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Having Already Clinched, Blue Jays Drop Magic Number to Zero

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The Toronto Blue Jays look to sweep the Tampa Bay Rays Sunday afternoon. Toronto Blue Jays' Jose Bautista gets soaked with beer as the team celebrates in the clubhouse after clinching a spot in the postseason following their 10-8 win over the against the Tampa Bay Rays in a baseball game in Toronto on Saturday, September26, 2015.

The Blue Jays wasted no time jumping on Archer, who came in 3-1 with a 0.93 ERA in four starts against Toronto this season.

The Blue Jays scored their first run in the bottom of the second inning. With the Yankees dropping a 5-2 decision Friday night to the Chicago White Sox, Toronto's lead atop the division has now stretched to four games.

"It's really special", said 40-year-old Dickey. "We want to win the American League East. That was our goal from Day 1"."It's great to see a...Toronto team doing it good out there", he said.

"It seemed like the slower one had a lot more movement, so I used that one as kind of the catalyst", he said. On the other hand, when they come out bad, it's difficult for the offense to fail.

"From the beginning, I said swinging was going to be the last thing". "It doesn't change the way I feel right now". "That's what I care about, and it was a great night for that". Really, he's just a random pitch generator and if the pitches come out good, the offense has no chance.

Just a few hours after learning the Blue Jays ended their 22-year postseason drought thanks to their main competitors' overlapping schedules, Bautista hit a three-run homer and Russell Martin added a two-run drive in a five-run first inning.

Blue Jays: LHP David Price (17-5, 2.34 ERA) is 4-0 with a 1.38 ERA over his past four starts.

Blue Jays: Donaldson was the DH while Pennington started at 3B.... And will shortstop Troy Tulowitzki be healthy enough to play, or will the crack in his shoulder blade not heal in time to get him back into the lineup? "I guarantee you. Somebody doesn't know that we've clinched".

The Rays loaded the bases on a Kevin Kiermaier double, Rene Rivera walk and Brandon Guyer single. McGee has been out since August18.

And then in the eighth Bautista hit his second of the day and his 39th of the season off reliever Kirby Yates.

The Rays allowed three or more home runs for the 19th time this season.

Martinez has emerged in the absence of staff ace Adam Wainwright this season, posting a 3.01 ERA and 184/63 K/BB ratio in 179 2/3 innings over 29 starts and two relief appearances.

Jose Bautista and Kevin Pillar also went deep for Toronto, which leads the majors with 217 homers, the fourth highest total in team history. They hit 257 homers in 2010. "I kind of misspoke on that one", Cash said. "We know that they have the ability to hit the ball out of the ballpark". "There's no doubt that was the turning point on paper; I'd like to think that we had a pretty good foundation that had already been laid".

Pillar did connect in a two-run fourth inning that moved Toronto into a 4-2 lead. A Steven Souza Jr. single combined with a Cliff Pennington throwing error brought in two runs with umpires ruling fan interference - someone grabbed the ball as it rolled to the stands - did not warrant a third run on the play.

Blown leads were all too common the first half of the season, before manager John Gibbons could find a closer to replace the departed Casey Janssen.

 

"In all my years playing baseball this has been one of the funnest, if not the funnest team to be around", said Dickey. Bautista walked, was forced at second on a grounder to short by designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion, first baseman Justin Smoak singled and Martin walked to load the bases. "It's really poetic". He joins Carlos Delgado (2000) and Shawn Green (1999) as the only Toronto players to hit 40 home runs and 40 doubles in the same season.

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