Anderson eyeing bounceback start vs. Red Sox

Anderson eyeing bounceback start vs. Red Sox

With a magic number of three, the Red Sox have an opportunity to lock up the American League East as early as Tuesday against the Blue Jays, who open a three-game set in Boston on Monday night. Drew Pomeranz will take the mound for the Red Sox against Toronto's Brett Anderson.

The Red Sox are returning to Boston after a nine-game road trip that took them through St. Petersburg, Baltimore and Cincinnati, so manager John Farrell is looking forward to being back at Fenway.

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Keegan Matheson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Toronto. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Blue Jays, Bautista top Yanks to end home slate

Blue Jays, Bautista top Yanks to end home slate

TORONTO -- In what was likely the final home game of Jose Bautista's career with the Blue Jays, the franchise icon helped lead a 9-5 win over the Yankees in the series finale at Rogers Centre on Sunday afternoon.

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Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

Keegan Matheson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Toronto who covered the Yankees on Sunday.

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Fans, Blue Jays tip caps to Joey Bats

In veteran's possible final home game at Rogers Centre, Toronto salutes franchise icon

Fans, Blue Jays tip caps to Joey Bats

TORONTO -- Jose Bautista brought swagger and confidence to the Blue Jays. He's responsible for one of the most iconic moments in franchise history, and he'll go down as one of the best athletes the city has ever seen. On Sunday afternoon, it was time for Blue Jays fans to say thank you for all of that and so much more.

Toronto dubbed this series against New York "Fan Appreciation Weekend," but it might as well have been renamed in Bautista's honor, because that was the focus during Sunday's 9-5 victory. The standing ovations were loud, they were long and they were frequent as teammates and fans alike celebrated one of Toronto's all-time greats.
 

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Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Biagini uses start as learning experience

Righty allows 3 runs on 3 hits over 5 innings vs. Yankees

Biagini uses start as learning experience

TORONTO -- Joe Biagini is still trying to crack the code of starting at the Major League level. He's flashed the potential of being an efficient workhorse in the back end of the Blue Jays' rotation, but Saturday's 5-1 loss to the Yankees will be filed away as another learning experience.

"I think I've established some consistent inconsistency," Biagini said after the game. "The maddening thing for me is that I see small little parts of my game that come out on occasions that I feel are good. I feel like that's what I should be doing and that's what I should be trying to tap into a little bit more. "

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Teoscar's HR not enough in loss to clinching NY

Teoscar's HR not enough in loss to clinching NY

TORONTO -- It was supposed to take a while for the Yankees to rebuild after selling off some key veterans last season -- or at least, that was the outside perception. The Yanks never bought into that, and as they sprayed cold bubbly in the visiting clubhouse at Rogers Centre, there was great optimism about accomplishing much more in October.

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Keegan Matheson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Toronto who covered the Blue Jays on Saturday.

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Goins, Blue Jays slam Tanaka, Yankees

Goins, Blue Jays slam Tanaka, Yankees

TORONTO -- Ryan Goins pulled off a hidden ball trick that caught Todd Frazier napping, then slugged a grand slam that ended Masahiro Tanaka's night as the Blue Jays trounced the Yankees, 8-1, on Friday evening at Rogers Centre, delaying New York's postseason clinch for at least one more day.

New York's magic number is down to one after the Angels and Rangers both lost Friday night. The Yankees can secure a postseason spot Saturday with a victory over Toronto or losses by both the Halos and Texas. New York fell four games behind Boston in the American League East with the Red Sox's win at Cincinnati. The club's lead for the first AL Wild Card spot stood at 5 1/2 games over the Twins after Minnesota's win at Detroit.

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Canadian fakin': Goins uses hidden ball trick

Infielder fakes throw to pitcher, catches Todd Frazier off second base

Canadian fakin': Goins uses hidden ball trick

TORONTO -- Try, and if you don't succeed, try, try again. That's Ryan Goins' motto when it comes to the hidden ball trick, and for once, he finally pulled it off.

