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Blue Jays enjoying fan fever during playoff drive — The airport customs official studies the passport, looks directly into your eyes, and asks the reason for your visit to Canada. You tell him you're here for Toronto Blue Jays baseball games. "So who's going to win the AL East?" he asks sternly. You hesitate slightly, look at his face and blurt, "The Blue Jays."

Blue Jays hope to send Paul Beeston out with a bang — You look in his eyes, and yes, those really are rose-coloured glasses he's wearing. You listen to the sound of his voice, and it's perpetually filled with vibrancy and vitality. Now, with only a few months remaining on the job as the Toronto Blue Jays president and CEO, Paul Beeston - the franchise's first employee in 1976 - could be riding into the sunset in glorious fashion.

Mets swing deadline stunner, acquire Yoenis Cespedes from Tigers — The New York Mets, mocked for most of this season for their inability to augment a struggling offense, had the last laugh Friday when they acquired Detroit Tigers outfielder Yoenis Cespedes just minutes before baseball's non-waivers trade deadline. A person with direct knowledge of the trade confirmed Cespedes is headed to the Mets in exchange for two minor leaguers.
Jul 31, 2015

Mets swing deadline stunner, acquire Yoenis Cespedes from Tigers. via @usatoday

Jul 31, 2015

Dang. I was hoping my @yankees would find room for this guy Mets acquire Yoenis Cespedes from Tigers

Sob story: Mets' deal for Carlos Gomez falls apart after issue with exam — The New York Mets' meticulous rebuild made way for a win-now approach in stunning fashion Wednesday night, as the club agreed to trade injured pitcher Zack Wheeler and shortstop Wilmer Flores to the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for two-time All-Star outfielder Carlos Gomez.

Tigers make David Price, Yoenis Cespedes available before MLB trade deadline next week: Source — It's going to be awfully painful, and the Detroit Tigers sure hate to do this, but for the good of the organization, they simply have no choice. The Tigers, barring a veto from owner Mike Ilitch, are going to surrender and be sellers within the next 10 days at the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.
Jul 21, 2015

RT @StarSports: Tigers make David Price, Yoenis Cespedes available before MLB trade deadline next week: Source #baseball

Report: Notebook shows Pete Rose bet on Reds as player — New documents reportedly obtained by ESPN's Outside the Lines indicate former Cincinnati Reds‬ great and hit king Pete Rose‬ bet extensively on baseball -- and on the Reds -- as a player in 1986. According to the report, new evidence includes the first written record that Rose bet while he was still a player.
Jun 22, 2015

Keep him out....New reports shows that Pete Rose bet on Reds as a player:

Jun 22, 2015

Former Commissioner Fay Vincent on Pete Rose ever being elected to Hall of Fame: There's not a chance in the world."

Jun 22, 2015

Report: Notebook shows Pete Rose bet on Reds as player via @usatoday

Yer out! Three umpire bosses fired over blown 2009 playoffs calls — By Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY Major League Baseball, angry over the abundance of blown umpiring calls in the 2009 postseason, has fired three of its seven ump supervisors. Marty Springstead, Rich Garcia and Jim McKean, each involved in umpiring for 40 or more years, were fired on Jan. 12.

Built for 2016, Chicago Cubs believing they can win now — ST. LOUIS -- Chicago Cubs President Theo Epstein sits atop the visiting dugout bench at Busch Stadium, stares across the field and can't help but feel like a father watching his kids grow up before his eyes. This wasn't supposed to be happening. Certainly not now.

Rangers close to finalizing trade for Josh Hamilton — The 2010 AL MVP who said Dallas/Fort Worth was 'not a baseball town' appears headed back to North Texas. The Rangers and Angels are close to agreeing on a deal that would bring troubled slugger Josh Hamilton back to Texas, according to multiple reports.

Cubs to call up top prospect Kris Bryant on Friday — Kris Bryant's long-anticipated debut for the Chicago Cubs is less than 24 hours away. Bryant, baseball's top prospect whose major league debut was delayed so the club could retain his rights another year, will be recalled Friday and will be in the lineup for the Cubs' game against the San Diego Padres at Wrigley Field, according to a person with direct knowledge of the situation.
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Aug 25, 2015

Chemistry lesson: The #BlueJays emphasized character more than ever in their personnel moves this year.

Aug 24, 2015

The #Mets, who have now scored 49 runs in last 4 games, reduce magic number to 34.

Aug 24, 2015

Considering all of these GM openings, it would be an utter shame if well-respected Jim Hendry doesn't get a strong look.

Aug 24, 2015

There's no stopping the #Mets offense. Now, if their pitching can hold up. They've scored at least 13 runs in 3 of last 4 games

Aug 24, 2015

The #Mets have now scored 41 runs in their last 32 innings, lead #Phillies 8-7 in 5th

Aug 24, 2015

RT @ESPNStatsInfo: Kris Bryant (@Cubs): 2nd career walkoff HR 17 of his 20 HR have come at Wrigley Field; including his last 12

Aug 24, 2015

The NL Central has become a monster of a division with 3 best teams in league…

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