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Its the nature of the CFL - players come from seemingly out of nowhere to become big time performers. In no other league do more previous unknowns become household names overnight; it happens every year. But not all those players can maintain that level of stardom. Sometimes its just a flash in the pan, sometimes its the precursor to a great career. So do this years early breakout performers have what it takes to sustain their success and keep their names in the CFL headlines? A pair of rookies has energized the ground attacks in Saskatchewan and Hamilton in Kory Sheets and Chevon Walker. Sheets has scored in each of the Roughriders three wins to open the season and his 245 rushing yards is second only to Torontos Cory Boyd. Walker has just 10 fewer rushing yards than Sheets and already gained a reputation as a burner. His opening week 89-yard touchdown run is only the second longest play of his very early CFL career, usurped by a 95-yard catch-and-run touchdown in Week 2. Despite their 0-3 start, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers have to be happy with at least two of their players. On offence, rookie pass catcher Chris Matthews leads the league in receiving yards with 350 – 84 more than his closest competitor – and has three touchdowns. And while the Bombers have lost some of their luster on defence from a season ago, second-year DT Bryant Turner has jumped out of the gate with five sacks. Swaggerville was last year, but Winnipeg may have a new mayor along the D-line. Solomon Elimimians departure to the NFL left a big hole in the middle of the B.C. Lions defence. And while Adam Bighill hasnt yet had the impact of the Eliminator, hes held his own in the middle early in 2012 and is certainly softening the blow of losing last years nominee for Most Outstanding Defensive Player. Brian Bratton is in a slightly different category than the rest of this years early breakout players. The 29-year-old is in his sixth year with the Montreal Alouettes, but hes been overshadowed by the likes of Jamel Richardson and Ben Cahoon the previous five seasons. Early returns this year suggest Bratton is breaking out of that shadow, and being a go-to guy for Anthony Calvillo is a recipe for stardom. The Argonauts finally landed a quarterback this past off-season, shifting the concern to the receiving corps and whether itd be able to provide enough effective targets for Ricky Ray. Rookie Dontrelle Inman – seven catches for 182 yards and two TDs – is working his way towards being one of Rays guys. And while questions remain about the offence in Edmonton, the defence has been solid, surrendering only 42 points in three games this season. The Eskimos have two sophomore defensive tackles that are raising their profiles in Almondo Sewell and non-import Ted Laurent. The two have combined for 12 tackles and five sacks in a DT rotation for the green and gold. Across the league, new names pop up seemingly every week. But just as imperative for these overnight sensations is prolonging their impacts so a newer name doesnt come along and take their spot. The Rough asks: Which breakout performer are you most impressed with? And are these performers simply early-season wonders or names to remember for years to come? www.jerseypatriots.com/Jersey-Dane-Fletcher/ . Gamel was hurt May 1 while trying to catch a foul popup in an 8-3 victory at San Diego. He was hitting .246 with one home run and six RBIs this season after taking Prince Fielders spot in the field. www.jerseypatriots.com/Jersey-James-Develin/ . The 76ers looked like the high-scoring, solid defensive team the brass envisioned when it traded for Andrew Bynum. http://www.jerseypatriots.com/Jersey-Joe-Vellano/. Wright homered twice and Jason Pridie hit the first home run of his major league career in the Mets 8-4 win Sunday over the Arizona Diamondbacks. www.jerseypatriots.com/Jersey-Tyronne-Green/ . Three came down to the fourth quarter while quarterbacks continued to shine in all four games; so important to the overall quality of the game. www.jerseypatriots.com/Jersey-Danny-Amendola/ . Team trainer Kevin Rand said before Wednesdays game against the New York Yankees that Dr. James Andrews is scheduled to operate on Zumaya in Florida.KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Jordan Danks just had to wait a short while for a second chance. The backup outfielder atoned