|BOSTON ( RODRIGUEZ )|
TORONTO ( SANCHEZ )
|971||BOSTON||-120||Ov 8.5,-120||-125||Ov 8.5,-115|
|972||TORONTO||+110||Un 8.5,+100||+115||Un 8.5,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||15-3||+11.6||11-6||6.3||0.287||0.353||0.470||0.822||3.2||0.220||0.286||0.320||0.606|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.8||4-3||5.4||0.276||0.322||0.452||0.774||2.4||0.197||0.256||0.303||0.559|
|vs Left-handed Starters||5-3||+1.6||4-3||5.1||0.236||0.315||0.363||0.679||4.6||0.267||0.342||0.430||0.772|
|Past 7 Games||5-3||+2.8||4-3||6.0||0.235||0.329||0.383||0.712||4.7||0.270||0.330||0.442||0.772|
|4/11/2018||PRICE(L)||NY YANKEES||TANAKA(R)||7-10||L||-105||8 un||O||10||4||1||12||7||0|
|4/12/2018||PORCELLO(R)||NY YANKEES||GRAY(R)||6-3||W||+100||9 ov||P||8||8||2||4||5||1|
|4/17/2018||PRICE(L)||@ LA ANGELS||OHTANI(R)||10-1||W||155||8 un||O||15||8||1||4||8||0|
|4/18/2018||PORCELLO(R)||@ LA ANGELS||SKAGGS(L)||9-0||W||110||8 ev||O||14||8||0||6||8||1|
|4/19/2018||RODRIGUEZ(L)||@ LA ANGELS||TROPEANO(R)||8-2||W||-105||8.5 un||O||14||7||1||4||6||1|
|4/20/2018||POMERANZ(L)||@ OAKLAND||GRAVEMAN(R)||7-3||W||-135||9 ev||O||11||2||0||10||10||0|
|4/21/2018||SALE(L)||@ OAKLAND||MANAEA(L)||0-3||L||-165||7.5 un||U||0||3||0||7||6||1|
|4/22/2018||PRICE(L)||@ OAKLAND||MENGDEN(R)||1-4||L||-125||8.5 ev||U||6||7||0||9||4||1|
|4/24/2018||PORCELLO(R)||@ TORONTO||HAPP(L)||3-4||L||105||8.5 ev||U||9||6||0||5||5||0|
|4/25/2018||RODRIGUEZ(L)||@ TORONTO||SANCHEZ(R)|| |
|4/26/2018||SALE(L)||@ TORONTO||ESTRADA(R)|| |
|4/27/2018||POMERANZ(L)||TAMPA BAY||SNELL(L)|| |
|4/28/2018||PRICE(L)||TAMPA BAY||CHIRINOS(R)|| |
|4/29/2018||PORCELLO(R)||TAMPA BAY||FARIA(R)|| |
|4/30/2018||RODRIGUEZ(L)||KANSAS CITY||HAMMEL(R)|| |
|5/1/2018||SALE(L)||KANSAS CITY||JUNIS(R)|| |
|5/2/2018|| ||KANSAS CITY|| || |
|4/11/2018||ESTRADA(R)||@ BALTIMORE||GAUSMAN(R)||3-5||L||100||9 un||U||7||7||0||11||9||0|
|4/13/2018||STROMAN(R)||@ CLEVELAND||CLEVINGER(R)||8-4||W||140||8.5 ev||O||7||5||0||12||8||2|
|4/17/2018||GARCIA(L)||KANSAS CITY||SKOGLUND(L)||11-3||W||-195||9 ov||O||13||6||0||11||7||2|
|4/17/2018||BIAGINI(R)||KANSAS CITY||DUFFY(L)||5-4||W||-150||9 un||P||9||11||0||10||12||0|
|4/18/2018||HAPP(L)||KANSAS CITY||KENNEDY(R)||15-5||W||-195||8 ev||O||15||9||1||8||8||2|
|4/19/2018||SANCHEZ(R)||@ NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||3-4||L||145||9 ev||U||6||8||0||8||6||1|
|4/20/2018||ESTRADA(R)||@ NY YANKEES||GRAY(R)||8-5||W||180||8.5 ov||O||9||10||0||11||6||0|
|4/21/2018||STROMAN(R)||@ NY YANKEES||MONTGOMERY(L)||1-9||L||150||9 un||O||4||6||1||9||7||0|
|4/22/2018||GARCIA(L)||@ NY YANKEES||SEVERINO(R)||1-5||L||220||8.5 un||U||4||7||1||9||6||0|
|4/30/2018||SANCHEZ(R)||@ MINNESOTA||LYNN(R)|| |
|5/1/2018||ESTRADA(R)||@ MINNESOTA||GIBSON(R)|| |
|5/2/2018|| ||@ MINNESOTA|| || |
|BOSTON: 2017: 93-69, first place, lost to Houston in ALDS.
MANAGER: Alex Cora (first season).
ADDITIONS: DH J.D. Martinez.
MANAGER John Farrell, RHP Doug Fister, OF Chris Young, RHP Addison Reed, OF Rajai Davis, LHP Henry Owens, LHP Fernando Abad.
