Blue Jays' Roberto Osuna says he's battling mental illness

Kristopher Nichols
June 25, 2017

Toronto Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna didn't appear on Friday night against the Kansas City Royals, watching from the bench as Aaron Loup and Jason Grilli blew a three-run lead in the ninth inning of a 5-4 loss.

In the last series encounter which dates back to August 2016, the Jays won the first game while the Royals captured the last two in Kauffman Stadium. 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. All four runs in the ninth inning were scored with two outs.

"I thought he was great", Gibbons said of Happ, "In his last three starts, he has looked just like he did past year". Escobar scored on Whit Merrifield's sacrifice fly. The Royals are 36-36 overall and 20-17 at home while Toronto is 35-38 overall and 16-21 on the road. Salvador Perez singles to left center field. I wish I knew how to get out of this. "We're just trying to win a ball game".

Jake Junis pitched well in 6 1/3 innings.

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"This game can rip your heart out and tonight was one of those nights", Happ said. It was even double-take worthy, at least how ex-Royals Morales (hit by a pitch) lumbered around the bases - you can time the guy with an hourglass rather than a stopwatch - all the way from first on a Troy Tulowitzki double through the gap in the fourth. Perez singled in a run in the seventh. NOTES: The Royals designated for assignment RHP Chris Young, who had a 7.50 ERA and was allowing opponents to hit.353. Jorge Bonifacio and Lorenzo Cain each added a two-bagger of their own while Brandon Moss chipped in a base hit of his own in the win.

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marco Estrada throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Saturday, June 24, 2017, in Kansas City, Mo. They optioned RHP Cesar Valdez to the Bisons.

NOTES: LF Steve Pearce returned to the Blue Jays lineup after being sidelined the previous two days with a bruised right knee. Jason Vargas will start game two and is 2-3 with a 5.32 ERA and 31 strikeouts against Toronto.

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

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