Bautista out for opener, but expected back this weekend

Bautista out for opener, but expected back this weekend

ST. PETERSBURG -- Jose Bautista missed his third consecutive game on Friday night because of a sore right shoulder, but the Blue Jays remain optimistic that he will return at some point this weekend.

Bautista is expected to start at designated hitter for at least a few games upon his return. By the middle of next week, the hope is that the five-time All-Star will be back in right field.

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Stroman to finish Duke degree while rehabbing knee

Pitcher to keep busy, mixing classes with workouts

Stroman to finish Duke degree while rehabbing knee

ST. PETERSBURG -- As the Blue Jays open their first three-city road trip of the season, their prized right-hander, Marcus Stroman, is getting ready to go back to school.

Stroman, who is out for the season following surgery to repair a torn ACL, will return to Duke University on May 4 to continue his rehab and put the finishing touches on his undergraduate degree.

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Hutchison flirts with perfecto, settles for gem

Hutchison flirts with perfecto, settles for gem

TORONTO -- For five innings against the Orioles on Thursday night, Blue Jays right-hander Drew Hutchison was pitching against history. Instead, he settled for his best start this season.

Hutchison threw eight strong innings -- the first time a Blue Jays starter has pitched beyond the seventh this year -- while striking out seven and walking none to help Toronto sweep its three-game set with a 7-6 win over Baltimore at Rogers Centre.

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Castro is learning to roll with the punches

Castro is learning to roll with the punches

TORONTO -- When Blue Jays manager John Gibbons consoled Miguel Castro after Toronto completed its three-game sweep of Baltimore on Thursday, the rookie closer just nodded and smiled. There wasn't much else to say after nearly squandering a four-run lead.

Castro entered the game with one out in the ninth and promptly served up a three-run homer to Orioles third baseman Manny Machado, cutting Toronto's lead to one run, but as Gibbons said, he will have nights like this. After all, he's in the Majors now.

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Blue Jays survive Orioles' rally after Hutchison's gem

Blue Jays survive Orioles' rally after Hutchison's gem

TORONTO -- Drew Hutchison delivered a stellar eight-inning performance and the Blue Jays fought off a late Orioles charge to take a 7-6 victory on Thursday at Rogers Centre.

After Hutchison's night ended, the bullpen nearly blew a five-run lead in the ninth. Liam Hendriks allowed three hits before he was lifted with one out in favour of closer Miguel Castro, who promptly surrendered a three-run shot to Manny Machado, his second homer of the game.

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Blue Jays place Navarro on DL, recall Thole

Blue Jays place Navarro on DL, recall Thole

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays placed catcher Dioner Navarro on the 15-day disabled list Thursday after an MRI exam revealed a slight tear in his left hamstring.

Toronto originally described the injury as a strain, though manager John Gibbons told reporters prior to Thursday's series finale against the Orioles that Navarro suffered a "nice little tear."

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Travis makes resounding return to Blue Jays' lineup

Back from rib injury, 2B goes 3-for-4 with decisive HR to continue pleasantly surprising power surge

Travis makes resounding return to Blue Jays' lineup

TORONTO -- Devon Travis made his return to the Blue Jays' lineup with a bang on Wednesday night, and it's pretty clear that a rib cage injury isn't about to slow him down any time soon.

Travis missed Tuesday's game with bruised ribs after being hit by a pitch from Atlanta's Shelby Miller over the weekend. He has been in noticeable discomfort over the past couple of days, but there were no signs of it once he got the go-ahead to play.

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Sanchez overcomes 7 walks to notch first win

Blue Jays starter hurt only by homer, while limiting Orioles to two hits over 5 1/3

Sanchez overcomes 7 walks to notch first win

TORONTO -- The high number of walks have to come down, but for now, Blue Jays right-hander Aaron Sanchez is finding a way to survive even without his best command on the mound.

Sanchez walked a career-high seven but also limited the Orioles to two runs on two hits over 5 1/3 innings in a 4-2 victory on Wednesday night. The walks continued a recent trend that has seen the hard-throwing starter go through prolonged bouts of wildness in each outing.

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Blue Jays outmuscle O's to lift wild Sanchez to first win

Blue Jays outmuscle O's to lift wild Sanchez to first win

TORONTO -- Devon Travis and Justin Smoak each homered, while right-hander Aaron Sanchez somehow pitched around seven walks in the Blue Jays' 4-2 victory over the Orioles on Wednesday night at Rogers Centre.

Both home runs were charged to Baltimore right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez. Smoak's two-run shot in the fourth inning marked the end of a 13 2/3-innings scoreless streak to begin the season for Jimenez. He also battled some control problems on the mound with three walks in the fifth, including one which came around to score on Travis' go-ahead homer.

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Statcast goes in depth on Encarnacion's clout

Angle, speed and power combine to send Blue Jays slugger's blast into upper deck

Statcast goes in depth on Encarnacion's clout

Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion snapped a 10-game home run drought with a solo shot in the second inning of Tuesday's 13-6 victory over the Orioles, only to one-up himself four innings later. The Blue Jays slugger teed off for a mammoth leadoff shot in the sixth inning, doubling his previous 2015 home run total in one night.

