Jays Win Series Against Red Sox, Go 12-5 in last 15

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It’s been quite a few weeks for the Toronto Blue Jays. To the cheer of the Blue Jays faithful, the offence has finally been found, which has helped the team go 12-5 in their past 15 games. This weekend was no different as they took on the Boston Red Sox at Fenway.

Things started off Friday night as the knuckleballer R.A. Dickey was lights out. David Price would be the one to try and stand in his way, but would get knocked down early. Dickey would not give up a hit to the Red Sox, until the sixth inning. The Jays would help offensively scoring 2 runs in the top of the first inning, thanks to Edwin Encarnacion. He would send one into the stands in center field scoring Josh Donaldson as well as himself. In the bottom of the inning, Mookie Betts would find himself on base after walking and would eventually score cutting the lead in half. Fast forward to the eighth inning, and the Jays would manage to add two more runs on the board, winning Friday’s contest 5-2.

On Saturday, Marcus Stroman would be sent to the bump as he would look to continue his team’s streak. However, he would soon discover he had been figured out by Boston’s offence, as the Red Sox would score in five consecutive innings. His competition across the field would be Steven Wright. Wright would find his defence putting in the work as a Jay would not see the plate until the top of the fourth inning. The Blue Jays would then score in three consecutive innings, but would still fall short by a pair, losing Saturday afternoon 6-4, managing only four hits through nine innings.

Sunday would be the rubber match. There was a lot of excitement surrounding Sunday’s game as it got started. Marco Estrada would be on the hill for the Jays as he would face off against the young gun, Eduardo Rodriguez. The Jays offence would be a major factor, but not because of singles, doubles, or even triples. Jose Bautista started off in the first inning, getting a hold of one and homering in left center field. Heading into the third, Darwin Barney and Encarnacion would both homer respectively, scoring an additional three runs, making it a 4-0 game. It would then be Russell Martin’s turn to fire one into center field, giving the Blue Jays a 5-0 run.

Defensively, Estrada had himself a game. The debatable ace of the team would find himself going into the bottom of the eighth, as he had a no-hitter intact right up until the bottom of the eighth inning before giving up a home run to Chris Young. Young’s home run would then light a fire on Boston’s bench. Leading 5-1 going into the ninth, and just three outs away from a win, Roberto Osuna would come in for the ninth. David Ortiz would hit a line drive, scoring Dustin Pedroia. Hanley Ramirez then doubled, scoring Rusney Castillo. Jackie Bradley Jr. then singled, scoring Ramirez, but that is all that would take place as the Jays would be able to hold on, and win the series 2/3.

The Blue Jays now head into Detroit to start a three games series at Comerica Park. J.A. Happ (6-2) will be sent to the mound as his opponent will be Michael Fulmer (5-1).

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Blue Jays Split in Beantown

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The Toronto Blue Jays headed to Boston Friday night to start a four game series against a division rival, the Red Sox. On Jackie Robinson Day, the blue birds fell short, losing 5-3 handing R.A. Dickey his second loss of the year.

Boston took an early three run lead in the bottom of the first inning, which would find them ahead of the rest of the game. Toronto would manage to respond with a run in the second, and get two runs in during the seventh inning, but unable to produce any further. Rick Porcello would be credited with the win, keeping his undefeated streak alive, at two games. He would only let in 3 runs, over 6.1 innings of work, striking out 8. On the Jays side, R.A. Dickey would let in 4 runs through just 4.2 innings, striking out just 3. Craig Kimbrel would come in during the ninth for the save, to give the Sox a 1-0 series lead.

The fans heading to Fenway Saturday definitely got their money worth, as they would see a pitching duel between former Blue Jay David Price and Marco Estrada. Jays would get a run in early, however Boston would soon respond in the fourth, scoring four of their own. The blue birds would score another in the fourth as Edwin Encarnacion would hit a double, scoring Bautista who singled just prior. That’s all they would manage, as the Jays would fall once again, this time by a score of 4-2. David price would get the win as he went 7 innings, giving up only 2 runs over 6 hits with 9 strikeouts. Estrada on the other hand had a decent outing, but giving up 4 runs over 6 innings, striking out only 3, which would be the downfall. Kimbrel would appear once again, earning his fourth save of the year.

