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Fri. Aug 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Lind is out of the lineup Friday, SportsNet's Shi Davidi reports.
Impact: With lefty Drew Smyly on the mound, Lind will predictably start the game on the bench, with Edwin Encarnacion playing first base, and Nolan Reimold starting at DH. The Jays have only give Lind 32 plate apperances against southpaws this season, and with a .069 batting average in those matchups, we expect him to continue to ride the bench against lefties going forward.
Fri. Aug 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Lawrie (back) is continuing his rehab in Arizona, but there's no timetable for his return, SportsNet's Megan Robinson reports. "When he'll be back, I have no idea, nobody knows," manager John Gibbons said.
Impact: He has played in just one game since June 22, and it's a complete mystery as to if or when he'll rejoin the Blue Jays this season. Those in deeper leagues may have no choice but to stash him, but it may be time to look for help elsewhere in standard formats.
Thu. Aug 21, 2014 | STATS
News: Reyes went 3 for 5 with an RBI and two runs scored in Wednesday's win in Milwaukee.
Impact: Reyes is batting .406 in his last 14 games.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Dickey struck out four and walked one while giving up five runs on eight hits over 5.2 innings in a winning effort Wednesday.
Impact: The Toronto offense put up a five-run sixth inning, enabling Dickey to earn the victory on a day where he wasn't particularly tough to hit. The five-run outing nudged his ERA back above 4.00 for the season (4.08), but the victory was his 10th of the year and third since the All-Star break.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Thole went 2-for-4 with a run scored in Wednesday's win over Milwaukee.
Impact: Sporadic playing time continues to be the norm for Thole, who often finds a spot start when R.A. Dickey is on the hill and when Dioner Navarro is in need of a day off.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bautista went 2-for-5 with a three-run homer in the Jays' win over the Brewers on Wednesday.
Impact: The blast was Bautista's 24th of the season, and it came as part of a five-run sixth inning that put the Jays on top for good Wednesday. For the season, Bautista has put together his best slash line (.290/.406/.512) since 2011, and he's got an opportunity to return to the 30-homer mark with just over five weeks remaining in the regular season.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Navarro is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Brewers, Brendan Kennedy of Toronto Star reports.
Impact: As is tradition, Navarro will give way Wednesday to backup catcher Josh Thole, who serves as the personal backstop to knuckleballer R.A. Dickey.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Lind is out of the lineup Wednesday vs. the Brewers, Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star reports.
Impact: Lind will be squeezed out of the lineup again Wednesday with no DH spot available. Look for him to return to regular action during the weekend series with the Rays.
Tue. Aug 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Redmond gave up two runs on three hits while covering two innings out of the bullpen in Tuesday's loss to the Brewers.
Impact: Redmond has been a steadying presence in the Toronto bullpen for much of the season, but he's hit a rough patch recently. He's now given up seven runs over his last 2.2 innings.
Tue. Aug 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Happ (8-8) was thumped for four runs on six hits and two walks over 3.1 innings as the Blue Jays dropped Tuesday's game to the Brewers.
Impact: Happ put himself in trouble from the get-go, giving up three doubles in the first inning as the Brewers raced to a 2-0 lead. He didn't have much success finding the strike zone thereafter, either, and manager John Gibbons ended up pulling him after 70 pitches. It was Happ's shortest start since he failed to get out of the third inning against the Angels on May 10.
Tue. Aug 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Lind is out of the lineup Tuesday against the Brewers, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Impact: The Blue Jays are without the DH option in Milwaukee and Lind will be the casualty Tuesday, with Edwin Encarnacion manning first and Juan Francisco at third against right-hander Mike Fiers. Lind, who is 4-for-14 since returning from a foot injury, will likely sit primarily against lefties.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hague was claimed off waivers by the Blue Jays and promptly optioned to Triple-A Buffalo on Monday, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: Recently designated for assignment by the Pirates, Hague belted 14 homers en route to a .267/.365/.448 line in 330 at-bats at Triple-A Indianapolis this season. He'll provide organizational depth at first base.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Reyes went 3-for-5 with a double and two runs scored in Sunday's loss to the White Sox.
