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Blue Jays place RHP Sanchez on 10-day DL with blister

Melinda Barton | 18 April, 2017, 02:55

"At least I'm not hoping it's going to take too long". The Blue Jays' 28 runs are the fewest in the majors.

J.J. Hardy hit a two-run homer for first-place Baltimore, which improved to 4-0 against Toronto.

Jones hurt crashing into wall, stays in game: Orioles center fielder Adam Jones crashed into an unpadded part of the right-center field wall chasing down a ball in a 10-run game in the eighth and despite being in obvious pain, he remained in the game.

A four-homer afternoon for the Orioles supported another strong start from right-hander Dylan Bundy, who tossed six scoreless innings for the victory.

Josh Tomlin allowed seven runs in 1 2/3 innings, forcing manager Terry Francona to empty his bullpen to get through the eighth. He also popped a blister on his pitching hand late in spring training, despite a light spring after pitching more than 200 innings through the regular season and the playoffs in 2016.

Toronto lost left-hander J.A. Happ (0-3) to a sore elbow in the fifth inning, another blow to a suddenly thin starting rotation. Neither move paid dividends, as Carrera finished 0 for 4 and Travis went 0 for 3.

Biagini allowed a single to right by Jones, who was caught in a run down between first and second.

Bundy (2-1) gave up five hits and struck out six.

It's another discouraging blow for the Blue Jays (2-10), whose terrible April represents the worst start in franchise history. "I still believe our bats will get going". He remained on the ground writhing in pain for several moments, but slowly got back to his feet and stayed in the game.

"It knocked the breath out of him more than anything", Showalter said.

Right-hander Stefan Crichton was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk after he had been optioned there Saturday to make room for right-hander for Alec Asher, who started Saturday against the Blue Jays.

Cubs activate Duensing; Edwards Jr. on bereavement • The Chicago Cubs activated lefthanded pitcher Brian Duensing off of the 10-day disabled list and placed righthander Carl Edwards Jr. on the bereavement list Friday.

Orioles: RHP Alex Asher will be promoted from Triple-A to face Toronto as Baltimore needs a fifth starter for the first time.

Sanchez said when the blister problem arises in a game, he starts compensating, which that's a recipe for disaster.

Every opponent Baltimore has faced during its first 10 games have been AL East divisional rivals, including the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays.

Toronto wraps up a four-game series with the Orioles later Sunday.

ORIOLES KEY TRENDS: The Orioles are 4-1 in their last five games against the Blue Jays despite losing yesterday 2-1 on a walkoff home run by Kendrys Morales in the bottom of the ninth inning.