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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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:…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. Blue Jays GM on signing Vladimir Guerrero: “I have no idea how he’s going to perform”

    May 11, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    vladimir guerrero getty

    After failing to find a big-league job Vladimir Guerrero agreed to a minor-league contract with Toronto yesterday, but the Blue Jays’ plans for the 37-year-old former MVP are unclear. In fact, general manager Alex Anthopoulos basically told reporters that Guerrero isn’t even in their plans: This isn’t someone right now that we’re prepared to say…

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

    May 11, 2012, 5:45 AM EDT

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    Nationals 4, Pirates 2: Stephen Strasburg struck out 13 in six innings. The only thing more dominating than he was the Hulk when I went to go see “The Avengers” last night. Upshot: damn fine movie. But the “Dark Night Rises” trailer before it may have been even better. Yes, I realize that I may…

  9. Adam Lind on notice after Jays sign Vladimir Guerrero

    May 10, 2012, 8:08 PM EDT

    Adam Lind

    Adam Lind hit .305/.370/.562 for the Blue Jays in 2009 and finished fifth in the AL with 35 homers and third with 114 RBI. Toronto rewarded him after that season with a four-year, $18 million contract that took him right to free agency. So far, Lind hasn’t paid them back. The 29-year-old has hit .240/.290/.424…

  10. Angels lose Chris Iannetta for 6-8 weeks

    May 10, 2012, 6:28 PM EDT

    Jered Weaver, Chris Iannetta

    Bad news for the Halos: catcher Chris Iannetta needs wrist surgery and will miss 6-8 weeks, Mike DiGiovanna of the L.A. Times reports. Iannetta was injured while catching Jered Weaver in the no-hitter against the Twins on May 2 and didn’t start for three days afterwards. Since returning to the lineup, he’d gone 0-for-7 with…

  11. Blue Jays sign Vladimir Guerrero to minor-league deal

    May 10, 2012, 4:43 PM EDT

    Vladimir Guerrero

    Vladimir Guerrero recently asked for and received tryouts with the Indians and Diamondbacks, but neither team decided to sign him. However, the 37-year-old former MVP has finally found a taker: Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Guerrero has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Blue Jays that will be worth a prorated share of…

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

    May 10, 2012, 5:40 AM EDT

    New York Mets v Philadelphia Phillies

    Mets 10, Phillies 5: Cliff Lee was OK in his return, but he was on a pitch count and the bullpen — including reverted-to-longman-work Kyle Kendrick — got shellacked. Again. Ike Davis drove in three.  The Mets so thoroughly own Citizens Bank Park this year that the Phillies are gonna have to launch some awkward…

  13. Blue Jays ditch Francisco Cordero as fill-in closer, turn to Casey Janssen

    May 9, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Francisco Cordero

    Sergio Santos is still a few weeks from returning from a shoulder injury, but Francisco Cordero‘s time filling in for him as the Blue Jays’ closer is over now. Cordero’s latest ugly outing last night involved blowing his third save in five tries, leaving him with a 9.53 ERA, and the Blue Jays have stripped…

  14. Sergio Santos cleared to throw after shoulder injury

    May 9, 2012, 1:20 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

    Here’s some good news for Blue Jays fans who watched Francisco Cordero blow another save last night: Sergio Santos has been cleared to resume throwing after sitting out the past three weeks with shoulder inflammation. There’s no word yet on when he might be ready for a minor-league rehab assignment, but Santos is working out…

  15. So that’s why no one wanted Francisco Cordero this winter

    May 9, 2012, 1:42 AM EDT

    Francisco Cordero

    Brandon Inge has gone from castoff to hero in record time, as a walkoff grand slam gave him his second straight four-RBI game Tuesday in Oakland’s 7-3 win over Toronto. The slam came off Francisco Cordero, who quickly blew his third save in a row by giving up a double, a sac bunt and an…

  16. Omar Vizquel is now the oldest shortstop in MLB history

    May 7, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Omar Vizquel

    Yesterday the Blue Jays gave Yunel Escobar his first day off this season and Omar Vizquel got the start at shortstop, making history by becoming the oldest player to ever appear at the position. Bobby Wallace held the previous mark by appearing in 12 games as a 44-year-old shortstop for the Cardinals in 1918, but…

  17. Yu Darvish strikes out 11, takes first loss versus Indians

    May 6, 2012, 4:07 PM EDT

    Yu Darvish

    The Rangers hadn’t lost with Yu Darvish on the mound this season, but the Indians dropped them 4-2 on Sunday, with Darvish taking his first defeat. Darvish struggled with his command early, but he pitched out of jams after giving up a single and a walk to start the first and a walk to start…

  18. “Albert Boo-jols” goes 0 for 4, as the Angels are shut out again

    May 5, 2012, 8:45 AM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Credit the L.A. Times for that new nickname. But their headline writer and Mike DiGiovanna are only working off the reality on the ground: The boos in Angel Stadium could be heard clearly after his sixth-inning strikeout Friday night, and they grew even louder and longer after he grounded out to third base in the…

  19. Settling the Scores: Friday’s results

    May 5, 2012, 6:43 AM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays' Alvarez celebrates after pitching a complete game shutout against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim

    Look, I may have been on the clock on Friday night, and I may be posting this Saturday morning, but if you think I’m gonna do a full-blown Saturday “And That Happened,” well, you just don’t know my kids very well. They’re eating Lucky Charms and watching the Cartoon Network and I’m sure they plan…

  20. Sergio Santos aiming to return as Blue Jays closer in two weeks

    May 4, 2012, 10:15 AM 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

    Francisco Cordero has struggled as the Blue Jays’ fill-in closer, but he may only have to do the job for another couple weeks. Sergio Santos is scheduled to resume throwing on Tuesday and told Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com that he hopes to return from an inflamed shoulder within 2-3 weeks. Santos has been out since…

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

    May 4, 2012, 5:45 AM EDT

    Erik Bedard Getty

    Pirates 6, Cardinals 3: Erik Bedard struck out 11 men in five innings. At one point he fanned seven in a row. Overall, Pirates pitchers struck out 17 Cardinals. Pedro Alvarez went 2 for 4 with a homer. Two weeks ago he was hitting .074. Now he’s at .257 and he’s slugging over .600 on…

  22. And That Happened: Wednesday’s Scores and Highlights

    May 3, 2012, 5:30 AM EDT

    Chipper Jones

    Three walkoff homers and a no-hitter? Holy moley, that was a great night of baseball guys.

  23. Omar Vizquel got ejected while not even playing last night

    May 2, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Omar Vizquel

    You might think that a 45-year-old in his 24th big-league season would be pretty mellow, but Omar Vizquel got ejected from last night’s game … and he wasn’t even playing. During a Drew Hutchison-Mike Napoli matchup in the fifth inning Vizquel disagreed with home plate umpire Sam Holbrook’s call of a ball and started yelling…

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

    May 2, 2012, 6:07 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Toronto Blue Jays

    Blue Jays 8, Rangers 7:  We hear a lot about Bryce Harper, but Brett Lawrie is a more fully formed version of “young, confident dude who can be a difference maker.”  Toronto fought back from an early 5-0 deficit, took the lead, then blew the lead before Lawrie hit a leadoff homer that just barely cleared…

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

    May 1, 2012, 5:56 AM EDT

    Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish gestures to fans during their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto

    Rangers 4, Blue Jays 1: I think it’s safe to say that, after a couple of rocky starts to begin the year, Yu Darvish is starting to get comfortable. He struck out nine Blue Jays while giving up a single run in seven innings. The homer was by the incredibly hot Edwin Encarnacion, who has…

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