According to the USA Today, the Toronto Blue Jays will not stop manager John Farrell from joining the Boston Red Sox should he decide to leave.
Bob Nightengale, the USA Today reporter who first broke the story, was on a Toronto sports radio program and said that the Jays and Sox have most likely already had preliminary talks.
"John Farrell is very good friends with (Red Sox GM) Ben Cherington and those people so you can't say there hasn't been phone calls," Nightengale said. "I'm sure Lucchino and Paul Beeston have already talked. Formally just a technicality."
"Cherington wants him badly. If Blue Jays really wanted him and said no, they would've given him an extension or said he's going to be our guy for the next five years … we've never seen those comments. They're going to let him go."
Nightengale also said that Farrell will most likely end up in Boston and that the Jays wouldn't receive much in terms of compensation. He cites the Marlins and White Sox trade for Ozzie Guillen.
"You're not going to get much compensation. Remember when Theo Epstein went to the Cubs, there was very little compensation. When Ozzie Guillen went to the Marlins, very little. Only talking about a fringe-type prospect. Nothing big."
Farrell was the Red Sox pitching coach from 2005-2009 and was popular with Red Sox players in the clubhouse. He also was integral in bolstering the Red Sox pitching staff, something the Sox desperately need for the 2013 season.
Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Yunel Escobar was met with boos during his first home game back from a suspension due to an anti-gay slur on his eye black.
When the lineups were announced, Escobar was met with a few boos, but many more fans booed during Escobar's first at-bat in the first inning.
The Jays suspended Escobar for three games after he wrote a slur on his eye-black in Spanish during a game against the Boston Red Sox. Escobar apologized and said that the eye-black message was meant as a joke.
Escobar's lost pay, an estimated $82,000, was donated to GLAAD and You Can Play, an advocacy group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender athletes.
You Can Play board member David Testo, an openly gay former MLS player, threw the first pitch to Escobar. Before the game, Escobar chatted with Jose Estavez, an openly gay runner from Boston College, and with Patrick Burke, the son of Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke and founder of You Can Play.
"I think it put a face on the issue for Yunel," Burke said. "I think it humanized the issue of gay athletes for Yunel and I think Jose did a great job today."
"After meeting with him, I like Yunel," Burke said. "I think he did a stupid thing but I think he has learned from it."
"He's really sorry for what he did and I felt the sincerity when I was talking to him," Estevez said.
During last night's game against the Toronto Blue Jays, New York Yankees pitcher Ivan Nova wasn't having a good game to match his already disappointing 2012 campaign.
It didn't get much better when in the fourth inning an Ivan Nova changeup went straight through Russell Martin's glove.
That was pretty cool, except for the fact that it was ball four and the Yanks lost 6-0. Still though, right?
The Toronto Police have confirmed that the man who collapsed at the Toronto Blue Jays game tonight has died in a local hospital.
The incident happened during the seventh inning of the Blue Jays game against the Chicago White Sox and play was halted for four minutes. CPR was performed on the man before play had stopped.
White Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis got the attention of an umpire who was then able to suspend the game so emergency personnel can cart him off the field and be sent to the hospital.
No word thus far on the cause of death.
A scary moment at the Rogers Centre tonight when a fan is believed to have suffered a heart attack while sitting in the front row of the Blue Jays-White Sox game.
The game was in the seventh inning when play was halted for four minutes while emergency personnel could reach the fan.
CPR was performed on the individual before play was even stopped. The fan was placed onto a stretcher and carted off the field.
Blue Jays announcer Mike Wilner noticed that chest compressions were used, tweeting, "Scary stuff here at Rogers Centre - I've never had to call play by play of chest compressions before. Say a prayer for that fan. #Bluejays"
There has been no immediate word on the fan's condition.
Ageless wonder and pitcher Jamie Moyer and the Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to a minor league deal.
Moyer will report to the Blue Jays' AAA affiliate in Las Vegas sometime this week. The Blue Jays will be the ninth team in Moyer's, 49, long career and his third in a month. He was with the Baltimore Orioles earlier in the month, but asked for his release after not being called up from the Orioles' AAA squad in Norfolk. Moyer pitched very well with Norfolk recording an ERA of 1.69 and 16 strikeouts with no walks.
The Jays, although, have made "no promises" to Moyer other than a few AAA starts, according to Rogers Sportsnet. The Jays have some pitching woes with Brandon Morrow, Drew Hutchison, and Kyle Drabek all being on the disabled list giving Moyer a good chance to be called up to Toronto.
Another juror has been dismissed from the Roger Clemens trial because they had fallen asleep during the trial.
The juror, from Seat 1, has been replaced by the first alternate from Seat 7.
Clemens is on trial determining whether or not he lied to Congress when he lied about taking performance enhancing steroids.