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The Washington Nationals continue at the top of the TSN. Trent Cole Womens Jersey .ca MLB Power Rankings, holding the No. 1 ranking for the third straight week. While the Nationals starting pitching has received the most praise this season, they have a bullpen that has been quietly effective too. Since the All-Star break, a trio of lefties -- Tom Gorzelanny, Sean Burnett and Mike Gonzalez -- have been especially impressive, combining for a 1.99 ERA with 45 strikeouts in 45 2/3 innings. Chasing the Nats, the Atlanta Braves remain in second spot, followed by the rising Tampa Bay Rays and their lights-out pitching staff, which has posted a 2.10 ERA in August. The Los Angeles Dodgers, getting an unlikely offensive contribution from journeyman infielder Luis Cruz, climbed from tenth to fourth in the rankings, while the Kansas City Royals, with much-improved pitching this month, rise from 27th to 23rd. Falling in the other direction, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have somehow (despite having Jered Weaver, Zack Greinke, C.J. Wilson, Dan Haren and Ervin Santana) compiled the worst piching staff in baseball, with a 6.76 ERA in August and theyve dropped from seven to 14. The ongoing struggles of the Boston Red Sox, particularly pitchers Jon Lester and Josh Beckett, has them dropping from 17 to 20. Saddled with an impossible list of injuries to overcome, the Toronto Blue Jays continue to fade, ranked a season-low 25th this week. Scott Cullen can be reached at Scott.Cullen@bellmedia.ca and followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tsnscottcullen. For more, check out TSN Fantasy on Facebook. Ryan Kalil Jersey . Sweeney, who spent the first 13 years of his career in Kansas City before signing with Oakland in the offseason, has appeared in just 42 games this year due to arthroscopic knee surgery in June. Robert Griffin 3 Jersey . In the end, the results were all that manager Bobby Valentine cared to focus on, and understandably so. Mike Aviles homered and the Red Sox bullpen just barely avoided another big collapse in a 7-6 victory over the Twins. Anthony Davis Jersey . The opening round was even sweeter with three birdies on the back nine late Thursday afternoon at Muirfield Village for a 5-under 67, leaving him one-shot out of the lead after a day that featured a timely rally by Rory McIlroy and a surprising departure by Phil Mickelson. NaVorro Bowman Jersey . Rottier signed with the Edmonton Eskimos on Friday, just two days after being released by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Sean Taylor Jersey .J. - Brandon Jacobs, the 264-pound running back who has been a mainstay of the New York Giants offence the past two seasons, was designated by the team Friday as its franchise player.HELSINKI, Finland -- With the keys turned over to the kids, Canada found another gear at the IIHF World Hockey Championship. Evander Kane scored the winning goal Friday after John Tavares and Jeff Skinner got the team rolling and Canada pulled out a 5-3 victory over Finland that was as important as it was emotional. Those three players have all come to the world championship after every NHL season theyve played. The other common denominator between them? None is older than 21. "Its funny with this team," said coach Brent Sutter. "Its the youngest Canadian team ever assembled, but theyre guys that have played in the National Hockey League for a couple or three years already. Theyve also had some experience over here and its really shown." This could end up be a defining moment for the group. Trailing 2-0 after the first period in hostile Hartwall Arena, Canada appeared to be cowering in the face of its most difficult test yet. The score was 3-1 as the midway point of the game ticked by and you had to wonder if time was becoming a factor, particularly against such a stingy opponent. Momentum turned quickly. Skinner found Tavares on a 2-on-1 to make it 3-2 at 14:31 before jumping off the bench, collecting a loose puck and skating right around the net to score on a wraparound at 18:18. It was a breathtaking play. "I asked him to show me how to tap dance like that," said Tavares. "He made some real nice moves there. ... That was a real big goal." Kane finished off the comeback by quickly snapping home a Corey Perry pass at 6:04 of the third period to stun the sellout crowd, which chanted "Su-o-mi! Su-o-mi!" all night for a team that had won 10 straight world championship games heading in. Alex Burrows and Jordan Eberle also scored while Cam Ward was sharp in stopping 35 shots for Canada (4-0-1), which moved atop Group H and now controls its own destiny moving towards the medal round. Antti Pihlstrom, Mikko Koivu and Jussi Jokinen replied for Finland (4-1-0). The host country went from looking like it was on a path to repeat as champions to being a team trying to explain how it let a pair of two-goal leads slip away in the span of a couple hours. "We maybe lost a little bit of confidence and we couldnt attack any more," said Finnish coach Jukka Jalonen. "We didnt have courge enough to move the puck and be patient enough. ... Its difficult to beat a team like that if you only defend." They had a dream start. After weathering some Canadian pressure in the early minutes, the Finns took advantage of a neutral zone turnover by Kyle QQuincey to make it 1-0. LeGarrette Blount Womens Jersey. Niko Kapanen found Pihlstrom all alone at 5:33 and the building was rocking. To make matters worse, Quincey was soon sent to the penalty box for cross-checking and teammate Dion Phaneuf followed, resulting in a 5-on-3 disadvantage. After Canada killed the first penalty, Koivu knocked home a rebound at 10:31 -- prompting Sutter to call a timeout. "We just needed to settle down," said Skinner. "We all believed that we had a lot of time to play, we just needed to stop forcing plays. Maybe get a little bit more simple and get back to playing the way we wanted to." They responded with a much better second period that saw them put three goals behind Kari Lehtonen -- matching the total Finland had allowed through 13 periods in the entire tournament. After Burrows and Jokinen traded goals, Canadas top line took over. Its become evident in the first week of the tournament that Sutter is comfortable leaning on the unit of Tavares, Skinner and Eberle. Theyve been the most consistent offensive players so far. "Their line generates things," said Sutter. "They dont spend a lot of time in their own zone." After Kane gave Canada its first lead of the game in the third period, the Finns pressed hard for the tying goal. Ward made two huge stops seconds apart during a late power-play opportunity, sliding across his crease with the pads stacked on the second shot. "I had a little old school in me and made the little two-pad stack save," said Ward. "Some of the guys were poking fun at me that it was a Bill Ranford save at the end there." Eberle hit the empty night with 24.1 seconds remaining to secure the victory. The Canadian team is banking on the fact that its core is made up of players who were part of consecutive quarter-final exits the last two years. Skinner, Tavares, Kane, Eberle -- all of them know how it feels to fall short. "It sucks going out early," said Skinner. "I think last year we realized that. These round robins are really important games, you want to set yourself up. "This was a big character win for us." Notes: Shots in the first period were 15-4 for Finland ... Duncan Keith was Canadas leader in ice time once again with 26:12 ... Ryan Murray was scratched for Canada after the arrival of defenceman Kris Russell, who picked up an assist 24 hours after arriving in Helsinki ... Canada wraps up the round robin with games against Kazakhstan (Saturday) and Belarus (Tuesday) ... Devan Dubnyk will start in goal against Kazakhstan ... Announced attendance was 13,059. ' ' '