Player News - Blue Jays

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Ryan Borucki yielded two runs on three hits over seven innings but was saddled with a loss against the Rays on Sunday.

Borucki retired nine of the first 10 batters he faced to begin the contest before giving up a leadoff single to Tommy Pham, who promptly stole second base and came around to score on a base hit by ensuing batter Joey Wendle, in the fourth inning. An RBI double by C.J. Cron in the sixth inning accounted for only other run against him in this one. He got zero support from the Blue Jays offense, which was stymied by Blake Snell for seven innings. The 24-year-old rookie southpaw has been solid, tossing at least six innings and allowing two runs or fewer in 11 of 16 starts this year. He’s 4-5 with a 3.76 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 64/30 K/BB ratio in 16 starts. He’s due for a rematch against the Rays in his final start of the season next weekend.
Sep 23 - 4:19 PM

Danny Jansen went 2-for-2 with a walk and a run scored in the Blue Jays' win over the Rays.

Jansen was arguably the lone bright spot for the Blue Jays in an otherwise lackluster performance against Rays starter Blake Snell, who struck out 11 over 6 2/3 scoreless frames. The 23-year-old rookie catcher notched a pair of hits and reached safely in all three of his plate appearances. He's hitting .267/.356/.467 with 12 runs scored, three homers and eight RBI in 87 plate appearances since being called up from Triple-A Buffalo on August 12.
Sep 23 - 4:12 PM

Rowdy Tellez went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI as his team smoked the Rays 5-2 on Saturday.

He yanked a two-run bomb off starter Tyler Glasnow, then added a run-scoring double in the eighth inning. The young third baseman wields an eye-popping .404/.417/.787 slash line, although it is through only 48 plate appearances. He has three homers and 12 RBI. He had a .270 batting average with 13 longballs and 50 RBI in 112 Triple-A games this year prior to his call-up.
Sep 22 - 7:57 PM

Ken Giles issued a walk in the ninth inning but kept the Rays off the board to earn a save on Saturday.

He walked Ji-Man Choi with one out, although it didn't matter much as he was able to retire the next two batters while protecting a three-run advantage. Giles has successfully converted all 24 of his save chances this year with the Astros and Blue Jays. He hasn't pitched well in non-save situations though, and that has led to a shaky 4.84 ERA overall for the season. He has amassed 50 strikeouts against just seven walks in 48 1/3 innings.
Sep 22 - 7:52 PM

Thomas Pannone let in two runs over 6 2/3 innings and was rewarded with a win over the Rays on Saturday.

He served up a pair of solo home runs, the first to Tommy Pham and the second to Jesus Sucre. Fortunately the bases were empty when the dongs struck. He gave up six base hits and issued three walks while striking out five in the quality start. He improves to 4-1 with a 3.58 ERA in 11 games (five starts). The 24-year-old rookie left-hander has pitched well enough to earn an expanded role next year.
Sep 22 - 7:48 PM

Lourdes Gurriel went 3-for-4 and popped two solo home runs as his team got thrashed by the Rays on Friday.

He went yard off opener Diego Castillo in the first inning and did it again off Jalen Beeks in the fourth. Both of the dingers came with the bases empty. The 24-year-old rookie shortstop has been streaky this year but has shown stretches of brilliance. For the season he has a .292 batting average with 11 homers and 34 RBI in 62 games. It's been quite a turnaround following a very dismal 2017 minor league season, which was his first stateside after signing out of Cuba.
Sep 21 - 11:12 PM

Sean Reid-Foley let in four runs (two earned) in four-plus innings and took a loss to the Rays on Friday.

He yielded a pair of unearned runs in the first inning. He gave up an RBI-double to Mallex Smith in the fourth inning and an RBI-triple to Tommy Pham in the fifth. The 23-year-old rookie is getting his first taste of major league action. He is 2-4 with a 5.40 ERA in six starts. He posted some big strikeout numbers in the minors this year and will likely be a late-round sleeper in fantasy drafts next spring.
Sep 21 - 11:01 PM

Justin Smoak hit a walk-off, solo home run to cap a seven-run ninth inning Thursday, leading the Blue Jays to a 9-8 win over the Rays.

