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  • Blue Jays' Jordan Romano 'feels great,' expected back April 25

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays' battered bullpen received some good news on Sunday with pitching coach Pete Walker announcing Jordan Romano should be available on April 25 when his 10-day injured list stint expires. Romano, who has been a candidate to close games after Kirby..." April 19

  • How Blue Jays could use upcoming schedule to maximize top of rotation

    Sportsnet "A year ago, the Blue Jays allowed more runs than all but four MLB teams. Over the winter, run prevention was a stated focus for the team, yet the front office’s biggest additions came in the form of position players. Within that context it’s at least a little bit..." April 19

  • Potential breakout relief candidates from the Blue Jays bullpen

    Sportsnet "Heading into their Monday off day at 7-9, the Toronto Blue Jays are faced with a number of issues ranging from a largely underperforming lineup to a rotation that’s tough to trust beyond Hyun-Jin Ryu and Steven Matz. Their most acute concern, however,..." April 19

  • Every MLB Team's Most Pleasant Surprise Early in 2021

    Bleacher Report "The 2021 MLB season has been underway for a few weeks now, so enough time has passed and enough games have been played to identify some players who are beginning to put together big seasons. Whether it's an emerging young player, a candidate for a breakout season or a..." April 19

  • Challenges continue for MLB as the virus persists

    The Athletic "Right before Opening Day, I was all set to write a mea culpa. Major League Baseball had sailed through spring training with virtually no disruption from COVID-19. So, regarding my position in late January that the league and union should delay the season by one month if they..." April 19

  • MLB Overreactions to 2021 Season Thus Far

    Bleacher Report "The 2021 baseball season is young, but that doesn't mean fans aren't already starting to overreact to small sample sizes, bad performances and bloated ERAs. A few bad starts is all it takes to declare a pitcher done or a hitter a bust. But the reality is that no team..." April 18

  • Steven Matz looks like difference-maker for Blue Jays after three strong starts

    Sportsnet "It was in his third start of the 2020 season that Steven Matz's year started to unravel. After opening the season with two strong outings, he allowed five runs in just three innings against the Washington Nationals last August 4, foreshadowing what would be an extremely..." April 17

  • Cavan Biggio leaves game, Ross Stripling, Jordan Romano on IL

    TSN "Another day, another set of injuries for the Toronto Blue Jays. After right-handed pitchers Ross Stripling and Jordan Romano were placed on the 10-day injured list with arm issues, third baseman Cavan Biggio was forced from Thursday's game against the Kansas City Royals..." April 16

  • Top Free Agents Who Can Help Needy MLB Teams

    Bleacher Report "For some players, free agency never ended. Some big names are still looking for employment with the 2021 season underway. These players remain unsigned for any number of reasons, whether it's age, health or a recent decline in production. While it's early in the..." April 16

  • Baseball Hall of Fame president Tim Mead resigns

    Sportsnaut "Tim Mead, president of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, announced his resignation on Friday. He will remain on the job for about another month. He didn’t provide a specific reason for his pending departure. Before assuming the position in Cooperstown,..." April 16

  • Blue Jays-Royals game Friday night postponed due to heavy rains

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays and Kansas City Royals' matchup Friday night has been postponed due to heavy rains that are expected to hit the Kansas City area. " April 16

  • 2020 Rule 5 MLB Draft Update

    MLB Trade Rumors "An abnormal number of picks from the 2020 Rule 5 Draft survived Spring Training and made the Opening Day rosters with their new clubs. The Orioles and Marlins both broke camp with a pair of Rule 5 picks on the active roster, while the Pirates opened the season with one Rule 5 pick on the roster..." April 15

  • A handshake from a white teammate signaled Jackie Robinson’s arrival in America’s game

    The Undefeated "The letter from St. Christine School to Mike Shuba’s parents said their son had teased another kid in his kindergarten class for being overweight. When Mike got home, his father, George “Shotgun” Shuba, pointed at the wall above his recliner to the only memento..." April 15

  • How would an extra foot from mound to plate affect MLB's current trends?

