Sergio Santos to be excused from Blue Jays for birth of child

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After tomorrow’s game Blue Jays closer Sergio Santos will be away from the team through at least Saturday to be with his wife for the birth of their child.

It’s not bad timing for a break after Santos blew back-to-back saves to begin the season and the Blue Jays can turn to Francisco Cordero as the fill-in closer.

Santos will have the job waiting for him when he returns, but if Cordero pitches well in the meantime and Santos struggles in his first few appearances back it’ll be tough to avoid a closer controversy in Toronto.

Justin Verlander earns 200th career win

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Astros starter Justin Verlander wasn’t his usual dominant self on Sunday against the Athletics, but he was good enough to get the win. In doing so, he earned the 200th win of his career, becoming the 117th member of the 200-win club.

Verlander went 5 1/3 innings, yielding four runs (all earned) on seven hits and a walk with six strikeouts. On the season, Verlander is now 12-8 with a 2.65 ERA and a 223/29 K/BB ratio in 169 2/3 innings. Sunday’s win helped the Astros stave off the surging A’s. The Astros now have a one-game lead in the AL West.

Only two active pitchers have more wins than Verlander: Bartolo Colon (247) and CC Sabathia (244). Zack Greinke will likely be the next member of the 200-win club as he currently has 184 to his name.