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TORONTO -- Morgan Rielly probably wont read this. Jesus Duenas Mexico Jersey . Already wise beyond his years at the age of 20, the Toronto Maple Leafs rookie defenceman learned during training camp that he cant check Twitter as often as he used to. That lesson has served him well during a season-ruining losing streak, but its still almost impossible to avoid the chatter in a hockey-mad city. "When youre out eating at Earls or something, its on a TV and theres people talking about (us), whether its the skid were on, trade rumours or how weve been playing," Rielly said Tuesday. "Playing here in Toronto there are people that arent afraid to have a chat with you if youre at the mall or something. Youve just got to learn to deal with that and cant worry about it too much." Roommate Jake Gardiner tries to take his mind off things by seeing movies, like "Noah" on the teams most recent off day. Coach Randy Carlyle doesnt try to put on sunglasses and a hood to hide from the attention because "thats not me." Even if the Leafs wanted to, theres no real way to escape the pressure -- something area natives and former players know all too well. "Its not fun for them right now, I know that," said Calgary Flames forward Joe Colborne, who spent the past three years in Toronto with the Leafs and minor-league Marlies. "Obviously theres a lot of attention, even out West, on the Leafs, so its well-documented, for sure. You definitely feel for those guys." Empathy was in short supply for Colborne with his Flames at Air Canada Centre seeking to extend Torontos season-worst skid. But even before his Detroit Red Wings sent the Leafs to an eighth loss in a row Saturday night, Mimicos Brendan Smith expressed some sadness at how friends Gardiner and Dave Bolland have to deal with the extra criticism that he called "nonsense." "I think for everybody its difficult," Smith said. "I feel bad for them with all that pressure. Its tough. Every professional athletes going to feel pressure in some kind of way, but its definitely tough here." Red Wings goaltender Jonas Gustavsson looked at the Leafs and recalled a "similar scenario" he went through in Toronto. That was the infamous run in the winter of 2012 that then-general manager Brian Burke compared to "an 18-wheeler going right off a cliff." Gustavsson went 0-3-1 during that 1-9-1 stretch that cost coach Ron Wilson his job. But as a Swede, he managed to avoid a lot of the negativity surrounding the team because he read coverage from back home, not in Canada or the United States. After experiencing that, hes quick not to make any blanket statements about how playing in such a big market affects players. "I think thats very individual," Gustavsson said. "I think some guys have no problem whatsoever with it because they dont really care about media and TV, things like that. Maybe some guys follow it more than others and maybe have tougher times with it." Flames forward Matt Stajan, who played five full seasons and parts of two more with the Leafs, brushed off the emphasis on the extra attention that comes with being in what some consider the centre of the hockey universe. "Its not easy. In Calgary if we lose eight in a row its not easy," Stajan said. "I think the pressure from the outsides one thing, but in the dressing room you have expectations as a team and you feel that pressure anyways. "People look too much at the pressure outside. I think youre in the NHL. As a team you have pressure on yourselves to win games and be at your best every night, and when it doesnt happen, youre feeling it." Theres no doubt the Leafs are feeling it, even if its not something players would like to admit. Assistant general manager Claude Loiselle said Tuesday on Toronto radio station Sportsnet 590 The Fan that players have been squeezing their sticks during this skid. In talking to reporters, players tend to shift the focus back to hockey and away from the white noise. "Its just a matter of keeping concentrated on just playing the game and not what everybodys saying," Rielly said. "You cant be too concerned about whats going on out there, you just got to worry about what youre able to control." No ones denying the talk is out there. Captain Dion Phaneuf conceded that in a results-oriented business, theres bound to be some heavy "scrutiny" on the Leafs. A losing streak like this in a place like this ratchets it up even more. "You look on Twitter or TV, its pretty much what everyones talking about right now," Gardiner said. "But were kind of used to that. ... You just got to have fun with it and try to ignore what people are saying." Hector Herrera Jersey .500 ball against teams with winning records, so they needed a huge lift from somebody Tuesday night in a matchup of