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  1. 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:…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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”…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. “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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. Baseball announces the Roberto Clemente Award nominees

    Sep 18, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Clemente

    The Roberto Clemente Award goes to the Major Leaguer who “best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual’s contribution to his team.” David Ortiz won it last year.  The 2012 nominees — one per team — were just announced and are listed below. One complaint first. It’s the same complaint I lodge every…

  21. Escobar the victim of a prank? Possible, but unlikely

    Sep 18, 2012, 8:24 AM EDT

    Yunel Escobar eye black

    One possibility that should be considered in the Yunel Escobar eye black thing is that he was the victim of a prank.  The problem with that, though? Mr. Escobar, a 29-year-old native of Havana, Cuba, has been seen at other games this season with different Spanish phrases written on his eye black. And If Yunel…

  22. Blue Jays issue statement regarding Yunel Escobar

    Sep 17, 2012, 9:40 PM EDT

    Blue Jays cap logo

    The Blue Jays released a statement this evening regarding shortstop Yunel Escobar, who was spotted with a homophobic slur on his eye black during Saturday’s game. The Toronto Blue Jays do not support discrimination of any kind nor condone the message displayed by Yunel Escobar during Saturday’s game. The club takes this situation seriously and…

  23. Yunel Escobar and the homophobic eye black

    Sep 17, 2012, 5:26 PM EDT

    Yunel Escobar eye black

    Because he’s bad at baseball,* Yunel Escobar has long been widely derided by fans of any team he’s played for.  But now there is a reason for the rest of us to loathe him. He’s quite possibly a homophobic jackass. Caught by Jays fan @james_in_to and featured over at the Drunk Jays Fan blog, pictures taken…

  24. Omar Vizquel, Babe Ruth, and the all-time hits list

    Sep 17, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    billboard hits

    I’m sure Omar Vizquel fans will be angry about this comparison, but it’s not so much about him as it is me trying to point out the silliness behind acting as if “hits” are a good way to gauge someone’s overall ability as a hitter. Anyway, yesterday Vizquel notched his 2,871st and 2,872nd career hits,…

  25. And now a more uplifting ballpark story

    Sep 17, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Blue Jays logo

    Reader Proudly Canadian helps us cleanse the palate after that Yankee Stadium business this morning.  This, from Toronto: Just over three months after he was shot in the head at the Eaton Centre, Connor Stevenson showcased his impressive recovery by throwing the first pitch at Sunday’s Blue Jays game … Stevenson was one of the…

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