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Toronto Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston talks with sports reporters in the dugout before the start of their MLB American League baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Detroit, Michigan, September 14, 2009. (REBECCA COOK)
Toronto Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston talks with sports reporters in the dugout before the start of their MLB American League baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Detroit, Michigan, September 14, 2009. (REBECCA COOK)

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The wild final weekend to the turbulent Toronto Blue Jays season took a bizarre twist on Saturday when it appeared the players retreated from confirming that they had grievances with manager Cito Gaston.

Some of the players met with interim CEO Paul Beeston prior to arriving at Camden Yards on Saturday to hash out the details of a foxsports.com story from Friday morning that said there was a "mutiny" happening in the Jays clubhouse.

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Centre fielder Vernon Wells and second baseman Aaron Hill were two of the players who confirmed on Friday that there were issues between the players and Gaston. But Wells gave the old line about what is said in the clubhouse should stay in the clubhouse, and Hill said he didn't know where these complaints originated from.

Toronto ace pitcher Roy Halladay didn't want to touch on the hot-button topic but he stated, "I think it was brought up by people who aren't part of the situation."

Beeston confirmed that he listened to the players' complaints in his meeting with them, but that the concerns were not addressed.

For his part, Gaston remarked that several of his players approached him on Saturday to say that they weren't the ones who expressed their dislike for him in the story.

"I don't think it came from this club," Gaston said. "I think it came from outside the club."

The frustrating part for Gaston is that the players' beefs have not been relayed to him.

"Did they say the issues?" he said. "How can I comment on the issues, when I don't know what the issues were?"

Both Beeston and new general manager Alex Anthopoulos stated that Gaston will be the manager next season despite the apparent clubhouse unrest.

Gaston, however, would not confirm that his coaching staff will remain in tact. Another aspect of the foxsports.com report was that there was a division among Gaston's staff. The manager danced around the question of whether the entire group of coaches will return next season.

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