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Blue Jays' Alejandro Kirk: Three more hits in loss
Kirk went 3-for-4 with one RBI and one run scored in Tuesday's loss to the Orioles.
The All-Star catcher recorded three more hits Tuesday, as he continues to show why he was the AL's starting backstop in the Midsummer Classic. Kirk's excellent performance has been no fluke as he is above the 90th percentile among all MLB hitters in strikeout rate, average exit velocity, xwOBA and xBA. Expect Kirk to continue putting up strong ratios and counting stats batting routinely in the heart of interim manager John Schneider's lineup.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jays' Alejandro Kirk: Sitting Friday
Kirk is not in Friday's lineup against the Twins.
Kirk is hitless in his last 12 at-bats, which qualifies as a pretty bad slump by his standards. He is slashing .303/.387/.467 with 12 home runs in 351 plate appearances.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jays' Alejandro Kirk: Not in Saturday's lineup
Kirk isn't starting Saturday against the Tigers.
Kirk started the last four games and went 4-for-16 with a home run, a double and two RBI. George Springer is serving as the designated hitter while Raimel Tapia starts in center field.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jays' Alejandro Kirk: Reaches base three times Thursday
Kirk went 2-for-3 with a walk, a double and an RBI in Thursday's win over the Tigers.
The 23-year-old hasn't let his first career All-Star appearance go to his head. Kirk has five multi-hit performances in his last 11 games dating back to July 12, batting .356 (16-for-45) over that stretch with two doubles and two homers to boost his slash line on the season to .316/.394/.490. Danny Jansen will likely see the majority of starts behind the plate now that he's healthy again, but Kirk will still be a fixture in the Blue Jays lineup while splitting his time between catcher and DH.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jays' Alejandro Kirk: Breather Sunday
Kirk is not in the starting lineup for Sunday's series finale against the Red Sox.
Kirk will get a breather after he went 4-for-9 with an RBI and two runs scored in the first two contests of the series. Lourdes Gurriel will slide into the designated hitter spot while Raimel Tapia enters the lineup in left field and bats eighth versus Boston.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jays' Alejandro Kirk: Slugs 11th homer
Kirk went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Sunday's win over the Royals.
Just ahead of his first career appearance in the All-Star Game, Kirk played hero for the Blue Jays, taking Wyatt Mills deep in the eighth inning to break a 2-2 tie. The homer was his 11th of the season, snapping a 19-game drought, but Kirk has hardly been quiet in July -- he's hit safely in six straight games and sports a .298/.333/.386 slash line through 16 contests on the month.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jays' Alejandro Kirk: Receives Sunday off
Kirk is out of the lineup for Sunday's game at Seattle.
Kirk was in the lineup the past six games and posted a .530 OPS during that stretch, and he'll take a seat for Sunday's series finale. Gabriel Moreno will work behind the plate in his place and bat eighth.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jays' Alejandro Kirk: Sitting out Sunday
Kirk is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Rays.
Kirk has played a lot through the first three months of the season, and while a fair amount of that has been as the designated hitter, he needs a day off his feet every now and then. The 23-year-old is in the midst of a breakout and is looking like one of the best pure hitters in baseball -- not just at the catcher position -- with a .318/.409/.512 line through 69 games.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jays' Alejandro Kirk: Not starting matinee
Kirk isn't starting the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Rays.
Kirk drew starts in the last three games and went 2-for-11 with a double, three runs, an RBI and a walk. He'll get a breather in Saturday's matinee while Gabriel Moreno starts behind the dish and Cavan Biggio enters the lineup at first base.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jays' Alejandro Kirk: Resting Tuesday
Kirk will sit Tuesday against the Red Sox.
Kirk has broken out this season to the tune of a .322/.411/.525 slash line, with his 9.7 percent strikeout rate and 10.5 percent barrel rate representing a rare combination of contact and power. That's earned him frequent opportunities as a designated hitter whenever he isn't needed behind the plate, but he won't start at either spot this time around. Gabriel Moreno will catch for Ross Stripling while George Springer rests his legs in the designated hitter spot.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jays' Alejandro Kirk: Three-run shot in loss
Kirk went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run in Sunday's loss against the Brewers.
