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World Series MVP Steve Pearce needed a trip home to find his swing.Th
04-15-2019, 11:49 AM,
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World Series MVP Steve Pearce needed a trip home to find his swing.Th
LAKELAND http://www.indiansfanproshop.com/authentic-b.j.-upton-jersey , Fla. (AP) —e Lakeland High School product ended an 0-for-12 spring training start with two homers as the Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers tied 4-4 on Thursday.“It just feels good to finally get a rhythm,” Pearce said. “For my first couple games, the timing just wasn’t there. I was kind of clueless at the plate. But now the last couple days it’s starting to feel a lot better.”Pearce was given a Lakeland Dreadnaughts jersey with his number 5 on it by a fan. Pearce said the last time he probably homered in his hometown was in high school.“Look in the stands and I’ll see people I haven’t seen in 15 years,” Pearce said. “That’s pretty cool.”Notes: Slugger J.D. Martinez did not make the trip after being scratched from Wednesday’s game because of minor back tightness. TORONTO (AP) — The Blue Jays are certain they want slugging prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to be at the center of their youth movement and rebuild.As for who is on the field around Guerrero when Toronto is ready to push for the playoffs again, that is what the team hopes to start figuring out this season.Just two years removed from a second consecutive AL Championship Series appearance, the Blue Jays have turned over the core of those postseason teams and started transitioning to the future. All over the diamond this season, young players will be given the opportunity to establish themselves. Besides Guerrero, several more gifted prospects are advancing through the minors.Aware that not all his talented youngsters will become productive big leaguers Mike Napoli Jersey , Blue Jays President Mark Shapiro is hesitant to put a timeline on Toronto’s return to competitiveness.“There’s no limit to how quickly it can happen,” Shapiro said during a conference call. “But there’s also no certainty to how fast it will happen. That’s why it’s important to not stake it on one or two or three players. You’ve got to have a lot of players and a lot of players coming.”Still, no single player looks likely to make a bigger impact on Toronto’s fortunes than the powerful Guerrero, currently recovering from a strained left oblique. The son of a Hall of Famer, he hit .381 with 20 home runs and 77 RBIs in 91 games at Double-A and Triple-A last season.Catcher Danny Jansen, infielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and outfielder Billy McKinney are among the other promising players who will get their chance in Toronto this season. While success in the tough AL East won’t come easy, Shapiro doesn’t want his youngsters accepting defeat, either.“The expectation is we go out and compete with no limitations in our own mind http://www.indiansfanproshop.com/authentic-b.j.-upton-jersey ,” Shapiro said.ANOTHER SON RISINGToronto’s most productive batter this spring was Bo Bichette, son of former slugger Dante Bichette. A shortstop, he hit .417 with four homers in 18 games. Bichette has yet to play at Triple-A, where he’ll start the season.STARTING WITH STRORight-hander Marcus Stroman will start Toronto’s opening day game, at home against Detroit on March 28. The MVP of Team USA’s World Baseball Classic victory in 2017, Stroman had a down year in 2018, starting late because of a sore shoulder and shutting down early because of blisters. In between, he was 4-9 with a career-worst 5.54 ERA. Finally injury-free this spring Yonder Alonso Jersey , he has looked strong again. “Stroman is the right guy,” manager Charlie Montoyo said. “He’s pitching great.”ROOKIES TO WATCHJansen, who turns 24 in April, will get the bulk of the playing time behind the plate. A 16th round draft pick in 2013, Jansen didn’t hit much in his first few minor league seasons. After being diagnosed with astigmatism, Jansen started wearing glasses before the 2017 season, when he hit .323 at three minor league levels. He played in the All-Star Futures game last summer before joining the Blue Jays in August.NEW FACESSure-handed infielder Freddy Galvis was the only significant position player acquired over the winter, but the Blue Jays added plenty of pitching. Left-hander Clayton Richard arrived in a trade with San Diego http://www.indiansfanproshop.com/authentic-b.j.-upton-jersey , while right-handers Clay Buchholz, Matt Shoemaker and David Phelps signed as free agents. Toronto also signed righties Bud Norris and John Axford to minor league deals.NEW COACHESPitching coach Pete Walker and third base coach Luis Rivera are the only holdovers from former manager John Gibbons’ staff and the newcomers are from all over. Montoyo joined from the Rays, bench coach Dave Hudgens was with the Astros, first base coach Mike Budzinski came from Cleveland, bullpen coach Matt Buschmann worked for the Giants and hitting coach Guillermo Martinez was previously with the Cubs. “I’m excited about this new staff,” outfielder Kevin Pillar said. “They come from places that all have a pedigree of winning.”
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