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Joe Girardi Compares Luis Severino To Roy Halladay

May 31, 2016 6:21 AM

The New York Yankees have sent Luis Severino to Triple-A to regain the form he showed in a brief Major League stint last season.

Severino, who had a 2.89 ERA in 11 starts last year, has a 7.46 ERA in 2016.

It can take time for a pitcher to fully adjust to the Major Leagues, something Joe Girardi believes is hampering his young pitcher.

"This is not unusual," Girardi said. "This is not abnormal. I'll bring up a name right here we saw -- Roy Halladay. He got sent back down because he struggled. He figured it out and was pretty darn good. This is not unusual. This is part of the progress for young players."

As a 22-year-old in 1999, Halladay went 8-7 with a 3.92 ERA. In 2000, he was 4-7 with a 10.64 ERA, appearing lost.

"When you are looking at Luis, you are looking at long term," Girardi said. "Long term, we have to get things straightened out. This isn't a guy who is 34 or 35, who has a long track record. This is a kid with a lot of talent. We want, the next time he comes up, to be a finished product. He came up last year -- and some of it was based on need -- and did very well. Sometimes when you enter your second season you have to make adjustments more than you ever had to make. It is not always so easy. He'll get through this."

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Jays Place Troy Tulowitzki On DL With Quad Strain

May 28, 2016 1:12 PM

The Blue Jays placed shortstop Troy Tulowitzki on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a right quadriceps strain.

Tulowitzki missed two straight games earlier this week with soreness in his quad before returning to the lineup for Friday's victory against the Red Sox.

But Blue Jays manager John Gibbons told reporters that the five-time All-Star aggravated the injury Friday and was scheduled to undergo an MRI on Saturday.

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MLB Reduces Rougned Odor's Suspension By One Game

May 26, 2016 6:51 PM

Rougned Odor's eight-game suspension for punching Jose Bautista has been reduced to seven games by Major League Baseball, according to a source and multiple reports.

Odor, 22, had appealed the suspension earlier this week.

Odor punched Bautista in the jaw after Bautista slid at Odor's legs in an attempt to break up a double play in the top of the eighth inning on May 15.

The league disciplined 14 players and staff on the Toronto Blue Jays and Texas Rangers for their actions in the brawl.

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John Gibbons Ejected For Fourth Time This Season

May 23, 2016 7:03 AM

John Gibbons was ejected for the fourth time this season on Sunday night in the Toronto Blue Jays' 3-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins.

Josh Donaldson homered in the first inning and stared at the Minnesota dugout as he crossed home plate.

In the fifth inning, Phil Hughes threw two pitches to Donaldson, one inside and one behind him. Donaldson expressed his displeasure to plate umpire Mark Ripperger.

Gibbons came out of the dugout and argued with Ripperger and Joe West, who came in from his spot at first base, then was tossed.

"The guy's a strike-throwing machine. And then there's a tight pitch, and then he throws behind him," Gibbons told Sportsnet of Hughes. "I thought they were going to chuck him. But you never know what's going to happen nowadays, if you want to know the truth. Whether it's warnings, the guy gets thrown out or nothing. You never know."

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Blue Jays Bat Jose Bautista Leadoff For First Time In Six Years

May 20, 2016 7:11 AM

In an attempt to jump-start their struggling offense, the Toronto Blue Jays batted Jose Bautista leadoff on Thursday night for the first time since 2010.

Toronto's offense didn't explode, but they defeated the Minnesota Twins 3-2 in 11 innings.

Bautista last led off for the Blue Jays on June 15, 2010. He went 1-for-3 with a walk against the Twins.

Josh Donaldson batted second, followed by Edwin Encarnacion in the third spot and Justin Smoak in the cleanup spot.

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Rougned Odor Doesn't Regret Punching Jose Bautista, Expects Suspension

May 17, 2016 6:19 AM

Rougned Odor says he has no regrets and was simply looking out for himself when he punched Jose Bautista on the field during Sunday's Texas Rangers-Toronto Blue Jays game.

"I can tell when someone is coming hard to second base, so I was just trying to protect myself," Odor said.

When asked if he regretted anything that happened, he said, "No."

Major League Baseball has yet to levy any fines or suspensions in the wake of the incident, but Odor said: "I know I'm going to be suspended for a couple of games."

Despite punching him Sunday, Odor said he respects Bautista because he "plays hard."

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Blue Jays Claim Jimmy Paredes Off Waivers

May 16, 2016 3:02 PM

The Toronto Blue Jays have claimed Jimmy Paredes off waivers from the Baltimore Orioles.

Paredes has been on the disabled list all season with a sprained left wrist he suffered in spring training.

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Marcus Stroman Graduates From Duke

May 16, 2016 7:42 AM

Marcus Stroman was part of Duke's graduation ceremonies on Sunday after finishing the work required for his sociology degree last year while rehabbing from the ACL tear that sidelined him for much of the regular season.

