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R A Dickey posted by Blue Jays Fan

Born October 29, 1974, R. A. Dickey is a MLB pitcher with the Toronto Blue Jays. He mainly relies on the knuckleball, which has served him well in his pitching career. Dickey switches between a slow knuckler at 54 mph and a fast knuckler that can reach a speed of up to 83 mph. He also uses four-seam and two-seam fastballs in the range of 82 to 85 mph, and occasionally resorts to a changeup, which is in the range of 76 to 78 mph.

Dickey played baseball in school and college, but started his professional career when he was drafted in 1996 by the Texas Rangers; however, his debut was not until 2001. In 2004, he started the season strongly with a 4-1 record but by the end of the season, he was down to 6-7 record with a poor 5.61 ERA. Dickey realized he had to better his pitch, and in 2006, he was given a chance to experiment with the knuckleball, and was named the fifth starter by the Rangers. However, in the first start, he gave away six home runs, and he was demoted to play with Oklahoma Red Hawks, a Triple-A team, which is a minor league affiliate of the Rangers.

From 2007 to 2010, Dickey mainly played minor league for Milwaukee Brewers, Minnesota Twins, and Seattle Mariners. In January 2010, Dickey signed a contract with New York Mets to play minor league, and he was assigned to Buffalo Bisons, a Triple-A team. However, in 2012, during Cy Young Award Season, Dickey played excellently, and was the first pitcher to win 10 games of the MLB season. In December 2012, Dickey was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays, and in February 2013, Dickey was named the starter for the opening day. In June 2014, Dickey managed the 1,000th strikeout of his career, while pitching against Chicago White Sox.

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How will Toronto Blue Jays Perform in MLB Baseball Bets posted by Blue Jays Fan

For betting on MLB baseball, you need not be an expert, as there are many resources available online that can guide you to make the best wagers. From potential of each player to winning strategies, everything is discussed in detail on these websites. For instance, if you are a fan of the Toronto Blue Jays, this season can be quite exciting opportunity to make some profitable wagers. The Toronto Blue Jays were quite lucky this season, as they had the opportunity in building quite a formidable team. Taking advantage of the salary issues with the Miami Marlins, Toronto was able to get Joe Buck a star catcher, great pitchers like Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle, and super star Jose Reyes. This is in addition to the already existing powerful offensive of Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion. Another recent inclusion, which has increased the winning odds for the team is R.A. Dickey. 
Another major thing playing in Blue Jays favour is the NHL lockout, which has led to decommissioning of Maple Leafs. The Toronto team has also managed to take the lead ahead of New York Yankees for winning the AL East with odds at +150, while the Yankees are trailing behind with +190. The New York team, which was considered a favourite, seems to be declining, as there are ageing players and pitching is not up to the mark. However, they still have a good chance, as they have been winning the AL East title for 12 years out of a total of 15 years play. The odds for New York Yankees of winning the World Series are at 14/1, whereas the odds of Toronto Blue Jays are at 15/2. This is going to be quite close, and betting will be quite exciting.  There is good potential of winning substantial amounts in sports betting through and by playing casino games. Now all this can be done from the comfort of your home, as you can access betting spaces and huge casinos, online. Approaching a bookie for placing a bet on your favourite team is a thing of the past, as you can do the same thing online in a highly secure environment. You also do not have to bother about the legality of the transaction, as most websites are licensed by the authorities to conduct gambling businesses. These sites come under strict government regulations, which means there is much more safety for the player wagering any amount.
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Dunn's 32nd HR Ties Blue Jays, 1-1 posted by Richard Kagan

Last season Adam Dunn has a season to forget, quickly.  A traditional power hitter for the length of his career, Dunn managed only 11 homers and a gazillion KO's last year.  Dunn was recovering from surgery before the season and never got untracked.  His swing got messed up and he kept flailing and fanning.  This season Dunn has almost 170 KO's, and may well lead the league.  But he is among AL leaders in HR's too, with 32.  He will triple his production from last season.  Dunn either seems to hit a HR or strike out.  He hit a single or double and drove in a run the other day.  I was shocked.  A Rbi that most players experience.  Some of Dunn's HR's are blasts. 

Watching him at the plate is kind of interesting.  You want to see if he hits one far, or swings at a bad pitch--it is good to see him producing and hitting HR's at bat.  He said, he doesn't get paid for hitting singles.  That seems to be the case.

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New season brings new hope posted by David

Two thousand eleven was a difficult year for Major League Baseball.  There was no strike, no brawl in which a player grabbed an elderly coach and threw him to the ground, and no collision between players that proved to be career-ending for anyone.  (Buster Posey should be fine this season.)  On the field, things were good.  In the stands and outside the park, however, tragedy struck the baseball world.

Christina Taylor Green, the nine-year-old granddaughter of former Phillies GM Dallas Green and daughter of Dodgers scout John Green, was shot and killed in Tucson at the Gabrielle Giffords Congress on Your Corner event in January.

Bryan Stow, a San Francisco Giants fan, was beaten nearly to death outside Dodger Stadium on Opening Day.

Shannon Stone, a firefighter, fell 20 feet in front of his six-year-old son at Rangers Ballpark in July and was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital.

Greg Halman, a 24-year-old Mariners outfielder, was stabbed to death in his native Holland in November, allegedly by his own brother.

Despite the tragedies that occurred in 2011 – both during the season and before it began, inside and outside the stadium, accident or intentional – it was heartening to hear about Barry Bonds’s offer to pay for Stow’s children to go to college.  I have personally never been a Bonds fan – and I’m still not – but I give credit where credit is due.  Detractors may say that it was just a publicity stunt to improve his image, and I can’t say for sure that it wasn’t, but does it really matter?  A wealthy athlete did something he didn’t have to do in order to help someone in need.

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Jays' Santos brings the heat posted by Blue Jays Fan

The Blue Jays will not be going to need to face Sergio Santos this year and that’s a fantastic thing.

Monday a couple of in the Jays’ hitters got a firsthand look at Santos’ repertoire inside a live batting practice session as well as the new closer sent Brett Lawrie and Edwin Encarnacion away shaking their heads and grumbling under their breath.

Santos features a heavy mid-90s fastball, a sharp, biting slider and this year is dusting off a changeup that he neglected last year as Chicago’s closer.

"The a single thing we went back and looked at when he evolved into the closer function was that he became predominantly a fastball-slider pitcher," said manager John Farrell. "The year ahead of when he was inside a late-inning (setup) role his changeup was a true weapon for him.

"By his own admission in conversations throughout the off-season, he felt like he got away from that pitch. It is a darn great pitch, whether to righthanders or lefthanders, and when you are running within the mid-90s, having a wipeout slider and also you can throw another pitch in to the mix that they've to defend against, it makes him less predictable."

The Blue Jays will have some interesting mlb props this year, that's for sure.

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A baseball read to hold you over until Opening Day posted by David

If you’re looking for a baseball book that will keep you entertained until Opening Day, check out Dirk Hayhurst’s The Bullpen Gospels: Major League Dreams of a Minor League Veteran.  The book details Hayhurst’s 2007 season at three different levels of the minors.  He describes long bus rides, living with host families, Kangaroo Court, and battling the urge to give up on a dream.  It’s an honest story about the arduous journey it takes so many ballplayers to reach their ultimate goal, knowing they may never achieve it.

Hayhurst has since made it to the majors, pitching in 25 games, making three starts, and compiling a 0-2 record and a 5.72 ERA for the Padres and Blue Jays.  The Kent State University graduate’s book received rave reviews from Bob Costas, Keith Olbermann, Tom Verducci and Tim Kurkjian, and made The New York Times Bestseller list.

Hayhurst also played for my hometown’s college summer league team, the Bethesda Big Train, back in 2001.  After missing all of 2010 with a shoulder injury, he signed a minor league contract with the Rays and will hope to spend this season in Tampa Bay.  Dirk Hayhurst, best of luck.

A big step in my career

After spending last season working for the Toledo Mud Hens, I’ll start a new job next month in the Research Department at MLB Network.  I’m thrilled for the opportunity to work with baseball people who love the game as much as I do.  The researchers support the on-air personalities by providing statistical and analytical information for each broadcast.  In addition to Bob Costas and Peter Gammons, MLB Network on-air personalities include retired ballplayers Sean Casey, Bill Ripken, Al Leiter, Kevin Millar, Harold Reynolds, and John Smoltz.  Since I’ll be living so close to New York City, hopefully I’ll make it to Citi Field and New Yankee Stadium this year for the first time.

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Michael McGauley

"Time for the Giants to Focus on the Rockies and Not Wednesday's Disaster" posted by Michael McGauley

Okay Giants' fans, it's time to get over Wednesday's loss, and get ready for the Rockies Friday night. Hey, I can be just as greedy as anyone, especially when it comes to a potential three-game sweep of the defending N.L. Champion Phillies. Everything was looking good: Lincecum on the mound, a three-run lead in the top of the 9th, and Brian Wilson getting loose in the pen should Timmy run out of gas. Then, with one out, a four-pitch walk to Shane Victorino, Bochy yanks Lincecum after 106 pitches, and Wilson cannot close the door. Jayson Werth's bases-clearing bloop double down the right field line tied the game at 4-4. In my opinion, total fluke! Wilson had not allowed a single run all season, and actually retired the first batter he faced. There were two outs before Utley singled and Howard walked to load the bases. Listen, if Wilson had finished off the game as he usually does, we wouldn't be having this endless discussion about Bochy's ill-fated pitching change. If he had left Timmy finish the game and he blew it, the same people would be criticizing Bochy FOR NOT making a move. It's really an impossible position for the skipper. I don't mind seeing Lincecum throw 120 pitches, but you have to figure it will make a difference later in the season once he exceeds the 200-inning plateau. If Bochy can save him, and limit the pitch count here and there, it could keep him fresher into September, and that's really the big picture. Don't pound your horses into the ground in April. Yes, it would have been nice to see the complete game, but IT IS Wilson's job to slam the door, and Wednesday just wasn't his day.

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Jason Heyward: Instant Hit posted by David

When the Atlanta Braves announced during the last week of spring training that Jason Heyward had made the big league roster, it made headlines in part because both Stephen Strasburg and Aroldis Chapman were being assigned to the minors.  However, after winning the starting right fielder’s job in Atlanta, the 20-year-old phenom wasted no time before impressing the baseball world by launching a three-run home run in his very first major league at-bat.  Batting seventh in the lineup behind Chipper Jones, Brian McCann, and others has limited the pressure on the 14th overall pick in the 2007 draft, but before long, you can expect to see Heyward taking his hacks in the cleanup spot.

How ‘bout that?

How about Albert Pujols?  Picking up where he left off at the end of the 2009 season, Pujols collected four hits – including two home runs – on Opening Day.  The Cardinals slugger has been nothing but superhuman in the batter’s box; unless he suffers an injury, he will likely win his third straight (and fourth overall) Most Valuable Player Award.

How about Vernon Wells?  Looking to bounce back from a disappointing season (.260/.311/.400), Wells has already hit four home runs and boasts a .600 batting average.  The centerfielder became the first Blue Jay in history to homer in the team’s first three games of the year and played a major role in Toronto winning its first series of 2010 over Texas.

How about the Giants?  Led by shortstop Edgar Renteria’s .727 batting average (eight hits in 11 at-bats), San Francisco has continued to play well, sweeping a three-game series in Houston following a 23-12 record in spring training.  Not only are the Giants the only team yet to lose a regular season game, they have not even trailed at any point.  Though it is far too early to call a winner, the Giants will hope their fast start is a sign of things to come as they eye their first division title since 2003.

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The Big Unit hangs ‘em up posted by David

Big news from the Big Unit: 46-year-old Randy Johnson announced his retirement, concluding his career with a record of 303-166, a 3.29 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP.  His five Cy Young Awards – one with the Mariners and four in a row with the Diamondbacks – rank him behind only Roger Clemens, and his 4,875 career strikeouts are second only to Nolan Ryan.  He was a 10-time All-Star, starting the Midsummer Classic four times – twice for each league. Johnson made history in 2004 when he became the oldest player – at 40 – to throw a perfect game.

Johnson was a crucial member of his Diamondbacks team in the 2001 playoffs: after pitching well but losing his only start in the first round, he went 2-0 with 1.12 E.R.A. in the National League Championship Series against the Braves, including a 2-0 complete game shutout against Greg Maddux.  Then in the World Series, Johnson shut down the three-time defending champions from the Bronx with absolute dominance.  He picked up three wins, including a complete game shutout in Game 1 and back-to-back victories in Games 6 and 7, to end the Yankee Dynasty.  He surrendered only nine hits and three walks in 17.1 innings for a remarkable 0.692 WHIP to go along with a 1.04 E.R.A.  For his extraordinary performance, he was named co-MVP of the Series.  A fan attraction everywhere he went, Randy Johnson will surely be missed.

How ‘bout that?


How about Matt Holliday?  Christmas came late for the biggest name on the free agent market this offseason, as Holliday was rewarded for his huge numbers (.353/.419/.604) after his arrival in St. Louis with a very big payday – $120 million over the next seven years.  Though it was painful to watch as it happened, Holliday has been forgiven for his costly error in Game 2 of the NLDS against the Dodgers.  The slugging outfielder hopes to lead his team back to the playoffs in 2010, and with Albert Pujols, Chris Carpenter, and Adam Wainwright working together, expectations will be high once again for the Cardinals.

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Another Defensive Outfielder for Oakland posted by Stan Walker

The Oakland As recently got a John Hancock from Former Red Sox brawler Coco Crisp, for a modest 1 -year, 4 and a half million dollar contract. With this latest Billy Beane brain storm the A's should give its fans one of, if not the best defensive out fields in baseball, if thats how it will play out. As the normal with the A's, they leave the winter meetings with questions all over the diamond. But the outfield, with the signing of crisp and deals for others are the most muddled. Crisp could join Rajai Davis and Ryan Sweeney to form that crew.

But what does this move really mean for the A's. Well for starters last season Oakland brass acquired Matt Holiday for stud outfield prospect Carlos Gonzales in a trade with the Colorado Rockies. They then showcased Holiday for all the true playoff contenders, to decide who would acquire the best bat available for the stretch run. That team ended up being the St. Louis Cardinals. Oakland would acquire thirdbase phenom (why is every flash in the pants considered a phenom. Remember Ben Grieve ? former Rookie of the year who was king of hitting into the double play? He has been out of baseball a long time . anyway,) Brett Wallace.

