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Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

Apr 20, 2014, 8:52 AM EDT

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With a victory on Sunday and a Yankees loss, the Blue Jays can take over sole possession of first place in the American League East standings.

Mark Buehrle pitched seven innings of shutout ball and Jose Reyes had an RBI single in his first game back from a hamstring strain as Toronto rolled to a 5-0 win over the Indians on Saturday afternoon in Cleveland. Buehrle yielded just four hits and is now 4-0 on the season with a 0.64 ERA in 28 innings.

“The slower you throw the better off you are,” the soft-tossing right-hander told reporters after his outing. “I haven’t changed anything in 10 or 11 years. I’m not going to keep asking questions. I’m going to go out there and run with it and see what happens.”

The Blue Jays (10-8) currently own the best run differential (+6) in the AL East.

Your Saturday box scores and recaps:

Blue Jays 5, Indians 0

Cardinals 4, Nationals 3

Angels 2, Tigers 5

Orioles 2, Red Sox 4

Twins 4, Royals 5

Reds 4, Cubs 8

Astros 3, Athletics 4

Brewers 8, Pirates 7

Braves 7, Mets 5

Mariners 0, Marlins 7

Yankees 1, Rays 16

White Sox 3, Rangers 6

Diamondbacks 6, Dodgers 8

Phillies 1, Rockies 3

Giants 1, Padres 3

  1. proudlycanadian - Apr 20, 2014 at 9:02 AM

    Buehrle has been terrific so far. He has also benefited from a strong infield defence. Yesterday he went 7+ innings before turning the ball over to Esmil Rogers for the final 6 outs. The remainder of bullpen got some much needed rest.

    • cur'68 - Apr 20, 2014 at 10:29 AM

      This is what we talked about all off season. A rotation ERA right around league average. Some other guy was going on about that and I looked it up: our boys sucked at that last season with one of the highest staff ERA’s last season and terrible IF D. So, keep that under ERA control. So far, Buehrle has been the master at that. He’s the Greg Maddux of the AL. Huchison has been the same and McGowan has been a nice surprise, too. Its only Dickey & Morrow that keep giving away the farm. Both of them need get some calls and stay in the strike zone. Now, as the batters hit their stride (and baseballs) the relatively decent pitching should look better than it really is with the air tight IF D to support it. Some run support, especially as E5 starts squaring up some baseballs as his timing improves, and Our Lads will will pepper their record with the sweet, sweet Maple Syrup of Victory.

      • vivabear - Apr 20, 2014 at 11:36 AM

        Greg Maddux of the AL? Ridiculous statement.

      • cur'68 - Apr 20, 2014 at 11:39 AM

        GFY

      • Shayna - Apr 20, 2014 at 2:51 PM

        Great idea for a recipe, Cur. Maple-pepper glaze for the steaks, once the barbecue weather arrives. Go Jays!

      • unclemosesgreen - Apr 20, 2014 at 4:50 PM

        I’m kind of assuming that “Greg Maddux of the AL” was a gentle way to poke fun at Drew’s characterization of Buerhle. I thought it was funny.

      • cur'68 - Apr 20, 2014 at 5:59 PM

        You know that “/s” thing people will do to point out their sarcasm? Well not me. If you don’t get it, that’s either on me for not being obvious or on the reader for being dense. In this case…YOU can look around at the other poker players and smile. YOU’RE not the sucker.

      • unclemosesgreen - Apr 20, 2014 at 6:02 PM

        I’m pretty sure I’m a sucker. I have to sit at a pretty bad table to seem like a sharp.

  2. aresachaela - Apr 20, 2014 at 9:02 AM

    Yankees pitching against the Rays seriously SUCKS!!

    • renaado - Apr 20, 2014 at 9:11 AM

      More like a live batting practice. Yankees truly were pummeled during that game..

      • aresachaela - Apr 20, 2014 at 9:35 AM

        Haha….. Tell me about it, haven’t finished the 6 to 9 innings of the game there but I did saw Longoria making history. I can’t stand their horrid pitching at that game.. It’s a NIGHTMARE!! Well I’m sure this won’t happen again so I’ll put this crap in the crap box.

      • nbjays - Apr 20, 2014 at 10:56 AM

        “Well I’m sure this won’t happen again…”

        I wouldn’t make any huge wagers on THAT assessment… just sayin’… :-)

      • aresachaela - Apr 20, 2014 at 11:48 AM

        I stand beside the Yankees and my TV’s side!! HAHAHAH XD!!

  3. proudlycanadian - Apr 20, 2014 at 9:02 AM

    You are late Johnny!

  4. proudlycanadian - Apr 20, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    Good luck to Ivan Nova and his sore elbow. Hope that he does not need TJ surgery.

    • yahmule - Apr 20, 2014 at 10:33 AM

      If you give up two home runs to Ryan Hanigan, you better have an injury.

      • proudlycanadian - Apr 20, 2014 at 12:38 PM

        He did.

