Royals earn series split with Blue Jays in 6-2 win after lengthy rain delay

Royals earn series split with Blue Jays in 6-2 win after lengthy rain delay

While the Kansas City Royals overcame the weather, Toronto Blue Jays starter Sam Gaviglio was unable to overcome a fourth-inning balk.Lucas Duda homered, Rosell Herrera had three hits and the Royals beat the Blue Jays 6-2 after a long rain delay Thursday night to split their four-game series.Royals relievers Brian Flynn, Kevin McCarthy, Brandon Maurer and Wily Peralta shut down Toronto on three hits over the final five innings. Flynn (3-3) picked up the win with a scoreless inning.Story continues below“Difficult circumstances, really,” Kansas City manager Ned Yost said. “Long wait, waiting out the rain. We weren’t sure we were going to play. It just kept building up, building up and then it started dying down. I wasn’t sure what was going to happen.“The bullpen did a good job of holding the fort and a good job by our hitters with four two-out hits to give us the lead.”Kansas City took the lead with a three-run fourth highlighted by Jorge Bonifacio’s RBI triple.Gaviglio (2-6) failed to make it through five innings for the eighth time in his past 13 starts. He allowed five runs and eight hits in 4 1/3 innings.READ MORE: Granderson’s slam delivers royal pain to Kansas City in Blue Jays 6-5 winThe right-hander came unraveled after a balk call and a delay of more than five minutes in the fourth. He attempted a pickoff throw, but the ball slipped out of his hand. After the umpires huddled, Herrera was awarded second base. There was also a replay review to confirm the balk, which took four minutes, one second.Following the long delay, Gaviglio yielded three straight run-producing hits.“I thought it was a balk, from my point of view,” Gaviglio said.He said the delay did not cause him problems.“I just kind of got a little up in the zone, didn’t make very good pitches,” Gaviglio said.Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Gaviglio is unable to get away with elevated pitches.“He’s been getting hit around a little bit lately, primarily because he gets a lot of pitches up in the zone,” Gibbons said. “That’s not his style. He can’t do that. ”READ MORE: Rick Zamperin: 2019 Blue Jays could look a lot like this year’s listless teamDanny Jansen’s sacrifice fly in the second scored Teoscar Hernandez with the first Toronto run.Kendrys Morales singled home Justin Smoak in the fourth with the final Blue Jays run.Glenn Sparkman, who was making his first big league start, was removed after four innings and 75 pitches. He gave up two runs and four hits.Rain delayed the start for 2 hours, 14 minutes — the third straight day that bad weather held up the first pitch.“It was a little different,” Sparkman said. “I definitely wasn’t ready for it. I got a cup of coffee, got warmed back up and went out there.”Get daily local headlines and alerts

Despite delay, Royals beat Blue Jays, 6-2

Despite delay, Royals beat Blue Jays, 6-2

 Lucas Duda homered, Rosell Herrera had three hits and the Kansas City Royals beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-2 after a long rain delay Thursday night to split their four-game series.

Royals relievers Brian Flynn, Kevin McCarthy, Brandon Maurer and Wily Peralta shut down the Blue Jays on three hits over the final five innings. Flynn (3-3) picked up the win with a scoreless inning.

Kansas City took the lead with a three-run fourth highlighted by Jorge Bonifacio’s RBI triple.

Toronto starter Sam Gaviglio (2-6) failed to make it through five innings for the eighth time in his past 13 starts. He allowed five runs and eight hits in 4 1/3 innings.

Gaviglio came unraveled after a balk call and a delay of more than five minutes in the fourth. He attempted a pickoff throw, but the ball slipped out of his hand.

After the umpires huddled, Herrera was awarded second base. There was also a replay review to confirm the balk, which took 4 minutes, 1 second.

After the long delay, Gaviglio yielded three straight run-producing hits.

Danny Jansen’s sacrifice fly in the second scored Teoscar Hernandez with the first Toronto run.

Kendrys Morales singled home Justin Smoak in the fourth with the final Blue Jays run.

Glenn Sparkman, who was making his first big league start, was removed after four innings and 75 pitches. He gave up two runs and four hits.

Rain delayed the start for 2 hours, 14 minutes — the third straight day that bad weather held up the first pitch.

MATIAS’ SEASON OVER

OF Seuly Matias, who leads the minor leagues with 31 homers for Class A Burlington, went on the disabled list with a cut thumb. “It was an accident with the bus baggage door, just a freak accident, putting his bag in the bus on the way to Hagerstown,” Royals director of operations Alec Zumwalt said. “He sliced his thumb. It’s to the point where we’re just going to stop him for the season and get him ready for the instructional league. He’s not a guy we’re going to rush back, and make sure he’s at 100 percent.” Matias went 2 for 3 with a home run in the All-Star Futures Game last month in Washington.

