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The Juice: J.P. Arencibia’s home run in ninth completes Toronto Blue Jays eight-run comeback

David Brown
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Everything evens out in the end, J.P. Arencibia says, as long as you keep working hard. It remains to be seen if his two-out, two-run, go-ahead home run against Fernando Rodney in the ninth inning Monday night, which capped an eight-run comeback for the Toronto Blue Jays, will have a more significant meaning going forward. But for one night, the Jays could put a miserably disappointing start to the season behind them. They improved to 12-21.

Via the Associated Press, Arencibia said of Toronto's 8-7 victory at Tampa Bay:

''I think this game kind of evens itself out and if guys keep coming with positive attitudes and keep coming ready to work, it's going to turn. That's the way this game is, and you've got to continue to stay positive and come ready to play every day,'' Arencibia said after the Blue Jays won for just the fourth time in 14 games.

The last time Toronto rallied from at least seven runs down to win was June 5, 2007, when it overcame an 8-1 margin to beat Tampa Bay 12-11, STATS said.

Drew do that voodoo that he do: Stephen Drew started the season for the Boston Red Sox on the DL with a concussion, and he hadn't been hitting well since his return. But a four-hit night, capped off with a game-ending double to beat the Minnesota Twins 6-5 in 11 innings, is just the kind of sign to indicate that he's turning things around. Drew also homered after coming in batting .182.

Winning phormula — phinally: Philadelphia's Domonic Brown hit a looooong home run into McCovey Cove and Cliff Lee dominated the Giants in a 6-2 Phillies victory. Hey, wasn't this how the Phillies drew it up before the season started? Madison Bumgarner's ERA rose from 1.55 to 2.31.

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Diamondbacks 9, Dodgers 2: Magic Johnson's like, "What did I buy here?" after L.A. falls to 13-18.

White Sox 2, Royals 1 (11 inn.): Jordan Danks can stay one more day.

Braves 7, Reds 4: Not one, but two homers for Andrelton Simmons.

Padres 5, Marlins 0: San Diego never knows what it'll get with Andrew Cashner. This was good Andrew.

Indians 7, Athletics 3: Tribe's over .500 after Mark Reynolds gets revenge (the good kind) by hitting a home run after getting drilled in the head by Jarrod Parker. Oh, and Asdrubal Cabrera hit two home runs as well, but they were not vengeful in any way.

Cubs 9, Rangers 2: See what you're missing, Texas? Scott Feldman shows ya'. Biggest blowout of the season for the Cubs, who had a shutout going until the ninth.

''That's more of what we are right there, no doubt,"

— Cliff Lee on the Phillies, who are 15-18

• Rodney, who converted 48 of 50 saves a season ago, allowed five earned runs total in 2012. He's already allowed six this season.

• The Red Sox placed Andrew Bailey on the DL because of a strained right biceps, and lost Joel Hanrahan to forearm tightness in the ninth after he allowed a tying home run to Brian Dozier.

• The Cubs have gone 68 games without shutting out an opponent, their longest streak since 1999, reports STATS.

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