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2015 Week 20

Week 20: 2@ Philadelphia Phillies(56-62), 3@ Los Angeles Angels(64-54)

August 17th
offday

MIN 2 – NYY 3
OAK 10 – BAL 8
CLE 9 – BOS 1
CLE SP Zach McAllister(27, 2*) 9IP 6H 1ER 1BB 4K W(8-11 4.64)
TBR 2 – HOU 1

TOR 72-47
NYY 62-55
BOS 60-58
TBR 57-61
BAL 45-72

News:
Rangers RF Carlos Beltran(38, 2*) hit two homers in a 11-7 win over Seattle, going 2-3 2R 6RBI 2BB 2HR. The 3x Gold Glover is batting .245 in 15 games since coming over from Boston and batting .244-15-50 .739OPS in 110 games.

August 18th
So, they elected to start Masahiro Tanaka(R, 5-10 3.37).

Blue Jays Beat Phillies in 11

The Philadelphia Phillies got a superb performance from pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, but the Toronto Blue Jays still won the game, 3-1. Tanaka was named the player of the game despite the loss. He threw 8 innings of shutout ball. Toronto reliever Luke Gregerson picked up the win, upping his record to 7-5. Antonio Bastardo absorbed the loss. Toronto leads the American League Eastern Division by 9 games.

The most critical at-bat came in the top of the 11th inning. With two out, Edwin Encarnacion hit a 2-2 fastball from Antonio Bastardo for a 2-run home run. It put Toronto in front, 3-1. For Encarnacion, it was his 32nd home run of the season.

"Tough ballgame, tough loss," said Philadelphia manager Rick Schu. Masahiro Tanaka went eight scoreless frames of 6-hit ball, striking out 11, outpitched Tommy Milone(8IP 1ER) but got the no-decision when Jonathan Papelbon blew the save.

MIN 0 – NYY 9
NYY SP Manny Banuelos(24, 4*) 8IP 3H 0ER 2BB 9K W(6-7 3.55)
NYM 0 – BAL 3
CLE 3 – BOS 4
TBR 4 – HOU 0
TBR SP Michael Pineda(26, 3*) 8.2IP 4H 0ER 3BB 8K W(12-10 2.80)

TOR 73-47
NYY 63-55
BOS 61-58
TBR 58-61
BAL 46-72

Jhoulys Chacin(R, 7-7 3.93) – Jonathan Pettibone(R, 8-5 3.05) tomorrow. So, there is Pettibone.

SP Tommy Milone 8P 5H 1R 1ER 2BB 4K
CF Darnell Ceciliani 1-5
SS Troy Tulowitzki 2-5
3B Brett Lawrie 2-4 R BB DB SB(13)
1B Anthony Rizzo 3-5 R 2RBI HR
HR TOR: Edwin Encarnacion(32)
HR PHI: none
W: Luke Gregerson(7-5 1.48) L: Antonio Bastardo(5-10 4.06) SV: Steve Delabar(4 3.64)
Gregerson is working on a Reliever of the Year season...

News:
Not only are the Nationals two games behind, not only were they forced to move former ace Stephen Strasburg to the bullpen, they also were hit with two big injuries today. 3x All-Star Bryce Harper(22, 5*) returned to the DL today after hitting .298-13-36 .864OPS in 89 games with a fractured elbow and will be out for the season... and so will be SP Kevin Correia(34, 1.5*, 6-7 4.05 91K), who suffered a torn flexor tendon and is out for 12 months.

August 19th

Blue Jays Fall Short in Middle Innings, Lose 6-5

Philadelphia and Toronto put this game in the books despite some rain.

The Philadelphia Phillies grabbed a 6-5 win over the Toronto Blue Jays at Citizens Bank Park. Philadelphia first baseman Victor Martinez was 3 for 5 with a home run and 2 singles. He scored 3 runs and drove in 2 to earn player of the game honors. Jonathan Pettibone earned the win to go to 9-5. He allowed 5 earned runs on 10 hits, with no walks and 7 strikeouts.

Zephyrhills, Florida-born Domonic Brown came through in the clutch. In the bottom of the fifth, with a runner on 1st and the Phillies trailing 3-2, he hit a 2-run home run to center to put Philadelphia on top.

Brown told a Philadelphia Daily News reporter that he was "satisfied" with the win. Philadelphia is now 57-63.

The Blue Jays will get another offday tomorrow before playing three games against the 64-55 Angels and Mike Trout(.274-10-24 .811OPS 63G).

MIN 0 – NYY 3
NYM 2 – BAL 4
CLE 3 – BOS 1
TBR 0 – HOU 7

TOR 73-48
NYY 64-55
BOS 61-59
TBR 58-62
BAL 47-72

Ross Seaton(R, 11-4 2.97) – Tommy Hanson(R, 11-8 3.47) the day after tomorrow. He has lost three in a row...

SP Jhoulys Chacin 5P 8H 4R 4ER 2BB 5K
CF Darnell Ceciliani 2-4 RBI DB
SS Troy Tulowitzki 3-4 R DB
1B Anthony Rizzo 1-4 R 2RBI HR
3B Brett Lawrie 1-4 R RBI HR
RF Nick Castellanos 2-4 R SB(6)
PH Edwin Encarnacion 1-1 R RBI
HR TOR: Anthony Rizzo(16), Brett Lawrie(19)
HR PHI: Domonic Brown(8), Victor Martinez(11)
W: Jonathan Pettibone(9-5 3.22) L: Jhoulys Chacin(7-8 4.05) SV: Philippe Aumont(1 2.08)
Ok, we fell short one run as Chacin and Furbush were lit...

August 20th
offday

CLE 6 – NYY 4
MIN 7 – BAL 5
KCR 1 – BOS 2
TBR 0 – HOU 7
HOU 3B Matt Dominguez(25, 2.5*) 5-5 2R 4RBI DB HR(10)
HOU SP Brad Peacock(27, 2*) 7.1IP 5H 0ER 2BB 8K W(10-6 3.57)

TOR 73-48
NYY 64-56
BOS 62-59
TBR 58-63
BAL 47-73

August 21st

Jays Win 5-4 On Bullpen Day as Seaton Leaves Injured

The Blue Jays had to overcome a fine effort from Los Angeles pitcher Tommy Hanson to grab a narrow 5-4 win at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Hanson went 7 innings and allowed no earned runs. Toronto reliever Bud Norris was the winner. His record is now 6-2. The losing pitcher was Tommy Hanson. Luke Gregerson closed the game out for Toronto, earning his 29th save.

The Blue Jays used some clutch hitting to beat the Angels, a good example being the at-bat of Jorge Soler in the top of the fourth. With two down, Soler gave his team the lead, 4-2, when he hit a 2-run single.

"We found a way to get it done," Soler said. Their bullpen had to work hard as Ross Seaton left the game after the first inning. "It is a mild arm injury, can't tell you more," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons told the media after the game.

Toronto goes to 74-48. The win puts them 8½ games up in their division.

CLE 0 – NYY 5
NYY SP A.J. Griffin(27, 3/3.5*) 8.1IP 7H 0ER 1BB 5K W(8-10 3.70)
MIN 13 – BAL 5
KCR 3 – BOS 0
TBR 1 – OAK 2

TOR 74-48
NYY 65-56
BOS 62-60
TBR 58-64
BAL 47-74

Hector Santiago(L, 11-3 2.36) – Jered Weaver(R, 10-7 3.17) tomorrow. 3.17, 3.13, 3.17... his ERA is as steady as a heatpump...

SP Ross Seaton 1P 2H 1R 1ER 1BB 2K
1B Edwin Encarnacion 1-4 R RBI HR
C Travis d'Arnaud 1-4 R RBI
3B Brett Lawrie 2-4 R
2B Josh Rutledge 2-4 R RBI 2DB
RF Jorge Soler 1-3 2RBI BB
HR TOR: Edwin Encarnacion(33)
HR LAA: Mike Trout(11), Mark Trumbo(11)
W: Bud Norris(6-2 3.71) L: Tommy Hanson(11-9 3.32) SV: Luke Gregerson(29 1.46)
Four unearned runs for Tommy Hanson... THAT is bad luck. No diagnosis on Ross Seaton yet, stay tuned.

News:
White Sox SPChris Sale(26, 4.5*) managed eight scoreless frames of 5-hit, 0BB and 10K ball in his sixth start off the DL, beating Seattle 2-1. The 2x All-Star missed three months with a severely strained hammy and is 3-1 2.59 41K in just seven starts.

Nationals SP Stephen Terry(25, 5*) pitched eight innings of 1-run(0ER) ball, walking none, striking out 11 and yielding four hits in a 4-1 victory over Milwaukee. The ace righty also missed three months with shoulder inflammation, going 3-4 2.44 109K in 12 starts off the DL.

August 22nd

Blue Jays Come Back Late to Top Angels, But Lose Lawrie

Los Angeles got a terrific performance from pitcher Jered Weaver, but it wasn't enough to beat the Toronto Blue Jays. Toronto won the Angel Stadium of Anaheim contest, 7-4. Weaver was the player of the game despite being on the losing side. He threw 5 innings of shutout ball. Toronto reliever Joba Chamberlain was credited with the win, to go to 5-0. Brad Brach took the loss for Los Angeles. Their 75-48 record puts the Blue Jays first in the American League Eastern Division.

Troy Tulowitzki's hit in the top of the ninth was a game-changer. With two out, he rapped a fastball from Brad Brach for a 3-run home run. It put Toronto in front, 7-4. "This team is on a mission," said Tulowitzki, who is one of the clubhouse leaders. "I like our focus."

They will be without their third baseman, Brett Lawrie, as he strained his lat and will be out for 2 weeks. With Nick Castellanos able to play third, they will most likely look to call up an outfielder.

CLE 4 – NYY 5
MIN 6 – BAL 1
KCR 3 – BOS 7
TBR 3 – OAK 5

TOR 75-48
NYY 66-56
BOS 63-60
TBR 58-65
BAL 47-75

Henderson Alvarez(R, 12-6 3.32) – C.J. Wilson(L, 3-5 3.95) tomorrow. Missed half of the season with acute elbow soreness, started only 12 games.

SP Hector Santiago 5P 7H 3R 3ER 3BB 5K
CF Julio Borbon 2-5 R
LF Nick Castellanos 0-3 R RBI 2BB
SS Troy Tulowitzki 1-5 R 3RBI HR
DH Edwin Encarnacion 1-3 R RBI HR
C Travis d'Arnaud 2-5 R
2B Josh Rutledge 1-4 SB(12)
RF Jorge Soler 2-4 R 2RBI
HR TOR: Edwin Encarnacion(34), Troy Tulowitzki(23)
HR LAA: Howie Kendrick(3)
W: Joba Chamberlain(5-0 1.45) L: Brad Brach(6-6 3.56) SV: Luke Gregerson(30 1.44)
Yeah injuries... great... ladies and gentleman, please welcome our long time (fragile) prospect left fielder... D.J. Davis. The 22-year old was batting .328-10-49 .873OPS in 100 games in AA New Hampshire.

News:
Phillies SP Cliff Lee(36, 3*) dominated the Marlins on the road today, going 8IP 5H 0ER 0BB 8K and taking a 2-0 win. The 5x All-Star is 12-6 2.23 159K in 25 starts.

August 23rd

Aand Ross Seaton will be out for a week with forearm stiffness. He will go on the DL and Heath Hembree will come back up to get lit with Bud going into the rotation.

Alvarez Finishes Off Angels

The Toronto Blue Jays knocked off the Los Angeles Angels, 6-1. Toronto starter Henderson Alvarez pitched well enough to earn top player honors. Los Angeles, at 65-59, has lost 4 straight.

Alvarez, a native of Valencia, Venezuela, was dealing all game. He kept Los Angeles hitters off-balance, while giving the Blue Jays 9 quality innings. Alvarez threw 108 pitches, allowing 6 hits and striking out 8.

"We've got a great group of guys," Alvarez said, "and we're having fun right now." They ultimately broke the game open in the seventh with Josh Rutledge, Troy Tulowitzki and Anthony Rizzo taking part in a four-run inning.

Another first: rookie left fielder D.J. Davis collected his first career hit, a third inning infield single. He later stole second and scored for a nice MLB debut.

Toronto will start week 21 on Tuesday, facing off with the AL West leading 79-44 Rangers and Rookie of the Year candidate Toshinobu Sakamoto(.297-19-65 .939OPS 77G).

CLE 4 – NYY 5
MIN 6 – BAL 0
KCR 7 – BOS 3
TBR 10 – OAK 1

TOR 76-48
NYY 67-56
BOS 63-61
TBR 59-65
BAL 47-76

Tommy Milone(L, 6-11 3.57) – Neftali Feliz(R, 9-9 4.47) the day after tomorrow. Gives up a fair share of homers... like 1.6 per nine.

SP Henderson Alvarez 5P 7H 3R 3ER 3BB 5K
CF Julio Borbon 1-3 R RBI
2B Josh Rutledge 2-4 R RBI
1B Anthony Rizzo 2-4 3RBI
C Travis d'Arnaud 2-4
LF D.J. Davis 1-3 R SB(1)
RF Jorge Soler 1-3 R BB
HR TOR: none
HR LAA: Drew Heid(7)
W: Henderson Alvarez(13-6 3.19) L: C.J. Wilson(3-6 4.33)
Career complete game number 6.

Week: 4-1(1-1@ PHI, 3-0@ LAA)
Power Rankings: #2(+-0)
Runs scored: 526(3)
Runs against: 439(2)
Starters ERA: 3.44(3)
Bullpen ERA: 2.82(3)
Defensive Eff.: .679(5)
Fan Interest: 92

Who's hot?
SP Henderson Alvarez 3GS 3-0 0.76 23.2IP 17K
RHCL Luke Gregerson 31G 4-3 23SV 0.00 33.1IP 51K

3B Brett Lawrie 6GS 10-24 .417 2HR 3RBIs

Who's not?
SP Jhoulys Chacin 2G 0-2 12.91 7.2IP 8K

UT Adeiny Hechavarria 14G 2-26 .077 0HR 1RBI

Indians 3B Lonnie Chisenhall(26, 3.5*) was named AL Player of the Week after going 14-29 3HR 5RBIs. Batting .269-13-53 .756OPS, he is 140 OPS points below his 7.2WAR season from 2014.

Braves C Devin Mesoraco(27, 4*) was named NL Player of the Week after going 12-18 1HR 4RBIs. The 2015 All-Star is batting .274-12-39 .766OPS in 104 games.

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2015 Week 21

Week 21: 3@ Texas Rangers(79-44), 3vs Detroit Tigers(60-65)

August 24th
offday

HOU 9 – NYY 5(11)
BAL 3 – KCR 4(11)
BOS 6 – CWS 1
TBR offday

TOR 76-48
NYY 67-57
BOS 64-61
TBR 59-65
BAL 47-77

News:
Mariners SP Trevor Cahill(27, 3*) went deep into today's ballgame, going 8IP 9H 0ER 0BB 6K in a 1-0 victory over the Athletics. Acquired from Arizona at the trade deadline, the former A's second rounder is 10-9 2.78 133K in 23 starts for the season.

August 25th

Sakamoto Hits 2 home runs in Rangers Win

Toshinobu Sakamoto was instrumental in his team's 8-2 triumph over the Toronto Blue Jays. The center fielder was 3-4 with 2 home runs. He drove in 5 runs and scored twice for the Texas Rangers. Neftali Feliz picked up the win, improving his season record to 10-9. He struck out 7 in 6 innings. Texas has now won 5 in a row.

The Rangers got a big at-bat from catcher Kellin Deglan. For the game, Deglan was 2-4 with a home run. He drove in 2 runs and scored once. In the bottom of the fourth, with a runner on 1st, he stroked a 2-run home run. His 16th home run of the season gave Texas a 2-0 lead.

"We had a nice day," said Texas skipper Travis Fryman. On the flip side, it was a pretty rotten day for Toronto as their starter was hit for 5ER and they collected another injury. Right fielder Jorge Soler left the game after a unlucky defensive play in the fourth and will be out 1-2 weeks with a foot contusion.

HOU 0 – NYY 1
NYY SP Jason Hammel(32, 1.5*) 8.1IP 3H 0ER 0BB 7K W(3-2 3.93)
BAL 6 – KCR 8(10)
BOS 14 – CWS 5
BOS 2B Xander Bogaerts(22, 4/4.5*) 2-4 3R 4RBI BB HR(11)
MIN 5 - TBR 3

TOR 76-49
NYY 68-57
BOS 65-61
TBR 59-66
BAL 47-78

Jhoulys Chacin(R, 7-8 4.05) – Martin Perez(L, 11-3 3.09) tomorrow. Star lefty with pretty good stuff, already tied his career high in wins...

SP Tommy Milone 5P 9H 5R 5ER 0BB 3K
CF Julio Borbon 1-5
3B Nick Castellanos 1-4 RBI
SS Troy Tulowitzki 1-4
1B Anthony Rizzo 1-4
2B Josh Rutledge 2-4 DB
HR TOR: none
HR TEX: Kellin Deglan(16), Toshinobu Sakamoto 2(21), Juan Rivera(10)
W: Neftali Feliz(10-9 4.35) L: Tommy Milone(6-12 3.75) SV: Joe Ortiz(2 2.45)
So, Soler also hits the DL and we called up another rookie in right fielder Dwight Smith Jr., who hit .313-8-33 .851OPS in 82 games in AAA Buffalo.

News:
Nationals SP Ross Detwiler(29, 1.5*) is not slowing down this season, pitching eight innings of 5-hit, 0BB and 6K ball in a 2-0 victory over the Padres... and he actually got the win. The lefty has had some rotten luck this season, going 7-10 3.36 106K in 26 starts after winning double diget games the last three seasons.

August 26th

Rangers Get Win, Extend Streak to 6

The Texas Rangers dealt the Toronto Blue Jays a 8-5 loss at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Elvis Andrus was the star on offense. He went 3-4 with a triple and a double. He scored 3 runs. Joel Hanrahan notched his 36th save in 39 chances. The Rangers own a robust 81-44 mark.

In the bottom of the first inning, third baseman Jeff Keppinger came through big-time for the Rangers. With Texas leading 1-0, he belted a 3-run home run.

"I believe in our guys," said Texas skipper Travis Fryman. "I like the energy they're playing with." Toronto managed nine hits and five runs, but for the second day in a row, their starter allowed five earned and the first pitcher out of the pen allowed three more.

HOU 3 – NYY 6
BAL 2 – KCR 3
BOS 1 – CWS 8
CWS CF Trayce Thompson(24, 2/3*) 2-3 2R 4RBI 2BB 2HR(5)
MIN 2 - TBR 4

TOR 76-50
NYY 69-57
BOS 65-62
TBR 60-66
BAL 47-79

Bud Norris(R, 6-2 3.71) – Yu Darvish(R, 13-7 2.58) tomorrow. And of course, we end this set with the reigning Cy Young winner...

SP Jhoulys Chacin 4.2P 6H 5R 5ER 1BB 2K
CF Julio Borbon 2-4 R RBI DB
2B Josh Rutledge 2-4 R RBI DB TP
DH Edwin Encarnacion 1-4 R
C Travis d'Arnaud 3-3 2RBI BB 2DB
LF D.J. Davis 1-4
HR TOR: none
HR TEX: Kellin Deglan(17), Mike Napoli(25), Jeff Keppinger(10)
W: Matt Harrison(3-2 4.90) L: Charlie Furbush(6-2 3.59) SV: Joel Hanrahan(36 2.65)
Yep, the Rangers certainly are playing the better baseball in this series. We have not hit a homer in the first two games...

August 27th

Rangers Win Again, Extend Streak to 7

The first-place Texas Rangers welcomed Toronto to Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

The Texas Rangers picked up a win at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, knocking off the Toronto Blue Jays, 4-1. Starting pitcher Yu Darvish, who captured player of the game honors, was a big reason why. Texas has now reeled off 7 straight wins.

