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September 12, 2016 | By Martin W.G. King, For The Inquirer
Comfortably ensconced in airline-style seats on a new express train, my wife and I sped into downtown Toronto from a futuristic new terminal at the city's international airport. What we saw was promising: dreary outer suburbs gave way to skyscraping forests of gleaming glass condo and office towers. Perhaps, we thought, considering the spectacular airport, the train (which offered the services of an onboard attendant), and all the new construction, everything we'd heard about Toronto's renaissance was true, that it was, indeed, the world's newest great city, having already supplanted Chicago as the third-largest city in the United States and Canada and become the fourth-largest in North America (after Mexico City, New York, and Los Angeles)
SPORTS
March 15, 2011
Who: Phillies (12-7) at Toronto Blue Jays (8-8) When: 1:05 p.m. Where: Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, Dunedin, Fla. TV/Radio: None On the mound: RHP Joe Blanton; RHP Jesse Litsch
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December 5, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Righthander Brad Lincoln, once a promising prospect after being selected fourth overall in the 2006 draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates, has been acquired by the Phillies from the Toronto Blue Jays. The Phillies sent catcher Erik Kratz and lefthander Rob Rasmussen to Toronto in the deal, which was announced Tuesday night. Lincoln, 28, split his time between Toronto and triple-A Buffalo last season. He was 1-2 with a 3.98 ERA in 22 relief appearances with Toronto. Lincoln had 25 strikeouts and 22 walks in 312/3 innings.
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May 26, 2013 | Associated Press
TORONTO - The Toronto Blue Jays moved pitcher J.A. Happ to the 60-day disabled list yesterday as the lefthander recovers from injuries after being hit in the head by a line drive earlier in this month. Happ suffered a skull fracture and a sprained right knee when he fell to the ground in pain after being struck behind the left ear by a liner off the bat of Tampa Bay's Desmond Jennings on May 7. Happ left the field on the stretcher and spent the night in hospital. "He's lucky, extremely lucky," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said.
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May 8, 2003 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
Former American League MVP Jose Canseco claims he was told three years ago by several players, including Alex Rodriguez, that he was being "blackballed" by baseball. In an interview with Fox Sports Net that was broadcast last night, Canseco said he was never given a chance to go back into baseball after playing for the Chicago White Sox in 2001 even though he had 462 career home runs and still wanted to play. After reading a partial transcript of the interview yesterday, Rodriguez said he didn't recall such a conversation with Canseco.
NEWS
August 16, 2011 | By Phil Anastasia, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Kevin Comer is a baseball player, but the recent Seneca High graduate got to experience his own version of midnight madness. Fewer than 10 minutes before the midnight Monday deadline for draft picks to sign with major-league teams, Comer agreed to terms with the Toronto Blue Jays on a deal that includes a $1.65 million bonus as well as provisions for his college education. "It was wild," said Comer, a righthanded pitcher who was the 57th overall pick in the June draft. "It really didn't look like it was going to happen.
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August 17, 2011 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Kevin Comer is a baseball player, but the recent Seneca High graduate got to experience his own version of midnight madness. Less than 10 minutes before the midnight Monday deadline for draft picks to sign with major-league teams, Comer agreed to terms with the Toronto Blue Jays on a deal that includes a $1.65 million bonus as well as provisions for his college education. "It was wild," said Comer, a righthanded pitcher who was the 57th overall pick in the June draft. "It really didn't look like it was going to happen.
SPORTS
December 14, 2013
A person familiar with the negotiations said the Detroit Tigers and righthanded pitcher Joba Chamberlain agreed to terms on a one-year contract. The person spoke on condition of anonymity to the Associated Press on Thursday because the deal hadn't been announced. Chamberlain was 2-1 with one save in 45 games and a career-high 4.93 ERA last season for the New York Yankees. The converted starter was 23-14 with five saves with a 3.85 ERA in 260 games over seven seasons with the Yankees.
SPORTS
December 1, 2014
All-star third baseman Josh Donaldson is the latest Oakland star traded away in a rebuilding effort. Billy Beane looked at the large deficit by which his Athletics lost the AL West to the Angels, then evaluated how Oakland barely held off Seattle on the season's final day for the second wild card. The general manager realized he needed to rebuild his roster once more, but at least initially he didn't envision the move he made Friday night: letting Donaldson go to the Toronto Blue Jays for third baseman Brett Lawrie, lefthander Sean Nolin, righthander Kendall Graveman, and minor-league shortstop Franklin Barreto.
SPORTS
July 22, 2011
The game of baseball has changed a lot since Pat Gillick became general manager of the expansion Toronto Blue Jays in 1976. "I guess you've got to be a good texter to be a good GM now," he said with a laugh earlier this season. Still, some core principles don't change. Here are Gillick's bedrock verities for being a successful executive. Listen: "You've got to be a good listener. Sometimes people hire people to do jobs and then they don't let them do their jobs.
