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KANSAS CITY – For the fourth time in seven games, the Blue Jays blew a lead of at least three runs. While it would be easy to lay this one on the bullpen - Steve Delabar, Brett Cecil, Sergio Santos and Esmil Rogers got tagged for eight runs in the final two innings - this loss, by a final score of 10-7 to the Royals, was a total team effort. So much so, in fact, that manager John Gibbons, Kansas Citys bench coach as recently as 2011, took a veiled shot at his club while praising his old team. “I will say one thing about that team over there, because I was there when they were young,” said Gibbons. “They play nine innings. I dont care, up or down, they compete and they get after your ass and thats why theyre going to end up winning it one day.” Perhaps Gibbons was upset with catcher Dioner Navarro, who put on a clinic of how not to play defence in the second inning. First, with Royals at the corners and one out, Navarro attempted to back hand a Dustin McGowan slider in the dirt. The ball skipped off Navarros shin guard and towards the Royals first base dugout. Billy Butler, the runner on third, scored. Later in the second, again with runners at the corners, Navarro inexplicably attempted to throw out Alcides Escobar trying to steal second. The throw was offline and bounced into centrefield, allowing Alex Gordon, who was on third, to score. Perhaps Gibbons was upset with Edwin Encarnacion who, with two runners on and one out in the seventh, didnt hustle down the first baseline on a ground ball back to pitcher Kelvin Herrera. Usually a routine play, Herreras throw brought first baseman Eric Hosmer off the bas,e but because Encarnacion was only halfway down the line, Hosmer had plenty of time to collect himself and step on the bag for the out. Perhaps Gibbons was frustrated with Colby Rasmus and Jose Bautista, who converged on Gordons lead-off fly ball to right centrefield in the seventh. Neither took charge - its Rasmus job to do so - and the ball bounced on the warning track for a lead-off double. The Jays had a 5-2 lead at the time. Gordon would score one hitter later when Salvador Perez hit a two-run home run off of Delabar, marking the start of the Kansas City comeback. Perhaps Gibbons was frustrated with Melky Cabrera, who did tack on two more hits for a league-leading 41, but who also had a poor night in left field. Twice Royals runners took an extra base on Cabreras arm. Once because he displayed no urgency in getting the ball back to the infield and Cabrera also missed a cut-off man in the Royals six-run eighth, allowing a second run to score on a single by Omar Infante. The Blue Jays fell to 12-14. Gibbons called it a “crappy game.” Under the cirumstances, he was being polite. McGOWANS STRONG OUTING; STROMAN MAKES STATEMENT As Dustin McGowan took the mound in Tuesday nights series opener against the Royals, Marcus Stroman was wrapping up, perhaps, his most impressive appearance in his brief professional career. The two are linked. The belief is that the Blue Jays are growing weary of McGowans inability to work deep into ballgames; manager John Gibbons has repeatedly offered that he liked McGowans work out of the bullpen last season, thinking hes better suited to a one or two-inning role. McGowan is a type-1 diabetic and, as first reported by TSN.ca, he wore his insulin pump in an attempt to regulate his blood sugar level - it tends to skyrocket during games - and alleviate the fatigue that overtakes him in the middle innings. He pitched into the seventh inning for the first time this season, granted it was just one batter and Alex Gordon doubled, but it was a step forward. McGowan allowed three runs, two earned, on three hits, three walks and two strikeouts. He left with a lead, which was coughed up by the bullpen. “Real encouraged,” said McGowan. “I got deep in the game and thats all Ive been wanting to do. Sometimes the results are overshadowed by the innings you pitch, but as long as you get deep in games, good things happen once you get deep in games.” Stroman is among the clubs top pitching prospects and of those prospects, is considered to be the most major league ready. He showed it in Buffalo on Tuesday, hurling six hitless innings, striking out 10 and walking only one in what could be his final Bisons appearance before hes added to the 40-man roster and brought up to pitch in Pittsburgh this weekend. Gibbons has talked about using a six-man rotation through the next turn. The Blue Jays dont have another off day until May 19, which prevents Gibbons from rearranging the order of the rotation to facilitate additional days off for certain pitchers. If the Jays were weighing whether to go with McGowan or J.A. Happ on Monday in Philadelphia, after Stroman starts on Sunday in Pittsburgh, McGowans performance may have bought him at least one more start. GETZ ARRIVES; GOINS TO BUFFALO Chris Getz was shagging fly balls during Triple-A Buffalos batting practice on Monday afternoon when minor league field coordinator Doug Davis waved him in to give him the news he was on his way back to the big leagues. A former Royal who played in Kansas City for four seasons and not immediately aware of the Blue Jays next opponent, Getz was surprised to hear of his first stop destination. “It was pretty funny because I knew they had the off day and then Doug mentioned that, Hey, youve got a flight at 6:30 and youre heading to Kansas City,” said Getz. “Heading to Kansas City? I already played with them. Of course, Im playing against them, but it was cool to come back here and see a lot of familiar faces, teammates, but even the people working at the park. You get to know them over the years and theyre such good people here. I just kind of feel at