Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson padded his candidacy for the American League Most Valuable Player Award, sending the Blue Jays home with a win on Sunday against the Rays after belting a walk-off solo home run. The blast, off of reliever Steve Geltz, broke a 4-4 tie.
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Donaldson finished 1-for-4 on the afternoon. He’s hitting .299/.373/.578 with 41 home runs, 122 RBI (leads the majors), 121 runs scored (leads the majors), and 40 doubles. Before Donaldson, the last hitter with 40+ homers and 120+ runs and RBI in a season was Albert Pujols back in 2009.
Donaldson and Angels outfielder Mike Trout are the two leading candidates for the AL MVP award. Per FanGraphs, Donaldson has an extremely narrow WAR lead, 8.5 to 8.3. Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper leads the majors at 9.7.