The five-foot-four, 130-pound Italian had to be helped off late in the first half in Philadelphia when six-foot-four 210 pound defender Oguchi Onyewu caught him with a knee to the right thigh in a challenge.Coach Greg Vanney said after training Tuesday that Giovinco was questionable for Saturday’s game against the Whitecaps. Star striker Sebastian Giovinco has been ruled out of Toronto FC’s weekend game in Vancouver.Giovinco suffered a painful charley horse in Saturday’s 2-2 tie in Philadelphia.Toronto said Giovinco left Tuesday night for Italy to meet with his doctor.The club said the meeting had originally been scheduled during next week’s bye week but was pushed forward when he was ruled out of Saturday’s game. They decided later that day that he was out.
When he started in 2011, a year before the Impact joined MLS, he was part of a large contingent from France. Romero was the team’s player of the year in 2014 and Piatti won it the last two seasons.The danger of having that many from one non-North American country is that they would form a clique, but assistant coach Jason Di Tullio said the club makes a point of getting the players to put the team first.“We build an environment where respect and loyalty come first,” said Di Tullio. Arregui, 24, played his first minutes as a substitute in Montreal’s 2-2 home draw with Seattle on Saturday night.Arregui plays in the central midfield, where he will compete for playing time with Bernardello, captain Patrice Bernier, Marco Donadel and Calum Mallace.For Di Tullio, the Argentine players bring the ability to play either a physical or a finesse game that allows them to adapt easily to MLS once they’ve been through an adaptation period.Having five at once should help newer players adjust to a new city, different languages and a league that covers an immense area and where travel is especially tough.Camara sees the Impact’s Argentines as a plus.“There are a lot of players in the league from Argentina and it’s a good sign because they show a lot of quality, technically, and they can bring a fighting spirit like Bernardello and Cabrera.“Argentina is a football country. Costa Rica is next with 11 while Jamaica has 10.Bernardello said it is not surprising.“It’s not easy in Argentina, but here, the quality of life is better and there are a lot of teams in the league that want to grow quickly,” he said. The 32-year-old, who led the club with 17 goals last season plus four more in the playoffs, was a big part of Montreal’s run to the CONCACAF Champions League final in 2015 and to reaching the MLS Eastern Conference final in November.Now there is talk that Piatti may be selected to play for Argentina’s powerhouse national team by its new boss Edgardo Bauza, who coached him when they won a Libertadores Cup in 2014 with the San Lorenzo club.“I would say you definitely have to give him a call up,” said Di Tullio. For me, he deserves it.”The 30-year-old Bernardello is in his fourth season, in two stints, while 24-year-old Cabrera is in his third. Players coming from a culture like that is good for MLS.” Argentine players are flocking to Major League Soccer, and the Montreal Impact are reaping the benefits.The Impact currently have five players from the South American soccer giant. Sometimes things get heated up, but in terms of cliques, it’s the environment we have in place and once we’re on the same page, it’s about winning games. “It doesn’t matter your religion, your culture or your nationality.“(Head coach) Mauro Biello’s put in place a team-first mentality. It’s a long season and there’s going to be ups and downs. Now it’s Argentines.“They’re very open,” said Camara. While scoring star Ignacio (Nacho) Piatti is well-known around the league, midfielder Hernan Bernardello and defender Victor Cabrera are starters for the blue-and-black. “That means a lot of South American players, not only Argentines, as well as European players want to come here.”On the Impact, they form the third largest group after Canadians (8) and Americans (7). Away from the field, they’re likable guys who have a lot of respect and who are open to dialogue and to all cultures.”It helps that four-year Impact player Piatti is the team’s top attacker and a leader on the squad. They bring quality to the field. and Canada. “They’re great guys and they’re very good on the field too. Then the team had an Italian phase. They have an extraordinary history with legends from every generation like (Lionel) Messi and (Diego) Maradona. “We have the luxury of seeing him every day expressing himself and bringing joy and intensity to the game.“I’d live to see Nacho wearing that Argentina jersey. That’s the most important thing.”Defender Hassoun Camara said the club got through the same situation before. Injured midfielder Andres Romero is in his fifth season in Montreal and midfielder Adrian Arregui is just starting his first.“We feel good that there’s five of us here,” Bernardello said Tuesday. “We’ll try to do our best.”There are 17 Argentine players in MLS, more than any country other than the U.S. The open communication Mauro has with everyone allows them to have that brotherhood during the difficult moments.
