Blue Jays hit 3 HRs in first inning, beat Orioles 6-5

TORONTO (AP) Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion and Troy Tulowitzki each hit solo home runs in the first inning, Marco Estrada snapped a four-start winless streak and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Baltimore Orioles 6-5 on Friday night. Encarnacion reached base three times and scored twice as the Blue Jays won the opener of a three-game series between the top two teams in the AL...
Via Associated Press
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John Gibbons says Blue Jays are talking Rich Hill trade with Oakland

Here’s a new double entendre to the saying “The rich get richer.” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons appeared on MLB Network Radio with Jim Duquette on Friday and revealed that the team is engaged in talks with the Oakland Athletics about the possibility of a trade for veteran lefty Rich Hill. Gibby confirmed that they're talking to Oakland about Rich Hill — Jim Duquette (...
Via Larry Brown Sports
15 hours ago  |  Discuss

Minor-league deal for Erik Kratz gives Blue Jays catching depth

Friday marks first anniversary of Troy Tulowitzki’s late-night trade to Toronto.
Via Toronto Star
15 hours ago

Jose Bautista bat flip now a goal celebration in ‘NHL 17’ (vid)

Jose Bautista’s majestic — and ultimately controversial — bat flip during the playoffs last season has become one of the more iconic scenes in recent postseason baseball history. So much so, in fact, that the Toronto Blue Jays slugger’s emphatic lumber toss isn’t only a celebration reserved for the major leagues … well, at least in video game form. The creators of...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

Despite Dickey and Stroman, the Blue Jays Still Have One of the AL’s Best Rotations

Wednesday afternoon at the Rogers Centre was yet another rough day at the office for R.A. Dickey. It was the quintessential Dickey start as of late; several walks, a few defensive miscues and a home run to top it all off. After that start by Dickey, many were ready to DFA Dickey on the spot. It turns out that game was pretty much on par for what R.A. Dickey has been not only this...
Via Blue Jay Hunter
1 day ago

Blue Jays-Orioles series preview

Advance look at matchup between top two teams in AL East.
Via Toronto Star
1 day ago

WATCH: Sportsnet's Shi Davidi shoots down any Bautista to Nationals rumours

MLB insider Shi Davidi shoots down any possible scenario where the Jays would trade such a huge offensive piece in Jose Bautista for so-so pitchers or prospects, when they're clearly trying to win a World Series.
Via SportsNetCanada
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Report: Nats have inquired about Jose Bautista

Do the Washington Nationals need even more star power? Ah heck, why not? According to a report by Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post on Wednesday, the Nationals have inquired about Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista. Ok, this one is crazy and seems unlikely, but: person with knowledge says Nats have inquired about Toronto OF Jose Bautista. He is 10-5. — Barry Svrluga (@barrysvrluga...
Via Larry Brown Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Scouting Newly Acquired Padres Prospect Hansel Rodriguez

San Diego’s sole return for Melvin Upton Jr. is 19-year old Dominican righty, Hansel Rodriguez. This trade’s roots run back to 2013, when the Blue Jays selected LHP Brian Moran in the 2013 Rule 5 draft and immediately flipped him to the Angels for $240,000 worth of international pool money, which was added to the yet-to-be-spent $127,000 they had remaining from that year’s...
Via Fangraphs
2 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Gibbons: That was some kind of at-bat by Travis

John Gibbons was impressed by Devon Travis' 12th inning at-bat on Tuesday, while also explained his decision to put Edwin Encarnacion in at first, relinquishing the DH spot.
Via SportsNetCanada
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays agree to acquire Melvin Upton

The Blue Jays have agreed to a deal to acquire outfielder Melvin Upton from the Padres, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (via Twitter). An A-ball prospect is headed back in the deal, per the report, with financial considerations remaining unknown. The swap is likely to be finalized today, says Rosenthal, who had reported last night that Toronto was in the lead to add Upton...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
4 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Gibbons fed up with 'Sanchez to bullpen' questions

John Gibbons figures he had answered maybe 5000 questions about Aaron Sanchez's possible move to the bullpen, and is putting his foot down, stating he won't be answering those questions anymore.
Via SportsNetCanada
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays cut Drew Storen, recall Ryan Tepera

TORONTO (AP) Struggling relief pitcher Drew Storen had been designated for assignment by the Toronto Blue Jays, who recalled right-hander Ryan Tepera from Triple-A Buffalo. Toronto acquired Storen from Washington in January for outfielder Ben Revere, hoping the former closer would be a valuable option in late-inning situations. Instead, Storen went 1-3 with a 6.21 ERA and three...
Via Associated Press
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Russell Martin day-to-day after sauna-related mishap

