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Toronto's Scott Downs(notes) sounds like he's close to returning, possibly as early as this weekend. This from's Jordan Bastian:

Closer Scott Downs threw in the bullpen prior to today's game, testing that pesky sprained big toe on his left foot. Downs said recently that he would love to be activated from the DL this weekend -- he's now eligible. Said [manager Cito] Gaston: "I doubt if it'll be here, but who knows? ... We'd love to get him back as soon as we can." A lot will depend on how Downs feels on Saturday.

Jason Frasor(notes) owners, let's just hope we can get one more lousy save. Downs has been lights-out this year, delivering a 1.98 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, eight saves and a silly 7.00 K/BB. His job is secure; Frasor is a placeholder. 

Weekend programming notes: Closing Time and the Rundown will air at their regularly scheduled times during the holiday weekend, but they might be a little lean. We've all got stuff to explode. Important: I've got CT duty on Sunday and Ubaldo is scheduled to start. You know what to do.

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