|TORONTO ( HAPP )|
PHILADELPHIA ( KENDRICK )
|969||TORONTO||+110||Ov 9,-110||+100||Ov 8.5,-105|
|970||PHILADELPHIA||-120||Un 9,-110||-110||Un 8.5,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||11-12||-0.8||14-9||4.7||0.256||0.329||4.6||0.261||0.340|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.9||5-2||5.9||0.273||0.341||4.9||0.272||0.327|
|vs Left-handed Starters||5-3||+3.1||0-6||3.1||0.249||0.296||2.1||0.206||0.274|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1||3-2||3.4||0.255||0.305||3.3||0.232||0.300|
|4/29/2014||MCGOWAN(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||VARGAS(L)||7-10||L||130||8 ev||O||12||8||1||11||5||0|
|4/30/2014||HUTCHISON(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||VENTURA(R)||2-4||L||120||7.5 un||U||7||12||0||6||3||0|
|5/1/2014||BUEHRLE(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)||7-3||W||-110||8.5 un||O||11||10||1||7||5||1|
|5/2/2014||MORROW(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||COLE(R)||5-6||L||125||7.5 un||O||10||8||0||17||10||1|
|5/3/2014||DICKEY(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||LIRIANO(L)||6-8||L||110||7.5 un||O||9||9||0||12||10||4|
|5/4/2014||MCGOWAN(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||VOLQUEZ(R)||7-2||W||110||8.5 un||O||11||7||0||4||5||0|
|5/5/2014||HAPP(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||KENDRICK(R)|| |
|5/6/2014||HUTCHISON(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HAMELS(L)|| |
|5/9/2014||MCGOWAN(R)||LA ANGELS||RICHARDS(R)|| |
|5/10/2014||HAPP(L)||LA ANGELS||SKAGGS(L)|| |
|5/11/2014||HUTCHISON(R)||LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)|| |
|5/12/2014|| ||LA ANGELS|| || |
|4/21/2014||LEE(L)||@ LA DODGERS||MAHOLM(L)||7-0||W||100||7 un||P||11||8||0||4||4||1|
|4/22/2014||BURNETT(R)||@ LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||3-2||W||175||6.5 ev||U||11||11||0||8||7||2|
|4/23/2014||HAMELS(L)||@ LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)||2-5||L||155||6.5 un||O||5||4||0||12||7||0|
|4/24/2014||KENDRICK(R)||@ LA DODGERS||HAREN(R)||7-3||W||160||7 ov||O||11||10||0||11||10||1|
|4/25/2014||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ ARIZONA||COLLMENTER(R)||4-5||L||120||9 ov||P||11||9||0||9||6||1|
|4/26/2014||LEE(L)||@ ARIZONA||ARROYO(R)||6-5||W||-145||8 un||O||13||11||1||10||8||3|
|4/27/2014||BURNETT(R)||@ ARIZONA||MCCARTHY(R)||2-0||W||125||8.5 un||U||8||6||0||6||6||1|
|4/29/2014||HAMELS(L)||NY METS||NIESE(L)||1-6||L||-135||7 un||P||5||6||0||9||6||1|
|5/7/2014||LEE(L)||@ TORONTO||BUEHRLE(L)|| |
|5/8/2014||BURNETT(R)||@ TORONTO||DICKEY(R)|| |
|5/9/2014||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ NY METS||MEJIA(R)|| |
|5/10/2014||KENDRICK(R)||@ NY METS||GEE(R)|| |
|5/11/2014||HAMELS(L)||@ NY METS||NIESE(L)|| |
|TORONTO: TORONTO (AP) - All winter long, the Blue Jays' primary concern was upgrading the starting pitching. The biggest story in Toronto this spring, though, is the one about the free agent arm that got away.|
After months of inaction, the Blue Jays thought they'd landed right-hander Ervin Santana on a one-year deal in early March. But when injury concerns flared up in Atlanta, Santana signed a similar deal with the Braves instead.
''I think it's pretty obvious we were involved, it didn't work out. I'm trying to take the high road here,'' general manager Alex Anthopoulos said after Santana turned him down, saying he'd rather pitch in a spacious National League park than face AL East foes in Toronto's hitter-friendly dome.
Anthopoulos, who'd previously come ''extremely close'' to acquiring a starter through trade, must now start the season with almost the same staff he took north last year. Right-handed knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, the 2012 NL Cy Young winner, will be the opening-day starter again, while left-hander Mark Buehrle gets the third slot.
But none of the other three leading contenders, right-handers Brandon Morrow and Drew Hutchison, and left-hander J.A. Happ, have ever pitched 200 innings, and all three are coming off injuries. Morrow was limited to 10 starts last year by a nerve problem in his forearm, Hutchison hasn't pitched in the majors since elbow surgery in 2012, and Happ missed most of 2013 after being hit in the head by a line drive. Happ dimmed his own chances with an awful spring.
