Published: Thu, April 19, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Blue Jays rout Royals in doubleheader opener

Blue Jays rout Royals in doubleheader opener

After losing its first two home games of the season, Toronto has won seven of eight at Rogers Centre.

As things are, it's been pretty fun to watch the Blue Jays so far this season, and if we're lucky, this team could get a lot better yet.

The wins bring the Blue Jays to 11-5 on the young season, already a much better start than they had previous year when they started the campaign 8-17 in the opening month.

The doubleheader was necessary because falling ice damaged the retractable roof of the Rogers Centre, forcing postponement of the game on Monday.

The Blue Jays were scheduled to play a weekend series at Cleveland's Progressive Field, but the Saturday and Sunday games were rescheduled due to rain.

Happ was listed to pitch the second game Tuesday but Joe Biagini was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo to make that start instead as the 26th man allowed in those circumstances.

Garcia ties Browns' Holloman • The Marlins' Jarlin Garcia, who tossed six hitless innings in his first big-league start last week, extended the string to 10 1/3 Tuesday before the Yankees' Miguel Andujar doubled to left with one out in the fifth. Solarte followed with his fourth homer of the season. LHP CC Sabathia (0-0, 4.00) starts for NY. Over his past two starts, he is 2-0 with a 3.97 ERA. He took the loss against the Los Angeles Angels Thursday despite allowing only one run on seven hits over six innings.

Yangervis Solarte also homered for the Blue Jays, a solo shot in the third.

The Blue Jays had some positive results beyond the two wins on Tuesday.

TORONTO (AP) - Teoscar Hernandez had four hits, including a two-run home run, Curtis Granderson hit his ninth career grand slam and the Toronto Blue Jays routed Kansas City 15-5 on Wednesday to complete a three-game sweep of the Royals, losers of eight straight. Entering Tuesday, the right fielder, acquired by Toronto in an off-season trade with the St. Louis Cardinals, was hitting only.071 (3-for-42).

"It's an understatement to say that he needed that", Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. He's been pressing big time, grinding. Grinding. That's huge. We got him for a reason. You see his talent.

The Royals' offense, which had only provided four runs of support in his previous outings, tried to get Kennedy back into the game. "That surprised me a little bit, that they've struggled to the extent that they've struggled".

Toronto Blue Jays' Luke Maile is congratulated on his game-winning RBI at the Rogers Centre, in Toronto, on April 17, 2018. Two of them scored when rookie Brad Keller allowed a two-out, bases-clearing triple in the seventh inning. NY is also 5-0 in Sabathia's last five Thursday starts and 5-1 in his last six home starts.

"It was cool to know that I have the respect of the fans that I came into the games and I played hard for", Goins said. Who has impressed you and what do they need to do to keep it going? "It made it special for sure".

"There's bounces here and there that are not going our way, that's just how baseball goes", Goins said, "but they'll start turning our way".

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