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Saturday Bantering: Spring Notes

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Yesterday’s game that we didn’t get to see was a big offensive explosion for the Jays. In today’s game that we won’t get to see, Vlad is playing third base:

George Springer, DH

Bo Bichette, SS

Marcus Semien, 2B

Lourdes Gurriel, LF

Vladimir Guerrero, 3B

Josh Palacios, RF

Jonathan Davis, CF

Reese McGuire, C

Tyler White, 1B

Tanner Roark gets the start. A.J. Cole, Rafael Dolis, Tyler Chatwood, Kirby Snead, Tim Mayza, and Hobie Harris are also to pitch.


Yesterday the Jays beat the Tigers 13-4. They played 8 innings yesterday, even starting the bottom of the eighth with the Jays already up. But they ended the inning after Josh Palacios homered with one out, scoring the Jays 5th run of the inning.

Hyun Jin Ryu pitched 2 innings, giving up a walk and a home run, with 2 strikeouts. He said he felt good.

Anthony Kay didn’t haven’t as good a time of it, as his first time out. 2 innings, 2 walks, a home run, 3 strikeouts. He didn’t throw quite as hard as last time, topping out at 95.9.

Ryan Borucki gave up 3 hits, got a strike, but managed not to give up a run.

Jordan Romano gave up a run on 2 hits, with 2 strikeouts. He also had a wild pitch. He topped out at 97.4, a little less than his last timeout.

Francisco Liriano had his second clean inning of the spring.

On offense:

  • Josh Palacios was the star, going 3 for 3, with a double, triple, and homer, and 5 RBI.
  • Danny Jansen was 2 for 3 with a home run, his first hits of the spring.
  • Ryan Riley Adams hit a pinch-hit home run in the eighth inning.
  • Teoscar Hernandez was 2 for 2 with a walk and a double.
  • Rowdy Tellez, the star of spring so far, was 1 for 3. He’s hitting .444. I’m trying to not get too excited, sometimes guys start off spring great and then cool off as pitchers start throwing their non-fastball pitches more. I remember being very happy that Travis Snide started out a spring very hot and then finished it cold.
  • Lourdes Gurriel. 1 for 3, k.
  • Randal Grichuk, 1 for 1, double, and a walk.
  • Chavez Young 1 for 1, walk. He also showed off his range in the outfield, and his arm, throwing out a runner at the plate. Apparently, his throw from the outfield came in at 97 mph.
  • Joe Panik: 1 for 2.

Others having less fun:

  • George Springer 0 for 3.
  • Cavan Biggio: 0 for 2, walk.
  • Santiago Espinal: 0 for 2.
  • Jordan Groshans: 0 for 2.

Minor Leaguer pointed me to this tweet last night, Tony Fernandez’s home was ‘destroyed’ and many of his valuables were stolen. Hopefully, they can find the people who did this. It is extremely sad:


Sportsnet.ca has a story up saying the Jays still have an interest in Jake Odorizzi. I would hope so. I don’t know if Nate Pearson’s groin injury is pushing them to take a second look or if they have been thinking this all along.

And I hit publish and the Astros sign him.