Sean Reid-Foley looked much different during his third start

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    The 23-year-old rookie struck out 10 over seven innings and earned his first big league win Sonny Gray Jersey , pitching the Toronto Blue Jays over the Miami Marlins 6-1 on Sunday.“He was fantastic,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. “He was popping the ball. That’s the best we’ve seen it. I think those first two starts and then he went back down, I think he had a lot of confidence coming into today.”Reid-Foley (1-2) allowed one run and four hits with one walk. He came into the game having allowed nine runs in 9 1/3 innings with nine strikeouts over his first two starts.“I was very impressed,” Gibbons said. “That’s the guy we heard about.”The right-hander struck out the side in the first inning and worked himself out of a no-out, bases-loaded jam in the fifth with just one run scoring.“If we can get a base hit in there early still with no outs, we’ve got a chance to get one of those innings that get extended and you can put three or four up, but you get one out of that and that kind of stalls you right there,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said.The lone run scored on a bases-loaded walk to JT Riddle.“Walking in a run, that was sick, that’s second one so far in the bigs Luis Severino Jersey ,” Reid-Foley said. “After that, I kind of just needed to figure out what I needed to do to get out of the inning without giving up any more runs.”Teoscar Hernandez hit a three-run homer and Luke Maile had three doubles for the Blue Jays.Miami starter Jeff Brigham (0-1) made his major league debut, pitching three innings and giving up three runs on four hits and four walks.“I definitely didn’t stay within myself early,” Brigham said. “It was a big day for me and definitely a good learning experience.”Kendrys Morales, Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and Aledmys Diaz each hit sacrifice flies to help the Blue Jays build a 3-0 lead off Brigham .Hernandez broke open the game with his 19th home run, connecting off Brett Graves in the fifth. Hernandez ended a 17-game homerless streak, the longest since joining the Blue Jays last year.UP NEXTBlue Jays: A probable starter had not been announced as the team begins a three-game series at home Monday against Tampa Bay.Marlins: RHP Jose Urena (4-12, 4.56 ERA) will start the first of a three-game series at home against Philadelphia on Monday. The Toronto Blue Jays finally put an end to the Josh Donaldson saga on Friday, and it really couldn't have ended soon enough for any of the parties involved.Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reported on Friday evening that the 2015 American League MVP was traded to the Cleveland Indians, and thus ending an era that was highlighted by trips to the ALCS in 2015 and 2016.Sources: Josh Donaldson has been told he's been traded to the Cleveland Indians.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) September 1 , 2018The move finally ends a drama-filled soap opera, one that should have ended much earlier. Donaldson told reporters last year that he approached the front office and made it clear he wanted to finish his career north of the border."I鈥檝e made it known to our front office that I enjoy being a Blue Jay. If it鈥檚 a possibility, I would definitely enjoy being a Blue Jay for a long time," Donaldson said, per Rob Longley of Postmedia.advertisingHowever, Donaldson later revealed in February that the two teams weren't in the "same ballpark," when it came to contract negotiations, via TSN's Scott Mitchell. That - coupled with Vladimir Guerrero Jr.'s inevitable call-up to the majors in 2019 - should have been enough to convince president Mark Shapiro and GM Ross Atkins to trade Donaldson. Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY SportsThe Blue Jays probably would have received at least a couple of top prospects if they dealt Donaldson during the winter. But the front office had a thought (and a not so realistic one), that they could make the playoffs if they kept Donaldson.advertisingWell, that didn't go so well. The Blue Jays are headed for a second consecutive losing season Aaron Judge Jersey , and Donaldson hasn't exactly had a memorable 2018 either. A nagging calf injury has limited him to 36 games this season, and his last game in the majors took place back on May 28.Donaldson returned just in the nick of time earlier this week, playing his rehab games for Single-A Dunedin. That was enough to get a trade done with Cleveland, and now they're banking on him staying healthy.Sources told Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic that the Blue Jays wanted "Donaldson gone," and reports later suggested that his relationship with the front office was becoming an unhealthy one. Donaldson did throw shade at them with this comment:advertisingDonaldson on his situation with the #Bluejays front office this year: 鈥淭here鈥檚 a lot I can say about that but I choose not to say anything about it right now. There will be a time."— Rob Longley (@longleysunsport) August 31, 2018The Blue Jays probably made the right decision to trade Donaldson. He gets the chance to win join a winning team. It paves the way for Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to take over at third base on a permanent basis. They also don't have to worry about the complicated qualifying offer - one that would have been around $20 million - that he would have certainly accepted.But the Blue Jays could have been more up front with Donaldson. They could have told him no extension was coming. They could have dealt him to a contender before 2018 started, and it would have netted them a great return package.Instead, they gambled and told themselves this could be a contending team in 2018. This was despite their two marquee offseason additions being veteran outfielder Curtis Granderson and starting pitcher Jaime Garcia. Neither of them are with the team anymore. Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY SportsThe Donaldson era in Toronto did not have to end like this. He's one of the main reasons why they were able to end a 22-year playoff drought in 2015, and Donaldson was just as instrumental in getting them to the postseason again in 2016.Encarnacion left two summers ago to join an Indians team that was one victory away from the World Series title in 2016. He and Donaldson will now enjoy helping Cleveland win their third consecutive AL Central title, with a World Series ring possibly going with it.Meanwhile Gleyber Torres Jersey , the Blue Jays will try and figure out how to build this team back into a contender. Donaldson and Encarnacion are gone. Jose Bautista left after a dismal 2017 season. J.A. Happ (a 20-game winner in 2016) was traded to the New York Yankees, and closer Roberto Osuna was dealt to the Houston Astros following an arrest for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend.Indeed, the Blue Jays are rebuilding, and there are a handful聽of veterans that won't be returning in 2019. It's now up to Shapiro and Atkins, who inherited the ALCS team left by Alex Anthopolous in 2015, to rebuild Canada's only baseball team into a contender.The Donaldson saga was botched big time, but they'll have several more chances to try and fix this team as Toronto transitions into its next era of baseball.

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