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Tom Dakers

A bad night, Gurriel gets hurt, and Jays lose

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Blue Jays 2 Twins 7

So....this didn’t go well.

Besides losing the game, which isn’t fun, Lourdes Gurriel was injured. He and Randal Grichuk were chasing a fly off the wall, Randal got the ball, turned, and fired it into the infield. Gurriel knelt down and had his hand stepped on. I wondered why he didn’t get further out of the way. They say nothing is broken, he just needed two stitches. That’s about the best we can hope. But he might need a...

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Blue Jays designate one-time All-Star Jake Lamb for assignment

The Blue Jays have designated infielder Jake Lamb for assignment. His spot on the 40-man roster was needed for fellow infielder Breyvic Valera, who has been reinstated from the COVID-related IL.

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Blue Jays Designate Jake Lamb For Assignment

The Blue Jays have designated infielder Jake Lamb for assignment, according to a team announcement. His spot on the 40-man roster was needed for fellow infielder Breyvic Valera, who has been reinstated from the COVID-related IL.

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Kate Stanwick

GameThread Game #153: Jays at Twins

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The Jays are looking to get back to their winning ways. Since losing back-to-back games is so August, they’re due for a W tonight.

Charlie Montoyo has been suspended one game. It’s an automatic suspension after what happened with Borucki.

John Schneider will manage. Still awaiting word on Borucki

— Ben Nicholson-Smith (@bnicholsonsmith) September 23, 2021

Here are tonight’s lineups:

Today's Lineups George Springer - DH Byron Buxton -...

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MLB suspends Blue Jays’ Ryan Borucki, Charlie Montoyo

Ryan Borucki has been banned three games for hitting Kevin Kiermaier Wednesday night.

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Tom Dakers

Jays Roster Moves: Saucedo down, Hatch up, Valera back, Lamb DFAed

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We knew there would be suspensions after last night’s fun.

Charlie Montoyo gets a one-game suspension. He will serve it tonight. John Schneider will be manager and Mark Budzinski will come into the dugout from his usual spot as the first-base coach.

And they are saying that Ryan Borucki will get a multiple-game suspension and he will likely appeal.

Update: Ryan gets a three-game suspension. He is appealing it.

And we have a couple of roster...

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Tom Dakers

Thursday Bantering: Hit batters, expanded attendance, and other Jays stuff

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It hasn’t been the greatest week for the Jays, just 3-3 in their last 6, and the Red Sox and Yankees have started winning again (it helps that they have been playing crappy teams, but such is life).

Why? Well...

Vlad Guerrero Jr. hit .400 with a .500 OBP in the Tampa series. The problem? He didn't have a single plate appearance with a runner in scoring position. Here's why:

Jays - This Week's Tampa Series
Springer 2-12
Semien 1-10
Catchers: 1-12
3rd...

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Ranking Blue Jays’ 3 Most Valuable Players in 2021

The Toronto Blue Jays are having an exciting 2021 season. Not many folks expected the club to contend for a playoff bid this year, but with less than two weeks remaining in the regular season, Toronto is still firmly in the mix.

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Tom Dakers

Happy Birthday Dennis Lamp and Willie Greene

We don’t have a picture of Lamp as a Blue Jay. | Photo by Ronald C. Modra/Getty Images

Former Blue Jays reliever Dennis Lamp turns 69 today.

Lamp pitched three seasons for the Jays in the middle of a 16 year MLB career.

His career started in 1977, with the Cubs, pitching four seasons there. In 126 games, 108 starts, he had a 28-41 record and a 4.08 ERA. In 1981 he crossed over to the south side to play for the White Sox for the next three years, going 25-21 with a 3.45 ERA in 120...

