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Vladimir Guerrero Sr. shares moving post about son's impending MLB debut

Vladimir Guerrero Sr. shared a moving post on Twitter Wednesday about his son’s impending MLB debut. Word emerged earlier in the day that Vladimir Guerrero Jr. would be getting the call up by the Toronto Blue Jays for Friday. In response to the news, the elder Guerrero shared a tweet that included a photo of when his son was a little boy. Vlad made his MLB debut in 1996 with the Montreal Expos. Now, the year after he was voted into the Hall of Fame, his 20-year-old son will make his MLB...

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Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Promoted to Blue Jays From Triple-A Buffalo

The future is now for the Toronto Blue Jays , who will promote top prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. from Triple-A on Friday...

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Tom Dakers

Bats absent, Jays lose to Giants

Giants 4 Blue Jays 0

We’ve seen too much of this, decent pitching (though not great today) and lousy hitting.

We had just 2 hits. Drew Pomeranz has been pretty good this year, but we should be able to get more than 2 hits against him. And one of the 2 hits, turned into an out at second. I used to think, I’m still not sure it is wrong, that if you get thrown out trying to stretch your single into a double, or double into a triple, it really shouldn’t count as a hit. Anyway, in the...

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Tom Dakers

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. will be called up Friday!

Charlie Montoyo just announced that Vladimir Guerrero Jr. will be called up to the Blue Jays Friday.

YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

No word on the roster move thta will be made to make room for Vlad. It could be that Freddy Galvis will be put on the IL. Or one of the infielders will go down.

I’m happy they announced it, finally.

YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Blue Jays finally call up Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

The Toronto Blue Jays have finally bit the bullet and called up the game’s top overall prospect, infielder Vladimir Guerrero Jr. The Blue Jays confirmed the report on Twitter: Most expected the generational talent to break camp with the Jays. However, the organization pushed back against that idea with the belief that he needed more seasoning in the minors. An injury also delayed this process. Guerrero Jr., 20, is largely considered the best prospect in all of Major League Baseball. Last...

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Blue Jays to promote Vladimir Guerrero Jr. on Friday

It’s celebration time in Toronto. Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo announced to reporters following Wednesday's game that the organization will promote uber-prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to the major leagues on Friday, via Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet. He’ll make his major league debut in Friday’ series opener against the visiting Athletics. The promotion for Guerrero comes after nearly a year of anticipation. Outcry for the organization to promote the vaunted young slugger...

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Blue Jays to call up Vladimir Guerrero Jr. on Friday

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is officially heading for the majors. The highly-touted prospect will finally be called up to the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday, according to manager Charlie Montoyo. Toronto fans have been waiting for this since the beginning of the season. Baseball’s consensus top prospect was raking at Triple-A this season, hitting .360 with two home runs in just seven games. If you just watch him hit, you’ll know he’s ready for the promotion that he’s finally getting. In...

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Minor-league signees seeing significant MLB action: Relief pitchers

We recently explored the position players who earned big early-season roles after entering camp on minor-league deals. That’s no guarantee of continued success — or even ongoing opportunities. Some have already been dropped from their respective rosters. The same holds to an even greater extent in the ever-changing world of relief pitching. Let’s have a look at the relievers who have already thrown at least six frames after settling for minors pacts over the offseason… Nick Vincent,...

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Kate Stanwick

GameThread Game #25

Today the Jays will aim to avoid the (mini) sweep at the hands of the last place Giants.

It’s Lourdes Gurriel Jr bobblehead day, even though Lourdes Gurriel Jr is in Buffalo (or Syracuse, to be specific).

We have some not so great news for Freddy:

Charlie Montoyo says Freddy Galvis will be out of the lineup today again (left leg) and it may be an issue that requires an IL stint. Will wait to see how he feels after the off day tomorrow. https://t.co/hzIISeLbWO

— Marly Rivera...

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Vlad Guerrero Jr. crushes third home run as Blue Jays continue waffling

The only thing that’s held Vlad Guerrero Jr. back this year has been an oblique injury … and the Toronto Blue Jays who have yet to call him up. Still in the minors playing for Triple-A Buffalo, Guerrero has been raking the ball. And on Wednesday, he blasted an opposite-field home run — his third in eight games with Bisons. Guerrero is now slashing .379/.438/.724 with Buffalo and appears to be ramping up his game now that he’s fully healthy. Toronto really has no reason to keep him in...

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Erik T

Game #25 Preview: Pomeranz vs Buchholz

Giants (10-14) vs Blue Jays (11-13)

The Blue Jays look to rebound against the Giants this afternoon, before bidding them farewell from their short visit to Canada. Today’s game is an earlier one, with first pitch scheduled for 4:07 ET.

Blue Jays’ Starter

The Blue Jays turn to all of a sudden one of their more important members of the rotation, Clay Buchholz. The importance of getting a lot of quality innings out of Buchholz has been amplified in the wake of Shoemaker’s season ending...

