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Jays relievers Osuna, Sanchez battling minor issues but still able to pitch

TORONTO — Jays manager John Gibbons says closer Robert Osuna has a slight problem with a cracked nail but is OK to pitch.

Fellow reliever Aaron Sanchez is in the same boat with a blister on his finger.

Both players saw action Monday in Toronto's 11-8 ALCS win over the Kansas City Royals. Sanchez pitched 2/3 of an inning while Osuna, coming in for Liam Hendriks when the Royals started to pile up late hits, gave up a two-run homer in the ninth.

Gibbons said both players can throw all their pitches. But he acknowledged he had hoped to give Osuna a rest to heal up and avoid aggravating the problem.

That didn't happen as the Royals rallied late.

The Canadian Press

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