Toronto Blue Jays

Toronto Blue Jays

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Casey Janssen allowed a ninth-inning solo home run, but managed to escape with his 17th save as the Blue Jays earned a 4-2 victory over the Red Sox on Tuesday.

Xander Bogaerts greeted Janssen with a solo shot to lead off the ninth inning, but the right-hander was able to get the next three batters he faced in short order. July has been troublesome for Janssen, as he has allowed runs in five of 11 appearances in the month while sporting a 6.10 ERA. On the season, he is 17-for-19 in save opportunities with a 2.96 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, and a 16/2 K/BB ratio in 27 1/3 innings.
Jul 29 - 10:31 PM

Colby Rasmus went 2-for-4, including a solo home run, as the Blue Jays enjoyed a victory over the Red Sox on Tuesday.

Rasmus broke a scoreless tie in the top of the second, taking Rubby De La Rosa out to center field. The 27-year-old outfielder has been quiet as the month of July has gone on, but still maintains a slugging-heavy .223/.285/.459 slash line with 14 home runs and 33 RBI.
Jul 29 - 10:26 PM

Marcus Stroman improved to 7-2, allowing one run over seven innings as the Blue Jays hung on to victory against the Red Sox on Tuesday.

The 23-year-old Stroman has quickly shown that he belongs in the big leagues. He held the Red Sox to six hits and two walks while striking out eight. Since moving into the rotation at the end of May, the right-hander has a 2.12 ERA in 11 starts spanning 68 innings. The talented rookie will look to keep it going on Monday, when he takes on the Astros in a road start.
Jul 29 - 10:19 PM

Blue Jays optioned LHP Rob Rasmussen to Triple-A Buffalo.

The move clears a spot for newly-acquired Danny Valencia on the active roster. Rasmussen owns a 3.18 ERA over 10 appearances with the Blue Jays this season and should get another shot with the big club down the stretch.
Jul 29 - 2:15 PM

Blue Jays third base prospect Mitch Nay went 2-for-5 with a double and four RBI for Low-A Lansing on Monday.

The 20-year old Nay has a .279/.337/.373 line for the season, and has hit .303/.356/.405 since the beginning of June. He has a knack for solid contact and has the potential to hit .280 with 20 home runs, but will need a few more years to have a chance to reach his potential.
Jul 29 - 10:24 AM

Melky Cabrera launched a pair of homers and drove in five runs as the Blue Jays smoked the Red Sox 14-1 on Monday.

Cabrera had a two-run homer off Clay Buchholz in the first and a three-run shot of Felix Doubront in the sixth for his third career two-homer game and fifth career five-RBI game. His last time accomplishing both feats was July 3, 2011, when he still played for the Royals.
Jul 28 - 11:16 PM

R.A. Dickey fanned 10 while allowing one run and three hits in seven innings Monday versus the Red Sox.

Dickey had the good knuckler going tonight, striking out 10 for the first time since May 14, 2013 against the Giants. He's 3-0 with a 2.79 ERA against the Red Sox this year, compared to 6-10 with a 4.08 ERA versus everyone else.
Jul 28 - 11:13 PM

Ryan Goins went 4-for-5 with a double and four RBI in the rout of the Red Sox on Monday.

There's no way Goins is going 4-for-5 with four RBI in a game in which his team doesn't score 14 runs. The second baseman entered with a .175 average and four RBI in 30 games and 80 at-bats this season. He'll continue to play against righties until Brett Lawrie returns, at which point the Jays will reevaluate their situations at both second and third.
Jul 28 - 11:02 PM

Brett Lawrie (finger) has begun hitting off a tee but has yet to face live pitching.

It's not clear when he'll be cleared for batting practice. Lawrie needs to go out on a rehab assignment before returning and the expectation is that he's still at least a couple weeks away from a return. He's been on the shelf since late June with a fractured right index finger.
Jul 28 - 9:10 PM

Adam Lind (foot) could be activated from the disabled list as soon as Thursday.

However, the Blue Jays could decide to wait until they begin a homestand on August 5. "He's running, he's still a little bit hobbled, but he's able to do a bit of everything," manager John Gibbons said of Lind, who has been sidelined since early July with a non-displaced fracture in his right foot.
Jul 28 - 9:08 PM

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Monday that "if I was to say right now," Brandon Morrow (finger) will "probably be a reliever" when he returns.

"But by then, you never know what we're looking at anyways," Gibbons added. "We may need a starter, we don't know as a team where we're going to be at that point." Morrow has resumed throwing from a mound, but Gibbons said the righty is not yet "cutting it loose." The Jays are hoping to get him back in September.
Jul 28 - 9:05 PM

Blue Jays acquired 3B Danny Valencia from the Royals in exchange for RHP Liam Hendriks and C Erik Kratz.

Valencia can play third base against left-handed pitching until Brett Lawrie (finger) is ready to return, and even then he might still get starts if Lawrie is used at second base. The 29-year-old has batted .282/.328/.382 with two homers over 36 games for the Royals this season and is a career .333/.369/.510 batter versus southpaws.
Jul 28 - 7:16 PM

Casey Janssen earned his 16th save of 2014 in the Blue Jays' 5-4 win over the Yankees on Sunday.

Janssen was called on to protect Toronto's one-run lead after Dioner Navarro hit a go-ahead RBI single in the top of the ninth inning. The right-hander did so effortlessly, retiring all three batters he faced -- one via strikeout. Janssen has a 2.73 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, and 16/2 K/BB ratio in 26 1/3 innings this season.
Jul 27 - 4:40 PM

Blue Jays designated RHP Esmil Rogers for assignment.

Rogers was only up with the big club for a few days and didn't appear in a game. He cleared waivers the last time he was designated for assignment and should do so again, though he'll have the option of declaring free agency.
Jul 27 - 11:08 AM

Blue Jays activated OF/DH Nolan Reimold from the 15-day disabled list.

Reimold missed the minimum amount of time with a left calf strain. He'll see some playing time in the outfield and in the DH spot, especially versus left-handers.
Jul 27 - 10:59 AM


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