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25 Marco Estrada SP
Height/Weight: 6-0/180 | Birthdate: 7/5/1983 | Birthplace: Sonora, Mexico | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Toronto | College: Long Beach State | MLB Experience: 8 | Salary: $1,955,000 | Owned/Started%: 61/35 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Jays SP Marco Estrada bounces back for win


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(7/5/2015) One start after lasting just 2 1/3 innings, Blue Jays pitcher Marco Estrada did just enough to earn a win Sunday, keeping the Tigers at bay for five innings in Toronto's win. 

Estrada gave up two runs on five hits, and again racked up a high pitch count, reaching 101 in just five frames, but got the key outs he needed to improve to 6-4. More importantly, he did not allow a home run, a problem that has plagued him throughout his career. 

Estrada has won five of his last six decisions, and holds a 3.59 ERA. 


Blue Jays' Marco Estrada sees four-game win streak snapped


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2015) Blue Jays starter Marco Estrada took the loss to Boston on Tuesday, snapping a four game losing streak. 

Estrada lost for the first time since May 22. He has his shortest start of the year, leaving after 2 1/3 innings, giving up four runs, two earned. Two of the three hits he allowed were home runs. He walked four for the second time in three starts. 


Blue Jays SP Marco Estrada perfect for 7 1/3 innings Wednesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/24/2015) Blue Jays starting pitcher Marco Estrada was chasing down history Wednesday, looking to become the 24th pitcher in MLB history to throw a perfect game. Unfortunately, he fell a little shy of history and almost took the loss in what was a stellar outing for the right-handed hurler.

Estrada and Rays pitcher Nathan Karns were locked in quite the pitcher's duel Wednesday. Both players hadn't allowed a hit until Kevin Pillar singled with one out in the top of the sixth inning. The Blue Jays loaded the bases, but could not get Estrada any run support.

The game was scoreless going into the bottom of the eighth, as Estrada still had a perfect game intact. Then, things got interesting.

Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson was able to keep Estrada's perfect game going with a diving, highlight reel catch into the stands in foul territory. Unfortunately, one batter later, Estrada's perfect game ended, but it wasn't because of a lack of effort.

Logan Forsythe hit a slow chopper to Donaldson at third base. Donaldson made a beautiful barehanded grab and fired the baseball to first base. However, Forsythe just beat the throw and was ruled safe. Toronto challenged the play, but the ruling on the field was upheld.

Estrada retired the next two batters to keep the shutout going. He returned for the ninth inning and was lifted after Kevin Kiermaier's two-out double. Roberto Osuna entered the game to face Joey Butler, who hit the ball back up the middle. Luckily, shortstop Jose Reyes was able to range to his left and make the play to throw out Butler.

Estrada allowed two hits and no walks in 8 2/3 innings, while striking out 10 in the no-decision. Wednesday's outing comes after he allowed one hit in seven innings his previous start against the Orioles. He is the first major-league pitcher to take a no-hitter into the eighth inning in consecutive starts since Dave Stieb in 1988, according to Elias.


Marco Estrada wins fourth straight for Blue Jays


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/19/2015) Blue Jays pitcher Marco Estrada won his fourth game in as many starts, Friday over Baltimore. 

Estrada allowed one run on one hit over seven innings. He walked four and struck out six.

Estrada carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning but left after allowing a leadoff single. 

"He got on some kind of roll," said manager John Gibbons. "The first couple of innings were a battle with the strike zone, but then he got on a nice little roll and he had everything working for him. He started spotting his fastball, great changeup and he started dropping that hook in there pretty consistently and he even threw some good cutters today. It was an impressive outing, you tip your hat to the guy, but he has pitched very well for us this year."

His next start is Wednesday at Tampa Bay. 


Blue Jays' Marco Estrada wins third straight


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2015) Blue Jays starter Marco Estrada won his third straight game, getting the win over Boston on Sunday. 

