Pompey intent on becoming a factor again

February 24, 2018

LAKELAND, Fla. — Opening Day is still more than a month away. But as far as Dalton Pompey is concerned, it might as well have been Saturday afternoon. Pompey’s nerves for a Spring Training game rivaled the ones he’s typically felt in the big leagues. On the surface, that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. But dig a little deeper, and it’s easy to find out why. After a…

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With job secure, Barnes out to master slider

February 24, 2018

LAKELAND, Fla. — Danny Barnes knows his spot on the Blue Jays’ roster is secure, so he’s spending some of his time this spring trying to master the slider. For the first time in his career, Barnes can take some solace in the fact he doesn’t have to compete for a job. Regardless of what happens this spring, he’ll open the year as a primary setup man for Roberto Osuna….

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Grandy gets reps at leadoff, homers in 1st AB

February 23, 2018

DUNEDIN, Fla. — Curtis Granderson was in the leadoff spot for Toronto’s first game of the spring on Friday, but — despite his leadoff homer against the Phillies’ Nick Pivetta — it doesn’t sound like he’s a realistic candidate to hit there during the regular season. Blue Jays manager John Gibbons had a pretty simple explanation for Granderson’s spot in the order for the Grapefruit League opener: He wanted his…

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Biagini tabbed for first game of Spring Training

February 22, 2018

DUNEDIN, Fla. — The Blue Jays will officially open their Grapefruit League season on Friday afternoon, when right-hander Joe Biagini takes the mound against Philadelphia. Biagini will spend most of Spring Training working as a starter, but he’s not currently in the mix for a spot in the rotation. Barring injuries, Toronto is expected to open the year with Marcus Stroman, J.A. Happ, Aaron Sanchez, Marco Estrada and Jaime Garcia…

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Ramirez a dark horse for fluid Toronto bullpen

February 22, 2018

DUNEDIN, Fla. — The Blue Jays will officially open their Grapefruit League season against the Phillies on Friday afternoon with a projected 25-man roster that appears mostly set. With the exception of two or three spots in the bullpen, there are not a lot of jobs up for grabs. The thing is, that has been the case during recent springs as well, and all it took was a couple of…

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Blue Jays sign reliever Breslow to Minors deal

February 12, 2018

TORONTO — The Blue Jays added another veteran into their mix of candidates for the bullpen by signing left-hander Craig Breslow to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training on Monday afternoon. Breslow, whose signing was first reported by Robert Murray of FanRag Sports, should have an opportunity to compete for one of the final spots in the Blue Jays’ bullpen. TORONTO — The Blue Jays added…

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Blue Jays to retire No. 32 in honour of Halladay

February 12, 2018

The Blue Jays will retire Roy Halladay’s No. 32 in an Opening Day ceremony to honour the late franchise icon, the team announced Monday. Toronto will also wear a commemorative No. 32 patch on its uniforms for the 2018 season. Halladay, who pitched his first 12 Major League seasons in Toronto and won the 2003 American League Cy Young Award, will become just the second Blue Jay to have his…

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Signs point to Donaldson returning to MVP form

February 11, 2018

The Blue Jays spent the final two months of the 2017 season buried in the depths of the American League Wild Card race. Following back-to-back AL Championship Series appearances, Toronto finished 76-86, nine games out of the second Wild Card berth. Meanwhile, Giancarlo Stanton chased 60 home runs, and other star sluggers, such as Aaron Judge and J.D. Martinez, rode blistering hot streaks to the finish line for playoff-bound clubs….

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Donaldson, Stroman lead Blue Jays in 2018

February 9, 2018

TORONTO — Spring Training is set to officially open Wednesday at the Bobby Mattick Training Complex in Dunedin, Fla., so what better time to take a first crack at predicting Toronto’s 25-man roster? MLB.com is taking a closer look at the roster breakdowns for all Major Leagues teams. Toronto’s roster likely is still not complete, and more moves should be on the way, but let’s put that aside for a…

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