Goins has attempted the sneaky move many times throughout his career, and on Friday night at Rogers Centre, he tried it at the right time, against the right player. Goins caught Todd Frazier napping at second base and later capped an impressive night with a grand slam to lead the Blue Jays to an 8-1 win over the Yankees.

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Blue Jays fan catches foul balls 2 nights in a row

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Blue Jays fan catches foul balls 2 nights in a row

There are two types of people in this world: Those who catch foul balls at baseball games and those who don't. While some people go to baseball games their entire lives without a single foul ball to show for it, others seem to possess some sort of magnetic force for ... cork ... or yarn, I guess.

Falling firmly into the latter category is this Blue Jays fan who attracted, and made smooth barehanded grabs on, foul balls during both Thursday's game against the Royals and Friday night's against the Yankees. Behold the power of attraction:

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Get to know Bo: Bichette joins Pipeline podcast

Blue Jays' No. 2 prospect talks batting title, playing with Vlad Jr., more

Get to know Bo: Bichette joins Pipeline podcast

The following is an excerpt from this week's Pipeline Podcast, in which Tim McMaster, Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo discuss which top prospects have improved their stock the most in 2017, which rookies have the most long-term potential and whether scouts think Shohei Otani will make a better hitter or pitcher in the big leagues. The guys also talk to Blue Jays No. 2 prospect Bo Bichette. To listen to the show in its entirety, go to the MLB Pipeline Podcast page.

Tim McMaster: We're gonna talk about hitters and pitchers in the Minor Leagues who have really seen their stock soar in 2017. And that's where we're gonna start. Because one of those hitters is Bo Bichette, in the Toronto Blue Jays organization, and Bo is joining us now. Bo, thanks so much for taking a few minutes.

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Happ stays on right track in tough-luck loss

Blue Jays lefty yields just 1 run, pitches into 7th vs. Royals

Happ stays on right track in tough-luck loss

TORONTO -- The first two months of the season were a bit of a nightmare for Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ. Since then, everything has gone about as well as could be expected.

Happ continued his strong run through the second half by limiting the Royals to one run over 6 2/3 innings on Thursday night. The problem is -- like far too many nights this season -- it still wasn't enough to avoid a 1-0 loss as the Blue Jays' bats managed only two hits.

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Blue Jays, Estrada agree on 1-year extension

Blue Jays, Estrada agree on 1-year extension

TORONTO -- Marco Estrada's stock was trending upward, and with free agency looming in November, he would not have to wait long to find out his market value. He also didn't care.

Estrada maintained all year that he was comfortable in Toronto, and his top priority was remaining with the Blue Jays beyond the 2017 season. Almost every professional athlete says something similar, but Estrada put a contract where his mouth is by signing a one-year extension worth $13 million.

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Blue Jays' bats can't back Happ against KC

Blue Jays' bats can't back Happ against KC

TORONTO -- Jason Vargas turned in one of his best outings of the season at the perfect time, going 6 1/3 strong innings to help lead the Royals to a 1-0 win over the Blue Jays on Thursday night in the rubber game at Rogers Centre.

The Royals, with 10 games left in their pursuit of the second American League Wild Card spot, remained 3 1/2 back of the Twins, who rolled to a 12-1 win over the Tigers.

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Keegan Matheson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Toronto and covered the Royals on Thursday.

Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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Blue Jays tagged for 15 runs, fall in rout to KC

Blue Jays tagged for 15 runs, fall in rout to KC

TORONTO -- The Royals wasted no time on Wednesday night in Toronto, jumping out to a nine-run lead in the second inning and holding on for a 15-5 win over the Blue Jays.

Each member of their starting lineup and a season-high 13 Royals batters in total recorded at least one hit, including a record-setting home run off the bat of third baseman Mike Moustakas. His 37th homer of the season set a Royals single-season record, surpassing Steve Balboni, who hit 36 in 1985.

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Keegan Matheson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Toronto and covered the Royals on Wednesday.

Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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Ramirez's remarkable streak ends at 47 2/3 IP

Converted OF hadn't allowed earned run in Minors, Majors in '17 before Wednesday

Ramirez's remarkable streak ends at 47 2/3 IP

TORONTO -- Carlos Ramirez's eye-opening streak through the Major League and Minors has finally come to an end.

