Video: Kevin Pillar robs Miguel Sano of extra bases with awesome diving catch

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It’s been a year of highlight reel plays for Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar. He added to his resume tonight with this diving catch to rob Twins rookie Miguel Sano of extra bases:

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The Blue Jays finished off four-game sweep of the Twins with a 9-3 victory tonight. Winners of five straight and eight out of their last nine, they are now in the driver’s seat for the Wild Card spot in the American League. The Blue Jays sit 4 1/2 games behind the first-place Yankees in the American League East and will attempt to make up some ground with a three-game series in the Bronx this weekend.

Astros’ Verlander to have elbow surgery, miss rest of season

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Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the rest of the season.

The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner announced the news Saturday on his Instagram account in a 1½-minute video.

“In my simulated game a couple days ago, I felt something in my elbow, and after looking at my MRI and conversing with some of the best doctors in the world, we’ve determined that Tommy John surgery is my best option,” Verlander said.

He threw to hitters on Wednesday for the first time since he was injured in the team’s opener on July 24. He threw 50 pitches in the bullpen before throwing about 25 pitches to hitters in two simulated innings.

“I tried as hard as I could to come back and play this season,” Verlander said. “Unfortunately, my body just didn’t cooperate.”

Verlander has been on the injured list with a right forearm strain. He went 21-6 with a 2.58 ERA in 2019.

“Obviously, this is not good news,” Verlander said. “However, I’m going to handle this the only way I know how. I’m optimistic. I’m going to put my head down, work hard, attack this rehab and hopefully, come out the other side better for it.

“I truly believe everything that everything happens for a reason, and although 2020 has sucked, hopefully, when this rehab process is all said and done, this will allow me to charge through the end of my career and be healthy as long as I want and pitch as long as I want and accomplish some of the goals that I want in my career.”

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