Jays fill 40-man roster

BLUE JAYS SET 40-MAN ROSTER

The Toronto Blue Jays announce the following players have been selected to the Major League roster:

  • C Riley Adams from Double-A New Hampshire
  • INF Otto Lopez from Class-A Lansing
  • C Gabriel Moreno from Class-A Lansing
  • OF Josh Palacios from Triple-A Buffalo
  • RHP Ty Tice from Double-A New Hampshire

Toronto’s 40-man roster now stands at 40.

Adams, 24, was selected by the Blue Jays in the third round of the 2017 First-Year Player Draft. The native of Encinitas, CA, batted .273 during Spring Training and spent the 2020 season at the club’s alternate training site. Over the course of three Minor League seasons, the 6-4, 235 lb. catcher has hit .265 with 60 doubles, four triples, 21 home runs, and 129 RBI while throwing out 39.2% of attempted stolen bases.

Lopez, 22, took part in three games during Spring Training where he recorded a pair of doubles in six at-bats. The 5-10, 160 lb. right-handed batter spent his 2019 campaign with Class-A Lansing and slashed .324/.371/.425 across 108 contests while stealing 20 bases. The Dominican infielder signed with Toronto as an international free agent in 2016 and holds a .310 batting average with 61 extra-base hits over three Minor League seasons.

Moreno, 20, spent the 2020 season at Toronto’s alternate training site in Rochester, NY. The catcher from Barquisimeto, Venezuela, signed with the Blue Jays in 2016 and batted .280 with an .823 OPS for Class-A Lansing in 2019. The 5-11, 160 lb. right-handed hitter boasts a .294 batting average with 38 doubles, eight triples, 16 home runs, and 105 RBI while posting a 34.4% caught-stealing rate over the course of 154 Minor League games.

Palacios, 25, was selected by the Blue Jays in the fourth round of the 2016 First-Year Player Draft. The Auburn University product played in 13 Spring Training games and spent his summer at the club’s alternate training site. The outfielder from Brooklyn hit .266 with Double-A New Hampshire in 2019 and has posted a .288/.366/.403 line while recording 79 doubles, 13 triples, 17 home runs, and 173 RBI over four Minor League campaigns. 

Tice, 24, posted a 3.86 ERA in five games during Spring Training and spent the summer at the club’s alternate training site in Rochester, NY. The 5-9, 185 lb. right-handed reliever split the 2019 season between Double-A New Hampshire and Triple-A Buffalo, combining for a 2.34 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP. The University of Central Arkansas product was selected by Toronto in the 16th round of the of the 2017 First-Year Player Draft and has gone 11-12 with a 2.09 ERA across 113 Minor League appearances.  

– BLUE JAYS –

Enes Kanter Appears Happy About Heading Back To Portland After Celtics Trade — NESN.com

Sign In Enes Kanter, like Kyrie Irving, won’t be the last person to wear No. 11 for the Celtics. Boston reportedly traded the center to the Portland Trail Blazers in a three-team deal involving the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday. This will be Kanter’s second stint in Portland after appearing in 23 games for the Trail…

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Landry Shamet reflects on what he learned with the Clippers — Pasadena Star News

It seems Landry Shamet already had made an impression on members of the current Brooklyn Nets organization. Perhaps it was Shamet’s dagger in the Clippers’ historic 31-point comeback against Kevin Durant’s Golden State Warriors in Game 2 of the first round of the 2019 playoffs? Or more recently, Shamet’s play during pickup runs with Durant…

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Rumor: Lakers among teams expected to pursue Bogdan Bogdanovic — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

Teams interested in poaching Giannis Antetokounmpo want to make sure Bogdanovic doesn’t end up in Milwaukee anyway.

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Second-round surprise: How former top recruit Nico Mannion can help the Warriors win immediately — East Bay Times

Bob Myers was surprised Nico Mannion was available. On the clock with the No. 48 pick of Wednesday night’s draft, the Warriors’ general manager quickly made his selection, excited to nab a point guard he had hoped, but didn’t expect, would fall to him. “We had him higher than 48 for sure,” Myers said during…

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Report: Trail Blazers getting Enes Kanter as Celtics and Grizzlies complete draft-day trade — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

Unloading Kanter gives the Celtics more breathing room below the luxury-tax line/hard cap.

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Grant Williams Focuses On Celtics’ Goal In Reaction To City Edition Jerseys — NESN.com

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Raptors to play in Tampa

STATEMENT FROM MASAI UJIRI

“The Raptors worked diligently with public health officials at the local, provincial and federal level to secure a plan that would permit us to play our 2020-21 season on home soil and on our home court at Scotiabank Arena. These conversations were productive, and we found strong support for the protocols we put forward. Ultimately, the current public health situation facing Canadians, combined with the urgent need to determine where we will play means that we will begin our 2020-21 season in Tampa, Florida.

We want to thank all levels of government and their public health officials for their dedication to this process, and for looking after the health of Canadians. We commit to continuing our work together, planning for a safe return to play in Toronto. And as an organization, we remain committed to doing all we can to promote and demonstrate public health measures to help combat the spread of COVID-19 in Canada.

So we’ll be away from our home and our fans for now. They say absence makes the heart grow fonder. I’m not sure that’s possible for us – we love Toronto and Canada, and we know we have the best fans in the NBA. For now, I’ll ask you to cheer for us from afar, and we’ll look forward to the day we are all together again.”

-RAPTORS-

Midfielder Alejandro Pozuelo named to MLS Best XI again

POZUELO NAMED TO 2020 MLS BEST XI

Toronto FC midfielder Alejandro Pozuelo has been named to the 2020 MLS Best XI, the league announced today. This marks back-to-back seasons the Spaniard has been named to the Best XI.

Pozuelo, 29, finished the regular season with 9 goals and 10 assists, leading the league in combined goals and assists. He also led MLS in chances created (70) and game winning goals (5) while becoming the first player in TFC history to start in every regular season match in a season. Pozuelo was named the MLS Player of the Month for September, as he scored four goals and added two assists across six matches. In addition, Pozuelo was named to the MLS Team of the Week on five occasions (MLS is Back Round 1, Round 2, Week 6, Week 7 & 8 combined, Week 15).

Last season, Pozuelo became the fifth player in club history to be named to the MLS Best XI joining: Dwayne De Rosario (2009, 2010), Sebastian Giovinco (2015, 2016, 2017), Justin Morrow (2017) and Victor Vazquez (2017). He is now the third player in club history to be named to the Best XI on multiple occasions.

-TORONTO FOOTBALL CLUB-