Santana, who has topped the 200-inning mark five times, would have given the Blue Jays valuable depth. Without him, there's more chance they'll need starts from touted but untested youngsters like Kyle Drabek, Sean Nolin, and Marcus Stroman.
Still, a confident Dickey insisted Santana would have been more ''bonus'' than ''necessity'' to Toronto. ''I feel like we have what we need,'' he said.
|PHILADELPHIA: PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Ryan Howard and his teammates have heard critics say the window has closed for the Philadelphia Phillies.|
They just don't believe it.
After a dominant run that included five straight NL East titles, two pennants and the 2008 World Series championship, the Phillies have missed the postseason two consecutive years. They have an aging core of players who've been declining.
Howard, Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins and Carlos Ruiz are the remaining regulars from the group that led Philadelphia to its best era of baseball from 2007-11 under former manager Charlie Manuel.
They're determined to make another run.
''We've had a bad couple years and had injuries and all that stuff, but I don't think it's over,'' Howard said. ''People are entitled to their opinions and that's fine, but it's up to us to go out there and show them otherwise and go out and play our game and do what we do.''
General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. refused to start the rebuilding process after the Phillies' first losing season since 2002. Instead, he re-signed Utley and Ruiz and added veteran outfielder Marlon Byrd and right-hander A.J. Burnett in free agency.
If the older players live up to their hefty contracts and younger guys like 2013 All-Star Domonic Brown, Cody Asche and Ben Revere continue to develop, the Phillies should be in contention.
''I think we're positive. We're expecting to win and plan on doing everything we can to ensure that,'' ace lefty Cliff Lee said.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (TORONTO-PHILADELPHIA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Blue Jays-Phillies Preview* ============================
Toronto (13-17) at Philadelphia (14-14), 7:05 p.m. EDT
J.A. Happ has thrown just 4 1-3 innings this year, with none in his last 11 days.
He's still hoping to make a case to join the Toronto Blue Jays rotation when he starts Monday night on the road against his first big-league team, the Philadelphia Phillies.
This outing for Happ (0-0, 4.15 ERA) was scheduled to be a spot start, with no off days for Toronto (14-17) this week thanks to this four-game stretch against the Phillies (15-14). The first two games are in Philadelphia before these teams that met in the 1993 World Series play twice in Canada beginning Wednesday.
With Brandon Morrow being placed on the disabled list over the weekend, there is an opportunity for Happ to make more of a bid to start. The concern is that he hasn't thrown a pitch since the last of his three relief appearances April 23.
"It's a little bit of a concern, but what are you going to do?" Happ told the Blue Jays' official website. "I think when I go out there I'm going to try and forget about that and just focus on trying to execute. I can't really change the reality of that, that is what it is. I'll do my best."
The main competition for Happ now figures to be rookie Marcus Stroman, who was called up Sunday.
Happ began his career with the Phillies from 2007-10. The left-hander is 2-0 with a 2.19 ERA in two starts against them, and this marks his second outing as a visitor to Citizens Bank Park.
"It has been long enough I think that it's not a huge issue, but I definitely have a lot of great memories and an appreciation for that place," Happ said. "It's a great place to play."
Philadelphia is hitting .287 against left-handers for one of baseball's better marks, although it was limited to four hits Sunday against two Washington southpaws in a 1-0 victory.
The lack of offense wasn't an issue because Roberto Hernandez pitched four-hit ball over 7 1-3 innings. Chase Utley's RBI single in the first inning accounted for the only run.
"That set the tone for our game," manager Ryne Sandberg said.
Marlon Byrd went 0 for 3 as his seven-game hitting streak in which he batted .448 with two homers and 10 RBIs ended.
The Phillies had a major league-worst 5.53 ERA in interleague games a year ago and fared worse in their lone AL series this year with a 5.96 ERA in losing two of three at Texas to open the season.
Right-hander Kyle Kendrick (0-2, 3.52) is searching for his first win since Aug. 6. He's 0-7 with a 4.87 ERA in his last 12 starts.
Kendrick is 0-1 with a 6.91 ERA in three outings against the Blue Jays. He has had trouble against Jose Reyes, who is 13 for 33 against him.
Melky Cabrera is hitless in five at-bats versus Kendrick but he's batting .377 over his last 14 games.
Toronto's Jose Bautista has reached base in every game for the longest such streak to begin a season since Cincinnati's Joey Votto did it for the first 33 in 2011.
|Last Updated: 8/29/2014 3:25:53 PM EST|