Blue Jays take down Verlander, Tigers

For the first 24 hours, though, they are doing pretty well. Cabrera left the game with a strained left calf.


The Tigers were without Miguel Cabrera, but Alex Avila did just fine filling in at first base. “With him being out an extended period of time, we just need to keep it as close as possible to be able to make a run when he gets back”.

Dickey allowed five runs on 11 hits and two walks over 52/3 innings with one strikeout for the Blue Jays.

“We definitely needed this one”, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. The fifth inning was no better to Hutchison as he surrendered another run while only getting two outs and being pulled. “I’ll be ready”, he said. “When you are a knuckleballer and it isn’t working, you really feel naked out there”. Santana pitched eight scoreless innings with no walks Tuesday against Pawtucket. He had made a sparkling defensive play earlier in the game but that was it and his messy day far outweighed the good flash.

“I made a couple bad pitches when I was ahead in the count, ” Verlander said.

The Tigers scored four times in the first, showing they can still hit a little without their two-time AL MVP.

Ausmus tried to spark the offense with some changes, moving Ian Kinsler to the leadoff spot and Yoenis Cespedes from the No. 5 spot to No. 2.

Bo Schultz entered the game in the 6th and promptly gave up a home run to J.D.

Cabrera has played through a stress fracture in his navicular bone and a bone spur in his right ankle last season.

“Dave always looks at the options, so I’m sure he’s scouring names”, Ausmus said. This game will feature Estrada (RHP) on the mound against the Tigers, who have a 29-31 record when they take on a right-handed starter. When you score a run, the momentum starts and whenever you go out there on defence and put up a zero it carries over to the next inning. They scored six runs off Justin Verlander in the top of the fifth inning and coasted to a 10-5 win over the Tigers at Comerica Park.

Gerardo Parra and Adam Lind hit seventh-inning home runs for the Brewers, who finished off their second undefeated road trip of at least seven games in franchise history.

Verlander allowed back-to-back hits to start the game, a double by Jose Reyes and an RBI single by Josh Donaldson. “We get to go out there and prove ourselves as an offence”. Doubront has spent much of this season recovering from a shoulder injury, but looked good in nine games with Triple-A Buffalo, and is expected to join Toronto’s rotation next week.

There is a point where “reasons” become “excuses.” Verlander should be pitching more effectively than 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP after four starts. Many Tigers fans’ eyes will be on Justin Verlander, making his fourth start since he began the season on the disabled list.

WASHINGTON – Bryce Harper homered, Tyler Moore drove in four runs and the Washington Nationals defeated the San Francisco Giants 9-3 on Saturday despite Stephen Strasburg exiting in the fourth inning with an apparent injury.


CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs selected left-hander Clayton Richard’s contract from Class AAA Iowa in time for Saturday’s start against the Miami Marlins and placed catcher David Ross on the seven-day concussion disabled list.

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