Seth Trachtman breaks down Chris Archer's early dominance, Yasiel Puig's hamstring injury and more in Monday's Daily Dose. View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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The Toronto Blue Jays’ futility at Tropicana Field has extended into a fourth season. Chris Archer pitched two-hit ball in seven scoreless innings and Brandon Guyer drove in four runs Sunday as the Tampa Bay Rays completed a three-game sweep, 5-1 over the Blue Jays. Toronto scored six runs in the series and are 11-21 in road games against Tampa Bay since 2012. ”This has always been a tough place for us,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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A look at what's happening all around the major leagues today: View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Tim Beckham hit a tiebreaking double during a three-run eighth inning and the Tampa Bay Rays won their fourth straight game by beating the Toronto Blue Jays 4-2 on Saturday night. View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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Shelby Miller has been effective in his first three starts with the Atlanta Braves, but that success has come despite the shortcomings that made much of his 2014 season forgettable following him to the NL East. Miller will face a Phillies lineup Saturday night in Philadelphia that could again allow him to get away with control issues, though the 24-year-old knows it’s something he’ll have to straighten out if a consistent season is to follow. The 3.94 walks per nine innings is up from a career mark of 3.26 entering the season, and his 1.57 strikeout-to-walk ratio is down from 2.33. Against the Phillies, Miller has only had to worry about Ryan Howard (3 for 5 with two home runs) and Chase Utley (4 for 9), though neither former All-Star has been imposing early this season. View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Alex Cobb has thrown 22 fastballs in his first bullpen session since being sidelined during spring training by forearm tendinitis. View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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Take a look around the league with Big League Stew’s daily wrap up. We’ll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats. The pitching may have been the story throughout most of the game, but Tampa Bay Rays catcher Rene Rivera turned in the biggest play of the night against the Boston Red Sox. [ There's still time to sign up for Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball! ] With the game tied 1-1 in the bottom of the ninth, Rivera knocked a single to left field on a 79 mph curve from Anthony Varvaro, giving Tampa Bay the walk-off victory.  Up until that point, the game had been dominated by pitching. Boston starter Clay Buchholz turned in the more impressive start, striking out 10 batters over six innings. He allowed one run on just two hits during the outing. He was matched by Rays pitcher Jake Odorozzi throughout the contest. Odorizzi allowed one run on three hits over 6 2/3 innings. He struck out three. With the performance, Odorizzi lowered his ERA to an exceptional 1.65 on the season. The Rays bullpen was phenomenal once Odorizzi left the game. Over 2 1/3 innings, Tampa’s relievers did not allow a hit against Boston. The Red Sox pen didn’t have the same luck. Varvaro struggled almost immediately in the ninth. After a leadoff single, he managed to pick up the first out of the inning with a fly out. Another single put men on first and second, and that’s when Rivera struck. With the win, the Rays improve to 8-8 on the season. TORONTO NEARLY BLOWS HUGE LEAD IN THE NINTH The Toronto Blue Jays nearly wasted an excellent start from pitcher Drew Hutchison on Thursday against the Baltimore Orioles. Hutchison was on his game throughout most of the contest, turning in five perfect innings to open the game. A Manny Machado home run may have broken up Hutchison’s shot at history, but he remained strong after the play. Hutchison wound up allowing two runs on just four hits over eight innings. He struck out seven and did not issue any walks. That performance was almost all for naught, as Liam Hendriks and Miguel Castro had a tough time closing things out in the ninth. With the Blue Jays up by five, it seemed like things would be fine. Those two made it interesting. Hendriks opened the inning by giving up a leadoff single. He was able to pick up a strikeout against the next batter, but allowed two more singles before being pulled from the contest. Castro then entered with two men on and allowed a home run to Manny Machado. It was Machado’s second big fly of the night.  With the Orioles now down by one run, Castro was able to settle in, picking up a fly out and strikeout to finish the game.  With the 7-6, Toronto improved to 9-7 on the year.   ANGELS ONLY NOTCH ONE HIT, WIN ANYWAY The Los Angeles Angels only had one hit Thursday against the Oakland Athletics, but that was all they needed.  Kole Calhoun’s two-run homer in the third inning wound up being the difference maker for Los Angeles. After Drew Butera reached on an error, Calhoun belted a 93 mph fastball from Jesse Chavez out to right for the two-run blast.  Chavez had some issues with walks during the contest, but that was the only real mistake he made all game.  Chavez was matched by Nick Tropeano, who was making his first start of the season. Tropeano was fantastic, tossing six scoreless innings against Oakland. He struck out five during the contest.  The game marked the third time in team history the Angels have won a game after picking up just one hit. Zobrist flies out in foul territory, & for just the third time in franchise history, the #Angels win with only one hit. 2-0. Record now 7-9. — Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) April 24, 2015 Los Angeles will begin a series with the Texas Rangers on Friday. WACHA COMES OUT VICTORIOUS OVER SCHERZER St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha had a tough task Thursday. He not only needed to shutdown a promising Washington Nationals’ offense, but he had to out-duel the team’s new ace Max Scherzer. He was successful in both areas, turning in a spectacular performance. Wacha gave up just one run on five hits over seven innings. He struck out six and walked two.  [ Check out Big League Stew on Tumblr for even more baseball awesomeness. ] Scherzer was nearly as strong, giving up two earned runs over seven innings. Scherzer struck out four batters, but did not put anyone on base via the walk.  With the win, Wacha is now 3-0 on the season. Over 20 1/3 innings, he’s posted a 1.35 ERA.  Want to see more from Thursday’s slate of games? Check out our scoreboard . More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Chris Cwik is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at christophercwik@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Chris_Cwik View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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A Toronto Blue Jays fan made a regrettable mistake that we see every now and again at MLB games — he reached down onto the field Wednesday night during the Jays’ game with the Baltimore Orioles and picked up a live ball. Manny Machado had hit a double down the third-base line to start the ninth inning and the fan must have thought it was a foul ball. Or, he just thinks anything that comes his way belongs to him. Either way, that’s not how these things work, dude. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball: Sign up and join a league today! ] We understand wanting to get a souvenir. We’ve seen fully grown people do worse things in such pursuits . But where things took an especially humorous turn for our Jays fan is when he realized he goofed. (With the help of his fellow fans, mind you). Our hero gently tossed the ball back on the field, threw up his hands like, “it wasn’t me.” That didn’t work for Shaggy , bro, and it’s not working for you. Everybody saw what happened. The Homer Simpson-disappearing-into-the-bushes act ain’t gonna fly. The good news for the hometown team: This didn’t affect the game too much. Machado was going to end up on second base anyway. The Jays were ahead 4-2 when Machado doubled and the game finished at the same count . As for the fan, well, he doesn’t have a souvenir but he’s probably learned to pay better attention before reaching for a baseball. BLS H/N : For The Win More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mike Oz is the editor of Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at mikeozstew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @MikeOz View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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A look at what’s happening all around the major leagues today: — READY FOR A RECORD The New York Mets will try to tie the team record of 11 straight wins. Bartolo Colon starts against Atlanta as the Mets attempt to match the club mark done four times, most recently in 1990. New York is 9-0 at Citi Field this year. COOL DOWN Young Royals ace Yordano Ventura will try to keep his composure when he starts in Chicago vs. the White Sox. View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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Amidst the drama on Tuesday night between Toronto Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista and a slew of Baltimore Orioles, most notably pitcher Jason Garcia and outfielder Adam Jones, came an aggressive and seemingly unnecessary decision on Bautista’s part which could prove costly for Toronto. Fortunately, it did not involve any physicality between the two teams. Unfortunately, at least for the Blue Jays, Bautista’s pre-existing shoulder injury was aggravated on an aggressive but ill-advised throw that was clearly fueled by his anger.   [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball: Sign up and join a league today! ] To set up the scene: After Bautista responded to a Garcia fastball that sailed behind his back by launching a monster home run, Bautista sauntered around the bases, exchanging words with first baseman Steve Pearce and second baseman Ryan Flaherty. Following the inning, that escalated into an exchange of words with Adam Jones, who reportedly called Bautista’s actions bush league.   Still clearly heated, Bautista took his position in right field. As it turned out though, he was too fired up for his own good, which led Bautista to charge Delmon Young’s basehit and come up firing aggressively to first base, not necessarily to throw Young out, though that’s something Bautista has done in the past, but more so to send a message back to the Orioles.  The message was clearly received, as Young glared into the outfield after running through the bag to beat the throw. But a more important message was received on Wednesday, when it was announced Bautista underwent an MRI on his shoulder immediately following the game and was diagnosed with a strain.  That strain will keep him out of the lineup for Wednesday’s rematch with Baltimore, and there’s concerm he’ll require a DL stint in order to rest the shoulder and allow it ample time to heal.  [ Check out Big League Stew on Tumblr for even more baseball awesomeness. ] The reality is, that sounds like an ailment that was bound to linger anyway and potentially require a DL stint at some point regardless of Tuesday’s circumstances, but Bautista understands he did himself or the team no favors by not managing his aggression or temper.   “I probably shouldn’t have made that throw … but I did, so I can’t take it back,” Bautista said Wednesday. Given Bautista’s status, the incident that played out on the field and the fact Toronto held a comfortable nine-run lead at the time, it’s probably fair to wonder why manager John Gibbons bothered keeping Bautista in the game to begin with. Granted, the circumstances that cost Bautista were unique, but managing volitile situations such as these are part of his job as well, and in this case he’d probably like a do-over.  As for the rest of this series, it’s yet to be seen whether or not Bautista’s absence will calm the hostilities. It probably can’t hurt, though given how this season is playing out, wherever there’s the small spark, there will almost certainly be fire.   More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813 View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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