October 22, 1992 |
It goes beyond the lingo of set-up man and closer. They are the Toronto Blue Jays' team within a team. A partnership. "No question about it," the closer, Tom Henke, said of his association with the set-up man, Duane Ward. "I think we've made a great team. We've won a lot of games and we've saved a lot of games. "We're also good friends, and there's been something of a friendly rivalry to it. We've kept each other sharp trying to outdo each other."
October 10, 2002 |
Remember Mike Pagliarulo. That should have been the battle cry for the Twins as they headed to Southern California. There is this mystique surrounding the Twins' glories of 1987 and 1991 that it can be traced strictly to Metrodome magic. If you're a Twins follower who believes in that, then there's a feeling of gloom this morning after the 6-3 loss to Anaheim. But the Twins were in exactly this same predicament when playing a very strong Toronto team in the 1991 ALCS.
May 14, 1994 |
The Toronto Blue Jays, looking for bullpen help with closer Duane Ward on the disabled list, signed 35-year-old reliever Dave Righetti to a minor league contract. Righetti, who was released by Oakland on April 27, has a career record of 79-76 with 252 saves for the New York Yankees and San Francisco Giants. He had no record with no saves for Oakland, which signed Righetti in December. Righetti was sent to Toronto's double-A affiliate in Knoxville, Tenn. . . .
July 26, 1989
Nolan Ryan struck out 14 batters in six innings at Arlington, Tex., but in between the strikeouts, the Blue Jays had enough hits to beat Ryan and the Texas Rangers, 4-0. The task was made easier because Dave Stieb (10-6) pitched well and the Blue Jays' bullpen was superb. Stieb gave up just two hits in 5 2/3 innings, David Wells retired all four Rangers he faced and Duane Ward finished up for his 11th save.