Chipping in for Texas was catcher Kellin Deglan. He stroked a 2-run double in the bottom of the fifth. For the game, Deglan went 2 for 4 with a double, while adding 2 RBI. "I like to lead by example," said Deglan. "I'm glad I could contribute to a good win." Deglan went 5-12 with 2HR, a double and 7RBIs in this series.

Toronto will happily leave Arlington to host the 61-67 Tigers and third baseman Miguel Cabrera(.328-22-76 .949OPS) next.

BAL 1 – KCR 3
MIN 10 - TBR 11
TBR 1B Ben Paulson(27, 2.5*) 3-5 2R 4RBI BB 2DB HR(5)
NYY, BOS offday

TOR 76-51
NYY 69-57
BOS 65-62
TBR 61-66
BAL 47-80

Casey Crosby(L, 8-8 4.34) – Hector Santiago(L, 11-3 2.45) tomorrow. Pitched 6.2 scoreless with 11K against us last time...

SP Bud Norris 5.1P 9H 4R 4ER 1BB 4K
3B Nick Castellanos 1-4
SS Troy Tulowitzki 2-3 R RBI BB HR
DH Edwin Encarnacion 1-3 BB
2B Josh Rutledge 2-4 DB
HR TOR: Troy Tulowitzki(24)
HR TEX: Toshinobu Sakamoto(22)
W: Yu Darvish(14-7 2.52) L: Bud Norris(6-3 3.88) SV: Joel Hanrahan(37 2.61)
... Ok, we know who is the best team in the AL right now.

News:
Phillies SP Cliff Lee(36, 3*) had his A-stuff in a 1-0 win over the Mets today, striking out 11 through eight scoreless innings of 4-hit and 1BB ball. The 2008 Cy Young winner and former Expos draft pick is 13-6 2.13 170K in 26 starts for 2015.

Angels SP Tommy Hanson(28, 2/3*) broke his personal losing streak with eight scoreless frames of 3-hit, 3BB and 6K ball in a 4-0 win in Detroit. Having lost four in a row, he moved to 12-9 3.17 161K in 26 starts.

August 28th

Friday Night Win for Toronto, Santiago

Toronto Blue Jays starter Hector Santiago was in a groove as he led his team to a win over the Detroit Tigers, 7-2. Toronto improves to 77-51 with the win. They lead their division by 6½ games.

The outcome was still in doubt with two out in the top of the fourth inning, but Santiago was able to pitch out of a jam. With runners on 2nd and 3rd and Detroit trailing 2-0, Santiago retired Avisail Garcia, who flied out. Santiago pitched 6.2 scoreless frames, allowing three hits, 3BB and struck out 10.

The Blue Jays offense got him an early 2-0 lead in the first with Edwin Encarnacion and Anthony Rizzo hitting RBI-doubles and they kept on adding on a 15-hit night.

BAL 5 – TEX 6
KCR 2 - TBR 0
NYY 5 - ATL 0
NYY 3B Hanley Ramirez(31, 4*) 2-3 2R 4RBI 2BB 2HR(19)
BOS 7 - NYM 6

TOR 77-51
NYY 70-57
BOS 66-62
TBR 61-67
BAL 47-81

Justin Verlander(R, 11-11 3.39) – Henderson Alvarez(R, 13-6 3.19) tomorrow. Still a stud pitcher despite a slight velocity drop.

SP Hector Santiago 6.2P 9H 4R 4ER 1BB 4K
2B Josh Rutledge 3-5 RBI
SS Troy Tulowitzki 3-4 R RBI DB
1B Anthony Rizzo 1-5 R RBI HR
DH Edwin Encarnacion 2-5 RBI DB
C Travis d'Arnaud 1-4 R BB
3B Nick Castellanos 2-4 2R
LF D.J. Davis 1-2 R RBI 2BB
RF Melky Mesa 1-4 R RBI
HR DET: none
HR TOR: none
W: Hector Santiago(12-3 2.36) L: Casey Crosby(8-9 4.41)
That makes it a 1-3 week so far...

News:
Nationals SP Gio Gonzalez(29, 4*) helped his team to another win with 8.1 scoreless innings of 4-hit, 3BB and 9K ball in a 7-0 game against Miami. The 2x All-Star will hang around till the end of 2018 and he is 8-7 2.93 158K in 27 starts... money well spent.

The White Sox ran over the Mariners 11-3 today and two hitters had their hand in that one. 3B Mike Olt(27, 1.5/2*, .232-16-45 .675OPS) celebrated his 27th birthday with a 2-3 3R 4RBI BB 2HR night at the park, and CF Trayce Thompson(24, 2/3*, .217-7-20 .679OPS 39G) continued a hot week with a 2-3 2R 4RBI BB HR day.

August 29th

d'Arnaud 4-5, Blue Jays Move to 78-51

The Toronto Blue Jays grabbed a 13-4 win over the Detroit Tigers at the Skydome. Toronto catcher Travis d'Arnaud went 4-5 with a home run, a double, and 2 singles, while scoring 3 runs and driving in 2 to earn player of the game honors. Henderson Alvarez was the winning pitcher. Over 7 innings, he allowed 4 runs on 10 hits, with no walks and 7 strikeouts. The first-place Blue Jays improved to 78-51.

Early in the game, shortstop Troy Tulowitzki had a 3-run home run for Toronto. It was his 25th home run of the season and put the Blue Jays on top, 3-1.

"We did more than enough to get the win," said d'Arnaud. The Blue Jays banged out 18 hits and it was a happy day for 22-year old Dwight Smith Jr. as he collected his first couple of MLB hits, his first RBI AND his first stolen base today.

BAL 3 – TEX 5
KCR 2 - TBR 4
NYY 1 - ATL 2
BOS 5 - NYM 2

TOR 78-51
NYY 70-58
BOS 67-62
TBR 62-67
BAL 47-82

Drew Smyly(L, 12-8 3.28) – Tommy Milone(L, 6-12 3.75) tomorrow. Another guy we had on our wishlist at the deadline, but the asking price was to high in prospects...

SP Henderson Alvarez 7P 10H 4R 4ER 0BB 7K
CF Julio Borbon 2-5 R
3B Nick Castellanos 1-4 R
SS Troy Tulowitzki 2-4 2R 3RBI BB HR
1B Anthony Rizzo 1-5
DH Edwin Encarnacion 3-5 3R 2RBI HR
C Travis d'Arnaud 4-5 3R 2RBI DB HR
LF D.J. Davis 2-5 R 3RBI 2DB
2B Josh Rutledge 1-4 R 2RBI DB
RF Dwight Smith Jr. 2-4 RBI SB(1)
HR DET: none
HR TOR: Edwin Encarnacion(35), Travis d'Arnaud(20), Troy Tulowitzki(25)
W: Henderson Alvarez(14-6 3.27) L: Justin Verlander(11-12 3.74)
That is one way to kill somebodies ERA... 8ER in 2.2IP.

News:
Padres SP Casey Kelly(25, 3*) dominated the Phillies on the road today, going 8IP 2H 0ER 0BB 7K in a narrow 1-0 victory. The sophomore is 12-8 2.83 155K in 27 games and is creating some buzz in San Diego.

Brewers LF Francisco Rodrνguez(27, 4.5*) hammered two over the wall in a 8-3 win over the Reds, posting 2-2 3R 3RBI 2BB night with 2 home runs. A disappointment in the batting average department, the 6y/$47.2M man is batting .227-30-60 .789OPS in 119 games.

August 30th

Tigers Escape Toronto with 5-4 Win

Detroit third baseman Miguel Cabrera was a significant contributor in his team's 5-4 triumph over the Toronto Blue Jays. He went 2-4 with a home run and a walk, while scoring 2 times and driving in 2 for Detroit. Detroit reliever Kenny Faulk picked up the win, upping his record to 5-5. Luke Gregerson was saddled with the loss. Al Alburquerque finished the game for Detroit and earned his 14th save.

Cabrera had a game-changing home run in the top of the ninth. On a 2-2 changeup from Luke Gregerson, he banged a 2-run home run to left, giving the Tigers a 5-4 lead. It was the 23rd home run of the year for Cabrera.

"We'll relax tonight and enjoy this win," said Cabrera. Detroit is now 62-69, Toronto 78-52. The Blue Jays managed home runs by Edwin Encarnacion and Melky Mesa, but did little outside of that.

The team will stay at home and start a three game set with the 63-66 Indians and 3B Lonnie Chisenhall(.276-13-56 .739OPS).

BAL 0 – TEX 1
KCR 9 - TBR 4
NYY 0 - ATL 2
ATL SP Josh Johnson(31, 3.5*) 8IP 2H 0ER 1BB 10K W(11-10 3.54)
BOS 3 - NYM 1

TOR 78-52
NYY 70-59
BOS 68-62
TBR 62-68
BAL 47-83

Dan Haren(R, 6-2 3.12) – Jhoulys Chacin(R, 7-8 4.23) tomorrow. 34-year old veteran that led the NL in Wins in 2013 with 19... has been struggling with health and rotation spots since.

SP Tommy Milone 6P 6H 3R 2ER 3BB 3K
CF Julio Borbon 1-4
DH Edwin Encarnacion 2-4 R 2RBI HR
3B Nick Castellanos 1-4
RF Melky Mesa 2-2 R 2RBI BB HR
HR DET: Miguel Cabrera(23), Prince Fielder(20)
HR TOR: Edwin Encarnacion(36), Melky Mesa(1)
W: Kenny Faulk(5-5 4.78) L: Luke Gregerson(7-6 1.67) SV: Al Alburquerque(14 1.60)
Yep, was about time that Gregerson conceded some runs and a L... bad timing for my mood but hey...

News:
Cubs SP Jeff Samardzija(30, 2.5*) hung a loss on the Dodgers today, pitching 8IP 6H 0ER 2BB 9K in a 5-0 win for his team. The 30-year old is a free agent this winter and is posting a career year, 9-8 2.94 124K in 22 starts.

Reds RF Yorman Rodriguez(23, 1.5/2*) hit two over the wall, going 2-4 3R 4RBI BB 2HR in a 7-4 Brewers defeat. The sophomore is batting .247-6-18 .699OPS in 60 games and 29 starts.

Week: 2-4(0-3@ TEX, 2-1vs DET)
Power Rankings: #4(-2)
Runs scored: 558(2)
Runs against: 470(2)
Starters ERA: 3.52(3)
Bullpen ERA: 2.92(4)
Defensive Eff.: .676(7)
Fan Interest: 92

Who's hot?
RHCL Luke Gregerson 33G 4-4 23SV 0.51 35.1IP 55K

C Travis d'Arnaud 6G 11-24 .458 1HR 4RBIs
3B Brett Lawrie 6GS 10-24 .417 2HR 3RBIs
SS Troy Tulowitzki 6G 8-21 .381 2HR 5RBIs

Who's not?
SP Jhoulys Chacin 3G 0-2 11.68 12.1IP 10K

1B Anthony Rizzo 6G 2-26 .077 0HR 1RBI
UT Adeiny Hechavarria 14G 2-26 .077 0HR 1RBI

White Sox CF Trayce Thompson(24, 2/3*) was named AL Player of the Week after going 7-17 5HR 12RBIs. He is batting .225-8-22 .708OPS in 40G/35GS.

Padres 1B Yonder Alonso(28, 2.5*) was named NL Player of the Week after going 11-23 2HR 6RBIs. Alonso has been a steady producer for parts of four seasons now, batting .294-20-74 .820OPS in 130 this season.
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2015 Week 22 Part 1

Week 22: 3vs Cleveland Indians(63-66), 3vs Baltimore Orioles(47-83)

August 31st

Rizzo Walk Off Jack Wins it for Toronto

Toronto Blue Jays starter Jhoulys Chacin turned in a sterling performance against the Cleveland Indians, leading his team to a slim 3-2 win. He pitched eight innings of 1-run ball, but had to watch some ninth inning shenanigans. Toronto goes to 79-52. The win puts them 8½ games up in their division.

Anthony Rizzo was the walk-off hero for Toronto. With the game tied in the bottom of the ninth inning, the Blue Jays first baseman hit a dramatic solo home run to send the teams home. Rizzo attributed the win to "a well-rounded effort by the whole team." The first baseman is batting .285 with 17 home runs, 67RBI's and 56 runs scored.

Usually automatic closer Luke Gregerson left after one out due to some hamstring soreness, but fortunately, according to team trainer George Poulis, it nothing to write home about. "It will not affect his throwing, and therefore he will be fine. The soreness should be gone in a week. "

TBR 8 – BAL 4
NYY 3 – BOS 8

TOR 79-52
NYY 70-60
BOS 69-62
TBR 63-68
BAL 47-84

Kris Medlen(R, 8-8 3.77) – Bud Norris(R, 6-3 3.88) tomorrow. The 28-year old has been pretty good... when healthy...

SP Jhoulys Chacin 8P 3H 1R 1ER 2BB 5K
3B Nick Castellanos 1-4
1B Anthony Rizzo 2-4 2R RBI HR
DH Edwin Encarnacion 1-3 R RBI HR
2B Josh Rutledge 1-3
RF Dwight Smith Jr. 2-3
HR CLE: Emery Holt(18)
HR TOR: Edwin Encarnacion(37), Anthony Rizzo(17)
W: Steve Delabar(5-3 3.75) L: Dan Haren(6-3 3.14)
Remenber when the thought that Steve Delabar would be our next closer? That fortunately did not happen.

News:
Diamondbacks SP Wandy Rodriguez(36, 1.5*) pitched a hell of a game at Coors Field, beating the Rockies 8-0 with 8.2 scoreless innings of 4-hit, 1BB and 11 strikeout ball. The veteran lefty has been a good middle of the rotation arm for them this season, going 12-9 4.29 124K in 26 starts.
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With 18-9, it was our best month since April and puts us into pole position for the division with all of September and four games in October to go … time to win our first division crown since 1993. Excitement is at an all-time high in Canada as our attendance is up to 45.300 per game, +8.4%, and we are charging $27.50 per ticket so... Our owner will be rather happy, the every absent Mr. Henderson will be rather happy as we are now projected to be $5M in the black... without playoff revenue.

As for September callups, we decided against putting Daniel Norris or Aaron Sanchez on the 40-man and called up the usual suspects, Cecil, Jeffress, Hardy, Reynolds, Jimenez and Zawadzki with Hembree, D.J. Davis and Smith Jr. already up here due to injuries.

Yes, we have been a bit conservative with those DL stints, but what is the point in playing an ailing Brett Lawrie or Ross Seaton and then lose them for the playoffs? We have 8.5 games of cushion and in a week, every regular should be back on board.

And then, there is the curious case of Jose Bautista... surprise, he will return off the DL in 1-2 weeks, and probably return to our lineup and continue to suck, gets benched again for the playoffs and sees his player option getting voided... which would be a sad end of his Blue Jays career

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NameAgeLeagueW-LERAGWHIPK/9WARStatus
Ross Seaton(R)24MLB11-43.0124GS1.258.52.0DL 5 days
Javier Avendano(R)24AAA6-103.8325GS1.348.02.5DL out for season, partially torn labrum
Daniel Norris(L)22AAA8-113.7328GS1.248.43.8All Stats AAA
Aaron Sanchez(R)23AAA7-114.2728GS1.529.21.5All Stats AAA
Roberto Osuna(R)20AA6-114.1725GS1.377.92.2DL out for season, shoulder inflammation

NameAgeLeagueW-LERAGWHIPK/9SVWARStatus
Danny Barnes(R)25AAA2-01.7529G1.199.331.0All Stats AAA

Of course, someof our starting pitching prospect get hit by multi month injuries that sound scary, labrum, shoulder, at the end of the season. A little reminder, our big rookie league arm, Octαvio Romαn, the 18-year old DR kid that we payed $7.1M for, is our for 7 more month with a partially torn UCL...

Anyways, our MLB staff is quite solid with Santiago on top and Seaton and Alvarez behind him. I still think that Henderson is overachiving a bit, but do I care if it works?

Position Players:
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1B K.C. Hobson(L)24MLDNP-----DL torn ACL out for season
RF Jose Bautista(R)34MLDNP-----DL torn labrum 1-2 weeks
3B Brett Lawrie(R)25ML.241-19-57.753120G/120GS4.85813/23SBDL latissimus dorsi (back) strain 6 days
RF Jorge Soler(R)23ML.287-13-57.767109G/107GS2.5424/9SBDL foot contusion 9 days
1B Kris Bryant(R)23AAA.249-5-35.648122G/119GS-0.6343/6All Stats AAA
LF Chris Hawkins(L)24AAA.232-8-34.680114G/79GS0.0376/10All Stats AAA
SS Jorge Mateo(R)20AA.246-4-18.653127G/126GS-1.15518/44All Stats AA
SS Cleuluis Rondon(R)21AA.302-8-45.89780G/77GS3.23512/20All Stats AA
3B Cavan Biggio(R)20A.313-19-90.949130G/130GS6.78336/51All Stats A
SS Jan Hernandez(R)20A.268-8-60.732130G/129GS0.85130/44All Stats A
SS Carlos Belonis(R)21A.259-23-56.801123G/123GS1.55423/41All Stats A
LF Gustavo Cabrera(R)19A.239-10-34.668126G/126GS2.14219/29All Stats A
CF Greg Shoemaker(R)22A.215-10-30.682122G/121GS2.75450/61All Stats A

Of course, Nick Castellanos has hit .211 in the #2 sport, and of course he has hit .358 in the #8 spot... and of course, Josh Rutledge has hit .324 against RHP in the #8 spot last month... Either, there is some vodoo magic in this #8 spot, or the pressure batting second is getting to both... We swap them back for now...

Either way, we will play our youngsters for the next week before Soler and Lawrie return, and how we manage our lineup when Bautista is back... The AAA season ends on October 7th so a rehab assignment for him is unlikely... and there still is the outside shot that he starts performing to his scouting report...

Outside of that conundrum, Julio Borbon continued his fairy tale, hitting .308 in August and in my oppinion, Edwin had a shot at Player of the Month, batting .325-8-15 1.097OPS for us. On the flipside, Anthony Rizzo has stuggled once again with a .223 month, and IF Bautista gets hot, the DH spot could be his with Edwin moving to first for some games.

PS: Despite his torrid 2015 season in A Lansing, all scouts have Cavan Biggio as a 3* ceiling player... but boy, he looks mighty good down there.
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2015 Week 22 Part 2

Week 22: 3vs Cleveland Indians(63-66), 3vs Baltimore Orioles(47-83)

September 1st

Edwin Mashes Two on Bad Day for Starters

The first-place Toronto Blue Jays took on the Cleveland Indians at the Skydome.

The Toronto Blue Jays grabbed a 9-5 win over the Cleveland Indians at the Skydome. Toronto designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion hit 2 home runs, while adding 3 RBI and scoring twice to earn player of the game honors. Cleveland has now lost 4 in a row.

The Blue Jays got a big at-bat from shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. For the game, Tulowitzki went 1 for 4 with a home run and a walk, while adding 2 RBI and scoring once. In the bottom of the fifth, with a runner on 2nd, he stroked a 2-run home run. His 26th home run of the season gave Toronto a 5-4 lead.

"The boys were really swinging the bats today," winning manager John Gibbons said. Their first victim today was Kris Medlen who allowed four earned runs in four innings and left with some kind of discomfort. "We will wait what the doctors have to say, no reason to fuel speculation," Indians manager Terry Francona told the media.

Bud Norris also did not audition well for more starts as he yielded four runs through five, including an embarrasing sequence in the fifth where he not only allowed a 2-run single to Carlos Santana, but then balked TWICE to bring home another run.

