KANSAS CITY -- While the Blue Jays have built a winning streak in Kansas City, the Royals' stretch of consecutive losses has reached double digits.Each Blue Jays win this weekend has extended the Royals' losing streak, and entering Monday it stood at 10 straight. Blue Jays manager John Farrell said he couldn't remember being involved with a losing streak quite that long, but he did compare the stretch for Kansas City to periods of rough showings by Toronto. "We've had our own issues where you don't feel good about the way things are going," Farrell said. "You may eek out a win every now and then. At times it can make you tentative, and at times it can make you over aggressive. I just look at our team, and sometimes when we get over aggressive we can make mistakes that will have an effect on a given inning or cut an inning short. You still have to trust in your abilities and your routine and how you go about getting prepared and reacting to the game situations as they evolve."
Santos' MRI reveals no structural damage
KANSAS CITY -- An MRI exam on Monday confirmed the inflammation in Sergio Santos' right shoulder but showed no structural damage.The Blue Jays closer was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday, and a visit to orthopedic surgeon Lewis Yocum in California served as confirmation of the injury. After Monday's win, manager John Farrell said he considered the news good. Farrell added that Santos wouldn't throw for 10 days to two weeks, and after that the team will "initiate the throwing program." In Santos' absence, Francisco Cordero picked up two straight saves in the final two games of the Blue Jays' series with the Royals.
Scuffling Bautista finds ways to contribute
KANSAS CITY -- Jose Bautista's slow start? Looking closely at the stats, it might not be as slow as some think.Bautista has led the American League in home runs in each of the past two seasons, driving in more than 100 runs both years. But so far in 2012, Bautista has found base hits and home runs to be elusive. He's hitting just .214 through the season's first 16 games, and his home run in Monday's 4-1 win over the Royals was only his third of the season. "This is a young season. This guy's going to do it over and over for us," second baseman Kelly Johnson said after the win. "Nice to see it, and I think as he gets going, gets some confidence going, we're going to do the same, and we're going to be playing some good baseball." Bautista is getting on base at a .386 clip, ranking in the top 15 in the AL entering play on Monday. He's walked 14 times, including thrice in Sunday's win over the Kansas City Royals. Bautista did get one hit on Sunday, an RBI single to give the Blue Jays a 2-0 lead in the fifth inning. Blue Jays manager John Farrell said after Sunday's game that Bautista's performance was a good sign for a player who's struggled to get hits in the early going. "A very good sign," Farrell said. "His timing has been a little hit and miss through the first 15 games, but yesterday it was much more like what we've come to know of Jose. When he is seeing the ball well, he'll take those borderline pitches that end up being balls, and that was the case yesterday." Before Monday's game, Bautista said that even with the hits not falling, he can still help the team. "It does help. I'm getting on base, trying to let somebody else drive me in," Bautista said. "Trying to score runs instead of driving in runs when I'm not swinging well is definitely a good way to contribute." Farrell added Sunday that getting on base via the walk is nothing new for his right fielder, and it was that patience at the plate that led to his strong game. "The last couple years, he's walked more than he's struck out," Farrell said. "I thought he had very good at-bats. Seeing the ball exceptionally well. Line-drive base hit, line drive off the pitcher's arm. But when he's seeing the ball well, he doesn't chase out of the zone, and that was the case."
The Blue Jays keep on turning double plays. The Toronto infield completed two more in Sunday's win in Kansas City, increasing the season total to 23, the most in baseball. With his first start of the season at second base on Sunday, 44-year-old Omar Vizquel became the oldest position player in Blue Jays history to start a game. The oldest pitcher? That would be Phil Niekro, who last started for the Blue Jays on Aug. 29, 1987. He earned a no-decision and pitched just two-thirds of an inning at the age of 48. Ricky Romero's win Sunday pushed his record to 3-0, tying him for the most wins in baseball. Only eight other pitchers in baseball have three wins and no losses. Two are 3-1.
Vinnie Duber is an associate producer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.