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David Cooper delivered the big hit for Toronto in extra innings, scoring Kelly Johnson to lead the Blue Jays to a close 3-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Monday night at the Rogers Centre. Carlos Villanueva got the start for Toronto and was superb, pitching seven strong innings and allowing just one earned run on five hits and a walk. He also added eight strikeouts over the course of his 85 pitches to put Toronto in solid position to win the game. Offensively, Moises Sierra blasted his first home run of the season, a solo shot in the seventh off White Sox starter Jake Peavy. While they only managed seven hits on the day, they got the big hits when they counted - the squad was 2-3 with runners in scoring position.
Despite only being five games behind .500, the Toronto Blue Jays find themselves in the cellar of the ultra competitive American League East with a 53-58 record, 12 games behind the division leading New York Yankees. While the team remains near the front of the league in runs scored (currently 5th overall with 525), they rank near the bottom in both batting average and on- base percentage where they are 20th overall for each. Pitching has also been a sore spot, with Henderson Alvarez leading a struggling staff with a 4.58 E.R.A. thus far. Edwin Encarnacion has been a bright spot, currently leading the offense with a .288 average, 29 home runs and 75 runs batted in.
The Tampa Bay Rays got the best of the Toronto Blue Jays in an intense inter- division rivalry game as the Rays earned the victory on Wednesday by the score of 4-1. J.A. Happ got the start for Toronto and lasted just 4.1 innings, surrendering four earned runs on seven hits and a walk. He also added five strikeouts over the course of his short 82 pitch outing. Offensively, Colby Rasmus provided all of the pop with his 20th home run of the year, a solo shot off Rays starter James Shields in the fourth inning. Outside of that home run, the Blue Jays only managed two additional hits off Shields and the rest of the Tampa Bay bullpen and were 0-2 with runners in scoring position.
Despite a solid start from Brett Cecil, the Toronto Blue Jays dropped a 4-1 ball game to the Detroit Tigers on Sunday at the Rogers Centre. Cecil pitched 6.2 innings, surrendering three earned runs on four hits and four walks. He also added seven strikeouts over the course of his 109 pitches, despite picking up his fourth loss of the year. Offensively, the Blue Jays managed just seven hits off Doug Fister and the Tigers bullpen, with their lone RBI coming off the bat of Colby Rasmus, his 64th of the year. Overall on the game, Toronto was 0-4 when it counted with runners in scoring position.
Ricky Romero did not have his best stuff on Wednesday as he and the Toronto Blue Jays were routed to the tune of 16-0 by the Oakland Athletics at the Rogers Centre. Romero lasted just 1.1 innings, surrendering eight earned runs on four hits and six walks. Offensively, the team was anemic - they managed just five hits on the day, none of which came with runners in scoring position. The bullpen didn't fair much better - after Romero was taken out in the second, the bullpen allowed an additional eight earned runs throughout the course of the game. AJ Griffin picked up the victory for the Athletics.
The Blue Jays jumped all over Boston starter Jon Lester early and never relented as Toronto defeated the division rival Red Sox by the score of 15-7 on Sunday at Fenway Park. While Blue Jays starter Hudson Alvarez didn't have his best stuff either, he stuck around long enough to earn his sixth win of the year thus far. Alvarez pitched 5.2 innings, surrendering seven earned runs on eight hits and a walk. Offensively for Toronto, Brett Lawrie, Rajai Davis and Travis Snider each hit home runs in the victory, while Edwin Encarnacion, JP Arencibia, Jeff Mathis and Colby Rasmus all also drove in runs.
The Toronto Blue Jays managed to hang in there with the rest of the AL East for a while, but the Yankees, Orioles and Rays are beginning to put some distance in between them and the Blue Jays have fallen to 6.5 games behind the first-place Yankees at 31-32. This weekend, the Blue Jays will face the Philadelphia Phillies in an interleague series at home in the Rogers Centre. On Friday night, the Jays will send 7-1 Ricky Romero to the mound to face the 0-3 Cliff Lee, who is off to a rather disappointing start to the 2012 season thus far.
