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  1. 2012 midseason awards: AL MVP

    Jul 6, 2012, 5:41 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton

    Josh Hamilton was far and away the AL’s best player for two months, but he’s definitely come back to the pack after hitting just .223 with four homers in June. He struck out 35 times last month, nearly matching his total of 39 times from April and May combined. That said, he still leads the…

  2. Brett Lawrie is probably going to get drilled

    Jul 1, 2012, 5:11 PM EDT

    Brett Lawrie, John Hester

    Howie Kendrick booted a grounder, Brett Lawrie was aggressive and now the Angels are mad. With the bases loaded and none out in the sixth inning today in the game between the Angels and Blue Jays, Jose Bautista hit a grounder to second that looked like a potential double-play ball for Kendrick. Only the ball…

  3. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 11, 2012, 5:40 AM EDT

    Torii Hunter, Mark Trumbo

    Angels 10, Rockies 8: Mark Trumbo hit two three-run homers to help the Angels complete what was nothing short of an annihilation of the Rockies’ pitching staff. Trumbo is at .326/.380/.632. It would have been optimistic to predict those numbers from Pujols before the season started. Nationals 4, Red Sox 3: Bryce Harper had the…

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

    Jun 6, 2012, 6:51 AM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    Nationals 7, Mets 6: The legend of Bryce Harper grows. A game-winning hit in the 12th inning. What say you, Harper? “I’m happy to get the W, of course. I’m happy to get that walk-off hit, but I don’t like going 2 for 7,” Harper said. “I don’t like striking out twice in one game,…

  5. Brett Lawrie needs to play a little smarter

    Jun 3, 2012, 2:43 AM EDT

    Brett Lawrie

    The hustle is great, but Brett Lawrie‘s tendency to play baseball like a bull in a china shop has hurt the Jays from time to time. Of course, the incident that led to last month’s four-game suspension was the most notable occasion. Saturday’s showing was none too impressive, though. With two outs in the eighth…

  6. Brett Lawrie sprints from Toronto mall after shooting

    Jun 2, 2012, 7:06 PM EDT

    Eaton Centre Mall

    A shooting at Toronto’s Eaton Centre Mall early Saturday evening left one dead and seven injured, according to MSNBC.com. Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie was at the scene, tweeting: Pretty sure someone just let off a round bullets in eatoncenter mall .. Wow just sprinted out of the mall … Through traffic … People…

  7. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    May 30, 2012, 6:15 AM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Twins 3, Athletics 2: Holy ninth inning rally, Batman! Josh Willingham hits a two-out, three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth off Brian Fuentes after the Twins were shutout for six innings by Jarrod Parker and two by Jerry Blevins and Grant Balfour. Angels 5, Yankees 1: The Angels win again and are now…

  8. Banged up Blue Jays find themselves in a bind

    May 27, 2012, 6:11 PM EDT

    Brett Lawrie

    Jose Bautista thought he was finished being a third baseman. Brett Lawrie had never even gotten started at shortstop. Yet both players were forced to change positions after Yunel Escobar injured his groin in Sunday’s loss to the Rangers. With Kelly Johnson absent due to a sore hamstring and Yan Gomes getting sent down before…

  9. Teaching Brett Lawrie to rein himself in

    May 24, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    Bill Mille, Brett Lawrie

    Shi Davidi of Sportsnet has an interesting column on the education of Brett Lawrie.  Specifically, his demeanor towards the umps in light of his helmet toss last week and this week’s incident in which he ran across the field to confront an ump following a disputed call on the base paths. After the latter call,…

  10. Brett Lawrie continues his rampage against umpires

    May 23, 2012, 8:49 AM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays first base coach Lovullo helps umpire Fletcher after he was hit in the left arm by a line drive during MLB game in St. Petersburg

    Brett Lawrie freaked out at an umpire last week and threw his helmet. Last night, his rampage against the men in blue continued unabated: First base umpire Andy Fletcher briefly left Tuesday night’s game between Toronto and Tampa Bay after being hit by a batted ball. Fletcher appeared to get struck on the left arm…

  11. Brett Lawrie drops the appeal of his suspension

    May 17, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    Brett Lawrie

    Brett Lawrie was suspended for four games yesterday, appealed, played last night and went hitless. Today he has reconsidered, dropped his appeal and will begin serving his four-game punishment. I suspect this has something to do with the personnel moves the Jays made today, making them better able to weather the temporary loss of Lawrie.  Or,…

  12. Brett Lawrie isn’t exactly contrite

    May 16, 2012, 6:31 PM EDT

    Bill Miller, Brett Lawrie

    There’s a side to Brett Lawrie‘s story. That’s what he said after appealing the four-game suspension handed down by MLB on Wednesday. Lawrie, of course, spiked and hit umpire Bill Miller with his helmet during Tuesday’s game. And he’s not really sorry about it. “The only thing I regret is the helmet hitting him,” Lawrie…