Instead of simply marveling at the fact that Encarnacion's second homer landed in the upper deck, however, Statcast is able to provide a glimpse of what exactly made his blast so powerful.

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Alomar, Halladay, Carter, Delgado lead in Franchise Four voting

Alomar, Halladay, Carter, Delgado lead in Franchise Four voting

TORONTO -- Roberto Alomar, Roy Halladay, Joe Carter and Carlos Delgado have the early lead in voting for the Blue Jays' Franchise Four campaign.

The vote allows fans to pick the most impactful players who best represent each Major League franchise. Jose Bautista, George Bell, Tony Fernandez and Dave Stieb are the other Toronto nominees.

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Reyes discovers dugout camera, falls in love

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Reyes discovers dugout camera, falls in love

Jose Reyes was strolling through the dugout, minding his own business before Wednesday's Orioles-Blue Jays game. Maybe he was mentally preparing for his at-bats against Ubaldo Jimenez or maybe he was going over his performance from his latest freestyle battle. Either way, his thoughts were interrupted. Jose met the dugout camera and Jose fell in luuuooooovvveeee.

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Bautista-Jones exchange heightens tense rivalry

Verbal sparks fly after Blue Jays' slugger responds to wild pitch with home run

Bautista-Jones exchange heightens tense rivalry

TORONTO -- Tempers flared yet again Tuesday night between the Orioles and Blue Jays, signaling that their American League East rivalry is alive and well. This time it was a pair of marquee players engaging in a war of words, with Jose Bautista and Adam Jones throwing barbs at one another during and after Toronto's 13-6 win at Rogers Centre.

The latest incident began when Orioles reliever Jason Garcia threw a fastball behind Bautista in the seventh. Both dugouts received warnings, and three pitches later Bautista responded with a home run to left-center field. Bautista watched his home run from the batter's box and then punctuated his trot with a bat flip. Bautista exchanged words with several Orioles infielders before he and Baltimore outfielder Jones shouted at one another as the Blue Jays took the field for the eighth.

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Big blasts back Buehrle as tempers flare

Big blasts back Buehrle as tempers flare

TORONTO -- Edwin Encarnacion homered twice, Jose Bautista added one of his own and Mark Buehrle recorded his third consecutive quality start as the Blue Jays walked all over the Orioles in a testy 13-6 victory on Tuesday night at Rogers Centre.

Toronto took control of the game early with a six-run second inning that saw 10 batters come to the plate. Encarnacion led off that frame with a homer, Ryan Goins added a two-run single and third baseman Josh Donaldson had an RBI double. Right-hander Bud Norris was charged with all six of the runs and he surrendered three more in the third before getting pulled from the game.

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Pillar wows with spectacular diving grab for double play

Pillar wows with spectacular diving grab for double play

TORONTO -- Another day, another highlight-reel catch for Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar, who is continuing to make a name for himself across the league with a seemingly endless list of dazzling plays.

Pillar's latest defensive gem occurred during the top of the seventh inning of Tuesday night's 13-6 win over the Orioles. Adam Jones appeared to have a hit with a low line drive that was heading for the gap in left-center field until Pillar sprawled out to make a headfirst diving play. He then fired to second base to double off Chris Davis.

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Saunders' rehab stint almost over, set to join Blue Jays

Outfielder could be back for team's weekend series at Rays

Saunders' rehab stint almost over, set to join Blue Jays

TORONTO -- Michael Saunders is nearing a return and it's possible that he'll join the Blue Jays in St. Petersburg on Friday night.

Saunders, who underwent left knee surgery earlier this spring, has been on a rehab assignment with Class A Advanced Dunedin. He played left field on Sunday and will continue working in the field through the middle of this week.

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Buehrle loving power-packed support system

Lefty improves to 3-0 with third quality start as Blue Jays' bats put up big numbers behind him

Buehrle loving power-packed support system

TORONTO -- Pitchers from across the Major Leagues have to be envious of the situation left-hander Mark Buehrle finds himself in this year.

Buehrle, who is a perfect 3-0 on the season, has been getting more run support than he knows what to do with. Toronto hasn't just been scoring runs when Buehrle's been on the mound, the club has been completely blowing away its opponents.

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Bautista responds to wild pitch with monster homer

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Bautista responds to wild pitch with monster homer

In the bottom of the seventh inning of Tuesday evening's Blue Jays-Orioles game, O's reliever Jason Garcia threw a pitch behind Jose Bautista that made the Jays right fielder snap up straight. Bautista did not particularly appreciate that.

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Francis joins Blue Jays, tosses scoreless relief in debut

Veteran lefty strong out of 'pen on day Toronto selects his contract from Triple-A Buffalo

Francis joins Blue Jays, tosses scoreless relief in debut

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays added some length to their bullpen on Sunday morning by selecting the contract of left-hander Jeff Francis from Triple-A Buffalo.