TBR 0 – BAL 6
NYY 4 – BOS 3(13)

TOR 80-52
NYY 71-60
BOS 69-63
TBR 63-69
BAL 48-84

Trevor Bauer(R, 14-8 3.60) – Hector Santiago(L, 12-3 2.36) tomorrow. The stuff is amazing... but the control and the movement on the pitches is not. But, at age 24, he has a 252K season and a All-Star nomination.

SP Bud Norris 5P 6H 4R 4ER 1BB 6K
2B Josh Rutledge 2-3 2R RBI 2BB DB 2SB(14)
SS Troy Tulowitzki 1-4 R 2RBI BB HR
1B Anthony Rizzo 2-3 2R BB DB
DH Edwin Encarnacion 3-5 2R 3RBI 2HR
C Travis d'Arnaud 2-4 RBI
LF D.J. Davis 1-3 RBI BB
3B Nick Castellanos 1-4 R DB
RF Dwight Smith Jr. 2-4 R RBI
HR CLE: Carlos Santana(7)
HR TOR: Edwin Encarnacion 2(39), Troy Tulowitzki(26)
W: Bud Norris(7-3 4.05) L: Frank Herrmann(0-1 4.31) SV: Luke Gregerson(31 1.64)
Tulo and Edwin... carrying this team on offense.

News:
Diamonbacks 2B Aaron Hill(33, 1.5*) found his power swing in Colorado, going 2-4 2R 5RBI with two homers in a 7-3 win over the Rockies. An All-Star in 2009, he is having some kind of resurgent season, batting .281-16-42 .833OPS in 100 games.

September 2nd

Well, Jorge Soler tripped over his cat, little Mrs. Cubbie, and aggrevated his knee contusion. That is not the end of the world... as his DL stint ends in eight days, and he will be healthy in six so...

Rizzo Leads Jays to 6-3 Win

Anthony Rizzo helped his team muscle past the Cleveland Indians, 6-3. In the game, the Toronto first baseman hit 2 home runs. He drove in 3 runs and scored twice. Hector Santiago picked up the win with 7 innings of work. He allowed 3 earned runs on 5 hits, while walking 0 and striking out 12. On the season, he is now 13-3. Cleveland, at 63-69, has lost 5 straight.

Rizzo had an important at-bat with a runner on 2nd in the bottom of the sixth, when he hit a 2-run home run. It was his second home run of the day as he was 2-3 2R 3RBI with a walk and to homers. The Blue Jays went on to win.

"Enjoyed this one," Rizzo told the Toronto Star. "But it's back to work tomorrow." Rizzo has not had an OPS over .800 since his 2013 season and is looking to change that. "Time to get going, I had a forgettable year in regards to power," he said.

He will get another chance to do so after an offday tomorrow, with Toronto hosting the 48-85 Orioles and third baseman Manny Machado(.290-17-57 .775OPS) for three.

TBR 6 – BAL 3
NYY 3 – BOS 0

TOR 81-52
NYY 72-60
BOS 69-64
TBR 64-69
BAL 48-85

Oliver Drake(R, 0-4 4.50) – Hector Santiago(R, 14-6 3.27) the day after tomorrow. Made his MLB debut this season at age 28 after going 5-5 2.97 in 16 starts in AAA, scouts don't like him so...

SP Hector Santiago 7P 5H 3R 3ER 0BB 12K
CF Julio Borbon 1-4 R RBI HR
2B Josh Rutledge 2-4 R DB
1B Anthony Rizzo 2-3 2R 3RBI BB 2HR
DH Edwin Encarnacion 0-2 RBI BB
RF Dwight Smith Jr. 1-4 R RBI DB
HR CLE: Mark Reynolds(2)
HR TOR: Anthony Rizzo 2(19), Julio Borbon(5)
W: Hector Santiago(13-3 2.42) L: Trevor Bauer(14-9 3.66) SV: Joba Chamberlain(3 1.34)
And with a shutout going, lefty killer Mark Reynolds gets his second homer of the season, a 3-run shot, in just 44AB's this season...

September 3rd
offday for the entire AL East!

September 4th

Blue Jays Mount Comeback to Beat Baltimore, 7-6

Toronto left fielder D.J. Davis had a 3-RBI game, which helped his team beat the Baltimore Orioles, 7-6. Davis was 2-4 with a run scored, three RBI's, and his first career home run, a 2-run home run off Oliver Drake in the fourth. The Blue Jays have now won 4 straight.

One important at-bat came with runners on 1st and 3rd in the bottom of the seventh inning. Facing Baltimore hurler Zach Britton, Troy Tulowitzki, who is tied for 6th in the AL in hits with 147, hit a sacrifice fly. The Blue Jays went on to win.

"If you want to be considered a good team, these are the kind of games you have to win," said Toronto manager John Gibbons. It was a bad day for Toronto starter Henderson Alvarez who was hit around for eleven hits and five earned runs through four innings.

"Gotta stay focused, got to return in five days and try to win again," he twittered after the game.

TBR 2 – NYY 5
PHI 3 – BOS 4(10)

TOR 82-52
NYY 73-60
BOS 70-64
TBR 64-70
BAL 48-86

Dylan Bundy(R, 8-11 3.55) – Tommy Milone(L, 6-12 3.72) tomorrow. Scouting reports are off the charts and the kid is only 22... one more step and he could be dynamite.

SP Henderson Alvarez 4P 11H 5R 5ER 1BB 5K
CF Julio Borbon 2-4 R
2B Josh Rutledge 4-4 R DB SB(15)
SS Troy Tulowitzki 1-3 RBI
1B Anthony Rizzo 1-4 RBI DB
DH Edwin Encarnacion 2-3 2R RBI HR
C Travis d'Arnaud 1-4 2R
LF D.J. Davis 2-4 R 3RBI HR
3B Nick Castellanos 1-4 RBI TP
HR BAL: Adam Jones(11)
HR TOR: Edwin Encarnacion(40), D.J. Davis(1)
W: Steve Delabar(6-3 3.62) L: Zach Britton(0-2 8.53) SV: Luke Gregerson(32 1.62)
Nice save by our offense... that was the stat correction I expected for Alvarez, but Drake also yielded five earned, so it was not that bad.

News:
Athletics SP Andrew Werner(28, 1*) surprised the Mariners and himself by hurling eight scoreless frames of 2-hit, 0BB and 8K ball in a 3-0 victory. The lefty got his K's and groounders today and improved to 5-13 5.02 118K in 27 starts.

Red alert in Texas. The 85-48 Rangers just had to put 2014 AL Cy Young winner Yu Darvish(29, 4.5*) on the 15-day DL. The righty suffered from elbow inflammation and team doctors say he will need three weeks of rest and 1-2 weeks to amp it back up. That means that the 14-8 2.58 223K starter may miss most of the playoffs.

September 5th

Red Hot Rutledge Walks Off Orioles!

Manny Machado had a good game, but he could not keep the Baltimore Orioles from falling, 7-6, to the Toronto Blue Jays at the Skydome. The Baltimore third baseman was 4 for 5 with a home run, a double, and 2 singles. He scored 2 runs and drove in 2 in the loss. Toronto has run its win streak to 5 in a row.

Toronto took a 7-6 lead on Josh Rutledge's 143rd hit of the season. The run-scoring single, which Rutledge hit in the bottom of the tenth, left Baltimore pitcher Casey Janssen shaking his head.

"Nice to put this one in the win column," said Rutledge. Since he was moved back in the #2 spot on September 1st, Rutledge is 10-16 with five runs, two RBIs, three walks, four stolen bases and four doubles.

For Baltimore, Dylan Bundy was firmly in control and left after seven innings of 3-run, 7-hit and 11 strikeout ball, but his bullpen let him down today.

TBR 4 – NYY 6
PHI 1 – BOS 3

TOR 83-52
NYY 74-60
BOS 71-64
TBR 64-71
BAL 48-87

Edinson Volquez(R, 5-8 4.65) – Ross Seaton(R, 11-4 3.01) tomorrow. Ross will be on a pitch count of 80 to not risk injury... pitching against their May 9th trade acquisition... that has a 5.44ERA since then.

SP Tommy Milone 4.2P 12H 5R 5ER 0BB 1K
CF Julio Borbon 1-6
2B Josh Rutledge 2-5 R RBI BB SB(16)
SS Troy Tulowitzki 1-5 R 2RBI HR
1B Anthony Rizzo 2-4 R BB
DH Edwin Encarnacion 1-4 R RBI HR
C Travis d'Arnaud 2-4 R 2RBI HR
LF D.J. Davis 2-5 2R DB
HR BAL: Adam Jones(12), Nick Delmonico(11), Manny Machado(18)
HR TOR: Edwin Encarnacion(41), Travis d'Arnaud(21), Troy Tulowitzki(27)
W: Joba Chamberlain(6-0 1.29) L: Casey Janssen(2-9 3.50)
Hanging a loss on Casey Janssen... I am loving it. And yes, Edwin is ON FIRE.

News:
Cubs SP Zach Cates(25, 1.5/2.5*) threw his second best gamescore of his rookie season today, a 85 for going 8.2 scoreless innings of 3-hit, 2BB and 9K ball in a 2-0 shutout win over Arizona. Part of the Andrew Cashner – Anthony Rizzo deal in 2012, he is 11-10 2.77 149K in 27 starts.

Royals SP Wade Davis(29, 1*) was the king of weak contact today, needing only 94 pitches to throw 8.1 shutout innings of 3-hit, 1BB and 5K ball while beating Chicago 2-0. For the 29-year old, it was his longest outing of the season and pushed him to 8-8 4.13 118K in 28 starts.

September 6th

Seaton Goes 6.1 Scoreless as Toronto Wins 6 Straight

Toronto right-hander Ross Seaton made an effective start against the Baltimore Orioles at the Skydome, leading his team to a 6-4 win. Returning from a pesky forearm problem, he threw 6.1 scoreless innings of 4-hit, 0BB and 7K ball on 83 pitches. Toronto has now reeled off 6 straight wins.

The Blue Jays beat the Orioles in part due to timely hitting. Case in point: the two-out single Josh Rutledge produced in the bottom of the third. Batting against Baltimore pitcher Edinson Volquez, Rutledge gave his team a 1-0 lead when he hit a run-scoring single.

"This team is real focused right now," said Toronto manager John Gibbons. A man who did not look really focused was righty reliever Heath Hembree. Part of the trade that sent now #22 prospect CF Tyler Gibson to San Francisco(Don't ask...), he blew up in the ninth and yielded four earned before Luke Gregerson slammed that door shut for his 33rd save.

Toronto will look to add to their winning streak with four @Boston(72-64) and right fielder Bryce Brentz(.243-24-75 .763OPS) starting tomorrow.

TBR 2 – NYY 7
PHI 3 – BOS 4

TOR 84-52
NYY 75-60
BOS 72-64
TBR 64-72
BAL 48-88

Jhoulys Chacin(R, 7-8 4.07) – Jon Lester(L, 14-9 3.29) tomorrow. Inked till the end of 2020, he looks like their ace for years to come.

SP Ross Seaton 6.1P 4H 0R 0ER 0BB 7K
2B Josh Rutledge 1-4 R RBI
SS Troy Tulowitzki 2-4 R 3RBI DB HR
DH Edwin Encarnacion 3-4 2R RBI HR
C Jarrod Saltalamacchia 2-4 R
3B Nick Castellanos 2-4 R RBI B
HR BAL: Manny Machado(19)
HR TOR: Edwin Encarnacion(42), Troy Tulowitzki(28)
W: Ross Seaton(12-4 2.88) L: Edinson Volquez(5-9 4.67) SV: Luke Gregerson(33 1.61)
What an amazing week. I feared for some bad games with a three important players on the DL, but Edwin, Rutledge and Tulo took over here...

News:
Dodgers SP Clayton Kershaw(27, 5*) continued his fairytale season by throwing eight scoreless frames of 5-hit, 1BB and 9K ball in a 2-0 win in San Diego. Kershaw is close to breaking the 2ERA barrier for a full season, going 16-7 1.79 with 265 strikeouts in 28 starts.

Indians SP Dan Haren(34, 2*) is definitly not bad enough to be banished to the bullpen as he threw eight great innings of 5-hit, 2BB and 4K ball in a 4-0 shutout win over Detroit. The 3x All-Star started the year in the pen, but is now 7-3 with a 2.91ERA in 27 games and 10 starts.

Week: 6-0(3-0vs CLE, 3-0vs BAL)
Power Rankings: #1(+3)
Runs scored: 596(2)
Runs against: 496(2)
Starters ERA: 3.56(5)
Bullpen ERA: 2.95(3)
Defensive Eff.: .674(9)
Fan Interest: 92

Who's hot?
RHCL Luke Gregerson 37G 4-4 26SV 0.48 37.2IP 59K

C Travis d'Arnaud 6G 12-24 .500 2HR 6RBIs
DH Edwin Encarnacion 8G 15-30 .500 8HR 12RBIs
1B Anthony Rizzo 6G 8-22 .364 3HR 5RBI's
3B Brett Lawrie 6GS 10-24 .417 2HR 3RBIs
2B Josh Rutledge 5G 11-20 .550 0HR 3RBI's
SS Troy Tulowitzki 10G 12-36 .333 5HR 13RBIs

Who's not?
SP Jhoulys Chacin 4G 0-2 7.52 20.1IP 15K

UT Adeiny Hechavarria 14G 2-26 .077 0HR 1RBI

Blue Jays DH Edwin Encarnacion(32, 3.5*) was named AL Player of the Week after going 10-21 6HR 8RBIs. The reigning AL MvP is leading all of the majors by 10 home runs, batting .270-42-88 .932OPS in 130 games.

Pirates CF Andrew McCutchen(28, 5*) was named NL Player of the Week after going 10-22 2HR 6RBIs. The 5x All-Star is having a nice 2015, batting .305-21-66 .887OPS in 129 games.
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Red-Hot Bat: Adames Collects Cycle
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September 7th, 2015

At PETCO Park today, Cristhian Adames led Colorado to a 8-7 victory over the San Diego Padres by hitting for the cycle, one of baseball's more difficult feats.

"Usually the triple is the hardest one to get, but I was most worried about the homer today because the ball wasn't carrying," Adames said later. "When I took it deep, I was expecting the ball to die on the warning track, so it was sweet seeing the ump give me the signal to circle the bases."

In addition to going 4-for-4, Adames chalked up 2 runs batted in and scored 3 runs in an exceptional performance.

Cristhian Adames singled in the 2nd, hit an RBI triple in the 4th, doubled in the 6th and hit a solo-shot off Brad Boxberger in the 8th.

Currently Adames is batting .335 with 10 home runs and 59 RBIs, leading the NL batting race by whooping 25 points. Adames was signed as a international free agent in 2007.
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2015 Week 23

Week 23: 3@ Boston Red Sox(72-64), 4@ New York Yankees(75-60)

September 7th

Brett Lawrie was eligible to come off the DL today... and appeared in the final AAA Buffalo game to shake off some rust... and went 0-4 with 3K... amazing.

Blue Jays Lose, 7-5 at Fenway Park

Boston starter Jon Lester pitched effectively against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park. The left-hander led his team to a 7-5 win. Lester went 6 innings to notch the win. He scattered 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 6. His record improves to 15-9. Mike Adams, credited with the save, is now 3 for 6 in save opportunities.

In the bottom of the third, Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a 2-run home run for Boston. The 11th home run of the season for the Boston center fielder put the Red Sox on top, 3-2. "We'll grab a cold one tonight and go after another win tomorrow," Lester said.

The winning streak has now reached 4 games for Boston while Toronto's 6 game winning streak ended with that result. They got themselves a 2-0 after a Tulowitzki solo home run and Julio Borbon sac fly, but Jhoulys Chacin was not able to keep them off the scoreboard and was hit for 6ER.

BAL 7 – NYY 3
TBR 7 – DET 4

TOR 84-53
NYY 75-61
BOS 73-64
TBR 65-72
BAL 49-88

Hector Santiago(L, 13-3 2.42) – Chris Hernandez(L, 7-5 2.45) tomorrow. The 26-year old earned a All-Star nomination in this season, but our scouts think it is smoke and mirrors...

SP Jhoulys Chacin 6P 12H 6R 6ER 1BB 3K
2B Josh Rutledge 1-3 2R RBI BB HR
SS Troy Tulowitzki 2-4 R RBI HR
1B Anthony Rizzo 1-4 RBI BB
C Travis d'Arnaud 1-4 R
3B Nick Castellanos 2-4
LF D.J. Davis 1-3 R BB SB(2)
HR TOR: Josh Rutledge(12), Troy Tulowitzki(29)
HR BOS: Jackie Bradley Jr.(11), Bryce Brentz(25)
W: Jon Lester(15-9 3.33) L: Jhoulys Chacin(7-9 4.25) SV: Mike Adams(3 2.72)
Out of the category: Why Chacin will never make more than $3M with us...

News:
Nationals SP Gio Gonzalez(29, 4*) blanked the Mets 5-0 with a 7-hit shutout, 0BB and 12K. The lefty has been dynamite this season, 9-7 2.86 174K in 29 starts.

Braves SP Wade LeBlanc(31, 1.5*) made his best start of 2015, going nine innings of 3-hit, 1BB and 4K ball in a 6-0 road win over the Phillies. He finally got a chance to start every five days and is 11-11 4.42 128K in 27 starts.

September 8th

Brentz Delivers Clutch At-Bat in Walk-Off Win

Despite a great performance by Toronto second baseman Josh Rutledge, the Boston Red Sox defeated the Blue Jays by the score of 6-5 at Fenway Park. Rutledge belted 2 home runs, while adding 4 RBI and scoring twice. Steven Wright, credited with the win, is now 1-0. He allowed no runs on no hits in 1 innings. This win makes it 5 in a row for Boston.

The Red Sox got a big at-bat from right fielder Bryce Brentz. For the game, Brentz was 2 for 7 with a double, while adding 2 RBI and scoring once. In the bottom of the 13th, with the bases loaded, he stroked a run-scoring single. His 126th hit of the season gave Boston a 6-5 lead.

"I like how we're playing right now," said Brentz. John Gibbons, the manager of Toronto, was not pleased with his team however. "We have to stop striking out 19 times in a game like this. We had runner in scoring position in extra innings, and players went for the big hack instead for the RBI-single. That has to stop," he said.

Given the fact that Boston's starter Chris Hernandez left the game injured after the first and they faced the Red Sox bullpen allthe way till the end, his anger is understandable.

BAL 3 – NYY 6
TBR 2 – DET 3

TOR 84-54
NYY 76-61
BOS 74-64
TBR 65-73
BAL 49-89

Henderson Alvarez(R, 14-6 3.45) – Brandon McCarthy(R, 8-13 3.80) tomorrow. 3-5 with a 4.12ERA since they traded for him at the deadline...

SP Hector Santiago 5P 8H 4R 3ER 1BB 10K
CF Julio Borbon 2-5 2R BB SB(13)
2B Josh Rutledge 2-5 2R 4RBI BB 2HR SB(17)
SS Troy Tulowitzki 2-6
3B Brett Lawrie 0-4 R BB 2SB(15)
HR TOR: Josh Rutledge 2(14)
HR BOS: Kolbrin Vitek(2)
W: Steven Wright(1-0 0.00) L: Joba Chamberlain(6-1 1.32)
Clowns...

News:
Braves SP Julio Teheran(24, 4.5*) baffled the Phillies today with eight innings of 2-hit, 2BB and 7K ball in a narrow 1-0 victory. The star righty moved to 17-5 2.18 174K in 28 starts.

Rangers 1B Mike Napoli(33, 3.5*) had a perfect 4-4 day with three runs scored, three RBIs, a walk and a home run in a 9-1 victory in Seattle. The 2012 AL All-Star is batting .226-26-77 .724OPS in 136 games.

