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Lookout Landing

8/11/22: Open Scoreboard Watching Thread

David Banks-USA TODAY Sports The M’s may be idle, but the baseball world sure isn’t! We all might still be buzzing after a thrilling season series win against the Yankees, but for the Mariners, today is a day of travel and rest. Our favorite baseball men will be back in action tomorrow against the Rangers, so today is the perfect time to follow the other teams in the Wild Card chase. The Rays, Blue Jays, and Twins are also idle, but there are still several matchups to keep an eye on today. Guardians at Tigers, 10:10am PDT Good morning! Here’s some baseball! The...

Pinstripe Alley

Rivalry Roundup: Adames haunts his former team

Photo by Patrick McDermott/ Brewers walk-off Rays in the tenth; Blue Jays-Orioles rained out; Rangers blast Astros in extras; Dodgers comeback to trounce the Twins There’s no sugarcoating it, the Yankees are playing their worst baseball of the season. They’ve lost seven of their last eight and are 7-13 in the second half. Whereas earlier they were finding different ways to win games, the script has flipped, with the team finding a new way to lose with each passing night. Luckily, their AL rivals did them a favor and all lost as well to prevent the Bombers from...

Jays Journal

Blue Jays: George Springer’s Ongoing Injury Dilemma

To no surprise, Blue Jays outfielder George Springer is back on the 10-day IL but this time with right elbow inflammation. It’s not a good time to lose your best leadoff hitter. Springer has been battling elbow soreness since June, and he will receive an anti-inflammatory shot in his right elbow to help with recovery. […] Blue Jays: George Springer’s Ongoing Injury Dilemma - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - Toronto Blue Jays News, Rumors and Fan Community


Series preview: Rays vs Brewers

Photo by Lawrence Iles/Icon Sportswire via The Tampa Bay Rays took care of business during their trip to the motor city taking three of four against the Detroit Tigers. The Rays moved into the second wild card slot, a half game ahead of the Seattle Mariners while owning the important head-to-head tie breaker. The Rays are 1.5 games behind the Toronto Blue Jays for the top spot. The Baltimore Orioles are the first team 1.0 game behind Seattle with the Cleveland Guardians trailing by 1.5 games, the Chicago White Sox trailing by 2.5 games, and the Boston Red Sox are 4.5...

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Twins-Blue Jays play at the plate. What's the rule that caused all the controversy?

The rule that resulted in Toronto scoring the winning run on Sunday was intended, as much as anything, to protect catchers from injury at home plate. Here's what the rule book says.

Bluebird Banter

Jays lose Mayza to Injury and Game to Twins

White is a handsome young man. | Photo by David Berding/ Blue Jays 3 Twins 7 The really bad news is that Tim Mayza suffered a shoulder dislocation in a collision at the plate. Leon put down a squeeze bunt with Nick Gordon on third and Sandy Leon at the plate. Mayza came running in and tried to grab the ball and make a tag all in one motion. He didn’t get the ball, and Gordon ran into his right arm. Mayza stayed down on the ground. When he was helped up it looked pretty apparent that his shoulder was separated. The good news, if there is any, is that it is his right...

Twinkie Town

Twins 7, Blue Jays 3: Rain goes away, comes again another day

Photo by David Berding/ The Twins take the season series from one of the toughest teams in the American League. It took more hard work from the deadline acquisitions, more top-gear performances from the youngsters on the squad, and a bit more injury than anyone would have liked to see, but Minnesota pulled away with a 7-3 victory here on Saturday night. The Twins began their damage in the third; after putting together a first-inning threat to no avail, a Sandy Leon leadoff walk and subsequent Luis Arraez double doled out the dishware, and set the table for RBIs from...


Rays series preview: The worst offense in baseball

Photo by Duane Burleson/ Will Rays reign supreme in the rain? The Tampa Bay Rays split a low scoring two game set against the Toronto Blue Jays and will face the Detroit Tigers for a four game series. Let’s hope for more scoring from the Rays in this series. The Rays hold a 1.0 game lead over the Cleveland Guardians, 1.5 games over the Baltimore Orioles, 2.0 games over the Chicago White Sox, and 3.0 games over the Boston Red Sox. Schedule: Thursday 7:10 PM: Jeffrey Springs vs Drew HutchisonFriday 7:10 PM: Corey Kluber vs TBASaturday 6:10 PM: Shane McClanahan vs...

