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  1. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 11, 2012, 5:40 AM EDT

    Torii Hunter, Mark Trumbo

    Angels 10, Rockies 8: Mark Trumbo hit two three-run homers to help the Angels complete what was nothing short of an annihilation of the Rockies’ pitching staff. Trumbo is at .326/.380/.632. It would have been optimistic to predict those numbers from Pujols before the season started. Nationals 4, Red Sox 3: Bryce Harper had the…

  2. Michael Bourn already has a new career-high for homers

    Jun 8, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Michael Bourn

    It’s not quite an out of nowhere power explosion like Jose Bautista in 2010 or even Jacoby Ellsbury last season, but Braves center fielder Michael Bourn has already set a new career-high for homers in a season. Bourn went deep yesterday for the sixth time in 57 games. His previous career-high was five homers, set…

  3. Don’t let the low batting average fool you: Jose Bautista is still a monster

    Jun 7, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    Jose Bautista

    Jose Bautista‘s batting average has hovered around .200 all season, but don’t let that trick you into thinking he’s turned back into a pumpkin after a pair of MVP-caliber years. Bautista smacked his 15th homer last night, which puts him on pace for 43 on the season after going deep 43 times last year and…

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

    Jun 7, 2012, 5:50 AM EDT

    Zack Greinke

    Brewers 8, Cubs 0: Zack Greinke mowed ‘em down (7 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 12K). That young man is gonna make a lot of money when he hits free agency this fall. Blue Jays 4, White Sox 0: Brandon Morrow tosses a two-hit shutout. Dude has really put it all together this year. Braves…

  5. Brandon Morrow throws two-hitter in Jays’ victory

    Jun 6, 2012, 11:16 PM EDT

    Brandon Morrow

    Finally breaking through after 2 1/2 inconsistent seasons as a starter, Brandon Morrow picked up his seventh win in spectacular fashion Wednesday, throwing a two-hit shutout against the White Sox. It’s Morrow’s second shutout in four starts; he also tossed a three-hitter against the Mets on May 19. Morrow had the big outing tonight despite…

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

    Jun 6, 2012, 6:51 AM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    Nationals 7, Mets 6: The legend of Bryce Harper grows. A game-winning hit in the 12th inning. What say you, Harper? “I’m happy to get the W, of course. I’m happy to get that walk-off hit, but I don’t like going 2 for 7,” Harper said. “I don’t like striking out twice in one game,…

  7. Orioles get good news on Adam Jones’ wrist injuries

    Jun 4, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    adam jones getty orange

    Sending a star player for an MRI exam just days after signing him to an $85 million contract extension is rough timing, but fortunately for the Orioles the news on Adam Jones‘ wrist injuries is pretty good. Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that MRI exams on Jones’ right and left wrists both showed…

  8. Edwin Encarnacion is day to day with a bruised hand

    Jun 4, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim  v Toronto Blue Jays

    Blue Jays DH Edwin Encarnacion was plunked by the wild Daniel Bard yesterday and had to leave the game.  Good news, though: x-rays came back negative and it seems he just has some bruising. He’s day-to-day. The Jays are off today too, so he has a little extra time. Encarnacion is having a career year,…

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

    Jun 4, 2012, 5:40 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Detroit Tigers

    Yankees 5, Tigers 1: If I were to tell you that one of this game’s starting pitchers — Justin Verlander or Phil Hughes — was going to toss a complete game, I’m guessing none of you would have guessed it would be Hughes.  But that he did, allowing one run on four hits. Verlander loses…

  10. Edwin Encarnacion leaves game after being plunked on the hand by imploding Daniel Bard

    Jun 3, 2012, 3:40 PM EDT

    encarnacion_edwin

    One gets the sense that Red Sox starter Daniel Bard doesn’t really know where the ball’s going these days. Coming in to today’s action he has walked 31 batters to only 32 strikeouts. And today he walked six more in an inning and two thirds, allowing five runs on only a single hit. And he…

  11. Brett Lawrie needs to play a little smarter

    Jun 3, 2012, 2:43 AM EDT

    Brett Lawrie

    The hustle is great, but Brett Lawrie‘s tendency to play baseball like a bull in a china shop has hurt the Jays from time to time. Of course, the incident that led to last month’s four-game suspension was the most notable occasion. Saturday’s showing was none too impressive, though. With two outs in the eighth…

  12. Brett Lawrie sprints from Toronto mall after shooting

    Jun 2, 2012, 7:06 PM EDT

    Eaton Centre Mall

    A shooting at Toronto’s Eaton Centre Mall early Saturday evening left one dead and seven injured, according to MSNBC.com. Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie was at the scene, tweeting: Pretty sure someone just let off a round bullets in eatoncenter mall .. Wow just sprinted out of the mall … Through traffic … People…

  13. Travis Snider has setback with wrist injury at Triple-A

    May 31, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    snider batting getty

    Earlier this week the Blue Jays demoted starting left fielder Eric Thames to Triple-A despite the guy he beat out for the job in spring training, Travis Snider, being on the minor league disabled list with a wrist injury. And now any thoughts of Snider being ready to step back into the Blue Jays’ lineup…

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

    May 31, 2012, 5:45 AM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Texas Rangers

    Mariners 21, Rangers 8: Look, we can point to Justin Smoak driving in a half dozen runs, Jesus Montero nearly hitting for the cycle or any number of other things as being the cause of this bloodbath. But the fact is, Derek Holland shaved his mustache the other day, and there is likely a causal…

  15. Brandon Morrow removed from game after getting struck in his right shin by a line drive

    May 30, 2012, 9:32 PM EDT

    morrow farrell getty

    Potential danger was avoided tonight in Toronto. Blue Jays starter Brandon Morrow left the field in the seventh inning of Wednesday’s game against the Orioles after taking a line drive off his right leg. He hobbled around before getting carried to the dugout while putting no weight on his right foot. The good news is X-rays have…

  16. Nick Markakis to see specialist for wrist injury

    May 30, 2012, 5:47 PM EDT

    Nick Markakis grand slam

    X-rays on Nick Markakis‘ injured wrist came back negative, but he’s out of the Orioles’ lineup tonight and Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports that the right fielder will be examined by a specialist during tomorrow’s scheduled off day. Markakis, who hasn’t missed more than five games in a season since his rookie…

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

    May 30, 2012, 6:15 AM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Twins 3, Athletics 2: Holy ninth inning rally, Batman! Josh Willingham hits a two-out, three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth off Brian Fuentes after the Twins were shutout for six innings by Jarrod Parker and two by Jerry Blevins and Grant Balfour. Angels 5, Yankees 1: The Angels win again and are now…

  18. Blue Jays demote starting left fielder Eric Thames to minors

    May 29, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Blue Jays outfielder Eric Thames warms up in left field during an inter-squad game at their MLB American League spring training facility in Dunedin

    Eric Thames had a solid 95-game debut with Toronto last season and then beat out Travis Snider for the starting left field job during spring training, but the Blue Jays have demoted the 25-year-old to Triple-A after he hit just .243 with three homers and a .652 OPS in 46 games. That represents a 137-point…

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

    May 29, 2012, 5:47 AM EDT

    Chicago White Sox  v Tampa Bay Rays

    White Sox 2, Rays 1: Chris Sale: 15Ks and three hits in seven and a third. Adam Dunn hit a two-run homer. Red Sox 7, Tigers 4: Jim Leyland said that we saw what we saw and should write what we saw, so let’s do that: The Red Sox’ second inning rally never should have happened…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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,…

  25. 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.…

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