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  1. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    May 1, 2015, 7:09 AM EDT

    Astros dogpile

    I feel like issuing an intentional walk to get to the reigning batting champ is not the greatest idea in the world, but I guess they pay Lloyd McClendon the big bucks to make those kinds of decisions.

  2. Brett Cecil back in at closer for the Blue Jays

    Apr 28, 2015, 7:58 PM EDT

    brett cecil getty

    Brett Cecil was removed from the Blue Jays’ ninth-inning role just a few days into the 2015 regular season after blowing a save on April 8 at Yankee Stadium, but Toronto management has now turned back to the 28-year-old left-hander after watching 20-year-old righties Roberto Osuna and Miguel Castro fail to get the job done Monday night at Fenway Park.

  3. Blue Jays strip “not sharp” Brett Cecil of closer duties

    Apr 9, 2015, 5:10 PM EDT

    brett cecil getty

    Turning to a 20-year-old in the ninth inning?

  4. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 9, 2015, 7:04 AM EDT

    Jeff Francoeur

    Six shutouts on Wednesday. Hope your day went better.

  5. 2015 Preview: Toronto Blue Jays

    Mar 30, 2015, 8:33 AM EDT

    John Gibbons

    Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but the Blue Jays look like a club that’ll mash the hell out of the ball but have a hard time with run prevention.

  6. Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos watched Jonathan Papelbon pitch Friday

    Mar 28, 2015, 11:01 AM EDT

    Jonathan Papelbon

    Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon said last month that he would be interested in a trade to the Blue Jays and it appears that the possibility might still have some legs.

  7. Brett Cecil named Blue Jays’ closer

    Mar 22, 2015, 11:20 AM EDT

    brett cecil getty

    Blue Jays manager John Gibbons announced Sunday morning in Dunedin, Florida that Brett Cecil will open the 2015 regular season as the team’s closer.

  8. Brett Cecil cleared to throw after shoulder problems

    Mar 9, 2015, 10:42 AM EDT

    Brett Cecil AP

    Barring a late addition to the Blue Jays’ bullpen Cecil is in line to begin the season in the closer role.

  9. Brett Cecil dealing with rotator cuff inflammation

    Mar 7, 2015, 10:02 AM EDT

    Brett Cecil AP

    Cecil is trying to secure the Blue Jays’ closer gig this spring, but he’ll be shut down for a few days.

  10. Blue Jays sign Brett Cecil to one-year deal, avoid arbitration

    Jan 15, 2015, 5:17 PM EDT

    Brett Cecil;

    Cecil has quietly been one of the best left-handed relievers in baseball since 2013.

  11. Brett Cecil tried to pitch through a groin injury and it went poorly

    Jun 19, 2014, 11:19 AM EDT

    Brett Cecil;

    Brett Cecil was available out of the Blue Jays’ bullpen last night against the Yankees after taking five days off to rest a groin injury, but the former All-Star setup man walked the first batter he faced and then allowed a bases-clearing triple to Brian McCann.

  12. Blue Jays take struggling Sergio Santos out of the closer’s role

    May 3, 2014, 6:55 PM EDT

    Sergio Santos AP

    The Blue Jays will rely on a closer-by-committee after removing Sergio Santos from the closer’s role.

  13. Dustin McGowan earns first win since June 22, 2008

    Apr 11, 2014, 9:41 PM EDT

    Dustin McGowan

    It took nearly six years, but Dustin McGowan finally earned another W.

  14. Blue Jays shut down Edwin Encarnacion and Brett Cecil

    Sep 17, 2013, 4:20 PM EDT

    Edwin Encarnacion AP

    Edwin Encarnacion made a brief comeback from his wrist injury, playing in three games over the weekend, but the Blue Jays have decided to shut him down for the season with two weeks to go and the slugger will undergo surgery later this week. Encarnacion finishes the season hitting .272 with 36 homers and a…

  15. The Blue Jays are making it an easy call to sell

    Jul 24, 2013, 12:57 AM EDT

    J.P. Arencibia

    After holding a players only meeting earlier in the day, the Blue Jays were up on the Dodgers 8-3 after six innings Tuesday night, only to give up seven runs in the seventh and eighth innings to lose 10-9. It was their sixth straight defeat. Even the All-Star setup crew is getting into the action…