Pinstripe Alley

Rivalry Roundup: Rays, Twins, Astros boosted by deadline acquisitions

Photo by Bob Levey/ Rays outpitch Blue Jays; Twins pitching shuts down Tigers; Astros breeze past Boston As if the vibes around the Yankees universe couldn’t get any worse following their puzzling deadline day decisions, Gerrit Cole went and gave up six runs in the first inning against the Mariners on a trio of home runs to truly plunge the collective mood into the doldrums. The Bombers ultimately lost, 7-3, to drop their third of five series since the All-Star break. Armed with their trade deadline additions as they make late summer pushes toward the postseason, a...

Lookout Landing

8/4/22: Open Scoreboard Watching Thread

go get ‘em ragans! | Photo by John E. Moore III/ What better way to spend an off-day by keeping tabs on other games? As much as we’d like to get right back into Mariners baseball after a thrilling series win in New York, they, like all of us, need their rest - today is a much-needed off day before kicking off a four-game set with the Mike Trout-less Angels. Thankfully, the rest of the league has not stopped. As it stands, while the Blue Jays have a two-game lead on the first wild card spot, the Mariners hold WC2 by one game over the Rays. The Guardians, Orioles,...


Blue Jays: 3, Rays: 1 - All Gausman, No Breaks for Rays

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Siri shows off glove, but Rays’ bats still ice cold First game after the trade deadline are always fun to me. Lets see how new Rays do against Kevin Gausman & the Blue Jays for the first game of a 2 game set. Today's Rays vs. the Jays#RaysUp pic.twitter.com/cWhrMWoAgO— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) August 2, 2022 Blue Jays got things started early with a loud double from Vlad Jr with 1 out at the top of the 1st inning. Vlad moved to 3rd on a groundout of Kirk, and then scored the Blue Jays’ first run of the game on a Bo...

Bluebird Banter

Game #104 Preview: Kikuchi vs Beeks/Yarbrough

Photo by Mike Ehrmann/ Blue Jays (58-45) vs Rays (54-49) The Blue Jays wrap up their short stop in Tampa, playing their second game in 17 hours, getting in and out of the Little Trop of Horrors as quickly as possible. They wrap up their series with the Rays this afternoon/morning, with a ridiculously early 12:10 ET start. Blue Jays’ Starter Yusei Kikuchi will make his second start since coming back from the IL, and will look to build off the success of his last one. Last Thursday against the Tigers, Kikuchi threw 5 innings, allowing just 1 run on 2 hits and a walk,...

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Gausman allows 1-hit over 8 innings, Blue Jays beat Rays 3-1

Kevin Gausman allowed one hit and struck out 10 over eight masterful innings and the Toronto Blue Jays opened a nine-game trip with a 3-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night.


Rays 3, Blue Jays 2: Bullpen day keeps the Jays at bay

Photo by Mike Ehrmann/ A nice win before starting a week-long road trip. After an off-day and another trade acquisition in José Siri, the Rays continued to struggle in their game against Toronto on Tuesday, losing 3-1. Their cushion in the third AL Wild Card spot was now just one game over Cleveland. They sent Jalen Beeks to the mound to open Wednesday’s series finale, with Ryan Yarbrough expected to pitch the bulk of the innings. Yusei Kikuchi started for the Blue Jays. Kikuchi signed with Toronto as a free agent back in March, but has struggled this year. He...

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Batting Missing, Jays Lose to Rays

Photo by Mike Ehrmann/ Blue Jays 2 Rays 3 Things managers do that make Tom want to drink... Trent Thornton comes into the game in to start the fifth (it wasn’t like the Rays were crushing Yusei Kikuchi, but whatever). Thornton pitches a 3 up, 3 down inning on 11 pitches. Looks great. He is what we laughingly refer to as a long man, and we don’t let him start the sixth. Why? Because we have to look for the guy that doesn’t have it today. We found him. Adam Cimber didn’t look good and gave up the go-ahead run, getting just one out. Mayza comes in (too late) and...

