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Kate Stanwick

Blue Jays Roster Moves: McKinney Up, Maile to Paternity List

McKinney to make his Yankee Stadium debut

The catcher logjam has been temporarily cleared as Luke Maile has been placed on the paternity list. In his place, the Blue Jays have recalled Billy McKinney from AAA Buffalo.

McKinney, who the Blue Jays acquired from the Yankees in the trade for J.A. Happ, made his major league debut earlier this season in Toronto. His stint in the bigs was cut short when he ran into the outfield wall and injured his shoulder. The Rogers Center is the only major...

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Around The Nest - Blue Jays Minor League Podcast - Week 19

Beisebol, Nosso Passatempo Nacional

After winning International League Player of the Week honours, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has slowed down a bit, hitting a fairly pedestrian .240/.296/.480 with two homers and five strikeouts this past week. Is that worrisome? Oh wait, he’s a friggin 19-year-old in triple-A! I think he’ll be fine.

We will be checking up on Vladdy Jr. as well as the heroics of Cavan Biggio down in New Hampshire, Eric Pardinho’s best start of his pro career and Jordan...

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Tom Dakers

Happy Birthday Dave Lemanczyk

It is Dave Lemanczyk’s 68th birthday today. We don’t have a picture of him that we can use.

Dave was a starting pitcher for the Blue Jays back in their first season, he started the second game in club history, taking the L in our very first loss.

He was a pretty decent pitcher. We took him from the Detroit Tigers in the Expansion Draft. The Expansion Draft was really a suckers bet, the expansion teams pay a fortune to join the league and they get to pick from players that the...

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erik.t

Game #122 Preview: Stroman vs Lynn

Blue Jays (55-66) vs Yankees (75-46)

The Blue Jays head to the Bronx for a 3 game road series starting tonight. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 ET.

Blue Jays’ Starter

Marcus Stroman goes for the Jays. He has continually chipped away at that unsightly ERA of his, which is now sitting at 5.03 with a 4-8 record. His FIP is also down to 3.79, still a bit higher than his career average. If you look at his post-injury return, those numbers vastly improve to a 3.34 ERA, a 4-3 record and a...

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Tom Dakers

Less than exciting baseball, Jays lose to Royals

Blue Jays 2 Royals 6

In the fourth inning, two outs, runner on first, Sam Gaviglio tried to make a pick off throw to first, slipped and threw it into the ground. There was a long long long argument and then replay review to decide that this was a balk.

But more importantly, when the ball left his hand that was the last moment of the game that was interesting.

Sam would go on to allow 3 runs that inning (perhaps the long break caused his arm to get cold or perhaps it is Sam Gaviglio and, if...

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Kate Stanwick

GameThread Game #121: Blue Jays at Royals

The Jays are going for the series win. I much prefer this over trying to avoid the sweep. Sammy G is still looking for his first win since May.

This post is up early again for live Vlad Jr banter.

We have some injury updates:

Josh Donaldson: Will continue base running (subject to gravity and all)

Aaron Sanchez: No issues with his finger in start yesterday, will pitch again early next week

Yangervis Solarte: Out at least three weeks but will join the team in Toronto next week

Here are...

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Getting to know the new guys just part of the job for Blue Jays catchers

No fewer than 30 pitchers have taken to the mound for Toronto this season, but Russell Martin and Luke Maile shrug it off: ‘It’s fun.’

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Going Streaking: The Hottest and Coldest Blue Jays of 2018

It’s been a tough year for Blue Jays’ fans. It has also been a turbulent one. In addition to the team’s struggles, many of the Jays’ chief contributors have been incredibly streaky in their performances. At the end of April, when Yangervis Solarte was off to his hot start, he had instantly ingratiated himself and become a fan favorite – a player whose joy and passion for the game was contagious. Fans were also wondering if Randal Grichuk would ever be able hit above .200 in the...

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Game #121 Preview: Gaviglio vs Sparkman

Blue Jays (55-65) vs Royals (36-84)

The Blue Jays wrap up their 4 game set in Kansas City today, looking to take 3 of 4 against the Royals. Today’s finale gets underway at 8:15 ET.

Blue Jays’ Starter

Sam Gaviglio looks to make his 17th start of the season against the team that he made 4 appearances down the stretch for last season. In Gaviglio’s 16 starts (and 2 relief appearances) he is 2-5 with a 4.86 ERA. He has done a decent job all season getting strikeouts (8.75 per 9 innings) as...

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Martin Barratt

Thursday bantering

Yesterday’s closer than it needed to be 6-5 win over the Royals can be summarized by Curtis Granderson (Granderslam?) giving us Veteran Presents!

