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Blue Jays’ Alek Manoah, 2022 Cy Young finalist, dominates in return from minor league stint

It’s been a roller coaster season for Alek Manoah.

Manoah was lights out in his return to the big leagues Friday following a brief stint in the minor leagues, tossing six innings of one-run ball against the Detroit Tigers.

The 25-year-old was an American League Cy Young Award finalist last year. 

But he struggled in his first 13 starts this season with a 6.36 ERA after posting a 2.24 last season.

With options remaining, the Toronto Blue Jays sent him to the Florida Complex League, the lowest level of the minors.

Even that was a head spinner. It took him three weeks to get back on the mound, and when he finally did, he allowed 11 earned runs in 2⅔ innings.

Alek Manoah pumped up

But on Friday night, he looked like his old self. He struck out eight and allowed just five hits in Detroit, throwing 91 pitches.

Manoah also posted a 0.99 WHIP last year, but at the time of his demotion last month, he led the majors in walks allowed. He didn’t walk a batter Friday.


Friday marked the second time Manoah pitched into the sixth inning since April 22. His last MLB start, when he allowed six earned runs in just one-third of an inning, was his fourth outing this season of allowing at least five earned runs.

Alek Manoah deep breath on mound

Toronto is 49-40 and in third place in the AL East, seven games behind the Tampa Bay Rays.

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