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Jays catcher rips media for criticism

TORONTO — Canadian TV analysts and ex-Blue Jays Dirk Hayhurst and Gregg Zaun have criticized Toronto C J.P. Arencibia, who is hitting .216 with 15 homers, 38 RBIs and 92 strikeouts, and had a majors-worst .245 on-base percentage.

Arencibia fired back Thursday morning during a radio appearance: "There's not one person in our clubhouse that respects those guys because they're informing the fans the wrong way."

Arencibia, who posted a message on Twitter on Wednesday urging fans to tune in, said Hayhurst had "below-average baseball tools" and referenced Zaun's inclusion in the Mitchell Report, baseball's investigation into performance-enhancing drugs.

Arencibia stood by his comments Thursday afternoon: "My point was, 'Hey, don't forget how hard the game is.' I'm not saying I'm doing great, but let's talk about some of the good things."

Hayhurst met with Arencibia on Thursday and said on the air he would say positive things if the Jays were playing better. "I don't think you can survive in the big leagues and not understand that when you play bad, you're going to draw criticism," he said. "Maybe we have called him out a bit, but a lot has been expected from him."

Dodgers: RF Yasiel Puig was in the lineup a day after leaving early with a bruised left hip sustained when he crashed into the wall trying to make a catch.

Royals: LF Alex Gordon sat and is day-to-day after running into a wall and landing hard on the warning track while trying to make a catch. He sustained a bruised right hip. He passed mandated concussion tests.

Tigers: 3B Miguel Cabrera did not start because of a sore back but was available to pinch hit. 2B Omar Infante also sat. He left Wednesday with a bruised left shin sustained when the Blue Jays' Colby Rasmus spiked him while breaking up a double play.

Yankees: C Francisco Cervelli, out since April 27 with a broken right hand, sustained a setback when doctors discovered a stress reaction in his right elbow. He likely won't return until August.

Jays catcher rips media for criticism 07/04/13 [Last modified: Thursday, July 4, 2013 11:06pm]
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