  16. The American League wins the 2013 All-Star Game 3-0

    Jul 16, 2013, 11:25 PM EDT

    84th MLB All-Star Game

    Another Midsummer Classic in the bag. Another scoresheet which looks like a train wreck, but that’s how the All-Star Game rolls. And the American League rolled to victory here at Citi Field, beating the National League 3 to 0. As with most All-Star Games it was the small moments which were the most memorable. Here…

  17. The 2013 Home Run Derby participants have been announced

    Jul 8, 2013, 6:49 PM EDT

    home-run-derby

    Just announced on ESPN’s SportsCenter, here are the participants for the 2013 Home Run Derby, which will take place next Monday at 8 p.m. ET at Citi Field in New York. Keep in mind that all of the players selected were also chosen for the All-Star Game. So there’s no Giancarlo Stanton here. Oh well.…

  18. Jordan Lyles is probably losing his rotation spot

    Mar 8, 2013, 2:41 PM EDT

    Jordan Lyles

    Jordan Lyles threw a complete-game shutout against the Brewers in his final outing last season to finish 5-12 with a 5.09 ERA. Now, that doesn’t sound very impressive, but he was just 21 years old and that he was an Astro explains the win-loss record. He entered camp this year penciled in as Houston’s No.…

  19. Ryan Howard is on the comeback trail

    Mar 3, 2013, 9:06 PM EDT

    Ryan Howard

    Laugh all you want about the $105 million the Phillies still owe Ryan Howard. And laugh all you want about the .219/.295/.423 slash line the first baseman posted at the age of 32 last season in his return from a torn Achilles. In nine spring training games, Howard is looking more and more like the…

  20. How did the BSOHL guys do in 2012?

    Oct 29, 2012, 12:03 PM EDT

    Print

    Each winter we keep tabs on which players — and sometimes which managers or even bloggers — report to spring training in The Best Shape of Their Lives.  Let’s see how the winter 2011-12 roster did compared to their 2011 seasons when, presumably, they were in terrible shape. Note: there may have been a few…

  21. Red Sox banking on John Farrell becoming a better manager in Boston

    Oct 21, 2012, 2:52 AM EDT

    John Farrell

    There’s simply no way the Red Sox could have looked at John Farrell’s work in Toronto and came away with the idea that he was a great manager. The Blue Jays were a horrible baserunning team, they had Omar Vizquel questioning their clubhouse leadership and their win total decreased in both of his years at…

  22. Red Sox can do better than John Farrell for next manager

    Oct 4, 2012, 1:22 PM EDT

    John Farrell; Marvin Hudson

    With Bobby Valentine officially gone after months of being left dangling on the hook, the focus in Boston has immediately shifted to Blue Jays manager John Farrell. And I’m left to wonder why. Now, Farrell had a sterling reputation in five years as Boston’s pitching coach. But managing a team is a different animal. And…

  23. Blue Jays demote Brett Cecil to minors after rough spring

    Apr 3, 2012, 1:43 PM EDT

    Brett Cecil;

    Brett Cecil led the Blue Jays with 15 wins in 2010 and has started 65 games in the majors, but now the 25-year-old left-hander is headed back to the minors following a rough spring training. Toronto let Cecil pick between going to Triple-A or Double-A and he opted for the lower level because Triple-A affiliate…

  24. Springtime Storylines: Have Toronto Blue Jays brought in enough help for Jose Bautista?

    Apr 3, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Toronto Blue Jays

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2012 season. Up next: The Toronto Blue Jays. The Big Question: Have the Jays brought in enough help for Jose Bautista? Several times this…

  25. You asked me questions on Twitter. So I shall answer them.

    Mar 1, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

    The Question

    It was a long offseason, my friends. A light winter in these parts but a harsh one all the same. The usual offseason non-stories seemed even less-satisfying than normal. On a personal level, I spent many long, dark hours searching for meaning and happiness in a world that seemed uncompromising, unforgiving and indifferent to humanity.…

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