s normally regarded as the toughest division The Toronto Blue Jays have had mediocre results over the first quarter of the season along with the rest of the teams in the American League East. Instead of looking up at the contenders, the Blue Jays are right in the mix. They appear to have as good a shot as any club at contending in what is normally one of the toughest divisions in Major League Baseball. “We’re not necessarily where we want to be, but we’re within striking distance with the venom to be able to make a run at it,” said Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey. The Blue Jays have a ped-

R.A. Dickey got the win Tuesday as the Blue Jays beat the Indians 5-4. Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press

estrian 20-20 record after 40 games, but that’s still good for a share of second place in a division that is weaker than usual. Baltimore, which entered Wednesday’s games in top spot at 20-17, is followed by three teams — Toronto, New York (19-19) and Boston (19-19) — who all have .500

records. The Orioles have a lead of just 1 1/2 games, with only 4 1/2 games separating first place from the last-place Tampa Bay Rays (17-23). Toronto’s offence has shown plenty of pop this season but the bullpen has had some trouble keeping leads. There have been a few injury concerns over the first six weeks but there is still a feeling the team can get the results it wants. “I think last year we were a .500 team that was lucky to be .500. This year I feel like we’re a .500 team that should be five or six games over,” Dickey said Wednesday at a promotional event in the city’s west end. “That’s a whole different feeling. If we can stay healthy and if we can pitch — and those are two big ifs — I think we’re going to be in it at the very end and have an opportunity to give this city what it’s longed for for 21 years.” The canadian Press


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Ulissi leaves enough in the tank for final burst and fifth-stage win at Giro d’Italia The pack begins the fifth stage of the Giro d’Italia, leaving Taranto, Italy, for Viggiano, Italy, on Wednesday. A powerful final burst from Diego Ulissi helped the Italian cyclist win the stage while Australian rider Michael Matthews retained the overall leader’s pink jersey. Ulissi came from behind with 150 metres to go to cross the line solo, with his arms raised high in celebration at the end of the 203-kilometre leg. Former champion Ryder Hesjedal of Victoria is 69th while Svein Tuft of Langley, B.C., is 171st. Using the Metro News app, scan the image to view some of the scenes from this year’s Giro d’Italia. Fabio Ferrari/The Associated Press

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