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Dioner Navarro Wants Out Of Toronto

According to Jon Heyman of CBS, Blue Jays catcher Dioner Navarro wants out as Toronto has opted to sign free-agent catcher Russell Martin to take over the primary catching duties on the Blue Jays’ roster. While Martin is clearly an upgrade, Navarro produced solid results in his first year as full-time catcher since 2009. He started 102 games behind the plate, hitting .274/.317...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
November 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Blue Jays Rumors: Dioner Navarro wants out of Blue Jays organization

According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, Dioner Navarro feels that the recent signing of Russell Martin to a 5-year/$82M contract will diminish his role with the Blue Jays. The 30-year old Navarro hit .274, 12 RBI, with 69 RBI in 2014. Heyman also states that the Jays would give Navarro time between DH as well as catcher. The switch hitter had drawn interest from three teams, the identities...
Via Baseball Essential
November 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Friday Notes

The cold sweats have slowed down and I don't find myself shaking nearly as much as I'm getting over the withdrawal from the 2014 Kansas City Royals. It's now been more than a week since Alex Gordon was stranded at third base and was forced to walk back to the Royals dugout past a celebrating Giants team, and as I expected, the pain of the loss is still there, but the joy of the 2014...
Via Pine Tar Press
November 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Ahead in June, Blue Jays stumble rest of the way

TORONTO (AP) Since general manager Alex Anthopoulos engineered a major roster overhaul before the 2013 season, the Blue Jays have gone 0 for 2 in chasing a playoff berth. Expect some changes before Toronto tries again in 2015. Before the Blue Jays wrapped up their season Sunday, Anthopoulos said he's ''pretty excited'' about what lies ahead this offseason. Especially after a quiet...
Via AP on Fox
September 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Free Agent Frenzy: That's a wrap!

With just three days remaining in the regular season, we're going to do things a bit differently this week. Instead of a paragraph each on a small number of guys, we'll give you a brief look at a handful of widely available players at each position – a smorgasbord of fantasy free agents, if you will – with their FOXSports.com ownership percentages. Good luck with the culmination...
Via Fox Sports
September 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Catching Upgrades Will be Difficult for Cubs

One of the popular topics of conversation in the Twitterverse has become upgrading the catcher position moving into 2015.  Without question, incumbent Welington Castillo has not had the type of season that we all would have liked, which is to say he has not emphatically made himself a core piece moving forward. Photo: Andrew A. Nelles~Sun-Times Media Welington Castillo has been...
Via World Series Dreaming
September 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Blue Jays Injury Update: Dioner Navarro sits after foul tip to mask

Toronto Blue Jays catcher Dioner Navarro took a seat on Wednesday after struggling with the aftereffects of a foul tip that struck his mask during Tuesday's game. Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports that Navarro's absence was precautionary, with the catcher himself saying he was feeling fine and had just got 'fuzzy' after the latest in a series of foul tips:"I'm feeling good," Navarro...
Via Sports Injury Alert
September 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Hutchison fans 10 as Blue Jays beat Cubs 11-1

TORONTO (AP) Drew Hutchison matched his career-high with 10 strikeouts in 6 1-3 innings, Dioner Navarro had two hits and two RBIs, and the Toronto Blue Jays completed a three-game sweep with an 11-1 win over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night. Hutchison (10-11) allowed one run and four hits in his second career 10-strikeout game - both this season. He also did it against Milwaukee...
Via AP on Fox
September 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox score 3 in 10th, beat Blue Jays 9-8

BOSTON (AP) Yoenis Cespedes singled home the winning run in a three-run 10th inning, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 9-8 on Friday night. Toronto took an 8-6 lead in the top of the 10th. The first run scored on Dioner Navarro's infield single that followed a single by Edwin Encarnacion and a double by John Mayberry Jr. Danny Valencia then hit a fly to Allen Craig...
Via AP on Fox
September 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Rays game preview

TV: None TIME: 7:10 P.M. Having won a series in Tampa Bay for the first time in more than seven years, the Toronto Blue Jays will try to complete an unprecedented three-game sweep there and extend their win streak to five games. If he can continue to progress from a rough outing last month, Rays right-hander Jake Odorizzi could make it difficult on the Blue Jays on Thursday night...
Via Fox Sports Florida
September 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Evan Longoria homers but Rays still lose to Blue Jays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Dioner Navarro and Edwin Encarnacion each hit two-run home runs and the Toronto Blue Jays rolled to their fourth straight win with a 7-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wedesnday night. Adam Lind had four straight hits and scored twice for the Jays, who have won a road series against the Rays for the first time in more than seven years. Marcus Stroman...
Via AP on Fox
September 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Blue Jays homer their way past Rays 7-4

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Dioner Navarro and Edwin Encarnacion each hit two-run home runs and the Toronto Blue Jays rolled to their fourth straight win with a 7-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wedesnday night. Adam Lind had four straight hits and scored twice for the Jays, who have won a road series against the Rays for the first time in more than seven years. Marcus Stroman...
Via AP on Fox
September 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Evan Longoria homers but Rays still lose to Blue Jays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Dioner Navarro and Edwin Encarnacion each hit two-run home runs and the Toronto Blue Jays rolled to their fourth straight win with a 7-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wedesnday night. Adam Lind had four straight hits and scored twice for the Jays, who have won a road series against the Rays for the first time in more than seven years. Marcus Stroman...
Via Fox Sports Florida
September 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Valencia homers as Blue Jays beat Red Sox 5-2

