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There were lots of good performances on the farm on Saturday. On the rubber, Miguel Castro, Matt Boyd and Shane Dawson pitched well. For the hitters, Matt Hague, Dwight Smith and Richard Urena each had three hits.
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After a sweep on Thursday the affiliates registered just one win on Friday. In his first game for the Jays, Ronald Torreyes delivered a tie breaking three run double that won the game for New Hampshire. Daniel Norris had a wild start for the Bisons, Dunedin's bats were dormant and Lansing almost had a big comeback.
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The Seattle Mariners make their only visit to Toronto for a three-game weekend series. The Mariners lost two of three in Baltimore and are 18-22 on the season, eight games back of the Houston Astros in the AL West. The Blue Jays salvaged a split of their four-game set with the Los Angeles Angels to start off their 10 game homestand. The Jays are 19-24, 4-1/2 games behind the Yankees in the AL East.
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Lansing scored 17 runs as the Baby Jays swept the night’s games. Two weeks running now that the affiliates have swept on the night I write the MLU. You’re welcome.
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It was Jeff Hoffman night in Dunedin, as the 2014 first round draft pick made his professional debut. I’m telling ya folks, this is the kinda night you circle on a calendar as a minor league baseball junkie. However, like this minor league update, it leaves a lot to be desired.

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The affiliates went 3-1 against on Tuesday with only Dunedin failing to join the winner's circle.
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The affiliates won three out of four Monday and were just a run shy of having a perfect day on the farm.
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Another awful road trip finds the Blue Jays needing a big homestand here to get back into the AL East race. They dropped two of three in Baltimore before pulling a no-show in Houston in a four-game set to drop their record to 17-22, dead last in the division but only five games back of the division-leading Yankees. The Angels lost in Baltimore Sunday but still took two out of three from the Orioles to stay above .500 at 19-18, 5-1/2 games behind the Astros for first place in the AL West.
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All the affiliates split their weekend series. Matt Boyd, Chase De Jong pitched really well. Chris Dickerson slammed his way to a first inning lead for Buffalo. Daniel Norris pitched reasonably well.
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It seems a lot of us are thinking the same thing right about now...
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Here's a look in pictures at the Blue Jays' latest acquisition Ronald Torreyes. I saw him in action as a member of the Fresno Grizzlies during a game against the host Tacoma Rainiers in a Pacific Coast League contest May 3.


Ronald Torreyes — wearing #1 — greets Max Stassi after a solo home run that tied the game at 2-2 in the fourth inning.
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Clean sweep for the affiliates. Hooray! Andy Burns was clutch. Shane Opitz went deep and the Fisher Cats played defense. Dunedin hit the baseball and J.D. Davis had a big game in Lansing. Your affiliates were 4-0!
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Game on? Ok...
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Box contributor Eephus, who just happens to have my cellphone number, has sent me a text message. In which he asks a question aimed at Older Fellows like myself.

"Did 1999 Doc Halladay look anything like Aaron Sanchez now?"

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The affiliates won just one out of four Tuesday night. Losses for the three second-place teams on the scoreboard were justified because they left a small village on the basepaths.


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