Impact: Reyes, who extended his hitting streak to nine games in the defeat, has gone 17-for-42 (.405) during the successful run. The 31-year-old shortstop has been on fire in August, hitting .381 with five doubles, four RBI and three steals in 63 at-bats.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Encarnacion went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer and two walks in Sunday's loss to the White Sox.
Impact: Encarnacion (quad) recently returned from the disabled list and it hasn't taken him very long to find his groove again. The slugger owns a .274/.365/.585 slash line in 340 at-bats this season.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hutchison got through seven innings Sunday, but was tagged for eight hits and seven runs in a 7-5 loss to the White Sox.
Impact: After a horrid opening inning in which he coughed up a grand slam and a two-run homer, Hutchison settled down nicely, but the damage had already been done. The right-hander has allowed 15 hits and 13 earned runs over his last two starts (12.2 innings), and his ERA has risen from 4.39 to 4.81 as a result. Hutchison will try to bounce back next Sunday at home versus Tampa Bay.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Navarro is out of the lineup Sunday against the White Sox.
Impact: Navarro will sit for the day game after an 0-for-2 night at the plate Saturday. Josh Thole will start behind the plate and bat ninth.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | STATS
News: The Toronto Blue Jays have bolstered their weary bullpen by recalling Drabek from Triple-A Buffalo.
Impact: The 26-year-old Drabek began the season in Buffalo's rotation, but moved to the bullpen in mid-June. He had a 3-1 record with a 2.77 ERA in 16 relief appearances with the Bisons.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Johnson (hamstring) will start his rehab assignment at Triple-A Buffalo on Saturday night, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: The Jays may not have a use for Johnson now that Edwin Encarnacion and Adam Lind are both healthy, which could lead to an eventual return to Triple-A Buffalo for Johnson upon the conclusion of his rehab assignment.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Drabek was recalled by the Blue Jays on Saturday.
Impact: Drabek moved to the bullpen at Triple-A Buffalo in early July, and his last 10 appearances are reflective of his potential (five earned runs on 17 hits and no walks to go with nine strikeouts in 13 innings). Expect the 26-year-old hurler to be contained to low-leverage situations.
Fri. Aug 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Encarnacion (quad) will be activated from the 15-day disabled list Friday, Sportsnet reports.
Impact: Encarnacion was expected to rejoin the Blue Jays on Friday, and that now appears to be the case. The club already got back Adam Lind earlier in the week, and now the other half of the first base and DH platoon will return as well. Anthony Gose will be optioned to make room for the 31 year-old.
Fri. Aug 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Lind went 2-for-4 with a couple of singles, one RBI and a run scored in Friday's 11-5 loss to the White Sox.
Impact: Now 4-for-11 at the plate since this past Tuesday's return from a five-week DL stint, Lind has come back into the fold swinging a hot bat for the Blue Jays. If the 31-year-old veteran can find a way to stay healthy down the stretch, he could put up nice numbers from the middle of a strong Toronto lineup.
Fri. Aug 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Stroman lasted only two-thirds of an inning Friday night, surrendering five earned runs on five hits while striking out one in an 11-5 loss to the White Sox.
Impact: Coming off of a strong nine-inning performance versus the Tigers last Saturday, Stroman struggled mightily Friday night and failed to escape the first frame. After posting a 2.18 ERA across 10 starts in June and July, the rookie right-hander has now been hit hard in 2-of-3 outings this month. With a career-high 122.2 innings between Toronto and Triple-A Buffalo already under his belt this year, Stroman could certainly be wearing down a bit.
Fri. Aug 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jenkins has been optioned to Triple-A Buffalo, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports.
