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  1. Sergio Santos needs season-ending shoulder surgery

    Jul 15, 2012, 11:29 AM EDT

    santos getty

    Toronto was ecstatic to land closer Sergio Santos and his team-friendly contract from the White Sox this winter, but the early returns have been awful. Santos allowed six hits, four walks and five earned runs in five innings of relief before landing on the 15-day disabled list in late April with inflammation in his right shoulder. He…

  2. The Blue Jays have signed Edwin Encarnacion to a three-year, $27 million deal

    Jul 12, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    Edwin Encarnacion

    Big news from north of the border: the Toronto Blue Jays have signed Edwin Encarnacion to three-year, $27 million deal. It kicks off next season and runs through 2015. There is a $10 million club option for 2016. Encarnacion is having a career year, hitting .295/.382/.565 with 23 homers and 58 RBI.  The home run total…

  3. Maury Wills thinks he should be a Hall of Famer for some reason

    Jul 12, 2012, 11:16 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers

    Maury Wills was asked when he’ll make the Hall of Fame. His response: “I don’t know … Maybe they’re waiting to do me like they did Ron Santo. He dies and they put him in the next year. Isn’t that ridiculous? Maybe they’re just waiting to do that. I was thinking about that. I don’t think…

  4. Prince Fielder wins his second Home Run Derby crown

    Jul 9, 2012, 11:15 PM EDT

    Prince Fielder Getty

    We made it, you guys. Another Home Run Derby is in the rear view mirror, as Prince Fielder defeated Jose Bautista in the finals tonight to take home this year’s crown. It was Fielder’s second Home Run Derby win, the other coming back in 2009 in St. Louis. Ken Griffey, Jr., who won in 1994, 1998 and…

  5. Luis Perez done for season with torn UCL in elbow

    Jul 9, 2012, 7:29 PM EDT

    Luis Perez AP

    Another day, another injury for the Blue Jays’ pitching staff. According to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca, Luis Perez is done for the season with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow. The Blue Jays have yet to make an announcement on a course of action, but Tommy John surgery is almost certainly on…

  6. The worst of the worst at the All-Star break

    Jul 9, 2012, 6:26 PM EDT

    Tim Lincecum

    Because the non-All-Stars deserve recognition too — even when they’d prefer to hide their faces — here’s a look at some midpoint leaderboards in reverse order. OPS 1. Dee Gordon (SS LAD): .562 2. Cliff Pennington (SS Oak): .563 3. Cameron Maybin (CF SD): .596 4. Jamey Carroll (INF Min): .597 5. Justin Smoak (1B…

  7. Mark Trumbo is your Home Run Derby favorite

    Jul 9, 2012, 5:03 PM EDT

    Mark Trumbo

    With Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium serving as the battleground, Monday’s Home Run Derby figured to yield fewer souveniers than usual. Kauffman is one of the game’s tough home run parks. Using Stats Inc. park factors, only Minnesota’s Target Field played tougher on home runs for AL parks  from 2009-11 and that only slightly. It’s played…

  8. American League All-Star lineup has Derek Jeter leading off, Josh Hamilton batting third

    Jul 9, 2012, 1:48 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton

    American League manager Ron Washington officially announced Justin Verlander as his starter at today’s press and also revealed his lineup, which features Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter leading off, Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton batting third, and Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista cleaning up: 1. Derek Jeter, SS 2. Robinson Cano, 2B 3. Josh Hamilton, LF 4.…

  9. Andrew McCutchen gets Home Run Derby call

    Jul 7, 2012, 9:26 PM EDT

    Andrew McCutchen

    Andrew McCutchen is going up against the big boys. The Pirates center fielder, who is listed at 5-foot-10 and 175 pounds, was named as Giancarlo Stanton‘s replacement in Monday’s Home Run Derby. McCutchen is tied for sixth in the National League with 16 homers this season, putting him on pace to smash his previous high…

  10. 2012 midseason awards: AL MVP

    Jul 6, 2012, 5:41 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton

    Josh Hamilton was far and away the AL’s best player for two months, but he’s definitely come back to the pack after hitting just .223 with four homers in June. He struck out 35 times last month, nearly matching his total of 39 times from April and May combined. That said, he still leads the…

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

    Jul 3, 2012, 5:47 AM EDT

    New York Yankees first baseman Teixeira misses a ground ball hit by Tampa Bay Rays' Johnson during a MLB American League baseball game in St. Petersburg, Florida

    Rays 4, Yankees 3: Mark Teixeira committed his first error of the season, which allowed in the go ahead run. Hey, he’s allowed one bad day, right? All it takes is one bad day to reduce the sanest man alive to lunacy. That’s how far the world is from where I am. Just one bad day.…

  12. Robinson Cano picks his AL Home Run Derby team

    Jul 2, 2012, 6:28 PM EDT

    Jose Bautista

    There was no talking Josh Hamilton into taking part in the Home Run Derby, so Robinson Cano went with some pretty good fallbacks Monday: Jose Bautista, Prince Fielder and Mark Trumbo. Bautista leads the AL with 26 homers at the moment, one more than Hamilton. Cano and Trumbo both have 20 apiece, while Fielder lags…

