Clay Buchholz completes Blue Jays move, following victory

Justin Smoak hit a three-run homer and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. added a solo shot as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Detroit Tigers 5-2 in pre-season baseball action Tuesday.

Smoak put the Blue Jays ahead 3-0 in the top of the first inning. When he cleared the fence with Billy McKinney and Kevin Pillar on base.

Gurriel led off the fourth with a solo homer to centre. After Scott Dixon made it 4-1 with a home run in the bottom of the fourth, Gurriel drove a sacrifice fly to centre in the top of the sixth that scored Smoak.

Detroit capped the scoring in the bottom of the sixth when Daz Cameron scored on Pete Kozma’s ground out.

Left-hander Ryan Borucki overcame a rough outing against Philadelphia last week to pick up the win for Toronto (3-6). Borucki struck out four over three scoreless innings while allowing two hits and three walks.

Justin Shafer earned the save.

Matt Moore picked up the loss for Detroit (6-6).

New Addition To Blue Jays Roster

Meanwhile, pitcher Clay Buchholz and the Toronto Blue Jays have finalized a $3 million, one-year contract.

The 34-year-old right-hander is expected to join a starting rotation that includes Marcus Stroman and Aaron Sanchez.

Buchholz can earn up to $2.25 million in performance bonuses for innings.

Buchholz signed with Kansas City late in spring training last year, was released on May 1 and signed with Arizona three days later. He made his first big league appearance on May 20 and was 7-2 with a 2.01 ERA in 16 starts and 98 1/3 innings. He strained the flexor tendon in his right elbow while warming up at Colorado on Sept. 13 and did not pitch again.

A two-time All-Star, Buchholz is 84-64 with a 4.78 ERA in 12 big league seasons for Boston (2007-16), Philadelphia (2017) and the Diamondbacks. He pitched a no-hitter against Baltimore in his second major league start.

To make room for Buchholz on the 40-man roster, the Blue Jays designated outfielder Dwight Smith Jr., for assignment on Tuesday.

Peace,

Burke.

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