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Category: Toronto Blue Jays

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Boston radio host mocks ‘moron’ Roy Halladay after death in plane crash at 40

Michael Felger makes jokes about death of former Blue Jays pitcherRadio host also makes light of death of Dale Earnhardt SrThe death of eight-time All Star Roy Halladay in a plane crash at the age of just 40 on Tuesday caused an outpouring of grief. Ma…

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Roy Halladay, eight-time All-Star pitcher, killed in plane crash off Florida coast

Two-time Cy Young winner was piloting small aircraft when he diedForty-year-old played for Blue Jays and Phillies during 15-year careerEight-time All-Star pitcher Roy Halladay was killed Tuesday after a small aircraft he was flying crashed into the Gul…

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Kevin Pillar under MLB investigation for apparent homophobic slur

  • Blue Jays outfielder appears to call Jason Motte a ‘faggot’
  • Pillar issues apology after game but does not mention specifics

Major League Baseball has launched an investigation after the Toronto Blue Jays’ Kevin Pillar appeared to direct a homophobic slur at the Atlanta Braves pitcher Jason Motte.

Pillar was incensed after Motte struck him out with a quick pitch. The two confronted each other and Pillar appeared to call his opponent a “faggot”, and players from both teams left the benches as tempers flared. The benches cleared again in the eighth inning after Toronto’s Jose Bautista hit a home run off Eric O’Flaherty and then stared him down.

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Baseball in 2016: from Cubs win! to Scully’s sayonara, 10 memorable moments

Another year of baseball is gone, goodbye: David Lengel takes a look back at the best, worst and most controversial moments of the 2016 season

It was Game 7 of the World Series, and baseball history was busy pulling the Chicago Cubs back into a boiling cauldron of curses. Rajai Davis’ eighth inning, game-tying home run off the Cubs’ Aroldis Chapman had turned Cleveland’s Progressive Field into a mosh pit, with slightly fewer title-starved Indians fans ripping off their shirts in frenetic celebrations.

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Indians take ALCS over Blue Jays to make first World Series since 1997

Cleveland clinch series after 3-0 victory in Game 5Team looking to seal first World Series title since 1948A most unlikely pitching performance helped put a most unexpected team into the World Series.Rookie Ryan Merritt coolly delivered a lead to the A…

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Cleveland Indians’ name and logo may be banned from Toronto ALCS games

Indigenous activist Douglas Cardinal launches legal challenge in Ontario against Chief Wahoo logo, for years deemed offensive to Native AmericansA court challenge launched in Ontario, Canada, is seeking to have the Cleveland Indians barred from using t…

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Who is Auston Matthews? A handy guide to the NHL’s dazzling debutant

An Arizona teenager just became the first player in a century to score four goals in his debut – and a rare excuse for Maple Leafs fans to feel good about themselves

Last night featured the NHL debut of heavily hyped Toronto Maple Leafs rookie Auston Matthews. It was a big moment for the franchise, which hasn’t had an elite-level prospect in at least a generation or two. The buildup to the game was very exciting. It was also all very confusing for Maple Leaf fans, who aren’t used to actually having something to feel optimistic about.

How do I know? Because I am a Leafs fan, and have been for over 30 years. So I get where Leafs Nation is coming from on this one. But don’t worry, I’m also an unbiased sportswriter, and you can trust me to handle this assignment objectively.

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Blue Jays savor 3-0 sweep of Rangers and another trip to the ALCS

  • Toronto beat Texas Rangers 7-6 on Sunday night to sweep AL Division Series
  • Wild-card Blue Jays will face winner of the Cleveland-Boston series

Josh Donaldson’s mad dash moved the Blue Jays into the next round of the playoffs.

Related: José Lobatón: forgotten catcher saves the Nationals and keeps a series alive

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Blue Jays savor 3-0 sweep of Rangers and another trip to the ALCS

  • Toronto beat Texas Rangers 7-6 on Sunday night to sweep AL Division Series
  • Wild-card Blue Jays will face winner of the Cleveland-Boston series

Josh Donaldson’s mad dash moved the Blue Jays into the next round of the playoffs.

Related: José Lobatón: forgotten catcher saves the Nationals and keeps a series alive

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Blue Jays power to 5-3 win over Rangers to move within one victory of ALCS

  • Blue Jays open two-games-to-none lead in best-of-five ALDS
  • Four home runs power Toronto to victory over host Rangers
  • Toronto pitcher Liriano leaves after taking line drive off neck
  • Jays can advance to ALCS with victory in Game 3 on Sunday

Edwin Encarnacion capped a three-homer burst in the fifth inning off Yu Darvish and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Texas Rangers 5-3 Friday to take a 2-0 lead in the AL Division Series.

The wild-card Blue Jays now go home looking to clinch the best-of-five matchup after beating the Rangers’ two ace pitchers. Game 3 is Sunday night.

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No bat flip this time from Jose Bautista as Blue Jays romp to 10-1 win over Texas

Toronto take lead in AL Division Series after one-sided Game 1 in ArlingtonBautista drives in four runs a year after emphatic bat flip against TexasTroy Tulowitzki hits bases-loaded triple for the Blue Jays in easy victoryJose Bautista hit another…

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Why protesting against the anthem is the ultimate sin in Major League Baseball

In a sport where patriotisim makes up the fabric of the game, Adam Jones is right to be concerned. Plus, three cheers for Yasiel Puig, Big Papi prepares to bow out, and Joe Maddon rides the Cowboy

Adam Jones works in a city that continues to experience racial upheaval, so perhaps it’s no coincidence that baseball’s most outspoken player on African American social issues calls Baltimore home.

