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HOUSTON – Any time Marcus Stroman is approached to discuss the successful start to his big league career, hes quick to credit two veteran teammates with helping his transition into the Blue Jays clubhouse. Harrison Butker Youth Jersey . Hes talked about how Jose Bautista will approach him, even during his outings, to discuss how best to attack hitters. Stroman feeds off the advice, learning how big leaguers quickly make adjustments. Stroman also credits Mark Buehrle. The two talk pitching, naturally, but Buehrle has taken Stroman under his wing in other areas too. Most importantly is how to be a good rookie. "I think hes been doing the dumbest stuff and Ive had to call him out," said Buehrle. "I think the majority of stuff, pitching wise, Im not going to sit there and take credit for anything. Weve talked a few times about little things but I think the biggest thing that Ive tried to direct him and I tell every young guy that comes up, I say listen, I was a rookie, got picked on, I didnt like it. Youre going to get picked on, youre going to have to get your stuff done to you but if you have a question about where you need to be, what you need to wear, what you need to do, any of those questions come ask me and Im going to lead you in the right direction." Buehrle is glad to help because he experienced the other side of it. As a rookie with the White Sox in 2000, he asked veteran pitcher James Baldwin a rights-of-passage question and was intentionally misled, which resulted in Buehrle becoming the brunt of more jokes. "Ive always felt embarrassed and shy, I didnt enjoy it as much my first couple of years because I had no clue what to do and I asked the wrong guy and Im told to do the wrong stuff just to get picked on even more," said Buehrle. Last month in Anaheim as a bus was waiting to transport players to Angel Stadium, Stroman arrived in the lobby of the hotel wearing a pair of shorts. Josh Thole stopped him, Buehrle clarified the situation with the young pitcher, and Stroman went back to change into a pair of pants. Buehrle knows Stroman wasnt coming from a bad place. "He didnt even think, I cant wear shorts to the field. At home you can but on the road its one of those rules, I guess it started when I was told no tennis shoes, no shorts, no hats," said Buehrle. "Im just trying to pass on to the young guys and the guys on the pitching staff that hey, these are the rules when I came up, I feel theyre pretty good rules and they should continue. I dont think were asking too much." Buehrle got roughed up in his July 25 outing at Yankee Stadium, his shortest start in more than four years. His night was over and as he sat in the dugout, he caught Stroman in the middle of another baseball no-no. "I got my ass handed to me in the third inning, sitting there and I got taken out," said Buehrle. "I look over and I see him with a drink and a bag of chips in his hand, sitting there eating it. I wasnt really in the mood to tell him what to do, what not to do but I went over, Hey dude, you cant be having a bag of chips here on the bench." When a ballclub is on the road, there are two buses which take players from the hotel to the stadium. The veterans get the second bus unless they need to arrive at the ballpark early. Rookies are told to be first to work; to take the first bus. Stroman is diligent worker, always on time. "The pitching stuff, him working out, him doing whatever, I think he does a pretty good job at that, he doesnt really need to get talked to," said Buehrle. "Obviously hes got the talent and the stuff there but the other stuff, the rookie mistake stuff, Im there to direct him in the right direction." In spring training, Buehrle and Stroman were in the same practice group. One morning, the group went to the wrong diamond to begin the day. The result: a missed drill. The veterans teased Stroman, blaming him for the mishap. It wasnt his fault, just good-natured ribbing, but Buehrle told Stroman it was up to the youngster to know the schedule and lead the older guys to the right spots. "He came up to me, Hey, weve got to be on Field Two, then we go to Field Three so he kind of told me where we need to be," said Buehrle. Stromans got his own style. Follow him on Twitter and youll often see photos of his latest suit, bowtie, a pair of shoes hes just purchased. "Weve worn him out," said Buehrle. "In New York he wore those bright shoes and (we told him) Hey, make sure youre not focusing on those shoes, make sure youre focusing on pitching." Stroman, according to Buehrle, hasnt worn the shoes since. "He likes flashy stuff. Im not going to talk him out of it. I think its too much because Im not that way but some guys need that to succeed," said Buehrle. About the suits: Stroman was over the moon in New York after Buehrle took him, Todd Redmond, Rob Rasmussen, Aaron Sanchez and Ryan Goins to an exclusive shop for a suit fitting. Call it tradition, Buehrle passing on to others what Ken Griffey Jr. once did for him in Chicago. He clearly would have preferred the suit story not be made public. Buehrle never seeks additional attention. "It was a sign that hey, Im asking you to do some rookie stuff and youre doing it and youre being a sport about it and youre going about it the right way then this is kind of a thank you for being a good sport about it," said Buehrle. He sees a bright future for the Blue Jays on the mound. Buehrle is a believer in each of Stroman, Aaron Sanchez and Drew Hutchison. "Id give my left arm to take some of their talents and what theyre throwing now," said Buehrle. "Thats what Ive said with this whole trade deadline thing brought up, I dont know what teams were asking for but if its one of those guys its tough to get rid of because thats going to be the face of your franchise." Stromans confident. Hes got swagger. Maybe therell come a time when it rubs an opposing hitter or team the wrong way. But the last word about Stroman goes to Buehrle, a pretty good judge of character. "Hes a good kid." Harrison Butker Panthers Jersey . Behind the talents of rookie Johnny Gaudreau, the Flames will look to keep pace Thursday night when they face the Minnesota Wild in the second of a six-game homestand. Christian McCaffrey Youth Jersey .Y. - OK, it is done.TORONTO - When Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price looks at the Toronto Maple Leafs, he sees a big, physically strong team. "Theyre in your face," Price said. "Theyre a playoff team." The Leafs may be built for playoff hockey, but getting there could be a challenge down the stretch, especially after losing 4-3 to the Canadiens on Saturday night at Air Canada Centre. Montreal moved five points up on Toronto in the Atlantic Division standings and in the process made it far less likely that this thrilling, back-and-forth affair could be a first-round playoff preview. "I think thats what everybody would want to see, and Im sure its going to happen sooner or later," said Habs forward Rene Bourque, who had a goal and an assist and was not yet born the last time these teams met in the playoffs back in 1979. As the Habs won for the fourth time in five games, the Leafs (36-28-8) dropped their fourth in a row as part of a troubling late-season swoon in the absence of injured goalie Jonathan Bernier. Toronto still occupies the first wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference but leads Detroit by just one point and Columbus by two and has played two more games that the Red Wings and Blue Jackets. The Leafs could fall out of playoff position by the end of Sunday. James Reimer, who allowed four goals on 37 shots, including a short-side game-winner by Tomas Plekanec, said he and his teammates have a "healthy sense of urgency" with 10 games remaining. "I think we know we played well tonight and I think we made some mistakes but I think they made some mistakes too," Reimer said. "Really, it was kind of one bad bounce that decided the game. I think we can hold our heads high on this one and go into tomorrow (at the New Jersey Devils) feeling good about ourselves." The Habs are feeling good about themselves after winning a track meet of a hockey game that featured three goals in the first period — by Montreals Max Pacioretty, Bourque and captain Brian Gionta and Torontos Joffrey Lupul and Tyler Bozak. Montreal coach Michel Therrien liked the way his team dictated the play early. But it was bouncing back in the third period after Nazem Kadri tied the score for the Leafs that impressed Price, who finished with 33 saves. "That was definitely a test of character," Price said. "When a team scores in the third period to tie it up when theyre at home, youre on the road, they grab a lot of momentum. ... Being able to grab the lead and then hold it with a good team effort like that is, I think, rewarding." The Habs reward if these winning ways keep up is either second or third place in the Atlantic Division, crucial spots that would mean avoiding Mondays opponent, the Boston Bruins, or the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round. Now five points back of Montreal and six behind the Tampa Bay Lightning, who won in Toronto on Wednesday night, the Leafs will need an uphill climb to avoid a wild-card spot and a tough matchup. But now theres some legitimate concern, given recent woes, that a playoff spot altogether might be in danger. This loss, which winger Mason Raymond said "stings" and captain Dion Phanuef called "disappointing," didnt help that cause. Daeshon Hall Youth Jersey. "You have to turn the page," Phaneuf said. "Theres no looking back on today, tomorrow. Tomorrows a new day, weve got to pull ourselves out of it. Its this group thats going to get us out of this bind. Weve been close, but close isnt good enough right now. We know that were going to get out of it, weve just got to find a way." The Leafs and Habs (29-26-7) were close because this was such a back-and-forth game with plenty of chances at either end. The turning point came 9:14 into the third when Toronto winger James van Riemsdyk was called for goaltender interference when he steam-rolled Price. Habs defenceman Andrei Markov appeared to make contact with van Riemsdyk before he hit Price, but the goalie went to the ice and believed he was interfered with. "Its contact to my head, so I thought it was a penalty, personally," Price said. Leafs coach Randy Carlyle, who conceded he didnt see a replay of the incident, was more worried about the impact of the penalty. Plekanec scored just as van Riemsdyk was being released from the box at 11:14, sneaking a shot in the tiny space between Reimer and the right post. "We clawed back into the hockey game and then we take a penalty early in the third and they score," Carlyle said. "It was the difference in the hockey game, and the margin of error now in these games is so close that one bounce or one mis-play or one unfortunate mistake cost us points." Mistakes — be it turnovers by Phil Kessel, David Clarkson and Kadri or soft goals allowed by Reimer — hurt the Leafs dearly. Another slow start wasnt ideal, either. "Obviously we were behind the 8-ball a little bit early on giving up two goals," Raymond said of allowing two goals in the games first seven minutes. "I like the way we battled back, but turnovers killed us a bit and thats tough." The Habs benefited because they pounced on so many mistakes the Leafs committed. In front of an early-spring crowd of 19,789 thats hungry for playoff hockey, Montreal executed like a team ready for that next step. "Both teams need those points. We were ready to play," Therrien said. "At this time of the year, you need to be in a playoff mindset. And our mindsets like that." NOTES — Montreals streak of consecutive penalties killed was snapped at 25 on Kadris power-play goal at 2:49 of the third. The last time the Habs surrendered a goal on the power play was March 6 at the Phoenix Coyotes. ... Leafs centre Dave Bolland played just 9 minutes 1 second in his return to the lineup. Bolland missed the previous 56 games after suffering a severed tendon in the back of his ankle Nov. 2. ... Habs forward Lars Eller suffered a lower-body injury, Therrien said, and did not play in the third period. Michael Bournival was called up, and he will meet the team in Boston. .... Bernier, who has now missed four straight games with a groin injury, will miss his fifth in a row Sunday when the Leafs visit the Devils. Carlyle said the 25-year-old will not make the trip. 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 ' ' '