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    As he often does, Dexter Fowler got the party started with a single that led to a run in the very first Cubs at-bat of the teams NLCS-opening win over the Dodgers on Saturday. Alcides Escobar Jersey .The next inning, it was Jason Heywards turn to ignite the crowd at Wrigley Field, as he belted a pitch to the right-field wall and sprinted to third for a triple before scoring on Javier Baezs hit.It was just two Georgia boys getting on base and then crossing the plate. The score: 2-0 Cubs.The bond between Fowler and Heyward extends far beyond their being fixtures in the same Cubs lineup or even manning the outfield together as part of the best defense in baseball. It goes all the way back to when the two were just coming into their own as teenage baseball stars near Atlanta, and it began with an introduction that came as a surprise to an 18-year-old Fowler.We had the same trainer, and one day he says, Dex, wait around for a little bit. I got your twin coming in. I said, My twin? What are you talking about? Fowler recalled of meeting Heyward, who is four years younger.So I wait around for 15 minutes. He walks in. This dude is my height. Bigger than me. Got, like, a mustache. Im graduating that year, and hes in ninth grade.Im like, Yeah, right. This dude is my age. From then on, we played on the same summer league team. Obviously, years behind me, but I kept up on him. Then we hit at the same place and developed a friendship.That friendship has continued to this day. Heyward admits that Fowler is a little more public, but its the sense of humor that bonds them. Fowler agrees.J-Hey is a little more reserved than I am, he said. At the same time, he has a good heart. Hes funny and jokes around. Hes like my little brother.Asked what Fowler was like at 18, Heyward said, He was the same. Always a smile, funny and always a good time.This spring, it was Fowlers turn to deliver a surprise entrance, one that put smiles on the faces of all his teammates, especially Heyward.Fowler famously kept his return to the Cubs to himself, then stunned his old -- and new -- teammates by walking onto the practice field at spring training one morning, after it appeared he was likely to join the Baltimore Orioles as a free agent.Heyward was as shocked as anyone.He didnt know, Fowler said. I got him. I got everyone. I wanted to keep it a secret.He was very excited. He gave me a huge hug. Its great to be on the field with him. He makes my job a lot easier.For Heyward, it was a moment he wont forget. It was just cool to see him back with his team, he said. And for me, having one of my guys that I grew up with.In a frustrating first season with the Cubs, after Heyward spurned the Cardinals and signed a $184 million contract that guaranteed his every moment would come under intense scrutiny, Fowlers presence has meant a familiar face nearby as Heyward acclimates to life in Chicago.We always said it would be crazy if we ended up on the same team, Heyward said recently. When its [free agency] going on, you have no idea where things are going to end up. Then here we are.Throughout the season, Fowler was there for his friend as hitting woes -- and the pressure from the outside --?mounted.Someone that has been there before and done all the stuff, you end up just naturally leaning on that, Heyward said of learning from Fowler.If there is ever anything that needs to be said, were not afraid to say it to each other, Fowler said. Thats the way it should be.It could be their only season as teammates, as once again Fowler is set to become a free agent. Theres no telling what could happen, though Fowler has been the glue in the clubhouse and at the top of the order during the Cubs resurgence. No matter what the future holds, the two outfielders are cherishing their time next to each other in the locker room and in the outfield.I told him he would love it over here, Fowler recalled saying to Heyward during the free-agency period. And I said, Bro, if were on the same team, youre never going to stop laughing, man.Theyve been laughing all the way into the postseason. Baseball brought them together, and their bond might help bring Chicago a championship.Its special, Fowler said. To see how this started, and now were here together. Its definitely a blessing. Danny Duffy Jersey . 8 Iowa State on Saturday, sending the Cyclones to their third consecutive loss. The Longhorns (14-4, 3-2) got their biggest win of the season with their third in the row in the Big 12. Alex Gordon Jersey . Dallas hasnt ruled out the star quarterback for Sunday nights game against Philadelphia, but all signs point to Romos back injury pushing Kyle Orton into the starting role after two years of limited play as the backup. Surely Ortons name isnt the first that comes to mind for fans wanting a change after years of damaging interceptions, fumbles or, most infamously, the field goal flub when Romo dropped the snap on a kick that could have won his first playoff game in 2006. .5 million, one-year contract on Friday. Hawkins, who turns 41 in December, will compete with Rex Brothers for the closers role at spring training.TORONTO -- Leafs centre Tyler Bozaks taking part in the Game 7 warmup in Boston was mere subterfuge, it appears. Bozak missed the last two games on the regular season and the final two of the Bruins playoff series because of what was described as an upper-body injury. On Thursday, Bozak revealed that he tore his oblique at the end of the season and then tore a triceps muscle on the final faceoff of Game 5 in Boston. "I knew after Game 5 pretty much that I was done for four weeks at least," Bozak told reporters Thursday at Torontos wrapup media session. "It was a pretty bad tear and I wasnt able to go." Asked about why he took the warmup Monday night, he said: "Obviously, it could have thrown them off a bit or whatever with line matching and everything, I think thats the way we wanted to handle it. "But I could barely hold my stick out there." Joe Colborne filled in for Bozak the last two games of the Boston series, which ended in a dramatic 5-4 overtime loss for Toronto. The good news is Bozak wont need surgery. "But it always sucks watching when youre out there with the guys all year (and) you want to help as much as you can and youve got to watch," he said. The 27-year-old Bozak is eligible to become a free agent this summer. His future is up in the air. "I havent really thoought about any of that, since playoffs," he said. Frank White Jersey. "I kind of just focused on hockey. "Now Im just going to take some time off. My agent will deal with that stuff. Id like to stay here. Its a place I love playing (in) so hopefully we can get something worked out." General manager Dave Nonis said "if there is a contract that makes sense for us and makes sense for Tyler, then well sign him. "But its not a situation where we have to sign Tyler Bozak because there are numbers that make sense for the team and there are numbers that make sense for Bozie. I believe, I always have believed, that if the player wants to stay with your team, you find a way to make it happen if you want to have him as well." In saying that, he also noted the salary cap number is going down next season. "And how we allocate our dollars is going to be very important if were going to remain competitive." Bozak had 12 goals and 16 assists as the Leafs top-line centre in the lockout-shortened season. A close friend of linemate Phil Kessel, he was also the teams top faceoff man. Bozak made US$1.4 million this season, 12th highest on the team. Other players headed to unrestricted free agency this summer are forwards Clarke MacArthur and Colton Orr and defencemen Ryan OByrne and Mike Kostka. Wholesale Jerseys 2019 Cheap NFL Jerseys China Wholesale Jerseys 2018 NFL Jerseys ChinaChina Jerseys Cheap Cheap Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Online ' ' '