The Blue Jays once again dashed the Rangers' title hopes, this time eliminating Texas on Josh Donaldson's mad sprint home in Game 3.
This year's rematch of the 2015 Division Series clash between the Blue Jays and the Rangers—a five-game epic won by Toronto—felt like a letdown. After all, last year’s version ended with a lunatic Game 5 featuring backbreaking errors and hurt feelings by Texas and the bat flip to end all bat flips by Jose Bautista. The 2016 edition, meanwhile, lasted just three games and was comparatively even-tempered. The Jays hammered the Rangers twice in Texas before finishing the series back home with a 7–6 walk-off—or slide-off—win in the 10th inning. With two on and one out, Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor—Canada’s public enemy No. 1 after his right cross last May to Bautista's chin—had a chance to complete an inning-ending double play but bounced his throw to first baseman Mitch Moreland. Josh Donaldson scampered home from second and slid face-first across the plate, barely beating the tag from catcher Jonathan Lucroy.