The race for the American League MVP award just got cloudier Sunday. Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson announced his presence with authority, bashing three home runs during a 9-6 win over the Minnesota Twins. Donaldson’s first blast came in a big spot for the Blue Jays.
The Giants combined some unexpected power at the plate with a gritty outing from Madison Bumgarner to beat the Braves and finally get a much-needed series win - a rarity for manager Bruce Bochy's ballclub since the All-Star break. With a little more than a month left in the season, even hitting four home runs, including a pair by Joe Panik, paled in comparison to taking two of three from Atlanta. ''There haven't been many of them in the second half, but things look like they're starting to turn around for us,'' Bumgarner said after pitching seven innings in San Francisco's 13-4 victory Sunday.
The Giants placed Jake Peavy on the disabled list on the day he was scheduled to come out of the bullpen and make a start. Peavy has a lower back strain, the Giants said, and he’ll be replaced by Albert Suarez, who’ll be recalled from Triple-A Sacramento and start Saturday night against the Braves. Peavy’s DL stint is retroactive to Aug. 21. After losing his job in the rotation to Matt Moore, Peavy made eight relief appearances. He has a 5.55 ERA in 29 games, including 21 starts. It’ll be Suarez’s seventh start this year for the Giants, who have won two straight and are looking for their first three-game win streak since the All-Star break.