|TORONTO ( HAPP )|
CINCINNATI ( LEAKE )
|929||TORONTO||+115||Ov 8.5,-110||+115||Ov 8.5,-105|
|930||CINCINNATI||-125||Un 8.5,-110||-125||Un 8.5,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||30-25||+4.3||26-27||4.7||0.258||0.326||4.3||0.261||0.331|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.7||3-4||4.7||0.259||0.335||4.3||0.264||0.319|
|vs Left-handed Starters||6-11||-4.6||8-8||3.5||0.228||0.282||4.6||0.252||0.321|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.8||5-2||7.1||0.299||0.340||5.7||0.287||0.374|
|6/7/2014||BUEHRLE(L)||ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)||0-5||L||-155||9.5 un||U||3||4||1||8||11||0|
|6/8/2014||HUTCHISON(R)||ST LOUIS||GARCIA(L)||0-5||L||-130||9 un||U||4||9||1||11||6||1|
|6/12/2014||BUEHRLE(L)||@ BALTIMORE||GAUSMAN(R)||2-4||L||100||9 ov||U||7||7||0||9||8||0|
|6/13/2014||HUTCHISON(R)||@ BALTIMORE||JIMENEZ(R)||4-0||W||-110||9 ov||U||4||4||0||9||9||1|
|6/14/2014||DICKEY(R)||@ BALTIMORE||NORRIS(R)||2-3||L||-110||9 un||U||9||9||1||7||7||0|
|6/15/2014||HAPP(L)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)||5-2||W||105||9 ov||U||12||9||0||9||7||0|
|6/17/2014||STROMAN(R)||@ NY YANKEES||TANAKA(R)||1-3||L||165||8 un||U||6||8||0||6||7||0|
|6/18/2014||BUEHRLE(L)||@ NY YANKEES||WHITLEY(R)||3-7||L||105||9 un||O||7||7||1||11||8||0|
|6/19/2014||HUTCHISON(R)||@ NY YANKEES||PHELPS(R)||4-6||L||-110||9 un||O||8||6||0||10||11||0|
|6/20/2014||HENDRIKS(R)||@ CINCINNATI||LATOS(R)||14-9||W||145||8.5 ov||O||16||9||3||10||4||0|
|6/21/2014||HAPP(L)||@ CINCINNATI||LEAKE(R)|| |
|6/22/2014||DICKEY(R)||@ CINCINNATI||CUETO(R)|| |
|6/23/2014||STROMAN(R)||NY YANKEES||WHITLEY(R)|| |
|6/24/2014||BUEHRLE(L)||NY YANKEES||PHELPS(R)|| |
|6/25/2014||HUTCHISON(R)||NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)|| |
|6/26/2014||HAPP(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||RIENZO(R)|| |
|6/27/2014||DICKEY(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)|| |
|6/28/2014|| ||CHI WHITE SOX|| || |
|6/9/2014||CINGRANI(L)||LA DODGERS||HAREN(R)||2-6||L||-115||7.5 ov||O||7||7||1||10||9||0|
|6/10/2014||LEAKE(R)||LA DODGERS||BECKETT(R)||1-6||L||-130||7.5 ov||U||9||10||0||12||9||0|
|6/11/2014||CUETO(R)||LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||5-0||W||-135||7 un||U||8||6||0||5||5||0|
|6/12/2014||SIMON(R)||LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)||4-1||W||+115||7.5 un||U||7||4||0||8||8||0|
|6/13/2014||BAILEY(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||GARZA(R)||6-5||W||105||7.5 ev||O||9||7||0||9||7||4|
|6/14/2014||LATOS(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||GALLARDO(R)||2-4||L||110||7.5 ev||U||7||4||0||6||3||0|
|6/15/2014||LEAKE(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||ESTRADA(R)||13-4||W||115||8 un||O||19||8||0||10||8||1|
|6/17/2014||CUETO(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||CUMPTON(R)||6-5||W||-115||7 ov||O||13||8||0||13||13||2|
|6/18/2014||SIMON(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||VOLQUEZ(R)||11-4||W||125||8 ov||O||14||10||0||7||9||1|
|6/19/2014||BAILEY(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||LOCKE(L)||3-4||L||-115||7.5 un||U||8||6||0||12||14||1|
|6/23/2014||SIMON(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)|| |
|6/24/2014||BAILEY(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||ARRIETA(R)|| |
|6/25/2014||LATOS(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)|| |
|6/26/2014||LEAKE(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||VOGELSONG(R)|| |
|6/27/2014||CUETO(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)|| |
|6/28/2014|| ||@ SAN FRANCISCO|| || |
|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.
