Justin Verlander remained winless in four starts since his return from the disabled list, allowing seven runs as his ERA ballooned to 6.75 ERA during the Detroit Tigers’ 10-5 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday. Jose Bautista and Justin Smoak homered in a six-run fifth inning against the 2011 AL Cy Young Award winner and MVP. Detroit reached the midpoint of the season at 41-40, its poorest record since a 39-42 mark for the first half in 2012. View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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Detroit slugger Miguel Cabrera will be sidelined with a left calf injury for at least six weeks after the Tigers placed the AL batting leader on the disabled list for the first time in his career. The two-time AL MVP pulled up while breaking for second on an attempted hit-and-run in the fourth inning of Friday’s 8-6 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. An MRI showed a strain of his calf muscle but no injury to his Achilles tendon. View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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DETROIT (AP) — J.D. Martinez homered and David Price pitched seven strong innings as the Detroit Tigers beat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-3 on Saturday afternoon. View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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Take a look around the league with Big League Stew’s daily wrap up. We’ll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats . Detroit Tigers right-hander Anibal Sanchez nearly carved out a rare place in the history books on Friday night. The 31-year-old from Maracay, Venezuela came up five outs short of pitching his second career no-hitter in Detroit’s 8-6 victory against the Toronto Blue Jays. Yes, that score is deceiving. We’ll get to that in a moment.  As for Sanchez, he was looking to become the 28th pitcher in MLB history to throw multiple no-hitters. He also pitched a no-hitter for the then Florida Marlins on Sept. 6, 2006 against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The near nine-year stretch between no-hitters would have been the second longest between a pitcher’s first and second.  [ Check out Big League Stew on Tumblr for even more baseball awesomeness. ] It takes a special performance just to notch one no-hitter. That’s why there have only been 289 of them in the league’s history. Sanchez was close to that level on Friday, allowing just two baserunners on a pair of walks through the first seven innings. He just didn’t have enough to cross the finish line.  Sanchez ended up allowing four runs on three hits in the inning. That’s because manager Brad Ausmus elected to stick with Sanchez despite his 110 pitches and the clear fact he was wearing out. The decision near’y proved disastrous as the Blue Jays offense caught fire and plated six runs before the eighth ended. Joakim Soria silenced them in the ninth for his 21st save.  The results were good, but the news isn’t all good for Detroit. First baseman Miguel Cabrera was forced to leave the game in the fourth inning with a strained left calf. He’s set to undergo an MRI and there’s concern his absence could be lengthy.  YANKEES PICK UP FIRST WALKOFF WIN IN 2015 The New York Yankees took their fans on a roller coaster ride Friday night, but made sure everyone went home happy with their first walk-off win since Derek Jeter’s final home game last September. Brian McCann played the role of hero, launching a three-run home run off Tampa Bay reliever Steve Geltz in the 12th to set off fireworks and wrap up the 7-5 victory.  The Yankees needed another big swing just to get to that spot though. Trailing by three runs in the eighth, Mark Teixeira launched a game-tying three-run homer off Kevin Jepsen. That wiped out an excellent start from Tampa’s Chris Archer, who tossed 6 2/3 scoreless innings with eight strikeouts.   The resilient Rays pulled back ahead in the 12th on RBI singles from Kevin Kiermaier and Rene Rivera, but New York would not be denied. Brett Gardner, Alex Rodriguez and Teixeira all reached base to help set up McCann’s big swing.  ROYALS ALSO NOTCH FIRST WALKOFF WIN The Yankees and Kansas City were the only two teams without a walkoff win entering play on Friday. That all changed in a matter of minutes.  Thanks to the speed of Lorenzo Cain and a well-placed ground ball by Jarrod Dyson, the Royals celebrated a 3-2, 10-inning victory against the visiting Minnesota Twins.  Cain led off the 10th with a double and went to third with one out on a wild pitch. Dyson then hit a chopper to first baseman Joe Mauer. Mauer fired home, but the tag was a split-second late as a headfirst sliding Cain got the plate with his left hand.  