Josh Donaldson is enjoying a tremendous surge power as he gets ready to face a team he has tormented in the past. The Toronto Blue Jays slugger owns a 17-game hitting streak against the streaking Minnesota Twins heading into Friday night’s three-game series opener at Target Field. Donaldson went 7 for 11 with four homers, nine runs and seven RBIs to help Toronto take two of three at home from the Chicago White Sox this week.

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In his past three outings, Corey Kluber has delivered the results expected from last year’s AL Cy Young Award winner. The Seattle Mariners’ James Paxton has been effective for an even longer stretch and will try to outduel Kluber in Thursday night’s series opener against the Cleveland Indians. Kluber hardly resembled the AL’s top pitcher a few weeks ago, having lost four straight starts with a 7.43 ERA as opposing batters hit .373 against him.

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Brad Johnson covers the latest in the world of closers and base thievery.

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Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson seems to be enjoying his time with his new team. The 29-year-old turned in arguably his finest game with the club Tuesday against the Chicago White Sox. [ Woah, The Stew has a podcast now?! Yep, you should listen. ] Donaldson did not make an out during the contest. He kicked things off with a bang. In the first inning, Donaldson knocked a solo blast against starter John Danks.  He struck again in the third, notching a double to left. After walking in the fifth, Donaldson would add a single in the seventh inning.  The club needed Donaldson’s strong game, as they went back and forth with the White Sox all night. With the team trailing by two in the bottom of the ninth, Donaldson got a chance to add to his ridiculously strong stat line. With two men on, Donaldson stepped to the plate against David Robertson. On the third pitch of the at-bat, Donaldson clobbered a 94 mph fastball out to right field for the walk-off blast, giving Toronto the 10-9 victory. Donaldson finished the contest 4 for 4, with five runs scored and four RBI. With the performance, Donaldson increased his slash line to .315/.379/.582 over 207 plate appearances. His current .411 wOBA, an advanced stat that measures offensive performance, would be a career high. [ Check out Big League Stew on Tumblr for even more baseball awesomeness. ] Much was made of the trade that sent Donaldson to Toronto at the time it went down. If his start is any indication, we may have to start talking about it as one of the biggest steals of the offseason.  More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Chris Cwik is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at christophercwik@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Chris_Cwik

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Drew Hutchison shook off an illness, and then pitched a gem. Hutchison tossed a four-hitter, Justin Smoak and Josh Donaldson homered and the Toronto Blue Jays beat Chicago White Sox 6-0 on Monday night. ”Sometimes you have your best games when you’re not feeling so good,” manager John Gibbons said.

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Take a look around the league with Big League Stew’s daily wrap up. We’ll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats. The Los Angeles Angels gave the San Diego Padres a choice not many teams would like: Mike Trout or Albert Pujols? Spoiler alert: The Padres didn’t choose correctly. With the score tied at three Monday night and two out in the ninth inning, the Padres could have pitched to Mike Trout with runners at first and third base. But they chose to walk him to load the bases and take their chances with Albert Pujols. Can’t blame the decision. No need to risk it with the best player in the game. But Pujols made them pay just the same, slapping a broken-bat, walk-off single into left field off Padres’ closer Craig Kimbrel. The Angels were the victors, 4-3 . Pujols notched his 17th career walk-off hit and, according to ESPN Stats & Info , that’s the second most among active players. David Ortiz is No. 1. Pujols appeared to get chirpy with the Padres dugout right after his single, as evidenced here: Albert said after the game that he would have walked Trout too, so that must not be what made him angry. Pujols on walking Trout ahead of him: “It’s not rocket science. If I’m the manager, I would’ve done the same thing.” #Angels — Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) May 26, 2015 We’ll see if there’s any fallout Tuesday for Pujols yelling at the Padres dugout. DREW HUTCHISON THROWS A ‘MADDUX’ FOR BLUE JAYS The up-and-down season of Toronto Blue Jays opening day starter Drew Hutchison was way up Monday, as the 24-year-old pulled off a “Maddux” in Toronto’s 6-0 win over the Chicago White Sox. What’s a Maddux, you ask? It’s an Internet-created designation , in which a pitcher throws a shutout on fewer than 100 pitches. It’s named for Greg Maddux, because he did it 13 times. Hutchison threw 96 pitches, allowing just four hits and striking out eight. It wasn’t the first Maddux of 2015. Shelby Miller of the Atlanta Braves has already thrown two of them . JESSE HAHN SHUTS OUT TIGERS Oakland A’s starter Jesse Hahn threw too many pitches (112) for a Maddux, but he’s plenty happy with a complete-game shutout and a 4-0 win over the Detroit Tigers. Hahn says this is his first complete game at any level. Didn’t even have one in college. Says, “The ninth inning has been foreign to me.” — Jane Lee (@JaneMLB) May 25, 2015 Hahn, acquired in a winter trade from the San Diego Padres, turned in his best start with Oakland, allowing four hits and striking out five. A four-run sixth inning was all the offense Hahn would need. DODGERS BEAT BRAVES WITH THREE HOMERS IN THE EIGHTH Well, we knew the Los Angeles Dodgers could launch homers and now the Atlanta Braves do too. The Dodgers, second in all of baseball in homers, broke a 2-2 tie in the eighth inning by knocking three homers and putting four runs across the plate. Andre Ethier was first, followed by pinch-hitter Alex Guerrero, who hit a two-run dinger, then Jimmy Rollins hit the third of the inning. The Braves added a run in the ninth, but it wasn’t enough to avoid a 6-3 loss . Want to see more from Monday’s slate of games? Check out  our scoreboard . More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mike Oz is the editor of Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at mikeozstew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @MikeOz

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Josh Hamilton is getting another shot at redemption in baseball with an unlikely journey that has led back to the Texas Rangers. After leaving for a big free agent contract with the Los Angeles Angels, the 2010 AL MVP had struggles on and off the field. Hamilton, out of the majors since shoulder surgery in February, is now set for a Rangers reunion Monday against the Cleveland Indians, a matchup of streaking teams.

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Jacob Lindgren took a taxi from his Manhattan hotel and arrived at Yankee Stadium about seven hours before game time Sunday. ”My name is Jacob Lindgren. ”And he goes: ‘All right, we’ll let you in.”’ Selected in the second round with the 55th overall pick, Lindgren could become just the third player from last year’s draft to reach the major leagues after two other lefties: Brandon Finnegan of Kansas City (the No. 17 pick) and Carlos Rodon of the Chicago White Sox (No. 3).

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Torii Hunter and the Twins didn’t have much time against Chris Sale. Hunter homered, Trevor May pitched a career-high seven innings and the Minnesota Twins defeated the Chicago White Sox 4-3 on Saturday. Hunter and Eduardo Nunez tagged Sale (3-2) for solo home runs in the second inning.

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The San Francisco Giants ended a lengthy streak in the finale to a doubleheader, but Buster Posey and Hunter Pence managed to keep a pair going. While trying to extend those runs Sunday, the two hitters will attempt to lead the Giants to a series win in their four-game set against the Colorado Rockies. San Francisco (25-19) claimed an eighth consecutive win for the first time since September 2011 by holding on for a 10-8 victory in Saturday’s opener but fell 5-3 in the nightcap.

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