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Why is Rangers Game Postponed?

Saturday's contest between the Rangers and Toronto Blue Jays has been postponed due to rain. ... Each of the the team's starters from Saturday's games (Texas' Kolby Allard and Toronto's Hyun Jin Ryu) will start the first leg of the doubleheader on Sunday, which starts at 12:07 p.m. CT. Sports IllustratedRangers Notes: Saturday's Game vs Blue Jays Postponed, Five Draft Signings

Game 1 will take place at 1:07 pm ET and game 2 will begin approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first game.

Toronto will use Hyun Jin Ryu (initially scheduled to pitch Saturday) in Game 1, followed by Steven Matz in Game 2. Texas will counter with Kolby Allard and Mike Foltynewicz, in that order.

The Rangers will use reliever Demarcus Evans as their 27th man. The righty is expected to arrive in Buffalo on Saturday night and will be available for both games. The Blue Jays have not yet announced their 27th man.

The Blue Jays will be the home team for both games. Those who purchased tickets for Saturday's game through the Blue Jays will be automatically refunded to the original payment method; a credit should appear in as soon as 30 days. Tickets for Saturday’s game will not be valid for either game of Sunday’s doubleheader.

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Texas Rangers game for July 17, 2021 rained out

Lone Star Ball 18 July, 2021 - 01:00am

There will be a doubleheader tomorrow

Well, yesterday was a terrible game, but there’s another game today, and Texas will see if they can do better behind Kolby Allard. David Dahl, who sat against a lefty yesterday, is back in the lineup against a lefty today.

UPDATE — The game is a rainout. Two seven inning games will be played as a doubleheader tomorrow.

UPDATE II — Demarcus Evans will be called up to be the 27th man tomorrow.

JAYS COMING HOME: Feds green light July 30 return before Ray, bats rout the Rangers in Buffalo

Toronto Sun 18 July, 2021 - 01:00am

The young and highly entertaining team, led by freshly minted all-star game MVP Vladimir Guerrero Jr., will be back in Toronto on July 30 after receiving a National Interest Exemption from the federal government on Friday.

The Jays haven’t played a real home game since September 2019, but they will now and fans will finally get to see what all the buzz is about.

When they play host to the Kansas City Royals that night, it will mark the first game in Toronto in 670 days. When they last played a game at the Rogers Centre, the Jays beat Tampa Bay 8-3 on Sept. 29, 2019.

During that stretch, plenty has changed for a team that added pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu last off-season and George Springer a year later to mega free-agent deals.

The biggest change involves the emergence of Vlad Jr. into an MVP candidate and superstar, The young first baseman belted his 29th home run in the first inning in Friday night’s 10-2 romp over the Texas Rangers. Then came No. 30 in the sixth inning on a blast to left that sailed out of Sahlen Field.

“First and foremost, the Blue Jays wish to thank Canadians for their unprecedented public health efforts and support for the team,” the club said in a release.

“Without you, Blue Jays baseball would not be coming home this summer.

“In addition, the organization wishes to acknowledge Blue Jays staff and players for their tireless efforts and dedication during a franchise-defining chapter of team history, and whose resilience never wavered through immense challenges and times of uncertainty.”

The onset of COVID-19 forced the Jays and every other MLB team to shut down during spring training in 2020.

Later that year in July, the Jays were able to gather at their summer camp at the Rogers Centre to prepare for a 60-game season, but eventually were denied permission to play their home games in Canada.

After exploring multiple options at other MLB parks, including Pittsburgh and Baltimore, the club settled down at Sahlen Field in Buffalo, site of the Jays’ triple-A affiliate.

Federal Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino said in a statement the decision to grant the exemption was made in conjunction with the Public Health Agency of Canada and local and provincial officials.

He said the plan includes pre and post-arrival testing for everyone crossing the border and additional testing four times a week for unvaccinated individuals.

“It also includes significant limitations on unvaccinated individuals, who will have to undergo a modified quarantine, not be permitted to go anywhere but the hotel and stadium and have no interaction with the general public,” he said.

Further details will be released in the next few days, including how many fans will be allowed inside the stadium and how tickets will be distributed to the general public.

Based on Ontario’s Stage 3 of the province’s re-opening, upwards of 15,000 fans will be allowed to enter Rogers Centre, which is considered an outdoor facility given its retractable roof.

For now, the team says it will first contact subscribers.

Interestingly, this year’s trade deadline kicks in on July 30.

The Rangers had no chance to bounce back when the Jays scored four runs in the third when Marcus Semien, Teoscar Hernandez and Randal Grichuk each went deep en route to the easy Toronto win.

As the rains fell at Sahlen Field, the Jays were knocking it out of the park in support of Robbie Ray, who last Sunday in his previous start took a no-hitter into the seventh inning in Tampa.

