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Cliff Pennington

Blue Jays acquire Cliff Pennington from the Diamondbacks

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The Dbacks are trading dudes off to contenders left and right. First Oliver Perez to the Astros, now Cliff Pennington to the Blue Jays, reports Chris Cotillo. The return: infielder Dawel Lugo.

Pennington is hitting .237/.314/.281 with one homer and 10 RBI in 135 at-bats on the season. He’ll likely serve as a backup to Ryan Goins and Troy Tulowitzki. Lugo, 20, plays for high-A Dunedin where he’s hitting .219/.258/.292 on the year.

 

Settling the Scores: Friday’s results

Jose Bautista
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If the Blue Jays are going to make a move on the Yankees for the AL East, this is the weekend in which they should get moving. And so far, so good: Jose Bautista homered with one out in the 10th inning to give the Jays their sixth straight win and to pull them to within three and a half games of the Bronx Bombers.

All the runs scored in the game came on homers: Bautista’s in the tenth and one each from Mark Teixeira and Josh Donaldson. The dingers not withstanding, it was a pitching duel, with R.A. Dickey allowing only one run over seven innings and Nate Eovaldi allowing the same while pitching into the seventh. Dickey was the second knuckleballer the Yankees faced in two days and they’re likely happy to be done with them.

Of course, they have to face David Price this afternoon, and it’s not like that’s leaps and bounds better, right?

Blue Jays 2, Yankees 1
Cubs 7, Giants 3
Pirates 5, Dodgers 4
Rockies 5, Nationals 4
Red Sox 7, Tigers 2
Twins 10, Indians 9
Mets 4, Rays 3
Braves 6, Marlins 3
Royals 3, White Sox 2
Cardinals 6, Brewers 0
Diamondbacks 2, Reds 0
Angels 8, Royals 4
Athletics 3, Astros 1
Mariners 4, Rangers 3
Phillies 4, Padres 3

Mark Teixeira ties Mickey Mantle’s MLB record with ninth 30-homer season as a switch hitter

Mark Teixeira
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Yankees first baseman Mark Teixiera hit a game-tying solo home run in the second inning off of Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey. It’s his 30th home run in what has been a renaissance season.

The blast also moved Teixeira into a tie with Mickey Mantle for the most 30-homer seasons as a switch hitter. Teixeira did it eight seasons in a row between 2004-11. Chipper Jones and Lance Berkman are tied for the third-most 30-homer seasons as switch hitters with six.

Teixeira, 35, entered play Friday batting .266/.371/.573. Using the Sabermetric statistic weighted on-base average (wOBA), Teixeira’s .397 is seventh-best in baseball, and way above the .314 American League average.