Baltimore right fielder Nick Markakis rejoined the Orioles’ starting lineup Monday, six days after his right shoulder was bruised when hit by a pitch from Aaron Loup during the AL East-clinching win over Toronto. Markakis had missed four consecutive games. Orioles manager Buck Showalter had prepared an alternate lineup with Markakis at designated hitter, just in case he wasn’t able to play the field. First baseman Steve Pearce was sidelined for the third straight game because of a sore right wrist, and he had a cortisone injection. View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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In a season that’s likely to end with the disappointment of missing the playoffs for a second straight year, everything came together for the New York Yankees on Sunday afternoon. They beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-2 with right-hander Masahiro Tanaka throwing 70 pain-free pitches after spending 2 1/2 months on the disabled list to rehab a partially torn elbow ligament . And that’s not all: Derek Jeter went 2 for 4, finishing the series with an 8-for-15 surge that included four straight multi-hit games — a first for a Yankees player age 40 or older. Finally, Brett Gardner hit the 15,000th home run in franchise history since the Yankees started playing in New York City in 1903. The best news for the club’s future was the return of Tanaka, who was feared lost for the season and beyond in July when he developed elbow pain after starting with a 1.99 ERA in his first 14 starts. Opting instead for a strengthening program after seeing three doctors, Tanaka might only be delaying Tommy John surgery. Against the Jays, he allowed one run, five hits and a hit batter over 5 1/3 innings. He struck out four, appearing to be in $155 million form. Tanaka said he was “relieved” to make an appearance, pitch successfully and feel no pain. He also said he stopped thinking about his elbow at some point — though he wasn’t sure exactly when. From the Associated Press: View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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Matthew Pouliot makes recommendations for final week adds and drops in the Strike Zone. View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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New York (AFP) – Derek Jeter, the beloved Yankees captain in the midst of his last regular-season homestand, gave fans another milestone to remember but New York ultimately fell short against Toronto. View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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Jose Bautista hit his eighth homer of the year against New York, Marcus Stroman pitched six gritty innings and the Toronto Blue Jays ended a season-worst six-game skid to beat the Yankees 6-3 Saturday and keep their faint playoff hopes alive. With eight games to play for both teams, Toronto is 5 1-2 games back for an AL wild card and the Yankees are 4 1-2. Danny Valencia hit a go-ahead, two-run double, helping hand the Yankees their first loss of Derek Jeter’s final homestand after two wins over Toronto. View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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Mark Buehrle took a few steps off the mound, turned around and didn’t bother to watch Jacoby Ellsbury’s home run sail deep to right field. Buehrle lost his 12th straight decision to the New York Yankees, a winless streak that’s over a decade after the Toronto Blue Jays fell 5-3 Friday night for their season-worst sixth straight loss. Buehrle, who has pitched a perfect game and has 198 career victories, dropped to 0-4 against the Yankees this season and 1-14 overall. ”They have Buehrle’s number,” manager John Gibbons summed up. View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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There’s so little time left to make up ground in saves and steals, but there are options for you nonetheless. View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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Derek Jeter turned on R.A. Dickey’s fastball, sent it deep into the left-field seats and circled the bases at Yankee Stadium for the first time in 14 months. With his usual flair, Jeter began his final homestand in dramatic fashion. Jeter’s solo homer gave the Yankees a two-run lead in a 3-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday night, a game the Yankees won when first baseman Adam Lind let Chase Headley’s ninth-inning grounder bounce through his legs for a game-ending error. We’re trying to win games, and I’m going to go out there and play hard like I’ve always done my entire career until we’re out of games.” Dickey stretched his scoreless streak against the Yankees to 19 innings before Stephen Drew’s RBI double in the fifth. View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman is appealing his six-game suspension that Major League Baseball imposed for throwing at the head of a Baltimore hitter. MLB penalized Stroman on Wednesday and also fined the 23-year-old rookie an undisclosed amount. The suspension had been set to start on Wednesday night when the Blue Jays played at Baltimore. Because Stroman is appealing, no penalty will take effect until there is a resolution. View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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The Baltimore Orioles had every right to experience a letdown just one night after clinching their first AL East title in 17 years. It would have made perfect sense, except that the players – and Steve Pearce, in particular – are simply having too much fun. Pearce homered twice and drove in four runs as the Orioles beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-1 Wednesday night for a three-game sweep. One of the key components of Baltimore’s surprising season, Pearce hit a solo shot in the third inning and a three-run drive in the fifth. View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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