Impact: The corresponding move will be announced Saturday. Jenkins gave up one run on five hits over 2.2 innings after starter Marcus Stroman failed to get out of the first inning Friday night. The Jays will almost certainly add a fresh arm to their bullpen for Saturday's game after six relievers combined to toss 7.1 frames Friday night.
Fri. Aug 15, 2014 | STATS
News: The Toronto Blue Jays have activated slugger Edwin Encarnacion from the 15-day disabled list and sent outfielder Anthony Gose to the minors.
Impact: Encarnacion missed more than a month because of a strained right quadriceps muscle. The first baseman and designated hitter just completed a rehab stint with Triple-A Buffalo and hit a grand slam in his first game.
Fri. Aug 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gose will be optioned to Triple-A Buffalo on Friday, Sportsnet reports.
Impact: Gose is hitting just .234 with the Blue Jays on the year, but will move back to Triple-A with the return of Edwin Encarnacion from the disabled list. However, he may find a spot back on the big league roster in a couple of weeks when they expand rosters in September.
Fri. Aug 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Mills has accepted his outright assignment to Triple-A Buffalo, Sportsnet's Shi Davidi reports.
Impact: Mills made two appearances for the Blue Jays, where he was shelled for 13 earned runs over 4.1 innings. He was then designated for assignment, but rather than test the free agent market, Mills will remain in the Toronto organization. He saw fleeting success as a spot starter in Oakland, but would only be used for another spot start by the Blue Jays in a desperate situation.
Thu. Aug 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hague has been designated for assignment by the Pirates.
Impact: The move frees up a spot on the Pirates' 40-man roster for the addition of pitcher John Axford, who was added by the team on Thursday.
Thu. Aug 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Dickey served up a two-run homer in the first inning of Wednesday's loss to the Mariners, but was otherwise effective, shutting the opposition out over his final five frames.
Impact: Dickey was rather shaky in allowing seven hits and walking four, but aside from Kendrys Morales' long ball, he was otherwise able to steer clear of damage, stranding at least two runners on three separate occasions. However, his offense wasn't able to drum up any run support against Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma, resulting in Dickey's season record dropping to 9-12.
Thu. Aug 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Encarnacion (quad) is expected to rejoin the Blue Jays on Friday in Chicago, the National Post's John Lott reports.
Impact: Encarnacion, who has not played since July 5, continues to rehab at Triple-A Buffalo, where he singled in four at-bats and played a full game at first base Wednesday. It was his first time playing the field in more than a month, and he came away without any discomfort. Barring a setback Thursday, expect Encarnacion to be back in the mix for Toronto over the weekend. Prior to hitting the DL, he was hitting .277 with 70 RBI and 26 home runs in 88 games.
Wed. Aug 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hynes was claimed off waivers by the Blue Jays on Wednesday, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: Hynes was designated for assignment by the Dodgers on Sunday, but the Blue Jays, who have a struggling bullpen currently with an ERA of 4.27, decided to claim him. The lefty likely would have spent the rest of the season at Triple-A with the Dodgers, but could have an opportunity with the Blue Jays in September.
Wed. Aug 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Happ pitched six innings, allowing five runs (four earned) on seven hits and one walk while striking out just one batter before picking up his seventh loss (8-7) of the year in Tuesday's defeat to the Mariners.
Impact: After pitching well of late, having not given up more than two earned runs in his previous five starts, Happ took a slight step back Tuesday. With a 4.20 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 90:40 K:BB ratio in 109.1 innings pitched this year, Happ is not the most exciting starter out there. His next start is scheduled for Tuesday on the road against the Brewers.
Tue. Aug 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Encarnacion (quadriceps) will play the field for the first time in his rehab assignment Wednesday with Triple-A Buffalo, the Buffalo News' Mike Harrington reports.
Impact: He hasn't played in the field in more than a month, but he'll bat leadoff and play first base in his second game with Triple-A and his fourth overall in his rehab assignment. He hit a grand slam during Tuesday's game and should be back with the Blue Jays in the near future.
