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    TORONTO (AP) — Shortstop Bo Bichette has big expectations for the upgraded Toronto Blue Jays. “I believe in the team, just like I did last year,” Bichette said Monday as the Blue Jays held their first full-squad workout in Dunedin, Florida. “Obviously we added some new names.” “I think this year, if we go home without a trophy, that’ll be disappointing,” he said. Toronto was among the busiest teams on the free-agent market, agreeing to a $150 million, six-year contract with outfielder George Springer; an $18 million, one-year contract with shortstop Marcus Semien; a $5.5 million, one-year deal with right-hander Kirby Yates; a $3 million, one-year contract with right-hander Tyler Chatwood and a $1.75 million, one-year contract with right-hander David Phelps. “We’re very excited, we all believe in ourselves, and we believe that we can play with the best teams,” Bichette said. Semien said he’s already impressed by the winning...
    Steven Matz apparently has no hard feelings that the New York Mets traded him to the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday. “I’ll always be grateful to the Mets for the opportunity to play for my hometown team,” Matz tweeted in a farewell message on Thursday. “Thank you to Mets fans for all your support throughout my time in NY. And thanks to all my teammates and coaches — I wish you all nothing but the best of luck moving forward!” Matz, 29, was shipped to the Blue Jays for three minor league pitching prospects. Earlier this season, Matz was tendered a contract for $5.2 million but became expendable with the Mets’ recent pitching additions — which included another lefty, Joey Lucchesi from the Padres. Matz also said he is looking forward to joining the Blue Jays and believes they can be an AL East contender. “I’m excited for the opportunity...
    The New York Mets have traded Steven Matz, and apart from the return some extra money is freed up to pay off a big pursuit. The New York Mets and Toronto Blue Jays have been two of the most active teams this offseason, often mentioned in parallel as suitors for some big names. On Wednesday night they came together on a deal, with the Mets sending left-hander Steven Matz to Toronto for three pitching prospects (Sean Reid-Foley, Yennsy Diaz, Josh Winckowski) Matz had a rough 2020 campaign, with a 9.68 ERA and 14 home runs allowed over nine starts (30.2 innings). The small sample and a weird season has to be noted, and Matz was far better in 2019 (4.21 ERA over 160.1 innings) and 2018 (3.97 ERA over 154 innings). Even last year, there were positives (10.6 K/9, a career-best 25.4 percent strikeout rate).The Mets probably aren’t worried about...
    In a deal between two of baseball's busiest teams this winter, the New York Mets traded left-hander Steven Matz to the Toronto Blue Jays for three young pitchers Wednesday night. New York received reliever Sean Reid-Foley and minor league right-handers Josh Winckowski and Yennsy Díaz in a move that could signal the Mets are pursuing a pricey free agent. Matz, a New York product, is set to earn $5.2 million this year and can become a free agent after the season. He is coming off a miserable 2020, when he went 0-5 with a 9.68 ERA and lost his rotation spot during the pandemic-shortened season. He made six starts and three relief appearances, spending time on the injured list with shoulder discomfort. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM Beset by injuries throughout his career, the 29-year-old Matz is 31-41 with a 4.35 ERA and 552 strikeouts over 579...
    NEW YORK (AP) — In a deal between two of baseball’s busiest teams this winter, the New York Mets traded left-hander Steven Matz to the Toronto Blue Jays for three young pitchers Wednesday night. New York received reliever Sean Reid-Foley and minor league right-handers Josh Winckowski and Yennsy Díaz in a move that could signal the Mets are pursuing a pricey free agent. Matz, a New York product, is set to earn $5.2 million this year and can become a free agent after the season. He is coming off a miserable 2020, when he went 0-5 with a 9.68 ERA and lost his rotation spot during the pandemic-shortened season. RELATED STORY — Mets Promote Zack Scott To Acting General Manager Matz spent the final month of the season on the injured list with shoulder discomfort. He made six starts and three relief appearances. Beset by several injuries during his career,...
    The Mets and Blue Jays have a trade in place for Steven Matz. A trade between the two sides was first reported by FanSided’s Robert Murray. Matz, who has been rather inconsequential in the Mets rotation the past few seasons, is getting a fresh start north of the border. Matz had an astronomical ERA in 2020, notching a 9.68 mark combined with an 0-5 record. He was clearly a weak link in New York’s rotation that already includes Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard. The question for Mets fans is simple: Does this mean Steve Cohen is going all in for Trevor Bauer?What did the Mets get in return for Matz?Per Jeff Passan, the Blue Jays are sending three prospects back to New York in exchange for the 29-year-old lefty.
    The Toronto Blue Jays continue their busy offseason, signing former MVP candidate Marcus Semien to an $18 million deal. Which Marcus Semien will show up in 2021? That is a question the Toronto Blue Jays have to figure out. According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, the Blue Jays agreed to sign the 30-year-old free agent to a one-year, $18 million deal on Tuesday, with the expectation that the former Athletics shortstop will move over to second base this season. If the Blue Jays get the 2019 version of Semien, the one who finished in the top-three of Most Valuable Player balloting and hit 33 home runs, the deal is a bargain. Semien had a .892 OPS that season, which would’ve ranked second among second baseman if he replicated it in 2020. But he came up well short, and that’s the dilemma now facing the Blue Jays. A slow start doomed Semien’s 2020...
    Apr 8, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Jameson Taillon (50) pitches during the first inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports Reports indicate the Pittsburgh Pirates could trade pitcher Jameson Taillon in the coming days. These three teams should try to acquire him. You have to give the Pittsburgh Pirates some credit. The organization is extremely self aware that the team is nowhere near playoff contention in 2021. So, general manager Ben Cherington decided to start selling some major league talent to bolster their prospect pipeline. Earlier this winter, the Pirates traded slugging first baseman Josh Bell to the Washington Nationals in exchange for right-handed pitching prospects Wil Crowe and Eddy Yean. Last week, the Pirates shocked the world by sending pitcher Joe Musgrove to the San Diego Padres in exchange for prospects Hudson Head, David Bednar, Omar Cruz, Drake...
    Transcript: Joe Bidens inauguration speech Biden became president at noon despite taking oath early, constitutional experts say George Springer gives Blue Jays hope – and one of MLBs best lineups – for years to come Just like that, the Toronto Blue Jays are done behaving like a small or mid-sized market team. Blue Jays sign top free agent George Springer to $150 million deal USA TODAY SPORTS See more videos SHARE SHARE TWEET SHARE EMAIL What to watch next Tommy Lasorda Remembered With Dodger Stadium Service CBS Los Angeles Blue Jays sign top free agent George Springer to $150 million deal USA TODAY A Dodger Stadium sendoff to Tommy Lasorda The LA Times George Springer agrees to $150M deal with Blue Jays ABC 13 Houston MLB Hall of Fame pitcher Don Sutton, formerly of Molino, dies at 75 WEAR...
    The Toronto Blue Jays have completed their rebuilding plan with the George Springer signing. In the summer of 2018, shortly after the Toronto Blue Jays dealt their former MVP Josh Donaldson for an obscure minor league pitcher, general manager Ross Atkins insisted it was all part of the plan. He’ll bat at the top of a Blue Jays lineup that can now claim to match up with anyone in 2021. Biggio, Bichette, Guerrero, Randal Grichuk (43 home runs over the last two seasons) and Teoscar Hernandez (16 home runs in 2020, fifth in the AL) will be behind him. Atkins and manager Charlie Montoyo will have to figure out how to squeeze all these weapons into their lineup on a daily basis; they’re now so deep that Lourdes Gurriel, with a .874 OPS since 2019, may be the odd man out. The roots of the Springer signing lie in what...
    U.S. judge blocks Trump administrations sweeping asylum rules Progressives: Our Time Is Now. Manchin: Not So Fast. Blue Jays finished second in race for Francisco Lindor The Mets won the Francisco Lindor sweepstakes when they acquired the star shortstop from Cleveland in a blockbuster trade earlier this week. It turns out that the Blue Jays finished second in the derby, Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com reports. While Castrovince isn’t sure which other players were involved in the teams’ trade talks, the Blue Jays offered “what is probably a higher ceiling,” he writes. The problem for Toronto is that the prospects it put on the table weren’t that close to being ready for the majors, so Cleveland accepted an offer that it expects to be beneficial in both the short and long term. © Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports Francisco Lindor is on his way to the Mets. Third baseman Rafael...
