J.A. Happ was kind of sad to leave Toronto, a city he and his family had grown to love. But the left-handed starter was also pumped to get a shot to play on a contending team.So when the Jays traded him to the New York Yankees on July 26, he was all smiles.When trade deadline rolls around and you’re on a team going nowhere, many veteran players welcome the chance to get moved to a contender.But guess what? Justin Smoak isn’t one of them.Smoak’s name has increasingly been mentioned as a possible trade piece to a contending team looking for a solid all-around first baseman. The fourth-year Jay reportedly passed through waivers unclaimed on Tuesday (according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post) meaning that the switch-hitter is now eligible to be dealt to any team in the major lea
NEW YORK — Another rookie starter, another maul job at Yankee Stadium.On Saturday, it was Blue Jays starter Sean Reid-Foley who took his lumps against the Bronx Bombers. Sunday, it was Ryan Borucki’s turn in a 10-2 blowout loss.The lefty walked Aaron Hicks and Giancarlo Stanton to start the game, both on full counts, though the called ball four on Stanton was questionable. Hicks and Stanton then pulled off the double steal, putting runners at second and third with none out.Four hits later, including a grand slam by first baseman Greg Bird to right field, and the Yankees had a 6-1 lead with none out. Borucki was pulled after getting two outs in the first and replaced by Joe Biagini. Borucki threw 44 pitches.The Jays were swept and gave up 28 runs to the Yankees in the three-
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SAN FRANCISCO – Likely for the last time and almost 11 years after playing his final game, Barry Bonds ran out to his old spot in his No. 25 Giants jersey.“I wanted to be in left field one more time,” Bonds said Saturday night. “And I thought it was appropriate. That’s what I wanted to do.” “I was going to put the whole uniform on, but just didn’t have time because it ran a little bit longer. I wanted to throw on everything and stand in left field one more time. That’s where everyone saw me and that’s where I thought they should see me last,” he said.Bonds had his number retired by the Giants during a long ceremony before San Francisco played his other team, the Pittsburgh Pirates – also 11 years to the month from when he broke Hank Aaron’s home run record in his 22n
OAKLAND — When the marine layer burned off in the Bay Area on Wednesday afternoon, it helped expose a professional baseball team battling through one of the low ebbs of its history.Yes, it’s that grim for the Blue Jays right now after falling 8-3 to the Athletics, who swept the once-competitive team over three games here and a clean 7-0 on the season series.At one point on Wednesday afternoon, the aggregate score in the series was 23-3 and the Jays were 1-for-21 with runners in scoring position. Though it will be impossible to catch the Baltimore Orioles for last in the AL East, the Jays have now dropped seven of their past nine contests.Desperate to find something to aid his reeling team, Jays manager John Gibbons held hope that giving Marcus Stroman the ball on a brilliant NoCa
It was billed as bullpen day, which should have been the first clue that it was going to be an ugly and achingly long night at the Rogers Centre.Nothing to disparage the Blue Jays relievers as a whole, but when manager John Gibbons was left to use Luis Santos as his starter on Monday well, it wasn’t exactly a sign of inspiration or confidence.The Jays got the “bull” part down, falling 8-3 to the mediocre Twins in one of their worst defeats of the season.“Well, it didn’t work too well,” Gibbons said with a shrug after the three-hour, 18-minute marathon mercifully concluded. “At the big-league level you never want to do that, but sometimes you have to.”Santos lasted two innings — which was about what was expected of him in the first start of his career — and was actually one of the
The farewell tributes to Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ will have to wait for another day.Or perhaps another season.On Sunday at the Rogers Centre, the big lefty and his team’s most reliable starter this season served up yet another solid performance in what will likely be his last home start for the Jays.Happ tamed the Orioles early to help set the stage for a late rally in which the Jays won 5-4 to finish off the three-game weekend sweep over their malodorous AL East companions.After a slow start to their day, the Jays offence picked it up with a four-run eighth inning on two-run homers from Randal Grichuk and Yangervis Solarte to secure the win over the awful O’s.In many ways, however, the game was about Happ, fresh off his big week in Washington for the MLB all-star festivities.