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  1. John Lackey suffers biceps strain in first start back from Tommy John surgery

    Apr 6, 2013, 4:14 PM EDT

    John Lackey AP

    UPDATE: Ian Browne of MLB.com reports that Lackey will fly back to Boston tomorrow for an MRI. 3:25 PM: Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com reports that Lackey left the game with a right biceps strain. Of course, that’s just the initial diagnosis and it doesn’t tell us much. We should know more soon. 3:00 PM: John…

  2. Blue Jays two-hit Red Sox in 5-0 shutout

    Apr 6, 2013, 3:56 PM EDT

    J.A. Happ

    J.A. Happ probably would have opened the season as the most well-compensated pitcher in Triple-A if Ricky Romero hadn’t struggled so mightily this spring. Inserted into the Blue Jays’ rotation instead, Happ struck out six in 5 1/3 innings and combined with three relievers on a two-hit shutout of the Red Sox on Saturday. The…

  3. Blue Jays designate right-hander Jeremy Jeffress for assignment

    Apr 6, 2013, 12:35 PM EDT

    Jeremy Jeffress Getty

    The Blue Jays went with an eight-man bullpen out of spring training in part so that they wouldn’t have to expose right-hander Jeremy Jeffress to waivers, but they are already changing course. Jeffress was designated for assignment this morning after he allowed a solo homer and two walks in one inning of work in his…

  4. Phillies give up 13 runs to Royals, but it didn’t have to be this way

    Apr 5, 2013, 8:18 PM EDT

    Erik Kratz, Chris Getz

    I should start by writing about the intentional walk that went bad in the Royals’ rout of the Phillies on Friday.  With the Phillies up 4-2 and one out in the sixth, manager Charlie Manuel decided he’d rather have lefty Jeremy Horst face Alex Gordon with the bases loaded than Kyle Kendrick or a right-handed…

  5. Jose Bautista is out of the lineup tonight

    Apr 5, 2013, 3:31 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays' Bautista looks into the stands between innings during a MLB American League baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg

    No one thought that Jose Bautista’s twisted ankle was particularly serious last night, but it’s apparently serious enough to where John Gibbons feels like he needs a night off. Here’s the lineup for tonight’s game: Tonight’s @bluejays lineup:Reyes-SSBonifacio-2bCabrera-LFEncarnacion-1bArencibia-CDavis-RFRasmus-CFDeRosa-DHIzturis-3bJohnson-P — Blue Jays-Official(@BlueJays) April 5, 2013   Guess that’s one way to avoid ump trouble. Updates on…

  6. Dontrelle Willis joins Vladimir Guerrero on Long Island Ducks

    Apr 5, 2013, 1:20 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Baltimore Orioles

    Dontrelle Willis and Vladimir Guerrero are going to be teammates. Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that Willlis, who was released by the Cubs at the end of spring training, has signed with the independent league Long Island Ducks, who also announced a deal with Vladimir Guerrero this morning. Hard to say who has a better…

  7. Is Jose Bautista asking for ump trouble?

    Apr 5, 2013, 8:22 AM EDT

    jose bautista getty

    This story in the National Post about Jose Bautista arguing with umpires over the strike zone is interesting. Here’s a quote he gave Tuesday night after feeling like he got screwed on a couple ball/strike calls: “Sometimes I have trouble more than other players dealing with my production being affected by somebody else’s mediocrity,” he…

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

    Apr 5, 2013, 6:55 AM EDT

    Aroldis Chapman and Dusty Baker

    Reds 5, Angels 4: Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton finally upped their averages north of .000 — each went 1 for 4 and drove in a couple — but not enough to matter. Aroldis Chapman came in to pitch the ninth against the top of the order. Mike Trout singled but then he got Aybar…

  9. Jose Bautista exits game with twisted ankle

    Apr 4, 2013, 10:50 PM EDT

    Jose Bautista AP

    According to John Lott of the National Post, Jose Bautista left tonight’s game against the Indians with a twisted ankle. He apparently tweaked something when he stepped on first base on an RBI ground out in the eighth inning. The good news is that Blue Jays manager John Gibbons wasn’t too worried about it after…

  10. Vladimir Guerrero signs with the Long Island Ducks

    Apr 4, 2013, 7:47 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Detroit Tigers

    Vlad is back. Well, sort of. According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, nine-time All-Star Vladimir Guerrero has signed with the Long Island Ducks of the independent Atlantic League. Guerrero, 38, hasn’t played in the majors since 2011 when he batted .290/.317/.416 with 13 home runs and a .733 OPS with the Orioles. He signed a…

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

    Apr 4, 2013, 5:33 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Atlanta Braves

    Today was supposed to be the first day that I posted ATH later than I used to. Really: I was going to restore life balance with this one. I watched the Braves game last night but rather than stay up another hour and a half or two hours getting most of the recaps done, I…

  12. Marlins top prospects all land on the disabled list

    Apr 3, 2013, 3:11 PM EDT

    Christian Yelich

    Besides Giancarlo Stanton and maybe right-hander Jose Fernandez, the Marlins’ shining light this year was going to be their remarkable Double-A outfield; Christian Yelich is one of baseball’s very best prospects and both Jake Marisnick, who was acquired from the Blue Jays in the Jose Reyes trade, and Marcell Ozuna rate comfortably within the top…

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

    Apr 3, 2013, 6:10 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers pitcher Darvish reacts after a hit by Houston Astros' Gonzalez goes through his legs in their MLB American League baseball game in Houston

