Jays' Liriano placed on 10-day DL with shoulder problem


Concurrently, the Blue Jays front office is getting some meaningful looks at Biagini the starter, a role envisioned for him next year with Marco Estrada and Francisco Liriano pending free agents.

Where they stand: The Jays sit fifth in the American League East, 9 games back of leaders, Baltimore Orioles.

"It's definitely not easy, but at the same time it's one of those things we expect to win every day", Smoak said. "He shut them down".

Seattle led 2-1 thanks to a Nelson Cruz homer in the first inning but Toronto responded with a run in the bottom of the first and posted a five-run rally in the fifth before adding another insurance run in the seventh. He also has 11 doubles, four home runs and has walked 12 times. He allowed one run in 3 2/3 innings in a May 7 relief appearance against Texas. "It's an expensive DL though, I'll tell you that".

Immediately following Smoak's single, Steve Pearce hammered his fourth homerun of the season, this one of the three-run variety. It was Seattle's first run since the first inning on Thursday, snapping a 21-inning scoreless streak. Overton pitched the ninth inning Wednesday, allowing two homers.

Pillar had promised his mom Wendy and his wife Amanda that he'd take a Mother's Day picture with them after Toronto's 3-2 win over the Seattle Mariners on Sunday and he wanted to have his jersey in good shape for the photo op. He was designated for assignment by the Blue Jays on Monday. Toronto outhit Seattle 10-7.

"That guy is nasty, man", Travis said of Biagini. "It was a little orange, but those are memories I'll remember for the rest of my life, and we got the photo to commemorate it".

"When he (first) came up (from the minors in 2013), he was a guy that was up there (swinging away) and I think part of that was because in the minor leagues, he could hit nearly anything they threw out there", Gibbons added. Toronto (15-21) improved to 4-1 on its nine-game homestand. Danny Barnes replaced the Toronto southpaw and put runners on the corners before fanning former Blue Jay Danny Valencia.

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Biagini (1-1) did not allow an earned run over four innings in his first start last weekend and was just as strong on this occasion. But the next two batters - Carrera and Travis - couldn't get the job done.

Jarrod Dyson gave the Mariners a 2-1 lead with an RBI single in the sixth. He's got a great curveball that can make you flinch.

CARDINALS 5, CUBS 3: Starting pitcher Carlos Martinez had two hits and an RBI, Tommy Pham kept up his strong start to the season and St. Louis won at home. The Blue Jays have three starting pitchers and three regulars on the disabled list, a group that accounts for $84 million in salary. Luckily for the Blue Jays, others have shown success even without their best players on the field.

And with a four-game home-and-home set coming up against the Atlanta Braves, the team with the second-worst record in the majors, the Blue Jays' immediate future appears rosy. Ryan Tepera came on to face hot-hitting Jean Segura and got him to fly out.

Following a pitch to Ryan Goins with two outs in the fourth inning, Weber began shaking his arm. Announced attendance was 32,865.

Notes: Right-hander Marcus Stroman is scheduled to start for the Blue Jays on Saturday afternoon. The Mariners have yet to name their starter.

TWINS 4, INDIANS 1: Jose Berrios pitched neatly into the eighth inning in his first start of the season and the Minnesota Twins beat the Cleveland Indians 4-1 Saturday in a game delayed several minutes when a squirrel ran around the field.