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#1 scotian1


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Posted 03 April 2011 - 11:38 AM

Well the Jays got off to a flying start in their first game of the season. In front of over 48,000, they pounded the Twins 13-3. They hit four homers in the game to go along with a stellar performance from Ricky Romero. Yesterday, rookie Kyle Drabek held the Twins to a single hit on route to a 6-1 win. The Jays added two more homers to their total. Attendence dipped to 27,000 on Saturday. Today the Jays hope to sweep with Brett Cecil on the hill.

http://www.cbc.ca/sp...jays-twins.html

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Posted 03 April 2011 - 05:43 PM

In front of over 35,000 fans at Rogers Centre on Jose Bautista bobblehead day, the Jays dropped a 4-3 decision to the Twins. The Jays ended the contest with the bases loaded in the ninth when Adam Lind grounded out. They drew over 110,000 for the three games the most for an opening series since they opened against the Red Sox in 2005.

http://www.thestar.c...le-to-twins-4-3

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Posted 03 April 2011 - 07:01 PM

Very impressive attendance for the Jays, they usually slip to around the 15,000 mark immediately after the home opener.

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Posted 04 April 2011 - 10:00 AM

It probably didn't hurt that they opened on a weekend this year and had a giveaway for a popular player as well. Hopefully though, it shows some reflection that the fans are gaining some confidence in the direction the team is heading. We will see.

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Posted 04 April 2011 - 04:52 PM

Rogers Sportsnet had their highest rated Blue Jays game ever during the home opener. 1.02 million, peaking at 1.3 million viewers.

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Posted 05 April 2011 - 09:33 PM

The Blue Jays staged a dramatic come from behind win over Oakland on Tuesday. Trailing 6-5 going into the bottom of the tenth, Escobar hit a walkoff two run homer to give the Jays a 7-6 win before a sparse crowd of 11,077. At one point, the A's held a 5-0 lead.
Game Log: http://www.sportsnet...405/Oak@Tor/log

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Posted 05 April 2011 - 10:52 PM

Up against a Leafs game tonight, not going to win that battle.

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Posted 05 April 2011 - 11:09 PM

Blue Jays OF Jose Bautista was not in the lineup posted for Tuesday's game against Oakland. MLB.com reports he is dealing with a personal matter. He will not return to the club until Friday's series opener against the Angels.

Bautista will miss the entire three-game series at home against Oakland and return for the following series in Anaheim. Three games is a big chunk of the opening Fantasy week and that is definitely going to sting his owners. We could not have seen this coming, though, so you just have to roll with it. He remains a solid start in all Fantasy leagues.

http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/players/playerpage/392528/jose-bautista

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Posted 06 April 2011 - 05:14 PM

Jays looking at playing a game in Montreal in the future.

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Posted 06 April 2011 - 10:08 PM

Well the Jays ran their record to 4-1 with a 5-3 win over Oakland tonight. Jesse Litsch threw 6 1/3 strong innings and Travis Snider led the offence with a three run homer in the victory. There were just over 11,600 at the Rogers Centre. It is too bad people in Toronto, after good weekend crowds, have decided they don't want to support the city's only winning team. They may have lost shortstop Escobar with a concussion suffered from a head to knee collision sliding into third.
http://www.thestar.c...s-jays-over-a-s

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Posted 06 April 2011 - 10:53 PM

Jays looking at playing a game in Montreal in the future.


Here is a story from the Toronto Star about that possibility.
http://www.thestar.c...ame-in-montreal

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Posted 07 April 2011 - 06:19 PM

In an afternoon tilt before over 19,000 fans the A's edged the Blue Jays 2-1. Ricky Romero had taken a 1-0 lead into the eighth before the A's staged their comeback. In the end, Tim Cahill got the win in what was a real pitcher's duel.

http://www.thestar.c...n-pitchers-duel

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Posted 09 April 2011 - 04:01 AM

In the first game of a long road trip, the Blue Jays fell behind early but rallied to tie the game and then Jayson Nix hit a solo homer in the eighth to give the team a 3-2 win. Kyle Drabek started for the Jays but did not get the decision. Ocatvio Dotel who pitched a 1-2-3 seventh got the win. Angel starter Santana had taken a perfect game into the fifth.
Game story: http://www.thestar.c...ays-past-angels

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Posted 10 April 2011 - 07:18 AM

In a 14 inning marathon on Saturday, the Angels downed the Blue Jays 6-5. The Angels had actually used up their entire bullpen and had to call on starter Dan Haren to record the final three outs. The game was not without controversy as the Blue Jays thought they had scored their sixth run in the thirteenth inning when ,with runners on second and third,Edwin Encarnacion hit a slow roller to third. The throw to first pulled Angels first baseman Brandon Wood off the bag giving what the Jays thought was the go ahead run. hird base umpire Bob Davidson, however, called therunner advancing to third, Escobar, out for interference resulting in a heated argument between him and Jay's manager John Farrell.
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Posted 10 April 2011 - 06:38 PM

The Blue Jays suffered their first back to back losses of the season when tey dropped a 3-1 decision to the Angels. Angel Starter Jared Weaver was dominant going 7 2/3 innings while striking out 15.
The Jays record now stands 5-4.