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Erik T

Game #153 Preview: Matz vs Pineda

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Blue Jays (85-67) vs Twins (67-85)

The Blue Jays are currently looking from the outside in on the playoffs, half a game back of the Yankees and 2.5 back of the Red Sox, as the Jays kick off the final 10 day game stretch of the season. The Blue Jays head to Minnesota for a four game weekend series against the Twins, and will need to have a good weekend to help position them in the standings. Since the game will be taking place in...

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Watch: Blue Jays' Pete Walker ejected after getting heated with umpire Joe West

Toronto Blue Jays pitching coach Pete Walker lost his temper on umpire Joe West and got ejected from Wednesday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

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Video: Pete Walker goes nuts on Joe West, gets ejected

Toronto Blue Jays pitching coach Pete Walker went nuts on umpire Joe West and got ejected from Wednesday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays. The Jays lost the finale of a three-game series with the Rays 7-1.

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Jays lose to Rays

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Blue Jays 1 Rays 7

Can’t win them all, though it would make life so much fun.

The Jays had a chance to get the game off to a good start. First inning, Marcus Semien and Vladimir Guerrero took one-out walks. After a Bo Bichette strikeout, Teoscar Hernandez was hit by pitch. And then Lourdes flew out to deep right-field. A few more feet, it would have been a whole different game.

Julian Merryweather had to fight through the first inning as well, giving up a...

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Kate Stanwick

GameThread Game #152: Blue Jays at Little Trop of Horrors

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If I could ask just one thing of this day, it would be for the Jays to beat the Rays.

We have a roster move:

Kevin Smith is due to land here shortly and is expected to be the counter. As of now, Thomas Hatch won’t be active for this game but could be active in Minny this weekend after today’s bullpen day. Santiago Espinal also a possibility in Minnesota. https://t.co/6Ev7xgjwAp

— Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) September 22, 2021

Here is this...

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Tom Dakers

Wednesday Bantering: Jays Bits

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Today in ‘baseball was better when I played’:

This whole thing is ridiculous.
Here’s an idea…TEACH THE GAME BETTER AND STUDY THE GAME BETTER! You shouldn’t need cards if you are a student of the game. Stop being robots and play the game! https://t.co/u77l9wcBI3

— Vernon Wells (@VernonWells10) September 21, 2021

Is Vernon Well really old enough to do this stuff?

Anyway, I always think that players, when they are playing, must hear...

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JFtC Chat: Blue Jays & Clutch Performances

The staff at JFtC had an interesting discussion regarding the Blue Jays and whether a player can actually be called “clutch” Featured Image Courtesy Of DaveMe Images.

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Game #152 Preview: Merryweather/Stripling vs. Patiño

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The Blue Jays will go for their eighth straight series win, as they try to take two of three from the Rays in Tampa. The finale of this series gets underway a bit earlier today, set for a 3:10 ET. first pitch.

Blue Jays’ Pitchers

It would appear that Julian Merryweather will act as the opener today. He’ll probably go only one inning, but might get a second depending on his efficiency. The Blue Jays really need to get Merryweather back to where...

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Sept 21st DSL Recap. YIR: Rainer Nunez.

Join Jays From The Couch Each And Every Morning For Your Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Recap and Year in Review Of The System’s Prospects Buffalo- Scheduled to play on Wednesday opening their final series against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.

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Tom Dakers

Jays get a win in Tropicana Field (but still, burn it to the ground)

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Blue Jays 4 Rays 2

It wasn’t Alek Manoah’s best start of the season, but he fought through 6 innings allowing just 2 runs. He gave up 5 hits and 6 walks.

Alek hadn’t allowed more than 3 walks in any of his starts before this. Being fair to Alek, Joe West’s strike zone seemed to be shifted over away from the batter. Alek couldn’t get a call on the inside part of the plate, but the outside corner was three or four inches off the plate.

I’ve...

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Rays' Kevin Kiermaier on Taking Blue Jays' Data Card: 'I Never Even Looked at It'

Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier claims he did not look at the Toronto Blue Jays data card that he picked up after being tagged out in the sixth...

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