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  1. J.P. Arencibia is really mature

    Apr 19, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    J.P. Arencibia

    Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia is having a pretty awful start to his season: .063/.118/.156 in 35 plate appearances.  That’s pretty rough, especially because when you’re a major leaguer, people notice that sort of thing. Eric Mirlis of the New York Sports Exchange radio show noticed, and he tweeted about it, saying that Arencibia’s stat…

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

    Apr 18, 2012, 6:08 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Boston Red Sox

    Rangers 18, Red Sox 3: The Rangers were definitely physically and emotionally into this game. In fact, they did a Gashouse Gorillas-style conga line around the basepaths. Josh Hamilton drove in five, Mike Napoli drove in four. Rockies 5, Padres 3:  Jamie Moyer wins and thus becomes the oldest pitcher to ever win a game.…

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

    Apr 16, 2012, 5:45 AM EDT

    Houston Astros v Miami Marlins

    Marlins 5, Astros 4: Omar Infante and Hanley Ramirez hit home runs, finally putting that crazy home run sculpture into action. Somehow we all survived, though I’m not ruling out the possibility that we all got thrown into an alternate timeline or something and won’t truly realize it until all the crazy occult stuff starts…

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

    Apr 11, 2012, 6:02 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Houston Astros

    Braves 6, Astros 4: Chipper Jones came off the disabled list, singled in his first at bat and hit a home run in his second. Dude is on death’s door and he hasn’t had functional knees since Bush’s first term yet he’s still the best hitter on this team.  Tyler Pastornicky hit his first MLB…

  5. Sergio Santos to be excused from Blue Jays for birth of child

    Apr 10, 2012, 4:46 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

    After tomorrow’s game Blue Jays closer Sergio Santos will be away from the team through at least Saturday to be with his wife for the birth of their child. It’s not bad timing for a break after Santos blew back-to-back saves to begin the season and the Blue Jays can turn to Francisco Cordero as…

  6. Kirk Gibson pushing the right buttons in Arizona

    Apr 7, 2012, 4:56 PM EDT

    Kirk Gibson

    Kirk Gibson appeared in over his head at times in the postseason last year, but now he’s back demonstrating why he was the 2011 NL Manager of the Year in the first two games of 2012. After not using him there all spring, Gibson inserted Chris Young into the second spot in the order Friday…

  7. Ubaldo Jimenez loses no-hitter in seventh against Blue Jays

    Apr 7, 2012, 2:32 PM EDT

    Ubaldo Jimenez

    2:43 p.m. EDT: Brett Lawrie broke up the no-hitter with a two-run single to center with two outs in the seventh. The runners had previously moved up on a wild pitch, allowing the single to tie the game at 2. Jimenez finished the seventh from there, but since he’s at 95 pitches now, there’s a…

  8. And That Happened: Thursday’s Scores and Highlights

    Apr 6, 2012, 6:00 AM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays vs Cleveland Indians

    Blue Jays 7, Indians 4: I was invited to go to this game by the Indians, where I would have watched it for free from the Tribe Social Suite. Because of family entanglements I was not able to go, and when I sent the Indians my regrets, I was very sad about it. But 16…

  9. Jays win longest opener on record, beating Indians in 16

    Apr 5, 2012, 8:35 PM EDT

    J.P. Arencibia

    J.P. Arencibia played the hero, hitting a three-run homer off Jairo Asencio in the top of the 16th inning to lead the Blue Jays past the Indians, 7-4, in the longest Opening Day game on record. The game should have ended in nine, but Chris Perez blew a three-run lead for Cleveland after an outstanding…

  10. Benches empty after Shin-Soo Choo gets buzzed by Blue Jays

    Apr 5, 2012, 7:55 PM EDT

    Shin-Soo Choo

    Already hit in the back by a pitch earlier in the game, Shin-Soo Choo took exception Thursday when he was buzzed by Luis Perez in the 15th inning in the game between the Indians and the Blue Jays. Warnings were issued earlier in the game after Justin Masterson came inside on Kelly Johnson in possible…

  11. Omar Vizquel plays left field and first base

    Apr 5, 2012, 7:21 PM EDT

    Omar Vizquel

    Exactly what the Jays signed him to do, right? Omar Vizquel “played” left field for the first time in his 24-year career and them moved to first base in Thursday’s opener against the Indians. Except, in reality, Vizquel never set foot in left. He was brought in as a fifth infielder with the bases loaded…

  12. Chris Perez ruins Justin Masterson’s stellar day

    Apr 5, 2012, 6:33 PM EDT

    Chris Perez

    While he finished with a 3.32 ERA and 36 saves in 40 opportunities, Cleveland’s Chris Perez‘s 2011 performance suggested that worse days were on the way. One struck in Thursday’s opener. Justin Masterson allowed just two hits and struck out 10 in eight innings, only to watch Perez blow a 4-1 lead in the ninth…

  13. Blue Jays demote Brett Cecil to minors after rough spring

    Apr 3, 2012, 1:43 PM EDT

    Brett Cecil;

    Brett Cecil led the Blue Jays with 15 wins in 2010 and has started 65 games in the majors, but now the 25-year-old left-hander is headed back to the minors following a rough spring training. Toronto let Cecil pick between going to Triple-A or Double-A and he opted for the lower level because Triple-A affiliate…

