Encarnacion homers three times, extends hit streak to 24

Encarnacion homers three times, extends hit streak to 24

TORONTO -- Edwin Encarnacion didn't waste any time extending his Major League-best hitting streak on Saturday afternoon at Rogers Centre. The Blue Jays' slugger clubbed a three-run shot in the first inning against the Tigers to spot the home team an early 3-0 lead.

After Josh Donaldson singled and Jose Bautista walked, Encarnacion took a 1-1 curveball from Detroit starter Buck Farmer deep to left field, marking the 24th game in a row in which the Blue Jays' cleanup man has recorded a hit. It's the longest Blue Jays hitting streak since Scott Rolen had a hit in 25 straight games in 2009.

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Goins takes advantage of lapse to score on a two-base sac fly

Goins takes advantage of lapse to score on a two-base sac fly

TORONTO -- Ryan Goins scored all the way from second on a two-base sacrifice fly in the fourth inning of the Blue Jays' game against the Tigers on Saturday at Rogers Centre.

Josh Donaldson flied out to Detroit center fielder Anthony Gose, who hauled in what he thought was the third out of the inning and began trotting off the field. Unfortunately for him, it was only the second out.

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Thole optioned to make room for Hutchison

Thole optioned to make room for Hutchison

TORONTO -- Josh Thole packed for Bluefield, Va., after he was optioned to the Blue Jays' rookie affiliate following Friday's win over the Tigers at Rogers Centre. Bluefield's season ends Sept. 1, at which point the Blue Jays can recall the 28-year-old catcher.

Had the club sent him to Triple-A Buffalo, he wouldn't have been eligible for recall until Sept. 7, the last day of the Bisons' season, because of the 10-day stay rule. The Thole move was necessary to make room on the roster for Drew Hutchison, who was brought back from Buffalo to make Saturday's start against Detroit.

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Donaldson follows Tulo with mammoth homer

Third baseman's blast hits facing of upper deck at Rogers Centre

Donaldson follows Tulo with mammoth homer

TORONTO -- By now, everyone knows Josh Donaldson can hit the long ball. But his towering solo homer in the third inning of the Blue Jays' victory over the Tigers was impressive by even the loftiest of standards.

Donaldson sent a 1-2 fastball from Tigers starter Matt Boyd off the facing of the fifth deck -- a projected 454 feet, according to Statcast™ -- to help the Blue Jays to a 5-3 win in the series opener on Friday at Rogers Centre.

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Osuna reaches AL high with 16th straight save

Young closer strikes out side in Blue Jays' victory over Tigers

Osuna reaches AL high with 16th straight save

TORONTO -- With Roberto Osuna taking the mound, the Blue Jays could've left their seven other position players -- aside from the catcher -- on the bench in the ninth. It wouldn't have made any difference.

The 20-year-old closer came into the game and struck out the side on 12 pitches to lock down Toronto's 5-3 win over Detroit at Rogers Centre in the series opener Friday night. It was an electric performance from the game's youngest player, who has proven unshakable in a pressure-packed role that few pitchers his age would be able to handle.

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Trio of solo shots power Blue Jays in opener

Trio of solo shots power Blue Jays in opener

TORONTO -- Troy Tulowitzki, Josh Donaldson and Jose Bautista hit solo shots to power the Blue Jays to a 5-3 victory over the Tigers in the series opener at Rogers Centre on Friday.

Tulowitzki and Donaldson went back-to-back in the third to break a 1-1 tie before Bautista put Toronto ahead, 5-1, in the fifth with his 10th homer of August. Ian Kinsler homered in the first before former Blue Jays outfielder Anthony Gose went deep with a two-run shot in the seventh, but Toronto's bullpen came on and locked it down over the final 2 2/3 innings to secure the win. Roberto Osuna recorded his 16th save as he struck out the side in the ninth.

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Stroman throws simulated game in Dunedin

Recovering from torn ACL, Blue Jays righty set to make rehab start for Class A Lansing

Stroman throws simulated game in Dunedin

TORONTO -- Marcus Stroman is another step closer to returning to the Blue Jays' roster after a simulated game on Friday. The right-hander threw 51 pitches at the club's Minor League complex in Dunedin, Fla., and he said in a tweet that he "crushed it."

Toronto is stretching Stroman out as a starter, leaving open the possibility that he could join the rotation when he comes off the 60-day disabled list. Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said that will depend on how Stroman fares in his two rehab starts, which he's scheduled to make with Class A Lansing on Wednesday and Triple-A Buffalo on Sept. 7, the final day of the Minor League season.

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Price welcomes former teammates to Toronto

Ace said Tigers' trade was 'probably best move' at non-waiver Deadline

Price welcomes former teammates to Toronto

TORONTO -- David Price saw his former Tigers teammates Friday afternoon, and it was like he never left. He said hello to defensive coordinator Matt Martin and staff in the dugout long before batting practice. He made his way through the visitors' clubhouse at Rogers Centre and hugged just about everybody.

"One of the best people in the game," manager Brad Ausmus said. "Wish he wasn't wearing a Blue Jay hat, though."

