NEW YORK – The New York Yankees did not have a long man in the bullpen, but when Hiroki Kuroda struck out Jose Bautista on a slider for his first out Friday night, he sensed that his stuff was good enough to provide the distance that was sorely needed. View full post on Yahoo! Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News
The Minnesota Twins nearly handed Clay Buchholz his first loss of the season 11 days ago. View full post on Yahoo! Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News
PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates have been talking about Travis Snider being a “special bat” since acquiring him from the Toronto Blue Jays in a trade last July 31. View full post on Yahoo! Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News
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To say Raul Ibanez enjoys hitting at Yankee Stadium would be an understatement. After enjoying a terrific postseason in 2012 in which he delivered three home runs at the Stadium — including his dynamic Game 3 in the ALDS where he connected for game-tying and game-winning blasts — the 40-year-old veteran has returned with just as big a bang this season while wearing a Seattle Mariners uniform.
On Tuesday, Ibanez hit a two-run in Seattle’s 4-3 loss. On Wednesday, he went deep two more times, including a first inning grand slam off Phil Hughes and a two-run that shot in the fifth that iced away Seattle’s 12-2 victory . That brings his totals to six home runs and 13 RBIs at Yankee Stadium since the beginning of the 2012 playoffs. He’s 10 for 21 overall and obviously feels more confident taking shots at the short porch in right. Right, Raul?
”I can’t tell that much of a difference even though when you hear it, depending on how you’re doing, you know,” Ibanez said with a sly smile.
The sly smile gives him away. Or maybe he just heard he became the oldest player (40 years, 347 days) with at least six RBIs in a game since Barry Bonds in July 2007. Thanks to Elias for that tidbit. On the flipside, Phil Hughes allowed seven earned runs in the first inning after allowing only two first inning runs in seven starts all season. That’s a rough night for the old ERA.
D-Backs get last laugh: Justin Upton returned to Arizona with a four-hit game, including a monster home run , in Atlanta’s win on Monday night, but the Diamondbacks ended up winning the series with a 5-3 victory on Wednesday. New offensive centerpiece Paul Goldschmidt paced the attack with three doubles, while Eric Chavez knocked in three against former A’s teammate Tim Hudson. Heath Bell pitched the ninth for his sixth save. View full post on Yahoo! Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News
TORONTO — Ramon Ortiz pitched seven strong innings and Adam Lind and J.P. Arencibia hit two-run homers as the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the San Francisco Giants 11-3 on Wednesday to extend their winning streak to a season-best four games. View full post on Yahoo! Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News
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Not only did the San Francisco Giants give Melky Cabrera his 2012 World Series ring Tuesday night, they returned much of the equipment he had left behind at AT&T Park during a hasty exit this past summer. Included among Cabrera’s items were some of his old bats, one of which he used to knock out four hits in a 10-6 victory for the Toronto Blue Jays.
It figures, given that Cabrera got himself suspended in August after testing positive for testosterone, leaving the Giants without one of their best hitters for the pennant drive. Cabrera addressed all of that in a post-game interview with the help of coach Luis Rivera, who translated and gave paraphrased quotes. The Associated Press writes:
Cabrera’s big night came with bats he used while playing for the Giants last year, black bats stamped with an orange 53, his jersey number.
”I left some bats last season and Murph (Mike Murphy, the Giants equipment manager) sent them to me and I was using them today,” Cabrera said through a translator.
Cabrera also left the Giants, pretty much, without saying good-bye. Or saying he was sorry, or saying anything. His quick and quiet departure caused puzzlement, if not bad feelings. Of course, we know now that the Giants won the World Series anyway, and Cabrera got a nice free-agent deal from the Blue Jays despite an association with performance-enhancing drugs.
Still, it must have been with some awkward feelings that Giants manager Bruce Bochy presented Cabrera with his championship ring in a quick, quiet and private ceremony in a hallway between clubhouses at the Rogers Centre before the first pitch. The handoff differed from what was done with Nate Schierholtz, who got his ring in a public (if informal) ceremony at Wrigley Field in April.
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TORONTO — Right-hander R.A. Dickey struck out a season-best 10 in six innings and former Giant Melky Cabrera had four hits and two RBI as the Toronto Blue Jays defeated San Francisco 10-6 on Tuesday night. View full post on Yahoo! Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News
Victorino cleared to return, Ross to DL View full post on Yahoo! Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News
BOSTON (AP) — Shane Victorino has been cleared to play for the Red Sox after crashing into the right field wall. View full post on Yahoo! Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs have viewed Anthony Rizzo as a part of their future since they acquired him. View full post on Yahoo! Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News