Donaldson hits 3 HRs; Blue Jays sweep Twins

Donaldson hits 3 HRs; Blue Jays sweep Twins

TORONTO -- Josh Donaldson brought the rain with his first career three-homer game, and the Blue Jays brought the brooms, completing a sweep of the Twins, 9-6, and handing Minnesota its season-high 10th straight loss on Sunday afternoon at Rogers Centre.

Toronto's third come from behind victory of the series was fueled by the reigning American league MVP. Donaldson's two-run shot in the bottom of the seventh put the Blue Jays in front for good, and his second solo home run of the day in the eighth put the icing on the cake.

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Dhiren Mahiban is a contributor to MLB.com based in Toronto and covered the Twins on Sunday.

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Molitor reflects on three seasons in Toronto

Twins manager won 1993 World Series championship with Blue Jays

Molitor reflects on three seasons in Toronto

TORONTO -- Visits to Toronto are always a little extra special for Twins manager Paul Molitor.

The man known to his peers as "The Ignitor" during his playing days has long held a special affinity in his heart for the only Canadian franchise. While Molitor spent only three of his 21 Major League seasons playing for the Blue Jays, he was a key ingredient to the team's second of back-to-back World Series championships in 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.

Donaldson records first career three-homer game

Reigning AL MVP helps power Blue Jays to sweep of Twins

Donaldson records first career three-homer game

TORONTO -- Last season, Josh Donaldson referred to the Major Leagues as a "get-it-done" league. On Sunday afternoon at Rogers Centre, Donaldson got it done in a manner few others around the game can.

The reigning American League MVP recorded his first career three-homer game and received his first career curtain call, lifting the Blue Jays over the Twins, 9-6, completing another comeback victory.

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Estrada, Miley set for key AL East showdown at Camden

Estrada, Miley set for key AL East showdown at Camden

The postseason race is heating up, and two teams smack in the middle of it -- the Orioles and Blue Jays -- will square off for a three-game series at Camden Yards starting Monday night.

Toronto, winners of three straight games, are coming off a comeback win in Minnesota that included Josh Donaldson's three-run homer. The O's were able to avoid a series sweep in New York with three RBIs from Steve Pearce and great play by Manny Machado on Sunday. 

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tellez looks to stay hot for Double-A New Hampshire

Tellez looks to stay hot for Double-A New Hampshire

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

Hitter to watch: Rowdy Tellez (Blue Jays' No. 9), New Hampshire vs. Trenton (6:35 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

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Upton Jr.'s sensational sprint caps Blue Jays' win

Upton Jr.'s sensational sprint caps Blue Jays' win

TORONTO -- Melvin Upton Jr. served what looked like a soft single into right field, but it took him on a non-stop trip around the bases that lifted the Toronto Blue Jays to an 8-7 comeback win over the Minnesota Twins on Saturday afternoon at Rogers Centre.

The win leaves the Blue Jays atop the American League East by a game over the Red Sox, after Boston defeated Kansas City later in the evening, and three games ahead of the Orioles, after Baltimore's second consecutive loss to the Yankees.

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Resurgent vets Benoit, Grilli anchoring 'pen

2016 additions to Toronto's relief corps provide steady bridge to Osuna

Resurgent vets Benoit, Grilli anchoring 'pen

TORONTO -- Jason Grilli was the first surprise success story for the Blue Jays' bullpen. He brought a 5.29 ERA from Atlanta in a May 31 trade and quickly took over as Toronto's lockdown setup man.

Then, on July 26, Joaquin Benoit and his 5.18 ERA arrived from Seattle. He promptly settled into the seventh inning. In 13 appearances since the trade for Drew Storen, Benoit has not allowed an earned run.

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Upton Jr.'s speed adding dimension to lineup

Blue Jays outfielder hits game-tying triple, scores winning run on error

Upton Jr.'s speed adding dimension to lineup

TORONTO -- Melvin Upton Jr. finished an electrifying excursion around the bases with a leisurely trot, scoring the deciding run in the Blue Jays' 8-7 win over the Twins on Saturday.

