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Blue Jays Hitting Coach Suspended 14 Games

May 5, 2015 7:34 AM

Toronto Blue Jays hitting coach Brook Jacoby has been suspended 14 games for his postgame conduct toward the umpires following an April 29 game at Boston.

After Russell Martin was called out on strikes by Adrian Johnson for the final out of Toronto's 4-1 loss, members of the Toronto coaching staff traded words with the umpiring crew as they left the field.

Jacoby first yelled at Johnson about the strike zone and then shoved umpire Doug Eddings, sources told the Toronto Sun.

"It didn't happen the way they said it did, I was there," Edwin Encarnacion told the Sun. "I heard the report said Brook pushed him against the wall. That didn't happen. There was just a lot of loud talking and yelling."

At Fenway Park, the umpires exit through the visitor's dugout and share a tunnel with the players to their respective locker rooms.

ESPN

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Blue Jays Demote Miguel Castro To Triple-A

May 4, 2015 4:56 PM

The Toronto Blue Jays have demoted Miguel Castro to Triple-A after a rough start to the season.

The rookie right-hander, who has a team-high four saves, allowed two runs in 1 1/3 innings in a mop-up role Sunday.

Castro has a 10.13 ERA with two losses and two blown saves over his past seven appearances.

He had replaced Brett Cecil as the team's closer last month, only to cede the job back to Cecil after his recent struggles.

ESPN

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Experts Split On Tate, Rodgers As No. 1 Pick

Apr 30, 2015 3:50 PM

The Arizona Diamondbacks will pick first overall when the First-Year Player Draft is held on June 8.

Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com are split on who Arizona will take -- UC Santa Barbara right-hander Dillon Tate or Lake Mary High School (FL) shortstop Brendan Rodgers.

The Houston Astros (second and fifth), Colorado Rockies, Texas Rangers and Minnesota Twins will pick after the Diamondbacks.

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2015 MLB All-Star Ballot Released

Apr 29, 2015 3:34 PM

Major League Baseball marked the official start of All-Star Balloting for the 86th All-Star Game, which will be held on Tuesday, July 14th at Great American Ball Park, the home of the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday.

For the first time, the All-Star Balloting Program will be conducted exclusively online.  Beginning today, fans around the world can cast their votes for starters 35 times exclusively at MLB.com and all 30 Club web sites – online or via their mobile devices – with the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot.

You can begin voting here -- 2015 All-Star Game Ballot.

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Blue Jays Release Ricky Romero

Apr 25, 2015 5:39 PM

The Blue Jays have released left-hander Ricky Romero, a former All-Star, who has been slowed by knee injuries for several seasons.

The Blue Jays made the move Saturday.

The 30-year-old Romero was in the final season of a five-year deal. He had been working out at the Blue Jays' spring training complex in Dunedin.

ESPN.com

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Jose Bautista Could Be Headed To DL

Apr 24, 2015 10:56 AM

Jose Bautista could be headed to the disabled list with a sore shoulder after making an ill-advised throw earlier this week.

"If he doesn't show much progress the next couple of days, it is always a possibility," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "As of [Wednesday], it's just a sore shoulder. ... Today he couldn't throw a baseball."

Bautista did not play Wednesday or Thursday but said he was feeling much better Thursday.

The slugger stressed his right shoulder muscles trying to throw out a runner at first base in the eighth inning of the Jays' 13-6 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday.

"I probably shouldn't have made that throw," Bautista said. "I hate to say it, and I think it's weird when hockey does it, but I'm day to day. I have to see how [Thursday] feels. I can't jump ahead and say I'll be ready to hit in two days. My shoulder is sore right now, and that's all I can say."

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Bautista Out For A Few Days With Shoulder Strain

Apr 22, 2015 5:00 PM

Jose Bautista was not in the lineup for the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday night.

An MRI after Tuesday night's game against the Baltimore Orioles revealed that he has a strained right shoulder. He reportedly aggravated the injury throwing to first base. He had been playing through the injury.

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Jose Reyes To Miss At Least Three Games

Apr 17, 2015 7:34 AM

Jose Reyes has a strained left oblique and will miss at least the next three games for the Toronto Blue Jays.

Reyes sustained the injury on April 10 and has been trying to play through it.

"I was playing through it, but I feel like yesterday, and today, it kind of got worse," Reyes said after Thursday's game. "I kind of backed off a little bit, because that's dangerous."

This injury is on the left side of his body and only causes pain when he's hitting from the left side.

