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Tom Dakers

Blue Jays News: John Axford to Bereavement List

Tim Mayza called up.

The Blue Jays have announced that John Axford is going onto the Bereavement list. The team isn’t saying why he’s on the list and I really don’t want to guess. He will miss a minimum of 3 games and a maximum of 7 games while on the list.

Tim Mayza comes back to Toronto. To take his place. Tim just went down to Buffalo on Friday, after getting 10 days with the team. He only got in 1 inning with the team, giving up a hit, walk and getting a strikeout. He’s only...

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Tom Dakers

Off topic thread: Netflix suggestions

I thought we would try something different: a weekly off topic thread.

Saturday, in the GameThread, we started talking about Netflix suggestions, because I’m looking for things to watch. So let’s go with that for this week’s off topic thread.

I’ve been watching a lot of British detective shows lately. I really liked Boardchurch, the first season more than the second two, but I like David Tennant. I watched Marcella, Happy Valley, Sherlock, The Fall and a few other British police...

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Imagine life for the Blue Jays these days without a dome

Skydome As I write this, I’m lying in my warm bed under the covers as the wind howls so much I feel it’s going to blow my damn windows in.  I don’t care what people say, baseball and April just don’t mix. April is the month of the baseball season where half the teams in the league wished they had an indoor stadium like Skydome.  I hate the idea of playing baseball indoors, but when the weather is as nasty as it has been, a domed stadium can be a life saver. Thank goodness the Blue...

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Tom Dakers

How worried are you about the starting rotation?

We are four times through the rotation (plus a spot start from Joe Biagini), so I thought I’d ask how worried you are about about our starting pitchers. .

We expected the Blue Jays rotation to be a strength of the team, but it really hasn’t been, to this point. Our starters have a 5.23 ERA. They’ve averaged 5.6 innings per start, which is actually fourth most in the AL, which surprises me. They have 7 Quality Starts, right around the middle of the league.

Let’s look at the...

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Blue Jays infielder Yangervis Solarte dancing for his daughters

Widower has learned to appreciate what he has, and to involve his girls as much as possible.

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Blue Jays’ bats cool in New York

Yankees limit Jays to four hits for second straight day, take three of four games from Toronto.

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Kate Stanwick

Teoscar Hernandez Homers Again, but Blue Jays Drop Finale and Series

Hernandez was a bright spot in a forgettable game

Blue Jays: 1 Sith: 5

The unpredictability of baseball did not save us today. The Yankees scored four runs off Jaime Garcia and the Blue Jays couldn’t cash in against Luis Severino. Tesocar provided the sole Jays run and had half the team’s hits.

Didi Gregorius gave his team an early lead with a Yankee Stadium speciality solo shot - 363 feet into the short right porch. It would be nice if we could take advantage of that short porch at...

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erik.t

Game #21 Preview: Garcia vs Severino

Blue Jays (13-7) vs Yankees (10-9)

After a forgettable blowout loss to the Yankees last night, the Blue Jays look to leave the Bronx after earning a 4 game series split this afternoon. The first pitch is scheduled for 1:05 ET.

Blue Jays’ Starter

Left hander Jaime Garcia will be making his 4th start of the season, and he’s the last of the 5 to be making one against the Yankees.

So far in 2018, Garcia is 2-0 with a 3.86 ERA across his 16.1 innings. He has struck out 17 while walking 5 and...

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Tom Dakers

Review: Out of the Park Baseball 19

I’m a long time fan of the Out of the Park Baseball franchise. I’ve been playing it forever. Each year they tweak it a bit, and normally for the better. I’ve had the latest version since the day it came out and, yep it is the same game, with a few little adjustments.

And, of course, each year’s version comes with team rosters as they start the current season. Since got it right when it came out, before the season started, the roster wasn’t exactly how the it was at the start of...

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Yankees use big inning to beat Stroman, Blue Jays

New York scores seven times in the sixth to pull away.

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Tom Dakers

One bad inning, Jays lose to Yankees

Well, one bad inning, plus 9 bad innings on offense.

Blue Jays 1 Yankees 9

One bad inning can really spoil a day.