With Kevin Pillar on second base, Upton hit a sinking liner into right field. Charging and diving, Max Kepler thought he could catch it, but the ball bounced past him and rolled deep into the outfield, where Kepler raced to catch up and compounded his misery by kicking it to the warning track.

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Blue Jays alone in first with offensive outpouring

Blue Jays alone in first with offensive outpouring

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays' offense finally came back to life on Friday, recording 15 hits in Toronto's 15-8 rout of the Twins.

The win, combined with the Red Sox's loss to the Royals, puts the Blue Jays in sole possession of first place in the American League East, one game ahead of Boston. Toronto also gained an additional game on the Orioles, who lost earlier in the evening at Yankee Stadium.

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Dhiren Mahiban is a contributor to MLB.com based in Toronto and covered the Twins on Friday.

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Smoak catches fire with five-RBI night

First baseman snaps 0-for-29 skid with RISP

Smoak catches fire with five-RBI night

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays' offensive explosion had an unlikely catalyst on Friday evening, as Justin Smoak had night to remember in Toronto's 15-8 victory against the Twins.

Smoak slammed a three-run home run in the second inning to give the Blue Jays a lead they would not relinquish, and he finished his outing 3-for-5 with a season-high five RBIs.

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Blue Jays acquire Navarro from White Sox

Catcher played for Toronto from 2014-15; Minor League pitcher Turner sent to Chicago

Blue Jays acquire Navarro from White Sox

TORONTO -- Dioner Navarro is returning to the place he called home for the past two seasons.

The Blue Jays acquired the veteran catcher from the White Sox on Friday in exchange for left-handed pitching prospect Colton Turner, reuniting Navarro with the club he played for from 2014-15.

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Travis expected to return to lineup today

Bautista back in right field; Saunders feeling better

Travis expected to return to lineup today

TORONTO -- Devon Travis is expected to return to the Blue Jays' lineup on Saturday, manager John Gibbons said prior to the team's series opener against the Twins on Friday.

Travis has been held out of the lineup for the past four games with a sprained tendon in his right ring finger. Toronto's starting second baseman went through hitting exercises on Friday for the first time since the injury, and he also took part in an onfield workout prior to the game.

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Borucki, Tellez among top prospect performers Friday

Indians' No. 7 outduels Blue Jays' No. 17 in impressive matchup

Borucki, Tellez among top prospect performers Friday

Fans in attendance for Friday's matchup between Class A Lake County and Lansing were treated to a pitchers' duel between starters Triston McKenzie and Ryan Borucki, who combined for 11 scoreless innings and 18 strikeouts. Ultimately, it was McKenzie, the Indians' No. 7 prospect, who recorded the win as the Captains shut out Lansing, 3-0.

Making his fifth start for Lake County, McKenzie surrendered just two hits and a walk over six scoreless innings. He struck out nine, throwing 57 of his 84 pitches for strikes.

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Happ, Blue Jays denied sole possession of first

Happ, Blue Jays denied sole possession of first

TORONTO -- Mike Trout had three hits and drove in four runs Thursday night as the Angels made sure the Blue Jays could not get too comfortable sitting alone atop the standings in the American League East with a 6-3 victory at Rogers Centre.

Toronto had an opportunity to pull one game ahead of Boston, but instead both teams still find themselves tied following a pair of losses on Thursday. That created the possibility for a three-way tie in the standings, but the Orioles also lost, 4-0, in Washington to remain one game back.

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Blue Jays' offence finds itself in another rut

But Gibbons points to how Toronto broke out of previous slump earlier this year

Blue Jays' offence finds itself in another rut

TORONTO -- John Gibbons has been known to say that when the Blue Jays don't score in bunches, they don't win. That point was driven home yet again on Thursday night.