    The Score "Major League Baseball will test the most radical potential change to its playing dimensions in more than a century this summer on minor-league fields in small towns like Gastonia, North Carolina; Lexington, Kentucky; and Lancaster, Pennsylvania. MLB announced Wednesday it will partner..." April 15

  • No timeline yet for George Springer's return

    TSN "George Springer has yet to make his Toronto Blue Jays debut and based on an update from manager Charlie Montoyo on Tuesday, it doesn't look like that will come any time soon. Montoyo said the injured outfielder will not join the Blue Jays to start their nine-game road trip..." April 14

  • Toronto Blue Jays’ Ross Stripling scratched from start vs. Yankees

    Sportsnaut "Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Ross Stripling was scratched from Wednesday’s start against the visiting New York Yankees due to forearm tightness. Right-hander T.J. Zeuch, originally scheduled to start Thursday’s series opener at Kansas City, will take Stripling’s..." April 14

  • Blue Jays Place Julian Merryweather On IL, Select Anthony Castro

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Blue Jays placed right-hander Julian Merryweather on the 10-day injured list before their game Wednesday, the team announced. The Jays selected righty Anthony Castro’s contract in a corresponding move. Merryweather is dealing with a left oblique strain –..." April 14

  • 100+ MLB Players to Donate Pay to Jackie Robinson Foundation

    Bleacher Report "More than 100 MLB players will donate their game-day salaries on Jackie Robinson Day to the Players Alliance's Breaking Barriers campaign, the nonprofit organization announced Wednesday. Led by David Price, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Jason Heyward, the donations will help launch the..." April 14

  • MLB to experiment with new DH rule, mound distance during 2021 Atlantic League season

    Yardbarker "Major League Baseball announced Tuesday that it will experiment with a pair of new rules during the 2021 Atlantic League season: a “double-hook” implementation of the designated hitter and moving the pitching rubber back one foot. MLB and the Atlantic League began a partnership back..." April 14

  • Blue Jays' Vladimir Guerrero Jr. showing signs of becoming more complete player

    Sportsnet "While the Toronto Blue Jays have gotten off to a disappointing 5-6 start — and have had more than their share of injury trouble in the early going — there has been one undeniable bright spot for the team. After dropping upwards of 40 pounds, Vladimir..." April 14

  • The new ball the MLB uses is having bewildering, unexpected impacts on the game

    The Athletic "It seems like every year since we’ve had the ability to measure exactly how the baseball is spinning, flying, and landing, we’ve had revelations about how different the ball is. That isn’t to say that things weren’t a little different this year — because this year,..." April 14

  • Robbie Ray's strong outing vs. Yankees puts Blue Jays rotation in good position

    Sportsnet "About three weeks ago, Robbie Ray was carrying his son in his Dunedin, Fla., rental home when he arrived at the top of a staircase and took the first step without paying it any mind, as anyone would. “I mean, it's the stairs,” said the Toronto Blue..." April 13

  • Jays' Teoscar Hernandez tests positive for COVID-19

    TSN "The Toronto Blue Jays will be without the services of Teoscar Hernandez for at least 10 more days. Manager Charlie Montoyo announced on Tuesday that the 28-year-old outfielder had tested positive for COVID-19. Hernandez, who Montoyo says has mild symptoms that are..." April 13

  • Early Gaffes Highlight Must-Fix Gaps in MLB's Replay Review System

    Bleacher Report "There are many good things about Major League Baseball's return, but it hasn't taken long for one of the lesser aspects of the sport to come to the forefront. Yes, replay reviews are also back. And yes, they're still often frustrating. Mind you,..." April 13

  • What is the MLB antitrust exemption? Baseball's century-old golden goose becomes political cudgel

    USA Today "For a century, Major League Baseball’s golden goose has been its antitrust exemption, a gift from Congress and the Supreme Court that allows it to operate, in essence, as a monopoly. On May 29, 2022, the exemption will mark its 100th anniversary – though don’t expect..." April 13

