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Blue Jays lose pitcher Francisco Liriano to DL

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Melissa Porter | 17 May, 2017, 13:26

"I thought (Cleveland closer Cody Allen would) try to get ahead of me, looking for a heater and got one over the plate", Goins said.

Smoak believes a big key is being sprung from the platoon at first becoming mostly an every-day starter.

"I never really feel exhausted at any point, the arm just starts to feel a little looser", said Biagini.

"There were so many times when I was out there, not wanting to throw (a curveball) because I didn't know if it was going to be an issue".

"I went up there taking the first pitch".

"He's a little bit more aggressive early in the count", manager John Gibbons said of his current cleanup hitter. "It used to feel that way when I was starting before and it's just a matter of being in a certain role for a while and starting to build up to more of a set (workload)".

"He's got a great cutter".

TORONTO (AP) — Kevin Pillar homered with two outs in the ninth inning to give the Toronto Blue Jays a 3-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Sunday and a sweep of their four-game series.

Smoak hit his homer in the sixth inning with a low line drive that just made it over the left-field wall.

Pillar was still wearing his jersey during an on-field television interview moments later when infielder Darwin Barney doused him with Gatorade.

Well, it was only a matter of time before another member of the Toronto Blue Jays found themselves on the disabled list.

The runs were charged to Liriano, who allowed five hits, seven earned runs and three walks. He struck out four.

After having part of the nail on the finger removed, Sanchez returned for a start April 30 but lasted only one inning after the nail on the same finger split.

Gibbons said Pearce will undergo an MRI. "I saw the arm go and I took off". He drove in Jose Bautista to make it 2-1.

Smoak had himself quite an evening on Thursday, driving in four runs, the punctuation coming with his seventh-inning homer to extend the Jays lead to 7-2.

"Two of those guys on the infield that we're missing (Josh Donaldson and Troy Tulowitzki) can really carry a team by themselves", Jays infielder Devon Travis said.

The offense was a problem for the Mariners. Jarrod Dyson tied the score when he led off the top of the seventh against Dominic Leone with his first homer of the season.

Goins then lined Allen's first pitch into the right-field corner for his third hit of the game. He was originally called out, but a Mariners challenge resulted in the out call being overturned.

An inning later, Nick Vincent allowed back-to-back singles and tried to throw a fastball away to Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista.

Notes: Right-hander Aaron Sanchez (0-1) will be activated off Toronto's disabled list in time to start Sunday's series finale against Seattle. The team is 8-4 in its past 12 and up next are three more this weekend against an M's team with four of its five starting pitchers on the DL.

RHP Neil Ramirez was sent to Triple-A Buffalo. Kelley gave up a double to center to Maikel Franco with one out and Cameron Rupp, who had two hits, tied the score with an RBI double.

Astros 3, Yankees 2: Defensive replacement Jake Marisnick made a ideal throw from left field to nail Jacoby Ellsbury at the plate for the final out, and Houston held off NY in a matchup between teams with the best records in baseball. Pillar's 48th hit of the season came off reliever Edwin Diaz, and dropped Seattle (17-21) to its fourth straight loss.

Tepera also worked a clean eighth inning and Roberto Osuna pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

As for the rotation, after needing just seven starters all of last season, the team has already seen nine different players make starts this year.

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