TORONTO — Yankees manager Joe Girardi offered a new twist Saturday in the sign-stealing saga between his team and the Blue Jays, suggesting Toronto "could be" using devious means to acquire information.
"Sometimes we have inclinations that things might be happening at certain ballparks, and we're aware of it and we try to protect our signs," Girardi said. "The last thing you want is the hitter to know what's coming."
C Russell Martin said Thursday that he suspected the Jays were relaying information from second base to the batter during Toronto's 16-7 victory. The Yankees made some adjustments but were beat 7-1 Friday. New York won 4-1 Saturday.
Girardi said Friday that he has no problem with players and coaches trying to steal signs, and it's up to the defense to protect them, but "I think if it's coming from the bullpen or someone's binoculars or it comes from the stands, that's out of bounds."
He suggested Saturday that the Jays were doing more than peeking in from the basepaths.
"Obviously if you feel it's coming from somewhere else besides a player on the field, I do have issues with that," he said. " … I'm not 100 percent sure about anything."
Blue Jays manager John Farrell pointed at Toronto's 21-22 home mark as evidence that there's no funny business going on. "We don't look to any other means than what takes place in between the lines," Farrell said.
More Yankees: RHP Rafael Soriano (elbow) threw at the spring complex in Tampa, but RHP Mark Prior (groin) was scratched from his appearance with the Gulf Coast team.
Bosox put Jenks on DL
Red Sox RHP Bobby Jenks (back) was put on the 15-day disabled list. Manager Terry Francona said the reliever felt pain in his left mid-back area while warming up in the bullpen Friday at Tropicana Field. LHP Randy Williams, who worked one scoreless inning Saturday, was called up from Triple A to replace Jenks. … OF Carl Crawford (strained left hamstring) went 0-for-3 for Triple-A Pawtucket in his second rehab game. He is expected to join the big club Monday in Baltimore.
Blue Jays: Slugger Jose Bautista (right ankle) missed his second straight game after injuring himself on a slide. The majors' home run leader is wearing a walking boot but said swelling has gone down.
Brewers: LF Ryan Braun left the game against the Rockies in the sixth with tightness in his left hamstring and calf. He missed eight games in July with a strained left calf.
Cubs: With the return of starter Carlos Zambrano (stiff back), the team optioned reliever Chris Carpenter to Triple A. "I felt good, my fastball was good," Zambrano said. "My arm, body (were) good. Intelligence? Not good. Bad pitches to (the Marlins' Mike) Stanton twice (for homers)."
Mets: All-Star Carlos Beltran sat out against the Phillies with the flu and a high fever.
Orioles: SS J.J. Hardy agreed to a three-year contract, a deal that almost certainly assures he won't be traded before the July 31 nonwaiver trade deadline. "That's a big part of the whole contract, that I know I'm going to be here for three years," said Hardy, 28, who reportedly will receive around $22 million and has a partial no-trade clause.
Tigers: Eleven months to the day since he last played in a major-league game, Carlos Guillen, 35, returned to the field and started at second. He hadn't played since Aug. 16, when a runner slid into him while he was trying to turn a double play, injuring his left knee.
Twins: Former All-Star Joe Nathan will take over the closer's job, replacing Matt Capps. "Kind of do a flip-flop, try to get Capps going again earlier in the ball game and then let Nathan finish off a few here," manager Ron Gardenhire said. Capps blew his seventh save chance in 22 tries Friday, giving up a two-run homer to Royals rookie Eric Hosmer.