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    Toronto Blue Jays Taking Flight | Toronto Blue Jays



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    The time has come for me to move on to MLB 16: The Show on the PS4. I had a lot of fun with my last dynasty (which you can find right here) but with the new rosters and a new console, I finally caved in the the temptations of playing on the new system. Once again, I will be attempting to complete all 162 games and the year-to-year saves should make this a longstanding dynasty. I know that I will have fun this year again, and hope that you all can join me on another run through MLB 16: The Show.

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    Blue Jays Bring Back Throwback Jerseys for 2016 Season

    The Toronto Blue Jays have announced that they will be bringing back the throwback jerseys for Friday home games in honour of 2016 being the franchise's 40th season.

    The jerseys were last worn in 2008 as part of a Flashback Friday promotion. This season, they are once again the jersey of choice for Flashback Friday home games.

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    Toronto Blue Jays Reveal Opening Day Roster

    2016 Toronto Blue Jays
    #PITCHERSPOSB/TAGEHTWTSALARY
    6Marcus StromanSPR/R245'8"1801.3M
    25Marco EstradaSPR/R326'0"2005.8M
    41Aaron SanchezSPR/R236'4"200870K
    43R.A. DickeySPR/R416'3"2154.4M
    33J.A. HappSPL/L336'5"20512.0M
    27Brett CecilRPR/L296'3"2202.0M
    37Jason GrilliRPR/R396'4"2354.2M
    62Aaron LoupRPL/L285'11"2051.2M
    30Jesse ChavezRPR/R326'2"1601.0M
    45Drew StorenRPS/R286'1"1952.3M
    39Gavin FloydRPR/R336'4"2454.0M
    54Roberto OsunaCPR/R216'2"2301.0M
    #CATCHERSPOSB/TAGEHTWTSALARY
    55Russell MartinCR/R335'10"20515.2M
    22Josh TholeCL/R296'1"205560K
    #INFIELDERSPOSB/TAGEHTWTSALARY
    10Edwin Encarnacion1BR/R336'1"23012.2M
    14Justin Smoak1BS/L296'4"2301.1M
    29Devon Travis2BR/R255'9"190920K
    18Darwin Barney2BR/R305'10"1801.7M
    20Josh Donaldson3BR/R306'0"22014.3M
    2Troy TulowitzkiSSR/R316'3"21513.9M
    17Ryan GoinsSSL/R285'10"185670K
    #OUTFIELDERSPOSB/TAGEHTWTSALARY
    21Michael SaundersLFL/R296'4"2251.1M
    11Kevin PillarCFR/R276'0"2051.0M
    3Ezequiel CarreraLFL/L285'10"185560K
    19Jose BautistaRFR/R356'0"20513.8M


    The Toronto Blue Jays revealed their opening day 25-man roster and there were a few surprises that came along the way. The Blue Jays elected to keep both Darwin Barney and Ryan Goins as backup options in the infield, thus limiting John Gibbons' bullpen to seven pitchers instead of the speculated eight.

    The second move that is under scrutiny by the fans is Gibbons' decision to take Ezequiel Carrera as the fourth outfielder over hometown favourite Dalton Pompey. When asked about the move Gibbons was straight to the point. "Carrera played better and the better man gets the spot."

    The Blue Jays begin their season two days from now in St. Petersburg to take on the Tampa Bay Rays with Marcus Stroman taking the bump.

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    The triplets need to all bounce 50 homers for me to follow. You know what to do
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    Rays Launch Three Homers in Opening Day Win Over Jays


    Chris Archer was lights out for the Rays.


    The Tampa Bay Rays survived a late comeback attempt put forth by the Toronto Blue Jays to pick up the first win of the 2016 season.

    Logan Morrison, Logan Forsythe, and Chris Dickerson all launched solo shots into the outfield seats at Tropicana Field off of Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman to give the Rays enough runs to squeeze by.

    Chris Archer, along with his nasty slider, struck out seven Blue Jays hitters through 6 1/3 innings of work while surrendering no runs on just four hits. However, with the Rays bullpen in to finish the game, the Blue Jays mounted a comeback that fell just short.

    Reigning MVP Josh Donaldson led off the bottom half of the ninth inning with a solo shot, his first of the season, and an RBI groundout from Troy Tulowitzki cut the Rays lead to just one run with Michael Saunders at the plate and pinch runner Ezequiel Carrera at first.


    Carrera was thrown out at third to end the ballgame trying to go first to third on a Michael Saunders single.


    Saunders ripped a hanging curveball into center field for a single. Carrera, attempting to go first to third on the hit, was thrown out by a laser from Rays centerfielder Kevin Kiermaier to end the ballgame.

    The Blue Jays and Rays are back at it tomorrow evening with Marco Estrada taking the bump for the Blue Jays against young Rays righty Jake Odorizzi.

