Jordan Romano’s grandmother had only seen him pitch once, and never professionally. On Wednesday night in Toronto, she saw him strike out the best hitter in the game. Pitching on home soil for the first time, the big righthander from Markham, Ont. got Mike Trout looking on a night that the Angels star otherwise had his way with Blue Jays pitching.
A pair of gopher balls served up by Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman proved to be the difference as Toronto’s anemic offence mounted little challenge against the Los Angeles Angels Tuesday night. The punchless Jays mustered just three hits, falling to the Halos 3-1 at Rogers Centre.
The Toronto Blue Jays have activated RHP David Phelps off the 60-day injured list. In a corresponding move, RHP Justin Shafer was sent down to triple-A Buffalo. To make room for Phelps on the Blue Jays’ 40-man roster, RHP Elvis Luciano (elbow strain) was shifted to the 60-day IL.
Early in his baseball career, Gord Ash was always one to embrace new opportunities. “Any time there was an opening [in the Toronto Blue Jays organization], I put my hand up,” he said from the podium during his Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame induction speech on Saturday. “After I worked in the ticket office [in 1978], they needed someone to supervise the grounds crew and I put my hand up, not knowing anything about running a grounds crew.” It was this fearless approach, coupled with his strong work ethic, that helped him ascend from part-time ticket seller to general manager of his hometown Toronto Blue Jays during his 25 years with the organization.
When he was eight years old, Canadian Baseball Network writer J.P. Antonacci tried to stump Toronto Blue Jays legendary broadcaster Jerry Howarth with some baseball trivia questions. He couldn’t do it. But that first interaction has led to long bond between the two that Antonacci is very grateful for.
The Toronto Blue Jays got their second day of the draft going by selecting their first Canadian, choosing Oakville, Ontario native Dasan Brown out of Abbey Park High School as the 88th overall pick in the third round.
After his team dropped three of four to the Boston Red Sox, Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo received some reinforcements on Friday as infielders Cavan Biggio and Lourdes Gurriel, as well as left-handed hurler Thomas Pannone were promoted from triple-A Buffalo in advance of Toronto's interleague series opener against the San Diego Padres at Rogers Centre.
Ken Giles is pitching like an elite closer again. So what does that mean for his future with the rebuilding Toronto Blue Jays? Canadian Baseball Network writer Lucas Casaletto tackles this question in his latest article.
Needing to produce a starter ahead of Saturday's afternoon game against the Chicago White Sox, the Toronto Blue Jays have called up left-handed knuckleballer Ryan Feierabend and designated RHP Javy Guerra for assignment.
A bust? Needs to go back to the minors? For those calling for Vladimir Guerrero Jr.'s demotion after a couple of weeks of struggles at the big league level, their questions were answered with a couple of giant punctuation marks as Vlad went deep for the first two times in his major league career on Tuesday night, writes Jay Blue, from Blue Jays from Away.