Ramirez allowed four earned runs on three hits and a walk in Toronto's 15-5 loss to the Royals on Wednesday night at Rogers Centre. The four earned runs were the first he surrendered all year during a stretch that lasted 47 2/3 innings through stints in Double-A New Hampshire, Triple-A Buffalo and finally Toronto.

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Stroman's home stats put him in elite company

Blue Jays right-hander has 2.53 ERA at Rogers Centre in 2017 after win over Royals

Stroman's home stats put him in elite company

TORONTO -- There are less than two weeks remaining in the Blue Jays' season, but before it comes to an end, Marcus Stroman has a couple items that need to be checked off his to-do list.

Stroman is within 8 2/3 innings of reaching 200 for the second consecutive year following a 5-2 victory over the Royals on Tuesday night. He also has a shot at posting the third-lowest ERA at home in Blue Jays franchise history. His ERA at Rogers Centre this season currently stands at 2.53 after seven innings of one-run ball against Kansas City.

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Barney leads Stro-powered Blue Jays past KC

Barney leads Stro-powered Blue Jays past KC

TORONTO -- Marcus Stroman pitched another gem on Tuesday night at Rogers Centre, as the Blue Jays handed the Royals a 5-2 loss, making Kansas City's path to an American League Wild Card spot even more difficult.

The Royals remain 4 1/2 games behind the Twins for the second AL Wild Card spot despite losing, thanks to the Yankees beating Minnesota.

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Keegan Matheson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Toronto who covered the Royals on Tuesday.

Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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Donaldson homers twice in 2nd straight game

Blue Jays slugger hits 481-footer in first; has AL-leading 21 home runs since All-Star break, 30 overall

Donaldson homers twice in 2nd straight game

MINNEAPOLIS -- Josh Donaldson's homer-heavy second half continued with his second two-homer game in as many days during the Blue Jays' 13-7 loss to the Twins on Sunday at Target Field.

Donaldson, who finished the game 2-for-4 with a walk, two RBIs and three runs scored, hit a mammoth first-inning home run to the third deck in left field off Twins starter Kyle Gibson that traveled a projected 481 feet, according to Statcast™. It gave the Blue Jays a 1-0 lead and sparked a four-run frame.

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Blue Jays can't hang onto early lead in loss

Blue Jays can't hang onto early lead in loss

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins erased an early five-run deficit with a pair of huge innings to power past the Blue Jays, 13-7, on Sunday at Target Field. With the win, Minnesota split the four-game set and increased its lead over the Angels for the second American League Wild Card spot to two games.

Minnesota batted around in both the second and fifth innings, pouring in seven and six runs in each frame, respectively. Eddie Rosario and Byron Buxton hit back-to-back homers in the second, while Buxton added an RBI double later in the inning. Rosario went deep again in the fifth after a grand slam by Joe Mauer. Both Buxton and Mauer finished a triple shy of the cycle.

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Brian Hall is a contributor to MLB.com based in Minnesota who covered the Blue Jays on Sunday.

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Atlantic Maroon captures Tournament 12 title

Ontario natives Griffin, Deans combine to pitch no-hitter in final

Atlantic Maroon captures Tournament 12 title

TORONTO -- The Atlantic Maroon were crowned champions of Tournament 12 on Sunday night at Rogers Centre, and they won it with a little help from two new friends.

Short on pitching entering the semifinal and championship rounds of the Canadian showcase tournament, Atlantic borrowed Caden Griffin of Nepean, Ontario, and Brandon Deans of Mississauga, Ontario, from the Futures Navy team, and the two combined to throw an incredible seven-inning no-hitter on the big stage.

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Bichette on list of prospects with soaring stock

Bichette on list of prospects with soaring stock

The prospect landscape is always changing, with players seeing their stock rise and fall over the course of any season. The 10 hitters listed below made the biggest jumps forward in 2017, with many not even on the Top 100 Prospects list to start the year rankings, but now all firmly on the list, from the top 10 on down. On Tuesday, we'll take a look at the pitchers who moved up the most.

