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SportsBlue Jays throw away series finale against Rays and ship Gurriel to Buffalo

11:25  15 april  2019
11:25  15 april  2019 Source:   thestar.com

Demotion leaves future in doubt for Blue Jays’ Gurriel

Demotion leaves future in doubt for Blue Jays’ Gurriel It was a little less than two weeks ago, as the Blue Jays prepared for their first road trip of the season, that Lourdes Gurriel Jr. made a bold proclamation. “I just want to be the best second baseman, basically,” the 25-year-old said, confident that the hard work he has put in over the past couple of years to grasp the position was paying off. But Gurriel was not on the charter when the Jays took off for their second trip of the year, which started Monday night in Minneapolis. He’d committed an error in the third inning of an 8-4 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday.

The Blue Jays haven't pulled the plug on Gurriel in an everyday role just yet, but if he fails to turn things around soon, there may be some risk of a demotion to the minors once top prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (oblique) gets the call to the big leagues. Guerrero plays third base, but Toronto could

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays offense doesn’t seem to know how to start games, but it sure knows how to Lourdes Gurriel Jr. hit a two-run double in the bottom of the seventh while right-hander Clay The days of throwing mid-90s velocity are over, and in the game against the Rays , Buchholz topped

Blue Jays throw away series finale against Rays and ship Gurriel to Buffalo© Frank Gunn Blue Jays baserunner Billy McKinney eluded the tag from Ray second baseman Brandon Lowe for a double in Sunday’s series finale at the Rogers Centre.

Lourdes Gurriel Jr.’s defensive struggles came to a head as the Blue Jays dropped an 8-4 decision — and the weekend series — to the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday afternoon.

The 25-year-old second baseman started the day running through pre-game fielding drills with coaches Luis Rivera and John Schneider, and finished it on the way to the minors to improve his glovework. Veteran infielder Eric Sogard is expected to join the club from Triple-A Buffalo on Monday.

Gurriel, Hernandez drive in late runs as Jays beat Rays in Buchholz's debut

Gurriel, Hernandez drive in late runs as Jays beat Rays in Buchholz's debut Clay Buchholz prepared for his first start in a Blue Jays uniform by rewatching film of himself pitching at Rogers Centre. 

— After three games away , Yuli Gurriel returned from the paternity leave list for Sunday's series finale against the Rays , hitting third and playing first base in an Astros lineup that's been thrown awry by Carlos Correa's back injury and George Springer's prolonged slump. "He got a few days off which

With the Toronto Blue Jays 3-0 loss to Daisuke Matsuzaka and the Boston Red Sox, they have officially tied Richmond was relieved after five innings of work having thrown just 83 pitches. The reason for the early Blue Jays defeat Red Sox with a lot of ground balls and Gurriel ’s steal of home.

“It’s a young kid struggling mentally with his throwing right now,” Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said before the move was announced. “I talked to him. He says, ‘Yeah, I feel it.’ We’ve got to be careful with that.”

The Blue Jays were up 1-0 in the third inning when, after a leadoff single by Tampa’s Michael Perez, starter Marcus Stroman struck out red-hot Austin Meadows and Yandy Diaz, then induced a ground ball to second by Ji-Man Choi that could have ended the frame. But Gurriel bounced the throw for his second error in as many days, pulling first baseman Justin Smoak off the bag and allowed Choi to reach safely. Stroman, already at 54 pitches, needed another 15 to escape — with the Rays tying it up on a Brandon Lowe single. Alen Hanson came on as a defensive replacement for Gurriel an inning later.

Report: Blue Jays to option struggling Gurriel to Triple-A

Report: Blue Jays to option struggling Gurriel to Triple-A The Toronto Blue Jays will option infielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. to Triple-A Buffalo following a rough start to his 2019 season, a source told Keegan Matheson of Baseball Toronto. Gurriel was pulled from Sunday's 8-4 loss to Tampa Bay in the fourth inning shortly after making a throwing error at second base on what should have been a routine play. It marked the second straight game that Gurriel committed an error at second, and he hasn't looked comfortable playing the position all season. Manager Charlie Montoyo confirmed postgame that he removed Gurriel because of the error. "He's a young kid struggling mentally," Montoyo said, according to Sportsnet's Hazel Mae.

Jays shortstop Lourdes Gurriel Jr., who suffered a Grade 1 sprain of his right knee and a high left ankle sprain in Sunday's game, is expected to miss two to Blue Jays shortstop Aledmys Diaz, who suffered a sprained left ankle in Sunday's game against the Rays , was placed on the 10-day disabled list

The Toronto Blue Jays jumped out to an early 5-0 lead in their series finale against the Red Sox on Thursday night. With the winning run at third and the Jays ’ infield pulled in, Rafael Devers delivered the game-winning knock by chopping one over the head of second baseman Lourdes Gurriel Jr.

“It’s tough. I’ve seen it before and people have worked through it, so hopefully he can work through it,” Montoyo said. “You could tell it got bad and he knows it, so that’s why we took him out of the game.”

  • Slow Stro: Stroman lasted just four innings and 91 pitches, in part because of his own throwing error to first base in the fourth. That allowed the Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier to advance to second. Tampa then loaded the bases on a Willy Adames single and a Perez walk with none out. Stroman got the next three batters out, but two RBI groundouts gave the Rays a 3-1 lead. Said Stroman, who walked four: “I had to take more time in between pitches. I just really tried to focus on limiting damage and making key pitches,” adding he was “a little off, a little erratic, a little wild” on the day.
  • Perfect Pannone: Thomas Pannone became just the third pitcher in Jays history to throw an immaculate inning — three strikeouts, nine pitches — when he took over from Stroman for the fifth. Roger Clemens did it in 1997, Steve Delabar in 2013.
  • Jays go deep: Freddy Galvis hit his team-leading fifth home run in the seventh, a solo shot ... Leadoff man Billy McKinney went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles and a ninth-inning two-run home run, his first long ball of the season.
  • Game over: The Rays ran away with it in the eighth when Jays relievers Javy Guerra and Tim Mayza combined to give up five runs on five hits, including a two-run homer by pinch-hitter Guillermo Heredia.
  • Vlad watch: Top prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. had three singles in the Triple-A Bisons’ 9-5 loss to Scranton on Sunday.
  • Up next: The Jays start a seven-game road trip on Monday with the first of four games against the Twins in wintry Minnesota, 7:40 p.m. start.

Laura Armstrong is a sports reporter based in Toronto. Follow her on Twitter: @lauraarmy

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Blue Jays rookie starter Trent Thornton found out the hard way — and the long way — what happens when you get the ball up in the zone to the Tampa Bay Rays. Thornton, who opened his major-league career with two excellent starts, gave up three homers in the first three innings on Friday night at the Rogers Centre, on the way to an 11-7 loss. Homers happen to every pitcher, but in Thornton’s case there was a little extra yardage attached: two of them, off the bats of Austin Meadows and Brandon Lowe, landed in the fifth deck in right field. Even seasoned writers and team staff were taken aback.

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