TORONTO (AP) Pinch-hitter Danny Valencia had a go-ahead, three-run homer in the seventh inning, leading the Toronto Blue Jays over the Boston Red Sox 5-2 Wednesday night. Jose Bautista homered for the second straight night, a two-run drive in the first that helped the Blue Jays improve to 7-16 in August. With Boston leading 2-1, Edwin Encarnacion doubled off Joe Kelly starting the...
Via AP on Fox
August 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Jays win in 10 on Reyes RBI single, Rays file protest in 4th

  Jose Reyes singled home the winning run in the 10th inning, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat Tampa Bay 5-4 on Saturday in a game the Rays played under protest. Toronto took a 4-3 lead in the seventh when Dioner Navarro hit a two-run homer off Brad Boxberger, but closer Casey Janssen couldn't hold on. Pinch-hitter James Loney singled home the tying run with one out in the ninth,...
Via AP on Fox
August 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Unstoppable Fiers: Brewers starter continues impressive run

MILWAUKEE -- After holding the Los Angeles Dodgers to one run over eight innings and striking out 14 in six innings against the Chicago Cubs, Mike Fiers' latest challenge was one of the most potent offenses in baseball. Fiers continued his impressive return to the big leagues by holding Toronto to just two hits over seven innings Tuesday, retiring the last 18 batters he faced in...
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin
August 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox Fall Back Into Old Habit In Streak-Snapping Loss To Blue Jays

The Boston Red Sox fell back into an old habit Tuesday. The Red Sox, whose offense has improved significantly of late, squandered several scoring opportunities en route to suffering a 7-3 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. The defeat snapped Boston’s winning streak at five games. “We created a number of opportunities through the first five (innings),” Red Sox manager...
Via NESN.com
July 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Boxscore Breakdown #90: Love-Hate – Angels 8, Blue Jays 7

It was the best of games. It was the worst of games. It was, well, a game. By all rights this should’ve been a very exciting game. It was close, featured a late-inning go-ahead homer from a superstar and multiple lead changes. However, it also lasted almost four hours, had four replay reviews, 12 pitchers used, four errors, three wild pitches, two TOOTBLANs and one botched sacrifice...
Via Monkey with a Halo
July 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Dickey’s knuckleball dominates as the Angels lose their winning streak

Following a a 5-2 win and their 11th consecutive win at home, The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim played the second game of a three-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays at The Big A.Both Skaggs and Dickey pitched four scoreless innings, until Toronto took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fifth courtesy of a RBI single to right field from Jose Reyes scoring Munenori Kawasaki.In the...
Via In The Neutral Zone
July 09, 2014  |  Discuss

What is the real Mendoza Line?

The Mendoza Line is a commonly accepted phrase among baseball writers, coaches, and the casual fan as the baseline for accepted offensive output given above-average defense. The phrase was named after the light-hitting shortstop Mario Mendoza, a player who hit incredibly poorly but was considered to be a defensive wizard. People felt that a .200 batting average was something people...
Via Batting Leadoff
July 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Dioner Navarro’s inside-the-park-homer attempt ends how you’d expect

Dioner Navarro, the Blue Jays catcher who moonlights as Bartolo Colon’s body double, came dangerously close to an inside-the-park home run in today’s White Sox-Jays contest. Your browser does not support iframes. This perfect storm of fat-guy-going-for-extra-bases developed as Navarro lifted a deep fly ball to ChiSox left fielder Dayan Viciedo, a guy who reminds me of myself...
Via Next Impulse Sports
June 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Dioner Navarro Tries For Inside-The-Park Homer, Fails Miserably (Video)

The Toronto Blue Jays are no stranger to the home run ball, as they lead the the majors with 104 round trippers. Jays catcher Dioner Navarro, though, had some trouble when he tried to circle the bases Thursday. Already up by five runs over the Chicago White Sox, Navarro looked to extend the lead in the fifth inning. The catcher hit a seemingly routine fly ball to left field, but...
Via NESN.com
June 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Dioner Navarro tries to turn double into inside-the-park homer, fails (video)

Your browser does not support iframes. Catchers, by nature, typically are not the fleetest of foot, which is probably why they should never attempt something on the basepaths that relies on speed. Such was the case on Thursday, when Toronto Blue Jays catcher Dioner Navarro attempted to leg out an inside-the-park home run after a […] The post Dioner Navarro tries to turn double...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
June 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Toronto Blue Jays: Legit or Lucky?

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports The Toronto Blue Jays currently sit on top of the AL East, 4 ½ games ahead of the second-place Baltimore Orioles and thirteen games above .500. Coming off a forgettable 2013 season, it was easy to write off the 2014 team—especially considering general manager Alex Anthopoulos sat on his hands this past winter despite many important holes to fill...
Via The Sideline
June 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals Offense Back, Royals Lose 4-0 to Blue Jays

After last night’s brutal loss to the Blue Jays, the Royals would kindly ask of Jeremy Guthrie to take the series from our opponents across the border. The first thing I noticed about Guthrie was that his velocity was up in the 95-96 MPH range. Guthrie struggled a bit in the first, loading the bases with two outs. Guthrie would get out of it with 32 pitches being thrown, and no...
Via Royals Blue
June 01, 2014  |  Discuss
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