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TORONTO -- In an attempt to complete a three-game sweep of the World Series champion Kansas City Royals, the Toronto Blue Jays are counting on a continued return to form from Marcus Stroman on Wednesday.A sweep wouldnt make up for losing the American League Championship Series to the Royals in six games last October, but it would be a good first step.The Blue Jays are in a tight race in the American League East, which they won last year. And they also have to keep in mind the AL wild-card spots, which Kansas City might be fighting for, too. It is far in the future, but games played now could influence those played down the stretch in September.The Royals (43-40) lost 8-3 to the Blue Jays on Tuesday. Kansas City is trying to find ways to win on the road, where it is 16-29 after dropping the first two games of the series at Rogers Centre.Stroman (6-4, 5.08 ERA) has something to prove, too. In his past 10 starts, he is 2-4 with a 6.36 ERA, despite a decent start in his most recent outing. He has shown some improvement after pitching coach Pete Walker worked at lowering his hands in his windup and making a few other slight adjustments to simplify his delivery.Last Friday, Stroman allowed one run in 6 2/3 innings in Torontos 19-inning loss to the Cleveland Indians. He struck out six and recorded 10 outs on ground balls, a sign that his sinker is staying down.I felt good, Stroman said. The work thats been going on between starts is starting to pay off.Stroman is 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA in one regular-season start against the Royals. He also won Game 3 of the ALCS against the Royals despite allowing 11 hits, one walk and four runs in 6 1/3 innings. He struck out one in Torontos 11-8 win.The Blue Jays right-hander will be facing Royals right-hander Ian Kennedy (6-7, 4.04).Kennedy has allowed 20 home runs this season. Surprisingly, that is not the most on the pitching staff. Chris Young, who allowed four homers Tuesday, leads the majors with 26 long balls allowed.Kennedy has allowed at least one homer in each of his past six starts. Young tied the club record by allowing at least one homer in a 13th consecutive start Tuesday.Kennedy took the loss Friday when the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Royals 4-3. He allowed six hits (including one home run), three walks and three runs in five innings. He had eight strikeouts but battled his command.Early on, it just felt like it was a struggle to get on top of the ball, Kennedy said. My hand was under it a little bit. My fastball was good. My breaking ball wasnt as good as it was last start. It was kind of a constant grind. Thats what it felt like.He has one career start against Toronto, and he allowed one hit and one run on Sept. 13, 2007, when he was with the New York Yankees. It was his third major league start.Kennedy is 3-6 with a 5.37 ERA in 10 road starts this season. Adidas Shoes Clearance . After Martin Skrtel put the Reds in front from close range at Stamford Bridge after only four minutes, Hazard hit back in the 17th with a superb strike. Etoo gave Jose Mourinhos team a decisive lead from Oscars back pass in the 34th. Adidas Shoes Online . Speaking Thursday on TSN 1050 Thursday, the Leafs GM also touched on the questions surrounding the teams leadership and the struggles of his big-name free-agent signing. “Its not from lack of effort from the coaching staff. . LeBron James and Chris Bosh didnt need any more. Williams scored 11 points in 10 minutes, Alan Anderson scored 17 points, and the Brooklyn Nets finished the exhibition season with a 108-87 win over the Miami Heat on Friday night.NEW YORK -- Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins, Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings and Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks are the finalists for the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the NHLs best defensive forward. Bergeron, who won the award last year, was the NHLs top face-off man this season, winning 62.1 per cent of his draws. He ranked sixth overall and led the Bruins in plus-minus with a plus-24 rating and played an average of 2:12 per game with his team short-handed. Datsyuk, a three-time Selke winner, tied with Toews for the league lead in takeaways with 56, topped the Red Wings in plus-minus at plus-21 and posted a 55 per cent face-off winning percentage.dddddddddddd Toews, a Selke finalist for the second time, finished third in the NHL in plus-minus with a career-high plus-28 rating and placed second in the NHL in face-off winning percentage with 59.9 per cent. The winner will be announced during the Stanley Cup final. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '