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C'mon, I expected that terrible '80s hair band headline pun when I clicked through to ESPN, and it was in fact the lead story with that very headline on's home page ... the story, which usually does not have the same headline as the lead feature image, indeed does not, choosing the more pedestrian Angels' Jered Weaver tosses second no-hitter of season.

And you know, that headline made me think, is the kid Weaver, as brilliant as he is, tired yet of being the second guy to do something? (I mean, quick, Box No-Prize to whoever first names, without looking it up, the second man on the moon after Neil Armstrong.)  To wit:

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Raise your hand if you had the ChiSox's Philip Humber in your office pool as the next to throw a MLB Perfect Game. Sox just won it, 4-0 on the first perfect game to end on a controversial call of a swinging third strike that, on a full count, bounced to the backstop but was completed catcher-to-first-base. Yowza.

Congratulations on the unlikeliest office pool win in, well, ever ...

Over the winter the Jays were looking for another starting pitcher to add to their rotation.  Now we know why.

Brett Cecil has been optioned to AA after his bad start yesterday.

Kyle Drabek will be the #5 starter.

Aaron Laffey has been sent down to Las Vegas.

Joel Carreno has been recalled from AA and will start game 3 for the Jays.

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The San Francisco Giants have worked out a new contract for All-Star RHSP Matt Cain that will make him the highest-paid right-handed pitcher in baseball history.

Cain, who is set to earn about $15 million in the last year of his contract, will receive a five-year extension for a guaranteed $112.5 million, sources told ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney.

So today's Question of the Day: Forget baseball history, that's too big. What currently active right-handed starting pitchers deserve to be earning more money than Matt Cain?

I'll start the bidding at "Duh" ... Roy Halladay. Next?

Travis Snider has been send down to AAA, thus leaving LF to Eric Thames.

Edit: Dustin McGowan has a new 2 + 1 year deal - 2013/2014 guaranteed ($1.5 per year) plus an option year in 2015 at $4 mil.
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Ken Rosenthal is tweeting that MLB has expanded the playoffs from eight to ten teams, starting in the 2012 season. The official announcement will occur tomorrow. Any further details will be noted as they become available.
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The Blue Jays have signed right-hander Rick VandenHurk to a non-guaranteed split major league deal.  Fellow righty Alan Farina, reocvering from Tommy John surgery, has been put on the 60-Day Disabled List to make room.
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I thought this was a great interview, and not just for the Toronto content. In this interview Dirk talks about the tough time he had in Toronto with half of the Jays roster. He is currently working on his third book which will cover his time in Toronto and he is very mad at some Blue Jays. The interview suggests the stress caused Dirk to self medicate to some extent and get into a very difficult personal situation. It's worth the read.
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ESPN New York says the Binghamton Mets of the Double-A Eastern League will be relocating to Ottawa in time for the 2013 season.  Could this mean there will be a second Canadian affiliate for the Blue Jays minor league system?
[More] (557 words), via Ken Rosenthal of, says the Jays have signed free-agent reliever Francisco Cordero to a one-year contract worth $4.5 million.

36 year-old Francisco Cordero was 5-3 with a 2.45 earned run average and saved 37 games with the Reds in 2011.

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