September 9th

Rizzo hits 2 home runs, Blue Jays Move to 85-54

The Toronto Blue Jays stopped the Boston Red Sox, 5-3, at Fenway Park. The Blue Jays got a big game from Anthony Rizzo, who hit 2 home runs. He drove in 5 runs and scored twice. Henderson Alvarez got credit for the win, improving to 15-6. He allowed 3 runs on 10 hits in 9 innings. Toronto is now 85-54, 7½ games up in the American League Eastern Division.

The game turned with no one out in the top of the fourth when Rizzo, who is tied for 4th in the AL in total bases with 248, hit a 2-run home run. It propelled the Blue Jays into the lead, 2-0. "We've got a great group of guys," Rizzo said, "and we're having fun right now."

It was a 5-1 game after eight innings, but Blue Jays starter Henderson Alvarez ran into some trouble trying to finish a his complete game in the ninth and conceded a meaningless 2-run homer to september callup Ross Canzler.

Toronto will leave Boston for a crucial 4-game set against the 77-61 Yankees and Mason Williams(.278-21-64 .776OPS 17/30SB) next.

BAL 4 – NYY 10
TBR 0 – DET 1

TOR 85-54
NYY 77-61
BOS 74-65
TBR 65-74
BAL 49-90

Tommy Milone(L, 6-12 3.90) – Manny Banuelos(L, 7-8 3.57) tomorrow. Talent wise, their lefty is more potent...

SP Henderson Alvarez 9P 10H 3R 3ER 1BB 6K
CF Julio Borbon 1-4
2B Josh Rutledge 1-5 R
SS Troy Tulowitzki 3-4 2R DB 2SB(5)
1B Anthony Rizzo 2-3 2R 5RBI 2HR
C Travis d'Arnaud 1-4 DB
3B Brett Lawrie 1-3 DB
HR TOR: Anthony Rizzo 2(21)
HR BOS: Russ Canzler(1)
W: Henderson Alvarez(15-6 3.43) L: Brandon McCarthy(8-14 3.79)
Henderson REALLY wanted to finish that one after his bad start five days ago so...

September 10th

And just in time for the matchup against the Yankee lefty, Jorge Soler will be back in the lineup.

Blue Jays Nip Yankees, 4-3

The Toronto Blue Jays defeated the New York Yankees, 4-3, in American League action at Yankee Stadium, with Toronto pitcher Tommy Milone named player of the game. He went seven innings of 3-run ball.

Luke Gregerson notched his 34th save in 39 chances. Toronto leads the American League Eastern Division by 8½ games.

Anthony Rizzo, who is tied for 4th in the AL in RBI with 79, aided the Toronto cause with a run-scoring sacrifice fly in the top of the seventh. For the game, the first baseman went 2 for 4 with 2 singles. He drove in 2 runs.

New York manager Joe Girardi said he was "mildly disappointed" with the loss. "We had our opportunities, but we didn't take advantage of them," he said. The 44922 in attendance were especially disappointed when Corey Hart struck out swinging in the seventh with two on and two down. New York had already scored two off Tommy Milone that inning.

BAL, TBR, BOS offday

TOR 86-54
NYY 77-62
BOS 74-65
TBR 65-74
BAL 49-90

Ross Seaton(R, 12-4 2.88) – Jorge De La Rosa(R, 3-2 2.50) tomorrow. 34-year old that spent most of the year waiting in the bullpen... 15G/6GS.

SP Tommy Milone 7P 8H 3R 3ER 3BB 3K
CF Julio Borbon 2-5 R SB(14)
SS Troy Tulowitzki 0-3 R 2BB
1B Anthony Rizzo 2-4 2RBI
DH Edwin Encarnacion 1-4 RBI
RF Jorge Soler 1-3 R BB
C Jarrod Saltalamacchia 1-4 RBI
3B Brett Lawrie 1-3 R BB SB(16)
HR TOR: none
HR NYY: none
W: Tommy Milone(7-12 3.90) L: Manny Banuelos(7-9 3.64) SV: Luke Gregerson(34 1.59)
So, Milone finally got a win and Soler had a good return to the lineup, a hit, a walk, and he missed a grand slam by inches in the third inning...

News:
Reds SP Mike Leake(27, 3.5*) dominated the Redbirds in a 1-0 victory, going eight innings of 3-hit, 2BB and 5K ball. Locked up till the end of 2018, Leake is having a great season, 10-11 2.41 180K in 29 starts.

September 11th

Aaand the designated hitter today, in the lineup for the first time in 2015.... Joseee Bautista! What could possibly go wrong?

Seaton Cruises to Shutout

The Toronto Blue Jays rolled to an easy 5-0 win over the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium today. Leading the way to victory was starter Ross Seaton, who shackled the New York Yankees and held them scoreless on a 3-hitter.

"This is what every pitcher wants to do when they go out there," Seaton said in his postgame press conference. Seaton has gone 13-4 this season with an ERA of 2.72 and 149 strikeouts in 155.2 innings pitched. Other clubs are hitting .233 against him.

The second biggest story of the night was the return of Jose Bautista into the Blue Jays lineup. The designated hitter in this game, he went 1-4 with two strikeouts. "Felt good to be back in the batters box," the 34-year old said after the game. Bautista missed most of 2015 with a torn labrum.

KCR 3 – BAL 4(17)
BOS 4 – TBR 0
BOS SP Yovani Gallardo(29, 4*) 8.2IP 4H 0ER 3BB 10K W(14-6 2.96)

TOR 87-54
NYY 77-63
BOS 75-65
TBR 65-75
BAL 50-90

Jhoulys Chacin(R, 7-9 4.25) – Jason Hammel(R, 4-3 3.81) tomorrow. 8.2IP 10ER against us this season so far...

SP Ross Seaton 9P 3H 0R 0ER 2BB 9K
CF Julio Borbon 3-5 2R RBI 2DB
2B Josh Rutledge 1-4 R
SS Troy Tulowitzki 1-3 2RBI
1B Edwin Encarnacion 1-4 RBI
RF Jorge Soler 1-3 R BB SB(5)
3B Brett Lawrie 2-4 R RBI
HR TOR: none
HR NYY: none
W: Ross Seaton(13-4 2.72) L: Jorge De La Rosa(3-3 3.05)
What a start by Seaton... and Bautista actually started a game without getting injured!

News:
Cardinals SP Michael Wacha(24, 4*) answered Leake's start from yesterday with 8IP 4H 0ER 1BB 7K and beat the Reds 4-0 today. The rookie starter and 2012 first round pick is 7-7 2.79 134K in 21 games and 19 starts for the season.

September 12th

5-Hit Barrage by Rutledge

Josh Rutledge was sizzling at the plate today. In a game played at Yankee Stadium, the Toronto second baseman blistered the New York Yankees for 5 hits in 5 at-bats to pace his club to a 8-4 victory.

"Rutledge was too tough to get out today," Yankees skipper Joe Girardi said in his postgame interview. "No matter what we threw him, he hit it. And he hit some good pitches, too."

Josh Rutledge singled in the 1st, hit a two-run home run off Jason Hammel in the 3rd, singled in the 4th, hit an RBI double in the 6th and singled in the 9th. He had five of his team's 15 hits.

Thus far this season Rutledge is hitting .287 with 15 home runs, 61 RBIs and 69 runs scored. He has 154 hits in 537 at-bats and has played in 138 games.

KCR 3 – BAL 1
BOS 1 – TBR 3

TOR 88-54
NYY 77-64
BOS 75-66
TBR 66-75
BAL 50-91

Hector Santiago(L, 13-3 2.50) – A.J. Griffin(R, 8-11 3.93) tomorrow. Rock solid despite his fastball being down to 89-91mph.

SP Jhoulys Chacin 7P 7H 4R 4ER 4BB 3K
CF Julio Borbon 1-4 R
2B Josh Rutledge 5-5 2R 3RBI DB HR
SS Troy Tulowitzki 2-5 2RBI
DH Edwin Encarnacion 2-5 R
C Travis d'Arnaud 2-4 R BB SB(2)
LF Jose Bautista 0-3 R BB
3B Brett Lawrie 2-4 2R RBI
HR TOR: Josh Rutledge(2)
HR NYY: none
W: Jhoulys Chacin(8-9 4.29) L: Jason Hammel(4-4 4.36)
Well done guys, one away from the sweep... magic number is 11.

September 13th

Yankees avoid Sweep with 4-3 Win

New York beat Toronto on the strength of starter A.J. Griffin's fine effort. The right-hander led his team to a 4-3 win. The winning pitcher was Griffin, now 9-11. He tossed 8 innings of 4-hit ball, while walking 2 and fanning 4. The Yankees bumped their record to 78-64 with this latest triumph.

The Yankees got a big at-bat from right fielder Corey Hart. For the game, Hart was 1 for 4 with a home run, while adding 2 RBI and scoring once. In the bottom of the fourth, with a runner on 1st, he stroked a 2-run home run. His 19th home run of the season gave New York a 2-1 lead.

"It's nice to come out on top today," said Hart. Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki made it a one run game in the ninth with a solo home run and Anthony Rizzo a single, but Yankees closer Mark Montomery ultimately stuck out the side.

Toronto will continue their roadtrip with their final interleague series of the season, playing three in Atlanta(83-60) against first baseman Freddie Freeman(.274-23-69 .770OPS) after an offday.

KCR 4 – BAL 2(11)
BOS 1 – TBR 6
TBR SP Edwin Jackson(32, 2.5*) 9IP 7H 1ER 1BB 6K W(4-7 3.36)

TOR 88-55
NYY 78-64
BOS 75-67
TBR 67-75
BAL 50-92

Henderson Alvarez(R, 15-6 3.43) – Julio Teheran(R, 17-5 2.18) the day after tomorrow. Ace.

SP Hector Santiago 6P 6H 3R 3ER 2BB 11K
CF Julio Borbon 1-4
SS Troy Tulowitzki 1-4 R RBIHR
1B Anthony Rizzo 2-3 2R RBI BB HR
DH Edwin Encarnacion 1-3
C Travis d'Arnaud 1-4
LF Jose Bautista 0-2 BB
HR TOR: Anthony Rizzo(22), Troy Tulowitzki(30)
HR NYY: Mason Williams(22), Corey Hart(19), Mark Teixeira(23)
W: A.J. Griffin(9-11 3.84) L: Hector Santiago(13-4 2.56) SV: Mark Montgomery(40 3.41)
Too many longballs and a so-so outing by Furbush in relief...

News:
Phillies SP Masahiro Tanaka(26, 4.5*) threw 8.2 scoreless frames in a 6-0 win over the Cubs today, allowing four hits, one walk and he struck out nine. The japanese rookie is 6-13 3.15 207K in 31 starts.

Diamondbacks SP Daniel Hudson(28, 3.5/4*) pretty much matched that start with 8.1IP 4H 0ER 0BB 6K, beating the Dodgers 4-0. Having already set a career high in wins, Hudson moved to 14-6 3.17 176K in 30 starts.

Angels SP Tommy Hanson(29, 2.5/3*) used his great slide for effect today, beating the Astros 3-0 with eight innings of 7-hit, 0BB and 10K ball. A 15-game winner last season, Hanson is following that up with a 13-11 3.29 181K year in 29 starts.

Rangers C Kellin Deglan(23, 4.5/5*) hammered two over the wall in a 9-5 win over the Athletics, going 2-4 3R 5RBI BB 2HR. One of the favorites for AL Rookie of the Year, he is batting .290-19-66 .861OPS in 101 games and 58.3% runners caught stealing.

Week: 4-3(1-2@ BOS, 3-1@ NYY)
Power Rankings: #4(-3)
Runs scored: 631(2)
Runs against: 523(5)
Starters ERA: 3.59(6)
Bullpen ERA: 2.93(3)
Defensive Eff.: .673(10)
Fan Interest: 92

Who's hot?
RHCL Luke Gregerson 38G 4-4 27SV 0.47 38.2IP 60K
RHRP Joba Chamberlain 10G 2-1 1SV 0.48 18.2IP 19K
SP Ross Seaton 2GS 2-0 0.00 15.1IP 16K

1B Anthony Rizzo 12G 16-43 .372 6HR 14RBIs

Who's not?
SP Jhoulys Chacin 6G 1-3 7.29 33.1IP 21K

3B/OF Nick Castellanos 5G 2-20 .100 0HR 1RBI
UT Adeiny Hechavarria 17G 4-33 .121 0HR 1RBI

Blue Jays 2B Josh Rutledge(26, 1.5*) was named AL Player of the Week after going 10-31 4HR 8RBIs. Merely an afterthought in the Tulowitzki deal, he has amassed 10.1WAR since the 2013 trade deadline and is batting .285-15-61 .767OPS 18/24SB in 139 games this season.

Braves 1B Freddie Freeman(26, 3*) was named NL Player of the Week after going 13-31 3HR 11RBIs. Freeman is nowhere near his 2013 season where he hit .315 as he is batting .275-23-71 .774OPS in 143 games in 2015.
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Streak Finally Over, Townsend Held Hitless
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September 15th, 2015

Maybe it really is taboo to talk about a hitting streak before it's over. Hours after speaking to the press about his 22-game hitting streak, Minnesota left fielder Ed Townsend went hitless in 3 at-bats today at Target Field.

The sudden hitting drought came as the Twins took the 6-5 win over the Detroit Tigers. It has been the third longest hitting streak that ended this season behind his teammate Byron Buxton(28) and Troy Tulowitzki(26).

"Nope, it's not magic," Townsend said in his postgame press conference. "Nobody jinxed me. Streaks don't last forever. I've heard about it every day for weeks now. My roomie told me to get a hit before every game and wished me luck. I just ran out of hits."

Townsend's current batting average stands at .319 and he has chalked up 16 home runs and 63 RBIs.He spent three years in the independent league, selling shoes in the offseason, before the Twins brought him in on a minor league contract for the 2014 season.
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2015 Week 24

Week 24: 3@ Atlanta Braves(84-60), 3vs Boston Red Sox(75-67)

September 14th
offday

BOS 5 – BAL 3
NYY 3 – TBR 4

TOR 88-55
NYY 78-65
BOS 76-67
TBR 68-75
BAL 50-93

News:
Angels SP Jered Weaver(32, 3.5*) threw eight innings of goose eggs on the scoreboard, allowing 5 hits, 0BB and striking out seven in a 3-0 win over the Mariners. With that win, the Angels stay in the Wild Card hunt and a 12-8 2.86 163K year in 28 starts by Weaver is a big reason why.

September 15th
So, Teheran will be out with the flu and will not start in this three game set. That means Josh Johnson(R, 11-11 3.58) today. He was a liability last season, 11-13 4.64, but overall was worth the prospects through three seasons.

Jays Rally Late to Get Ailing Alvarez off Hook

The Atlanta Braves got a superb performance from pitcher Josh Johnson. Still, it wasn't enough to beat Toronto. The Blue Jays won the game, 5-3. In spite of the loss, Johnson was named the player of the game. He threw 6 innings allowing 3 runs. Toronto goes to 89-55. The win puts them 10 games up in their division.

Troy Tulowitzki was a key contributor to the win for the Blue Jays. In the top of the eighth with one out, the star shortstop stroked a solo home run to right field that made it 4-3 Toronto. He was 2 for 5 with a single, a home run, two runs scored and a RBI.

"Win or lose, we pick each other up in this clubhouse," Tulowitzki told the Toronto Star. He is batting .302 with 31 home runs and 90RBIs in 139 games. With that win, Toronto lowered their magic number down to nine.

The bad news for John Gibbons and his team: Henderson Alvarez left the game injured in the fourth after getting hit around for seven hits and three runs. "I do not want to speculate," Gibbons said. "We will wait until we have an official diagnosis."

BOS 3 – BAL 1
NYY 7 – TBR 0
NYY SP Manny Banuelos(24, 4*) 8IP 2H 0ER 4BB 6K W(8-9 3.44)

TOR 89-55
NYY 79-65
BOS 77-67
TBR 68-76
BAL 50-94

Tommy Milone(L, 7-12 3.90) – Brandon Beachy(R, 14-7 3.27) tomorrow. Another great season for the 29-year old, already a career high in wins.

SP Henderson Alvarez 3.2P 7H 3R 1ER 2BB 1K
CF Julio Borbon 2-5 2RBI
SS Troy Tulowitzki 2-5 2R RBI HR
1B Anthony Rizzo 2-4 R RBI DB TP
C Travis d'Arnaud 2-4 RBI
LF Nick Castellanos 1-3 2R DB
HR TOR: Troy Tulowitzki(31)
HR ATL: none
W: Joba Chamberlain(7-1 1.25) L: John Cornely(4-3 2.71) SV: Luke Gregerson(35 1.57)
Those injuries... hopefully it is not serious. Since the start of 2013, Alvarez only missed three weeks with a dead arm...

News:
Phillies SP R.A. Dickey(40, 4.5*) threw 8.1 dominant innings of 5-hit, 2BB and 9K ball, helping his team to a 2-0 shutout against the Nationals. The 2012 NL All-Star is 2-2 with a 3.64ERA since the trade deadline and 8-14 3.46 161K in 26 starts between BAL and PHI for the season.

Pirates 2B Jordy Mercer(29, 1.5*) drove in five with a 3-5 R 5RBI DB HR night, helping his team to a 9-1 win over the Cubs. Mercer was a september callup, going 7-31 HR 6RBI in just nine games after spending the year in AAA.

September 16th
The good news, it is not serious. Alvarez is day-to-day with a sore shoulder. Bad news, this one should hamper him for about a month, and it will influence his throwing... so he won't pitch in the regular season again... no risks here...more Bud Norris.

Blue Jays Lose to Braves, 4-1

Atlanta got an elite performance from starting pitcher Brandon Beachy in taking a 4-1 decision over the Toronto Blue Jays. He went six innings of 1-run ball, allowing four hits, three walks and struck out five.

"The effort we put into this one paid off," Beachy said. John Cornely picked up the win in relief, improving his record to 5-3. Tommy Milone was tagged with the loss. The Braves bumped their record to 85-61 with this latest triumph.

The Braves got a big at-bat from catcher Evan Gattis. For the game, Gattis went 2-3 with 2 singles. In the bottom of the seventh, with a runner on 2nd, he stroked a run-scoring single. His 38th hit of the season gave Atlanta a 2-1 lead.

Toronto had a number of good chances to get ahead in this game, but left 21 runners in base individually, including a leadoff triple by Julio Borbon in the first.

BOS 3 – BAL 4
NYY 2 – TBR 7

TOR 89-56
NYY 79-66
BOS 77-68
TBR 69-76
BAL 51-94

Ross Seaton(R, 13-4 2.72) – Mike Minor(L, 1-0 2.76 3GS) tomorrow. He was 8-5 with a 3.87ERA in AAA after posting a 4.83 mark last season.

SP Tommy Milone 7P 7H 2R 2ER 1BB 7K, 1-3 DB
CF Julio Borbon 2-4 BB TP
2B Josh Rutledge 2-4 BB
C Travis d'Arnaud 1-4
RF Jorge Soler 1-4
LF Nick Castellanos 1-2 2BB
3B Brett Lawrie 1-4 R
LF Nick Castellanos 1-3 2R DB
HR TOR: none
HR ATL: none
W: John Cornely(5-3 2.67) L: Tommy Milone(7-13 3.84) SV: Cristhian Martinez(6 3.47)
So, we fell behind on a bunch of bloopers and then, september callup Matt Reynolds came in in relief and allowed two earned runs in his season debut...

News:
The Reds ran over the Giants 12-1 and two players made the headlines in this one. RF Jay Bruce(28, 4.5*, .251-21-57 .775OPS) went out there and hit two home runs, going 3-3 4R 4RBI 2BB 2HR, and 3B Neftali Soto(26, 1.5*, .250-26-99 .716OPS) matched that with a 2-5 2R 5RBI 2HR night.

