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Jays steal signs, but Yankees aren't mad

TORONTO — Yankees C Russell Martin isn't upset at the Blue Jays for stealing signs. He's upset he didn't notice sooner. Martin said Toronto relayed information from second base to the batter in its 16-7 win Thursday.

"You move your head one way, it's a fastball. You move your head the other way, it's a slider," Martin said. "It was pretty blatant. It's just an easier game when you know what's coming."

But Friday, Martin made it clear he didn't consider Toronto's behavior to be out of bounds.

"I was more angry at myself for figuring it out too late," said Martin, who didn't change signs until the fourth. "(Stealing signs is) part of the game. And it's a fun part of the game, too."

Yankees manager Joe Girardi, a catcher when he played, also said he didn't have a problem: "If it's coming from the bullpen or someone's got binoculars or it comes from the stands, that's out of bounds."

Red Sox: CC works way back, Ortiz appeals

Red Sox LF Carl Crawford, out since June 18 with a strained left hamstring, went 1-for-2 in his first rehab game at Triple A. He's set to play again tonight and return Monday. … DH David Ortiz appealed the four-game suspension he received for his part in last week's bench-clearing melee with the Orioles. That allows him to play until his hearing, which hasn't been scheduled.

Bautista out: Toronto 3B Jose Bautista, whose 31 homers lead the majors, sat with a sore right ankle and is day to day.

Dodgers owner seeks relief: Embattled Dodgers owner Frank McCourt asked a judge to reduce the amount of spousal support he is paying to his ex-wife in their divorce battle over ownership of the team. He has paid more than $5 million to cover the mortgages of six homes and a condo in the past year as well as $2.7 million in temporary spousal support.

Angels: LF Vernon Wells was scratched because of an undisclosed illness.

Braves: Martin Prado was activated after missing five weeks with a staph infection in his right calf. An All-Star at second last year, he will play third for at least two weeks as Chipper Jones (knee) recovers.

Brewers: RH reliever Francisco Rodriguez, acquired from the Mets, agreed to restructure his $17.5 million option for 2012. Previously, it vested when he finished 55 games. Now both sides must agree to exercise it. If not, Rodriguez gets a $4 million buyout, up from $3.5 million.

Giants: LF Pat Burrell went on the DL with a strained right foot. … Jim Riggleman, who resigned as Nationals manager last month, was hired as a scout.

Orioles: An X-ray showed DH Vladimir Guerrero has what the club called a "small crack" in a bone in his right hand. It hopes he misses just a few games.

Twins: CF Denard Span will begin a rehab stint at Triple A on Sunday. The Tampa Catholic graduate has been out with a concussion.

Jays steal signs, but Yankees aren't mad 07/15/11 [Last modified: Saturday, July 16, 2011 1:13am]
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