The Tampa Bay Rays traded a star left-hander when they sent David Price to the Detroit Tigers. Drew Smyly, acquired in a July 31 trade, was brilliant on Friday, pitching a two-hitter for his first career complete game as the Rays defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 8-0 in the opener of a three-game series. “He had everything going on,” Rays manager Joe Maddon said. Third baseman Evan Longoria drove in three runs with a home run and a double and was a triple shy of the cycle. View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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For most of Wednesday afternoon, the wind was blowing in from left field at Miller Park, where the Toronto Blue Jays were wrapping up a long and frustrating road trip against the Milwaukee Brewers. The winds shifted, though, in the sixth inning — not coincidentally around the same time that Jose Bautista belted his 24th home run of the season to break open a one-run game as the Blue Jays coasted to a 9-5 victory. “You could kind of hear a collective sigh on the bench,” knuckleballer R.A. Dickey said. Toronto had lost six of the first seven games on the three-city swing, including their last two in a row, and were lit up the night before by the Brewers, who had won five straight coming into the game. View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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The Boston Red Sox proved last season that a team can win a World Series without anyone having a monster season. The Baltimore Orioles not only are poised to succeed the Red Sox as American League East champions this season — their nine-game bulge over the Toronto Blue Jays is the largest of any of the major leagues’ six division leaders — but are reminiscent of last year’s Boston team in that none of their players are serious candidates to win the MVP or Cy Young awards. Designated hitter Nelson Cruz leads the major leagues with 33 home runs and has driven in 86 runs. However, his chances of winning the MVP are hurt by his .258 batting average in 123 games, not playing in the outfield regularly and being suspended 50 games by Major League Baseball late last season while playing for the Texas Rangers because of his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal. View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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So far, the Baltimore Orioles are enjoying their weeklong stay in the Windy City. Backed by three home runs and another solid outing from their starting pitcher Wednesday night, the Orioles beat the Chicago White Sox 4-3 Wednesday night and swept a three-game series at U.S. First baseman Steve Pearce, left fielder Nelson Cruz and center fielder Adam Jones hit the homers to give left-handed starter Wei-Yin Chen just enough run support for the win, and the Orioles clinched their first sweep of the White Sox in Chicago since taking four straight games July 6-9, 1995. The Orioles are now 12-5 in their past 17 road games and 39-26 on the road this season. View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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The Toronto Blue Jays are contesting Creighton University’s use of a new logo, saying the depiction of the school’s ”Bluejay” too closely resembles the logo of the major league baseball team. The Blue Jays filed a notice of opposition this month with the U.S. Creighton’s new logo debuted in September 2013, coinciding with the school’s move from the Missouri Valley Conference to the Big East. The Toronto Blue Jays argue Creighton’s logo would lead the public to believe goods sold by the university are ”approved, endorsed or sponsored” by the baseball club. View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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- – - Brewers 6, Blue Jays 1 Mike Fiers struck out six and the Milwaukee Brewers got two doubles each from first baseman Jonathan Lucroy and third baseman Aramis Ramirez in a 6-1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. Fiers went seven innings and held the Blue Jays to a run on two hits and a walk, while retiring his final 18 batters in order. The Brewers won their fifth straight to stay 2 1/2 games clear at the top of the National League Central. Toronto fell to 64-62 with the loss. View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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    Pretty much the worst news the Kansas City Royals could hear would be that “Salvador Perez is coming out of the game.” However, with catcher Erik Kratz available to come off the bench, the Royals aren’t doomed without Perez, who otherwise comes close to being irreplaceable.  Kratz came though with two home runs against the Minnesota Twins on Monday night after Perez came out because of a right knee injury, helping the Royals win 6-4 and increase their first-place lead in the American League Central. Kansas City’s 69-55 record is the same as it was in 1985, also the most recent time the Royals made the playoffs and won the World Series. It’s also not often players come off the bench and hit two home runs: Erik Kratz hit 2 HR in game he didn’t start. Only other AL players to do that in last 4 seasons: Matt Joyce 9/29/12 & Raul Ibanez 9/22/12 — Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) August 19, 2014   Perez reportedly has a “pinched” patella tendon , though there’s no structural damage to the joint, the Kansas City Star quotes Royals manager Ned Yost as saying. It still sounds ominous, mostly because Perez leads the league in innings played among catchers, and has been Kansas City’s second- or third-best hitter , after Alex Gordon. Mostly a backup in Philadelphia and Toronto the past 2 1/2 seasons, Kratz came over from the Blue Jays with pitcher Liam Hendriks just before the trade deadline, and was considered insurance policy for Perez, who started for the AL in the All-Star game. Kratz’s first homer, on a broken bat, came against Anthony Swarzak in the seventh. His second, against Ryan Pressly in the ninth. Hitting two home runs in just his sixth game for the Royals means general manager Dayton Moore’s insurance policy has paid off already: “That’s one of the reasons we got him,” Yost said. “We knew that he had power.”  But did the Royals also know that Kratz is one of Major League Baseball’s most foremost turkey bacon advocates?   Beyond breakfast, Kratz says the life of a backup catcher is simple: You’ve always got to be ready to play, even if it doesn’t actually happen for days. From the K.C. Star: His role is unique. Perez is a fixture in the lineup. His off-days are rare. But Kratz still insists on staying fresh each evening. “You put your work in before the game as a bench guy to be ready to go in,” Kratz said. “Some people could say ‘Well, Salvy plays every day. So why not take a day off?’ My opinion is: What’s the point of taking the day off if that’s the day you might come in and play.” The morning after, Yost said it’s likely Perez will be OK after a couple of days to rest. Ned on S.Perez: “I don’t expect him to be down for long. His knee was completely stable & in good shape. Looking at a day or two max” — MLB Network Radio (@MLBNetworkRadio) August 19, 2014   Kratz will be ready for that, too. More MLB coverage at Yahoo Sports:    – - – - – - – David Brown is an editor for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at rdbrown@yahoo-inc.com and follow him on Twitter! Follow @AnswerDave   View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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CHICAGO (AP) — Conor Gillaspie leads the Chicago White Sox with a .311 batting average, and on Sunday the third baseman led them to a win with a rare burst of power. View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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Adding to their organizational depth at the first base position, the Toronto Blue Jays claimed Matt Hague off waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday. Pittsburgh designated him for assignment Thursday when it added right-hander reliever John Axford in a waiver claim from the Cleveland Indians. Hague, 28, appeared in three games for the Pirates earlier this season, going 0-for-2. He also played in 30 games with Pittsburgh in 2012, batting .229 with a .270 on-base percentage, a .257 slugging percentage, no homers and seven RBIs. View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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He was supposed to miss the rest of the season, but Avisail Garcia is back in the Chicago White Sox lineup and he’s already providing a noticeable presence. After Garcia tore the labrum in his left shoulder in April, he underwent surgery to repair it. The White Sox were told it might take up to six months to fully recover, but Garcia didn’t let it sink his spirits. “I always believed that,” said Garcia, who went 1-for-3 with a double Sunday in the White Sox’s 7-5 win against the Toronto Blue Jays. View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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