Tue. Aug 12, 2014 | STATS
News: Wagner will undergo Tommy John surgery next week to repair his right arm. The surgery will be performed Aug. 19 by Dr. James Andrews, the team said in a release Tuesday.
Impact: Wagner, 30, is on the Blue Jays' 40-man roster. He split time between Toronto and Triple-A Buffalo this season prior to being placed on the disabled list.
Tue. Aug 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Blue Jays designated Mills for assignment Tuesday, MLB Daily Dish's Chris Cotillo reports.
Impact: He was terrible in his brief stint with the Blue Jays, giving up 13 earned runs in 4.1 innings. This is the third franchise he's been with this season, starting with Milwaukee before going to Oakland and now Toronto, so there's always a chance a team could scoop him up, but it's unlikely he'll have any fantasy value the rest of the season.
Tue. Aug 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gose is out of the lineup Tuesday, SportsNet's Barry Davis reports.
Impact: With Adam Lind making a long-awaited return to the lineup at DH, Jose Bautista may start seeing some more starts in right field, which could cut into Gose's playing time. Gose has been a defensive monster in limited duty this season and has done well to cut down his strikeout rate. In 2012 when he debuted with Toronto, he posted a 31.2 percent K-rate in 189 plate appearances, but this season he is only striking out 23.6 percent of the time. His speed and his throwing arm are both elite tools, but he likely will never approach being a .300 hitter, and it doesn't look like the power will be showing up anytime soon.
Tue. Aug 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Wagner will undergo Tommy John surgery Aug. 19.
Impact: The procedure will all but wipe out next season due to the typical 12-to-18 month recovery timetable. Wagner's campaign has been a difficult one, as he stumbled to an 8.10 ERA, 1.60 WHIP and 6:4 K:BB in 10 innings with the Blue Jays, before a sore forearm shut him down in mid-June. His next major league appearance likely will take place in 2016.
Tue. Aug 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Lind (foot) has been activated from the 15-day DL for Tuesday's game and will be inserted into the lineup against Chris Young in Seattle, SportsNet's Barry Davis reports.
Impact: He has been out with the foot injury since July 8 and will presumably be inserted to the lineup at first base or DH whenever the Jays are facing a right-handed starting pitcher. He's slashing a staggering .369/.434/.570 against righties this season, and is a solid option in most formats, provided owners are aware he won't play full time.
Tue. Aug 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hutchison was knocked around for six runs on seven hits and two walks over 5.2 innings Monday in a loss to the Mariners.
Impact: Seven hits over 5.2 innings isn't so bad, but four went for extra bases, including a Robinson Cano home run in the sixth. That makes four disastrous starts out of his last six. Over that span, Hutchison is 2-3 and has couphed up 25 runs in 32 innings (7.03 ERA). He will face the White Sox on the road Sunday.
Mon. Aug 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Kottaras was signed by the Blue Jays on Aug. 7 and has reported to Triple-A Buffalo, where he's 1-for-6 with a walk and four strikeouts so far with the Bisons.
Impact: The 31-year-old just hasn't been able to find a permanent home as a pro, as lackluster defense and a poor batting average (.216 in 718 at-bats in the majors despite a respectable .740 OPS) have contributed to the Canadian bouncing around to five organizations since the end of 2013 and nine in his 12-year career. Kottaras' 1,124 career plate appearances at the Triple-A level definitely qualify him as a seasoned veteran, which the Jays' brass are likely hoping will translate to some stability and leadership as the season winds down.
Mon. Aug 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Lind (foot) is expected to be activated from the disabled list Tuesday, Barry Davis of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: Lind hit in a simulated game earlier Monday without incident and is already en route to join the Blue Jays in Seattle. His return to action will likely displace Juan Francisco from regular duty at first base or DH.
Mon. Aug 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Reyes is out of the lineup Monday, SportsNet's Barry Davis reports.
