Jays lose opener, Reyes
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.—Jose Reyes was put on the disabled list after aggravating a hamstring injury, R.A. Dickey struggled, and the Toronto Blue Jays ended up with a one-sided loss to Tampa Bay.
David Price took a shutout into the eighth inning and Matt Joyce drove in three runs to help the Rays begin the season with a 9-2 victory over Toronto yesterday afternoon.
The star shortstop led off the game and was robbed of a hit on a diving catch by Rays’ centre-fielder Desmond Jennings.
“I tried to run a little bit faster between home plate and first base, and I kind of feel my hammy there,” Reyes noted.
“So I have to slow down and get out of the game because I don’t want to get any worse.”
Reyes missed several games during the final week of spring training, and wasn’t at 100 percent for exhibition games Friday and Saturday in Montreal.
“Irritated the same spot so that’s a concern,” said Jays’ manager John Gibbons.
Several hours later, the Blue Jays put him on the DL.
Reyes said the hamstring was “good enough” to play in Montreal and felt better yesterday.
“When I tried for a little speed, something not right,” he noted.
Reyes missed 66 games last season after going on the DL April 13 with a sprained left ankle—after just 10 into his first season with the Jays.
He was replaced in the field by Ryan Goins.
The Jays later purchased the contract of infielder Jonathan Diaz from ‘AAA’ Buffalo to take Reyes’ roster spot.
Price (1-0) allowed two runs and six hits over 7 1/3 innings to beat Dickey in a match-up of 2012 Cy Young Award winners.
The hard-throwing lefty walked one and struck out six before a crowd of 31,042 at Tropicana Field—the Rays’ ninth-consecutive sell-out for a home-opener.
“It’s really disappointing and frustrating,” Dickey said. “You feel like you let a lot of people down.
“Against David Price, one of the best pitchers in baseball, if you don’t match him inning per inning, it’s going to be tough to win the game.
“I put us in a hole early,” Dickey admitted.
“Walked some guys early, gave up some 0-2 hits with runners in scoring position, and that was the game.”
Dickey dropped to 14-13 with a 4.21 ERA last season after winning 20 games and NL Cy Young honours with the Mets two years ago.
The 39-year-old knuckleballer is off to another shaky start after allowing six runs, five hits, and walking six over five innings against essentially the same Tampa Bay lineup he went 3-1 against in 2013.
Joyce had a sacrifice fly and two-run double off Dickey (0-1), who yielded six two-out runs in five innings.
Evan Longoria got the Rays going with a first-inning RBI single and Wil Myers drove in two more when he singled with the bases loaded in the second.
Price limited the Jays to four singles, and only had allowed two runners past second base before Maicer Izturis opened the eighth with his second hit of the day.
Pinch-hitter Erik Kratz followed with a first-pitch, two-run homer over the centre-field wall.
Elsewhere in the AL, Chicago beat Minnesota 5-3, Detroit nipped Kansas City 4-3, Baltimore edged Boston 2-1, Cleveland blanked Oakland 2-0, and Seattle dumped L.A. 10-3.
Over in the NL, Washington beat the N.Y. Mets 9-7 (10 innings), Pittsburgh nipped Chicago Cubs 1-0 (10 innings), Milwaukee blanked Atlanta 2-0, St. Louis shaded Cincinnati 1-0, Miami dumped Colorado 10-1, and San Francisco topped Arizona 9-8.
Philadelphia outslugged Texas 14-10 in interleague play.