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  1. 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…

  2. Josh Hamilton gets IV, oxygen after walkoff homer

    May 27, 2012, 1:44 AM EDT

    Josh Hamilton

    Josh Hamilton hit a walkoff homer in the 13th inning to give the Rangers an 8-7 win over the  Blue Jays on Saturday and then received IV fluids and oxygen after the game to treat an upper respiratory infection he’s been fighting. “I’ve been seeing stars since the fifth inning,” he said afterwards. “I hit…

  3. Josh Hamilton homers for first time since May 12

    May 25, 2012, 9:35 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton AP

    Josh Hamilton‘s home run drought is finally over. And yes, I write that with tongue firmly planted in cheek. After Aaron mentioned this morning that Hamilton hadn’t homered in nearly two weeks, the Rangers’ slugger went deep in the bottom of the second inning tonight against the Blue Jays. His solo shot off right-hander Carlos…

  4. Blue Jays place Ben Francisco on DL, call up David Cooper

    May 25, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Blue Jays rightfielder Ben Francisco dives for and misses a fly ball during their MLB Grapefruit League baseball game in Dunedin

    Ben Francisco exited yesterday’s game with a strained hamstring and today the Blue Jays placed him on the disabled list while recalling first baseman David Cooper from Triple-A. Francisco has played sparingly for the Blue Jays, getting most of his starts versus left-handed pitching and hitting just .206 with a .535 OPS in 37 plate…

  5. 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,…

  6. Robin Ventura finally names a closer and it’s Addison Reed

    May 24, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Detroit Tigers

    For months Robin Ventura has played coy about the White Sox’s closer role, refusing to give anyone that title, but yesterday he finally relented and made official what has been obvious: The job belongs to rookie Addison Reed. “He’s earned that,” Ventura told Scott Powers of ESPN Chicago. “I feel comfortable with him in there.…

  7. 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…

  8. Sergio Santos likely “out for at least the next three weeks”

    May 22, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays' pitcher Santos reacts after giving up a run to the Boston Red Sox during the ninth inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto

    It’s been nearly three weeks since Sergio Santos guessed that he was about two weeks from coming off the disabled list, but the Blue Jays’ closer hasn’t made a ton of progress with his shoulder injury since then. In fact, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports that Santos has yet to throw off a mound and…

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

    May 22, 2012, 6:10 AM EDT

    Giancarlo Stanton

    Marlins 7, Rockies 4: Jamie Moyer pitched in his 50th different major league park. But he may have given up his longest most hellacious homer ever. Giancarlo Stanton hit a grand slam that went 438 feet in basically a straight line and broke the friggin’ scoreboard. Roy Hobbs stuff, there. Gave the Marlins the lead and,…

  10. Jesse Litsch has a career-threatening infection

    May 21, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    litsch ap

    There are a lot of ways for careers to end, but if Jesse Litsch‘s career ends this way, it will be simply awful. Back in March, Litsch was shut down due to some shoulder soreness. During his down time, he was given an anti-inflammatory injection in the area of the pain. That got infected, however, and…

  11. Blue Jays place Adam Lind on outright waivers

    May 19, 2012, 8:52 PM EDT

    lind getty

    From CBS Sports’ Danny Knobler comes word that the Blue Jays placed first baseman Adam Lind on outright waivers Friday, no more than 24 hours after optioning the 28-year-old to Triple-A Las Vegas. Lind is free to be claimed by any other major league team, but that club would have to take on the $8.5…

  12. Brandon Morrow dominates Mets in three-hit shutout

    May 19, 2012, 4:13 PM EDT

    Brandon Morrow Reuters

    The Mets were particularly vulnerable this afternoon with David Wright out of the starting lineup and Blue Jays’ right-hander Brandon Morrow took advantage, tossing a complete game three-hit shutout as part of a 2-0 victory. Morrow struck out eight and walked one while throwing 76 out of 107 pitches for strikes. The Mets nearly had…

  13. David Wright gets scheduled day off while dealing with illness

    May 19, 2012, 12:37 PM EDT

    David Wright Getty

    David Wright is out of this afternoon’s lineup against the Blue Jays as he deals with an illness. Justin Turner will start in his place at the hot corner and bat sixth against right-hander Brandon Morrow. The Mets are playing 20 games in 20 days, so the day off was already scheduled, but Adam Rubin…

  14. Mets’ catcher Rob Johnson tossed a scoreless inning against the Blue Jays last night

    May 19, 2012, 11:11 AM EDT

    Rob Johnson Getty

    The Blue Jays really put a hurting on the Mets last night, beating them 14-5 while connecting for five home runs. J.P. Arencibia and Rajai Davis each homered twice while the recently-promoted Yan Gomes became the first Brazilian-born player to homer in the major leagues. As is often the case in blowouts of this magnitude,…

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

    May 18, 2012, 5:58 AM EDT

    Miami Marlins v Atlanta Braves

    Braves 7, Marlins 0: Brandon Beachy: the best pitcher you haven’t heard of. He shuts out the Marlins on five hits and ups his record to 5-1 with a 1.33 ERA. Giants 7, Cardinals 5: Bad Cardinal defense and a little more offense than usual gave the Giants some runs on a day when Matt…

  16. 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,…

  17. The Blue Jays get a Brazilian

    May 17, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

    Blue Jays logo

    Baseball player that is. What they do with their bikini line is their own business. The Blue Jays just announced that they have demoted the struggling Adam Lind to triple-A Las Vegas and have called up Yan Gomes to take his place. The Jays say that, once Gomes plays in the game, he’ll be the first Brazilian player…

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

    May 17, 2012, 5:40 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Colorado Rockies

    Rockies 6, Diamondbacks 1: I took my bike out for a spin for the first time in a while last evening. It was a nice ride on a nice night. At least apart from the crazy, over-the-handlebars wreck I got into at the corner of Alpath and Johnston Road. There were no apparent injuries at…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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:…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. Jeff Niemann is out at least 4-6 weeks a broken right leg

    May 15, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

    jeff-niemann-rays

    As mentioned in the recaps this morning, an Adam Lind comebacker hit Rays starter Jeff Niemann‘s right leg last night, knocking him out of the game in the first inning.  And now, we learn from the Tampa Bay Times, it has knocked him out for a minimum of 4-6 weeks, as it gave him a small…

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