The A's now have essentially flipped prospects with the Toronto Blue jays by obtaining outfield genetic freak prospect, Mike Taylor, for Wallace. Taylor had just become a Blue jay days before this deal ,as he was a part of the squirrelly Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee trade.Being involved in a deal with two Cy Young Award winners, should speak for it self, but here is Taylors 2009 in fast forward. At 6-6 250 Taylor has a unique blend of speed and pop. In 2009 he compiled at double A and triple A a criminal record of 21 steals in 26 attempts. He then killed pitchers by posting a .320 average, 20 homers and 84 RBI's. Not overly gaudy numbers, some might even call them pedestrian until you add in his 48 walks and 33 other extra base hits which shot his OBP up to .977. .850 is great 900 is remarkable, 977 is God -like. Now im not saying that this kid is omni-potent, and I am not saying that this kid is the next in a long line of Oakland Rookie of the years. I am simply pointing out that this guy has scouts around the league calling him major league ready, and will push the kids that have had a chance like Travis buck, Aaron Cunningham, and Tommy Everidge for a spot. If these once heralded prospects don't step up for the millionth time, it could be waivers for these guys. This is also guys like Sweeney , Davis and Scott Hairston's chance to show that they can be reliable and healthy an entire campaign as well. Add in the fact that the Oakland A's also traded for stud OF/IF Jake Fox from the Chicago Cubs, and you can see that the A's don't even know how the roster will end up. Fox is a average outfielder at best but his bat is definitlywhat the team needs. Then there is the Desme factor. Grant Desme just finished Arizona Fall league where he hit ten homers in ten games. So again Athletic nation, I ask you. What does the signing of another outfielder, mean for the A's? Well it isn't to add pop to an already anemic offense. CoCo isn't exactly Matt Holiday ya know. So could it be to get some of his family ties into the stands, to help the ticket sales, that match last years team offense? They also got Antioch, California native Aaron Miles in the Fox deal, who can play any position on the field, so maybe his and crisp family can help fill some seats? Well I think the true reason and history with this ball club states the same, is so the A's can play "Billy Ball" as they always do and trade for more prospects. Sure guys like Crisp, Scott Hairston and Ryan Sweeney wont net Holiday caliber prospects but it will help with their already great farm system by adding more prospects and hopefully put a few more fans in the seats.

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Salazar fans 10, Indians beat Jays 4-2 (The Associated Press)

TORONTO (AP) -- Still recovering from an illness that forced him to miss a start last week, Cleveland's Danny Salazar had only one thing on his mind after beating the Toronto Blue Jays. [read full article]

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Yankees explode for 20 runs in win over Braves (Big League Stew)

Take a look around the league with Big League Stew's daily wrap up. We'll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats. The New York Yankees offense hasn't been as strong in recent weeks, but that changed Sunday. The club seemed to take out all their frustrations during a 20-6 win over the Atlanta Braves.  New York wasted no time getting to work. After a scoreless first, the club picked up three runs in the second, and four in the third. The team really exploded in the seventh inning, however. The Yankees scored nine runs during the frame. Alex Rodriguez opened the scoring in the inning, picking up a pinch hit, two-run single. Brett Gardner, Brian McCann, Greg Bird, Chase Headley and Stephen Drew would all drive in runs in the seventh. It's the second time this season the club scored 20 runs during a road game.  