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    Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Rays
    Apr 3, 2016123456789RHE
    Toronto (0-0)000000002292
    Tampa Bay (0-0)00000120X360
    W: Chris Archer (1-0) L: Marcus Stroman (0-1) S: Xavier Cedeno (1)
    Scoring Summary
    SCORING DETAILSTORTAM
    TAM6thMorrison homered to right.01
    TAM7thForsythe homered to center.02
    TAM7thDickerson homered to right.03
    TOR9thDonaldson homered to center.13
    TOR9thTulowitzki grounded out to Longoria (5-3). Bautista scores.23
    Toronto Blue Jays
    HITTERSABRHBIBBSOAVG
    BATTING
    2B: J. Bautista (1)
    HR: J. Donaldson (1)
    RBI: T. Tulowitzki (1), J. Donaldson (1)
    HBP: E. Encarnacion
    GIDP: J. Bautista, J. Smoak 2
    BASERUNNING
    SB: M. Saunders 2 (2)
    FIELDING
    E: J. Donaldson (1), J. Bautista (1)
    Toronto Blue Jays
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOERA
    M. Stroman (L, 0-1)6.0533034.50
    J. Chavez 2.0100030.00
    TOTALS8.063306
    Tampa Bay Rays
    HITTERSABRHBIBBSOAVG
    BATTING
    2B: B. Miller (1)
    HR: L. Forsythe (1), C. Dickerson (1), L. Morrison (1)
    RBI: L. Forsythe (1), C. Dickerson (1), L. Morrison (1)
    GIDP: O. Arcia
    Tampa Bay Rays
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOERA
    C. Archer W, 1-0)6.1400170.00
    E. Ramirez (H, 1)1.0100000.00
    S. Geltz (H, 1)1.12220213.50
    A. Colome0.0100000.00
    X. Cedeņo (S, 1)0.1100000.00
    TOTALS9.092219


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    Blue Jays Pick Up First Win of 2016 In Wild Finish


    Ezequiel Carrera scored on a throwing error by Hank Conger in the ninth to give the Blue Jays the win.


    What a wild finish it was. Pinch runner Ezequiel Carrera scampered home on a throwing error by Rays catcher Hank Conger to give the Blue Jays a late lead that they would hold on to.

    In a series of queer events, pinch running for Justin Smoak, Ezequiel Carrera entered the game at first base after a two-out walk. Carrera would then steal second on a 1-0 fastball, putting him in scoring position with two outs and Russell Martin at the plate. That's when all chaos broke loose for the Rays.

    Reliever Tyler Sturdevant delivered a 1-2 curveball in the dirt that got away from catcher Hank Conger. Carrera, who got a late break on the wild pitch, took off for third. In a rushed attempt to nab Carrera at third, Conger threw the ball past a sliding Evan Longoria and Ezequiel Carrera, the latter of whom scampered home to give the Blue Jays the lead.



    Jose Bautista launched his first homer of the season in the first inning off of Rays starter Jake Ordorizzi.


    Roberto Osuna notched his first save with shutout ninth out of the pen to record his first save of the 2016 campaign as the Blue Jays picked up their first win of the new season and moved to 1-1. Aaron Sanchez will get the ball for the Blue Jays tomorrow in the rubber match of the three game series before the Blue Jays head back home for their home opener against the Boston Red Sox.


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    Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Rays
    Apr 4, 2016123456789RHE
    Toronto (0-1)100001001380
    Tampa Bay (1-0)000101000232
    W: Drew Storen (1-0) L: Tyler Sturdevant (0-1) S: Roberto Osuna (1)
    Scoring Summary
    SCORING DETAILSTORTAM
    TOR1stBautista homered to left.10
    TAM4thLongoria grounded to center for a single. Dickerson scores.11
    TOR6thBautista grounded to center for a single. Pillar scores.21
    TAM6thKiermaier homered to right.22
    TOR9thCarrera scored on a wild pitch and throwing error by Conger.32
    Toronto Blue Jays
    HITTERSABRHBIBBSOAVG
    BATTING
    2B: J. Smoak (1)
    HR: J. Bautista (1)
    RBI: J. Bautista 2 (2)
    Toronto Blue Jays
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOERA
    M. Estrada6.2322172.70
    D. Storen (W, 1-0)1.1000020.00
    R. Osuna (S, 1)1.0000010.00
    TOTALS9.0322110
    Tampa Bay Rays
    HITTERSABRHBIBBSOAVG
    BATTING
    2B: C. Dickerson (1)
    HR: K. Kiermaier (1)
    RBI: K. Kiermaier (1), E. Longoria (1)
    FIELDING
    E: H. Conger 2 (2)
    Tampa Bay Rays
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOERA
    J. Odorizzi7.0722052.57
    T. Sturdevant (L, 0-1)2.0111004.50
    TOTALS9.083305


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    Blue Jays Take Series From Rays With Three Straight Dubs


    The Toronto Blue Jays wrapped up their four game set at the Trop against the Rays with another two wins, picking up three out of four against AL East rival Tampa Bay.