Estrada went five innings, allowing five runs on seven hits, including a home run. He walked three and struck out three. Estrada's record now stands at 4-3. 

Estrada's next start is Friday, against Baltimore. 


Blue Jays SP Marco Estrada earns third win of season Monday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/8/2015) Blue Jays pitcher Marco Estrada allowed three runs on seven hits over seven innings of work to help send the Blue Jays to a 11-3 win over the Marlins on Monday.

Estrada (3-3) struck out six and did not walk a batter during the outing. His biggest mistake was giving up a two-run home run to Giancarlo Stanton in the fourth inning. His ERA now stands at 3.78.

Monday's outing was his third quality start in a row. He has pitched seven innings in three of his last four starts. His next expected start is scheduled for Sunday at Boston.


Marco Estrada earns win for Blue Jays


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/2/2015) Blue Jays starter Marco Estrada improved to 2-3 with a win over Washington on Tuesday. 

Estrada gave up three runs, two earned, in six innings. He gave up six hits, walked two and struck out five. 

Estrada's next start is Monday, against Miami. 


Blue Jays SP Marco Estrada nets no-decision Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/27/2015) Blue Jays starter Marco Estrada pitched well in Wednesday's extra-inning loss to the White Sox, picking up the no-decision. Estrada tossed seven innings, allowing three runs on eight hits. He struck out two and did not walk a batter, throwing 106 pitches with 69 strikes.

Estrada (1-3) gave up a two-run double to Jose Abreu in the third and another RBI-single in the sixth, accounting for all of the runs against him. This was his strongest start of the season. His ERA sits at 3.89 as he heads into his start on Tuesday in Washington DC. 


Blue Jays P Marco Estrada's recent woes with walks continue


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2015) Blue Jays pitcher Marco Estrada allowed four earned runs during Friday night's 4-3 loss to the Mariners. 

Estrada went seven innings and gave up six hits and three walks while walking five. Estrada has had some trouble with walking hitters of late. In his first seven starts he walked a total of five batters. 

"I think have enough pitches to get through the lineup a few times," Estrada said to the Toronto Sun. "I thought I threw a lot of good pitches, made a lot of good quality pitches, it just didn't go my way."

However, in his past three he's surrendered nine walks. 

Estrada now holds an ERA of 3.90 for the season. 

His next start is projected for May 27 against the White Sox. 


Blue Jays SP Marco Estrada throws five solid innings in no-decision


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/16/2015) Blue Jays starting pitcher Marco Estrada lasted five innings Saturday, giving up two runs on three hits and fanned eight for a no-decision against the Astros.

The two runs off Estrada came courtesy of a two-run homer from Evan Gattis.

Estrada had dropped his previous two starts.

Estrada returns to the mound for his next start Thursday against the Angels.

Blue Jays can't recover from starter's Marco Estrada's rough first IP


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/11/2015) Blue Jays starting pitcher Marco Estrada (1-2) gave up three runs on five hits in five innings Monday to suffer the loss against the Orioles.

All three runs Estrada allowed came in the first inning via home runs from Manny Machado (solo) and Chris Davis (two-run shot).

"I made a bad pitch to Machado, he got it,'' Estrada said. ''I tried going up and in on Davis -- and I actually got it to where I wanted to -- but he got that one, so there's nothing you can do about that.''

In his last two starts, Estrada has allowed seven runs in 9 2/3 innings (6.52 ERA).

Estrada's next start is scheduled for Saturday in Houston.


Blue Jays pitcher Marco Estrada tagged for five runs in losing effort


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2015) Blue Jays pitcher Marco Estrada didn't have the best return to the starting rotation on Tuesday, allowing five runs, four earned, on eight hits in 4 2/3 innings of work in Toronto's 6-3 loss to the Yankees.

Estrada was knocked around early, allowing three straight hits in the first inning, including a two-run double by Alex Rodriguez. After giving up another run in the second, Estrada surrendered a two-run shot to Mark Teixeira in the fifth, ending his night.

