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Blue Jays: Looking back at the Blue Jays in Montreal series

Brendan Panikkar
Mar 28, 2017; Clearwater, FL, USA;Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (2) is congratulated by catcher Russell Martin (55) after he hit a home run during the second inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Spectrum Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 28, 2017; Clearwater, FL, USA;Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (2) is congratulated by catcher Russell Martin (55) after he hit a home run during the second inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Spectrum Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mar 29, 2017; Dunedin, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher J.A. Happ (33) throws a pitch during the first inning against the New York Yankees at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 29, 2017; Dunedin, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher J.A. Happ (33) throws a pitch during the first inning against the New York Yankees at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /

2016 – Boston Red Sox vs. Toronto Blue Jays

Friday, April 1st, 2016 – Red Sox 4, Blue Jays 2

Blue Jays lineup:

  1. Kevin Pillar – CF
  2. Josh Donaldson – 3B
  3. Jose Bautista – RF
  4. Troy Tulowitzki – SS
  5. Chris Colabello – DH
  6. Michael Saunders – LF
  7. Russell Martin – C
  8. Justin Smoak – 1B
  9. Ryan Goins – 2B

SP – J.A Happ

Saturday, April 2nd, 2016 – Red Sox 7, Blue Jays 4

Blue Jays lineup:

  1. Kevin Pillar – CF
  2. Russell Martin – DH
  3. Josh Donaldson – 3B
  4. Jose Bautista – RF
  5. Chris Colabello – 1B
  6. Ryan Goins – SS
  7. Ezequiel Carrera – LF
  8. Darwin Barney – 2B
  9. Josh Thole – C

SP – Scott Copeland

The Boston Red Sox were the 3rd team that came to Montreal for the Blue Jays in Montreal series. While the Red Sox have no Canadians or specific ties to Canada to make this matchup “special”, Boston is only about 5 hours from Montreal, which led to some Red Sox fans coming to Montreal for the weekend.

J.A Happ got the start on the Friday night. Happ threw 4 innings while allowing only 1 earned run on 4 hits, 2 walks, and 4 strikeouts. Copeland got the start on Saturday and pitched 3 shutout innings. The most notable reliever who pitched in this series was Rule 5 pick, Joe Biagini. Biagini ended up being an amazing story and great reliever for the Blue Jays. He worked his way from long relief, to pitching in high leverage situations by the end of the year.

This edition of the series didn’t really feature too many highlights for the fans in Montreal. It was the first time the Blue Jays had been swept in the 2 game series. Fans did get to see the beginning of J.A Happ’s 20 game season in his return to Toronto. They also got to see the beginning of the Joe Biagini story. Both arms ended up being massive pieces for the team in 2016.

For the second straight year, the Montreal baseball fans got to see their Blue Jays kick off what ended up being another post-season bound season. As Toronto sports media personality Andrew Walker put it the other day on the Andrew Walker Show, 2015 was the re-introduction to October baseball. 2016 was the re-introduction to September baseball as the Blue Jays brought it all the way down to game 162 when they clinched their playoff spot. It was another fun season that Montreal fans got to see the beginning of.

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