Game three would be a match-up between the young gun Aaron Sanchez and the knuckleballer, Steven Wright. The Blue Jays would be looking to get a much-needed win, as they would look not to lose the series. Toronto would pull off a similar situation as Saturday night, getting two runs in during the first inning.This time, it would be the Jays that would have the upper hand, as Boston would fall victim, only getting three runs on, two of which came during the ninth inning. Sanchez was lights out, giving up only 1 run, over 7 innings, striking out 7. Steven Wright would receive the loss as he went 6 innings, giving up 2 runs, striking out 6. During the game, Chris Colabello would find himself shaken up as Wright threw an 87MPH fastball, sending Colabello to the ground for a minute. Wright would perform a class act on Monday, sending a bottle of liquor to Colabello’s locker room as a token of apology, as he truly did not mean to have such a close encounter. Colabello would talk about the incident stating, “He went above and beyond in my eyes. It was pretty obvious there was no intent. You could see by his reaction.” Bravo Steven, well done.

Monday, the Toronto Blue Jays would be looking to even up the series at two games apiece. With an early morning game, taking place at 11AM, the blue birds didn’t have much time to rest, but they would send J.A. Happ to the mound in the series finale as he would be competing against Koji Uehara. The Bo Sox would get a man in early, as Josh Rutledge would double in Hanley Ramirez, making it a 1-0 game. There would be no other action until the Jays opened the floodgates in the top of the eighth, scoring 4 runs. The Toronto boys would appear to have this game won, however Boston would not be done responding with 2 runs in the bottom of the ninth, but would not be able to get anything further, falling 4-3. The Jays would end up splitting the series 2-2.

The Blue Jays will now head to face off against another division rival, the Baltimore Orioles who have been on a hot streak. The 7-7 Jays will start a three game series against the 8-3 Orioles, sending their young gun Marcus Stroman who is looking to go 3-0. The O’s will respond by sending Mike Wright to the bump. Wright has only pitched five innings this year, and the Toronto club will be looking to take advantage of that. Game time is 7:05EST.

Jays Avoid Sweep, Lose Bandwagon Fans In Process

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There was a lot of anticipation for the Jays as they headed into their first home series of the 2016 campaign. Friday night, the Toronto Blue Jays would be heartbroken, as the club would fall short. Donaldson and Holt would both hit grandslams, which the Jays would land on the wrong side of the excitement, losing 8-7. Stroman proved his haters wrong once again, however the bullpen would not be able to contain the Sox, leading to the loss.

Saturday being a new day, R.A. Dickey would be sent to the bump in what was suppose to be our first matchup of knuckleballers in a very long time, yet mother nature would have other ideas. With the weather affecting the previous match-up between Boston and the Cleveland Indians, Boston would send Rick Porcello as his counterpart. The game would go back and forth until the third. From there, B-town would score four straight innings in a row. By the end of the yo-yo game between the two clubs, the blue birds would fall short for the second day in a row, losing 8-4.

Heading into Sunday, the Rogers Centre started to become less full, but not by much. Those late season bandwagon fans from last season playoff run, started to back-out early, even though Sunday would only be game seven of 2016. With the Jays wanting to pull out a much-needed win, Marco Estrada would throw some pitches for the first time this year. The knuckleballer Steven Wright would be up on the mound in hopes of helping his club sweep the series, but Toronto would have other plans, stirring in the pot.

Early in the game, the Jays would take advantage of some misplays and high tosses, scoring two in the first inning. From that point on, it was a quick game, as both sides tossed out every batter that was being sent to the plate. During the eighth inning, Donaldson would step up to the plate, and give his club an extra assurance run by homering one into the bullpen, making it a 3-0 game, which would be the final.

