Last night Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura went off on Jose Bautista on Twitter, calling him a “nobody” and accusing him of stealing signs. All of this in response to the plunking war between the Blue Jays and Royals yesterday, after which Bautista had negative things to say about Ned Yost.
Ventura has now apologized. He did it to Bautista via Twitter. Or, at least, by screencapping a long apology and then tweeting it at him:
Still wondering how things fly between these two teams should they meet in the playoffs. But for now, it appears, tempers are cooling. As tempers do.
That didn’t take long. David Price and the Blue Jays beat the Twins in Price’s debut this afternoon, 5-1.
Price tossed eight innings, allowing only one run on three hits and striking out 11. Those 11 Ks are a Blue Jays debut record. His only mistake in the game was allowing a Torii Hunter solo homer in the second inning. His 118 other pitches yielded no runs.
On the offensive side, Ryan Goins and Josh Donaldson each homered for Toronto — Donaldson’s was a two-run shot which caused fans in Rogers Centre to chant “M-V-P, M-V-P!” — while Edwin Encarnacion and Justin Smoak each had RBI singles.
The Jays now stand 5.5 out of first place in the east but are now in a virtual tie with the Twins for the second wild card slot (Minnesota has a game advantage in the loss column).
The new-look Jays look pretty scary right now.
Danny Valencia, who was designated for assignment by the Blue Jays over the weekend, has been claimed off waivers by the A’s.
Valencia is stretched as a regular, but he’s an outstanding part-time player if spotted mostly versus left-handed pitching. Dating back to 2013 he’s hit .337 with a .900 OPS off lefties while seeing time defensively at first base, third base, and both corner outfield spots.
Oakland manager Bob Melvin is a big believer in the value of platooning and Valencia is a useful right-handed bat if used that way. He crushes lefties.