Yankees have scored 20 runs in a road game twice this season. Last time they did that-- 1939, when they had 3 20-run road games — John Buccigross (@Buccigross) August 30, 2015 With the win, the club improved to 72-57 on the season. They remain 1.5 games behind the Toronto Blue Jays in the American League East. BLUE JAYS KEEP THE PACE The Toronto Blue Jays' offense wasn't as dominant as the Yankees' on Sunday, but it was close. Toronto erupted for nine runs during a 9-2 win over the Detroit Tigers.  After hitting three home runs during Saturday's game, Edwin Encarnacion struck again Sunday. In his first at-bat, Encarnacion blasted a solo home run to right center.  Over the past 25 games, he's put up some insane numbers. Edwin Encarnacion homers again and now is hitting .407 during his 25-game hitting streak with 11 HRs and 35 RBI. #BlueJays — Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) August 30, 2015 Encarnacion was joined by teammates Josh Donaldson, Russell Martin and Kevin Pillar during the contest. All three added home runs at various points in the game. With the win, Toronto improved to 74-56 on the season. They hold a 1.5 game lead over the Yankees in the AL East. METS RALLY FOR LATE WIN Things looked bleak for the New York Mets for a few innings Sunday, but they eventually came out on top. The club broke a tie late, beating the Boston Red Sox 5-4. At first, it looked like the team would cruise to an easy win. Noah Syndergaard seemed to have his best stuff, shutting out Boston through the first five frames.  Things changed in the sixth. With two outs, Syndergaard gave up a two-run shot to David Ortiz, falling behind 2-1. The Mets would rally in the bottom of the inning to give Syndergaard the lead again, but he couldn't hold on. After giving up another run, Syndergaard was removed with the Mets ahead 4-3. Hansel Robles replaced Syndergaard, but allowed Mookie Betts to drive in a run on a triple, tying up the game. The Mets would rally in the bottom of the inning, as Michael Cuddyer singled home the eventual game-winning run. [ Check out Big League Stew on Tumblr for even more baseball awesomeness. ] New York held on over the next two innings, picking up the win. With the victory, the club improved to 72-58. The team has a 5.5 game lead over the Washington Nationals in the National League East. WHITE SOX PICK UP THE WALK-OFF Despite being down by four runs after two innings, the Chicago White Sox managed to rally Sunday. The club eventually pulled off the feat, beating the Seattle Mariners 6-5 in extras. Pitcher Jose Quintana didn't have his best stuff early, giving up a two-run homer to Kyle Seager in the first inning. He would allow another two-run shot in the second, this time against Austin Jackson.  Chicago would rally, however. With the team down by three, the White Sox went to work in the fourth inning. The club picked up two runs in the frame, lowering their deficit to just one run. They would tie things up in the seventh, but gave up the lead almost immediately. Kyle Seager struck again, driving in a run with a single in the eighth. With the White Sox down by one, they would need to rally in the bottom of the ninth. It worked. The team tied the game again on a Brad Miller throwing error. In extras, they finally completed the comeback. Tyler Flowers singled in Alexei Ramirez from second base, picking up the walk-off hit. With the win, Chicago improved to 61-68 on the season. Want to see more from Saturday's slate of games? Check out our  scoreboard . More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: - - - - - - - Chris Cwik is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at christophercwik@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Chris_Cwik [read full article]

