Major League Baseball once again returns to Montreal this weekend. The Blue Jays and Red Sox will play a pair of exhibition games at Olympic Stadium, with Friday’s game at 7:05 p.m. ET and Saturday’s contest at 1:05 p.m. Both games are on MLB.TV.
Blue Jays radio broadcaster Jerry Howarth is about to enter his 35th full season in the booth and during that time not only has the game changed but also the preparation of those who cover it.
The high-octane offense is back, the bullpen has been improved and the starting rotation should be good enough to get the job done. For those reasons and more, MLB.com’s “Fearless Prediction” for the Blue Jays is that they will return to the postseason as the American League East champs in 2016.
Right-hander Ervin Santana was solid in his final tune-up before his Opening Day start, while Danny Santana paced the offense with three hits and two RBIs to help lead the Twins to a 4-3 win over the Blue Jays on Wednesday at Hammond Stadium.
Roberto Osuna, who recorded 20 saves as a rookie last year, will open the season as the Blue Jays’ closer, manager John Gibbons said on Wednesday.
Blue Jays manager John Gibbons will announce his closer, fourth outfielder and the final three spots in the bullpen during a media-availability session early Wednesday morning.
The rise to prominence of the Royals and Blue Jays can be traced in part to a rare ability to produce offense in pressure situations. Yes, we’re talking clutch hitting, and it’s worth noting as we weigh in with bold 2016 forecasts.
The Blue Jays’ Minor League system is not what it used to be. But there are still several key prospects to keep an eye on this year, and at the forefront of that discussion is right-hander Conner Greene.
The alignment of Toronto’s bullpen gained some clarity Tuesday morning, when right-hander Steve Delabar was given his unconditional release and veteran lefty Randy Choate was informed he would not make the 25-man roster.
When the Blue Jays began the offseason, they faced the difficult task of trying to completely overhaul a rotation that had two pitchers under contract and plenty of questions marks in the Minors.
Blue Jays right-hander Marco Estrada appears likely to begin the season on the 15-day disabled list because of a back injury that caused him to have a delayed start at Spring Training.
Pitching and a pair of homers dominated the day as Marcus Stroman and Vince Velasquez had scoreless outings for their respective teams in a game that the Blue Jays went on to win, 2-1, over the Phillies on Monday afternoon at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium.