Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna feeling 'weird,' mentally off

In Friday's 5-4 loss to the Kansas City Royals, the Blue Jays blew a three-run lead in the ninth inning without Osuna, which raised questions about his status.

With this triumph, the Royals climbed back to.500 at 36-36 and became something fascinating to watch for the next five weeks. They were 6-6 before play on April 20, then went on a nine-game losing streak that night and dropped as low as 10-20, seven games out of first place.

Toronto is 2-9 in Estrada's last 11 starts against a team with a losing record and 4-12 in their last 16 games against a left-handed starter while the under is 10-1 in Estrada's last 11 starts against the AL Central.

Well, this gerrymandered lineup nearly did it in an interim pinch on Friday, until a 4-1 lead with two out in the ninth collapsed into a 5-4 loss. Ian Parmley, in right field, a rookie just into double-digit games in left, Jose Bautista at DH (after 36 straight starts in that aforementioned right) and Justin Smoak on furlough (until summoned as a defensive replacement in the eighth), Toronto seemed in commanding control. Whit Merrifield led the way, going 2 for 5 with the game-winning two run double.

The Royals have 21 comeback victories this season.

"We're playing like we know we can and we're moving in the right direction", Merrifield, the second baseman, said on Wednesday, "and hopefully we can keep that up and keep making progress".




Merrifield and Perez were the only two Royals to have two hits. The Blue Jays scored two runs on one hit, a hit batter and a wild pitch in the fourth inning. Gibbons said post game that his ace reliever "wasn't feeling well tonight". NOTES: The Royals designated for assignment RHP Chris Young, who had a 7.50 ERA and was allowing opponents to hit.353.

The last three Kansas City at-bats produced run-scoring hits. He went 0 for 3 with a sacrifice bunt in his debut. RHP Cesar Valdez was sent to the Bisons. Outfielder Steve Pearce, however, sat out his second successive game with a bruised knee.

Osuna disclosed his situation to reporters on Saturday morning, less than 24 hours after not pitching in a save situation for the Blue Jays.

Vargas is 2-3 with a 5.32 ERA in eight career starts against the Blue Jays.

Royals: LHP Danny Duffy (right oblique strain) is to begin a minor league rehab assignment Saturday with Triple-A Omaha.

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