TORONTO ¡ª Canadian right-hander Mike Soroka says his start Tuesday for the
Atlanta Braves at the Rogers Centre will be like making a second debut.
The 20-year-old from Calgary will be making his fifth major league
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the Toronto Blue Jays he will be pitching against the team he grew up watching
and with friends in attendance.
Soroka (2-1, 2.57 ERA) will be facing Blue Jays left-hander Jaime Garcia
(2-5, 5.71), who is 3-1 with a 3.62 ERA in eight career starts against
It also will be a return for first-year Braves general manager Alex
Anthopoulos, who was the Blue Jays GM from October 2009 through 2015.
¡°Even though I¡¯m from the other side of Canada, it¡¯s the one team you grew up
watching,¡± Soroka told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. ¡°It¡¯ll be pretty
He has pitched before at the Rogers Centre, as a 15-year-old in a
¡°It¡¯s almost like a second debut of sorts,¡± Soroka said. ¡°Just get out
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there, a lot of friends who¡¯ve been Blue Jays fans for a long time too. ¡ I¡¯m
just going to be familiar with the Rogers Centre, so that¡¯s going to be cool
too. And I¡¯ll be out there on a mound I¡¯ve been on before too, so that¡¯s pretty
Soroka is coming off his best major league outing. After spending a month on
the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation, he carried a no-hitter into
the seventh inning of a 2-0 win over the New York Mets Wednesday. He left after
6 1/3 innings, allowing one hit and one walk and adding four strikeouts.
Soroka does not expect to feel more excitement in this start Tuesday than he
did in his previous four.
¡°There¡¯s a certain amount of amped up you can have in the big leagues,¡±
Soroka said. ¡°I don¡¯t think I¡¯ll be any more amped up than I was my last four,
especially because it¡¯s a new thing right now. I don¡¯t think I¡¯m running short
The Braves (42-29) are in first place in the National League East. They have
won two in a row and six of their past eight after defeating the San Diego
Padres 4-1 Sunday.
The Blue Jays (33-38) have won three in a row and seven of their past 10
games after completing a three-game sweep Sunday with an 8-6 win over the
Washington Nationals, who are second in the NL East.
The Blue Jays have won seven straight home games for the first time since
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season, they are now 19-19 at the Rogers Centre. They are 6-2 against the NL
Toronto right fielder Randal Grichuk, an early-season disappointment who also
spent time on the disabled list with a right knee sprain, had two solo home runs
and four RBIs Sunday in going 3-for-3 with a walk. He has hit five homers in his
past 12 games.
¡°I feel like we¡¯ve found a lot of consistency when we¡¯ve been playing here
lately,¡± Grichuk said of the Blue Jays¡¯ recent success at home. ¡°Obviously that
(0-3) Tampa Bay series (against the Rays at Tropicana Field) threw a wrench at
us, but I feel like we¡¯re swinging the bat well, and when our pitchers go out
and give us a chance to win, we¡¯ve been doing a good job of being able to score
and get some leads. Hopefully that just continues.¡±
Another early-season disappointment, Toronto second baseman Devon Travis was
2-for-4 with a double Sunday and is batting .345 (20-for-58) with three homers
and eight RBIs in his past 19 games.
The timing of a possible return from the disabled list of third baseman Josh
Donaldson (tight left calf) is not known yet.
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for the game Tuesday. He was struck in the head on a backswing during the second
inning Sunday at SunTrust Park and left the game. Tests indicated that he did
not have a concussion.
¡°It was kind of a precautionary thing,¡± Braves manager Brian Snitker said.
¡°He got hit good. The doctors wanted to look at him and I¡¯m sure he wanted to
come back out. But something like that is not something you want to mess
Yu Darvish plans to throw a bullpen Thursday in his next step toward
rejoining the Chicago Cubs¡® rotation.
Darvish played catch Wednesday at Dodger Stadium, a day after he rejoined the
team following a five-inning, 57-pitch rehab start with Class A South Bend on
The Japanese right-hander has been on the disabled list since May 26 because
of tendinitis in his right triceps.
¡±I don¡¯t feel too bad today,¡± Darvish said through a translator. ¡±I wasn¡¯t
100 percent on Monday and it¡¯s just part of my rehab process. In terms of
strength and endurance, I¡¯m fine.¡±
Darvish is back at Dodger Stadium for the first time since his awful outing
for Los Angeles in Game 7 of the World Series last year. He allowed five runs
and got only five outs as the Houston Astros clinched in front of the L.A. fans.
He was equally ineffective in losing Game 3, giving up four runs in 1 2/3
Darvish, who joined the Dodgers at the July 31 trade
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game. Before the trade, he had told his wife that he might retire when his
contract with the Rangers ended.
¡±Joining the Dodgers, I had a chance to find myself and be around a very
supportive group of people. Baseball was really fun with the Dodgers,¡± Darvish
said. ¡±The Dodgers really took care of me.¡±
Darvish became a free agent after the World Series and although he wanted to
stay with the Dodgers, he ended up signing a $126 million, six-year contract
with the Cubs.
But he has yet to produce the kind of results that demanding Cubs fans
expect. Darvish has a 4.95 ERA in eight starts and has been on the disabled list
¡±I want to contribute to the team a lot more and to winning in general,¡± he
said. ¡±Rather than what I want, it¡¯s more about what my body feels.¡±
AP freelancer Olivia Sandusky contributed to this report.