MacArthur: Blue Jays head home feeling good

Scott MacArthur
9/8/2013 6:44:20 PM
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MINNEAPOLIS - The Blue Jays swept a series for the first time since June 21-23 (Baltimore), the final three victories of the 11-game winning streak.

With Sunday's 2-0 win over the Twins, Toronto has won 10 of its last 13 games. The club has won four-consecutive series for the first time this season.


Esmil Rogers won both of his starts on the trip, following up his 6 1/3 innings of shutout baseball in Phoenix with 7 2/3 innings scoreless against the Twins, his longest outing of the season.

There are a lot of moving parts when it comes to next season's rotation, with only R.A. Dickey and Mark Buehrle seemingly locks for starting spots.

If Rogers is auditioning, he's not worrying about it.

"That's one of the reasons, when you go home and the office thinks about it, they're going to think about September, how everybody did in September," said Rogers. "When you finish the season a lot of people forget a little bit about that because September is more close to the finish of the season. I try to take the opportunity and I try to be ready every time that I get it."


The Blue Jays believe a strong finish will set the table for a more successful 2014.

"It's better for us as players because it gets our confidence better for what's going to happen for next year," said Jose Reyes. "If we finish the season strong, playing very good baseball, when we go to spring training we believe as players we can do it. It's been a disappointing season for us but the way that we've played lately is the way we're supposed to play."

"There are young guys here that we want to teach them the winning mentality," said Casey Janssen. "Not to be light and loose when we lose and to be frustrated and also, what comes with winning is coming to the park and putting a smile on your face and passing the time in a positive way."


With each save, Casey Janssen adds to his personal single-season career high.

He picked up his 29th in Sunday's 2-0 win over the Twins. The next stop is 30, which seems like a nice number.

"If I get 30 and there are two weeks left in the season am I going to be content," asked Janssen. "I don't really have a special number. I just want to go out there and try to save every game possible and obviously help our team win."


Shortstop Jose Reyes is looking forward to being healthy in next season.

Having started all but one of the Blue Jays games since his return on June 26 from a 66-game absence with sprained left ankle, Reyes says he's pleased with the way he's progressing as the season draws to a close.

"I feel like it's way better," said Reyes. "I think the last two weeks it's coming along very good. It feels a lot looser, (I feel pain) still a little bit but it's way better than it was before. So, you know, that's good to see. I feel happy about it that I can run on the field; do my stuff without thinking about anything else."

Reyes is putting in the time. He estimates he spends 90 minutes daily doing a combination of ankle-specific exercises, massage and hot tub treatment to prepare his ankle for each game.

"To be honest with you, when I'm on the field, I don't feel it," he said. "When I'm slowing down, I can run full speed with no problem without thinking about it, it's when I'm slowing down. Like I said, the last two weeks have been way better. I feel like me playing the game."


Mark Buehrle will pitch on Tuesday, followed by R.A. Dickey on Wednesday and J.A. Happ on Thursday.

With off days last Thursday and on Monday, the Blue Jays elected to skip Todd Redmond's turn in the rotation to better control his workload.

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