Donaldson, Tulowitzki activated, back in Blue Jays' lineup

In his first at-bat after a 38-game absence, Josh Donaldson barreled up a fastball and sent it to the gap in left-centre field for a double.

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Gibbons said the team will monitor Donaldson and Tulowitzki for a little bit before they let them back into the lineup fully.

Griffin (4-2) was forced to leave in the second after suffering a strained left intercostal muscle.

Griffin (4-2) allowed three runs and four hits in 1⅓ innings.

The Rangers pulled to within three when Napoli started the fourth with a single to left and moved to second on a Bolsinger wild pitch.

"It got pretty tight there that last batter", Griffin said.

"That's what makes a team strong, is when core guys go down you have guys that can step in and hold the fort down until the guys come back and that's exactly what they did", Tulowitzki said. It just kept tightening more and more, grabbing more and more.

Toronto also got a grand slam from infielder Ryan Goins in Wednesday's win at Milwaukee. The last pair of Blue Jays to hit grand slams in consecutive games was Brad Fullmer and Raul Mondesi, who did it April 20 and 21, 2001.

The 17 extra-base hits by Travis in May are the most by any Toronto second baseman in club history in any month. Hill had 16 in September 2009. But, you give up 2 walks in an inning, and you are setting yourself up for bad luck.

"Bibens-Dirkx did a heck of a job coming in, giving us some innings that we desperately needed in that situation", Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. Jeremy Jeffress replaced him with one out and two on in the sixth.

Griffin struck out Carrera before leaving the game with the injury. Outfielders Shin-Soo Choo and Delino DeShields each fanned twice. The Rangers entered the game 6-0 over Griffin's first six outings of 2017.

The Blue Jays also optioned right-hander Cesar Valdez to triple-A Buffalo on Friday. INF Hanser Alberto (right shoulder) also played at extended spring Friday. Devon Travis led off the inning with a home run to center, the third of the game off of Garza. Both were placed on the 10-day DL and completed rehab assignments at Single-A Dunedin. After receiving a run of support in the top half of the second, things unraveled the next half inning.

  • Julie Sanders