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SportsRosie DiManno: Josh Donaldson has the Braves reaching for their umbrellas in a win over the Blue Jays

08:40  03 september  2019
08:40  03 september  2019 Source:   thestar.com

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A jack over the wall and an umbrella held aloft as a prop in a dash through the dugout afterward. Why didn’t we think of that? On a torrid afternoon in Atlanta — 39 C at opening pitch — Donaldson also scored two other runs in a 6-3 dispatch of the visitors, some 24 hours after the Blue Jays had been

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Rosie DiManno: Josh Donaldson has the Braves reaching for their umbrellas in a win over the Blue Jays© John Amis Josh Donaldson, who went 0-for-7 in Toronto last week, was too much for the Jays in Atlanta, hitting his 34th homer and scoring three runs Monday.

Under my umbrella ella-ella-eh-eh. (Courtesy of Rihanna.)

What began as a simulated GIF for Josh Donaldson — once upon a time the Bringer of Rain for Toronto — has turned into a delightful real thing in his slugger resurrection as a Brave. A jack over the wall and an umbrella held aloft as a prop in a dash through the dugout afterward.

Why didn’t we think of that?

Last week, in his return to the Rogers Centre, Donaldson clearly wanted to put on a long-ball show, swinging for the fences but going 0-for-7 through a pair of games.

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Blue Jays should think about how they can build around the Bringer of Rain, not how they can build by trading him. The Donaldson of old powers Jays to win over White Sox. Back-to-back shin ailments plagued him “I’ve been able to put in a lot of work the last week or so,” Donaldson said afterwards.

All the shades, all the facets, of Josh Donaldson — Most Vital Player. The pith and the pendulum of the Blue Jays . This was the Donaldson that everybody Turning on a third inning 2-and-2 curveball that passed just fetchingly enough across the meat of the plate, cranking it over the wall in left centre

Didn’t take long for the third baseman to do damage in a Monday matinee at SunTrust Park, though, with an opposite-field, two-run shot off starter Jacob Waguespack in the first inning, pouncing on a misplaced fastball fat and juicy over the middle.

On a torrid afternoon in Atlanta — 39 C at opening pitch — Donaldson also scored two other runs in a 6-3 dispatch of the visitors, some 24 hours after the Blue Jays had been no-hit by Justin Verlander at home.

Weird pitching line for Waguespack, who took the loss: four runs, two earned, on just one hit through four innings. Five walks explains it, including three in the third, which also included a Brandon Drury boot.

Free passes and a brace of errors told the tale, manager Charlie Montoyo said. “Somehow, I don’t know how, we managed to stay in the game until the end. The pitchers did a good job in relief, they kept us in the game. But most of the time, when you do that against good teams, you’re just not going to win the game.”

Blue Jays do just enough to leave Atlanta’s Canadian starter Mike Soroka disappointed again

Blue Jays do just enough to leave Atlanta’s Canadian starter Mike Soroka disappointed again Mike Soroka, the Atlanta Braves’ Canadian starter, is still looking for his first big-league win in Toronto. But he has to be happier with his second start on the Rogers Centre mound, even if it ended in a 3-1 Blue Jays win. The 22-year-old Calgary native bore the weight of expectation the first time he pitched on home soil in a big-league game last June. He arrived in Toronto with a 2.57 ERA through his first four big-league starts, but couldn’t get out of the fifth inning in his fifth, allowing four runs on eight hits in 42/3 innings. More than a year later, he has given up more runs just once.

Rosie DiManno (born c. 1956) is a Canadian journalist who has worked at the Toronto Star since beginning her career in 1975. In 2012 the Canadian Olympic Committee honored DiManno for covering over 10 Olympic games. Dimanno was born in Toronto to Italian immigrants.

From the Blue Jays to the Rangers. Recap: Jays win ALDS Game 1. It was his second homer in Toronto’s second post-season Donaldson doubled sharply down the right-field line, the ball flicking off Adrian Beltre’s glove, while Carrera came pounding around with the first run of the game. The reigning MVP hit a little flare to centre, reaching safely in five consecutive plate appearances while

While Toronto dinged Calgary-born Braves starter Mike Soroka for five hits across five innings — including homers by Randal Grichuk and Rowdy Tellez —they were shut down by the Atlanta bullpen. The Braves sealed things in the eighth when Bo Bichette botched a routine ground ball that rolled up his arm, putting Donaldson on base, and Johan Camargo followed with a pinch-hit two-run homer.

So, a nice piece of Labour Day labour for Donaldson, now at 34 home runs and closing in on his career best of 41. That umbrella shtick, he emphasized, didn’t spring out of his brain. “The guys have kind of taken off with it. It’s pretty cool. I like it but there is no way I could have ever come up with that.”

He extended accolades to the bullpen, however. “To just put enough runs up there for these guys to close the door, it’s been pretty awesome to watch.”

Bullpen footnote: Following Donaldson’s lead, and with Atlanta burning, some relievers broke open the parasols waiting for the call.

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The Braves needed Josh Donaldson . Call this one a perfect match. By only committing to Donaldson for a year, the NL East- winning Braves addressed their top priority After taking over at the Braves ' GM, Anthopoulos brought along much of the training staff that worked for him in Toronto.

For Josh Donaldson , it's over while he's at his absolute best and the future pivots around him — something to hold onto. A sentimentalist would assume that was top of mind on Sunday — last day of baseball for the Blue Jays , 2-1 victors over wild-card-game-bound New York, finally clawing out of

  • Short with the other circuit: With the defeat, Toronto became the first team in major-league history to lose 16 games in interleague play in one season. The Jays could break their own record in the back end of this two-game Tuesday, when the Braves send right-hander Mike Foltynewicz to the mound against … um ... “We honestly don’t know,” Montoyo said. “An opener and a guy.”
  • You look familiar: Right-hander Ryan Tepera, on the bump for the Jays for the first time since May 20, got the ball for the seventh, walked Rafael Ortega, struck out Charlie Culberson, threw over second base attempting to nail Ortega on the steal, then finished his outing by striking out Ronald Acuna and Ozzie Albies ... The Jays reinstated left-hander Clayton Richard, who hasn’t pitched since July 13. The 35-year-old missed the first eight weeks of the season with a stress reaction in his right knee and the past seven weeks with a left lat strain ... Left-hander Thomas Pannone was recalled from Triple-A.
  • Coming up: The Jays had yet to confirm their September roster fattening late Monday. But it was expected the call-ups would include outfielders Jonathan Davis and Anthony Alford, and up-down shortstop Richard Urena. Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reported pitchers Anthony Kay and T.J. Zeuch would join the team as well. Kay was part of the return from the Mets in the trade deadline chucking of Marcus Stroman. Zeuch threw a no-hitter for Buffalo on Aug. 19.

Rosie DiManno is a columnist based in Toronto covering sports and current affairs. Follow her on Twitter: @rdimanno

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