Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Blue Jays' Close 3-2 Loss to Phillies Overshadowed by Off-Field Events

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Blue Jays' Close 3-2 Loss to Phillies Overshadowed by Off-Field Events

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Busy day off the field as Jays lose 3-2


TORONTO - A close loss by the Toronto Blue Jays was overshadowed by events off the field on Tuesday.

Second baseman Devon Travis and right-fielder Jose Bautista both left the game as Toronto fell to the Philadelphia Phillies 3-2, hours after shortstop Jose Reyes and three Blue Jays pitchers were traded to the Colorado Rockies for shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and reliever LaTroy Hawkins.

Travis was taken out with irritation in his left shoulder between the second and third innings, while Bautista pulled up lame while running out a ground ball to shortstop in the eighth.

"Sixty-one games to go, this is a team built to win, my job is to be in there doing all I can to help the team win," said Travis, who had an MRI later Tuesday night. "Obviously, it's pretty frustrating. I'll do anything I can to play through this one, though."

Bautista said after the game that his hamstring and calf started to cramp and he stopped running to prevent further damage.

"If I would've run it out I probably would've strained it," said Bautista. "But I think I did the right thing. I was for sure out and will be ready tomorrow."

Bautista had addressed the media before the game about the departure of his friend Reyes, who he described as like family to him.

"Sucks letting some people go, but it's always good to get great players in return," said Bautista in the dugout Tuesday afternoon.

After the loss to the Phillies however, Bautista was clearly upset with how some had interpreted his comments about the trade.

"For the ones playing psychologist over my comments re trade how about this: understand what people try to say, dont let media manipulate you," Bautista said from his verified Twitter account.

When asked by a reporter if he wanted to expand on those tweets, Bautista said he would "leave it at that."

Andres Blanco's double in the fifth inning scored the winning run as Philadelphia (38-63) won its fifth game in a row. Rookie Adam Morgan (2-2) earned the win, striking out two and giving up two runs over six innings of work. The Phillies bullpen shut down Toronto the rest of the way.

Felix Doubront (1-1) pitched four innings, giving up three runs and striking out three for Toronto (50-51), which lost back-to-back games. …

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