The Blue Jays are on pace to go 60-0

Baseball! It’s back! The Blue Jays beat the Rays 6-4 to kick off the 2020 season, so all aboard the hype train!

Things worth mentioning…

Hyun Jin Ryu took the hill for his first-ever start as a Blue Jay and it mostly went very well. Ryu was very ace-like over his first four innings of work, painting corners, mixing speeds, and ultimately coming as advertised. He ran into some problems in the fifth inning, though, as he surrendered a walk and a two-run bomb that resulted in him getting yanked. Ryu’s control was a tad off tonight, but you can probably chalk that up to pitchers not being as sharp as they would usually be after a normal-length spring training.
Pretty much everyone got into the mix offensively, which is exactly what you want to see from this lineup. Everybody reached base at least once, and everybody except for Rowdy Tellez had at least one hit.
The Jays went up 3-0 with a very small-ball-style inning, in which Cavan Biggio reached on a bunt single, Vlad Jr. singled, and Travis Shaw walked before Randal Grichuk, Rowdy Tellez, and Teoscar Hernandez hit back-to-back-to-back sacrifice flies. It seemed …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Leafs recall Korshkov and Marchment ahead of tonight’s game in Buffalo

On the heels of a road back-to-back that saw them beat the Senators last night, the Leafs will head into Buffalo this evening for a tilt with the Sabres. It’s an important game, like all of them at this point, where they can put 6 points between themselves and the 4th place Panthers with a win.
It also looks like, given the proximity to home, the team will use the opportunity to potentially get some fresh legs in the lineup.

The @MapleLeafs have recalled forwards Egor Korshkov and Mason Marchment from the @TorontoMarlies (AHL). pic.twitter.com/pGeAHSXjgg
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) February 16, 2020

Then again, both of these guys might just be getting the call to hop up to the big club for a couple days of NHL salary as a reward for their strong play with the Marlies recently. Both have been scoring at a nice clip in the last few AHL games.
But if we want to go into full trade season speculation mode, maybe this signifies the Leafs are working on something and want to have a little insurance in the lineup. Either way, nice to see the team continue to put trust in graduating …

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Author: Ryan Fancey / The Leafs Nation

Game 7 Analysis: The Raptors made the right decisions to fend off the Sixers

The Raptors managed to beat the Philadelphia 76ers in seven games thanks to a truly absurd shot from Kawhi Leonard. Let’s look back at the decisions in Game 7 that led to that moment. So, Kawhi Leonard, huh?
Yeah, I still can’t believe that happened. But a lot needed to go right for the Raptors in Game 7 to even get to that last shot. There have been a few games where enough went wrong that Toronto didn’t have that chance at the end of the game.
Let’s check in on how they got to the finish line in their series with the Philadelphia 76ers in the second round of the NBA Playoffs.

That Embiid Matchup

It’s been a story line all series long. Joel Embiid has been by far the 76ers best player, and defending him with Marc Gasol was going to be absolutely crucial to the Raptors’ success, which became very clear after just one game, in spite of the general success of that game.
In Game 7, Nick Nurse made sure to match Gasol’s minutes directly to Embiid’s, much like in Game 5. And it paid off, keeping the Raptors within striking distance in …

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Author: Daniel Hackett / Raptors HQ

Ugh, Aaron Sanchez is dealing with finger issues again

The Blue Jays hung on to beat Oakland 5-4 this afternoon, completing their first sweep of the season. Unfortunately, the win was overshadowed as yet another pitcher left the game with an injury. Party like it’s 2012!

Aaron Sanchez left the game with a broken fingernail on his right middle finger #BlueJays
— Ben Nicholson-Smith (@bnicholsonsmith) April 21, 2019

Some Sanchez stuff in here from last September. A reminder in it: Sanchez had a procedure to have some of the same nail as is now broke removed in 2017, and it was compensating for not having the nail that led to a season-ending finger ligament injury. https://t.co/3n0Hz0AqBT
— Andrew Stoeten (@AndrewStoeten) April 21, 2019

Yikes. The exact thing we didn’t want to hear when Sanchez left the game. Sanchez, as we know, has dealt with finger issues for the last two seasons.
Other notes from today’s game…
Beyond Sanchez getting hurt, Freddy Galvis was also removed with two outs in the ninth inning after he hurt himself diving for a ground ball up the middle. Galvis stayed in for a couple of batters, but he was noticeably nursing the back of his leg. Charlie Montoyo brought Richard Urena in as …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation