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Michael Saunders
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Team: TorontoHt / Wt: 6-4 / 228 NFBC ADP: 387.34
Position: LFBorn: 11/19/1986 Birthplace: Victoria, Canada
Bats/Throws: L/R Draft: 11th Round by Mariners (2004)

Latest News
Aug. 30 7:25 PM PT8:25 PM MT9:25 PM CT10:25 PM ET22:25 ET2:25 GMT10:25 7:25 PM MST9:25 PM EST9:55 PM VEN6:25 UAE (+1)9:25 PM CT-Saunders continued his assault on Orioles pitching with a another homer - his 23rd of the season - Wednesday in a 5-3 win.
Analysis: He is 24 for 55 (.436) with seven of his 22 home runs and 15 RBIs in 15 games against the Orioles this season.
Aug. 12 7:26 PM PT8:26 PM MT9:26 PM CT10:26 PM ET22:26 ET2:26 GMT10:26 7:26 PM MST9:26 PM EST9:56 PM VEN6:26 UAE (+1)9:26 PM CT-Saunders hit his career-high 20th homer Friday.
Analysis: The first-time All-Star has been struggling, batting .160 with 23 strikeouts in his last 13 games.
July 23 2:40 PM PT3:40 PM MT4:40 PM CT5:40 PM ET17:40 ET21:40 GMT5:40 2:40 PM MST4:40 PM EST5:10 PM VEN1:40 UAE (+1)4:40 PM CT-Saunders hit two solo homers in Saturday's 14-5 loss to Seattle.
Analysis: Saunders, who also homered in Friday's series opener, is 0 for 4 against Wade Miley, the Mariners' scheduled starter for Sunday.
July 22 7:11 PM PT8:11 PM MT9:11 PM CT10:11 PM ET22:11 ET2:11 GMT10:11 7:11 PM MST9:11 PM EST9:41 PM VEN6:11 UAE (+1)9:11 PM CT-Back in the lineup Friday against the Mariners after missing Wednesday's game at Arizona because of a personal matter, Saunders hit a solo homer in his first career at-bat against the team that drafted him in 2004 and traded him to Toronto before the 2015 season.
Analysis: The All-Star entered the game with one hit in his last 20 at-bats.
July 21 9:05 AM PT10:05 AM MT11:05 AM CT12:05 PM ET12:05 ET16:05 GMT0:05 9:05 AM MST11:05 AM EST11:35 AM VEN20:05 UAE11:05 AM CT-Saunders wasn't with the Blue Jays for Wednesday's game in Arizona due to personal reasons.
Analysis: Manager John Gibbons says Saunders is expected back for Friday's game in Toronto against Seattle. The veteran outfielder is hitless in 13 at-bats since the All-Star break.
July 8 7:46 PM PT8:46 PM MT9:46 PM CT10:46 PM ET22:46 ET2:46 GMT10:46 7:46 PM MST9:46 PM EST10:16 PM VEN6:46 UAE (+1)9:46 PM CT-Saunders had his fourth straight two-hit game Friday.
Analysis: Saunders is 14 for 28 with seven RBIs in his last seven games.
July 8 2:40 PM PT3:40 PM MT4:40 PM CT5:40 PM ET17:40 ET21:40 GMT5:40 2:40 PM MST4:40 PM EST5:10 PM VEN1:40 UAE (+1)4:40 PM CT-Saunders was added to the AL roster for Tuesday's All-Star Game after winning the balloting Friday in the Final Vote.
Analysis: Saunders, who will make his first All-Star Game appearance, is hitting .298 with 16 homers and 41 RBIs in 79 games.
July 7 8:18 PM PT9:18 PM MT10:18 PM CT11:18 PM ET23:18 ET3:18 GMT11:18 8:18 PM MST10:18 PM EST10:48 PM VEN7:18 UAE (+1)10:18 PM CT-Saunders furthered his case for a spot on the AL All-Star team by going 2 for 4 with an RBI and three runs scored in Thursday's win over Detroit.
