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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. Neither the timeline for nor the severity of Biogenesis discipline has been determined

    Jul 11, 2013, 12:10 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Atlanta Braves

    Michael Weiner condemned the leaks in the Biogenesis case earlier today. Specifically, it seemed, he was condemning the reports from ESPN in recent days that (a) Major League Baseball is poised to announce suspensions as early as next week; and (b) that it is determined to apply 100-game suspensions to some of the players involved, most often…

  9. Blue Jays unlikely to sign 10th overall pick Phil Bickford

    Jul 11, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

    mlb draft board 2013

    When the Blue Jays drafted California high school right-hander Phil Bickford with the 10th overall pick last month Baseball America noted that he “could be a tough sign away from Cal State Fullerton.” And now with the signing deadline 24 hours away Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports after speaking to general manager Alex Anthopoulos that…

  10. Players don’t have to talk to MLB in the Biogenesis probe. Thank Fergie Jenkins for that

    Jul 11, 2013, 9:44 AM EDT

    MLB Commissioner Bud Selig speaks during a news conference in New York

    I noted yesterday the uncertainty surrounding potential double discipline of Biogenesis players. How the Melky Cabrera precedent may make it hard for MLB to give an enhanced suspension for those perceived to be lying to investigators. I also pondered whether simply not talking to investigators might serve as the basis. Ken Rosenthal, however, reminds us…

  11. If Melky Cabrera’s phony website didn’t warrant a 100-game suspension, how can Ryan Braun get one?

    Jul 10, 2013, 7:51 AM EDT

    Ryan Braun AP

    The news came down yesterday that MLB is, at least according to some sources, on the verge of handing out suspensions in the Biogenesis case. These sources continue to say that MLB is intent on giving Ryan Braun and Alex Rodriguez 100-game suspensions despite the fact that neither has previously served a PED suspension and…

  12. Tigers place Omar Infante on the disabled list

    Jul 9, 2013, 2:44 PM EDT

    Omar Infante

    After missing five straight games with a sprained ankle the Tigers have placed Omar Infante on the disabled list. Infante injured his ankle Wednesday when Blue Jays center fielder Colby Rasmus slid into him at second base, although it was initially called a shin contusion. Ramon Santiago has been subbing for Infante at second base…

  13. Oh my stars and garters, what if an All-Star tests positive for drugs!

    Jul 9, 2013, 8:58 AM EDT

    Melky Cabrera

    That’s the short version of Bob Nightengale’s latest column in which he reminds us how the Republic ended last year when Melky Cabrera won the All-Star Game MVP award before his drug suspension. And how, thanks to Biogenesis looming over everything, it could happen again. Nightengale’s concern here is at about a 20 on a…

  14. Padres to sign first-round pick Hunter Renfroe

    Jul 8, 2013, 8:45 PM EDT

    Hunter Renfroe

    Corey Brock of MLB.com reports that Padres first-round pick Hunter Renfroe is in San Diego today in order to take his physical, the final step before finalizing his contract. Renfroe, a 22-year-old outfielder out of Mississippi State, was selected No. 13 overall in last month’s First-Year Player Draft. No word yet on the terms involved,…

  15. 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.…

  16. Freddie Freeman Mania! He leads Puig in All-Star final vote

    Jul 8, 2013, 11:32 AM EDT

    2013 All Star Game Logo

    I have this funny feeling that the MLB All-Star “Final Vote” thing — in which fans pick the last member of the All-Star roster — is ultimately gonna have Yasiel Puig join the NL squad. It’s what the league wants, what fans, on the whole, probably want and it’s what will prove to be more…

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

    Jul 8, 2013, 6:43 AM EDT

    Orioles' Jones watches his two-run home run off of Yankees closing pitcher Rivera during the ninth inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York

    Orioles 2, Yankees 1: Even Superman gets beat up once in a while. Adam Jones handed Mariano Rivera his second blown save of the year and the first blown save in Yankee Stadium in a dog’s age when he smacked a two-run homer in the ninth. Speaking of Superman, I finally got around to seeing…

  18. Evan Longoria, Stephen Strasburg lead All-Star snubs

    Jul 6, 2013, 8:21 PM EDT

    Evan Longoria

    No matter how bloated the All-Star rosters get, it’s never hard to find imperfections. This year, two of the AL’s top 10 performers to date have been left off for no good reason. For some reason, manager Jim Leyland’s squad took three catchers and four second basemen, but just two from third base, which has…

  19. Sportswriter basically accuses Chris Davis of using PEDs

    Jul 5, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Chris Davis

    I noted that fans on Twitter have come to assume Chris Davis is using steroids every time he hits a homer but now we have a well-known sportswriter — Rick Telander of the Chicago Sun-Times — doing it too. Oh, he couches it in the “hey, maybe he’s clean, we just don’t know!” language all…

  20. J.P. Arencibia calls out Blue Jays analysts Gregg Zaun, Dirk Hayhurst

    Jul 5, 2013, 11:31 AM EDT

    arencibia reuters

    I’m struggling to think of an instance where a ballplayer called out his own team’s analysts for a good reason. Most of the time it’s whining about the fact that people in a role filled with so many in-the-bag homers are shockingly telling it like it is.  We saw that when Cubs players got mad…

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

    Jul 5, 2013, 6:16 AM EDT

    Adam Dunn

    White Sox 3, Orioles 2: A walkoff homer for Adam Dunn won it, but seven shutout innings — with 11 strikeouts — from Jose Quintana helped make it possible. Athletics 1, Cubs 0: Offense-lovers need not apply. Dan Straily allowed only one hit in seven shutout innings. Travis Wood had six shutout innings of his…

  22. Max Scherzer beats Blue Jays to move to 13-0

    Jul 3, 2013, 10:51 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Toronto Blue Jays

    Tigers right-hander Max Scherzer won his sixth straight start and improved to 13-0 on the season after allowing two runs in 6 1/3 innings against the Blue Jays on Wednesday. Scherzer is the first pitcher to start 13-0 since Roger Clemens opened up 14-0 for the Red Sox on his way to a Cy Young…

  23. Adam Lind is back in the Blue Jays’ starting lineup

    Jul 3, 2013, 7:03 PM EDT

    lind getty

    From John Lott of Canada’s National Post comes word that Adam Lind is in the Blue Jays’ starting lineup on Wednesday night against the Tigers after sitting out Monday and Tuesday due to tightness in the middle of his back. He willl serve as Toronto’s designated hitter while Mark DeRosa plays first. The mid-back tightness was never…

  24. Pouliot’s midseason award picks: AL MVP

    Jul 3, 2013, 6:26 PM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera

    The reigning MVP has some heavy-hitting competition this year. Let’s see if he can hold them off. AL OPS leaders: 1.136 – Miguel Cabrera: .368/.458/.678, 26 HR, 85 RBI, 2 SB in 323 AB 1.126 – Chris Davis: .329/.405/.721, 31 HR, 80 RBI, 0 SB in 301 AB 1.102 – David Ortiz: .320/.406/.607, 16 HR,…

  25. The Blue Jays designate Chien-Ming Wang for assignment

    Jul 3, 2013, 9:13 AM EDT

    Chien-Ming Wang

    I beat the Wang double entendres to death last night on Twitter and this morning in ATH so I won’t do that anymore. But I will note, with some degree of sadness, that the Blue Jays designated Chien-Ming Wang for assignment after last night’s disaster start against the Tigers. Wang was staked to a 4-0…

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