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Postseason Home Runs Coming At Record Clip

Oct 13, 2016 5:33 AM

After we saw a jump in home runs during the regular season, the spike has carried over into the playoffs.

Heading into play on Tuesday, 108 runs had been scored in the postseason and half of them were as a result of home runs, the highest percentage since the wild card was introduced.

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Andrew Miller: Buck Showalter 'Knows What He's Doing'

Oct 6, 2016 8:11 AM

Andrew Miller, one of Buck Showalter's former relievers, strongly defended the manager after he failed to use Zach Britton in the Baltimore Orioles' Wild Card loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.

Miller pitched for the Orioles in 2014. He regards Showalter as one of the best in baseball at running a bullpen.

"He's getting buried right now, but I tell people all the time how good he was," Miller said. "That's his reputation. It's not just me that's out there saying it. Today might not be the day to do it, but if you polled front-office guys who are out there, I think in general he would be as well-regarded as anybody at that particular skill."

With one out in the 11th inning, Showalter called on Ubaldo Jimenez rather than Britton. Jimenez allowed singles to Devon Travis and Josh Donaldson and an upper-deck home run to Edwin Encarnacion in a five-pitch span.

"I'm as surprised as anybody Britton didn't find his way into that game,'' Miller said. "But even with the earlier moves, [Darren] O'Day and [Brad] Brach did such a good job, it almost looked like, 'Buck knows what he's doing. He's got something going on.' It just backfired. If it worked out, everybody would have said he was a genius and had it all figured out. That's just the way it goes.''

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Toronto Police Identify Beer-Throwing Fan As Local Writer

Oct 6, 2016 8:03 AM

Toronto police have identified the fan that threw a beer can at Hyun soo Kim during a routine fly ball in Tuesday night's American League Wild Card game at Rogers Centre.

The man was identified as journalist Ken Pagan, a PostMedia employee.

Pagan is a copy editor for PostMedia, which owns and operates the Toronto Sun.

The Blue Jays released the following statement:

"Throughout this season, we have witnessed an incredible level of fan engagement, with a passionate and loyal fan base that extends across Canada.

"On the heels of one of the most competitive and exhilarating baseball games in our club's history, it is extremely unfortunate that the irresponsible actions of one individual would detract from the game on the field, and tarnish an otherwise memorable night."

Matt Snyder/CBS Sports

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Blue Jays Fan Throws Beer Can At Hyun Soo Kim During Fly Ball

Oct 5, 2016 7:40 AM

The Baltimore Orioles were enraged after a fan threw a beer can onto the field as Hyun Soo Kim caught the final out in the seventh inning of the Toronto Blue Jays' win in the American League Wild Card Game at Rogers Centre.

As Kim settled under a fly ball off the bat of Melvin Upton Jr., the can sailed past him and landed on the turf.

Adam Jones angrily pointed into the stands and yelled into the crowd.

Buck Showalter emerged from the dugout and walked all the way to left field to register his displeasure with the umpiring crew before returning to the dugout.

"Someone threw a beer down at my player," Jones said. "That's about as pathetic as it gets between the lines. You don't do that. I don't care how passionate you think you are. Yell, cuss, scream, tell us we're horrible. We get that. We're the opposition. We completely understand that. To throw something at a player, that's as pathetic as it gets."

Blue Jays spokesman Erik Grosman said the fan was not ejected because he took off before police had a chance to get to him. Police are investigating.

"Something like that should never happen. It's the first time for me and hopefully the last," Kim said through an interpreter.

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Buck Showalter On Not Using Zach Britton: 'It Didn't Work Out'

Oct 5, 2016 7:32 AM

The Baltimore Orioles saw their season end with a Wild Card loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night in walk-off fashion.

The loss was more puzzling because it came without Zach Britton, one of baseball's best relievers, throwing a single pitch.

"He was fine," Buck Showalter said when asked if Britton was hurt. "He was fine."

The game was tied 2-2 in the late innings until Edwin Encarnacion hit a game-winning, three-run home run.