Baseball is the sport that helped break barriers for black people across the United States, starting with Jackie Robinson’s debut in 1947. Nearly 70 years later, the participation of African Americans in the game, on the field as players, in the dugout as managers and in front offices as executives – where progress was always slower – is giving away the gains. Jones, who has spoken out before on racial issues, has little company: a lonely voice in a depleted sea of African American players.

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Why Major League Baseball must crush the St Louis Cardinals for their sins

A Cardinals employee was sent to prison following a conviction for hacking the Houston Astros’ database: now his employers must pay

Last June, devout St Louis Cardinals fan Nicole Vartanian was digesting stunning charges: that a member of the team’s own front office had hacked the Houston Astros.

“An allegation of this magnitude is a punch to the gut,” said Vartanian at the time. “Right now Cardinal nation woke up with a collective pit in our stomach. We’re hoping it’s a mild bout of nausea that will be resolved quickly, but there’s also the long-term ramifications: giving those who roundly derided Cardinal fans a new punchline that doesn’t go away.”

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Why the Mets’ Matt Harvey has earned the right to be mediocre

Harvey hasn’t even been that, but if he can recover to a middling level, that will be enough fo New York in 2016. Plus happy birthday Big Sexy, Donald Trump is green all over, another Marlins mess, and more

Charles in New Jersey thinks Matt Harvey drinks too much while on the town flaunting his shoe collection, while Ron in Queens thinks Harvey has developed a bad habit of cupping the ball during his delivery. From talk radio to the broadcast booth to bleachers around baseball, fans and media in New York and beyond are trying to solve the sudden demise of the Dark Knight. It’s his weight, it’s the blood clot, it’s his attitude, it’s the lingering psychological impact of failing after convincing his manager to send him out for the ninth inning in Game 5 of the World Series, and of course, it’s his body’s blowback from a busy 2015 post-surgery season.

Matt Harvey, a franchise cornerstone who once lit up Flushing’s darkest days, who was once an undisputed ace, who was just mere outs away from that Fall Classic performance for the ages, hasn’t hit rock bottom, even if it may have seemed like it on Tuesday night in Washington. The Nats discovered that his third time through the lineup is a charm: ex-teammate Daniel Murphy and company teed off the righty, just as they did during Harvey’s prior start, a performance that has led to even more speculation.

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Was the Odor-Bautista fight acceptable? Baseball’s code is unclear …

The Texas Rangers infielder’s straight right landed him a long suspension. But the incident generated more interest than any other story this season

Texas second baseman Rougned Odor has been suspended eight games for punching Blue Jays outfielder José Bautista in the face on Sunday, forcing baseball to suffer more than a week without its most accomplished pugilist.

The 5ft 11in, 195lbs infielder with predictable nickname “Stink” has a reputation for packing a heavyweight punch despite his cruiserweight size. Long before Odor socked Bautista square in the jaw for baseball crimes ranging from bat-flipping to an aggressive slide into second, he prompted a bench-clearing brawl in the minors in 2011 with a devastating shove/right-hook combo to the face of a poor Vancouver Canadians shortstop, and then followed that with another roundhouse to the second baseman.

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Rougned Odor has no regrets over punching José Bautista: ‘I play to win’

Rougned Odor says he has no regrets about the straight right he landed on José Bautista’s jaw on Sunday, and accepts he will probably be suspended over the incident.

The Texas Rangers infielder was angered by what he saw as a hard slide by the Toronto Blue Jays’ Bautista during the teams’ game on Sunday. The incident escalated to a brawl between the Blue Jays and Rangers, and it took umpires 10 minutes to settle tempers down.

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Rougned Odor punches José Bautista as Rangers-Blue Jays descends into brawl

  • Game stopped for 10 minutes as umpires restore order
  • Eight ejections come in game with angry history on both sides

A feud simmering since José Bautista’s bat flip in last year’s AL Division Series boiled over into a wild brawl in the final game of the season between Toronto and Texas, a 7-6 victory for the Rangers on Sunday.

Bautista and Texas second baseman Rougned Odor got into a fistfight behind the bag after a hard slide by the Toronto slugger in the eighth inning. Players from both teams rushed the field as Odor landed a punch to Bautista’s face.

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Blue Jays’ Chris Colabello hit with 80-game suspension for positive drug test

  • Toronto Blue Jays first baseman tests positive for anabolic steroid
  • Colabello, 32, was hitting .069 with one RBI so far this season

Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Chris Colabello has been suspended for 80 games without pay after testing positive for the same anabolic steroid that caused Philadelphia pitcher Daniel Stumpf to be disciplined last week.

Colabello’s penalty was announced by the commissioner’s office on Friday. The substance, dehydrochlormethyltestosterone, is sold under the name Turinabol.

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Our MLB predictions for 2016: can anyone stop the rampant Royals?

The Red Sox have made changes, Mike Trout is still Mike Trout, and the Cubs are still looking to end their title drought. Our baseball writers predict the season

David Lengel: The Giants’ even-year assault began with a rotation refresh including Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija. I don’t trust the newbies, especially the latter. The NL West is now crowded house: the Giants could be the odd ones out.

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Hall of famer Goose Gossage says ‘nerds’ have ruined MLB and made game soft

  • Reliever also attacks Blue Jays’ Jose Bautista as a ‘joke’
  • Nationals’ Bryce Harper says baseball now a ‘tired’ game

Hall of fame reliever Goose Gossage has launched an extraordinary attack on figures across baseball, saying “nerds” have ruined the game and calling the Toronto Blue Jays star Jose Bautista a “joke”.

Gossage , who was inducted into the hall of fame in 2008, after a 22 year career reserved particular ire for the rise of analytics in the game. “It is a joke,” Gossage told ESPN. “The game is becoming a freaking joke because of the nerds who are running it.

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