Toronto's offense continued its recent downward trend in another disappointing 6-3 loss to the Angels. The Blue Jays' lineup struggled early this year, and then bounced back by the end of May, but the issues have resurfaced during the dog days of August.

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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.

Activated from DL, Bautista leads off, plates 2

Serving as DH, slugger likely to remain toward top of Blue Jays' batting order

Activated from DL, Bautista leads off, plates 2

TORONTO -- Jose Bautista made his return to the Blue Jays' starting lineup on Thursday night after missing the previous 15 days with a twisted left knee, but it was not enough to avoid a 6-3 loss to the Angels.

Bautista was activated from the DL prior to the game, and he went 1-for-4 with an RBI double and a sacrifice fly in the losing cause. Ryan Goins was optioned to the Minor Leagues to make room for Bautista on the 25-man roster.

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Donaldson uses Arenado's bat, hits home run

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Donaldson uses Arenado's bat, hits home run

In the month of August entering Thursday, Josh Donaldson was hitting just .235 with three homers and seven RBIs. He's in what big leaguers dread being in more than anything else in the world, a slump. So he decided to use Nolan Arenado's powerful bat -- which former Rockies teammate/current Blue Jay Troy Tulowitzki had in the clubhouse.

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18th-rounder Jones swats three homers for Bluefield Jays

Blue Jays' 18th-rounder records career-high four hits and drives in five

18th-rounder Jones swats three homers for Bluefield Jays

Bradley Jones continues to show off his home run trot as he hit three homers in Rookie-level Bluefield's 12-5 win over Pulaski on Thursday.

Jones, the Blue Jays' 18th-round selection in the 2016 Draft, went 4-for-4 with three homers, a double and five RBIs in the best offensive game of his young career. The four hits marked a new high for Jones.

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Blue Jays can't dig out of hole vs. Halos

Blue Jays can't dig out of hole vs. Halos

TORONTO -- Mike Trout and Albert Pujols each homered as the Angels scored early and often to back six scoreless innings from Matt Shoemaker during an 8-2 victory over the Blue Jays on Wednesday night at Rogers Centre.

The Angels scored two in the first and three in the second and never looked back. Trout and Pujols combined to go 7-for-8 with four RBIs, while catcher Jett Bandy chipped in with a four-hit night. Pujols' homer was the 584th of his career, passing former Cardinals teammate Mark McGwire for sole possession of 10th all-time.

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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.

Dhiren Mahiban is a contributor to MLB.com based in Toronto. He covered the Angels on Wednesday.

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Estrada: Extra rest not source of struggles

Right-hander has allowed 11 runs over last two starts

Estrada: Extra rest not source of struggles

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays' decision to go with a six-man rotation appears to have impacted at least one of its starters as Marco Estrada has yet to figure things out since the change was made earlier this month.

Estrada struggled again Wednesday night by allowing a season-high six runs in an 8-2 loss to the Angels. The veteran righty has now allowed 11 runs over his last two starts and hasn't tossed more than five innings since Aug. 3, which was before Toronto officially added an extra starter to the roster.

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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.

Urena, Smith top prospect performers Wednesday

Red Sox flamethrower notches 10 K's with career-high seven frames

Urena, Smith top prospect performers Wednesday

Michael Kopech may be the hottest pitcher in all of Minor League Baseball these days as he continues to shut down opposing lineups with a plethora of strikeouts.

The 20-year-old was on fire once again Wednesday, leading Class A Advanced Salem to a 9-1 win over Potomac.

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Martin muscles 1st-place Blue Jays over Angels

Martin muscles 1st-place Blue Jays over Angels

TORONTO -- Russell Martin continued his torrid hitting to pace Toronto's offense, while R.A. Dickey notched another strong outing to lead the Blue Jays over the Angels, 7-2, on Tuesday night at Rogers Centre.

