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17.04.2019 04:00
Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson Antworten

is in the lineup for Thursday's game with Single-A Dunedin Blaine Boyer Jersey , and giving the team one more chance at trading him before Friday's deadline, per Sportsnet.UPDATE: Josh Donaldson is in the lineup tonight for single-A Dunedin.— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) August 30, 2018Donaldson returned to the lineup on聽Tuesday, but he was supposed to miss Wednesday's game with a nagging calf/leg injury. However, that game was rained out, giving Donaldson the chance to play and showcase himself one last time to a team that may want to trade for the 2015 AL MVP.It's been a frustrating and very strange sequence of events for Donaldson and the Blue Jays over the past few months. He last played for the Jays on May 28, but missed three months of action with a calf injury. Toronto only has until Friday night to work out a deal for Donaldson, but he can't be traded if he's still injured.advertising Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY SportsThe Blue Jays probably won't earn much in a potential trade for Donaldson, given his injury-plagued season and the fact he's a free agent in the winter. But it'd be better than losing him for nothing, and they have a slight chance of trading the soon-to-be 33-year-old before time runs out.Before the 2018 season started, Donaldson told reporters that he and the Blue Jays weren't in the "same ball park," during contract talks. As such , it's more likely than not he's playing his final days with the team.In 36 games this season, Donaldson is batting .234 with five home runs, 16 RBI and an OPS of .757. Those aren't great stats, but a healthy Donaldson could be the final piece for a playoff team's championship puzzle. He's one of the game's top all-around hitters and plays Gold Glove-caliber defense at third base.advertisingThe Cleveland Indians, St. Louis Cardinals and New York Yankees have been mentioned as possible suitors for Donaldson. At this point, the Blue Jays will probably take anything they can get for him, so we'll see how it plays out over the next 30 or so hours. A doubleheader Saturday at Camden Yards is not an ideal scenario for the Houston Astros.The defending World Series champions are steamrolling their way into the postseason and do not need any injuries or pitching issues to get in the way in their quest to win the title again.Nonetheless, Houston and Baltimore will play a single-admission doubleheader after the game Thursday was postponed because of rain. The nightcap will begin 30 minutes after the conclusion of the opener.Article continues below ...Houston took the opener 2-1 on Friday. The Astros clinched their second straight AL West title on Tuesday. The Astros open a best-of-five Division Series matchup against Cleveland at home on Oct. 5.Houston manager AJ Hinch wants to make sure his players don’t get complacent against the hapless Orioles. “I have stressed to them not to get sloppy,” Hinch said. “You don’t want to play like it’s spring training, then have to go back into playoff mode.”As a result, the series in Baltimore will simply be a tuneup for the postseason. Justin Verlander (16-9, 2.60 ERA) will start the first game Saturday Melky Cabrera Jersey , looking to boost his chances for the 2018 American League Cy Young Award.Verlander has a career-high 280 strikeouts and will likely add to the total against the struggling Orioles. Verlander is 10-5 with a 3.75 ERA in 20 starts against Baltimore. “He’s had some pretty good ones as an Astro,” Hinch said. “When he comes out and sets that kind of tone and gets those swings and misses and the strikeouts, it’s a pretty special day for us.”Dallas Keuchel (12-11, 2.75 ERA) has already set a career high with 272 strikeouts. The left-hander is 5-0 with a 3.54 ERA with 65 strikeouts in his last seven starts.In Keuchel’s last outing against Toronto, he picked up his first win since Sept. 3, (12-11) allowing three runs and seven hits in five innings. He also amassed more than 200 innings in a season for the third time in his career.“It means more to me now than it did the first time,” Keuchel said, alluding to the Astros’ stellar run during the past two years.Keuchel is 3-2 with 2.80 ERA in seven starts against the Orioles. Meanwhile, Baltimore is on course to endure the worst season in franchise history The biggest question facing the Orioles during this final weekend of the season is whether manager Buck Showalter will return to the club in 2019. He was not worried about the uncertainty or expects anyone from the front office to update his status until the final pitch Sunday. “I’ve got a contract through the end of October, so nobody needs to or has to do that,” Showalter said. “There’s a lot of people in this world like that. Who am I? I mean, really? Is it that important? No.”For Baltimore Justin Verlander Jersey , Dylan Bundy will start the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader and Yefry Ramírez will start the nightcap. Bundy (8-16, 5.49 ERA) has struggled in the second half of the season. Ramirez (1-7, 6.07 ERA) is trying to make his case to be part of the rotation in 2019. Nonetheless, both pitchers will play a part in the Orioles’ rebuild. “I think in today’s game a lot depends on how quick the young pitching comes,” Showalter said. “You look at what separates the Houstons. You talk about all the things they do on the field and the good position players, but you’ve got three guys throwing 200 innings, it lets you do a lot of things with your bullpen that other people can’t do.“You try to do it as fast as you can, but you’ve got to do it with your nose down and grind each day and you might be surprised where you stand when those days are behind you.”

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