    Rangers 7, Astros 0: Part of me feels like if the Rangers didn’t score all those runs in the eighth and ninth innings that Darvish would have been fresher and finished this thing off. Part of me feels like if he wasn’t facing the Astros that it would have been over in the sixth. But…

  14. J.P. Arencibia struggles with R.A. Dickey’s knuckleball, Blue Jays drop opener to Indians

    Apr 2, 2013, 10:05 PM EDT

    arencibia getty

    There’s a buzz about the new-look Blue Jays in Toronto, as evidenced by the high-energy sell-out crowd of 48,857 that packed Rogers Centre for Tuesday night’s opener against the Indians. But what that crowd witness wasn’t very pretty. J.P. Arencibia had a hard time with R.A. Dickey‘s knuckler, allowing three passed balls as the Indians…

  15. 2013 Preview: The American League East

    Mar 29, 2013, 9:40 AM EDT

    Blue Jays

    For the past few days we’ve been previewing the 2013 season. Here, in handy one-stop-shopping form, is our package of previews from the American League East. The Blue Jays totally revamped the rotation and added Jose Reyes and Melky Cabrera to the lineup. Is that enough for a 20+ game swing and the division title? The…

  16. Blue Jays extend J.A. Happ through the 2014 season

    Mar 27, 2013, 8:31 PM EDT

    happ getty

    It’s been quite a week for J.A. Happ. On Tuesday afternoon the 30-year-old left-hander was officially named the Blue Jays’ fifth starter. And now comes word that his pockets are getting a little fatter. MLB.com beat writer Gregor Chisholm reports that the Jays have signed Happ to a two-year contract extension worth $8.9 million. That…

  17. Blue Jays option Ricky Romero to High-A Dunedin

    Mar 26, 2013, 7:20 PM EDT

    ricky romero getty

    Ricky Romero‘s big fall from grace carries on. According to Shi Davidi of Canada’s Sportsnet, the left-hander has officially been optioned to High-A Dunedin. Romero allowed six hits, three walks and three earned runs over 4 1/3 innings on Tuesday afternoon in a Grapefruit League game against the Pirates. He wound up posting a 6.23…

  18. 2013 Preview: Toronto Blue Jays

    Mar 26, 2013, 8:52 AM EDT

    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 2013 season. Up next: The Toronto Blue Jays. The Big Question: The Blue Jays went for it this offseason. They gonna get it? There’s…

  19. Mets send top prospect Travis d’Arnaud to Triple-A

    Mar 25, 2013, 1:50 PM EDT

    Travis d'Arnaud

    Travis d’Arnaud, the stud catching prospect the Mets acquired from the Blue Jays as part of the R.A. Dickey trade, has been assigned to Triple-A after an impressive spring in big league camp. d’Arnaud is considered the best catching prospect in baseball and hit .333 with 16 homers and a .975 OPS in 67 games…

  20. Brett Lawrie to start season on disabled list with WBC injury

    Mar 25, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

    lawrie getty

    The rib cage injury that caused Brett Lawrie to drop out of the World Baseball Classic will also cause him to begin the season on the disabled list, the Blue Jays announced. Lawrie suffered a strained rib cage in one of Team Canada’s exhibition games before the WBC tournament and initially hoped to miss just…

  21. The Yasiel Puig excitement is palpable … but

    Mar 25, 2013, 11:05 AM EDT

    Yasiel Puig

    Call this a deep thought. And it’s even one I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, so it’s a recycled deep thought. But given how the heat around Yasiel Puig is rising, I feel like it’s still timely. Puig, the Dodgers’ young Cuban import, has been hitting the friggin’ cover off the ball this spring.…

  22. Josh Thole sent down to Triple-A

    Mar 25, 2013, 9:13 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Toronto Blue Jays

    I normally wouldn’t do a post about a guy losing a backup catcher competition, but this one is notable because he was supposed to be an extra special backup catcher: the Blue Jays have sent Josh Thole down to the minors. Many thought the whole point of the Mets including Thole in the deal that…

  23. Despite shaky outing in minor league game, Roy Halladay expects to be ready for season

    Mar 23, 2013, 4:25 PM EDT

    Phillies pitcher Halladay takes a breather during a workout before a MLB spring training baseball game with the Yankees in Clearwater

    Roy Halladay was back on the mound this afternoon for the first time since he was pulled from his start last Sunday after one inning due to a stomach virus. And the results weren’t all that encouraging. In a minor league game against the Blue Jays, Halladay retired just seven out of the 18 batters…

  24. How much longer can Blue Jays stick with Ricky Romero?

    Mar 22, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

    Ricky Romero

    Minor elbow surgery, plasma injections in both knees, and mechanical adjustments were supposed to address whatever ailed Ricky Romero during his disastrous 2012 season, but the Blue Jays left-hander is still struggling. Pitching in a minor-league game yesterday Romero walked five batters, struck out zero, and allowed four runs in 2.1 innings. He also has…

  25. Report: MLB plans to file lawsuit against Anthony Bosch and others connected to Biogenesis

    Mar 22, 2013, 12:25 AM EDT

    AP Anthony Bosch

    With MLB increasingly desperate to get their hands on any evidence to discipline players connected to the Biogenesis clinic, they have come up with an interesting new strategy. According to Michael S. Schmidt of the New York Times, MLB plans to file a lawsuit on Friday against multiple people connected to Biogenesis, including the clinic’s…

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