Familiar flaws sink Blue Jays in series-opening loss to Orioles

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By Shi Davidi, Sportsnet.ca, June 27, 2017 

TORONTO – In the two weeks preceding this 13-game, measuring-stick stretch leading into the all-star break, the Toronto Blue Jays went 5-7 yet still made up three games in the American League East standings. That’s why John Gibbons can say things like the division is “up for grabs,” and “we’re pretty fortunate to be where we’re at right now” earnestly.

Sometimes, there is little difference between such statements and manure. For the moment, Gibbons isn’t fertilizing lawns.

Pretty soon, though, he might be, as the questions about what to make of the 2017 Blue Jays, to some degree, will be answered over the coming weeks, when they face many of the teams standing between them and a third straight post-season berth.

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