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TORONTO -- If the Toronto Raptors have a preferable post-season opponent, theyre not saying. Josh Ferguson Jersey . The Raptors wrap up their record-breaking regular season Wednesday night at New York, and wont know until post-game wholl theyll face in the playoffs. And they insist they dont care. "Were just worried about ourselves," Amir Johnson said after Mondays victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. "We just want to clean up on our mistakes. Whoevers in front of us, were going to play the same way weve been playing all season." The Raptors, who set a franchise record with their 48th win of the season Monday night, will face either the Brooklyn Nets, Washington Wizards or Charlotte Bobcats when the opening round begins this weekend. The Raptors are tied with the Chicago Bulls for third in the Eastern Conference, but control their own destiny. Theyll clinch the No. 3 seed if they either beat the Knicks on Wednesday, or the Bulls lose at Charlotte. Theyll finish fourth if they lose and Chicago wins. "We havent thought about it or talked about it," guard Kyle Lowry said, about the ramifications of Wednesdays schedule. "Were just going to go out there and play our game." Raptors coach Dwane Casey has been resting his starters -- all-star DeMar DeRozan got the night off Monday. Casey said he would consider resting DeRozan again Wednesday, despite what outcome that might have on the game, and their conference seeding. "Im more worried about us moreso than who we play. Its about us. About our health, rest, whatever we decide to do in that situation. If we play Brooklyn, we play Brooklyn, if we play Washington, we play Washington, theres no easy teams left in the playoffs right now, all the teams are very capable," Casey said. "Brooklyn is probably more playoff-ready, but we cant control that and were not going into this game trying to control that. Im more worried about our guys health -- rest if we rest them -- and our rhythm. And its a fine line between the two." While the players might not have a stated preference, fans certainly do, and general consensus is Washington. The Raptors won the season series against the Wizards three games to one. The Raptors lost all three of their games to Charlotte this season, although only by a combined nine points. They split their four games with Brooklyn, but the Nets have that invaluable playoff experience. Five Nets players alone -- Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Deron Williams, Andrei Kirilenko and Joe Johnson -- have 432 playoff appearances combined. The Toronto Raptors: 147. Raptors starters DeRozan, Jonas Valanciunas and Terrence Ross: Zero. The Raptors are making their first playoff appearance since 2007-08. They were beaten in five games by the Orlando Magic. This is the sixth time in the teams 19-year history theyve made the playoffs. Their only series win was in 2000-01 when they beat the New York Knicks three games to two, before losing to the Philadelphia 76ers in seven games in the second round. Deyshawn Bond Jersey . LOUIS -- Known for his game-managing and defensive skills, Yadier Molina made another statement with his bat. Matthias Farley Jersey http://www.coltsofficialstore.us/authentic-al-woods-colts-jersey/ .ca! There is plenty of blame to be shared as a result of the most recent NHL player (Pittsburghs Brooks Orpik) to be evacuated from the ice on a stretcher following an ugly incident Saturday night in Boston.CINCINNATI, Ohio -- The dirt-smudged base leaned on the floor in front of Billy Hamiltons locker. An inscription in black ink noted the importance: "MLB Debut 9/3/13." Some debut! The speedy outfielder who outran everything in the minors got his first stolen base in the majors on Tuesday night, and it decided a game with playoff implications. Hamilton swiped second and came around on Todd Fraziers double in the seventh inning, sending the Cincinnati Reds to a 1-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. "Thats my job -- stealing in important situations," said Hamilton, who had brown dirt on both knees from his hard slide into that keepsake base. "This was a real big situation -- a pennant race." Hamilton set a professional record by swiping 155 bases in the minors last year. He got an ovation when he made his big league debut as a pinch runner for Ryan Ludwick, who led off the seventh with a single against Seth Maness (5-2). As he went onto the field, manager Dusty Baker had a word. "He said, I need you to get to second base," Hamilton said. "I was like, OK, I got you." The 20,219 fans in the stands and everyone on the field and in the dugouts knew what was coming. Hamilton was about to test one of the toughest catchers in the game. Could he outrun catcher Yadier Molinas throw? "We knew that this guys electric," said Frazier, who was at bat. "I didnt even know he was going. I saw it out of the corner of my eye and said, Here we go, heres the challenge." After Maness threw to first three times, Hamilton took off and beat an off-target throw from Molina, who rushed a bit. "That guys the best," Baker said. "Hell throw you out. He was close to throwing Billy out there. The throw was a little high and wide. Thats what happens when you have speed." The Cardinals had watched video of Hamilton to get ready for his debut. "He was just another baserunner," Maness said. "We know hes fast, but you treat him no different. Get the ball to the plate quick and make the throw. "It was a bang-bang play. Thats baseball." Hamilton scored easily on Fraziers hit and got congratulatory slaps in the dugout. "It was like we won the World Series there," Hamilton said. Homer Bailey (10-10) allowed only two hits in seven innings, retiring his last 14 batters. Aroldis Chapman threw four pitches that registered 103 mph while fanning the heart of the Cardinals order in the ninth for his 34th save in 39 chances, completing the two-hitter. The Carddinals were shut out for the third time in their last six games. Denzelle Good Jersey. By taking the first two in the four-game series, the Reds snapped the Cardinals streak of winning seven straight series between the NL Central rivals. St. Louis is 10-7 against Cincinnati this season. The head-to-head opportunities are dwindling. Second-place St. Louis is a game and a half ahead of Cincinnati. The Cardinals host the division-leading Pirates for three games next weekend, completing their season series. The Reds play Pittsburgh six times in their last nine games. The trio has been in a tight pack atop the division most of the season. Currently, all three are in position to make the playoffs. And now, the Reds have a new way to win a close game. "Watching Billy run -- I can watch that every day," Frazier said. They considered calling up the 22-year-old Hamilton last September, but decided he wasnt ready. A year later, he made good on his first steal attempt and decided a game full of tough pitching and sensational defence. Michael Wacha, the Cardinals top draft pick last year out of Texas A&M, made his fifth career start and blanked the Reds on three hits through six innings. The Cardinals lineup was back to full strength. Carlos Beltran was back in right field after missing two games with a sore back. Molina was back in the lineup after leaving Mondays game with a sore left wrist. Bailey is in a good stretch, winning his last five decisions. He held the Cardinals to five hits over 7 1-3 innings during a 10-0 win in St. Louis last Wednesday. Bailey escaped an early threat. Matt Carpenter opened the game with a single, and Bailey walked Beltran on four pitches, bringing up Matt Holliday. The left fielder has a .375 career average against Bailey, but struck out swinging. Allen Craig grounded into a double play. Defence had a lot to do with keeping this one close. No surprise there -- St. Louis has the fewest errors in the NL, Cincinnati the third-fewest. NOTES: The Cardinals called up RHP Carlos Martinez, LHP Tyler Lyons, INF Ryan Jackson, INF Brock Peterson and C Audry Perez. ... Baker said LHP Tony Cingrani will start the final game of the series on Thursday. RHP Greg Reynolds replaced Cingrani when he went on the DL with a sore back and was on turn to start. Baker said Reynolds will be ready if Cingrani has problems. ... Reds RHP Bronson Arroyo (13-10) starts Wednesdays game against RHP Shelby Miller (12-9). Arroyo is 0-3 in four starts against the Cardinals this season and 8-16 for his career. NFL Jerseys Wholesale Cheap Authentic Jerseys China Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Cheap NFL Jerseys Discount NFL Jerseys ' ' '

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