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VANCOUVER -- Steve Doege will finally get a chance to travel in style Friday. Jordan Hicks . The 22-year-old defensive lineman will be among some 60 B.C. Lions players taking a charter flight to Calgary for a CFL pre-season game the same evening against the Stampeders. A good performance will help him earn more flights instead of tiresome drives on the highway between Vancouver and his hometown of Kelowna, B.C. Doege, a 2012 territorial protection, split last season between the B.C. practice roster and his Okanagan Sun junior club. As a result, he drove for many hours getting to practices and games. This year, although he has a year of junior eligibility remaining, he hopes to take a road less travelled to the official start of his pro career. "It wasnt fun driving 12 hours a week," said Doege, who usually plays defensive end. After spending a season with the Lions while also earning Canadian Junior Football League all-star honours with the Sun, he is starting to feel more comfortable with the CFL club. "If I keep doing what Im doing, Im sure good things will happen," said Doege. Coach Mike Benevides and defensive line boss coach Carl Hairston tend to agree. They say he has a good chance to earn a spot on the main roster. According to Benevides, Doege has been one of the best players in camp, even after adding 20 pounds of muscle to 250. Of course, Doege must still prove himself in the pre-season, but the coaches will give him plenty of opportunities to shine. He is slated to play on regular downs and see extensive special-teams duty on punt returns and kickoff returns and, possibly, kickoffs against the Stamps. "Hes had a great camp," said Benevides. "He deserves (the playing time.) "Hes a hard-working guy. Those guys that work hard are the guys that I want on my football team." When Doege wasnt practising with the Lions or playing with the Sun, he spent four years working hard at a concrete-supply store. "It was a good job," said Doege, who also studied auto mechanics. "I couldnt complain. It got me the money I needed to play for my (football) training." Although Doege is young in comparison to some other Lions hopefuls, he started in football late. He did not take up the sport until he was 15, starting as a linebacker and running back in high school and the Sun. When the junior clubs defensive line suffered injuries, he moved there and never moved back. "Its a lot easier playing defensive end than the other two," he said. "Theres a lot more to know at the other positions." Meanwhile, Benevides will use the game to gain knowledge on his team. While winning is always the goal, the priority is to determine who should stay and who should go. The coach said it will a critical contest for quarterbacks Thomas DeMarco and Joey Elliott, a former Winnipeg Blue Bomber, who are trying to secure the backup job behind Travis Lulay. DeMarco is listed as No. 2 for now while Elliott is No. 3. Benevides said the pre-season is also important for quarterback Chris Hart, who joined the team in the spring and is listed fourth on the depth chart. "Theres a tremendous amount on the line for them," said Benevides. "Its no different than with (former backups) Mike Reilly and Travis Lulay in previous years." Note: The Lions released wide receivers William Cole and Travon Patterson and linebacker Kevin Reed on Thursday. Brett Cecil . The CFLs leading rusher kept adding to his gaudy numbers this season and scored the winning touchdown with just over two minutes to play. The New Westminster, B.C., native plowed three yards into the end zone for the last score of a heated, see-saw battle between the two teams with the best records in the CFL. Wholesale Custom Cardinals Shirts . The 43-year-old closer, in his 19th and final big league season, has said hed like to play the outfield. Yankees manager Joe Girardi says hes thinking about allowing Rivera to do it this weekend, when the Yankees finish their season with a three-game series at the Houston Astros. http://www.custommlbcardinalsjersey.com/ . Just not the game. Kyle Palmieri scored two straight goals in the third period to rally the Anaheim Ducks past the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 on Tuesday night. Odds to win:?Baltimore Orioles (50%) at Toronto Blue Jays (50%)This is actually the first time that the Orioles have played the Blue Jays in the playoffs. To many, that might not mean anything, but for those of a certain age, it will be remembered that for a period in the late 1980s, early 90s, Orioles-Blue Jays was the AL East rivalry. The Yankees were at one of their lowest points in history and the Red Sox, during the Lou Gorman era, were a very up-and-down team. It was the Blue Jays who crushed the dreams of the 1989 Why Not Os in the final weekend and the Blue Jays who came out on top most of the time in the early 90s.The 1993 All-Star Game at Camden Yards was the peak of this rivalry, Mike Mussina going unused during the game by Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston. In the ninth, Mussina started warming up in the pen, but hhe was never used despite the crowd chanting for him. Tyler Webb. The stories behind the scene have varied over the years. Was Mussina trying to rile up the crowd? Or simply trying to get in some work?A winner-take-all wild-card game might be just what is needed to reignite the rivalry. Unlike the NL wild cards, the Orioles and Blue Jays wont be able to start their top pitcher in this game, with both Kevin Gausman and Aaron Sanchez having been used in must-win Sunday games (and if the teams wouldnt prefer those two pitchers being the starters, theyre nuts). The Os and Jays were left with a crucial decision for their Tuesday pitcher, one they both made on Monday afternoon. Did they choose wisely? ' ' '