Late rally lifts Blue Jays, Dickey to clutch victory

Late rally lifts Blue Jays, Dickey to clutch victory

TORONTO -- Russell Martin had a pinch-hit single and Edwin Encarnacion contributed an RBI double as the Blue Jays rallied in the eighth inning to steal a victory away from the Yankees and take the series opener, 3-1, on Monday night at Rogers Centre.

Toronto entered the eighth trailing, 1-0, until Josh Donaldson and Jose Bautista sparked a rally with a pair of one-out singles off Yankees right-hander Chris Martin. New York's Dellin Betances entered, and he was promptly greeted with Encarnacion's RBI bloop double to shallow left field.

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Terrific Dickey earns first victory without one K

Blue Jays knuckleballer induces weak contact in excellent eight-inning outing

Terrific Dickey earns first victory without one K

TORONTO -- Despite possessing one of the league's top lineups, R.A. Dickey hasn't received a lot of run support this year, and for quite a while on Monday night, it appeared as though he would suffer that same fate once again.

Dickey was nearly flawless in the Blue Jays' series opener against New York, but he still found his club trailing by one heading into the eighth inning. That seemed like a cruel twist of fate for a pitcher who had yet to win this season, even though his performance has been quite solid of late.

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Bautista may remain at DH for another week

Saunders gets additional rest, Navarro rehabs and Reyes waits to undergo MRI

Bautista may remain at DH for another week

TORONTO -- Jose Bautista appears to be at least another week away from returning to his regular spot in right field.

Bautista has been limited to DH at-bats for the past week because of a lingering shoulder issue. The Blue Jays outfielder has yet to resume throwing because his discomfort has not subsided, and until he's pain-free, there will not be any defensive assignments.

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Blue Jays look for right mix with shaky staff

Estrada replaces Norris in rotation; Delabar and Jenkins called up from Minors

Blue Jays look for right mix with shaky staff

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays' pitching staff has left a lot to be desired during the first month of the season, and the club will need drastically improved results in order to be taken seriously in the American League East.

Toronto entered play on Monday with an MLB-worst 5.13 ERA this year. One of the main reasons for the high number can be found in the 100 walks, which ranks behind Philadelphia (105) for the most in baseball.

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Estrada set to make first start of season vs. Yankees

Estrada set to make first start of season vs. Yankees

The bookends of the American League East will lock horns again Tuesday night at Rogers Centre.

Marco Estrada (1-0, 0.84 ERA) will make his first start for the Blue Jays in the second contest of a three-game home series. The right-hander assumed a spot in the starting rotation when the Blue Jays optioned left-hander Daniel Norris on Friday.

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Jacoby suspended 14 games, will appeal

Blue Jays hitting coach reportedly got into heated exchange with umpire crew Wednesday

Jacoby suspended 14 games, will appeal

TORONTO -- Blue Jays hitting coach Brook Jacoby has received a 14-game suspension from Major League Baseball for his "postgame conduct toward the umpire crew" assigned to Wednesday's game against the Red Sox at Fenway Park.

The suspension was announced by MLB chief baseball officer Joe Torre prior to Monday night's game against the Yankees. Toronto later issued a news release stating that the suspension will be appealed and the club would not have any comment on the matter until a hearing is held.

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Castro sent to Triple-A, added to rotation

Blue Jays want 20-year-old reliever to be on a regular schedule with Buffalo

Castro sent to Triple-A, added to rotation

TORONTO -- Rookie right-hander Miguel Castro will join the starting rotation in Triple-A Buffalo, but that doesn't mean he would be considered for a similar role in Toronto.

Castro began the year out of the bullpen, but he struggled during the first month of the season. The 20-year-old allowed six earned runs in 12 1/3 innings, and since April 13, he suffered a pair of losses and two blown saves.

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Travis earns AL Rookie honors for April

Second baseman hit .325 with six homers in opening month for Toronto

Travis earns AL Rookie honors for April

Devon Travis, who homered in his Major League debut on Opening Day, was named the American League's Rookie of the Month on Monday. Toronto's second baseman batted .325 with a .393 on-base percentage and a .625 slugging mark in April.

Travis, acquired from the Tigers in an offseason deal, delivered six home runs and 19 RBIs in his first month with the Blue Jays. And he was especially dominant at home. Travis batted .438 and slugged .813 at Rogers Centre in April, and he had 14 hits and nine RBIs for the Jays in that span.

