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The Juice: Jose Bautista, Blue Jays stay hot in Minnesota

Mark Townsend
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Nine innings, nine items to get you going. Ladies and gentleman of the Stew, take a sip of morning Juice.

1. Beast-tista: There's unconscious. There's in the zone. There's white hot. And then there's Jose Bautista against the Minnesota Twins. The Toronto Blue Jays slugger blasted three more home runs — numbers 14, 15 and 16 — and knocked in four in the Jays' 11-3 win. He even had a chance for a fourth in the eighth inning, but grounded out.

Watch Bautista's home runs

Bautista has seven home runs in six games against Minnesota this season. Michael Cuddyer and Jason Kubel lead the Twins all season with four apiece.

"It's ridiculous, it feels like a dream right now," Bautista said. "Sometimes I can't really believe it myself, but I keep seeing the good pitches."

"I guess this is one of the hottest streaks I've ever had in my life. I'm seeing the ball well and connecting good. Hopefully I can keep this going for a while."

Winners of five straight, Toronto heads to Detroit on Monday night. We wish Max Scherzer the very best.

2. Red Sox regain perfect vision: After a rough 2-10 start, the Boston Red Sox evened their record at 20-20 and completed a three-game sweep of the New York Yankees with a 7-5 win on Sunday night. They did it with the long ball. Kevin Youkilis tied it with a three-run shot in the third. David Ortiz put them ahead with a solo blast in the fifth. And then Jarrod Saltalamacchia irritated the open wound with his first of the season in the eighth.

3. You know his name: Despite a warm welcome from his new teammates, Dan Uggla admitted he hasn't felt like a big part of the Atlanta Braves thanks to his early struggles. That changed on Sunday. Uggla collected two hits, scored all three Atlanta runs, and hit a tiebreaking home run off Philadelphia Phillies ace Roy Halladay to lead Atlanta to a 3-2 victory. {YSP:MORE}

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4. Ruffled Redbird feathers: After Aroldis Chapman (four walks, four runs) attempted to blow a seven-run ninth inning lead, Cincinnati turned to closer Francisco Cordero to stop the bleeding. He did, securing a 9-7 win and a series sweep, but not before plunking Albert Pujols. That led to an interesting postgame exchange that is sure to be revisited when these teams meet again in July.

5. Better late than never: Mat Latos won for the first time in 2011 (1-5) and snapped a personal 10-game losing streak in San Diego's 8-2 win over Colorado. As for the Rockies, they dropped their fifth consecutive series — four to teams under .500 — and fell to 3-10 in May. That all but wipes away their remarkable 17-8 mark in April.

6. Surprise! Not really: Ryan Braun cracked his 12th home run, tripled and drove in four as the Brewers dropped Pittsburgh again, 9-6. The Pirates have lost an astounding 33 of 36 in Milwaukee since 2007, and have fallen four games under .500 after climbing above the elusive mark last week. If only they could find a way to beat Milwaukee, it may be a realistic goal.

7. Surging Santos: Ninth inning stability on the South Side of Chicago? Are you serious? Apparently new closer Sergio Santos is, because the former Arizona Diamondbacks first-round pick — as a shortstop — converted his fifth save in as many chances, and extended his scoreless streak in 19 innings in the White Sox 4-3 win over Oakland.

8. Burn, Turner, Burn: Hot-hitting Carlos Beltran was back in the lineup on Sunday, but the New York Mets didn't need him thanks to Justin Turner's career day. The 27-year-old rookie infielder hit his first career home run, doubled and drove in five as the Mets upended Houston, 7-4.

9. Are you free again in June?: Mother Nature wreaked havoc in the midwest, forcing postponements in Chicago, Cleveland and Detroit. Fortunately all three visiting teams will make return trips later this season, which is unusual for non-divisional matchups such as Giants-Cubs and Mariners-Indians.

Anyway, the Giants will return to Wrigley Field for a day-night doubleheader on June 28. The Royals and Tigers will make up their game on Sept. 1 at Comerica Park. Meanwhile, the Mariners and Indians are scrambling to reschedule two games after back-to-back rainouts. One will happen during their August 22-24 series, and it's looking like Seattle will have to make a one-day trip back east on Sept. 19.

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