  5. nbjays - Apr 20, 2014 at 9:26 AM

    “The slower you throw the better off you are,” the soft-tossing right-hander told reporters after his outing.

    Either Buehrle is being extremely devious by being a “soft-tossing right-hander” who baffles hitters by pitching left-handed, as shown in the above pic, or Drew needs to correct a typo.

    Happy Gorge Yourself on Chocolate Day!

    • historiophiliac - Apr 20, 2014 at 9:40 AM

      Welcome to the Twilight Zone. do-do-do-do do-do-do-do

  6. mvp43 - Apr 20, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    Like him or not, Braun is really good.

  7. historiophiliac - Apr 20, 2014 at 10:03 AM

    It’s really weird having strange guys do the announcing for your game. It’s like they are talking about aliens or Canadians or something — they clearly aren’t too familiar and are relying on research for their comments. (But seriously, does anyone NOT know that Torii smiles a lot and used to play for the Angels?) It was annoying having to sit through some of their crap like the video following Shuck on the HR jog and drawing on the screen to explain something (while we are still in play!). The worst was the split screen between Trout and Miggy (which then switched to Beautiful Brad, thank you), as the umps reviewed Trout’s throw to 3B to catch Miggy. Did we really have to drama that moment up as some kind of clash of the MVP/candidate? It doesn’t make either the better player just because of the outcome of that one play. Of course, Miggy beat the throw to 3B (upon review) and that put him in position to score on A-Jax’s sac fly next. But, it’s not like that play makes him MVP — although it was world class to hear the announcer say Miggy is aggressive on the basepath. I did enjoy the visit with Rod, who casually dropped that Miggy is the best offensive player in baseball. The awkward silence afterward was almost better than embarrassing my niece rocking out to Janet Jackson in the car yesterday.

    Anyway, what a difference good pitching makes. With Scherzer up, it wasn’t the Diamond Tragedy of the day before — although look for a return to that today with Porcello throwing. I still flinch thinking about Porcello’s meltdown last year against the Angels. We are still waiting for Miggy’s bat to get hot. My uncle assures me it is coming with the warmer weather…which also is slow to The Mitten this year. He’s a man of the cloth, so I must defer. Oh, did I mention: His Heterochromianess, y’all!

    • renaado - Apr 20, 2014 at 10:25 AM

      Lmao! In the last statement.

  8. ptfu - Apr 20, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    Eric Stults somehow threw six innings of one-run ball vs the Giants. Gave up a solo shot to Michael Morse and that was about it. Bullpen closed it out, with Benoit on the save. Offensively, the Padres highlight was Chris Denorfia’s eighth-inning suicide squeeze, bringing in an important insurance run. Tough loss for 67-year-old Tim Hudson, who gave up hits but kept his team in the game.

    With the win, San Diego climbs back up to .500. They’ve done it mostly with pitching, and that’s not just Petco talking. If the kids on the mound keep it going, and the hitting can avoid being awful, the Padres can remain at .500 or even climb a bit above. And please, Jobu, no more injuries!

  9. johnnysoda - Apr 20, 2014 at 10:28 AM

    And That Happened- Saturday Edition

    Blue Jays 5, Indians 0: Last year, many people predicted the Blue Jays to finish first, and they weren’t close. This year, they were predicted to come in last by most, and now they’re tied for first. They move in mysterious ways.
    Also, a start by Mark Buehrle last 2:42. That’s like the equivalent of 4 1/2 hours for a normal pitcher.

    Rays 16, Yankees 1: Lots of offensive milestones here: Evan Longoria becomes the all time leader in Rays home runs, Will Myers hits two homers, and Ryan Hanigan drives in six out of the nine spot. Over the last two games, either the Rays offense has been really great or the Yankees pitching has really sucked, depending on how you want to look at it.

    Cardinals 4, Nationals 3: Washington had men on second and third with one out in the ninth, but Trevor Rosenthal got out of it to earn his fifth save. As much as I hate phrases like “Possible NLCS Preview?!?!?!?”, it’s possible based on the way these two are playing.

    Brewers 8, Pirates 7: The Ike Davis era in Pittsburgh does not get off to a good start, as Ryan Braun hit a go-ahead homer in the top of the ninth to conclude a back and forth game. As a Pirates supporter, normally I’d be upset, but Braun got me 23 fantasy points yesterday, so that’s all right!

    Tigers 5, Angels 2: On the other side of the fantasy spectrum, Mike Trout struck out four times, which got him -4 points for my team. The Tigers offense got overzealous in the eighth, scoring a run to cost the Tigers staff a save opportunity (my league uses pitching staffs as opposed to individual pitchers). Take ‘em as they come, I guess.

    Red Sox 4, Orioles 2: The day after I humorously criticized Brock Holt for dragging teams down, he hits a go-ahead triple in the seventh to put Boston ahead for good. Figures.

    Marlins 7, Mariners 0: In his first interleague start since his no-hitter, Henderson Alvarez pitches almost as well: a two-hit, complete game shutout. As long as he pitches interleague home games, he’s unstoppable!

