Andy Burns had four hits in his AAA debut. Buffalo were the only winners among the affiliates. Dickie Thon joined Burns in the four hit club in a losing cause. Here is your abbreviated weekend update.
The Blue Jays look to bounce back from a four-game series loss in which they managed just one win against Tampa Bay. The Braves dropped two of three at home to Miami as the Marlins gained a measure after being swept by the Braves in Florida to start the season. Atlanta is 6-3 on the season while Toronto is 5-5.
Lansing went 16 innings for the win, and that is tough to do early in the season. Rowdy Tellez hit a two run home run for the win and Andrew Case pitched well to get the win. Buffalo won as Scott Copeland was once again excellent. Copeland got 16 ground ball outs. New Hampshire and Dunedin lost.
Jeff Francis and Andrew Albers combined to throw eleven shutout innings against Pawtucket on Wednesday. The Bisons swept the doubleheader. New Hampshire lost despite nine strikeouts from Matt Boyd, who kept his ERA at zero. Dunedin had a walk off hit from Roemen Fields. Lansing scored in the top of the ninth and held on for the win. Chase De Jong had another good start.
Another two-homer performance in New Hampshire was the highlight of Tuesday's action on the farm which saw the affiliates post a 2-2 record.
The affiliates were 3-0 Monday but a big comeback will be needed later today to go 4-0.
The Blue Jays return home after a 4-2 road trip that saw them take two of three from Baltimore. Homers by Dalton Pompey, Kevin Pillar and Jose Bautista and a strong performance from the bullpen rescued a shaky Drew Hutchison in a 10-7 triumph at Camden Yards Sunday afternoon. The Jays are tied with the Boston Red Sox for first place in the AL East.
The affiliates won four of five games. Both Dunedin and Lansing came from behind to win. David Harris led the offense for Dunedin, driving in three runs. Lansing scored in the ninth and tenth in a team effort. New Hampshire split a doubleheader with Matt Newman helping win game two. Danny Barnes is looking good. Buffalo recorded a shutout led by Randy Wolf, Chris Dickerson had two hits.
Pitching continued to be the name of the game. New Hampshire scored five runs. The other Jays teams scored five runs between them in four games. Jays pitchers allowed ten runs in five games. Scott Copeland, Starlyn Sureil and Shane Dawson were the best of the starters. KC Hobson hit his second home run of the season. Dickie Jo Thon also homered.
Here is your abbreviated weekend MLU. Two wins and one loss on Friday.
One win, one loss and one snowout? That is how the affiliates fared on Opening Day in the minors.
The Blue Jays wrap up their first road trip of 2015 with three games
against the defending AL East champion Baltimore Orioles. The O's and
Jays are tied with Boston for top spot in the standings with 2-1
— pitching here for the
Vancouver Canadians against Everett July 11 of last year — picked up
his first Major League save in Thursday's 6-3 victory over New York at
Yankee Stadium. The 20 year-old has pitched three perfect innings over three appearances with two strikeouts and zero walks.
The minor league season starts on Thursday and the rosters were announced yesterday. As the season begins what should you look for with each team? Below I explain what I will be watching over the next couple of months. After that I tell you why you should buy the 2015 Toronto Blue Jays minor league handbook.
The pitching match-ups for this three-game series.
Monday at 1:05pm ET — Drew Hutchison
vs. Masahiro Tanaka
Tuesday - Day Off
Wednesday at 7:05 pm ET — R.A. Dickey
vs. Michael Pineda
Thursday at 7:05 pm ET — Daniel Norris
vs. C.C. Sabathia
New uniform numbers this season — Justin Smoak
has #14, Josh Donaldson
will don #20 (SWIDT!), Danny Valencia
is now #23, Marco Estrada
will wear #25, Devon Travis
has #29, Colt Hynes
wears #49, Miguel Castro
has #51 and Roberto Osuna
is going with #54. Russ Martin
has #55 and Michael Saunders
, who wore #55 in Seattle, will get #21 when he gets off the disabled list, sometime in late April
After the jump, the Batter's Box
2015 Roundtable Preview!
Today is the day that minor league rosters get announced. As I noted last week the Jays have locked down their process for releasing their minor league rosters after complaints from their affiliates. However all teams are headed to their respective cities and the rosters will get announced today. I will get a copy of all rosters but not until the teams have announced. I think the Jays have also asked their players not to tweet about their destinations as I have seen only a couple of definite roster tweets, namely Casey Lawrence headed to New Hampshire and Chase De Jong to Lansing.
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