Gregor Chisholm/MLB

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MLB 'Keeping An Eye' On New Turf At Rogers Centre

Apr 16, 2015 3:57 PM

Major League Baseball is monitoring the new artificial turf playing surface at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, according to a report.

The new turf is very soft and ground balls have been dying in the infield rather than bouncing.

According to a source, Major League Baseball is "keeping an eye" on the way the new surface affects play.

They aren't concerned, but are monitoring the situation the same way they would monitor any ballpark change that could impact play.

John Lott/National Post

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Brett Cecil Out As Toronto's Closer

Apr 9, 2015 8:18 PM

The Toronto Blue Jays have removed Brett Cecil as their closer just two games into the season.

The move comes after Cecil blew a save against the New York Yankees on Wednesday night, retiring just one of the four batters he faced.

"I talked to Cec today, told him, because he's down a little bit, he's not sharp," John Gibbons said. "So I told him that he could come in, in the seventh, eighth inning. If it ends up stacking up where he's the guy in the ninth, then so be it, but try to get him a little sharper."

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MLB Releases Draft Bonus Slots
Major League Baseball has informed teams of the draft bonus slot allocations that will apply to the 2015 amateur draft.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Dickey Decreasing Knuckleball's Velocity
R.A. Dickey believes that when he tries to increase the speed of the pitch, it bothers his mechanics.

Gregor Chisholm/MLB

Hutchinson To Start Opener For Blue Jays
Drew Hutchison will be the youngest Opening Day starter in franchise history.

Associated Press

Forbes: Average MLB Team Worth $1.2B
The Yankees are worth $3.2 billion, tops on the list and just the second United States sports franchise to eclipse the $3 billion mark.

Darren Rovell/ESPN

Blue Jays To Sign Randy Wolf
Wolf will earn $800,000 if he makes the Major League roster and has a June 1 opt-out in the contract.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Sneeze Sidelines Jays' Kevin Pillar
Kevin Pillar is expected to miss 7-10 days with an oblique strain.

Yahoo.com

Saunders Enjoying 'Miracle' Recovery With Blue Jays
Michael Saunders, who tore his meniscus during the first week of training camp, is ahead of schedule in his recovery.

Mark Zwolinski/Toronto Star

Aaron Sanchez Likely To Fill Spot In Toronto's Rotation
The Blue Jays have a hole to fill in their rotation in the wake of Marcus Stroman's season-ending injury.

Gregor Chisholm/MLB

Encarnacion Out 4-5 Days With Back Inflammation
Edwin Encarnacion felt a little tightness after Sunday's game against the Pirates and had a precautionary MRI on Monday night.

Associated Press

Stroman Has Torn ACL, Out For Season
Stroman, 23, went 11-6 with a 3.65 ERA last season as a rookie and figured prominently in the team's plans for 2015.

Associated Press

Blue Jays Sign Dayan Viciedo
Dayan Viciedo hit 21 home runs for the White Sox last season.

ESPN.com

Blue Jays Sign Johan Santana
Santana, who turned 36 in March, hasn't pitched in the Major Leagues since 2012.

Associated Press

Papelbon Interested In Possible Trade To Blue Jays
Jonathan Papelbon made some interesting comments Thursday when asked about a potential trade from the Phillies.

Jim Salisbury/CSN Philly

Saunders Trips On Sprinkler, Out Until Break
Michael Saunders stepped on a sprinkler while shagging fly balls Wednesday, tearing cartilage in his left knee and sidelining him until the All-Star break.

Associated Press

Anthopoulos Has 'Pretty Good Relationship' With Beane
The Blue Jays and Athletics have agreed to a handful of trades in recent years.

Mike Bauman/MLB

Navarro Still Wants Blue Jays To Trade Him
Dioner Navarro has wanted a trade since the Blue Jays signed Russell Martin.

Associated Press

Josh Donaldson Loses Case, Gets $4.3M
Third baseman Josh Donaldson had sought $5.75 million from the Blue Jays.

ESPN.com

2015 MLB Draft Order Set
The order for the 2015 Major League Baseball draft is set now that James Shields has reached a deal with the Padres.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Blue Jays Moving To Natural Grass By 2018
The Blue Jays have signed an agreement with the University of Guelph to provide research on bringing natural grass to Rogers Centre in time for the 2018 season.

Associated Press

Brewers Still Discussing Papelbon; Blue Jays Are Long Shots
The Brewers continue to discuss a possible Jonathan Papelbon trade with the Phillies.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

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