    If the Blue Jays are serious about George Springer, they still need to up the ante.  The Jays have been among the suitors for Springer since the outset of free agency — and who can blame them? Springer brings five-tool potential with him wherever he travels, and could bring championship experience to a young and rapidly-improving roster. Springer is a three-time All-Star and two-time silver slugger winner. In last year’s shortened season, he hit 14 home runs and 32 RBIs in 51 games. It wasn’t his best performance, but it wasn’t the significant downturn many stars witnessed in what can only be described as an outlier season. Because of his longstanding tenure as one of the best outfielders in all of baseball, Springer wants a five-year deal worth upwards of $150 million. In an offseason where owners are struggling to open their wallets, that could be tough to come by....
    The Rays falling back creates a new headache for the New York Yankees By: Daniel Cunningham December 28, 2020 ShareTweetFlipRedditLast night, the New York Yankees biggest threat in the AL East took a major step back. The Tampa Bay Rays traded away former Cy Young award winner, Blake Snell, to the San Diego Padres for a package of prospects. Combining that with the loss of Charlie Morton earlier in the offseason, and you can expect the Rays to take a big step back next year. While they won’t be a bad team, they won’t be the biggest threat to the Yankees. Instead, you will have to look north of the border to find the Yankees biggest threat. The Toronto Blue Jays are going to be a major player in the AL East in 2021. There are some analysts already picking them...
    Next1 of 3Prev postUse your ← → (arrows) to browse As the Tampa Bay Rays attempt to clear more payroll, these 3 teams should trade for Kevin Kiermaier. With budget constraints regardless of circumstance, the Tampa Bay Rays consistently have to keep payroll in check. After trading Blake Snell to the San Diego Padres on Sunday, Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY has reported centerfielder Kevin Kiermaier is “next on the trade block” for the Rays. Kiermaier struggled at the plate during the shortened 2020 season (.217/.321/.362 slash-line). But his BABIP (.290) shows some bad luck, and he remained one of the best defensive centerfielders in the game (10 Defensive Runs Saved, 7.7 UZR, 30.7 UZR/150, via FanGraphs). But Kiermaier is due to make $11.5 million next season, then $12 million in 2022 and $13 million on a club option ($2.5 million buyout) for 2023. That is significant money for the...
    Next1 of 5Prev postUse your ← → (arrows) to browse The Cubs have made it known Yu Darvish is available, and these five teams should consider making a deal for him. It didn’t take the revenue hit of the shortened 2020 season for the Chicago Cubs to be headed for an offseason of tough decisions and a reduction in payroll. Trade speculation is abound (Kris Bryant, Javier Baez, etc.), and the latest is significant. On Monday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reported reigning NL Cy Young runner-up Yu Darvish has been made available in trade talks. Cubs ace Yu Darvish seems out there in trade talks, but it may be an example of a willingness to consider anything. And, off 2nd place Cy finish plus big 2nd half in ‘19, 1 exec rates trade chance as “very low,” and 1 uninvolved rival exec, guessed this on the ask: “Babe Ruth?”...
    Next1 of 3Prev postUse your ← → (arrows) to browse Several teams should be calling the Colorado Rockies about a Trevor Story trade. The Colorado Rockies have missed the playoffs each of the past two seasons and may be looking to make some changes. The team already signed Nolan Arenado to a huge deal and almost immediately looked at trade offers. Shortstop Trevor Story is now the next big name showing up in trade rumors. His case is different as he will be a free agent following the 2021 season. If the Rockies don’t intend to pay him, a trade makes the most sense this offseason. There are several teams out there who must call the Rockies about a trade for the two-time All-Star.3 teams that should call about Trevor Story3. Toronto Blue JaysThe Blue Jays are a team featuring a dominant young core of talent. They even qualified for...
    The Phillies could have a tough time finding a trade partner for Jean Segura. Segura is a capable shortstop and second baseman, but his salary suggests he’s a better player than he is. He’s proven to be defensively challenged at times, but Segura’s bat is among the best at his position. In an offseason where shortstops are flying off the shelves — see Francisco Lindor and Carlos Correa — Segura is a cheaper option. Now on the other side of 30, the $14.25 million owed to him next year isn’t an attractive figure. The $14.25 in 2021 and $17 million in 2022 is even worse. That makes the possible return for a player of his talents far less than it should be.What would a trade for Jean Segura look like?Per FanSided’s Robert Murray, the Blue Jays are among the teams interested in Segura. This isn’t surprising given reports that the...
    US hits 13 million coronavirus cases SEE IT: Taiwan lawmakers throw pig guts at each other, brawl on parliament floor over U.S. pork deal Blue Jays planning for new stadium Rogers Centre has been the Blue Jays’ home stadium since 1989, but that might not be the case for much longer. Blue Jays ownership is hoping to knock down Rogers Centre and put up a new multibillion-dollar facility in its place, Andrew Willis of the Globe and Mail reports. © John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports The Blue Jays have called the Rogers Centre home since 1989. As you’d expect with such a grand plan, there are potential roadblocks. For one, Rogers Communications Inc. – which owns the Blue Jays – does not own the land on which the ballpark sits. That belongs to Canada Lands Company. Secondly, the Blue Jays would need the Canadian federal government to sign off...
    The Blue Jays are reportedly getting a new home. Rogers Communications, the company that owns the team and the building where the Jays have played since 1989, plans to demolish the retractable-roof stadium and construct a new park on the site as part of a larger development plan in downtown Toronto, according to media reports. MORE: 10 single-season MLB feats we’ll never see again The new stadium would be primarily used for baseball and feature natural grass, sources told the Globe and Mail (subscription required). Rogers Centre is one of only two remaining MLB stadiums to use artificial turf, along with Tropicana Field, home of the Rays. Interestingly, the Blue Jays have never had a natural-grass stadium. The team’s previous home, Exhibition Stadium, where it played from its inception in 1977 until June 1989, also had artificial turf. Rogers has yet to confirm the reports of a new stadium,...
    The Blue Jays have added catcher J.T. Realmuto to their offseason wish list. The Toronto Blue Jays need to upgrade their roster. They have money to spend. And, perhaps most importantly, they have an ownership group willing to spend it and a front office actively exploring every opportunity to improve. Enter J.T. Realmuto, the free agent All-Star catcher who is rumored to be among the Blue Jays targets this offseason, according to Craig Mish of SportsGrid. Realmuto is coming off an 11-home run season in 47 games with the Philadelphia Phillies, driving in 32 and batting .266 with a .840 OPS. He leads all catchers with a .825 OPS over the last three seasons; his 189 RBI in that span are 17 more than any other player at the position. He’s on the short list for the best catchers in the league and would be a significant addition to the...
    Next1 of 5Prev postUse your ← → (arrows) to browse The Houston Astros are debating the unthinkable, and might trade away Carlos Correa. Per Ken Rosenthal’s reporting, Astros owner Jim Crane is reluctant to pay Correa the huge sum he’ll rightfully be asking for by next summer, when he becomes a free agent. But trading Correa would hinge on the ability of the Astros to sign New York Yankees free agent DJ LaMehieu to play second base. As a result, Alex Bregman would move over to shortstop. Given the Astros expect to lose George Springer this offseason, all of this is very well possible, with the plus-30 outfielder signing elsewhere being the first domino to fall. Per Rosenthal. “The club indeed has checked in on LeMahieu, with general manager James Click following the philosophy used by his previous employer, the Rays — try to acquire as many talented players as...
    New York Yankees: There is a three-team race for DJ LeMahieu, per reports By: Andres Chavez November 20, 2020 ShareTweetFlipRedditDJ LeMahieu has been, without a doubt, one of the most influential ballplayers for the New York Yankees in recent memory. This past season, he led the whole circuit in batting average with .364 and had an amazing 1.011 OPS. He was the Yankees’ leader in fWAR in the last two campaigns, and his offensive and defensive contributions are undeniable. That’s why it is so important for the New York Yankees to retain his services, now that he’s a free agent. He’s reportedly looking for a five-year deal, which the team may be reluctant to give him because he’s 32. But to be fair, his two best offensive season were 2019 and 2020. He’s showing no signs of decline. Ken Davidoff of...
    BUFFALO, NEW YORK – AUGUST 12: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. #27 of the Toronto Blue Jays reacts after striking out during the second inning of an MLB game against the Miami Marlins at Sahlen Field on August 12, 2020 in Buffalo, New York. The Blue Jays are the home team and are playing their home games in Buffalo due to the Canadian government’s policy on COVID-19. (Photo by Bryan M. Bennett/Getty Images) The Yankees want to re-sign D.J. LeMahieu in MLB Free Agency, but they will face fierce competition to retain the talented second baseman.  The two-year, $24 million contract D.J. LeMahieu signed with the Yankees before the 2019 regular season will go down as one of the best bargains in MLB Free Agency. No team is going to get so lucky with the All-Star second baseman this time around. Any team interested in inking LeMahieu this offseason will need to...