With the win, Kansas City snapped a season-high four-game losing streak and moved to 4 1/2 games ahead of Minnesota in the AL Central. Wade Davis earned the win on the hill with a scoreless 10th inning. His season ERA was lowered to 0.26.       CARDINALS LOSE FOURTH STRAIGHT AT HOME It turns out the St. Louis Cardinals aren’t unbeatable after all. After being swept in a quick two-game series by the Chicago White Sox, the Cardinals have now lost two straight to the San Diego Padres, running their losing streak to four. On Friday, they fell 2-1 despite a strong effort from right-hander Michael Wacha. Wacha allowed just one run over seven outstanding innings. Closer Trevor Rosenthal, who had allowed just two earned runs all season, cracked in the ninth however, allowing a run on a Yangervis Solarte triple and Jedd Gyorko single. That run would be the difference.  For San Diego, Andrew Cashner was on point, holding St. Louis to one run over six innings. Three Padres relievers combined to allow just one hit over three innings, with Craig Kimbrel picking up his 21st save. Gyorko was the offensive hero, knocking in both of San Diego’s runs.  More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813 View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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NEW YORK (AP) — Anyone still ranting about the online election that put five Kansas City Royals in position to start the All-Star Game, the following is for you. View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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Take a look around the league with Big League Stew’s daily wrap up. We’ll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats. The Atlanta Braves managed to do something few teams have done this season: They registered a victory against Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer. The win didn’t come without controversy, though. With the two clubs knotted 1-1 in the bottom of the ninth, Scherzer took the mound hoping to send the game into extras.  Pedro Ciriaco led off the frame with a single, and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Jace Peterson. That’s when controversy struck. Cameron Maybin hit a walk-off single down the third base line to win the contest. Whether the ball was fair or foul is up for debate. The ball took a big hop on the infield dirt and landed in foul territory once it hit the ground. Umpire C.B. Bucknor ruled that the ball passed over third base in fair territory, making it a fair ball. Nationals manager Matt Williams did not agree with the call, but due to a strange wrinkle in the replay rules, the umps could not take another look at the play. The rule states that any ball that lands in front of the first or third base umps is not eligible to be reviewed. That seems random, but those are the rules. With the win, Atlanta improved to 38-41 on the year.   MATT MOORE RUNS OUT OF STEAM Jose Fernandez and Matt Cain weren’t the only pitchers returning to action Thursday. Tampa Bay Rays left Matt Moore also made his return to the mound during the club’s 5-4 loss to the Cleveland Indians. Moore showed some encouraging signs, but was mostly shaky during his first start of the year. Over 4 2/3 innings, Moore allowed four runs on six hits. He struck out four and walked two during the contest. Moore looked great early, but seemed to tire as the game went on. Through the first three innings, he did not allow a hit against Cleveland. A sac fly put the Indians on the board in the fourth, and then the floodgates opened in the fifth. After two quick outs, Moore allowed a single against Giovanny Urshela. Urshela advanced to second on a wild pitch, and was brought home on a single by Jason Kipnis. Francisco Lindor and Michael Brantley would follow that up with RBI singles of their own, chasing Moore from the contest. It was Moore’s first start in 451 days.  After the start, Moore said he was happy to be back. Felt great to get back out on the mound!Had a tremendous amount of help and feel very thankful tonight. — Matt Moore (@MattyMoe55) July 3, 2015 Cleveland improved to 37-41 with the win. KAZMIR SHUTS DOWN SEATTLE Oakland Athletics lefty Scott Kazmir dominated the Seattle Mariners during a 4-0 victory Thursday. Kazmir allowed just two hits during the contest, both of which came against outfielder Frankin Gutierrez. No one else in Seattle’s lineup could touch Kazmir. Kazmir actually had a perfect game going until the fifth inning. With one out, Gutierrez broke up the perfecto with a double. Gutierrez would add a single in the eighth inning, but was stranded on base both times. Over eight shutout innings, Kazmir allowed just two hits. He struck out seven and did not issue a walk during the contest. With the start, Kazmir lowered his ERA to 2.56 on the year. BOYD BEAT BY BOSTON It was a bad day for Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Matt Boyd. Boyd was absolutely crushed against the Boston Red Sox during a 12-6 loss.  