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  • 21 June 2019
    导出博客文章TORONTO -- Even in Little League, Melvin Upton Jr. couldnt remember circling the
    bases quite this way.Upton Jr. hit an RBI triple past a diving outfielder and
    continued home on a misplay, completing Torontos rally from a five-run deficit
    and sending the AL East-leading Blue Jays over the Minnesota Twins 8-7
    Saturday.Thats a first, Upton Jr. said of his wild circuit.The speedy Upton,
    acquired in a trade with San Diego last month, has nine RBI in his past 14
    games.Hes dynamic out there and were excited to have him, Blue Jays starter
    Marcus Stroman said.Edwin Encarnacion homered and drove in three runs as Toronto
    handed the Twins their ninth straight loss.Theres all different kinds of ways to
    lose games, Twins manager Paul Molitor said. That one was particularly
    difficult.The Blue Jays trailed 7-6 in the eighth when Kevin Pillar doubled with
    one out off Ryan Pressly (6-6). Upton followed with a triple past a diving Max
    Kepler in shallow right.Kepler slipped and fell trying to retrieve the ball, and
    accidentally kicked it onto the warning track. That allowed Upton to score
    standing up as a sellout crowd of 47,485 cheered wildly.I kind of knew it would
    be a triple once it got by him, Upton Jr. said, but rounding second I saw (third
    base coach Luis Perez) kept waving me and I kept going.A disappointed Kepler
    stared into his locker for several minutes before speaking with reporters.I made
    three mistakes, Kepler said. I take the blame.Molitor said he had no issue with
    Keplers aggressive dive.Sometimes we try to do too much and sometimes we play a
    little tentative and try not to make a mistake, Molitor said. Id rather have to
    back guys off than to get them going.Jason Grilli (5-3) worked one inning for
    the win and Roberto Osuna finished for his 29th save.A win like that can get
    some good things going for us, Grilli said.Manager John Gibbons agreed.That was
    a huge game, falling behind like we did and then to come back, Gibbons said. A
    little reminiscent of last year. It was a much-needed win.Minnesota led 5-0
    before the Blue Jays rallied. Encarnacion hit his 36th homer and leads the AL
    with 105 RBI.Trevor Plouffe homered for the second straight game. He hadnt
    connected since July 1 before his first-inning drive Friday night.Dozier singled
    and scored on a wild pitch by Marcus Stroman in the first, singled again in the
    third, then hit a two-run double in Minnesotas four-run fourth.After Encarnacion
    homered in the sixth to make it 5-3, Plouffe homered off Bo Schultz in the
    seventh.Toronto chased starter Ervin Santana while scoring three times in the
    seventh. Pressly relieved with the bases loaded and gave up a two-run single to
    Josh Donaldson. Encarnacion followed with an RBI single off the glove of Plouffe
    at third.Things just snowballed, Molitor said. Youve got a team thats certainly
    capable of scoring runs in a hurry and got a little momentum.SEVEN UPToronto has
    won consecutive games in which it has allowed seven or more runs. The Blue Jays
    are 6-18 in such games this season.ROSTER SHUFFLEThe Blue Jays recalled Schultz
    from Triple-A Buffalo. LHP Aaron Loup was designated for assignment.PERSONAL
    MILESTONEDoziers two-run double gave him a career-best 78 RBI.TRAINERS
    ROOMTwins: 1B Joe Mauer returned after missing three games with a sore
    quadriceps.Blue Jays: C Russell Martin got the day off. ... 2B Devon Travis
    returned after missing four games with a sore knuckle on his right ring finger,
    while OF Michael Saunders was back after missing two games with a sore
    hamstring. ... Pillar started after being scratched Friday because of flulike
    symptoms.UP NEXTTwins: RHP Kyle Gibson (5-8, 5.09) is 1-1 with a 4.42 ERA in
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    Associated Press NFL All-Pro team Friday. A knee injury to strike forward Sam
    Burgess could sink South Sydneys NRL season even lower.The Rabbitohs crashed to
    their sixth successive loss in Cairns on Sunday, a 20-0 defeat to premiers North
    Queensland.Souths need to win seven of their last eight games if they are to
    avoid missing the finals for the first time under coach Michael Maguire, who
    moved to Redfern in 2012.Making matters worse could be a knee injury to Burgess,
    who limped off Barlow Park late in Souths round 17 loss to the Cowboys.Burgess
    will go for scans on his knee on Monday and if he faces any sort of time on the
    sidelines, the Rabbitohs slim finals hopes will be hit hard.The dual
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    in rugby union. He ran for 97m from 12 runs on Sundday and made 34
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    Maguire is doing his best to put a positive spin on the situation at
    Redfern.This club has been through a lot, well before I got here, he said.After
    the bye, Souths face Brisbane at ANZ Stadium after State of Origin III on
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    the Warriors (away), Cronulla (home), Newcastle (away) and Canterbury (away) in
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