5 years ago on Tuesday, Kevin Pillar walked into the Jays clubhouse for the first time. Now he finds himself as the longest serving Blue Jay.

We weren’t sure what kind of Ken Giles we would get when we traded for him from the Astros. Would we get Krazy Ken or Kool Kloser Ken? It looks like the latter, and being in Toronto has him brimming with...

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A Granderson slam lifts Blue Jays over Royals

Outfielder’s fourth-inning long ball gives the Jays just enough of a margin.

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Tom Dakers

Granderson hits a grand slam, Jays win

Blue Jays 6 Royals 5

That was an entertaining game.

Marco Estrada was good, except when Sal Perez was at the plate. Perez went 3 for 3 against him, with 2 home runs. Other than that, Estrada was cruising. Not counting Perez, Marco only allowed 3 hits, 1 walk, with 3 strikeouts in 6.2 innings. Add Perez back in, he allowed 3 earned.

On offense, we had one big inning, one big swing of the bat. Curtis Granderson had a grandslam home run in the 4th inning. In the 4th we loaded the bases,...

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WATCH: Osuna trade may have messed up Astro's chemistry

Tim and Sid discuss whether or not the Astro's acquiring Roberto Osuna has messed up the teams chemistry.

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Kate Stanwick

GameThread Game #120: Blue Jays at Royals

The Blue Jays have a chance to guarantee a series split with a win today.

The post is up early again in case anyone wants to comment along with the Bisons’ game.

We have a roster move: Thomas Pannone has been optioned down to AAA and Tim Mayza has been recalled for the 7th time this season, tying a franchise record with Ryan Tepera in 2016 and Leonel Campos in 2017.

Here’s John Gibbons on calling up Vlad Jr:

Gibby: I stay out of the Vlad, Jr. discussion. So much goes into those...

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Tom Dakers

Blue Notes: Russell Martin, Cavan Biggio

What do you think of Russell Martin’s play at third?

We’ve had 10 guys play third this season (of course, 3 of then have only played 1 inning, Kendrys Morales and Darnell Sweeney, or 2 innings Gift Ngoepe). Martin has played the 3rd most innings at the position, behind Solarte and Donaldson (I had pretty much forgotten Josh has actually played this year).

Martin’s looked pretty good at the spot.

This play last night was as good play as we’ve seen this season at the position....

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Martin Barratt

Wednesday bantering

Yesterday’s win was hard fought and well earned. Kevin Pillar hit a timely 2 run homer in the 8th and Danny Jansen AKA DJ pumped up the volume with his first MLB home run. And it was LEGIT (as the kids say):

Talking of Jansen, he is already showing signs of being a complete catcher.

Trade titbits

Curtis Granderson has reportedly cleared revocable trade waivers, meaning he is eligible to be traded to any team. Granderson has posted a .234/.333/.414 batting line with 10 home runs through...

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erik.t

Game #120 Preview: Estrada vs López

Blue Jays (54-65) vs Royals (36-83)

The Blue Jays play game 3 of their 4 game road series against the Royals tonight. The game gets underway at 8:15 ET.

Blue Jays’ Starter

Marco Estrada looks to rebound after struggling a bit against the Rays his last time out. He ultimately went 5.1 innings, allowing 5 runs on 5 hits, walking 2 and allowing 2 home runs. This was just 1 start removed from his gem against the Mariners, where he took a no-hitter into the 7th and allowed just 1 run on 1 hit....

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Internal competition starting to fuel certain Blue Jays

Lourdes Gurriel Jr. We’re already beginning to see the internal competition on the Blue Jays bring out the best in several players.  With the emergence of Lourdes Gurriel Jr. as a potential star player, its forced both Devon Travis and Aledmys Diaz to really step-up their own game in an effort to keep pace with the talented Gurriel. Between the time that Gurriel was recalled by the Blue Jays on July 2 and his unfortunate injury on July 29, he was on a tear.  Hitting for a .423 AVG that...

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Pillar, Jansen homer in Blue Jays’ comeback win over Royals

Kevin Pillar’s two-run homer was the winner in K.C. Danny Jansen launches first big-league blast

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Tom Dakers

Pillar hits a big 8th inning homer, Jays win

And Danny Jansen gets his first career home run.

Blue Jays 6 Royals 5

Ryan Borucki has been so good, we can allow him an off night. Tonight he was hit hard. Most of his outs were hit hard too. He just didn’t have it. 4 innings, 6 hits, 4 earned, 4 walks and 1 strikeout. He was being squeezed a bit. Plate umpire Marvin Hudson had a pretty small strikezone, but Ryan wasn’t good.

But we got some hitting tonight. Not a lot of hitting, just 6 hits, but we managed 6 runs. Danny Jansen had...

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