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BLUE JAYS DELIVER 15-1 WIN WORTH WAITING FOR

Fans of the Toronto Blue have been asked to do an extraordinary amount of waiting in 2021. Saturday’s game against the Angels was no different The off-season signing of George Springer and Marcus Semien took longer to complete than the 60-game 2020 season.

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Jays score 15, beat the Angels

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Angels 1 Blue Jays 15

The bats came back.

So I’d love to be able to explain the Jays 7 run second inning. Let’s just run through it:

Santiago Espinal lined a single to right to start the inning. I have a hard time seeing how he doesn’t stay with the team. He made a great bare-handed play in the top of the inning too. Jonathan Davis walked. Not an easy thing to do because the umpire’s strike zone seemed to be five feet wide. The long play. Danny Jansen...

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GameThread Game #9: Angels at Blue Jays

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(likely on rain delay)

Let’s hope tonight’s game is a better game the last few have been, that is, if we get one in. The weather is not favorable right now, but looks to clear up around 8pm.

We have some roster moves ahead of tonight’s game:

Ryan Borucki has been reinstated from the COVID-19 IL, and Ty Tice optioned back down Lourdes Gurriel Jr has been added to the COVID-19 IL (vaccine side effects), and Santiago Espinal has been recalled to...

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Top 60 All-Time Jays: #7 Jimmy Key

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James Edward Key | SP | 1984-1992

Jimmy Key was born April 22, 1961, in Huntsville, Alabama. In the 3rd round of the 1982 amateur Key was drafted by the Jays out of Clemson University. He very quickly rose to the Majors, making the Jays out of spring training in 1984. They had him pitch out of the bullpen that season. Back then, the Jays tended to use first-year pitchers in the pen, figuring that was the best way to teach them how to pitch in the majors....

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Game #9 Preview: Quintana vs Matz

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Angels (6-2) vs Blue Jays (3-5)

The Blue Jays continue their opening weekend series against the Angels, still looking for their first win against them here in game 3 of their 4 game set. Tonight’s game is set to get underway again at 7:07 ET.

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The Jays will send out the last pitcher to earn a win for them, going with lefty Steven Matz. Matz was remarkable in his first start on Monday, holding the Rangers to just a single run...

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Blue Jays Lose 7-1: When Things Go Bad, They Can Really Go Bad

When it rains, it pours.  A day to forget. The Blue Jays lose 7-1 to the Angels on a day when when everything seemed to go wrong. It started before game

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Jays lose to Angels

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Angels 7 Blue Jays 1

Sometime it feels like the Jays will never win again. When we are playing bad, Tabler bothers me more than normal. After the game, Pat says the team will have to get hitting if they want to win the series. Ummmm I’m not a math wizard, but if you lose the first two games of a four game series I don’t think you are winning it.

The little things are cause troubles, but then the big thing (not hitting) is losing them games.

Today,...

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COVID Notes: 4/9/21

The latest COVID-related notes from the majors: The Blue Jays placed outfielder Teoscar Hernandez on the COVID-19 injured list after “someone close to him tested positive,” Gregor Chisholm of the Toronto Star tweets.

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Friday Bantering: Three to IL

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Just when you were hoping we were getting close to the end of this Covid world (I get my first shot Monday, I couldn’t be happier), Covid reminds us it is going to be here for a bit.

Teoscar Hernandez goes on the IL because of close contact with someone who has it. Hopefully he will avoid coming down with it. Also Ryan Borucki also is going on the IL with a reaction to the vaccine. I’d imagine he won’t be out...

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GameThread Game #8: Angels at Blue Jays

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Hi Blue Jays.

Please win. Let’s give the home crowd something to cheer about.

We have some roster moves:

Teoscar Hernandez to the COVID IL with possible COVID-exposure Ryan Borucki to the COVID IL due to vaccine side effects (fatigue and fever, again, I will say as a reminder, please no vaccine debates in the comments) Chatwood to the IL with tricepts inflammation

The Jays have called up Josh Palacios (major league debut alert!), Ty Tice (major...

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Blue Jays likely to play home games in Buffalo again?

