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BOSTON —Take them out of Toronto and the Blue Jays hit plenty of long balls.
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Colby Rasmus and J.P. Arencibia hit two-run homers Monday night to lead the Blue
Jays to a 9-6 victory over Boston despite two home runs by David Ortiz that tied
him for the most multihomer games in Red Sox history. It was the fourth win in
six games for Toronto, which overcame two errors and blew an early four-run
lead. “The top of our order has been swinging good of late,” Blue Jays manager
John Farrell said. “The way Jose, Edwin (Encarnacion) and Rasmus have been
going. ... Theyre swinging the bats well for us.” The Blue Jays are tied with
the Yankees for the major league lead with 54 road homers and they have come in
39 games away from Rogers Centre. They needed all of them Monday because of
Ortizs power display. Ortiz hit a two-run homer and a solo shot, his 37th
multihomer game for the Red Sox, tying Ted Williams for the club record. He has
398 career homers that ties Dale Murphy for 51st all-time. “I cant tell you what
to attribute it to,” Boston manager Bobby Valentine said of the 36-year-old
Ortiz continuing to swing a hot bat. “His batting practice every day is stellar,
his games have been consistently terrific. The only time he got outside of
himself was a couple of days ago. Then he got the off day (Sunday) and he came
back with a vengeance tonight.” Its his 11th straight season with 20 or more
homers. Henderson Alvarez (4-6) pitched five innings then left with right elbow
soreness. He allowed five runs—three earned—and six hits to snap a
four-game losing streak. The Blue Jays had lost his last seven starts. “When he
went out for the sixth inning he had trouble getting loose,” Farrell said. “It
was a precautionary thing. Well get him an MRI tomorrow. We dont anticipate (him
missing a start), but were going to take every precautionary measure.”
Casey Janssen worked the ninth for his eighth save, striking out the only three
batters he faced. Bostons Felix Doubront (8-4) gave up seven runs—five earned
—and 11 hits in six innings. Boston lost for just the third time in its last
12 in a game delayed by rain for 1 hour, 56 minutes. With the score tied 5-5 in
the sixth, Ben Francisco had a two-out double off the wall in centre field over
Ryan Kalishs leap and Arencibia homered off a sign over the Green Monster seats.
Bautistas homer, his 24th, off reliever Matt Albers made it 9-5 in the seventh.
The Blue Jays had a runner on first with two outs when heavy rain accompanied by
lightning and thunder delayed the game. After play resumed, Blue Jays first
baseman Encarnacion and Bautista both made diving plays on balls. The Blue Jays
took advantage of third baseman Will Middlebrooks fielding error to score two
unearned runs in a four-run first. Brett Lawrie opened the game with a single
before Rasmus hit a homer that hooked around the right-field foul pole, his
14th, to make it 2-0. Bautista reached on the error and scored on Encarnacions
double. Rajai Davis hustled down the line for a run-scoring fielders choice.
Rasmus homer hit the top of the short wall and bounced over. “I knew I barrelled
it up,” he said. “Once it hit the top, I knew it was gone.” Boston cut it to 4-2
in the bottom on the inning on Ortizs homer that snapped an 0-for-11 stretch.