Impact: Munenori Kawasaki will play shortstop, giving Reyes a rare day off. He's been relatively healthy this season, which is something of a rarity, but his average, OBP, and SLG are down across the board from his rates from the past three seasons. Still, he's on pace to finish with 10-plus home runs and close to 30 steals with a solid average if he can stay healthy.
Aug 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gose had two stolen bases in Sunday's win over the Tigers, including a big steal in the ninth where he was initially called out, but then ruled safe after a replay review.
Impact: That stolen base led to the tying run in a game that eventually lasted 19 innings. "Hey, that's the game right there," said Blue Jays manager John Gibbons. "That's the benefit of instant replay, to get it right. They're all close, but that's the whole idea behind it. It's big."
Aug 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Reimold went 0-for-7 with five strikeouts and two walks in Sunday's extra-inning win over the Tigers.
Impact: Reimold got the start because the Tigers were starting lefty David Price. This game illustrated his downside as a hitter - he can run into a ball and hit for power when he does so, but he also will whiff at a prodigious rate.
Aug 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Buehrle lasted only 3.1 innings Sunday against the Tigers, giving up five runs (but just two earned) on nine hits, striking out four while walking none.
Impact: While this outing didn't kill Buehrle's ERA, thanks to three unearned runs after Jose Reyes' error in the first inning, he didn't pitch well for the third time in his last four outings. It's hard to invest much trust in Buehrle at this juncture.
Aug 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Navarro went 2-for-5 and had a big homer off David Price in the Jays' win over the Tigers on Sunday.
Impact: Navarro's homer, his ninth of the year, sparked a big comeback from a 5-0 deficit in an eventual 19-inning win.
Aug 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jenkins threw six shutout innings in relief to earn the win in the Jays' 19-inning win over the Tigers on Sunday. He allowed seven hits and a walk, striking out four.
Impact: Fortunately for Jenkins, he wasn't rewarded with a trip to Triple-A for his efforts, at least not yet, as Ryan Goins instead got the axe to make room for Brad Mills on the roster.
Aug 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Blue Jays called up Mills from Triple-A Buffalo Sunday night.
Impact: The Blue Jays are in need of pitchers after playing 29 innings over the last two days, so they decided to call up Mills to provide some depth in the bullpen. Expect Mills to work as a long man with the big club.
Aug 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Goins was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo following Sunday's game, Blue Jays broadcaster Mike Wilner reports.
Impact: Goins started regularly at second base over the last few weeks, but he tallied just three hits in August, so the Blue Jays decided to send him back to Buffalo. With Goins back in the minors and Adam Lind ready to return, expect Munenori Kawasaki to move to second base and leave third base to some combination of Juan Francisco, Danny Valencia, and Steve Tolleson.
Aug 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Dodgers designated Hynes for assignment Sunday, Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: Hynes has spent the year at Triple-A Albuquerque, posting a 4.08 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 7.8 K/9 in 42 appearances, and he figures to play out the season as organizational depth there after passing through waivers. The team acquired Kevin Correia from the Twins on Saturday and needed to clear a 40-man roster spot.
Aug 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Francisco is out of the lineup Sunday against the Tigers.
Impact: Francisco will sit for the second time in three games for the Blue Jays in favor of Danny Valencia. He has just one hit in his last 21 at-bats, and his average has now dropped to .229 on the season, leaving his roster spot questionable with the impending returns of Edwin Encarnacion and Adam Lind.
Sat. Aug 9, 2014 | STATS
News: Navarro went 3 for 5 in Toronto's 4-3 loss to visiting Detroit on Friday.
Impact: Navarro is hitting .348 with three homers and 10 RBIs in his last 16 contests.
Sat. Aug 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Stroman pitched nine innings of two-run ball Saturday but got a tough-luck no decision, despite only giving up only four hits and three walks over the nine frames against the Tigers.
