Jays slide past the Rays: The Toronto Blue Jays’ Brett Lawrie slides safely into third after hitting an RBI triple off Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Jake Odorizzi. The Blue Jays came away with a 7-5 win over the Rays thanks to a strong start from R.A. Dickey and a clutch double from Edwin Encarnacion on Monday afternoon. (Photo: Chris Young/The Canadian Press)
Bottoms up:Toronto Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia tumbles over the dugout barrier to catch a Mike Trout foul ball in Saturday’s win over the Los Angeles Angels. Photo: Fred Thornhill/The Canadian Press
Lawrie loses his cool: Perhaps it was just the frustration of the moment. But when Brett Lawrie and John Farrell exploded in rage at an umpire in the ninth inning of Tuesday’s loss, the team’s current run of futility probably had something to do with it too.
Arguing a called third strike, Lawrie slammed down his batting helmet, which bounced up and glanced off umpire Bill Miller.
Farrell, the Toronto Blue Jays manager, joined the argument. Leaping up and down and waving his arms, Lawrie had to be restrained. Miller ejected both Lawrie and Farrell, and Lawrie may face a suspension for his antics. Photo: Chris Young/The Canadian Press
Finally, a game that counts:Seattle Mariners outfiekder Ichiro Suzuki is chased by Oakland Athletics shortstop Cliff Pennington after hitting an RBI single in the 11th inning of their season opener in Tokyo March 28, 2012. Ichiro had four hits and the Mariners won 3-1. Photo: Toru Hanai/Reuters
Toronto Blue Jays minor-league hitting coach Chad Mottola looks at a small lizard that one of the players put on his shoulder before their Grapefruit League baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Bradenton, Florida March 4, 2012. The Jays won 8-5. Photo: Mike Cassese/Reuters
John Lott writes on Blue Jays spring training: Alex Anthopoulos is never at a loss for words. So when he met the media on the first official day of spring training, the result was fairly predictable: a 28-minute, 5,200-word dissertation that covered everything from what to expect from Brett Lawrie to the proliferation of pitching prospects in the Toronto Blue Jays system. Read excerpts from the Anthopoulos scrum here.