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September 12, 2016 | By Martin W.G. King, For The Inquirer
Comfortably ensconced in airline-style seats on a new express train, my wife and I sped into downtown Toronto from a futuristic new terminal at the city's international airport. What we saw was promising: dreary outer suburbs gave way to skyscraping forests of gleaming glass condo and office towers. Perhaps, we thought, considering the spectacular airport, the train (which offered the services of an onboard attendant), and all the new construction, everything we'd heard about Toronto's renaissance was true, that it was, indeed, the world's newest great city, having already supplanted Chicago as the third-largest city in the United States and Canada and become the fourth-largest in North America (after Mexico City, New York, and Los Angeles)
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October 19, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer neiburj@phillynews.com
EVEN WHILE the Flyers were preparing to take on the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks at home Wednesday night, some players found a few moments to get in front of a television to see the tail end of a wild seventh inning going on in Toronto. Brayden Schenn said he was watching with Wayne Simmonds and Jason LaBarbera. There were also a group of Flyers players not watching, warming up in the open area on the event-level of Wells Fargo Center, kicking a soccer ball around.
SPORTS
August 21, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Adam Morgan opened the season with triple-A Lehigh Valley, pitching for the first time in a year and a half. A major-league promotion was far from a guarantee for the pitcher who spent all of last season recovering from shoulder surgery. The call finally came in June. And Morgan has not missed his chance to impress. The rookie lefthander pitched seven strong innings Wednesday night as the Phillies topped the Toronto Blue Jays, 7-4. Morgan allowed just two runs on five hits, striking out three and walking none.
SPORTS
August 21, 2015 | BY TOM REIFSNYDER, Daily News Staff Writer reifsnt@phillynews.com
ON TUESDAY, The Phillies placed rookie third baseman Maikel Franco on the 15-day DL with a fractured left wrist, and called up 24-year-old outfielder Aaron Altherr from the Triple A Lehigh Valley IronPigs. The Agua Fria High School (Avondale, Ariz.) product made his first career start in rightfield on Wednesday after playing three innings and batting 0-for-2 in relief of Jeff Francoeur the night before; he entered yesterday's game batting 0-for-7 with three strikeouts in three career games as a Phillie.
SPORTS
August 20, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Aaron Nola took the mound Tuesday night having thrown 139 innings this season between double A, triple A and the major leagues. The Phillies don't want their 22-year-old righthander logging many more than 170 or 180 innings this season, his first full year as a professional. To prolong his season and that of fellow rookie Adam Morgan, the team is considering using a six-man starting rotation in September. "We'll have the flexibility to do that at that time," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said.
SPORTS
August 20, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Led Zeppelin blared over the Citizens Bank Park speaker system Tuesday night, and the fans cheered. Eleven days after returning from the disabled list, following days of speculation and reports regarding a potential trade, there was Chase Utley, still in a Phillies uniform, still the team's second baseman. A trade of Utley before the end of the month is still not out of the question, but as the days wear on it appears less and less probable. Speaking before his team's 8-5 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. deemed it "very likely" that Utley remains with his longtime club through the season's final seven weeks.
SPORTS
August 9, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
SAN DIEGO - On the last day that Adam Loewen had played in the major leagues, the Phillies won their 102d game of the 2011 season. The last time Loewen had pitched in the major leagues, Randy Johnson and Greg Maddux were still part of big-league rotations. But there was the 6-foot-6 lefthander on Friday afternoon at Petco Park, settling into a locker stall in the visitors' clubhouse. A circuitous route back to the majors surely made the call the 30-year-old Canadian received on Thursday from the Phillies all the more rewarding.
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August 2, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
About a half-hour before Friday's 4 p.m. non-waiver trade deadline, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. approached Ben Revere with news. The 27-year-old outfielder had been traded to the Toronto Blue Jays, where he will join a revamped club with aspirations of ending a 22-year playoff drought. The Phillies in exchange acquired a pair of minor-league righthanded relievers in Alberto Tirado and Jimmy Cordero. Tirado, 20, pitched 31 games of high-A ball this season, and Cordero, 23, threw his last 17 games in double-A.
SPORTS
July 31, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
TORONTO - Jerome Williams' 0-2 fastball crossed the plate belt high and the newest member of the Toronto Blue Jays jumped all over it. Troy Tulowitzki sent the ball way out to the second level in left-center field at the Rogers Centre, a section over from where a giant white and blue "WELCOME TULO" sign was displayed, and a half-dozen rows deep. Tulowitzki's third-inning bomb set the tone for his incredible Toronto debut Wednesday night. The Phillies took the brunt of it in an 8-2 loss that was only their second defeat in 11 games since the all-star break.
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July 31, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News taff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
TORONTO - While the Phillies' front office was working to pull off the blockbuster trade that sent Cole Hamels to the Texas Rangers late Wednesday night, two fruits of the Toronto Blue Jays' own trade labors paid off for the home team. Five-time All-Star Troy Tulowitzki, making his Toronto debut, went 3-for-5 with a home run and two doubles while former Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey knuckled his way through the Phillies lineup for eight innings as the Blue Jays coasted to an 8-2 victory.
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