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  1. Colby Rasmus quietly having a great year

    Jul 28, 2013, 11:30 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Toronto Blue Jays

    Having read the title, I can no longer do the following exercise correctly, but I’ll do it anyway: Player A: .295 AVG/.324 OBP/.508 SLG (was in the AL All-Star starting lineup) Player B: .272 AVG/.336 OBP/.490 SLG Player A is Adam Jones, universally hailed as one of the best outfielders in the game. Player B is Colby…

  2. Edwin Encarnacion homered twice in the same inning last night

    Jul 27, 2013, 10:45 AM EDT

    Edwin Encarnacion

    There was a fun baseball rarity in last night’s game between the Astros and Blue Jays, as Edwin Encarnacion homered twice in the very same inning. Encarnacion took Paul Clemens deep for a solo shot to lead off the seventh inning and later hit a grand slam off Hector Ambriz to put the exclamation point…

  3. So much for that: Brett Lawrie is done playing second base

    Jul 26, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

    Brett Lawrie

    Less than two weeks ago when Brett Lawrie returned from the disabled list the Blue Jays decided to shift him from third base to second base, with manager John Gibbons saying all sorts of stuff about how he envisioned Lawrie and Jose Reyes forming an excellent double-play duo for years to come. Lawrie hadn’t played…

  4. Omar Infante had a “real bad” setback with his ankle injury

    Jul 26, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

    Omar Infante

    Omar Infante looked just about ready to come off the disabled list, but the Tigers second baseman suffered a setback with his injured ankle while rehabbing in the minors. Tony Paul of the Detroit News reports that he left last night’s Single-A game early because of “continued soreness” in his ankle, with Infante saying afterward:…

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

    Jul 26, 2013, 6:55 AM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    Nationals 9, Pirates 7: This could have been an awful, awful defeat, what with the Nats bullpen once again pooping all over itself. At least I’m assuming it would have been a defeat. The game was tied entering the bottom of the ninth. Thanks to Bryce Harper‘s walkoff homer, however, we don’t know how extras…

  6. Mark Buehrle throws two-hitter for ninth career shutout

    Jul 25, 2013, 11:30 PM EDT

    Mark Buehrle

    Mark Buehrle almost single-handedly snapped the Blue Jays’ seven-game losing streak on Thursday, throwing a two-hitter against the Astros for his ninth career shutout. Buehrle’s previous two shutouts were his two no-hitters, the first against the Rangers on 2007 and the other being a perfect game against the Rays in 2009. He hadn’t thrown a…

  7. Justin Verlander has a 4.00 ERA and $167 million coming his way

    Jul 25, 2013, 7:22 PM EDT

    Justin Verlander

    Even though the Tigers still had Justin Verlander signed for two more years, they signed their right-hander to a huge contract this spring that essentially made him the highest-paid pitcher ever. He’ll receive $28 million per year every year from 2015-2019. That’s kind of a scary thought right now, isn’t it? Verlander gave up seven…

  8. Brandon Morrow likely done for the year with forearm injury

    Jul 25, 2013, 2:51 PM EDT

    Brandon Morrow Reuters

    Brandon Morrow hasn’t pitched since late May because of a forearm injury and now it looks like he’ll miss the remainder of the season. Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports that Dr. James Andrews examined Morrow and diagnosed him with an entrapped radial nerve in his forearm, which comes with a recovery timetable of at least…

  9. 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…

  10. Marlins prospect Christian Yelich goes 3-for-4 with 2 RBI in MLB debut

    Jul 23, 2013, 11:25 PM EDT

    Christian Yelich

    Looking to shake things up after a dreadful offensive dry spell, the Marlins promoted top prospect and outfielder Christian Yelich and immediately tossed him in the #2 spot in the lineup, along with fellow top prospect and outfielder Jake Marisnick, for tonight’s game against the Rockies. Yelich responded, getting three hits in his first three…

  11. Jose Reyes was hit in the jewels on a pickoff attempt

    Jul 21, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

    jose reyes getty

    It’s been a rough year for Jose Reyes. After starting the season blazing hot with a .991 OPS and five stolen bases in his first ten games, Reyes had to go on the disabled list with a sprained left ankle. It cost him 67 games. He returned on June 26, and in the month of…

  12. Astros designate Carlos Pena and Ronny Cedeno for assignment

    Jul 21, 2013, 7:55 PM EDT

    Houston Astros v Tampa Bay Rays

    The Astros have designated first baseman Carlos Pena and shortstop Ronny Cedeno for assignment, reports Brian McTaggart. Shortstop prospect Jonathan Villar is being promoted from Triple-A Oklahoma City to take Cedeno’s spot on the roster. CSN Houston reports that Villar will be the team’s starting shortstop tomorrow. Villar was acquired along with Anthony Gose and…

  13. Melky Cabrera returns from the disabled list

    Jul 21, 2013, 1:36 PM EDT

    melky cabrera getty

    John Lott of the National Post reports that Melky Cabrera has been activated from the disabled list and is back in Toronto’s starting lineup — batting fifth and playing left field — on Sunday vs. the Rays. Cabrera was out for seven weeks with tendinitis in his left knee. Some knee discomfort still remains, but…

