September 4, 2023

Gilgeous-Alexander delivers step-back crossover, clutch jumper to give Canada late lead

Watch as Canada’s Shai Gilgeous-Alexander delivers a nasty step-back crossover before draining a clutch mid-range jumpshot to give his team the lead in the final minute of regulation against Spain.

The Toronto Blue Jays made a last-minute change to the starting lineup with Brandon Belt being removed with lower back tightness.

Belt returned to the lineup for the series opener against the Colorado Rockies after missing two games with back spasms.

Belt has been one of Toronto’s better hitters. He has an OPS of .854 to go along with 16 homers and 38 RBIs.

The 13-year MLB veteran, who signed with the Blue Jays in the off-season on a one-year, $9.3-million contract, said that he is contemplating retirement at the end of the 2023 season.

“I think I might have a few more options next year, but I am getting on up there in age, so it might turn a lot of people off, but I’m still trying to figure out kinda what I want to do,” Belt said. “I’m 35 this year. I got two boys that are getting older, and it’s getting tougher on all of us when I’m gone all the time.

“This something I gotta take into consideration and figure out whether I want to keep going or go home and be with my family.”

Bo Bichette was also doing some testing of his right quad injury telling Sportsnet’s Hazel Mae that he was was able to run “at almost 100 percent.” The next step for Bichette will be running the bases and trying to ramp back up to 100 per cent.