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ST. PETERSBURG, Florida – Gareth Morgan sat in the dugout before Tuesday afternoons sun-soaked Baseball Canada Junior Teams tilt against the Blue Jays, visualizing what was to come both in the short term and in the future. "Its pretty cool and humbling," said Morgan. "Its an honour to be a part of this team and get an opportunity to do this. Its not everyday you get to put your uniform on and play against big leaguers." Morgan, who turns 18 next month, is a presence at 64", 220 pounds. He is the top-ranked Canadian heading into Junes amateur draft. Some projections have the product of Torontos Vaughn Road Academy going in the first round. An outfielder, he possesses all the tools over which scouts salivate. "Hes a high school player so sometimes I think the expectation is unrealistic given the skill set," said head coach Greg Hamilton. "He has tremendous talent. Hes got everything youre looking for. Hes got size. Hes got power. Hes got speed for a big man. Hes got a plus arm. Its a complete package. Its a major league right fielder in the making if everything falls into place and he stays healthy, obviously." Morgan grew up splitting his summers and winters between baseball and hockey. Three years ago, his first in high school, Morgan made a choice. He would commit to playing baseball full-time and, having already gone through a growth spurt, was showing signs of the imposing figure hes become. Fast forward three years, through all the games and the tournaments and the travel with the junior team, and he feels like he belongs. "I feel like Ive come a long way both mentally and physically," said Morgan. "I was a lot smaller back then and my skills werent as good. On the mental side, Ive gained more confidence and I just feel more comfortable with what Im doing." He recently spent a week visiting Larry Walker in West Palm Beach, Florida. They hit, shagged flies, worked out and talked the tools of the trade. It was an opportunity to pick the brain of a former great about life in the big leagues. "It was awesome," said Morgan. "We hung out, went kayaking, played a little baseball, hit with the Cardinals." Theres a big decision looming on the horizon. As he awaits the June draft, Morgan also has a scholarship offer from North Carolina State University. Hell have to weigh the value of signing with the pro club that selects him versus a free education at a strong ACC school. "It crosses your mind sometimes, of course youre going to think about it, but the less you think about it the better it is," said Morgan. "Just go out and play the game you love and have fun with it." "We try to give them the information thats objective so that they know all the opportunities available to them and then they qualify what resonates to them the most," said Hamilton. "As long as they understand what a Division I scholarship means and what that experience means; what signing out of high school and minor league baseball and the challenges that come with that mean, the day to day grind that theyre going to go through means to them on a personal level and where they are physically and mentally, I think if theyve got the comparables in front of them, everythings in order, then it becomes a personal decision. We try to convince them its not always about dollars." Morgan cites Brett Lawrie as his favourite ballplayer. The two shared the same field together on Tuesday. A few years from now, it could happen again. ONYSHKO GRINDS IT OUT Left-hander Ben Onyshko, a 17-year-old from Winnipeg, admitted to being nervous in the first inning. He walked the first two hitters he faced, Munenori Kawasaki and Colby Rasmus, almost hitting Kawasaki twice. Brett Lawrie followed with a single, loading the bases with nobody out for Jose Bautista. "I mean, I tried not to think about it," said Onyshko. "I tried to just execute pitches the same as always but Ive got to admit, my mind was racing a little bit. It was surreal." Bautista flew out to deep left centerfield for a sacrifice fly. "I was scared for a split second when he hit the ball," said Onyshko. "Once I was able to get that first out I think things started to roll a little bit better. I settled in." He certainly did settle in. Onyshko limited the Jays to that one run in the first and allowed two runs over his three innings of work. Onyshkos curveball caught the attention of onlookers. Its a pitch he started throwing when he was 12. "I just remember hanging in the backyard with my dad, just working on it, throwing it," said Onyshko. "He would sit there catching bullpens for me every couple of days." LAWRIE HAS FLASHBACKS It wasnt too long ago Brett Lawrie was playing for the Baseball Canada junior team in games like Tuesdays. "Its a lot of fun for me," said Lawrie. "Especially nowadays because theres a lot more guys coaching that Ive played with and had a chance to play with that are across the other way now. Its good to see those guys coming back and helping the young guys. It sets a good example for all them because the guys I played with were the good players and theyre fun to play with so things are probably pretty light in the clubhouse, which is cool." Lawrie and his Blue Jays teammates did most of the talking as they mingled with the young Canadians before the game. "I think its kind of keep your ears open, more or less," said Lawrie. "Theyre a little nervous, which I anticipated so I think, more or less, they just kept their ears open, listened to how the boys talked and just taking it all in." HAMILTON