JUSTIN SMOAK NEWS

Smoak agrees to $3.9 million, 1-year deal with Blue Jays

TORONTO (AP) First baseman Justin Smoak and the Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to a $3.9 million, one-year contract and avoided arbitration. The deal was announced Wednesday ahead of the deadline for teams to offer contracts to unsigned players on their 40-man rosters. Smoak hit .236 with 18 homers and a career-best 59 RBIs in a bounce-back season. Taken by Texas with the 11th...
Via AP on Fox
December 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Volquez, Royals overwhelm Blue Jays 5-0, take 1-0 ALCS lead

The Kansas City Royals drew first blood in their ALCS matchup with the Toronto Blue Jays, wearing down the Jays and earning a 5-0 win. The Royals now have a 1-0 lead in the series. The two teams felt each other out in the early going. The Jays couldn’t make anything of a two-out walk in the first, while the Royals squandered a leadoff double by Alcides Escobar in the bottom half...
Via The Outside Corner
October 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Blue Jays clinch first AL East title since 1993

The Toronto Blue Jays were already assured of their first postseason since 1993, having clinched a wild-card playoff spot on Saturday. But the team won the AL East title on Wednesday with a 15-2 win over the Orioles, ensuring a postseason series and likely home-field advantage throughout the AL playoffs. (The Jays would win a tiebreaker over the Royals for the league’s best record...
Via The Outside Corner
September 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox Wrap: Rich Hill Dazzles Blue Jays, Boston Comes Back For 4-3 Win

This team just doesn’t give up. The Boston Red Sox fell behind 3-0 early, but battled back to steal a 4-3 win from the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday — Boston’s second consecutive come-from-behind win. Rich Hill was terrific once again, and an evenly distributed offense — led by Travis Shaw — helped the Red Sox move within six games of .500. They also took the season series...
Via NESN.com
September 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox Wrap: Rick Porcello Struggles In Boston’s 6-1 Loss Vs. Blue Jays

The Red Sox’s trip north of the border didn’t start well Friday, as Boston couldn’t keep up with the American League East-leading Toronto Blue Jays in a 6-1 loss at Rogers Centre. GAME IN A WORD Reverse. Rick Porcello entered Friday’s matchup with a 3-1 record since returning from the disabled list. But that positive momentum didn’t continue, as he struggled from the get...
Via NESN.com
September 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Blue Jays win first round of showdown with Yankees, thanks to long ball

NEW YORK -- Russell Martin homered twice and drove in four runs against his former team, and the Toronto Blue Jays went deep five times to beat the New York Yankees 11-5 Friday night in the opener of their weekend showdown for first place in the AL East. Josh Donaldson and Justin Smoak each hit a two-run shot in a five-run first inning to build a big lead for David Price. Edwin Encarnacion...
Via AP on Fox
September 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Rangers take hit in standings after pounding by Blue Jays

The ominous tone for the Texas Rangers was set in the bottom of the fourth inning Wednesday night when the Rangers got the first two runners on against Toronto ace David Price and then went out with a whimper in a tie game. The high-octane Blue Jays know nothing about going out with a whimper and they showed that in the next half inning. That's when former Rangers first-round pick...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
August 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Price, Smoak lead Blue Jays over Yankees for 7th straight win

  David Price pitched three-hit ball for seven innings, Justin Smoak lined Toronto's first grand slam in the Bronx and the Blue Jays beat the New York Yankees 6-0 Saturday for their seventh straight win. Newcomer Troy Tulowitzki also homered as Toronto closed within 2 1/2 games of the AL East leaders. With wins in the first two games of the series, the Blue Jays became the first...
Via AP on Fox
August 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Price, Smoak lead Blue Jays over Yankees for 7th win in row

NEW YORK (AP) David Price pitched three-hit ball for seven innings, Justin Smoak lined Toronto's first grand slam in the Bronx and the Blue Jays beat the New York Yankees 6-0 Saturday for their seventh straight win. Newcomer Troy Tulowitzki also homered as Toronto closed within 2 1/2 games of the AL East leaders. With two wins in a row, the Blue Jays became the first team to take...
Via AP on Fox
August 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Jake Odorrizi handed first loss vs. Toronto, Rays dropped by Blue Jays

TORONTO (AP) -- Josh Donaldson hit a two-run home run, Justin Smoak added a three-run shot and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-2 on Friday night. Both homers came in a five-run fifth, the ML-leading 36th time this season the Blue Jays have scored four or more in a single inning. Toronto has 19 five-run innings, also a league best. Donaldson went 1 for 2 with two walks...
Via AP on Fox
July 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Donaldson, Smoak homer as Jays beat Rays 6-2

TORONTO (AP) Josh Donaldson hit a two-run home run, Justin Smoak added a three-run shot and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-2 on Friday night. Both homers came in a five-run fifth, the ML-leading 36th time this season the Blue Jays have scored four or more in a single inning. Toronto has 19 five-run innings, also a league best. Donaldson went 1 for 2 with two walks...
Via AP on Fox
July 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Jake Odorrizi handed first loss vs. Toronto, Rays dropped by Blue Jays

TORONTO (AP) -- Josh Donaldson hit a two-run home run, Justin Smoak added a three-run shot and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-2 on Friday night. Both homers came in a five-run fifth, the ML-leading 36th time this season the Blue Jays have scored four or more in a single inning. Toronto has 19 five-run innings, also a league best. Donaldson went 1 for 2 with two walks...
Via Fox Sports Florida
July 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Watch Justin Smoak hit homers from both sides of the plate

