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  1. 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…

  2. 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.…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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,…

  8. 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…

  9. 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.…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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.…

  16. 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…

  17. Blue Jays sign Jamie Moyer to minor league contract

    Jun 26, 2012, 1:33 AM EDT

    Jamie Moyer

    In the wake of yet another injury to a starting pitcher Monday, the Blue Jays have signed 49-year-old Jamie Moyer to a minor league contract. Moyer requested and received his release from the Orioles last week after going 1-1 with a 1.69 ERA in three starts for Triple-A Norfolk. He was 2-5 with a 5.70…

  18. Henderson Alvarez leaves start with elbow soreness

    Jun 25, 2012, 10:02 PM EDT

    Ricky Romero Getty

    Being a starting pitcher for the Blue Jays is a pretty dangerous profession at the moment. According to Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com, Henderson Alvarez left tonight’s start against the Red Sox in the sixth inning with soreness in his throwing elbow. Alvarez is the fourth Blue Jays’ starter to leave a game due to injury…

  19. The final AL All-Star balloting update before the teams are set

    Jun 25, 2012, 2:49 PM EDT

    All Star Game Logo

    There’s still time to vote, but if it ended now, the AL All-Star team would look like so. The only change to a starter over last week’s results: Robinson Cano taking over first place at second base from Ian Kinsler. Downballot, we see A-Rod passing Evan Longoria for third place at third base, a flip-flop…

  20. Adam Lind returns to Blue Jays after crushing Triple-A

    Jun 25, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Adam Lind

    Banished to the minors last month in part because he wasn’t hitting and in part because he wasn’t in shape physically, Adam Lind is back with the Blue Jays after batting .392 with eight homers and a 1.112 OPS in 32 games at Triple-A. Those numbers are inflated by Las Vegas and the Pacific Coast…

  21. Drew Hutchison avoids surgery on elbow, shut down for 4-6 weeks

    Jun 22, 2012, 7:31 PM EDT

    Drew Hutchison Getty

    Here’s some good news for the injury-riddled Blue Jays. According to Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star, Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said this afternoon that Drew Hutchison will not require Tommy John surgery. Hutchison was recently diagnosed with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, but he will be shut down…

  22. Ryan Braun takes over NL home run lead

    Jun 20, 2012, 6:07 PM EDT

    Ryan Braun, George Kottaras

    Ryan Braun has, temporarily at least, lost his hold on a starting spot for the National League All-Star team. He does, however, possess the league lead in homers after hitting his 20th today. He overtook Carlos Beltran, who has been stuck on 19 for a week now. Braun went 3-for-4 in leading the Brewers to…

  23. Aaron Hill hits for cycle in win over Mariners

    Jun 19, 2012, 12:26 AM EDT

    Aaron Hill AP

    Aaron Hill hit for the cycle tonight in the Diamondbacks’ 7-1 win over the Mariners. Hill singled in the first inning, tripled in the third, doubled in the fifth and socked a solo home run in the seventh to complete the feat. He’s the second player to hit for the cycle this season, joining Mets’…

  24. Bo Jackson, Deion Sanders… Julian Edelman?

    Jun 18, 2012, 11:00 PM EDT

    Julian Edelman, Brian Butterfield (courtesy Edelman)

    The New England Patriots’ Julian Edelman is the NFL’s lone two-way player, having filled in admirably at cornerback in addition to his wide receiver duties last season. Apparently, that only scratches the surface of his versatility, though. “He worked out for us at shortstop and took ground balls and fly balls, and he took batting…

  25. AL All-Star balloting update: Jose Bautista joins the leaders

    Jun 18, 2012, 6:18 PM EDT

    Jose Bautista

    The latest American League ballot totals are in and the red-hot Jose Bautista has moved into third place in the outfielder voting, with Nelson Cruz dropping out of the lineup to fifth place. Bautista had the AL’s highest vote total last year, but his slow start guarantees he won’t duplicate that feat this year. Instead, it looks…

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