  • 2021 MLB trade deadline moved up a day to July 30

    Yardbarker "This year’s trade deadline will be slightly earlier than usual, with Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reporting that it’ll fall on July 30 rather than the customary July 31. Major League Baseball preferred to have the 4 p.m. ET deadline fall on a day where afternoon games..." April 13

  • Real cancel culture isn't moving MLB All-Star Game, it's the erasing of Black lives

    USA Today "After Major League Baseball's All-Star Game was pulled out of Georgia because of the state's voter suppression efforts, the governor, Brian Kemp, declared it was an act of cancel culture. “Cancel culture and partisan actions are coming for your business,” he..." April 13

  • Cracking the MLB superstar code: These 24 players will rule baseball in 2021

    ESPN "When I was a kid, our elementary school used to have these book fairs, run by Scholastic book publishers. The company set up a display in the lobby outside the library, their various books for sale, and each spring I would spend a dollar or two on the latest edition of "All-Pro Baseball..." April 13

  • Yankees' Aaron Hicks Out vs. Blue Jays After Police Killing of Daunte Wright

    Bleacher Report "The New York Yankees will be without center fielder Aaron Hicks for Monday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays in the wake of the fatal police shooting of Daunte Wright.  Manager Aaron Boone told Bryan Hoch of that Hicks..." April 12

  • It is past time for MLB to address its umpiring problem

    Talking Chop "Well, well, well. It looks like Major League Baseball’s umpires are back on their [redacted] once again! This past weekend has seen MLB’s umpires provide multiple embarrassing displays on the field, and I’m not even talking about the regular misses on balls-and-strikes...." April 12

  • Each MLB team's most likely award winner in 2021

    Yardbarker "Whether it be a big debut for a rookie, an inspirational comeback or season for the history books at the plate or on the mound, or shot caller that makes all of the right moves off of it, there is a potential award winner waiting within every franchise. So, who is the most likely award winner..." April 12

  • Why Blue Jays' strikeout numbers aren't cause for alarm

    Sportsnet "Have you seen this? Have you heard about this? The Toronto Blue Jays are striking out too often. They’re up there just swinging away, chasing crap. They just set a franchise record for the most strikeouts through the first seven games of a season with 72. And another with 84..." April 12

  • Updating and ranking the 50 greatest MLB players of all time

    Clutch Points "Top 50 lists are a common thing within the sports world, but it is particularly fascinating in baseball. MLB has been around longer than any other American professional sport. The amount of time the sport has been around makes the amount of players to choose from expansive. These 50 players are..." April 12

  • Robbie Ray returns, Tanner Roark heads to bullpen as Blue Jays shuffle rotation

    Sportsnet "This being 2021, and these being the Toronto Blue Jays, not even a day without a game could pass without a generous helping of roster news. Left-handed starter Robbie Ray, lost to an elbow contusion when he slipped on a flight of stairs late in spring training, will return..." April 11

  • Fluke or for Real? Breaking Down the Most Stunning MLB Starts to New Season

    Bleacher Report "The old adage goes something like, "Baseball is a marathon, not a sprint."  Indeed, a 162-game season ensures players will go through peaks and valleys, slumps and hitting streaks. Finishing strong is more important for both players and teams; just ask anyone on the..." April 11

  • Angels-Blue Jays postponed due to rain "Today’s Angels-Blue Jays game has been postponed due to rain in the Dunedin, Fla., area. The game will be made up as part of a split doubleheader on Tuesday, Aug. 10, in Los Angeles at Angel Stadium. Game 1 will be the rescheduled game from today’s game in Dunedin, FL..." April 11

  • Breaking Down the Most Stunning MLB Starts to New Season

    Bleacher Report "The old adage goes something like, "Baseball is a marathon, not a sprint."  Indeed, a 162-game season ensures players will go through peaks and valleys, slumps and hitting streaks. Finishing strong is more important for both players and teams; just ask anyone on the..." April 11