Darwin Barney’s RBI single in the seventh tied the game 3-3 before Selsky put Boston ahead two runs heading into the ninth.Mike Ohlman hit a solo homer off Erik Cordier to pull the Jays within a run, but Shawn Haviland came on and struck out the side as the Jays left the bases loaded.Toronto opened an early 2-0 lead on a Melvin Upton Jr. solo homer in the first inning and a Barney sacrifice fly in the second.Cordier picked up the win while Haviland registered a save for Boston (8-10).Danny Barnes took the loss for Toronto (5-11). Steve Selsky’s two-run double in the bottom of the eighth inning led the Boston Red Sox to a 5-4 win over the Toronto Blue Jays in pre-season baseball action Tuesday.Boston’s Mitch Moreland had a two-run single in the bottom of the third inning to tie the game 2-2, and Dustin Pedroia put the Red Sox ahead with a sacrifice fly in the fourth.
Instead of glum and sombre, all is now light and frothy after the Flames executed a remarkable turnaround to a season that, early on, appeared to be going nowhere fast. What’s the best playoff matchup? It played out again Monday night, according to Gulutzan, after the Flames defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 to extend their winning streak to 10 games, matching a club record set in 1978, when the team was based in Atlanta. But it was put to the test after a slow start – 2-7-1 after 10 games and 5-10-1 after 16.Pat Steinberg, the host of the Flames’ postgame call-in radio show, generally keeps his finger on the pulse of the fan base. The atmosphere in this city around playoff time, I don’t think there are many cities that can compare. And when things are going really well, they’re a big part of it. You only have so many more cracks at it. Or if we play Edmonton, who matches up against Connor McDavid?’ So the tone has changed completely. “Then this streak happened, completely out of nowhere, and now they’re asking: ‘Is Mikael Backlund going to win the Selke? And will he be back next year?’” Steinberg said. In fact, 2015-16 is the only other season in which three teams put together streaks of 10 victories or more. “You play for games like yesterday’s [versus Pittsburgh], where the atmosphere was so good. It went from ‘How do we fix this?’ to ‘Okay, what’s the best way to win a playoff series or two?’ And even when they won in the playoffs two years ago, I don’t remember anyone talking about them as a Stanley Cup contender.”The Flames have only made it past the conference quarterfinal once since 2004, the year they lost the Stanley Cup final to the Tampa Bay Lightning. That was two years ago, under Hartley, in what was a bittersweet year for team captain Mark Giordano. In Calgary, fans are so passionate about hockey – both ways. There is a running joke in the Gulutzan household between Glen, the coach of the Calgary Flames, and his oldest daughter, Emma, a Grade 10 student. We know, you sort of run out of time the older you get. That year, the coach was the remarkably effervescent Bob Johnson, who, on the night of that record-setting loss, pinned it on the media, saying “too much is being made out of our so-called slump.”Gulutzan, who was hired to replace Bob Hartley in the off-season, shares Johnson’s positive outlook. He’s detected a couple of dramatic shifts this season. The Flames’ recent surge has lifted them into the top three in the Pacific Division, ahead of their provincial rivals, the Edmonton Oilers.For Giordano, not getting a chance to play in the 2015 playoffs makes the current surge up the standings all the more heartening.“Honestly, the older you get, this is what you play for,” Giordano said. I can tell you right now, I’d rather be in this spot than have 70 points and not make the playoffs.“The older guys are really embracing it. He was considered one of the leading candidates for the Norris Trophy – until a bicep tear sidelined him for the final month of the season and the playoffs.The Flames ultimately rallied around their captain’s injury, made the playoffs and even won a round – upsetting the Canucks – before eventually falling to the Anaheim Ducks in the quarter-final. We want to make it into the playoffs this year and then start a trend where we’re battling for a playoff spot every year.”Considering this is the NHL’s age of parity, it has been a remarkable year for winning streaks. “I said to Emma after the game, ‘Well, maybe we can go out for dinner now,’” Gulutzan deadpanned, “because we weren’t going out for dinner much in the first month.”There is no better way of assessing the mood shift in Calgary than the fact it is now safe for the Gulutzan family to go out on the town. (Granted, the chance to win games in overtime and/or shootouts is a relatively recent phenomenon and colours the streaks to an extent.)But the fact is Calgary has been playing with a purpose for a while now, and the win over Pittsburgh in an entertaining, high-octane contest was an important litmus test.“In grocery stores, coffee shops, people will encourage us and tell us how proud they are of us – which is cool to hear,” Giordano said. When things aren’t going well, they really feel it. According to Steinberg, in the first month, much of the dialogue focused on the coaching change – was Gulutzan the right choice, after working as a Vancouver Canucks assistant?Things settled down after an 11-3-1 run that began in mid-November, but the naysayers returned two months later during an ugly four-game losing stretch that included lopsided losses to the Montreal Canadiens and the Toronto Maple Leafs.