Now that they’ve clinched the American League East title, the Toronto Blue Jays have made a decision to give ace pitcher David Price a lengthy layoff. “It was a big hurdle to get over”. But I am proud of our guys from Day One. The Blue Jays are competing with the Royals for the right to home-field advantage throughout the playoffs in the American League. “That would be a dream come true for me”.
“We didn’t even look that far”. He said in a phone interview he thought specifically of Dewji, wondering if his web designer friend would pick up on it.
Speaking of statements of any kind, though, Kawasaki didn’t have much else to say, at least not in English. If somebody’s going to beat us, they’re going to have to play tremendously well.
Winning the division seemed inevitable in recent days as the Yankees struggled and the Blue Jays kept rolling. The 24-year-old tore his ACL in spring training and was expected to miss the season, but he managed to return to Major League Baseball action this month and has absolutely dominated. Part of Toronto’s rotation most of the season, the right-hander allowed six runs in each of his last two starts, lasting five-plus innings in a 10-2 loss to the Orioles on September 4. Edwin Encarnacion, Jose Bautista and Justin Smoak each hit home runs for the Jays in the first game of a doubleheader against the Orioles at Camden Yards. They have a chance to finish as one of the best offences in the history of the game, and feature a few of the most exciting and interesting players in the game today. In the first game of the doubleheader, Goins went 5-for-5 with a walk to establish a career high in hits in a game.
While the Blue Jays (92-65) have already punched their ticket for the postseason, the Orioles (76-81) are preparing for a frustrating offseason.
BALTIMORE (AP) – Playing for the first time since being officially eliminated from playoff contention, the Baltimore Orioles offered little resistance against a Toronto team poised to inherit their AL East title.
A’s 8, ANGELS 7 (at Anaheim, Calif.) – Los Angeles pinch hitter Collin Cowgill grounded out to end the game with the tying run on third. The giddy clubhouse joy.
“Obviously that was the turning point on paper”, said Dickey. English [undecipherable]… I’m drunk, you know? But at the conclusion of the nightcap – an 8-1 Orioles win – the Blue Jays picked up their festivities where they left off. They wildly doused each other with champagne in the visitors’ locker room, then returned to the field to continue the party, long after the fans had left.
Home-field throughout the playoffs is within reach, too. The victory improved their lead over the Kansas City Royals to two games, pending Wednesday night’s results.
“We played good baseball”, a drenched Price said.
Those moves worked like a charm, taking a Blue Jays team that was 50-51 and eight games back of first place on the day Tulowitzki entered the lineup on a 42-14 run up the standings, past the New York Yankees and into October.
For fans, Marcus Stroman, the team, Wednesday’s division-clinching win was flawless.