The Jays, with nothing left to play for, could have easily packed it in and gone home down 8-2 to start the ninth. Conversely, the Rays, with everything to play for, desperately needed the win to stay alive in the American League postseason chase. But it was the Jays who showed more heart, rallying first against Jaime Schultz and then later, Rays closer Sergio Romo. Smoak capped it by going down and yanking a Romo offering over the right field wall to send the Jays' home crowd home happy. The homer was the 25th of the year for the first baseman, giving him 77 RBI and 65 runs scored with a .246/.355/.465 line overall.
Sep 20 - 11:40 PM

Danny Jansen hit a three-run home run in a seven-run ninth inning comeback Thursday against the Rays.

Jansen's three-run bomb off Rays reliever Jaime Schultz made it an 8-6 game, and more heroics from the Jays lineup preceded a walk-off solo homer by Justin Smoak to complete the comeback. For Jansen, the homer was his second in three games and his third since joining the major league club. A productive hitter in the minors before his promotion, the 23-year-old seems to be making some strides as he gains more experience.
Sep 20 - 11:33 PM

Rowdy Tellez went 2-for-4 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored in the Blue Jays' comeback win over the Rays on Thursday.

Tellez actually got the scoring started in the second inning, bashing a Ryne Stanek offering over the boards for a two-run shot, but it was his RBI double that began a seven-run rally in the bottom of the ninth inning, capped by a Justin Smoak walk-off homer. We advocated caution with Tellez earlier this month, but there doesn't seem to be much slowing him down these days. The 23-year-old is now hitting .385/.400/.744 through 14 major league games.
Sep 20 - 11:12 PM

Sam Gaviglio limited the Rays to two runs over five innings in a no-decision Thursday.

Gaviglio started strong, working through the order the first time with ease, but a Tommy Pham RBI triple and a Joey Wendle run-scoring double knotted the game. Gaviglio only allowed four hits and a walk in his five innings, striking out two in the no-decision. The right-hander remains 3-8 with a 5.18 ERA and 1.42 WHIP in 113 innings this year, numbers on which he'll try to improve next week against a talented Astros bunch.
Sep 20 - 11:09 PM

Billy McKinney went 2-for-4 and slugged a solo home run during a loss to the Orioles on Wednesday.

His shot off reliever Miguel Castro drew the Blue Jays within a run in the eighth inning but they couldn't get any closer. The rookie opened some eyes last month when he started off his big league career hot as a firecracker. He's tailed off since then though. This was his first homer in two weeks. His overall numbers still look really good (.287/.346/.511) but it is a small sample and his minor league track record isn't very impressive, so fantasy owners shouldn't expect much from him moving forward.
Sep 19 - 11:41 PM

Marco Estrada took a tough-luck loss to the Orioles on Wednesday, allowing just one run through six innings of work in the defeat.

He served up a solo dinger to D.J. Stewart in the third inning and that was enough to lose the ballgame. He struck out five batters, issued one base-on-balls and yielded four total knocks. He falls to 7-13 with an ugly 5.57 ERA in 27 starts this season. Home runs have been the problem -- he's allowed 27 of them in just 139 innings. The 35-year-old probably has a couple more seasons' worth of sub-par innings left in his arm.
Sep 19 - 11:33 PM

Aaron Sanchez lasted just four innings Tuesday, permitting four runs – two earned – but escaping with a no-decision in the Blue Jays' 6-4 win over the Orioles.

Sanchez was fantastic in his previous outing in Boston, so naturally he is awful the next time out against the worst team in baseball. The right-hander’s own error in the fourth inning didn’t help, but he wasn’t sharp at all in giving up a home run, walking three and fanning just one. Sanchez is too volatile to trust this weekend at home versus the Rays.
Sep 18 - 10:19 PM

Ken Giles retired the side in order to notch a save Tuesday in Baltimore.

Asked to protect a two-run lead, Giles needed just nine pitches and got three groundouts to end it. The closer was knocked around at the beginning of his tenure with the Blue Jays, but he's settled in with just one earned run allowed across his last 11 appearances.
Sep 18 - 10:17 PM


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