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Jays closer reviving hostilities with Duncan? Brantley continues torrid hitting

By Sheldon Ocker Published: July 14, 2012
   TORONTO: When former Tribe pitcher Aaron Laffey hit Shelley Duncan with a pitch to force home a run in the second inning, Laffey obviusly was not trying to hit Duncan.
   But what about when Blue Jays closer Casey Janssen threw a fastball near Duncan's head in the ninth?
   Asked if there was a reason Janssen might want to hit Duncan, he said, ""Yes, he did it two years ago, got me right in the middle of the back.’’
   Duncan would not reveal what the issue between the two was, but apparently Janssen recalled the incident.
   “”I’m not going to forget either,’’ Duncan said.
   Michael Brantley got three hits today, including a home run, to stretch his hitting strteak to 12 games. During the streak he is batting .447 with three homers and 10 RBI. 
   “”He’s been our savior, basically, with the injury to Grady (Sizemore) and (Carlos) Santana not hitting the way we expected,’’ manager Manny Acta said. “”He’s a good hitter. He’s been a good hitter his whole life and he’s getting better. He’s one of the toughest guys in the whole league to strike out.’’

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