The Toronto Blue Jays Grapefruit League preseason kicked off yesterday versus the Detroit Tigers, here is a look at some of the news and notes surrounding the contest.
The Tigers rained on the Blue Jays parade topping Toronto 4-0 in the first Grapefruit League game of the spring. The Jays would muster only five hits versus a contingent of Detroit hurlers while the Jays pitchers also fared well minus Thomas Pannone.
Pannone Shelled in Debut
Pannone surrendered all four runs on five hits while fanning one in the third inning. Niko Goodrum also took Pannone deep in the contest as the pitcher only managed two outs before his day was done.
Remaining Blue Jays Pitchers Hold Their Own
Ryan Borucki started the game and pitched admirably tossing two scoreless innings while limiting the Tigers to two hits while striking out one.
The teenage Rule 5 pick Elvis Luciano made a successful Blue Jays debut pitching a scoreless inning while issuing a hit and a walk in his first taste of the majors. Luciano must remain on the 25 man roster for the entire season in order for the Jays to retain his rights.
Conor Fisk, Sam Gaviglio, Tim Mayza, Jacob Waguespack and Jackson McClelland also all toed the rubber in the contest for the Jays. Waguespack pitched a clean inning of work while fanning two in an impressive first outing.
Hernandez Shines In Debut
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The young bucks mustered just five hits on the day, the offence was propelled by a pair of knocks off the bat of Teoscar Hernandez. The outfielder notched a double and single as he bids for the starting job in left field.
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Grichuk Battling Plantar Fasciitis
Outfielder Randal Grichuk is battling plantar fasciitis in his left foot, the plan is for Grichuk to see game action on Tuesday.