The 12-year veteran has 16 games under is belt so far in 2017 and is hitting.263/.295/.386 with one homer and 10 RBI.
If that trend is to continue, Donaldson and Tulowitzki - and their health - will be big reasons why. "When those guys step in the clubhouse and you see their names on the lineup card, you know it's business".
Unfortunately, reliever Dominic Leone had no such control, allowing a one-out single to Andrus followed by a ground-rule double to Nomar Mazara.
"[Donaldson and Tulowitzki] will both be activated today", manager John Gibbons told MLB Network Radio prior to the game.
Okay, tangent over. Get on with your life and make something of your Saturday.
It will be the first time the teams have played in the regular season since that fateful punch May 15 (they did meet in the ALDS last postseason). "They got a good-hitting team over there and I thought he kept them in check pretty good". The six-foot-six right-hander struck out only two but worked nimbly out of trouble when the Blue Jays managed to threaten, including a fourth inning in which he gave up opening walks to Bautista and Kendrys Morales before grounding Russell Martin into a double play and leaving the inning with only 13 pitches.
Tulowitzki, however, said it doesn't quite work like that.
Another interesting tidbit of information: Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star tweeted that Gibbons "said he's done with small-ball (except Carrera)" with Donaldson and Tulowitzki back. That's not the case at all. "Made it through really good (Friday) night". "We'll just try to do what we can". Texas OF Delino DeShields (sore back) was not in the starting lineup Sunday.
You could point to any or all of those things, but the Rangers could have gotten away with all of them if not for that One. "There's certain things they can play through and certain things they can't".
A good-ol' boy from Texas, Gibbons comes naturally to his acceptance of the genre as a suitable form of listening entertainment, although he is just as prone to crank up the likes of Bon Jovi, Rush - or even Triumph! - on the sound system when the mood strikes.
Donaldson was sporting a new look Friday night, deciding to add the C-flap protective piece to his helmet, a device growing in popularity across Major League Baseball. Leadoff hitter Kevin Pillar led off the fourth inning with a solo home run. Cashner is averaging 3.95 strikeouts per nine innings, lowest in the AL among pitchers with at least nine starts.
"I feel a little bit better, rhythm-wise, and I feel like I'm manipulating the bat where I want to more often than I was a few weeks ago", said Bautista.