September 17th

Edwin Leads Charge, Toronto Blasts Braves

The Toronto Blue Jays bested the Atlanta Braves, 14-3, at Turner Field. Edwin Encarnacion was named player of the game. He was 3-3 with a home run, a double, a walk, and was hit by a pitch, while scoring 3 times and driving in 3. The first-place Blue Jays, at 90-56, now lead their division by 10½ games.

It was a horrible day for Atlanta lefty Mike Minor who was out of the game in the third inning after allowing runs number five and six on a 2-run home run by Travis d'Arrnaud. Every Blue Jays starter got at least one hit tonight.

Toronto will look to preserve this torrid form when they host the 77-68 Red Sox and Jackie Bradley Jr.(.292-15-55 .828OPS) starting tomorrow.

BAL 3 – TBR 4
NYY, BOS offday

TOR 90-56
NYY 79-66
BOS 77-68
TBR 70-76
BAL 51-95

Chris Balcom-Miller(R, 0-1 8.44) – Jhoulys Chacin(R, 8-9 4.29) tomorrow. Earned a september callup after going 11-7 3.00 in 28 starts in AAA.

SP Ross Seaton 7P 5H 3R 3ER 1BB 7K, 1-3 R DB
CF Julio Borbon 2-6 3R RBI SB(15)
2B Josh Rutledge 3-5 2R 3RBI BB HR SB(19)
SS Troy Tulowitzki 1-4 2R 2BB
1B Edwin Encarnacion 3-3 3R 3RBI BB DB HR
C Travis d'Arnaud 2-5 R 3RBI HR
RF Jorge Soler 1-5 R 2RBI HR
3B Brett Lawrie 1-5 R
HR TOR: Jorge Soler(14), Josh Rutledge(16), Travis d'Arnaud(22), Edwin Encarnacion(43)
HR ATL: Anthony Rendon(12)
W: Ross Seaton(14-4 2.77) L: Mike Minor(1-1 5.40)
And still, on a day like this, Bautista only goes 1-4 with a walk .

News:
Twins SP Kyle Gibson(27, 2.5*) pitched a 4-hitter with 2BB and 8K in a 4-0 win over the Angels today. The 27-year old has imrpvoed from his rookie season in 2014, going 11-12 4.18 146K in 30 starts.

Rangers SS Elvis Andrus(27, 4*) had a rare five hit night, 5-5 2R 2RBI DB with a stolen base in a 9-7 slugfest win over the Astros. A 2x All-Star at age 27, Andrus is batting .350-7-52 .913OPS 18/34SB in 127 games.

September 18th

Gregerson Blows Lead!

The Toronto Blue Jays got a sterling performance from pitcher Jhoulys Chacin, but the Red Sox still prevailed, 3-2. Chacin was named the player of the game in a losing cause. He threw 8 innings of 4-hit ball. Boston reliever Braden Kapteyn picked up the win, bumping his record to 1-2. Luke Gregerson was collared with the loss. The Red Sox bumped their record to 78-68 with this latest triumph.

The most critical at-bat came in the top of the ninth inning. With one out, Will Middlebrooks hit a 0-1 sinker from Luke Gregerson for a run-scoring single. It put Boston in front, 3-2. "We'll grab a cold one tonight and go after another win tomorrow," Middlebrooks said.

Luke Gregerson on the other hand was pretty frustrated with the game. "I'm so sorry for Jhoulys, wins have been hard to come by for him, and then I come in and blow the save," he said after the game.

BAL 4 – TBR 2
NYY 6 – NYM 4

TOR 90-57
NYY 80-66
BOS 78-68
TBR 70-77
BAL 52-95

Brandon McCarthy(R, 8-14 3.75) – Hector Santiago(L, 13-4 2.56) tomorrow. 3-6 3.95 since coming over from CWS.

SP Jhouyls Chacin 8P 4H 1R 1ER 1BB 7K
CF Julio Borbon 2-4 R
SS Troy Tulowitzki 0-4 RBI
1B Anthony Rizzo 1-2 R 2BB
LF Nick Castellanos 1-3 RBI BB
HR BOS: none
HR TOR: none
W: Braden Kapetyn(1-2 2.60) L: Luke Gregerson(7-7 1.80) SV: Junichi Tazawa(39 2.36)
Sure... love it when that happens...

News:
Clinched! The 93-54 Rangers took the loss today, but still clinced the AL West. Even with Yu Darvish(29, 5*, 14-8 2.58 223K) our for four more weeks, the rotation with trade acquisition Jordan Zimmerman(29, 4*, 6-4 3.54 since trade) and the offense behind slugger CF Toshinobu Sakamoto(29, 4.5*, .287-26-84 .922OPS 100G).

Reds RF Jay Bruce(28, 4.5*) continued his torrid week with a 2-3 2R 4RBI BB day with two home runs in a 5-3 road win in Milwaukee. The 2x All-Star is batting .254-23-61 .796OPS in 104 games.

September 19th

Soler, Blue Jays Rough Up Red Sox Despite Injury Scares

The Toronto Blue Jays cruised to a 16-2 win over the Boston Red Sox at the Skydome today. Jorge Soler led the way, going 3-for-4 with 3 runs, 3RBIs, a walk, a double and a home run for Toronto. Toronto goes to 91-57. The win puts them 9½ games up in their division. Their magic number is down to 6.

Soler had an important at-bat with the bases loaded in the bottom of the first, when he hit a run-scoring single. The Blue Jays went on to win.

"I felt we were ready to go," said Toronto manager John Gibbons. "Our pregame was pretty good." They also collected some injuries today tho. Hector Santiago left the game in the first with what George Poulis called a "mild shoulder injury", and Julio Borbon suffered a mild groin strain running the bases and will be day-to-day for about six days.

BAL 1 – TBR 3
NYY 4 – NYM 3

TOR 91-57
NYY 81-66
BOS 78-69
TBR 71-77
BAL 52-96

Yovani Gallardo(R, 15-6 2.92) – Bud Norris(R, 7-3 4.06) tomorrow. Turned into an ace after signing his 4y/$54.1M deal last offseason.

SP Hector Santiago 0.2P 0H 0R 0ER 1BB 0K left injured
CF Julio Borbon 1-2 left injured
2B Josh Rutledge 4-6 2R 3RBI DB HR
SS Troy Tulowitzki 2-4 2R RBI
1B Anthony Rizzo 2-6 2R
DH Edwin Encarnacion 3-4 2R 2RBI BB DB
C Travis d'Arnaud 2-4 R 2RBI BB
RF Jorge Soler 3-4 3R 3RBI BB TP HR
LF Nick Castellanos 2-5 2R 3RBI HR
3B Brett Lawrie 1-4 R BB
HR BOS: none
HR TOR: Jorge Soler(15), Josh Rutledge(17), Nick Castellanos(16)
W: Blaine Hardy(1-1 6.23) L: Steven Wright(1-1 11.12) SV: Charlie Furbush(1 3.44)
Ok, sort this out. Santiago... no diagnosis, Borbon will get some rest with Ceciliani in center the next days...

News:
Athletics SP Jarrod Parker(26, 3.5*) delivered a 5-hitter with 2BB and 7K, beating the poor Astros 1-0. Playing in his fourth MLB season, Parker is 15-10 3.11 190K in 30 starts, his best career season.

Tigers 1B Aaron Westlake(26, 1.5*) had a career night, 2-4 2R with 7RBIs and two home runs in a 8-5 win over the Royals. The 26-year old former 3rd round pick(2011) is batting .247-10-44 .647OPS in 134 games in his rookie year.

Marlins OF Nick Younger(24, 3.5/5*) aided his team to a 10-2 win over the Nationals, going 3-5 2R 5RBI DB with a home run. The first time All-Star and former #1 pick is batting .274-17-63 .747OPS 29/39SB in 146 games in his first full year.

September 20th
Santiago is day-to-day for a week with a sore shoulder and may miss his next start... We will prepare Blaine Hardy to make a start...

Norris on a Roll, Rutledge Slams Door

Toronto Blue Jays starter Bud Norris was in a rhythm all game. He led his team to a win over the Boston Red Sox, 9-2.

The Red Sox had few good swings against Norris, the right-hander, who threw 103 pitches over 7 innings. He allowed just 1 run on 3 hits. "I felt we were ready to go," said Toronto manager John Gibbons. "Our pregame was pretty good."

The Blue Jays bumped their record to 92-57 with this latest triumph. Their magic number is down to four, however, they clinched a playoff berth with that win!

It took Toronto four innings to figure out Yovani Gallardo, but they inflated his pitch count before scoring two in the fifth inning. The sixth then was the beginning of the end when lefty Jose Mijares came in after a leadoff single, allowed a walk, a single, and a grand slam to Josh Rutledge.

Toronto will host their chasers from New York, the 81-67 Yankees and 3B Hanley Ramirez(.284-23-65 .832OPS) starting tomorrow.

BAL 4 – TBR 5
NYY 7 – NYM 8(10)

TOR 92-57
NYY 81-67
BOS 78-70
TBR 72-77
BAL 52-97

Manny Banuelos(L, 8-9 3.44) – Tommy Milone(L, 7-13 3.84) tomorrow. Has two losses and a ND against us.

SP Bud Norris 7P 3H 1R 1ER 0BB 9K
CF Darnell Ceciliani 3-5 2R
2B Josh Rutledge 1-5 R 4RBI HR
SS Troy Tulowitzki 2-4 R RBI
1B Anthony Rizzo 1-3 R 2RBI 2BB HR
C Travis d'Arnaud 2-4 R
RF Jorge Soler 0-2 R BB
LF Nick Castellanos 1-3 R
3B Brett Lawrie 1-4 R RBI HR
HR BOS: Bryce Brentz(29)
HR TOR: Anthony Rizzo(23), Josh Rutledge(18), Brett Lawrie(20)
W: Bud Norris(8-3 3.88) L: Yovani Gallardo(15-7 2.98)
Great job, given all those injuries. That is the offense we hoped we had built before the season!

Week: 4-2(2-1@ ATL, 2-1vs BOS)
Power Rankings: #2(+2)
Runs scored: 678(1)
Runs against: 540(2)
Starters ERA: 3.54(4)
Bullpen ERA: 2.94(3)
Defensive Eff.: .673(9)
Fan Interest: 92

Who's hot?
RHRP Joba Chamberlain 12G 3-1 1SV 0.40 22.2IP 22K
SP Ross Seaton 3GS 3-0 1.21 22.1IP 23K

1B Anthony Rizzo 6G 8-21 .381 2HR 4RBIs
DH Edwin Encarnacion 7G 10-23 .435 1HR 5RBIs
2B Josh Rutledge 8G 14-36 .389 4HR 14RBIs

Who's not?
UT Adeiny Hechavarria 20G 4-37 .108 0HR 1RBI

Royals 3B Mike Moustakas(27, 4*) was named AL Player of the Week after going 13-25 1HR 5RBIs. Their first round selection in 2007, Moustakas is batting .285-22-78 .784OPS in 147 games.

Reds RF Jay Bruce(28, 4.5*) was named NL Player of the Week after going 8-23 4HR 10RBIs. He is now batting .254-23-62 .793OPS in 106 games.

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So, we have our big chance to clinch the division in the next three games against the Yankees... the tension is killing me already but hey...

In the AL Central, everything is wide open. Right now, the Indians are looking to make the playoffs for the first time since 2007 with a rotation led by SP Trevor Bauer(24, 3.5/4*, 16-9 3.51) and veteran Dan Haren(35, 2*, 9-3 1SV 2.97 107K 127IP)... but they lack overall rotation quality. On the offensive side, look no further than 1B Emery Holt(29, 4*, .254-22-69 .795OPS) and 3B Lonnie Chisenhall(26, 3.5*, .273-15-64 .762OPS), the reigning AL Silver Slugger. You are not impressed? Me neither so...

The Tigers want their fourth straight playoff berth and need to get on with it now. SP Justin Verlander(32, 3.5*, 13-13 3.61 228K) bounced back from a bad 2014,but is still only their second best starter as Drew Smyly(26, 4*, 13-9 3.35 206K) broke out this season. Obviously, Miguel Cabrera(32, 4.5*, .335-26-90 .958OPS) is doing Cabrera things, C Alex Avila(28, 4.5*, .289-19-52 .826OPS) is having a career year and Prince Fielder(31, 4.5*, .271-23-72 .797OPS)... is not quite... they are my bet to overtake Cleveland.

Honorable mention for the Wild Card: LA. After losing 88 games last season, they are gunning for the playoffs again, and that has to happen with Mike Trout(24, 5*, .311-14-38 .857OPS 92G) fighting through a sprained elbow and a sprained ankle... after he missed 7-8 weeks with a biceps injury. Albert Pujols(35, 4.5*, .306-12-47.892OPS 74G) missed alot of time with a hammy strain and a herniated disc aswell and Josh Hamilton(34, 2*, .218-11-34 .620OPS 83G) is out for the year with a broken hand... not ideal. Kudos for SP Jered Weaver(32, 3.5*, 12-9 2.97 172K) for a great season though.

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The East is a two horse... brawl to be honest. The Nationals were the favorites before the season, but that was with RP Stephen Strasburg(27, 5*, 3-1 2.18 41.1IP 59K) as a starter... that ship has sailed. Instead, Stephen Terry(25, 5*, 6-6 2.15 159K 17GS) has flashed ace stuff when healthy and Gio Gonzalez(30, 4*, 9-7 2.75 188K) has kicked things in gear for 2015. Now, Bryce Harper(22, 5*, .298-13-36 .864OPS 89G) is of course out for the year with a fractured elbow, but there is still CF Brian Goodwin(24, 5*, .312-19-55 .958OPS 97G)... a bright future.

Atlanta on the other hand rely on two things. SP Julio Teheran(24, 4.5*, 18-6 2.40 192K) and home runs. But, they DL is filled up with B.J & Justin Upton, Devin Mesoraco and Craig Kimbrel... leaving them with 1B Freddie Freeman(26, 3*, .273-24-72 .766OPS), RF Jason Heyward(26, 4.5*, .251-21-72 .762OPS), CF Yoenis Cespedes(29, 4*, .283-18-64 .784OPS) and alot of replacement level players.

As in the AL, the NL Central is a hot mess. Milwaukee and big free agent signee LF Francisco Rodrνguez(27, 4.5*, .225-34-72 .783OPS), Cincinnati with surprise ace Mike Leake(27, 3.5*, 10-11 2.45 188K) and Pittsburgh with star CF Andrew McCutchen(28, 5*, .297-23-68 .872OPS) all tied for first... this will be an interesting one.

The Padres are oh-so close to repeating his 2014 division title. SP Casey Kelly(25, 3*, 14-9 2.65 173K), Keyvius Sampson(24, 3.5/4*, 15-9 2.83 198K) and Brandon Morrow(31, 4*, 10-8 2.49 215K) really stepped up and form the 2nd best rotation in the NL right now. Both 1B Yonder Alonso(28, 2.5*, .294-21-81 .810OPS) and 2B Jedd Gyorko(26, 3/3.5*, .216-15-47 .644OPS) are playing through day-to-day injuries right now and they lack a superstar bat...

All that does not bode well with the Dodgers fans and ownership. SP Bong-Hwan Sonu(26, 5*, 10-5 1.71 155K) has been DYNAMITE, Clayton Kershaw(27, 5*, 18-7 1.76 277K) still has a shot at 300K and Zach Greinke(31, 4.5*, 12-8 2.98 237K) is having something close to his 2013 Cy Young season. Scoring runs is the problem. They lack a hitter with 20 or more home runs and rookie shortstop Corey Seager(21, .234-10-38 .647OPS 112G) was not able to spark them.

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2015 Week 25

Week 25: 3vs New York Yankees(81-67), 3vs Tampa Bay Rays(72-77)

September 21st

Yankees Get Road Win Despite Wild Banuelos

The New York Yankees stopped the Toronto Blue Jays, 9-4, at the Skydome. The Yankees got a big game from Slade Heathcott, who hit 2 home runs. Preston Claiborne earned his 1st save in 1 chances. The Yankees bumped their record to 82-67 with this latest triumph.

Corey Hart, who is a two-time All-Star, aided the New York cause with a 2-run home run in the top of the third. For the game, the designated hitter was 1 for 4 with a home run and a walk. He drove in 2 runs and scored once.

"We'll savor this win," Hart told the New York Observer, "then get ready for the next game." The fact that the Yankees hammered Tommy Milone for six earned runs in four innings masked the fact that Manny Banuelos was incredibly wild and walked seven batters... but Toronto failed to cash.

TBR 4 – BOS 1
TBR SP Michael Pineda(26, 3*) 8IP 3H 1ER 1BB 7K W(15-13 2.68)
BAL 2 – WSH 10
WSH LF Jayson Werth(36, 3*) 2-3 R 5RBI BB DB HR(14)

TOR 92-58
NYY 82-67
BOS 78-71
TBR 73-77
BAL 52-98

Jorge De La Rosa(L, 3-4 3.65) – Ross Seaton(R, 14-4 2.77) tomorrow. Impressed with a couple of shutouts last season, but looks more like a 34-year old back end starter.

SP Tommy Milone 4P 8H 6R 6ER 2BB 0K
CF Darnell Ceciliani 1-4 R BB SB(1)
SS Troy Tulowitzki 1-4 BB DB
DH Edwin Encarnacion 1-4 R RBI HR
RF Jorge Soler 1-3 R RBI BB HR
LF Nick Castellanos 1-2 2BB
3B Brett Lawrie 1-3 BB
HR NYY: Slade Heathcott 2(7), Brian McCann(20), Corey Hart(23), Mark Teixeira(24)
HR TOR: Jorge Soler(16), Edwin Encarnacion(44)
W: Manny Banuelos(9-9 3.49) L: Tommy Milone(7-14 4.06) SV: Preston Claiborne(1 0.90)
One of those days where we left alot of runners on or hit into three double plays...

News:
Mets SP Doug Fister(31, 3*) threw eight innings of 4-hit, 0BB and 5K ball and defeated the Braves 2-0 for a rare win. A control artist that loves to put the ball in play, he is 6-15 with a 4.32ERA and 143 strikeouts in 31 starts.

Things just got worse for the Dodgers as Clayton Kershaw left today's game early... and a late night MRI showed a partially torn UCL... TJ surgery time. He was 18-7 1.75 280K in 31 starts.

September 22nd

Seaton Moves to 15-4 After 6-1 Win

The Toronto Blue Jays got a good effort from starter Ross Seaton in defeating the New York Yankees at the Skydome. The final score was 6-1. The first-place Blue Jays have their sights set on making a deep playoff run as their magic number is down to 2.

The Yankees had little chance against Seaton, who overpowered New York hitters and struck out 10. "We'll grab a cold one tonight and go after another win tomorrow," Seaton said. He got a commanding lead in the third inning when Josh Rutledge got all of a Jorge De La Rosa fastball and hit it over the wall for a grand slam.

However, there is some more injury concern for Toronto as Jorge Soler left the game in the eith inning, making a diving play in the outfield on a sinking liner off the bat of Gordon Beckham. "We know nothing yet," John Gibbons told the Toronto Star after the game.

TBR 15 – BOS 8
TBR UT Ben Zobrist(34, 3*) 3-5 2R 4RBI BB HR(16)
TBR C Mark Thomas(27, 1.5*) 2-4 2R 4RBI BB 2HR(4)
BAL 2 – WSH 1

TOR 93-58
NYY 82-68
BOS 78-72
TBR 74-77
BAL 53-98

A.J. Griffin(R, 10-11 3.83) – Jhoulys Chacin(R, 8-9 4.15) tomorrow. 10 days ago, he threw 8IP of 2ER against us...