“Even then people were saying, ‘We’re falling out of this thing and we need to revisit the coaching conversation. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Calgary became the fourth team to earn a winning streak of 10 or more games this season, joining Columbus (16), Minnesota (12) and Philadelphia (10) – the first time in NHL history. “For sure, you feel it. The Flames have a chance to establish a franchise-record winning streak Wednesday night, when the Boston Bruins visit the Saddledome.The only other time they’ve managed such a reversal of fortune occurred in the 1985-86 season, when the Flames overcame a record 11-game losing streak to advance all the way to the Stanley Cup final. The last few games here, we’ve started to feel that.“I think everyone’s mindset is to solidify our playoff spot and keep this streak going for as long as we can.”Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated how many times the Flames have made the playoffs since 2004.
Brayden Point also scored for Tampa (34-26-9), as Andrei Vasilevskiy made 31 saves.Tommy Wingels scored for the Senators (39-22-7), who saw a six-game winning streak come to an end.Ottawa was without goaltender Craig Anderson, who is sidelined with a lower body injury, as is Mark Stone. Victor Hedman scored the overtime winner as the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Ottawa Senators 2-1 on Tuesday night.Tampa finally beat Ottawa’s Mike Condon, who had 35 saves and was nothing short of spectacular at times.The Lightning extended their winning streak to four games, but remain outside the playoff picture as a New York Islanders 3-2 overtime win over Carolina moves them into the final wild card with Tampa just behind. However, the Senators did get Bobby Ryan back in the lineup after missing 11 games with a broken finger and Kyle Turris returned after missing three games with a finger injury.Tied 1-1 to start the third neither team seemed able to grab momentum, but Condon made a huge toe save on Nikita Kucherov midway through the period and went on to be even more impressive a couple minutes later as Tampa had multiple chances, but just couldn’t find a way to beat the Ottawa netminder.Condon’s heroics had the 16,894 on hand at Canadian Tire Centre chanting his name and giving life to an otherwise lacklustre game.Trailing 1-0 the Senators tied the game in the opening minutes of the second as Wingels fired a shot and beat Vasilevskiy stick side.Both teams had a number of good chances throughout the period, but were unable to capitalize.The Lightning opened the scoring just three minutes into the period as Point jumped on a rebound down low and had a wide open net.Tampa nearly had a second in the dying seconds of the period, but Condon managed to reach back and stop the puck from crossing the goal line.
The Canadiens defenceman inexplicably changed sides mid-rush, leaving Panarin all alone in front of goal. Price made 21 saves as he became the third Canadiens goaltender to reach the 500-game milestone. Kane also added two assists.Paul Byron and Shea Weber scored for Montreal (39-23-8). The Blackhawks goalie was stunned but stayed in the game.Crawford was eyeing a shutout but was beaten twice in the third period.Byron slapped a bouncing puck over his shoulder at 12:42 before Weber scored on a slapshot from the point at 16:32.Crawford has never conceded more than two goals in a game against Montreal – his highest save percentage against any opponent.Both the Canadiens and Hawks came into Tuesday’s encounter with 8-2-0 records in their last 10 games.Chicago was outshot 11-4 in the first period but the visitors made the most of their one good chance when Kane scored at 12:23, capitalizing on a mistake by Alexei Emelin at centre ice then firing a wrister off the post and in.Oduya made it 2-0 at 10:49 of the second period when his slap shot from the point took a slight deflection off Byron’s arm – enough to elude Price.Emelin was again to blame for Chicago’s third goal. Only Patrick Roy (551) and Jacques Plante (556) have played more games between the pipes for Montreal.The Canadiens have not beaten Chicago since 2014 (0-6-1).Crawford is a big reason for the Hawks’ recent success against the Canadiens.The Montreal native, who was coming off a season-best 42-save effort against the Minnesota Wild on Sunday, has never lost to the Habs in regulation time (7-0-2).Crawford withstood a flurry of shots at the very end of the first period to preserve Chicago’s 1-0 lead.In the second, the 32-year-old took a mighty Weber slapshot off his mask from just a few feet out. Corey Crawford made 39 saves as the visiting Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Montreal Canadiens 4-2 on Tuesday to spoil Carey Price’s 500th NHL game.Patrick Kane, Johnny Oduya, Artemi Panarin and Jonathan Toews, into the empty net, scored for the Blackhawks (44-20-5). With time on his side, Panarin roofed the puck on Price 47 seconds into the third frame.Emelin finished the game with a minus-3 rating.Chicago’s Artem Anisimov left the game in the first period with a left leg injury and did not return.