OUTLOOK: The Red Sox won 93 games last year for the second straight season and claimed the franchise's first back-to-back AL East titles. But Farrell was fired after they failed to advance in the playoffs for the fourth year in a row. The key ' and really only ' addition is Martinez, who gives them someone to replace longtime slugger David Ortiz after finishing last in the AL in homers without Big Papi in 2017. The theory behind Boston keeping up with the reloaded New York Yankees goes something like this: A full season of a healthy Price will bolster a rotation that already has a quality ace in Sale, plus 2016 AL Cy Young Award winner Porcello and All-Stars Pomeranz and Wright. The Red Sox also are staking their chances on the hope that Ramirez can be more like the player he was in 2016 (.286, 30, 111); that Pedroia will return quickly and be healthy and productive; that 20-year-old third baseman Devers will be able to stay up for a full season; and that Bradley won't have another second-half slump. The bullpen, anchored by Kimbrel, remains strong.
|TORONTO: 2017: 76-86, fourth place.
MANAGER: John Gibbons (sixth season of second stint, 11th overall with Blue Jays).
ADDITIONS: LHP Jaime Garcia, OF Randal Grichuk, OF Curtis Granderson, RHP Seung-hwan Oh, INF Yangervis Solarte, INF Aledmys Diaz, RHP John Axford, RHP Tyler Clippard, INF Danny Espinosa, RHP Taylor Guerrieri, INF Gift Ngoepe, LHP Sam Moll, RHP Sam Gaviglio.
SUBTRACTIONS: OF Jose Bautista, OF Ezequiel Carrera, RHP Dominic Leone, LHP Brett Anderson, INF Darwin Barney, RHP Leonel Campos, OF Darrell Ceciliani, RHP Taylor Cole, INF Ryan Goins, C Raffy Lopez, RHP Tom Koehler, RHP Dominic Leone, C Miguel Montero, INF Rob Refsnyder, OF Michael Saunders, RHP Bo Schultz, RHP Cesar Valdez.
OUTLOOK: The powerful Yankees and reigning division champion Red Sox are considered playoff favorites in the AL East, so the expectation is the Blue Jays will be left to compete for the second wild card. If Donaldson and Smoak help the offense rebound from last season's injury-induced stumble, when Toronto scored an AL-low 693 runs, and the starting pitching stays strong and healthy, the Blue Jays might be able to mount a playoff push. Health concerns remain plentiful, however. Besides Tulowitzki's troublesome heel, Travis will need scheduled downtime to rest his surgically repaired right knee. Stroman was slowed by a sore shoulder in spring training, and Sanchez will be closely monitored after making just eight starts last year because of blister issues.
|Jays aim to build on 'meaningful' win vs. Red Sox|
TORONTO -- The Toronto Blue Jays won the first of a three-game series against the Boston Red Sox Tuesday night on a 10th-inning homer by Curtis Granderson.
The win had significance beyond defeating an American League East rival. The city of Toronto has been reeling since a van attack killed 10 people and injured 14 others Monday afternoon. A man has been charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder.
"I think the city is hurting right now," said Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ, who struck out a season-best 10 and allowed one run over seven innings in a no-decision on Tuesday. "We had some first responders (honored in a pregame ceremony) here today. I hope they enjoyed the game. It was a meaningful win for us on several levels."
The win ended a seven-game losing streak against the Red Sox at the Rogers Centre for the Blue Jays. The second game will be played Wednesday night with left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez (2-0, 3.45 ERA) starting for Boston against Toronto right-hander Aaron Sanchez (1-2, 3.86 ERA).
"I think we remember that they played well against us, so I think it's nice to set the tone and get that first one," Happ said. "It's going to be battle all year long."
Granderson had three hits on the game. The homer against Boston closer Craig Kimbrel was his third of the season, and his fourth career walk-off blast.
He has eight RBIs in his past five games.
Granderson also threw out Eduardo Nunez, who was trying to score the go-ahead run from second on Brock Holt's game-tying single to left in the top of the ninth.
The Blue Jays outfielder said the positioning from Blue Jays first-base coach Tim Leiper, who also sets defensive alignments, helped give him a chance to make a successful throw.
"You have to challenge Granderson," Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. "You've been challenging Granderson for more than five years. He made a perfect throw and threw him out. ... We put ourselves in a position to win the game. It just didn't happen."
Granderson, who had been moved from right field to left field in the ninth, repeated what he had heard someone say from the Canadian capital of Ottawa after the tragedy.
"Somebody in Ottawa said continue to keep going, don't live in fear and don't stop things because of this incident," Granderson said. "So, having a lot of fans come out and continue to support and knowing we have a big game against the Red Sox, it was a big thing for the city and the country."
The Blue Jays (14-8) ended a two-game losing skid with the victory on Tuesday, while the Red Sox (17-5) have lost three in a row for the first time this season. They had won 17 of their first 20 games this season.
Holt was 3-for-4 for the Red Sox and he will take a seven-game hitting streak into the second game on Wednesday. Holt is batting 12-for-29 (.414) with four doubles, one homer and five RBIs during that span.
Sanchez will be making his fourth start of the season. He is 4-2 with a 3.75 ERA against the Red Sox in 15 games, including seven starts.
Rodriguez has won each of his past two starts. He is 1-3 with a 5.67 ERA in eight career appearances (seven starts) against the Blue Jays.
|Last Updated: 5/23/2018 4:04:09 AM EST|