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OAKLAND, California - The Blue Jays and Athletics were playing the second inning of Wednesdays getaway day game at the Coliseum when the 4 p. Nike Air More Uptempo Black Uk .m. ET trade deadline passed. Back in his Toronto war room, general manager Alex Anthopoulos stood pat. "You dont want to make a deal for the sake of making a deal," said Anthopoulos. "You can trade anybody at any time. I mean, every GM can make trades at this time of year but you have to feel good about it and you have to feel like it makes sense." Anthopoulos said he made progress on two possible trades, one last week and another which fell apart on Tuesday morning. Starting pitching and middle infield help were his focus, although Anthopoulos characterized as "completely false" the names linked to the Blue Jays in various media reports. The general manager prides himself on keeping his cards close to his vest. "As we have each year we got asked about a lot of our players," said Anthopoulos. "I can say the two things that we were hopeful, optimistic, or the things that we tried to do did not ever once get out there in the media. They were not ever in the rumour mills." Its believed Anthopoulos fielded numerous calls on the availability of his relievers. The Blue Jays bullpen has had a stellar season, leading the majors with more than 371 innings pitched while ranking ninth in ERA (3.20.) It was thought, at the very least, Toronto would peddle left-hander Darren Oliver, who at age 42 and 20 years into his big league career lacks a World Series ring. Such a move would have done right by a long time pro seeking one last chance at a championship. No deal emerged and it seems the ratio of supply and demand was out of whack. "In general terms the left-handed relief market, overall, I think there were a lot of players out there that were available to other teams," said Anthopoulos. "I think you only saw one team in the last two or three days acquire a left-hander and that was the Indians. "I just dont know that there was the demand out there," Anthopoulos continued. "You didnt see a lot of left-handed relievers traded and Im pretty aware of what players were available on the other teams and there were quite a number of left-handed relievers available for trade, many with expiring contracts and you just didnt see them move."Following a 5-2, 10-inning win over Oakland which secured a series victory over the American League West-leading Athletics, players and manager were pleased the group had been kept together. "I dont think anybody expected us to make a move in here," said R.A. Dickey. "We have the team in here, at least the nucleus in here, thats going to get it done one way or the other. Theres always time to add. Its not like this is the end of any move that you could make so Im sure Alex is out there rustling the bushes around, seeing whats going on." "To be truthful we werent worried about the trade deadline," said manager John Gibbons. "Some of those guys out there that saw their names in print might have thought so but this is our team, we like it and (we have to) play good baseball from here on out." Anthopoulos loathes deadline day, just last week likening the final, chaotic push to last-minute Christmas shopping. He prefers the foundation for a trade to be laid no later than the night of July 30. Dont mistake the Blue Jays standing pat for Anthopoulos being satisfied with his clubs 50-57 record. "I mean theres no question we need to make improvements, we need to get better," said Anthopoulos. "The results and the standings speak for themselves. We certainly are going to need to improve, I mean, that goes without saying. There are times of the year when you have a chance to do that, when teams are engaged and general managers are engaged and this trade deadline certainly is one. Certain offseason periods, GMs meetings and the winter meetings are obviously another area for trades and obviously you have free agency as well." Trades can be made through August 31, with acquired players eligible for playoff rosters. However, players must first pass through revocable waivers before they can be dealt. CECIL NOTCHES FIRST CAREER SAVE Casey Janssen pitched the ninth inning of a 2-2 game on Wednesday in Oakland. So when the Blue Jays scored three times in a lengthy top of the 10th, manager John Gibbons turned to Brett Cecil to close out the game. He pitched a three up, three down inning for his first career big league save. "If youre a reliever and you dont want to close games than you dont belong here," said Cecil. "I sure as heck do. Nothing against Janssen but hopefully we have more games like that so I can get some more." Cecil last was a closer when he pitched for the University of Maryland in 2007. Nike Vapormax Uk . Giroud, who wasnt in the starting lineup for two matches after allegations about his private life and a decline in form, scored twice in the first half. Tomas Rosickys chip made it 3-0 before half time at Emirates Stadium, while defender Laurent Koscielny scored an unmarked header in the second half. Nike Epic React Flyknit Uk . Halladay signed a one-day contract with the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday that allowed the veteran right-hander to retire as a member of team with which he