James Reimer stopped 28 shots to win for the first time in eight starts.Nikita Soshnikov and Leo Komarov scored for Toronto, which dropped a point behind the New York Islanders and Tampa Bay for the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Sceviour has three short-handed goals this season, becoming the first Panthers player to do that since Radek Dvorak in 2009-10. Frederik Andersen allowed three goals on eight shots before being replaced by Curtis McElhinney to start the second period. Marchessault has 22 goals this season, tying Vincent Trocheck for the team lead.Smith made it 5-1 when he banged in his own rebound with 3:38 left in the second.The Maple Leafs closed the gap to 5-2 when Soshnikov swept a loose puck past Reimer through traffic in the crease with 1:41 left in the second. Jonathan Huberdeau passed from behind the goal line to Barkov in the crease, and he redirected the puck into the net.Sceviour increased the lead to 2-0 on his short-handed goal. Keith Yandle, Jussi Jokinen, Reilly Smith and Colton Sceviour also scored. Sceviour skated in on a breakaway and beat Andersen to the stick side at 10:33. The Panthers answered with a power-play goal by Jokinen with 27 seconds left in the period to make it 6-2.Yandle’s goal from the left circle at 2:17 of the third stretched the lead to 7-2.Komarov cut Toronto’s deficit to 2-1 on a power-play goal with 6:24 left in the first.The Panthers went ahead 3-1 with 5:39 to go when Marchessault fired a shot from near the blue line that beat Andersen.Barkov gave the Panthers a 1-0 lead 18 seconds in, the fastest goal to start a game by Florida this season. Jonathan Marchessault scored two goals, Thomas Vanek had a career-high four assists and the Florida Panthers beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 7-2 on Tuesday night to stop a five-game losing streak.Aleksander Barkov had a goal and an assist for Florida, which won for only the second time in 10 games. McElhinney made 20 saves.The Maple Leafs had won three straight.Marchessault’s second goal put the Panthers ahead 4-1 at 4:38 of the second period after he redirected a pass from Barkov past McElhinney.
