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Blue Jays turning things around on defence

SEATTLE -- It's not a large sample size, but the Blue Jays have played much better defensively the past couple games.

The biggest play, perhaps, came when Brett Lawrie made a diving stop at third to initiate an inning-ending double play early in Monday's contest at Seattle to save a run. It hasn't just been the eye-openers, though, it's also been the routine plays that have been executed.

"I don't know if that's something that's contagious, it's just about making plays or not making them," manager John Gibbons said.

The outfielders took extra practice before Tuesday's game against the Mariners, working on throws into bases. Gibbons said he liked what he saw, but it's something that should always be there.

"You're going to have some games where you make mistakes, but defensively, that's something you can do all the time," he said. "Hitting, it kind of comes and goes, your timing is thrown off, you face a good pitcher. Defense -- there will be some mistakes -- should be there all the time."

Josh Liebeskind is a contributor to
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