    The Toronto Blue Jays superstar has gotten leaner since the team’s Wild Card Round exit last month. The Toronto Blue Jays shocked the world by clinching a postseason berth this year, when many expected they were a year or so from contending. Toronto was brought back down to Earth in the Wild Card Round, as they were swept by the eventual winners of the AL pennant, the Tampa Bay Rays. Since the Blue Jays got their taste of Fall Ball, one of the team’s franchise cornerstones is using his offseason to get in peak physical shape. Star first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. appears to have slimmed down this offseason, based off a recent photo circulating on social media. During an interview with Yancen Pujols of elCaribe, Guerrero revealed that he is down to 250-pounds, which is 32 pounds lighter than he was when he showed up to summer camp in...
    New York Yankees News/Rumors: The elite DJ LeMahieu to the Blue Jays for $68 million? By: William Parlee November 3, 2020 ShareTweetFlipRedditThe New York Yankees have many free agents this offseason, but DJ LeMahieu is one the Yankees will be sure to want to resign. He is the only free agent to receive a qualifying offer. The offer was $18.9 million for a one year contract. This is an offer the DJ will most assuredly pass on in favor of testing the free-agent market for his services. The website MLBTradeRumors forecast the landing spot for the top 50 players on the open market. It has LeMahieu heading north of the border for a four-year, $68 million contract with the Toronto Blue Jays. My guess is that the Yankees will top that dollar amount to keep LeMahieu in pinstripes. However, nothing is difinite. If...
    TORONTO (AP) — A brief taste of playoff baseball gave the young Toronto Blue Jays a big appetite for another shot at October glory. “We’re hungry for more, so we’ll be back,” catcher Danny Jansen said after the Blue Jays were swept out of the wild-card round by the AL East champion Tampa Bay Rays. Manager Charlie Montoyo expects the disappointing exit will increase his team’s desire to get better and go deeper into the postseason. “They’re more hungry now with what just happened,” Montoyo said. Toronto’s lineup of position players was baseball’s youngest this year. “They believe they can win and they believe they can get better,” Montoyo said. “The sky’s the limit with these kids.” The Blue Jays returned to the playoffs for the first time in four years, but with an entirely new cast — there’s not a single player left from the team that made consecutive...
    The Toronto Blue Jays will look to stave off elimination as they take on the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 2 of their MLB Wild Card Round clash. The Tampa Bay Rays got the better of their AL East rival Toronto Blue Jays in Game 1 of their series on Tuesday, and under the new playoff format, they now have a chance to advance to the second round of the postseason for the second consecutive year with a win in Game 2. Will the underdog Jays be able to force a decisive Game 3 against the top-seeded Rays? Here’s what to expect in the high-stakes showdown. It’s about to be ???? pic.twitter.com/hAm37zW8T3 — Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) September 30, 2020 What to watch for in Game 2 between the Blue Jays and RaysThe two squads managed to muster just four total runs of offense in Game 1, and based on...
    The Toronto Blue Jays and Tampa Bay Rays face off in the first game of their Wild Card Series Rather than pitching their ace, free agent acquisition Hyun-Jin Ryu, in the opening game of their Wild Card series against the heavily-favored Tampa Bay Rays, Charlie Montoyo is going with Matt Shoemaker, who was 0-1 with a 4.71 ERA in 2020. Ryu will pitch in Game 2, with Montoyo arguing that win or loss, they’d rather have their best pitcher ready on Wednesday to either close out the favored Rays or keep their playoff hopes alive. It’s a flawed strategy, but one Ryu and the Jays can get behind. Despite Toronto handing Ryu $80 million this offseason and opting not to have him open the postseason, these Jays are playing with house money after securing the eighth seed behind a youth movement of emerging stars. Bo Bichette, Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. and...
    21 states are reporting increased Covid-19 cases as experts warn of fall surge Chain restaurants in bad financial shape MLB announces start times for first two Wild Card gamedays, beginning at 2 PM Eastern on ABC On Sunday night, MLB announced the start times for the first two days of the Wild Card playoff round. © Provided by Awful Announcing The action starts on Tuesday at 2 PM Eastern on ABC with Astros-Twins, continuing on with White Sox-A’s at 3 PM on ESPN. Turner’s one Wild Card series this year will be the Blue Jays-Rays, and Game 1 of that matchup starts at 5 PM. As expected, the Yankees-Indians series starts in primetime at 7 PM on ESPN, and has the misfortune of going up against the first presidential debate. Times, broadcast info released for first two days of @MLB Wild Card Series: pic.twitter.com/mcYd5xZLb8 — Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) September...
    Hyun Jin Ryu leads the Blue Jays into the playoffs in the first year of his $80 million contract A Major League club doesn’t hand a starting pitcher an $80 million contract to pitch in just any game. They sign him to pitch in situations like the Toronto Blue Jays faced on Thursday, playing the powerful New York Yankees lineup and with the club’s first postseason berth in four years at stake. So, naturally, the Blue Jays handed the ball to left-hander Hyun Jin Ryu, the former All-Star whom they brought to Toronto for four years. And Ryu responded by showing he was well worth the money. Ryu shut out the Yankees over seven innings at Sahlen Field, allowing five hits and striking out four as the Blue Jays won the game 4-1 to clinch a spot in the postseason. Ryu was the first Blue Jays starter to pitch into the...
    New York Yankees Previews: Gerrit Cole hopes to right the ship for the Yankees tonight in Buffalo By: William Parlee ShareTweetFlipRedditThe New York Yankees have lost two games in a row against the Boston Red Sox and one last night against the Toronto Blue Jays. Tonight, the Yankees will send out Gerrit Cole to face the Jays and right the ship, putting it on track to maintaining or improving the Yankee’s seeding in the playoffs, that they have already secured a postseason berth. The Yankees, in this unusual coronavirus season, have had many ups and downs.  Winning a bunch of games, then losing even more, before a ten games winning streak that secured their place in the playoffs.  But, now the Yankees have lost two in a row, and need to regain momentum going into the final games of the year. There are only five...
    New York Yankees Recap: Blue Jays take down the Yankees for second loss in a row By: William Parlee ShareTweetFlipRedditThe New York Yankees, after securing a berth in the playoffs, sent Micheal King to the mound last night to face the Toronto Blue Jays, in the first game of a four-game series in Buffalo. King pitched a scoreless first inning, but the game quickly went off the rails when King gave up five earned runs in less than three innings. The usually dependable Jonathan Loaisiga came in to replace King, and things just got worse; he gave up three earned runs in only one inning. The Yankee’s attempt to hold back the Blue Jays was a complete failure. Both Chad Green and Nick Nelson also gave up a run in the game, with only Adam Ottavino pitching a clean inning. Meanwhile, the Blue Jays Matt...
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bryce Harper hit a tying, two-run double and scored the go-ahead run on an error following Alec Bohm’s infield single, helping the Philadelphia Phillies rally to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-7 Friday night and earn their first doubleheader sweep in eight years. Zach Eflin struck out nine in a four-hitter and Harper went deep in Philadelphia’s 7-0 win in the opener. The Phillies came back twice in the nightcap. Rafael Marchan hit his first career homer as a professional, a three-run drive in the fourth that tied it at 5. That came after Mickey Moniak, the 2016 No. 1 overall pick in the amateur draft, lined a single to right for his first hit in the majors. Marchan didn’t go deep in 846 plate appearances over four seasons in the minors, but the 21-year-old Venezuelan catcher connected in just his fifth time up in the big...
    J.T. Realmuto is out for the entire weekend series against Toronto. The Philadelphia Phillies are clinging to the eighth seed in the National League postseason standings as we approach the final week of the season. The team is without Jake Arrieta, Rhys Hoskins, Jay Bruce, and perhaps most importantly, catcher J.T. Realmuto. The Phillies All-Star catcher has not played since September 12 and the team is in the midst of a rough 3-7 stretch. Time is running out and the margin between making and missing the postseason is slim. More bad news about Realmuto doesn’t help the cause. And more bad news. Joe Girardi said the Phillies wont have have JT Realmuto this weekend. — Jim Salisbury (@JSalisburyNBCS) September 18, 2020 J.T. Realmuto remains outThe Phillies have gone all-in to acquire talent in a quest to return to the postseason for the first time since 2011. Bryce Harper is the...
    A lot of folks might disagree with Aaron Judge believing the Yankees are the best team in baseball. The Blue Jays pitchers can’t be among the non-believers. Not after leaving Yankee Stadium in neck braces to keep their heads stabilized from the whiplash they suffered tracking all the home runs the Yankees hit in a three-game sweep. Talking about the expectations rising with Giancarlo Stanton, Gio Urshela and Judge coming off the injured list the past few days, Judge didn’t believe they were any higher than in March or July. “I think they are the same as when the season started,’’ Judge said of the Yankees’ expectations. “I feel we have the best team out there. We had a lot of key guys miss some time. We are getting back to full strength at the right time, right at the stretch. This is the best time to be hot.’’ Try...