  13. Brett Lawrie’s suspension is ridiculously light

    May 16, 2012, 5:26 PM EDT

    Brett Lawrie

    No matter the circumstances, no major league umpire should ever feel unsafe on the field. MLB simply didn’t do enough to protect its men in blue Wednesday by handing Brett Lawrie a mere four-game suspension for his outburst in Tuesday’s game. Lawrie’s helmet spike was no mere accident. I’m certainly not going to argue that…

  14. Brett Lawrie suspended for four games for his helmet toss

    May 16, 2012, 5:08 PM EDT

    Bill Mille, Brett Lawrie

    Just got the press release from MLB: Third baseman Brett Lawrie of the Toronto Blue Jays has received a four-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for his aggressive actions toward Umpire Bill Miller, which included throwing his helmet in Miller’s vicinity, during the bottom of the ninth inning of last night’s game against the Tampa…

  15. Joe Torre doesn’t think Brett Lawrie was trying to hit the ump

    May 16, 2012, 12:01 PM EDT

    Bill Mille, Brett Lawrie

    Brett Lawrie is still going to get suspended, it seems, but any of you who were saying this was or should be a Delmon Young/bat toss situation are going to be disappointed because, according to Danny Knobler of CBS Sports.com, Joe Torre acknowledges that Lawrie was not trying to hit the ump with his helmet on purpose:…

  16. Brett Lawrie freaks out, throws helmet at ump

    May 16, 2012, 8:22 AM EDT

    Bill Mille, Brett Lawrie

    Hey Brett Lawrie, what did you think of that called third strike? Oh. Really? Yeah, I’m guessing you’re going to get suspended, son. Yes, the ump made two bad calls during that at bat — check out the plots of pitches 5 and 6 here — but worse calls are made every day and that’s…

  17. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    May 16, 2012, 5:55 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Beckett pitches against Seattle Mariners during their MLB baseball game in Boston

    Red Sox 5, Mariners 0: That Josh Beckett is such a disgrace! He’s poisoning this team, I tell you, poisoning them! Oh, wait, he pitched well? Seven shutout innings while striking out nine? Well, in that case, I stand corrected. Cardinals 7, Cubs 6: Jason Motte vultured a win when he gave up a tying…

  18. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    May 2, 2012, 6:07 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Toronto Blue Jays

    Blue Jays 8, Rangers 7:  We hear a lot about Bryce Harper, but Brett Lawrie is a more fully formed version of “young, confident dude who can be a difference maker.”  Toronto fought back from an early 5-0 deficit, took the lead, then blew the lead before Lawrie hit a leadoff homer that just barely cleared…

  19. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 23, 2012, 5:45 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Detroit Tigers

    Rangers 3, Tigers 2: If only there was some form of technology that could rectify bad calls. Some magical device that could allow officials to see what really happened on a baseball field when the umpires miss it. A bit of sorcery that could put right what was wrong and prevent a game from being…

  20. The Royals are still a Little League team

    Apr 22, 2012, 7:50 PM EDT

    Brett Lawrie, Humberto Quintero

    Things will be different one of these years, I imagine. It just won’t be this one. The Royals fell to 3-12 by losing 5-3 to the Blue Jays on Sunday. Toronto got its fifth run on a double-steal with two outs in the top of the eighth. Here’s the video. Humberto Quintero opted to throw…

  21. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 18, 2012, 6:08 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Boston Red Sox

    Rangers 18, Red Sox 3: The Rangers were definitely physically and emotionally into this game. In fact, they did a Gashouse Gorillas-style conga line around the basepaths. Josh Hamilton drove in five, Mike Napoli drove in four. Rockies 5, Padres 3:  Jamie Moyer wins and thus becomes the oldest pitcher to ever win a game.…

  22. Ubaldo Jimenez loses no-hitter in seventh against Blue Jays

    Apr 7, 2012, 2:32 PM EDT

    Ubaldo Jimenez

    2:43 p.m. EDT: Brett Lawrie broke up the no-hitter with a two-run single to center with two outs in the seventh. The runners had previously moved up on a wild pitch, allowing the single to tie the game at 2. Jimenez finished the seventh from there, but since he’s at 95 pitches now, there’s a…

  23. 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…

  24. Brewers won’t try to sign impending free agent Shaun Marcum before he hits open market

    Mar 26, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Shaun Marcum adjusts his cap after giving up a three run home run to St. Louis Cardinals David Freese in the 1st inning of Game 6 of the MLB NLCS baseball playoffs in Milwaukee

    This time of year there are lots of stories about teams trying to sign free agents-to-be before they hit the open market following the season, but in the Brewers’ case they plan to let Shaun Marcum‘s contract expire. Marcum has one year and $7.725 million left on his deal and general manager Doug Melvin told…

  25. Brett Lawrie tearing the cover off the ball in Florida

    Mar 11, 2012, 6:38 PM EDT

    Brett Lawrie

    22-year-old Brett Lawrie did it again Sunday, going 3-for-3 against the Braves to raise his average to .579. Toronto’s third baseman is 11-for-19 and has already collected five doubles this spring. Lawrie was one of the AL’s best hitters after debuting at the tender age of 21 last August, batting .293/.373/.580 with nine homers and…

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