"I never thought I'd say I was thankful for tearing my ACL, but I am, because I grew so much as an individual," Stroman said. "I was able to get my degree and I got stronger mentally, physically, through it all. I'm in a great position now, and that has a large part to do with the summer I had at Duke University."

Stroman got his degree while his Toronto Blue Jays teammates engaged in a brawl with the Texas Rangers on Sunday afternoon.

"It's quite an honor," John Gibbons said. "It probably helped distract him a little bit. He put in a lot of long hours. But I admire the kid. That was his original goal. His parents wanted him to get an education. That was important to him, and it really opened up the perfect opportunity to finish up. If that doesn't happen, who knows when he gets a chance to go back."

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Odor, Bautista In Fistfight As Rangers-Jays Brawl

May 15, 2016 8:30 PM

A feud simmering since Jose Bautista's bat flip in last year's ALDS boiled over into a brawl in the final game of the season between the Blue Jays and Rangers.

Bautista and Texas second baseman Rougned Odor got into a fistfight behind the bag after a hard slide by the Toronto slugger at Odor's legs in the midst of a double play in the top of the eighth inning. Players from both teams rushed the field, and Odor landed a punch to Bautista's face.

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Matt Bush Pitches Scoreless Inning In Debut

May 14, 2016 2:15 AM

Wearing No. 51, Matt Bush entered Friday night's game in the ninth inning with the Rangers trailing 5-0. He retired the middle of the Blue Jays' lineup in order on 17 pitches.

"I was just focused on trying to be myself out there and continuing to do what I've done in Double-A," Bush said of facing the middle of Toronto's order.

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Franklin Morales Close To Triggering Salary Guarantee
Franklin Morales is just eight days away from accumulating 45 days on the Blue Jays' roster, at which point his entire $2 million salary becomes guaranteed.

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Mets, Giants, Jays Candidates To Trade For Reliever
While the Mets have received strong innings from their relievers, the bullpen of the Giants and Jays have struggled.

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Jose Bautista Prepared To Take Less Than $150M
Jose Bautista is prepared to take less than $150 million, but he wouldn't take less than $100 million.

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Chris Colabello Insists He Didn't Knowingly Take Banned Substance
Chris Colabello says he is still trying to figure out how a banned substance found its way into his urine sample.

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MLB Suspends Jays' Chris Colabello 80 Games
Chris Colabello tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance.

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Blue Jays, Michael Bourn Agree To Minors Deal
Michael Bourn, 33, was designated for assignment by the Braves late in Spring Training and then released.

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Ubaldo Jimenez Has Been Dominant Against Blue Jays
The Blue Jays have three of the most feared hitters in the game, but Ubaldo Jimenez has owned Josh Donaldson, Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion recently.

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Steven Wright Sends Gift To Chris Colabello After Beaning
Steven Wright sent a gift to Chris Colabello after the pitcher plunked the first baseman with a fastball to the helmet on Sunday.

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Robert Osuna Becoming More Comfortable With Changeup
It's early in the season, but Robert Osuna may start throwing his changeup more often this season.

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John Gibbons Discusses Tuesday's 'Dresses' Remark
John Gibbons caused a bit of a stir when he suggested his Blue Jays should wear "dresses" after a tough loss on Tuesday night that came in part as a result of the application of Major League Basebal

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Utley Rule Overturns Call To Give Rays Win
Major League Baseball's new "Chase Utley rule" loomed large in the Rays' win over the Blue Jays on Tuesday night.

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Extension Talks Between Edwin Encarnacion, Blue Jays Likely Done
The possibility of a contract extension between the Blue Jays and Edwin Encarnacion appears to be over.

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Blue Jays Name Roberto Osuna Closer
Drew Storen, acquired via trade with the Nationals, was in the running for the job.

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Blue Jays Claim Jesus Montero, Name Aaron Sanchez Fifth Starter
Aaron Sanchez was locked in a battle with Gavin Floyd and Drew Hutchison for Toronto's final spot.

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Roberto Osuna Would Prefer To Pitch Out Of Bullpen
Roberto Osuna says he would prefer to pitch out of the bullpen for the Blue Jays, who see him as a starter in the not so distant future.

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Troy Tulowitzki Leaves Game With Bruised Hand
The Blue Jays received a scare on Wednesday when Troy Tulowitzki left the team's spring training game after being hit by a pitch on the right hand.

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Marcus Stroman To Start Opener For Blue Jays
The Blue Jays will send Marcus Stroman to the mound for their April 3 opener against the Rays.

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Blue Jays, John Gibbons Agree On Contract Restructure
John Gibbons' new contract includes a pay raise and guarantees through the 2017 season.

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Brad Penny Retires; Rafael Soriano May Walk Away
Blue Jays pitcher Brad Penny informed manager John Gibbons on Friday.

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Extension Talks Between Blue Jays, Edwin Encarnacion Ended Over Length
Recently reported extension talks between the Blue Jays and Edwin Encarnacion didn't advance very far.

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