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Blue Jays Name Hutchison Opening Day Starter

Blue Jays Name Hutchison Opening Day Starter

Photos.com/Thinkstock(DUNEDIN, Fla.) -- The Toronto Blue Jays say 24-year-old Drew Hutchison wil be their Opening Day starter when they face the Yankees on April 6 in New York."It's really exciting -- Opening Day is special," Hutchison said. "At the end of day, it's a long game. But as we all know, it's Opening Day. The excitement, the energy -- everything that goes into it is exciting."Hutchison missed all of 2013 after undergoing Tommy John surgery. He rebounded nicely in 2014 making 32 starts, pitching 184 2/3 innings, and striking out 184 batters while compiling a 4.48 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP.Hutchison will become the youngest Opening Day starter in Blue Jays history.

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Blue Jays Outfielder Kevin Pillar Strains Oblique…by Sneezing

Blue Jays Outfielder Kevin Pillar Strains Oblique…by Sneezing

Photos.com/Thinkstock(DUNEDIN, Fla.) -- Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar suffered a strained oblique on Saturday morning, which is a very common injury. Just how he suffered the injury though, isn't. Pillar will miss the next seven to 10 days after sneezing too hard.

Batting .269 with one home run and five RBIs, Pillar was hoping to contend for a starting spot in the Blue Jays outfield this spring. Those plans are on hold now.

Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos told reporters it may take a while before Pillar returns to the field "just knowing how long obliques can linger. I remember when Rajai Davis said he had a small one and could play through it. He did for another two weeks and then it got worse and he was on the shelf for about three weeks. Take the week, get it out of the way and he'll be fine."

The 26-year-old Pillar is entering his third Major League season. In 89 career games, he's batting .239 with five home runs and 20 RBIs.

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Blue Jays Pitcher Marcus Stroman Out 2015 Season

Blue Jays Pitcher Marcus Stroman Out 2015 Season

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman will be out the entire 2015 season with a torn ACL in his left knee, the team announced on Tuesday.

The injury occurred during a bunt play.

Stroman, who went 11-6 with a 3.65 ERA last season, took the news rather hard.

"Beyond devastated. Not being able to compete with my brothers each and every day is extremely disappointing. Still can't believe it," Stroman tweeted on Tuesday.

Stroman is set to visit with Dr. James Andrews about a second opinion, but surgery is expected.

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Blue Jays Sign OF Chris Dickerson to Minor-League Contract

Blue Jays Sign OF Chris Dickerson to Minor-League Contract

Photos.com/Thinkstock(TORONTO) -- The Toronto Blue Jays agreed to a minor league contract with outfielder Chris Dickerson with an invitation to spring training, the club announced on Saturday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The 32-year-old Dickerson appeared in 41 games with the Cleveland Indians last season, where he hit .244 with two home runs and six RBIs.

Dickerson was originally selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the 16th round of the 2003 amateur draft. During his seven-year major league career (2008-2014) with the Reds, Milwaukee Brewers, New York Yankees, Baltimore Orioles and Indians, he has batted .257 with 17 homers and 66 RBIs in 355 regular season games. He also has scored 105 runs and has an OBP of .335.

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Report: Reliever Casey Janssen Signs with Nationals

Report: Reliever Casey Janssen Signs with Nationals

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Reliever Casey Janssen signed a one-year, $5 million contract with the Washington Nationals, MLB Network Insider Ken Rosenthal tweeted Wednesday.The 33-year-old Janssen has played eight major league seasons, all with the Toronto Blue Jays. During that time he's pitched 493 innings, compiling 90 saves, a 3.52 ERA, 368 strikeouts and a 1.22 WHIP.Janssen served the last three seasons as the Blue Jays closer, saving 81 of his 91 opportunities.Janssen is expected to serve as a set-up man for closer Drew Storen.Janssen joins a bullpen that lost Ross Detwiler and Tyler Clippard to trades and Rafael Soriano to free agency this offseason.

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Astros Sign Colby Rasmus

Astros Sign Colby Rasmus

Major League Baseball(HOUSTON, Tx.) -- The Houston Astros have added outfielder Colby Rasums into the mix to add a bit of power to their lineup.

