Major league teams increased their spending on amateur draft picks 1.5 percent this year from a similar point last summer, yet the total dollars remained below the record set in 2011 before restraints were put in place Fifteen teams went over their bonus pool allotments, up from 11 last year and 10 in 2011, and will pay $2.68 million in tax. The record of $233.6 million spent on amateur draft picks was set three years ago. I don’t think that I envisioned it doing what it’s done.” This year’s total would have been higher if the Houston Astros had signed No. 1 selection Brady Aiken, a San Diego high school left-hander. While the Astros first offered a $6.5 million signing bonus, they lowered their proposal after he had a medical exam and they expressed concern about a ligament in his left elbow. View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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Neftali Feliz is a different pitcher from the one who blew the save in the Texas Rangers’ best chance to win a World Series in 2011. In his first save opportunity since that day, the Rangers’ right-hander delivered, securing victory for right-handed pitcher Jerome Williams, who limited the Oakland Athletics to one run over six innings in the Texas Rangers’ 4-1 victory over the A’s on Friday. Williams (2-4) gave up five hits while striking out four and walking none as a fill-in in Texas’ injury-riddled starting rotation. The next season, he was placed in the Texas rotation, but was lost for the better part of two seasons recovering from Tommy John surgery. View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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SAN FRANCISCO — Right-hander Zack Greinke had 10 strikeouts in seven innings of shutout ball and center fielder Yasiel Puig belted three of a franchise-record-tying five triples, propelling the Los Angeles Dodgers to an 8-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants in the opener of a three-game series between the National League West front-runners on Friday night. View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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(The Sports Xchange) – The Seattle Mariners acquired first baseman/designated hitter Kendrys Morales from the Minnesota Twins on Thursday in exchange for right-handed relief pitcher Stephen Pryor. He rejoins Seattle after a brief stint with the Twins. Morales, who signed as a free agent with Minnesota on June 8, appeared in 39 games and batted .234 with 11 doubles, one home run and 18 RBIs. He had a 12-game hitting streak snapped on Wednesday when he went 0-for-4 in the Twins’ 3-1 win over Cleveland. View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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TORONTO (AP) — Marcus Stroman of the Toronto Blue Jays has had his no-hit bid broken up after six innings against the Boston Red Sox. View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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So far, Brandon McCarthy is getting results for the New York Yankees. He’ll try to continue doing that against one of his former teams in Thursday’s finale of this four-game set as the Yankees go for a third straight win over the Texas Rangers. New York (52-48) has won both games with McCarthy (1-0, 1.42 ERA) on the mound after acquiring him from Arizona on July 6. McCarthy’s strong start for the Yankees has only continued his recent turnaround. View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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With the All-Star Game and the first closer trade in the rearview, it’s time to some good old fashioned closer talk. View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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Miguel Gonzalez returned home to deliver one of his best performances of the season. The Baltimore right-hander pitched 7 2/3 shutout innings and permitted just three hits, leading the Orioles to a 4-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night in front of 35,353 at Angel Stadium. “I like pitching here in Anaheim, especially in front of friends and family,” said Gonzalez, who grew up in a suburb northwest of Los Angeles. The Orioles (55-44) needed their fourth victory in six contests to maintain their four-game lead over the New York Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jays in the American League East. View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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