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Rookies learning to adjust to quality pitching

Rookies learning to adjust to quality pitching

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Rookies learning to adjust to quality pitching
TORONTO -- The Blue Jays finally broke out of their prolonged slump on Sunday afternoon with a 10-7 victory over the Yankees.

The outpouring was more runs than Toronto had scored in its previous five games combined and ended a drought that was two weeks in the making.

One game doesn't mean the offense has suddenly sprung to life, but it does have the potential to relieve some of the pressure from rookies who are experiencing life in the Major Leagues for the first time.

"If we get pitches in the middle of the plate as we did yesterday, yeah it has a chance for that," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said. "I thought we ran the bases aggressively when we did get on. So, we were able to do some things when we scored first and could be a little more aggressive when situations allowed.

"But, still, just talking about the young guys as a group, they're clearly still getting their feet on the ground."

With an injury-riddled lineup, the Blue Jays have turned to rookies Moises Sierra, Adeiny Hechavarria and Anthony Gose to help fill the void. Hechavarria and Gose arrived with more pedigree but it's Sierra who has made the most out of his opportunity so far.

The 23-year-old entered Monday hitting .345 (10-for-29) with two RBIs, while recording two three-hit games since being promoted on July 31. It's still a small sample size, though, so Farrell isn't going to get caught up with the impressive stats just as he won't read too much into a struggling Gose, who is in the process of making adjustments to facing higher quality pitching.

"He's had difficulty with some offspeed pitches, breaking ball and changeup from right-handers," Farrell said of Gose, who is hitting just .194 in 18 games.

"So, he's learning on the job and I think there has been a willingness by the opposition to attack him readily and if he's not getting a fastball early in the count to square a pitch up and if it's a foul ball or a take, then they can go to their secondary pitches. The book gets out pretty quick."

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