Sports Blue Jays host cold Royals

09:12  16 april  2018
09:12  16 april  2018 Source:   MSN

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  Maile drives in winning run for Blue Jays Maile drives in winning run for Blue JaysThe Blue Jays defeated the Royals 11-3 in the first game before sweeping Tuesday's doubleheader. It was the third time in franchise history the Blue Jays played host to a doubleheader at the Rogers Centre. Toronto won both contests on July 17, 1989 against the Angels and took two from the Cleveland Indians on Oct. 5, 2001.

The last time the Toronto Blue Jays and the Royals met, batters were thrown at, benches cleared and there were suspensions. The two teams in this fiery rivalry are now battling for the American League pennant, beginning with Game 1 (8:07 p.m. ET) tonight in Kansas City.

Hundreds of fans braved the cold and some flurries at Nathan Phillips Square in order to catch the game, screaming “let's go, Blue Jays ” right until the bitter end. But the Royals staged a comeback in the seventh, and the Jays couldn’t recover.

Toronto Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin (55) tags out Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor (12) in the sixth inning at Progressive Field. Toronto, off to a good start to the season, hosts the Kansas City Royals on Monday.© David Richard-USA TODAY Sports (file photo) Toronto Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin (55) tags out Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor (12) in the sixth inning at Progressive Field. Toronto, off to a good start to the season, hosts the Kansas City Royals on Monday.

TORONTO -- The Toronto Blue Jays needed 26 games last season before they won for the ninth time.

This season, the ninth win came in their 14th game Friday night when they overcame a 4-0 disadvantage to defeat the Cleveland Indians 8-4.

"We know we can come back," said outfielder Steve Pearce, who hit a two-run double Friday. "We've got a lot of good hitters on this team and the pitchers are doing a great job of (keeping the team in it)."

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Against an aggressive Royals team, the Blue Jays and their anemic bats had no answers, especially with runners on base. The Blue Jays now head home for six games, three against Tampa Bay and three against the Houston Astros. Jays hit cold front.

Toronto Blue Jays . CLEVELAND — After two days of bitterly cold baseball, the Kansas City Royals and Cleveland Indians on Sunday will play the final contest of a three-game series that has seen very little offense, thanks in part to some frigid temperatures.

The news is not so good for the Kansas City Royals, who lost 5-3 to the Los Angeles Angels Saturday night at Kauffman Stadium to extend their losing streak to five.

The Royals are 3-10, their worst start over 13 games since 2012 when they also were limited to three wins.

"They continue to battle," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "As long as they continue to push and battle, they're going to get through it and they know it. It's evident with the way they're competing every single day, at least to my eyes."

Both teams will be coming off postponements when they meet Monday at the Rogers Centre.

The Blue Jays will start left-hander Jaime Garcia (1-0, 3.18 ERA) Monday after their games Saturday and Sunday at Progressive Field were postponed because of rain. Garcia was scheduled to start Saturday, then Sunday, so the rotation will stay the same, meaning the staff will be well rested.

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Jays are 1-4 now. Tomorrow the Jays host the Phillies. It doesn’t look to be on MLB.TV. More From Bluebird Banter. Blue Jays bats withstand cold , heat up in 9th to take series opener. Mon Apr 16. Kansas City Royals @ Toronto Blue Jays . 7:07 PM - Rogers Centre - Toronto, ON.

Instead of a coronation, the Royals opened a window for Toronto to swipe this series. A day after bludgeoning their hosts for 14 runs, the Royals fell under the spell of Toronto pitcher Marco Blue Jays ’ Marco Estrada silences sizzling Royals bats and keeps the colder ones iced, too.

The Royals will start left-hander Eric Skoglund, who was scheduled to start Sunday against the Angels, but the game was postponed because of cold weather.

The Royals have had a feast-or-famine start to the season. All three of their wins have been shutouts, but in the 10 losses they have been outscored 59-27.

"I still feel like this team is going to get it together and we're going to get on a little bit of a run," Yost said.

Help should be arriving soon. Catcher Salvador Perez has been sent to Double-A Northwest Arkansas Saturday on a rehabilitation assignment. He went on the disabled list March 29 with a Grade 2 MCL tear in a left knee, which was incurred while carrying his luggage from spring training up stairs at his home.

"Probably won't be that long," Yost said. "I know he's anxious to get back."

Skoglund will be making his second start of the season Monday. He took the loss when the Royals lost 8-3 to the Seattle Mariners Tuesday, allowing five runs, six hits and two walks while striking out three in 4 2/3 innings.

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It’s a sight that will make Blue Jays ’ fans blood run cold . A smiling Caleb Humphreys, the Kansas City Royals fan who snared the “home run” ball that helped doom Toronto’s World Series dream, carved into a pumpkin.

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This will be his first career outing against Toronto.

It was his first game competition in 24 days after his two previous attempts were either cancelled or postponed because of inclement weather.

Garcia, who will make his third start of the season for the Blue Jays, is 1-1 with a 5.68 ERA in five career starts against the Royals.

His second start was April 8 at Texas when he recorded his first win for Toronto, allowing three earned runs on five hits and two walks while striking out five in 5 1/3 innings.

The Blue Jays put third baseman Josh Donaldson (right shoulder inflammation) and designated hitter Kendrys Morales (hamstring) on the disabled list last week.

Outfielder Teoscar Hernandez was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo Friday when Donaldson went on the DL and had two doubles and two RBIs, including what turned out to be the game-winning hit in the seventh inning.

Right fielder Randal Grichuk continues to struggle at the plate.

He is batting .071 (3-for-42) with one home run but continues to play. He has one hit, three walks and 14 strikeouts in his past 37 plate appearances.

"We believe in him," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "I think he's close. I mean, he's just missing some balls for whatever reason. We'll let it run out and I think one solid game might set him off in the right direction."

Grichuk hit 24 homers in 2016 and 22 in 2017, both seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals.

"He's done it before, it's not like he hasn't hit at this level and never had any success," Gibbons said. "When he gets on, he can do some things because he can run. And we've been looking for some of that around here. But, you know, he's a human being and naturally he's pressing hard."

Grichuk’s luck finally turns as Blue Jays beat Royals .
So far this season, Randal Grichuk has been making hard contact with little to show for it. He entered play Tuesday with just three hits in 42 at bats for a woeful .316 OPS. Quality of contact data suggested those numbers were misleading, and manager John Gibbons predicted that a breakout was imminent, but no hitter likes to look up at the scoreboard and see an .071 average.That trend continued in the second inning Tuesday, when Grichuk sent a ball to the warning track at 105 m.p.h. only to see Paulo Orlando track it down for an out. Three innings later, however, Grichuk’s luck turned.

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