TORONTO - The Blue Jays put an end to an ugly four-game losing skid and afterward the manager was happy to state the obvious. Dan Marino Dolphins Jersey
. "It was a much needed win, I will definitely say," said John Gibbons after his club beat Boston 7-1. Baseballs a strange game. It was an ugly homestand, the Blue Jays lost four of six to divisional rivals the Orioles and Red Sox, yet are sandwiched in-between the two teams with Baltimore a half-game ahead and Boston a half-game behind. In five of the six games, Toronto at some point held a lead of three runs or more. The Jays won only two of those five games, Sunday afternoon being one of them. Yet a crisp, efficient win which combined strong starting pitching, clutch relief work, good defence and potent offence buoyed the mood of the club as it heads out on an eight-game road trip through Kansas City, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. "It was a complete joint effort," said R.A. Dickey, who tossed 6 1/3 innings of one run ball. "I felt like we all had a hand in todays game. It was a game that I felt really good." Dickey, who didnt walk a hitter for the first time in his Toronto tenure, left with one out in the seventh. The Red Sox had runners at second and third following a hit batsman and a double. Steve Delabar came in and got Jackie Bradley Jr. to pop up to third baseman Brett Lawrie and David Ross to fly out to centerfielder Jose Bautista. Inning over, the 2-1 lead preserved and the Jays would tack on two in the seventh and three more in the eighth to issue a final score that doesnt reflect how close the game was played for most of the afternoon. Edwin Encarnacion had two hits and two RBI, hitting four line drives in his four at-bats. Combined with the final out he made in Saturdays loss, a line drive to centerfield, Gibbons is seeing signs his slugging first baseman is beginning to emerge from a near-dormant first month of the season. "Today I thought he was really using his hands well," said Gibbons. "Hes like anybody else. Confidence can waver a little bit. I dont care how good you are, how long youve been around or how productive youve been the last couple of seasons. This games all confidence." Brett Lawrie hit his sixth home run of the season, a solo shot off Jon Lester in the second inning. The timing was important; the Red Sox had taken a 1-0 lead in the top half of the inning. "Definitely," said Lawrie of the quick response. "This is one of those games you want to win, especially with an off day (Monday) and us going on the road and leaving a sour taste in 40-thousand peoples mouths when we go on the road (with a loss.) We want positivity going on the road." The Blue Jays open a three-game set in Kansas City on Tuesday night. Right-hander Dustin McGowan will get the start against Royals left-hander Jason Vargas. MORROW UNFAMILIAR WITH McGOWANS DIABETES-RELATED FATIGUE As Dustin McGowan considers a change to his in-game regimen in an attempt to combat fatigue, fellow type 1 diabetic Brandon Morrow is in a comfortable routine and hasnt experienced anything similar to what McGowans going through. "Ive never felt physically fatigued during a game," said Morrow. "I have nothing to compare it to. What would somebody without diabetes be feeling at the same point? I feel like I recover, physically, as well as anybody else with regulated blood sugar. I think its almost, not an advantage but you really learn your body well." McGowan deals with wild swings to his blood sugar levels during games in which hes pitching. In Wednesdays outing against Baltimore, he took a reading of more than 300 milligrams per deciliter. To put that in perspective, the average blood sugar level for a resting, non-diabetic is between 100 and 120 milligrams per deciliter. He will wear his insulin pump in Tuesday nights game at Kansas City in the hopes of regulating his blood sugar level. Morrow, on the other hand, has a strict program he follows that begins about four hours before each start. There are six to eight checkpoints, as he calls them, during that time span. Morrows food and drink schedule is meticulous; his exercise and warm up routine equally so; he checks his blood sugar level about an hour and a half before first pitch. Shortly before game time, hes paying close attention. "If I ever go low its in the bullpen," said Morrow. "Thats a two, three minute adjustment. During the anthem, the anthems always a time I check my blood sugar and if I need a juice or whatever we have something ready to go." When the Blue Jays are on offence, Morrow will check his blood sugar level two or three times in the early innings of his starts. "My blood sugars crept up a little bit during games sometimes but Ive never felt like Ive just lost energy, like saying getting into the sixth inning and my body just shuts down," he said. "Ive never felt that way." High blood sugar levels can sap a diabetic of energy and can cause vision problems, particularly blurriness. Morrow says its never gotten to the point where he blames the condition for an inability to command his pitches. Low blood sugar levels can have an effect similar to drunkenness. There have been times when Morrows been awakened in the middle of the night. Hes in a cold sweat and his hands are shaking. He quickly drinks a glass of juice or eats a small portion and then waits the 15 minutes or so it takes for his body to regulate. WALKER DISCUSSES EJECTION Pitching coach Pete Walker wasnt pleased with home plate umpire Jeff Kelloggs strike zone in Saturdays 7-6 loss to the Red Sox. He was ejected in the third inning. Walker and Kellogg exchanged words following a mound visit. Perhaps the fact his pitching staff has walked 99 hitters so far this season is grating on Walkers nerves?"Maybe its been building, I dont know," said Walker. "Its frustrating to watch the staff that we have walk guys because they are guys that know how to throw strikes, know how to attack the strike zone. Their philosophy and our philosophy is to attack early and expand late. It seems like were getting behind and making poor pitches behind in the count." Heres another frustrating fact: entering Sundays play, the Blue Jays have had leads of at least three runs in four of the first five games of this home stand. The record in those four games: 1-3. The pitching isnt holding up. One day its the starter and the next its the bullpen. "Its really slight, slight mechanical adjustments for a couple of guys but for the most part its their mentality of attacking the zone and trusting their stuff and not buying into the fact that something like this can become contagious," said Walker. "You walk a few guys, you start thinking about it. The sooner they can get out of their own heads and just get back to pitching and making pitches and trusting their stuff, the sooner we get over this hump." Mike Gesicki Jersey