The Astros signed Rasmus to a one-year, $8 million deal, Tuesday.

Rasmus, 28, is a talented, yet inconsistent batter.  Last season with the Blue Jays, Rasmus batted .225 with 18 home runs in 376 plate appearances. He also missed 58 games due to a hamstring injury.

After the Astros traded Dexter Fowler to the Chicago Cubs on Monday, the Astros needed an outfielder and Rasmus seemed like a natural fit. Right-handed batter Jake Marisnick will likely platoon with Rasmus once the season gets under way.

On January 14, the Astros also acquired catcher/outfield Evan Gattis from the Atlanta Braves.

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New Athletic Brett Lawrie Blames Toronto’s Rogers Centre Turf for Struggles

New Athletic Brett Lawrie Blames Toronto’s Rogers Centre Turf for Struggles

Abelimages/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Newly acquired Oakland Athletics third baseman Brett Lawrie never quite lived up to the hype when he played for the Toronto Blue Jays. According to Lawrie, it was the artificial turf at Toronto's Rogers Centre that caused many of his problems.

"It treats my body kind of silly and throws it off," Lawrie said. "I just want to go out and be healthy, and I feel like this getting off the turf is a big step forward for me."

The Canadian-born Lawrie was expected to be the next big thing for the Blue Jays, but injuries and inconsistent play plagued his career with the team.

The most games he's played in a season was 125 back in 2012. He missed 92 games this past season, hitting .247 with 12 home runs, but feels a change of scenery will do wonders for him.

"Give me 550 at-bats. These are things I haven't had yet in the big leagues," Lawrie said. "Hopefully, getting off that turf will do my body wonders, and I really think that it will. I feel I will show my true talents."

The 24-year-old Lawrie was the centerpiece in the Blue Jays acquiring All-Star Josh Donaldson from Oakland.

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A’s Trade Josh Donaldson to Blue Jays

A’s Trade Josh Donaldson to Blue Jays

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Ca.) -- Friday, the Oakland Athletics traded third baseman Josh Donaldson to the Toronto Blue Jays for third baseman Brett Lawrie.

Donaldson, 29, is considered one of the best players in baseball.  He has a WAR (Wins Above Replacement) rating second only to Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim outfielder Mike Trout.

The A's also acquired right-hander Kendall Graveman, left-hander Sean Nolin and minor league shortstop Franklin Barreto.

"We addressed a lot of areas we thought we needed filled from our organizational standpoint," said Billy Beane, general manager of the Athletics.

Lawrie, 24, is considered a promising talent, but has been unable to remain healthy. A player with plus power, average and on-base skills, Lawrie has played in only 345 games the last four seasons, with a high of 125 in 2012. 

Oakland appears to be in a rebuilding phase after going all-in last season by acquiring pitchers Jon Lester, Jeff Samardzjia and Jason Hammel.  The team fell flat in the playoffs losing in the Wild Card to the Kansas City Royals.

The A's have also acquired designated hitter Billy Butler and first baseman Ike Davis this offseason.

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Report: Blue Jays Sign Russell Martin

Report: Blue Jays Sign Russell Martin

Tony Firriolo/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Toronto Blue Jays and free agent catcher Russell Martin agreed to a five-year deal worth $82 million on Monday, pending a physical, reports ESPN MLB insider Buster Olney.

Martin is coming off a season in which he batted .290 with 11 homers and 67 RBIs, while being one of the key reasons for the Pirates' postseason berth.

Martin, 31, threw out 37 attempted base stealers this year, and Toronto was hoping to add a veteran at the catching position.

The Pirates gave Martin a one-year qualifying offer for $15 million next season, but he rejected it.