division leaders. Javier Aquino Mexico Jersey . Siddikur, who led on all four days and took a four-stroke lead going into the final day, bogeyed four out of six holes starting at the sixth and continued a forgettable last round in which he returned a three-over 75 to finish with a 14-under 274. CINCINNATI, Ohio -- With two key parts of the offence gone, the San Diego Padres are looking for Will Venable and others to carry them through a tough time and win some games. It really helps when the opponent makes four errors. Venable homered for the second game in a row, and San Diegos depleted offence took advantage of Cincinnatis season-high four errors for a 3-1 victory over the Reds on Saturday night. "Especially being down a couple of guys, everybody needs to do a better job," Venable said. Third baseman Jack Hannahan had three of Cincinnatis errors -- two on off-target throws to first base, another on a grounder that got through him. All San Diego managed off the errors was two unearned runs. Venable hit his team-high 15th homer off reliever Manny Parra a few hours after the Padres put outfielder Carlos Quentin on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right knee. It was their second significant setback of the week. Earlier in the week, All-Star shortstop Everth Cabrera was suspended for 50 games for taking a banned substance. Quentin had missed the last seven games with the injury. He was batting .275 with a team-leading 45 RBIs and 13 homers, second to Venable for the team lead. Now, the others have to carry on. "You cant do more than youre able to do," said Venable, who is batting .385 since July 14 and has a seven-game hitting streak. "You know what kind of player you are. Whether its making a play on defence or getting a bunt down, youve got to do all those little things." The Reds couldnt do much of anything right, finishing with as many errors as hits. "Jack just had a bad day," manager Dusty Baker said. "Hes known for his defence. We also had a couple of baserunning mistakes. I have no explanation." Tyson Ross (3-5) gave up Brandon Phillips RBI single in the first, one of only four hits he allowed over seven innings. Huston Street pitched the ninth for his 22nd save in 23 chances. Three of Cincinnatis errors came behind Tony Cingrani (5-2), who had to throw a lot of pitches to make up for the extra outs. The left-hander needed 92 to get through five innings while allowing only two hits and two unearned runs. The Padres have won their last six games against left-handed starters since July 11. Carlos Vela Jersey. . The Reds had a tough time holding onto the ball all around. Catcher Devin Mesoraco threw over Hannahans head while trying to toss the ball around the infield after a strikeout. The Padres got sloppy and let in a couple of runs in Cincinnatis 7-2 win on Friday night. This time, the Reds had trouble getting a grip. "Weve been talking about our defence being pretty consistent all year," manager Bud Black said. "Last night was something we havent seen much this year." Chris Denorfia singled and scored when Venable singled and left fielder Xavier Paul bobbled the ball. Hannahan then threw wildly to first on Chase Headleys grounder, allowing Venable to score on the second error of the inning. Cingrani threw 32 pitches in the extended inning. Shin-Soo Choo drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the first, stole his 13th base of the season and came around on Phillips two-out single. The Reds didnt get much more off Ross, who had several nice plays made behind him. "I know these guys will make the plays behind me," said Ross, who has four straight quality starts. "The key is to throw strikes." Paul ran the Reds out of a rally in the seventh. Jay Bruce walked and went to third on Pauls single with no outs. Mesoraco flied to Denorfia in right, not deep enough to get Bruce in from third. Paul tagged on the play and was thrown out at second. NOTES: Tennis player Mardy Fish threw a ceremonial pitch to one of the Reds mascots. The Western & Southern Open starts Sunday in nearby Mason. ... The Padres called up OF Jaff Decker to take Quentins spot. ... LF Ryan Ludwick rejoined the Reds on Saturday from his minor league rehab stint. The Reds plan to activate him before the start of a series on Monday in Chicago. Ludwick has been sidelined since he tore cartilage in his right shoulder while sliding into base on opening day. ... Hannahans three errors were a career high. ... On Sunday, Mike Leake (10-5) makes his first start since he got roughed up in a 15-2 loss to St. Louis a week earlier. Ian Kennedy (4-8) makes his second start with the Padres, who got him from Arizona on July 31. 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 ' ' ' 
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