Player News - Blue Jays

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Darwin Barney paced the Jays offense on Tuesday, homering and driving in three runs in a 5-2 win over the Royals.

Barney had a two-run homer in the sixth and an RBI single in the seventh. That's more RBI tonight than he had in 58 at-bats in May, 33 at-bats in June or 74 at-bats in August. He's batting .364 in 44 at-bats this month.
Sep 19 - 10:04 PM

Marcus Stroman held the Royals to one run in seven innings to win Tuesday.

It[s the first win for Stroman in a month. Stroman has allowed two earned runs or fewer in 22 of his 31 starts this season. He deserves better than a 12-8 record to go with his 3.01 ERA.
Sep 19 - 10:01 PM

Brett Anderson (finger) has been cleared to start Wednesday versus the Royals.

Anderson dealt with a blister on his finger in his last start, making it just 4 1/3 innings against the Twins, but he threw a light bullpen session Sunday without issue. The 29-year-old left-hander has posted a decent 3.27 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, and 15/4 K/BB ratio in four starts (22 innings) since joining the Blue Jays.
Sep 19 - 6:35 PM

Joe Biagini failed to make it out of the second inning Sunday in a loss to the Twins.

Biagini worked eight innings against the Orioles last time out, but Minnesota pounced for seven runs in the bottom of the second inning on Sunday at Target Field -- with four of those runs being charged to the 27-year-old right-hander. He is now 3-11 on the year with a 5.50 ERA.
Sep 17 - 5:37 PM

Josh Donaldson went a perfect 4-for-4 with two homers, a stolen base and four runs scored in the Blue Jays' 7-3 win over the Twins on Saturday.

Donaldson wasted little time greeting Adalberto Mejia back from the disabled list, jumping on a high fastball in the first inning and depositing it into the left field bleachers. He then bookended that homer with another solo job in the ninth, this one just out of the reach of center fielder Byron Buxton. The 31-year-old now has 28 homers, 69 RBI and 56 runs scored to go with a .266/.389/.542 line in 101 games. Injuries limited his availability earlier this season, but Donaldson is looking to finish strong ahead of a hopefully more productive 2018 season.
Sep 16 - 11:50 PM

Jose Bautista went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI in a win over the Twins on Thursday.

With the bases loaded and nobody out in the eighth inning, Bautista hit a harmless pop up that, because the infielders were drawn in, dropped between the second baseman and right fielder to plate a run. Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good. The 36-year-old Bautista hasn't been much of either this year, batting .208/.313/.377 across 144 games. It's hard to imagine the Jays exercising their end of the mutual option required after this season.
Sep 16 - 11:38 PM

Marco Estrada allowed two runs on three hits over eight innings in a win over the Twins on Saturday.

Estrada gave up solo homers to Eddie Rosario in the fifth and Eduardo Escobar in the eighth, but he otherwise allowed only a lone single and walked just one while striking out four. The win was his fourth in a row to improve him to 9-8 with a 4.84 ERA and 1.36 WHIP in 31 starts overall. The Yankees are in town Friday to take on Estrada and the Jays.
Sep 16 - 11:26 PM

Josh Donaldson went 3-for-5 with a homer and a double to lead the Blue Jays to a 4-3 win over the Twins on Friday.

Donaldson, who missed time last week with an illness, had been in a little 3-for-22 slump his previous six games (two before sitting out, four since returning). Tonight's homer was his 26th in 354 at-bats this year.
Sep 16 - 12:03 AM

Pitching for the first time in 10 days, Roberto Osuna threw a perfect ninth for his 36th save Friday against the Twins.

Osuna missed a few days with a back injury and then flew to Mexico for the birth of his child. The save tonight was his first since Aug. 31. He had blown his previous two opportunities this month.
Sep 16 - 12:02 AM

Kevin Pillar had a solo homer and two walks versus the Twins on Friday.

Pillar is hitting .321 with three homers in 56 at-bats this month, putting him at .261/.306/.416 overall. That's par for the course for him, and he remains a fine regular for the Blue Jays, even though his defense seems to have slipped a tad. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like he's ever going to take much of a step forward offensively.
Sep 15 - 11:58 PM

Richard Urena went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts as the Blue Jays' leadoff man on Friday.

Urena had a .286 OBP in Double-A this year -- .286!!! -- yet he's now led off for the Jays in seven straight games. After a quick start, he's predictably cooled off, going 1-for-12 with eight strikeouts the last three days. He should be batting ninth right now.
Sep 15 - 11:55 PM

Steve Pearce (back) remained out of the Blue Jays' lineup Friday.

Pearce hasn't played in a week because of a stiff back. He shouldn't be playing much down the stretch, anyway, with the Jays wanting to get a long look at Teoscar Hernandez.
Sep 15 - 4:57 PM

Roberto Osuna (paternity) will be available out of the Blue Jays' bullpen Friday.

Osuna rejoined the club in Minnesota and threw a bullpen session Thursday after being away for a few days following the birth of his child. If Toronto has a save opportunity Friday, it will go to Osuna.
Source: Toronto Sun
Sep 15 - 3:06 PM

Justin Smoak blasted a game-tying solo home run with two outs in the ninth inning of Thursday's loss to the Twins.

The Twins were getting ready to put the icing on a 2-1 victory until Smoak spoiled the party with his towering shot off of Matt Belisle. He finished the night 2-for-5 and is now hitting .279/.358/.553 with 38 bombs and 87 RBI.
Sep 14 - 11:45 PM

Brett Anderson struggled in a no-decision against the Twins on Thursday, allowing two runs on five hits over 4 1/3 innings.

The veteran southpaw also walked four and struck out four in the ballgame. All of the damage against him came on a two-run single by Jorge Polanco in the fifth inning. He'll carry a 5.73 ERA and 1.66 WHIP into Wednesday's start against the Royals. He remains an unappealing fantasy option.
Sep 14 - 11:45 PM


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