Over 48 thousand. That’s the number that packed the Rogers Centre Wednesday night to witness the Toronto Blue Jays come that much closer to winning their first division title in 23 years. A time that has been more or less excruciating for Jays fan’s, but that finally appears that it will change.

The Jays entered the 22nd only 2.5 games up on the Yankees for first in the AL East and sent the young Marcus Stroman to the mound in perhaps the Jays biggest game of the season so far. Ivan Nova took place of Masahiro Tanaka and pitched for the Yankees. Both pitchers tangled in an early pitching duel not giving up anything until Kevin Pillar, who has been very good for the Jays opened up the scoring.

Russell Martin added a three one homerun to left field as the Jays won the game 4-0 but more importantly jumped 3.5 games ahead of the Yankees for first in the AL east and pushed their magic number to eight. What does the magic number mean? It’s rather simple; it’s a combination of wins by the Jays and losses by the Yankees in order for the Jays to win the Division. For example, if the Jays win 5 and the Yankees lose three from here on out, the Jays capture the division title and so on and so forth.

Stroman, who came into the game with a 2-0 record and a 3.00 ERA, (earned run average) continued his so to speak own “spring training”. Stroman for his third straight start coming off of injury looked like a rising star. He went 7 shutout innings fanning five batters showing his passion numerous times.

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Nova who wasn’t slated to start after being demoted to the bullpen also pitched very well going 5 1/3 but when it was all said and done, he was roped with his ninth loss of the season.

Brett Cecil continued his streak of outings without a run as he pitched a scoreless inning upping it to 32 consecutive outings. While Roberto Osuna closed out the ninth in fine fashion.

There was other good News for the Jays other then the win. Troy Tulowitzki once again fielded ground balls and threw to first base. There were no real problems with Tulo other than some slight grabbing from his injured shoulder. The good thing is, the injured shoulder is his non throwing one. The Jays have not yet set a defined time table for his return but the likes of Ryan Goins, Cliff Pennington and Darwin Barney have been doing a nice job of filling in while Tulo is gone.

The Jays have a well earned day off on Thursday to re energize and take to the field in their final homestand on the season on Friday night against the fourth in the AL East Tampa Bay Rays. RA Dickey who has been great in the second half will take to the mound.

Dickey is 10-11 on the year with a 4.05 ERA while Jake Odorizzo and his 8-8 record goes for the Rays. David Price will go on Saturday and take place for Mark Buerhle to give him an extra day’s rest.

First pitch for game time on Friday, is 7:07 and stay tuned, the Jays are ready to clinch a playoff spot. Something that hasn’t happened in 23 years and the City of Toronto and entire Canada is rocking and ready to go.