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GameThread Game #104: Jays @ Rays

Photo by Mike Ehrmann/ We get to see if Kikuchi’s last start was a fluke or a sign of things to come. But then, with Stripling on the IL, either way, we are going to see another Kikuchi start after this one. No Springer this afternoon. I think maybe they could put him on the IL. Today's Lineups BLUE JAYS RAYS Lourdes Gurriel - LF Yandy Diaz - 3B Vladimir Guerrero - 1B Isaac Paredes - 1B Alejandro Kirk - DH Jose Siri - CF Bo Bichette - SS Randy Arozarena - LF Teoscar Hernandez - RF David Peralta - DH Matt Chapman - 3B Yu Chang - 2B Danny Jansen...

Bluebird Banter

Game #103 Preview: Gausman vs Rasmussen

Gerry Angus-USA TODAY Sports Blue Jays (57-45) vs Rays (54-48) As the trade deadline approaches today, the Blue Jays will prepare themselves to open the post-deadline schedule at the Little Trop of Horrors, taking on the hometown Rays for a short two game series. The first game of the series gets underway at 7:10 ET, just over an hour after the 6pm ET trade deadline. Both the Rays and Jays are expected to make some moves today, so the teams could look a bit different than it sets up right now. Blue Jays’ Starter Kevin Gausman will go for the Jays, and barring an...


Series preview: Rays vs. Blue Jays

Photo by Mike Carlson/ The Tampa Bay Rays have gotten off to a rotten start to the second half. The trade deadline will come this evening at 6 PM before the Rays start their final 60 games. The wild card race looks like it has come down to seven teams (or eight if you count the American League Central race that is up for grabs between the Minnesota Twins, Cleveland Guardians, and Chicago White Sox). The Blue Jays hold the top spot 3.0 games up on the Rays and Seattle Mariners who are tied for the second and third spots. The Guardians trail by 1.0 game while the...

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GameThread Game #103: Blue Jays at Little Trop of Horrors

Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports It may be trade deadline day, but we still have a game tonight. Unfortunately, it’s at the Little Trop of Horrors. At least it’s a short trip. Here are tonight’s lineups. No Springer, and Gurriel bats leadoff. Today's Lineups BLUE JAYS RAYS Lourdes Gurriel - LF Randy Arozarena - DH Vladimir Guerrero - 1B Brandon Lowe - 2B Alejandro Kirk - C Isaac Paredes - 3B Bo Bichette - SS Ji-Man Choi - 1B Teoscar Hernandez - RF Jose Siri - CF Matt Chapman - 3B David Peralta - LF Raimel Tapia - CF Christian Bethancourt...

Pinstripe Alley

Rivalry Roundup: Gio plays the hero in extras

Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports Two dramatic games in the AL round up our look at the playoff picture We had a reasonably light night around baseball, with the Yankees in action against one of their playoff rivals, and only two other games featuring others. The Yankees took care of their business, beating the Mariners 7-2, but it’s still worth checking in on the rest of the American League (even with the Blue Jays and Rays idle). Minnesota Twins 5 (54-48), Detroit Tigers 3 (41-63) This game might be defined less by the results and more concerns around burgeoning Tigers...

Jays Journal

Blue Jays: If you’re going for a starter, spend big and go for Pablo Lopez

The Toronto Blue Jays are fighting for a playoff spot via the Wild Card, occupying the top spot with the Seattle Mariners and the Tampa Bay Rays also in the hunt. Outside the WC is a handful of teams like the Cleveland Guardians, Baltimore Orioles, and Chicago White Sox, all within striking distance should a […] Blue Jays: If you’re going for a starter, spend big and go for Pablo Lopez - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - Toronto Blue Jays News, Rumors and Fan Community

Jays Journal

Blue Jays: Could they trade for one of these outfielders?

The Toronto Blue Jays find themselves alone atop the American League Wild Card race as the trade deadline quickly approaches. Although most believe the pitching staff is the main focus for upgrading the team, the ongoing injury concerns of outfielder George Springer could lead to a trade for a centre fielder, particularly given the offensive […] Blue Jays: Could they trade for one of these outfielders? - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - Toronto Blue Jays News, Rumors and Fan Community

Jays Journal

Blue Jays: Yimi Garcia continues to be better than we seem to notice

For all of the talk about the Blue Jays needing to get Jordan Romano some help for the late innings, Yimi Garcia’s performance is flying under the radar. Part of the reason for that was an injury that landed him on the IL for a while, but I’ll be the first to admit that I […] Blue Jays: Yimi Garcia continues to be better than we seem to notice - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - Toronto Blue Jays News, Rumors and Fan Community

