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Cologne Free Friday June 14, 2013 Links

Yesterday's game seemed like the way last Saturday's 18 inning epic should have gone. It was a well pitched and quick game that ended 3-1 for the Blue Jays.

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Toronto Blue Jays at Texas Rangers - June 13, 2013 | TOR Recap
Gregor's recap: Right-hander Esmil Rogers tossed seven strong innings, and Edwin Encarnacion added a late two-run double in a 3-1 win over the Rangers on Thursday night.

Toronto Blue Jays at Texas Rangers - June 13, 2013 | TEX Recap
Sadder recap of yesterday's game.

Blue Jays beat Rangers 3-1 on Encarnacion hit | MLB (AP) | Texas Rangers News and Videos | St...
Edwin Encarnacion hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the eighth inning and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Texas Rangers 3-1 on Thursday night.


Blue Jays manager John Gibbons joins AL staff at All-Star Game - The Globe and Mail
Toronto skipper gets invite from American League manager Jim Leyland

R.A. Dickey Talks About His Health | FanGraphs Baseball
FG interview with Dickey


When a $9 ticket costs $20
TOR $3.14 $4.00 $7.14 $16.56

The clutchiest hitter of all?
And the winner is ...

Japan baseball officials admit secret new ball caused home run explosion | Toronto Star
Like Folger's Coffee, Japanese baseball officials are being criticized for secretly switching balls for this season without notifying players.

The glorious spectacle of Yasiel Puig - Grantland
"What I want to do is bunt and run the bases. Small ball," Puig explained, "will let me connect with my lesser teammates." "Bunting," said Ramirez, "is for skinny white dudes who play too many positions. If you want a challenge, bunt the ball with your face."

Sebastien De La Cruz Sings National Anthem Again, Is the Greatest
After Tuesday's last-minute rendition of the National Anthem at the NBA Finals on Tuesday, 11-year-old Sebastien De La Cruz was the subject of a torrent of racist social media. This morning, he perfectly shut up the haters.


Baseball History - June 14th - National Pastime - Baseball History
1949 Ruth Ann Steinhagen shoots Eddie Waitkus in the chest with a rifle at Chicago's Edgewater Beach Hotel. The obsessed fan, who had become infatuated with the first baseman when he played with the Cubs, apparently is upset and agitated because the All-star infielder was traded to the Phillies.