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The Toronto Blue Jays might be without left-handed relief pitcher Darren Oliver
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Foxsports.com report, Oliver, who had his $3 million club option picked up by
the Jays in October, wants to play in 2013, but is unwilling to do so unless the
club increases his salary. Oliver signed a one-year contract for $4.5 million
before the 2012 season that included the $3 million option for 2013, with the
thought that he would likely retire. Oliver then went out and posted a
career-low 2.06 ERA in 56 2/3 innings. According to the report, Oliver, who has
family in the Dallas area, would rather retire and spend the time at home than
play for an under-market contract. Fellow left-hander Jeremy Affeldt re-signed
with the San Francisco Giants in November for $18 million over three years, and
Oliver has posted better numbers. The Blue Jays, who already have a payroll of
around $120 million, are not willing to renegotiate a deal with Oliver due to
the fact that they are well above their projected $105 million payroll already,
reports Foxsports. “Darren Oliver has been a friend of mine for 20 years and a
client for 10,” said Olivers agent, Jeff Frye. “Whatever he decides to do is his
decision. Im behind him 100 percent.” The Foxsports report suggests that Oliver
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Canadian Open in Surrey, B.SAN FRANCISCO —Mat Latos always seems to find a
groove at AT&T Park, dating to his days as a Giants nemesis with the San
Diego Padres the past three seasons. He still has the touch with his new team.
Latos pitched a two-hitter to win his career-best seventh straight decision,
beating San Francisco for the second time in as many outings this season to lead
the Cincinnati Reds to a 2-1 victory Saturday. “I think it has to do with me
just being comfortable here,” said Latos, who lowered his ERA in San Franciscos
waterfront ballpark to 1.67. “I pitched here for three years. Just familiar with
the ballpark. Who knows? I pitched a pretty good game today. I kept the ball
down and got quick outs.” Latos (7-2) struck out seven and didnt walk a batter
for the fourth time in his 115-pitch gem and second straight complete game. The
hard-throwing right-hander tossed seven scoreless innings against the Giants on
April 24. He threw the first back-to-back complete games for the Reds since
Aaron Harang in September 2006. Just when San Franciscos pitching staff looked
unstoppable, the Reds have thrown two dazzlers of their own. Latos followed
Mike Leakes nine-hitter Friday for the Reds first consecutive complete games
since Johnny Cueto and Homer Bailey on May 11-12, 2010, against the Pirates.
Miguel Cairo added an RBI single after replacing the injured Joey Votto as the
Reds won back-to-back road games following a four-game skid away from
Cincinnati. “Pitchings the key, and the last couple days weve been getting some
great pitching,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “Its especially good going
against a hot club.” San Francisco managed only Brandon Crawfords third-inning
double before pinch-hitter Brandon Belt tripled in the ninth and scored on
Gregor Blancos grounder. “Its been rough the last two nights,” Blanco said. Home
run king Barry Bonds was among the sellout crowd of 42,135 a day ahead of the
clubs 10-year reunion celebration for the 2002 World Series runners-up. The
slugger high-fived fans as he made his exit in the top of the ninth. Barry Zito
(6-6) laboured through six innings, his six walks one shy of his season high. He
allowed five hits and one run and struck out three while throwing 99 pitches, 54
for strikes. He missed a chance to win consecutive starts for just the second
time this year. “We ran into another well-pitched game,” Giants manager Bruce
Bochy said. “We didnt do too much.” Zito was coming off seven scoreless innings
in last Mondays shutout against the Dodgers that began a franchise-best string
of four in a row until Matt&nbbsp;Cain lost 5-1 Friday night, in his first
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Brandon Phillips one-out single in the fourth, then retired Jay Bruce on a
groundout before surrendering three straight walks. Ryan Hanigans bases-loaded
free pass brought home Phillips as the Reds took a 1-0 lead. Zito received a
mound visit from pitching coach Dave Righetti, then struck out Latos. When Zito
walked leadoff man Zack Cozart—who had the first-pitch homer Friday to start
the game off Cain—to begin the fifth, and a reliever began warming up for a
second time. Drew Stubbs then walked and out came Righetti again. Vottos
grounder was the second out and he injured himself running to first. After an
intentional walk to Phillips loaded the bases, Bruce lined into a double play on
which shortstop Crawford easily threw out Stubbs at second after he wandered way
off the bag. Cairo replaced Votto in the bottom of the fifth. The Reds said
Votto was removed as a precaution as he nurses inflammation in his left knee.
Cincinnati is 7-1 in Latos past eight starts. San Francisco third baseman
Pablo Sandoval was slow getting up after making a diving belly flop catch on
Stubbs seventh-inning bunt. Manager Bruce Bochy and athletic trainer Dave
Groeschner came out to check on him and Sandoval stayed in the game. Brad Penny
made his season debut for the Giants in the seventh. Signed to a minor league
deal May 18, he was called up Friday. Notes: 3B Scott Rolen rested for the Reds
after starting nine of the previous 11 since coming off a 34-game DL stint with
a strained left shoulder. ... San Franciscos Aubrey Huff will begin a rehab
assignment Wednesday for Class A San Jose and stay with the club through the
All-Star break before being activated from the 15-day disabled list. Huff, who
sprained his right knee jumping the dugout rail to celebrate Matt Cains June 13
perfect game, is eager for a fresh start after also missing time with anxiety
disorder. “Its been kind of a depressing first half for me,” Huff said. “My
whole career Ive always played two different seasons. Thats what my mindset will
be.” ... Ryan Vogelsong (7-3), with a 1.47 home ERA this year, pitches the
series finale for San Francisco against RHP Bronson Arroyo (3-5). ... Darren
Baker, 13, is excited for Sundays 2002 Giants World Series reunion. He was a 3
1/2-year-old bat boy who ran into play before J.T. Snow scooped him up at the
plate and out of harms way. “Nah, I cant believe it,” Darren said of it being 10
years later. “I remember parts of it, just not the whole thing.” ’ ’ ’ 

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