  14. Springtime Storylines: Have Toronto Blue Jays brought in enough help for Jose Bautista?

    Apr 3, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Toronto Blue Jays

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2012 season. Up next: The Toronto Blue Jays. The Big Question: Have the Jays brought in enough help for Jose Bautista? Several times this…

  15. Braves name 22-year-old prospect Tyler Pastornicky starting shortstop

    Apr 2, 2012, 4:14 PM EDT

    Braves Spring baseball

    Tyler Pastornicky came into spring training as the favorite to be the Braves’ shortstop and today they made it official, naming the 22-year-old prospect the Opening Day starter. Pastornicky was acquired from the Blue Jays in the mid-2010 deal for Yunel Escobar and replaces veteran Alex Gonzalez, who signed with the Brewers as a free…

  16. Jim Tracy on Ubaldo Jimenez: “It’s the most gutless act I have seen in 35 years of professional baseball”

    Apr 2, 2012, 8:48 AM EDT

    Ubaldo Jimenez

    Jim Tracy didn’t mince words about the Ubaldo Jimenez-Troy Tulowitzki thing from yesterday: “It’s the most gutless act I have seen in 35 years of professional baseball. I have lost all respect for him. To do something like that and walk down off the mound, and if there’s any suggestion whatsoever that the ball got…

  17. Fresh off contract extension, Dustin McGowan to begin season on disabled list

    Mar 29, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Dustin McGowan

    Earlier this week the Blue Jays gave Dustin McGowan a two-year contract extension worth at least $4 million in guaranteed money despite the oft-injured right-hander throwing a grand total of 21 (terrible) innings since 2009. In a fitting follow-up to that surprising move McGowan is now expected to begin the season on the disabled list…

  18. Omar Vizquel snags a spot on Blue Jays’ bench at age 44

    Mar 28, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    Omar Vizquel

    Jamie Moyer is still fighting for a spot on the Rockies’ pitching staff, but the other elderly gentleman in spring training, 44-year-old Omar Vizquel, has secured a place on the Blue Jays’ bench for Opening Day. Toronto made it official today and also optioned his utility man competition, Mike McCoy, to Triple-A. Vizquel no longer…

  19. Blue Jays aren’t getting many calls about Travis Snider

    Mar 28, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays Travis Snider hits a home run against the Oakland Athletics in the fourth inning of their American League MLB baseball game in Toronto

    Travis Snider was the 14th overall pick in the 2006 draft and ranked among Baseball America‘s top 20 prospects in both 2008 and 2009, but the Blue Jays sent him to Triple-A yesterday despite being a 24-year-old with 877 plate appearances in the majors. And it turns out other teams feel similarly about Snider, as…

  20. Springtime Storylines: Are the Chicago White Sox rebuilding or contending?

    Mar 28, 2012, 2:50 PM EDT

    Paul Konerko

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2012 season. Up next: Chicago White Sox. The Big Question: Are the Chicago White Sox rebuilding or contending? After eight tumultuous but mostly successful…

  21. Dustin McGowan, who’s thrown just 21 innings since 2009, gets extension from Blue Jays

    Mar 26, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

    Dustin McGowan

    Dustin McGowan is still trying to come back from a series of arm injuries to reestablish himself as a viable big-league pitcher and has thrown just 21 innings with a 6.43 ERA since 2009, yet today the Blue Jays signed the 30-year-old right-hander to a two-year contract extension worth at least $3 million. John Lott…

  22. Brewers won’t try to sign impending free agent Shaun Marcum before he hits open market

    Mar 26, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Shaun Marcum adjusts his cap after giving up a three run home run to St. Louis Cardinals David Freese in the 1st inning of Game 6 of the MLB NLCS baseball playoffs in Milwaukee

    This time of year there are lots of stories about teams trying to sign free agents-to-be before they hit the open market following the season, but in the Brewers’ case they plan to let Shaun Marcum‘s contract expire. Marcum has one year and $7.725 million left on his deal and general manager Doug Melvin told…

  23. Blue Jays pick Eric Thames in left field, send down Travis Snider

    Mar 25, 2012, 8:25 PM 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

    Travis Snider performed well enough to win the Blue Jays’ starting job in left field this spring. Unfortunately for him, Eric Thames played well enough to hold on to it. Snider was sent packing Sunday despite his four homers and 16 RBI in 17 games this spring. He was hitting .271/.340/.625, though he did strike…

  24. Matt Thornton favored over Jesse Crain and Addison Reed as White Sox’s closer

    Mar 23, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Matt Thornton

    White Sox manager Robin Ventura has avoided naming a closer or even giving strong hints about which way he’s leaning among Matt Thornton, Jesse Crain, and Addison Reed, but Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun Times reports that “the smart money” is on Thornton getting the job. Thornton struggled with some save chances early…

  25. Springtime Storylines: Did the Angels buy themselves the A.L. West?

    Mar 20, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim's first baseman Pujols watches the field during their spring training game at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Arizona

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2012 season. Up next: the Los Angeles Angels of Pujols. The Big Question:  Did the Angels buy themselves the A.L. West this winter? The…

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