Impact: The three walks tied a season high, and Stroman only struck out four, but it was perhaps his most impressive start of the season. He became the first Blue Jays rookie to pitch nine innings since 2005. After a rough start where he only went three innings against the Astros his last time out, Stroman returned to the form that allowed him to post a 1.71 ERA in July. He'll take the ball again Friday on the road against the White Sox.
Sat. Aug 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The back issue that interrupted Lind's (foot) rehab assignment has subsided, and he's expected to reenter the lineup for one the Blue Jays' affiliates on Saturday, Sportsnet's Barry Davis reports.
Impact: Lind missed only Friday's game as a result of the back issue, with his removal from the lineup likely only for precautionary purposes. If he comes through the weekend with his health intact, he'll likely rejoin the Blue Jays on Monday, when the team kicks off a three-game series with the Mariners.
Sat. Aug 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Encarnacion (quad) will begin a rehab assignment at High-A Dunedin on Saturday, Chris Toman of MLB.com reports.
Impact: After he was initially prescribed a 2-to-4 week recovery timetable from the quad injury, Encarnacion has missed over a month of action, depriving the Blue Jays of some needed pop. Because of the extended absence, he'll likely require at least a handful of rehab games before the team feels comfortable activating him. With the Blue Jays falling six games behind the Orioles for the division lead following back-to-back losses, even the return of one of the game's top power threats might not be enough for the team to overcome the deficit.
Sat. Aug 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Valencia is not in the lineup Saturday versus the Tigers, Sportsnet's Barry Davis reports.
Impact: Despite manager John Gibbons' words just a day earlier that the team would explore using him as an everyday player in the wake of Brett Lawrie's (back) return to the DL, Valencia will find himself out of the lineup with the Tigers bringing right-hander Max Scherzer to the hill. Considering Scherzer is the reigning AL Cy Young winner and one of the best pitchers in the game, it's possible Gibbons will only shield Valencia against especially tough right-handers. At any rate, Munenori Kawasaki will start at third base Saturday, while Juan Francisco covers first.
Fri. Aug 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gose is not in Friday's lineup, SportsNet's Barry Davis reports.
Impact: His speed makes him valuable in mid-sized leagues, but he's not an everyday player, as he'll sit for the third time in the last seven games.
Fri. Aug 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Francisco is not in Friday's lineup, SportsNet's Barry Davis reports.
Impact: Danny Valencia will man first base against the Tigers, as Francisco sits for the fourth time in the last seven games. He started out hot for Toronto, but his batting average is now .233 -- less than half his slugging percentage (.494). Francisco is an all-or-nothing player who absolutely cannot hit lefties (.108 average on the season).
Fri. Aug 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cabrera (elbow) is in the lineup Friday against the Tigers, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Impact: The Orioles' Miguel Gonzalez hit Cabrera on the elbow with a pitch Thursday, prompting the Blue Jays to lift Cabrera from the game in the third inning. X-rays were negative, however, and he won't even miss a start as a result of the injury. Cabrera has enjoyed a fair amount of success against right-hander Anibal Sanchez, Friday's starter for Detroit, with 10 hits in 21 at-bats, although none of those hits has gone for extra bases.
Fri. Aug 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Janssen took his third blown save of the season, allowing three runs on four hits while retiring just two hitters in the Jays' 5-4 loss to Detroit on Friday night.
Impact: The usually very reliable Janssen uses pinpoint control (he has walked just three all season) rather than overwhelming stuff to take out opposing hitters. He was throwing strikes again, but he wasn't locating them and the Tigers took advantage. He served up a leadoff double, then back-to-back home runs to relinquish a 4-2 lead before another double sent him to the showers. He's been a bit more vulnerable the past couple of weeks, but barring an undisclosed injury, he should still have plenty of job security.
Fri. Aug 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Dickey pitched well in a no-decision against the Tigers on Friday night, allowing two runs on five hits, walking four and striking out six over six innings.
