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48 J.A. Happ SP
Height/Weight: 6-5/205 | Birthdate: 10/19/1982 | Birthplace: Peru, IL | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Toronto | College: Northwestern | MLB Experience: 8 | Salary: $3,700,000 | Owned/Started%: 20/12 | Average Draft Position: 333.00
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J.A. Happ turns in a tough start


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ had a tough start Wednesday against the Orioles.

Happ allowed five runs on eight hits over six innings. He struck out six and did not issue a walk during the outing. Steve Pearce appeared to be the main issue for Happ. Pearce belted a solo home run in the third inning, starting the scoring. With two men on in the fifth inning, Pearce struck again. His two home runs accounted for four of the five runs Happ allowed. After giving up a leadoff single to start the seventh inning, Happ was pulled. The run would come around to score, and was charged to Happ.

With the loss, Happ dropped to 10-10. He’ll take on the Mariners in his next start. 


J.A. Happ pegged with tough-luck loss Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/12/2014) Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ twirled a gem but was pegged with a tough-luck loss Friday night at home against Tampa Bay. He permitted one run on two hits and one walk while striking out seven over seven innings of a 1-0 defeat.

Happ allowed one run or fewer in a start for the first time since Aug. 1. He owns a 4.28 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP over 138 2/3 innings of work. He will make his next start Wednesday at Baltimore.

J.A. Happ turns in tough start Saturday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/6/2014) Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ had a tough start Saturday against the Red Sox.

Happ allowed four runs on seven hits over six innings. He struck out five and walked three during the outing. Happ had trouble early, giving up a run in each of his first four innings. A leadoff triple in the first inning managed to come home on a groundout. In the second inning, Happ gave up three singles, which led to the second run. Yoenis Cespedes would double in a run in the third, and Christian Vazquez did the same in the fourth.

With the loss, Happ dropped to 9-9. He’ll take on the Rays in his next start.


J.A. Happ wins for first time in seven starts


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/31/2014) Blue Jays starting pitcher J.A. Happ won for the first time in seven starts during a 4-3 victory Sunday against the Yankees. The left-hander allowed three runs on nine hits and no walks, while striking out six in seven innings.

Happ (9-8) didn't waste any time giving New York an early lead, as Brett Gardner led off the game with a home run. New York extended the lead to 2-0 on Francisco Cervelli's two-out RBI single in the fourth inning. The Yankees then went up 3-0 in the fifth inning after Brett Gardner hit a one-out triple and then scored on Jose Reyes' throwing error.

Toronto would rally from the three-run deficit with help from Melky Cabrera, Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion, who all hit solo home runs.

Happ won for the first time since July 22. Though, he has allowed at least three runs in four straight starts. He will be back on the hill Saturday at Boston.


J.A. Happ avoids the loss Monday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2014) Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ avoided the loss Monday against the Red Sox.

Happ allowed three runs on five hits over six innings. He struck out eight and walked two during the outing. Happ got off to a strong start, tossing four scoreless frames to open the game. Things broke open for the Red Sox in the fifth inning. Mookie Betts knocked a solo shot to left for the first run of the inning. After a walk, Happ gave up a two-run shot to Dustin Pedroia. The Blue Jays managed a late comeback, giving Happ the no-decision.

Happ will take on the Yankees in his next start. 


J.A. Happ can't make it out of the fourth inning Tuesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2014) Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ couldn't make it out of the fourth inning Tuesday against the Brewers.

Happ allowed four runs on six hits over 3 1/3 innings. He struck out three and walked two. Problems started almost immediately for Happ. He allowed two straight doubled to open the game. After getting a lineout against the third batter, Happ gave up his third double of the inning to Aramis Ramirez. He was able to get through the second inning without any issues, but ran into trouble again in the third. Two straight doubles drove in the third run of the game, and a sac fly was responsible for the fourth run. Happ came out to start the fourth inning, but was pulled after giving up a single and a walk. 

With the loss, Happ fell to 8-8. He'll take on the Red Sox in his next start. 


J.A. Happ gives up five runs in loss vs. Mariners


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/13/2014) Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ took a loss Tuesday after allowing five runs (four earned) on seven hits and one walk in six innings and striking out one in his team's 6-3 defeat against the Mariners.

Happ (8-7) had his worst start of the second half Tuesday, giving up runs in each of his last four innings after tossing two scoreless frames to open the game. He surrendered two home runs in the loss as well. Happ owns a 4.20 ERA and 90:40 K:BB ratio in 109 1/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Brewers next Tuesday.