Toronto started four catchers in 2014, and finished in third place in the AL East, behind the Yankees and Orioles.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 9/24/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/24/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: Baltimore Orioles 9 (95-63) – New York Yankees 5 (81-77)

Detroit Tigers 6 (88-70) – Chicago White Sox 1 (72-88)

Minnesota Twins 2 (68-90) – Arizona Diamondbacks 1 (63-96)

Los Angeles Angels 5 (98-61) – Oakland Athletics 4 (86-72)

Toronto Blue Jays 1 (81-77) – Seattle Mariners 0 (83-75)

Cleveland Indians 6 (83-76) – Kansas City Royals 4 (86-72)

Milwaukee Brewers 5 (81-77) – Cincinnati Reds 0 (73-85)

Philadelphia Phillies 2 (72-86) – Miami Marlins 1 (75-82)

Atlanta Braves 6 (77-81) – Pittsburgh Pirates 2 (86-72)

Boston Red Sox 11 (69-89) – Tampa Bay Rays 3 (76-82)

Chicago Cubs 3 (71-88) – St. Louis Cardinals 1 (88-71)

New York Mets (76-81) – Washington Nationals (92-64) (postponed due to rain)

Texas Rangers 5 (65-93) – Houston Astros 1 (69-90)

San DiegoPadres 4 (76-82) – Colorado Rockies 3 (66-93)

Los Angeles Dodgers 9 (91-68) – San Francisco Giants 1 (85-73)

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Scoreboard Roundup – 9/23/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/23/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: Baltimore Orioles 5 (94-63) – New York Yankees 4 (81-76)

Kansas City Royals 7 (86-71) – Cleveland Indians 1 (82-76)

Washington Nationals 4 (92-64) – New York Mets 2 (76-81)

Toronto Blue Jays 10 (80-77) – Seattle Mariners 2 983-74)

Detroit Tigers 4 (87-70) – Chicago White Sox 3 (72-65)

Cincinnati Reds 3 (73-84) – Milwaukee Brewers 1 (80-77)

Miami Marlins 2 (75-81) – Philadelphia Phillies 0 (71-86)

Pittsburgh Pirates 3 (86-71) – Atlanta Braves 2 (76-81)

Tampa Bay Rays 6 (76-81) – Boston Red Sox 2 (68-89)

Texas Rangers 2 (64-93) – Houston Astros 1 (69-89)

Chicago Cubs 4 (70-88) – St. Louis Cardinals 3 (88-70) - 10 Innings

Minnesota Twins 6 (67-90) – Arizona Diamondbacks 3 (63-95)

Los Angeles Dodgers 4 (90-68) – San Francisco Giants 2 (85-72)

Los Angeles Angels 2 (97-61) – Oakland Athletics 0 (86-71)

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Scoreboard Roundup – 9/22/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/22/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL: Chicago Bears 27 (2-1) – New York Jets 19 (1-2) 

MLB: New York Yankees 5 (81-75) – Baltimore Orioles 0 (93-63)

Kansas City Royals 2 (85-71) – Cleveland Indians 0 (82-75)

Toronto Blue Jays 14 (79-77) – Seattle Mariners 4 (83-73)

Chicago White Sox 2 (72-84) – Detroit Tigers 0 (86-70)

Pittsburgh Pirates 1 (85-71) – Atlanta Braves 0 (76-80)

Texas Rangers 4 (63-93) – Houston Astros 3 (69-88)

Arizona Diamondbacks 6 (63-94) – Minnesota Twins 2 (66-90) 

St. Louis Cardinals 8 (88-69) – Chicago Cubs 0 (69-88) 

Oakland Athletics 8 (86-70) – Los Angeles Angels 4 (96-61)

San Diego Padres 1 (75-81) – Colorado Rockies 0 (65-92)

San Francisco Giants 5 (85-71) – Los Angeles Dodgers 2 (89-68) -13 Innings

 

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Orioles Clinch AL East for First Time Since 1997

Orioles Clinch AL East for First Time Since 1997

Baltimore Orioles/MLB(BALTIMORE) -- For the first time since 1997, the Baltimore Orioles are the American League East champions.

"It's everything I hoped for, man. It's an awesome experience," Orioles outfielder Nick Markakis, who has played with Baltimore since 2006, said. "We worked hard all season long to get where we are now. We got one step out of the way. Now we have a couple more steps to go."

First baseman Steve Pearce hit a three-run homer to help the Orioles top the Toronto Blue Jays 8-2, giving the O's their ninth win in 10 games.

"We're AL East champs," Pearce said while celebrating in the clubhouse. "Awesome."

