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John Gibbons Brian Goodwin Jersey , one of the real baseball men in the game, begins the final weekend of his second tour in the Toronto dugout as the Blue Jays face the Tampa Bay Rays in a three-game season-ending series at Tropicana Field.It was announced Wednesday that Gibbons will not return to continue to oversee the Jays? rebuild ? and his team presented him with a victory in his home finale Wednesday night on John Gibbons Day in Toronto.?It was pretty neat,? Gibbons said after the win over the Houston Astros. ?It?s just kind of embarrassing for me, just felt different today. So I enjoyed it.?Article continues below ...Said Kevin Pillar: ?There?s a lot of things he?s done for a lot of us. It?s nice to kind of put him at the front of it for once.?But there is one more series to be played.A pair of young pitchers who have impressed down the stretch face each other in the series opener Friday night ? left-hander Thomas Pannone for the Blue Jays and Tyler Glasnow for the home team.Glasnow, 1-5 in 10 starts with the Rays since coming over from the Pittsburgh Pirates in the Chris Archer deal, has two of those losses against the Blue Jays ? one of them against Pannone last weekend. Glasnow has 127 strikeouts in 106 1/3 innings this season.The big right-hander has had two good starts and one bad one against Toronto. Last Saturday, he gave up three runs on six hits in a quality start ? six innings ? losing to Pannone, who went 6 2/3, yielding two runs in his third straight win.Pannone has given up two earned runs in each of the three starts http://www.nationalsfanproshop.com/authentic-mark-reynolds-jersey , allowing 14 hits in 20 innings to go to 4-1 with a 3.58 ERA in 11 games (five starts).Glasnow has registered quality starts in four of his last five outings.Wednesday?s win clinched a career winning record for Gibbons (792-787), who said, ?I didn?t want to end below .500. Then they?d call you a loser.?The Rays, who were officially eliminated from their late-season charge at a wild card Monday night, lost 3-of-4 to the Yankees, with Thursday?s 12-1 victory by New York at the Trop giving the visitors the season series 10-9.The game was marred by a bit of beanball battle, with Andrew Kittredge throwing a pitch behind Austin Romine and CC Sabathia then retaliating by hitting Jesus Sucre in the thigh, earning an ejection.While Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash called it ?people protecting teammates,? Kittredge said Brandon Kintzler Jersey , ?Just baseball. I really don?t have a comment. I?m just trying to do my job and today obviously I didn?t do a very good job.?Asked about Cash?s comment, Kittredge said, ?Like I said, it?s baseball.?The Rays fell to 88-71 with the three games left and need one victory for a 50-win home season. ATLANTA ? The odds are still overwhelming in favor of the Los Angeles Dodgers, but at least the Atlanta Braves still have a chance in their National League Division Series.After the Milwaukee Brewers swept the Colorado Rockies to advance to the NL Championship Series earlier Sunday, the Dodgers had a chance to do the same at SunTrust Park.The Braves, though, bounced back from two shutouts in Los Angeles to edge the Dodgers 6-5 and force a Game 4 in Atlanta on Monday. If needed, Game 5 would be Wednesday at Los Angeles.Article continues below ...Freddie Freeman hit a tie-breaking homer in the sixth inning after the Braves had let a five-run lead slip away and closer Arodys Vizcaino pulled off an escape act in the ninth inning with three strikeouts to spoil the Dodgers? sweep hopes.Only 10 of the previous 80 teams that lost the first two games of a division series have come back to win. The Braves are trying to beat the long odds as the 11th.?I like our chances http://www.nationalsfanproshop.com/authentic-tanner-roark-jersey ,? Freeman said. ?Nobody picked us to be here, so why not prove people wrong again. We can do it.?Right-hander Mike Foltynewicz, who lost the series opener in Los Angeles on Thursday, will get the Game 4 start for the Braves, while the Dodgers will call on left-hander Rich Hill.Hill, who hasn?t worked since pitching seven scoreless innings at San Francisco last Sunday, won his last five regular-season starts to finish 11-5 and is 5-0 with 1.74 ERA in nine games against the Braves.Foltynewicz was 13-10 with a 2.85 ERA in the regular-season but lasted just two innings in Game 1 while giving up a lead-off homer by Joc Pederson and a three-run blast by Max Muncy an inning later.?Fifty pitches. He?s good. That?s just a workout,? Braves manager Brian Snitker said. ?Quite honestly, I?d rather start him than have him coming in behind somebody. He?s raring to go and itching to get the ball. It?s still elimination Authentic Pat Tillman Jersey , so we?re going to try and go with the best we got.?The Dodgers overcame a five-run Braves second inning highlighted by rookie Ronald Acuna Jr.?s grand slam but couldn?t cash in on their chances after Freeman put the Braves back ahead.The Dodgers have seven homers in the NLDS, but just 10 other hits. Los Angeles, which received nine walks, left nine runners on base, including four in the final two innings.?The seventh, eighth and ninth, we had our chances,? Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. ?We couldn?t get that one extra hit.?Acuna, at age 20 Pat Tillman Jersey Limited , is the youngest major leaguer to hit a bases-loaded homer in the postseason. Mickey Mantle did it at 21 for the New York Yankees in the 1953 World Series against the Brooklyn Dodgers.Acuna, who hit 26 homers in the regular season, had a double and single in Game 2 and followed that up impressively on Sunday. He is batting .273 (3-for-11) while Atlanta is hitting .144 in the series.?He continues to amaze,? Freeman said. ?He?s been doing it all year and he continued it in the playoffs. He?s pretty incredible, and everybody is starting to get to see it.?

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