"I figured [Showalter] would wait maybe and in the eighth or ninth if we were ahead, I'd be in the game," said Britton, who reiterated he was fine physically. "But once the score was tied, I felt like once there was an opportunity to get in the game, I was going to get the game. Whether we were going to get a lead or not, I wasn't sure.

"It was just frustrating to have to sit down there and watch and not be able to help the team."

Britton warmed up three times: in the eighth, ninth and 10th innings.

"There's a lot of different ways to look at it, so that's the way we went," he said. "It didn't work out."

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Edwin Encarnacion's Walk-Off Home Run Sends Blue Jays To ALDS

Oct 5, 2016 7:21 AM

With the score tied at 2-2 in the bottom of the 11th inning on Tuesday night, Edwin Encarnacion hit a walk-off, three-run home run to send the Toronto Blue Jays past the Baltimore Orioles and into the ALDS.

It was the Blue Jays' first postseason walk-off home run since Joe Carter won the 1993 World Series.

"You can't say enough about him. He's been the one guy throughout the whole year who's been in the lineup and healthy," Kevin Pillar said. "He's carried the team this whole year, and he doesn't get enough credit for what he does. This guy should be in the MVP conversation. He plays a hell of a first base and doesn't get enough recognition for that.

"What he's been able to do with everything he's got going on with his free agency, and being able to put that behind him and just go out there and play and drive in runs -- we've got one of the best hitters in the game, and we've all learned so much from him."

Encarnacion hit 42 home runs this season and has averaged 39 homers and 110 RBIs in the past five.

The Blue Jays will face the Texas Rangers in the ALDS beginning Thursday.

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Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Baltimore Orioles, Game Recap, Team Achievement

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Jays Beat Red Sox, Will Host O's In AL Wild-Card Game

Oct 2, 2016 7:40 PM

Aaron Sanchez took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and Troy Tulowitzki singled to break an eighth-inning tie, helping the Blue Jays clinch the AL's top wild-card berth Sunday with a 2-1 victory over the Red Sox in David Ortiz's final regular season game.

Toronto clinched a spot in the postseason when the Tigers lost to the Braves 1-0 earlier Sunday evening. With their win in Boston, the Blue Jays earned the right to host the Orioles in a one-game playoff on Tuesday.

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Tony La Russa: Adam Jones Wrong In Saying MLB Is A 'White Man's Sport'

Sep 15, 2016 8:03 AM

Tony La Russa recognizes there are issues that affect the black community in the United States, but disagrees with Adam Jones, who said Major League Baseball is a "white man's sport."

"When he says it's a white, like elitist, kind of sport, I mean how much wronger can he be? We have tried so hard, the MLB, to expand the black athletes' opportunity," said La Russa, who spent two years working directly for Major League Baseball. "We want the black athletes to pick not basketball or football, but want them to play baseball; they should play baseball. And we're working to make that happen in the inner cities. We have a lot of Latin players. We have players from the Pacific Rim."

Only 8 percent of the league classifies as African-American. A total of just 69 black players were on the Opening Day rosters of the league's 30 teams.

La Russa agreed that there is an issue but said effort is being made.

"It's very difficult in the inner cities to get black athletes to play the game," La Russa said. "So what [MLB is doing is] expanding the opportunity so the black athlete gets a chance."


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Orioles Flirting With All-Time Home Run Mark For Team

Sep 13, 2016 3:16 PM

The Baltimore Orioles have 228 home runs with roughly three weeks left in the regular season.

The total is already the 36th-history in Major League Baseball history for a team.

With an average of 1.59 home runs per game, the Orioles would finish 2016 with 258 home runs.

That projected total would rank the Orioles third on the all-time list behind only the 1997 Seattle Mariners (264) and 2005 Texas Rangers (260).

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Adam Jones: No Anthem Protests Because MLB Is 'White Man's Sport'

Sep 13, 2016 6:22 AM

Adam Jones thinks he knows why Major League Baseball players have been absent from the growing chorus of athletes who have publicly spoken out about problems they may see in the United States.