    Royals 5, Twins 4: All the scoring for the Royals came in the fourth, on five different scoring plays. Mike Moustakas’ three game hitting streak comes to an end, but he did get a sacrifice fly.

    Cubs 8, Reds 4: Wellington Castillo, Darwin Barney, and Mike Olt all homered as the Cubs made Sunday the rubber match in the series. Brandon Phillips returned to the lineup the day after experiencing back spasms, and promptly went 0-5. Sweet.

    Athletics 4, Astros 3: Josh Reddick drove in the winning run to cap a three run ninth inning rally by Oakland. Since September 13 of last year, the Astros have gone 5-28. It’s gotten to the point where it’s not even comical anymore- just sad.

    Braves 7, Mets 5: The Mets attempted a comeback late, but left runners on first and third in the eighth and saw their dreams squashed by a three-run Justin Upton homer in the ninth. Atlanta’s now in first by 2 1/2 games.

    Rangers 6, White Sox 3: Not as bad of a walloping as yesterday, but enough offense nonetheless for Texas, with Shin-Soo Choo and Alex Rios getting three hits apiece. Prince Fielder also hit his second homer of the season.

    Rockies 3, Phillies 1: Don’t look now, but the Rockies are in second place in the NL West and have won four out of their last five. LaTroy Hawkins, at the age of 41, earns his fifth save of the year. What I did not know until I looked it up is that Hawkins was on the almost-miracle 2007 Rockies team. This means, of course, that when Hawkins pitches for Colorado, they win the NL Pennant. Start printing those World Series tickets now, folks!

    Dodgers 8, Diamondbacks 6: Arizona scored four early on, but the Dodgers scored eight in the next two innings to restore order. It took 2:48 to play a game with fourteen runs scored. Impressive.

    Padres 3, Giants 1: A Michael Morse homer in the fifth was the only offense for San Francisco as the Padres take the first two.

  10. nbjays - Apr 20, 2014 at 10:59 AM

    So 16 comments thus far and the only thumb, either up or down, is the one I gave Historio on her Twilight Zone comment. It appears she’s right.

    • Old Gator - Apr 20, 2014 at 11:02 AM

      Why so surprised? Executions are always a bigger draw than blog sites.

      • jimeejohnson - Apr 20, 2014 at 11:53 AM

        A good old hangin’ beats a tired blog any day! Yeah, right.

    • renaado - Apr 20, 2014 at 12:04 PM

      Don’t worry man I’m pretty sure the thumb army will arrive soon.

  11. Old Gator - Apr 20, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    Johnny – yes, Alvarez has been lights out in one interleague games, poor in one game and good enough to win another wherein he was upended, like El Keed two days ago, by the fielding behind him. The Feesh, led by the emergent Marcell Ozuna as Lloyd McClendon hid from the Iron Giant twice, drove seven runs across the plate yesterday by feasting on unbroken breaking pitches and whiffle fastballs, but mainly, they didn’t boot anything for a change and they therefore didn’t need to delve into their largely dysfunctional boolpen. During their recent losing streak they were playing Keystone Kops with anything hit to them and the Farenheit 451 squad was detonating every lead or close score like it was a suspicious backpack. The Crew of the Minnow seem to have restored their faith. Let’s see if there’s a leak in the rubber game this afternoon, when Kevin “The Stopper” Slowey peetches for the Rainbow Warriors.

    • Old Gator - Apr 20, 2014 at 11:16 AM

      PS – Ozuna’s gopher landed in the swimming pool. Great shot, Marcell!

  12. jimeejohnson - Apr 20, 2014 at 11:53 AM

    Yankees lose and the Blue Jays win.

  13. janessa31888 - Apr 20, 2014 at 12:21 PM

    Now, I’m starting to get irked. Our offense stinks AND our pitchers are mediocre at best. The Astros could probably sweep us if we were playing them. /glares angrily at Nick Swisher

  14. happytwinsfan - Apr 20, 2014 at 1:28 PM

    when colabello mis judged that fly, the third baseman whose name i can’t spell didn’t react to a grounder about two feet to his right, and pinto threw one into left field, all in the fourth inning, i muted the tv and listened to you tube versions of ave marie. the game was lovely from that point on, except the outcome.

    the resurrection happens today

  15. APBA Guy - Apr 20, 2014 at 1:50 PM

    The A’s entered the 9th down 3-1, having played moribund baseball for 8, the acted as if their own former closer, Jim Johnson, were on the mound. A homer by Lowrie to make it 3-2 then multiple hits to win. QED.

    Stex must be dying.

  16. believeland1954 - Apr 20, 2014 at 2:07 PM

    Props to buerhrle, but is not hard to dominate a team whose 1st 4 hitters can not hit major league pitching. Francona continues to trot out clean up hitter that’s batting .150 with 3 RBI’s. Swisher is not much better and Bourne is hitting .120.

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