Through five innings Friday night, Texas managed one hit off Ray.

Strangely, Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo was tossed by home plate umpire Greg Gibson. Montoyo asked for a review following an inning-ending out, only to be told by the ump that he took too much time to initiate it. The two got into a heated exchange before Gibson gave Montoyo the heave-ho.

Ray went 6.2 innings to earn the win as he improved his record to 8-4.

LHP Ryan Borucki, who was activated Friday following a stint on the 60-day injured list (forearm flexor), started the eighth inning after Adam Cimber recorded the final out in the seventh. His first pitch in two months was stroked to left for a single.

Ryu is scheduled to start on Saturday.

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'Get ready Toronto -- we are coming back': Blue Jays get federal approval to play at Rogers Centre starting July 30

CP24 Toronto's Breaking News 18 July, 2021 - 01:00am

TORONTO - It's been nearly 22 months since Toronto Blue Jays fans have been able to see Vladimir Guerrero Jr., tear the cover off a fastball down the middle at Rogers Centre.

They haven't seen lefty ace Hyun-Jin Ryu or big free-agent signing George Springer live in a Blue Jays uniform at all.

After nearly two years as baseball nomads, however, the Blue Jays are finally coming home after getting approval to play in Toronto from the federal government on Friday.

The team said in a statement that it will begin playing home games at Rogers Centre again starting July 30 after receiving a so-called National Interest Exemption.

The exemption, confirmed by the federal immigration minister's office, will allow players to cross the border without being subject to Canada's COVID-19 travel restrictions.

“Following a careful review by public health officials at every level of government, a National Interest Exemption has been approved that will permit the Toronto Blue Jays to return to Toronto and play home games at the Rogers Centre,” Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino said in a statement.

“This decision was made in conjunction with the Public Health Agency of Canada, with the approval of provincial and municipal public health officials.”

Mendicino said the plan includes pre- and post-arrival testing of everyone crossing the border, and additional testing four times a week for unvaccinated individuals.

“It also includes significant limitations on unvaccinated individuals, who will have to undergo a modified quarantine, not be permitted to go anywhere but the hotel and stadium and have no interaction with the general public,” he said.

Toronto is scheduled to start a three-game homestand against the Kansas City Royals on July 30. The Jays haven't played at Rogers Centre since Sept. 29, 2019, an 8-3 win over Tampa Bay.

The team played its home games during the shortened 2020 season in Buffalo, N.Y., and started this season in Dunedin, Fla., before returning to Buffalo.

“First and foremost, the Blue Jays wish to thank Canadians for their unprecedented public health efforts and support for the team. Without you, Blue Jays baseball would not be coming home this summer,” the team's statement said.

The team added it would reach out to 2021 and 2022 season ticket holders in the coming days, and additional ticket information and health and safety guidelines are coming soon.

“So grateful for the support and hospitality in Dunedin, and Buffalo but after over 650 days, we will finally be coming HOME,” Blue Jays president Mark Shapiro said on Twitter. “Cannot tell you how excited we are to play in front of our fans and in our city and our country.

“Get ready Toronto -- we are coming back!”

So grateful for the support and hospitality in Dunedin, and Buffalo but after over 650 days, we will finally be coming HOME. Cannot tell you how excited we are to play in front of our fans and in our city and our country. Get ready Toronto - we are coming back! https://t.co/aXYq0bv4Z8

The Blue Jays' return is the latest step in professional sports returning to normal north of the border.

Ottawa gave the NHL a travel exemption for the final two rounds of the Stanley Cup playoffs and recently approved a plan that allowed CFL players and staff to return to Canada without undergoing a full 14-day quarantine.

Major League Soccer teams Toronto FC and CF Montreal are hosting games against U.S.-based opponents Saturday. While a quarantine exemption has not been granted to MLS, fully vaccinated athletes with work permits can enter the country without completing a 14-day quarantine.

The Blue Jays entered Friday night's game in Buffalo against the Texas Rangers third in the American League East standings with a 45-42 record, and four-and-a-half games out of an American League wild-card spot.

While the team is fighting to emerge out of the middle of the pack, they are arguably one of the most entertaining teams in the league.

Guerrero is having a breakout season, and on Tuesday was named the MVP of the all-star game after his rocket home run helped lead he American League to a 5-2 win over the National League.

He forms a solid offensive core with Marcus Semien and Teoscar Hernandez -- also all-stars -- as well as Bo Bichette and Cavan Biggio. It could be augmented further if Springer, beset in his debut Jays season by injuries, starts rounding into form.

Ryu and talented rookie Alek Manoah highlight a decent starting rotation that is often let down by a mediocre bullpen.

