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Friday Bantering: Steve Pearce begins rehab assignment

Your morning update for everything Blue Jays.

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Steve Pearce started his rehab assignment last night with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, as they walked off the Erie SeaWolves in the 10th by a final score of 2-1. Pearce, batting third as a designated hitter with the Fisher Cats, had four plate appearances, in which he walked once and didn’t collect a hit. The full time recovery time for Pearce, as with so many of Toronto’s injuries this season, is unknown, although given his rehab assignment, he can be expected back relatively soon.

David Price is having trouble with the Boston media.

“I’m the same me. I don’t talk to the media every day like I did last year and I guess I get blown up for that,” Price told the Boston Globe. “But I was honest with everything they asked me last year and I get blown up for that. So they did this to themselves. Talk to me on the day I pitch and that’s it. There are no more personal interviews. There are no more asking me questions on a personal level. That’s done.”

“I know I’ve got 24 guys in this clubhouse and all our coaches rooting for me, and my family and my friends. That’s all I need. Whatever anybody else wants to do, that’s on them. I’m fine. I’m at peace.”

How did players react? Pedro Martinez, the Hall of Fame pitcher who spent the majority of his career with the Red Sox, was unsympathetic. “I think Price needs to realize that who he (is) in Boston is going to draw attention," Martinez wrote on Twitter. "He just has to keep his answers honest with the media.”

After an off-day yesterday, the Blue Jays will play the Mariners tonight at Safeco Field with a start time of 10:10 ET. Joe Biagini will take to the mound for Toronto. In his last start, he allowed one earned run over seven innings and 100 pitches, his best major league start so far. Sam Gaviglio, a rookie with four major league starts, starts for the Mariners after giving up one earned run in his past 10 innings at Safeco Field.

You can watch the game on Sportsnet and listen to it on Sportsnet 590.

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