NOT CLUTCH

Royals 3B Hunter Dozier is 4 for 46 (.087) with runners in scoring position. He has come to bat with 65 men in scoring position and has six RBIs with only one extra-base hit. “It’s not really conducive to scoring runs, but that’s not going to stop me from playing him and letting him work through that,” manager Ned Yost said.

ROSTER MOVE

The Royals sent minor league LHP Kelvin Gonzalez to the Texas Rangers for a $250,000 international bonus allocation. Gonzalez, 20, was 0-2 with a 4.19 ERA and one save with short-season Class A Burlington in the Kansas City organization.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Blue Jays: 3B Josh Donaldson (left calf tightness) is running the bases at the Dunedin, Florida, complex with no issues. . INF-OF Brandon Drury (broken left hand) will receive follow-up imaging Friday in New York to assess his healing.

Royals: RHP Ian Kennedy (strained left oblique) threw a 25-pitch simulated game. He is scheduled to throw a two-inning simulated game Monday at the Royals’ complex in Surprise, Arizona. … LHP Danny Duffy (shoulder impingement) will begin throwing off a flat surface Friday for the first time since going on the disabled list Sunday. . OF Brian Goodwin (left groin strain) went 0 for 3 with two walks in his first rehab game with Triple-A Omaha.

UP NEXT

Blue Jays: RHP Marcus Stroman (4-8, 5.03 ERA) starts Friday in the series opener at Yankee Stadium.

Royals: RHP Jakob Junis (6-11, 4.82) is scheduled to pitch Friday against the White Sox in Chicago to open a seven-game trip.

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Royals beat Blue Jays 6-2 after long delay to split series

Royals beat Blue Jays 6-2 after long delay to split series

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Lucas Duda homered, Rosell Herrera had three hits and the Kansas City Royals beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-2 after a long rain delay Thursday night to split their four-game series.

Royals relievers Brian Flynn, Kevin McCarthy, Brandon Maurer and Wily Peralta shut down the Blue Jays on three hits over the final five innings. Flynn (3-3) picked up the win with a scoreless inning.

Kansas City took the lead with a three-run fourth highlighted by Jorge Bonifacio’s RBI triple.

Toronto starter Sam Gaviglio (2-6) failed to make it through five innings for the eighth time in his past 13 starts. He allowed five runs and eight hits in 4 1/3 innings.

Gaviglio came unraveled after a balk call and a delay of more than five minutes in the fourth. He attempted a pickoff throw, but the ball slipped out of his hand.

After the umpires huddled, Herrera was awarded second base. There was also a replay review to confirm the balk, which took 4 minutes, 1 second.

After the long delay, Gaviglio yielded three straight run-producing hits.

Danny Jansen’s sacrifice fly in the second scored Teoscar Hernandez with the first Toronto run.

Kendrys Morales singled home Justin Smoak in the fourth with the final Blue Jays run.

Glenn Sparkman, who was making his first big league start, was removed after four innings and 75 pitches. He gave up two runs and four hits.

Rain delayed the start for 2 hours, 14 minutes — the third straight day that bad weather held up the first pitch.

MATIAS’ SEASON OVER

OF Seuly Matias, who leads the minor leagues with 31 homers for Class A Burlington, went on the disabled list with a cut thumb. “It was an accident with the bus baggage door, just a freak accident, putting his bag in the bus on the way to Hagerstown,” Royals director of operations Alec Zumwalt said. “He sliced his thumb. It’s to the point where we’re just going to stop him for the season and get him ready for the instructional league. He’s not a guy we’re going to rush back, and make sure he’s at 100 percent.” Matias went 2 for 3 with a home run in the All-Star Futures Game last month in Washington.

NOT CLUTCH

Royals 3B Hunter Dozier is 4 for 46 (.087) with runners in scoring position. He has come to bat with 65 men in scoring position and has six RBIs with only one extra-base hit. “It’s not really conducive to scoring runs, but that’s not going to stop me from playing him and letting him work through that,” manager Ned Yost said.

