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Marco Estrada will start Game 1 when the Toronto Blue Jays open their American League Championship Series in Kansas City on Friday. “In postseason ball, you’re out there playing for your team, and you’re going to stick up for your team any way you can”.
Major League Baseball will review security at Toronto’s Rogers Centre in an effort to prevent a repeat of the fan disturbance during Game 5 of the Blue Jays’ AL Division Series win over Texas. At the time they were the best team in the American League. Toronto ended the longest postseason drought in North American sports a year after the Royals sloughed off that unfortunate distinction.
Despite all the jubilation, Wednesday game didn’t end without some hiccups from some crowd members who threw debris onto the field.
Yost said after the game that his pitchers were just trying to keep the ball inside and he pointed the finger at the Jays. Kansas City’s Ryan Madson would later hit Tulowitzki while Toronto’s Aaron Sanchez hit Alcides Escobar, which emptied both bullpens and led to Sanchez’s ejection. “You hit a guy and that could be the run that determines the game“.
Roberto Osuna: Pitched in 4 games. I don’t have a problem with it. I’m sure it’d be weird for a (baseball) team not to celebrate. Over that span they posted losing records in 21 seasons – including four with 100 or more losses.
Defensively the Blue Jays are average, upgrading mid-season by replacing Jose Reyes at shortstop with Troy Tulowitzki.
Gibbons’ rationale for the order was based on “regular rest” as all three pitchers would be on a normal regiment of four days of rest between starts.
The Jays won the regular season series 4-3 over the Royals and the last time they faced each other the benches cleared. “So when they come into the playground and there’s a kid that’s bigger than they are for a day, I think it probably ticks them off. And I can’t blame ’em”. “Lost a lot of respect for that man today”. This sidebar stopped gaining traction when Ventura apologized, an apology Bautista accepted on Twitter. Whatever the team wants me to do to help them win. The dagger came in Game 6, when the Royals tied the series behind George Brett’s third homer of the series and a two-run sixth inning. The Jays are hoping to win their first AL pennant since 1993.
Ticket re-seller Stubhub says people north of the border are moving fast to grab ducats off the site – prices start at US$115 for the first game – and reported early Thursday that about three per cent of its sales for Games 1 and 2 of the series are going to Canadians, despite the fact the game is in the United States midwest, about 1,600 kilometres away from Toronto.
Inevitably, players react to success, failure or perceived affronts on the big October stage in ways that no one can predict. Royals outfielder Alex Rios, typically a portrait in serenity, unleashed a rare display of on-field passion after chopping a two-run double inside the third-base line to give Kansas City a 3-2 lead in the ALCS finale against Houston. Toronto’s Jose Bautista was second (1,403) while Blue Jays slugger Edwin Encarnacion was third (1,353).