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. He will play 10th-seeded Feliciano Lopez in Sundays final, after the Spanish left-hander defeated Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic 7-6 (7), 6-4. TORONTO -- When Drew Hutchison got to the dugout after striking out David Ortiz to end an easy first inning, the Blue Jays starter had nine strikes on 10 pitches and every reason to believe he had his best stuff. Some of his worst followed. Hutchison unravelled quickly from there as he and his Toronto teammates got shelled by the Boston Red Sox in a 14-1 loss Monday night at Rogers Centre. "Just, I guess you could say, one of those nights," Hutchison said. "It wasnt good, it was bad. It was probably more than bad." Not only was it bad, it was the Blue Jays worst loss of the season and one that dropped them 3 1/2 games back of the American League East-leading Baltimore Orioles, who played on the West Coast against the Los Angeles Angels. The Blue Jays defeat, their 10th in 14 games, snapped their brief winning streak at two. Hutchison (6-9) allowed six earned runs in less than three innings of work, including a three-run homer by Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew. Meanwhile, the meek offence mustered only three hits, reliever Brad Mills gave up two home runs to David Ortiz and little else went right for the Blue Jays (51-49). "Best thing about it is its over with," manager John Gibbons said. Red Sox starter John Lackey allowed one run on two hits in seven innings to pick up the victory, his 11th of the season. Third baseman Juan Francisco drove in Torontos only run off Lackey with a double in the third, and the Blue Jays at one point went 19 straight batters without a base runner. "Theres no at-bats off, pitches off," said catcher Erik Kratz, who scored after breaking up Lackeys perfect game with a double in the third. "You cant just go up there and just swing to swing. I hope thats not what anybody on this team does, I know its not what I do, its not what the guys I see in our lineup doing." Gibbons understood that falling so far behind made it difficult on his hitters to do much against Lackey, who finished with just 76 pitches. Hutchison threw almost that many in his 2 1/3 innings of work. "I put us in a terrible position and didnt really give us a chance to win," the right-hander said. "Just a lack of execution and not getting the job done." For a fleeting few minutes, Hutchison was in control. In 10 first-inning pitches he threw nine strikes and sat down Brock Holt, Dustin Pedroia and Ortiz with ease. In the second, Hutchison went off the rails. Within his first 10 pitches he allowed three hits and a run and gave up another to make it 2-0 Red Sox before the inning was over. If he were able to stop the bleeding there, the Blue Jays mightve had a punchers chance against Lackey. Instead, Hutchison came one strike away from getting out of the third inning before falling apart. Boston first baseman Mike Napoli, wwho started the second-inning rally as well, singled to mark the beginning of the end of Hutchisons outing. Minkah Fitzpatrick Jersey
. Drews three-run shot, a single by Xander Bogaerts and an RBI double by Jackie Bradley Jr. chased Hutchison with two outs in the third. "Its hard to look out and see your pitcher struggling, see him throwing strikes, seeing him getting ahead and not putting guys away," Kratz said. "Thats very frustrating." Gibbons pointed to Hutchison being unable to get his slider over for strikes as a reason the Red Sox knocked him around the park. "I thought Hutch looked really good and then from there on they didnt miss him," Gibbons said. "He really had a tough time getting anything going with his breaking ball, spiking a lot of them, yanking a lot of them." By giving up six runs on nine hits -- each stat a career high -- Hutchisons earned run average rose from 4.16 to 4.54. His home ERA reached 7.71 in his eighth start at Rogers Centre in 2014. "Hes really struggled at home for whatever reason," Gibbons said. "Thats a mystery." Mills managed to get a fly out from Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez to end the third. By the time he returned to the mound, the Blue Jays had broken up Lackeys perfect game with back-to-back doubles from Kratz and Francisco but couldnt string anything else together. And by the time Gibbons took the ball from his hand in the fifth, Mills actually fared worse than Hutchison. The lefty long man gave up a two-run homer to Ortiz in the fourth that tied the Red Sox slugger with Carl Yastrzemski for 36th on Major League Baseballs all-time list. An inning later Ortiz hit another off Mills for No. 22 of the season and No. 453 of his career to take sole possession of the 36th spot. Ortiz, who on Sunday said he was about to get "hotter than Jamaica in the middle of August" did just that. "Put it down like this: Im on my way to Jamaica," he said. Ortizs second blast made the Blue Jays deficit 12 runs at 13-1. Napoli, who finished a triple short of the cycle, hit a solo shot to make it 14-1. Notes -- Jose Bautista served as the designated hitter for the third straight game as the Blue Jays continue to be cautious with his hamstring. Anthony Gose started in right field. ... Rob Rasmussen, who replaced Sergio Santos on the 25-man roster, allowed just one hit in his 2 1/3 innings of work. Santos was placed on waivers after being designated for assignment, though Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopolous said he hopes the 31-year-old can pitch out of his struggles with triple-A Buffalo. Cleveland Cavaliers forward and Brampton, Ont., native Tristan Thompson threw out the ceremonial first pitch. ... The paid attendance was announced as 27,905. ... Every Red Sox starter had at least one hit except for Pedroia. Jerseys NFL Cheap China NFL Hoodies Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Wholesale Cheap NFL Hoodies
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