Cubs sign former closer B.J. Ryan

CHICAGO, July 16 (UPI) -- The Chicago Cubs signed former Toronto closer B.J. Ryan late Thursday to a minor league contract.

Toronto dumps closer B.J. Ryan

TORONTO, July 8 (UPI) -- The Toronto Blue Jays released veteran closer B.J. Ryan Wednesday and activated Scott Downs from the 15-day disabled list.

MLB: Toronto 9, Texas 0

ARLINGTON, Texas, June 9 (UPI) -- Brian Tallet pitched seven innings of two-hit shutout Tuesday and the Toronto offense rolled over the Texas Rangers 9-0.

MLB: Toronto 1, Oakland 0

TORONTO, April 19 (UPI) -- Rick Romero's seven scoreless innings Sunday paced the Toronto Blue Jays to a 1-0 win over the Oakland Athletics.

MLB: Toronto 5, Detroit 4

TORONTO, April 7 (UPI) -- Rod Barajas hit a bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the ninth inning Tuesday, delivering the Toronto Blue Jays a 5-4 win over the Detroit Tigers.

MLB: Toronto 3, Baltimore 2

TORONTO, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- A two-run, pinch-hit double in the sixth by Gregg Zaun put Toronto in front Thursday and the Blue Jays defeated Baltimore 3-2.

Toronto 3, Chicago WSox 1 (1st game)

CHICAGO, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Lyle Overbay hit a two-run double Tuesday, keying Toronto's 3-1 win over the Chicago White Sox in the opener of a day-night doubleheader.

MLB: Toronto 2, N.Y. Yankees 1

TORONTO, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- Adam Lind homered in the seventh and Marco Scutaro rapped an RBI double in the eighth Tuesday, lifting the Toronto Blue Jays to a 2-1 win over the N.Y. Yankees.

MLB: Toronto 6, Texas 4

ARLINGTON, Texas, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Scott Rolen and Rod Barajas both stroked two-run sixth inning doubles Saturday to lead the Toronto Blue Jays past Texas 6-4.

MLB: Toronto 10, Baltimore 8

BALTIMORE, July 22 (UPI) -- Adam Lind had four hits Tuesday, including a go-ahead three-run homer in the sixth, to carry the Toronto Blue Jays to a 10-8 win over Baltimore.

MLB: Toronto 9, Baltimore 8

TORONTO, July 9 (UPI) -- David Eckstein and Alex Rios each had two RBI during a seven-run fourth Wednesday and Toronto held on to edge Baltimore 9-8.

MLB: Toronto 7, Baltimore 6

TORONTO, July 8 (UPI) -- Scott Rolen's grounder in the ninth went through shortstop Freddie Bynum's legs Tuesday to drive in the winning run in Toronto's 7-6 win over Baltimore.

MLB: Toronto 3, Chi. Cubs 2

TORONTO, June 13 (UPI) -- Matt Stairs and Scott Rolen homered as part of a three-run third inning Friday and the Toronto Blue Jays held on to nip the Chicago Cubs 3-2.

MLB: Seattle 2, Toronto 1

TORONTO, June 11 (UPI) -- Raul Ibanez' RBI single in the top of the ninth Wednesday gave the Seattle Mariners a 2-1 victory over Toronto.

MLB: Toronto 5, Baltimore 4

BALTIMORE, June 8 (UPI) -- Marco Scutaro's sixth-inning sacrifice fly Sunday helped Toronto edge the Baltimore Orioles 5-4.
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B.J. Ryan
American League B.J. Ryan delivers a pitch in the 8th inning of the 2006 Major League Baseball All-Star Game in Pittsburgh on July 11, 2006. Ryan won the game. The American League won 3-2. (UPI Photo/Pat Benic)

Robert Victor "B. J.", Ryan, Jr. (born on December 28, 1975 in Bossier City, Louisiana) is a closer in Major League Baseball for the Toronto Blue Jays of the American League. Previously, Ryan played with the Cincinnati Reds (1999) and Baltimore Orioles (1999–2005). He bats and throws left-handed.

In a career that has spanned eight years, Ryan has compiled an 18–23 record with 554 strikeouts and a 3.28 ERA in 458 innings pitched.

Ryan started his career as a left-handed specialist. His inability to command his pitches, combined with a history of difficulty facing right-handed batters, prevented him from acquiring a larger role in the bullpen. However, his eccentric, three-quarter, slingshot-like delivery has made him a dominant force against left-handed batters.

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