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TORONTO (AP) — rst inning Jesse Barfield Jersey , saw a familiar face behind the plate and gave the Toronto catcher a warm, welcoming thump.Quite an unlikely reunion, indeed.“It was cool,” Blue Jays rookie Danny Jansen said Tuesday. “He hit me on the chest and said, ‘I’m proud of you, man. You made it.’ I’ll never forget it.”On Monday night, Jansen and the Baltimore Orioles star outfielder met up for the first time in quite a while.The two hadn’t seen one another since 2004, when Jones lived with the Jansen family in Appleton, Wisconsin, while playing for the local Class A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. Host families are common in the low minors, a way of helping young players settle into the off-the-field routine of pro ball.Jones was 18 back then, a first-round draft pick in his second season in the Seattle Mariners’ organization. Jansen was 9 http://www.bluejaysfanproshop.com/authe ... son-jersey , an aspiring athlete and, by his own admission, more than a little irritating at times.“I was young, so any ballplayer in there was a hero to me,” Jansen said of the different minor leaguers who inhabited his family home. “He was the most successful one that we had, baseball-wise. I was always the kid asking for a bat and a ball. He was just like, ‘Get away from me, man, get away from me.'”Jones did eventually hand a souvenir over to Jansen, but the treasured gift didn’t last too long.“He finally gave me a bat, and I was fortunate enough to have a batting cage in my backyard,” Jansen recalled. “My brother Matt George Bell Jersey , who is seven years older than me, he took the bat one day and he was taking BP and he broke it. I was upset about that one, I’ll tell you what. I probably had it for two weeks. I was nine, I couldn’t swing it anyway. I just thought it was cool he finally gave me a bat after a season of me asking for one. The next thing you know, it’s broken.”After moving up to Double-A the following summer, and later to the majors, Jones kept in touch with Jansen and his family, connecting through text messages and social media.With their own children now grown and out of the house, the Jansens resumed hosting minor league players this summer.“They always said it’s nice to have more boys in the house, to just have players and people around,” Jansen said.Before Tuesday’s game, Jones declined to speak about his relationship with Jansen Dave Winfield Jersey , offering only a brief assessment of the rookie’s offensive abilities.“I’ll tell you this: he can hit,” Jones said of Jansen, who entered Tuesday riding a six-game hitting streak to begin his career.Otherwise, Jones preferred to tell his side of the story through social media. Prior to Monday’s game, the 33-year-old Jones tweeted a welcome to the 23-year-old Jansen.“Reunited with my old host family @D_Jansen31,” Jones wrote. “So proud of you pimp. From waking me up at 7am before you had to go to school and me getting in at 4am from a loooong bus trip, to playing against each other in the show!!!! This is a Movie.”In reply, Jansen tweeted “Let’s have some fun big bro.”On Tuesday afternoon, Jones tweeted a 2004 photograph of himself in a Timber Rattlers uniform, posing alongside a youthful Jansen, who is in his little league uniform“Hey @D_Jansen31, why you gotta grow up on me!!!!! Jack Morris Jersey ,” Jones wrote.“14 years later and you still look the same,” Jansen joked in reply.Jones and Jansen exchanged more looks and gestures Monday after Jansen flied out to Jones to end the bottom of the first inning. Jones was there to make the catch again when Jansen flied out to right field to begin the sixth in Toronto’s 5-3 win. HOUSTON (AP) — When Seattle reliever Alex Colome saw Houston’s Tony Kemp knock his pitch into center field with one on in the eighth inning, he was certain it would be an extra-base hit.Guillermo Heredia made sure that wasn’t the case.Heredia made a spectacular case to preserve Seattle’s lead, Ryon Healy had three hits and drove in the go-ahead run, and the Mariners beat the Astros 3-2 on Saturday night.It was yet another win in a close game by the Mariners, who have taken three straight from their AL West rivals and improved to 44-17 this season in games decided by one or two runs.Seattle trailed 2-0 before scoring all of its runs with a two-out rally in the fourth. Nelson Cruz singled and scored on a double by Kyle Seager that sailed over Kemp’s head in center field. Chris Hermann tripled to right field to tie it.Healy put the Mariners on top with a single but was out at second trying to stretch it into a double.With no outs and a runner at first in the eighth, Kemp hit a ball to center field that looked sure to drop in for a hit. Heredia raced to track it down and grabbed it as he fell to the ground. He popped up and threw to first to complete the double play.“What a catch,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said. “Everybody knows G is an awesome defender and never takes pitches off, but that play, that was the game.”Even Heredia didn’t think he would be able to get to it off the bat.“I charged the ball to catch it, but I didn’t think I had a chance,” he said. “At the end I said: ‘Oh yeah http://www.bluejaysfanproshop.com/authe ... son-jersey , I got it.'”An incredulous Kemp put both hands on his head as he slowly trotted back to the dugout.“They put Heredia in for defense almost every night he doesn’t play, so that tells you enough what they think about his defensive ability,” Houston manager A.J. Hinch said. “He got a pretty decent break on it. It was a sizeable gap … and then the ball hangs up just enough that he makes a great circus catch. I still wasn’t sure that he caught it until he came up ready to throw pretty excited.”Colome said the catch, which helped him extend his streak of scoreless innings to 18 2/3, was the best he’s seen while on the mound.Wade LeBlanc (7-2) allowed three hits and two runs in five innings. Four relievers allowed a combined two hits in three innings before Edwin Diaz struck out two in a perfect ninth for his MLB-leading 45th save in 48 opportunities.Charlie Morton (12-3) yielded seven hits and three runs in six innings for his first loss since July 1.The Astros took an early lead on a two-run single by Tyler White in the second. Houston didn’t have another baserunner until White walked to open the fifth. But LeBlanc got three routine outs to end the inning and his night.Seattle had a chance to add to the lead in the sixth when Span singled to start the inning and Cruz singled with one out. But Seager grounded into a double play.ALWAYS BE CLOSINGDiaz got his third save in as many games and his 45 saves are tied for second-most in a season in franchise history. Fernando Rodney ranks first with 48 in 2014.TRAINER’S ROOMMariners: RHP Erasmo Ramirez, who hasn’t pitched since April 27 because of a shoulder injury, will come off the disabled list to start on Sunday.Astros: OF Jake Marisnick was placed on the 10-day disabled list with groin discomfort after he was injured running the bases on Friday night. OF Kyle Tucker was recalled from Triple-A Fresno to take his spot on the roster.UP NEXTHouston left-hander Dallas Keuchel (9-9, 3.53 ERA) opposes Ramirez (0-2, 10.24) when the series concludes on Sunday. Keuchel has won six of his last seven decisions and allowed just three hits and one run in his last start but did not factor in the decision in a 2-1 win over the Giants. Ramirez is taking Felix Hernandez’s spot in the rotation after the longtime Mariners ace, who has struggled all season, was demoted to the bullpen on Thursday night.