ROSTER MOVE

The Royals sent minor league LHP Kelvin Gonzalez to the Texas Rangers for a $250,000 international bonus allocation. Gonzalez, 20, was 0-2 with a 4.19 ERA and one save with short-season Class A Burlington in the Kansas City organization.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Blue Jays: 3B Josh Donaldson (left calf tightness) is running the bases at the Dunedin, Florida, complex with no issues. . INF-OF Brandon Drury (broken left hand) will receive follow-up imaging Friday in New York to assess his healing.

Royals: RHP Ian Kennedy (strained left oblique) threw a 25-pitch simulated game. He is scheduled to throw a two-inning simulated game Monday at the Royals’ complex in Surprise, Arizona. … LHP Danny Duffy (shoulder impingement) will begin throwing off a flat surface Friday for the first time since going on the disabled list Sunday. . OF Brian Goodwin (left groin strain) went 0 for 3 with two walks in his first rehab game with Triple-A Omaha.

UP NEXT

Blue Jays: RHP Marcus Stroman (4-8, 5.03 ERA) starts Friday in the series opener at Yankee Stadium.

Royals: RHP Jakob Junis (6-11, 4.82) is scheduled to pitch Friday against the White Sox in Chicago to open a seven-game trip.

Granderson's slam delivers royal pain to Kansas City in Blue Jays 6-5 win

Granderson's slam delivers royal pain to Kansas City in Blue Jays 6-5 win

Curtis Granderson held up both hands, showing 10 fingers, one for each grand slam.Granderson ran his career grand slam total into the double digits, Marco Estrada pitched effectively into the seventh inning and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Kansas City Royals 6-5 on Wednesday night.Jorge Lopez (0-2), who was making his Royals debut after being acquired July 27 from Milwaukee as part of the Mike Moustakas trade, threw a 2-0 fastball that Granderson drove over the Royals’ right-field bullpen gate with two outs in the fourth inning.Story continues belowREAD MORE: Treherne boy sees Toronto Blue Jays thanks to Children’s Miracle NetworkGranderson’s 10th career grand slam was his second this year, both against the Royals. The first was April 18 in Toronto. He has 19 home runs and 50 RBIs in 106 games against Kansas City.“You never envision that they’re going to happen because everything has to line itself up for it,” Granderson said. “Actually, finding out today that it was 10 of them. Sure enough, it was the 10th one, but any time you can do that and score that many runs with one swing is cool.”Royals pitchers have yielded a major league-leading 10 grand slams.A report surfaced Tuesday that Granderson had cleared waivers, making it possible for the Blue Jays to trade the veteran, who still has pop in his bat at age 37.READ MORE: ‘Playoff’ energy in Seattle carries Estrada, Blue Jays to 5-1 win over Mariners“It’s interesting,” Granderson said. “What that means? Not too much, except that there are possibilities, at the same time all outside my control.”Kevin Pillar singled home Teoscar Hernandez with the first run of the fourth and contributed an RBI single in the second for the Blue Jays, who have won three of four.Lopez was removed after 4 2/3 innings, allowing six runs on eight hits, two walks and a hit batter.“I’m a little disappointed with the outing, but it was just one pitch took away the outing,” Lopez said. “When you miss like that with the good hitters, it’s always trouble.”Get daily local headlines and alerts

Correction: Rays-Blue Jays story

Correction: Rays-Blue Jays story

TORONTO (AP) — In a story Aug. 10 about the Tampa Bay Rays playing the Toronto Blue Jays, The Associated Press reported erroneously the title of Edward Rogers of Rogers Communications. Rogers is the company’s chairman, not its chief executive officer.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Snell perfect thru 5 and then pulled, Rays top Blue Jays 7-0

Blake Snell pitched five perfect innings and then was pulled, Michael Perez hit his first career home run and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-0

By IAN HARRISON

Associated Press

TORONTO (AP) – Blake Snell was perfectly fine with getting pulled.

The Tampa Bay left-hander didn’t permit a runner in five innings, then was taken out Friday night in the Rays’ 7-0 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.

Making his second start since spending time on the disabled list because of shoulder fatigue, Snell (13-5) threw 47 pitches. The All-Star never put up a fight when pitching coach Kyle Snyder told him he was done.

”I’m not going to argue,” Snell said. ”I felt great, yes, but I haven’t gone five innings in a month.”

Rays manager Kevin Cash said he and Snyder didn’t want Snell to get up and down between innings a sixth time.

”Given the time he’s had off, that was enough,” Cash said. ”We’ll look to six or seven ups the next time. But he was outstanding while he was out there, really efficient. Blake had everything going tonight and attacked, attacked, attacked.”

Snell struck out six.

”Everything was really good today,” Snell said. ”The velocity on the curveball I was happy with, it had good bite with great arm speed. The fastball was jumping as well today.”

