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Wet and Warped

A Skylit Drive by Nathaniel Bell

    The annual Vans Warped Tour washed into Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg on Friday and brought with it something for everyone, especially camaraderie and individuality. This is what makes the Warped Tour so special. I had been looking forward to this tour and this might seem strange to those who know me and […]

Who’s Whip? A. Lawire B. Ecarnacion C. Lawrie

Who's whip is this?     A. Lawrie  B. Encarnacion C. Lind  ( shhhh It's B ) (Eddie Michels/Photo)

Eddie Michels Catches up with Lawrie and Morrow

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DUNEDIN, FLA.– Eddie Michels was on the rehab assignment once again in Dunedin, Florida and he caught up with Brett Lawrie and Brandon Morrow.  Third baseman Brett Lawrie (fractured right index finger) started his rehab yesterday at the team’s Mattick Complex with a session of long toss.  Lawrie then took ground balls at third on the […]

Kratz and Hendriks for Valencia

Danny Valencia has posted a .282 batting average in 36 games this season for the Kansas City Royals with five doubles, two home runs and 11 RBI.  The 6-2, 220 lb. right-handed batter is a career .265 hitter with 35 home runs in 371 games for Minnesota (2010-2012), Boston (2012), Baltimore (2013) and Kansas City (2014).  (photo USA TODAY Sports / Jerry Lai)

  The Blue Jays have acquired infielder Danny Valencia from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for RHP Liam Kendriks and catcher Erik Kratz .     

Rays Activate Peralta after Rehab Stint

Joel Peralta (Eddie Michels/Photo)

DUNEDIN, FLA.–Tampa Bay Rays reliever Joel Peralta made his first rehab start since being placed on the 15-day DL July 22, 2014 back dated to July 13.  Pitching for Class-A Charlotte against Dunedin,  Peralta went one inning allowing one hit and striking out one.  Peralta contracted an illness (high fever and joint pain) while visiting his […]

Byron Scott: Bleeds Purple and Gold

photo USA TODAY Sports / Joshua S. Kelly

  Byron Scott has returned to where it all started for him, he is back in the land of Purple and Gold, he has reached his dream job, he is here to right the wrong. Many have said that Byron is a terrible coach, a predictable coach and shouldn’t be given a chance. I’ve also […]

Gladiators Storm the Forum and Crash Playoff Party

The Gladitors and Dominic Jones literally knocked Joe Hills and the Storm out of the playoffs. (photo Chuck Green / Cg Photography)

  Tampa,Fla. — The Cleveland Gladiators and the Tampa Bay Storm entered Saturday’s night game with playoff implications.  The storm needed a win to get in and the Gladiators, who already clinch a spot in the post season party, could clinch home field though out with a win.  Neither team would give in easily but […]

One Year for Osuna

DUNEDIN, FLA.--Toronto Blue Jays prospect Roberto Osuna said, "I feel great", after yesterday's session of throwing on flat ground.  Osuna has an anniversary to celebrate today as it has been one year since his "Tommy John Surgery". (Eddie Michels/Photo)

Jays GM Looks On

Dane Johnson (L) Blue Jays minor league pitching coordinator and Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos (R) take in Thursday night's Dunedin vs Charlotte Class-A game at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium in Dunedin.  (Eddie Michels/Photo)

DUNEDIN, FLA.–Above, the Dunedin Blue Jays second sacker Christian Lopes turns the front end of a double play early on Thursday night but the home team still droped a 2-1 decision to the Charlotte Stone Crabs.  Good news though for the Stone Crabs parent team fans, those of the Tampa Bay Rays.  On Saturday Jeremy Hellickson […]

Reimold Joins Encarnacion and Lind

Toronto outfielder Nolan Reimold, who was recently acquired from the Baltimore Orioles takes BP today as he rehabs from a left calf strain.  On the 15-day DL since July 12 Reimold is working out at the Mattick Complex with Adam Lind and Edwin Encarnacion. (Eddie Michels/Photo)

  DUNEDIN, Fla.–Above Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Adam Lind (right foot fracture) makes a fashion statement and  appears to have no problems with his right foot as he goes through loosening up exercises today.  On the 15-Day DL since July 20, 2014 Lind also did light running drills, took grounders ay first and a full […]