Successful spot start ‘very emotional’ for Blue Jays’ Valdez

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By Ben Nicholson-Smith,, July 26, 2017 

TORONTO – For the Toronto Blue Jays, a successful spot start from a recent waiver claim offered welcome relief for a much-used bullpen Tuesday.

For Cesar Valdez, a second win as a big-leaguer meant something more. It adds significance to the seven seasons he pitched following his first big-league win, earned as a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2010, and it validates the faith his late father had in him when the majors seemed furthest away.

“He was always the guy that would push me and drive me to stay in baseball,” an emotional Valdez said through interpreter Josue Peley. “Everything I do now it’s on his name. When I win, when I’m in the big leagues, when I pitch—everything I do it’s for him. He keeps me driving even if he’s not with us anymore.”

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