Spring Threat: Jays @ Pirates

Andrew Stoeten
March 03 2016 11:07AM

Aaron Sanchez
Photo Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Bus trip to Bradenton! Who wouldn't be up for a thing like that!

Why, I'll tell you who! Every position player of consequence for the Toronto Blue Jays, that's who! (No offence, Ryan Goins and Michael Saunders).

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Jays And Phillies Tie 4-4: Grapefruit League Game 2 Recap

Andrew Stoeten
March 02 2016 02:45PM

Aaron Sanchez
Photo Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

Look. Obviously at some point I'm going to write a recap of a Grapefruit League game and suggest that something significant actually happened. But a damn tie in the minor league-heavy second game of the spring? This is proooooobably not where that's going to happen.

Patterns take a while to develop, especially when they're only being built in fits and starts like this very slow beginning to the season -- which is especially slow for the Blue Jays, who are deliberately easing players like Jose Bautista into the lineup.

And apparently it's the club's brand new high performance department leading the charge on that front.

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Spring Threat: Jays vs. Phillies

Andrew Stoeten
March 02 2016 11:03AM

RA Dickey
Photo Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

It's Game Two of Grapefruit League action, and the "home" opener for the Blue Jays in Dunedin, so what useless things can we look forward to getting prematurely excited or overly negative about today?

Actually there are quite a few of them!

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Jays Win 5-3 (Or Something): Grapefruit League Game 1 Recap

Andrew Stoeten
March 01 2016 02:31PM

Marcus Stroman
Photo Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

The Jays and the Phillies kicked off their Grapefruit League seasons here on Tuesday afternoon, and I guess I should write something about it, even though I haven't exactly been paying rapt attention.

Frankly, I've been thinking about the best way to recap a game so it hits the key points without requiring too much effort on my part -- which should be easy enough at this stage. So let's see how this goes!

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Spring Threat: Jays @ Philles

Andrew Stoeten
March 01 2016 11:12AM

Marcus Stroman
Photo Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Play ball! Actual baseball! Sort of!

But whatever you want to call this first action of the Grapefruit League season, on this total garbage winter day here in Toronto, I call firing up the ol' MLB.tv app and shaking off my rusty memory of which number corresponds to which position on the diamond (yes I have to do this every year) very, very welcome.

The Jays took BP in Dunedin, and have now made their way to Philadelphia's Bright House Field, just a few minutes away in Clearwater, where Marcus Stroman (who'll pitch what? an inning?) takes on... uh... some Phillies guy we've never heard of.

BASEBALL! YASSSS!

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