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Wednesday
Apr222015

Royals' Herrera Suspended Five Games, Ventura Fined

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- Royals pitcher Kelvin Herrera was suspended five games and fined for targeting Athletics third baseman Brett Lawrie.

Fellow Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was also fined for the same after a weekend filled of fireworks in Kansas City between both clubs.

"Nobody likes going through what we went through this weekend, nobody," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "Nobody likes it, but it happens."

Ventura was ejected after hitting Lawrie during Saturday's game. Herrera was ejected after throwing behind Lawrie on Sunday and then pointed at his head as he walked towards the dugout.

Both actions came after Lawrie's hard slide into Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar during Friday night's game.

Still, Herrera defended his actions. "I don't mean to hurt anybody," he said. "Just trying to throw inside, but a bad grip on that fastball. It started raining pretty good. And they just tossed me out."


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Tuesday
Dec022014

New Athletic Brett Lawrie Blames Toronto's Rogers Centre Turf for Struggles

Abelimages/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Newly acquired Oakland Athletics third baseman Brett Lawrie never quite lived up to the hype when he played for the Toronto Blue Jays. According to Lawrie, it was the artificial turf at Toronto's Rogers Centre that caused many of his problems.

"It treats my body kind of silly and throws it off," Lawrie said. "I just want to go out and be healthy, and I feel like this getting off the turf is a big step forward for me."

The Canadian-born Lawrie was expected to be the next big thing for the Blue Jays, but injuries and inconsistent play plagued his career with the team.

The most games he's played in a season was 125 back in 2012. He missed 92 games this past season, hitting .247 with 12 home runs, but feels a change of scenery will do wonders for him.

"Give me 550 at-bats. These are things I haven't had yet in the big leagues," Lawrie said. "Hopefully, getting off that turf will do my body wonders, and I really think that it will. I feel I will show my true talents."

The 24-year-old Lawrie was the centerpiece in the Blue Jays acquiring All-Star Josh Donaldson from Oakland.


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Saturday
Nov292014

A's Trade Josh Donaldson to Blue Jays

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Ca.) -- On Friday, the Oakland Athletics traded third baseman Josh Donaldson to the Toronto Blue Jays for third baseman Brett Lawrie.

Donaldson, 29, is considered one of the best players in baseball.  He had a WAR (Wins Above Replacement) rating second only to Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim outfielder Mike Trout.

The A's also acquired right-hander Kendall Graveman, left-hander Sean Nolin and minor league shortstop Franklin Barreto.

"We addressed a lot of areas we thought we needed filled from our organizational standpoint," said Billy Beane, general manager of the Athletics.

Lawrie, 24, is considered a promising talent, but has been unable to remain healthy. A player with plus power, average and on-base skills, Lawrie has played in only 345 games the last four seasons, with a high of 125 in 2012. 

Oakland appears to be in a rebuilding phase after going all-in last season by acquiring pitchers Jon Lester, Jeff Samardzjia and Jason Hammel.  The team fell flat in the playoffs losing in the Wild Card to the Kansas City Royals.

The A's have also acquired designated hitter Billy Butler and first baseman Ike Davis this offseason.


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Tuesday
Aug052014

Blue Jays Third Baseman Activated Off the Disabled List

Abelimages/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- One of Major League Baseball's best offenses is getting more reinforcements as the Toronto Blue Jays have activated third baseman Brett Lawrie off the disabled list.

Lawrie has been out of action since June 22 when he suffered a broken right index finger when he was hit by a pitch. He began his rehab assignment on Friday and went 4-for-10 for High-A Dunedin.

Before getting hurt, Lawrie was on pace for a career season. In 69 games, Lawrie already has a career-high 12 home runs to go along with 38 RBIs and a .244 batting average.

The Blue Jays plan on alternating Lawrie, 24, at third base and second base as he returns to the field against first-place Baltimore Orioles.

Still a young player, the Blue Jays see Lawrie as one of the faces of the franchise going forward, so how he performs the rest of the season will go a long way. It will also help the Blue Jays reach the postseason for the first time since 1994.

Entering Tuesday, the Blue Jays are four games behind the Baltimore Orioles for first place in the AL East.