The Oilers had 13 first period shots to the Stars’ five on Edmonton starter Cam Talbot.Talbot finished the game with 22 saves.Nurse scored his fourth of the season on a wrist shot from the top of the circle as another Oilers defender got in on the scoring two minutes into the second period.Ritchie beat Talbot stick-side to get the Stars back into the game six minutes into the second.Edmonton made it 4-1 midway through the second as Desharnais batted home a rebound off the boards for his second in five games as an Oiler.Niemi was chased from the Dallas net less than two minutes later as Maroon earned his 22nd of the season. We peak at the right time, going into big conference games against San Jose, Anaheim and L.A. “We lose three in a row, now hopefully we go upwards from here. It was Pouliot’s first goal in 28 games and sixth of the season.“It’s been a while, and hopefully I get something going with it,” Pouliot said. “It’s a big win for us, to win 7-1 like that, it’s nice for everyone and we just want to keep it going.”A booming Klefbom point shot on the power play beat a screened Niemi to make it 2-0. Elie was a linemate of Oilers captain Connor McDavid in Erie of the OHL Forward Anton Slepyshev returned to the Edmonton lineup after being a healthy scratch for the past four games. They are the guys who can make the difference at this time. Lehtonen came in to replace him in goal.Edmonton kept on coming in the third period, getting goals from Nugent-Hopkins (14th) and McDavid (24th) 1:43 apart to make it 7-1.Niemi stopped 15-of-20 shots and Lehtonen turned aside 7-of-9 shots.It was the first time since the 2008-2009 season that the Oilers have scored seven or more goals on at least three occasions.The two teams are both back on the ice on Thursday, as the Oilers play the Boston Bruins and the Stars head to Vancouver to face the Canucks.Notes: Stars winger Remi Elie, who got his first NHL goal in San Jose on Sunday, played on Dallas’ top line. “I look at it like this: You’ve got to peak at the right time,” Maroon said. It was one thing to break out of a worrisome slump, it was another to do it so emphatically.Patrick Maroon had a goal and an assist as the Oilers snapped a three-game losing skid with a 7-1 victory over the Dallas Stars on Tuesday. It was a timely win too as Edmonton has seven of its next 12 games against the San Jose Sharks, Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings, all of whom are competing with the Oilers for a post-season berth. We have had some tough breaks, but they are the guys the responsibility lies on.“As soon as the third one went in, our team went dead.”Zack Kassian fed it to Pouliot in the slot and he beat Dallas goalie Antti Niemi up high for a 1-0 lead. “We need a lot more from the leaders of our team. These are the times we need those wins.”Benoit Pouliot, Oscar Klefbom, Darnell Nurse, David Desharnais, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Connor McDavid also scored for the Oilers (36-24-9), who are now 2-2-1 through five games of a lengthy eight-game homestand.Brett Ritchie scored in response for the Stars (27-32-10), who have lost three straight and allowed 17 goals in their last three games.“That might be the worst game I have coached as a Dallas Star,” said Stars head coach Lindy Ruff.
players that Canadian players are paid by the government, not by Hockey Canada. Lamoureux-Davidson said the hockey players have been in touch with soccer players about their fight, which has also been going on for years.“When I was hired by the soccer players in 1998, they were paid more than the hockey players are paid today,” said Langel, who represented U.S. “We get paid for six months out of a four-year span.”The U.S. team was already in the midst of change after Ken Klee was replaced as coach by Robb Stauber weeks before the start of the tournament.Cammi Granato, one of the first women in the Hockey Hall of Fame after being inducted in 2010, dealt with wage disputes during her career and appreciates current players taking such a difficult stand.“It says a lot for what they’re fighting for,” Granato said by phone. But there needs to be significant steps taken and hopefully USA Hockey finds this significant enough to want to start making progress with us.”The wage dispute follows one by U.S. women’s soccer players, who last March filed a complaint with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that alleged wage discrimination by the U.S. But as a group we’ve made this decision and as a team and I’m proud to do this with my teammates and to stand arm in arm with them and to say enough is enough.”Related: Gender pay gap a persistent problem in Canada: Statscan dataA spokesman for USA Hockey said the organization would have a statement later Wednesday. women’s soccer players from 1998 to 2014.The U.S. Sadly we both have it better than most of world.”According to Langel, USA Hockey has told lawyers representing U.S. According to Lamoureux-Davidson and the law firm representing players, USA Hockey has paid players $1,000 a month during their six-month Olympic residency period and nothing the rest of the time.“They’re looking for support for every year so that they don’t have to have second and third jobs and don’t have to have family supporting them,” Langel said by phone, adding that players are looking for a four-year contract and have been for more than a year.Captain Meghan Duggan said players are asking USA Hockey “to fully support its programs for women and girls and stop treating us like an afterthought.” Lamoureux-Davidson said players are hopeful that taking a stand will force the issue.“We all want to go play,” she said. The U.S. women’s hockey team announced Wednesday that it will boycott the upcoming world championship tournament on home ice unless there is significant progress in settling a wage dispute with USA Hockey.Players said they informed USA Hockey that they would not report to training camp next Wednesday without clear steps toward what they hope is a four-year contract. This takes a lot of courage.”Recently retired six-time Canadian Olympian Hayley Wickenheister tweeted : “Action takes guts – we know this fight well. “It’s definitely hard. “It says a lot for the fact that there needs to be change. Soccer Federation. “To voluntarily take ourselves out of the running to (repeat) is not easy, but it’s what’s right and we’re asking for what’s right and fair,” forward Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson said by phone. has won six of the past eight world championships. is the defending champion after winning the gold medal last year. Lamoureux-Davidson said players recently received a bonus payment for its December series against Canada.“Other than that one check, we virtually get paid nothing,” ”Lamoureux-Davidson said. “But it’s been 14 months and we haven’t seen progress, so if there’s progress within the next week and a half, we’ll see. The International Ice Hockey Federation tournament begins March 31 in Plymouth, Michigan.The players are seeking a contract with USA Hockey that they say “includes appropriate compensation.” John Langel, a lawyer for the players, wouldn’t reveal monetary figures players were asking for but characterized the negotiating gap between them and USA Hockey as a chasm.The players have had contracts only in Olympic years and are seeking a deal that covers them in all other years. The U.S. A spokeswoman for Hockey Canada said Sport Canada does fund players in non-Olympic years and that the organization similarly pays players in the six months leading up to the Olympics.Langel said USA Hockey has been unwilling to address the issue of pay in non-Olympic years.
