TORONTO — Cavan Biggio will be available for Tuesday’s game against the New York Yankees, the Toronto Blue Jays announced.
Biggio was activated from the injured list after dealing with back tightness for nearly two months. He was first placed on the 10-day IL on Aug. 3.
Prior to his injury, Biggio was slashing a disappointing .215/.316/.350 with seven homers and 26 RBI over 77 games this season.
“I feel pretty good,” said Biggio, who had been on a triple-A rehab assignment since Aug. 12. “If you want to look at a silver lining, I’m glad I went through it the way I did and I was able to learn a lot about myself and about my body. I’m going to use that later on in my career.”
Biggio slashed .227 in Buffalo in September, with two homers, 10 RBI, 10 walks and 15 strikeouts.
The 26-year-old has mostly played third base in the majors this season, but he’s capable of slotting all over the diamond, giving manager Charlie Montoyo some valuable versatility. As Lourdes Gurriel Jr. remains out of the defensive lineup dealing with a hand injury, Biggio is expected to see more time in the outfield.
Gurriel Jr. is making his return on Tuesday in the DH spot after being sidelined since Sept. 24, when teammate Randal Grichuk stepped on his hand during a defensive play.
In a corresponding move, the Blue Jays optioned reliever Ryan Borucki to triple-A Buffalo ahead of the Yankees series.
Though he’s available, Biggio is not in the lineup to start the series against the Yankees.
“I’m happy he’s here today. He was having good at-bats in triple-A,” said Montoyo. “And, you know, he’s part of this. So, it’s pretty cool that he’s here for this.”
Toronto is currently two games back of a wild-card spot and begins a crucial homestand against the Yankees and Baltimore Orioles in a final push to make the postseason.
“There’s a lot at stake going here, there’s going to be a lot of people here and it’s going to be a lot of excitement and we’re all looking forward to it,” said Biggio. “But we gotta stay within the moment and do what we gotta do. I’m here to do whatever that is in my individual aspect.”
With an increased Rogers Centre capacity of 30,000 fans from now until the end of the season, Toronto is gearing up for a meaningful final week.
“It means everything to me,” said Biggio of being back for the final homestand. “The past couple of months, it’s been tough. Whether I was here rehabbing, watching the games from the dugout, or if I was watching from my bed in my hotel room in Buffalo. You could see the energy and the amount of fun that everyone was having. There was a little bit of FOMO in there. But this means a lot, just to be here and be part of the team again.”
The Blue Jays also announced on Tuesday that left-handed starter Hyun-Jin Ryu was activated from the 10-day injured list and will take the mound to open the series against New York.
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Astros' Garcia to start Game 6 of ALCS against Red Sox – Sportsnet.ca
Garcia started Game 2 and gave up a grand slam in the first inning before leaving with no outs in the second because of discomfort in his right knee. Manager Dusty Baker announced Thursday that Garcia would get the ball for Game 6 and said the Astros are confident the problem is behind Garcia and he’ll be 100% healthy for Friday’s start.
The Astros fell behind 2-1 in the series after two big wins by the Red Sox. But they rode their powerful offence to consecutive victories in the last two games to take the series lead and move within a win of advancing to the World Series for the second time in three seasons.
The Astros won the championship in 2017, a crown tainted by the team’s sign-stealing scandal, before losing to the Washington Nationals in seven games in the 2019 World Series.
The Red Sox previously announced that Nathan Eovaldi would start Game 6. Eovaldi got the win in a solid Game 2 start but was charged with the loss in Game 4 after giving up the go-ahead runs after coming in with the game tied in the ninth.
The Astros got eight terrific innings from Framber Valdez in a 9-1 win in Game 5. The performance gave Houston’s taxed bullpen a much-needed break after relievers pitched 29 1/3 innings combined through the first four games.
Baker said Jake Odorizzi would be available for long relief Friday if needed. Odorizzi threw 82 pitches in four innings in Game 2 after taking over following the injury to Garcia.