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Big inning not enough as Blue Jays fall

Big inning not enough as Blue Jays fall

CLEVELAND -- The Blue Jays posted a six-run inning for the second straight game on Sunday, but the Tribe had an impressive comeback in them this time around. After a six-run outburst of their own, the Indians kept piling on the offense en route to a 10-7 victory over Toronto at Progressive Field.

With the win, Cleveland salvaged a split of the four-game set with the Blue Jays.

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Hutchison's slider key to getting back on track

Right-hander has posted 7.47 ERA through first six starts of '15 season

Hutchison's slider key to getting back on track

CLEVELAND -- One of the keys to getting Drew Hutchison back on track this season is the shape of sliders to come.

The 24-year-old had a promising season last year after recovering from Tommy John surgery, staying healthy for all 32 starts and posting a top-20 strikeout rate in the Major Leagues. That strikeout rate, in the second half, became a top-10 mark, and it coincided with a mechanical adjustment made by Hutchison that gave him more vertical drop on his slider.

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Delabar, Jenkins recalled from Triple-A

Blue Jays option righty relievers Castro and Copeland

Delabar, Jenkins recalled from Triple-A

The Blue Jays are making some pitching changes.

Toronto announced Sunday that it has recalled right-handers Steve Delabar and Chad Jenkins from Triple-A Buffalo and optioned righty relievers Miguel Castro and Scott Copeland to Buffalo.

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MLB reveals 30 Honorary Bat Girl winners

MLB reveals 30 Honorary Bat Girl winners

Mother's Day is Sunday, and for Melissa Rupert of Liberty Township, Ohio, it will be the first one to celebrate as the mother of a baby boy named Noah.

"He's my entire world," Rupert said. "Every day, I hold my baby boy as tightly as he'll let me and remind myself that he is my rock and my joy, and I barely think about ... breast cancer."

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Blue Jays squander lead after early surge

Hutchison allows six over 4 1/3 innings after being spotted 6-1 lead

Blue Jays squander lead after early surge

CLEVELAND -- It's easy to forget a bad dream when it's an isolated incident. Get out of bed, brush your teeth, go about your day's business and shake it off.

When that bad dream becomes a recurring one, it becomes hard to ignore.

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Dodgers acquire INF Wilkins from Blue Jays

L.A. DFA's Baker to clear roster space

Dodgers acquire INF Wilkins from Blue Jays

The Dodgers and Blue Jays swung a trade on Sunday, and infielder Andy Wilkins is going to Los Angeles in exchange for cash considerations.

Wilkins, 26, was batting .264 in 21 games for Triple-A Buffalo. The left-handed hitter, who was designated for assignment by Toronto on Saturday, was acquired by the Blue Jays on waivers from the Chicago White Sox on March 29. Wilkins, a veteran of six Minor League seasons, appeared in 14 games for the White Sox last year, his only Major League action.

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Sanchez overcomes six walks to beat Indians

Rookie right-hander allows two runs, strikes out five over 5 2/3 innings

Sanchez overcomes six walks to beat Indians

CLEVELAND -- Aaron Sanchez walked the tightrope in Saturday's 11-4 victory at Cleveland.

It's better to walk than to run, but it's also better to not walk at all. After all, that's what got him on the tightrope in the first place.

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Blue Jays pull away with big sixth inning

Blue Jays pull away with big sixth inning

CLEVELAND -- The Blue Jays capitalized on an off night from ace Corey Kluber and an ill-timed error by Cleveland, scoring six unearned runs in the sixth inning to run away with an 11-4 win over the Indians on Saturday at Progressive Field.

Jose Bautista collected a pair of hits and four RBIs, Russell Martin launched his fourth home run of the season and Kevin Pillar came through with two hits in the sixth inning, helping power Toronto to its second victory in this four-game set. The offensive outpouring helped righty Aaron Sanchez (2-2) earn a win, despite walking six in 5 2/3 innings for the Blue Jays.

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Bautista's offense not affected by injury

Slugger drives in four runs in Saturday's win despite sore shoulder

Bautista's offense not affected by injury

CLEVELAND -- Jose Bautista says it's "physically impossible" for him to throw a baseball at the present juncture.

Though he doesn't seem to be hindered at the plate.

