Let's play ball! Toronto Blue Jays host Milwaukee Brewers in home opener
- Author: Tabitha Byrd Apr 12, 2017,
Apr 12, 2017, 3:22
After a 2015 campaign in which he compiled a 1-6 record and a 2.58 ERA over 69 appearances, he appeared in 72 games last season and drummed up a 4-3 record and 2.68 ERA.
But for a team looking to make a third consecutive trip to the post-season, manager John Gibbons acknowledged that without a turnaround soon, the Jays could be left "chasing" the season, a tough task in division as stout as the AL East.
Darwin Barney and Ryan Goins are in line replace Donaldson, with Goins playing third Tuesday, but neither is capable of replicating his production.
The Rogers Centre will prepare to host another season of Blue Jays baseball starting Tuesday night in Toronto. The Jays took the lead in the first off a solo home run by Donaldson and a Tulowitzki RBI ground out, however those were the only runs they would score. "We were in every game and we could have won every one of them really, but that's not the game works".More news: Misbahul Haq announces retirement from Test cricket
Blue Jays star closer Roberto Osuna is expected to return from the 10 day DL for the game after missing the start of the season due to neck tightness.
Sure enough, the Blue Jays found themselves on one side of the first spat of the 2017 campaign Sunday afternoon in Florida against the Tampa Bay Rays.
When the Jays broke camp in late March - with Jose Bautista and Marcus Stroman back from the World Baseball Classic and Donaldson recovered from a calf injury - they could hardly have envisioned such a sluggish first week. "I would rather play today and see what happens tomorrow".
The Jays limited their opponents to three or fewer runs four times, but have lost three of those games. The 27-year-old Peralta spends his winters in his native Dominican Republic, where, according to the Brewers' media guide, he plays slow-pitch softball alongside Bartolo Colon and Nelson Cruz, on a team stacked with big leaguers. He allowed three runs on five hits while striking out nine over seven innings of work.