The big off-season signings of Ryu in December 2019 and Springer a year later, and the Blue Jays return to the post-season in 2020 after a three-year absence, were among the recent highlights Jays fans had to take in from afar.

If the Jays are going to make another playoff run this year, they will be doing it at home.

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Fantasy baseball daily notes: Pitcher and hitter rankings for Sunday

ESPN Australia 17 July, 2021 - 03:03pm

Many leagues are using an extended transaction period, so there isn't the desperation usually associated with Sunday's lineup. Even so, the more stats you accrue now, the better off you'll be come next Sunday. To that end, here are some players with favorable matchups, all available in more than half of ESPN leagues.

Logan Gilbert (R), rostered in 49% of ESPN leagues, Seattle Mariners at Los Angeles Angels: This may be your final chance to pick up Gilbert in many leagues, as his rostership has been steadily climbing and is teetering near our 50% cutoff. If you were let down by his early efforts, it's time to let it go, as Gilbert has gained confidence in his stuff and it shows. Since struggling in his first three outings, Gilbert has posted a 2.37 ERA and 0.84 WHIP with 42 punchouts in 38 innings over seven starts. The rookie faces a depleted Angels lineup. While the reports on Mike Trout are encouraging, Anthony Rendon suffered a setback during the break and is no longer close to returning.

Patrick Sandoval (L), 31%, Los Angeles Angels vs. Seattle Mariners: Sandoval also entered the break on an extended roll, registering a 3.22 ERA and 1.16 WHIP over his prior eight starts, spanning 44 2/3 innings. Sandoval fanned 49 in that stretch.

JT Brubaker (R), 23%, Pittsburgh Pirates vs. New York Mets: After a solid first half, Brubaker headed into the break in a rut, surrendering 11 earned runs in 11 frames. His big issue has been the long ball, as he's surrendered eight homers over his past four outings. Granted, the Mets' offense hasn't been at full strength for most of the first half, but they check in with the eighth-lowest home run rate in the league.

Drew Smyly (L), 31%, Atlanta Braves vs. Tampa Bay Rays: Speaking of homers, Smyly served up 10 dingers in his first four outings, but has administered only six in the ensuing nine efforts, helping fuel a 3.22 ERA and 1.16 WHIP in that span. Tampa rates league average in the power department.

The Blue Jays are Sunday's bullpen to target with a twinbill against a Rangers club they could sweep. Jordan Romano has settled in as the closer and is available in 45% of ESPN leagues. If Romano works the opener, Rafael Dolis could get the call in the nightcap and he's rostered in only 2% of ESPN leagues.

Catcher -- Luis Torrens (R), 4%, Seattle Mariners at Los Angeles Angels (LHP Patrick Sandoval): The playing time split between Torrens and recently promoted Cal Raleigh has yet to be clarified, though with a lefty on the hill, Torrens is the likely backstop. That said, Raleigh is a switch-hitter, so if he gets the nod, the rookie is in play. Torrens excels with the platoon edge, especially in the power department.

First Base -- Alex Kirilloff (L), 33%, Minnesota Twins at Detroit Tigers (RHP Wily Peralta): The Twins' disappointing first half was more about their pitching than hitting. Offensively, they remain above average, in part from the growth of rookies Kirilloff and Trevor Larnach, as well as the emergence of Luis Arraez in the leadoff spot. The trio were frequent visitors here in the first half and will likely remain popular streamers. In July, Kirilloff is slashing .289/.372/.500 through Friday's action.

Second Base -- Brendan Rodgers (R), 11%, Colorado Rockies vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (LHP David Price): It appears the Rockies are finally going to give Rodgers an extended look. On Sunday, Rodgers will enjoy the platoon edge, as the Dodgers are transitioning Price back to a starter to fortify a depleted rotation.

Third Base -- Patrick Wisdom (R), 24%, Chicago Cubs at Arizona Diamondbacks (LHP Caleb Smith): Sometimes, surprises turn into pumpkins like Yermin Mercedes. Occasionally, they continue to thrive like Adolis Garcia. Wisdom is somewhere in the middle. The veteran could be in line for even more playing time if the Cubs were to move Kris Bryant and/or Anthony Rizzo. Wisdom homered during the weekend heading into the break, then went yard on Friday.

Shortstop -- Gavin Lux (L), 50%, Los Angeles Dodgers at Colorado Rockies (RHP Jon Gray): Lux's underlying numbers suggest he's in line for an improved second half. Gray has been effective at home this season, but Coors Field is still undefeated and should always be considered a huge plus for batters.

