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The Toronto Blue Jays will have a new member of the rotation to start this series against the two-time defending AL West Champion Athletics at the Dome. Say hello to Liam Hendriks, called up from the Bisons, and goodbye to Esmil Antonio, who has been designated for assignment.



Liam Hendriks earned the call to Baseball North after posting a 5-0 record with a 1.48 earned run average, walking just three hitters in 48.2 innings at Triple-A Buffalo. BlueJays.com says Hendriks will wear #34, Dave Stewart's old number. However, first base coach Tim Leiper currently wears #34 so we'll see what happens there. Ooh, the intrigue!

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A fantastic start from Kyle Drabek highlights last night’s Minor League activities as the Jays’ affiliates went 3-1.
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The affiliates were 2-1 today, with an off day for Buffalo.   Lansing’s offense was on fire, while Dunedin won and New Hampshire lost in close games.  Dalton Pompey, and Daniel Norris continued to perform well for Dunedin, hoping for a promotion to New Hampshire.

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Another one-win outing for the affiliates Tuesday night as they posted a 1-3 record. A pair of one-run losses were the lowlights but three starting performances ranging from decent to excellent were the highlights.
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The Toronto Blue Jays pay their first visit to Fenway Park in 2014. They'll be joined by lefthander Rob Rasmussen, who has been called up from Buffalo.

Rob Rasmussen posted a 2.65 earned run average and struck out 19 batters in 17 innings with Buffalo this season. According to BlueJays.com, he will wear #59, joining the immortal Carlos Diaz, Mark Dalesandro, Adam Peterson, Curtis Thigpen, Jesse Carlson, Randy Wells and "Strasburg Canada" himself, Brad Mills to wear those digits.

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The affiliates came away with just one win in five games Monday and all four losses came with the winning run scored in the opposition's final at-bat. If that's not enough, a Jays pitching prospect has announced through his Twitter account that he will be undergoing Tommy John surgery. Welcome back to the work week! :(
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The affiliates were 3-1, with the only loss coming from New Hampshire who lost in a 14 inning game. Taylor Cole had a strong start for Dunedin, with offensive help from Markus Knecht and Dwight Smith Jr.  Lansing won a close game 4-3, despite being outhit 14-5, and Buffalo beat up on the Phillies AAA affiliate Lehigh Valley winning 7-1.
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Alex Anthopoulos was in Buffalo Saturday to see Liam Hendricks start. Hendricks pitched well and is now under consideration for the fifth starter spot. In addition to Hendricks, Kendall Graveman and Shane Dawson pitched very well, Matt Boyd and Alberto Tirado were OK. All of Graveman's outs on balls in play were recorded on ground balls.

The top two clubs lost, the lower two won. Ryan Schimpf hit two home runs. KC Hobson had two doubles, LB Dantzler drove in three.

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Ricky Romero set a record on Friday, he walked nine hitters in 2.2 innings. Romero threw 49 balls and 25 strikes. Kyle Drabek had the opposite problem in the nightcap, he allowed twelve hits in five plus innings. The Bisons lost both games. New Hampshire's bullpen blew a lead and the game. Lansing's Tom Robson had a bad game.

Dunedin were the lone winners. Daniel Norris pitched 6.2 excellent innings and Derrick Chung drove in a pair of runs.

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Three games with the Rangers.
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Rain played havoc down on the farm tonight. Buffalo’s doubleheader with Gwinnett was rained out, though Dunedin was able to sneak in a rain-shortened win down in Palm Beach. Lansing went to extras with the Reds Low-A affiliate and New Hampshire had an off day.
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The affiliates were 0-3 today, with Buffalo’s game being PPD till Thursday for a double header.  Lansing and New Hampshire had strong performances from their starters, while Dunedin’s pitching wasn’t pretty. 
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The Lansing beats were hitting Bowling Green like a home run Tuesday night but that was the only good news as the other three affiliates lost their games by a single run.
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"Better teach this Vaughn kid some control before he kills somebody..."
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The affiliates played .750 ball Monday night with the lone blemish being a one-run loss. The other games were decided by one, two and seven runs respectively.
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