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Kate Stanwick

GameThread Game #13: Blue Jays “Home” Opener

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It’s the Blue Jays home away from home opener, and we will get our first look at the new blue uniforms. Oh happy day.

If you would like a commemorative digital ticket for today’s game, you can find that here!

Here are today’s lineups. Joe Panik is DHing, and batting 8th. I’m not sure there’s anything else to point out here.

Today's Lineups Jonathan Villar - SS Cavan Biggio - 2B Jon Berti - 2B Bo Bichette - SS Jesus Aguilar -...

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Tom Dakers

Tuesday Bantering: Bits of Jays stuff

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And today’s lineup

Happy Opening Day version 2.0.

Bits of news:

Ken Giles is going to be ‘checked out’ again tomorrow and have another MRI. It sounds like he is feeling like he’s almost able to start throwing, but they want to be sure all is good. In news that seems perhaps related:

The @MLB Trade Deadline is two weeks from Monday. One GM told me the industry is (understandably) still getting its bearings with respect to possible moves. With...

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Tom Dakers

Happy Birthday Colby Rasmus

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Colby Rasmus turns 34 today.

It amazes me that he’s just 34. It seems like he should be older.

Colby was a first round pick in 2005, 28th in all. We picked Ricky Romero 6th. Former Jay Cliff Pennington was taken with the 21st pick.

He was on Baseball America’s top 100 prospects 3 years in row. #29 in 2007, #5 in 2008 and #3 in 2009.

In 2009 he made it to the majors, hitting .251/.307/.407 with 16 home runs, picking up a few Rookie of the Year...

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Blue Jays closer Ken Giles may soon resume throwing

The Toronto organization will surely hope for a fairly rapid return. If the team is to make a surprise run, which seems unlikely but can hardly be ruled out, it’d surely help to have the 2019 version of Giles at the back of the 'pen.

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Erik T

Game #14 Preview: Hernandez vs Ryu

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Marlins (7-3) vs Blue Jays (5-8)

The Blue Jays have finally made it to their home away from home at Sahlen Field in Buffalo. They hold their “Home” Opener tonight against the Marlins, with gametime set for 6:35 EDT.

Blue Jays’ Starter

Hyun-Jin Ryu makes his fourth start as a Blue Jay, looking to build on the success that earned him his first win as a Blue Jay his last time out. Over 5 shutout innings against the Braves, Ryu allowed just one hit...

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Tom Dakers

Monday Bantering: Stroman opts out

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Not much for Blue Jays news today, though there are a lot of pictures o the Jays new home field on Twitter. Unfortunately, SB didn’t pay me to go to Buffalo to take, likely out of focus, pictures of the newly renovated Sahlen Field (though I guess that crossing the border thing would have still been a problem.

Marcus Stroman has decided to opt out of the season. He had a calf injury and wasn’t likely to pitch until September anyway. Mets fans, at...

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Tom Dakers

Today in Jays History: Jays win in 19 innings

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6 Years ago today

The Jays and Tigers played for 19 innings. The game was 6 hours and 37 minutes long. A record in innings and time. We would lose a 19 inning game in 2016.

The final was Tigers 5 Blue Jays 6

In the 19th inning:

Munenori Kawasaki led off with a single. He had been 0 for 5 with a walk, before this at bat. He came into the game in the bottom of the seventh, pinch hitting for Ryan Goins. Rick Porcello was pitching in his second inning....

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Tom Dakers

Happy Birthday Jason Frasor

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Jason Frasor turns 43 today

Jason is our franchise leader in games pitched, with 505 (no one is beating down the door to pass him), and yet we forget about him. I don’t know that he was anyone’s favorite.

Jason was drafted in the 33rd round of the 1999 draft by the Detroit Tigers out of the Southern Illinois University. The Tigers traded him to the Dodgers in 2002 as a ‘player to be named later’ in a trade for Hiram Bocachica. Then, before the...

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Tom Dakers

Jays lose on a walk-off homer

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Blue Jays 3 Red Sox 5

We need to start scoring more than 3 runs in a game.

Thomas Hatch pitched a terrific eighth inning, 3 strikeouts. And he started the ninth off nice, 2 ground outs. But then he gave up a walk before Mitch Moreland took him deep.

Ryan Borucki got 3 strikeouts in the seventh and we wondered why he wasn’t left out for the eighth. Ryan came out for the eighth but was pulled when the Red Sox pinch hit for Jackie Bradley, bringing in...

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Kate Stanwick

GameThread Game #13: Blue Jays at Red Sox

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The Jays are going for the series win behind the one and only Matt Shoemaker.

I quite enjoy great tweets from our players:

I what you did there. I agree. https://t.co/AA4w2Zzjbh

— Anthony Bass (@AnthonyBass52) August 9, 2020

Here are today’s lineups. Aside from Reese McGuire catching, it’s the same as yesterday. Although, Vlad is playing first while Rowdy DH’s.

