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TORONTO -- The Toronto Blue Jays started last season with an April swoon that they never really recovered from. Cheap Arizona Coyotes Jerseys . Buoyed by a four-game winning streak and a return to the .500 mark entering play Thursday night, manager John Gibbons said the feeling around the team is much better now than this time last year. "No doubt. I think last year was a little bit of a shock to everybody," Gibbons said during a pre-game availability. "But I think they always had a good attitude. But everybody was kind of like they got hit by a two-by-four ... I definitely feel something different this year. "Theyre feeling good." Expectations were sky-high for last years squad after an off-season makeover brought in big names like R.A. Dickey, Jose Reyes, Melky Cabrera and Mark Buehrle. However, the team lost 21 of its first 31 games and struggled to a last-place finish in the American League East. General manager Alex Anthopoulos kept the changes to a minimum in the last off-season. There are early signs that might have been a prudent approach. The Blue Jays had a few hiccups in recent weeks -- including a couple meltdowns from their usually strong bullpen -- but appear to be back in form as they continued a nine-game homestand Thursday night against the Philadelphia Phillies. Torontos starting rotation has been anchored by the steady play of Buehrle, who is off to a 6-1 start with a sparkling 1.91 earned-run average. The Blue Jays starters have been going deeper into games and easing the pressure on the bullpen, which looked good early on but has had some inconsistent patches. Closer Casey Janssen could return from his rehab assignment in the coming days and that would also give the relief crew a boost. Injuries were a problem last year. The absence of Reyes for most of the first half of the season had a ripple effect through the order and his defensive skills were missed. His troublesome hamstring was an issue last month but his game appears to be coming around. A big difference early on this year is the meat of the lineup looks comfortable and is getting results. Entering play Thursday, Melky Cabrera (.329, 6 HR, 14 RBIs) leads the American League with 48 hits, Jose Bautista (.300, 9 HR, 21 RBIs) has reached base in all 34 games and leads the American League with a 1.041 OPS (on-base plus slugging) while Edwin Encarnacion (.242, 4 HR, 21 RBIs) has been a threat in the cleanup spot. There have also been some nice bonuses. Backup catcher Josh Thole is hitting .400, Juan Francisco filled in admirably when Adam Lind went down with a back problem and regular catcher Dioner Navarro has a .300 average. Lind was activated Thursday and served as the designated hitter against the Phillies. He was hitting .324 at the time of his injury. The Blue Jays have also been hitting for power -- they lead the American League with 44 home runs and a team slugging percentage of .432 entering play against Philadelphia. No one is strutting around the dugout after splitting the first 34 games of the season. But its a marked improvement from the 13-23 record and woeful .361 winning percentage the Blue Jays had on this date last year. Perhaps the positive feelings are boosted by the fact the other American League East clubs are in a similar boat with only 3 1/2 games separating first from worst. The Blue Jays will play four games against the Los Angeles Angels before closing out the homestand with a three-game set against the Cleveland Indians. Adidas Oliver Ekman-Larsson Jersey . -- Joe Thornton scored the tiebreaking goal with 5:39 left in regulation to help the San Jose Sharks overcome a two-goal deficit to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-3 on Thursday night. Cheap Coyotes Jerseys Authentic . -- Without Carey Price, the run for a first Stanley Cup in 21 years got steeper and longer for the Montreal Canadiens.Boise, ID (SportsNetwork.com) - Grant Hedrick ran for two touchdowns for No. 22 Boise State, which is likely heading back to a major bowl game following a 28-14 win over Fresno State in the Mountain West Championship Game on the blue turf at Albertsons Stadium. Hedrick completed 9-of-16 passes for 155 yards and racked up 81 yards on nine carries for Boise State (11-2), which will take an eight-game win streak into bowl season. Jay Ajayis seven-game 100-yard streak came to an end, but the junior back still picked up 70 yards and a touchdown on the ground in the victory. An amazing way for our seniors to finish on the blue, Hedrick said. With the Mountain West title, the Broncos will be the highest-ranked conference champ from the Group of 5. They are expected to receive a bid to either the Fiesta Bowl, Cotton Bowl or Peach Bowl on Jan. 1. Brian Burrell threw for 332 yards on 30-of-45 efficiency with a touchdown and three interceptions for Fresno State (6-7), which had won three in a row coming into the game. The Bulldogs were denied a second straight conference title. Fresno State beat Utah State, 24-17, in the inaugural Mountain West championship game last season. On Boise States fourth play from scrimmage, Hedrick used a play fake to create a hole and run 20 yards to a touchdown. Ajayi ran for 11 yards on two carries and Chaz Anderson hauled in a 46-yard reception, leading to the early score. Burrell threw interceptions on back-to-back possessions late in the first quarter. Donte Deayon picked him off in the end zone, ending a promising drive, and after a Boise State punt, Burrell forced a throw in traffic on 3rd- aand-14. Cheap Adidas Coyotes Jerseys. Tanner Vallejo jumped in front and ran it back 63 yards for a score to make it 14-0. Any time a team plays well on defense, you have a pretty good football team, said first-year Boise State head coach Bryan Harsin. They were the most relentless unit tonight. Ajayi found the end zone with a 9-yard run at 9:03 of the second quarter, capping an 11-play trek and extending the lead to 21 points. Boise State made it 28-0 on Hedricks second TD run of the game -- a 21-yarder -- but FSU made things interesting with 14 unanswered points to finish the game. Josh Quezadas short rushing TD late in the third put the Bulldogs on the board, and Burrells 25-yard strike to Greg Watson near the right pylon had them within two touchdowns. Garrett Swanson then executed just the second successful onsides kick in Mountain West play this season, but Burrells heave to Aaron Peck on 4th- and-12 fell incomplete. Ajayi put a scare into the Boise State faithful with a fumble on the very next play, however Steven Baggett pounced on the loose ball to keep possession with the Blue. Fresno State burned a pair of timeouts and got the ball back on a punt with 2:36 to play. Burrell picked up a pair of first downs with his arm but Beau Martin intercepted him on 3rd-and-5 from the Boise 29 and sealed the game. Game Notes Boise State has scored six non-offensive touchdowns this season, its highest total since 2009 ... Fresno State outgained Boise State 402-304 and picked up 21 first downs compared to just 11 for the Broncos ... 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