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  1. Darren Oliver considering retirement despite 2.10 ERA

    Oct 1, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays v New York Yankees

    Darren Oliver has been so good while posting a sub-3.00 ERA in five straight seasons that it’s easy to forget he’s 41 years old, but the Blue Jays left-hander revealed yesterday that retirement is on his mind. Oliver has had one of his best seasons, throwing 56 innings with a 2.10 ERA and 52/15 K/BB…

  2. Yankees come back on Blue Jays, AL East remains deadlocked

    Sep 30, 2012, 5:13 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez, Robinson Cano

    After the Orioles closed out the Red Sox 6-3 to finish a three-game sweep Sunday, the Yankees completed their comeback on the Blue Jays, winning 9-6 to preserve the tie atop the AL East. They say I can’t focus on the positive. Let’s give it a whirl: Yankees – Definitely a great day for the…

  3. Luke Hochevar’s horrible season ends with 10-run inning

    Sep 30, 2012, 4:52 PM EDT

    Luke Hochevar

    Despite sporting a 7-13 record and a 5.36 ERA, Luke Hochevar got a vote of confidence from the Royals’ organization earlier this month. He’s responded in classic Hochevarian fashion; he gave up 22 runs over 24 innings in his last four starts. Hochevar’s season officially ended during the Indians’ 10-run fifth inning on Sunday. Hochevar…

  4. Mike Trout becomes youngest member of 30/30 club

    Sep 30, 2012, 4:27 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    At the tender age of 21, Mike Trout became the youngest member of the 30 HR/30 SB club when he hit his 30th home run Sunday off the Rangers’ Yu Darvish. Trout’s 30-30 season is the 60th in major league history. 37 different players had combined on the previous 59. The youngest to do it…

  5. Yankees squander chances in loss to Blue Jays

    Sep 29, 2012, 4:40 PM EDT

    Rajai Davis AP

    The Yankees fell to the Blue Jays 3-2 this afternoon at Rogers Centre in Toronto, which means the Orioles could move into a tie for first place in the American League East with a win over the Red Sox tonight. (Editor’s note: Baltimore won 4-3) The Yankees had plenty of chances to blow this game open,…

  6. Jays starter Chad Jenkins makes a very unusual catch

    Sep 28, 2012, 7:54 PM EDT

    Chad Jenkins, Curtis Granderson

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen a play quite like this. Here’s Chad Jenkins taking a hit away from Curtis Granderson in the first inning tonight.

  7. Yunel Escobar moving on, maybe learning a bit

    Sep 28, 2012, 2:31 PM EDT

    Yunel Escobar eye black

    Yunel Escobar quietly returned last night.  There’s a story about it in The Globe and Mail. Interesting tidbits:  (a) a meeting with the head of You Can Play, which promotes equality and respect for athletes of all sexual orientations; and (b) Escobar catching the ceremonial first pitch from David Testo, an openly gay soccer player. Also of note:…

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

    Sep 28, 2012, 5:40 AM EDT

    New York Mets starting pitcher R.A. Dickey reacts to the crowd after getting his 20th win of the season after the Mets defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates in their MLB National League baseball game at CitiField in New York

    Mets 6, Pirates 5: R.A. Dickey wins his 20th, striking out 13 in the process. I don’t care if wins aren’t supposed to matter. It’s cool. He’s old and he struggled for years and he has no freaking ligament in his elbow and he seems like a pretty cool guy and all of that and…

  9. Brett Lawrie: Twitter drama queen

    Sep 26, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    brett lawrie ap

    Or: Great Moments in Social Media.  From Monday: This shall be my final tweet of all time ! Take care twitter — Brett Lawrie (@blawrie13) September 25, 2012   After that he tweeted something else. Then he quit. Then, yesterday, he was back: In Baltimore on Tuesday, Lawrie didn’t want to talk about what prompted…

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

    Sep 26, 2012, 6:11 AM EDT

    Miami Marlins v Atlanta Braves

    Braves 4, Marlins 3: The Braves clinch a playoff berth on a Freddie Freeman walkoff jack. It only guarantees them a slot in the one-game gimmicky thing next Friday, but that beats the hell out of last September. The only thing that would have made this better is if Heath Bell, as the the Marlins…

  11. Ricky Romero snaps 13-game losing streak

    Sep 25, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

    Ricky Romero

    It wasn’t pretty, as he gave up four runs in five innings with more walks than strikeouts, but Ricky Romero snapped his 13-game losing streak with a victory over the Orioles last night. Toronto’s lineup handed Romero four runs of support in the first two innings and scored nine total runs, so like most “wins”…

  12. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 25, 2012, 5:30 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Minnesota Twins

    Yankees 6, Twins 3: Six shutout innings for Andy Pettitte. After all these years. After a retirement. After an injury that cost him the bulk of the season. Andy Pettitte is still critical to the Yankees after all of these years. Orioles 4, Blue Jays 1; Blue Jays 9, Orioles 5: The split costs Baltimore…

  13. Behind James Shields, Rays set AL record for strikeouts

    Sep 21, 2012, 11:52 PM EDT

    James Shields

    Rays right-hander James Shields reached 200 strikeouts for the second straight season Friday in a 12-1 win over the Blue Jays. Along the way, he recorded the team’s 1,267 strikeout, breaking the American League record set by the 2001 Yankees. J.P. Arencibia was the victim. It was Shields’ third strikeout of the night on his…

