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The Toronto Raptors are in the midst of playing six of eight games on the road and will visit the Indiana Pacers Tuesday evening. Wholesale Stitched Jerseys . Toronto went 2-1 on a recent road trip and recorded a 114-110 victory over the Detroit Pistons at home Sunday from Air Canada Centre. You can catch all of the action LIVE on TSN2 at 7pm et/4pm pt or listen LIVE on TSN Radio 1050 Toronto at 7pm et. DeMar DeRozan scored 25 points and Jonas Valanciunas ended with 20 and 11 rebounds for the Raptors, who shot 53.1 percent and ended a five-game drought without reaching the century mark in scoring. I was really pleased with our offensive production, Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. Were having our ups and downs. We just have to continue to improve in a lot of areas. Amir Johnson scored 17 points and All-Star Kyle Lowry ended with 11 and eight assists. There were 11 lead changes and seven ties, and each team scored 56 points in the paint. The Raptors are 12-8 on the road and will host Sacramento on Wednesday before visiting Brooklyn and Washington later this week. Indiana is back home for the next five games versus Toronto, New York, Sacramento, Detroit and Cleveland, and has an 8-11 record in Indy. The Pacers salvaged the finale of a five-game road trip (1-4) with Sundays 106-99 victory in Orlando, as David West recorded 20 points, Damjan Rudez chipped in 18 and George Hill netted 17 points. Rodney Stuckey scored 15 points and Roy Hibbert supplied 11 to go along with a game-high 13 rebounds for the Pacers, who shot 51.8 percent and posted a 31-17 scoring advantage in the fourth quarter. We needed a victory, Rudez said. Were better than our record shows. A 16-30 record doesnt resemble a winner, but Indiana was able to stop a seven-game losing streak in the Magic Kingdom. Pacers guard C.J. Miles (groin) is questionable Tuesday and did not play against the Magic. He played only 6:32 in Fridays 89-87 loss in Miami and is averaging 12.4 ppg. Indiana dropped a 106-94 decision at Toronto on Dec. 12 and Lou Williams paced the hosts with 26 points off the bench. Solomon Hill led Indiana with 16 points and both Stuckey and C.J. Watson ended with 13. The Pacers and Raptors will meet again March 16 in Indianapolis. Toronto has won three of the last four games in this Eastern Conference series. Wholesale Jerseys China . David Perron had a career high four-point night with two goals and two assists as the Oilers experienced an offensive explosion, blasting the Columbus Blue Jackets 7-0 to record a rare home win for their second victory in a row. Wholesale China Jerseys . "You hate when they score," he said with some distaste at the thought. "You take pride in it.TORONTO -- Alex Anthopoulos was prepared to stay the course with catcher J.P Arencibia, until he discovered the Toronto Blue Jays could make an upgrade behind the plate with free agent Dioner Navarro. The Jays officially parted way with Arencibia on Monday by declining to tender a contract offer to the fourth-year catcher. The move came after Anthopoulos signed Navarro to a two-year, US$8-million deal. "Dioner had a wonderful year last year in 240 at bats, and we think that theres some upside there, especially considering his age," the Blue Jays GM said on a conference call Tuesday. "We just think its a nice fit, and obviously well find out." Arencibia struggled through the worst season of career in 2013, with a .194 batting average, 21 home runs and 55 RBIs. The 27-year-old fan favourite, who began his Blue Jays career with so much promise -- homering on his first major-league pitch in 2010 -- struck out 148 times this past season, 15th most in Major League Baseball. Anthopoulos said he has no idea why Arencibia regressed so much last season. "I wish I did. I do think hes going to bounce back," Anthopoulos said. "He was a little banged up, and one thing about J.P., hes a very durable guy, very tough, plays through a lot of injuries. There was a time we almost put him on the (disabled list), he wanted to keep playing, he battled through it and grinded through it, and Ive seen him play with a broken hand and things like that. "But I really dont know, certainly we didnt expect him to have that type of year. .. Obviously hes very proud and has extreme pride in his job, and I think it may have just worn on him." Still, Anthopoulos said the decision to replace Arencibia wasnt made until the "last few weeks or so." The 29-year-old Navarro, a 10-year veteran from Venezuela, has served mostly as a backup but was an all-star with Tampa Bay in 2008. He hit .300 with a career-high 13 home runs in 89 games for the Chicago Cubs last season. He also had 34 runs batted in. "Navarro was someone who has pretty good contact rate, low strikeouts, prretty good on base skills, been able to take a walk and work the count," Anthopoulos said. Wholesale Jerseys. "From a game-calling standpoint, the work that we did on him, everyone really raved about his game-calling, and how guys love throwing to him." Anthopoulos said Navarro -- whos also played for the New York Yankees, Los Angeles, Cincinnati and the Chicago Cubs -- is keen to get return to a starting role in the majors. "The fact that Dioner has played over a hundred games three times in his career, has been an all-star and is only 29, that certainly factored into the decision," he said. "Dioner is very motivated and very hungry to get back to being that everyday guy, he just hasnt had an opportunity to be the everyday guy since he left the Rays." The GM said he called Arencibia on Sunday night to let him know his plans. Through his struggles on the field, the catcher became a lightning rod for criticism this past season when the Jays were failing to live up to lofty pre-season expectations. The catcher lashed out on Twitter at Sportsnet analysts Dirk Hayhurst and Gregg Zaun over their negative comments. He then deleted his Twitter account, posting in a final three-part tweet to his some 145,000 followers: "Its unfortunate to see how words are twisted to make false stories. "I give way too much of myself to have others try and make me out to (be) something/someone Im not." "I will no longer be on twitter," he said. "Thanks to all the fans who support and praying for the others that hate. God bless." Anthopoulos said in the "grand scheme of things," the fact Arencibia vented his frustration on Twitter wasnt a big deal, and said there were never any off-field issues with the former Jays catcher. "I think he was probably one of our best guys in the community, always was available, always was a great supporter of the ball club, any time we had a need in the off-season," Anthopoulos said. "Theres a lot of things he did behind the scenes that no-one saw so to me he was outstanding." 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 Cheap NFL Jerseys ' ' '

 

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