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, according to reporter Keegan Matheson.#BlueJays have officially released LHP Jaime Garcia. He was DFA'd last weekend.— Keegan Matheson (@KeeganMatheson) August 30, 2018It was reported last weekend that the Blue Jays were designating Garcia for assignment last week, in order to make room for a returning Aaron Sanchez. Thus, the release of the 32-year-old lefty comes as expected.The Blue Jays inked Garcia to a one-year contract worth $8 million in the offseason, with a club option for 2019. But the veteran southpaw simply flopped with his new team, posting a 3-6 record with a horrendous 5.93 ERA in 74.1 innings pitched.advertisingToronto has gotten solid production out of rookie Ryan Borucki, and with Sanchez finally healthy, there was no room for Garcia, who had been moved to the bullpen. And with that, general manager Ross Atkins moves on from from a free agent signing that simply didn't deliver as the back end starter he had hoped for. Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY SportsGarcia is just one of the many veteran players the Blue Jays have moved on from since the July trade deadline. Steve Pearce Kurt Suzuki Jersey
, J.A. Happ, Aaron Loup and Seung Hwan Oh were all moved out, and it's possible that star third baseman Josh Donaldson gets traded before Friday's deadline.advertisingThe Blue Jays also placed slugger Kendrys Morales and starting pitcher Marco Estrada on waivers, but Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports reported Wednesday that both cleared, and are now free to get traded.After reaching back-to-back ALCS in 2015 and '16, the Blue Jays have faltered and are headed for a second straight losing and non-playoff season. The Garcia signing is one of the many moves by the front office that didn't pan out, and they'll certainly have to change that trend this winter.Given his struggles and inconsistency, it's unlikely that any playoff contender will pick up Garcia this late in the season.advertising CINCINNATI (AP) — Yasiel Puig gave his fans reason to cheer with his first home run for the Reds in Cincinnati. Now he wants a dining recommendation from them.Puig hit a two-run homer in the first inning off the facade of the second deck in left-center field, and the Reds wasted an early lead and then rallied to beat the Atlanta Braves 7-6 Tuesday night.José Peraza had his first RBIs since homering on opening day, and Tucker Barnhart homered for the Reds http://www.bravesfanproshop.com/authentic-nick-markakis-jersey
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, Jessie Biddle forced in a run with a bases-loaded walk to pinch-hitter Phillip Ervin and Puig hit a sacrifice fly against Wes Parsons.Robert Stephenson (2-0) struck out two batters with a runner on third to end the sixth.Atlanta scored on RBI doubles by Charlie Culberson against Wandy Peralta in the seventh and Dansby Swanson off Jared Hughes in the eighth. Raisel Iglesias allowed Matt Joyce’s leadoff double in the ninth, then retired Ozzie Albies, Josh Donaldson and Freddie Freeman for his fifth save in six chances.Cincinnati scored its most runs since routing Miami 14-0 on April 9. The Reds entered last in the major leagues in batting average at .197.Joey Votto walked three times and singled in his first game after missing two games due to back tightness.Swanson also tripled for the Braves.Sonny Gray tied his season high with nine strikeouts but tired in the middle innings. He allowed four runs – three earned – and six hits in 5 1/3 innings as his ERA rose from 2.79 to 3.28. He is 0-3 in five starts in his first season since the Reds acquired him from the New York Yankees.“He didn’t make many mistakes,” Freeman said. “It’s hard to be perfect, but he was pretty much perfect until the sixth.”Gausman (1-2) gave up six runs — five earned — and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings.“His velocity was spiking up and down,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “That was one of those games you grind through. He gave us a chance to win.”Puig’s third home run of the season went 432 feet and was his first in Cincinnati this season, and Barnhart homered leading off the fourth.Ender Inciarte homered in the fifth and Atlanta went ahead in the sixth when Donaldson hit an RBI double and scored on a single by Freeman, who came home on Nick Markakis‘ sacrifice fly.ROTATIONSSnitker said LHP Max Fried (3-0, 1.38) will start Friday’s series opener against visiting Colorado. The Reds have flipped the starts of right-handers Anthony DeSclafani (0-1, 5.59) and Luis Castillo (2-1) Mike Foltynewicz Jersey
, slotting Castillo will pitch against Atlanta on Thursday and DeSclafani at St. Louis on Friday.BALL FOURCincinnati batters had a season-high nine walks, which tied the Braves’ most this season.TRAINER’S ROOMBraves: RHP Mike Foltynewicz, who hasn’t pitched this season because of a right elbow bone spur, is expected to start Saturday against Colorado.Reds: OF Matt Kemp went on the 10-day IL with a broken left rib sustained when crashing into the outfield wall at San Diego on Sunday.UP NEXTBraves: RHP Mike Soroka (0-1, 1.80) is scheduled to make his first big league start on Wednesday against Cincinnati, with RHP Tanner Roark (1-0, 3.60) starting for the Reds. It will be Roark’s 17th start against Atlanta, which has a .231 average against him.