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Matt W

Prospect Notes from Vancouver’s opening weekend

The Northwest League got its season started this past weekend, with the Vancouver Canadians opening their season at home against Spokane. Saturday night was the first of six games broadcast on Sportsnet Pacific, and while there were some pretty significant technical issues, both audio and video, it was still a nice opportunity to see a number of prospects for the first time (or at least in 2019 in some cases). Below are some notes on Blue Jays prospects, as well as more limited ones from...

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Tom Dakers

Blue Jays hit 5 home runs and beat the Astros

Blue Jays 12 Astros 0

So yet another Blue Jays game with lousy pitching and lousy hitting, but this time it was the other guys who couldn’t play the game.

The Jays just whaled on Astros’ pitching. And Trent Thornton gave up some base runners but he kept the Astros off the board. Trent gave up 6 hits and 3 walks, but seemed to bear down when he had runners on. He did seem to be tiring in the 7th, but he really didn’t want to come out when Charlie came to get him. I was all for pulling...

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Kate Stanwick

GameThread Game #71: Blue Jays at Astros

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there - we appreciate everything you do for us!

Thank you to everyone for all the birthday wishes yesterday. You all know how to make a gal feel loved.

The Jays are looking to prevent the sweep behind Trent Thornton, who was of course drafted and traded by the Astros.

Here are today’s lineups for Father’s Day. Vlad Jr is back in at DH after sitting yesterday with a bruised hand, Smoak is still out with a hamstring injury, and Jansen will catch...

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Erik T

Game #71 Preview: Thornton vs Peacock

Blue Jays (25-45) vs Astros (48-23)

Happy Father’s Day to everyone out there, an especially important day for the Blue Jays given their lineages. The Jays will wrap up their series against the Astros, trying once again to avoid a sweep. Game 3 gets underway at 2:10 ET.

Blue Jays’ Starter

Trent Thornton will make his 15th start as a Blue Jay. His first 14 have gone fairly well all things considered, and he currently sits with a 1-5 record and a 4.78 ERA. The 25 year old rookie, who showed...

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Tom Dakers

Jays lose to Astros

Blue Jays 2 Astros 7

Another game of not enough offense and poor pitching.

The good parts:

Lourdes Gurriel threw out two Astros trying for second on hits. He seems to have a very good arm in left field. I’d imagine teams will start being more careful soon. Teoscar Hernandez went first to third on a wild pitch. He’s been using his legs more on the bases since coming back from Buffalo. And he took 2 walks today. And he stole a base. Jordan Romano pitched his second perfect inning for...

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Kate Stanwick

The Happy Birthday Kate GameThread

The Jays will be looking to even the series today. Holding the Astros to single digit runs would be a solid start.

Here are today’s lineups. Vlad Jr is still out after his HBP yesterday, and so is Smoak. Biggio plays first base, Drury’s at 3rd, and Jansen will catch for Clayton Richard.

Today's Lineups Eric Sogard - 2B Alex Bregman - SS Randal Grichuk - RF Michael Brantley - DH Lourdes Gurriel - LF Yuli Gurriel - 3B Teoscar Hernandez - CF Yordan Alvarez - LF Rowdy Tellez -...

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Tom Dakers

Jays roster moves: Kingham activated, Pannone down

And today’s lineup, no Vlad

The Blue Jays traded for Nick Kingham the other day, today he’s activated and Thomas Pannone goes back to Buffalo.

Nick is a RHP, he’s thrown 110.1 major league innings in his season and a bit in the majors. He has a 6.67 ERA, has allowed 133 hits, 43 walks and 101 strikeouts. He’s averaged 92.1 MPH on his fastball, and uses a slider, a change and a curve.

Thomas...well you saw him last night. He has a 5.91 ERA in 35 innings for the Jays this season,...

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Erik T

Game #70 Preview: Richard vs Valdez

Blue Jays (25-44) vs Astros (47-23)

After the disaster yesterday, the Blue Jays will try to right their ship against the Astros and take game two. Today’s game starts at 4:10 ET.

Blue Jays’ Starter

Left hander Clayton Richard will make his fifth start of the season for the Blue Jays, still in search of his first win. Through 15.1 innings, he is 0-2 with a 7.04 ERA, having allowed 12 runs with 11 strikeouts and 11 walks. He has allowed just 3 home runs, perhaps his best stat in a sea of...

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Tom Dakers

Jays lose game and Vlad leaves game after HBP

Not a fun one.

Blue Jays 2 Astros 15

There was the odd interesting thing about that game:

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. got hit in the hand by a 96 MPH fastball in the first inning. He stayed in the game to run the bases but came out for the bottom half of the inning. X-rays say no break, just a contusion. I hope that diagnosis doesn’t change. Derek Law hit Yuli Gurriel later in the game. I didn’t think it was on purpose, but he did come inside two pitches in a row. If it was on purpose it was...

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Blue Jays star Vladimir Guerrero suffers left hand contusion after HBP

A night after celebrating an NBA championship, sports fans in Toronto were left holding their breath on Friday night after Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. left the game after being hit on the hand by a pitch. Guerrero Jr. took a 95-mph fastball to his left hand from Houston Astros starting pitcher Gerrit Cole then exited the game in the bottom of the second inning. Fortunately, X-rays were negative, and the Blue Jays diagnosed him with a contusion to his left hand....

