Travis hits walk-off single to beat Red Sox

Travis hits walk-off single to beat Red Sox

TORONTO -- Devon Travis hit a walk-off infield single in the ninth inning as the Blue Jays rallied twice for a 10-9 victory over the Red Sox at Rogers Centre on Saturday afternoon.

Toronto trailed by four runs heading into the bottom of the eighth, but it went to the ninth with the game tied after an extended rally. All of that seemed for naught after David Ortiz hit a solo shot in the ninth to reclaim the lead with his 13th home run of the year. It was Ortiz's 40th career homer at Rogers Centre, the most by any active visiting player at any ballpark.

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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.

Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.

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Back in time: Swagger returning to clubhouse

Back in time: Swagger returning to clubhouse

TORONTO -- When the Blue Jays slugged their way to a division title in 2015, it seemed like a prolific offense meant they were never out of a game. For one of the first times this season, that feeling was back on Saturday afternoon.

Toronto rallied twice for a dramatic 10-9 victory over the American League East-leading Red Sox. A four-run deficit was erased in the eighth, and the Blue Jays rallied once again in the ninth after Boston reclaimed the lead.

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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.

Travis providing much-needed spark

Travis providing much-needed spark

TORONTO -- After the Blue Jays fell to the Yankees last Tuesday, veteran knuckleballer R.A. Dickey mentioned the team needed a spark to get its season going, and Devon Travis has certainly provided that.

Travis played hero in Toronto's 10-9 walk-off win over the Red Sox on Saturday, helping the Blue Jays clinch the series with an infield-single in the ninth off Boston closer Craig Kimbrel.

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

Tulo placed on DL with right quad strain

Tulo placed on DL with right quad strain

TORONTO -- Troy Tulowitzki's difficult 2016 campaign continued on Saturday, as the Blue Jays' shortstop was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right quadriceps strain.

Tulowitzki injured his quad while stealing second base in the Blue Jays' 6-0 loss to the Yankees on Tuesday. He proceeded to miss the next two games before returning to the lineup for Friday's series opener against the Red Sox.

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

Dickey, Blue Jays aim to sweep aside Red Sox

Dickey, Blue Jays aim to sweep aside Red Sox

David Price will make his much anticipated return to the Rogers Centre mound and deny the Blue Jays a sweep of the Red Sox in the finale of their three-game series on Sunday afternoon.

Acquired by the Blue Jays at the non-waiver Trade Deadline last season, Price went 9-1 with a 2.30 ERA in 11 starts down the stretch with Toronto and helped the team win the American League East and make its first playoff appearance since 1993.

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

Home-plate umpire injured by foul ball

Home-plate umpire injured by foul ball

TORONTO -- Home-plate umpire Mike DiMuro had to leave the Blue Jays' 10-9 win over the Red Sox in the bottom of the second inning after he was struck by a foul ball on Saturday afternoon.

"He was kept out of the remainder of today's game and remains under evaluation," said MLB spokesman Michael Teevan. "We will make a determination on his status once we know more."

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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.

Donaldson powers Blue Jays past Red Sox

Donaldson powers Blue Jays past Red Sox

TORONTO -- Josh Donaldson put the Blue Jays on his back and single-handedly took over Friday night's game against the Red Sox with a 4-for-5 performance at the plate which included a pair of home runs in a 7-5 victory.

Donaldson drove in five of Toronto's seven runs in the seventh multihomer game of his career and first of the season. He finished a triple shy of the cycle and his four hits tied his season high while it also marked the third five-RBI game of his career.

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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.

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Donaldson rains down with 5-RBI night

Slugger goes deep twice, falls triple shy of cycle

Donaldson rains down with 5-RBI night

TORONTO -- Josh Donaldson has been saying in recent days that he felt "close" to breaking out at the plate. Turns out, he wasn't kidding.

Donaldson had his best game of the season in Toronto's 7-5 victory over the Red Sox on Friday night. He finished 4-for-5 with a pair of home runs, a double and five RBIs in an overall dominating performance.

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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.

Bautista's 1-game suspension upheld

Blue Jays slugger sits out series opener Friday vs. Red Sox

Bautista's 1-game suspension upheld

TORONTO -- Major League Baseball on Friday decided to uphold its one-game suspension of Jose Bautista for his recent altercation with the Rangers.

Bautista went through the appeals process on Thursday morning in New York. He was hoping to get his suspension lifted, but instead he was required to miss Friday night's series opener at home against the Red Sox.

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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.