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Encarnacion's hitting streak reaches 22

Encarnacion's hitting streak reaches 22

ARLINGTON -- Edwin Encarnacion owns the longest hitting streak in the Major Leagues this season after he extended his run to 22 games with a double during the eighth inning of Thursday's 4-1 loss to the Rangers.

Encarnacion was previously tied with Troy Tulowitzki and Nelson Cruz for the longest hitting streak in 2015. This is the longest streak of Encarnacion's career, and he also has reached base in 27 consecutive games dating back to July 21.

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DeShields turns Bautista's error into 'homer'

DeShields turns Bautista's error into 'homer'

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers clung to a one-run lead through 6 1/2 innings on Thursday afternoon, mainly because of some tough, gritty pitching in the Texas heat.

Then they got a huge break on the kind of "home run" usually reserved for Little League and it gave them the margin they needed for a 4-1 victory over the Blue Jays.

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Winning streak snapped at five games

Winning streak snapped at five games

ARLINGTON -- Tough pitching on a hot afternoon helped the Rangers avoid a sweep as they cooled off the Blue Jays with a 4-1 victory on Thursday.

Five Rangers pitchers combined for the victory, led by starter Yovani Gallardo. He held the Blue Jays scoreless for 5 1/3 innings before relievers Keone Kela, Jake Diekman, Sam Dyson and Shawn Tolleson battled their way through 3 2/3 innings. The Blue Jays had eight baserunners on in the last four innings, but they managed just one run. Toronto was 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position on the afternoon.

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Revere gets on his horse to snare liner

Revere gets on his horse to snare liner

ARLINGTON -- Ben Revere is starting to make a habit out of highlight-reel catches, as he took a hit away from the Rangers for the second consecutive day with another impressive grab.

After robbing Delino DeShields of extra bases on Wednesday night, Revere was up to his old tricks less than 24 hours later. This time, his running catch stole a potential double away from second baseman Hanser Alberto during a 4-1 loss to Texas.

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Jose Bautista trades shirt for fan's Messi jersey

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Jose Bautista trades shirt for fan's Messi jersey

Two things you need to know about Jose Bautista:

1. He really likes Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi.

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Blue Jays rout Rangers, fly higher in East

Blue Jays rout Rangers, fly higher in East

ARLINGTON -- Justin Smoak hit a two-run home run in the fifth to put the Blue Jays ahead for good and Edwin Encarnacion hit a grand slam in the sixth in a 12-4 victory over the Rangers on Wednesday night. The score was 2-2 when Smoak connected off Rangers starter Colby Lewis for his 13th home run of the season.

The Blue Jays, with their fifth straight win, now lead the Yankees by two games in the American League East. The Rangers, with their second straight loss to the Blue Jays, fell a half-game behind the Twins for the second AL Wild Card spot.

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Revere robs DeShields with amazing catch

Revere robs DeShields with amazing catch

ARLINGTON -- Ben Revere is known throughout baseball as an elite defender, and he put on another clinic on Wednesday night with a sensational catch to rob the Rangers' Delino DeShields of extra bases.

Revere showed off his impressive vertical by soaring into the air to make a leaping catch at the left-field wall. Toronto won the game, 12-4, but the outcome was still in doubt when the timely grab saved ace David Price from getting into a jam.

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For Encarnacion, hits coming with ease

For Encarnacion, hits coming with ease

ARLINGTON -- Edwin Encarnacion is one of the hottest hitters in baseball right now, and surprisingly enough, his numbers this month are even comparable with the ones he put up during last year's historic May run.

Encarnacion extended his hitting streak to 21 games in Wednesday's 12-4 victory over the Rangers. His grand slam in the sixth inning put the game out of reach.

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Tulo doing whatever needed to win

Veteran major reason for Blue Jays' surge to top of AL East

Tulo doing whatever needed to win

ARLINGTON -- Four weeks later, Troy Tulowitzki still feels unsettled. Oh, he's comfortable in the confines of the clubhouse, enjoys putting on a Blue Jays uniform and looks forward to the challenge on the field.

That's familiar ground, and Tulowitzki is a creature of habit. That's why those hours each day away from the ballpark have become a challenge.

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Tracy Ringolsby is a national columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Another sim game, then rehab for Stroman

Another sim game, then rehab for Stroman

ARLINGTON -- Marcus Stroman will pitch in another simulated game on Friday morning and is then tentatively scheduled to begin a brief rehab assignment with Class A Lansing on Sept. 2.

Stroman likely will be limited to 40 pitches in the simulated game. From there he will throw approximately 55 in a start for Lansing, and after that he is scheduled to be in the 70-75-pitch range for an outing with Triple-A Buffalo on Sept. 7.

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Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, 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.

Toronto standing pat at next Trade Deadline

Toronto standing pat at next Trade Deadline

ARLINGTON -- Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos does not anticipate the team making any additional moves prior to the Aug. 31 waiver Trade Deadline.

There is still time for that to change, but Anthopoulos seems content with his current roster. The Blue Jays overhauled the roster a few weeks ago when they acquired David Price, Troy Tulowitzki, LaTroy Hawkins, Ben Revere and Mark Lowe in a series of major deals.