Kirk launched a three-run blast in the first inning that scored George Springer and Vladimir Guerrero, the only runs that Toronto would score in the loss. The homer was Kirk's fourth in five games. Additionally, the catcher has nine hits during that span, including two two-hit performances and a four-hit game. Kirk is now slashing .322/.409/.523 on the season to go along with 10 home runs.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jays' Alejandro Kirk: Ready to play Saturday
Kirk (hand) will bat cleanup as the designated hitter Saturday against the Brewers.
The 23-year-old sustained a bruise on his left hand when he was clipped by the bat on a backswing during Friday's contest, but X-rays came back negative and he won't end up missing a game. Kirk has homered in his past three contests, going 7-for-14 with six RBI and four runs.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jays' Alejandro Kirk: X-rays return negative
Kirk was diagnosed with a bruised left hand when X-rays came back negative after being removed from Friday's game at Milwaukee, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Kirk was clipped on his glove hand by the bat on a backswing during the bottom of the seventh inning, but it appears he's avoided a serious injury and should be considered day-to-day. The 23-year-old continued his tear at the plate prior to exiting and homered for the third straight game. In addition to the two-run home run Friday, he went 3-for-3 with another run scored.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jays' Alejandro Kirk: Collects four hits, exits early
Kirk was removed from Friday's game against the Brewers with an apparent left arm injury, Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun reports.
The 23-year-old was struck by the bat on a backswing during the bottom of the seventh inning, and he was lifted from the contest during a pitching change after the at-bat. Kirk was a major producer prior to leaving the game, as he went 4-for-4 with a two-run home run and an additional run scored. The Blue Jays also have an 8-2 lead, so the team could simply be exercising caution late in the contest. Kirk should be considered day-to-day until more information is available.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jays' Alejandro Kirk: Homers again Wednesday
Kirk went 2-for-5 with a solo home run and an additional RBI during Wednesday's 9-5 win against the White Sox.
Kirk delivered an RBI single during the opening frame to start the scoring, and he followed up with a solo shot to center field during the third inning. The 23-year-old has gone deep in two straight games and is hitting .313 with five home runs, 13 RBI, 15 runs and a 10:10 BB:K through 18 contests in June.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jays' Alejandro Kirk: On bench Monday
Kirk isn't starting Monday's game against the White Sox.
Kirk started in the last five games and went 4-for-16 with a home run, a double, four runs and three RBI during that time. Vladimir Guerrero is serving as the designated hitter while Gabriel Moreno starts behind the dish.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jays' Alejandro Kirk: Swats sixth homer
Kirk went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and a second run scored in Friday's 12-3 loss to the Yankees.
He took Jordan Montgomery deep in the sixth inning, but the Blue Jays were already in a 10-1 hole at that point. Kirk is slashing .354/.446/.604 through 14 games in June with three of his six homers on the season, and he should continue to see regular playing time between DH and catcher as long as he's raking.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jays' Alejandro Kirk: On base three times Thursday
Kirk went 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI in Thursday's loss to the Orioles.
Getting the start at DH and hitting cleanup, Kirk was the only Blue Jay to collect multiple hits in a rough 10-2 loss. Rookie Gabriel Moreno seems to be Toronto's preferred option behind the plate right now given his defensive skills, but Kirk has still started five of seven games since Moreno's promotion as he splits time between designated hitter and catcher. Kirk's .356/.442/.556 slash line in June with two homers, eight RBI and nine runs through 52 plate appearances makes a compelling case for a consistent spot in the lineup.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jays' Alejandro Kirk: Out of Tuesday's lineup
Kirk is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Orioles.
Gabriel Moreno will start behind the dish while George Springer gets the nod at designated hitter. Kirk is hitting .351 with two home runs in 10 games this month.... See More ... See Less
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|Birthplace: Tijuana, Mexico|
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