According to Zwelling, who covers the Blue Jays for Sportsnet in Canada, Osuna is working with a psychologist and hopes to be available for Saturday afternoon's 2:15 p.m. EDT game against the Royals. All four runs in the ninth inning were scored with two outs. Salvador Perez also added a double and an RBI while Alcides Escobar and Alex Gordon each added RBIs of their own in the Royals' win. Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ limited the Royals to four hits and one run in 6 2/3 innings while striking out five and walking none.
"I thought he was great", Gibbons said of Happ, "In his last three starts, he has looked just like he did previous year".
As hard as dealing with mental health issues can be, it's been very encouraging to see the reaction from the Blue Jays' fanbase on Twitter and elsewhere. He got a pair of groundouts to end the fourth, then set Toronto down one-two-three in the fifth, needing just eight pitches to do it. Troy Tulowitzki doubled home Kendrys Morales with the first Toronto run in the fourth inning and scored on a Jake Junis wild pitch.
With their 10th win in 12 games, the Royals improved to 36-36. "But until we get 'em all in there, we won't know". Perez singled in a run in the seventh. The Royals signed RHP Neftali Feliz, who was released Monday by Milwaukee. Remember, it was Escobar who served a soft single into right field with two out in the bottom of the ninth Friday against Ryan Tepera, extending an inning that eventually ended in disaster for Toronto.
Toronto selected the contract of OF Ian Parmley from Triple-A Buffalo, where he was hitting.289 with 11 stolen bases, and started him in right field. Whit Merrifield led the way, going 2 for 5 with the game-winning two run double. Marco Estrada will take the hill in game two and is 4-5 with a 4.98 ERA and 96 strikeouts this season. Lorenzo Cain scores. Mike Moustakas pops out to third base to Josh Donaldson. Outfielder Steve Pearce, however, sat out his second successive game with a bruised knee.
Meanwhile, the Blue Jays certainly had their opportunities early on against Royals starter Jason Vargas.
Royals: LHP Danny Duffy (right oblique strain) is to begin a minor league rehab assignment Saturday with Triple-A Omaha.