The Buffalo Blue Jays will likely be back in MLB later this year.  As Keegan Matheson wrote for the league's official website, the Buffalo Bisons, Triple-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays, announced on Friday that they're beginning the season in Trenton, N.J.

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More on last night’s game

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With a few hours to think about things, we could look at the decisions made and not made last night.So why didn’t Montoyo keep Davis in the game for the tenth inning?

The real reason is that the game moves faster for those in the dugout than watching on TV. There are many many decision to be made and, likely, at that moment there was discussions on pitching, how long can we go with Merryweather, what would be the moment that would make us pull him....

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Blue Jays’ 2021 Triple-A Affiliate: The Trenton Buffalo Thunder Bisons

Trenton Thunder Ballpark (formerly Arm & Hammer Park) in Trenton, New Jersey | Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage

The Bisons will call Trenton, NJ home in 2021 while Sahlen Field is being renovated for the Blue Jays

We have long known that the Toronto Blue Jays were eying a return to Buffalo to play a portion of the 2021 regular season once the Gulf Coast of Florida becomes too hot and sticky to play baseball, but we were not certain how that would affect the Bisons until today. This morning, the...

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Game #8 Preview: Heaney vs Zeuch

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Angels (5-2) vs Blue Jays (3-4)

The Blue Jays will look to overcome their loss last night and put an end to their three game losing streak this evening, as they take on the Angels in game 2 of 4 at TD Ballpark in Dunedin. Gametime is again tonight at 7:07 ET.

Blue Jays’ Starter

Young right hander T.J. Zeuch will be making his second start of the young season. If it goes anything like his first one in Yankee Stadium, I think everyone will be quite...

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Blue Jays Lose Exciting Home Opener – But With Positive Signs

The Toronto Blue Jays lost the home opener to the LA Angels 7-5, but there may be some cause for optimism. Start with the bad news: the Blue Jays lost their home opener to the Angels, 7-5 in a wildly exciting 11-inning game.

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Jays lose in extras to Angels

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A frustrating loss

Angels 7 Blue Jays 5 (11 innings)

That was a irritating game. Should have been a win. The other team doesn’t score in the top of the tenth, you gotta score in the bottom of the inning.

In the top of the tenth:

Trout started on second and Julian Merryweather stranded him. The second out was so close, roller down the first base line, Merryweather glove flipped it to Vlad, and it was incredibly close, but, after a five minute review...

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GameThread Game #7: Home Opener

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It’s the Jays Home Opener, and while they are still Springer-less, Teoscar Hernandez will be given his Silver Slugger award from last year in a ceremony today.

If you haven’t had a chance yet, yyzcalifornia and Minor Leaguer made a Google Form for our annual over/under prediction game, so please give us your best guesses!

We have some injury updates. Sadly, we won’t be seeing Springer this homestand:

Nate Pearson threw a bullpen this afternoon and...

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Happy Birthday Alex Gonzalez and Pete Walker

Alex Gonzalez turns 48 today.

We’ve had two shortstops named Alex Gonzalez; this is the first.

This Alex was a member of the Blue Jays from 1994 to 2001.

The Jays drafted Gonzalez in the 14th round of the 1991 amateur draft. He had the best career of any player taken in that round of that draft. He rose quickly thru the Jays minor league system and started the 1994 season as the Jay’s starting SS at the age of 21, but after 15 games, he had a .151 batting average, and the Jays gave the...

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Game #7 Preview: Canning vs Stripling

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Angels (4-2) vs Blue Jays (3-3)

After going through the process in New York and Texas, it’s the Blue Jays turn for their Home Opener, although I’m sure everyone will be a lot more excited for the Toronto opener, whenever that actually finally comes. But for now TD Ballpark in Dunedin is where the Blue Jays call home, and they’re welcoming the Angels in for a four games series. Tonight’s game gets underway at 7:07 ET, but if you tune in sooner you’ll...

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Blue Jays Fall to .500 as Rangers, Gibson Outduel Ryu

The Texas Rangers’ Kyle Gibson fired 6 scoreless innings, outdueling Hyun Jin Ryu and silencing Toronto bats in a series clinching 2-1 game at Globe Life Park Wednesday afternoon.

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