M's pitcher accuses Blue Jays of stealing signs

TORONTO (AP) -- Frank Catalanotto knows the Toronto Blue Jays
have a reputation for stealing signs, but he said Seattle's Ryan
Franklin was just frustrated.

Catalanotto and Shea Hillenbrand homered to highlight a five-run
sixth inning, and the Blue Jays beat the Mariners 9-4 on Wednesday

The benches almost cleared in fourth after Franklin jawed with
Orlando Hudson, whom the pitcher thought was stealing signs from
second base. After Franklin and catcher Miguel Olivo chatted on the
mound, Franklin walked toward Hudson, prompting players on both
benches to get to the first step of their dugouts.

"For some reason, teams probably tell other teams the Blue Jays
are stealing signs," said Catalanotto, who denied they steal them.
"He was rattled on the mound, thinking about the signs."

The Boston Red Sox accused the Blue Jays of stealing signs from
second base earlier his month.

Hudson left the clubhouse even though the media was waiting for
him. The Mariners didn't want to talk about it either.

"Ryan and Miguel thought they were relaying pitches or location
from second base," Seattle manager Mike Hargrove said.

Asked about it further, Hargrove said: "I'm not going down that

Franklin (5-11) allowed 12 hits and a career-high eight earned
runs in 5 1/3 innings.

"I'm not going to say anything about it. It's just something
I'm not going to talk about," Franklin said.

Franklin thought he didn't pitch badly.

"I made three mistakes," he said in reference to the two
homers and a two-run double by Vernon Wells.

Rookie Aaron Hill also homered for the Blue Jays, who have won
just three of nine since staff ace Roy Halladay broke a bone in his
lower left leg.

Gustavo Chacin (9-5) won his third straight start, allowing one
run and six hits in six innings. The 25-year-old left-hander
retired the first 11 batters. He struck out one and walked one.

Richie Sexson and Scott Spiezio hit consecutive homers for the

Wells hit a two-run double in the third before Hill hit his
two-run shot to give Toronto a 4-0 lead.

Raul Ibanez homered off Chacin in the sixth. but Toronto scored
five runs in the bottom half of the inning. Catalanotto hit a
two-run homer before Wells chased Franklin with a double.
Hillenbrand followed with a two-run homer off J.J. Putz, making it

After Sexson hit a two-run homer off reliever Chad Gaudin,
Spiezio, a pinch hitter, followed with his first homer. Spiezio is
2-for-22 this season.

Game notes
WWE personalities Rowdy Roddy Piper, Mean Gene Okerlund and
Bobby "The Brain" Heenan threw the ceremonial first pitch and
sang "Take Me Out to the Ball game" in the seventh. Piper even
hosted a segment of his signature talk show "Piper's Pit" between
top and bottom of the fifth. He stomped on Toronto's mascot. ...
Hudson, Toronto's 2B, dived for a grounder by Jeremy Reed in the
third and flipped the ball to first with his glove to get him. ...
Hillenbrand robbed Randy Winn of a hit with a diving stop of a
liner at third in the sixth.