home.” Getzs contract was selected from the Bisons in time for Tuesday nights opener with the Royals. He replaces Ryan Goins, who was optioned to Buffalo after a slow start at the plate. In 24 games and 66 plate appearances, Goins posted a slash line of .150/.203/.217 (.420 OPS), with one home run. “He was having good at-bats,” said hitting coach Kevin Seitzer. “I think if we were, as a group, doing better top-to-bottom, he would probably still be here. I dont know, thats not my decision, but I felt like his at-bats were getting better and better the last week, week-and-a-half.” This isnt it for Goins. The Blue Jays value his glove. Expect him to be back. “I told him, You go down there, be a good teammate, work hard, keep a good attitude which I know you will and apply the stuff that we worked on,” said Seitzer. “I said, I want you building confidence in everything youve done to this point to where you come back and dont go back.” Getz is a solid defensive second baseman who will bring a little more offence than Goins. For his six-year career with the White Sox and Royals, Getz, 30, is a .251/.310/.309 hitter. Tony Cingrani . Ibrahimovic put PSG ahead when he got in front of his marker to neatly flick in Lucass cross in the 59th minute. New signing Yohan Cabaye came on as a second-half substitute and headed Ezequiel Lavezzis cross against the post in the 87th. Moments later, Lucas set up another goal from the right when fellow countryman Alex turned in his corner with a strikers finish. Miles Mikolas .com) - The red-hot Los Angeles Kings take aim at an eighth straight victory on Monday night as they wrap up a road trip versus the Calgary Flames. http://www.custommlbcardinalsjersey.com/ .com) - Eric Fehrs goal 42 seconds into overtime lifted the Washington Capitals to a 5-4 come-from-behind victory over Columbus, halting the Blue Jackets seven-game win streak. Roger Maris . Although taking two of three from the Baltimore Orioles wasnt nearly as uplifting as winning the World Series, it still felt pretty darn good. Felix Doubront and four relievers combined kept Baltimores potent lineup in check, and David Ortiz had three of Bostons 12 hits off Wei-Yin Chen in a 4-3 victory Thursday night. Tyler ONeill .ca presents its latest weekly power rankings for the 2013-14 Barclays Premier League season.(Sports Network) - The Toronto Blue Jays will look to make it two in a row against the New York Yankees as they continue their three game series. Lefty J.A. Happ will take the mound for the Jays, while the Yankees will counter with veteran Andy Pettitte. R.A. Dickey gave up two runs -- one earned -- on six hits and three walks over 6 1/3 innings of work in the Jays series opening 5-2 win over the Yankees. Edwin Encarnacion drove in two runs as the Blue Jays picked up their second straight win following a seven-game slide. Toronto also beat New York for the first time since April 21 at home. The Jays recent 10-game slide to the Yankees included getting swept last week in four games at the Bronx, where the club is 0-10 this year. "We want to finish the season strong," Torontos Jose Reyes said. "Every win from now on is going to be huge." J.A. Happ fell to 2-1 with a 5.46 ERA in five career encounters with the Yankees after giving up four runs on three hits and five walks over 5 1/3 innings. "I just walked two guys in the sixth inning and cost us the ball game," Happ noted. "I felt good making pitches, doing everything I could. I felt good about the way the game was going. Some crazy stuff happened in this game that Im just not going to talk about." The 30-year-old is 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA in four games since coming back from injury and 3-3 on the campaign with a 5.10 ERA in 11 starts. Having Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez in the lineup together for the first time this season did not result in a win for the New York Yankees. Things seemed to tilting towards New York on Monday night, as they were set to have Jeter in the lineup for only the sixth time this year. The shortstop hhas had three stints on the disabled list due to various leg ailments and went 0- for-3 with a walk in his first game since Aug.dddddddddddd 2. Manager Joe Girardi is expected to keep his eye on Jeters health in an effort to keep him healthy for the stretch run. The 39-year-old reported no problems after last nights contest. "I always feel like I can play," Jeter said. "I havent talked to (Girardi). My job here is to play, so Ill come here ready to play (Tuesday)." Rodriguez, meanwhile, hit his 650th career homer, 10 shy of Willie Mays for fourth on baseballs all-time list, but it was a solo shot and New York did little else against Toronto starter R.A. Dickey in a 5-2 loss. New York, meanwhile, lost for the third time in four games and sits 4 1/2 games back of the second wild card spot in the American League. It also is 7 1/2 contests back of first place in the AL East. Phil Hughes remained winless since July 2 after allowing five runs -- three earned thanks to an error by Ichiro Suzuki -- on seven hits and three walks over 4 2/3 innings for the Yankees, "Every time I feel like Im making progress ... it seems like I have these kind of hiccups," Hughes said. Andy Pettitte defeated Torontos J.A. Happ last Thursday to cap off the four- game sweep in New York and rematches with the left-hander tonight. Pettitte has won consecutive outings since going winless in five straight starts. He won for the first time since mid-July with a 10-3 decision in Boston on Aug. 16, then bested the Blue Jays with six innings of one-run ball in a 5-3 decision. The 41-year-old lefty is 9-9 with a 4.26 earned run average in 23 starts this year and has won both of his outings versus the Blue Jays in 2013. ' ' '