Big blasts back Buehrle as tempers flare

Big blasts back Buehrle as tempers flare

TORONTO -- Edwin Encarnacion homered twice, Ryan Goins had three RBIs, and veteran left-hander Mark Buehrle recorded his third consecutive quality start, as the Blue Jays walked all over the Orioles in a 13-6 victory 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, 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 after 2 1/3 innings.

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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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Bautista responds to pitch behind him with home run

Bautista responds to pitch behind him with home run

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays-Orioles American League East rivalry is alive and well, as demonstrated by some tense moments in the late innings of Tuesday night's 13-6 series-opening win over the O's at Rogers Centre.

After O's reliever Jason Garcia threw behind Jose Bautista -- prompting plate umpire Mark Carlson to warn the benches -- the Blue Jays' slugger responded with a home run to left-center field, making it 13-4 in the seventh inning and putting a one-sided game even further out of reach.

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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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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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Travis needs another day of rest; Reyes returns

Blue Jays' rookie second baseman hit by pitch on rib cage Sunday

Travis needs another day of rest; Reyes returns

TORONTO -- Devon Travis was held out of Tuesday night's game against the Orioles because of a contusion on his left rib cage but remains optimistic he won't need a lot of time off.

Travis expressed optimism about returning to Toronto's lineup for Wednesday's game. He was considered questionable for the series opener against Baltimore but was ruled out after going through a series of pregame drills.

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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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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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Blue Jays smack five homers, but lose tight one to Braves

Blue Jays smack five homers, but lose tight one to Braves

TORONTO -- Two eighth-inning home runs gave the Braves the boost they needed to claim an Interleague series-opening 8-7 victory over the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on Friday night.

Jonny Gomes went deep with a pinch-hit solo shot to break a 5-5 tie before Freddie Freeman sent a two-run shot over the wall to knock reliever Brett Cecil from the game and give the Braves necessary padding.

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Martin halts slump with two HRs

Toronto catcher entered game in 0-for-22 skid

Martin halts slump with two HRs

TORONTO -- Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin belted a pair of home runs Friday night, snapping an 0-for-22 skid in an 8-7 loss to the Braves.

It marked Martin's ninth career multi-homer game, with his most recent one coming April 9, 2014, for the Pirates against the Cubs.

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Hutchison again exits before finishing five innings

Blue Jays righty gets support from bats, but unable to harness command

Hutchison again exits before finishing five innings

TORONTO --- For the second time in as many starts, Blue Jays right-hander Drew Hutchinson couldn't get out of the fifth inning.

Hutchinson allowed five runs (four earned) on seven hits over 4 2/3 innings while striking out six and walking three. He picked up a no-decision in his second straight start in the Blue Jays' 8-7 loss to the Braves on Friday night.

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Things get heated between Blue Jays and Rays after hit by pitches

Things get heated between Blue Jays and Rays after hit by pitches

TORONTO -- Mark Buehrle and Chris Archer appeared to be shouting at each other from their respective dugouts after Rays third baseman Evan Longoria was hit by a pitch from Blue Jays reliever Marco Estrada.

The incident occurred in the eighth inning of the Rays' 4-2 series-clinching victory over the Blue Jays on Thursday at Rogers Centre.

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Blue Jays lose Reyes, series to Rays

Blue Jays lose Reyes, series to Rays

TORONTO -- Rays starter Chris Archer pitched seven shutout innings and the Tampa Bay offense did the rest in a 4-2 series-clinching victory over the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on Thursday.

The right-hander two-hit the Blue Jays and struck out 11 to improve to 2-1 on the season. He's given up only six earned runs in 36 1/3 career innings in Toronto, lowering his ERA here over six starts to 1.49.

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Goins rejoins Blue Jays from Buffalo; Redmond designated

Goins rejoins Blue Jays from Buffalo; Redmond designated

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays are down to seven relievers after right-hander Todd Redmond was designated for assignment on Thursday afternoon to make room for infielder Ryan Goins.

Goins, who in six games with Triple-A Buffalo was hitting .350 with a double and three RBIs, gives Toronto depth up the middle. The 27-year-old appeared in 67 games for the Blue Jays in 2014, posting a .188 average with one homer and 15 RBIs.

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Pillar impersonates Spidey, robs Beckham of homer

Pillar impersonates Spidey, robs Beckham of homer

TORONTO -- Step aside Rajai Davis, there's a new Spider-Man in town.

In what seems to have become part of his daily routine, Blue Jays left fielder Kevin Pillar made yet another jaw-dropping catch on Wednesday night. This time, it involved scaling the 10-foot-high fence at Rogers Centre to take a home run away from Rays second baseman Tim Beckham.

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Blue Jays' bats erupt in rout of Rays

Blue Jays' bats erupt in rout of Rays

TORONTO -- Jose Bautista, Devon Travis and Dalton Pompey each homered while Josh Donaldson enjoyed a three-hit night as the Blue Jays scored early and often in an 12-7 victory over the Rays on Wednesday night at Rogers Centre on Jackie Robinson Day.

Bautista got things started in the first inning with a two-run shot to left, and Toronto never looked back. Kevin Pillar, Travis and Donaldson each doubled while Edwin Encarnacion was the only member of the starting lineup to not reach base at least once.

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Learning on the go, Travis impressing Blue Jays

Learning on the go, Travis impressing Blue Jays

TORONTO -- Devon Travis has turned out to be everything the Blue Jays had hoped for and more since they acquired the young infielder from the Tigers in the offseason.

After playing all of 2013 at Double-A Erie, there was an assumption that Travis would need more seasoning in the Minors before he'd be ready to make the jump to the big leagues. But through nine games with Toronto this season, the club's starting rookie second baseman looks right at home at the plate and in the field.

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Donaldson effective from No. 2 spot

Blue Jays dominate with 12 runs with new lineup

Donaldson effective from No. 2 spot

TORONTO -- Blue Jays manager John Gibbons will probably want to stick with his new lineup for a little while after the Blue Jays erupted for 12 runs in their 12-7 victory over the Rays on Wednesday night at Rogers Centre.

Prior to the game, Gibbons moved Josh Donaldson into the second spot of the batting order. The decision paid immediate dividends when Donaldson singled in the first and came around to score on a two-run homer by Jose Bautista.

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Blue Jays reflect on equality, honor Robinson

Club wears No. 42, remembers significance of breaking colour barrier

Blue Jays reflect on equality, honor Robinson

TORONTO -- Sometimes, when Dalton Pompey is having a rough day at the plate or in the field, he'll take time to reflect on how lucky he and his teammates are to be able to play baseball for a living.

On Wednesday, those reflections turned to Jackie Robinson, who 68 years ago broke the colour barrier and changed baseball forever.

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