Going into the bottom of the 6th, we were down 2-1, but not too worried just yet. Marcus Stroman was doing the job. Through 5 innings, he allowed just 2 hits and 2 walks. One of the hits was a Aaron Judge home run, but other than that, he really hadn’t been in trouble all game.

That changed in the 6th. In the 6th:

Brett Gardner singled and went to second on a ‘wild...

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Jays’ Curtis Granderson has been in a New York state of mind

Toronto outfielder spent parts of eight seasons with either the Yankees or the Mets.

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How the emergence of Teoscar Hernandez changes the Blue Jays outfield situation

Teoscar Hernandez has done more than enough to prove he belongs to stay with the Blue Jays, and now they need to show their appreciation by keeping him in the majors. For a club lacking in big-time outfield arms, the Blue Jays really only had two options available to them for who to start in right field to begin the season.  These two options were Randal Grichuk and Teoscar Hernandez.  Either or, the Blue Jays would be taking a chance on one of these inexperienced players, and they choose...

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erik.t

Game #20 Preview: Stroman vs Montgomery

Blue Jays (13-6) vs Yankees (9-9)

After an exciting debut for Lourdes Gurriel, and an exciting game overall, the Blue Jays and Yankees head into game 3 of their 4 game weekend series tied 1-1. Today’s game is at 1:05 ET.

Blue Jays’ Starter

Marcus Stroman is making his 4th start of the season, looking to finally get it on track. He has averaged fewer than 5 innings in his starts, something that I’m sure he isn’t happy with. In total, Stroman has thrown 14.2 innings, allowing 13 runs...

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Haley Van Horn

AL East This Week: Boston continues to dominate, Tampa and Baltimore still struggle

The Yankees are also not great

A lot has happened this week with the Jays crumbling roof leading to a doubleheader. You were probably too caught up in that to keep up with the series around the American League, but don’t worry, I got you covered.

Boston Red Sox (17-2)

The Boston Red Sox continue to dominate the league. They finished off their series with the Baltimore Orioles winning 10-3 and 3-1. Monday would have marked the final game in the series, but it was postponed to May 17th due...

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Lourdes Gurriel Jr. defies the odds in impressive Blue Jays debut

It’s uncommon for a prospect to skip Triple-A. It’s even rarer when that player knocks in three runs in his major league debut.

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Kate Stanwick

Lourdes Gurriel Jr Drives in Three in Major League Debut, Powers Jays to Win

And Teoscar Hernandez continues his hot streak

Blue Jays: 8 Sith: 5

Lourdes Gurriel Jr did everything he was asked to in his big league debut. He was 2-for-4 with three runs batted in. There were a fair share of concerns over his defense during all the call-up coverage today, but we didn’t see any of that tonight.

The Blue Jays had runners on base all night, leaving 10 on despite scoring eight runs. They were 4-for-11 with RISP.

The Jays threatened in the 2nd, putting two on but...

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Richard Griffin: Gurriel, Hernandez drive in six runs as Blue Jays down Yankees

Cuban prospect Gurriel has two hits, three RBIs in his major-league debut.

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Yuli Gurriel thinks his brother Lourdes is even better than he is

Yuli Gurriel is a pretty accomplished baseball player, but he thinks his brother could be even better.Gurriel’s brother, Lourdes, was called up by the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday and is set to start at second base. It’s an impressive jump for Lourdes, who is going straight from Double-A to the majors.Asked on Friday about his brother, Yuli was extremely complimentary. The 24-year-old was batting .347 with an .895 OPS in 12 games for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Incidentally, the Fisher...

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Tom Dakers

Today’s Blue Jays Lineup

And bits of news.

Lourdes Gurriel Jr. gets thrown straight into the lineup, batting ninth and playing second. He might not get all that much work with Marco Estrada starting.

Gibby, this afternoon, said he isn’t sure if Devon Travis will be available to play. You might remember he fouled a ball off his foot yesterday.

Granderson plays right and Hernandez plays left because left field is huge in Yankee Stadium. No Grichuk, Morales DHes.

#BlueJays #Yankees Lourdes Gurriel Jr. is your...

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