SP Ross Seaton 7.2P 2H 1R 1ER 0BB 10K
CF Darnell Ceciliani 0-2 R BB
2B Josh Rutledge 1-4 R 4RBI HR
SS Troy Tulowitzki 1-4 DB
DH Edwin Encarnacion 1-4
C Travis d'Arnaud 1-4 R
RF Jorge Soler 1-2 2R BB left injured
RF Dwight Smith Jr. 1-1 DB
LF Jose Bautista 0-2 2BB
3B Brett Lawrie 2-2 R 2RBI 2BB
HR NYY: Eduardo Nunez(7)
HR TOR: Josh Rutledge(19)
W: Ross Seaton(15-4 2.69) L: Jorge De La Rosa(3-5 4.16)
All right, it is another injury... this is starting to get annoying.

News:
Reds 3B Neftali Soto(26, 1.5*) drove in all the runs in a 6-3 win over the Cardinals, going 4-4 R 6RBI 2DB with a home run. The 26-year old 3rd round pick in 2007 is batting .256-28-107 .736OPS in 148 games this season.

Brewers LF Ryan Braun(31, 4.5*) took part in a 11-0 dubbing of the Cubs with a 3-3 3R 3RBI 2BB 2HR night. The 6x All-Star is batting .286-14-38 .827OPS in 144 games and 78 starts.

Rangers 3B Adrian Beltre(36, 0.5*) had one hell of a night today, 4-4 R 5RBI with a double and a homer in a 9-5 road win over Oakland. The 4x Gold Glover rarely gets played these days as his defense has eroded, but in 46 appearances, he is batting .358-7-30 .942OPS...

September 23rd

EAST BELONGS TO CANADA! Chacin Goes Distance!

The Toronto Blue Jays picked up a win at the Skydome and picked up the AL East, knocking off the New York Yankees, 7-1. Starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin, who captured player of the game honors, was a big reason why. The Blue Jays have an impressive 94-58 record and clinched their first pennant since 1993.

Chacin pitched a complete game for Toronto. The 27-year-old right-hander was charged with 1 run on 5 hits. He struck out 5 during his 108-pitch performance. "You can't get too high when things go well, or too low when things go bad. Right now, I'm just happy we got the win, and even more happy we got the division" Chacin told the Toronto Star.

Toronto set the tone early by chasing A.J. Griffin in the second inning, taking a 6-1 lead on eight hits and they never looked back.

The Blue Jays will get an offday tomorrow to celebrate the division before starting a three game set with the 74-78 Rays and CF Andrew Toles(.263-5-41 .702OPS).

TBR 1 – BOS 2
BAL 3 – WSH 1

TOR 94-58
NYY 82-69
BOS 79-72
TBR 74-78
BAL 54-98

Francisco Liriano(L, 2-5 3.41) – Blaine Hardy(L, 1-1 6.23) the day after tomorrow. Very injury prone...

SP Jhoulys Chacin 9P 5H 1R 1ER 2BB 5K
2B Josh Rutledge 4-5 2R 2BI
SS Troy Tulowitzki 2-5 R RBI
1B Anthony Rizzo 2-5 RBI
DH Edwin Encarnacion 2-4 R 2RBI 2DB
C Travis d'Arnaud 1-4 RBI DB
LF Nick Castellanos 1-4 R SB(7)
3B Brett Lawrie 3-4 2R SB(18)
HR NYY: Corey Hart(24)
HR TOR: none
W: Jhoulys Chacin(9-9 3.99) L: A.J. Griffin(10-12 4.12)
Yeeehaw.

News:
Dodgers SP Zach Greinke(31, 4.5*) threw eight scoreless in a 2-0 win over Arizona, allowing 4 hits, no walks and striking out 11. The reigning Cy Young winner is 13-8 2.88 248K in 31 starts.

September 24th
offday, and George Poulis crashed into the celebrations with Jorge Soler... who will be day-to-day with back tightness for the next 1-2 weeks and should be fine for the playoffs... great!

TBR 8 – BOS 7
CWS 6 – NYY 4
BAL offday

TOR 94-58
NYY 82-70
BOS 79-73
TBR 75-78
BAL 54-98

September 25th

Victory Pushes Blue Jays to 95-58

The Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Tampa Bay Rays, 6-1, in American League action at the Skydome, with Toronto pitcher Blaine Hardy named player of the game. He threw seven innings of 1-run ball in his second career start.

Toronto leads the American League Eastern Division by 13 games.

In the bottom of the second, Brett Lawrie hit a 2-run double for Toronto. The 25th double of the season for the Toronto third baseman put the Blue Jays on top, 2-0. "We cashed in when we had the chance," said Toronto manager John Gibbons.

The game was sealed by the first home run of the season off the bat of Jose Bautista. He collected a 3-run home run in the bottom of the 8th that made it 6-1 Toronto.

CWS 2 – NYY 1
BAL 1 – BOS 2

TOR 95-58
NYY 82-71
BOS 80-73
TBR 75-79
BAL 54-99

Michael Pineda(R, 15-13 2.68) – Bud Norris(R, 8-3 3.88) tomorrow. Don't know why the Yankees traded Pineda away at the deadline....

SP Blaine Hardy 7P 4H 1R 1ER 2BB 2K
CF Julio Borbon 1-3 R 2BB DB SB(16)
SS Troy Tulowitzki 1-3 BB
DH Edwin Encarnacion 2-3 R BB DB
C Travis d'Arnaud 1-4 R
RF Jose Bautista 2-4 2R 3RBI HR
LF Nick Castellanos 1-4 R SB(8)
3B Brett Lawrie 1-3 2RBI BB FB
HR TBR: none
HR TOR: Jose Bautista(1)
W: Blaine Hardy(2-1 4.02) L: Francisco Liriano(2-6 3.38)
Impressive start by Hardy... with some lucky bounces but hey...

September 26th

Blue Jays Raise Rally Flag, Beat Tampa, 6-3

The Blue Jays faced a stiff challenge from Tampa Bay pitcher Michael Pineda, but persevered to claim a win at the Skydome. The final score was 6-3. Pineda went 7.1 innings and allowed 1 earned run. Luke Gregerson converted his 36th save in 42 tries. The winning streak has now reached 4 games for the Blue Jays.

Had Troy Tulowitzki not delivered a key base hit in the bottom of the eighth, the outcome might have been different. Instead, with two down and runners on 1st and 2nd, Tulowitzki hit a 3-run home run. That made the score 6-3, in favor of the Blue Jays.

"A great team win and something real positive we can build on," said Tulowitzki after the game. Also hitting a home run, the first of his career, was Dwight Smith Jr., today's right fielder for Toronto. He is 11-38 with a home run and 4RBIs in 12 games.

CWS 2 – NYY 6
BAL 4 – BOS 6

TOR 96-58
NYY 83-71
BOS 81-73
TBR 75-80
BAL 54-100

Matt Moore(L, 12-9 3.87) – Tommy Milone(L, 7-14 4.06) tomorrow. Led the AL in strikeout rate(10.6) last season.

SP Bud Norris 6P 3H 2R 2ER 4BB 7K
SS Troy Tulowitzki 2-3 R 3RBI BB HR
RF Dwight Smith Jr. 1-3 2R RBI HR
LF Nick Castellanos 11-3 R
3B Brett Lawrie 1-3 R RBI
HR TBR: Ben Zobrist(17)
HR TOR: Dwight Smith Jr.(1), Troy Tulowitzki(32)
W: Charlie Furbush(7-2 3.52) L: Ronald Belisario(4-4 6.56) SV: Luke Gregerson(36 1.77)
Close one, that rally sent this place rocking though... Thanks to the fans that showed up in bunches this season... 45,842 on average!

News:
Padres SP Casey Kelly(25, 3*) made another great start today, a complete game 4-hitter with one run allowed, no walks and 9K in a 8-1 win over Arizona. The 2008 first round pick is 15-9 2.58 182K in 32 starts, the ace of the staff.

Angels C Chris Ianetta(32, 2*) hit two over the wall, going 2-4 2R 5RBI with two home runs in a 10-1 win over the Mariners. The 2014 AL All-Star is batting only .198-15-62 .654OPS in 127 games.

September 27th

Moore Dazzles in Tampa Bay Win

Matt Moore never let the Blue Jays get in a groove. The left-hander used his bread and butter, his change up, to pitch the Rays to a 1-0 win. At 76-80, the Rays are currently 4th in the American League Eastern Division.

Moore, who leaned on his change up, allowed no runs on just 2 hits over 8 innings for the Rays. For the most part, Toronto hitters were simply overmatched. "We'll pop the top on a cold one and get back to work tomorrow," Moore said.

For Toronto, that was a bad final home game of the regular season as they will go on a 7 game road trip for the final week, kicking off with the 54-101 Orioles and Manny Machado(.289-20-62 .775OPS).

CWS 1 – NYY 2
BAL 1 – BOS 6
BOS SP Yovani Gallardo(29, 4*) 7IP 7H 1ER 0BB 11K W(16-7 2.84)

TOR 96-59
NYY 84-71
BOS 82-73
TBR 76-80
BAL 54-101

Hector Santiago(L, 13-4 2.56) – Dylan Bundy(R, 9-11 3.29) tomorrow. Still a pretty amazing pitcher, went seven innings of 3-run ball in his last start against us.

SP Tommy Milone 8P 3H 0R 0ER 2BB 7K
DH Edwin Encarnacion 1-4
RF Jose Bautista 1-2
HR TBR: none
HR TOR: none
W: Matt Moore(13-9 3.70) L: Luke Gregerson(7-8 1.88) SV: Jake McGee(40 1.88)
Jep, closer in a tied game is never working for us.

News:
Pirates SP Jameson Taillon(23, 4*) collected a complete game 4-hitter with 1BB and 8 strikeouts in a 3-0 win over the Cubs. The talented right-hander is 7-11 2.96 153K in 31 games and 25 starts.

Diamondbacks 1B Paul Goldschmidt(28, 3/3.5*) had a 3-4 2R 4RBI BB day with a home run, beating the NL West leading Padres 8-2. The 28-year old had another so-so season, batting .246-22-69 .756OPS with 181 strikeouts in 121 games.

Week: 4-2(2-1vs NYY, 2-1vs TBR)
Power Rankings: #3(-1)
Runs scored: 707(1)
Runs against: 556(1)
Starters ERA: 3.49(4)
Bullpen ERA: 2.96(3)
Defensive Eff.: .678(7)
Fan Interest: 92

Who's hot?
RHRP Joba Chamberlain 12G 3-1 1SV 0.40 22.2IP 22K
SP Ross Seaton 5GS 4-0 1.45 31.0IP 35K

RF Jorge Soler 7G 8-21 .381 2HR 5RBI

Who's not?
UT Adeiny Hechavarria 20G 4-37 .108 0HR 1RBI

Angels CF Mike Trout(24, 5*) was named AL Player of the Week after going 12-26 3HR 6RBIs. The 4x All-Star had some injury troubles and hit .322-17-44 .891OPS 21/30SB in just 98 games this season.

Reds 3B Neftali Soto(26, 1.5*) was named NL Player of the Week after going 14-25 5HR 15RBIs. He is batting .264-32-116 .766OPS in 153 games.
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Confidental Analysis: Lower Minors Prospects
September 28th, 2015
From: t.epstein@bj.mlb
To: kc.martin@bj.mlb, jeff.luhnow@bj.mlb

Hey,

we finished to assemble our scouting reports and collected the oppinions of our minor league coaches, and listed our prospects in rookie ball and short A. I really like our pitching and this list does not even include Pancho Silva, who was a hot one last season, and alot of middle of the rotation arms.

SP Octαvio Romαn(18) Armstrong Ravens(AYR)
Acquired: IFA in 2013
TOR Scouting Department: 0.5/4* 14/16/12(pot.) 20 stamina, groundball pitcher
OSA: 0.5/4.5* 17/16/13(pot.) 20 stamina, groundball pitcher
Signed for whooping $7.1M in signing bonuses in 2013, he made his professional debut this season... and blew out his elbow, needing Tommy John surgery. He will be just ready for the Armstrong season opening in 2016. but only made five starts this season. A sinkerballer with a deep assortment of breaking stuff and offspeed stuff and good movement... Romαn could still be an ace of the future

R: 1-1 3.68 24K 5GS 22IP 1.55WHIP 9.8K/9 0.3WAR

SP Josι Antonio Mateo(19) Armstrong Ravens(AYR)
Acquired: International Scouting Discovery 2014
TOR Scouting Department: 0.5/4* 16/13/14(pot.) 16 stamina, neutral type
OSA: 0.5/4.5* 15/15/15(pot.) 16 stamina, neutral type
In his second season with Armstrong, Mateo has developed nicely and could make his way to A-ball next season. A decent mid-90's heater and plus curveball are complemented with a in-development knuckle-curve that will be one key for his development going forward. The other key... is work ethic as Mateo is not exactly lighting the world on fire with motivation...

R: 6-5 3.64 133K 26GS 136IP 1.32WHIP 8.8K/9 2.1WAR

SP Ben Hψgεs(19) Dunedin Blue Jays(GCL)
Acquired: 2015 Supplemental Round Pick
TOR Scouting Department: 0.5/4* 19/12/12(pot.) 16 stamina, neutral type
OSA: 0.5/2* 13/12/11(pot.) 15 stamina, neutral type
He is stuff, stuff and stuff and needs even more of it to become a effecive pitcher. During his stint in rookie ball, he allowed too many gopher balls and walked too many batters to be even remotely servicable, and that means... there is alot of work for him. He will most likely start at Armstrong next season.

R: 1-5 6.75 54K 13GS 54.2IP 2.03WHIP 8.9K/9 -0.2WAR

C William Edgar(21) Vancouver Canadians(S A)
Acquired: Supplemental Round Pick in 2015 Draft
TOR Scouting Department: 0.5/4.5* 17/13/11/12/14(pot.), 7 defense
OSA: 0.5/3.5* 19/13/7/7/17(pot.) 7 defense
One of our two supplemental round picks this season, he went on to hit for a .269 batting average in rookie ball before getting promoted to short A, where he posted a .797OPS. His defense is fringe and yes, I know you hate catchers like that, but he at least could be a valuable trade chip. A guy that could hit .300 at some point in his career, he is not a power hitter and could basically be James Loney as a hitter... which means transitioning him to first is most likely not worth it.

1B Ryan Orr(20) Dunedin Blue Jays(GCL)
Acquired: 11th Round Pick in 2014
TOR Scouting Department: 0.5/4* 14/15/12/16/44(pot.), 8 defense
OSA: 0.5/4.5* 15/12/17/14/12(pot.) 8 defense
Maybe a late find in the 2014 draft, Orr flashed some power this season in rookie ball after batting .187 last season and his knowledge of the strikezone is impressive for a 20-year old in rookie ball. If is gap power will develop into home run power or stays gap power will decide his ceiling, and his inability to avoid the strikeout could make him a liability in a big league lineup anyways. Could make the jump to A-ball next season, or play a full year with Armstrong.

R stats: .265/.365/.429 5HR 12RBI 42G 0.2WAR

CF Carlton Shaffer(18) Dunedin Blue Jays(GCL)
Acquired: 1st Round Pick in 2015 Draft
TOR Scouting Department: 0.5/4.5* 14/14/13/10/12(pot.), 19/13/12 baserunning/stealing/speed, 7 defense
OSA: 0.5/4* 14/11/11/11/13(pot.), 19/13/15 baserunning/stealing/speed ,5 defense
Our first overall pick, he should be able to become a decent MLB center fielder that can hit .290 and swipe a bag or two. He won't become a 40 steals guy and did not look like one in the minors, and given that he is a very clever kid, Shaffer could easily develop way past this scouting report and become a real star.

R stats: .239/.323/.345 2HR 12RBI 35G -0.6WAR
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Pennant Chase September 28th

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With the East and West clinched, there are three playoff spots up for grabs, and the White Sox put in a bid for the Central with a 5-2 week. And they will get a huge boost for the final series of the season, of course against Detroit, as SP Chris Sale(26, 4.5*, 5-1 2.22 57K 10GS) will return from the DL... his sixth DL stint this season. Instead, they got boatloads of production out of SP Zach Stewart(29, 1.5*, 15-8 2.86 168K) and big free agent signing 2B Dustin Pedroia(32, 4*, .311-10-54 .838OPS 106G)... not a stacked team, but one with spring in their steps these days... and a potential NLDS opponent.

The Wild Card will most likely feature a classic matchup. Boston Red Sox – New York Yankees and the winner of this against the stacked Rangers. Imagine Tim Lincecum(31, 4.5*, 12-9 3.43 250K) against Yovani Gallardo(29, 4*, 16-7 2.84 248K) at Yankee Stadium... good times to be a baseball fan.

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So, the Padres won the West and Atlanta finally wants to win the division after finishing second for five straight years. However, they will have to survive a 3-game set against the Nationals, facing Stephen Terry and Gio Gonzalez in two of those games so... stay tuned.

In the Central, the Reds are on fire and the AL Central is terrified. A 6-1 week set the stage for them to play three versus the Cubs and three @ Pittsburgh to wrap up the season. Just in time for the final week, SP Johnny Cueto(29, 4.5*, 9-6 3.05 181OPS) returned off the DL and lines up with Mat Latos(27, 4*, 8-11 3.31 161K) and Mike Leake(27, 3.5*, 10-11 2.59 199K) to bring them to the promised land, the fourth straight AL Central pennant.

And the Bucs are still in it and they will roll out surprise SP Jeanmar Gomez(27, 4*, 3-4 3.04 74K 14GS) and the young arms of Gerrit Cole(25, 3/4.5*, 16-8 2.59 197K) and Jameson Taillon(23, 4*, 7-11 2.96 153 31G/25GS), hoping to get the team over the hump and back into the playoffs for the first time since 1992.
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Reimold Rips 3HR
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October 4th, 2015

Nolan Reimold brutalized the Atlanta Braves pitching staff, launching three home runs in today's 8-5 victory at Turner Field. The St. Louis Cardinals left fielder was red-hot, the ball just exploding off his bat all day.

"I don't try to hit homers," he said later. "I try to go out there and put a good swing on the ball, and sometimes it is going to go out of the park. I didn't try to hit the first one or the second one or the third one."

For the game, he went 4-for-5 with 5 RBIs and 3 runs scored.

"Too much Nolan Reimold today," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "That's my assessment of the game. That's what our problems boiled down to."

Nolan Reimold hit a three-run home run off Franklin Morales in the 2nd, flied out in the 4th, hit a solo-shot off Mike Minor in the 5th, doubled in the 7th and hit a solo-shot off Jordan Walden in the 9th.

This season Reimold is batting .245 with 51 hits, 14 home runs, 33 RBIs, 18 walks, .313 OBP and has scored 30 runs. He has played in 100 games. He is the fourth player to have a three home run game this season, and the first Cardinal since Carlos Beltran had one on 2013.
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2015 Week 26

Week 26: 4@ Baltimore Orioles(54-101), 3@ Tampa Bay Rays(76-80)

September 28th

Rizzo belts 2 home runs, Blue Jays Move to 97-59

Toronto first baseman Anthony Rizzo was instrumental in his team's 8-1 win over the Baltimore Orioles. Rizzo, who is tied for 9th in the AL in home runs with 25, went 3-5 with 2 runs scored to lead the offensive attack for the Blue Jays. Baltimore's current losing streak has reached 4 games.

Rizzo had an important at-bat with the bases loaded in the top of the seventh, when he hit a grand slam. The Blue Jays went on to win. "It's nice to come out on top today," said Rizzo. He is batting .286-25-89 .806OPS in 152 games.

Getting an impressive win tonight was Blue Jays starter Hector Santiago. The left-hander went 7.2 scoreless innings of 4-hit and 1BB ball, striking out 12 batters and moving to 14-4 2.45 with 264 strikeouts. "I had everything working tonight," he said.