"Baseball is a white man's sport," Jones told USA Today.

"We already have two strikes against us already," Jones added, "so you might as well not kick yourself out of the game. In football, you can't kick them out. You need those players. In baseball, they don't need us."

Baseball has had an issue with the dwindling number of African-Americans playing the game. Only 8 percent of the league classifies as African-American.

"Baseball is numbers. It's 8 percent black. I didn't make that up," Jones later told the Baltimore Sun. "In football, basketball, the numbers are in the 60s and 70s. These aren't made up numbers. It just is what it is. I'm part of the 8 percent."


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Orioles Sign Tommy Hunter
Tommy Hunter played for Baltimore from 2011-15, going 21-20 with a 4.22 ERA.


Zach Britton Allows First Earned Run In 43 Appearances
Zach Britton's remarkable streak of 43 consecutive games without allowing an earned run ended on Wednesday night against the Nationals.

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Shoulder Inflammation Sends Chris Tillman To DL
Ubaldo Jimenez will take Chris Tillman's turn in the rotation on Thursday.

Ryan Baillargeon/MLB

Jays Option Aaron Sanchez To Class-A To Limit Innings
The Blue Jays plan to recall Aaron Sanchez to start against the Orioles on August 31.

Astros Recall Yulieski Gurriel To DH
Cuban defector Yulieski Gurriel will join the Astros at Camden Yards on Sunday.

Manny Machado Hits Three HRs In Three Innings
Manny Machado became just the second player in Major League history to homer in the first, second and third innings of a game.


O's Acquire Wade Miley From M's For Pitching Prospect
The Mariners received left-handed pitcher Ariel Miranda who has spent most of the year at Triple-A Norfolk.

Orioles Interested In Erasmo Ramirez
The Orioles would use Ramirez as a starter.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Orioles Trying Hard To Get Andrew Casher From Padres
San Diego has also discussed Melvin Upton, Jr. with Baltimore.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Six Teams Showing Interest In Trading For Jay Bruce
The Indians, Rangers, Nationals, Orioles, Giants and Dodgers have all shown interest in trading for Jay Bruce, according to a report.

Jon Heyman/Today's Knuckleball

Padres Pushing Hard To Trade Andrew Cashner
The Padres are widely expected to trade Andrew Cashner before the Aug. 1 non-waiver trade deadline.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Frazier, Trumbo Headline HR Derby Contestants
The 2016 Home Run Derby will take place Monday at San Diego's Petco Park,

Orioles Set Home Run Record For June
Hyun Soo Kim hit a home run in the seventh inning against the Mariners on Thursday night to allow the Orioles to set a Major League record for home runs in the month of June.

Associated Press

Orioles Showing Interest In Francisco Liriano, Drew Pomeranz
The Orioles have an all-right-handed rotation and are interested in trading for a left-hander to balance things out.

Jon Morosi/MLB

Yordano Ventura Begins Suspension; Manny Machado Drops Appeal
Manny Machado dropped his appeal on Saturday and will begin a four-game suspension on Sunday.

Manny Machado's Appeal Reportedly Set For Tuesday
Manny Machado's hearing to appeal his four-game suspension from last week's on-field fight with Yordano Ventura will be on Tuesday, according to a report.


Phillies Take Mickey Moniak; MLB Draft Round 1 Results
The Phillies used the first overall pick on California high school outfielder Mickey Moniak.

RealGM Staff Report

Yordano Ventura Suspended Nine Games; Manny Machado Gets Four
Yordano Ventura, who threw at Manny Machado to kick off the fight, will appeal the suspension.

RealGM Staff Report

Yordano Ventura, Manny Machado Ejected After Brawl
Manny Machado and Yordano Ventura were both ejected Tuesday night following a bench-clearing melee between the Orioles and Royals that began when Ventura threw at Machado.

Eddie Matz/ESPN

Manny Machado Could Command $400M Contract
Much has been made about how large Bryce Harper's next contract will be, but Jon Heyman speculates that Manny Machado could make history as well.

Jon Heyman/Today's Knuckleball