Corey Patterson keeps on rolling with four more hits Sunday

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Corey Patterson followed up his 5-for-7 day Saturday by going 4-for-5 with another homer as part of the Blue Jays’ 13-4 win over the White Sox on Sunday.

He’s the first player to collect nine hits in two games since Minnesota’s Denard Span did it Aug. 7-8, 2009.  He’s the first player to do it with two of them being homers since Atlanta’s Marcus Giles on July 28-29, 2003.

Patterson, who probably wouldn’t have made the Jays out of spring training if not for an injury to Scott Podsednik, has raised his average from .268 to .301 the last two days.  His homer Saturday was a walkoff blast in the 14th.  Today, he had a two-run shot off John Danks in the fourth.

It was one of three homers the Blue Jays hit off Danks.  Aaron Hill and Edwin Encarnacion went back-to-back off him in the first inning.  It was the first homer of the season for each.

The Blue Jays ended up taking the final three games in the four-game series to move back over .500 at 27-26.  The White Sox are 24-31 on the season.

Phillies, Red Sox interested in Carlos Santana

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The Phillies and Red Sox appear intent on pursuing free agent first baseman Carlos Santana, MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reports. Santana rejected a one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer from the Indians on Thursday and is expected to draw widespread interest on the market this winter. The Mets, Mariners, Angels and Indians could make a play for the infielder, though no serious offers have been made this early in the offseason.

Santana, 31, is coming off of a seven-year track with the Indians. He batted .259/.363/.455 with 23 home runs and 3.0 fWAR last season, making 2017 the fourth-most valuable year of his career to date. Although he was primarily stationed at first base over the last year, he could step back into a hybrid first base/DH role with the Red Sox, who are hurting for infield depth with Hanley Ramirez still working his way back from shoulder surgery.

As for Santana’s other suitors, the Mariners are far less likely to pursue a deal after trading for Ryon Healy last Wednesday. Neither the Mets nor the Phillies have a DH spot to offer the veteran infielder, and the Phillies’ Rhys Hoskins appears to be blocking the way at first base. Then again, Santana may not find a more enticing offer outside of Cleveland, where Edwin Encarnacion might otherwise be the club’s best option at first base. During the GM meetings, Indians’ GM Mike Chernoff said he “love to have both [Santana and Jay Bruce] back” in 2018, but hasn’t backed up that love with any contract talks just yet.