    NEW YORK (AP) — The Yankees tied a major league record with five home runs in an inning and hit six overall in a 10-8 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday night that extended their winning streak to eight. New York set a major league record for most home runs in a three-game span with 19 and became the first team with six or more home runs in three straight games. The Yankees (29-21) outscored Toronto 43-15 over the three games and ouhit the Blue Jays 44-28, opening a 2 1/2-game over the Toronto for second place and closing within one game of Minnesota (31-21) for a first-round playoff series at home. Brett Gardner, DJ LeMehieu and Luke Voit homered on consecutive pitches in the fourth inning from Chase Anderson (0-2). Voit’s home run was his major league-leading 20th. Aaron Hicks struck out, and Giancarlo Stanton and...
    New York Yankees Previews: Yankees try for the sweep of the Blue Jays tonight at the Stadium By: William Parlee September 17, 2020 ShareTweetFlipRedditTonight the New York Yankees will go for their second sweep in a row, this time against the Toronto Blue Jays at the stadium in the Bronx, New York. The Yankees have gone on a seven-game tear with their first win of the Blue Jays earlier in the month and hope to cap it off with a sweep of the Jays in this meeting.  In between, they swept the Baltimore Orioles in a four-game series. Tonight will start off with the recently improved Masahiro Tanaka on the mound for the New York Yankees.  He will face the Blue Jay’s, Chase Anderson.  Tanaka has been on the uptick, whereas Anderson has recently declined. The Yankees have been on an offensive tear...
    The New York Yankees have enjoyed an offensive explosion unlike any other in franchise history the last two games. DJ LeMahieu set the tone for what kind of night it would be for the New York Yankees on the second pitch Wednesday night. LeMahieu homered into the short porch in right field in Yankee Stadium on a 1-0 pitch from Toronto Blue Jays starter Tanner Roark to leadoff the game. But they were far from finished on this night. LeMahieu, Kyle Higashioka, Clint Frazier and Luke Voit all homered in a 13-2 Yankees win over the Blue Jays. LeMahieu hit two. Higashioka, with seven career home runs coming into the game, hit three off three different Blue Jays pitchers — Roark, Jacob Waguespack and Hector Perez. That gave the Yankees seven home runs for the game. Coming a night after they hit six in a 20-6 blowout of the Blue Jays,...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Kyle Higashioka hit a career-high three home runs, DJ LeMahieu connected twice and the resurgent New York Yankees hit a season-best seven homers in another Bronx air show, thumping the Toronto Blue Jays 13-2 on Wednesday night. Luke Voit lofted a three-run drive for his major league-leading 19th homer and Clint Frazier added a solo shot as the Yankees won their seventh straight game following a 5-15 slide. New York moved 1 1/2 games ahead of Toronto for second place in the AL East, with the top two teams ensured spots in the expanded postseason that begins in less than two weeks. Higashi-omg ???? pic.twitter.com/wKpNuQTQ7u — New York Yankees (@Yankees) September 17, 2020 LeMahieu, Voit and Frazier also connected Tuesday — Voit homered twice — when New York hit six home runs and pummeled Toronto 20-6. It’s the first time the Yankees have hit six...
    New York Yankees Previews: Gerrit Cole goes for the Yankee’s seventh win in a row tonight By: William Parlee September 16, 2020 ShareShareTweetThe New York Yankees will look for their seventh win in a row, and to get one game closer to the Tampa Bay Rays, tonight in the Bronx.  Last night the Yankees retook second place in the AL East with a 20-6 bashing of the Toronto Blue Jays with Deivi Garcia on the mound.  Garcia has  impressed with his second win in a row since his major league debut. Cole will pitch for his second win in a row, this time against the bats of the Toronto Blue Jays. Cole has not faced the Blue Jays this season. The Yankees have new momentum as they approach the last thirteen games of the season. The Yankees had a very rough stretch when...
    New York Yankees Previews: Yankees host the Blue Jays starting today for 3 game set By: William Parlee September 15, 2020 ShareShareTweetThe New York Yankees will host the Toronto Blue Jays tonight at 7:05 pm, in a rematch of the Buffalo series last week, but this time at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees are coming off a four-game sweep of the Baltimore Orioles in the Bronx. In the previous week, the Yankees starting pitching has vastly improved, and the hitting has come alive.  In the last five games, the Yankees have scored 28 runs while holding opponents to just 5 runs. In the previous five games, the Yankees lost all of them, scoring only 13 runs over the five games. During the lousy stretch from August 18, the Yankees won only 5 games out of 20 played. During such a short season of only...
    Western wildfires: Trump to visit with firefighters 10 Flavorful Marinades that Keep Chicken Dinners Interesting LEADING OFF: Blue Jays-Yanks, Padres go for 9th straight A look at what’s happening around the majors today: © Provided by Associated Press San Diego Padres' Jurickson Profar, right, reacts after scoring on a fielder's choice in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Derrick Tuskan) ___ PLAYOFF PURSUIT Second place in the AL East is up for grabs when Toronto opens a critical three-game series at Yankee Stadium. Cavan Biggio and the Blue Jays are a half-game ahead of New York — the top two teams in each division qualify for the postseason this year without needing a wild card. Prized rookie Deivi García (1-1, 3.06 ERA) pitches for the Yankees, who have won five straight following a 5-16 slide....
    By The Associated Press A look at what’s happening around the majors today: ___ PLAYOFF PURSUIT Second place in the AL East is up for grabs when Toronto opens a critical three-game series at Yankee Stadium. Cavan Biggio and the Blue Jays are a half-game ahead of New York — the top two teams in each division qualify for the postseason this year without needing a wild card. Prized rookie Deivi García (1-1, 3.06 ERA) pitches for the Yankees, who have won five straight following a 5-16 slide. Taijuan Walker (3-2, 2.95) goes for Toronto. Both clubs are chasing Tampa Bay. New York expects to get third baseman Gio Urshela and right-hander Jonathan Loaisiga back from the injured list. Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman also could hear back on his appeal of a three-game suspension. WILD WEST The surging San Diego Padres go for their ninth straight victory and try to...
    28-year-old South Carolina teacher dies of COVID-19 23 Classic TV Dinners Everyone Loved Bo Bichette nearing return for Blue Jays The 24-19 Blue Jays are firmly in possession of a postseason spot at the moment, and an already-strong roster could soon get a major reinforcement. MLB.com’s Jon Morosi tweets that young shortstop Bo Bichette could return from the injured list in time for this weekend’s series against the Mets. Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet tweeted Wednesday that Bichette was 2-for-3 in a simulated game Tuesday before taking four plate appearances and playing six inning at shortstop in another sim game Wednesday. © Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Bo Bichette is working his way back into the lineup. Bichette, 22, has been nothing short of amazing through his first 60 big-league games, hitting .323/.366/.595 with 16 homers, 22 doubles and eight stolen bases through 276 trips to the...
    New York Yankees Previews: Yankees and Cole back at the Stadium for a 4 set with the Orioles By: William Parlee September 10, 2020 ShareShareTweetThe New York Yankees have made their way back to Yankee Stadium, for a four-game series with the Baltimore Orioles, which may include a doubleheader this weekend. The games are supposed to be one a day through Sunday, but as it appears now, tonight’s game may very well be postponed due to a cold front traveling through the area, causing significant rainfall. If the game is played, it will be at 7:05 pm.  Gerrit Cole will start for the Yankees and Keegan Akin for the Baltimore Orioles. The Yankees enter this series with a bit of momentum after winning the finale with the Toronto Blue Jays, last night. Deivi Garcia had the best outing of his three starts, since...
    Things could be shaking behind scenes for Yankees as Brian Cashman travels to Buffalo to check in By: John Zarnowski September 8, 2020 ShareShareTweetThe one thing that couldn’t happen during this shortened season was to fall into a void of a long losing streak. The New York Yankees have figured out a way to do more than that. After starting the season with a strong 16-6 record, the Yankees have lost their last 12 out of 17 and are now 21-21. After dropping the first two games of a three-game set to the Toronto Blue Jays, the Yankees have put themselves at real danger of falling out of playoff contention if they continue the way they are playing. They’re currently sitting in third place of the AL East, three games behind the Jays, and just one game up on the Baltimore Orioles. ...
