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Toronto Blue Jays
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J.P. Arencibia hit a two-out, two-run homer in the ninth inning off Fernando Rodney and the Toronto Blue Jays completed their comeback from a seven-run deficit, beating the Tampa Bay Rays 8-7 on Monday night.
The last time Toronto rallied from at least seven runs down to win was June 5, 2007, when it overcame an 8-1 margin to beat Tampa Bay 12-11, STATS said.
Tampa Bay last lost a lead of at least seven runs was May 25, 2009, when Cleveland came back from a 10-0 deficit to win 11-10.
This time, Evan Longoria hit his third career grand slam as Tampa Bay built a 7-0 lead that Jeremy Hellickson and four Rays relievers failed to protect before a season-low crowd of 9,952 at Tropicana Field.
Colby Rasmus and Mark DeRosa also hit two-run homers for Toronto.
Toronto trailed 7-6 when Adam Lind drew a leadoff walk in the ninth from Rodney (1-1). Pinch-runner Emilio Bonifacio stole second and continued to third on catcher Jose Molina's throwing error with no outs.
Rodney retired the next two batters before Arencibia lined a 2-2 pitch into the left-field seats. Arencibia, who pinch-hit in the sixth inning and stayed in the game to catch, hit his ninth home run.
Darren Oliver (1-1) pitched one scoreless inning and Casey Janssen worked a perfect ninth for his eighth save.
Longoria's seventh homer of the season was the biggest blow in a seven-run third inning against Mark Buerhle.
Rasmus hit a two-run homer off Hellickson in the fourth and DeRosa added a two-run, pinch-hit shot off reliever Jake McGee in the sixth.
Down 7-5, Toronto had the potential tying runs in scoring position in the seventh and eighth, but was only able to get one runner home -- on Jose Bautista's bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the eighth off Rodney.
Buehrle allowed seven runs and nine hits in six innings. He has now yielded eight home runs over his last three starts.
Luke Scott also homered in Tampa Bay's burst. The third inning was helped by Kelly Johnson's fly ball that landed over the head of Rasmus in center field for a RBI single, as well as Ryan Roberts' check-swing infield single that loaded the bases for Longoria.
Rays manager Joe Maddon asked the umpiring crew to review Johnson's single to see if it had bounced off one of the catwalks that support the roof at Tropicana Field and therefore should have been ruled a home run. The crew returned to the field after looking at the video and the play stood.
Despite being staked to the seven-run lead, Hellickson only lasted five innings. The right-hander yielded Rasmus' homer and Melky Cabrera's RBI single in the fourth and was replaced by McGee after throwing 101 pitches.
NOTES: Longoria's grand slam was his first since May 1, 2009 against Boston. ... Tampa Bay SS Yunel Escobar was out of the starting lineup for the second straight game with a bruised left hand. He entered as a defensive replacement in the sixth inning. ... Rays 2B Ben Zobrist is due to return Tuesday after leaving the team for two games following the death of his grandmother. ... Blue Jays manager John Gibbons decided to start C Henry Blanco instead of Arencibia. "I just want to run one game like that," Gibbons said. "It's just something I want to look at." Blanco's previous six starts this season came with knuckleballer R.A. Dickey pitching. Arencibia pinch-hit for Blanco in the sixth.
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In Tuesday night's Blue Jays-Rays game, Toronto starting pitcher JA Happ was hit in the side of the head by a line drive off the bat of Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings. Happ was taken off the field on a stretcher with his head immobilized, and he offered the crowd a wave of his hand as he left the field. Video of the incident is below the jump, but I must warn you that it...
Toronto Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ had to leave Tuesday night's game against the Tampa Bay Rays on a stretcher after being struck in the side of the head by a line drive by Rays batter Desmond Jennings in the second inning.
Happ was taken to the hospital and is reportedly in stable condition while undergoing some tests. We wish Happ a speedy recovery.
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The second inning turned scary at Tropicana Field.
Toronto Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ was immobilized and removed from the field on a stretcher with one out in the bottom of the second Tuesday after being hit in the head with a line drive off the bat of Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Desmond Jennings. Medical staff attended to Happ, and players from both teams watched from the...
Toronto Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ is expected to leave the hospital on Wednesday after suffering a line drive to the head off the bat of Tampa Bay batter Desmond Jennings.
We anticipate that he will be discharged today after testing and will provide an update later on with further information.
— Blue Jays-Official(@BlueJays) May 8, 2013
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Scenes just like the one that unfolded at Tropicana Field Tuesday night is exactly why I never wanted to play pitcher when I was a kid. In the second inning Toronto Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ was nailed in the head with a line drive by Tampa Bay Rays Desmond Jennings. Happ collapsed upon contact and was eventually taken off the field in a stretcher.
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In a frightening scene at Tropicana Field, Desmond Jennings' second-inning liner caromed squarely off the left side of Happ's head with a loud "thwack!" that could...
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