By Ben Nicholson-Smith, Sportsnet.ca, May 7, 2017
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – When you think about it, the Toronto Blue Jays asked a lot of Joe Biagini Sunday. Two months after they decided to stop experimenting with Biagini as a starter, they gave him all of two days notice and asked him to start a big-league game for the first time in his career.
Sure, Biagini was stretched out a little in spring training, but that was months ago. Leading up to the start, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said he’d be thrilled if he could get four innings from the former Rule 5 pick. Given the state of the Blue Jays’ rotation, they had to take what they could get.
Biagini responded with an outing that did more than keep the Blue Jays in a game they would eventually win 2-1. By limiting the Tampa Bay Rays to one unearned run in four innings, he showed enough potential to earn another turn in the Blue Jays’ rotation.