The Blue Jays released Clayton Richard on his birthday

Clayton Richard turned 36 years old today. His gift from the Blue Jays? A paid vacation.

The Blue Jays, just shortly after wishing Richard a happy birthday on Instagram, reported that the veteran lefty had been released in order to clear room on the 40-man roster for Elvis Luciano.

ROSTER MOVE:
We’ve reinstated RHP Elvis Luciano from the 60-day IL. To make room, LHP Clayton Richard has been released. pic.twitter.com/CJsWrp2uxB
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) September 12, 2019

I mean, it makes sense. The Jays need to get Luciano back on the team so he can fulfill his 90 days on the active roster in order to not return the Rule 5 pick-up back to the Kansas City Royals. It’s just, uh, unfortunate the birthday boy was the odd-man-out.
As Shi Davidi/Hazel Mae report, Luciano needs to be on the active roster for 18 more days. There are, coincidentally, 18 days left in the season. So, no, unfortunately, the Jays couldn’t have waited until the day after Richard’s birthday to give him the axe.
Hopefully they baked him a nice cake.

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Listen to That’s A Rap #20: Post-Game 2 vs. Sixers Reaction

What started as an offensive slog, turned into the Jimmy-Kawhi show. Listen as the boys pick apart Game 2 of Raptors-Sixers. For the first time since mid-March, the Raptors did not lose to a 3-pointer in the final five seconds. Although, their Game 2 loss to the 76ers was heart-breaking all the same.
So, the Raptors got out to a slow start. They trailed by double-digits at halftime. The starters led a third quarter comeback. Kawhi Leonard hit a slew of clutch buckets. Kawhi found a teammate for an open three in the dying seconds. Does any of this sound familiar?
Let’s hope the Raptors recover in Philadelphia the same way they recovered from the Game 1 loss to Orlando. Check out the latest episode as we dissect Game 2, with an eye toward Thursday’s momentum-swinging game.

On The Latest Episode:
Toronto got another outstanding performance from Kawhi Leonard (35/7/6) and Pascal Siakam (21/7/3 + 4 steals), along with inspiring play from Kyle Lowry (20/5/5 + excellent D). Unfortunately, that’s where the positive numbers end.
The bench was outscored (again). How bad has it gotten? Greg Monroe – yes, that one – scored twice as many points (10) as the entire Raptors bench (5). The Sixers were the aggressors …

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Author: JayRosales / Raptors HQ

Toronto Temperature: The equation for the Raptors always equals KL squared

After a disappointing Game 1, Kawhi turned in an all-time Raptors playoff performance and Lowry bounced back. After Game 2, the temperature is much hotter in Toronto Noting that Kawhi Leonard is a Raptor feels like an appropriate way to start off because he was spectacular in Game 2. Against the Magic, he scored 37 points on 15-of-22 shooting, to go along with four rebounds, four assists, and two steals. He was awesome, playing with a verve that went above all of his other Raptors’ playoff performances.
Still, this isn’t a Leonard appreciation post — at least not entirely. In the Raptors 1-1 week, some things were “Hot,” like Pascal Siakam’s athleticism and Kyle Lowry’s bounce back performance, and some things were “Not,” like Fred VanVleet’s play and Orlando’s Game 1 three-point outbreak.
That’s right, it’s time to take the Toronto Temperature.
Who’s Hot

Kyle Lowry Bounce Back
Lowry’s Game 1 performance has been well documented. He was good around the edges — playing to a +11 — but was both passive and ineffective shooting the ball, finishing the game with zero points on 0-of-7 shooting from the field.
A poor shooting night can happen to any player, of course, but …

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Author: Ben_Scott / Raptors HQ