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Jays' Donaldson heads to All-Star Game with most votes

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Jays' Donaldson heads to All-Star Game with most votes

Maybe it’s thanks to Don Cherry, but Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson is headed to the All-Star Game with the most votes ever.

In the online-only voting by fans, Donaldson collected about 14.1 million votes, beating the previous record by Josh Hamilton by more than 3 million. Donaldson’s cause was boosted by a push from Cherry, the hockey broadcaster who has become a Canadian institution for his bombastic commentary and coats of many colors. Cherry implored his countrymen to vote for Donaldson at a point last month when the Jays third baseman was being swamped by the Kansas City Royals’ vote tsunami and trailing Mike Moustakas.

But justice prevailed, and Donaldson will be the American League starter at third.

"It's a big honor to represent this team, for how many good players we have," Donaldson said (via mlb.com). "It's an honor to be ticketed by the fans, and really just something that hasn't really been done before. I honestly could never tell you I would ever expect this; it's kind of mind-blowing a little bit."

In addition to his stellar defense, Donaldson ranks among the AL leaders in total bases, runs and extra-base hits. He is batting .300 with a .357 on-base percentage, 20 homers and 57 RBIs.

"He's a guy that keeps pushing, pushing, never takes an inning off,” manager John Gibbons said. “We needed some of that, but the name of the game is production on the field, and he is near the top of most offensive categories and he has played some great defense for us. I don't know where we would be without him."

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The most unbelievable catch of the Orioles' dismal season came in the team's final game

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The most unbelievable catch of the Orioles' dismal season came in the team's final game

It's not how you start, it's how you finish, and boy did Orioles right fielder Steve Wilkerson make sure the team went out with a bang against the Boston Red Sox.

Bottom of the eighth, game knotted at four, Jackie Bradley Jr. sent what seemed to be a moonshot to right field...

But what happens next is arguably the best catch of the entire MLB season. 

This catch by Wilkerson is nothing less than spectacular. Not only did he possess the focus to track the ball beyond the wall, but the athleticism to make the catch while almost tumbling over backwards into the crowd. 

This year may have been a huge let down for Baltimore, but here's to a bright spot heading into the offseason. 

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Orioles Roundup: Baltimore topples Blue Jays, 11-4

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Orioles Roundup: Baltimore topples Blue Jays, 11-4

The Orioles are now five games better than last season's woeful 47-115 record. While they continue to win meaningless games late in the season, their poor season won't go away. 

Player Notes:

Dylan Bundy gave up only two runs in seven innings pitched against the Blue Jays, bringing his season's ERA down to 4.79. 

Also, Trey Mancini went a perfect 5-5 in the Orioles win Tuesday night. He's now batting .373 against Toronto, hitting 25 of his 94 RBI this season against Toronto. Dwight Smith Jr. also impressed with a 3-4 showing, hitting a homer and three RBI of his own. 

Injuries: 

OF Mason Williams, knee, out indefinitely

RP Hunter Harvey, biceps, sidelined, day-to-day

RP Josh Rogers, elbow, 60-Day IL, out indefinitely 

SP Alex Cobb, back, 60-Day IL, 2020

Coming Up: 

Wednesday, Sept. 25: Orioles at Toronto, 7:07 p.m. at Rogers Centre

Thursday, Sept. 26: Orioles at Boston, 7:10 p.m. at Fenway Park

Friday, Sept. 27: Orioles at Boston, 1:05 p.m. at Fenway Park