His second homer made it 9-6 in the eighth. “Its unbelievable,” Middlebrooks
said of Ortiz. “I thought the guy hits everything hard.” Rasmus RBI single made
it 5-2 in the fifth. In the third, the Blue Jays made two errors—one by
shortstop Yunel Escobar and the other by second baseman Kelly Johnson—which
led to both runs. Johnson booted Jarrod Saltalamacchias two-out grounder,
allowing Dustin Pedroia to score from third, before Adrian Gonzalez followed
with an RBI single. Kalishs RBI single tied it in the fourth. NOTES:
Middlebrooks was named the ALs Player of the Week on Monday. “Its a nice bonus,”
Valentine said. “He had a great week.” Outfielder Cody Ross joked, “he stole it
from me. I made a good push, though.” Ross had two homers and five RBIs in
Bostons win Sunday. ... Blue Jays 1B Adam Lind was called up from Triple-A Las
Vegas on Sunday. “It was in an environment that allowed him to relax and get
back to the type of player he was in Toronto,” Farrell said. “His performance
has forced the decision to get him back here to get a productive left-handed
hitter back in the lineup. He just felt like his body was more loose and he had
increased range at first base.” ... Valentine said RHP Josh Beckett, on the
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Bills on Thursday night in the fourth and final preseason game.CLEVELAND—
Dan Johnson hit his first three homers of the season and Chicago added two more
in the game as the White Sox routed the Cleveland Indians 9-0 on Wednesday
night. Gavin Floyd (12-11) gave up three hits over seven innings. He struck out
six, one short of getting 145 strikeouts for the fifth straight season despite
being on the disabled list twice this year. Johnson hit two two-run homers off
David Huff (3-1). His 424-foot shot in the second inning was his first in more
than a year. His second made it 7-0 in the fifth, two batters after Paul Konerko
hit his 26th of the season. It was Johnsons fifth career multihomer game and
first time he hit three in a game. Hes the first player to hit three in a game
against Cleveland since Konerko in July 2009. Dayan Viciedo hit his 25th homer,
third in three nights and sixth against Cleveland in the ninth, followed by
Johnsons third. He had not hit a homer since his dramatic pinch-hit shot for
Tampa Bay saved the Rays 2011 season. His two-out, two-strike solo drive in the
ninth inning tied the score at 7 on the final night of the regular season. The
Rays had trailed 7-0 and beat the New York Yankees 8-7 in 12 innings to make the
playoffs. Cleveland went 3-3 in the final week for interim manager Sandy Alomar
Jr., who will be interviewed for the fulltime job on Thursday. Terry Francona,
who guided Boston to World Series titles in 2004 and 2007, will make his pitch
to the Indians on Friday in an effort to get back to managing after being
dismissed a year ago when the Red Sox folded and were edged out by Tampa Bay. “I
cant match Terrys resume and only control what I can do,” Alomar said before the
game. “I am confident I can do the job.” Chicago went 4-11 down the stretch to
place second to Detroit after leading the AL Central by three games on Sept. 18.
Robin Venturas 85 wins are the most for a first-year White Sox manager since
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Tigers third-base coach. Before the game, general manager Kenny Williams
addressed the discouraging end to an otherwise good season. “We didnt win enough
games, so were going home,” Williams said. “I cant say enough about these guys
for their effort. I can be only so disappointed for not closing this thing out.
All we had to do was take care of business on our last road trip. Wed be getting
prepared for the playoffs. “You have to play your whole schedule. No excuses and
none needed. They literally gave everything they could.” Floyd allowed only a
two-out single by Lonnie Chisenhall in the first until Jason Kipnis lined a
one-out single in the sixth. The right-hander is 4-1 the past two years and 8-4
in his career against Cleveland. Hector Gimenez bounced a two-out RBI single up
the middle to make it 3-0 in the fifth. Huff gave up nine hits over 4 2-3
innings. Only three runs charged to him were earned. A throwing error by third
baseman Chisenhall made Chicagos entire four-run fifth unearned. NOTES: Konerko
is due to have left wrist surgery Thursday. ... Cleveland RF Shin-Soo Choo
extended his career-best hitting streak to 13 games with an eighth-inning
single. ... Chicago 1B Adam Dunn did not play, finishing with 222 strikeouts,
one shy of the major-league record set by Mark Reynolds with Arizona in 2009.
... The Indians 110 stolen bases are their most since taking 113 in 2000. ...
Cleveland scored 667 runs in 2012, down 37 from 2011. ... DH Travis Hafner went
1 for 4 and got a standing ovation in his final at-bat of what could have been
his last game for Cleveland. The Indians likely will pay the oft-injured
35-year-old a $2.7 million buyout instead of picking up his $13 million option
for 2013. ... Clevelands total home attendance of 1,603,596 was its
second-lowest since 1992, not quite 213,000 ahead of 2010. ’ ’ ’ 

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