Baker also said rookie center fielder Jake Meyers, who hasn’t played this series after injuring his shoulder in the final game of the ALDS, probably wouldn’t return to the lineup in this series. He said Meyers could pinch-run or pinch-hit but isn’t ready to return to the field. Fellow rookies Chas McCormick and rookie Jose Siri have filled in at center against the Red Sox.
Houston is without ace Lance McCullers Jr. for this series because of a flexor pronator muscle strain in his right arm. Baker said Thursday that McCullers still hasn’t resumed throwing, so it’s unclear if he would be available to return if the Astros were to advance.
If necessary, Game 7 would be Saturday night in Houston.
NFL Prop Picks For Browns vs. Broncos: Bet This Donovan Peoples-Jones Over/Under On Thursday Night Football – The Action Network
Jason Miller/Getty Images. Pictured: Donovan Peoples-Jones #11 of the Cleveland Browns celebrates after a touchdown
Sean Koerner, our Director of Predictive Analytics, is highlighting his favorite player prop for every primetime game throughout the 2021 season. He has a 428-326-6 (56%) all-time record on NFL bets he’s tracked in the Action app.
Broncos-Browns Prop Bet
Donovan Peoples-Jones Under 2.5 Receptions
Editor’s Note: Now that Odell Beckham Jr. is officially active, Browns player props are off the board at most books.
Peoples-Jones has been on fire over the past two weeks, posting lines of 5/70/0 & 4/101/2 against the Chargers and Cardinals, respectively. However, I believe it’s time to “sell high” on him as he’s due for some regression.
He’s caught a ridiculous 86.7% of his targets this season despite seeing an aDot of 15.7. Players with an aDot that high typically average a catch rate in the 57-60% range.
There are a few other reasons why my projections are lower for him compared to the market:
- Case Keenum is starting in place of Baker Mayfield tonight. Peoples-Jones has shown great chemistry with Mayfield over the past couple of games. The QB change seems like a setback for him.
- Weather could be a factor tonight. Steady winds of approximately 20 mph are expected with the possibility of some occasional rain. That would (in theory) negatively impact a high-aDot player like Peoples-Jones.
- Jarvis Landry is making his return from IR. He should be Keenum’s main target tonight, while the TE group should also see an increase in target share after a season-low five targets as a group last week. I also expect RB/WR Demetric Felton to have an expanded role tonight and he has been heavily targeted (37.5% of routes run) when on the field this season.
I’m projecting DPJ for 2.3 receptions tonight with a median projection of 31.5 receiving yards (market is currently at 38.5) — I’d give this under about a 60% chance of hitting. He’s the type of player who could clear his yardage prop on a couple of deep catches, so the safer play here is to take the under for his receptions, especially since we are getting + money. I would bet this down to -105.
Pick: Donovan Peoples-Jones Under 2.5 Receptions (+115) at BetMGM
Canadiens fans welcome Kotkaniemi back to Montreal with boos, vulgar chant – Yahoo Canada Sports
The Carolina Hurricanes were in Montreal on Thursday night to face the Canadiens at the Bell Centre, marking the return of Jesperi Kotkaniemi, who was at the centre of petty off-season drama after signing an offer sheet with the Canes.
In true hockey fashion, the Bell Centre crowd greeted the 21-year-old with boos and taunting chants.
The Canadiens acknowledged the former third-overall pick by displaying him on the jumbotron, which in turn sparked another wave of disapproval from the near-sellout crowd.
It was Kotkaniemi who got the last laugh, though, tipping in a goal in the third period for his first point with the Hurricanes — much to the delight of Hockey Twitter. Carolina ended up walking away with the 4-1 victory, keeping Montreal winless on the season.
The native of Pori, Finland appeared in 171 games for the Habs over three seasons, scoring 22 goals and notching 40 assists. He also registered 12 points in 29 playoff games, including five goals in Montreal’s run to the Stanley Cup Final last season.
Carolina tendered an offer sheet to Kotkaniemi in late August, offering a one-year contract at $6.1 million. Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin chose not to match, and Montreal received a first- and third-round pick as compensation.
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