The Toronto Blue Jays have made major league history by putting three Canadian-born position players in the starting lineup. The Blue Jays started catcher Russell Martin and outfielders Michael Saunders and Dalton Pompey against Tampa Bay on Saturday night. Never before had a big league team started three Canadian position players.

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There was an extra twinge of disappointment for Felix Hernandez as he watched Trevor Plouffe’s line drive fall into the grass of right field for a base hit. With how well he was pitching, Seattle’s ace knew there was the chance at something special Friday night. ”I had the stuff to throw a perfect game,” Hernandez said. ”But it didn’t happen.” Hernandez settled for a five-hitter and his first complete game victory since August 2012, as the Mariners beat the Minnesota Twins 2-0.

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It had been a while since Mike Pelfrey saw a ‘W’ next to his game in the box score. Pelfrey pitched seven scoreless innings to pick up his first victory since 2013 as the Minnesota Twins beat the Kansas City Royals 3-0 Wednesday night. ”We needed a lift, and Mike gave us one,” Twins manager Paul Molitor said.

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Mets ace Matt Harvey has a mild left ankle sprain but the team says he will make his next scheduled start Saturday at Yankee Stadium. ”We’re still good to go for Saturday and I just kind of wanted to know why I wasn’t getting better and what was going on.” New York manager Terry Collins said he didn’t even know about Harvey’s ankle issue until a couple of days ago when the right-hander asked to have it looked at.

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With a perfect ride through their first homestand, the surprising New York Mets matched the best start in team history. Daniel Murphy drove in four runs and New York equaled a franchise record with its 11th straight victory Thursday, walking its way to a 6-3 win over the Atlanta Braves behind Bartolo Colon. ”And I think it’s such a reward for the fans who have been coming out.” The streaking Mets, with the top record in the majors despite injuries to captain David Wright and several other important players, are 10-0 at Citi Field after sweeping all their NL East rivals besides heavily favored Washington. It is the fifth time the Mets have won 11 games in a row, and the first since 1990.

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Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City is known for its fountains in the outfield, but clearly the Fountain of Youth is nowhere within its confines. We know as much, because despite Torii Hunter’s most aggressive efforts to relive his younger, more athletic days during Wednesday’s Twins-Royals tilt, his efforts were met with disappointment and despair. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball: Sign up and join a league today! ] With the bases loaded and two outs in the second inning, Hunter thought he might catch Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie off guard by charging down the third-base line with an attempted straight steal of home plate. At the time, the thought process was honestly quite puzzling.  Was Hunter inspired by the Royals aggressive style of play? Perhaps the now 39-year-old outfielder was looking to literally steal a run, as the terminology would imply, for a struggling offense. Perhaps he just thought it was the right thing to do at the time based on what he’d seen from Guthrie on the hill. Or, perhaps, it was in fact an attempt to relive past glory.  Torii Hunter has stolen home once before – 5/4/02 vs. Detroit. #MNTwins — Dustin Morse (@Twins_morsecode) April 23, 2015 As we learned after the game, it was actually entirely strategic based on observations he’d made about Guthrie. “I said if he doesn’t look at me, I’m going, and he didn’t, so I took off,” Hunter said. “I saw a weak link there with his slow delivery, but he kind of sped it up and short-armed the ball. He threw it in the dirt and it was right there for [Salvador] Perez, who has a Gold Glove. But if he throws it anywhere up I’m safe.”   He even got the nod of approval from manager Paul Moiltor. “I gave him a little nod and I wasn’t sure if he took me seriously, but he did,” Molitor said. “So it was a weird play. It was obviously a sped-up delivery once Guthrie saw what was going. It was awkward with him not getting his foot down before he released the ball. I wanted to get an explanation on a balk.” Unfortunately, both should have thought twice, because once Guthrie spotted him out of the corner of his eye, he was able to adjust quickly and get the ball to catcher Salvador Perez, who applied the tag to end the rally. [ Check out Big League Stew on Tumblr for even more baseball awesomeness. ] And that’s the real issue here. The timing. Again, it’s a bases loaded situation for Minnesota. Two outs, sure, but a rare chance to break a game open already with a three run lead.  It ended up not being costly in the grand scheme, as the Twins held on to a 3-0 victory behind Mike Pelfrey, who earned his first MLB victory since 2013. But perhaps the next time Hunter finds himself in that position with an itch to steal home, he should run these things through his mind.   Things 39-year-olds should not do. 1) Go to the club 2) Act like a 21-year-old 3) Try to steal home like Torii Hunter just did. He was out. — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) April 23, 2015 More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813

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Brad Johnson runs down the last week of closer news and offers advice on stolen base targets.

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Drew Silva examines Carlos Carrasco's return to the mound and Johnny Giavotella's hot start as part of Wednesday's Daily Dose.

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Major League Baseball suspended Kansas City Royals reliever Kelvin Herrera five games and fined him and pitcher Yordano Ventura on Tuesday after both targeted Oakland third baseman Brett Lawrie during a testy series over the weekend. Herrera was tossed in the eighth inning of Sunday’s game after throwing behind Lawrie, the second time he had thrown inside to him. Ventura was ejected a day earlier when he hit Lawrie with a 99 mph fastball above the left elbow immediately following Josh Reddick’s home run. Herrera is appealing the suspension, which was due to begin with Tuesday night’s game against Minnesota.

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Edinson Volquez is quickly proving his breakthrough season of a year ago was no fluke. The Royals right-hander held down the Twins for seven innings Monday night, and Kansas City’s opportunistic offense took advantage of a series of Minnesota miscues in a 7-1 victory. ”Just trying to do what I did last year.” Royals manager Ned Yost said that pitching coach Dave Eiland has been working on mechanics with Volquez (2-1) that have allowed him to pitch even better than he did with the Pirates. He only allowed five hits and a walk while striking out five against Minnesota.

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