Analysis: The native Canadian, one of five on the AL Final Vote ballot, is 12 for 25 with five doubles and seven RBIs over his last six games. He's now hitting .298 on the season.
July 7 8:39 AM PT9:39 AM MT10:39 AM CT11:39 AM ET11:39 ET15:39 GMT23:39 8:39 AM MST10:39 AM EST11:09 AM VEN19:39 UAE10:39 AM CT-Saunders stayed hot by going 2 for 4 with a home run and two RBIs in Wednesday's 4-2 win over the Royals.
Analysis: Saunders has gone 10 for 21 with five extra-base hits and six RBIs over his last five games.
July 4 6:53 AM PT7:53 AM MT8:53 AM CT9:53 AM ET9:53 ET13:53 GMT21:53 6:53 AM MST8:53 AM EST9:23 AM VEN17:53 UAE8:53 AM CT-Saunders went 3 for 5 with two doubles as Toronto rolled past Cleveland 17-1 on Sunday.
Analysis: Saunders is 6 for 9 with three doubles and three RBIs in his last two games.
June 17 6:20 PM PT7:20 PM MT8:20 PM CT9:20 PM ET21:20 ET1:20 GMT9:20 6:20 PM MST8:20 PM EST8:50 PM VEN5:20 UAE (+1)8:20 PM CT-Saunders set career highs with three homers and eight RBIs on Friday in Toronto's 13-3 rout of the Orioles.
Analysis: Saunders raised his home run total for the season to 15, second-most in his career behind the 19 he hit for Seattle in 2012. In eight games against Baltimore this season, Saunders is 18 for 33 with five home runs and 12 RBIs.
June 15 7:09 PM PT8:09 PM MT9:09 PM CT10:09 PM ET22:09 ET2:09 GMT10:09 7:09 PM MST9:09 PM EST9:39 PM VEN6:09 UAE (+1)9:09 PM CT-Saunders was held out of Wednesday's lineup a day after he left in the third inning because of tightness in his right hamstring.
Analysis: Saunders has been a hot hitter for the Jays, going 12 for 26 with two homers in his last nine games.
June 14 2:03 PM PT3:03 PM MT4:03 PM CT5:03 PM ET17:03 ET21:03 GMT5:03 2:03 PM MST4:03 PM EST4:33 PM VEN1:03 UAE (+1)4:03 PM CT-Saunders left in the third inning of Tuesday's win over the Phillies due to tightness in his right hamstring and is listed as day to day.
Analysis: It's unclear if the game being a blowout at the time had anything to do with the decision to remove him. Saunders has played through hamstring problems for most of the season, missing three games in late April but avoiding the disabled list.
June 12 8:32 AM PT9:32 AM MT10:32 AM CT11:32 AM ET11:32 ET15:32 GMT23:32 8:32 AM MST10:32 AM EST11:02 AM VEN19:32 UAE10:32 AM CT-Saunders went 3 for 4 with a home run and a double in Saturday's 11-6 win.
Analysis: Saunders has gone 6 for 12 with two home runs, two doubles and four RBIs in his last three games.
May 26 10:58 AM PT11:58 AM MT12:58 PM CT1:58 PM ET13:58 ET17:58 GMT1:58 10:58 AM MST12:58 PM EST1:28 PM VEN21:58 UAE12:58 PM CT-Saunders continued his recent power surge with a two-run homer in Wednesday's win over the Yankees.
Analysis: Five of Saunders' nine home runs have come in the last seven games and he's hitting an impressive .351 over his last 14.
May 21 11:39 AM PT12:39 PM MT1:39 PM CT2:39 PM ET14:39 ET18:39 GMT2:39 11:39 AM MST1:39 PM EST2:09 PM VEN22:39 UAE1:39 PM CT-Saunders was 3 for 5 with a dinger Friday.
