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Kendrys Morales | Designated Hitter | #8

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (34) / 6/20/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 240
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2004 / UDFA / LAA
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Kendrys Morales went 3-for-4 with a double in a loss to the Orioles on Wednesday.
He was the only Blue Jay to record more than one knock in the ballgame but none of his hits led to any runs on the scoreboard. The 34-year-old designated hitter has a .250 batting average with 27 home runs and 78 RBI in 137 games. He hasn't stolen a base since 2009 and hasn't even attempted one in the last five years. Sep 13 - 10:40 PM

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Kendrys Morales belted a solo homer in Tuesday's extra-innings loss to the Red Sox.

His shot off of Eduardo Rodriguez in the sixth inning put the Blue Jays up two runs, but the Red Sox rallied for two in the ninth and eventually won in the 19th. Morales was pinch-run for after walking in the 16th, and that, combined with him serving as the designated hitter, meant he practically had a day off compared to the other players in this game. We're kidding.
Sep 6 - 1:19 AM

Kendrys Morales went 2-for-5 with four RBI and two runs scored Monday in the Blue Jays' 10-4 defeat of the Red Sox.

Morales set the tone early with a three-run homer off Red Sox starter Rick Porcello in the top of the first inning. He then contributed an RBI double to the Jays' three-run top of the ninth. The veteran slugger is batting just .247 with a .303 on-base percentage, but he's up to 26 home runs and 75 RBI in 129 games.
Sep 4 - 11:02 PM

Kendrys Morales had a huge offensive night for the Blue Jays on Thursday, smacking three home runs and driving in seven runs to help the Jays outlast the Orioles 11-8.

Morales finished 4-for-5 with four runs scored, bopping a two-run homer in the third inning, a three-run shot in the sixth and capping it with a solo dinger in the eighth. The monster night certainly puts a little better shine on what's been a good but not great year for the 34-year-old, who's got 25 homers, 70 RBI and 60 runs scored while batting .253/.311/.462 as the Jays' designated hitter.
Aug 31 - 11:46 PM

Kendrys Morales went 2-for-5 with a homer and two runs scored in a win over the Twins on Saturday.

His second-inning solo bomb off starter Dillon Gee was the first of 19 runs scored in the contest. He singled and scored later in the ballgame and now has a .246/.306/.440 triple slash with 22 home runs and 61 RBI on the season.
Aug 26 - 5:05 PM

Kendrys Morales is once again out of the Blue Jays' starting lineup on Saturday.

With the Jays playing an interleague series in Chicago, they're without the benefit of a designated hitter, which is keeping Morales on the sidelines. He'll be available as a pinch hitter on Saturday.
Aug 19 - 12:14 PM

Kendrys Morales is not in the Blue Jays' lineup Friday.

He might be limited to pinch-hitting duties this weekend with the Jays at Wrigley field for an interleague series. Given that Morales is in a 3-for-30 funk at the plate, a little break might be good for him.
Aug 18 - 11:55 AM

Kendrys Morales (illness) is back in the Blue Jays' starting lineup on Sunday.

Morales will DH and bat cleanup versus Pirates right-hander Chad Kuhl after missing a handful of games with an illness. The veteran slugger has 21 home runs and 60 RBI in 107 games this season.
Aug 13 - 10:32 AM

Kendrys Morales (illness) pinch-hit and drove in a run on a fielder's choice grounder Saturday night against the Pirates.

Morales was held out of the starting lineup for the third straight game due to an illness, but he's clearly feeling a little better. The veteran slugger should be ready to play a full nine innings on Sunday.
Aug 13 - 9:06 AM

Kendrys Morales (illness) remains out of the Blue Jays' starting line up on Saturday.

This will be the third consecutive game that Morales has missed. He said Saturday that he's finally feeling better, but the club opted to give him an extra day of rest to be on the safe side.
Aug 12 - 12:05 PM

Kendrys Morales indicated Saturday that he is feeling much better.

Morales was scratched from the Jays' lineup on Thursday and sat out Friday's game due to an illness that is going around the team's clubhouse. Look for him to return to the lineup on Saturday.
Aug 12 - 10:09 AM

Kendrys Morales (illness) was scratched from the Blue Jays' lineup Thursday against the Yankees.

Morales was originally slated to DH but came down with an illness shortly before first pitch. With Morales under the weather, Ezequiel Carrera will move into the lineup at right field with Jose Bautista getting the nod at DH. Consider Morales day-to-day.
Aug 10 - 6:45 PM

Kendrys Morales went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and a double Friday against the Astros.

With 21 homers, 59 RBI and a .777 OPS this year, Morales doesn't qualify as a complete disaster for the Jays. Still, the team could have gotten similar production from a DH who didn't require a three-year, $33 million commitment. It doesn't seem very likely that Morales will be much better in his age 35 and 36 seasons.
Aug 4 - 11:29 PM

Kendrys Morales clubbed a pair of solo home runs and scored three times in Thursday's victory over the Athletics.

Morales took Sean Manaea over the center field wall in the fifth inning and then led off the bottom of the ninth with a solo blast off of Blake Treinen to tie the game before Toronto won in the 10th. With three longballs over the last two days, Morales now has an even 20 home runs on the season. That puts him on pace for his second straight 30-homer campaign.
Jul 27 - 4:49 PM

Kendrys Morales slugged a walk-off solo home run in Wednesday's 3-2 victory over the Athletics.

Moments after Justin Smoak tied the game with a two-run shot off closer Santiago Casilla, Morales followed suit with a blast of his own to send the fans home happy. He went 1-for-3 with a walk in the ballgame and now owns a .254 batting average with 18 longballs and 54 RBI on the season.
Jul 26 - 10:51 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Russell Martin
2Miguel Montero
3Luke Maile
4Rafael Lopez
1B1Justin Smoak
2B1Devon Travis
2Darwin Barney
3Rob Refsnyder
SS1Troy Tulowitzki
2Ryan Goins
3Richard Urena
3B1Josh Donaldson
LF1Steve Pearce
2Ezequiel Carrera
3Ramon Santiago
CF1Kevin Pillar
2Dalton Pompey
RF1Jose Bautista
2Teoscar Hernandez
3Darrell Ceciliani
DH1Kendrys Morales
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Marco Estrada
2Aaron Sanchez
3Marcus Stroman
4J.A. Happ
5Cesar Valdez
6Brett Anderson
7Joe Biagini
8Tom Koehler
9Chris Rowley
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Roberto Osuna
2Ryan Tepera
3Aaron Loup
4Dominic Leone
5Danny Barnes
6Matt Dermody
7Bo Schultz
8Tim Mayza
9Carlos Ramirez
10Luis Santos
11Leonel Campos
12Taylor Cole