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Marcus Stroman pitched seven sharp innings, Aledmys Diaz had two hits and the Toronto Blue Jays beat Baltimore 4-1 on Saturday for their sixth straight win over the struggling Orioles.
Aledmys Diaz singled home the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning and the Toronto Blue Jays recovered after blowing a three-run lead in the ninth to beat the Baltimore Orioles 8-7 on Friday night.
The trade market for starting pitching is thin, but a few good outings could convince contenders to come calling.
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When asked about the declining importance of a pitcher's win total to many baseball stats aficionados, Jack Morris said Fri. on a pre-induction Hall of Fame media call, "It's not all these numbers (such as spin rate, launch angle, etc.) that matter, it's letters: ‘W' and ‘L.'" He enters the Hall with a 254-186 record.
Is your favorite team down for the count? Probably. But there's still something for it to accomplish coming out of the All-Star break.
Wait, Vlad Jr. isn't No. 1? Find out which other young slugger with a familiar name edges the most famous prospect in the minors atop our list.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr., who was batting .407 when he got hurt, will come off the disabled list Thursday.
Marly Rivera ESPN Writer
Nice quote from Edwin Díaz last night when he talked to me in Spanish about blowing the save, but ironically, getting the win in the All-Star Game: "It's all about J.A. Happ. He's been in the league what, 12-13 years? And he goes in and gets his first career-save? He should've gotten the win. I am just so happy for him."
Manny Machado wasn't the only player who spent All-Star Week wondering what jersey he would be wearing by the end of July.
William Weinbaum ESPN
Tor. lefty J.A. Happ had 0 MLB saves until Tue. & 0 former N'western Univ. Wildcats had pitched in an All-Star Game. Mark Loretta, a 2004 Padre & ‘06 Red Sox infielder, was the only previous A-S from NU. Happ allowed a Joey Votto HR (the 1st A-S HR for a Canadian-born player), then retired 3 straight in the AL's 10-inning 8-6 win.
MLB does not have a problem with Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna returning from a domestic violence suspension while a legal charge could remain pending.
Xander Bogaerts homered in his first at-bat a day after hitting a walk-off grand slam and drove in two runs, leading the Boston Red Sox past the Toronto Blue Jays 5-2 on Sunday to enter the All-Star break with their best record since 1949.
David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer
Blue Jays catcher Danny Jansen -- going without batting gloves -- ties up the Futures Game with a two-run home run off Twins prospect Lewis Thorpe. Look to see Jansen in the second half since he's hitting .286/.409/.482 at Triple-A and the Jays take a look at some of their younger players.
Xander Bogaerts hit a game-ending grand slam with one out in 10th inning, and J.D. Martinez hit his major league-leading 29th homer to carry the Boston Red Sox to a 6-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday.
Kevin Pillar had four hits and Justin Smoak had three, including a pair of homers, and they drove in four runs apiece on Friday night to help the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Red Sox 13-7 and snap Boston's 10-game winning streak.
Buster breaks down Thursday's action, including Albert Pujols' big night and yet another grand slam by the Red Sox.
Mookie Betts fouled off seven pitches before hitting a grand slam that helped the Boston Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-4 on Thursday night, extending their winning streak to 10 games.
Ozzie Albies snapped Atlanta's power drought with two homers, and the Braves beat the Toronto Blue Jays 9-5 on Wednesday night to move back into a tie for the NL East lead.
All-Star Week's prospect showcase provides a peek at some of baseball's phenoms. When will they be back for the main event?
Russell Martin's sharp single in Toronto's five-run eighth drove in the go-ahead run, Marcus Stroman allowed pitched seven strong innings, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat Atlanta 6-2 on Tuesday night to knock the Braves out of first place.
Whether looking for that final piece or building for the future, every team has a reason to make a deal. Here's whom they should be shopping around.
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