Saturday, December 20, 2014

Jays lose to Phillies

DUNEDIN, Fla.—David Buchanan kept up his bid for a major-league roster spot, striking out two over two perfect innings yesterday in the Philadelphia Phillies’ 6-3 rain-shortened win over the Toronto Blue Jays.
The game was called with one out in the top of the eighth.

Buchanan pitched for ‘AA’ Reading and ‘AAA’ Lehigh Valley last year and remains in the mix for a bullpen berth.
He is to pitch Saturday in Philadelphia’s spring-training finale.
Philadelphia loaded the bases in the second against Brandon Morrow, scoring on RBI grounders by Cody Asche and Cameron Rupp.
Then they made it 4-0 in the fourth on Tony Gwynn Jr.’s sacrifice fly and Ben Revere’s run-scoring single.
Morrow gave up four runs, five hits, and three walks in five innings.
The right-hander is slated to pitch in the second of two exhibition games Saturday in Montreal against the N.Y. Mets.
Jays’ closer Casey Janssen, slowed by right shoulder soreness, allowed two hits during a scoreless seventh in his first big-league exhibition game this year.
He pitched in the minors Friday.
The plan is for Janssen to pitch on consecutive days Thursday and Friday.
Matt Tuiasosopo, meanwhile, made his first appearance with the Jays, sandwiching a single between two strikeouts.
He was claimed last week on waivers from Arizona while the Diamondbacks were in Australia to play the L.A. Dodgers
The outfielder flew from Sydney to Tampa, with a stop in Dallas—a 15-hour flight.
Two candidates for the final rotation spot with the Jays were to pitch today.
J.A. Happ will face Pittsburgh while Dustin McGowan will throw in a minor-league game.
“It could come down to the wire,” said manager John Gibbons.
“We’ll have a much better idea after tomorrow [Tuesday].”
On the injury front, Jays’ shortstop Jose Reyes, who left Saturday’s game due to left hamstring tightness, will have a precautionary MRI exam.
Gibbons has no concerns about Reyes being ready for opening day.
“Everybody feels it’s very mild and minor,” Gibbons noted.
In other news, Ryan Goins was announced as the starting second baseman for the season.
Goins will move to shortstop to fill in if Reyes is sidelined.
Gibbons also noted infielder Munenori Kawasaki will not make the opening-day roster and is set to start the season with ‘AAA’ Buffalo.
“We like what he does,” Gibbons said.
“Hopefully, if the need arises during the season, he’ll come up and join us.”

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