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Video: Steve Pearce hits his second walk-off grand slam in the last four games


Steve Pearce gave the Blue Jays an 8-4 walk-off win against the Athletics on Thursday, mashing a grand slam in the bottom of the 10th inning against reliever Liam Hendriks. It was the Jays’ second walk-off victory in a row, as the club had walked off 3-2 the previous day on a Kendrys Morales homer.

Pearce had another walk-off grand slam up his sleeve on Sunday afternoon, capping off a seven-run bottom of the ninth inning against the Angels to help his team overcome a 10-4 deficit. Angels reliever Brooks Pounders walked Ryan Goins to lead off the frame, then gave up a two-run home run to Kevin Pillar to bring the game to 10-6. Rob Refsnyder kept the rally going with a ground-rule double, chasing Pounders from the game.

Bud Norris relieved Pounders, but couldn’t change the momentum. Ezequiel Carrera and Russell Martin both singled, making it a 10-7 score. After Justin Smoak grounded out for the first out of the inning, Morales walked to load the bases for Pearce. Pearce took two balls before drilling a 94 MPH Norris fastball over the fence in left field to finalize the game at 11-10 in favor of the Jays and notch his second walk-off grand slam in the last four games.

Pearce finished 2-for-4 with a walk and a double along with the slam. He’s now hitting .267/.319/.462 with 10 home runs and 32 RBI in 213 plate appearances on the season.

Report: A’s trying to finish deal for Jeurys Familia

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The Athletics appear to be closing in on a deal for Mets’ right-hander Jeurys Familia, according to reports from ESPN’s Buster Olney. Nothing has been finalized just yet, however, as the Mets confirmed that they would not be announcing a trade tonight and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic points out that other teams may still be in the mix for Familia’s services. It’s not clear what the A’s would be giving up in any potential deal for the reliever.

Familia, 28, has been pitching well this season. He currently sports a 2.88 ERA, 3.1 BB/9 and 9.5 SO/9 through 40 2/3 innings — across-the-board improvements from his last run with the Mets in 2017 — and has racked up 17 saves to boot. He’s due another $3 million for the remainder of 2018, and Rosenthal adds that the club is willing to throw some cash in the deal in order to guarantee a better return for the closer.

While the A’s have one of the better bullpens in the American League, sitting seventh-best with a 3.50 ERA and 2.8 fWAR, they still have a ways to go in order to overtake the Mariners and Astros for a postseason berth by season’s end. Familia’s contract expires at the end of the year, but he should provide enough short-term value to give the A’s the boost they need.