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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%: 88/69 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Blue Jays SP Marco Estrada loses win, but performs well again


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2015) It appeared that Blue Jays starter Marco Estrada had it made Tuesday night. He had performed well enough against the hot Indians to give his team a one-run lead in the bottom of the ninth. And closer Roberto Osuna, who had not blown a save all year, was on the mound.

But Osuna blew it.

The result was a no-decision for Estrada, who allowed just two runs on five hits in seven innings with one walk and two strikeouts.

Home runs by Michael Brantley and Yan Gomes provided all the scoring against Estrada, who has not surrendered more than three runs in any of his last seven starts.


Blue Jays' Marco Estrada strong, but gets no run support in loss


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/27/2015) Blue Jays starter Marco Estrada pitched well in his outing against the Rangers on Thursday, but he was left with a tough-luck loss in the 4-1 defeat. Estrada allowed one run on four hits over six solid innings. He walked three and struck out six, throwing 66 of his 105 pitches for strikes.

Estrada (11-8, 3.19 ERA) was let down by his offense, as the Jays were shutdown by Yovani Gallardo and the Rangers' bullpen. But Estrada was solid. The only run he allowed came on an RBI single in the very first inning. 

The right-hander pitched well in August, going 3-2 with a 2.06 ERA in five starts. 


Blue Jays' Marco Estrada coasts to victory in blowout on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/23/2015) Backed by a 15-run explosion, Blue Jays starter Marco Estrada picked up his 11th win of the season in a blowout victory over the Angels on Saturday. Estrada went 5 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on five hits. He struck out four and did not walk a batter, as the Jays went on to win by a score of 15-3.

Estrada (11-7, 3.27 ERA) gave up a run in the fourth inning, and then two solo homers in the fifth for the only damage done against him. He left the game with a very comfortable eight-run cushion, and he was lifted after throwing 95 pitches. 

The right-hander has pitched very well lately, going 4-1 with a 2.38 ERA over his last five starts.


Blue Jays' Marco Estrada gives up pair of solo home runs in loss


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/15/2015) Blue Jays right-hander Marco Estrada pitched well on Saturday, but was left with a hard-luck loss against the Yankees. Estrada allowed two runs on three hits over six innings of work. He walked three and struck out three in the 4-1 loss.

Estrada (10-7, 3.20 ERA) gave up a solo home run to Carlos Beltran in the very first inning. Then, after the Jays had tied the game, he served up another bomb to Mark Teixeira in the sixth, and the Yankees would not look back. 

Estrada is now 5-2 with a 2.46 ERA in six starts since the All-Star break, as he continues to put together his finest season as a big-leaguer so far.


Blue Jays SP Marco Estrada tosses 6 1/3 scoreless innings Sunday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(8/9/2015) Blue Jays pitcher Marco Estrada was dominate throughout his start Sunday against the Yankees, which the Jays won 2-0.

Estrada did not surrender a run over 6 1/3 innings of work and only gave up three hits. He earned his 10th win of the season for his effort and his ERA is now 3.21. He also struck out six and walked three during the outing.

Estrada has now won his last three starts and produced a quality start in his last two outings.


Blue Jays' Marco Estrada wins for fourth time in six starts Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/4/2015) Blue Jays starter Marco Estrada posted another solid outing on Tuesday, picking up his ninth win of the season. Estrada limited the Twins to one run on two hits over 6 2/3 innings. He walked two and struck out five in the 3-1 victory.

Estrada (9-6) lowered his season ERA to 3.40 with the fine performance. The only run he allowed on Tuesday came on a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning. Otherwise, Estrada was quite stingy in this one, retiring 10 of the final 11 batters he faced.

Aside from a five-run hiccup on July 24, Estrada has been pitching very well recently. Over his past six starts, he is 4-2 with a 3.00 ERA.


Blue Jays SP Marco Estrada overcomes slow start in win


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(7/30/2015) Starter Marco Estrada got off to a slow start for the Blue Jays, giving up two first-inning runs to the Royals on Thursday, but settled in after that, shutting down Kansas City to pick up his eighth victory of the season. 

Estrada went 5 2/3 innings, allowing just three hits while striking out three hitters. Estrada didn't shy away from pitching to contact, recording 12 fly ball outs. 

Estrada (8-6) has alternated wins and losses in his last six starts since June 30.


Marco Estrada takes loss for Blue Jays in spot start


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/25/2015) Blue Jays Marco Estrada was a late replacement for scheduled starter Drew Hutchison, and the short notice seemed to have a negative impact on him. 

Estrada matched a season high by giving up five runs. He surrendered eight hits over four innings. Estrada has failed to last six innings in three of his last five starts. 

Estrada fell to 7-6 on the year and gave up his first home run in the month of July.


Blue Jays' Marco Estrada to start for Drew Hutchison on Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/24/2015) Blue Jays right-hander Drew Hutchison will not make the start against the Mariners on Friday. Hutchison, who was also skippsed on Thursday, is battling an illness that is preventing him from taking the mound. He is expected to make the start on Saturday, however.

Marco Estrada, working on three days rest, is set to toe the rubber on Friday to open the series with Seattle. 


Blue Jays' Marco Estrada throws eight shutout innings for win


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/19/2015) Blue Jays pitcher Marco Estrada had eight shutout innings to earn his second win in three starts, Sunday against Tampa. 

Estrada had his first shutout start since going 8 2/3 scoreless innings on June 24. 

Estrada allowed three hits and didn't walk a batter, also his lows since the June 24 start. He struck out five batters and improved to 7-5. 


Jays' Hutchison, Dickey and Estrada get weekend series with Rays


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/16/2015) The Blue Jays have planned out their rotation to start off the second half of the season. The Jays will welcome the Rays in to town for a three-game weekend series. Right-hander Drew Hutchison will start the first game on Friday. Hutchison was the team's Opening Day starter this year as well.

He'll be followed by veteran R.A. Dickey on Saturday and Marco Estrada to close out the series on Sunday. 


Blue Jays' Marco Estrada loses second in last three games


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/11/2015) Blue Jays starter Marco Estrada suffered a loss to Kansas City on Friday, dropping to 6-5 on the year. 

Since winning four straight decisions, Estrada has lost two of his last three starts. He allowed two runs, the fifth straight start allowing two or fewer earned runs. 

Estrada allowed a season-high nine hits. He walked one and struck out two. Since striking out 10 on June 24, Estrada has fanned a total of six in his last three starts. 


Blue Jays SP Marco Estrada credits his changeup for success


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/10/2015) Blue Jays starting pitcher Marco Estrada has one of the better changeups in the American League, but it wasn't always that way, per the Toronto Sun.

Estrada was drafted out of college because of an dominant fastball and impressive curveball. It wasn't until he got into the minor leagues that he saw a need to develop the changeup into his repertoire.

“I went up to one of the guys (Clint Everts when they were teammates in 2006, with the Savannah Sand Gnats of the South Atlantic League) and he had a really good changeup and asked him how he threw it,” Estrada said. “He showed me and I honestly picked it up really quick. He showed me the grip and a few days later I started a game, started using it and after told him: ‘This is going to change everything.’ ”

Estrada (6-4) has a 3.59 ERA with 67 strikeouts and 28 walks in 80 1/3 innings this season.


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.