Blue Jays right-hander Scott Copeland was terrific in his first major league start Wednesday afternoon against the Marlins, firing seven innings of one-run ball in a 7-2 win at Rogers Centre in Toronto. The 27-year-old former 21st-round pick walked none, whiffed four, and scattered six hits over his seven frames. Justin Smoak, Josh Donaldson, and Russell Martin each went 2-for-4 and combined for five RBI.
It’s the eighth straight victory for the Jays, who are now just three games back of the first-place Yankees in the American League East standings. Copeland was sent to Triple-A Buffalo after the game, but he should get another shot soon.
Wednesday’s matinee assignment was only meant to be a spot start for Copeland.
Your box scores and AP recaps from Wednesday …
Phillies 2, Reds 5
Marlins 2, Blue Jays 7
Nationals 5, Yankees 4 (11 innings)
Cardinals 4, Rockies 2
Red Sox 2, Orioles 5
Brewers 0, Pirates 2
Padres 1, Braves 4
Angels 2, Rays 4
Giants 8, Mets 5
Mariners 9, Indians 3
Cubs 12, Tigers 3
Royals 7, Twins 2
Astros 1, White Sox 4
Rangers 4, Athletics 5
Diamondbacks 7, Dodgers 6
As relayed by the official Twitter account of the San Diego Padres …
Myers has been on the shelf since May 10 with tendinitis in his left wrist. He registered five hits — one home run — in 15 plate appearances during a three-game minor league rehab assignment with the Triple-A El Paso Chihuahuas. The 24-year-old outfielder will return Thursday afternoon to a cool .291/.340/.493 slash line.
Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune has the update:
Desmond Jennings had arthroscopic surgery today in Vail, Colo., and Dr. Steven Singleton cleaned up the inflammation in the plica band that surrounds the left knee cap.
The inflammation caused the band to compress on the knee, which caused the pain when Jennings tried to straighten his leg.
It’s a relatively minor procedure, but he obviously won’t be resuming baseball activities anytime soon. Jennings has been on the shelf since late April with bursitis in his left knee. He has appeared in just 18 games this season for Tampa Bay.
The 28-year-old outfielder is making $3.1 million in his first year of arbitration eligibility.
Watch as Orioles center fielder Adam Jones robs Mookie Betts of a hit with this sprawling catch …
Jones also made an impressive leaping grab on a Betts line drive in the top of the second inning and he nailed Xander Bogaerts at second base with a nice throw in that same frame. The dude is everywhere.
From the official Twitter account of the San Francisco Giants …
Blanco suffered the concussion Sunday when he got hit by one of Brandon Belt’s warmup throws while running across the infield in the fourth inning. He finished out that game, but began feeling dizziness on Monday and Belt reported the symptoms to team trainers on Tuesday. “I was feeling weird,” Blanco told CSNBayArea.com on Wednesday evening.”The biggest thing is I think Belt tried to play through it (last year) and I don’t think that’s good. We’ve got to pay attention to healing. Hopefully it’s seven days for me.”
Hunter Pence is also sidelined with a sore left wrist and could be placed on the disabled list Thursday.