Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman expected to make next start

Sandy Mccarthy
May 19, 2017

"We were due for something like that".

Although the move may be temporary, the Blue Jays should use this opportunity to examine Biagini's future with the team as a potential starter.

The teams wrap up the three-game series Sunday, with the Rays staying home for four games against the Royals and the Blue Jays going home to open a nine-game homestand on Monday against the Cleveland Indians.

Daniel Robertson and Derek Norris each homered for the Rays. Urena allowed one walk and struck out two in six innings.

"Not a ton to be said other than that is was kind of a tough loss", Rays manager Kevin Cash said.

His last outing came against the Yankees when he pitched 1.2 innings of relief and allowed three earned runs on four hits and five strikeouts. If the Jays find themselves out of contention in July and decide to trade either Estrada or Liriano, the need for a reliable starter could become a permanent gig.

Jason Grilli took over for the Jays in the eighth and gave up two walks to lead off the inning. Kevin Kiermaier reached on an error in the third, advanced on Jesus Sucre's sacrifice bunt and scored on Alex Dickerson's two-out single to right field for a 1-0 lead. Toronto had been held to four hits on Saturday in a 6-1 Rays win, and the strong pitching continued with Cobb, but the Rays' bats weren't the same Sunday. "I didn't know if the ball was out or not".

"(Don't want to go out there) feeling at 70 or 80% because if I go out there at 70 or 80% with this, then in a week or two it will be at 50%", he said.

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Biagini has appeared in 14 games thus far and thrown a total of 18.2 innings, the most for any Blue Jays reliever in both categories.

Kevin Pillar had an RBI double in the eighth. Shortly after Morales' second homer, in the eighth, Justin Smoak hit his fifth of the season to centre, off Justin Marks.

"We were gearing him up possibly in spring training (to start)".

Rays: SS Matt Duffy (left Achilles tendon surgery) had an intensive baserunning session.

Barney put the Blue Jays up 2-1 with his first homer of the year. He is hitting.187.

Toronto will respond with right-hander Marco Estrada (1-1, 2.43), who is performing as well as anyone on the Blue Jays' staff right now.

In the first inning of yesterday's game against the Rays, the Blue Jays left fielder hit one to right that bounced back into the outfield-the question is whether it was bouncing from the first row of the stands or simply the top of the wall.

That was Odorizzi's first start after missing two weeks with a hamstring issues that forced him out of a game against the Boston Red Sox on April 16.

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