In the ultra-competitive AL East, a division that's even tighter than its National League counterpart, the fourth-place Toronto Blue Jays are only 2 games out of the division lead at 30-27. Led by Edwin Encarnacion with 17 home runs, 43 RBI, and a .926 OPS, the Blue Jays have managed to hang with the rest of the AL East competition and stay relevant up to this point in the season by scoring a lot of runs. The Jays are 5th in the league in runs scored and will open up a three-game interleague series on Friday night against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field in Atlanta.
In the ultra-competitive AL East, the 27-24 Toronto Blue Jays are only 2 games out of first place, despite currently sitting in 4th place in the division. They are one game ahead of the last-place Boston Red Sox and they will open up a series against Boston on Friday night at home in the Rogers Centre. They will look to remain ahead of the Red Sox and move up in the division. The Jays, led by Edwin Encarnacion with 17 home runs and 42 RBI, are only a half game behind the 3rd place Yankees and are within striking distance of the Orioles and Rays who share the divsion lead.
The Blue Jays won close one against the Texas Rangers on Tuesday on a walk-off home run from rookie third basement Brett Lawrie, moving them to 13-11 on the season so far and 7-7 at home. Interim closer Francisco Cordero blew the save in the top of the ninth inning, but Lawrie's heroics ensured a victory for both the ballclub and for Cordero himself. Kelly Johnson and Jose Bautista also added home runs for the Blue Jays in the winning effort. Bautista's blast was his fourth on the season, while Johnson's was his fifth. Ricky Romero will take the mound for the Blue Jays on Wednesday.
The Blue Jays learned this past weekend just how unforgiving the strong American League East will be this season. After beginning the weekend in a first place tie with the Tampa Bay Rays, the Toronto Blue Jays find themselves in fourth place in the division heading into the final game of April. While the entire division is close (first place and last place are separated by only 3.5 games), it appears that it may remain very close for the remainder of the season as these teams continue to beat up on one another. Designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion has paced the Jays offense so far, leading the team with a .310 average, 7 home runs and 20 RBI's.
The Toronto Blue Jays continued their strong start this past weekend with a four game sweep of the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. The team currently boasts a 10-6 record and is tied with the New York Yankees for the division lead. The Jays, however, received some unfortunate news last week when it was revealed the closer Sergio Santos would require a stint on the 15-day D.L. with a shoulder injury. To fill the void, former closer Francisco Cordero stepped in and delivered two strong saves for the team over the weekend. Cordero will close until Santos returns from his injury.
After revamping their bullpen in the offseason with the additions of Francisco Cordero and closer Sergio Santos, the Blue Jays felt that they finally had a club that could compete with the likes of the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays. While they began the season with a 2-2 mark - better than both the Yankees and the Red Sox - a number of questions remain. New closer Santos has yielded 4 earned runs in 2.1 innings, while sluggers Adam Lind and J.P. Arencibia both sport batting averages below .200 through the first week of the season.
Toronto Blue Jays Tickets - Team History
Toronto Blue Jays tickets allow fans to see the only team outside the United States to have won a Major League Baseball World Series. After the team was founded in Toronto in 1977, the Blue Jays enjoyed much success during the early 90's and came out of the decade with two MLB World Series victories in both 1992 and 1994. The club was purchased by Rogers Communications in 2000 and play at the Rogers Centre, a ballpark that carries the distinction of being the first stadium to have a motorized retractable roof. Watch as the Toronto Blue Jays go for their third ring in 2011!
Toronto Blue Jays Tickets - Season Info
The Toronto Blue Jays experienced great success in 2010, but are now forced to bear the loss of manager Cito Gaston to retirement and will lean heavily on All Star Jose Bautista. After having a career season in 2010, Bautista agreed to a 5-year contract extension to the tune of $64 million. He not only led the MLB with 54 home runs last season, but also won the American League Hank Aaron award. Count on another solid season from this top performer.
Toronto Blue Jays Tickets - Ticket Information
Toronto Blue Jays tickets ensure that fans see the Blue Jays playing top contenders throughout the entire MLB season. The Blue Jays have their work cut out for them in a tough American League East. With matchups with great teams like the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays and non-divisional meetings with the Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals throughout the season, the Blue Jays are sure to be tested in 2011. Don't miss a second of the action!
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