APPRECIATES BLUE JAYS APPROACH Brandon Morrow started for the Blue Jays. Baseball Canada alum Brett Lawrie, Jose Bautista, Colby Rasmus, Adam Lind and Dioner Navarro were in Torontos starting lineup on Tuesday. Head coach Greg Hamilton appreciated the Jays willingness to send some of the clubs top stars to the game. The rest of the roster was in Lakeland for a game against the Tigers. "Its a special day and an opportunity to come out on the field and play against the players that you watch on TV and aspire to be like is incredibly special," said Hamilton. Fans will follow the paths of these young players. Visit http://www.baseball.ca to learn more about the program. "Every player that weve got has a chance to play beyond high school," said Hamilton. "At minimum theyre going to go on scholarships and play collegiate baseball. You never know. You extend your playing career and you figure a few things out and there are some here today you think will be for sure potential major league prospects and there are others who will sneak up on you too just by having the opportunity to continue to play." Phillip Gaines Jersey . 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Hall had a goal and three assists in a 5-4 loss to San Jose on Tuesday, had an assist in each of Edmontons next two games the capped the week with a goal and two assists in the Oilers 4-2 win over Anaheim on Sunday.VAL GARDENA, Italy - Some skiers are concerned they will turn into the puffy Michelin Man when they are not supposed to.Others are afraid they will lose precious hundredths of a second due to slightly more wind resistance.And still more believe that their movements will be restricted.Whatever the reasons, few — if any — skiers are expected to use a radical new airbag safety system in January when it will be cleared for use in World Cup downhill races.January could still be early. But not because we have problems but because the athletes are not confident, said Marco Pastore, the sponsoring manager for Italian manufacturer Dainese, which developed the system with the International Ski Federation through four years of data collection and testing.The airbag fits in a vest that is incorporated into skiers back protectors and is designed to inflate when skiers lose control and are about to crash. A 4.5-centimetre long (1.8-inch) gas generator inflates the airbag and the entire system adds about 800 grams (less than two pounds) of weight to the back protector.Im encouraging my guys to try it, to get fit for it, U.S. mens head coach Sasha Rearick said. The plastic where the airbag is itself is quite stiff. The way it fits is what theyre working on right now, to make sure they can move comfortably with it.Dainese-sponsored athletes like Werner Heel of Italy and Jan Hudec and Manuel Osborne-Paradis of Canada have been testing the system in training for two seasons. Bode Miller is in the first year of a sponsorship deal with Dainese but hes been out following back surgery.We need to fit the suits better to incorporate it, Heel said, adding that hes not ready to race with it yet.Dainese introduced a similar system for motorcycle racing a decade ago.It took 10 years to get all (the riders) to wear the system, Pastore said. At the beginning we were asking them to use it. Now they ask us.Pastore discussed the project Saturday, a day after Florian Scheiber of Austria crashed and was airliifted off the downhill course by helicopter with a concussion and bruises all over the left side of his body.ddddddddddddFor the Florian Scheiber crash, it would have been very good, Pastore said, noting that the airbag can protect the neck, shoulders, trunk and back areas.Theyll use it, youll see, said FIS mens World Cup director Markus Waldner. If you go flying off an icy course at 140 kph (90 mph) and all of a sudden you have protection around your neck and upper body, thats pretty good. Thats why the MotoGP riders use it.But skiers need to move their bodies more than motorcycle riders.Its a little bit slower because its not aerodynamic like wearing nothing under the suit, said Olympic downhill champion Matthias Mayer.Thats not true, Waldner said. The Austrian and Italian teams tested it in the wind tunnel in Maranello and all of the data showed its not a disadvantage.The system is not available for sale yet but a potential price tag could run about 1,000 euros ($1,230), Pastore said, adding that any World Cup athlete can have free access to it.While the system has been cleared for optional use on both the mens and womens circuits, the only female skier to test it so far is a Swiss Europa Cup skier.Anything thats going to improve our safety is something that should be considered but at the same time I have my worries about it, American skier Lindsey Vonn said. What if you went off a jump and you landed totally fine and for some reason the impact made it deploy? But if its proven to be more safe then its definitely something I would try in training.Vonn has been slowed over the past two seasons by a series of knee tears, the most common injury to skiers.An airbag for the knees and legs is the next project Dainese is hoping to develop.We have some ideas about the knees, Pastore said. There is some data on the table.___AP Sports Writer Jerome Pugmire in Val dIsere, France, contributed to this report.___Andrew Dampf can be followed at http://www.twitter.com/asdampf China Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping Cheap Jerseys China Jerseys Cheap Jerseys China ' ' '


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