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Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, 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 stun Rangers, take AL East lead

Blue Jays stun Rangers, take AL East lead

ARLINGTON -- The Blue Jays rallied for two runs in the top of the ninth inning and stunned the Rangers with a 6-5 victory on Tuesday night. The Blue Jays, with their fourth straight win, are now 15 games over .500 for the first time since 1993 and in sole possession of the American League East lead thanks to the Yankees' loss to the Astros.

Rangers closer Shawn Tolleson issued two walks to Russell Martin and Ben Revere while trying to protect a one-run lead and suffered his second blown save of the season. Troy Tulowitzki drove in the tying run with a two-out single, and the go-ahead run scored on a throwing error by third baseman Adrian Beltre.

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T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, 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.

Given 2nd chance, Tulo comes up big

Given 2nd chance, Tulo comes up big

ARLINGTON -- Troy Tulowitzki had his shot at redemption on Tuesday night, and this time he found a way to come through when the Blue Jays needed him the most.

Tulowitzki hit a game-tying single when Toronto was down to its final out in the top of the ninth inning, paving the way for the Blue Jays to escape with a 6-5 victory over the Rangers after Josh Donaldson reached base on a throwing error charged to the normally sure-handed Adrian Beltre.

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Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, 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 remains optimistic about a return

Travis remains optimistic about a return

ARLINGTON -- The prognosis doesn't offer a lot of optimism, but Blue Jays second baseman Devon Travis hasn't given up hope that he will return before the end of the season.

Travis has been out since the end of July with what the club is still calling a strained left shoulder. He rejoined the team this week in Texas to be examined by doctors and was told that the only thing that can help the injury is additional rest.

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Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, 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 announce postseason ticket info

ARLINGTON -- The Blue Jays began to make their initial preparations for the possibility of postseason baseball by announcing October ticket information on Tuesday afternoon.

Postseason tickets will be made available to season-ticket holders on Wednesday. Flex-pack holders who purchased their package before Dec. 5, 2014, are eligible to buy postseason tickets on Sept. 4.

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Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, 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 claim Roach from Reds; righty to join Triple-A

Blue Jays claim Roach from Reds; righty to join Triple-A

ARLINGTON -- The Blue Jays claimed right-hander Donn Roach off waivers from the Reds on Tuesday afternoon, and he's set to join Triple-A Buffalo later this week.

Roach was designated for assignment by Cincinnati on Sunday after posting a 2-4 record with a 6.00 ERA in seven starts for Triple-A Louisville. He began the year in the Cubs' system and had a 2.33 ERA in 15 starts.

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Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, 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.

Stroman throws 3 innings in simulated game

Recovering righty nearing return to Blue Jays, could begin rehab stint next week

Stroman throws 3 innings in simulated game

ANAHEIM -- Right-hander Marcus Stroman is one step closer to making his return to the big leagues after he tossed three innings in a simulated game at the Blue Jays' Minor League complex in Dunedin, Fla., on Monday.

Stroman tossed approximately 40 pitches and felt "great" after his outing. He is scheduled to appear in another simulated game on Saturday, and he is then expected to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Buffalo.

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Inbox: Can the Blue Jays re-sign Price?

Beat reporter Gregor Chisholm answers questions from fans

Inbox: Can the Blue Jays re-sign Price?

I might be early in asking this, but do you think there's any chance the Blue Jays will extend an offer to retain David Price beyond this season?
-- Paul E., Fonthill, Ontario

When the Blue Jays acquired Price prior to the non-waiver Trade Deadline, I felt there were a few things that needed to happen before the club could be considered a realistic landing spot for the soon-to-be free agent. Attendance needed to increase, ratings on television needed to soar and Toronto needed to make the postseason.

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Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, 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' bats go from hot to 'on fire'

Toronto scores franchise-record 36 runs during three-game series vs. Angels

Blue Jays' bats go from hot to 'on fire'

ANAHEIM -- The Blue Jays' lineup has been dominant all season, but the bats took things to an entirely new level during a three-game series against the Angels.

Toronto put the finishing touches on a three-game sweep with a 12-5 victory on Sunday afternoon. That brought the club's total number of runs this weekend to 36, which was the most in franchise history for a three-game series. The latest explosion surpassed the previous record set in 2003, when the Blue Jays scored 34 times from May 30-June 1 against the Red Sox.

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Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, 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 move into 1st with sweep of Halos

Blue Jays move into 1st with sweep of Halos

ANAHEIM -- The Blue Jays' offense erupted again, as Toronto quickly erased a four-run deficit and rolled to a three-game sweep of the Angels with a 12-5 win on Sunday afternoon at Angel Stadium. The Blue Jays took a half-game lead in the American League East over the Yankees, who lost on Sunday.

Toronto scored 36 runs on 48 hits in the series -- a Blue Jays franchise record for runs scored in a three-game series, and an Angels franchise record for runs allowed. Toronto knocked the Angels to 1 1/2 games back of the Rangers for the second AL Wild Card spot and 5 1/2 games back of the AL West-leading Astros.

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David Adler is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @_dadler. Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, 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.