BLUE JAYS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Now There’s a Kevin Pillar ‘Hang In There, Baby’ Shirt

A few weeks ago, the Toronto Blue Jays were just barely hanging in there for a playoff spot. Although these late-inning collapses have been tough to watch, the Jays are still this close to locking down a playoff berth for the second consecutive year. There was a funny moment during that game on September 12th. Kevin Pillar watched a home run sail over his head, and in the process...
Via Blue Jay Hunter
3 hours ago

WATCH: Gibbons: Two teams, lot at stake, came up with big blow

John Gibbons was looking a little grim after surrendering a 3-2 loss to the Baltimore Orioles in what is a pivotal series for both teams.
Via SportsNetCanada
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays can’t get any relief against Orioles

Liriano throws six shutout innings, but Grilli and Osuna could not hold the Jays’ slim lead.
Via Toronto Star
12 hours ago

Recap: Orioles 3, Blue Jays 2; Liriano Dazzles But The Bullpen Blows It

The Blue Jays were back in action on Wednesday looking to take the series from the rival Orioles and looked to be in good shape until the game’s final two innings. There were no late game heroics for the Jays, who dropped the second game of the series after failing to cash in on offensive opportunities and left Roberto Osuna with a razor thin margin that he couldn’t handle. Ezeqiuel...
Via BP Toronto
12 hours ago

Roberto Osuna close-lipped as pressure ramps up: DiManno

Osuna, terrific closer on a team that I’ve been covering for more than three decades. A lovely young man, I always thought. Still think it, sharp words exchanged on Wednesday notwithstanding.
Via Toronto Star
13 hours ago

Blue Jays’ Devon Travis sits second game with shoulder injury

With Travis out, utility outfielder Ezequiel Carrera is getting an opportunity to serve as the Jays’ leadoff hitter.
Via Toronto Star
16 hours ago

Aaron Sanchez is Showing No Signs of Slowing Down

Aaron Sanchez is in completely uncharted territory this season. Pitching a full season from start-to-finish in the starting rotation, he’s racked up a sizable inning count, which currently sits at 185 innings thrown this year. His previous career high was around the 100 inning mark. Despite having his workload nearly doubled year-over-year, Aaron Sanchez is showing no signs of...
Via Blue Jay Hunter
20 hours ago

Blue Jays to play two Spring Training games in Montreal

The Toronto Blue Jays are returning to Montreal. In what’s become an annual tradition, the Blue Jays will play at Olympic Stadium in Montreal next year. Toronto will square off against the Pittsburgh Pirates in a pair of Spring Training games on March 31 and April 1, 2017. The series marks the fourth consecutive season the Blue Jays have played Spring Training games in Montreal...
Via The Comeback
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Searching for Cecil: Brett’s Bizarre Usage

Last night, with the Blue Jays leading the Orioles 5-1 in the bottom of the eighth inning, Troy Tulowitzki hit a two out double off of Oliver Drake. Roberto Osuna had been warming up, but Brett Cecil got up beside him (his second warm up of the day) after the hit. Melvin Upton Jr. flied out to LF to end the inning, so Cecil sat down and Roberto Osuna entered the game. This was strange...
Via BP Toronto
22 hours ago

Benoit likely to miss rest of regular season with torn calf

TORONTO (AP) Blue Jays reliever Joaquin Benoit is expected to miss the rest of the regular season after tearing his left calf muscle when he tripped and fell while running in from the bullpen during one of two benches-clearing incidents in Monday's 7-5 loss to the New York Yankees. Second baseman Devon Travis will not play the opener of Tuesday's pivotal series against Baltimore...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays Designate Brady Dragmire For Assignment

The Blue Jays announced that they have designated right-hander Brady Dragmire for assignment (hat tip: Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith, on Twitter). Dragmire’s roster spot will go to fellow right-hander Chris Smith, whose contract has been selected from Triple-A, per the club. The Jays also added that infielder Andy Burns has been recalled for the final few games of the season...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
1 day ago

WATCH: Blair: Jays have to be smarter and more professional

Sportsnet 590 The Fan host Jeff Blair rips the Blue Jays for being ‘stupid’ in their altercation with the Yankees, and says “If Joaquin Benoit’s down for the count, their reaction goes from stupidity to unforgiveable.”
Via SportsNetCanada
2 days ago  |  Discuss

How Did Joaquin Benoit Get Injured, Anyway?

