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Chacin, Blue Jays handle awful Royals

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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TORONTO -- Gustavo Chacin would love to win the AL rookie of the year award.

Chacin extended his team record for rookies with his 13th win, and Eric Hinske homered and drove in three runs as the Toronto Blue Jays ended the season with a 7-2 victory over the woeful Kansas City Royals on Sunday.

Chacin (13-9) led all AL rookies in wins, innings pitched (203) and finished third in ERA (3.72). The 24-year-old left-hander allowed two runs -- one earned -- and seven hits while striking out three and walking one in 7 2/3 innings.

"I know I have a chance," Chacin said. "It would be great. It would be an honor for me to win Rookie of the Year."

Chacin would become the third Venezuelan to earn the honor. He was aware that Ozzie Guillen and Luis Aparicio won the award.

Had Chacin not finished with only two wins in his last 12 starts he might have been considered the favorite.

"He should be strongly considered, 13 wins, 200-plus innings," Toronto manager John Gibbons said. "I'd vote for him."

John-Ford Griffin hit his first major league homer for the Blue Jays, who finished 80-82 -- the third losing season in general manager J.P. Ricciardi's four-year tenure.

Ricciardi has around $160 million to allocate for payroll in the next two seasons.

"It's going to be interesting to see what happens," Toronto center fielder Vernon Wells said. "J.P. is going to go out and hopefully make some good decisions."

Emil Brown homered for the Royals, who finished 50 games below .500, a major league-worst 56-106. Kansas City set a team record for losses on Friday night. They went 58-104 last year and have three 100-loss seasons in the last four years.

"The fate of our season was decided a long time ago," Aaron Guiel said. "We're a young, rebuilding team. It's important that we correct our mistakes going into next season so we have something to look forward to."

Toronto's Frank Catalanotto went 3-for-3 with two RBI, raising his average to .301. He drove in 15 runs in the final six games.

Catalanotto hit an RBI single in the first, Hinske a run-scoring single in the third and Toronto scored four times in the fifth off starter Runelvys Hernandez (8-14) on Catalanotto's RBI triple, Wells' run-scoring single and Hinske's two-run homer.

Hinske finished with 15 home runs and 68 RBI, the third straight disappointing season for the 2002 AL rookie of the year.

Hernandez allowed six runs and 10 hits in five innings. The struggling right-hander went 0-5 in his final nine starts, allowing 30 runs in 29 1-3 innings.

Notes

  • Kansas City first baseman Mike Sweeney didn't play a day after going 2-for-4, raising his average to .300.
  • Ted Rogers, the president of Rogers Communications, which owns the Blue Jays, sat near the dugout.
  • The Blue Jays had a season attendance of 2,014,995, the first time since 1999 they have drawn 2 million.
 
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Eric Hinske's two-run shot caps a four-run fifth inning for the victorious Blue Jays.  (AP)
Eric Hinske's two-run shot caps a four-run fifth inning for the victorious Blue Jays. (AP)

Players of the Game
Toronto

E. Hinske
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Toronto

F. Catalanotto
AB 3
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Kansas City Royals
Aaron Guiel, RF4010010 .294
Andres Blanco, SS3000001 .215
Emil Brown, LF4111002 .286
Matt Diaz, DH3000120 .281
Chip Ambres, CF4020012 .241
Justin Huber, 1B4010022 .218
Paul Phillips, C4000012 .269
Joe McEwing, 3B3120000 .239
Donnie Murphy, 2B3001002 .156
Totals322721711 
Batting
2B - Chip Ambres (8, Chacin), Joe McEwing (7, Chacin)
HR - Emil Brown (17, Chacin)
RBI - Emil Brown (86), Donnie Murphy (8)
2-OUT RBI - Emil Brown (26)
CS - Chip Ambres (2, 3rd base by Chacin/Quiroz)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Chip Ambres 1
E - Runelvys Hernandez (4, Wild throw)
Kansas City Royals
Runelvys Hernandez (L,8-14) 51066111 5.52
Jimmy Gobble 1111211 5.70
Leo Nunez 2300020 7.55
HBP - Rios (by Jimmy Gobble)
Pitches-Strikes - Runelvys Hernandez 73-49, Jimmy Gobble 25-12, Leo Nunez 27-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Runelvys Hernandez 3-9, Leo Nunez 2-2
Batters Faced - Runelvys Hernandez 24, Jimmy Gobble 7, Leo Nunez 9
Toronto Blue Jays
Russ Adams, SS4230101 .256
Frank Catalanotto, LF3132000 .301
    Alex Rios, RF1000001 .262
Vernon Wells, CF4121113 .269
Eric Hinske, 1B5123015 .262
Aaron Hill, 2B4000013 .274
Gabe Gross, RF-LF3010100 .250
Frank Menechino, 3B4010001 .216
John-Ford Griffin, DH4111012 .308
Guillermo Quiroz, C4110002 .194
Totals3671473418 
Batting
2B - Russ Adams (27, Nunez), Vernon Wells (30, Ru. Hernandez)
3B - Frank Catalanotto (5, Ru. Hernandez)
HR - Eric Hinske (15, Ru. Hernandez), John-Ford Griffin (1, Gobble)
RBI - Frank Catalanotto 2 (59), Vernon Wells (97), Eric Hinske 3 (68), John-Ford Griffin (6)
2-OUT RBI - Eric Hinske (21)
SB - Russ Adams (11, 2nd base off Ru. Hernandez/Phillips), Vernon Wells (8, 3rd base off Ru. Hernandez/Phillips)
CS - Gabe Gross (1, 2nd base by Ru. Hernandez/Phillips)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Menechino-Hill-Hinske, Quiroz-Menechino
E - Gabe Gross (1, Wild throw)
Toronto Blue Jays
Gustavo Chacin (W,13-9) 7.2721131 3.72
Dustin McGowan 1.1000040 6.35
HBP - Blanco (by Gustavo Chacin)
Pitches-Strikes - Gustavo Chacin 104-69, Dustin McGowan 20-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gustavo Chacin 6-12
Batters Faced - Gustavo Chacin 30, Dustin McGowan 4
Game Information
Attendance - 37046
Game Time - 2:18
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - James Hoye, First Base - Bruce Froemming, Second Base - Mike Winters, Third Base - Jerry Meals