broke into the majors and spent the bulk of his distinguished 16-year career. .500 on the season. The Jets are now 0-5-1 in the second game of back-to-backs. The game started the same way the Vancouver game started the night before, with the Jets taking the first two penalties of the game and killing off the first, but the Oilers getting on the board first, scoring on the second man-advantage.DETROIT -- Jim Leyland is usually pretty confident about his managerial moves. Thursday, though, he wasnt entirely sure if he had done something smart or stupid. With the game tied in the eighth, Omar Infante started the inning with a single, and Leyland decided to have Torii Hunter bunt him to second. That put the go-ahead run in scoring position, but meant taking the bat out of the hands of Miguel Cabrera, baseballs hottest hitter. "That was a tough call," Leyland acknowledged after the game. "Thats definitely a move that the fans are going to discuss, and I dont have any problem with that. I wasnt sure, either." Sure enough, Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire immediately signalled for the intentional walk. The reason Leyland took the chance? Prince Fielder was coming up next, and facing right-hander Jared Burton. "If they had a tough lefty to pitch to Prince -- maybe Glen Perkins if it had been the ninth inning -- I might not have bunted," Leyland said. "Prince has 40 RBIs hitting behind Miguel Cabrera, so I was willing to roll the dice with him." The plan worked, but only barely. Fielder hit what looked like a possible double-play grounder, but it deflected off Burtons glove and past second baseman Brian Dozier. Infante scored easily, and the Tigers held on to win 7-6. "You hate walking anyone to pitch to Prince Fielder, I can tell you that right now," Gardenhire said. "But youve got to take your choice, and the way Cabrera is swinging the bat, youve got to do it. We got the groundball. It just didnt work out." Before the intentional walk, Cabrera had driven in three runs, including his sixth homer in four games. Hes matched a career high by homering in four straight games. He has also walked five times in the four games, and Fielder has followed all five with hits, driving in seven more runs. In the four games, the pair have combined to drive in 20 runs. "Its absolutely incredible what they are doing," Tigers starter Rick Porcello said. "If I were pitching against them, Id just walk both of them every time they came up." Joaquin Benoit (1-0) picked up the win with a perfect inning of relief, while Jose Valverde pitched the ninth for his fifth save. The Tigers trailed 6-3 going into the bottom of the seventh, but scored three times off three Minnesota pitchers. Infante singled and Cabrera walked with one out, bringing Brian Duuensing into the game. Off White Vapormax For Sale. He allowed RBI singles to Prince Fielder and Victor Martinez before giving way to Burton. Jhonny Peralta greeted Burton (0-2) with a game-tying double, and Matt Tuiasosopo was hit by a pitch to load the bases before Brayan Pena and Andy Dirks popped out to end the inning. "We gave the game over to our bullpen, and they usually do the job," Gardenhire said. "Just didnt happen today." The Tigers had taken a 2-0 lead in the first when Cabrera lifted a 2-2 pitch into the bullpens beyond the left-field fence. It was the first of his six homers in four games that he had pulled -- the others had all been to centre field or right-centre. Porcello almost got a second straight inning-ending double play in the second, but Jhonny Peralta juggled Doziers grounder and Dozier beat the relay throw to allow Justin Morneau to score. Minnesota started the third with three straight singles, tying the game, and Josh Willingham made it 5-2 by pulling Porcellos pitch deep into the left-field stands. Scott Diamond retired 10 straight batters after Tuiasosopos second-inning single, but Detroit loaded the bases with two out in the fifth on two singles and a walk. Cabrera bounced an infield single up the middle, making it 5-3, but Diamond got Fielder to pop out and end the inning. Detroit threatened again in the sixth, putting runners on second and third with two out, but Fien came on to strike out pinch-hitter Andy Dirks. Willingham then moved the lead to three runs with a solo homer off Darin Downs in the seventh. "Thats a tough loss," Willingham said. "I felt good at the plate, and I was able to get the pitchers to elevate the ball. Thats the key to doing what I do." NOTES: The start of the game was delayed for an hour by rain. ... Twins shortstop Pedro Florimon left the game after the top of the third with an sprained right index finger. Florimon appeared to sustain the injury while sliding head-first into third base. Gardenhire said after the game that Florimon is day-to-day. ... The fans broke into a chant of "Lets Go Red Wings" in the top of the fifth inning as news spread that Detroit had taken a 1-0 lead over the Blackhawks in the second period of the playoff game. The hockey game was played at Joe Louis Arena, about five minutes from Comerica Park. ... Cabrera also homered in four straight games with the Marlins in April 2004. NFL Jerseys Cheap Stitched Jerseys Wholesale Authentic Jerseys Wholesale Throwback Jerseys Discount Jerseys Cheap Jerseys 2019 China NFL Hoodies ' ' '