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Blue Jays to play their 2020 home games at Sahlen Field in Buffalo

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There has been a lot of speculation as to where the Toronto Blue Jays will be playing there home games this shortened season after learning that the Canadian government has denied them permission to play at the Rogers Centre.

At first, their Spring Training diamond is in Dunedin was one of the expected locations, but the state of Florida has seen a surge in coronavirus cases so it wouldn’t be a safe choice for the players. Pittsburgh’s PNC Park and Baltimore’s Camden Yards also emerged as a possibility. But it appears that they are choosing one of their least desired options as their home location for 2020.

According to reports, the Blue Jays have reached an agreement to play their home games at Sahlen Field in Buffalo, the ballpark of the triple-A affiliate Buffalo Bisons.

Many players were initially opposed to the idea of playing in Buffalo because the lighting system is not up to major league standards, but they have unfortunately exhausted all their options due to their inability to get government approval in several states.

The Blue Jays will play their first two home games in Washington vs the Nationals, but after that they will head over to Buffalo for the duration of the season.


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Clayton Kershaw not a fan of this season’s extra inning rule: “It’s not real baseball”

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Major League baseball has decided to use this pandemic-shortened season to test run a couple of rule changes that may or may not be permanently in effect moving forward.

One of those that have sparked headlines is the extra inning rule, which a runner starts at second base in each half inning beyond the 9th. Not only has it potentially shortened the length of games, but it is arguably added some excitement and intrigue from a strategy standpoint. However, baseball is a traditional sport that doesn’t exactly welcome change. One of those opposed to it is Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw.

The 32-year old, who allowed three earned runs in five innings during the team’s 6-4 win in extra innings on Wednesday, admitted he is not a fan of this particular rule.

“It’s not real baseball,” said Kershaw after the game.

“But it’s fine for this year, and I hope we never do it again.”

Funny enough, the Dodgers have excelled in extra inning contests, posting a 5-1 record on the season in such games. Their last two wins have been in extra inning games.

They currently sit atop baseball with a 32-12 record.

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Padres get ace Mike Clevinger in massive nine-player deal with Indians

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In case you didn’t know, the San Diego Padres are going all in this year. With a handful of players already acquired, it looks like they pulled off a blockbuster trade to bolster their rotation.

The team acquired ace Mike Clevinger from the Cleveland Indians just hours before the MLB Trade deadline.

The deal went as follows:

San Diego Padres receive – right-hander Mike Clevinger, outfielder Greg Allen, a player to be named later.

Cleveland Indians receive – catcher Austin Hedges, outfielder Josh Naylor, Right-hander Cal Quantrill, left-hander Joey Cantillo, shortstop Gabriel Arias and infielder Owen Miller.

Clevinger, 29, is the centerpiece of the deal, and was one of the biggest names announced in trade rumours over the past couple of days. Since making his debut in 2016, he has posted a combined 42-22 record, 3.20 ERA and 1.19 WHIP over a span of 523.1 innings pitched.

He is under team control for two more seasons before he can enter unrestricted free agency in 2023.

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Blue Jays acquire Taijuan Walker from Mariners

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With injuries piling up, it’s become clear as day that the Toronto Blue Jays need another starter in their rotation. Well, it appears they’ve found a veteran arm to fill the void.

According to reports, the team is on the verge of acquiring righty Taijuan Walker from the Seattle Mariners in exchnage for a player to be named later.

Walker, 28, is currently in his eighth MLB season and has already appeared in more games in 2020 than he did in the previous two seasons due to the elbow issues and undergoing Tommy John surgery.

In five starts, Walker has posted a 2-2 record, 4.00 ERA, and 1.07 WHIP over 27.0 innings pitched.

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