Norris regains pop in longest outing of career

Rookie lefty gives up one run in seven innings vs. Rays

Norris regains pop in longest outing of career

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Daniel Norris didn't get the birthday win he was looking for on Saturday night, but the rookie left-hander can take solace in the fact that he deserved a much better fate.

Norris had the best outing of his young career in a 4-2 loss to the Rays. He allowed one run over seven strong innings and departed with a lead but his bullpen wasn't able to hold the game in check.

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Blue Jays' bullpen can't hold lead for Norris

Blue Jays' bullpen can't hold lead for Norris

ST. PETERSBURG -- Tim Beckham's two-run double in the eighth inning led the Rays to a come-from-behind 4-2 win over the Blue Jays Saturday night at Tropicana Field.

With the Rays trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the eighth, James Loney tied the game with a pinch-hit double that drove home Evan Longoria. Beckham followed with a double off the top of the left-field wall -- a near home run that was reviewed by the umpires -- to drive in David DeJesus and Loney.

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Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Castro facing early growing pains as Jays' closer

Rookie reliever's tough stretch continues vs. Rays

Castro facing early growing pains as Jays' closer

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Miguel Castro wasn't going to be perfect forever, but it's clear over the past week and a half he's hit a bump in the road.

Toronto's rookie closer suffered his second blown save of the year after giving up a pair of back-to-back doubles in Saturday night's 4-2 loss to the Rays. Castro has allowed runs in three of his last four outings and in four of his last six appearances.

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Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Saunders debuts in right field for Blue Jays

New addition gives Toronto a historic three Canadian starters

Saunders debuts in right field for Blue Jays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Blue Jays are one step closer to being fully healthy after outfielder Michael Saunders made his debut in the lineup on Saturday night at Tropicana Field.

Saunders missed the first 17 games of the year as he recovered from left knee surgery. At one point, the veteran wasn't expected to return until the All-Star Break, but the meniscus in his knee was removed, instead of repaired, which sped up the rehab.

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Buehrle hoping for more run support in series finale

Buehrle hoping for more run support in series finale

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- No. 1 starter Chris Archer will take the mound when the Rays close out their three-game series against left-hander Mark Buehrle and the Blue Jays on Sunday afternoon at Tropicana Field.

The Jays will be going for a three-game sweep and their fifth straight win. 

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Bautista misses fourth straight game with sore shoulder

Slugger is day to day, will initially come back in DH role

Bautista misses fourth straight game with sore shoulder

ST. PETERSBURG -- Jose Bautista missed his fourth consecutive game on Saturday night because of soreness in his right shoulder.

Bautista remains day to day and it's possible he will be in the lineup for Sunday's series finale against the Rays. When Bautista does return, he's expected to start at designated hitter for at least a few games.

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Blue Jays release rehabbing Romero

Club didn't expect starter would recover in time to contribute

Blue Jays release rehabbing Romero

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Ricky Romero era with the Blue Jays has officially come to an end after the club's former No. 1 starter was granted his release on Saturday afternoon.

Toronto general manager Alex Anthopoulos met with Romero at the club's Minor League complex in Dunedin, Fla. to deliver the news. The organization felt it was in Romero's best interest to be released because the Blue Jays didn't think he would be ready to return this season.

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Dickey can't pinpoint reason for early-season struggles

Knuckleballer off to slow start for third straight year

Dickey can't pinpoint reason for early-season struggles

ST. PETERSBURG -- The mystery surrounding R.A. Dickey's struggles at the beginning of the season has now carried into its third year.

Toronto's veteran knuckleballer is at a loss when it comes to finding reasons behind his subpar results in April. The trend began when Dickey joined the Blue Jays back in 2013, carried into 2014 and has resurfaced once again.

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Blue Jays stifled as Dickey knocked out early

Blue Jays stifled as Dickey knocked out early

ST. PETERSBURG -- James Loney and Rene Rivera each homered as the Rays chased knuckleballer R.A. Dickey from the game after 4 2/3 innings during a 12-3 victory over the Blue Jays on Friday night at Tropicana Field.

The home runs by Loney and Rivera were both two-run shots that came in the fourth inning. Tampa Bay added five more runs in the fifth with a rally that included an RBI triple by Asdrubal Cabrera.

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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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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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Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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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