Today's game story:

http://www.thestar.c...er-fans-15?bn=1

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Posted 13 April 2011 - 02:21 PM

Well the Blue Jays have now dropped 4 straight and are now 1-4 on this road trip aand haven fallen below .500 for the first time this season. Last night they dropped a 3-2 decision to the Mariners.
Game Story:
http://www.thestar.c...3-2-to-mariners

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Posted 13 April 2011 - 08:57 PM

The Jays broke their four game losing streak prior to their journey to Boston for a four game series, Trailing 3-2 going into the top half of the eighth inning, the Jays scored six runs led by Jose Bautista's three run homer. The Toronto teams arrives in Bosron with a .500 record for the season.

http://www.thestar.c...-to-avoid-sweep

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Posted 16 April 2011 - 05:35 AM

Things looked good for the Sox as they jumped off to a 3-0 lead after Pedroia hit a solo home run and Youkilis hit a two run last. Those,however, would be the only two hits ays starter Brett Cecil would allow. Buchholz's control was shaky all night and it came back to haunt him and by the sixth inning the Jays had tied the game. Bobby Jenks came into the game in the seventh and proceeded to give up a couple of walks and four runs. The Red Sox comeback in the bottom of the eighth fell just short as they scored three times and left the bases loaded when Ellsbury flew out. The game ended 7-6 Jays.

http://www.thestar.c...ith-7-6-victory

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Posted 16 April 2011 - 04:26 PM

Today the Blue Jays were no match for Josh Beckett and the Red Sox. Sparked by the offence of Jed Lowrie and Mike Cameron, the Sox earned their third win of the year downing the Jays 4-1. Here is the game viewpoint from the Toronto perspective: http://www.thestar.c...ed-sox-4-1?bn=1

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Posted 18 April 2011 - 02:03 PM

Well Toronto leaves town having helped to get the Red Sox ship pointed in the right direction.Jesse Litsch had two bad innings on Sunday and it cost him the game. Jon Lester on the other hand struggled with his control a bit but overall had a strong outing. Meanwhile today, Daisuke had an unbelievable game and Jed Lowrie had 4 hits to lead the Sox to a 9-1 win and their fifth win of the season.

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Posted 20 April 2011 - 06:29 PM

The Jays will attempt to make it two in a row over the Yankees tonight. Jay fans and a few of us are revelling in the Jays come from behind 10 inning win over the Bronx team last night. Mariano blew the save in the ninth giving up two runs and Travis Snider hit a walk off double for the Jays in the tenth.

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Posted 21 April 2011 - 05:01 AM

The Yankees earned a split with the Jays downing the Toronto team 6-2 behind a stellar performance by Bartolo Colon. That plus some more reckless baserunning ensured the Yankee win.
http://www.thestar.c...sion-to-yankees

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Posted 23 April 2011 - 06:31 AM

John MacDonald hit a two run homer in the bottom of the 11th inning to give the Blue Jays a 6-4 win over the Rays. The game was played before 23,192 fans.
http://www.thestar.c...s-in-11-innings

The Blue Jays record now stands at 9-10 which is good enough for second place in the East 2.5 games behind the Yankees.

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Posted 23 April 2011 - 07:14 PM

Brandon Morrow made an impressive return to the Jays with his first start of the season and Jose Bautista hit wo home runs to give him seven for the season. It was to no avail thought as the Jays dropped a 6-4 decision to the Rays.

http://www.thestar.c...ow-s-jay-return

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Posted 24 April 2011 - 08:13 AM

Is anyone surprised at how aggressive Farrell has been with his baserunning? He appears to be the anti-Red Sox philosophy in regards to this even though he has several home run hitters in his lineup.