Impact: His command wasn't as sharp as he would like, as he needed 101 pitches (63 for strikes) to cover the six innings, but he avoided his season-long nemesis by keeping the ball in the park all night. He left in line for a win, but the usually reliable Casey Janssen struggled and surrendered the Jays' lead in the ninth. Dickey (9-11, 3.99 ERA) will face the Mariners in Seattle next time out.
Fri. Aug 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Valencia is expected to see time at third base against right-handed pitching while Brett Lawrie is on the disabled list, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: Blue Jays manager John Gibbons made the announcement Friday afternoon, suggesting that the team will explore all available options to man the hot corner in Lawrie's absence, including the use of Valencia in a less-than-ideal matchup as he's handled lefties more effectively throughout his big league career.
Fri. Aug 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Lind is out of the lineup for the Gulf Coast Blue Jays on Friday due to a back issue, Barry Davis of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Impact: The 31-year-old went 2-for-2 with two doubles in his first outing with the affiliate Thursday, but apparently his back began acting up Friday morning and he'll miss at least one start as a result. While the extent of the setback is uncertain, it does figure to delay his return to the big club, making a Monday return seem rather unlikely.
Thu. Aug 7, 2014 | STATS
News: Cabrera has left a game against Baltimore in the third inning after being hit on the right elbow by a pitch. Cabrera was hit Thursday night in the first inning by Miguel Gonzalez in the first.
Impact: Nolan Reimold took over for Cabrera. The Blue Jays said X-rays were negative. The switch-hitting Cabrera is batting .315 with 14 homers and 59 RBIs. He went 5 for 8 with two walks and two runs scored in the series against the Orioles.
Thu. Aug 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gose hit a solo home run in Thursday's loss to Baltimore. It was his first long ball of the season.
Impact: Gose hasn't shown any power in his short career, hitting just four homers in 476 at-bats. He can help fantasy owners with his speed, however, as he's swiped 12 bags in 163 at-bats this season.
Thu. Aug 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Happ took the tough-luck loss against Baltimore on Thursday, striking out a career-high 12 batters over eight strong innings. The only mistake he made was a two-run homer to Caleb Joseph in the fourth inning.
Impact: Happ has looked great in four starts since the All-Star break, although it's hard to believe it's for real, given his track record over the last three seasons. In general, Happ has pitched much better at home this season, with a 3.26 ERA and 55 strikeouts in 58 innings. Although his next start will come away from the Rogers Centre, it's not a bad matchup, as he'll toe the rubber against the Mariners.
Thu. Aug 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Tolleson returned from the paternity list after Thursday's game, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Tolleson's reinstatement caused pitcher Rob Rasmussen to be optioned back down to Triple-A Buffalo. Since Tolleson's leave of absence wasn't due to his health, it seems highly likely that he'll regain his spot at third base against the Tigers on Friday.
Thu. Aug 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Lind (foot) could be back with the Blue Jays as early as Monday, MLB.com's Gregor Chisholm reports.
Impact: Lind has been out of action since July 7, but smacked two doubles in his only two at-bats of a rehab game Thursday morning. An earlier return for the slugger has yet to be ruled out, but the lefty will most likely be back with the Jays at some point near the beginning of next week. Although two separate DL stints have hampered Lind's production in 2014, he does own a .320/.389/.489 slash line and four home runs over 178 at-bats. Fantasy owners awaiting his return may not be without his services for much longer, while those in need of an average and RBI boost may want to look his way after his activation.
Thu. Aug 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cabrera's X-rays on his injured right elbow came back negative, MLB.com's Gregor Chisholm reports.
Impact: Cabrera was hit in the elbow with a Miguel Gonzalez pitch earlier in the contest, which eventually triggered his removal. It looks like he avoided any serious damage, however, as he's more than likely just dealing with a contusion. Consider the outfielder day-to-day.