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Tuesday
Jun242014

Jays Place Lawrie on 15-Day DL

Abelimages/Getty Images(TORONTO) -- The Toronto Blue Jays placed third baseman Brett Lawrie on the 15-day disabled list Monday, due to a broken right index finger.

Lawrie was injured in the Blue Jays'4-3 loss Sunday against the Reds, when he was hit by a pitch. The 24-year-old is expected to miss three to six weeks.

In 69 games this season, Lawrie is hitting .244 with 12 home runs, 38 RBIs and a .299 on-base percentage.

Toronto also optioned catcher Erik Kratz to Triple-A Buffalo, and recalled outfielders Anthony Gose and Kevin Pillar.


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Thursday
Jun052014

Blue Jays Tame Tigers 7-3 for Three-Game Sweep

Thinkstock(DETROIT) -- Blue Jays third baseman Juan Francisco and second baseman Brett Lawrie hit back-to-back home runs in the sixth inning off of Tigers starter Justin Verlander as Toronto (37-24) tamed Detroit (31-25) 7-3 on Thursday to sweep the three-game series.

With a runner on and nobody out, Francisco took the first pitch he saw from Verlander and sent it over the right field wall for his 10th home run of the year. Lawrie followed with his 10th homer of the season to give Toronto a 6-3 lead.

Verlander (6-5) allowed six runs -- five earned -- and eight hits in seven innings of work. He walked four and struck out four batters.

Blue Jays starter J.A. Haap (5-2) was solid on the afternoon, allowing three earned runs and seven hits in 6 1-3 innings. He walked two and struck out two.

Toronto has now won 19 of their last 23 games.


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Thursday
May302013

Brett Lawrie Placed on DL

Abelimages/Getty Images(TORONTO) -- The Toronto Blue Jays placed third baseman Brett Lawrie on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with a left ankle sprain.

Lawrie suffered the injury during the Jays' 9-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves Monday when he was stealing second base. Lawrie stayed in the game for one more batter but then was pulled for a pinch-runner.

The DL stint is retroactive to Tuesday because Lawrie couldn't play in Toronto's 7-6 loss to the Braves Tuesday.

The Jays have called up right-handed pitcher Todd Redmond from Triple-A Buffalo, and selected the contracts of lefty Juan Perez and right-hander Neil Wagner from Buffalo as well. First baseman Clint Robinson was designated for assignment.

The 23-year-old Lawrie is hitting .209 with five home runs, 14 RBIs and a .268 on-base percentage this season.

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Tuesday
Mar262013

Blue Jays Brett Lawrie Will Start Season on DL

Abelimages/Getty Images(DUNEDIN, (Fla.) -- Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie will start the season on the disabled list, Blue Jays skipper John Gibbons announced Monday.

Lawrie has been dealing with a left rib cage injury since playing in an exhibition game for Canada's World Baseball Classic team March 6.

"It's not a pain, it just doesn't feel like my other side, it just feels like something is different," Lawrie told MLB.com. "If something's different, we've got to address that, we've got to get it better, I've got to ease on the brakes here and let it get better."

Lawrie was placed on the disabled list retroactive to March 22, and will be eligible to return April 6.

The 23-year-old Lawrie hit .273 with 11 home runs and 48 RBIs last season for the Jays.

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Thursday
May172012

Blue Jays' Brett Lawire Suspended Four Games for Umpire Tirade

Abelimages/Getty Images(TORONTO) -- Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie may be in his first full season with the Major League club, but he's already felt the wrath of the commissioner's office. Lawrie has been suspended for four games and fined an undisclosed amount by Major League Baseball after an altercation with home plate umpire Bill Miller.

It started in the ninth inning on Tuesday when the Blue Jays were down 4-3 in the ninth inning. Lawrie lost his cool when on a full count, Lawire thought a pitch was ball four, but Miller ruled it a strike. Lawrie disagreed with the call and proceeded to yell and scream at Miller. He eventually threw his batting helmet on the ground towards the direction of Miller, the helmet bounced and hit Miller.

"The only thing I would change maybe is not throwing the helmet or any equipment toward the umpire because you can get an unlucky hop and have the kind of mess that's going on right now," Lawrie said.

Despite the punishment sent down by Major League Baseball, Lawrie originally appealed his suspension, but has decided to drop the appeal and serve his suspension.

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