Fans were able to breath a sigh of relief, not being swept and being able to carry the momentum, as they will begin a three game series Tuesday night against the New York Yankees, after an off day Monday. Aaron Sanchez will be sent to the hill, as Masahiro Tanaka will start off for the Bronx bombers.

AL East Champs Go 2-2

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It’s 2016 and baseball has returned for the defending AL East division champions. The Toronto Blue Jays started their season opening in St. Petersburg, as they would play guest to the Tampa Bay Rays. Toronto would take the first two games of the series, winning both contest’s 5-3. Stroman and R.A. Dickey would both be rewarded with the victory for their efforts. Things then became interesting during Tuesday night’s game three.

During the first three games, the Jays would strike out 36 times, leaving 12 batters on base, and would have game three end in a controversial setting. Heading into the ninth inning, Toronto would trail the Rays, 3-2. Having one out, and Bautista on first, Edwin would hit a grounder to Longoria who would initially throw a 5-4-3 play, but Logan Forsythe would throw the ball away, which would land Toronto two runs to take a 4-3 lead. Tampa would challenge the call on the field, and after further review, it showed the Bautista broke the new sliding rule when he put out his arm and touched the foot of Forsythe, which is in violation of said rule. The umpires would then call both Bautista and Encarnacion out on a double play, ending the game, resulting in a Tampa Bay Rays victory, giving them their first of the season.

Heading into the fourth and final game of the opening series, the Jays would look to rebound, as they would send former Jay, comeback J.A. Happ to the mound to face off against Matt Moore. Reigning MVP winner Josh Donaldson would get the bats going early, as he would homer a three run shot to give the Jays a lead. Tampa would respond to two runs of their own scoring in the fourth and sixth inning. Nearing the end of the game and looking for a rebound win, Gibbons would send Arnold Leon to the mound to pitch in the bottom of the eighth, with the idea of sending either Storen or Osuna to the mound in the ninth to finish it up. Things didn’t go as planned however, as Leon would give up a home run to Souza Jr., which would score three, giving the Rays a 5-3 lead which would be the difference.

The Canadian boys will now fly home and have an off day Thursday before opening up their first home series this weekend as they play host to David Price and the Boston Red Sox. Stroman will be sent to the mound Friday, followed by Dickey, as they will each be looking for their second wins of the season. Marco Estrada will be sent to the mound for the first time on Sunday, as he will face off against former Blue Jay rental, David Price.

The Price Was Not Right, Heads To Red Sox

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Just shortly after the 2015 baseball season came to an end, the big question for every Jays fan was whether or not David Price would be seen in the Rogers Centre again, in the dugout under section 124. Price’s tenure with the blue birds would soon end however as Price was picked up on the trades deadline as strictly a rental player. This would lead the Blue Jays to their first playoff appearance since ’93, ending their 22-year drought.

This afternoon, David Price would be officially announced as a member of the Boston Red Sox, after signing a 7-year, $217 million deal. The deal provides Price with an opt-out option after 3 years. In the news conference today, some notable things were said that might not sit with the Blue Jays faithful who wanted to do whatever they could to keep him in Toronto. “I think I was saving all of my postseason wins for the Red Sox.”

The Jays did not pursue Price aggressively however. Instead of giving D. Price $217 million, they decided to see him leave and hold onto their funds to eventually be able to share around the clubhouse. Price also stated in the news conference, “This is a place that has winning in their history. They definitely have winning in their future.” When breaking down this deal further, if Price starts 30 times in the 2016 season, he will earn $1 million per game ($9,000 per pitch) as he will wind up receiving $30 million in total.

Prior to the Boston reaching out and eventually signing the popular left-hander, the Red Sox spoke with David Ortiz, asking his opinion on Price and what his thoughts were as the two had history together during their days in Tampa. “At some point the Red Sox asked me, and I told them I got no problem with it. He’s not a bad guy. I know him from before. Things happen in the game, but that doesn’t mean that’s how you are. Our adrenaline kicks in on the field.”

