They are doing a good job of it so far.
Michael Saunders made his case for the All-Star Game Final Vote, hammering his 16th home run of the season and connecting on a go-ahead RBI single in the eighth to lead the Blue Jays to a 4-2 win and complete a three-game sweep of the Royals. Right now, we're just not making any hard contact."Stroman has been making adjustments, including keeping his hands low on his windup."It's coming together and it's kind of paying off", Stroman said". "The more and more I do it, the more comfortable it's becoming. We've seen him do that time after time. he's confident now".
Roberto Osuna locked down the final inning for Toronto (49-39) to earn his 18th save.
Designated hitter Brett Eibner led Kansas City's offence with a solo homer and two runs. "I really wanted to prove to myself and prove to the organization and to the fanbase why they traded for me in the first place". "It's definitely a team that's going to grind out at-bats and really force pitchers to work".
Toronto Blue Jays' Michael Saunders celebrates after scoring on a two-run single by Troy Tulowitzki against the Detroit Tigers during the eighth inning of a baseball game Thursday, July 7, 2016, in Toronto. What's more, July has certainly been kind to the Santa Clara, Calif., native as he is hitting.414 over the first seven games of the month.
Tigers manager Brad Ausmus was forced to juggle his relief corps after right-hander Bruce Rondon returned to the hotel during batting practice because of flulike symptoms.
"That we finish strong leading into the all-star break", said Saunders. "He was sick on the plane last night, too.We were short".
Marcus Stroman (7-4) went eight innings on the mound for the win. He struck out five.
"Watching the boys battle night in and night out, watching their successes the team had a year ago, it was really, really tough from Florida, to watch from afar", he said. "Obviously, the support that I've received, not only from the guys in this locker-room and this organization but fans all across Canada, words can't describe how grateful I am". "I was able to get out if some jams there but obviously, ideally I'd like to go deeper in the game". The former MVP was rocked for eight runs - four homers - in 4 2/3 innings by Cleveland on June 26 for his lone loss in six starts.
In comparison, Brandon Belt, who won the National League vote, was selected on just 10.4 million ballots. "It was pretty humid tonight", McCann said.
Minnesota led for good after Eduardo Nunez and Joe Mauer started the game with consecutive hits off Chi Chi Gonzalez (0-2) and both scored. He tied for the major league lead in 2015 with 29 double-play grounders.
Donaldson walked with one out and took second when Encarnacion grounded out to third.
Martin followed that up with a double to left field, driving in Saunders as Toronto ended the first with a 2-0 lead. Belt has started for San Francisco full-time for the past five seasons but is hitting and reaching base at a career-best clip.
Nick Castellanos tied the game, 2-2, in the fourth inning with his 17th home run of the season. It is the second stint for Schultz with Toronto.
Red Sox slugger David Ortiz started his club's 11-run onslaught with a two-run homer in the first inning against the Rangers. Hutchison was in the race to be named the Jays' fifth starter out of spring training and, though he pitched well, was sent to triple-A Buffalo, where he is 6-3 with a 2.78 ERA.
A man was carted off Wrigley Field and hospitalized after he slipped and fell while attempting to jump from the bleachers during a rain delay prior to the start of the Braves-Cubs game in Chicago.