It's the ninth time the Orioles have won the division, but only the second time since 1983, when they won the World Series.

Ubaldo Jimenez (5-9) earned the win, pitching five innings and allowing two hits, two runs, and four walks while striking out six.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 9/9/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/9/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: Washington Nationals 6 (82-61) – Atlanta Braves 4 (74-71)

Minnesota Twins 4 (62-82) – Cleveland Indians 3 (74-69)

Philadelphia Phillies 4 (67-77) – Pittsburgh Pirates 3 (75-69)

Tampa Bay Rays 4 (70-75) – New York Yankees 3 (73-69)

Toronto Blue Jays 9 (75-69) – Chicago Cubs 2 (64-81)

Detroit Tigers 4 (80-65) – Kansas City Royals 2 (79-64)

Baltimore Orioles 4 (85-69) – Boston Red Sox 1 (63-82)

New York Mets 2 (70-75) – Colorado Rockies 0 (59-86)

Cincinnati Reds 9 (68-77) – St. Louis Cardinals 5 (80-65) 

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 9 (89-55) - Texas Rangers 3 (54-90)

Miami Marlins 6 (71-72) - Milwaukee Brewers 3 (74-71)

Oakland Athletics 11 (81-63) - Chicago White Sox 2 (64-80)

San Francisco Giants 5 (79-65) - Arizona Diamondbacks 1 (59-85)

Houston Astros 2 (64-81) - Seattle Mariners 1 (79-65)

San Diego Padres 6 (67-77) - Los Angeles Dodgers 3 (82-63)

 

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Blue Jays Lose Cabrera for Rest of Season

Blue Jays Lose Cabrera for Rest of Season

Major League Baseball(BOSTON) -- Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera will miss the remainder of the season due to a broken right pinkie finger. Cabrera suffered the injury when diving back to first base during a pick-off attempt in the third inning of the Blue Jays 9-8 loss to Boston Friday. Cabrera remained in the game until the sixth inning before having to leave the field in the middle of his at-bat. "I thought it might be broke, but I wanted to stay in the game," Cabrera said. "When I took a swing the next at-bat, the pain was too much and I had to come out."The 30-year-old Cabrera was hitting .301, with 16 home runs, 81 runs scored, 73 RBIs, six stolen bases and a .351 on-base percentage."That's one of our top dogs," Blue Jays skipper John Gibbons said. "He's one of those guys that's really tough to replace. He had a tremendous year for us. That's tough."

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Scoreboard Roundup – 9/5/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/5/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: Kansas City Royals 1 (78-61) - New York Yankees 0 (72-67)

Miami Marlins 11 (68-71) - Atlanta Braves 3 (73-68)

Cleveland Indians 2 (72-67) - Chicago White Sox 1 (63-77) - 10 Innings

Tampa Bay Rays 3 (68-74) - Baltimore Orioles 0 (82-58)

New York Mets 14 (67-74 ) - Cincinnati Reds 5 (66-75)

Boston Red Sox 9 (62-79) - Toronto Blue Jays 8 (72-68) - 10 Innings

Colorado Rockies 3 (57-84) - San Diego Padres 0 (66-74)

Milwaukee Brewers 6 (74-67) - Cardinals 2 (77-64) 

Seattle Mariners 7 (77-63) - Texas Rangers 5 (53-88)

Philadelphia Phillies 9 (65-75) - Washington Nationals 8 (79-60) - 11 Innings

San Francisco Giants 8 (77-64) - Detroit Tigers 2 (77-64)

Los Angeles Angels 7 (85-55) - Minnesota Twins 6 (61-80) - 10 Innings

Los Angeles Dodgers 2 (79-62) - Arizona Diamondbacks 1 (59-82)

Houston Astros 4 (62-79) - Oakland Athletics 3 (79-61)

Pittsburgh Pirates - Chicago Cubs - Suspended (Rain)

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Scoreboard Roundup – 9/4/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/4/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL: Seattle Seahawks 36 (1-0) - Green Bay Packers 16 (0-1)

