Blue Jays' Aaron Sanchez returns from DL to start against the Rays

Jessica Allison
May 1, 2017

He shoots a long, icy stare out to the pitcher on the mound.

Only hours after being activated off the disabled list, Toronto Blue Jays starter Aaron Sanchez left his start against the Tampa Bay Rays after only one inning pitched and 13 pitches thrown with a split nail on his right middle finger.

Rays ace Chris Archer stands accused of firing a goal pitch that came too close for comfort behind Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista.

Home plate umpire Jim Wolf came out from behind the plate to warn Archer, along with both dugouts.

"The guys they combined, they were outstanding", Rays manager Kevin Cash said.

Chris Archer said he didn't mean it. Jose Bautista wasn't sure.

The Rays likely will be without right fielder Steven Souza Jr.

"He's got the flare for the dramatic". He's got so many big hits around here.

"Nobody gets trophies for anything in April, but I'll take how we're playing right now", NY general manager Brian Cashman said before the Yankees' wild 7-4, 11-inning loss to the Orioles on Sunday. A win would also bring the team back up to.500, the running goal for April in what was bound to be a tough month for the Rays. And that's not easy to do.

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"We may be down, but we make a run at it every night", Gibbons said. I think it is best to just enjoy the good stretches and not worry about when it will end. Archer said of his outing, "it was good, but not good enough to win".

Archer, meanwhile, said he was "just trying to go inside" with the errant pitch.

PLAYER OF THE GAMEThe Jays won TWO games in a row and the SERIES versus the RAYS.

Last week, Boston Red Sox reliever Matt Barnes was suspended four games and fined an undisclosed amount for throwing a pitch near the head of Baltimore Orioles star Manny Machado. "If the umpire hadn't issued a warning he wouldn't have thought anything was wrong". Since he issued a warning, maybe he [thought] 'Ahh, something's not right here'.

"I would imagine that's when the league would step up like they do most of the time. So I'm looking forward to going out there and facing them". "They have to maintain that, whatever the word is, continuity". He left the game Saturday in the seventh inning after being hit on the hand by a pitch from RHP Joe Biagini. He missed Sunday's series finale with what the team was calling a bruise.

April meant different things for the Toronto Blue Jays and New York Yankees.

The Toronto Blue Jays have a chance to win a series for the first time this season Sunday when they play the Tampa Bay Rays at the Rogers Centre.

Gibbons has seen Bautista use that as motivation in the past, coming back with big hits afterwards. All I know, with Souza, we had a little dust-up down in Florida. There was nothing there. He had plenty of at-bats since then.

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