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

Game 3 Analysis: Pascal Siakam carries the weight for Toronto

Despite a couple of close calls, the Raptors hung on in Orlando to win Game 3 against the Magic. And the story this time has to be the superlative play of Pascal Siakam. For the Raptors, their Game 3 had some eerie similarities to the opening match-up against the Orlando Magic — a struggling star, some disastrous bench minutes, a close game down the stretch. But this one had a happy ending.
Let’s take a look at what went well for Toronto, and what went wrong, as they now sit with a 2-1 series lead over the Magic in the opening round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs.
That Bench
Another game, another short stretch of the sort of lineup that is always going to lose you a lead.
Nearing the end of the first quarter, the Raptors had leapt out to a big lead. In the process, the Magic had started their counter punch, with a solid few minutes strung together to bring the lead down from 11 to 8 with three minutes left in the quarter.
Coach Nick Nurse decided to close out the quarter with the following look: Fred VanVleet, Jodie Meeks, Norman Powell, Pascal Siakam, Serge Ibaka.
Frankly, it’s a pleasant …

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Author: Daniel Hackett / Raptors HQ