Monday, June 24, 2013

Blue Jays Flocking Towards Top of American League East

The Toronto Blue Jays are 15-4 in the month of June and are winners of 11 straight.  They have outscored opponents 91-35 this month in wins, including 3 shutouts.  On top of that, they are expected to get Jose Reyes back as soon as Thursday!  Reyes has not played since April 12, when he injured himself on a late slide into second base.  Reyes did his .395 over his first 38 ABs of the season, so if he can get hot again, and fast, the Boston Red Sox better look out.  The Blue Jays are now just 5 games out of first place and the two teams will meet this coming weekend!

Toronto swept a 3 game series with the Baltimore Orioles and scored 13 runs in the finale yesterday afternoon.  Josh Johnson earned his first victory of the season and Edwin Encarnacion chipped in with his 21st home run and now has 63 RBI.  Jose Bautista added a 3 run, bases loaded double and the two sluggers combined for 7 of the Jays 13 RBI. Encarnacion also homered in the series opener.  Bautista picked up two RBI and his 16th homer on Saturday.

Casey Jansen earned a win and his 17th save in this series.

Chris Davis hit his 27th home run in the series opener, a 3 run blast and picked up his 70th RBI yesterday.

The Minnesota Twins avoided being swept by the Cleveland Indians with a 5-3 win on Sunday.  Michael Bourn and Jason Kipnis had 3 hits each but the rest of the Indians lineup managed just 2.  Bourn had 8 hits this weekend while Kipnis had 7.  Kipnis also picked up 6 RBI. 

Kendrys Morales pinch hit 3 run walk off home run gave the Mariners a 2-1 series victory over the Athletics.  Raul Ibanez hit two home runs yesterday and one on Saturday for the Mariners giving him 17 on the season.  Bartolo Colon won his 10th start on Friday in the opener and was the only starter to pick up a W in this series.  Yeonis Cespedes backed him with 2 home runs and 4 RBI, and he now has 15 homers and 40 runs batted in.  Grant Balfour closed the game and now has 18 saves.

Nick Franklin picked up 6 RBI over the first two games of this series and the 22 year old second baseman for the Mariners is now hitting .283.  Jed Lowrie had 6 hits including his 21st double, 4 runs and 4 RBI for the Athletics. 

The Tigers took 3 of 4 from the Red Sox and Max Scherzer improved to 11-0 this weekend.  Victor Martinez picked up 5 RBI in that one but was 1 for 12 the other 3 games.  Miguel Cabrera picked up 8 hits, including his 20th home run while driving in his 75th RBI.  Austin Jackson also had 8 hits and scored 5 times and has 16 hits since returning from the DL 9 games ago.

For Boston, Shane Victorino had 6 hits and 6 RBI.  Ellsbury had 7 hits, 3 doubles, 3 RBI and 3 runs scored.

Andrew Bailey blew his 4th save when he allowed a walk of 2 run home run to Jhonny Peralta.  Bailey has been relieved of the closing duties in Boston and it has been handed to Koji Uehara.

The Pittsburgh Pirates swept a 3 game series in Los Angeles as the Angels were outscored 21-12.  In yesterdays series finale, the Angels got out to a 5-1 lead after two, and lost 10-9 in extra innings as the Pirates scored 7 runs over the 9th and 10th innings.  There were 5 errors in the game that lead to just 14 RBI on 19 runs scored.  Russell Martin and J.B. Schuck were the only guys with 2 RBI in a 10-9 game.

Gerrit Cole won his 3rd straight start and Francisco Liriano improved to 6-3.  Jason Grilli saved his 26th game.

Pedro Alvarez has now homered in 4 straight games and now has 19 home runs and 51 runs batted in.  He is just as important to the Pirates success as Andrew McCutchen.  Alvarez is hitting .310 in June.

Albert Pujols, Mike Trout, Mark Trumbo and Josh Hamilton combined for just 2 hits over the 3 game series.

The Kansas City Royals avoided being swept by the Chicago White Sox with a 7-6 win on Sunday, thanks to a 3 run 8th inning.  Adam Dunn hit his 20th dinger of the season in the loss.

The Yankees and Rays splits a 4 game set in the Bronx, thanks to a James Loney 2 RBI single with the bases loaded in the 7th inning.  Evan Longoria hit 3 home runs but drove in just 4 runs this weekend.  Wil Myers picked up a hit in each game, 6 in total including a grand slam off CC Sabathia.

Robinson Cano had just 2 hits but walked 5 times scoring 4 runs and driving in 3.

Fernando Rodney saved his 15 game of the season.


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