Kevin Gausman flirts with no-no as Blue Jays beat Tampa 3-1

Kevin Gausman is a Blue Jay.
The 31-year-old righty threw 8 innings of one-hit, shutout baseball tonight as the Toronto Blue Jays defeated Tampa Bay 3-1. Normally, the Blue Jays are on the losing side of these types of games with the Rays, especially when they’re playing at the Trop, so it was good to see one go their way.
In only his first year as a Blue Jay, Gausman has already had several memorable performances, and this one was one of his best. Gausman opened the game throwing five no-hit innings. Taylor Walls had the first base hit of the game for Tampa to lead off the bottom of the 6th, but it was immediately erased by a beautiful 4-6-3 double play that ended with a nice pick by Vladimir Guerrero Jr. at first base.
One of the most impressive feats of the night for Gausman was finding his rhythm after a long first inning; he threw 27 pitches, which included walking Randy Arozarena and hitting Isaac Paredes with a pitch. Gausman responded by retiring 14 in a row, which was a huge positive considering some of the starts have featured the wheels coming off in the early innings (see home starts against Baltimore and Minneso …

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Author: Evan Stack / Blue Jays Nation

Nets “angling” for Raptors’ Scottie Barnes in Kevin Durant talks

Nets “angling” for Raptors’ Scottie Barnes in Kevin Durant talks

Even though the prospect of a Kevin Durant trade is looking less likely by the day, the Toronto Raptors are keeping their feelers extended. The sticking point in trade negotiations may end up being reigning Rookie of the Year and Raptors fan favorite Scottie Barnes, who has long been considered an immovable piece of the […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Here’s why a Raptors-Bojan Bogdanovic trade shouldn’t happen

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As the Kevin Durant and Donovan Mitchell trade rumors continue to swirl, the Toronto Raptors would not be viewed unusually if they decided to go for a slightly less bombastic trade package. Utah Jazz wing Bojan Bogdanovic has popped up in the rumor mill in recent weeks. ESPN’s Tim MacMahon mentioned that he thinks Toronto […]
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As more suitors continue to flake away in the Kevin Durant trade sweepstakes, the Toronto Raptors remain firmly in the mix. Even though they are unwilling to part ways with Scottie Barnes in a move, the Raptors clearly have some degree of interest in bringing Durant to town. Raptors fans dreaming of a future centered […]
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Why Masai Ujiri, Raptors have leverage in Kevin Durant talks

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The Toronto Raptors may not end up with Kevin Durant when all of the dust settles after his trade request, but it won’t be from a lack of trying. Masai Ujiri has ensured that Toronto is consistently mentioned as a landing spot as the trade saga rages on. Toronto’s chances, however slim they may be, […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

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Raptors: Vince Carter defends Toronto from Chris Broussard

The Toronto Raptors are trying to bring Kevin Durant to Toronto, thus putting him alongside names like Vince Carter and Kawhi Leonard in the annals of franchise history. While Toronto seems like an ideal destination for him, some talking heads appear to be more skeptical. Chris Broussard has spent the last few days getting torn […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

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The Toronto Raptors are trying to pry Kevin Durant away from the Nets, but it appears as though an A+ backup plan has surfaced if they are unable to pull this move off. According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the Utah Jazz sound willing to move Donovan Mitchell in a trade. After sending Rudy Gobert to the […]
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The Toronto Raptors are keeping themselves implanted in the Kevin Durant trade race, as they are always willing to bring on one of the most individually talented players the game has to offer. However, Brooklyn may have their eyes set on Rookie of the Year Scottie Barnes in a return package. With Barnes fresh off […]
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1 reason Raptors can top each competing Kevin Durant trade offer

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Even though the idea of trading Kevin Durant for one of the biggest hauls in NBA history is seeming less likely by the day, the Toronto Raptors remain one of the most fervent teams in the KD chase. The idea of adding one of the greatest players iN NBA history will undoubtedly appeal to Masai […]
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