With night off, Bautista gets behind mic

With night off, Bautista gets behind mic

TORONTO -- Jose Bautista didn't have much to do during Friday night during the Blue Jays' 7-5 win over the Red Sox, so he decided to try his hand at a new job: Public address announcer.

Bautista wasn't eligible to play against the Red Sox because he was serving a one-game suspension, so instead he got behind the microphone for Kevin Pillar's at-bat in the fourth inning.

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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.

Atkins expresses confidence in bullpen

Atkins expresses confidence in bullpen

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays' bullpen has performed well below expectations this year, but general manager Ross Atkins remains confident his club doesn't need to look outside the organization for additional help.

Atkins believes his team has enough pieces in place to figure things out internally. He pointed to the pending return of injured left-hander Aaron Loup plus the improving health of Brett Cecil and Franklin Morales as the main reasons why.

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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.

Pipeline preview: Harris is pitcher to watch

Pipeline preview: Harris is pitcher to watch

Here's a look at top prospects to watch in today's Minor League action:

Hitter to watch: JaCoby Jones (Tigers' No. 8) Erie vs. Richmond

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Happ outduels CC as Blue Jays edge Yanks

Happ outduels CC as Blue Jays edge Yanks

NEW YORK -- Edwin Encarnacion drove in a pair of runs with a third-inning single, which proved to be sufficient for J.A. Happ, whose sterling effort helped lift the Blue Jays to a 3-1 victory over the Yankees on Thursday at Yankee Stadium.

The Blue Jays took two out of three games in the series despite being limited to just two hits by resurgent left-hander CC Sabathia, who did not permit an earned run over seven innings and struck out seven with a walk.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch, on Facebook and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat.

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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Two hits help Blue Jays turn tide with RISP

Two hits help Blue Jays turn tide with RISP

NEW YORK -- The Blue Jays' offense has been struggling for most of the season because their timely hits have been missing in action. They found them Thursday afternoon.

On a day when Toronto's lineup once again had issues putting together a prolonged rally, the Blue Jays found a way to make the most of their opportunities. Two hits with runners in scoring position proved to be the difference in a 3-1 victory over the Yankees.

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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.

Reid-Foley among top prospect performers Thursday

Reid-Foley among top prospect performers Thursday

A pair of Phillies' top prospects had three-hit games in Lehigh Valley's win over Pawtucket. J.P. Crawford, the No. 3 overall prospect (Phillies' No. 1), scored a pair of runs in the game, but more importantly, he found his stroke offensively. Since he was promoted to Triple-A, Crawford got off to a bit of a slow start. The shortstop went 3-for-15 over his first four games, but on Thursday night everything was clicking as Crawford went 3-for-5.

But Crawford wasn't the only Phillies' farmhand to have a good night at the plate. Nick Williams, Philadelphia's No. 3 prospect, was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate and raised his average to .279.

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William Boor is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Atkins to wait before mulling potential moves

Tulo still dealing with quad issue; Morales making progress in rehab

Atkins to wait before mulling potential moves

NEW YORK -- The Blue Jays' series of trades that were made prior to last year's non-waiver Trade Deadline will have a direct impact on what the club is able to do this July. General manager Ross Atkins believes his current Minor League system is better than most people believe, but he did concede that it lacks "depth." The lack of a large talent pool means the Blue Jays will have some difficult decisions to make over the next two months.

Atkins did not rule out making a move, and he will have to wait and see how his team is doing in the middle of the summer before making a final decision. He'll have to balance whether the club should sacrifice more of its future for another run at the division title.

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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.

Martin spearheads Blue Jays' Bronx eruption

Martin spearheads Blue Jays' Bronx eruption

NEW YORK -- Russell Martin slugged his first two homers of the season, supporting Marco Estrada's solid effort as the Blue Jays ended the Yankees' six-game win streak with an 8-4 victory on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium.

Martin snapped out of a 124 at-bat homerless drought to start the year, connecting for a sixth-inning drive off Ivan Nova, then followed up in the seventh inning by belting a two-run shot off Chasen Shreve. Michael Saunders also hit a two-run homer as part of Toronto's four-run seventh.

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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.

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Travis returns, lengthening Blue Jays' lineup

Venditte optioned to Triple-A Buffalo to create roster spot for second baseman

Travis returns, lengthening Blue Jays' lineup

NEW YORK -- The Blue Jays received a much-needed boost to their struggling lineup on Wednesday with the long-awaited arrival of Devon Travis. It didn't take long for his presence to be felt.