     
    Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Rays
    Apr 5, 2016123456789RHE
    Toronto (1-1)0030210107121
    Tampa Bay (1-1)010100000290
    W: Aaron Sanchez (1-0) L: Drew Smyly (0-1)
    Scoring Summary
    SCORING DETAILSTORTAM
    TAM2ndMiller chopped to first baseman Smoak for a single. Longoria scores. Arcia advances to 3rd. Morrison advances to 2nd.01
    TOR3rdDonaldson homered to left. Barney scores. Pillar scores.31
    TAM4thConger lined to center for a single. Arcia scores.32
    TOR5thBautista lined to center for a single. Pillar scores. Donaldson advances to 2nd.42
    TOR5thEncarnacion lined to left for a single. Bautista out (7-6-5). Donaldson scores.52
    TOR6thTulowitzki homered to left.62
    TOR8thEncarnacion homered to left.72
    Toronto Blue Jays
    HITTERSABRHBIBBSOAVG
    BATTING
    HR: T. Tulowitzki (1), J. Donaldson (2), E. Encarnacion (1)
    RBI: T. Tulowitzki (2), J. Donaldson 3 (4), J. Bautista (3), E. Encarnacion 2 (2)
    GIDP: T. Tulowitzki, J. Donaldson
    BASERUNNING
    SB: K. Pillar (1)
    FIELDING
    E: D. Barney (1)
    Toronto Blue Jays
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOERA
    A. Sanchez (W, 1-0)5.0722273.60
    A. Loup (H, 1)1.2100030.00
    G. Floyd2.1100050.00
    TOTALS9.0922215
    Tampa Bay Rays
    HITTERSABRHBIBBSOAVG
    BATTING
    2B: E. Longoria (1), O. Arcia (1)
    RBI: B. Miller (1), H. Conger (1)
    GIDP: L. Forsythe
    BASERUNNING
    SB: K. Kiermaier (1)
    Tampa Bay Rays
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOERA
    D. Smyly (L, 0-1)5.0955029.00
    E. Ramirez1.0111004.50
    S. Geltz2.0211008.10
    E. Romero1.0000000.00
    TOTALS9.0127702



    Josh Donaldson drove in three runs for the Blue Birds as young starter Aaron Sanchez battled through 5 long innings on the bump, working out of several jams to give the Blue Jays a fighting chance. With Rays starter Drew Smyly getting tired, the Blue Jays jumped on the opportunity, adding two insurance runs to chase the former Tigers lefty from the ballgame.


     
    Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Rays
    Apr 6, 2016123456789ExtrasRHE
    Toronto (2-1)00000120014110
    Tampa Bay (1-2)0000011010361
    W: Roberto Osuna (1-0) L: Alex Colome (0-1) S: Jesse Chavez (1)
    Scoring Summary
    SCORING DETAILSTORTAM
    TOR6thEncarnacion homered to left.10
    TAM6thArencibia homered to center.11
    TOR7thMartin lined to center for a single. Smoak scores. Saunders scores.31
    TAM7thPearce homered to center.32
    TAM9thPearce homered to left.33
    TOR10thBautista grounded to center for a single. Martin scores. Donaldson advances to 2nd.43
    Toronto Blue Jays
    HITTERSABRHBIBBSOAVG
    BATTING
    2B: R. Martin (1)
    HR: E. Encarnacion (2)
    RBI: J. Bautista (4), E. Encarnacion (3), R. Martin 2 (2)
    GIDP: J. Bautista, D. Travis
    Toronto Blue Jays
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOERA
    J. Happ7.0422162.57
    J. Grilli (H, 1)1.0000010.00
    R. Osuna (W, 1-0)1.0111004.50
    J. Chavez (S, 1)1.0100020.00
    TOTALS10.063319
    PITCHING
    WP: J. Chavez (1)
    Tampa Bay Rays
    HITTERSABRHBIBBSOAVG
    BATTING
    2B: E. Longoria (2)
    HR: J. Arencibia (1), S. Pearce 2 (2)
    RBI: J. Arencibia (1), S. Pearce 2 (2)
    HBP: K. Kiermaier, S. Souza Jr.
    GIDP: E. Longoria
    BASERUNNING
    SB: K. Kiermaier 2 (3)
    FIELDING
    E: A. Colome
    Tampa Bay Rays
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOERA
    M. Moore 6.0833024.50
    A. Colome (L, 0-1)3.2310030.00
    T. Sturdevant0.1000003.86
    TOTALS10.0114305
    PITCHING
    WP: A. Colome (1)



    The final game of the four game set proved to be opposite of the third game. With the Blue Jays leading 3-2 in the ninth inning and young closer Roberto Osuna on the bump, Steve Pearce made things interesting with his second bomb of the day, tying the ballgame at three a piece.

    The tie wouldn't last long though, as a Joey Bats single in the top of the tenth inning scored the winning run, turning a Roberto Osuna blown save into his first win of the season.



    The Rays made things interesting in the bottom half of the tenth when Kevin Kiermaier laced a one-out single into center field, stole second, and advanced to third on a wild pitch. That would be all Jays reliever Jesse Chavez would give them, as he settled into a groove and struckout the final two batters to secure the dub for the Jays.

    The Blue Jays get Thursday off before kicking off their home opener against the 1-2 Boston Red Sox. Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey takes the bump for his first start of the season and will be countered by Red Sox off-season acquisition Roenis Elias, who is also making his season debut.

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