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Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Rays: series preview

Sanchez vs. Smyly in series opener Friday at Tropicana Field.
Via Toronto Star
13 hours ago

Jays outfielder Michael Saunders looks redemption

After missing almost all of last season with a knee injury, the left fielder leads the team with a .318 batting average in the first month of 2015.
Via Toronto Star
16 hours ago

WATCH: Shapiro: Not involved in Colabello situation beyond being supportive

Blue Jays president Mark Shapiro discusses the Chris Colabello PEDs suspension, saying we support him fully, care about him deeply, but are not involved in this situation.
Via SportsNetCanada
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

Maybe It’s Time for a Blue Jays Managerial Shake Up

I’ve defended John Gibbons for a while. I’m of the opinion that some managers are bad at their jobs, some are extraordinary, but most are just there – not having a huge impact on their teams either way. Until this season, I’ve put Gibbons into that last category. He did some things well, and some things poorly, but they seemed to even out over the course of a six month...
Via BP Toronto
1 day ago

Blue Jays simply can’t look to farm club for pitching help: Griffin

The Jays’ bullpen struggles nightly it seems. And the Jays are still looking to identify any dynamic arms from their minor-league system that can help right now.
Via Toronto Star
1 day ago

Blue Jays recall RHP Tepera from Triple-A

TORONTO (AP) The Blue Jays, who lead the majors with seven bullpen losses, shook up their relief corps Wednesday by recalling right-hander Ryan Tepera from Triple-A Buffalo and optioning ambidextrous pitcher Pat Venditte to the Bisons. Tepera went 0-2 with a 3.27 ERA in 32 games in his rookie season with Toronto in 2015. He was 0-1 with a 7.27 ERA in eight games at Buffalo this...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Chris Colabello on suspension: ‘I cried and cried and cried’

Major League Baseball last Friday announced that Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Chis Colabello had been banned 80 games for testing positive for dehydrochlormethyltestosterone, an anabolic steroid sold under the name Turinabol. In an exclusive interview this week with Sportsnet, Colabello details the devastating impact learning he’d tested positive for a performance-enhancing...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Coming Up Short: Ezequiel Carrera’s Hidden Problem

Ezequiel Carrera has had a journeyman’s career in baseball, even though he’s only 28 years old. ‘Zeke’ as many of his Blue Jay teammates call him, has played for five different organizations in five MLB stops. For many of those games he has been in the outfield with a lot on his mind. Carerra has been playing with a hidden, perceived disadvantage for a long time. Though...
Via BP Toronto
2 days ago

WATCH: Colabello: There is no motivation to lie

Chris Colabello tells Jamie Campbell every product he used in the off-season was sent to him by Blue Jays staff, and he reacts to those who call him a "cheat."
Via SportsNetCanada
2 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Dominguez excited make Blue Jays debut at the hot corner

Matt Dominguez talks with Barry Davis about making his Toronto Blue Jays debut.
Via SportsNetCanada
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays recall INF Dominguez, demote RHP Hutchison

TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Blue Jays have recalled infielder Matt Dominguez from Triple-A Buffalo and optioned right-hander Drew Hutchison back to the minor leagues. Dominguez, who can play first and third base, hit .215 with 16 home runs and 57 RBIs in 157 games with Houston last season. The four-year veteran was batting .311 with two home runs and 14 RBIs in 17 games at Triple...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

The Blue Jays lost another game on a bizarre baserunning blunder

The Toronto Blue Jays have gotten off to a slow start this season. They're just 10-11, third in the AL East -- which only has two teams above .500. They're an uber-talented team with arguably the best lineup in baseball, but the Blue Jays can't seem to get out of their own way.That's both in a figurative and literal sense.Toronto lost a game in unconventional fashion yet again on...
Via Fox Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Bautista hits 2-run HR as Blue Jays beat Athletics 6-3

Associated Press (AP) Jose Bautista hit a two-run homer, Ezequiel Carrera added a solo shot and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Oakland Athletics 6-3 on Sunday. Josh Donaldson scored twice for Toronto. The Blue Jays, the highest-scoring team in the majors last year, have posted at least five runs for a season-best three games in a row. Chris Coghlan, Khris Davis, and Josh Reddick...
Via Associated Press
4 days ago  |  Discuss