Francis was added to the roster one day after Toronto used four relievers in a 6-5 win over the Braves that went 10 innings. Lefty Colt Hynes, who faced two batters in that game, was optioned to Buffalo in the corresponding move.

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Inbox: Who are the Blue Jays' other options at short?

Beat reporter Gregor Chisholm answers Toronto fans' questions

Inbox: Who are the Blue Jays' other options at short?

If the Blue Jays decide to put Jose Reyes on the disabled list, who do they have in the Minors that could take his place?
-- Adam C., Mississauga, Ontario

There's still an expectation that Reyes (cracked left rib) will be able to avoid the DL. He's going to be re-evaluated prior to Tuesday's game against the Orioles, and manager John Gibbons indicated there's a good chance he'll be in the lineup as a right-handed hitter.

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Martin's big day not enough as miscues fell Toronto

Martin's big day not enough as miscues fell Toronto

TORONTO -- Right-hander Shelby Miller tossed six strong innings while outfielder Jonny Gomes had a three-run double in the Braves' 5-2 victory over the Blue Jays on Sunday afternoon at Rogers Centre.

Miller continued his rather impressive start to the year by allowing five hits and three walks with six strikeouts in another solid performance. The 24-year-old has allowed three earned runs over 16 innings since joining Atlanta as part of a deal for outfielder Jason Heyward and right-hander Jordan Walden.

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Pompey apologizes for defensive woes

Blue Jays center fielder takes full responsibility for two defensive miscues in finale vs. Braves

Pompey apologizes for defensive woes

TORONTO -- In a moment of brutal honesty, Dalton Pompey took full responsibility for his role in the Blue Jays' 5-2 loss to the Braves on Sunday afternoon.

Pompey made a pair of defensive miscues in center field that contributed to four Atlanta runs. Mistakes happen, but most surprising was the manner in which the 22- year-old shouldered the blame after the disappointing loss.

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Tips on managing Blue Jays' young players on your team

Tips on managing Blue Jays' young players on your team

With a large group of inexperienced Major Leaguers, the Blue Jays are sure to give fantasy owners a thrilling ride of ups and downs this season. Although the following players should be used selectively, they deserve close attention from fantasy owners.

Drew Hutchison
Current 2015 statistics:
1-0, 15 IP, 7.20 ERA, 1.53 WHIP, 14 SO
Fantasy relevance: Based on his strikeout potential, the 24-year-old was a popular late-round pick in 2015 mixed-league drafts. But Hutchison has lost some of his luster in fantasy circles due to a pair of subpar outings, which followed six innings of one-run ball against the Yankees on Opening Day. Owners could attempt to buy low on the right-hander right away, in hopes that he compiles 200 K's and finds a way to improve upon his career 1.2 HR/9 rate.

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Fred Zinkie is a senior fantasy baseball writer for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FredZinkieMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Donaldson's walk-off homer caps Blue Jays' wild comeback

Donaldson's walk-off homer caps Blue Jays' wild comeback

TORONTO -- Josh Donaldson played the hero as the Blue Jays staged a come-from-behind, 6-5 victory over the Braves at Rogers Centre on Saturday afternoon. With the game knotted at 5 in the 10th, Donaldson swatted a homer off Braves reliever Sugar Ray Marimon over the left-field wall for a walk-off win.

It looked like the Braves were on the road to victory until starter Alex Wood stumbled in the seventh. The lefty had cruised until that point, but allowed three runs before he was yanked from game during a big Blue Jays inning. Danny Valencia sparked the rally with a one-out double off the left-field wall before Russell Martin scored him with a single. An RBI triple from Steve Tolleson made it a two-run game before Dalton Pompey beat out an infield single to score Tolleson and shave the Braves' lead to a single run.

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Dickey battling through early-season command issues

Veteran knuckleballer completes seven innings, keeps Blue Jays close for eventual walk-off

Dickey battling through early-season command issues

TORONTO -- Unlucky, injured and relatively young, the Toronto Blue Jays turned to veteran R.A. Dickey on Saturday for a measure of consistency. But for the third straight start, Dickey's outing was met with unpredictable results.

Dickey (0-1) struck out six and completed seven innings for the first time this season, but he surrendered a pair of homers, walked four and laboured through a 32-pitch first inning in Saturday's 6-5 win over the Braves. The right-hander appeared to find his groove from there, retiring the side in the second and striking out the first two hitters of the third, before a close 2-2 call went the Braves' way, resulting in a two-out walk to Nick Markakis and eventual two-run homer by Freddie Freeman.

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Donaldson wasting no time making mark on Blue Jays

Third baseman's walk-off vs. Braves just latest act for Toronto newcomer

Donaldson wasting no time making mark on Blue Jays

TORONTO -- Whether it's batting out of the two-hole, swinging for a game-winning hit, or adjusting to an offspeed pitch, Josh Donaldson keeps the same approach every at-bat. It just so happens this one ended with a dramatic walk-off blast.

Donaldson made it rain inside Rogers Centre on Saturday, collecting three more hits, a pair of runs and his third homer of the season to power the Blue Jays to a 6-5 win over the Atlanta Braves.

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