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Blue Jays sign Craig Breslow to minor league deal

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The Toronto Blue Jays signed lefty reliever Craig Breslow to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Breslow, 37, has played for seven teams in a 12-year big league career, most recently with the Twins and Indians in 2017. Last year be wasn’t all that effective, posting a 5.09 ERA and 23/14 K/BB ratio in 35.1 innings, but he’s a lefty, and lefties never die.

Danny Farquhar taken to hospital after fainting in dugout

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White Sox reliever Danny Farquhar passed out in the dugout after completing his outing against the Astros on Friday evening. The cause of the incident has yet to be determined, but Farquhar was supervised by the club’s medical personnel and EMTs and regained consciousness before being taken to Rush University Medical Center for further treatment and testing. A diagnosis has not been announced by the team.

Farquhar pitched 2/3 of an inning in relief during Friday’s 10-0 loss to Houston. He was brought in to relieve James Shields in the top of the sixth inning and was immediately bested by George Springer, who belted a ground-rule double down the right field line and scored Brian McCann and Derek Fisher for the Astros’ sixth and seventh runs of the night. He recovered to strike out Jose Altuve, but was again punished with a two-run homer from Carlos Correa (his first of two), and induced a fly out to end the inning.

The 31-year-old righty pitched just 7 1/3 innings with the club prior to Friday’s performance, issuing four hits, three runs, two homers and eight strikeouts in seven appearances.