    The Blue Jays’ Danny Jansen delivered a grand slam to cap a 10-run inning against the Yankees. Ask the Toronto Blue Jays what’s the best way to overturn a four-run deficit and they’ll have a pretty good answer for you: a 10-run inning. On a 3-1 count, Jansen smashed Ottavino’s 92 mph fastball 417 yards to score an additional four runs. It was only his fourth home run of the season, but his second in four days. The Yankees pulled Ottavino at that point, letting Luis Cessa come in to stop the bleeding with two quick outs. Next: Javier Baez Calls Out Cheaters
    New York Yankees Previews: Yankees arrive in Buffalo for a three game set with the Blue Jays By: William Parlee September 7, 2020 ShareShareTweetThe New York Yankees arrived in Buffalo, only with the momentum of losing games.  Tonight, the dead bats of the Yankees will face one of the better pitchers in baseball.  On Saturday, Gerrit Cole took the mound and faced a triple-A pitcher, and lost the game. It was the fourth game in a row, lost with Cole on the mound. Yesterday Masahiro Tanaka faced another triple-A pitcher, making his major league debut, with the same result, the Yankees lost the game.  The Yankees going into this series tonight, have lost 13 of their last 18 games. This will be the first time ever that the New York Yankees have played a game at Sahlen Field in Buffalo, the new home...
    In a playoff position and with a void to fill, the Toronto Blue Jays have made a deal for Jonathan Villar. As a sure sign he was on the move, Jonathan Villar was pulled from the Miami Marlins’ lineup on Monday afternoon. It has indeed happened, as Jeff Passan of ESPN and others reported Villar is headed to the Toronto Blue Jays. Villar entered Monday with a .272/.328/.360 slash-line, with two home runs, nine RBI and a major league-high nine stolen bases. He has also been caught stealing a major league-high five times, but he’s only a year removed from a 20-40 season with the Baltimore Orioles (24 home runs, 40 stolen bases). Marlins insider Craig Mish suggested Villar played a little reckless at times, and wasn’t buying in to what they’re doing. Headed for free agency after the season, an apparent strained fit in Miami should be of little or...
    Randal Grichuk helped the Blue Jays win in extra innings with a walk-off home run. When Hanser Alberto singled to shallow right center to bring in Rio Ruiz for the go-ahead run at the top of the 10th inning, it appeared as though the Baltimore Orioles were about to pull off an impressive comeback with a 4-3 victory on Friday. Instead, Randal Grichuk played the role of spoiler in the bottom of the 10th, cranking one out with a man on base to give the Toronto Blue Jays a 5-4 win on a walk-off home run. With that 411-foot beauty, Grichuk moved the Blue Jays to 16-14 on the season while dropping Baltimore to 14-17. Youre a mean one, Mr. @RGrich15 ???? #WALKOFF pic.twitter.com/TkLU7gPPED — Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) August 29, 2020 Randal Grichuk came up big for the Blue Jays in Friday’s gameReese McGuire had already made it to...
    Troy University renames building after John Lewis New coronavirus guidelines to protect restaurant and retail employees announced by CDC Mariners trade veteran SP Taijuan Walker to Blue Jays for player to be named later The Blue Jays have grabbed the first notable starting pitcher of deadline season, acquiring righty Taijuan Walker from the Mariners in exchange for a player to be named later. Both clubs have announced the trade. The player heading back to Seattle, per The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal (Twitter link), is someone not currently in Toronto’s 60-man player pool. © Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports Taijuan Walker is headed to the Blue Jays. To make room for Walker on the 40-man roster, the Blue Jays transferred righty Trent Thornton from the 10-day injured list to the 45-day injured list. He was diagnosed with loose bodies in his right elbow and will now miss the remainder of the 2020...
    SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Seattle Mariners have traded right-hander Taijuan Walker to the Toronto Blue Jays for a player or cash. The trade was announced Thursday morning, about three hours before Walker had been scheduled to start the first game of a doubleheader against the San Diego Padres. The first game of the doubleheader was a makeup of Wednesday night’s game, which was postponed after Mariners players voted not to play to protest the shooting of a Black man by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Walker was 2-2 with a 4.00 ERA in five starts this season, with 25 strikeouts and eight walks. He is 33-33 with a 3.95 ERA in parts of eight big league seasons. He was originally drafted by the Mariners in the first round of the 2010 amateur draft. After pitching for the Mariners from 2013 to 2016, he was traded to Arizona in...
    Seattle has traded Taijuan Walker to Toronto. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette are mashing for the Toronto Blue Jays, but everyone north of the border knew they needed another starting pitcher to take some of the pressure off of Hyun-Jin Ryu as the 2020 season speeds towards a conclusion. Toronto found their ideal target in Seattle Mariners pitcher Taijuan Walker, whom they were able to acquire for pennies on the dollar. Walker was traded to Toronto in exchange for a player to be named later. While teams were only allowed to make trades with players in their 60-man player pool, exceptions can be made for players to be named later. The Blue Jays have acquired Taijuan Walker from the Mariners, source tells The Athletic. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 27, 2020 Taijuan Walker is still effective, but he is a major injury riskThere were rumors that the New York...
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Cavan Biggio and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. each drove in a run during the 10th inning to help the Toronto Blue Jays win their sixth consecutive game, 6-5 over the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night. Biggio knocked in Brandon Drury from second to start the 10th with a double off Aaron Loup (3-1). Biggio went to third on a sacrifice bunt before Gurriel hit a sacrifice fly as the Blue Jays went up 6-4. Yandy Diaz began the bottom of the 10th with an RBI single against Jordan Romano. The reliever got a grounder from Hunter Renfroe with two on for his first career save. Thomas Hatch (1-0) worked a scoreless ninth for his first major league win. Brandon Lowe and Diaz homered for the Rays, who were coming off a 9-1 road trip that concluded Thursday with a three-game sweep at Yankee Stadium. The...
    Wildfires are ravaging California, heres how you can help Walmart, Target, and innovative retail startups soar as pandemic-era bankruptcies plague smaller chains and restaurants Blue Jays looking for pitching upgrades The Blue Jays might’ve looked like a potential deadline seller just one week ago, but they’ve rattled off five straight wins to boost their record to 12-11. That, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet writes, has them back in the playoff picture and thinking about ways to add to the club with the Aug. 31 trade deadline looming. Specifically, general manager Ross Atkins cites starting pitching as an area of focus. © Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports It’s been a rather inauspicious start to the year for the Toronto rotation, which ranks 19th in the majors in ERA (4.93), 26th in FIP (5.34) and 24th in xFIP (4.84). Further complicating matters is the fact that prized pitching prospect Nate Pearson just landed...
    The Toronto Blue Jays have banned players from wearing a t-shirt that depicts the team mascot as a vagrant and are apologizing for a 'a lapse in sensitivity' amid the city's 'homelessness crisis.' The t-shirt, worn by several players in recent days, reads 'Homeless Jays' in reference to the team's banishment by the Canadian government for the pandemic-shortened season due to concerns over coronavirus. The graphic is a cartoon Blue Jay with torn clothes and a missing shoe that appears to be carrying a bindle fashioned out of a bat. Although they were banned from playing in Toronto, and Pittsburgh passed on the chance to host the club, the Blue Jays have found a home at a minor league stadium in Buffalo, which borders their native province, Ontario. Jays pitcher Anthony Bass ignited interest in the shirt among fans by posting a picture of it on Twitter with the caption:...
    A Breonna Taylor billboard was splattered with red paint across her forehead HelloFresh Is Now Recalling All Of Its Onions In Connection To The Recent Salmonella Outbreak Grichuk hits 2 HRs as Blue Jays beat Orioles 5-2 for sweep © APWF Toronto Blue Jays Randal Grichuk, center, celebrates with Travis Shaw (6) after hitting a two-run home run against the Baltimore Orioles during the first inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Michael Owens) BALTIMORE (AP) Randal Grichuk extended his recent power surge with two home runs, and the Toronto Blue Jays completed a three-game sweep of the fading Baltimore Orioles with a 5-2 victory Wednesday. Grichuk hit a solo shot in the second inning and put Toronto ahead for good with a two-run drive in the sixth. He has homered in four straight starts, and all six of his long balls this season...
    BALTIMORE (AP) — Randal Grichuk extended his recent power surge with two home runs, and the Toronto Blue Jays completed a three-game sweep of the fading Baltimore Orioles with a 5-2 victory Wednesday. Grichuk hit a solo shot in the second inning and put Toronto ahead for good with a two-run drive in the sixth. He has homered in four straight starts, and all six of his long balls this season have come over the last six games. In his last at-bat in the eighth, Grichuk hit a liner left that was caught at the warning track. Regardless, he’s batting .424 during an eight-game hitting streak that’s featured six multi-hit games. With Grichuk leading the way, Toronto climbed within a game of .500 (10-11) for the first time since Aug. 5. Baltimore has lost four in a row and five of six following a six-game winning streak. Tommy Milone (1-3)...