Estrada, now 1-1, moved his ERA to 2.93 in 15 1/3 innings of work this season. His next scheduled start is set for Monday against the Orioles. 


Blue Jays pitcher Marco Estrada to make first start of season Tuesday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/5/2015) Blue Jays pitcher Marco Estrada will make his first start of the season Tuesday against the Yankees, reports MLB.com.

Estrada has made six appearances out of the bullpen this year, posting a record of 1-0 with a 0.84 ERA.

Estrada moved into the Blue Jays' starting rotation when pitcher Daniel Norris was optioned.

Marco Estrada slides into starting role with Blue Jays


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/1/2015) A hot stretch in relief has landed veteran right-hander Marco Estrada a starting job with the Blue Jays, per Sportsnet. The team has announced he will take over the spot vacated when Daniel Norris was optioned to the minors. He is set to pitch Wednesday, but will be on a 75-pitch limit, reports TSN 1050.

Estrada owns an 0.84 ERA after six appearances. He hasn't given up a run in his last five chances and has allowed just four hits in 10 2/3 innings on the year with 11 strikeouts.


Blue Jays' Marco Estrada tosses three innings Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/29/2015) Blue Jays pitcher Marco Estrada allowed one earned run on five hits in three innings while striking out three and walking none Saturday.

Estrada had been pushed back twice due to an ankle injury but was able to return to the mound Saturday. He has posted a 7.59 ERA in 10 2/3 innings this spring.


Blue Jays pitcher Marco Estrada open to different role this season


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Blue Jays pitcher Marco Estrada knows it's unlikely he will end up with a job in the starting rotation, but he's willing to accept any role this year, reports MLB.com.

"If that's what I'm going to do, that's fine," Estrada said. "I told these guys I just want to be out there to help this team win. That's all I care about. If it's starting, awesome. If it's relieving, that's fine. I just want to help, I want to win, I want to get into the playoffs and that's all that matters."

Estrada gave up one run on five hits with three strikeouts in three innings of work Saturday against the Braves.

"I'll be honest, I felt a little weird out there, being out there again," Estrada said. "I just haven't seen a hitter in a couple of weeks almost. Timing was a little off, rushed a few pitches that I left up, a few changeups that I missed up, but other than that, I felt pretty good other than missing two weeks."

He is also feeling healthier after battling an ankle injury at the beginning of spring training.

"The ankle is much better. It's getting there, I can go out there and pitch, it's not a big deal anymore. Just every day it has been feeling much better. There's not much we can do right now. Need another day or two and it will probably be gone."


Blue Jays' Marco Estrada (ankle) pushed back again


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2015) Blue Jays pitcher Marco Estrada had his scheduled start pushed back for a second time Tuesday due to an ankle injury, MLB.com reports.

Estrada was initially scheduled to pitch Sunday but was scratched due to a sore ankle he tweaked earlier in the week. He is now expected to start Saturday's game and could also be used in relief Thursday after the ankle has had more time to heal.

"It's still barking a bit," manager John Gibbons said.

Estrada is in the mix for a rotation spot this spring but will likely begin the season in the bullpen. He's given up eight earned runs on 7 2/3 innings this spring.


Blue Jays' Marco Estrada (ankle) out Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/22/2015) Blue Jays pitcher Marco Estrada will not pitch Sunday due to a "tweaked" ankle, the Toronto Star reports.

The issue is said to be minor, and Estrada is expected to resume his schedule Tuesday. He has produced poor numbers this spring due to one horrendous outing, but the pitcher was able to toss three scoreless innings in his previous appearance.


Blue Jays' Marco Estrada earns win with three shutout innings


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/15/2015) Blue Jays pitcher Marco Estrada made a case for the final starting rotation spot with a strong start on Sunday. 

Estrada pitched three shutout innings, earning a win over the Braves. He struck out two of the 13 batters he faced and walked one, while giving up three hits. 