Reliever Jake Faria came on to begin the sixth and gave up an infield single to leadoff batter Luke Maile. Two outs later, Randal Grichuk hit a single to left but was thrown out trying to stretch his hit into a double.

Faria allowed one walk and three singles in three innings. Jamie Schultz pitched a hitless ninth for the Rays.

Michael Perez, playing in his 10th big league game, hit his first homer, a two-run homer in the third inning.

”It was big home run because the offense certainly wasn’t clicking,” Cash said.

Ji-Man Choi homered, Joey Wendle drove in three runs and Willy Adames had three hits and scored three times as the Rays improved to 6-1 against Toronto.

Marco Estrada (5-9) matched a season worst by allowing five runs and five hits in 5 1-3 innings.

”I’ve got to have better fastball command, plain and simple,” Estrada said. ”I didn’t locate, I didn’t locate the fastball at all.”

Left-hander Thomas Pannone made his major league debut in relief of Estrada, starting his career by striking out Kevin Kiermaier. Pannone allowed two runs and three hits in 2 1-3 innings.

”Overall, I thought he did a pretty good job,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said.

LET’S SEE

In an appearance on MLB Network Radio, Gibbons said he’s uncertain he wants to be part of a rebuild in Toronto, a stance he reiterated before the game. ”A full breakdown, going young, you know, I have to admit, I don’t know if I’m interested in that,” Gibbons said. ”But we’ll see.”

VOTE OF CONFIDENCE

After a Toronto sports radio host alleged Blue Jays president Mark Shapiro was at odds with team owner Rogers Communications, Chairman Edward Rogers responded by tweeting a message of support. ”Very confident with the leadership and vision for the future of the Toronto Blue Jays under Mark Shapiro (at)MarkShapiro, President and CEO of the Blue Jays,” Rogers tweeted. The host, Bob McCown, appears on a station owned by Rogers Communications.

WEB GEM

Playing third base for the first time since the low minors, Richard Urena made a great sliding catch in foul territory to retire Kiermaier for the final out of the second inning.

THREE OF A KIND

Blue Jays star prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. homered Friday, his third in three games at Triple-A Buffalo. Guerrero is batting .433 in 10 games since being promoted from Double-A.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Blue Jays: RHP Marcus Stroman, who left Tuesday’s start against Boston because of blister on his middle finger, played catch before the game. Stroman’s next scheduled start is Sunday.

UP NEXT

RHP Ryne Stanek (1-3, 2.56) is expected to open for the Rays on Saturday against Toronto RHP Sam Gaviglio (2-4, 5.08). Gaviglio is winless in 13 starts since a May 25 victory at Philadelphia.

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Youth movement: Blue Jays recall top catching prospect Danny Jansen

Youth movement: Blue Jays recall top catching prospect Danny Jansen

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is tearing up Triple-A, but that wasn’t the key prospect recalled from the minor leagues by the Blue Jays Sunday morning.

Instead, Toronto recalled catcher Danny Jansen to take the roster spot of infielder Yangervis Solarte, who suffered a right oblique injury during Saturday’s 3-1 loss to the Rays and was placed on the 10-day disabled list.

Jansen entered the 2018 season as the Jays’ sixth-ranked prospect according to MLB Pipeline. If anything, he has improved his standing with a terrific season to date with the Buffalo Bisons, slashing an impressive .275/.390/.473. The 23 year-old has already established new career highs with 12 home runs and 58 RBI in only 88 games.

Perhaps Jansen’s biggest moment this year came in the Futures Game during MLB All Star festivities in Washington when he cracked a two-run home run.

A 16th round selection of the Blue Jays out high school in 2013, Jansen has really come on the past two seasons offensively after being slowed by injuries in 2016. He rocketed up through the Jays system in 2017 — playing 31 games for High A Dunedin, 52 games at double-A New Hampshire and 21 games with Buffalo at the triple-A level — batting a career-best .323 with a .400 on-base percentage for the season.

According to Jansen on Sunday, Bisons manager Bobby Meacham pulled him out of Saturday’s game and told him, “Kid, you’re going to the big leagues. I don’t want to see you again.”

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Jansen added that one of the first people he called Saturday was his good friend Ryan Borucki, the Jays left-hander.

“Buddy, I’m coming,” Jansen told Borucki.

The two will locker next to one another at Rogers Centre.

Jansen is not in Sunday afternon’s lineup against the Rays. Luke Maile is behind the plate for the Blue Jays.