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BIRDS ON THE WING
Peter Gammons
October 05, 1987
The Blue Jays won three of four from Detroit in the first of a two-round AL East title fight
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October 05, 1987

Birds On The Wing

The Blue Jays won three of four from Detroit in the first of a two-round AL East title fight

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"Beniquez can hit anyone," Anderson had said, and indeed the veteran's .311 average over the last four seasons is the highest for any righthanded hitter in baseball. Beniquez pulled a line drive toward the hole between short and third. Trammell made a brave leap. "It was a foot from being a triple play," said Beniquez. Instead it was a triple, rolling all the way to the fence. Three runs scored, and Toronto had its 19th win in 24 September games. Eleven of those games had been won by the bullpen. On the other hand, Henneman's victory for Detroit on Sunday was only the third by a Tiger reliever in the month, and only the fifth loss by a Blue Jay reliever in two months.

As Toronto prepared to play three games with Milwaukee and then invade Detroit for this weekend's season-ending series, one fact was now abundantly clear to the Tigers and four red-faced managers in the American League East: The Blue Jays have what it takes to win, for sure.

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