Tail­lon re­turns to the Pi­rates’ mound

Standard-Freeholder (Cornwall) - - SPORTS - TODD HAMBLETON

The Boys of Sum­mer are back. For Ma­jor League Base­ball start­ing pitcher Jame­son Tail­lon, that means spring train­ing with the Pitts­burgh Pi­rates, in Braden­ton, Fla.

“It’s about that time of year, Spring Train­ing in 4 days!” Tail­lon wrote on Twit­ter ear­lier this month. “Ex­cited about the work we put in this off­sea­son, and ready to put it all to­gether and get after it on the mound all year.”

Mon­day served as the checkin day for pitch­ers and catch­ers. Wed­nes­day was the first day for work­outs, at Pi­rate City.

Tail lon, as pointed out by Blue Jays an­nouncer Buck Martinez last sum­mer when the Pi­rates vis­ited Rogers Cen­tre in Toronto, has fam­ily in the Corn­wall area. His dad Mike was born in Corn­wall, and grew up in St. An­drews West.

Jame­son Tail­lon, who grew up in Florida and Texas, has dual cit­i­zen­ship. The 26-year-old has faced a lot of chal­lenges early in his pro ca­reer, in­clud­ing hav­ing Tommy John surgery to re­pair a lig­a­ment in his el­bow in 2014, and be­ing di­ag­nosed with tes­tic­u­lar can­cer last spring.

Tail­lon fin­ished the 2017 sea­son with an 8-7 record and 4.44 earne­drun-av­er­age.

The Pi­rates took him sec­ond over­all in the 2010 draft, be­tween Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, and Tail­lon would go on to re­ceive a $6.5-mil­lion sign­ing bonus, the sec­ond-largest in draft his­tory.

The first spring train­ing or “Grape­fruit League” game for the Pi­rates is next Fri­day (Feb. 23).

It’s Pitts­burgh’s 50th spring train­ing in Braden­ton, which is just south of Tampa.

At the very end of Grape­fruit League play last spring, Tail­lon pitched a game at Olympic Sta­dium in Mon­treal when the Pi­rates played against Toronto, the crowd of over 43,000 in­clud­ing about 20 of his rel­a­tives in the stands.

At the time, Pitts­burgh PostGazette writer Stephen Nes­bitt wrote Tail­lon’s Cana­dian her­itage is a bit of a se­cret, with most fans seemingly un­aware of it and staying silent dur­ing his pre-game in­tro­duc­tion.

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Wil­liamstown’s Eric Ming and the Queen’s Gaels men’s var­sity hockey team en­ter the OUA play­offs as the ninth-ranked team in Canada, and they have a first-round date with the sev­enth-ranked Nipiss­ing Lak­ers from North Bay.

The se­ries was to get un­der­way on Wed­nes­day night in North Bay, with game two back in Kingston on Fri­day night at the Me­mo­rial Cen­tre.

The Gaels won all three meet­ings against the Lak­ers in 2017-18, in what was a record-break­ing sea­son for the team, an all-time high of 19 wins for the reg­u­lar cam­paign.

Ming, the for­mer On­tario Hockey League for­ward with the Kitch­ener Rangers and later the Ni­a­gara IceDogs, fin­ished tied for sec­ond in scor­ing for Queen’s this year, with five goals and 19 as­sists for 24 points.

The 24-year-old is in his fourth sea­son with the club, study­ing in the Civil En­gi­neer­ing pro­gram.

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On the court in Kingston the Queen’s Gaels women’s bas­ket­ball team in its fi­nal reg­u­lar sea­son home game Satur­day had a 21-point comeback, but fell just short in over­time against Ry­er­son, 82-75.

Corn­wall’s Myr­iam Fontaine had six points in the con­test, go­ing 3-for-5 from the field in 16 min­utes of ac­tion.

The Gaels, ranked eighth in Canada com­ing into the con­test, fell to 16-5 for the cam­paign. Next up is a 6 p.m. game on Fri­day night in Ot­tawa against the Gee- Gees.

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Back on the ice, where an un­timely slide has oc­curred late in the sea­son for the Clark­son Golden Knights men’s team, which ear­lier this cam­paign­had a 14- game win streak span­ning sev­eral months.

The Golden Knights now have just one win in their last eight out­ings – to go along with four ties.

At Cheel Arena last week­end, Marly Quince and the Golden Knights bat­tled Cornell to a rare 0-0 over­time draw on Fri­day night. On Satur­day night, the host Golden Knights and Col­gate played to a 4-4 OT tie.

In Satur­day’s game, played in front of 2,825, Wil­liamstown’s Ross Craig drew an as­sist on the Col­gate goal that tied the con­test 4-4, with 4:48 left in reg­u­la­tion time.

Craig, a 21-year-old de­fence­man, re­cently re­turned to the Col­gate lineup, and he has two as­sists in three games. The for­mer Jr. A Colts player had been side­lined for a year, bat­tling back from a con­cus­sion in­jury that ended his fresh­man sea­son after eight games in 2016-17.

Clark­son, with an over­all record of 19-6-5, skates this week­end at Dart­mouth Col­lege and Har­vard Univer­sity.

Col­gate has a 12-13-5 record. tham­ble­ton@post­media.com

TOM SZCZERBOWSKI/GettY IM­aGeS

Jame­son Tail­lon (#50) of the Pitts­burgh Pi­rates de­liv­ers a pitch in the fourth in­ning dur­ing MLB game ac­tion against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Cen­tre on Aug. 11, 2017 in Toronto.

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