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Wintry weather postpones Jays-Twins; twinbill set

Spring snowstorm postpones Twins-Blue Jays game; day-night doubleheader set
Dave Campbell, The Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS - The Toronto Blue Jays and the Minnesota Twins were given an unexpected day off because of the weather.

They sure needed the extra time to warm back up from the night before.

The Blue Jays-Twins game Wednesday was postponed more than seven hours before it was scheduled to begin, due to the unseasonable cold causing a spring storm to produce blowing snow all afternoon with some accumulation predicted at night.

Bautista, Lawrie lift Blue Jays over Twins 9-3

Jose Bautista's 3 hits, Brett Lawrie's grand slam lift Blue Jays over Twins 9-3
Jon Krawczynski, The Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS - The Toronto Blue Jays were getting mowed down by Phil Hughes through the first five innings on a chilly night at Target Field, but the big swingers never panicked.

The Jays have a long history of beating up on the former Yankees right-hander, so they knew it was only a matter of time before they got him in his new home in Minnesota.

MLB marks 67th anniversary of Robinson debut

Major League Baseball marks 67th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking colour barrier
Ronald Blum, The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Marking the 67th anniversary of the day Jackie Robinson broke baseball's colour barrier, the Rev. Jesse Jackson praised Commissioner Bud Selig for the strides the sport has taken in minority opportunities over the past two decades.

Jackson travelled to baseball's 1992 winter meetings to criticize its lack of minorities in management, and he pushed for change.

Selig's contract extended through 2014 season

Baseball commissioner Selig's contract extended through the 2014 season
The Associated Press

PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. - Baseball commissioner Bud Selig received a two-year contract extension Thursday through the 2014 season.

Selig has held the position since 1992, first as acting commissioner and then as commissioner since 1998. He will turn 80 in July 2014.

If he stays until September 2016, he would surpass Kenesaw Mountain Landis (1920-44) as the longest-serving baseball commissioner.

Selig's contract had been due to expire this Dec. 31.

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