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Game Threat: Return of The Sanchize, Rays (12-13) @ Blue Jays (7-17)

Aaron Sanchez has been activated from the 10-day disabled list and will have a chance to help the Blue Jays win their first series of the season.

News and Scuttlebutt

Yikes. A loss today would also mean that the Jays went through all of April without winning a single series. The best result they’ve had so far is a draw in a four-game series with the Angels, otherwise, all of the series the Jays have played this season have been dropped.

We still don’t have a timetable for the return of Josh Donaldson or Troy Tulowitzki, and Hazel Mae reports that we shouldn’t expect Tulo back any time in the near future.

In a corresponding roster move, Matt Dermody was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo. Still no word on when J.A. Happ will be back, but having four-of-five from the ideal rotation plus Mat Latos isn’t that bad.

Today

TV: SNET1

Radio: SN590

And now, the starting lineups…

Blue Jays

Aaron Sanchez: 12 1/3 IP, 4.38 ERA, 8.0 H9, 2.2 HR9, 2.9 BB9, 6.6 BB9

Devil Rays

Chris Archer: 32.0 IP, 3.94 ERA, 8.7 H9, 0.8 HR9, 3.7 BB9, 9.0 SO9

Chris Archer was excellent in his first couple starts of the season, but since then, he’s struggled with command. Aaron Sanchez has only made two starts this season due to that blister, but in the one that he faced Tampa Bay, he was excellent, holding them to one earned run over seven innings. This is an ace-on-ace match, one that the Jays badly need to come out of with a win.

  • lukewarmwater

    Cam thanks for the update in the other posting regarding Sanchez reoccurring blister problem. Unfortunately being an urban farmer I’m out in the garden in the one annual sunny day in Vancouver. Now the local Team 1040 station advertises the shit out of how they are the blue jay station but no games on the radio this weekend. So I’ll keep checking in with your comments. Thanks again.

  • Will Murray

    Helluva job by Tepera. Must be neat for him, or any middle reliever, to get that chance to have the long walk off the mound to a standing ovation. Well deserved, today.