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Encarnacion homers twice, Buehrle goes 6 innings as Blue Jays beat bumbling Orioles 10-2

BALTIMORE — Edwin Encarnacion homered twice and drove in three runs, Mark Buehrle threw six innings of four-hit ball and the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Baltimore Orioles 10-2 Tuesday night. Encarnacion tied the game with a solo shot in the sixth inning and capped a four-run seventh with a drive off Tommy Hunter. It was his 19th career two-homer...

Alberta court grants Unifor injunction blocking Suncor random drug test plan

EDMONTON — A union that represents thousands of oilsands workers at Suncor Energy sites in Alberta has won a court injunction against random drug testing. Unifor Local 707-A had argued that such random testing would violate the worker's rights and privacy. Calgary-based Suncor (TSX:SU) has said random tests are needed to bolster safety and wanted start its program this month. In his ruling, Justice Paul Belzil says...

Alberta government to review energy regulator, replaces board members

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Canadians from coast to coast mark annual Earth Hour by turning out lights

VANCOUVER — Canadians joined millions around the world Saturday night in turning off their lights to mark Earth Hour, celebrating the ninth year of the annual event. But as participation appeared to be on the decline in recent years, supporters emphasized the goal was to raise awareness of climate change — 24 hours a day. "Every passing year it becomes more...

BC Court declares convicted sledgehammer killer a dangerous offender

A man whose killings include bludgeoning his roommate to death with a sledgehammer has been declared a dangerous offender in a British Columbia court. Sixty-four-year-old Thomas McDonald will serve an indeterminate sentence after he confessed during an undercover police sting to a fatal 1981 shooting in northeastern B.C. McDonald was convicted 30 years later of shooting and killing Earl Jones after a bar-room confrontation in Dawson...

Group accepting gift cards for groceries and gas for family of beaten girl

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Trudeau pledges money, new law to make Trans Mountain happen

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Oil patch wants “flexibility” on coming methane cuts or says jobs are at risk

EDMONTON — The group that lobbies for Canada's energy industry says thousands of jobs are at risk unless it gets flexibility implementing new rules on cutting a major greenhouse gas. Tim McMillan, with the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, says industry shares the goals of upcoming regulations aimed at reducing methane emissions by 45 per cent. But he says energy producers should be...

Young Odor helps push Rangers home with chance for ALDS sweep of Blue Jays

ARLINGTON, Texas — Rougned Odor was struggling so badly a month into this season that he was sent back to the minor leagues by the Texas Rangers.

Now the 21-year-old second baseman is a big reason Texas returned home with a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five AL Division Series against Toronto.

Aggressive on the bases, Odor scored twice in Game 2 with a pair of nifty slides into the plate — one on a shallow sacrifice fly, and the other for the tiebreaking run in the 14th inning of their 6-4 win.

"Right now, he's in a position that he feels good, and he feels his confidence level is high and he can do whatever," shortstop Elvis Andrus said Saturday before the Rangers worked out at home.

Sort of like a then-22-year-old Andrus was in 2010, when the Rangers also had a 2-0 ALDS lead and were on the way to their first World Series. Andrus is now the longest-tenured position player in Texas.

Game 3 against the Blue Jays is Sunday night in Texas, a game that will start about the same time the Dallas Cowboys should be finishing their home game across the street against the New England Patriots.

Left-hander Martin Perez (3-6) pitches for the Rangers in the potential clincher. Marco Estrada (13-8), who held hitters to a MLB-low .183 batting average after the All-Star break, starts for Toronto.

"We need a big outburst with the bats, score a lot of runs," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "We score in bunches. That's kind of our trademark. ... Hopefully we can do it one time, you know, catch our breath a little bit and gain a little confidence, maybe we can hang in this thing."

Odour got the game-winning rally in the 14th started Friday with a two-out infield single, then took a wide turn around second on a single to right by Chris Gimenez before sliding feet-first back into the base with shortstop Troy Tulowitzki quickly applying a tag — the safe call stood after a long video replay.

Two pitches later, Odor was going around catcher Russell Martin again, swiping his hand on the back of the plate to put Texas ahead to stay on Hanser Alberto's single.