  • Here is why Joe Maddon had to do long walk of shame after ejection

    Larry Brown Sports "Saturday night’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays was an absolute disaster for the Los Angeles Angels. And there was a moment of embarrassment for Joe Maddon beyond the score. Maddon’s Angels got beat up pretty badly by the Jays. They surrendered seven runs in the..." April 11

  • Start of Saturday's Blue Jays-Angels game delayed due to weather

    Sportsnet "The start of Saturday night's game between the Toronto Blue Jays and Los Angeles Angels has been delayed due to weather. The game was originally scheduled to begin at 7:07 p.m. " April 10

  • Ranking the Best Home Run Hitters Since 2000

    Bleacher Report "No matter how Major League Baseball evolves, home runs will remain one of the most entertaining parts of the game. Players can be signed and re-signed solely because of their long-ball power. There simply is no substitute for driving home yourself—and everyone else on..." April 10

  • Blue Jays place Teoscar Hernandez on IL after exposure to positive COVID-19 case

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays have placed Teoscar Hernandez on the injured list following an exposure to a positive COVID-19 case with a close contact outside of the team. MLB health-and-safety protocols state that a player who has been identified as having been in..." April 10

  • Blue Jays likely to play home games in Buffalo again?

    Yardbarker "The Buffalo Blue Jays will likely be back in MLB later this year.  As Keegan Matheson wrote for the league's official website, the Buffalo Bisons, Triple-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays, announced on Friday that they're beginning the season in Trenton,..." April 09

  • There Are Still a Lot of “Names” in MLB Free Agency

    Bleacher Nation "Because of the way the Cubs’ offseason played out (we knew there wouldn’t be a ton of spending, we knew there were very specific slots from a very specific tier of free agency that were going to get filled and then that was that), I didn’t pay as much attention to the big..." April 09

  • MLB Trades Teams Should Be Considering ASAP

    Bleacher Report "In an ordinary Major League Baseball season, early April would be a tad too soon for trade speculation. But in 2021, it feels like it's never too early to start considering trades teams might make. There have already been two trades of note, with the New York..." April 09

  • Five teams that could take down the Dodgers this season

    ESPN "The reigning 2020 World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers enter the 2021 season as a favorite to repeat. In fact, the best-case scenario for this year's L.A. squad is downright scary. But that doesn't mean the rest of the league is just going to lie down and watch the Dodgers..." April 09

  • Blue Jays likely heading back to Buffalo "The Blue Jays’ Triple-A affiliate, the Buffalo Bisons, announced Friday that they will open their 2021 season in Trenton, NJ, while the Blue Jays complete an ongoing construction project to prepare Sahlen Field for Major League regular season games later this summer. The Blue..." April 09

  • Two decades after Alex Rodriguez's historic 10-year, $252 million deal, big paydays flourish for stars

    USA Today "In the 20 years since the Texas Rangers gave Alex Rodriguez his historic 10-year, $252 million deal, wins and championships have come at a price. USA TODAY Sports has tracked Major League Baseball salaries since 1989 when the Los Angeles Dodgers made Orel Hershiser the..." April 09

  • Sorry, Purists: MLB's New Extra-Inning Rule Is Great and Should Be Here to Stay

    Bleacher Report "There is a certain group of baseball fans that love the traditional aspect of the game. It's America's pastime, it has a human element and it needs to be left alone. There are too many replays, the advanced metrics are clouding the game and the rules were made for a reason and are not..." April 09

  • What we've learned about the Blue Jays' pitching staff so far

    Sportsnet "Baseball is a sport steeped in tradition, and one of its most reliable customs is the April overreaction. Every year we find ourselves forming strong opinions based on tiny samples because that’s all we’ve seen. That's especially true when what we see fits with existing spring..." April 08

  • Blue Jays memories hit for Angels GM Perry Minasian ahead of Dunedin opener

    Sportsnet " Two teams came to mind for Perry Minasian as he considered the situation of the Los Angeles Angels and scrolled through his mental Rolodex in search of comparable clubs. First up were the 1995 Texas Rangers, a talented group wanting in spots yet still somewhat less than what..." April 08