for his baserunning blunder in the ninth inning by hitting a solo home run in the 11th that lifted the Chicago White Sox over the Kansas City Royals 2-1 Monday. "I knew that was going to be my shot to do something," Danks said. "I wasnt trying to do too much. But you got a guy throwing 97, 98 (mph), hes going to provide most of the power. Like coaches have been telling you since Little League, get something good to hit." Danks connected with two outs off Kelvin Herrera (2-3) for his first homer of the season. The White Sox avoided a three-game sweep and won for only the fifth time in 18 tries in Kauffman Stadium. Danks entered in the ninth as a pinch-runner. Moments later, he got caught in a rundown between third and home after Alexei Ramirez hit a tying, bases-loaded infield single with two outs. "It makes it a little bit better, yeah," Danks said with a grin. "I told them I did it on purpose so I could come up and hit a homer." Chicago starter Chris Sale, who spent most of the day matching James Shields pitch for pitch, said the dugout "went nuts" when Danks homered. "Thats always fun to watch," Sale said. "Emotions are high. Youre tense. Someone goes up and does that, its fun." The White Sox trailed 1-0 before loading the bases with no outs in the ninth. After Paul Konerko grounded into a home-to-first double play, Danks entered as a pinch-runner at second base for Adam Dunn. Conor Gillaspie was intentionally walked to load the bases. Ramirez followed with an infield single up the middle that made it 1-all, but Danks was tagged out on the play, ending the rally. "He got caught in no mans land," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "Even in the dugout, youre thinking about trying to send him. Its too late to tell him to stop. That wasnt his fault. Thats on us. Thats just an aggressive play. Id rather be like that than not be aggressive." Jesse Crain (1-1) pitched one scoreless inning for the win. Addison Reed worked the 11th for his 11th save in 12 opportunities. Shields threw eight shutout innings and handed a 1-0 lead to Greg Holland starting the ninth. Royals manager Ned Yost ssaid he was not tempted to let Shields work the ninth.dddddddddddd "Everybody has their job to do and Shields had done his," Yost said. "He threw eight shutout innings. It was a one-run game. The runs make all the difference. If it was a two-run or a three-run lead, yeah. But in a one-run game, (if) you send him out hes either going to win it or lose it. You let the closer go out and try to do his job." Shields, who lost to Sale 1-0 on opening day in Chicago, allowed two hits and struck out a season-best nine. He walked two. "I felt good out there," Shields said. "I felt like I had all my pitches working. I struggled early in the game getting ahead of hitters, and I gave up a couple of walks. But for the most part it was a tough battle. When youre facing Sale, its going to be tough." Sale was almost as sharp, going 7 1-3 innings and allowing one run on six hits, with five strikeouts and no walks. "I kind of fell into a groove," Sale said. "Sweeps will kill you. James Shields was awesome, actually. But to keep our heads in the game and grind it out, it says a lot about who we are." Alex Gordon hit a leadoff single in the first for Kansas City and scored when Billy Butler lined a double down the left-field line. After Gordons two-out single in the third, Sale retired 15 straight batters until Salvador Perez doubled into the gap with two out in the seventh. NOTES: The White Sox announced that RHP Gavin Floyd will undergo season-ending surgery in New York on Tuesday. ... RHP Jake Peavy, who missed his last two scheduled starts with back spasms, is set to start for Chicago on Wednesday against the New York Mets. ... This was the makeup for the game that was postponed the previous Friday because of freezing rain. ... Sale threw 34 pitches in the first inning, including 12 to Mike Moustakas before he popped out on a 3-2 offering. ... 3B Gillaspie made an outstanding play on a hard-hit grounder by Alcides Escobar to end the fifth. ... The White Sox are in the midst of playing 15 of 18 away from U.S. Cellular Field. ... With one out in the 10th, Dewayne Wise singled but was cut down by Royals RF Jeff Francoeur when he overslid the bag at second. With one out in the 11th, Alex Rios singled but was caught trying to steal second. ' ' '
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