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Recap: Blue Jays Shutout Indians

Stock_Buehrle03Mark Buehrle threw seven shutout frames, and the Toronto Blue Jays (10-8) beat the Cleveland Indians 5-0 for their fourth shutout of the season.

Full disclosure: I didn’t watch much of the game, because I came down with a case of Raptors Fever. So today’s recap will be in bullet form.

The Ace:

Cy Young Buehrle was fantastic once again. He went 7+ IP, allowing nary a run on four hits and three walks, striking out three. He gave the bullpen a much-needed day off, and improved to 4-0, lowering his season era to 0.64. (!) He is your MAJOR LEAGUE LEADER in Wins and ERA. Both numbers are not a tell-all for a pitcher, but that’s pretty damn awesome.

The Clutch:

Toronto went 4-for-11 with runners in scoring position on the day, including bigĀ hits from Jose Bautista (wind-aided), Jose Reyes, and Dioner Navarro. Considering how they’ve fared in that department this season, we’ll take it. Navarro is now tied with Bautista for the team lead with 12 RBI.

The Return:

Jose Reyes returned from the DL, collecting his first first hit and RBI of the season. He finished 1-for-5, and was solid in the field. And, most importantly, his hamstring didn’t tighten up.

The New Guy:

Juan Francisco made his Blue Jays debut, going 1-for-3 with an infield single and a walk, while DH’ing and batting 8th. Not spectacular, but a solid debut.

The Next One:

Toronto will go for the sweep tomorrow afternoon, sending Brandon Morrow (1-1, 5.52) to the hill against Carlos Carrasco (0-2, 7.84). The Jays can do no worse than 5-4 on the trip (but would love 6-3), and will also be at least one game over .500 when they return home to start a six-game homestand against the Orioles and Red Sox on Tuesday.

Pistol Pete will make his Jays Balk debut tomorrow with the pre- and post-game coverage! Don’t forget to follow on Twitter:

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