The Toronto Blue Jays kept the good times rolling on Tuesday with a 6-5 comeback win over the Texas Rangers, pushing them a full game ahead of the New York Yankees in the AL East. For someone who unceremoniously fell asleep in the eighth inning, this morning was a nice surprise (but is it really a surprise?).
David Price takes the mound today in Arlington on his birthday! Join us in sending out some birthday wishes to our ace on Twitter (@DAVIDprice14). To kick off your hump day, let’s round up the best of Blue Jays news and stories in the Morning Brew.
Bautista boycotting Sportsnet – Here’s an interesting one. According to Brendan Kennedy of The Star, Jose Bautista has been boycotting Sportsnet TV and has refused all requests for one-on-one interviews over the past three months. The dispute centres around Sportsnet’s refusal to pay for the designer suit of Devon Travis during a May TV special where he and Hazel Mae went shopping.
They made the rookie pay for that, then used the footage to create a TV special? Even rookies make great money, but I’m with Jose on this one. This is an awkward situation between the star player and ownerships’s television platform no matter how you slice it, but good on Bautista for standing up for his rookie. Let’s hear your thoughts on this one.
Travis still not close – Speaking of Travis, Scott MacArthur of TSN tells us his shoulder injury still requires rest, something the Blue Jays may not have a ton of time for. Travis does remain optimistic, though, after visiting with a doctor yesterday. “It was pretty encouraging today. He told me with a little bit of rest you can get back. You have stuff going on in your shoulder and just looking for you to turn that corner.”
John Gibbons isn’t as eager to suggest he’ll be back, and when you consider the likelihood that he’d need some rehab swings, I tend to agree. “I’m not going to write it off but he’s not making enough progress right now,” Gibbons said. “You just kind of eliminate that thought then if somehow he comes back, maybe like Stroman or something.”
McBroom-V-P! – Ryan McBroom of the Lansing Lugnuts took home the Midwest League MVP, writes Brian Crawford of Jays Prospects. The 23-year old recorded a slash line of .323/.394/.496 to go along with 11 home runs and 38 doubles. Lansing has enjoyed a fantastic season, and McBroom was a leader throughout.
“It felt great to get out of spring training and be able to perform for a club. It was especially nice to get sent to Lansing, as the team receives a lot of fan support. There are always great crowds every night and it has been great representing the Blue Jays organization here all season.”