BOS 0 – NYY 2
NYY SP A.J. Griffin(27, 3/3.5*) 7IP 5H 0ER 0BB 10K W(11-12 3.95)
TBR offday

TOR 97-59
NYY 85-71
BOS 82-74
TBR 76-80
BAL 54-102

Ross Seaton(R, 15-4 2.69) – Edinson Volquez(R, 6-10 4.43) tomorrow. Their odd Win Now! trade in May, is 5-9 4.96 with BAL.

SP Hector Santiago 7.2P 4H 0R 0ER 1BB 12K
2B Josh Rutledge 3-5 R 2RBI
SS Troy Tulowitzki 0-3 R 2BB
1B Anthony Rizzo 3-5 2R 5RBI 2HR
C Travis d'Arnaud 1-4 R
RF Dwight Smith Jr. 2-3
LF Nick Castellanos 1-4 R
3B Brett Lawrie 3-4 2R RBI SB(19)
HR TOR: Anthony Rizzo 2(25)
HR BAL: none
W: Hector Santiago(14-4 2.45) L: Dylan Bundy(9-12 3.45)
Nice one given that Bundy is a hell of a pitcher... on a 100+ loss team.

September 29th

Jays Hang On To 4-3 Win

The Toronto Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles played an exciting game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

Ross Seaton pitched well, a quality start, and that lost the Baltimore Orioles the game, falling 4-3 to the Toronto Blue Jays at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Luke Gregerson earned the save for Toronto, his 37th of the year. Baltimore's current losing streak is now 5 games.

Brett Lawrie, who is tied for 8th in the AL in stolen bases with 19, aided the Toronto cause with a 2-run single in the top of the fourth. For the game, the third baseman went 1 for 3. He drove in 2 runs.

Lawrie said afterward that his team has grown over the course of the season, adding: "It feels good when a plan comes together." Mostly in the #9 hole, he is batting .252-20-68 .759OPS 19/31SB.

The Blue Jays got a little scare in the sixth inning when Julio Borbon unleashed a long throw towards home plate and then left the game with some pain. "Just a sore thumb, I could play through it if needed." he told the media after the game.

BOS 8 – NYY 5
BOS RF Bryce Brentz(26, 4/4.5*) 3-3 2R 4RBI 2BB 2HR(34)
MIA 3 - TBR 4

TOR 98-59
NYY 85-72
BOS 83-74
TBR 77-80
BAL 54-103

Jhoulys Chacin(R, 9-9 3.99) – Steve Johnson(R, 12-11 3.85) tomorrow. A 16-game winner with a 4.43ERA last season, he still manages his fair share of wins pitching off a pretty good changeup.

SP Ross Seaton 6P 10H 3R 2ER 4BB 5K
CF Julio Borbon 1-3 R SB(17)
2B Josh Rutledge 1-4 R BB 2SB(22)
SS Troy Tulowitzki 2-5 2RBI
1B Anthony Rizzo 1-3 R
DH Edwin Encarnacion 0-2 R 2BB
LF Nick Castellanos 1-3 BB
3B Brett Lawrie 1-3 2RBI
HR TOR: none
HR BAL: none
W: Ross Seaton(16-4 2.71) L: Edinson Volquez(6-11 4.52) SV: Luke Gregerson(37 1.85)
Closer than expected, our pen did some hard work in relief here.

News:
Cardinals SP Shelby Miller(24, 5*) blanked the Pirates 6-0 today, throwing a 5-hitter with 2BB and 13K. The 2x All-Star is having is best season yet, going 16-8 2.93 320K in 32 starts.

September 30th

Toronto Slips Past Baltimore in 11, 3-2

Toronto beat Baltimore at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, escaping with a 3-2 win. The win in large part was due to catcher Travis d'Arnaud, who earned player of the game honors. He was 4 for 5 with a home run, a double, and 2 singles. Toronto reliever Joba Chamberlain picked up the win, upping his record to 8-1. Daniel Schlereth took the loss. Baltimore has now lost 6 straight.

d'Arnaud had a game-changing home run in the top of the 11th. On a first pitch sinker from Daniel Schlereth, he banged a solo home run to right, giving the Blue Jays a 3-2 lead. It was the 23rd home run of the year for d'Arnaud.

Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said he was "mildly disappointed" with the loss. "We had our opportunities, but we didn't take advantage of them," he said. "Their bullpen was very tough once again on us."

Brian Wilson got the save today, his tenth, with Luke Gregerson getting the day off. Since moving out of the closers role, Wilson lowered his ERA down to 3.45.

BOS 2 – NYY 3
MIA 4 - TBR 5(11)

TOR 99-59
NYY 86-72
BOS 83-75
TBR 78-80
BAL 54-104

Blaine Hardy(L, 2-1 4.02 15.2IP) – Robert Bundy(R, 0-1 7.04 7.2IP) tomorrow. 25-year old september callup, former 8th round pick 2008, nothing spectacular.

SP Jhoulys Chacin 7P 6H 2R 2ER 1BB 5K
2B Josh Rutledge 1-5
1B Anthony Rizzo 1-3 R RBI HR
DH Edwin Encarnacion 1-4
C Travis d'Arnaud 4-4 R RBI DB HR
3B Brett Lawrie 2-4 R RBI BB DB HR
HR TOR: Travis d'Arnaud(23), Anthony Rizzo(26), Brett Lawrie(21)
HR BAL: none
W: Joba Chamberlain(8-1 1.27) L: Daniel Schlereth(4-4 5.56) SV: Brian Wilson(10 3.45)
Close. Good thing the Orioles are bad.

News:
Astros SP Jose Cisnero(26, 1*) had a killer of a start today, 9.1 innings of 5-hit , 4BB and 4K ball and he actually got the win in a 10-inning affair that ended up as a 1-0 win over Seattle. The 26-year old spent most of the last three seasons in AAA and is 2-3 1SV 3.45 in 20G/5GS this season now.

Rangers SP Jordan Zimmerman(29, 4*) advanced his team to 101 wins for 2015 with a complete game 8-hitter, 1BB and 7K in a 10-0 rout of the Tigers. A first-time All-Star this season, he is 16-9 2.57 214K in 32 starts between WSH and TEX. That one eliminated the Tigers from playoff contention.

October 1st

Orioles Avoid Sweep with 9-7 Win

The Baltimore Orioles topped the Toronto Blue Jays by the score of 9-7, with the biggest share of the credit going to second baseman Ty Kelly. Kelly was 4 for 4 with 4 singles and a walk for the Orioles on the day. Oliver Drake picked up the win in relief, improving his record to 1-8. Blaine Hardy was tagged with the loss. Even with the win, the Orioles have a dismal 55-104 record.

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had a big 2-run triple for the Orioles in the bottom of the second inning. With Baltimore trailing 5-2 and runners on 1st and 2nd, he got a fastball from Blaine Hardy and stroked the triple to center. It was his 1st triple of the season, and more importantly, it put the Orioles ahead, 5-4.

"We put a lot of pressure on ourselves," Kelly told a Baltimore Observer reporter. "Sometimes we need just to relax. And luckily, we outscored them tonight." Blue Jays starter Blaine Hardy was tagged for six earned runs in the FIRST INNING and Robert Bundy was chased in the fifth inning with 5ER.

Toronto will wrap up the regular season at St. Petersburg, facing the 78-81 Rays and Ben Zobrist(.243-17-60 .726OPS) for three.

BOS 3 – NYY 2(12)
MIA 7 - TBR 5

TOR 99-60
NYY 86-73
BOS 84-75
TBR 78-81
BAL 55-104

Bud Norris(R, 8-3 3.83) – Michael Pineda(R, 15-13 2.63) tomorrow. What a trade acquisition for now and the future... 6-4 1.64 in 11 starts since the deadline.

SP Blaine Hardy 1P 8H 6R 6ER 1BB 1K
CF Darnell Ceciliani 2-5 R RBI
2B Josh Rutledge 1-4 2R RBI BB
SS Troy Tulowitzki 3-5 R 4RBI HR
1B Anthony Rizzo 2-5
DH Edwin Encarnacion 1-5 RBI DB
LF Nick Castellanos 1-3 R BB
3B Brett Lawrie 1-4 R TP
HR TOR: Troy Tulowitzki(33)
HR BAL: Manny Machado(21)
W: Oliver Drake(1-8 5.72) L: Blaine Hardy(2-2 7.02) SV: Casey Janssen(26 3.44)
Ok, that pretty much ended Hardy's rotation bid for 2016.

October 2nd

Rays Make it to 100 With Late 4-2 Win

The Blue Jays had to overcome a fine performance from Tampa Bay pitcher Michael Pineda to grab a 4-2 win at Tropicana Field. Pineda allowed 2 earned runs over 7 innings. Toronto reliever Matt Reynolds picked up the win, upping his record to 1-0. Darin Gorski shouldered the loss.

Toronto improves to 100-60 with the win. This is the first 100-win season in their history. They won 99 games in 1985. Toronto leads their division by 13 games.

Had Troy Tulowitzki not delivered a key base hit in the top of the eighth, the outcome might have been different. Instead, with two down and a runner on 2nd, Tulowitzki hit a 2-run home run. That made the score 4-2, in favor of the Blue Jays.

"Our guys are never satisfied," said Toronto manager John Gibbons, "and Troy should be in the discussion for AL MvP." With three games to go, Tulowitzki leads the AL in WAR(8.1) and total bases(315) and is second in OPS(.901) and extra base hits(63).

NYY 5 – BAL 3
BOS 8 – CLE 0
BOS SP Yovani Gallardo(29, 4*) 7.1IP 7H 0ER 3BB 5K W(17-7 2.75)

TOR 100-60
NYY 87-73
BOS 85-75
TBR 78-82
BAL 55-105

Tommy Milone(L, 7-14 3.88) – Matt Moore(L, 13-9 3.70) tomorrow. No offense, but their lefty is the better pitcher here...

SP Bud Norris 6P 8H 2R 2ER 1BB 3K
CF Darnell Ceciliani 1-3
SS Troy Tulowitzki 1-4 R 2RBI HR
C Travis d'Arnaud 1-4 R
RF Dwight Smith Jr. 1-4 R
LF Nick Castellanos 1-3
3B Brett Lawrie 2-2 R 2RBI BB
HR TOR: Troy Tulowitzki(34)
HR TBR: none
W: Matt Reynolds(1-0 5.40) L: Darin Gorski(4-4 4.78) SV: Luke Gregerson(38 1.82)
Side note: since the calendar flipped to August, Lawrie has hit over .300 with a OPS over .850, six homers, eight steals and 26RBI's.

News:
Mariners SP Felix Hernandez(29, 4.5*) closed the book on a pretty horrible 2015 for his standards with a complete game 1-hitter, 1ER 3BB and 12K in a 10-1 win over Oakland. The 5x All-Star led the AL in ERA the last two seasons but is 15-11 4.36 234K in 33 starts this season.

Braves SP Julio Teheran(24, 4.5*) lowered his teams magic number down to 1 with a 9-hit shutout of the Cardinals, walking none and striking out nine while throwing 106 pitches. The 24-year had a awesome regular season, 21-6 2.27 213K in 33 starts, leading the NL in Wins.

Diamondbacks CF Starling Marte(26, 4*) hit two long ones in a 13-1 interleague win over Houston, going 3-4 3R 5RBI 2HR for the night. The 2x Gold Glover is batting .282-18-78 .770OPS 15/24SB in 155 games between PIT and ARI.

Playoff update:
LAD & WSH clinch NL Wild Card,
NYY clinch AL Wild Card
AL Central: CWS 82-78, CLE 81-79
NL Central: MIL 85-75, CIN & PIT 83-77

October 3rd

Rutledge Hammers 3-run homer to Win it in 10!

The Tampa Bay Rays got a superb performance from pitcher Matt Moore, but the Toronto Blue Jays still won the game, 5-2. Moore was named the player of the game despite the loss. He threw 7 innings of shutout ball. The Blue Jays have an impressive 101-60 record.

Moore pitched a very strong game for the Rays, allowing 2 hits in 7.1 innings while striking out 11. It was all for naught, however as closer Jake McGee first blew the save in the ninth on a 2-run home run by Anthony Rizzo, and then was left in for the 10th where Josh Rutledge hammered a first-pitch, 3-run home run to win it for Toronto.

That 3-run home run got Charlie Furbush his eigth win, and Luke Gregerson came in to collect his 39th save of the season. Going home with a no-decision for Toronto was Tommy Milone, who threw 7.2 innings of 2-run ball.

NYY 2 – BAL 1(11)
BOS 3 – CLE 2

TOR 101-60
NYY 88-73
BOS 86-75
TBR 78-83
BAL 55-106

Brett Cecil(L, DNP) – Edwin Jackson(R, 4-8 3.46 19GS) tomorrow. Just need a warm body out there... we can not win best record in the AL anyways.

SP Tommy Milone 7.2P 6H 2R 2ER 1BB 5K
2B Josh Rutledge 2-5 R 3RBI HR SB(23)
SS Troy Tulowitzki 1-5 R DB
1B Anthony Rizzo 1-4 R 2RBI HR
RF Jose Bautista 1-4 SB(1)
LF Nick Castellanos 1-3
HR TOR: Josh Rutledge(20), Anthony Rizzo(27)
HR TBR: Mikie Mahtook(6), Ben Paulson(7)
W: Charlie Furbush(8-2 3.44) L: Jake McGee(5-5 2.11) SV: Luke Gregerson(39 1.80)
Wild one, Joe Maddon will have to answer some questions about his bullpen usage here.

News:
Astros SP Brad Peacock(27, 2*) struck out 10 through 8.2 innings of 3-hit and 4BB ball in a 1-0 road win over the Diamondbacks. The 27-year old is 11-9 3.81 163K in 34 starts and one of the few bright spots for Houston.

ATL, CWS and MIL clinched their divisions and BOS the second AL Wild Card.

October 4th

Cecil Wins First Start since 2013 as Regular Season Wraps up

The Toronto Blue Jays got a stellar performance from pitcher Brett Cecil, who handcuffed the Tampa Bay offense en route to a 3-1 win at Tropicana Field. Cecil picked up the win for Toronto, going 7 innings. He gave up 1 run on 6 hits. He now sports a record of 1-0. The Rays, at 78-84, have lost 4 in a row.

Doing his part for Toronto was first baseman Anthony Rizzo, who stroked a run-scoring double in the top of the third. For the game, Rizzo went 2 for 5 with a double. "We faced good pitching and still got it done," said Rizzo.

They look forward to a ALDS matchup against the 83-78 White Sox, a team that returned to the playoffs for the first time since 2008 out of a weak AL Central.

NYY 2 – BAL 1(16)
BOS 5 – CLE 3

TOR 102-60
NYY 89-73
BOS 87-75
TBR 78-84
BAL 55-107

SP Brett Cecil 7P 6H 1R 1ER 1BB 2K
CF Darnell Ceciliani 1-4 R DB
2B Josh Rutledge 1-5
SS Troy Tulowitzki 2-5 R RBI
1B Anthony Rizzo 2-5 R RBI DB
DH Edwin Encarnacion 1-5 RBI DB
C Travis d'Arnaud 2-3
RF Dwight Smith Jr. 1-3 BB DB
HR TOR: none
HR TBR: Mark Thomas(5)
W: Brett Cecil(1-0 1.13) L: Edwin Jackson(4-9 3.51) SV: Luke Gregerson(40 1.78)
That warm body did quite well.

Week: 6-1(3-1@ BAL, 3-0@ TBR)
Power Rankings: #3
Runs scored: 741(2)
Runs against: 576(1)
Starters ERA: 3.47(3)
Bullpen ERA: 2.89(2)
Defensive Eff.: .677(8)
Fan Interest: 92

Who's hot?
SP Hector Santiago 2GS 1-0 0.00 8.1IP 13K

RF Jorge Soler 7G 8-21 .381 2HR 5RBI

Who's not?
SP Blaine Hardy 2G 1-1 7.88 8IP 3K
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2015 October 5th: State of the Jays

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Other Blue Jays on the leaderboards:
SLG – Edwin Encarnacion - 1st - .544
SLG – Troy Tulowitzki - 5th - .520
OPS – Edwin Encarnacion - 4th - .982
OPS – Troy Tulowitzki - 5th - .886
Runs scored – Troy Tulowitzki – 3rd – 90
Hits - Troy Tulowitzki – tied 3rd – 184
Total Bases - Troy Tulowitzki – 1st – 319
Total Bases – Edwin Encarnacion – tied 2nd – 306
Total Bases – Anthony Rizzo – 4th – 293

Wins – Ross Seaton - tied 4th – 16
K/9 – Hector Santiago - 1st – 12.23
WHIP – Hector Santiago - 2nd – 1.01

We went on quite a run late in the season despite alot of day-to-day injuries, and some of those still linger here. Henderson Alvarez' shoulder is still sore and we decided to leave him off the playoff roster... for now. His stuff is not elite to begin with, and with his shoulder being balky, the chances are he gets lit out there so...

Soler IS on the playoff roster, but his back issue is still lingering and could stay for a while as our medical department quite honestly is unsure about things. Hopefully, the offdays until the ALDS starts help...We will place him on the bench for now... yes, Bautista is on the playoff roster.

Still, let's be honest... we had a fairytale season with 102 wins, which is a franchise record, and our first AL East pennant since 1993. The fans love it and I love it... they will hate to see Bautista go but that is a story for another update.

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NameAgeLeagueW-LERAGWHIPK/9WARStatus
Henderson Alvarez(R)25MLB15-63.4129GS1.236.92.4day-to-day 2 weeks
Javier Avendano(R)26AAA6-103.8325GS1.348.02.5DL out for season, partially torn labrum
Daniel Norris(L)22AAA8-113.7229GS1.258.63.8All Stats AAA
Aaron Sanchez(R)23AAA7-114.1029GS1.489.31.9All Stats AAA
Roberto Osuna(R)20AA6-114.1725GS1.377.92.2DL out for season, shoulder inflammation

NameAgeLeagueW-LERAGWHIPK/9SVWARStatus
Brett Cecil(L)29AAA1-03.3923G1.298.900.8All Stats AAA
Blaine Hardy(L)28AAA8-13.2223G/16GS1.315.902.8All Stats AAA
Matt Reynolds(L)31AAA4-123.8868G1.3310.0370.8All Stats AAA
Danny Barnes(R)25AAA2-01.9233G1.249.241.1All Stats AAA

Ok, the good news, I really think that Santiago and Seaton are a amazing 1-2 punch. The bad news, Chacin and Milone... are... who they are. Middle of the rotation upside with blowup downside and we will have to cope with that. Still, it is a step forward from the last two years, but I would really like to get on without trade deadline panic buys.

SP Tommy Milone 2-6 3.94 64K 89IP 0.2WAR since deadline
OF George Springer .199/.260/.276 5HR 14RBI 67G -0.6WAR since deadline
At least that trade has worked.

With Alvarez out, we opted for an additional reliever and put Hembree in there... don't really know why, but Gibbons likes him and he HAD a 1.14ERA in Buffalo...

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1B K.C. Hobson(L)24MLDNP-----DL torn ACL out for season
LF D.J. Davis(L)2240-man.207-1-8.58720G/16GS-0.192/4
RF Dwight Smith Jr.(L)2240-man.283-1-4.70118G/16GS0.551/1
1B Kris Bryant(R)23AAA.245-5-38.639128G/125GS-0.8353/6All Stats AAA
LF Chris Hawkins(L)24AAA.233-9-34.682121G/85GS0.0408/12All Stats AAA
SS Jorge Mateo(R)20AA.246-4-20.653133G/131GS-1.05818/44All Stats AA
SS Cleuluis Rondon(R)21AA.297-8-45.88281G/78GS3.13512/20All Stats AA
3B Cavan Biggio(R)20A.315-20-93.954136G/136GS7.28936/52All Stats A
SS Jan Hernandez(R)20A.271-8-602.742136G/135GS1.05431/45All Stats A
SS Carlos Belonis(R)21A.259-24-58.800129G/129GS1.55423/42All Stats A
LF Gustavo Cabrera(R)19A.242-11-37.680132G/132GS2.34419/29All Stats A
CF Greg Shoemaker(R)22A.213-10-30.673126G/123GS2.65450/61All Stats A

Our offense picked up some steam late as we finished second in the AL, and it was once again Josh Rutledge, the guy our scouts do not particulary dig, that went red hot to close the regular season .Compared to that, Tulo has done stuff all seasosn long and had his best career season despite being out of Colorado.