Today's Lineups Cavan Biggio - 2B Alex Verdugo - RF Bo Bichette - SS Rafael...

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Erik T

Game #13 Preview: Shoemaker vs Eovaldi

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Blue Jays (5-7) vs Red Sox (5-9)

The Blue Jays wrap up their series against the Red Sox this afternoon, looking for their first series win of 2020. Today’s game gets underway at 1:35 EDT.

Blue Jays’ Starter

Matt Shoemaker will make his third start of the year, obviously looking for something a lot closer to the success he had in his first start as opposed to the struggles he faced his last time out.

In his first start in Tropicana Field, Shoemaker held...

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Blue Jays activate Chase Anderson ahead of start, option Billy McKinney

For McKinney, he’ll return to Toronto’s taxi squad for now, although this move represents just some of the roster management that’s becoming standard this season.

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Tom Dakers

A Blue Jays Win

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Blue Jays 2 Red Sox 1

Another game we made a ton of mistakes. Just some:

Rowdy Tellez thrown out, I guess, stealing in the third inning.

Travis Shaw thrown out at the plate by 15 feet?

Cavan has a ground ball go right through his legs for a 2-base error in the seventh.

The bottom of the sixth was a strange thing. J.D. Martinez hits an easy ground ball to short but Bo Bichette threw high to first for an error. Next batter, Xander Bogaerts hits into an...

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Kate Stanwick

GameThread Game #12: Blue Jays at Red Sox

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We have a roster move. Billy McKinney has been sent to the taxi squad so Chase Anderson could join the team. This is what Chase Anderson looks like, in case you didn’t know (which I certainly didn’t):

ROSTER MOVE: We've activated RHP Chase Anderson from the 10-day IL and optioned OF Billy McKinney to the Taxi Squad.

Anderson will make his #BlueJays debut tonight! pic.twitter.com/xEf0MmxsZy

— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) August 8, 2020


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Tom Dakers

Today in Blue Jays History: Brandon Morrow’s One-Hitter

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Ten years ago today:

Is it really ten years? In some ways it seems like just a ffew months ago and in others it seems like a lifetime.

Brandon Morrow threw 8.2 no-hit innings. The Jays would win 1-0.

And then Evan Longoria hit a ground ball between second and first. Aaron Hill made a super effort to get to the ball and got a glove to it, but it bounced off the glove and into the right field. Even if he had caught the ball, he wouldn’t have a play at...

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Erik T

Game #12 Preview: Anderson vs Godley

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Blue Jays (4-7) vs Red Sox (5-8)

The Blue Jays continue their series in Bean Town, looking to pick up their first win of this three game set. Gametime is set for this evening at 7:30 EDT again, so enjoy your saturday and maybe make your way back here for a game this evening.

Blue Jays’ Starter

The Blue Jays are expected to activate Chase Anderson before the game, sending someone to the already full Taxi Squad, which means someone will also need to be...

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Kate Stanwick

213 minutes, 15 walks and 12 pitchers equals one long and dreary loss

Rafael Devers (11) tags out Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Bo Bichette (11) at third base during the first inning at Fenway Park. | Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

Both teams also combined for 0-for-14 RISP

It’s probably a good thing that the majority of Toronto sports fans were watching the Leafs and the Raptors, and not looking behind the curtain at this Jays game that ended in a painful and forgettable 5-3 loss.

We had hoped the Red Sox and their struggling starter Ryan Weber would cure...

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Kate Stanwick

GameThread Game #11: Blue Jays at Red Sox

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The Blue Jays have not been scoring many runs. One can hope that will change today, because:

The Jays and their 214 team average and 3.1 runs per game


Ryan Weber and his 11.57 ERA and ZERO strikeouts in 2 starts so far.

Irresistible force vs. immovable object!

— Josh Goldberg (@JGoldberg12) August 7, 2020

Here are today’s lineups. Biggio and Bichette have switched spots, Teoscar has been bumped way down (WHY?) and Rowdy gets another...

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Tom Dakers

Friday Bantering: Lineup changes

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Happy Friday, for those of you for whom days of the week matter.

Charlie has flipped Cavan Biggio and Bo Bichette in the order. Since Cavan is hitting .171/.227/.317 maybe they are hoping he becomes a bit more selective in the top spot. Rowdy bought himself another day in the starting lineup with his good day at the plate yesterday.

I wonder what it will take to get Teoscar Hernandez moved up? At .297/.325/.676 He’s been, by far, our...

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Kyle Thele

Reacts: Questions on 2020 rule changes

Welcome to SB Nation Reacts, a survey of fans across MLB. Each week, we send out questions to the most plugged in Blue Jays fans, and fans across the country. Sign up here to join Reacts.

Everything about the 2020 MLB season is shortened. In addition to a 60-game season, the league launched new rules to try and get games completed in even less time.

This year, every inning beyond the ninth starts with a runner on second base, an attempt to increase extra inning scoring and prevent games...

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