|TORONTO ( HUTCHISON )|
HOUSTON ( BUCHANAN )
|921||TORONTO||-125||Ov 8.5,-110||-145||Ov 9,+110|
|922||HOUSTON||+115||Un 8.5,-110||+135||Un 9,-130|
|vs Right-handed Starters||45-35||+10||38-38||4.8||0.267||0.331||4.3||0.259||0.324|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+5.7||3-2||6.7||0.321||0.394||2.6||0.208||0.269|
|vs Right-handed Starters||29-43||-3.2||36-34||3.8||0.236||0.298||5.0||0.270||0.336|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-2.6||5-2||3.6||0.218||0.276||5.3||0.274||0.342|
|7/24/2014||STROMAN(R)||BOSTON||DE LA ROSA(R)||8-0||W||-110||8 ov||P||14||8||0||1||3||0|
|7/25/2014||BUEHRLE(L)||@ NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)||4-6||L||120||8 un||O||10||6||0||11||5||0|
|7/26/2014||HUTCHISON(R)||@ NY YANKEES||CAPUANO(L)||6-4||W||120||8.5 ov||O||9||11||0||8||11||0|
|7/27/2014||HAPP(L)||@ NY YANKEES||GREENE(R)||5-4||W||115||9 ov||P||12||9||0||7||4||1|
|7/28/2014||DICKEY(R)||@ BOSTON||BUCHHOLZ(R)||14-1||W||130||9 ov||O||14||7||1||5||6||0|
|7/29/2014||STROMAN(R)||@ BOSTON||DE LA ROSA(R)||4-2||W||-105||8.5 un||U||12||8||0||7||8||1|
|7/30/2014||BUEHRLE(L)||@ BOSTON||WORKMAN(R)||6-1||W||105||9 un||U||9||9||0||8||8||2|
|7/31/2014||HUTCHISON(R)||@ HOUSTON||COSART(R)|| |
|8/1/2014||HAPP(L)||@ HOUSTON||MCHUGH(R)|| |
|8/2/2014||DICKEY(R)||@ HOUSTON||OBERHOLTZER(L)|| |
|8/3/2014||STROMAN(R)||@ HOUSTON||FELDMAN(R)|| |
|8/7/2014|| ||BALTIMORE|| || |
|7/18/2014||FELDMAN(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||2-3||L||150||8 un||U||3||3||0||7||5||1|
|7/19/2014||KEUCHEL(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||NOESI(R)||3-4||L||-105||8.5 un||U||9||8||1||13||11||0|
|7/20/2014||COSART(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)||11-7||W||120||9 un||O||17||6||3||10||9||0|
|7/22/2014||OBERHOLTZER(L)||@ OAKLAND||KAZMIR(L)||3-2||W||230||7.5 un||U||11||7||1||8||8||1|
|7/23/2014||PEACOCK(R)||@ OAKLAND||CHAVEZ(R)||7-9||L||230||7.5 ov||O||10||6||0||13||11||1|
|7/24/2014||FELDMAN(R)||@ OAKLAND||SAMARDZIJA(R)||1-13||L||240||8 ev||O||6||5||0||14||8||0|
|8/5/2014||KEUCHEL(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||KENDRICK(R)|| |
|8/6/2014||COSART(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||LEE(L)|| |
|8/7/2014|| ||@ PHILADELPHIA|| || |
|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.
|HOUSTON: HOUSTON (AP) - Coming off three straight 100-loss seasons, the Houston Astros are confident they'll be better this year.|
How much? They aren't putting a number on that. But after setting a franchise record with a whopping 111 defeats, they have a simple target.
''It's our goal to be the most improved team in major league baseball (and) I believe ... we have the group together and we can actually accomplish that,'' second-year manager Bo Porter said.
There are several reasons why the Astros are certain they can improve. They brought in several established players this offseason to pair with the many young players who got their first significant playing time last season. They also could get some reinforcements soon from top prospects who are inching closer to being major league ready.
General manager Jeff Luhnow's rebuilding plan has already boosted Houston's minor league system from the worst in baseball to one of the best. He expects that work to start paying dividends this season in the majors.
''We have a young team. We're still going to make some mistakes,'' he said. ''Our young players have improved but still need some development. We brought in some veterans to help stabilize the team this year. We're going to see a big improvement as a result of those two dynamics.''
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (TORONTO-HOUSTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Blue Jays-Astros Preview* ==========================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Toronto (58-50) at Houston (43-64), 8:10 p.m. EDT
After sweeping their fourth road series of the season, the Toronto Blue Jays continue to surge.
The visiting Blue Jays will try for a sixth consecutive victory Thursday night against the Houston Astros.
After taking two of three at Yankee Stadium to open a 10-game trip, Toronto (59-50) outscored Boston 24-4 to take all three at Fenway Park. The Blue Jays have hit .317 and averaged 6.2 runs while winning 10 of 12.
Dioner Navarro had three hits with three RBIs and Mark Buehrle threw 6 2-3 strong innings for Toronto, which is 2 1/2 games behind first-place Baltimore in the AL East and three games up on the Yankees and Seattle for the second wild-card spot.
The Jays will try to stay hot behind Drew Hutchison (7-9, 4.44 ERA), who makes his first appearance versus Houston (44-64).
The right-hander is 2-5 with a 7.71 ERA in eight home starts, but 5-4 with a 2.95 ERA in 13 on the road this season. He posted a 7.63 ERA during a three-start road skid that ended Saturday, when he gave up only a two-run homer in 6 2-3 innings of a 6-4 victory at New York.
"Things that have happened previously, there's nothing you can do about them once they happen," Hutchison told MLB's official website. "It's a fresh game, go out there and do everything you can do to give your team a chance to win."
Toronto dropped its first five games at Houston before winning 2-1 on Aug. 25.
After losing five in a row, the Astros took two of three at home from an Oakland team that owns the best record in the majors. Dallas Keuchel allowed a run and four hits en route to recording a complete game in Wednesday's 8-1 victory.
"I feel like we can play with anybody," he said. "When we play to our potential, we can."
Second baseman Jose Altuve is batting .396 during a 12-game hitting streak, and .353 in the last four against the Blue Jays.
Houston's Jarred Cosart (9-7, 4.41) went 7-3 with a 2.70 ERA during a 12-start stretch heading into July, but he's 1-2 with an 8.02 ERA, 14 walks and 13 strikeouts in four outings this month. He gave up five runs, seven hits and walked four in 5 2-3 innings of a 7-3 home loss to Miami on Saturday.
"Same as always when I have a bad game," Cosart said. "Just didn't throw strikes."
In his only previous appearance against the Blue Jays, the right-hander allowed a run and five walks in six innings while not factoring in the decision of a 2-1 road defeat on July 28, 2013.
Melky Cabrera is 2 for 3 against Cosart, and batting .400 in his last seven contests. He's hitting .365 with five doubles and two home runs in his last 12 versus Houston.
Navarro is batting .344 with 11 RBIs in his last 16 games, and .323 in nine at Minute Maid Park.
|Last Updated: 10/1/2014 5:25:30 PM EST|