  13. Brett Lawrie is probably going to get drilled

    Jul 1, 2012, 5:11 PM EDT

    Brett Lawrie, John Hester

    Howie Kendrick booted a grounder, Brett Lawrie was aggressive and now the Angels are mad. With the bases loaded and none out in the sixth inning today in the game between the Angels and Blue Jays, Jose Bautista hit a grounder to second that looked like a potential double-play ball for Kendrick. Only the ball…

  14. Austin Jackson, Bryce Harper lead All-Star snubs

    Jul 1, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    You knew it was coming. In truth, I think those in charge did a better job of picking this season’s All-Stars than they have in recent years. Still, I have some disagreements, even if none of them are quite as vehement as last season’s. Austin Jackson (OF Tigers) – Jackson’s DL stint probably cost him…

  15. Selection Sunday: Your 2012 All-Star rosters are revealed…

    Jul 1, 2012, 1:02 PM EDT

    mlb all-star patch

    Major League Baseball is announcing the All-Star rosters for each league this afternoon during an hour-long special on TBS. We’ll update this post as the names come in: The 2012 MLB All-Star Game is next Tuesday, July 10, at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. AMERICAN LEAGUE Starters C Mike Napoli 1B Prince Fielder 2B…

  16. Where did all of the doubles go?

    Jun 28, 2012, 6:18 PM EDT

    Does this look like a doubles swing to you?

    It’s still early enough to turn around, but there are a lot of hitters this year with many more homers than doubles: Jose Bautista – 25 HR, 9 2B Adam Dunn – 24 HR, 10 2B Curtis Granderson – 21 HR, 9 2B Carlos Beltran – 20 HR, 9 2B Dayan Viciedo – 13 HR,…

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

    Jun 28, 2012, 5:40 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v San Francisco Giants

    Giants 3, Dodgers 0: The season nadir for the Dodgers who got swept by their arch rivals in three straight shutouts and lost their lead in the division. And, to add insult to injury, Andre Ethier got hurt. Wait, that’s adding injury to insult I suppose. Ah, you know what I mean. Oh, and Timmay…

  18. If you parked your Jeep behind the Green Monster, Jose Bautista just dented it

    Jun 27, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    Jose Bautista

    Jose Bautista hit his major league-leading 25th homer this afternoon. It was a blast off Jon Lester that easily cleared the Green Monster.  Oh, and it hit and dented a Jeep parked in a lot across the street from the park. Video here. At least I think that’s a Jeep based on the flared fender.…

  19. Colby Rasmus tries to kick Dustin Pedroia on takeout slide

    Jun 27, 2012, 1:51 PM EDT

    Colby Rasmus kick

    I’m not a big fan of takeout slides as a rule. Toronto’s Colby Rasmus, though, definitely went above and beyond while trying to take out Boston’s Dustin Pedroia in the first inning of Wednesday’s game. After what looked like a perfectly legitimate slide initially, Rasmus decided to put in a little extra effort and kick…

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

    Jun 27, 2012, 6:15 AM EDT

    arroyo getty

    Reds 4, Brewers 3: Bronson Arroyo had a no-hitter through seven and then ended up with a no-decision. Guess that happens when you ask a starter who usually throws less than seven innings a start to go eight, eh?  Still a nice game until that eighth, and a win for the Redlegs. Giants 2, Dodgers…

  21. Even the pitchers the Jays send packing can’t stay healthy

    Jun 26, 2012, 11:03 PM EDT

    Nestor Molina

    The Blue Jays had yet another starter get hurt last night, with Henderson Alvarez leaving the game against Boston due to a sore elbow. He’s expected to avoid the DL, but the Jays already have three of his rotationmates there: Brandon Morrow (oblique), Kyle Drabek (elbow) and Drew Hutchinson (elbow). Now comes word today that Nestor…

  22. Omar Vizquel says he’s retiring at season’s end

    Jun 26, 2012, 7:04 PM EDT

    Omar Vizquel

    Omar Vizquel has hinted at the likelihood several times, but he made it clear today that this is his final season in the majors. NESN has the translated quotes: “This will be my last year,” Vizquel said in Spanish. “I’ve enjoyed this game a lot, but I think it’s time to pursue a new career…

  23. Henderson Alvarez avoids DL, Jamie Moyer to make two Triple-A starts

    Jun 26, 2012, 6:51 PM EDT

    Henderson Alvarez

    And now your hourly Blue Jays injury update: The team announced this afternoon that tests revealed only mild inflammation in the elbow of Henderson Alvarez, and that he is scheduled to make his next start this weekend. It was also revealed that the Jays’ deal with Jamie Moyer calls for him to make two starts…

  24. Top Jays prospect Travis d’Arnaud out 6-8 weeks

    Jun 26, 2012, 5:52 PM EDT

    Jeff Mathis; Travis d'Arnaud

    Blue Jays catcher of the future Travis d’Arnaud is going to miss the next 6-8 weeks with a torn PCL in his knee, Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi reports. D’Arnaud, who was slated to play for the U.S. team in next month’s Futures Game, was injured sliding into second base playing for Triple-A Las Vegas last night.…

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

    Jun 26, 2012, 6:10 AM EDT

    Kevin Youkilis

    Twins 4, White Sox 1: Kevin Youkilis made his Chisox debut and went one for four in a loss and gave us this odd picture of him in a White Sox uniform. Adam Dunn went 0 for 4 and struck out four times, but the list of things he gives less of a crap about…

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