Long Ball Helps Toronto Blue Jays Earn First Win

By Justin Söderberg
Tom Szczerbowski – USA TODAY Sports

After losing the first two games of the season, the Toronto Blue Jays were able to pickup there first win against the Cleveland Indians on Thursday, 10-8. The Blue Jays avoided their first 0-3 start, since the 2004 season.

This offseason the Blue Jays added a number of big pieces, hoping to take the edge in a tough American League East division. Acquiring Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, John Buck and Emilio Bonifacio from the Miami Marlins. Additionally, they acquired 2012 Cy Young Award winner, R.A. Dickey in a trade with the New York Mets.

With all the new faces on their roster, the Blue Jays were picked as the favorites to win the whole thing by many of the baseball media. However, the season hasn’t started the way they have wanted. Heading into Thursday night’s game, the Blue Jays sat tied for last in the AL East with a 0-2 record.

Although the Blue Jays have a ton of new faces with excellent talent, they picked up their first win of 2013 off the bats of returning players. J.P. Arencibia crushed two solo home runs, Edwin Encarnacion added a three-run shot of his own, Jose Bautista hit a two-run homer and Colby Rasmus also connected as the Blue Jays went deep five times in total.

Newcomers, Buerhle and Dickey both struggled in their debuts north of the boarder. It is unlikely they will struggle in every game this season, but it isn’t a good sign. If the Blue Jays want to live up to the expectations, the news faces will need to step up to the plate and perform like the rest of them.

Justin Soderberg is a Boston Red Sox writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google.

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