Donaldson hits 2 home runs, Blue Jays beat Royals 8-3

by Sadie Mccarthy Julio 11, 2016, 5:24

A silver lining for Estrada is that he'll still get to attend the all-star game in uniform in San Diego next week, and that this time off may help him finally get over his back troubles, which he's carried since spring training. 900 now is the best by a Blue Jays starter with a minimum of 15 starts before the All-Star break.

He went for an MRI the very next day, and on Monday he was sent for a series of cortisone shots in and around the inflamed sacroiliac and facet joints that have been causing shooting pain in his lower back.

Victoria, B.C.'s Michael Saunders was chosen as one of five candidates for MLB.com's All-Star Game Final Vote to decide the 34th man for each side, with voting open until 4pm et/1pm pt on Friday. "I guess my worst nightmare came true, unfortunately". "I don't think that's going to happen, but it could".

Estrada has struggled with a sore back all season that was re-aggravated by taking batting practice ahead of games in Philadelphia and Colorado, both National League ballparks.

Toronto will be looking for the sweep on Tuesday night in finale where Marcus Stroman (6-4, 5.08 ERA) will look to right the ship before the break.

"I think the first pitch is going to be the best pitch I see in an at-bat", said Donaldson, who launched the first offering he saw in the game over the fence in straightaway centre to give his team the early lead.

Three Blue Jays are already nominated - third baseman Josh Donaldson, designated-hitter Edwin Encarnacion and starting pitcher Marco Estrada.

It was the first head-to-head between Dickey and Young since Game 4 of the ALCS in Toronto last fall, a 14-2 drubbing by Kansas City that put the Jays down 3-1 in the series.

This all-star thing is completely foreign to Marco Estrada. "I wanted to play baseball and have fun with it but you always want to be part of an All-Star team". I just wasn't sure if I'd ever get there.

"My body feels good, it's just the results haven't been there", he said. "He's feeling a little better but we don't want to push it. We've got to worry about this team".

First for Toronto: right-hander Drew Hutchison gets the start Thursday against the Detroit Tigers in Estrada's place.

Toronto Blue Jays' Kevin Pillar tries to steal second base but is tagged out by Kansas City Royals' Alcides Escobar during the third inning of a baseball game in Toronto on Tuesday, July 5, 2016. "If I have to give up my spot I'd really like it to be one of my teammates". But obviously it's not up to me. The 6-foot-5 right-hander was selected to the Pacific Coast League All-Star team last week.

"He's definitely an All-Star-caliber-type pitcher", Yost said.

The Blue Jays won the game, 8-3, and the outcome was never in doubt.

Saunders was 2 for 4 with a double in Tuesday's game. On Tuesday night, he was splendid. Toronto recalled righty Bo Schultz from Triple-A Buffalo. Estrada was limited to five innings by the sore back in his start Saturday against the Cleveland Indians, a no-decision in Toronto's 9-6 win.


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