J.A. Happ fans career-high 12 despite tough-luck loss


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/7/2014) Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ struck out a career-high 12 and was hit with a tough-luck loss Thursday night at home against the Orioles, dropping to 8-6 on the year. The right-hander yielded only two runs on five its and one walk over eight innings of a 2-1 defeat.

Over his last four starts covering 26 1/3 innings, Happ has allowed only five earned runs. He owns a 4.09 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP over 103 1/3 innings of work. His next start will come Tuesday at Seattle.

J.A. Happ settles for no-decision in sharp outing


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/2/2014) Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ wasn't a factor into the decision Friday night against the Astros in Houston. The right-hander permitted one run on three hits and two walks while striking out six over seven innings of a 3-1 defeat.

Happ owns a 4.34 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP over 95 1/3 innings of work. He will look to stay sharp in his next start at home on Thursday against Baltimore.

J.A. Happ can't pick up a quality start Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ couldn’t pick up a quality start Sunday against the Yankees.

Happ gave up three runs on four hits over 5 1/3 innings. He struck out three and walked two. Happ started out well, but seemed to tire as the game progressed. He tossed four scoreless innings of work before the Yankees were able to scratch out a run against him. Home runs became an issue in the fifth. Happ gave up two solo shots during the inning. He came out for the sixth, but immediately put two men on. After he was pulled from the game, one run came around to score. That run was charged to Happ.

The Blue Jays managed to battle back, giving Happ the no-decision. His next start will come against the Astros.


J.A. Happ twirls six scoreless innings in win vs. Red Sox


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2014) Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ earned a win Tuesday, giving up seven hits and one walk in six scoreless innings while striking out four in his team's 7-3 victory over the Red Sox.

Happ (8-5) hadn't secured a win since holding the White Sox scoreless in 7 2/3 innings on June 26, but he was able to keep Boston at bay one night after they racked up 14 runs in the series opener. He owns a 4.55 ERA and 68:34 K:BB ratio in 83 innings. Happ is slated to take on the Yankees Sunday.


Blue Jays announce rotation plans


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/13/2014) The Blue Jays announced their pitching rotation following the All-Star break. R.A. Dickey will get the ball Friday against the Rangers and be followed by Marcus Stroman, Mark Buehrle, Drew Hutchison and J.A. Happ.

J.A. Happ gives up five runs in loss vs. Angels


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2014) Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ took a loss Monday, giving up five earned runs on seven hits and three walks in 4 1/3 innings while striking out two in his team's 5-2 defeat against the Angels.

Happ (7-5) took a 2-1 lead into the bottom of the fifth before getting into trouble, loading the bases with no outs then allowing three runs to cross the plate on two singles and a sacrifice fly. He was then removed, and the bullpen allowed one of the inherited runners to score. It was the third time in Happ's last six starts that he failed to complete five innings. Happ owns a 4.72 ERA and 63:33 K:BB ratio in 76 1/3 innings. He's slated to face the Rays Sunday.


J.A. Happ bounces back for decent outing in no-decision


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2014) Left-hander J.A. Happ locked in after a rocky start Wednesday against the visiting Brewers, allowing his Blue Jays to stay in the game and eventually win.

Happ surrendered four runs in the first three innings, including a three-run third in which Ryan Braun slammed a two-run triple and rode home on a sacrifice fly. But he retired 12 in a row and 14 of 15 before being removed in a tie game. He finished with no walks and four strikeouts.

That alone is remarkable considered the control problems Happ has battled throughout his career. He entered having walked 30 in 65 innings. He will attempt to maintain that control Monday against the Angels.


J.A. Happ tosses seven-plus scoreless innings


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/27/2014) Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ tossed arguably the finest outing of his season Thursday, in a 7-0 win over the White Sox.

Happ shut the White Sox out while limiting them to just four hits in 7 2/3 innings. He struck out eight batters and walked two, while throwing a season-high 124 pitches in the win.

Happ improved his record to 7-4 while lowering his ERA more than half a run, to 4.29 with the win. His next start is set for Wednesday against the Brewers. 


J.A. Happ tagged for seven runs in loss


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/21/2014) Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ struggled through his worst start of the season Saturday, in an 11-1 loss to the Reds.

Happ lasted just four innings in the start despite tossing 99 pitches. He was tagged for eight runs -- seven earned -- on seven hits, one of which went for a home run. He also walked four batters, while striking out five in the loss.