The start was a departure from his previous appearance, when he gave up seven runs in two thirds of an inning. 


Blue Jays' Aaron Sanchez could fill in for Marcus Stroman in rotation


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/10/2015) Blue Jays pitcher Aaron Sanchez may be the next man up for Toronto in the wake of Marcus Stroman's injury. He, Marco Estrada and Daniel Norris will compete for the rest of spring for the final two spots on the staff, reports MLB.com.

"Our plan for Sanchez was always the same," general manager Alex Anthopoulos insisted Tuesday afternoon. "I think it certainly gives him a better opportunity to start but we still have Estrada being stretched out, still have Norris being stretched out, still have the remainder of camp.

"I think we still continue down that path, but there's no doubt about it, there's another opportunity there with Stroman being down."


Blue Jays pitcher Marco Estrada hoping to be a starter this season


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/7/2015) Blue Jays pitcher Marco Estrada has been utilized in a variety of ways throughout his seven years in the league, but he is hoping to be considered a starter when the season begins, reports MLB.com

"I'm not sure what's going to happen, but I'm working as a starter," Estrada said Saturday after he pitched two perfect innings with one strikeout.

Manager John Gibbons said he is considering all of his options, but thinks Estrada has a chance to earn a spot.

"He's in contention for a spot [in the rotation]," said Gibbons. "Or he could end up in the bullpen. ... He's sort of a season vet. He's going to throw strikes. And it's so important to throw strikes."

Although Estrada would prefer to be a starter, he just wants to help his team win.

"I think everybody wants to start," Estrada said. "I've always wanted to be a starter. I'd like to be one. But if the opportunity's not there, I'll do anything I can to help the team.


Blue Jays, P Marco Estrada agree to $2.505 million contract


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) The Blue Jays and pitcher Marco Estrada have avoided arbitration with a one-year, $2.505 million contract, according to the team's official website on Friday.

Estrada was acquired by Toronto via trade in the offseason. He worked both as a starter and a reliever for the Brewers last season, making 18 starts and 21 relief appearances. He went 7-6 with a 4.38 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 127:44 K:BB ratio in 150 2/3 innings, pitching much better in relief than as a starter in 2014.


Blue Jays acquire Marco Estrada from Brewers


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/1/2014) The Blue Jays and Brewers agreed to a trade Saturday, with the Blue Jays acquiring pitcher Marco Estrada in exchange for first baseman Adam Lind.

Estrada worked both as a starter and a reliever for the Brewers this season, making 18 starts and 21 relief appearances. He went 7-6 with a 4.38 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 127:44 K:BB ratio in 150 2/3 innings, pitching much better in relief than as a starter. He's due to reach free agency after the 2015 season.


Marco Estrada moving to the bullpen


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/10/2014) Brewers starter Marco Estrada will be moved to the bullpen.

The Brewers called up pitcher Jimmy Nelson from Triple-A Thursday, and announced he would start in Estrada's place Saturday against the Cardinals. Over 107 innings, Estrada has a 4.96 ERA. He's given up 27 home runs through 18 starts. 


Brewers possibly considering rotation change


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/10/2014) Though no decision has been made, the Brewers are considering a switch for Saturday's start, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Marco Estrada is currently listed as the starting pitcher for the game against the Cardinals, but the report indicates a call up for prospect Jimmy Nelson is looming. Nelson has been tearing things up at Triple-A Nasville, while Estrada is the major-league leader in home runs allowed, with 27.

Manager Ron Roenicke was even asked if it was safe to assume Estrada will make his schedule start, and he replied, "I won't comment on that."

Roenicke was non-committal when asked whether the team is considering Nelson, but indicated that they would not necessarily have to wait until after the All-Star break to make any sort of change.

"Sometimes you wait until the all-star break to do things," he said. "But when the timing calls for something to be done, you try to do it. If it makes sense right then, why wait on something? That's what we talk about all the time. We talk about what goes on in here, how guys are feeling right now, and do we need a change?"