    By The Associated Press A look at what's happening in the majors on Monday: PENALTIES POSSIBLE The Athletics try for their 10th straight win when they start a series on the road against the Angeles. In the meantime, outfielder Ramon Laureano and the A’s -- along with the Houston Astros -- will see if Major League Baseball will issue any discipline for their dust-up. Laureano charged toward Houston bench coach Álex Cintrón after being hit by a pitch Sunday at the Coliseum. Astros catcher Dustin Garneau left the dugout to tackle Laureano as the benches emptied. Players who were sitting in the seats, observing COVID-19 social-distancing protocols, also rushed onto the field. The skirmish came months after Houston’s sign-stealing scandal was brought to light by Oakland pitcher Mike Fiers. Less than two weeks ago, Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly was suspended by MLB for eight game after throwing two pitches near...
    A look at what’s happening in the majors on Monday: PENALTIES POSSIBLE The Athletics try for their 10th straight win when they start a series on the road against the Angeles. In the meantime, outfielder Ramon Laureano and the A’s — along with the Houston Astros — will see if Major League Baseball will issue any discipline for their dust-up. Laureano charged toward Houston bench coach Álex Cintrón after being hit by a pitch Sunday at the Coliseum. Astros catcher Dustin Garneau left the dugout to tackle Laureano as the benches emptied. Players who were sitting in the seats, observing COVID-19 social-distancing protocols, also rushed onto the field. The skirmish came months after Houston’s sign-stealing scandal was brought to light by Oakland pitcher Mike Fiers. Less than two weeks ago, Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly was suspended by MLB for eight game after throwing two pitches near the heads of Houston...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players’ Association (MLBPA) agreed to institute seven-inning doubleheaders beginning on Aug. 1, as first reported by ESPN’s Jeff Passan.  The rule will only be in place for this season.  Several doubleheaders are poised to take place in the coming weeks after the Miami Marlins’ coronavirus outbreak in Philadelphia impacted the league’s 60-game 2020 schedule.  The Marlins’ season has been paused and they won’t be able to play until at least Monday while the Phillies — who played the Marlins last weekend — saw their upcoming series against the Toronto Blue Jays postponed.  With the 60-game, coronavirus-shortened schedule having limited days off — the hope is to play the entire slate in 66 days — the Marlins, Phillies, and the teams they were supposed...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS/AP) — The Philadelphia Phillies’ return to the field is being pushed back again after two staff members tested positive for the coronavirus. The Phillies-Blue Jays series scheduled to take place in Philadelphia this weekend has been postponed. pic.twitter.com/5DWC2U8HJh — Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) July 30, 2020 “Our plans right now are to stay put and let MLB work through whatever they’re working through,” Blue Jays Manager Charlie Montoyo said before his club played the last of four games in Washington. “We’re not going to Philadelphia. Those games have been postponed.” All activity at Citizens Bank Park was halted until further notice on Thursday because someone on the coaching staff and home clubhouse staff received positive COVID-19 test results. None of the Phillies’ players have tested positive for the coronavirus as of Thursday, but the incubation period for the virus is two to 14 days. The Phillies’ season was...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Philadelphia Phillies’ return to the field is being pushed back again after two staff members tested positive for the coronavirus. The Phillies-Blue Jays series scheduled to take place in Philadelphia this weekend has been postponed, according to The Athletic’s Kaitlyn McGrath. McGrath says Blue Jay manager Charlie Montoyo confirmed the series was canceled. The Blue Jays plan to stay in Washington and work out at the Nationals Park if the Nationals will allow it. Montoyo said the #BlueJays plan is to stay put in Washington, hope they can work out at Nationals Park if Nationals allow for it. The Nats are also off this weekend after their series vs. Marlins were postponed — Kaitlyn McGrath (@kaitlyncmcgrath) July 30, 2020 All activity at Citizens Bank Park was halted until further notice on Thursday because someone on the coaching staff and home clubhouse staff received positive COVID-19...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Playing as the “visiting” team in their own stadium against the can’t-play-at-home Blue Jays, Dave Martinez’s Washington Nationals didn’t even get the benefit of a boost from fake “cheering” by nonexistent “spectators” — those were reserved for Toronto’s exploits Wednesday night. So in this odd-as-can-be, upside-down, pandemic-altered season, the Nationals provided their own soundtrack of yells and claps and banging bats in a noisy dugout, reverberating through the empty yard. Adam Eaton’s bases-loaded chopper broke a scoreless tie in the 10th inning on a close play and Asdrúbal Cabrera followed with a three-run triple, helping the Nationals snap a three-game losing streak by beating the Blue Jays 4-0. “They got really loud,” Martinez said after his team’s scoring output in the 10th equaled what the 2019 World Series champions managed to put together in the previous three games combined. “They love to win — and they love...
    By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Sports Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Adam Eaton’s bases-loaded chopper broke a scoreless tie in the 10th inning on a close play and Asdrúbal Cabrera followed with a three-run triple, helping the Nationals snap a three-game losing streak by beating the playing-home-games-on-the-road Blue Jays 4-0 Wednesday night. In a quirky game befitting this pandemic-altered, upside-down season, Toronto's team played its “home opener” at Washington — batting in the bottom half of each inning, wearing its white uniforms, playing its players’ walk-up music and even blaring the song “OK Blue Jays,” the club's traditional seventh-inning stretch staple. There were, of course, elements that made clear where this game actually was played: The giant curly “W” painted behind home plate; the heart with the letters “DC” cut into the outfield grass; the Nationals sticking to their home dugout down the first-base line. Toronto's Nate Pearson, in his big league...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Adam Eaton’s bases-loaded chopper broke a scoreless tie in the 10th inning on a close play and Asdrúbal Cabrera followed with a three-run triple, helping the Nationals snap a three-game losing streak by beating the playing-home-games-on-the-road Blue Jays 4-0 Wednesday night. In a quirky game befitting this pandemic-altered, upside-down season, Toronto’s team played its “home opener” at Washington — batting in the bottom half of each inning, wearing its white uniforms, playing its players’ walk-up music and even blaring the song “OK Blue Jays,” the club’s traditional seventh-inning stretch staple. There were, of course, elements that made clear where this game actually was played: The giant curly “W” painted behind home plate; the heart with the letters “DC” cut into the outfield grass; the Nationals sticking to their home dugout down the first-base line. Toronto’s Nate Pearson, in his big league debut, and Washington’s Max Scherzer, in...
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — One Philadelphia Phillies employee who works in the visiting clubhouse has tested positive for the coronavirus, general manager Matt Klentak said Wednesday. But all Phillies players and on-field staff tested negative for COVID-19 for a second straight day, Klentak said. The Phillies’ four-game, home-and-home series against the New York Yankees was postponed this week following a coronavirus outbreak among the Miami Marlins, who played a season-opening series in Philadelphia last weekend. The Phillies are scheduled to host Toronto this weekend in a series that was originally scheduled to be on the road but had to be switched because the Blue Jays’ temporary ballpark in Buffalo, New York, isn’t ready. The teams won’t play Friday and instead will have a traditional doubleheader on Saturday. The Blue Jays have been displaced because the Canadian government didn’t want players traveling in and out of the country. ___ More AP MLB:...
    The best beach movies of all time How to Quit a Job Top prospect Nate Pearson to debut for the Blue Jays tonight One of baseball’s top prospects, starter Nate Pearson of the Toronto Blue Jays, will make his major league debut tonight. Pearson is the Jays’ No. 1 ranked prospect and No. 10 across the league, according to MLB Pipeline. He and his triple-digit fastball and outstanding slider will face off against the Washington Nationals. © Getty Images Pearson, a 28th round pick in the 2017 draft, has really only had one season’s worth of minor league experience — 123 total innings — due to injuries that sidelined him for almost all of the 2018 season. Last year, though, he showed that he is ready for the bigs. He made six starts at high-A Dunedin, going 3-0 while striking out 35 and walking only three in 21 innings....
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Toronto Blue Jays closer Ken Giles went on the 10-day injured list before Monday’s series opener at the Washington Nationals with a strained right forearm, a day after leaving a game with what the team said was a sore right elbow. The Blue Jays lost another player about 15 minutes before first pitch on Monday when Bo Bichette — who was supposed to play shortstop and lead off — was scratched because of a tight left hamstring. Giles had an MRI on Monday. The right-hander entered in the ninth inning of Toronto’s game at the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday to try to get a save, but the reliever gave up a two-out double and a pair of walks that loaded the bases. Giles then went to a 3-1 count on the next batter before he was removed. The Blue Jays wound up losing 6-5 in 10...