So all in all, even though Jays fans are extremely disappointed in the fact they won’t get to see one of the best in the game every 5 days, time will tell if they will be better without him. That being said, they (Jays) have a lot of work to do to fix up their starting rotation and get some key arms in the bullpen as well.

Jays fall to Red Sox, Lose Ground to Yankees

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It was a late afternoon start at the Rogers Centre Saturday as the Jays were set to face the Red Sox in game two of the last series in Toronto. R.A. Dickey would be sent to the mound as Boston would send Wade Miley as his counterpart. The Jays were looking to remain steady with the Yankees who won their contest earlier on.

Things would stay quiet during the first five innings as both clubs would get runners on base, but couldn’t produce on their attempts. Boston would get a run in first before Edwin Encarnacion would launch his 34th home run this season over the left field wall making it a 2-1 game. Boston would then tie it up in the seventh as Jackie Bradley Jr. would double scoring Brock Holt to tie it up.

Heading into the eighth, the Jays would score two more runs making it 4-2. The boys in blue had their eyes set on winning their 86th game this season. However the boys in grey had other ideas. Boston would score five runs hitting off of Roberto Osuna and Aaron Sanchez. In the bottom of the ninth, with two outs, Matt Hague, would be up to the plate. The international league MVP would help the Jays with some momentum hitting a double on a sharp line to center field. Justin Smoak would follow at the plate, but not on the same level. He would ground out to end the ballgame.

The Jays would lose a nail bitter 7-6 falling 85-63 on the year. Not a huge break on the record, but the club would see their ground on the second place Yankees fall to 3.5 games. They also stand 1.5 games back of the Kansas City Royals for first overall in the American League. The Toronto team will look to bounce back in the rubber match hoping for a Yankees loss to gain more ground back before facing the Bronx team for a three game set starting Monday night.

Mark Buehrle will take the hill for the Jays as Rich Hill will start for the Red Sox. This will be just the second start for Hill this season as this is the first year he’s taken the mound in the past six. This is his third stint with Boston and is hoping to prove why he deserves to stay on the rotation when next season comes around. First pitch takes place at 1:07PM EST.

Jays Look to Rebound, Gain Ground in Upcoming Yankees Series

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It has been a rough few days for the Toronto Blue Jays. As the club wrapped up their three game series against the AL East basement team, the Boston Red Sox, the Jays were hoping to gain more ground in the east. This would be before heading to New York to face off against the Yankees in a very important September series.

The Red Sox would take game one, winning 11-4 in an impressive game for Red Sox fans, not so much for the Jays faithful. The blue birds would then turn their luck around taking game two 5-1 after the floodgates opened in extra innings scoring four in the tenth. Heading into Wednesday night’s game, they haven’t lost a series in almost a month and it would have been their sixth series win.

Providing the Yankees would lose to the Orioles, the Jays had a positive look in potentially gaining a two and a half game lead, but things didn’t go as planned. The club would get lit up early as Drew Hutchison who would only go 3.1 innings, would give up six ER off six hits before getting pulled in replacement of Liam Hendriks. Things would not get better for the Jays as they would only score one run in the fourth, before the Red Sox would score 6 more by the sixth inning making it a 10-1 lead. Delabar would be responsible fore letting in four runs in after coming in for Hendriks.

When all was said and done, the Toronto club would go through five bullpen pitchers, in hopes of keeping it close and winning, but that was not the case. The Jays faithful would then turn their scoreboard watching to New York and would be relieved to hear that the Yankees lost their contest. Now, heading into the Bronx, the Jays will hope to improve on their 1.5 game lead. This is the second biggest matchup of the year, which everyone has been waiting for. The biggest one though? That will take place in the last week of September when the Yankees come back to Toronto to face the Blue Jays one last time.

David Price will be taking the mound, as the Yanks will send Luis Severino to the mound as his counterpart. Price is also just four innings away from reaching 200 innings pitched this season. He will be looking for win #15, as the Jays will be looking for win #80, and hopefully, going up 2.5 games in the East.