As soon as I saw Joaquin Benoit limping into the dugout and using Pete Walker as a support, I knew something was wrong. It turns out the Toronto Blue Jays’ dust-up with the New York Yankees may caused a couple of injuries to players on the Jays’ roster; one belonging to Devon Travis, and the other to Joaquin Benoit. As of this moment, the severity and cause of their injuries...
Via Blue Jay Hunter
2 days ago

Benches clear in Yankees-Blue Jays game, Joe Girardi ejected

Tensions were high during Monday night’s Yankees-Blue Jays game after batters from each team were thrown at by opposing pitchers. It started when Josh Donaldson got plunked on the elbow by Luis Severino, which looked to be purposeful, although it’s hard to know for sure. The Jays clearly thought the intent was there, because they responded by having J.A. Happ hit Chase Headley...
Via The Sports Daily
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays rally in 9th, hold wild-card lead, beat Yankees

TORONTO (AP) Ezequiel Carrera drove in the tying run with a squeeze bunt in the ninth inning, Edwin Encarnacion hit a winning single and the Toronto Blue Jays held their AL wild-card lead, rallying past the New York Yankees 4-3 Sunday. Toronto leads Baltimore by 1 1/2 games for the top AL wild-card spot. The Blue Jays have won a team-record eight straight at home against the Yankees...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Pillar: We’re doing little things right

Kevin Pillar talked after the Blue Jays’ come-from-behind win over the Yankees.
Via SportsNetCanada
3 days ago  |  Discuss

The Worst Called Ball On Record

Last Monday, in what was a pretty critical game against the Mariners, Josh Donaldson got ejected in the seventh inning. Officially, he was ejected for arguing balls and strikes, but, unofficially, he was ejected for being a jerk. During his seventh inning at-bat, Donaldson tried to check a swing, and he disagreed with the determination that he didn’t check it enough. A couple pitches...
Via Fangraphs
4 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Jose Bautista does backwards home run trot to admire dinger

Toronto Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista is just as good at celebrating home runs as he is hitting them. Bautista delivered one of the most epic bat flips we’ve ever seen last season, but he changed his tune a bit during Wednesday night’s game. This time, after hitting a game-tying home run in the ninth inning, he elected to do a backwards trot down the first-base line to celebrate...
Via The Sports Daily
7 days ago  |  Discuss

The Red Sox Are Basically Last Year’s Blue Jays

Last year’s Blue Jays didn’t win the World Series. They probably could’ve, though — they were absolutely good enough. They certainly gave the Royals fits. And the Blue Jays appealed to me in particular because I’m a little bit of a contrarian, and the Blue Jays could hit the crap out of the ball. Every October, we hear about the importance of pitching. And, you know, the...
Via Fangraphs
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Toronto's Marco Estrada pitching no-hitter through 6 innings

SEATTLE (AP) Toronto right-hander Marco Estrada is throwing a no-hitter through six innings against the Seattle Mariners. Estrada has allowed just two baserunners Monday night in the opener of a key three-game series. Toronto holds a two-game lead over Seattle for the second AL wild card. Estrada walked Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz with two outs in the fourth inning. Kyle Seager...
Via Associated Press
9 days ago  |  Discuss

The Toronto Blue Jays hope to get back on track

The Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Los Angeles Angels last night, beating L.A. to a score of 5-0. R.A. Dickey shutdown the competition, giving up no runs over the course of five innings. Troy Tulowitzki and Edwin Encarnación both went deep in the victory. Roberto Osuna came on for the save, marking his 33rd save of the season. This is a big win for the Jays, who were really slumping...
Via isportsweb.com
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Why was Ryan Goins sporting drawn-on hair in Blue Jays dugout? (vid)

Toronto Blue Jays infielder Ryan Goins typically sports a clean-shaven scalp. But while seated in the dugout during Thursday’s tilt against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Goins appeared to have some kind of drawn-on hair sprouting out from beneath his cap. SportsNet’s Faizal Kahmisa was one of the first to notice the bizarre look. lol Ryan Goins taped his head to make it...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
12 days ago  |  Discuss
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