Jays accused of stealing signs

BILL LANKHHOF, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:07 PM ET

New York Yankees catcher Russell Martin said the Blue Jays are dirty, thievin’ rats.

Martin claims the Jays were stealing signs from second base in Thursday’s 16-7 drubbing of New York

“You move your head one way it’s a fastball, you move your head the other way it’s a slider,” Martin told reporters. “It’s just an easier game when you know what’s coming,”

Not that Martin, in the fine tradition of baseball, might not have tried the same thing. Stealing signs is the game’s dark science. Everybody tries to do it, few admit they do it, and fewer become experts at doing it.

“I’m unaware of us stealing signs, or relaying location from second base,” said Jays manager John Farrell. But, then, he’s getting paid to say that.

Actually, Martin seemed less annoyed with the Jays, and more at himself for not noticing until the fourth inning.

“It’s up to us to catch it and change the signs,” Martin said. “I’m not blaming them for anything.”

EASY DOES IT

The Jays won’t fast-track third base prospect Brett Lawrie to the major-league club even if Jose Bautista’s injury keeps him out longer than expected.

Lawrie played his first rehab game with Dunedin Thursday. “They’re two independent situations,” said Farrell.

Lawrie, recovering from a broken hand, made three plays at third base and was 1-for-3. He struck out his first at-bat, grounded out in his second and singled in a run in his third at-bats.

“It’s a just a matter of getting at-bats and building his endurance back as a position player,” said Farrell, of Lawrie, who sustained the injury on May 31, when he was hit by a pitch. “He’s eager to get going. When it was proposed that he DH he wanted no part of it; he wanted back on the field.”

The 21-year-old will remain with Dunedin throughout the weekend before being re-evaluated but both Farrell and general manager Alex Anthopoulos have been adamant he will go to Vegas rather than directly to Toronto.

“One million percent — not even an option,” Anthopoulos said of Lawrie, who was hitting .354 with 15 home runs and 49 RBIs in 52 games amid speculation he was just days from being called up when he was injured.

“There’s no date (for a callup),” said Farrell. “The fact he’s missed six to seven weeks, he’s going to need a minimum of 10 games at Vegas, if not more. In fairness to him we have to let him get back in the flow.”


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