He’s very professional in how he prepares, he wants to get better.“When you’re working with a person like that, whether it’s a younger person or older person, it’s easy to work with.”While catching Osuna’s first bullpen of the spring during a pitchers-and-catchers workout at Bobby Mattick Training Center last month, Martin could be heard between each pitch shouting compliments and words of encouragement.Afterwards, he downplayed the significance of his pep talk, saying Osuna’s not the type of guy who needs it.“He’s got a confidence about him and it’s not a fake confidence kind of thing,” Martin said. “It’s funny. He means a lot to me on the field and off the field,” Osuna said. It was a familiar sight for Toronto Blue Jays fans last season: Roberto Osuna on the mound after a victory, knocking on an imaginary door, and catcher Russell Martin opening it with a goofy grin before embracing his closer.That post-win celebration became a staple for the Toronto battery. “He’s such a professional guy.“I learn so much from him and I have a lot of respect for him. It’s like I’m just happy to see him.”Osuna’s stats would suggest he’s happy to see Martin, too.With the steady Canadian behind the plate, Osuna has a career 2.26 earned-run average with an opponents’ batting average of .189 through 107 2/3 innings. He’s an unbelievable human being.”Martin, an 11-year MLB veteran who celebrated his 34th birthday last month, feels the same about Osuna, referring to the right-hander as mature despite his young age.“You can have a 20-year-old who’s very wise and has been taught a lot of stuff and then you can have a very immature 20-year-old who hasn’t learned much at all,” Martin said. That’s why everybody likes Osuna.” He had a 3.05 ERA and .197 average against in 20 2/3 innings with Dioner Navarro and a 4.70 ERA with a .258 average in 15 1/3 innings with Josh Thole.“Russ is one of the best guys in baseball. “Osuna’s already talking about doing other stuff so we’re going to come up with something different.“We’ll try to keep it a surprise but we’ll be talking about it for sure over the course of spring training.”Osuna and Martin have become increasingly close over the last couple years as the 22-year-old has established himself as a bona fide major league closer.The knock-knock routine, which Martin credits as Osuna’s idea, is a product of that relationship.“He was just like, ‘Hey why don’t we try this,’ and we did it and it was fun,” Martin said. “He doesn’t need to tell himself he’s good, he knows he’s good.“He never makes you feel like he’s above you or anything like that. “And with Osuna he’s wiser than his years. “The last thing you want to do is rub the other team the wrong way but at that point, when you win a game and you’re happy that you won, you just want to celebrate.“It was just something cool we did, or at least we thought it was cool – I don’t know how cool it actually is – but it’s fun, we like it and that’s what counts.”Blue Jays fans seem to agree.One blogger’s website captured GIFs of each time the duo used the knock-knock celebration: 17 over the regular season and playoffs by its count, with the last coming in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series against Cleveland, a 5-1 Blue Jays win that prevented an Indians’ sweep.Martin describes his expression upon opening the imaginary door – that seemingly exaggerated smile – as “completely genuine.”“That’s the best part about it, we’re not faking it,” he said with a laugh. But don’t expect to see much of it in 2017. “There’s no reason why we can’t be creative, we don’t have to keep it the same all the time,” Martin said in a recent interview at Toronto’s spring training facility in Dunedin, Fla.