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Indians-Blue Jays Preview (The Associated Press)

Edwin Encarnacion is riding a career-best 25-game hitting streak and a run of eight straight games with at least one RBI. Salazar will try to cool Encarnacion and the red-hot Toronto Blue Jays on Monday night at Rogers Centre opposite David Price, who has dominated the Cleveland Indians. Encarnacion is batting .409 with 11 homers and 35 RBIs on his hit streak - the longest in the majors since a 28-game run by Colorado's Nolan Arenado in 2014. [read full article]

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Blake Swihart's inside-the-park homer helps Red Sox stop streaking Mets (Big League Stew)

Take a look around the league with Big League Stew's daily wrap up. We'll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats. Citi Field wasn't home, sweet home, for the New York Mets on Friday night. After winning seven straight in Colorado and Philadelphia, the Mets returned home and fell 6-4 to the last-place Boston Red Sox. After having his last start skipped, Matt Harvey returned to toss six scoreless innings but was long gone when Boston's Blake Swihart raced around the bases for an inside-the-park home run leading off the 10th inning. Upon further review, Swihart's blast actually cleared the wall and should have been ruled a conventional home run on the field. It wasn't, but it didn't much matter as the ball bounced far enough away from center fielder Juan Lagares for Swihart to round the bases. Any way you score it, it's a home run, but we'll always acknowledge a catcher showing off his wheels.  [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: Sign up and join a league today! ] Swihart's homer started a three-run Red Sox rally, which would prove important once the Mets scored one in the bottom half. The Red Sox also plated three in the seventh immediately after Harvey departed. David Ortiz smacked a solo home run in the frame. Jackie Bradley later connected on a two-run shot to give Boston its first lead. Ortiz's homer was No. 493 for his marvelous career. He's now tied with Lou Gehrig and Fred McGriff for 27th place on the all-time home run list. As for the Mets offense, they were cooled off a bit. They entered having already hit a franchise-record 43 home runs this month, but mustered just a double among their eight hits on Friday. With that said, they missed out on several scoring chances,as they also drew 12 walks. In the end, they left 14 runners on base. The good news for New York? No damage was done in the standings. The Washington Nationals also lost, 4-3 to the Marlins, keeping the Mets division lead at 6 1/2 games. YANKEES BREAK OUT ON OFFENSE, CRUSH BRAVES While one scorching New York offense cooled off on Friday, the Yankees fading offense finally broke out. After scoring just four runs total in their three-game series against the Astros, the Yankees muscled up for 15 runs on 16 hits in a 15-4 victory against the Atlanta Braves.  Shortstop Didi Gregorius paced New York's attack, connecting for a three-run home run in the first inning and a two-run single in the second. Gregorius finished with four hits and a career-high six RBIs. Brian McCann, who spent his first nine seasons with the Braves, made his return to Atlanta with a bang. He cracked a three-run homer in the eighth, before wrapping the scoring in the ninth with a sacrifice fly. Carlos Beltran, Brett Gardner and Chase Headley each contributed multi-hit games as the Yankees cruised to the victory.  Meanwhile, the Toronto Blue Jays didn't back down in their return to Rogers Centre. After Detroit's Ian Kinsler hit a first-inning homer, the Jays scored five unanswered on their way to a 5-3 victory. Toronto's game and a half lead in the AL East remains intact.  TWINS KEEP PACE WITH WIN AGAINST ASTROS The top of the AL wild-card picture remained unchanged Friday. The Yankees remained in firm control with their victory, while the Texas Rangers continued holding down the second spot with a 4-1 win over Baltimore. That put the pressure on the Minnesota Twins to keep pace, and they responded with a victory of their own, 3-0 against the AL West-leading Astros.  Right-hander Kyle Gibson did much of the heavy lifting, tossing 5 2/3 innings of scoreless ball. Minnesota's bullpen worked hard too, with Brian Duensing, Glen Perkins, Trevor May and Kevin Jepsen combining to strike out six batters while allowing just two hits.  To the credit of Astros' left-hander Scott Kazmir, the Twins didn't have much going against him either, collecting just three hits over seven innings. But they made those hits count, turning them into three runs. Eduardo Nunez drove in two of their three with a home run and RBI ground out.  Overall, the Twins have won seven of eight. They are one-half game behind Texas for that second wild-card position, but the Angels, Rays and Orioles aren't far behind them. It's time to buckle up.  CLAYTON KERSHAW OVERPOWERS CUBS, STRIKES OUT 14 Friday night was a good night at Dodger Stadium.  The evening started with the news that Vin Scully would be returning to the Dodgers television booth for his 67th season. Then everyone settled in to watch Clayton Kershaw do his thing. And do his thing Clayton Kershaw did, striking out 14 Chicago Cubs over eight innings in the Dodgers 4-1 victory.  The red-hot Kershaw continued a remarkable stretch of brilliance with this performance. Over his last 11 outings, he's allowed more than one earned run only once. During that stretch, he's also struck out 105 batters while issuing just eight walks. That is dominance in its purest form, and right now there's no signs of Kershaw slowing down.  Overall, the Dodgers have won four straight immediately on the heels of a five-game losing streak. They're attempting to reestablish command in the NL West with the San Francisco Giants nipping on their heels. The Giants remained right there, beating the Cardinals 5-4 in San Francisco. Given the competition both teams are facing, this weekend could be telling in terms of how the NL West will shake out over the next month.   Want to see more from Friday’s slate of games? Check out our scoreboard . 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Tigers-Blue Jays Preview (The Associated Press)

The Toronto Blue Jays failed to pad their AL East lead when their prolific offense couldn't keep rolling in the finale of a road trip. The Blue Jays will try for a better showing when they return home to face one of their former pitchers in Friday night's series opener against the Detroit Tigers. Toronto (71-56) totaled 54 runs while batting .347 in a five-game win streak that ended with Thursday's 4-1 defeat to Texas. [read full article]

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