Jays Journal

Blue Jays: Looking at starting pitching options after Castillo heads to Seattle

Even after last night’s loss to the Detroit Tigers, the Toronto Blue Jays sit 12.5 games back of the New York Yankees in the AL East but are first in the AL Wild Card followed by the Seattle Mariners and Tampa Bay Rays. Cleveland and Baltimore are just outside the playoff picture and the race […] Blue Jays: Looking at starting pitching options after Castillo heads to Seattle - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - Toronto Blue Jays News, Rumors and Fan Community


Guardians 4, Rays 1: Bieber and co. stymy Rays bats

Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports While it’s been a hot month at the plate for the Rays, they met their match on Friday. After a tough road trip coming out of the All-Star Break, the Rays returned home on Friday for a three-game set against the Cleveland Guardians. While their 50-48 would have the Guardians behind the Yankees, Blue Jays, and Rays in the AL East, they sat just 2.5 games behind the Minnesota Twins for first place in the AL Central to start the weekend. The Rays sent lefty reliever-turned-starter Jeffrey Springs to the mound for his 13th start of the...

Bless You Boys

Blue Jays 5, Tigers 3: Late Rally Falls Short

Photo by Vaughn Ridley/ A late bases-loaded opportunity was mostly squandered as the Tigers dropped the first game of a four-game series. TORONTO, Ontario — A battle of the lefties to start off a four-game weekend series between former AL East rivals on a very pleasant evening by the shores of Lake Ontario saw the Tigers fall to the Blue Jays 5-3, after a golden opportunity in the eighth inning wasn't fully capitalized upon. Tyler Alexander, who has returned from injury to once again prove useful as both middle reliever and spot starter, got the nod. He made his fifth...

Lookout Landing

7/27/22: Open Scoreboard Watching Thread

Photo by Mitchell Layton/ in JULY what a world Man alive, what a wonderful series sweep by the Mariners that was! Bee will have the recap for you all later tonight, but while they work I figured we could all use a space to keep an eye on some other relevant games! The White Sox have already fallen to the Rockies 6-5, as Mariners double agent Kendall Graveman walked the bases loaded in the ninth before giving up the walkoff to Elías Díaz. Three other relevant games have just gotten started, too: Rays/Orioles, Blue Jays/Cardinals, and Guardians/Red Sox. Let’s go...

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GameThread Game #97: Cardinals at Blue Jays

Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports The Jays will be looking to continue their win streak and welcome most of the St Louis Cardinals into town tonight. Anyone else totally forget Julian Merryweather was a player on the Blue Jays? Just me? #BlueJays injury updates: - Kikuchi is throwing a side today and he’s a possibility for Thursday’s start- Pearson is throwing from 60 ft. - Merryweather threw a bullpen today- Vasquez is getting into a rehab game tomorrow— Kaitlyn McGrath (@kaitlyncmcgrath) July 26, 2022 Here are tonight’s lineups. No Tapia. Today's...

Meadows, Garcia power Rays past Blue Jays | Blue Jays-Rays Game Highlights 9/8/19

Condensed Game: Austin Meadows and Avisail Garcia each homered to back the Rays' strong bullpen effort in their 8-3 win over the Blue Jays Don't forget to subscribe! https://www.youtube.com/mlb Follow us elsewhere too: Twitter: https://twitter.com/MLB

d'Arnaud's sac fly lifts Rays in 5-3 win | Blue Jays-Rays Game Highlights 9/7/19

Condensed Game: Charlie Morton fanned 10 for the 7th time this season and Travis d'Arnaud's sac fly proved to be the difference in the Rays' win Don't forget to subscribe! https://www.youtube.com/mlb Follow us elsewhere too: Twitter: https://twitter.com

Zunino, pitching lead Rays to shutout win | Blue Jays-Rays Game Highlights 9/6/19

Condensed Game: Mike Zunino jacked a two-run home run and the Rays pitching staff kept the Blue Jays off the board in the team's 5-0 win Don't forget to subscribe! https://www.youtube.com/mlb Follow us elsewhere too: Twitter: https://twitter.com/MLB Ins