There is an epidemic of weird injuries ripping through baseball, with Toronto Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin the latest victim. According to manager John Gibbons, Martin will miss a few days after injuring his knee in the shower — because he became lightheaded from staying in the sauna for too long. Gibbons on Martin:Russ was in sauna yesterday, was in too long, got lightheaded...
Via Larry Brown Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays' Pillar stands hopelessly on bag between innings after getting thrown out

In the seventh inning of the Blue Jays-Diamondbacks game on Wednesday night, Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar took off for second base when D-Backs catcher Tuffy Gosewich fired a near-perfect throw across the diamond.Gosewich and second baseman Jean Segura got him, just barely, when Segura wedged his glove between the bag and Pillar's spike. Then Pillar stood there on the bag for several...
Via FOX Sports
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Josh Donaldson washes his hair in dugout

Reigning American League MVP Josh Donaldson practically turned Chase Field from a ballpark to a waterpark Tuesday night when he washed his hair in the dugout during the Blue Jays’ game against the Diamondbacks. Sure, a team from Canada was playing in the desert, but the roof was closed. So the players were shielded from the 80-degree weather outside. Even if the players did have...
Via The Sports Daily
9 days ago  |  Discuss

The Toronto Blue Jays are off to a tough restart

The Toronto Blue Jays have not come out of the restart well. They dropped their first two games of the unofficial second half of the season to the Oakland A’s. This is not a good way to come out of the break at all. Dropping two games to the lowly A’s is not a recipe for success. Their first game was a pretty tough loss. The Jays went down early and managed to regain the lead...
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays pitcher will never understand why Canada sells milk in plastic bags

J.A. Happ is enjoying a productive first season back with the Toronto Blue Jays after playing for the Jays from 2012-14, posting a 3.36 ERA in 112 1/3 innings in the first half.The Blue Jays start the second half at 51-40, two games back of the Baltimore Orioles in the A.L. East.Everything is good, except for this: Happ is struggling to adapt to a basic Canadian staple -- bagged...
Via FOX Sports
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: MLB to look into David Ortiz’s comments for tampering

Big Papi could be in a little trouble for having a big mouth. Major League Baseball might not be feeling the same love for David Ortiz that everyone at Petco Park did during the All-Star Game. The Red Sox slugger could face discipline for tampering after saying that Blue Jays designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion would make a good replacement for him when he retires after this...
Via The Sports Daily
15 days ago  |  Discuss

What Did the Blue Jays Do to Ezequiel Carrera?

Not too long ago, I wrote about how the Blue Jays have gotten back to hitting the snot out of the ball. That shouldn’t be too surprising — a year ago, the Blue Jays hit the snot out of the ball. There was something in there, though, I’ve had trouble shaking. I included it as just a throwaway remark, but with Jose Bautista sidelined for the past few weeks, Ezequiel Carrera has...
Via Fangraphs
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Don Cherry: “left wing weirdos” are happy about “All Lives Matter” anthem

“Hockey Night In Canada” personality Don Cherry’s political opinions are often just as loud as his suits, whether he’s bashing Canada staying out of Iraq or blasting “left-wing pinkos” at Rob Ford’s mayoral election, and they’re sometimes as poorly-considered. His latest such effort on that front came on Twitter Wednesday in response to a “lone wolf” member of...
Via Awful Announcing
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Encarnacion’s agent says he won’t negotiate contract

Toronto Blue Jays slugger Edwin Encarnacion is set to be one of the top free agents on the market this coming offseason. According to his agent, Paul Kizner, Encarnacion has no plans on signing a deal with Toronto before the season begins. “Once the season started, we were not going to negotiate,” Kinzer said, via Jon Heyman, FanRag Sports. “He thought it was a distraction...
Via Sportsnaut
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Kevin Pillar Is Muscling Up, But to No Avail

In his first year as an everyday center fielder in 2015, Kevin Pillar put up the kind of defensive numbers that make folks question defensive numbers. Pillar was a below-average hitter who finished the season with the same WAR as Miguel Cabrera, thanks to his gaudy defensive runs saved totals. The talk of the offseason, regarding Pillar, then became, “Well, if he can just become...
Via Fangraphs
16 days ago  |  Discuss

The Blue Jays rotation deserves credit for club’s rise back to contention

The Toronto Blue Jays are back in contention, sitting 11 games over .500 (51-40) after a so-so start to the season. Most of the accolades have been given to the teams powerful lineup, which is fair considering Josh Donaldson, Edwin Encarnacion and Troy Tulowitzki have been incredible as the season progressed. Perhaps the most surprising reason Toronto has both survived and returned...
Via The Outside Corner
17 days ago  |  Discuss

QUIZ: Name the players who have had 30 or more home runs in a season with the Toronto Blue Jays

A player on the Toronto Blue Jays has hit 30 or more home runs in a season 43 times. How many of these Canadian clobberers can you name? Clue: Number of home runs - year
21 days ago  |  Discuss

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