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Well, there's no question about it now ... That kid headlining the Mariners' rotation, he's pretty good.

Felix Hernandez shut down the Tampa Bay Rays this afternon, 1-0. 27 up, 27 down, (Jesus Montero's third-inning RBI single brought the scoreboard operator's day to an early end.) Perfect!

Whatchagot to say 'bout that, now, Mr. McIlroy?

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According to a press release from BlueJays.com, the Toronto Blue Jays have signed catcher Jeff Mathis to a two-year contract extension for $3 million dollars.

Jeff Mathis, scoring a run in Seattle July 31, will call Toronto home for the 2013 and 2014 seasons.
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The bullpen shuffle continues, as last night's winning pitcher (that would be Jesse Chavez) has been DFA'd. (Quick update there!)

And coming up to replace him... Chad Jenkins?

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We need a thread to catalogue the Jays woes over this long weekend. As Dirk Hayhurst said today todays game is brought to you by the Red Cross. In case you missed it here is yesterday's news:

- the Jays tied the game on a 3 run home run in the ninth by Jeff Mathis

- The Jays lost in 15 innings

- Brett Lawrie left the game in the first inning with a sore side/rib cage

- Colby Rasmus left the game in extra innings with what is believed to be a strained groin

- After the game Brett Cecil was sent down, and Drew Carpenter was DFA'd

- Jesse Chavez and Adeiny Hechavarria have been recalled

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We've been waiting breathlessly for the final roster move to clear space for Happ and Lyon on the active roster. It had been speculated, and reported, that Andrew Carpenter would be Designated For Assignment.

But no. Jason Frasor goes to the 15 day DL with forearm tightness.

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FLASH! BULLETIN! URGENT NEWS!

The Blue Jays have optioned RHP Sam Dyson to New Hampshire and will recall C-INF Yan Gomes from Las Vegas (as reported by Barry Davis and others on The Twitter.)

That was yesterday. Today they sent seven bodies to Houston (including the much beloved Francisco Cordero and Ben Francisco) in exchange for pitchers J.A. Happ, David Carpenter, and (the Prodigal Returns) Brandon Lyon.

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Jose Bautista has left tonight's game with what The Gregor is characterizing as not a break but a "tendon issue," which I'm not sure what that means. The Yankees broadcasters were apparently speculating that he might have broken a hamate bone, but either way, it's pretty terrifying, and if Bautista misses much time it's hard to see how the Jays, even only 2 games out of the Wild Card (but behind 5 other teams) would realistically contend, missing much of their rotation and now their best hitter.


Tuesday Update: Bautista to the 15-day DL with apparently no structural damage; he's optimistic he comes back in 15. Gose up.


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The Blue Jays original closer heading into the season is now done for the season.  The National Post reports Sergio Santos is set to have his right shoulder operated on by Dr. Lewis Yocum in Los Angeles.



Sergio Santos, pitching April 11 at the Dome and earning his first save against the Red Sox, made just six trips to the mound for Toronto in 2012.


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For his role in almost blowing Saturday's eventual 11-9 win by the Blue Jays over Cleveland at the Dome Saturday afternoon, right-handed reliever Jesse Chavez has been sent back to AAA Las Vegas according to Gregor Chisholm of BlueJays.com. Chad Beck has been beamed up from the 51s to take Chavez's place.



Jesse Chavez
posted an 0-1 record with an 8.85 earned run average over 8 appearances, including a pair of starts, with Toronto this season.


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The Blue Jays announced that they have signed 1B-DH Edwin Encarnacion to a three year, $27M deal, with an option for a fourth year at $10M.
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