Thu. Aug 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cabrera was removed from Thursday's game after being hit in the right elbow with a pitch.
Impact: Cabrera had to be lifted, but the extent of the injury is currently unknown. Nolan Reimold entered the game to replace Cabrera in the DH slot.
Thu. Aug 7, 2014 | STATS
News: The Blue Jays signed Kottaras to a minor-league contract.
Impact: He will report to Buffalo.
Wed. Aug 6, 2014 | STATS
News: Buehrle lost for the seventh time in eight decisions in a 9-3 defeat to Baltimore on Tuesday. He gave up four runs and 10 hits in just four innings.
Impact: Buehrle is just 1-6 in his last 10 starts with a 5.15 ERA.
Wed. Aug 6, 2014 | STATS
News: Reyes was 3 for 4 with his 23rd double in a 9-3 loss to Baltimore on Wednesday.
Impact: Reyes owns a .410 on-base percentage with 16 runs scored over his last 23 games.
Tue. Aug 5, 2014 | STATS
News: The Toronto Blue Jays have placed Lawrie on the 15-day disabled list with a left oblique strain. Lawrie had just returned to the lineup after missing more than a month with a broken right index finger.
Impact: He got the latest injury Tuesday and left the game after three innings as Toronto opened a three-game series at home against Baltimore.
Tue. Aug 5, 2014 | STATS
News: Toronto placed Tolleson on the paternity list prior to Tuesday night's game versus Baltimore.
Impact: Tolleson, who can miss a maximum of three games, is batting .246 with three homers and 13 RBIs.
Tue. Aug 5, 2014 | STATS
News: Lawrie has been activated off the 15-day disabled list and is starting at third base and batting sixth in the opener of a key series against Baltimore.
Impact: Lawrie, who had been sidelined by a broken finger since he was hit by a pitch from Cincinnati's Johnny Cueto on June 22, is batting .244 with 12 home runs and 28 RBIs. He went 4 for 10 in a three-game rehab assignment at Class-A Dunedin.
Mon. Aug 4, 2014 | STATS
News: Stroman lost for the first time in seven starts Sunday, surrendering five runs and seven hits over three innings in a 6-1 loss at Houston.
Impact: Stroman had been 4-0 with a 1.75 ERA over his seven starts prior to being shelled on Sunday.
Mon. Aug 4, 2014 | STATS
News: Reyes was 3 for 4 in a 6-1 loss at Houston on Sunday.
Impact: Reyes has picked it up over the last month, hitting .355 in his last 22 games to raise his season average from .258 to .280.
Sun. Aug 3, 2014 | STATS
News: Dickey gave up five runs and nine hits in seven-plus innings in an 8-2 loss in Houston on Saturday night.
Impact: Dickey (9-11, 4.03 ERA) is 2-2 with a 5.00 ERA in his last four starts.
Sun. Aug 3, 2014 | STATS
News: Cabrera extended his hit streak to 10 games in an 8-2 loss to Houston on Saturday night.
Impact: Cabrera, tied for seventh in the AL with a .312 average, is hitting .366 (15 for 41) during his streak. He also has seven extra-base hits (five doubles, two homers) and nine RBIs in that run.
Sat. Aug 2, 2014 | STATS
News: Happ stayed at 8-5 on Friday, not receiving a decision despite limiting Houston to one run and three hits over seven innings in Toronto's 3-1 defeat.
Impact: Happ has limited opponents to four runs over 18 1-3 innings in his last three starts.
Sat. Aug 2, 2014 | STATS
News: Bautista was 1 for 4 in a 3-1 loss at Houston on Friday.
Impact: Bautista owns a .471 on-base percentage over his last 11 games with nine RBIs.
Sat. Aug 2, 2014 | STATS
News: Cabrera was 1 for 3 in Friday's 3-1 loss at Houston, extending his hitting streak to nine games.
Impact: Cabrera is batting .411 over his last 14 games with 14 runs scored and 14 driven in.