bosses at Rogers Communication and rumors that he was looking at taking a job with the New York Mets organization Howie Kendrick Jersey , Toronto Blue Jays president Mark Shapiro vowed that he's staying where he is.Talking to reporters on Friday, Shapiro denied the reports that there's heat between he and the higher ups at Rogers, and made it clear he wants to stick with the Blue Jays as he wraps up his third year as Toronto's president and CEO."I feel as, if not more, excited to be here than the day I chose to come here about three years ago..the city and the country and what that meant to me personally and my family being here," Shapiro said, via Sportsnet's Shi Davidi.advertising"It been an exceptional place to be. And then for the potential of the franchise...This is where I want to be, this is where I am, this is what I focused on, and really don鈥檛 need to think of anything else." Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY SportsJoel Sherman of the New York Post reported Tuesday that some executives mentioned Shapiro as a potential option to become the Mets' next GM. Sandy Alderson took a leave of absence as he deals with cancer, and isn't expected to resume his duties.Per Davidi, Shapiro said he doesn't "know where those reports come from," and emphasized that he's "received nothing but strong support Sean Doolittle Jersey ," suggesting there is no tension with Rogers ownership. Bob McCown of Sportsnet 650 was the first who reported possible heat between the two parties last month.advertisingShapiro took over as Blue Jays president and CEO in 2015, inheriting an ALCS team built by former GM, Alex Anthopolous. The Blue Jays are heading for a second consecutive losing season, and much of the blame has been directed towards Shapiro and GM Ross Atkins.However, the duo have built Toronto's farm system up significantly (ranked third by Baseball America). Top prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. will be playing in 2019, and Bo Bichette, Anthony Alford and Danny Jansen are among the prospects that could have full-time jobs next season.It'd be unorthodox for a team president to leave after just three years, especially with a bright future ahead. Judging by his statements on Friday, Shapiro seems committed to overseeing Toronto's rebuild for the long-term.advertising HOUSTON (AP) — What a birthday present for rookie manager Alex Cora. He’s taking the Boston Red Sox back to the World Series.David Price put his postseason woes behind him, pitching the Red Sox past the defending champion Houston Astros 4-1 Thursday night in Game 5 of the AL Championship Series.Next stop for the 108-win Red Sox is Fenway Park for the World Series opener Tuesday night against either the Los Angeles Dodgers or Milwaukee Brewers.But before leaving Minute Maid Park, the Red Sox surrounded the 43-year-old Cora in the clubhouse and heartily sang “happy birthday!” Wearing goggles and championship gear, the team saluted the first manager from Puerto Rico to lead a team to the World Series.Cora was hired a year ago as he prepared to go to the Series as Houston’s bench coach. He got the job a month after Hurricane Maria devastated his island homeland, and immediately went to work helping with relief efforts.“I know right know for everything that we’re going through as a nation http://www.nationalsfanproshop.com/authentic-wilmer-difo-jersey , as a country, for me to stand up here with this trophy, I know there’s a lot of people proud of me in Puerto Rico,” he said. Rafael Devers hit a three-run homer as the Red Sox stunned Justin Verlander to win the best-of-seven set 4-1. ALCS MVP Jackie Bradley Jr. , outfielder Mookie Betts and the Red Sox will try to bring Boston its fourth crown in 15 years — this is their first trip since winning it all in 2013.Los Angeles has a 3-2 lead in the NLCS going into Game 6 on Friday night at Miller Park.“We got four more wins. That was very, very special, absolutely. But we want more,” Price said.Pitching on only three days’ rest after Boston ace Chris Sale was ruled out while recovering from a stomach illness, Price struck out nine in six shutout innings of three-hit ball . The left-hander, who has had a rough time in Boston since signing a $217 million contract before the 2016 season, entered 0-9 with a 6.16 ERA in 11 career postseason starts.Price was thrilled that he won’t be questioned anymore about not having a postseason win as a starter.