Royals beat Blue Jays, at .500 for first time since April

Royals beat Blue Jays, at .500 for first time since April

CITY, Mo. (AP) - Toronto Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna says he is out of sorts mentally, feeling "anxious" and "weird".

The Royals are getting odds of -105 to win, while the over/under total for the game has been set at 9 runs. They were 6-6 before play on April 20, then went on a nine-game losing streak that night and dropped as low as 10-20, seven games out of first place. Kansas City's current tear has lifted them back into contention in the underachieving AL Central despite sitting one game under.500 on the season.

The probables for Saturday's matinee are Marco Estrada for the Blue Jays and Jason Vargas for the Royals. Toronto batters tagged the Rangers for seven runs twice during the four-game series, but the Blue Jays also surrendered an average of seven runs per game, and have now allowed an average of 6.77 runs per game over their past eight outings.

Alcides Escobar greeted Aaron Loup (2-1) with an RBI single, and Alex Gordon hit a run-scoring single on the first pitch from Jason Grilli. The Royals went all-in for those two seasons, trading away prospects for veterans that they couldn't keep, and walked away with a pair of American League pennants and the 2015 World Series championship. J.A. Happ had a good start for Toronto, allowing just one run over 6.2 innings, but his bullpen imploded in the ninth. In the meantime, expect the Blue Jays to give him all the time and support he needs.

Salvador Perez doubled with one out in the bottom half against Ryan Tepera, took third on a wild pitch, and Brandon Moss walked with two outs. "I felt like in those middle innings we got into a nice rhythm and had some nice plays made for us and got us out of a couple of innings".

Again, I hope I'm wrong as a Blue Jays fan, but the Royals are hot right now, and sending Estrada to the mound in his current form will not help Toronto's cause.

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Kansas City Royals' Whit Merrifield hits a walk-off two-run double in the team's baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday, June 23, 2017, in Kansas City, Mo. He slid in ahead of left-fielder Steve Pearce's throw.

And perhaps put it best: "This game can rip your heart out".

Royals will send right-hander Jake Junis (2-1, 5.56 ERA) against Toronto on Friday.

2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 2 left on. They optioned RHP Cesar Valdez to the Bisons.

Josh Donaldson returned to third base after being scratched Thursday with a sore knee. Duffy is on the disabled list with a strained oblique.

Troy Tulowitzki homered off former Long Beach State teammate Vargas to give the Blue Jays a 1-0 lead in the second.

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