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Posted 24 April 2011 - 06:48 PM

Ricky Romero had the count 0-2 in his favour, before serving the next pitch to Ben Zobrist who promptly hir a two run homer. Those would be the only two runs scored in the game. The Ray's starter Jamie Shields did not allow a hit until the fifth inning. The win gave the series to the Rays 2 games to 1.
http://www.thestar.c...costly-for-jays

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Posted 26 April 2011 - 06:35 AM

Rookie Kyle Drabek (2-0) threw 6 strong innings to pick up the win in Toronto's 6=4 victory over the Rangers on Monday. Jose Bautista hit his League leading 8 home run of the season in the win.
http://www.thestar.c...tory-over-texas

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Posted 27 April 2011 - 04:37 AM

Adam Lind homered twice to help lead the Jays to a 10-3 win over Texas. It moved the Jays into third place 2.5 games behind the Yankees. Jesse Litsch threw 6 strong innings to earn the win.

http://www.thestar.c...ut-rangers-10-3

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Posted 28 April 2011 - 08:15 AM

Jo Jo Reyes was rocked for 6 runs in the bottom of the third but the Jays struggled back to eventually tie it in the 7th on Juan Rivera's homer. They gave it right back up in the bottom half of the inning when Mitch Moreland homered to give the Rangers their winning run.

http://www.thestar.c...to-beat-rangers

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Posted 28 April 2011 - 05:15 PM

The Toronto Blue Jays have outrighted infielder Chris Woodward to Las Vegas (Triple-A) and optioned outfielder Travis Snider to Las Vegas.

Snider, 23, has appeared in 25 games for Toronto this season and is batting .184 with one home run and 12 RBI. The left handed hitting outfielder has collected four doubles, five stolen bases, 10 walks and 23 strikeouts.

Woodward, 34, has appeared in four games for Toronto and has been hitless in four at bats.

The Blue Jays will make roster moves tomorrow to fill the open spots on the roster.

http://toronto.bluejays.mlb.com/news/press_releases/press_release.jsp?ymd=20110428&content_id=18370390&vkey=pr_tor&fext=.jsp&c_id=tor

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Posted 28 April 2011 - 08:37 PM

The Blue Jays scored 3 runs in the top of the ninth to break a 2-2 tie and take a 5-2 win their final game with Texas. Corey Patterson actually drove in the winning run with a squeeze bunt. The win gave the Jays three wins out of their four game series with the Rangers.
http://www.thestar.c...n-series-finale

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Posted 29 April 2011 - 03:18 PM

The Blue Jays today sent Travis Snider back to AAA Las Vegas and brought up DH David Cooper. Snider was hitting .124 and had an OPS of .540 at the time of his demotion. Several members of the press are surprisingly critical of the move.
http://www.thestar.c...tment-to-future

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Posted 30 April 2011 - 04:24 PM

Last night, the Blue Jays took the first game in the series with the Yankees by a 5-3 score. The Jays had a strong start from Rickie Romero and a couple of homers including the ninth of the year by Bautista.

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Posted 30 April 2011 - 09:57 PM

Today the Jays rookie pitcher, Drabek (2-1), struggled with both his command and his emotions, allowing five runs in 2-1/3 innings in a 5-4 loss to the Yankees dropping the Jays to 13-14.

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Posted 01 May 2011 - 06:26 PM

On Sunday, the Yankees took the rubber match of their three game series with the Jays by a 5-2 score. Curtis Granderson provided the margin of victory for the Yankees with a three run homer in the fifth inning. On a down note, Jose Bautista left the game in the seventh with neck tightness.
Game story:
http://www.thestar.c...ain-in-the-neck

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Posted 03 May 2011 - 09:10 PM

The Blue Jays took a 2-1 lead into the bottom of the ninth tonight at Tropicana Field but reliever Jon Rauch gave up a single and then a walk off home run to BJ Upton. The 4-2 loss ruined a great start by J.J. Reyes. The Jays record is now 13-15.

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Posted 05 May 2011 - 11:45 AM

The Blue Jays are just about to take the field for their Thursday afternoon contest but first let's have a brief review of last night's game that saw both managers kicked out of the game. Adam Lind's two run homer helped the Jays to a 3-2 win over the Rays. Brandon Morrow threw a strong game keeping the Rays scoreless for the first 6 1/3 innings.
Game story: http://www.thestar.c...-jays-down-rays

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Posted 05 May 2011 - 03:58 PM

David Price was dominant today going 8 2/3 giving up 1 unearned run on on four hits as the Rays downed the Jays 3-1. He had 10 strikeouts.
http://www.thestar.c...jays-once-again

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Posted 07 May 2011 - 06:23 PM

Justin Verlander tossed the second no-hitter of his career today! He gave up just one walk while the Tigers pounded the Jays 9-0. He actually had a perfect game going until he issued a walk with one out in the eigth inning. The big right hander touched 100 miles per hour on the speed gun in each of the final three innings. On a negative note for the Jays, Adam Lind left the game early with discomfort in his back.

