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Blue Jays getting a look at the future right now

The Sports Xchange
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The Blue Jays continue their run of September games that are meaningful to the other team when they open a three-game series against the New York Yankees on Friday.

After a three-game sweep in New York Sept. 2-4, the Yankees have a 10-5 advantage over the Blue Jays in the season series between the teams. But the Yankees have outscored the Blue Jays only 76-68.

While the games might not have much meaning in the standings for the Blue Jays, who continue to hover around the break-even point at 75-74, the games have plenty of meaning in another way.

Reformed pitcher Adam Loewen for instance has been making the most of his chance as a September call-up, delivering key hits and filling in admirably for three games in center field.

Loewen has thrust himself into discussions for next season. Right field is his best position, but the problem there is it also belongs to Jose Bautista.

Another Canadian, third baseman Brett Lawrie, has been spectacular since making his major league debut on Aug. 5.

David Cooper, a September call-up, also has shown the potential as a hitter in his second big-league stint this season. He led the Class AAA Pacific Coast League with a .364 batting average.

And right-handed starter Henderson Alvarez, 21, has made a big impression since coming up in August after making the jump from Class AA.

These and others have made September worth watching. The good thing is that the Blue Jays have some depth in prospects at several positions for the first time in a long time.

It's not a good idea to put too much stock in September statistics, for obvious reasons. But sometimes you go by what you see. And what you see with some of these players is a lot of talent, and a future.

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