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Old 04-30-2016, 08:50 AM
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Location: Ontario, Canada
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Jays 6 @ Rays 1

Aaron Sanchez (2-1) was dominant and supported by four dingers. Michael Saunders hit two, Donaldson and Goins the others.
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Old 04-30-2016, 11:45 PM
 
Location: Trumbull/Danbury
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Jays 3 @ Rays 4.


The same night the Maple Leafs won the NHL draft lottery, the Jays blew 2-0 and 3-2 leads and lost on a walkoff single by Curt Casali. I wonder if Brett Cecil is hurt?? Tonight was already his 5th loss on the season (I believe that leads the league, can't imagine anyone else having more than 5 losses at this juncture some 25 games in) and has 3 blown saves already which I believe is also a league high. With Drew Storen also highly ineffective so far (no blown saves so far but a 10:13 era and almost 2 hits per inning), and Aaron Sanchez looking good in a starting roll, the bridge from the starting rotation to Osuna in the 9th looks incredibly fragile. I wonder if Cecil continues to scuffle they come up with some bogus pitching injury for Cecil to shut him down for a couple weeks while using his spot on the roster. The Orioles are famous for this move when they need to call up someone from AAA, and need the roster spot and don't want to lose anyone to waivers. They'll place a pitcher on the DL with "shoulder soreness" or "elbow fatigue" to get the roster spot for the player they need to call up while keeping the player on the team. This might not be a bad idea to use for Cecil coming up here.
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Old 05-01-2016, 08:47 AM
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Getting only 3 hits hardly ever helps matters either, even if two of them are dingers.
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Old 05-02-2016, 08:10 AM
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Jays 5 @ Rays 1

Marcus Stroman went 8, allowing only a single run on his birthday and his teammates made it a memorable one with 4 runs in the 9th.

Toronto has played 27 series in Tampa since 2007.

Yesterday they won their 3rd.

Back home for 4 with Texas starting tonight. Lots of talk whether there will be some payback for Jose's now-legendary bat flip in last year's playoffs.

Stay tuned.
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Old 05-03-2016, 07:52 AM
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Rangers 2 @ Jays 1

Two solo dingers was enough for Texas as the Jays bats continued their snooze.
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Old 05-04-2016, 08:26 AM
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Rangers 1 @ Jays 3

Justin Smoak smacked his first two dingers of the season, one in the 9th to tie the game and a 2-run shot in the 10th for the walk-off win.

The win was the first of his career for reliever and Rule 5 pickup Joe Biagini, and the first for the Toronto bullpen this season.
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Old 05-05-2016, 07:58 AM
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Rangers 3 @ Jays 4

Toronto enjoyed it's 2nd consecutive walk-off victory when Russ Martin drove a ball to the wall with the bases loaded in the 9th.

Hopefully, that hit and a scratch single earlier in the game will help Martin out of his early season batting slump. The two hits lifted his average to .169. With Tulowitzki hitting .160 and Ryan Goins .155, it's something of a wonder the Jays are hovering around .500.

All the pre-season pontificating revolved around the starting pitching. Everybody figured the Bashing Jays needed no help pounding the ball. But it's the starting pitching which has been something of a revelation. As of today, Toronto's team ERA is 3rd lowest in the AL at 3.58. And that's with their bullpen still having some rough outings.

Today's finale of the 4-gamer is likely to be another pitcher's duel with J. A. Happ (3-0, 2.76) going for the Jays and Derek Holland (3-1, 2.48) for Texas.
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Old 05-06-2016, 09:05 AM
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Rangers 2 @ Jays 12

Well, it wasn't a pitcher's duel.

Edwin Encarnacion banged out a pair of doubles, a homer and drove in six as the Jays mangled the Rangers.

J. A. Happ (4-0) continued his fine start, going 7 and allowing only a single run. Derek Holland - who endeared himself to fans (not) in the ALDS last year by pretending to wipe his butt with a Jays rally towel - got beaten like a rented mule. He went 2.2 and allowed 11 hits and 11 earned runs.

Sweet.

EE's bat has been known to warm up in May. Russ Martin had a couple of hits and lifted his batting average closer to his weight. If the pitching stays strong, Toronto might be about to go on that overdue tear I was predicting a couple-three weeks ago.

Jays play their first interleague game of the season as they host the LA Dodgers tonight.
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Old 05-06-2016, 09:37 AM
 
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It's about time they finally found the hittin' shoes!
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Old 05-07-2016, 08:47 AM
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Dodgers 2 @ Jays 5

Kevin Pillar broke up a tie game with a 3-run homer in the 8th to give the Jays their 4th straight win. Both LA starter Kenta Maeda and Marcus Stroman pitched well, giving up only two earned runs. Gavin Floyd picked up the win while Joe Blanton took the loss.

Very tall order today: R. A. Dickey vs Clayton Kershaw.
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