Player News - Blue Jays

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Troy Tulowitzi clubbed his fourth home run of the season in a losing effort against the Orioles on Tuesday.

The Blue Jays were one out away from being shut out in this one before Tulowitzki tagged O's closer Brad Brach for the solo shot. He finished the night 1-for-4 and is hitting .242/.299/.373 with four homers and 18 RBI on the season.
Jun 27 - 10:14 PM

Joe Biagini struggled again in Tuesday's loss to the Orioles, surrendering three runs on five hits over 5 1/3 innings of work.

The right-hander also issued four walks while striking out three on the night. The big blow against him came on a two-run double by Mark Trumbo in the first inning. Biagini settled in nicely afterwards, but the damage had already been done. He'll carry a 4.50 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 56/18 K/BB ratio into a difficult matchup against the Red Sox at home on Sunday.
Jun 27 - 10:14 PM

Blue Jays optioned OF Dwight Smith Jr. to Triple-A Buffalo.

He'll head back to the minors now that Ezequiel Carrera has returned from the disabled list. Smith has batted .370 (10-for-27) with a pair of doubles during his time in the majors this season. He should get another chance soon.
Jun 27 - 3:31 PM

Blue Jays recalled RHP Chris Smith from Triple-A Buffalo.

This confirms a report from Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca. Smith, 28, has posted a 3.93 ERA and 15/2 K/BB ratio over 18 1/3 innings this season with Triple-A Buffalo. He'll be making his major league debut when he gets into a game.
Jun 27 - 3:28 PM

Blue Jays activated OF Ezequiel Carrera from the 10-day disabled list.

Amazingly, Carrera only ended up missing a little under two weeks with his right foot fracture. He returns to a .297/.366/.412 batting line.
Jun 27 - 3:27 PM

Blue Jays designated RHP Jason Grilli for assignment.

It's part of a host of moves for the Blue Jays, including the addition of Chris Smith to the bullpen. The 40-year-old Grilli has put up an unsightly 6.97 ERA over 26 appearances this season and the Blue Jays are now ready to move forward. It should be noted that Grilli's secondary numbers aren't nearly as bad, so he should attract some interest on the open market.
Jun 27 - 3:25 PM

The Blue Jays are expected to call up right-handed reliever Chris Smith on Tuesday, reports Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca.

The Blue Jays have yet to confirm. Smith, 28, has posted a 3.93 ERA and 15/2 K/BB ratio over 18 1/3 innings this season with Triple-A Buffalo. The former independent league pitcher was called up by the Blue Jays last September, but didn't get into a game.
Source: Sportsnet.ca
Jun 27 - 12:40 PM

Blue Jays prospect Bo Bichette went 2-for-4 on Sunday for Low-A Lansing.

Bichette also stole two bases, which gives him 11 steals on the year. He's only an average runner, but he gets good jumps and is opportunistic enough to give you double-digit steal seasons. Oh, he's also hitting .394/.457/.627 in his first full professional year. To say this is going well is the understatement of the summer.
Jun 26 - 2:11 PM

Jose Bautista went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run and four total RBI in Sunday's 8-2 win over the Royals.

The Royals held a 2-0 lead after four innings before Bautista evened up the score with his two-run dinger off Jason Hammel in the top of the fifth. The pull-shot to left was a no-doubter which traveled an estimated 451 feet. One inning later, he would draw a bases-loaded walk to give the Blue Jays a 3-2 lead. Bautista then capped off his nice day at the office with an RBI single in the seventh inning. For the season as a whole, the veteran slugger is hitting .233/.346/.419 with 13 homers and 35 RBI through 274 at-bats. He has turned in multi-hit efforts in three of his last four games.
Jun 25 - 5:52 PM

Josh Donaldson went 1-for-4 with a two-run double in Sunday's win over the Royals.

Donaldson hit a two-run double in what eventually evolved into a five-run sixth inning by the Jays. He has been dealing with a minor knee injury over the past few days, but looked no worse for the wear on Sunday. The third baseman is hitting .281/.383/.537 with eight homers and 20 RBI across 125 at-bats this season.
Jun 25 - 5:48 PM

Francisco Liriano surrendered two runs on six hits over six-plus innings in Sunday's win over the Royals.

Liriano struck out just two while walking one in the afternoon outing. He coughed up a solo homer to Jorge Bonifacio in the first inning and an RBI single to Eric Hosmer in the fourth to account for the run-scoring action on his line. This was an improvement over the five runs he surrendered against the Rangers in his last outing, but even so, Liriano still holds an unsightly 5.46 ERA and 1.61 WHIP for the season as a whole. A home start against the Red Sox shows next on his schedule.
Jun 25 - 5:41 PM

Steve Pearce (knee) went hitless in three at-bats in his return to the lineup Saturday.

Pearce missed a few games with a bruised knee. He was pinch-hit for in the ninth inning Saturday rather than getting his fourth at-bat, as Kendrys Morales struck out.
Jun 25 - 8:10 AM

Kevin Pillar went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in a loss to the Royals on Saturday.

His blast off starter Jason Vargas tied the game at two runs apiece in the seventh inning, although his club would fail to score again and lose the game. Pillar has been a productive fantasy outfielder, batting .253/.307/.414 with nine home runs, 41 runs, 19 RBI and 11 stolen bases in 318 plate appearances. He is on pace to set new career highs in homers and runs.
Jun 24 - 5:42 PM

Troy Tulowitzki went 2-for-4 and smacked a solo home run during a loss to the Royals on Saturday.

He took starter Jason Vargas deep to open the scoring in the second inning. Tulowitzki spent five weeks on the disabled list with a hamstring injury and hasn't been very productive when able to play. He is batting .241/.297/.359 with three home runs and 17 RBI in 40 games.
Jun 24 - 5:37 PM

Marco Estrada allowed three runs in seven innings and was charged with a loss to the Royals on Saturday.

He kept his team in the game with a quality start but it wasn't quite enough. He issued four walks (although none of those came back to haunt him) and struck out six batters. It was the extra-base hits that did him in. Alcides Escobar tripled and scored in the third inning, Eric Hosmer lifted a solo homer in the fourth, and Alex Gordon drove in the winning run with a triple in the seventh. Estrada falls to 4-6 with a 4.89 ERA and 1.38 WHIP on the season.
Jun 24 - 5:33 PM


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