|CINCINNATI: CINCINNATI (AP) - Bryan Price's father worked for a savings and loan that had San Francisco Giants season tickets and would make some of them available to employees.|
Any team was good to see. Two were best.
''So you go in there and battle for tickets to certain games,'' Price said. ''And I would circle the Reds and the Dodgers.''
He loved how the franchises were stocked with stars. He knew it would be fun watching them play his hometown Giants. He even dreamed of some playing or working for one of those teams.
That's why the last six weeks of spring training left him with a too-good-to-be-true feeling at times. He's managing the Reds, one of those teams he loved to see.
''It's almost a constant, surreal experience for me at this point,'' he said in February.
The surreal part gave way to reality pretty fast.
Starter Mat Latos had knee surgery the day spring training opened. Closer Aroldis Chapman got hit in the head by a line drive and is out for at least a month after having a plate put into his forehead. Starter Homer Bailey strained his groin. Relievers Jonathan Broxton and Sean Marshall aren't ready to start the season.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (TORONTO-CINCINNATI) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Blue Jays-Reds Preview* ========================
By ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
Toronto (41-33) at Cincinnati (35-36), 4:10 p.m. EDT
One of the most stunning comebacks in franchise history might have given the Toronto Blue Jays the boost they need to get back on track and protect their AL East lead.
J.A. Happ looks to give another strong outing while the Blue Jays' hitters try to add to Cincinnati Reds right-hander Mike Leake's recent woes Saturday.
Toronto (42-33) looked like it was heading for a season high-tying fourth straight loss and its 10th in 13 games when it fell behind 8-0 in the second inning of Friday's series opener in Cincinnati. The Blue Jays, though, came away with a 14-9 victory by scoring 11 runs over the final four innings and broke a tie with five in the ninth.
"That kind of thing happens," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "But I can't remember one like this - not at this level."
Edwin Encarnacion went deep twice - giving him a major league-best 23 homers - and drove in a career-high six runs in his first start against his former club. He's hit 21 homers in 42 games since May 6.
The Blue Jays' second-largest rally in any contest kept them 1 1/2 games in front of the New York Yankees in the division. The Blue Jays, who led by six games June 6, were swept in three games at Yankee Stadium earlier this week.
Happ (6-3, 4.05 ERA) looks to build on his best outing in weeks after giving up one run over six-plus inning in Sunday's 5-2 win at Baltimore. He was 1-2 with a 6.11 ERA in his previous three outings.
The left-hander seeks to win a fifth consecutive road start and lead Toronto to a franchise-best fifth consecutive interleague road victory. He is 1-2 with a 5.64 in five career starts against the Reds (35-37), last facing them June 1, 2012, while with Houston.
Leake (4-6, 3.80) is 1-2 with an 8.22 ERA in three starts this month and hasn't made it through the sixth inning in any of those games. He gave up four runs in five innings Sunday in Milwaukee while allowing a season high-tying nine hits and three walks, but got the win from a 13-4 rout.
The Reds have lost back-to-back games after winning six of seven and issued nine walks while blowing an eight-run lead in a loss for the first time since May 20, 2010.
"I don't know what it is," manager Bryan Price said. "Fortunately, it's only one loss. It's an ugly type of loss. It's the type of loss that affects everybody."
Leake, 3-1 with a 2.47 ERA in his last 10 starts against AL opponents, gave up three runs in seven innings to lose his lone matchup with Toronto on June 17, 2011 in Cincinnati.
Erik Kratz, who doubled in the go-ahead run Friday, is 3 for 5 with a pair of homers in his career against Leake.
Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips is 6 for 12 with three home runs lifetime versus Happ.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 8:44:10 PM EST|