Pillar responds with impact performance in Blue Jays’ win over Orioles

TORONTO – Kevin Pillar’s performance Sunday afternoon led to criticism from his manager and an uncomfortable storyline for a struggling team. Just as quickly, his play the next day pushed many of those questions aside. Pillar, whose unnecessarily aggressive baserunning earned him a dugout scolding from John Gibbons at Yankee Stadium Sunday, doubled in his […]

Blue Jays-Orioles rivalry cools down as teams struggle

Ah, the hate. The loathing. The bean-brawls. The stares. Buck vs. Gibby. Jose Bautista vs. Darren O’Day. And Adam Jones. And Dan Duquette. Stroman vs. Everybody. Clinching the pennant in 2015. Before that? Gaston and Mussina: Cito getting booed by dough-head Baltimore fans for leaving Mike Mussina in the bullpen in the 1993 all-star game […]

John Gibbons scolds Kevin Pillar in latest dismal Blue Jays loss

NEW YORK – Miserable losses are going to be a part of this period of transition and acclimation for the Toronto Blue Jays, especially when they’re facing American League East powers like the New York Yankees. The already wide gap between the clubs is only exacerbated by the inherent growing pains and dismal weekends like […]

Canadian Robert Wickens involved in scary crash at Pocono

LONG POND, Pa. — Canadian Robert Wickens is being treated for injuries to his lower extremities, right arm and spine following an accident early in a race at Pocono IndyCar said the Canadian sustained a pulmonary contusion Sunday and will undergo an MRI and probable surgery at Lehigh Valley Hospital Cedar Crest in Allentown. The […]

Big Read: Kia Nurse is dead set on global domination

In her rookie WNBA campaign, Nurse was used to try to shut down some of the league’s top players, like 14-year veteran Diana Taurasi of Phoenix. When the Liberty drafted Nurse, head coach Katie Smith knew they were getting a player who’d earned a reputation as the best on-ball defender at the college level. “But […]

Growing pains felt as Reid-Foley, Blue Jays get crushed by Yankees

NEW YORK – Part of playing the kids is understanding that school-of-hard-knocks days are an inherent accompaniment, which makes patience through the pain mandatory. To that end, Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons offered rookie starter Sean Reid-Foley both rope and advice, the latter in a discussion on the mound, on Saturday afternoon in an […]

Ovechkin becomes father, honours late brother with child’s name

Alex Ovechkin is never going to forget the summer of 2018. The Washington Capitals superstar won his first Stanley Cup championship and Conn Smythe Trophy in June and on Saturday morning he became a first-time father. As initially reported by RussianMachineNeverBreaks and later confirmed by the player, Oveckin’s wife Nastya gave birth to a baby […]

Marcus Stroman’s blister acts up again in loss to Yankees

NEW YORK – Marcus Stroman stared in after Larry Vanover called his first pitch to Miguel Andujar in the first inning a ball and appeared to mouth three simple words: That wasn’t up. According to Baseball Savant, the Toronto Blue Jays right-hander was right, too, as the 92.5 m.p.h. two-seamer looks to quite clearly have […]

Blue Jays GM Atkins: Gibbons will remain till end of season

NEW YORK – Toronto Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins eliminated the uncertainty about John Gibbons’ immediate future by declaring that the manager will finish out the 2018 season, with his status for 2019 to be determined later. The decision ends two weeks of speculation that started with a report from Sportsnet colleague Jeff Blair […]