R.A. Dickey knocked out of the box in less than two innings

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It wasn’t exactly R.A. Dickey‘s day. The Jays’ knuckleballer took the hill with a chance to draw the series to a 2-2 tie. And while the Jays could still do that today, they’ll do it without Dickey, who was removed from the game after an inning and two-thirds, four hits, five runs – four of them earned — a passed ball and a couple of walks.

Most of the damage came in the first inning when Alcides Escobar reached on a bunt single to lead off followed by a Ben Zobrist homer. After allowing a walk and a single, a Dickey knuckler got past Russell Martin for run number three and then a Mike Moustakas sac fly scored the fourth run of the inning.

In the second inning Dickey gave up a solo shot to Alex Rios and then put two runners on with a plunked batsman and a walk. At that point John Gibbsons had seen enough and removed Dickey for Liam Hendriks who got out of the jam by picking off Escobar at first base.

The Royals lead 5-0. And while the Jays have a thunderous offense, so far they’ve done nothing against Chris Young.

Marlins sign Brandon Kintzler to one-year, $3.25 million deal

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Jon Morosi reported on Saturday that the Marlins signed veteran reliever Brandon Kintzler to a one-year contract worth $3.25 million. The deal includes a club option for 2020 worth $4 million with a $250,000 buyout, according to ESPN’s Jesse Rogers.

Kintzler, 35, put up a terrific 2.68 ERA with 48 strikeouts and 13 walks over 57 innings for the Cubs last season. He’s been mostly good in recent years, but relievers in their mid-30’s have had a tough time finding multi-year deals.

The Marlins have a handful of players who could rack up saves this coming season, namely Drew Steckenrider and José Ureña along with Kintzler. The club will likely use spring training to determine an official closer, if they name one at all. The Marlins have also expressed interest in free agent Pedro Strop.