Though he'd normally receive a day off with Dickey on the mound, Martin went 3-for-3 out of the DH spot and drove in a pair of runs to help the Blue Jays open their six-game homestand with a victory. Michael Saunders also added his 21st home run of the season, while Troy Tulowitzki continued his strong August with an RBI double as part of Toronto's 10-hit attack.

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Dhiren Mahiban is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Angels on Tuesday.

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Dickey guts out win to continue strong August

Right-hander overcomes 'mediocre' knuckleball in victory over Angels

Dickey guts out win to continue strong August

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays' rotation has been a major strength all season, and it has the potential to be even better with a consistent final stretch from R.A. Dickey.

The 41-year-old knuckleballer continued his solid August with 6 2/3 innings of two-run ball on Tuesday, helping the Blue Jays open a critical six-game homestand with a 7-2 victory over the Angels.

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Pillar activated after first DL stint; Tepera optioned

Pillar activated after first DL stint; Tepera optioned

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays activated outfielder Kevin Pillar from the 15-day disabled list prior to Tuesday's series opener against the Angels.

Pillar had been out since Aug. 6 with a sprained left thumb he sustain while sliding headfirst into second base against the Royals, and the stint was his first Major League appearance on the DL. To make room on the 25-man roster, Toronto optioned right-handed reliever Ryan Tepera to Triple-A Buffalo.

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Blue Jays option All-Star Sanchez to Minor Leagues

Toronto makes move since right-hander was going to have start skipped

Blue Jays option All-Star Sanchez to Minor Leagues

CLEVELAND -- The Blue Jays have found a creative way to limit Aaron Sanchez's workload this season by deciding to option the powerful right-hander to Class A Advanced Dunedin on Sunday.

The move is designed to protect Sanchez, who has tossed a career-high 156 1/3 innings this season. Toronto's goal is to have Sanchez finish the year in the starting rotation, and the hope is that a little breather now will help that become a reality.

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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 let Tribe rally after Stroman exits

Blue Jays let Tribe rally after Stroman exits

CLEVELAND -- Everyone in the ballpark knew it was gone as soon as it left his bat. Jose Ramirez's eighth-inning, two-run blast over the wall in left lifted the Indians past the Blue Jays, 3-2, in Sunday's series finale at Progressive Field.

According to Statcast™, Ramirez's homer off Jays reliever Brett Cecil went an estimated 401 feet with an exit velocity of 104 mph. It was his 10th home run of the season, with six of them coming in the eighth or ninth inning. It pushed the Tribe past Toronto in the rubber game between two first-place clubs in a potential postseason preview.

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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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Greene among top prospect performers Monday

Dodgers No. 2 prospect flirts with no-hitter; Giants' No. 22 stays hot with multi-homer game

Greene among top prospect performers Monday

Since beginning his season in early May, Jose De Leon has been making a strong case for a late-season promotion to the Major Leagues.

The Dodgers' No. 2 prospect took another step towards achieving that goal on Monday, when he struck out 10 hitters over seven scoreless innings to pace Triple-A Oklahoma City in a 7-0 shutout of New Orleans. He carried a no-hit bid into the seventh inning before surrendering a leadoff single to Marlins No. 11 prospect J.T. Riddle. It was the only hit the right-hander allowed in the contest. De Leon also induced eight ground-ball outs while throwing 66 of his 88 pitches for strikes.

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High-leverage situations a struggle for Cecil

Blue Jays left-hander allows go-ahead home run in loss to Indians

High-leverage situations a struggle for Cecil

CLEVELAND -- Brett Cecil's disappointing season went from bad to worse as his struggles continued in another late-inning loss to the Indians.

Cecil was called upon in the eighth inning to protect a one-run lead on Sunday afternoon, but he ended up surrendering a two-run homer to Jose Ramirez. That proved to be the breaking point in Toronto's 3-2 loss in the series finale at Progressive Field.

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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.