Manager Jeff Banister calls Odor one of those players that will "completely will yourself to score" and with the sole purpose to cross the plate.

"That's where I think Roogie Odor is," Banister said. "Great heads-up baserunning, but also just to have the body control to be able to make the slides that he made. Incredible."

A dozen innings before his go-ahead run, Odor came home on a short flyball to centre to score on a close play. After diving head-first toward the plate and initially reaching with his left hand to get under Martin, Odor avoided the tag by pulling his left arm back and then reaching around with his right hand to hit the plate.

"That excitement and exuberance that he plays with, it lifts everybody else in this clubhouse," Gimenez said. "Literally, this is a kids' game, he's literally a kid playing this game. ... And he's playing like a man. Doing what he's doing is pretty special."

Odor hit .259 in 114 games as rookie last season, when he was the youngest player in the majors as a 20-year-old, making his debut in May 2014.

After hitting .144 with 25 strikeouts in 90 at-bats through the first 31 games this season, he was sent back to Triple-A Round Rock. Since getting called back June 15, he is hitting .292 with 16 home runs and 53 RBIs in 93 games, including the first two games of this series.

Alberto is the rookie forced into action since veteran third baseman Adrian Beltre exited Game 1 early with lower back stiffness. Beltre, still considered day to day, was excused from Saturday's workout to stay home and rest, and will be reevaluated again before Game 3 on Sunday night.

Only once in their previous seven playoff series did the Blue Jays lose the first two games. That was the 1989 ALCS when they lost the best-of-seven series in five games to Oakland.

"We have to keep trusting our teammates and believe in what got us here," Josh Donaldson said. "We still have an opportunity to win this series."

Stephen Hawkins, The Associated Press

Six stories in the news today, April 28

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Canadian Press NewsAlert: Supreme Court overturns ruling on Yukon land plan

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Bank of Canada proposes tweaks to shield system from future financial crises

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Port of Montreal receives $132-million expansion to facilitate oversees exports

MONTREAL — The Port of Montreal is receiving a $132-million makeover to handle the expected increase in exports to the European market. Federal Infrastructure Minister Denis Lebel announced today that Ottawa will provide $43.7 million to the project. The remainder of the money will come from the port itself, which is expecting more business as a result of the recently signed...

Jurors in Magnotta trial back at work today still trying to reach a verdict

MONTREAL — Jurors deciding the fate of Luka Rocco Magnotta worked through the weekend, but still failed to reach a verdict. Today will mark Day 7 of their deliberations in Montreal. Since getting the case last Tuesday the panel of eight women and four men have contacted the court only twice — once to ask a legal question and once to...

US House to consider repeal of meat labelling law

WASHINGTON — A U.S. House of Representatives committee is moving swiftly to get rid of labels on packages of meat that say where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered. The House Agriculture Committee will consider a bill to repeal a "country of origin" labelling law for meat on Wednesday — two days after the World Trade Organization ruled against...

Wrong man sent off as Manchester City beats West Brom in Premier League action

LONDON — Manchester City resumed its winning ways in the Premier League on Saturday with a 3-0 home victory over West Bromwich Albion after the visitors had the wrong player sent off after two minutes. Referee Neil Swarbrick blew for a foul on Wilfried Bony by Craig Dawson but incorrectly dismissed Gareth McAuley. Bony, Fernando and David Silva netted for City. Elsewhere,...

Alberta Metis vote to support Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion through B.C.

LAC LA BICHE, A.B. – An organization that represents Metis in Alberta says it supports the expansion of the Trans Mountain oil pipeline through B.C. The Metis Nation of Alberta says members voted in favour of the resolution at a conference on Sunday. President Audrey Poitras says solid economic investment, including pipelines like the Trans Mountain, is the right way to...

After leading Hawks to 60 wins, Budenholzer honoured as coach of the year, beating out Kerr

ATLANTA — Mike Budenholzer of the Atlanta Hawks has been chosen as NBA coach of the year. The second-year coach was honoured Tuesday after leading the Hawks to a 60-22 record — the best in franchise history — and top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Budenholzer received 67 first-place votes and 513 points overall in balloting by sports writers and...

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