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Travis returns to lineup after collarbone injury

Outfielder not cleared to throw; rookie Travis returns to lineup on Saturday

Travis returns to lineup after collarbone injury

CLEVELAND -- Devon Travis is back atop the Blue Jays lineup on Saturday after missing one game with a collarbone injury sustained on Thursday night.

Travis was playing in shallow right field as part of a defensive shift with Indians lefty Brandon Moss at the plate, and took a batted ball off the collarbone on his left side on a well-hit ball that bounced once before striking him.

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Donaldson looks like a natural in leadoff spot

Third baseman hits leadoff homer, goes 2-for-3 with two walks, two runs scored in Friday's loss

Donaldson looks like a natural in leadoff spot

CLEVELAND -- Josh Donaldson looked like a natural in the leadoff spot. You could have never guessed it was his first career start there.

The Blue Jays third baseman was making his leadoff debut due to an injury sustained by rookie second baseman and typical leadoff hitter Devon Travis in the third inning of Thursday night's game.

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Pompey, Albers optioned to Triple-A Buffalo

OF Carrera, RHP Copeland called up to Major League club

Pompey, Albers optioned to Triple-A Buffalo

CLEVELAND -- The Blue Jays made a pair of roster moves following Friday night's 9-4 loss at Cleveland.

Rookie outfielder Dalton Pompey and left-handed reliever Andrew Albers each were optioned to Triple-A Buffalo. Taking their place are veteran outfielder Ezequiel Carrera and right-handed pitcher Scott Copeland.

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Pillar does it again: Hits wall to make catch

Blue Jays outfielder with another highlight-reel grab vs. Indians

Pillar does it again: Hits wall to make catch

CLEVELAND -- On Thursday night, Kevin Pillar got to know the centre-field wall at Progressive Field.

He must have suspected the left-field wall was getting jealous.

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Early surge not enough in loss to Tribe

Early surge not enough in loss to Tribe

CLEVELAND -- Jason Kipnis, Michael Brantley and Brett Hayes each launched a home run for the Indians, who churned out 13 hits in a 9-4 victory over the Blue Jays on Friday night at Progressive Field.

Cleveland, which entered the evening with a 1-8 record against left-handed starters this season, pounded veteran southpaw Mark Buehrle (3-2) for eight runs over 4 1/3 innings. Kipnis led off with a homer off Buehrle in the first inning, Brantley belted a two-run blast in the fourth and Hayes added a three-run shot off reliever Andrew Albers in the fifth. Albers was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo after the game.

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Blue Jays' challenge takes run off the board

Blue Jays' challenge takes run off the board

CLEVELAND -- A matter of inches was the difference between a run and an out during Friday night's game between Toronto and Cleveland.

That, and a well-timed manager challenge.

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Travis sits after being struck by batted ball

Bautista, recovering from sore right shoulder, still not throwing

Travis sits after being struck by batted ball

CLEVELAND -- Rookie second baseman Devon Travis was held out of Friday's lineup in Cleveland for precautionary reasons after being struck in the collarbone by a batted ball during Thursday's night's game.

Travis, playing in shallow right field as part of a defensive shift with lefty Brandon Moss at the plate, attempted to field a sharply hit ground ball that took one bounce and deflected off his collarbone. Moss reached on a single on the play.

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Blue Jays option southpaw Norris to Triple-A

Club purchases contract of left-hander Albers, transfers Izturis to 60-day DL

Blue Jays option southpaw Norris to Triple-A

CLEVELAND -- The Blue Jays made a change on their pitching staff Friday, optioning southpaw Daniel Norris to Triple-A Buffalo, and purchasing the contract of left-hander Andrew Albers from their highest affiliate.

Norris, a rookie, pitched to a 1-1 record and a 3.86 ERA in his first five starts with the Blue Jays this season. He had a brief start on Thursday in Cleveland, lasting just three innings and racking up 78 pitches in that span.

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Travis making waves north of the border

Travis making waves north of the border

CLEVELAND -- Dustin Pedroia's reputation precedes him. Opponents young and old know better than to expect much in the way of even remotely friendly in-game interaction with the uber-competitive Red Sox second baseman, who uses hate of the opponent -- even if it's temporary manufactured hate -- to fuel the excellent things he does on a baseball field.

But this kid named Devon Travis, who is listed at 5-foot-9, got to second base the other day at Fenway Park, and there was the 5-foot-9 Pedroia, one of Travis' heroes in a game that's not always kind to little guys like them. Though he was well aware of Pedroia's reputation, Travis couldn't help himself.

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