“That’s awesome,” he said. “I don’t have to prepare myself for it in spring training on Feb. 20 or September when I’ve still got five regular-season starts. I don’t have to answer that question anymore. And man, it feels good.”Price was warming in the bullpen as Game 4 ended Brian Goodwin Jersey , perhaps jeopardizing his readiness for Thursday. Instead, that session may have keyed his dominant performance.“It felt good. Honestly, it really started last night in the bullpen. Threw quite a few pitches to come in for the next hitter, found something out while doing that and kind of just carried that over to today,” Price said.Price tipped his cap to a few hundred Red Sox fans assembled behind the Boston dugout while they cheered as he walked off the field following postgame interviews.The only time thing that didn’t go smoothly for Price came when he brought 1-year-old son Xavier into the postgame news conference and the little one wouldn’t quit shrieking and wriggling away from him .Price pulled him back onto his lap, repeating the words: “This is big, dude. This is big.”After dropping the opener at home, Boston took four straight — including three in a row in Houston to improve to 5-0 on the road in these playoffs.The Red Sox are the first team to win four straight postseason games against a 100-win club since the 2004 Red Sox against both the Yankees and Cardinals, STATS said.“Since Day One, we knew we had something special. We just needed to stay healthy and go out and execute,” Bradley said. Left fielder Andrew Benintendi caught a long fly for the last out — not nearly as dramatic as his game-saving diving grab the previous night. Just the same, it capped off a win.“The last out yesterday was like around 12:10. So we won two on my birthday. I’ll take it. I’ll take it,” Cora said.There was a smattering of boos from the home crowd as the Red Sox charged onto the field http://www.nationalsfanproshop.com/authentic-mark-reynolds-jersey , embracing as they jumped around near the middle of the diamond. They posed for a team picture on the mound a couple of minutes later as members of Houston’s pitching staff slowly walked by, glancing at the revelry on their way back from the bullpen.“They beat us. We ran out of wins,” Astros manager AJ Hinch said .Despite leading the majors in wins during the regular season, the Red Sox were underdogs against a Houston team that defeated the Dodgers in last year’s World Series and romped past Cleveland in the Division Series this month.But stars Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa and the Astros hobbled to the finish in a humbling defeat. Still, no team has repeated as World Series champs since the New York Yankees won three straight from 1998-2000.Altuve, last year’s AL MVP, didn’t want to make excuses but said this was “absolutely” the worst pain he’s ever played with.“I feel really, really bad for not being on the field for my team, but one thing you can know is that I gave everything I had, healthy, not healthy that was all I have,” he said still wearing his uniform long after the game had ended. Red Sox slugger J.D. Martinez hit an early homer off Verlander Brandon Kintzler Jersey , and Price made the lead stand up into the late innings. Craig Kimbrel worked the ninth for his third save of the series.Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski is taking his third organization to the World Series. He won two championships as general manager of the Florida Marlins, then oversaw two pennants as GM of the Detroit Tigers. Dombrowski was hired by Boston in 2015.It was the 14th pennant for the Red Sox, who are 8-4 in World Series appearances. They took the American League flag in 1904, but the World Series wasn’t played that year.Boston ended an 86-year championship drought in 2004.Verlander had pitched 24 scoreless innings over his previous three starts with his team facing postseason elimination, and he came in 4-1 with a 1.21 ERA in five potential elimination games during his career.Houston’s only run came on a homer by Marwin Gonzalez in the seventh off Matt Barnes .Devers connected in the sixth for a 4-0 lead.Devers, who turns 22 on Wednesday, has 12 RBIs in 10 postseason games. He joined Mickey Mantle, Andruw Jones and Miguel Cabrera as the only players in major league history to have nine or more RBIs in the postseason at age 21 or younger.UP NEXTSale, who spent Sunday night in a hospital because of a stomach illness, has recovered and is set to start Game 1 of the World Series. Cora said Sale threw off flat ground on Thursday and was feeling better after he was unable to start on Wednesday because of the issue.