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Manoah will start for Fisher Cats

Right-handed pitcher Alek Manoah will make his next start Sunday night (7:05) with the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats, who are scheduled to face the Portland Sea Dogs in Manchester.

Toronto Blue Jays manager John Schneider made the announcement Saturday, before Toronto’s game against the Boston Red Sox.

The Sea Dogs are the Boston’s affiliate in the Double-A Eastern League.

Manoah, 25, allowed 11 runs on 10 hits — two of them home runs — in 2.2 innings Tuesday during his start in the Florida Complex League. He walked two and struck out three.

“It’s just the combination of where he’s at and then the competition that we’re wanting to see the results against,” said Schneider, a former Fisher Cats manager. “It’ll probably be a little bit less aggressive out of the chute hacking (from opposing hitters). I think it just gives him and us a better feel of where everything’s at.”

Manoah was optioned to the Florida Complex League on June 6, one day after he recorded one out and allowed six runs on seven hits and a walk against the Houston Astros. The Blue Jays are hoping Manoah can regain the form that made him an American League all-star in 2022.

Tuesday’s FCL outing against the Yankees was his first in a competitive game since the demotion.

Schneider said the decision to pitch in Manchester was made “collectively” and that Manoah won’t be under any pitch count. “If he’s rolling, it’s going to be as long as he can go,” he said.


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