Happ fell to 6-4 on the season, while his ERA rose to 4.87 in 57 1/3 innings. Happ's next start is set for Thursday against the White Sox.


J.A. Happ in control Sunday


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2014) Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ went six-plus innings for the victory Sunday, allowing one run on seven hits with six strikeouts and no walks. Happ (6-3) lowered his ERA to 4.05 while throwing 96 pitches in the 5-2 win over Baltimore.

It was the fourth time in the last five starts that Happ pitched at least six innings. He'll visit the Reds on Saturday.


J.A. Happ pulled in fourth inning in loss Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/10/2014) Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ took a loss Tuesday, giving up four runs (three earned) on six hits and three walks in 3 2/3 innings while striking out three in his team's 4-0 defeat against the Twins.

Happ (5-3) surrendered a two-run home run in the first inning and another couple runs on an infield single in the fourth inning, with the second coming after an error. He owns a 4.37 ERA and 38:24 K:BB ratio in 47 1/3 innings. Happ is scheduled to face the Orioles Sunday.


Tweaking of delivery has helped J.A. Happ


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/6/2014) John Gibbons has provided an explanation for the resurgence of Blue Jays surprising left-hander J.A. Happ this season.

Happ is 5-2 in seven starts, four of which he gave up three or fewer runs. Though he has mixed in a few duds, he has surrendered 18 earned runs in those seven outings covering 39 1/3 innings. Not bad considering he's coming off three consecutive miserable seasons.

"His velocity was a bit down last year," Gibbons told MLB Network Radio. "We needed to get him to get more grounders (and) moved him to his natural arm slot."


J.A. Happ gets back on track in win over Tigers


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/5/2014) Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ bounced back with a quality start Thursday afternoon against the Tigers, picking up his fifth win of the season. The left-hander yielded three runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out two over 6 1/3 innings of a 7-3 victory.

Over his last five starts covering 32 innings, Happ (5-2) has allowed 14 earned runs. He owns a 4.12 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP through 43 2/3 innings of work. He'll look to keep rolling Tuesday at home against Minnesota. He is 2-2 with a 4.21 ERA in five appearances (four starts).

J.A. Happ gets hit hard by Royals


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/30/2014) Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ took a step back on Friday against the Royals, dropping to 4-2 on the year. The southpaw was charged with six runs on nine hits and two walks while striking out six in 7 2/3 innings of a 6-1 defeat.

Happ saw his ERA balloon from 3.34 to 4.10 following Friday's abysmal outing. Over his last three starts covering 19 2/3 innings, Happ has yielded 10 earned runs. He will look to get back on track Thursday at Detroit.

J.A. Happ tosses seven scoreless innings in win


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2014) Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ won Sunday for the fourth time in five starts, throwing seven scoreless innings in a 3-1 victory over the Athletics. Happ (4-1) struck out seven, walked three and allowed four hits while lowering his ERA to 3.34.

Happ was in complete command, tossing 75 of his 110 pitches for strikes. He'll face the Royals on Friday.


J.A. Happ surrenders four runs in win vs. Red Sox


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2014) Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ picked up a win Tuesday after giving up four earned runs on seven hits and two walks in five-plus innings while striking out six in his team's 7-4 win over the Red Sox.

Happ (3-1) was staked to a 6-0 lead going into the bottom of the fifth, where he gave up a couple runs on consecutive doubles. He then surrendered a two-run home run with no outs in the sixth before being removed. Happ owns a 4.37 ERA and 20:14 K:BB ratio in 22 2/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the A's Sunday.


J.A. Happ much improved in second win


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2014) Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ bounced back from a poor outing with six quality innings Thursday, in a 4-2 win over the Indians.

Happ, who lasted less than three innings in his last starting, was much improved this time around. He tossed a season-high 100 pitches in the start, limiting the Indians to one run on six hits in six innings of work. He struck out four batters and walked two for his second win of the season.

Happ is now 2-1 with a 3.57 ERA in 17 2/3 innings of work this season, including three starts. His next start is set for Wednesday in Boston.   


J.A. Happ has devil of a time against Angels


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2014) Embattled Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ could not take the momentum gained from his last outing and run with it. He was battered Saturday afternoon by the Angels.

Happ, who pitched five shutout innings at Philadelphia on Monday, was hit for four runs on seven hits in 2 1/3 innings before his removal. He also earned the distinction of giving up the first career run to C.J. Cron. Chris Iannetta took him deep as well. Happ walked one and struck out four.

The left-hander is scheduled to start again Thursday against Cleveland.