  14. Mark Buehrle on Jays after loss: “Maybe we are overrated.”

    Jul 20, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

    Blue Jays' Buehrle pauses on the mound during MLB American League baseball game against the Rays in Toronto

    Since an 11-game winning streak that stretched from June 11-23, the Jays have lost 15 of 22 games, including their first two games coming out of the All-Star break. They lost to the Rays 4-3 this afternoon behind an adequate start by lefty Mark Buehrle, continuing to lose ground in the hyper-competitive AL East. Now…

  15. 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…

  16. UPDATE: The American League is now up 3-0 heading into the bottom of the eighth

    Jul 16, 2013, 10:52 PM EDT

    84th MLB All-Star Game

    10:52 PM: It’s now 3-0 in the bottom of the eighth, as the AL strung some hits off Craig Kimbrel, capped by Jason Kipnis‘ two out double scoring Sal Perez. And a surprise? Mariano Rivera comes into the game in the bottom of the eighth, not the ninth. Interesting choice. 9:41 PM: The AL extends…

  17. Your All-Star Game catchall comment thread

    Jul 16, 2013, 7:58 PM EDT

    Apple Citi Field

    We’re soon to be underway here at Citi Field. For those of you who missed it yesterday, here are your starting lineups for tonight’s Midsummer Classic. AMERICAN LEAGUE NATIONAL LEAGUE 1. Mike Trout, LF 1. Brandon Phillips, 2B 2. Robinson Cano, 2B 2. Carlos Beltran, RF 3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B 3. Joey Votto, 1B 4.…

  18. Previewing the Home Run Derby: Prince Fielder aims for third crown

    Jul 15, 2013, 3:44 PM EDT

    Prince Fielder

    Prince Fielder can join Ken Griffey Jr. as the only three-time winners of the Home Run Derby on Monday night, but to do it, he’ll have to best Chris Davis, who is currently on pace to hit 60 bombs this year. This year’s Home Run Derby field is unusual in that it features just three…

  19. Chris Davis homers in fourth consecutive game, ends first half with 37

    Jul 14, 2013, 10:00 PM EDT

    Chris Davis

    Wrapping up the final series of the first half, Orioles first baseman Chris Davis homered in his fourth consecutive game as the Orioles defeated the Blue Jays 7-4. The homer, a two-run shot in the third inning against Josh Johnson, was his 37th of the season, tying Reggie Jackson’s American League record for first-half home…

  20. Brett Lawrie activated from disabled list, will play second base in return

    Jul 13, 2013, 2:27 PM EDT

    Blue Jays Lawrie injures himself sliding into second base on a steal against the Braves during their MLB baseball game in Toronto

    After missing six weeks with a sprained left ankle, Brett Lawrie was activated from the disabled list today by the Blue Jays. Derek Wetmore of MLB.com reports that he will play second base in his return this afternoon against the Orioles, confirming what was hinted by Blue Jays manager John Gibbons on Thursday. Lawrie batted…

  21. Chris Davis joins Bonds, McGwire, Jackson with 35 homers before All-Star break

    Jul 12, 2013, 11:35 PM EDT

    Chris Davis

    With a second-inning, game-tying, two-run home run off of Blue Jays lefty Mark Buehrle tonight, Orioles first baseman Chris Davis upped his total to 35 on the season, becoming the fourth player to go into the All-Star break with at least 35 dingers. He joins Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, and Reggie Jackson on the short…

  22. Jedd Gyorko and Yonder Alonso activated from DL, in starting lineup

    Jul 12, 2013, 7:05 PM EDT

    Jedd Gyorko

    The Padres gave their fans some good news today, activating second baseman Jedd Gyorko and first baseman Yonder Alonso from the disabled list. Both are in tonight’s starting lineup against the Giants. Gyorko had been on the disabled list since June 10 with a strained right groin. He had safely hit in 13 of 14…

  23. Blue Jays fail to sign No. 10 pick Phil Bickford

    Jul 12, 2013, 5:12 PM EDT

    mlb draft board 2013

    When asked yesterday Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos told reporters that he didn’t expect to sign first-round pick Phil Bickford and sure enough the signing deadline just passed without the deal. Bickford, a high school pitcher from California who went No. 10 overall, will instead head to college at Cal-State Fullerton. The slot recommended…

  24. Brett Lawrie may rejoin Blue Jays as a second baseman

    Jul 12, 2013, 12:46 PM EDT

    lawrie getty

    Brett Lawrie is on the verge of coming off the disabled list, perhaps as soon as tonight, and whenever he does return to the Blue Jays it may be as a second baseman. Lawrie has played third base in all 203 games he’s started as a big leaguer, but manager John Gibbons dropped some pretty…

  25. Freddie Freeman, Steve Delabar win the All-Star Game Final Vote

    Jul 11, 2013, 5:26 PM EDT

    freddie freeman getty

    “You love me! You really love me!” Freddie Freeman of the Atlanta Braves and Steve Delabar of the Toronto Blue Jays were chosen by fans as the winners of the 2013 All-Star Game Final Vote. I gotta say, I’m rather shocked at the NL result. I woulda thought that Yasiel PuigMania would have carried the…

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