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Josh Donaldson blasted a walk off home run leading off the tenth inning on Saturday, propelling the Blue Jays to a 6-5 victory over the Braves.

Donaldson belted his first two homers of the season on Friday and carried that power surge right over through Saturday's contest. He finished the afternoon 3-for-4 and also scored a pair of runs, and is now hitting an impressive .340/.396/.596 with 10 RBI on the year.
Apr 18 - 4:15 PM

R.A. Dickey pitched decently in a no-deision against the Braves on Saturday, allowing four runs on four hits over his seven innings of work.

The veteran right-hander racked up six strikeouts on the afternoon while issuing four free passes. He also gave up a pair of homers, with Freddie Freeman and A.J. Pierzynski each taking him deep. Dickey will carry a 3.26 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 16/12 K/BB ratio into his next start against the Rays in Tampa Bay on Friday where he'll again search for his first victory.
Apr 18 - 4:05 PM

Josh Donaldson blasted his first two home runs as a member of the Blue Jays in a losing effort against the Braves on Friday.

Both of Donaldson's bombs came courtesy of Braves starter Julio Teheran, a two-run job in the third inning and a solo shot in the fifth. In all, the Jays launched five home runs on Friday, with Russell Martin knocking two over the wall as well and Devon Travis chipping in a solo homer. Donaldson is off to a strong start with his new squad, hitting .302/.354/.512 with nine RBI.
Apr 17 - 10:30 PM

Russell Martin muscled up on his first two home runs of the 2015 season on Friday, but that wasn't enough for the Jays to overcome the Braves.

The veteran backstop tagged Julio Teheran for a solo shot in the second inning then replicated the feat off Jim Johnson in the eighth. He finished the evening 2-for-3 plus a walk, raising his season slash to a still brutal .111/.306/.333. Hopefully this offensive explosion will get him going.
Apr 17 - 10:27 PM

Drew Hutchison's early-season struggles continued in Friday's no-decision against the Braves as he surrendered five runs (four earned) on seven hits over 4 2/3 innings.

On the plus side, he did manage to rack up six strikeouts on the night while walking three. The Jays staked him to an early 4-1 lead but Hutchison couldn't get through the fifth inning, with a two-out two-run triple from Andrelton Simmons chasing him from the contest. Through three starts, he owns an uninspiring 7.20 ERA and 1.53 WHIP despite his 14/6 K/BB ratio across 15 innings. He'll look to get back on track on Thursday against the Orioles.
Apr 17 - 10:23 PM

Jose Reyes (rib) will not play this weekend.

The Blue Jays will wait until after Monday's off day to see if Reyes is feeling well enough to play through a small fracture in his left rib cage. If he's still in pain Tuesday, they'll place him on the disabled list. Ryan Goins is expected to fill in at shortstop while Reyes is out.
Apr 17 - 3:31 PM

Devon Travis is batting leadoff versus Julio Teheran and the Braves on Friday.

He could remain in the spot for a while if Jose Reyes (rib) needs a trip to the disabled list. Travis is off to a .371/.421/.657 start at the plate in his first 38 big league plate appearances.
Apr 17 - 3:07 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Mark Buehrle is considering retirement after this season.

Heyman notes that "April retirement ruminations aren't always solid, but it seems to be a strong possibility in this case." Buehrle, who turned 36 last month, is in the final year of the four-year, $58 million contract he signed with the Marlins. The aging left-hander has remained effective, posting a 3.39 ERA over 32 starts for the Blue Jays last season. He's made at least 30 starts and pitched over 200 innings in 14 straight campaigns.
Apr 17 - 12:43 PM

An MRI has revealed that Jose Reyes is dealing with a small fracture in his left rib cage.

The Blue Jays haven't ruled out him being able to play through it, as manager John Gibbons said the club should know later Friday whether a trip to the disabled list will be required. Reyes had been dealing with the ailment for a bit before being removed from Thursday's game when it became too painful. Ryan Goins is expected to fill in at shortstop while Reyes is out.
Apr 17 - 11:28 AM

Michael Saunders (knee, hamstring) is expected to resume his rehab assignment with High-A Dunedin on Friday.

It was reported previously that he'd be back to game action on Tuesday after his right hamstring tightened up on him Sunday, but he apparently needed a few extra days. Saunders ran sprints and the bases Wednesday before being cleared to return. With Kevin Pillar playing so well, the Blue Jays can afford to take their time with Saunders.
Source: Sportsnet
Apr 17 - 10:10 AM

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons confirmed that Jose Reyes (ribs) will not play on Friday.

The veteran infielder is expected to take the next couple of days off, but is hopeful that he will be able to avoid a trip to the disabled list, though how quickly his oblique responds to treatment may determine that. Ryan Goins is expected to fill in at shortstop in his absence.
Apr 16 - 10:40 PM

Aaron Sanchez surrendered three runs in 5 1/3 innings Thursday in a loss to the Rays.

Sanchez was just a two-pitch pitcher tonight, using his fastball and curve. With such a limited arsenal, he at least needs to do a better job of throwing strikes. However, he walked three tonight, giving him a 5/5 K/BB ratio over 8 2/3 innings in his two starts. We're becoming skeptical about him lasting in the rotation. Still, the Jays shouldn't make any rash decisions here.
Apr 16 - 10:18 PM

Dalton Pompey went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts on Thursday and is off to a 6-for-38 start this year.

The Jays gave Pompey a few starts in the two hole earlier, but he's back hitting low in the order now because of his struggles. On the plus side, he does already have two homers and two doubles. Still, he hasn't performed as well as Kevin Pillar, which could lead to a reduction in his role once Michael Saunders comes off the DL.
Apr 16 - 10:10 PM

Jose Reyes was removed from Thursday's game against the Rays in the first inning due to soreness in his left rib area.

Reyes has been batting an oblique issue for awhile, and this could be a recurrence of that, as opposed to a new injury. He was slated for a day of rest on Saturday, and that could be extended now that he's dealing with this ailment. The Jays should have an update on his status after the game.
Apr 16 - 7:35 PM

Jose Reyes is slated to get the day off Saturday.

The Blue Jays are resting him for a day game after a night game on turf, which Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com writes could become a regular thing. Keep this in mind as the season moves along. Steve Tolleson will start at shortstop on Saturday while Ryan Goins will be a late-inning defensive replacement.
Apr 16 - 4:42 PM


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