Blue Jays accept infielder Brad Emaus back from Mets

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The Mets selected infielder Brad Emaus from the Blue Jays in last December’s Rule 5 Draft and were set on giving him regular looks at second base when the 2011 regular season opened.

Emaus batted just .162 with a .424 OPS across 42 plate appearances, however, and was designated for assignment by New York earlier this week.

Now he’s back with Toronto.

According to beat writer Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, the 25-year-old Emaus passed through waivers without drawing much attention from other major league clubs and was returned to the Blue Jays on Thursday evening for a $25,000 fee.

Emaus was assigned to Triple-A and will act as organizational infield depth. Quite a change in three weeks.

Masahiro Tanaka throws two-hit shutout vs. Rays

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Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka went the distance, holding the Rays scoreless on two hits and one walk with 10 strikeouts across nine innings on Monday night in the Bronx. It’s the fourth shutout of his career, accounting for four of the Yankees’ last six shutouts. The other two were thrown my Luis Severino and Brandon McCarthy.

DJ LeMahieu provided the bulk of the offense, swatting a two-run home run off of Yonny Chirinos in the third inning. Cameron Maybin tacked on a solo homer off of Chirinos in the fifth as the Yankees went on to win 3-0.

After Monday’s performance, Tanaka owns a 3.23 ERA with 84 strikeouts and 20 walks across 92 innings on the season.

With the win, the Yankees increase their lead over the Rays for first place in the AL East to 1.5 games.