Biagini back from Buffalo to start against Royals

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By Andrew Hendriks
Canadian Baseball Network

Forced into a doubleheader scenario as a result of damage sustained to Rogers Centre’s roof during Monday’s rapid thaw in southwestern Ontario, the Blue Jays needed help.

Joe Biagini was recalled from triple-A Buffalo and immediately tasked their 26th man with starting the nightcap of Tuesday’s doubleheader against the Kansas City Royals.

Appearing in 44 games last season, Biagini pitched to an ERA of 5.34 with 97 strikeouts against 44 walks over 119 2/3 innings of work. Of his 44 assignments, 18 came out of the rotation.

Stretched out as an insurance policy in the wake of Marcus Stroman’s shoulder inflammation diagnosis earlier this spring, the 27-year-old right-hander has made one start with the Bisons in 2018, tossing five innings while allowing a run in two hits and striking out four on April 9.

Monday’s postponement marked only the second time the Blue Jays have been turfed from the Dome due to a balky roof. On April 12, 2001, mechanical issues caused sections of the retractable lid to collide during a standard operations test, thus forcing the Blue Jays to reschedule the night’s contest. 

Oddly enough their opponent that day was Kansas City.

The Jays currently own a record of 21-40-44 over 105 doubleheader matchups dating back to their inaugural season in 1977. For what it’s worth, those figures include an 0-3 mark facing the Royals.

Tuesday’s games will mark only the third time the Blue Jays have played a doubleheader at home since moving into the Dome back in May of 1989. 

Toronto took both ends of a July 17, 1989 showing against the then California Angels -- a make up of an Exhibition Stadium rain out -- and later swept a two-game set playing the Cleveland Indians on Oct. 5, 2001. 


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Andrew Hendriks

Born in southern Ontario during the late 1980's, Hendriks had a front row seat to watch the Blue Jays reach the pinnacle in '92/'93 as a child, an experience that only bolstered this Canadian's love for the "American Game." Having played since before his memory allows access too, his passion for Baseball grew over years of emulating his heroes on the local sandlots, memorizing the backs of chewing gum scented cards and travelling across North America to experience as many aspects of the game as possible. In 2009, Hendriks began volunteering at the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame as a Weekend Tour Guide. By 2010, he was hired on to help curate for the museum & Instruct the fundamentals of the game along side such legends as Tony Fernandez, Roberto Alomar and Jim Fanning during the Hall's annual Kids On Deck program. Following the 2011 season, Hendriks began blogging and co-hosting a weekly podcast for www.BackInBlue.ca, a Blue Jays themed website ran by fans, for fans. Looking to continue connecting with baseball fans across the country, Hendriks is excited to join such a strong team at the Canadian Baseball Network and looks forward to chipping in.