Toronto Blue Jays Player News: Last 24 hours, All Positions

News: Matt Dermody did not allow a hit or walk in 0.1 scoreless innings as the Toronto Blue Jays lost to the Kansas City Royals 1-0 on Thursday. Dermody did not strike out a batter, ending the game with a 3.92 ERA and 1.11 WHIP on the season.
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News: J.A. Happ fell to 9-11, allowing one run on seven hits and two walks in 6.2 innings, as the Toronto Blue Jays lost to the Kansas City Royals 1-0 on Thursday. Happ struck out six, ending the game with a 3.64 ERA and 1.35 WHIP on the season.
Impact: Happ lost for the first time in four September starts.
News: Ryan Tepera allowed one hit without giving up a run in 1.0 inning as the Toronto Blue Jays lost to the Kansas City Royals 1-0 on Thursday. Tepera struck out one, ending the game with a 3.45 ERA and 1.14 WHIP on the season.
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News: Dominic Leone did not allow a hit or walk in 1.0 scoreless inning as the Toronto Blue Jays lost to the Kansas City Royals 1-0 on Thursday. Leone did not strike out a batter, ending the game with a 2.49 ERA and 1.06 WHIP on the season.
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News: Justin Smoak went 0 for 3 Thursday as the Toronto Blue Jays fell to the Kansas City Royals 1-0. He ended the game with a .275 batting average.
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News: Richard Urena went 0 for 3 Thursday as the Toronto Blue Jays fell to the Kansas City Royals 1-0. He ended the game with a .224 batting average.
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News: Teoscar Hernandez went 0 for 3 Thursday as the Toronto Blue Jays lost to the Kansas City Royals 1-0. He ended the game with a .250 batting average.
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News: Kevin Pillar went 0 for 3 Thursday as the Toronto Blue Jays fell to the Kansas City Royals 1-0. He ended the game with a .258 batting average.
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News: Raffy Lopez went 0 for 1 Thursday as the Toronto Blue Jays fell to the Kansas City Royals 1-0. He ended the game with a .234 batting average.
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News: Josh Donaldson went 0 for 3 Thursday as the Toronto Blue Jays lost to the Kansas City Royals 1-0. He ended the game with a .264 batting average.
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News: Luke Maile went 0 for 2 Thursday as the Toronto Blue Jays fell to the Kansas City Royals 1-0. He ended the game with a .136 batting average.
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News: Darwin Barney went 1 for 1 Thursday as the Toronto Blue Jays lost to the Kansas City Royals 1-0. He ended the game with a .237 batting average.
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News: Kendrys Morales went 1 for 3 Thursday as the Toronto Blue Jays lost to the Kansas City Royals 1-0. He ended the game with a .249 batting average.
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News: Ezequiel Carrera went 0 for 1 Thursday as the Toronto Blue Jays fell to the Kansas City Royals 1-0. He ended the game with a .283 batting average.
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News: Jose Bautista went 0 for 4 Thursday as the Toronto Blue Jays fell to the Kansas City Royals 1-0. He ended the game with a .203 batting average.
Impact: Bautista struck out swinging to end the sixth. It was his 160th strikeout, breaking a tie with Jose Canseco (1988) and Kelly Johnson (2012) for the Blue Jays' single season record.
News: Rob Refsnyder went 0 for 1 Thursday as the Toronto Blue Jays lost to the Kansas City Royals 1-0. He ended the game with a .173 batting average.
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News: Estrada (9-8, 4.84) starts the opener of Toronto's final home series, a three-game set against the New York Yankees.
Impact: Estrada, who is 5-1 with a 3.75 ERA in his past 10 starts, signed a $13 million deal Wednesday to stay with Toronto in 2018.
News: Happ (9-11) took the tough-luck loss Thursday against the Royals despite allowing only one run on seven hits with two walks and six strikeouts over 6.2 innings.
Impact: The only damage against Happ was a third-inning RBI single off the bat of Melky Cabrera, but that was enough to stick the southpaw with a loss as Toronto's offense failed to break through against Kansas City's Jason Vargas. This outing ended a three-game winning streak for Happ, who has also tossed quality starts in four of his past five outings while coming up just one out short of reaching that achievement in his lone failure. He'll look to get back in the win column Tuesday at Fenway Park in what will likely be his final start of the season.
News: Goins is out of the lineup Thursday against Kansas City, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Impact: Goins heads to the bench in favor of Darwin Barney after starting the past three contests. Since the beginning of September, Goins is hitting just .224/.281/.310 with one home run and four RBI.
News: Martin is out of the lineup Thursday against the Royals, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Impact: Martin receives a standard day off following a pair of starts behind the plate, while Luke Maile gets the nod in his place. Over the course of the 2017 season, Martin is hitting .222/.349/.382 with 12 home runs and 30 RBI.
News: Pearce (back) is not in the lineup against Kansas City on Thursday, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Impact: This marks the 12th straight game that Pearce will remain out of the starting nine, dating back to Sept. 9. The outfielder hasn't been able to come in and see action off the bench, which gives a clear indication that he isn't ready for action just yet. He should be considered day-to-day moving forward, while Teoscar Hernandez draws a start in left for Thursday's affair.
News: Happ ranks fifth among MLB starters this season in swinging-strike rate on four-seam fastballs (minimum 750 thrown), at 12.5 percent, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports. That rate more than doubles, to 27.3 percent, when Happ gets his four-seamer to the upper-third of the strike zone.
Impact: Now in his 11th MLB season, the veteran's average fastball clocks in at 92.9 mph -- that's more than a tick up from his career average of 91.8 mph. Happ serves his heater on 42.8 percent of pitches this year, matching the lowest frequency rate of his career from 2010, and well below his 51.1 percent career average. A major reason for the effectiveness of his fastball has been the rebirth of his changeup, a pitch he used on 11.5 percent of deliveries in 2017, his highest usage rate over the last four seasons. The 34-year-old got injured in the first half and had a 5.33 ERA upon his June 5 activation, but has since returned to form with a 9-6 record and a 3.39 ERA over 18 starts.
News: Ramirez's incredible 47.2-innings scoreless streak ended Wednesday when he allowed four runs on three hits and a walk in a loss to Kansas City.
Impact: The right-hander's eye-popping streak lasted through stints in Double-A New Hampshire, Triple-A Buffalo and now Toronto. According to Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com, the 26-year-old converted outfielder is one of three pitchers in MLB history to not allow a hit in six of his first seven big-league games. "It has been an incredible year for the kid," manager John Gibbons said. "It was going to happen." Ramirez will likely begin 2018 back in Buffalo, but he'll certainly get a long look in spring training to see if he's ready to contribute at the big-league level.
News: Pannone has advanced to the point where he's expected to begin 2018 at Triple-A, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Impact: Pannone was great in the lower levels of the Indians' minor-league system before being traded to Toronto on July 31. Upon joining his new team at Double-A New Hampshire, the left-hander posted a respectable 3.63 ERA and 1.13 WHIP with over six starts. For the 2017 MiLB season overall, Pannone managed a 2.36 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and a 9.3 K/9. With Toronto needing to retool its MLB rotation, the 23-year-old could certainly become an option to debut next year.