Toronto activated its second baseman from the 15-day disabled list prior to an 8-4 victory over the Yankees. Travis hit out of the No. 8 spot and singled in his second at-bat before scoring all the way from first on a two-run double by Ryan Goins.

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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.

Snapping personal drought, Martin sees positives

Catcher teams with Saunders as first Canadian duo to homer in same inning

Snapping personal drought, Martin sees positives

NEW YORK -- Russell Martin had been waiting a very, very long time for this. Forty-one games, to be exact.

Martin's homerless drought finally came to an end at 124 at-bats on Wednesday night when he went deep twice in Toronto's 8-4 victory over the Yankees. It was the second-longest stretch without a home run to start a season in Martin's career and one that he'll want to put in his rearview mirror as quickly as possible.

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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.

Bautista files appeal of one-game suspension

Bautista files appeal of one-game suspension

NEW YORK -- Jose Bautista went through his appeals process on Thursday morning for the one-game suspension he received from Major League Baseball, but the Blue Jays do not know when an official ruling will be made.

Bautista was suspended for his role in the fracas between the Blue Jays and Rangers on May 15. Toronto's veteran slugger got into a physical altercation with Texas second baseman Rougned Odor that resulted in Bautista getting punched square on the jaw.

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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.

Blue Jays held to 2 hits behind Dickey in Bronx

Blue Jays held to 2 hits behind Dickey in Bronx

NEW YORK -- Carlos Beltran and Nathan Eovaldi continued their recent hot streaks, while the Yankees' bullpen was stingy as usual on Tuesday night, as the Yanks beat the Blue Jays, 6-0, for their sixth straight win and pulled back to .500 for the first time since April 14.

Eovaldi shut down the Blue Jays' lineup for six-plus shutout frames, striking out five and at one point setting down 11 consecutive Toronto batters. The Jays only mustered two hits off him, the last of which led off the third inning. The Yankees' offense didn't do too much to back Eovaldi up, notching just three hits while he was in the game, but Beltran had two RBIs, one of which came on a fourth-inning home run, and New York broke it open with a pair of runs in both the seventh and eighth.

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Nick Suss is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York.

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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Give the Blue Jays their own travel show

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Give the Blue Jays their own travel show

This week, the Blue Jays touched down in the Big Apple (not, as some have claimed, the Big Tomato), for a series against the Yankees. Now, baseball players travel a lot, but we still think the Blue Jays deserve their own "Parts Unknown"-style show. Mostly because we'd love to see them take a head of state out for dinner, but also because they seem to be genuinely enjoying their trip.

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Alford among top prospect performers

Alford among top prospect performers

Rhys Hoskins has hit his share of home runs this season, but none have been bigger than the walk-off grand slam he hit Tuesday to lead Double-A Reading past Erie, 11-9.

The Fightin' Phils (30-15) loaded the bases in the ninth inning on a pair of walks and a single to set the stage for Hoskins, who blasted right-hander Paul Voelker's 1-0 offering over the wall in left-center field to win the game. The home run was the Phillies' No. 19 prospect's eighth in 42 games this season. He's hitting .263 with 30 runs scored and 30 RBIs on the season.

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Sanchez gets extra rest; Happ to start Thursday

Sanchez gets extra rest; Happ to start Thursday

NEW YORK -- The Blue Jays have decided to give right-hander Aaron Sanchez an extra day of rest, and they will instead use lefty J.A. Happ in Thursday's series finale against the Yankees.

Sanchez was originally scheduled to make that start, but Toronto continues to keep a close eye on his workload. The young righty, who will now face the Red Sox on Friday night, is on an innings limit this season, but the club has not publicly identified what that number will be.

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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.

Who's at second for the Blue Jays? It's their catcher

Who's at second for the Blue Jays? It's their catcher

NEW YORK -- Russell Martin signed a five-year contract with the Blue Jays to be the everyday catcher, but he's had a surprising amount of work in the infield during his time in Toronto.

Martin made a surprise appearance at second base during Tuesday's 6-0 loss to the Yankees. It was his second time playing the infield this season, and his fourth since joining the Blue Jays prior to the 2015 season.

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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.

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Barry M. Bloom

Gibbons ready to have just a normal week

After a whirlwind eight days, Blue Jays manager wants to move on

Gibbons ready to have just a normal week

NEW YORK -- It was the week that was, Toronto manager John Gibbons said with his usual good humor before the Blue Jays dropped a 6-0 decision to the division-rival Yankees on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.

"It was an unusual week," he said with a chuckle. "You know, I enjoyed watching some of those games on TV. Not that many, though. It gives you a different perspective.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.