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  1. Brett Cecil removed from Blue Jays’ closer gig

    Jun 23, 2015, 8:46 PM EDT

    Brett Cecil

    Brett Cecil allowed four earned runs on two walks and two hits Sunday in the Blue Jays’ loss to the Orioles, watching his season ERA rise to 5.96. And he’ll no longer be trusted in the ninth inning …

  2. Report: Blue Jays interested in Francisco Rodriguez

    Jun 20, 2015, 10:57 AM EDT

    CHICAGO, IL - MAY 03:  Francisco Rodriguez #57 of the Milwaukee Brewers throws against the Chicago Cubs during the ninth inning on May 3, 2015 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois.  The  Brewers defeated the Cubs 5-3.(Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

    The Blue Jays were linked to Francisco Rodriguez when he was a free agent over the winter and now the team has reportedly been in contact with the Brewers about a trade.

  3. Mets rally in extras to snap Blue Jays’ 11-game winning streak

    Jun 15, 2015, 11:19 PM EDT

    at Citi Field on June 15, 2015 in Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.

    The Mets came from behind to beat the Blue Jays 4-3 in 11 innings tonight at Citi Field, snapping Toronto’s winning streak at 11 games.

  4. Blue Jays beat Red Sox again, extend winning streak to 10 games

    Jun 13, 2015, 5:28 PM EDT

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    Russell Martin played hero for the second straight day as the Blue Jays defeated the Red Sox 5-4 in 11 innings this afternoon at Fenway Park in Boston.

  5. Report: Blue Jays have checked in with Athletics about Tyler Clippard

    Jun 13, 2015, 4:55 PM EDT

    OAKLAND, CA - MAY 28: Tyler Clippard #36 of the Oakland Athletics pitches during the game against the New York Yankees at O.co Coliseum on May 28, 2015 in Oakland, California. The Athletics defeated the Yankees 5-4. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/Oakland Athletics/Getty Images)

    With the Athletics looking like one of the few obvious sellers leading up to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, reliever Tyler Clippard figures to be a popular name.

  6. Settling the Score: Friday’s results

    Jun 13, 2015, 8:56 AM EDT

    BOSTON, MA - JUNE 12: Chris Colabello #15, Jose Bautista #19 and Edwin Encarnacion #10 of the Toronto Blue Jays celebrate after they scored on a triple by Russell Martin in the seventh inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on June 12, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

    A quick recap of a busy Friday around MLB, including a huge comeback by the Blue Jays.

  7. The red-hot Blue Jays have gone 18 straight wins without a save

    Jun 10, 2015, 4:06 PM EDT

    Brett Gardner, Brett Cecil

    Maybe they didn’t need a closer after all.

  8. Report: Blue Jays sign Phil Coke to a minor league deal

    May 30, 2015, 9:27 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Phil Coke throws against the Milwaukee Brewers during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Saturday, May 2, 2015 in Chicago. (AP Photo/David Banks)

    The Blue Jays have signed lefty reliever Phil Coke to a minor league deal.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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?

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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.…

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