Corner Infield -- Santiago Espinal (R), below 1%, Toronto Blue Jays vs. Texas Rangers (LHP Kolby Allard): Espinal is playing sparingly, but with a doubleheader, he's likely to see action against the left-hander. With the prolific Blue Jays lineup, it's worth getting a piece of the action, even in a seven-inning affair. Espinal has done a solid job when given the chance, as he's recorded a .321/.367/.420 line with a pair of swipes.

Middle Infield -- Vidal Brujan (S), 17%, Tampa Bay Rays at Atlanta Braves (LHP Drew Smyly): Brujan is off to a slow start, but has a chance to make a difference on Sunday, as the Braves are one of the poorest teams at defending the running game, which is Brujan's forte. The rookie stole 48 bags between High-A and Double-A in 2019, then nabbed 15 for Triple-A Durham this season before getting the call.

Outfield -- Austin Slater (R), 2%, San Francisco Giants at St. Louis Cardinals (LHP Wade LeBlanc): The Giants surprisingly lead the league in homers, mostly due to leveraging platoons. Their leadoff batter against southpaws is Slater and his .872 OPS since 2019 with a lefty on the hill.

Outfield -- Robbie Grossman (S), 49%, Detroit Tigers vs. Minnesota Twins (LHP J.A. Happ): Grossman's batting average is low, but he's continued to walk at an elevated clip and chipped in with some pop. This may be enough for him to be dealt to a contender, but for now he makes for a sneaky fantasy add in points leagues.

Outfield -- Kole Calhoun (L), 9%, Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Chicago Cubs (RHP Zach Davies): Calhoun is another player on "hug watch," as he could soon be embracing his teammates after receiving word of a deal. Injuries have derailed his 2021 campaign, but when healthy, Calhoun is a proven commodity, especially with a righty toeing the rubber.

Guerrero hits 2 HRs to reach 30, Blue Jays rout Rangers 10-2

CP24 Toronto's Breaking News 16 July, 2021 - 09:36pm

Toronto Blue Jays' Vladimir Guerrero Jr., right, celebrates with Lourdes Gurriel Jr. after the team's win over the Texas Rangers in a baseball game in Buffalo, N.Y., Friday, July 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Vladimir Guerrero Jr. followed up his breakout All-Star Game with two homers, and the Toronto Blue Jays powered past the Texas Rangers 10-2 on Friday night.

All-Stars Teoscar Hernandez and Marcus Semien homered for Toronto along with Randal Grichuk, and Robbie Ray held Texas scoreless over 6 2/3 innings.

Guerrero, named the All-Star MVP on Tuesday night, connected off Texas starter Jordan Lyles in the first inning to make it 1-0 and added a three-run blast in the sixth against Dennis Santana, his 30th of the season. That led to chants of “M-V-P!” from the crowd of 10,100 as the Blue Jays opened their final stretch of games in their temporary Buffalo home. The team received approval from the Canadian government on Friday to return to Toronto for the homestand that begins July 30.

Ray (8-4), who took a no-hitter into the seventh inning on Sunday at Tampa Bay, allowed four hits and two walks while striking out eight. Semien, Hernandez, and Grichuk all homered in the third for the Blue Jays, who won consecutive games for the first time since July 2-3.

Eli White had a two-run homer in the ninth for the Rangers, who dropped their third straight and have lost six of eight. Lyles (5-6) went four innings and allowed four home runs for the second time in his career, with both instances coming in his last six appearances.

Before the game, Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo said he was eager to return to Rogers Centre for the first time since 2019.

“Even though Buffalo's been great to us, and we appreciate everything the city and the fans have done in making us feel at home, of course we're hoping to go to Toronto and play in front of our fans,” he said.

Buffalo-born Rangers C Jonah Heim made his first appearance at Sahlen Field and had a sharp single to lead off the seventh inning.

Fans gave him a standing ovation after the hit and Heim, who played at suburban Orchard Park High School, waved to acknowledge the crowd. Heim, taken by Baltimore in the fourth round of the 2013 draft, had never played in the park, even in the minors.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is the first Buffalo-born player to participate in a major league game in the city since John Gillespie, who played on Oct. 1, 1890 for the Buffalo Bisons against the Boston Reds.

Rangers: LHP John King (shoulder inflammation) is scheduled to “pick up a ball” this weekend, according to manager Chris Woodward, and was likely to miss his first post-All Star Break turn in the rotation.

Blue Jays: LHP Ryan Borucki (forearm flexor strain) was activated from the injured list before the game and worked the eighth inning, allowing a leadoff single and striking out two. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Blue Jays designated RHP Joel Payamps, who had been with Triple-A Buffalo, for assignment.

In Saturday's middle game of the weekend series, the Rangers will send LHP Kolby Allard (2-5, 3.45 ERA) to the mound against Blue Jays LHP Hyun Jin Ryu (8-5, 3.56).

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