Red Sox LHP Rodriguez goes on paternity leave

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Toronto management might not enjoy having those questions asked - USA baseball media types have already started the Donaldson trade musings - but this was always going to be a possibility given the cautious approach this group has taken to following the hair-on-fire final months of the former general manager in 2015. After dropping two of three games to the Boston Red Sox, and seven of nine over all during a 10-day run at Rogers Centre, the Blue Jays begin a week-long road swing through Anaheim and St. Louis on Friday.

Mookie Betts struck the decisive blow on a three-run double against Jason Grilli in the 10th to win the contest and the series.

Osuna gave up a two-out double to right center to Mitch Moreland in the ninth.

"Baseball is a game where emotion can get in your way because it's such a skilled fine line", Gibbons said.

"Losing makes you appreciate winning", he said. "There's no words right now", Grilli said.

Estrada was similarly at a loss to explain both the defeat and where the Blue Jays find themselves in the standings. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.

After the Red Sox took a 1-0 lead in the top of the ninth on an RBI single by Xander Bogaerts against Roberto Osuna, Kendrys Morales tied the game when he led off the bottom of the ninth with a homer off closer Craig Kimbrel (1-0).

From there on it was a clean slate, but it was really what came before that made this matinee special - even if it didn't determine the result.

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He allowed three runs and five hits in four innings, struck out four and walked two.

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Bautista, a regular among the league leaders in on-base percentage in recent seasons, says he's been uncharacteristically swinging at pitches out of the strike zone. Stephen Strasburg (2-0) struck out 10 in seven innings. "When he's on there's just not a whole lot you can do".

The Blue Jays will counter Sale, with right-hander, Marco Estrada.

At no point did the lanky lefty look remotely out of control on the mound.

Boston realized it needed a pitcher when starter Eduardo Rodriguez went on paternity leave after the birth of his son Sunday night. Every time he took a step back, the southpaw seemed to take three forward. If he can stay healthy over the course of the campaign, he'll not only help the Blue Jays contend to whatever end they're going to, but he'll also add more years and dollars to his next free agent contract. And with 13 total strikeouts, Sale became the first Red Sox pitcher to record two consecutive starts with 12 or more strikeouts since Pedro Martinez in 2001.

The Jays played some great defence behind Liriano, starting with a nice catch by centre fielder Pillar on Hanley Ramirez in the second on a hard hit ball over Pillar's head.

Sale allowed four hits, all singles, and walked one. Bauer (1-2) gave up two runs, three hits and three walks, lowering his ERA from 8.44 to 6.35. He considered the team they had - players and management - and said it was "an incredible opportunity to compete against the rest of baseball".

Lauber pointed out that Brian Johnson is most likely to receive said call up on Tuesday, marking his first Major League appearance since 2015. "He was very good tonight". The relievers were just interlopers in a scrap meant for starters to shine.

By the way, one other trend that has made the trip with Sale to Boston?

The Blue Jays have shown some signs that they may be ready to turn things around but there is plenty of work to be done.