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Taylor Guerrieri
Whispers: Downs gives Bautista proper credit

Whispers Angels reliever Scott Downs, a former Blue Jay, spoke for a lot of people in Toronto when he trashed the ESPN story speculating that sign stealing at the Rogers Centre has helped Jose Bautista establish himself as one of baseball's best hitters. "Give credit where credit is due — and credit is due,'' Downs said. "He worked real hard to make himself into a great player." … Despite fears that an unusually high number of top draft picks will fail to sign by Monday's deadline, almost all first-rounders are expected to sign. The exception is Tyler Beede, a high school pitcher from Massachusetts the Blue Jays selected 21st overall. …...