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Cary Erickson | 02 August, 2020, 04:12

Pearson pitched five innings without allowing a run, while throwing five strikeouts and two walks on only two hits.

As the number of coronavirus cases associated with last weekend's Philadelphia Phillies-Miami Marlins series continues to climb, the Phillies' series with the Toronto Blue Jays scheduled for this weekend has been postponed.

Relying primarily on his heater and slider, Pearson mixed in the occasional curveball and change-up over his appearance. Santiago Espinal then flew out to center to end the game. The first-round draft pick was all smiles in the dugout afterward as teammates, manager Charlie Montoyo and pitching coach Pete Walker congratulated him on the effort.

Daniel Hudson (1-0) pitched 1 2/3 ideal innings in relief to pick up the win. Stevenson lined out to left field on a good catch by Lourdes Gurriel Jr. before fellow right-hander Jordan Romano replaced Gaviglio and struck out Robles.

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The veteran Scherzer retired 13 in a row before giving up a leadoff single to Joe Panik in the eighth inning.

He split a year ago between class-A Dunedin, double-A New Hampshire and triple-A Buffalo. He made his debut Sunday against the Yankees, tasked with protecting a 2-1 lead in the top of the seventh, but quickly gave up a home run to Luke Voit and was charged with a blown save. He began 2019 with High-A Dunedin but was quickly promoted to Double-A New Hampshire before finishing the season with three starts for Triple-A Buffalo.

Now after a decent opening week to the truncated 60-game campaign, the Blue Jays must deal with another speed bump. In fact, the Marlins will go at least a week without playing a game due to the outbreak. Rowdy Tellez was ejected in the 10th inning for arguing after a strikeout. The team has now played more than 10 percent of its schedule. For what it's worth, the Blue Jays won't actually play a "home game" in Buffalo at Shalen Field, home of the Triple-A Bisons, until August 11.