Springer capped off a great night at the ballpark as the Jays beat the Cardinals.

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George Springer stole the show Tuesday night with one swing of his powerful bat.

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It was an emotional, heartfelt evening with Hall of Famer and baseball personality Buck Martinez returning to the TV booth and future Hall of Famer Albert Pujols appearing in his final game in Toronto before That he should call it a career.

Each received warm and loud cheers, but none compared to the roaring Springer, whose grand slam sent the Rogers Center into a frenzy.

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It was his seventh career slam and 18th home run of the season as the Jays defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 10-3 in a battle of the birds.

For Springer, it was his third hit of the game in a night where every player in Toronto’s starting lineup recorded at least one hit.

These red-hot Jays have won seven games in a row and nine of 10.

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Before this current streak began, the Jays had lost nine of 10.

Under interim manager John Schneider, the Jays have lost one game, but keep in mind that the opposition hasn’t exactly been spectacular.

The Cards were in town without two of their best players, Nolan Arenado and Paul Goldschmidt, as neither had received a COVID-19 vaccination, a requirement to enter the country.

St. Louis could use both, but what the visitors needed was pitching.

The hit parade started early, but the Jays couldn’t create separation on the scoresheet.

Then came the decisive sixth and the fatal blow was launched by Springer on a 3-2 count.

In Toronto’s next eight at-bats, Alejandro Kirk went deep for his 12th bomb of the season.

The route became official.

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Yes, Jose

Jays starter Jose Berrios couldn’t get past the sixth inning, but he will join an exclusive club of Toronto pitchers.

After hitting a home run in the top of the first inning, Berrios hit a streak that the Jays would use to score three runs to take a 3-1 lead.

Berrios pitched 5.2 innings, striking out seven, while allowing seven hits and three runs.

The damage was shortened when Santiago Espinal’s jumper at second triggered a 4-3 double play in the fifth inning.

The Jays replaced Cavan Biggio with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. at first base. Did with as DH.

Vlad Jr. went deep in a two-run blast in the first inning for his 21st homer.

Berrios was making his 20th start of the season.

In each of his 11 starts at home, the Jays won, leaving him one game short of the longest streak in club history set by Roy Halladay.

After Tuesday’s win by the Jays, Berrios joined Doc.

Tim Maiza earned the win, his fifth of the season.

Class Act

Pujols gave Martinez a big hug before the game, which will see the veteran make just his eighth start of the season at first base.

He came to the plate in the first inning when the Cards took an early 1-0 lead on Dylan Carlson’s home run.

In one of those rare moments when Jays fans cheer for an opposing player with no ties to the city or the club, Pujols got a big outpouring of support.

He was genuinely moved by the gesture and admitted to clapping his helmet by tipping his helmet.

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Pujols announced in spring training that the 2022 season would be his last.

He began his impressive run in the big leagues in 2001 with the Cardinals.

He entered the night at Rogers Center with a career batting average of .302.

He flew in his first at-bat.

In its second plate appearance, the slogan was polite, but hardly throbbing.

He singled to right field to knock in a run, a hit that drew some applause from the fans, though an RBI single by Pujols tied the game at 3-3.

Another one is done.

First-round draft pick Brandon Barrera can now officially call himself a member of the Blue Jays family.

And according to a report from MLB Pipeline’s Jim Kallis, the Jays signed the kid to a contract that exceeds his No. 23 overall draft slot.

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Normally, the draft slot is worth US$3.0769 million.

Child was signed to a $3.5975 million contract.

Barrera, 18, is a left-handed pitcher whose signing means he is giving up his commitment to play at Vanderbilt.

Barrera was selected from Florida’s American Heritage School.

Juan and done.

Much has been made of the fate of 23-year-old Juan Soto, currently plying his trade in Washington who many have compared to the great Ted Williams.

With the trade deadline approaching, one team said to be in the hunt for Soto’s services is the Cardinals.

The Jays have also been linked, but no one believes they’ll be able to work out a deal that meets the Nets’ terms.

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Those in the know, known as baseball insiders, say the Nationals want four to five elite prospects who are young and major leaguers with little service time.

Soto is on the block, but whether a deal will be in place by next week is anyone’s guess.

Soto, for those who didn’t know, turned down a 15-year offer from Washington totaling $440 million.

Soto is represented by uber agent Scott Boras.

His high-profile clients have a history of routinely hitting free agency.

Hyun-Jin Ryu Boras is among the top players in the stable, but the lefty hit free agency and the Jays swooped in to sign the former Cy Young candidate who played his final time in Toronto after an elbow injury. was

fzicarelli@postmedia.com

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