Ronald Acuna, OF, Braves' No. 1/MLB No. 6
Acuna began the year just off of the Top 100, much to the chagrin of Braves fans, but that slight was corrected in the early stages of the 2017 season. He then proceeded to make the Minor Leagues look easy, going from the Class A Advanced Florida State League all the way up to Triple-A, all at the age of 19. After finishing with a .325/.374/.522 line to go along with 21 homers and 44 steals, Acuna should hit Atlanta at age 20.

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Estrada keeps Twins in check with 8-inning gem

Estrada keeps Twins in check with 8-inning gem

MINNEAPOLIS -- Josh Donaldson clubbed a pair of homers to back a gem by Marco Estrada, as the Blue Jays pushed past the Twins, 7-2, on Saturday night at Target Field. Minnesota has lost back-to-back games to Toronto and dropped its lead for the second American League Wild Card spot to one game over the Angels, who beat the Rangers.

Estrada allowed two runs over a season-high eight innings, giving up three hits with four strikeouts and one walk. Eddie Rosario recorded the first hit off Estrada with a leadoff home run in the fifth, while Eduardo Escobar crushed solo shot in the eighth. The Twins have homered in 15 straight games, which is one shy of the club's longest streak.

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Tyler Mason is a contributor to MLB.com based in Minneapolis and covered the Blue Jays on Saturday.

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Dermody doesn't realize game is over

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Dermody doesn't realize game is over

There's been plenty of debate over what is -- and whether there even is -- the "closer's mentality." Turns out, it may have less to do with the grit and gumption necessary to get batters out in the ninth inning, and more to do with the awareness that they're even playing in the final frame. 

After closing out the ninth inning of the Blue Jays' 7-2 victory over the Twins on Saturday night, Dermody didn't stick around to shake hands. 

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Naylor cherishes lessons of Tournament 12

Brother of Padres prospect is creating buzz in amateur circles

Naylor cherishes lessons of Tournament 12

TORONTO -- Tournament 12 means different things to different players. Some of the young Canadian amateurs at Rogers Centre this weekend are looking to put their name on the map for the first time, while others, like Noah Naylor, are padding an already-stacked resume.

Even in his third T12 and coming off a year of high-profile baseball experiences, the 17-year-old Mississauga, Ontario, native still cherishes the opportunity to take the field in Toronto.

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Keegan Matheson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Toronto. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Donaldson homers twice in four-hit game

Blue Jays third baseman continues run of success against Twins

Donaldson homers twice in four-hit game

MINNEAPOLIS -- It doesn't seem to matter which Twins pitcher Josh Donaldson faces. He typically tends to hit well whenever he faces Minnesota.

That was certainly the case Saturday night at Target Field for the Blue Jays third baseman. Donaldson slugged two homers, including one to score the game's first run, to lift Toronto to a 7-2 win over Minnesota.

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Tournament 12 features top Canadian talent

Tournament 12 features top Canadian talent

TORONTO -- Tournament 12 was back in action on Saturday at Rogers Centre in Toronto as the top young Canadian amateur baseball players showcased their talent for college and professional scouts.

After a scouting day on Friday, Saturday featured a slate of six games, with eight teams taking the field. After the final two games of the preliminary round are played Sunday morning, the top two teams from each pool will play in the semifinals for a spot in the championship game at 6:00 p.m. ET.

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Donaldson leads scrappy Blue Jays past Twins

Donaldson leads scrappy Blue Jays past Twins

MINNEAPOLIS -- Josh Donaldson and Kevin Pillar backed left-hander J.A. Happ with solo homers, as the Blue Jays edged the Twins by a score of 4-3 on Friday night at Target Field. Minnesota's lead for the second spot in the American League Wild Card race dropped to two games with the Angels beating the Rangers.

Happ tossed 6 1/3 innings in the win, allowing three runs on seven hits. Brian Dozier clubbed a solo shot in the fifth, while Joe Mauer (sacrifice fly) and Chris Gimenez (single) each drove in a run in the third and fourth, respectively. Happ finished with five strikeouts and one walk to notch his third straight victory.

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