    Toronto Blue Jays (1-2, fifth in the AL East) vs. Washington Nationals (1-2, fifth in the AL East) Washington; Monday, 6:05 p.m. EDT PITCHING PROBABLES: Blue Jays: Trent Thornton (0-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.00 WHIP, 0 strikeouts) Nationals: Anibal Sanchez (0-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.00 WHIP, 0 strikeouts) LINE: Nationals favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 9 1/2 runs BOTTOM LINE: The Washington Nationals face the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday. The Nationals went 50-31 in home games in 2019. Washington pitchers had an ERA of 4.27 last season while striking out 9.3 hitters per game. The Blue Jays went 32-49 away from home in 2019. Toronto hit .236 as a team with 3.3 extra base hits per game and 270 total doubles last season. INJURIES: Nationals: Stephen Strasburg: (hand), Adrian Sanchez: (achilles). Blue Jays: Ken Giles: (undisclosed), Yennsy Diaz: (lat), Chase Anderson: (oblique), Randal Grichuk: (lower back). ___ The Associated...
    Police declare riots in several cities; 1 protester killed in Austin Take a look at 20 of the cutest and creepiest robots in stores and restaurants today Blue Jays’ Buffalo opener set for Aug. 11 The Blue Jays’ first home game in Buffalo will be played on Aug. 11 against the Marlins, reports Hazel Mae of Sportsnet. Their first “home” games were set to take place July 29-Aug. 2, but those two series will in fact take place in Nationals Park and Citizens Bank Park. © Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Blue Jays won’t be able to instantly move into their temporary home, as Buffalo’s Sahlen Field will require some modifications in order to accommodate Major League Baseball. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Blue Jays won’t be able to instantly move into their temporary home, as Buffalo’s Sahlen Field...
    BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - SEPTEMBER 19: A general view during the Baltimore Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) The Toronto Blue Jays might share Camden Yards with the Baltimore Orioles. The Toronto Blue Jays are a team without a city in 2020, as the Canadian government refused to let a team that will spend months traveling all around the COVID-19 hotspot America has become re-enter the country. Looking anywhere and everywhere for a home stadium, a division rival might have thrown them a bone. Per Dan Connolly of The Athletic, the Baltimore Orioles have offered up their park at Camden Yards as a potential home ground for the Blue Jays over the course of the 2020 season. Orioles & Blue Jays have had an intense rivalry at times over the years. They could be roomies in 2020. Nomad Jays players...
    The Toronto Blue Jays will not be allowed to use PNC Park in Pittsburgh as their home field for the 2020 MLB season due to concerns over surging coronavirus cases, Pennsylvania health officials announced Wednesday. The announcement comes one day before the season is set to begin, and a week before the Blue Jay's scheduled home opener, CBS Pittsburgh reports.  "In recent weeks, we have seen a significant increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in southwestern Pennsylvania," Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said in a statement. "To add travelers to this region for any reason, including for professional sports events, risks residents, visitors and members of both teams. We know that this virus does not discriminate, and can even make professional athletes very sick. We are committed to protecting the health and well-being of all Pennsylvanians." The Blue Jays would have shared the stadium with the Pittsburgh Pirates had...
    The Jays are heading south for the summer. According to Sportsnet’s Hazel Mae, the Blue Jays are heading to Pittsburgh to play their home games, sharing a park with the Pirates in 2020.  Can confirm the Blue Jays have been told they will be calling PNC Park “home” this season per MLB source. @longleysunsport was first to suggest Pittsburgh as option. — Hazel Mae (@thehazelmae) July 22, 2020 MORE: World Series odds for 2020 The decision to play in Pittsburgh is the next best bet after Buffalo was seemingly eliminated early in the process. In case you’re wondering how and why two teams would be able to play in one stadium over the course of just over two months, consider: The Blue Jays and Pirates share just seven home game dates this year, making it easy for MLB to work out the kinks in the schedule. Of course, there will...
    Esther Salas: Son of federal judge killed after gunman opened fire at her home Get free ice cream, National Ice Cream Day deals at McDonald’s, Baskin-Robbins, Cold Stone Creamery, Dairy Queen, more Toronto Blue Jays reportedly considering Pittsburgh’s PNC Park for home games The Canadian federal government denied the Toronto Blue Jays’ request to play regular-season games at Rogers Centre this season, due to COVID-19 concerns about teams traveling back and forth from the United States. Buffalo — home of the Blue Jays’ Triple-A team — has appeared to be the favorite to serve as the Blue Jays’ home in 2020, with Dunedin, FL — their spring training site — also under consideration. © Provided by The Comeback However, the Toronto players would like to have their home games in a major league ballpark, with Blue Jays reliever Anthony Bass saying on Sunday that the front office is determined...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – On Saturday, the Canadian government barred the Toronto Blue Jays from using Rogers Centre in Toronto as their home field, according to the club. #BlueJays Statement On 2020 Season Home: pic.twitter.com/lpXLapRHUD — Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) July 18, 2020 This leaves them without a home field for the shortened 2020 MLB season. However, according to Jason Mackey of our news partner, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Blue Jays are looking at PNC Park as a potential site for home games. Sources: Prohibited from playing in Canada, the Toronto Blue Jays are looking at PNC Park as a potential site for some home games in 2020. — Jason Mackey (@JMackeyPG) July 20, 2020 Toronto will have over a week to find a new home, they start the 2020 season on the road and are not scheduled to play a home game until July 29. Stay...
    By ROB GILLIES, Associated Press TORONTO (AP) — The Blue Jays' front office is working to find a major league ballpark for the team to use this year after Canada's government barred Toronto from playing in its home stadium amid the coronavirus pandemic, pitcher Anthony Bass said Sunday. Canada denied the Blue Jays' request to play at Rogers Centre because the regular-season schedule would require frequent travel back and forth from the United States, where COVID-19 cases are surging. The other 29 major league teams plan to play the pandemic-shortened, 60-game season in their home ballparks, without spectators. Toronto begins the season at Tampa Bay on Friday and is scheduled to play its first home game on July 29 against the defending champion Washington Nationals. Bass said he spoke with general manager Ross Atkins and emphasized that players prefer a big league stadium. “I just said, ‘Look, we want to...
    TORONTO (AP) — The Blue Jays’ front office is working to find a major league ballpark for the team to use this year after Canada’s government barred Toronto from playing in its home stadium amid the coronavirus pandemic, pitcher Anthony Bass said Sunday. Canada denied the Blue Jays’ request to play at Rogers Centre because the regular-season schedule would require frequent travel back and forth from the United States, where COVID-19 cases are surging. The other 29 major league teams plan to play the pandemic-shortened, 60-game season in their home ballparks, without spectators. Toronto begins the season at Tampa Bay on Friday and is scheduled to play its first home game on July 29 against the defending champion Washington Nationals. Bass said he spoke with general manager Ross Atkins and emphasized that players prefer a big league stadium. “I just said, ‘Look, we want to play in a major league...
    The Toronto Blue Jays have been barred from playing games in Canada for the 2020 MLB season over fear of spreading the coronavirus. The season, which was delayed due to the pandemic, is scheduled to begin at the end of July. "Based on the best-available public health advice, we have concluded the cross-border travel required for MLB regular season play would not adequately protect Canadians' health and safety," Canada's Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship said Saturday in a statement. "As a result, Canada will not be issuing a National Interest Exemption for the MLB's regular season at this time." The team would have needed an exemption from the rule requiring anybody entering the country to self-isolate for two weeks. The Blue Jays had previously been granted an exemption for preseason training, which required them to conduct all team activities at the Rogers Centre, where they normally play their home...
    Coronavirus updates: States ICUs are 89% full NYC restaurant customers bothered by rats while dining outside: report Vladimir Guerrero Jr. shifts to first base for Blue Jays We knew this moment would come. We just didn’t know it would happen this soon. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. will make first base his primary position moving forward, per Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet (via Twitter). © Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports The Toronto Blue Jays have made the expected move to transition Vladimir Guerrero Jr. over to first base. After one full season at third base, the 21-year-old power phenom will focus his attentions on becoming a primary first baseman and designated hitter. Vlad committed 17 errors in 94 starts at the hot corner in 2019. The advanced metrics didn’t care much for his effort either (-9 DRS, -9.4 UZR). Statcast’s Outs Above Average pegged Vlad last in the league (tied with the Twins’...
    Most Major League Baseball players are happy to see their season finally start this month after it was delayed for months by the COVID-19 pandemic. Reese McGuire likely is just happy he is able to re-join his team at all following an offseason run-in with the law. TMZ reported Friday that McGuire, 25 and entering his third season with the Blue Jays, recently pled nolo contendere to a reduced second-degree misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct. The charge stemmed from an incident in February when McGuire was accused of masturbating in his car while parked in a public parking lot. According to TMZ, McGuire’s plea deal let him off with “nothing more than fines and costs,” adding that the original first-degree misdemeanor charge could have landed him up to a year in prison if convicted. The Blue Jays have not commented on McGuire’s plea deal. The incident that occurred in Dunedin, Fla., was explained by TMZ after it obtained the...
