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MLB notes: Blue Jays searching for lost offense

Toronto Blue Jays' Jose Bautista after a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins  Sunday, May 15, 2011 in Minneapolis. Bautista hit three home runs in the game. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Toronto Blue Jays' Jose Bautista after a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins Sunday, May 15, 2011 in Minneapolis. Bautista hit three home runs in the game. (AP Photo/Jim Mone) ASSOCIATED PRESS

The Toronto Blue Jays have nine losses in their last 13 games, a slide that has knocked them out of contention in the AL East.

Toronto has scored more than four runs only once during that stretch and was particularly inept against the Atlanta Braves this week, managing just two runs and 13 hits in three losses at Turner Field.

"The numbers don't lie," Toronto Manager John Farrell said. "We need to regroup. There's no question about it."

He might shake up the lineup for a three-game series at St. Louis this weekend.

"We'll continue to search for the right combinations," Farrell said. "That doesn't mean there are going to be wholesale changes, but ... we've got to seek to find more offense."

Slugger Jose Bautista homered Wednesday for just the second time in June. He has nine RBI this month after totaling 11 homers and 23 RBI in May.

Surgery possible for Mets' Davis

Mets first baseman Ike Davis might need season-ending ankle surgery if his bone bruise has not healed sufficiently in three weeks for him to resume baseball activities. General Manager Sandy Alderson said Davis has not improved from the injury that has sidelined him since May 11. An MRI taken Wednesday at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York also showed cartilage damage in the left ankle.

The plan would be an operation similar to microfracture surgery, which Davis said would require three months for recovery before beginning rehabilitation. In microfracture surgery, tiny cracks are made in the bone to enhance cartilage growth. It is most commonly performed on knees.

Astros reliever's season likely over

Astros reliever Brandon Lyon is planning to have surgery on his pitching shoulder next week and likely is out for the season. The right-hander has tears in his rotator cuff and his labrum, plus a problem with the biceps tendon.

Short hops

■ Pitcher Miguel Batista was released by the Cardinals, one day after he walked consecutive batters with the bases loaded. The 40-year-old right-hander was part of a bullpen collapse in Tuesday night's 10-2 loss to the Phillies. The Phillies scored a season-best nine runs in the eighth against five relievers.

Torii Hunter left the Angels' game at Florida after making a running catch and then hitting the right-field wall hard. A grimacing Hunter crumpled to the warning track, and he was still on his back when teammates arrived. After a couple of minutes he sat up, and he then walked off the field accompanied by a trainer.

■ The Athletics activated second baseman Mark Ellis from the 15-day disabled list and optioned slumping first baseman Daric Barton to Triple-A Sacramento.

■ The Yankees put right-handed reliever Jeff Marquez on the 15-day DL between games of their doubleheader against the Reds. Marquez has a sore shoulder.

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