We got 37 plate appearances out of Jose Bautista this season and will rely on him to play some right field in the playoffs. Not ideal, but the upside of his bat in the lineup is definitly higher than having Davis, Smith Jr. or a ailing Jorge Soler in there. At least that is what the voices in my head say.
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2015 ALDS Game 1

AL Wild Card:
Red Sox – New York Yankees 2-5
New York advance to ALDS.

NL Wild Card:
Los Angeles Dodgers – Washington Nationals 3-4(12)
Washington advance to NLDS.

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The Chicago White Sox:

With a 84-78 record, the White Sox of manager Robin Ventura turned in the only winning record in the AL Central and turned it into their first division title since 2008 and their twelveth in history.

Their pitching has done remarkebly well given their ballpark and carried them to the postseason, and that was without Chris Sale(26, 4.5*, 5-1 2.32 64K 11GS) for most of the season due to a plethora of injuries. That was covered nicely by latebloomer Zach Stewart(29, 1/1.5*, 16-8 2.85 177K 32GS) and Chad Billingsley(31, 3*, 11-7 3.68 107K 23GS). Unfortunately, Billingsley's season ended on August 9th with a torn triceps.

Closer, 2x All-Star and AL save leader Addison Reed(26, 4.5*, 7-7 48SV 2.14 101K 84IP) leads a group of four relievers with an ERA below three that did the magic for them all season long and got them the seventh best ERA in the AL.

Problem: Their offense was second worst in run production in the league, 576 runs in 162 games. Leadoff hitterA.J. Pollock(27, 2.5*, .234-4-37 22/28SB) posted an abysmal .595OPS for the season, LF Leon Landry(26, 3*, .263-10-43 .669OPS 129G) did not alot in the #2 spot, and big free agent acquisition 2B Dustin Pedroia(32, 4*, .306-10-59 .824OPS 112G), who missed 50 games with injury.

All that puts CF Trayce Thompson(24, 2/3*, .210-15-38 .693OPS 64G) in the cleanup spot with Matt Wieters(29, 4.5*, .246-9-30 .705OPS) hitting fifth and 3B Mike Olt(27, 1.5/2*, .227-17-49 .657OPS) sixth.

Fact is, their lineup lacks the big stars and firepower compared to our lineup, and we were 5-2 against them in the regular season.

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American League Division Series Game 1:
8th October 2015
Chicago White Sox – Toronto Blue Jays @The Skydome

CWS: SP Chris Sale(L, 5-1 2.32 64K 11GS)
TOR: SP Hector Santiago(L, 14-4 2.45 264K 31GS)

Tension was high as we were facing their absolute ace Chris Sale here and a victory in game one would help us tremendously... given the back end of our playoff rotation. Jorge Soler's back was still balky, so Bautista got the nod against the lefty... which should suit him.

And he got warmed up early by some hot drives off Santiago and into Jose's glove for two of the first three outs. And Sale showed nerves. Rutledge slashed his trademark single up the middle and Tulo took a free pass. The next batter was Edwin who then banged a loud single that dropped into center for a run... with two outs as Rutledge ran into an out at second one pitch earlier. The inning ended after Rizzo got ahead 2-1 in the count and reached for a fastball... flyout.

Getting ahead in the count was theme today and that escalated when Sale hit Josh Rutledge in the hip with a fastball. Josh at first acted like he was struck by at least a cruise missile, but managed to stay in the game and hobbled to first. Now, nobody out, the big guns coming up. Stay patient, dude is not hitting the strike zone.

And Tulo swung at the first pitch, pulled to left center... and a easy catch for Landry in left. While I was trying to eat his baseball card in anger, Edwin waddled to the plate, looked at Sale, and decided to swing at the first pitch.

Flyball to left... hooking... hooking... close one... OFF THE FOUL POLE FOR A 2-RUN JACK! Sale looked after it in disbelief, cursed some obsencities into his glove, and then fell behind 2-0 against Rizzo... who ultimately got a 2-2 cement mixer slider and hit it soundly into right for a single. d'Arnaud got ahead 2-0... and flew out to left for the final out... that was pitch #64 in three innings for Sale.

Meanwhile, our lefty worked himself into trouble via the walk and/or single, and got out of trouble via the flyball in the second, and the strikeout in the fourth and fifth. The fifth was also the inning when things unraveled for Sale once again when Tulo took a walk, Edwin granted Sale a free K, and Anthony Rizzo took a big rip on pitch #109... and doubled to left center for our fourth run, 4-0 TOR.

After d'Arnaud walked, Robin Ventura then made the move to the pen, and brought in lefty Chris Capuano and his 4.57ERA in to face Bautista... which worked wonders as Jose whiffed on a heater. And then, my world collapsed. Hector got two outs, walked Trayce Thompson for the second time today... and signaled to the trainers that he would not continue.

Agony.

Bud Norris came in and came into one rip of blowing the game... but Semien struck out with the bases loaded. When I was able to look up again, I saw Tulo stranding two runners in scoring position... after a total of three stolen bases happened, two by Lawrie and one by Rutledge on a double steal.

Norris managed another inning in relief without blowing into our faces... and managed to end the game without much fuss... as the White Sox decided to surrender unconditional when Jose Bautista hammered a Capuano fastball 20ft over the left field wall for a 2-run homer in the bottom of the seventh.

SP Hector Santiago 5.2IP 2H 0R 0ER 3BB 7K left injured
2B Josh Rutledge 1-3 R BB SB(1)
SS Troy Tulowitzki 0-3 2R 2BB
DH Edwin Encarnacion 3-4 2R 3RBI HR
1B Anthony Rizzo 2-4 RBI DB
RF Jose Bautista 1-4 R 2RBI HR
LF Nick Castellanos 1-3 DB
3B Brett Lawrie 1-3 BB 2SB(2)
HR CWS: none
HR TOR: Edwin Encarnacion(1), Jose Bautista(1)
W: Hector Santiago(1-0 0.00) L: Chris Sale(0-1 7.71) SV: Bud Norris(1 0.00)
CWS 0 TOR 6 TOR leads ALDS 1-0
Exhale. Hector has an oblique strain and will be out for one week.

ALDS:
New York Yankees – Texas Rangers 7-3
New York leads ALDS 1-0.
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2015 ALDS Game 2

American League Division Series Game 2:
9th October 2015
Chicago White Sox – Toronto Blue Jays @The Skydome

CWS: SP Zach Stewart(R, 16-8 2.85 177 32GS)
TOR: SP Ross Seaton(R, 16-4 2.71 171 29GS)

Now, we are entering interesting territory. Zach Stewart is 0-1 with a 3.60ERA against us in 0-4 loss in which Santiago pitched 8.2 scoreless frames.While his season numbers are impressive, the scouting report is not and if we can hit him hard, this could become a commanding 2-0 lead... I'm getting ahead of myself.

Ross started things of with a 1-2-3 inning and a K of Leon Landry, and the usual Josh Rutledge single kicked off bad things for Stewart. Tulo moved him over... and Rizzo worked some 2-out magic with a SHOT to right center that bounced off the wall and past De Aza for a RBI-double.

A mammoth shot by Josh Rutledge made it 2-0 in the third inning, and Stewart started to look desperate after ball four loaded the bases with one out in the fourth after d'Arnaud walked, Joey Bats singled and Nick Castellanos flew out to shallow center. Borbon took the queue and hit one 20ft deeper... for a sac fly, 3-0, before Rutledge for once made an out to end the frame.

On the run prevention side... Ross Seaton was pitching a no-hitter through four innings, walking one, and striking out three. And promptly, things went south. Two weak grounders by Mike Olt and Conor Gillaspie rolled through, De Aza walked... and the bases were suddently loaded with two out for right fielder A.J. Pollock. Pollock put on his gameface and threw the bat at a low fastball... ground... ground... Tulo... and he forced Gillaspie at second with a artistic flip...

And of course, Tulo doing Tulo things, he led off the bottom half with a single to left, Edwin added his own for runners at the corners with one out... and they stayed there as neither Travis nor Bautista managed to collect them. And Seaton then continued to wobble with some kind help.

Rutledge was eated up on a sharp grounder by Landry that he SHOULD have caught and the veteran Dustin Pedroia took the walk to put two on with nobody out. With rookie Trayce Thompson at the dish, Seaton reached back into his pocket for something filthy... and found a inside changeup that Thompson couldn't touch before Matt Wieters swung out of his shoes to reach a high heater... another K.

And then, Mike Olt hit the ****iest of ****ty grounders under the glove of Brett Lawrie to plate Laundry. Semien made another out with a runner on, stranding three runners for the game... but our pen started stirring in the bottom of the sixth.

Before we could even summon a reliever... their first had already succumbed to our bats when Julio Borbon cranked a 2-out liner in to left for a single... and Alexi Ogando threw over to him 1255 times... and then delievered a RBI-double to Josh 'MvP of Game 2' Rutledge that made it 4-1 Toronto.

And four batters into the seventh inning, Charlie Furbush punched his ticket to Siberia after the season. Walking lefty Conor Gillaspie on five pitches... worrying. Fanning De Aza... expected. Pollock hitting a single into right... please... watching Leon Landry hitting a gopher ball 10 feet over the left field wall for opposite field homer... 4-4.

And the bullpen futility continued with our BEST RELIEVER IN Joba Chamberlain serving up a 2-run bomb to Conor Gillaspie... and the run they scored top ninth was merely cosmetical... we layed down to die an inning ago...

SP Ross Seaton 6IP 3H 1R 1ER 3BB 5K
CF Julio Borbon 1-4 R RBI
2B Josh Rutledge 3-5 2R RBI DB HR
SS Troy Tulowitzki 1-5
1B Anthony Rizzo 1-3 RBI 2BB DB
C Travis d'Arnaud 1-4 R BB
LF Nick Castellanos 1-4
HR CWS: Leon Landry(1), Casey Gillaspie(1)
HR TOR: Josh Rutledge(1)
W: Jhan Marinez(1-0 0.00) L: Joba Chamberlain(0-1 16.20) SV: Addison Reed(1 0.00)
CWS 6 TOR 4 ALDS tied at 1.
Really... REALLY...

ALDS:
New York Yankees – Texas Rangers 4-2
New York leads ALDS 2-0.

NLDS:
Milwaukee Brewers – Atlanta Braves 3-5
Atlanta leads NLDS 1-0.

Washington Nationals – San Diego Padres 6-5
Washington leads NLDS 1-0.

Milwaukee Brewers – Atlanta Braves 2-5
Atlanta leads NLDS 2-0.

Washington Nationals – San Diego Padres 6-7(10)
NLDS tied at 1.
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2015 ALDS Game 3

American League Division Series Game 3:
11th October 2015
Toronto Blue Jays - Chicago White Sox @U.S. Cellular Field

TOR: SP Jhoulys Chacin(R, 9-9 3.94 150K 31GS)
CWS: SP Simon Castro(R, 8-7 4.44 87K 17GS)

This is where the pitching matchups become coinflips. Plain and simple. And for Simon Castro, things started off wrong. Gillaspie booted a Borbon grounder to get the leadoff man on, and a stolen base, two flyouts, a walk and a hit-by-pitch that nearly started a brawl later... the bases were loaded for Travis d'Arnaud. Two balls, two strike and Travis did something he did not do alot in the regular season.

He shortened his stoke and dumped it juust in front of A.J. Pollock for a RBI-single... Rizzo at third... HE IS TRYING TO SCORE... A HAMMER OF A THROW... TAG... OUT! Rizzo fell to Pollock's arm and the inning is over! TOR 1 CWS 0. That lead was short lived when Matt Wieters jacked one into right field and Mike Olt then singled to right... but Tulo started a beauty of a double play to get Chacin out of the second.

Chacin was clearly amped up for the start and fanned two more batters next inning to make ot 4K in three frames, but had to watch some more baserunning futility when Borbon tripled... and was nailed by Leon Landry at the plate on a sac fly attempt... and the deep drives off Castro continued to come as Rizzo, Tulo, Edwin and Josh Rutledge all hit hot shots... to outfielders.

Matt Wieters then easily drove in his second run after Thompson doubled, stole third, and was driven on a infield single(!!) by the slow footed catcher... who at least was stranded... TOR 1 CWS 2 after four. Simon Castro then was forced to leave the ballgame in the fifth... after he fielded a ****ty grounder by Bautista and felt something pop... bullpen time.

They brought in japanese lefty Tsuyoshi Wada and his 4.44 career ERA... and that worked out well for two innings... and went south in the top of the seventh. After Rizzo got fanned AND mystified on a slider, Edwin singled, d'Arnaud flew out to Pollock, and Bautista worked a seven pitch AB for a walk...

Castellanos at the plate... and after three righties got something out of Wada, they refused to call for a righty. Castellanos hit two foul balls down into the dirt before he got his timing right... and lasered a line drive, 2-run double into the left field gap to get his playoff batting average up to .300 and his first two RBI's on the board.

And then, Chacin blew it on a 2-out RBI-single by A.J. Pollock. We had Boone Logan standing by... but left Chacin with the righty... big mistake. That started a bullpen battle that saw some injuries, some scoreless innings, and extra innings.

1.2 scoreless frames by Brian Wilson, two scorelesss by White Sox closer A.J. Reed and a interesting appearance by Ryan Cook, a righty with a 2.36ERA this season. He got himself two outs... and then eliminated Josh Rutledge from the game by nailing his left shoulder... and Josh had to be taken out of the game.

So, it was two down, one on in pinch runner Adeiny Hechavarria... and Tulo at the plate in the top 10th. And Tulo was angry. And Tulo mashed a sinker to left field... way back... WAY BACK... GOOOOONE 5-3 TORONTO ON A 2-RUN HOME RUN BY TROY TULOWITZKI.

The inning ended in another baserunning fail as Rizzo hit a sharpie to right... and tried to turn the single into a double... WHEN DO WE LEARN THAT THEIR CORNER GUYS HAVE CANNON ARMS???

Gregerson came in and had to face De Aza, Pollock and Landry... and a flyout to Bautista was the most dangerous thing they did.

SP Jhoulys Chacin 6.2IP 8H 3R 3ER 1BB 6K
CF Julio Borbon 1-5 R TP SB(1)
SS Troy Tulowitzki 1-5 R 2RBI HR
1B Anthony Rizzo 2-4 BB
DH Edwin Encarnacion 1-3 R
C Travis d'Arnaud 1-4 RBI
LF Nick Castellanos 1-4 2RBI DB
HR CWS: Matt Wieters(1)
HR TOR: Troy Tulowitzki(1)
W: Brian Wilson(1-0 0.00) L: Ryan Cook(0-1 18.00) SV: Luke Gregerson(1 0.00)
TOR 5 CWS 3 TOR leads ALDS 2-1.
That was a big one, and it only came with a small price. Josh Rutledge has a bruised shoulder and will be day-to-day for four days, effectively the rest of the series.

ALDS:
New York Yankees – Texas Rangers 5-8
New York wins ALCS 3-0, advances to ALCS.
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2015 ALDS Game 4

American League Division Series Game 4:
12th October 2015
Toronto Blue Jays - Chicago White Sox @U.S. Cellular Field

TOR: SP Tommy Milone(L, 7-14 3.82 38K 32GS)
CWS: SP Braulio Ortiz(R, 2-1 3.28 29K 6GS)

So, first, the bad news. Santiago's oblique strain got from bad to worse and it is unclear how long he will be out... so he was placed on the playoff DL to make sure things do not get worse.

The better news, we will be facing a 23-year old rookie today that they signed out of the DR years ago. A four pitch guy with a fastball that rarely reaches 92, a change and a curve that are average, and a cutter in development, Ortiz was kinda rushed through the minors from AA(8-7 2.95) to AAA(0-5 5.40) this season... opportunity to end the series here?

We will rest Rutledge, play Adeiny at second, and bat Nick Castellanos(.273) second... round three.... fight.

The first mess was made by Tommy Milone, and it was a big one. Pollock, who has been a pest all series long, led off the inning with a single... got forced by Landry... and then Dustin Pedroia hit a screamer of the middle and Trace Thompson got ball four... bases loaded, one out, in the first inning. Matt Wieters, our old friend from Baltimore, came to the plate and promtly got ahead 2-0 in the count.

Tommy battled back to run the count full... and Wieters put one on the ground with zip... to Tulo... to Adeiny... to Rizzo... double play! Meanwhile, the top three of our batting order came back from their first inning scouting trip... 1-2-3 with a K, and reported to Rizzo and Edwin with what they saw at the plate.

And Anthony hit one up the middle for a base hit, while Edwin yanked a 2-0 changeup WAAAAY BACK AND GONE, TOR 2, CWS 0. A walk, a forceout and a perfectly executed hit-and-run with Hechavarria at the plate later, there were runners at the corners... and Borbon cashed in Lawrie... and saw Hechavarria run into ANOTHER BLEEPING OUT ON THE BASEPATHS...

We left two more on in the third when d'Arnaud and Edwin made ****ty outs, but Hechavarria made up for his baserunning mistake in the fourth, getting a two out single and executed some beautiful baserunning... when Julio Borbon hit a LASER BEAM to right field over the head of Pollock for a RBI-double.

Milone meanwhile continued a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde start, allowing baserunners and hard contact the first three innings, but on the other hand getting the big K at the right time... and the out at home thanks to the arm of Julio Borbon.

Unfortunately for Chicago, Milone somehow started to get in a grove and retired eleven in a row at some point, before Trayce Thompson reached on a liner to right center... and ended the bottom of the sixth when d'Arnaud hammered a throw to second base on a stolen base attempt.

Braulio Ortiz left the game in the fifth with a bang... when Rizzo ripped a full count fastball over the right center field wall to make it 5-0 Toronto. Chris Capuano made another appearance... that worked scarily well for a guy that has a 86mph heater... four scoreless frames.

However, that was all for naught as Milone somehow allowed NOTHING through 7.2 innings of 6-hit ball, and Wilson and Gregerson finished off things in style, getting four quick outs that will sent us to the ALCS!

SP Tommy Milone 7.2IP 6H 0R 0ER 1BB 4K
CF Julio Borbon 2-5 2RBI DB
LF Nick Castellanos 2-5
1B Anthony Rizzo 3-4 2R RBI HR
DH Edwin Encarnacion 1-4 R 2RBI HR
2B Adeiny Hechavarria 3-3 R BB
HR CWS: none
HR TOR: Edwin Encarnacion(2), Anthony Rizzo(1)
W: Tommy Milone(1-0 0.00) L: Braulio Ortiz(0-1 10.38)
TOR 5 CWS 0 TOR wins ALDS 3-1.
What a start... WHAT A START. I thought he would be out of there after fifth inning after he wobbled threw the first three... and then Tommy COMPLETELY dominated this lineup... already woth everything we sent to Oakland at the deadline.

NLDS:
Atlanta Braves - Milwaukee Brewers 3-4
Atlanta leads NLDS 2-1.

San Diego Padres - Washington Nationals – 3-11
Washington leads NLDS 2-1.

Atlanta Braves - Milwaukee Brewers 7-4
Atlanta wins NLDS 3-1, advances to NLCS.

San Diego Padres - Washington Nationals – 3-6
Washington wins NLDS 3-1, advances to NLCS.

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