MLB: Toronto Blue Jays 1 (72-67) - Tampa Bay Rays 0 (67-74) - 10 Innings

New York Yankees 5 (72-66) - Boston Red Sox 4 (61-79) 

Baltimore Orioles 9 (82-57) - Cincinnati Reds 7 (66-74) 

Seattle Mariners 10 (76-63) - Texas Rangers 2 (53-87)

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 5 (84-55) - Minnesota Twins 4 (61-79)

Detroit Tigers 11 (77-63) - Cleveland Indians 4 (71-67) - 11 Innings

St. Louis Cardinals 3 (77-63) - Milwaukee Brewers 2 (73-67)

Arizona Diamondbacks 5 (59-81) - San Diego Padres 1 (66-73)

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Scoreboard Roundup – 9/2/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/2/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: Boston Red Sox 9 (61-77) – New York Yankees 4 (70-66)

Detroit Tigers 4 (76-62) – Cleveland Indians 2 (70-66)

New York Mets 8 (65-74) – Miami Marlins 6 (67-70)

Philadelphia Phillies 4 (64-74) – Atlanta Braves 0 (72-67)

Toronto Blue Jays 8 (70-67) – Tampa Bay Rays 2 (67-72)

Kansas City Royals 2 (76-61) – Texas Rangers 1 (53-85)

San Francisco Giants 12 (76-63) - Colorado Rockies 7 (55-84)

Houston Astros 8 (60-79) - Los Angeles Angels 3 (83-54)

Chicago White Sox 3 (63-75) - Minnesota Twins 2 (60-78) - 10 Innings

St. Louis Cardinals 6 (75-63) - Pittsburgh Pirates 4 (71-67)

Chicago Cubs 7 (63-76) - Milwaukee Brewers 1 (73-65)

Baltimore Orioles 5 (80-57) - Cincinnati Reds 4 (66-72)

San Diego Padres 2 (66-71) - Arizona Diamondbacks 1 (57-81)

Los Angeles Dodgers 4 (78-61) - Washington Nationals 1 (78-59)

Seattle Mariners 6 (74-63) - Oakland Athletics 5 (79-59)

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Phillies Trade Outfielder John Mayberry Jr. to the Blue Jays

Phillies Trade Outfielder John Mayberry Jr. to the Blue JaysPhotos.com/Thinkstock(TORONTO) -- Fighting for a playoff spot in the American League, the Toronto Blue Jays have acquired veteran outfielder John Mayberry Jr. from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for minor leaguer Gustavo Pierre. If the Blue Jays...

Scoreboard Roundup – 8/31/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 8/31/14

(NEW YORK) -- MLB: Toronto Blue Jays 4 (69-67) - New York Yankees 3 (70-65) 

Boston Red Sox 3 (60-76) - Tampa Rays 0 (66-71)

New York Mets 6 (64-73) - Philadelphia Phillies 5 (62-74)

Cincinnati Reds 3 (66-71) - Pittsburgh Pirates 2 (71-65)

Chicago White Sox 6 (62-75) - Detroit Tigers 2 (74-62)

Baltimore Orioles 12 (79-56) - Minnesota Twins 8 (59-77)

Houston Astros 3 (59-79) - Texas Rangers 2 (53-83)

St. Louis Cardinals 9 (73-63) - Chicago White Sox 6 (61-76)

Los Angeles Angels 8 (83-53) - Oakland Athletics 1 (78-58)

Seattle Mariners 5 (73-62) - Washington Nationals 3 (77-58)

Los Angeles Dodgers 7 (77-60) - San Diego Padres 1 (64-71)

Arizona Diamondbacks 6 (57-79) - Colorado Rockies 2 (54-82)

San Francisco Giants 15 (74-62) - Milwaukee Brewers 5 (73-63)

Atlanta Braves 1 (72-65) - Miami Marlins 0 (66-69)

Cleveland Indians 4 (70-64) - Kansas City Royals 2 (74-61) Suspended in the top of the 10th due to rain

NCAAF: (10) Baylor 45 (1-0) - SMU 0 (0-1)

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Kasey Kahne wins the Oral B USA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway

NASCAR Camping World Truck: Ryan Blaney wins the Chevrolet Silverado 250

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