The Strange Silence; Anthony Alford

The Dunedin Blue Jays and Anthony Alford had a lot going for him in making his way up and out of class A baseball in Dunedin. With Alford being one the Toronto Blue Jays top prospects we should be expecting a big year out of this man. However, that all changed on opening day, April 7th. After taking a walk and stealing second base in the 6th, he scored on a single by Jonathan...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Joey Rickard hits ball through Josh Donaldson’s glove (Video)

Uncertain to make the roster when spring training began, Joey Rickard has been a pleasant surprise for the Orioles early on this season. On Thursday, he made quite an impression on reigning American League MVP Josh Donaldson, or more specifically, his glove. In the bottom of the first inning, Rickard lined a pitch toward third base. It looked for all the world Donaldson would make...
Via Larry Brown Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Josh Donaldson literally has a hole in his glove after this hot smash

Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson garnered his first MVP and Silver Slugger awards last season, but he's still searching for his first Gold Glove. The glove he was using Thursday will not be the one that helps him nab that defensive award.Donaldson tried to corral this bullet off the bat of Orioles outfielder Joey Richard, but his glove died in the attempt. The hot smash...
Via Fox Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Marco Estrada on Spin, Speed Differential, and Simplicity

Marco Estrada is notable in several respects. The 32-year-old Blue Jays right-hander has elite spin rate and perceived rise on his four-seam fastball. He also has a bugs-bunny changeup; last year, the speed differential between his heater and his change was the most extreme among qualified pitchers. His BABIP is routinely well below average. He’s also coming off a career-best season...
Via Fangraphs
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Biagini: Playfully Irreverent Rule-5 Blue Jay

Baseball has had its share of colorful characters over the years. Yogi Berra, Bo Belinsky, Bill “Spaceman” Lee, Mark “The Bird” Fidrych. The list goes on and on. Now we have Joe Biagini. The 25-year-old former 26th-round pick is pitching out of the Blue Jays bullpen after making the team as a Rule 5 pick out of the Giants organization. His personality might best be described...
Via Fangraphs
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Jose Bautista calls his beard the ‘source of all my power’

Jose Bautista, much like Samson, apparently believes hair can be the source of great power. But unlike the Biblical character, the Toronto Blue Jays slugger — like James Harden — believes his strength stems from his facial hair, specifically his beard. Bautista recently engaged in a whimsical Q&A with the Toronto Sun where the Jays outfielder weighed in on myriad silly...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Job Posting: Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Operations Data Architect

Position: Toronto Blue Jays Manager of Baseball Analytics Location: Toronto Description: The primary focus of this position will be to support the Baseball Analytics Department. Incumbent will learn and understand how decisions are made in all areas of Baseball Operations, develop a familiarity with the data required to make those decisions and create tools and systems to display...
Via Fangraphs
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Kevin Pillar is batting leadoff for the Blue Jays, and that’s a problem

The Toronto Blue Jays entered 2016 with one of the most potent returning lineups in all of baseball. The heart of the order remains in great shape with Josh Donaldson, Troy Tulowitzki, and Jose Bautista, but one glaring weak spot remains – at the top of the order. After Tulowitzki handled the leadoff duties towards the end of 2015, manager John Gibbons decided to enter this season...
Via The Outside Corner
17 days ago  |  Discuss

High schooler does insane bat flip after walk-off grand slam

Today we present you with a bat flip for the ages. Ryan Sepede, a sophomore at Bishop Gorman High School in Nevada, unleashed an all-time bat flip during his team's win over Desert Oasis High School on Saturday. Sepede was up with the bases loaded and his team trailing Desert Oasis 5-2 when he delivered a clutch walk-off grand slam. Then he launched his bat soaring in the air like...
Via Larry Brown Sports
18 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Blue Jays fan offers Pablo Sandoval a massive belt

Pablo Sandoval infamously had his belt bust on him during Saturday’s action with the Boston Red Sox. The pudgy third baseman wouldn’t need to worry about any more wardrobe malfunctions if he uses the belt offered by a Toronto Blue Jays fan during Sunday’s game, though. Check out this video to see the gag this fan pulled off: Hey, Pablo!Use this belt. It won't snap, we...
Via Sportsnaut
18 days ago  |  Discuss
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