Boyd got the start for Toronto, and exited the game without recording an out. He allowed three straight singles to open the game, the last of which brought in a run. David Ortiz would then follow that up with a three-run homer, giving Boston the early four-run lead. They weren’t done yet, though. Hanley Ramirez would follow that up with a solo shot of his own. Pablo Sandoval added a single, and Mike Napoli walked, and that was the end of the day for Boyd.  Both of those runners would come around to score, meaning Boyd was charged with two runs after leaving the contest. He allowed seven runs on six hits during the appearance. Boyd walked one and failed to strike out a batter. He was sent down to the minors after the game. Toronto briefly attempted a comeback attempt, but Boston managed to pull away in the late innings. With the victory, the Red Sox improved to 37-44.  Want to see more from Thursday’s slate of games? Check out  our scoreboard . View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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We loved free-swinging Vladimir Guerrero during his playing days and soon enough, we’ll see if we love the sequel. Vlad Guerrero Jr., the most recognizable name in this year’s international free-agent class, which was allowed to begin signing with MLB teams Thursday, has agreed to join the Toronto Blue Jays. According to MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez , Vlad Jr. is getting a $3.9 million deal from the Jays that should allow him to start his baseball career in Canada like his famous father. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Vladimir Guerrero Sr. at the @BlueJays facility in the Dominican Republic. So proud! pic.twitter.com/YDgXAnZsBU — Guerrero Academy (@mhallbaseball) July 2, 2015 The moment Vladimir Guerrero Jr. became a Toronto Blue Jay! He is worth the hype everybody! pic.twitter.com/dwzjxJckNa — Guerrero Academy (@mhallbaseball) July 2, 2015 Vlad Jr. #27, what else would you expect? @BlueJays pic.twitter.com/yCvGl85wxl — Guerrero Academy (@mhallbaseball) July 2, 2015 The elder Guerrero signed with the Montreal Expos in 1993, as an 18-year-old out of the Dominican Republic. He proceeded to win an MVP and hit 449 homers in his 16-year career. The younger Vlad is just 16 years old, but scouts (and baseball fans) have already been watching him for a while. [ David Price joins The StewPod to talk social media, baseball brotherhood and more. ] His highlight videos have made the rounds of the baseball-loving Internet and fans have enjoyed comparing his swing to his dad’s. See this GIF we made last year: View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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Take a look around the league with Big League Stew’s daily wrap up. We’ll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats. If for some reason you’re still not convinced the Houston Astros are for real, perhaps their three-game sweep of the defending AL champion Kansas City Royals can sway your opinion. The Astros completed the sweep with a hard fought 6-5 victory on Wednesday night. After falling behind 3-0 in the second inning, Houston rallied to score five in the middle innings to take the lead. Chris Carter’s 100th career home run opened their scoring. After Marwin Gonzalez homered and likely All-Star Jose Altuve tied the game with an RBI single, Evan Gattis put them ahead with a two-run single in the fifth. The resilient Royals didn’t fade away though, tying the game again in the seventh on Jarrod Dyson’s two-run triple. Houston scored the winner in their half of the seventh on Carter’s fielder’s choice. Not exactly the most thrilling winning run, but very fitting for the Astros. With the win, Houston now owns the AL’s second best record at 47-34. They’re only percentage points behind Kansas City, which fell to 44-31. [ Check out Big League Stew on Tumblr for even more baseball awesomeness. ] The only dark cloud hovering for Houston is the condition of outfielder George Springer. Springer was hit with a pitch on the wrist and left the game with a reported contusion. However, the team didn’t sound overly optimistic about his condition following the game. AJ said he’s not optimistic Springer will avoid the DL. #Astros — Chandler Rome (@Chandler_Rome) July 2, 2015 Springer has been a stabilizing force since being moved into the leadoff position on May 24. In 36 games since, he’s hitting .317/.391/.504. In other words, the Astros can ill-afford to lose his bat. JUSTIN BOUR LAUNCHES THREE-RUN WALKOFF HOMER The Miami Marlins aren’t contenders, but they’re starting to look like awfully good spoilers. Since losing Giancarlo Stanton to a broken hamate bone on Friday, they’ve gone 3-1 against the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants, including a dramatic 6-5 walkoff win against San Francisco on Wednesday night. Justin Bour was the hero. After Christian Yelich and Adeiny Hechevarria started the ninth inning with singles against Giants’ closer Santiago Casilla, Bour lifted off, depositing a three-run shot into the right field seats. The home run was Bour’s seventh of the season. More importantly for Miami, it completed a rare late comeback. Miami had been 0-38 when trailing after seven innings this season. It also helped them overcome hitting into a franchise record five double plays during the game. Four of those double plays came against Giants starter Chris Heston, who was in line for his ninth victory before the ninth inning. Now the Giants will focus on avoiding a sweep on Thursday, and it won’t be easy with Marlins’ ace Jose Fernandez making his return from Tommy John surgery. BLUE JAYS ERUPT ON CANADA DAY Wednesday was a day of celebration in Canada, and the Toronto Blue Jays offense provided plenty of fireworks to make the celebration even grander. In an 11-2 victory against the Boston Red Sox, the Blue Jays connected for five home runs, including two from first baseman Justin Smoak. Toronto also got a three-run shot from Edwin Encarnacion, which opened the scoring in the first inning. Jose Bautista and All-Star votie leader Josh Donaldson each added a two-run shot later in the game to complete a thrilling performance for the 45,392 fans at Rogers Centre. Jose Reyes did not homer, but contributed four hits and scored four runs. Donaldson, Smoak and Kevin Pillar each had three hits in the 16-hit attack. [ David Price joins The StewPod to talk social media, baseball brotherhood and more. ] On the hill, Toronto’s Mark Buehrle improved to 9-4 with six innings of one-run ball. Buehrle’s remarkable season of run support continued as Toronto has now topped 10 runs in six of his 16 outings On the other side, Rick Porcello was lit up for seven runs over two innings, including three home runs. His ERA ballooned to 6.08 over 94 2/3 innings. CUBS SILENCE METS WITH ANOTHER SHUTOUT For the Chicago Cubs and New York Mets, offense has been difficult to come by in recent days. Well, for the Mets it’s actually been much longer, but you get the point. In Tuesday’s series opener, one run was enough for the Cubs to be victorious. The same would be true again on Wednesday, only this time the Cubs went and scored twice in the 11th inning to win 2-0.   How the Cubs rallied was actually quite fitting given how the teams are playing. With runners on first and second and one out, Chris Coghlan laced a single to right field that should have scored a run or loaded of the bases. It did neither. Anthony Rizzo was held at third base while Kris Bryant continued around second base completely unaware that Rizzo wasn’t headed home.  Bryant was tagged out, which seemed to set the stage for another missed opportunity. However, Starlin Castro followed with about a 75-foot infield single to get Rizzo home. Miguel Montero then followed with an RBI single to make it an insurmountable two run lead.  Jon Lester and Bartolo Colon each got a no-decision. Each pitched seven scoreless innings. Perhaos more notable, each was 0 for 2 at the plate. Colon lined out to right field with the bases loaded in the second inning in what may have been New York’s best scoring chance.  Want to see more from Wednesday’s slate of games? Check out our scoreboard . 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Justin Smoak hasn’t been a lineup fixture for the power-laden Blue Jays, but his latest performance should earn him a little extra playing time. Smoak homered from both sides of the plate, Mark Buehrle won his fourth straight decision and Toronto beat the Red Sox 11-2 on Wednesday, ending Boston’s winning streak at a season high-tying three. Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion and Josh Donaldson all connected and Jose Reyes had four hits as the Blue Jays scored more runs than they had in their previous four games combined, giving a Canada Day crowd of 45,392 plenty to cheer about. View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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Take a look around the league with Big League Stew’s daily wrap up. We’ll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats. Move over Felix Hernandez, the Seattle Mariners have apparently discovered a new ace. Mike Montgomery dazzled again Tuesday, leading the M’s to a 5-0 victory over the San Diego Padres. It wasn’t the first time Montgomery tossed a complete game shutout this season. In fact, he did it in his previous start. This two-game stretch puts him in rare company. Mike Montgomery of the #Mariners is just the eighth pitcher since 2010 with back-to-back shutouts. Max Scherzer also did it this year. — David Schoenfield (@dschoenfield) July 1, 2015 Montgomery was absolutely filthy during Tuesday’s contest. He carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning before Yangervis Solarte doubled with one out. That was the only hit Montgomery would allow during the start. Over his nine shutout innings, Montgomery gave up just one hit. He walked four and struck out seven. After six starts in the majors this season, Montgomery has a 1.62 ERA.  KEUCHEL CAN’T BE STOPPED The Houston Astros have the best record in the American League. A big part of that has been pitcher Dallas Keuchel. The 27-year-old ace was fantastic again Wednesday during a 4-0 victory over the Kansas City Royals. Houston has now won three straight contests, two of which of come against the Royals. Kansas City entered the series with just one fewer win than Houston, but the Astros have asserted their dominance thus far. [ On this week's StewPod: Looking back at a fun week in baseball with Jeff Passan ] Keuchel, once again, was phenomenal. He allowed seven hits over eight shutout innings. Keuchel struck out seven and did not allow a walk during the contest.  Though it may seem crazy, Keuchel has actually put himself in MVP conversation this season. There is a not-entirely-crazy case to be made that, at this point, Dallas Keuchel has been the AL’s MVP. — David Cameron (@DCameronFG) July 1, 2015 That’s a significant development for a pitcher whose career ERA in the majors was 5.20 entering 2014. With the win, the Astros improved to 46-34 on the year. The club holds a four-game lead over the Los Angeles Angels in the American League West. DANNY SALAZAR COMES THROUGH FOR TRIBE A day after his teammate flirted with a no-hitter Cleveland Indians pitcher Danny Salazar decided to do the same. Salazar was perfect through five innings during a 6-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday. On Monday, rookie Cody Anderson carried a perfect game into the seventh. Salazar didn’t make it that far, but still managed an impressive outing. Salazar was perfect through the first five innings, but ran into trouble in the sixth. He walked the leadoff man, ending the bid for perfection. The no-hitter ended just two hitters later as Curt Casali doubled to left. Salazar would make it out of the inning without giving up any runs. He eventually would allow the Rays to get on the board, but that didn’t happen until the eighth inning. Logan Forsythe walked to start things off, and came in to score on an Asdrubal Cabrera double. Salazar would wind up giving up one more run, but it came on an error. With the win, Salazar improved to 7-3 on the year. He has a 3.80 ERA over 14 starts. BOSTON HANGS ON AGAINST THE JAYS Boston Red Sox rookie Eduardo Rodriguez had a tough task Tuesday. Rodriguez had to shutdown the lefty-mashing Toronto Blue Jays. He was successful, inching out the 4-3 victory. While the game wound up being close at the end, that wasn’t due to Rodriguez. The youngster was fantastic, giving up just one earned run against the potent Blue Jays lineup. Over six innings, Rodriguez allowed one run on four hits. He walked two and struck out four during the outing. It was the team’s bullpen that made things interesting. Tommy Layne replaced Rodriguez to start the seventh, and found himself in some trouble. Following a Kevin Pillar single, Layne gave up a two run homer to Jose Reyes to bring the score within one run. Alexi Ogando entered at that point, and managed to keep Josh Donaldson from extending the inning. Ogando remained in the game during the eighth, tossing a perfect frame despite facing the meat of the Jays lineup.  [ Check out Big League Stew on Tumblr for even more baseball awesomeness. ] Koji Uehara got the call in the ninth, and was able to close things out without any issues. With the win, the Red Sox improved to 36-43 on the year. The club currently resides in last place in the American League East. Want to see more from Tuesday’s slate of games? Check out  our scoreboard . More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Chris Cwik is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at christophercwik@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Chris_Cwik View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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