Analysis: Saunders boasts a surprising career-high .931 OPS.
May 16 3:00 PM PT4:00 PM MT5:00 PM CT6:00 PM ET18:00 ET22:00 GMT6:00 3:00 PM MST5:00 PM EST5:30 PM VEN2:00 UAE (+1)5:00 PM CT-Saunders had another multihit game and drove in a run in a 7-6 loss to Texas on Sunday.
Analysis: Saunders went 2 for 5 for his fifth consecutive multihit performance. The Toronto outfielder is 11 for 22 in that stretch and has an eight-game hit streak.
May 15 12:39 PM PT1:39 PM MT2:39 PM CT3:39 PM ET15:39 ET19:39 GMT3:39 12:39 PM MST2:39 PM EST3:09 PM VEN23:39 UAE2:39 PM CT-Saunders registered his fourth consecutive multihit game in a loss to Texas on Saturday.
Analysis: Saunders, ninth in the AL with a .325 average, is 9 for 17 (.529) during his streak and went 2 for 5 on Saturday. He's also hitting .444 in a seven-game hit streak and has reached base in 14 consecutive contests.
May 12 3:13 PM PT4:13 PM MT5:13 PM CT6:13 PM ET18:13 ET22:13 GMT6:13 3:13 PM MST5:13 PM EST5:43 PM VEN2:13 UAE (+1)5:13 PM CT-Saunders hit a game-tying solo homer in the ninth inning and finished 2 for 4 Wednesday at San Francisco.
Analysis: The Toronto outfielder raised his season average to .315 after going 6 for 11 in the series.
May 11 11:00 AM PT12:00 PM MT1:00 PM CT2:00 PM ET14:00 ET18:00 GMT2:00 11:00 AM MST1:00 PM EST1:30 PM VEN22:00 UAE1:00 PM CT-Saunders had three hits - including his first triple of the season - in a 4-0 victory in San Francisco on Tuesday.
Analysis: Saunders, now batting .308, was 6 for 29 (.207) in his previous nine games.
Apr. 30 3:37 PM PT4:37 PM MT5:37 PM CT6:37 PM ET18:37 ET22:37 GMT6:37 3:37 PM MST5:37 PM EST6:07 PM VEN2:37 UAE (+1)5:37 PM CT-Saunders belted a pair of solo homers in Friday's win at Tampa Bay.
Analysis: Saunders has now homered three times in four games and he's batting .400 over his last seven. He's hitting .324 so far this season.
Apr. 26 4:07 PM PT5:07 PM MT6:07 PM CT7:07 PM ET19:07 ET23:07 GMT7:07 4:07 PM MST6:07 PM EST6:37 PM VEN3:07 UAE (+1)6:07 PM CT-Saunders stayed hot with three hits, including a two-run homer, in Monday's loss to the White Sox.
Analysis: Saunders has four straight multi-hit games and is batting .423 over a six-game hitting streak.

Regular Season

Hitting Statistics
2009 Sea 46 122 13 27 1 3 0 4 6 40 4 1 .221 .258 .279
2010 Sea 100 289 29 61 11 2 10 33 35 84 6 3 .211 .295 .367
2011 Sea 58 161 16 24 5 0 2 8 12 56 6 2 .149 .207 .217
2012 Sea 139 507 71 125 31 3 19 57 43 132 21 4 .247 .306 .432
2013 Sea 132 406 59 96 23 3 12 46 54 118 13 5 .236 .323 .397
2014 Sea 78 231 38 63 11 3 8 34 26 59 4 5 .273 .341 .450
2015 Tor 9 31 2 6 0 0 0 3 5 10 0 0 .194 .306 .194
2016 Tor 133 473 70 121 32 3 24 56 57 151 1 2 .256 .340 .488
Career 695 2220 298 523 114 17 75 241 238 650 55 22 .236 .310 .404

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