Blue Jays Retire Roy Halladay's Number In Touching Ceremony

Blue Jays set sights for playoffs

Sports Blue Jays set sights for playoffs by Ben Fraser

The Blue Jays are turning to lefty J.A. Happ, who struck out 142 hitters across 145 innings past year (with only 46 walks), while finishing the season 10-11 overall with a 3.53 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP. General manager Ross Atkins said at the beginning of spring training that he was hopeful the team could retain Donaldson long-term, but the 2015 AL MVP said he and Toronto weren't seeing "eye to eye" through negotiations. Severino struck out 230 hitters across 193 innings a year ago (31 starts) while finishing the season 14-6 overall with a 2.98 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP.

Meanwhile, the Blue Jays are 3-8 in their last 11 following an off day and 1-4 in their last five versus a right-handed starter.

And there were reasons for worry well beyond that, too. Halladay signed a one-day contract and retired with the Toronto Blue Jays.

"One thing about Roy, he was elite in the game when he pitched here".

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As the Blue Jays kick-off their 2018 campaign, Cauz recalls the first-ever Toronto home opener at Exhibition Stadium in 1977.

"We feel like it's his time for it (the Opening Day start)", Boone said.

The American League's least productive offence previous year again looked light, with Curtis Granderson the only one of the new additions acquired to bridge the gap contributing at the plate with a hit and a walk.

With Troy Tulowitzki not ready to return from his ankle injury, newcomer Aledmys Diaz will take the reigns as the starting shortstop in his absence.

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The ball left his bat at 117.4 m.p.h - to the opposite field. The nod then went to Happ, a 20-game victor in 2016.

Brett Gardner will lead off for NY against Happ, even though he bats left.

A bullpen expected to be a strength wasn't on this day. The matchup will begin at 3:37 p.m. ET and YES Network will showcase the game. His number #32 will now hang forever at Blue Jays home games.

David Manning via USA Today Sports / Reuters Roy Halladay is joined with his wife Brandy, sons Braden, right, and Ryan, center, before he announces his retirement at the MLB Winter Meetings at Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort on December 9, 2013. "Being a Blue Jays fan, seeing how hard he worked, and this team wasn't able to have the playoffs come to fruition for him". In turn, that will set a path for a smooth transition for them and, eventually, blue-chippers like Vladimir Guerrero Jr., and Bo Bichette on the other side of the gulf.

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We don't know for certain how bad the issue is at this point, but the Blue Jays and Donaldson obviously felt he was healthy enough to start the season in the lineup.

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