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Tom Dakers

Vladimir Guerrero leaves game after being hit by pitch

Vladimir Guerrero left tonight’s game, in the first inning, after being hit in the hand by a pitch.

In the top of the first, Guerrero hitting second, took the second pitch of his at bat off his left hand. Gerrit Cole’s fastball was 96.3 MPH. After being checked by trainer Nikki Huffman, Vlad went down to first base, but he didn’t come put to play defense in the bottom of the inning.

The Jays say X-rays were negative, and that Vlad has a contusion. But initial X-rays are sometimes...

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Blue Jays' Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Suffers Hand Injury on Hit-By-Pitch vs. Astros

Toronto Blue Jays rookie third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. left Friday's game against the Houston Astros after getting hit in the hand by a pitch...

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Kate Stanwick

GameThread Game #69: Blue Jays at Astros

It’s a battle between brothers as Lourdes Gurriel Jr and the Blue Jays take on Yuli Gurriel and the Astros (well, the Astros who aren’t hurt anyway).

Cavan Biggio will also be making his debut in the ballpark his father spent most of his major league baseball career.

They grow up so fast #LetsGoBlueJays pic.twitter.com/1jEjuKoMh1

— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) June 14, 2019

A couple of pitching updates:

Nick Kingham will join the team tomorrow or Sunday, but will likely...

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Tom Dakers

The Blue Jays fans ask Astros fans: How did you survive the rebuild?

How to survive a rebuild? We ask the experts, our friends at The Crawfish Boxes

A few days ago Wayler send me a post suggestion: Why not talk to the guys at The Crawfish Boxes about how they survived the pain of “rebuilding” now that they have come out the other side. So I sent an email to our friends in Houston and asked them some questions about how they got through the rebuilding years.

The Astros had three seasons of over 100 losses: 2011 (56-106), 2012 (55-107) and 2013 (51-111)....

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Hayden Godfrey

Around the Nest - Week 12, 2019: Enter the Kloff

Enter the Kloff

Welcome back to Around the Nest!

Congratulations, Toronto... and happy Opening Day, Vancouver! From the end of the NBA season to the start of the NWL season, the broadcasters of the Blue Jays’ system are joined by the Voice of the C’s, Rob Fai, to preview the season. Meanwhile, Dunedin’s firing goose eggs, Santiago Espinal steals home to win in a walkoff, Bo Bichette rejoins Buffalo, and Lansing’s ten-day road schlep has ended. It’s the latest from around the...

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Erik T

Game #69 Preview: Sanchez vs Cole

Blue Jays (25-43) vs Astros (46-23)

After winning a series against the worst team in baseball, the Blue Jays continue their road trip to Houston, where they will take on the best team in baseball, the Astros, for a 3 game series. Tonight’s game gets underway at 8:10 ET.

Blue Jays’ Starter

Aaron Sanchez will head back to the mound, looking to overcome the struggles he has had on the mound recently. Sanchez is 3-7 on the season with a 4.25 ERA, but since the beginning of May he is 0-6...

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Martin Barratt

Friday bantering

Such a historic, inspiring and well fought series win yesterday...and im not talking about the Raptors. (Still congrats to them anyway!)

The Jays win over the OrioLOLes is still a win and should be celebrated- after all we reached a season high in runs and hits. It was clearly a good time to play them; after scoring eight runs during a five-game skid, Toronto tallied 20 in the final two games of the series.

It was a sight to behold for Marcus Stroman, who had received barely a run of support...

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Matt W

Thank the Lourdes! Big(gio) offensive breakout drives 12-3 Jays win

Too bad it probably went mostly unnoticed with some other event going on...

Blue Jays 12 Orioles 3

The Blue Jays won a series? The Blue Jays won a series! Even if it was the OriLOLes, and even if it was completely overshadowed by some other minor occurrence in the Toronto sports universe (that managed to even hook in you humble recapper, hence the late hour of this post).

The bats had an excellent night, piling up 12 runs on 17 hits. Cavan Biggio staked the Jays to an early lead with a solo...

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Kate Stanwick

GameThread Game #68: Blue Jays at Orioles *RAIN DELAY

Tonight is the night of an epic sporting event not only for the entire city of Toronto, but also for the country of Canada. And the Raptors are also playing. I kid, I kid.

We have a rubber match between the Blue Jays and the Orioles. With their win yesterday, at least the Jays will finish the series ahead of the O’s. This is the most we can hope for these days.

Here are tonight’s lineups. Biggio gets a start in right field, Guerrero is back in at 3rd, and Danny Jansen will catch for...

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Kate Stanwick

Roster Moves: Blue Jays acquire Nick Kingham from Pirates, Elvis Luciano to IL

Justin Shafer has been recalled, and Ryan Tepera heads to the 60 Day IL

Today, I’d like to thank the Toronto Blue Jays for grouping their roster moves together, and sending them out while I’m on my lunch break.

Our first roster move today is a total surprise which absolutely no one saw coming:

ROSTER MOVE: We've recalled RHP Justin Shafer from the @BuffaloBisons and placed RHP Elvis Luciano on the 10-day IL (right elbow sprain). pic.twitter.com/JsiuzscF09

— Toronto Blue Jays...

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