Hey, have a day, Justin Smoak.The Toronto Blue Jays first baseman put on a show Wednesday, launching two home runs, one from each side of the plate, in an 11-2 win over the Boston Red Sox:His second home run, from the right side of the plate, was absolutely launched, causing his teammates to stand up and marvel at the blast.On the season, Smoak is hitting .261 with seven homers in 115 at-bats.
Via Fox Sports
July 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Justin Smoak Turning Into A Valuable Piece

Justin Smoak celebrating a home run against the Miami Marlins When the Toronto Blue Jays claimed Justin Smoak off of waivers, proceeded to non-tender him, and then re-sign him to a 1 year deal worth $1 million bucks, it was a deal that obviously went very under the radar. Rightfully so as well. Smoak has never been worth higher than 0.6 wins in 6 MLB seasons. There was also a...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
June 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Blue Jays beat Marlins, stretch winning streak to eight games

TORONTO -- Justin Smoak hit one of four Blue Jays homers, Scott Copeland won in his first major league start and Toronto beat the Miami Marlins 7-2 Wednesday to extend its winning streak to eight. Josh Donaldson, Russell Martin and Jose Reyes also connected for the Blue Jays (31-30), who moved above .500 for the first time since May 19 (16-15). Toronto is on its longest winning run...
Via AP on Fox
June 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Blue Jays beat Marlins 7-2 for 8th straight win

TORONTO (AP) Justin Smoak hit one of four Blue Jays homers, Scott Copeland won in his first major league start and Toronto beat the Miami Marlins 7-2 Wednesday to extend its winning streak to eight. Josh Donaldson, Russell Martin and Jose Reyes also connected for the Blue Jays (31-30), who moved above .500 for the first time since May 19 (16-15). Toronto is on its longest winning...
Via AP on Fox
June 10, 2015  |  Discuss

It’s Time To Pull The Plug On The Dustin Ackley Experiment

Within the last decade plus, the Seattle Mariners upper management has displayed a unique sense of loyalty to young players with big potential upside that never seem to develop as desired. We recently saw this with Justin Smoak. Smoak was the slugging switch-hitter who’s big fat bat was good enough to waste another half season of peak Cliff Lee. We all know Smoak never panned out...
Via Baseball Essential
May 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Travis and Smoak homer, Blue Jays beat Orioles 4-2

TORONTO (AP) Rookie Devon Travis got three hits, including a go-ahead home run that sent the Toronto Blue Jays over the Baltimore Orioles 4-2 on Wednesday night. Justin Smoak also connected for the Blue Jays, who have 21 homers this season. The Yankees began the day leading the majors with 20. Aaron Sanchez (1-2) overcame seven walks in 5 1/3 innings as the Blue Jays posted back...
Via AP on Fox
April 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Smoak, Blue Jays rough up Oberholtzer and the Astros

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) Danny Valencia, Chris Colabello and Justin Smoak homered in the first two innings off Brett Olberholtzer, and Toronto Blue Jays beat the Houston Astros 7-4 Monday night. Oberholtzer, pitching for the first time since straining a lat muscle on March 10, gave up five hits and five runs in 3 1-3 innings. George Springer robbed Colabello of a second home run off...
Via AP on Fox
March 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Rays allow long homers to Justin Smoak, fall to Blue Jays

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) -- Justin Smoak hit a pair of long home runs -- one that landed atop the Rays' office building beyond the right field wall -- Daniel Norris struck out five in 5 2-3 innings and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays 11-5 on Friday. Smoak, who entered the game batting .077 in 11 exhibition games, connected off starter Burch Smith in the third for a...
Via AP on Fox
March 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Smoak homers twice, Blue Jays rout Rays

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) Justin Smoak hit a pair of long home runs - one that landed atop the Rays' office building beyond the right field wall - Daniel Norris struck out five in 5 2-3 innings and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays 11-5 on Friday. Smoak, who entered the game batting .077 in 11 exhibition games, connected off starter Burch Smith in the third for a two...
Via AP on Fox
March 20, 2015  |  Discuss

The Blue Jays Need Maicer Izturis To Be Useful

The Blue Jays have new players up and down their lineup — Russell Martin, Justin Smoak, Josh Donaldson, Michael Saunders, Devon Travis, etc. Dalton Pompey basically qualifies here as well. But one incumbent player may end up being just as, if not more, important than all of the new acquisitions — middle infielder Maicer Izturis. […]
Via Fangraphs
February 27, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 season preview: Toronto Blue Jays

Our next stop on our journey through the AL East takes us north of the border, where the 22-year playoff drought of Canada’s lone Major League team has supposedly been close to being erased in recent years, only to see the team fall short due to injuries, bad luck and seemingly everything in between. Now, with the signing of a hometown hero and what looks to be a wily trade by...
Via The Outside Corner
February 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Blue Jays sign Justin Smoak

TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Blue Jays and free agent first baseman Justin Smoak have agreed to a one-year contract worth $1 million. Smoak batted .202 with seven homers and 30 RBIs in 80 games with the Mariners last season. Toronto claimed him on waivers on Oct. 28 and declined his $3.65 million option on Nov. 1. The deal comes Wednesday, a day after Toronto declined to offer Smoak...
Via AP on Fox
December 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Busy Blue Jays Sign Justin Smoak, Trade For Michael Saunders

The Toronto Blue Jays signed first baseman Justin Smoak to a one-year, $1 million deal, and sent lefty J.A. Happ to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for outfielder Michael Saunders, The Blue Jays claimed the 27-year-old Smoak in October, but non-tendered him on Tuesday to avoid paying him approximately $3 million in arbitration. Smoak played in 80 games last season for...
Via Baseball News Source
December 03, 2014  |  Discuss
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