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Martin Barratt

Wednesday bantering

Rowdy was grand...slam

Yesterday saw an excellent near comeback by the Jays, the highlight of which was Rowdy Tellez’s first grandslam:

Things got ROWDY in a GRAND way. #LetsGoBlueJays pic.twitter.com/UCqy8roDs9

— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) April 24, 2019

There are some important takeaways from our first interleague game though.

Of course, another big moment of the day was the emotional return of Kevin Pillar to Toronto. (im not crying, its the air con making my eyes itchy)

Thank...

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Tom Dakers

Tellez’ Grand Slam wasn’t enough, Jays lose to Giants

Giants 7 Blue Jays 6

When your pitchers give up 4 home runs, you expect to lose the game.

Starter Trent Thornton only gave up 1 home run, a solo homer to Joe Panik in the 5th inning. Unfortunately he gave up 3 runs in the second inning. Trent started the 2nd inning out well, getting the first two batters to strikeout.

Then Pablo Sandoval singled in front of Randal Grichuk in RF and Brandon Crawford singled in front of Socrates Brito in CF. It is worth noting that the Jays outfielders are...

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Blue Jays prospect Bo Bichette suffers broken hand

The Blue Jays got some unwelcome news on exciting infield prospect Bo Bichette. Robert Murray and Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic first reported on Twitter that Bichette had suffered a broken hand. As Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca tweets, the fracture was to the second metacarpal of his left hand. Widely considered one of the game’s very best prospects, Bichette will now need to get back to health before he can begin pressing for a major-league promotion. Meanwhile, anticipation grows...

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Kate Stanwick

GameThread Game #24: Giants at Blue Jays

Today, is a very exciting day.

Because the Blue Jays will be playing their first interleague game of the season. YAY!

Kevin Pillar, Yangervis Solarte and the Giants are in town for a quick two game series. There are a couple other pretty important games happening in Toronto sports tonight, so feel free to also use this as a Leafs/Bruins Raptors/Magic GameThread.

We have some injury updates:

David Phelps is scheduled for his second bullpen on Friday. Julian Merryweather tossed two innings...

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Tom Dakers

Who’s Hot, Who’s Cold: Blue Jays Batters

Taking a look at the Jays offense over the last two weeks.

Over the past two weeks our batters have hit .273/.334/.438 with 15 home runs. After a terrible first week, we’ve been much better.

Hot

Justin Smoak: Started 11 of the 12 games. He hit .405/.542/.784 with 13 RBI, 4 home runs, 10 walks and 6 strikeouts.

I think that counts as hot. On April 12 he was hitting .194. Now he is hitting .313. He played 7 games at first base and 4 games at DH. It is funny how the team as a whole (minus...

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Tom Dakers

Who’s Hot, Who’s Cold: Blue Jays Pitchers

A quick look at how our pitchers did over the last two weeks.

Over the past two weeks the Jays are 8-4 (hard to believe after the way we started the season). Our pitchers had a 3.89 ERA.

Hot

Marcus Stroman: 2 starts, 1-1, 0.75 ERA. In 12 innings batters hit .191/.283/.234, with 6 walks and 11 strikeouts.

Marcus had one very good start (8 innings, 6 hits, 1 earned, 2 walks and 6 k) and one not so good (4 innings, 3 hits, 3 unearned runs, 4 walks, 5 k). He looks like the Stroman of old,...

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Tom Dakers

Bo Bichette out with a broken hand

You might have heard that Bo Bichette was hit on the hand by a pitch and left yesterday’s Bisons’ game.

Today we find out that the Blue Jays number 2 prospect has a broken hand. We seem to be having bad luck on the injury front of late. I hate bad news in the morning (not that I like bad news any other time)

Here is the tweet from Robert Murray:

Preliminary tests on #BlueJays’ Bo Bichette showed broken left hand, sources tell me and @Ken_Rosenthal. He will get a second opinion.

—...

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Tom Dakers

View from the other side: Giants questions for Bryan Murphy of McCovey Chronicles

The Blue Jays start a two-game series with the San Francisco Giants today.

The Giants are 9-14, and last in the NL West. It must be the first time this season that we’ve started a series against a team with a record that is worse than our own. Oh maybe not, we played the Red Sox early on and they had a record that was worse than ours.

They are second from the bottom of the NL in runs scored per game at 2.91. But they are 3rd best in the NL in runs allowed per game at 3.48.

I sent off...

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Martin Barratt

Tuesday bantering

Superman returns

Lets not dwell on the season ending injury to The Shoe, the fingernail angst of Sanchize or the gammy leg of Galvis. Lets look forward to two interleague games against the Giants and the Return of Superman aka Kevin Pillar.

San Francisco (9-14) lost four consecutive games and five of six before winning on Sunday against the Pirates. They began the season 3-8, are next to last in the NL in runs scored with 67 and next to last in the NL with a .270 on-base percentage.

It...

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