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New York Yankees v Toronto Blue Jays

Video: Jose Bautista hits missile for his 28th home run

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Jose Bautista jumped all over this Luis Severino offering in the third inning Sunday in Toronto …

That’s the 28th homer of the year for Bautista and it capped off a three-run third inning for the Jays.

As play opened Sunday, the Yankees held a 1 1/2 game lead over the Blue Jays in the AL East.

Bryce Harper back in Nationals’ lineup on Sunday after fouling ball off his foot Saturday night

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Bryce Harper had to be lifted from Saturday’s 12-6 loss to the Giants after fouling a ball off his left foot in the top of the seventh inning. But he’ll play through the bruise on Sunday afternoon …

Harper is batting .332/.456/.644 with 30 home runs and 73 RBI in 109 games this season for the Nationals, who currently stand 4 1/2 games back of the Mets in the NL East standings. Washington is 9 1/2 games back of the second National League Wild Card spot, so catching New York is really the only option.

Brewers release statement on David Denson; Ryan Braun: “I think everybody is supportive”

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Brewers minor leaguer David Denson revealed this weekend to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he is gay, becoming the first openly gay player in MLB-affiliated ball. Soon enough this will be such a non-issue that it won’t warrant a blog post or a bunch of released statements, or even an announcement. But here’s a nice public pledge of support from the Brewers’ sitting general manager, Doug Melvin

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Ryan Braun also shared some good words on Sunday morning: “I think everybody is supportive. Overall, we realize it’s a courageous decision by him, to come out and embrace his true self. I’ve never met him but I hope baseball as a whole is at a point where we judge people by their ability and not their race, religion, ethnicity or sexuality. I can’t speak for everybody on our team but he would be accepted and supported by me. And I would hope all of my teammates feel the same way.”