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Michael Saunders | Outfielder | #21

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (29) / 11/19/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 228
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: Tallahassee (FL) CC
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 11 (0) / SEA
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Michael Saunders is not in the Blue Jays starting lineup for Saturday afternoon's tilt against the Yankees.
With veteran southpaw C.C. Sabathia on the hill, it's a good time to get Saunders a breather and get Melvin Upton a start. Saunders should be back in there for Sunday's series finale. Sep 24 - 12:55 PM

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Michael Saunders is not in Monday's lineup against the Mariners.

Saunders is fine, but Blue Jays manager John Gibbons wanted his best defensive alignment with Marco Estrada on the mound. Ezequiel Carrera will start in right field while Melvin Upton will play left and Kevin Pillar will play center.

Michael Saunders is not in the Blue Jays starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Red Sox.

With opposing southpaw Eduardo Rodriguez on the hill, manager John Gibbons will use the opportunity to get Saunders a breather. Edwin Encarnacion will serve as the club's designated hitter while Justin Smoak draws a start at first base.
Sep 10 - 11:07 AM

Michael Saunders doubled and launched a two-run homer in Tuesday's loss to the Orioles.

The homer was a big one, as it tied the game up in seventh inning. Unfortunately for Saunders and the Blue Jays, Matt Wieters then put the O's back ahead the next frame. Saunders has really fallen off in the second half, but he's put a nice little run together lately with six hits -- including two homers -- over his last 14 at-bats.
Aug 30 - 9:47 PM

Michael Saunders (hamstring) has rejoined the Blue Jays starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Twins.

Saunders missed the previous two contests due to tightness in his hamstring, though he's feeling much improved and is now good to go. The hard-hitting Canadian outfielder is hitting .266/.350/.500 with 21 long balls and 50 RBI in 113 games this season.
Aug 27 - 11:04 AM

Michael Saunders (hamstring) said that he felt much better on Friday and would be available off of the bench.

He's sitting out a second straight game due to hamstring tightness, but it sounds as though he could be used as a pinch-hitter and is nearing a return. Fantasy owners may want to keep him active this weekend despite missing a start on Friday.
Aug 26 - 6:21 PM

Michael Saunders (hamstring) is not in the Blue Jays' lineup Thursday against the Angels.

He's dealing with hamstring tightness. With Saunders getting the night off, Ezequiel Carrera will draw the start in right field and bat eighth against Halos starter Jered Weaver. Saunders is day-to-day.
Aug 25 - 4:30 PM

Michael Saunders ripped a solo home run in Tuesday's win over the Angels.

Saunders' dinger off of reliever A.J. Achter in the eighth inning padded the Blue Jays' lead. It was just his second this month, as the 29-year-old has really scuffled this month. Saunders now has 21 bombs on the season.
Aug 23 - 10:20 PM

Michael Saunders is not in the Blue Jays' lineup Thursday against the Astros.

He's just getting a routine day off. Melvin Upton will patrol left field and hit sixth Thursday against Houston right-hander Mike Fiers. Saunders has cooled off since the All-Star break, hitting just .132 over 53 second-half at-bats.
Aug 4 - 5:42 PM

Michael Saunders belted his 18th and 19th home runs of the season in a losing effort against the Mariners.

Saunders has now homered in each of his first two games against his former ballclub. His solo shot off Hisashi Iwakuma in the sixth inning did nothing more than putting a band aid on a stab wound, pulling the Jays to within nine runs at 11-2. He then tagged Wade LeBlanc for a solo shot with two outs in the eighth, making it a 14-3 ballgame. Saunders is having a monster season in the middle of the Jays lineup, slashing .286/.363/.542 with 19 homers and 46 RBI.
Jul 23 - 4:28 PM

Michael Saunders slugged a solo homer in Friday’s loss to the Mariners.

His second-inning blast off James Paxton was the only offense of the night for Toronto. He had a chance to play hero in the ninth inning, but struck out to end the ballgame. Saunders has cooled down considerably since his three-homer game on June 17, but he’s now up to 17 homers on the year. He’s two shy of his career-high from 2012.
Jul 22 - 10:33 PM

Michael Saunders flew home from Arizona on Wednesday to deal with a personal matter.

Saunders is expected to return for Friday night's series opener at home against his former team, the Mariners. He boasts an .893 OPS in 86 games this season for the Blue Jays, who will roll with Darwin Barney in left field and at leadoff Wednesday afternoon against the Diamondbacks.
Jul 20 - 1:56 PM

Michael Saunders is absent from the Blue Jays starting lineup on Saturday.

The newly-minted All-Star will get a well-deserved rest against southpaw Matt Boyd and the Tigers on Saturday. Junior Lake is starting in his place and will bat seventh for the Jays.
Jul 9 - 10:04 AM

Michael Saunders will be on the American League All-Star team after winning the Final Vote competition.

Saunders bested George Springer, Ian Kinsler, Evan Longoria and Dustin Pedroia. The 29-year-old had an awful time with injuries the previous two seasons but has bounced back in 2016 with a .298/.372/.559 batting line and 16 homers.
Jul 8 - 4:54 PM

Michael Saunders went 2-for-4 with an RBI single and three runs scored Thursday against the Tigers.

Saunders also doubled and walked in the game, with his RBI single coming in the first inning. The outfielder now has five multi-hit games in his last six contests, going 12-for-25 with five doubles, a home run, seven RBI and eight runs scored in that span. It's been a very good first half for Saunders in general, as he's batting .298/.372/.559 in the middle of the Jays' order.
Jul 7 - 11:45 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Russell Martin
2Dioner Navarro
3Josh Thole
1B1Justin Smoak
2B1Devon Travis
SS1Troy Tulowitzki
2Darwin Barney
3B1Josh Donaldson
2Ryan Goins
3Andy Burns
LF1Michael Saunders
2Melvin Upton
CF1Kevin Pillar
2Ezequiel Carrera
3Dalton Pompey
RF1Jose Bautista
2Darrell Ceciliani
DH1Edwin Encarnacion
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Marco Estrada
2Aaron Sanchez
3Marcus Stroman
4J.A. Happ
5Francisco Liriano
6R.A. Dickey
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Roberto Osuna
2Brett Cecil
3Jason Grilli
4Joe Biagini
5Joaquin Benoit
6Scott Feldman
7Gavin Floyd
8Matt Dermody
9Dan Barnes
10Ryan Tepera
11Chris Smith