Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Matt Shoemaker looks good in return

The Canadian Press

DUNEDIN, Fla. — Toronto right-hander Matt Shoemaker enjoyed a strong return from a long-term knee injury, leading the Blue Jays to a 4-0 pre-season win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday.

Shoemaker, whose 2019 season ended April 20 when he tore his left ACL in Oakland, struck out five and gave up just one hit in a 2 2/3-inning spring start.

The 33-year-old Shoemaker was 3-0 with a 1.57 earned-run average last year before suffering the injury in his first season with the Blue Jays.

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Toronto catcher Danny Janssen opened the scoring Monday with a two-run homer in the second.

Third baseman Brandon Drury added an RBI single and Forrest Wall scored the fourth run on a passed ball.

Right-hander Trent Thornton, battling for a spot in the Toronto rotation, didn't give up a hit in three innings of relief.

Six Toronto pitchers allowed a total of three hits.

The Blue Jays (6-2-2) have an off day Tuesday before returning to action Wednesday against the Tampa Bay Rays in Port Charlotte, Fla.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 2, 2020.

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