  14. Yunel Escobar back from suspension but out of lineup

    Sep 21, 2012, 7:09 PM EDT

    Yunel Escobar

    Blue Jays shortstop Yunel Escobar‘s team-imposed three-game suspension has concluded, but he’s not in the lineup for Friday’s game against the Rays. Escobar was suspended Tuesday after wearing eye black inscribed with an anti-gay slur. “When we met earlier today it became increasingly clear during that discussion that he needs another day to get back…

  15. Brewers acquire catcher Yorvit Torrealba from Blue Jays

    Sep 21, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Yorvit Torrealba Getty

    He won’t be eligible for the playoffs if Milwaukee gets there, but the Brewers have added some backup catching help for the final two weeks by acquiring Yorvit Torrealba from the Blue Jays for cash considerations. Torrealba was released by the Rangers in early August after they traded for Geovany Soto to replace him as…

  16. Phil Hughes fans four in an inning against Blue Jays

    Sep 20, 2012, 10:10 PM EDT

    hughes throws getty

    Phil Hughes became just the second pitcher in Yankees history to strike out four batters in an inning when he fanned J.P. Arencibia, Adeiny Hechevarria, Anthony Gose and Brett Lawrie in the fourth Thursday against the Blue Jays. Hechevarria reached on a Russell Martin passed ball after his strikeout, making the rare feat possible. No…

  17. Jeremy Hefner can’t get an out against the Phillies

    Sep 20, 2012, 7:44 PM EDT

    Jeremy Hefner, Terry Collins

    The Mets’ Jeremy Hefner was pulled from his start Thursday against the Phillies after failing to retire any of the seven batters he faced. Hefner gave up six singles in a row, including a bunt single to Juan Pierre, and then walked Kevin Frandsen with the bases loaded before being replaced by Collin McHugh. Since…

  18. Andy Pettitte tosses five shutout innings in return from broken ankle

    Sep 19, 2012, 2:51 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v New York Yankees

    Making his first start since suffering a broken ankle on June 27, Andy Pettitte returned to the Yankees’ rotation this afternoon with five shutout innings against the Blue Jays. Pettitte cruised through Toronto’s lineup, allowing just four singles and two walks while needing 75 pitches to record 15 outs. He struck out three. And with…

  19. Omar Vizquel passes Babe Ruth on the all-time hits list

    Sep 19, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays Vizquel makes a diving catch against the Seattle Mariners during their MLB game in Toronto

    UPDATE: Now Vizquel has doubled, passing the Bambino. 2:30 PM: Omar Vizquel singled to right in the top of the fourth of today’s Blue Jays-Yankees game.  That’s, like, 90 small steps to first for Vizquel, but one giant leap for his all-time hitting numbers: with it he tied Babe Ruth on the all-time hits list…

  20. Barry Larkin to manage Brazil in World Baseball Classic

    Sep 19, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Barry Larkin

    With the World Baseball Classic qualifying round coming up in less than two months American-born Reds Hall of Famer Barry Larkin has been hired to manage the Brazilian team. Larkin was in Brazil earlier this year as part of an MLB camp for young players and according to the Associated Press his daughter “recently recorded…

  21. “The Meaning of “‘Tu Ere Maricon’”

    Sep 19, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays v Kansas City Royals

    Chip Buck writes for the Red Sox blog Fire Brand of the American League.  He’s also gay, and this morning he has a lengthy contemplation about the Yunel Escobar business. While Chip notes that Escobar is perfectly within his rights to believe what he wants to believe, he also notes that Escobar’s actions are not…

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

    Sep 19, 2012, 6:16 AM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera

    Tigers 12, Athletics 2: Lose your starter after two innings? No problem. Because the Tigers have a Hulk. Miguel Cabrera hit two homers and drove in six, starting the A’s hella road trip off in poor fashion. Reds 3, Cubs 1: Homer Bailey took a two-hit shutout into the eighth over what was likely some…

  23. Miguel Cabrera homers twice to reach 40 for the first time

    Sep 18, 2012, 10:17 PM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder

    Miguel Cabrera hit a pair of homers, including the Tigers’ first grand slam of the year, in Tuesday’s win over the A’s to get to 40 for the first time in his career. Cabrera also collected his 38th double. He was removed after his slam off Jesse Chavez made it a 12-2 game in the…

  24. Bud Selig’s statement about Yunel Escobar

    Sep 18, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    Bud Selig

    Thus spake Selig: “Major League Baseball supports today’s decision by the Blue Jays to discipline Yunel Escobar and commends them for handling this situation appropriately and promptly.  It is important to note that in addition to being suspended without pay, Mr. Escobar has agreed to complete a sensitivity training program and will participate in a…

  25. Yunel Escobar suspended for three games

    Sep 18, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    Yunel Escobar eye black

    It was just announced that the Blue Jays have suspended Yunel Escobar for three games over his anti-gay eye black. Escobar will also participate in a sensitivity training program “in accordance with the Toronto Blue Jays and Major League Baseball.” The punishment was agreed upon between the Blue Jays, the union and Major League Baseball. It’s worth…

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