    Most Blue Jays arrived early this week for spring training 2.0 in Toronto, where players will reside at a hotel connected to the Rogers Centre. Players planning on leaving the complex have more to fear than COVID-19. According to TSN, the team has informed its players that they could face a fine of $750,000, as well as potential jail time, if they are caught anywhere other than the stadium or team hotel. Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said Wednesday that 46 players are currently in Toronto, preparing for the July 24 season-opener against the Rays. A dozen members of the team remain at the Blue Jays facility in Florida, following a report that one player tested positive for the coronavirus, who was in close contact with 11 teammates. On June 19, the Blue Jays shut down their training facility after one of its players showed symptoms of the virus....
    TORONTO, ON - JULY 09: The Toronto Blue Jays play an intrasquad game at Rogers Centre on July 9, 2020 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Mark Blinch/Getty Images) If a Toronto Blue Jays player breaks the bubble this summer, the penalties will be uniquely severe. In every major sport, positive COVID-19 tests will be an expected reality as they try to return to play or keep schedules on track. The key will be going to all ends to keep players and personnel as safe as possible, with strict restrictions regarding venturing outside the proverbial bubble in a lead position. But the Toronto Blue Jays, if not entirely on their own, are taking things to a unique level as the shortened MLB season approaches. Being the only MLB team in Canada adds an extra layer to everything for the Blue Jays this season. Traveling to the U.S. and teams coming in...
    Most Blue Jays arrived early this week for spring training 2.0 in Toronto, where players will reside at a hotel connected to the Rogers Centre. Players planning on leaving the complex have more to fear than COVID-19. According to TSN, the team has informed its players that they could face a fine of $750,000, as well as potential jail time, if they are caught anywhere other than the stadium or team hotel. Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said Wednesday that 46 players are currently in Toronto, preparing for the July 24 season-opener against the Rays. A dozen members of the team remain at the Blue Jays facility in Florida, following a report that one player tested positive for the coronavirus, who was in close contact with 11 teammates. On June 19, the Blue Jays shut down their training facility after one of its players showed symptoms of the virus. Days...
    The Toronto Blue Jays players are reportedly facing a massive penalty should they be seen outside of the Rogers Centre or hotel bubble during baseball’s preparation for the upcoming, shortened season. Players may be fined $750,000 and face potential jail time for breaking their quarantine, TSN reported Friday. The players have been staying at the Toronto Marriott City Centre Hotel, which is connected to the Rogers Centre. Their first game is scheduled against the Tampa Bay Rays on July 24. ATHLETICS' MATT CHAPMAN ON HAVING NO FANS IN STADIUM: 'IT JUST PLAYS TO OUR ADVANTAGE' More than 45 Blue Jays players are at the ballpark for the second "spring" training while about a dozen others are at the spring training facility in Florida, Manager Charlie Montoyo said Wednesday, according to TSN. The organization received an exemption to train in Canada. Marie-Pier Burelle, Canada’s Public Health Agency spokeswoman, said the players...
    TORONTO, ON - AUGUST 16: A general view of an empty Rogers Centre during batting practice and the CN Tower overhead before the start of the Toronto Blue Jays MLB game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Rogers Centre on August 16, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** The Blue Jays have signed first-round pick Austin Martin. Now will he stick with the club? “I look good in blue.” Those were the first words uttered by Austin Martin as an official member of the Toronto Blue Jays organization on Wednesday. Martin, the Blue Jays’ fifth overall pick from June’s draft, and his agent, Scott Boras, had just put the finishing touches on a deal worth $7 million, the largest bonus ever given to a Blue Jays draft pick and second only to first overall pick Spencer Torkelson in the class. That Martin dropped...
    MLB revised its 2020 regular season to 60 games because of the global COVID-19 outbreak. The campaign is now slated to run from July 23 through Sept. 27. The Blue Jays, Canada’s lone MLB club, are scheduled to face the other teams in the AL East (40 games total) and all five teams in the NL East (20 games) under the new format. That means there will be precious few breathers for a team that’s still in the developmental stage even though it added multiple veteran starting pitchers in the offseason (Hyun-Jin Ryu, Tanner Roark, Chase Anderson). MORE: Yankees, Dodgers listed a World Series betting favorites One major scheduling quirk: The Jays will spend half of September playing the Yankees (10 times) and Mets (three times). The positive is that just three of those games will be in the Big Apple (Sept. 15-17 in the Bronx). Those 13 games represent all of Toronto’s matchups vs....
    The Venezuelan participated in five games with Toronto last year in the MLB | Mark Blinch / . The Toronto Blue Jays claimed on waivers against Venezuelan Breyvic Valera and included him in the list of 60 available players for the 2020 MLB campaign. The 28-year-old infielder belonged to the San Diego Padres, but this team decided to cut him off his roster. The other athletes who included in the pool for the campaign are pitcher Bryan Baker, outfielder Josh Palacios and utility Patrick Kivlehan. Blue Jays Claim Breyvic Valera, Add Three Others To 60-Man Pool https://t.co/fexi5sYWND pic.twitter.com/wR6o9Pw6za – MLB Trade Rumors (@mlbtraderumors) July 2, 2020 In his career in the majors, which has been just three harvests, Breyvic Valera has a .223 average with just one home run and 14 RBIs. In the Blue Jays it could be a piece that helps deepen the reserve available for...
    TORONTO (AP) — Major League Baseball is close to winning approval to play in Toronto amid the coronavirus pandemic, the premier of Ontario said Monday. Ontario Premier Doug Ford said city, provincial and federal authorities “kind of gave their approval,” but the Toronto Blue Jays are waiting for a letter of support from the federal government. He also said Dr. David Williams, Ontario’s chief medical officer, requires a few tweaks to MLB’s submitted plan to play, which health authorities have been reviewing. Ford said he has been in conversation with Blue Jays President Mark Shapiro all weekend. He said the Blue Jays will arrive July 1 for training. MLB requires an exemption, as anyone entering Canada for nonessential reasons must self-isolate for 14 days, and the U.S.-Canada border remains closed to nonessential travel until at least July 21. A senior Canadian government official said last week that if MLB submitted...
    The Canadian squad could conduct the preseason at its headquarters | Julio Aguilar / . This year’s second preseason in the Major Leagues will begin the first week of July. The Blue Jays, the only team based in Canada, had planned to practice in Buffalo but now it looks like it will be in their country. The Blue Bird players received the information from the team to travel to Toronto for practice. A private flight is scheduled for Wednesday of next week, according to a Sportsnet report. #BlueJays players have been told to travel to Toronto. There’s a charter scheduled to leave from Dunedin on Wednesday. No comment from team at this point. – Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) June 28, 2020 There is still no official version of the American League team on this issue, but they may have reached an agreement with the authorities to do their prep work at...
    Ranking states by number of COVID-19 cases Biden takes big lead as voters reject Trump on virus, race Blue Jays have multiple positive coronavirus results It appears the Toronto Blue Jays have followed the Philadelphia Phillies as it concerns coronavirus outbreaks among MLB clubs. © Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports The Blue Jays are dealing with a coronavirus outbreak. Both the Phillies and Blue Jays closed Florida facilities ahead of the weekend out of COVID-19 fears. Unlike with Philadelphia, however, Toronto had only one suspected coronavirus case at the time. That's no longer the case. Both Sportsnet's Shi Davidi and TSN's Scott Mitchell reported that multiple Blue Jays players and staff returned positive tests. Positives related to shutdown in Dunedin last Friday.— Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) June 24, 2020 Can confirm a number of #BlueJays players and staff in Dunedin have tested positive for COVID-19.@ShiDavidi on it first.— Scott Mitchell (@ScottyMitchTSN)...
    Major League Baseball has failed to present the plan required by Ontario authorities for the Blue Jays to play at home in Toronto, the province’s chief medical officer for Health said Tuesday. Dr. David Williams indicated that he read the MLB proposal, but that “he does not mention anything about travel to Canada at this time.” “If there is any interest in that matter, we need a proposal from you to evaluate how they would take on the particular conditions of getting the team and other clubs there and how it would work,” Williams said. Anyone entering Canada for non-essential reasons must be quarantined for 14 days. The border between the United States and Canada remains closed for non-essential travel until at least July 21. Talks have been held to evaluate the possibility of the Blue Jays playing at their training facility in Dunedin, Florida, although the complex is closed...
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