Today's no-hit game story: http://www.thestar.c...ainst-jays?bn=1

Lind had been on a hot streak and ws 2 for 5 in Friday's 7-4 win over the Tigers. Jesse Litsch had a strong start recording 9 strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings of work.
Friday's game story: http://www.thestar.c...win-over-tigers

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Posted 08 May 2011 - 05:48 PM

Jose Bautista, after missing six games, staked the Jays off to and early lead with a two run homer. The game entered the seventh inning tied at two when Austin Jackson cracked a two run homer of Jays starter Jo Jo Reyes to give the Tigers the lead and they went on to beat the Jays 5-2.
Game story:http://www.thestar.com/sports/baseball/mlb/bluejays/article/987772--bad-pitch-in-7th-inning-costly-as-jays-fall-to-tigers-5-2

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Posted 11 May 2011 - 05:36 AM

Last night; Jays 7 Sox 6 in 10 innings. You can read the Torono perspective here:
http://www.thestar.c...n-season-around
Nuff said!

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Posted 12 May 2011 - 04:25 PM

Another debacle last night saw John Lackey crumble in the seventh inning and was sharged with 5 runs to put a 4-3 game out of reach. The Jays ended up winning 9-3. Can things get much worse for the Olde Towne Team, I guess so but it seems pretty bad right now. And now on to the Bronx! Gonzales and Ortiz at least cared.

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Posted 15 May 2011 - 06:09 PM

Wow.

Jose Bautista is now leading the AL with 16 home runs.
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Jose Bautista is tied for the AL lead with a .368 batting average.
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Jose Bautista leads the AL with a .520 on base percentage.
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Jose Bautista leads the AL with a .868 slugging percentage

As one of the people who was a Bautista believer coming into this season I'd just like to say that the doubters who thought last year was just a fluke because he hadn't been that good with the Pirates or whatever reason they gave didn't know jack in this case and mostly didn't try to.

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Posted 15 May 2011 - 06:54 PM

Yes Bautista had a fantastic series against the Twins and helped the Jays sweep their three game series with the Minnesota team. Today's score was 11-3 and Brandon Morrow started and earned the win. The Jays are now 19-20 and are tied with the Sox for third pending the outcome of the Sox game tonight vs the Yankees.

Game story: http://www.thestar.c...as-jays-win-big

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Posted 20 May 2011 - 04:40 AM

Just got back from Boston where I witnessed the huge comeback win over Baltimore on Monday abd sat for two hours in the park on Tuesday before that game was cancelled. Did get to cross paths with Jimmy Carter at the Kennedy Museum on Tuesday though so that day ended up okay. Blue Jays on the back burner of my mind the past few days but returned home yesterday so back to normal now. The Jays snuck by the Rays last night 3-2 with Ricky Romero picking up the win.
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Posted 21 May 2011 - 01:08 PM

JJ Reyes has now gone 27 starts without a win although he deserved better last night. He left the game in the eighth inning with a 2-0 only to see the Jays bullpen implode leading to a 5-2 Houston win before just over 15,000 fans.

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Posted 21 May 2011 - 07:20 PM

The Blue Jays trailed 4-0 going into the sixth inning before the bat of Jose Bautista led the Jays in a come from behind 7-5 victory. He homered twice in the game giving him 18 for the season. There were 21,494 fans at the Rogers Centre.
Jays record now 23-22.

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Posted 22 May 2011 - 04:52 PM

The Blue Jays wrapped up their three game series with the Astros on a negative note dropping a 3-2 decision to the Houston team. Toronto got solo homers from Juan Rivera and J.P. Arencibia, but had little else against Wandy Rodriguez. They did load the bases with two out in the ninth but couldn't get the tying run across.
Game story: http://www.thestar.c...-in-league?bn=1

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Posted 24 May 2011 - 09:34 PM

Well after 7 1/2 innings tonight, the Blue Jays led the Yankees 4-1. The bullpen gave up two runs in the bottom of the eighth and then two more in the bottom of the ninth to give the Yankees a 5-4 win and spoil an excellent seven innings of starting pitching by Ricky Romero.

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Posted 28 May 2011 - 01:16 PM

After dropping their final game of the Yankee series and the first one against the WhiteSox at the Rogers Centre ( wish it was still called the Skydome)the Jays rebounded last night with a 4-2 win over the Pale Hose. Rookie Kyle Drabek threw 6 2/3 innings giving up just three hits to earn the win. The Jays record is now 25-26 as they continue their series against Chicago.

http://www.thestar.c...-over-white-sox