Donaldson has perfect finish to epic night

Donaldson has perfect finish to epic night

TORONTO -- Josh Donaldson had a game for the ages on Tuesday night, and a walk-off homer off of David Robertson was just one of the many reasons this performance won't be forgotten any time soon.

Donaldson went a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate with two homers, four RBIs, five runs scored, and a walk in Toronto's 10-9 victory against the White Sox. He became the first player in franchise history to record at least four hits, four RBIs and five runs scored in a single game.

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DYK: 10 facts from Donaldson's big night

DYK: 10 facts from Donaldson's big night

Even a quick look at the box score from Toronto's 10-9 walk-off win over the White Sox on Tuesday would be enough to indicate that Josh Donaldson had a pretty incredible night.

The Blue Jays third baseman went 4-for-4 with four RBIs, five runs scored, two home runs and a walk. That type of line is already special, even before factoring in that the second of those two home runs was a walk-off shot in the bottom of the ninth.

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Donaldson's historic game helps rally Blue Jays

Donaldson's historic game helps rally Blue Jays

TORONTO -- Josh Donaldson stole the show on Tuesday night by going 4-for-4 with a pair of homers and five runs scored to lead the Blue Jays to a 10-9 victory over the White Sox at Rogers Centre.

Donaldson's historic night was capped in dramatic fashion by hitting a three-run homer off David Robertson in the bottom of the ninth inning. He became the first player in Toronto franchise history to have at least four hits, four RBIs and four runs scored in the same game.

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Estrada looks to give Blue Jays sweep of White Sox

Estrada looks to give Blue Jays sweep of White Sox

Jeff Samardzija takes his four-game unbeaten streak to the mound on Wednesday afternoon as the White Sox wrap up a three-game series against the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.

The White Sox right-hander hasn't lost since April 29. Samardzija (4-2, 2.28 ERA) has pitched eight innings in each of his last two starts, most recently in a nine-strikeout, two run win over the Twins.

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Donaldson, Martin pacing Blue Jays on ASG ballot

Donaldson, Martin pacing Blue Jays on ASG ballot

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays have five players among the leaders in the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Balloting for the upcoming All-Star Game at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, but they'll need a little bit of help to get a starting spot on the team.

Third baseman Josh Donaldson is the top-ranked Blue Jays player after he finished second in the first update of fan voting. He finished with 876,586 votes and trails Kansas City's Mike Moustakas (1,261,769).

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Injured shoulder or not, Bautista can still rake

Injured shoulder or not, Bautista can still rake

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays continue to play the waiting game on Jose Bautista's injured right shoulder, but even though the 34-year-old hasn't been able to play the field in more than a month, he's still providing plenty of value with his bat.

Bautista missed two games earlier this week after receiving a cortisone shot in his shoulder, but he returned in dramatic fashion Tuesday night. The veteran slugger had three doubles with a season-high five RBIs and played a pivotal role in the Blue Jays' 10-9 victory over the White Sox.

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Bautista turns balk into two-run double

Bautista turns balk into two-run double

TORONTO -- John Danks was called for a balk for quick-pitching in the third inning on a Jose Bautista ground-rule double, which resulted in two Blue Jays runs.

The hit was allowed to stand because the ball fell in and bounced over the center-field wall, giving the Blue Jays a 3-2 lead in their eventual 10-9 win.

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Navarro begins Minor League rehab assignment

Navarro begins Minor League rehab assignment

TORONTO -- Dioner Navarro is one step closer to re-joining the Blue Jays after he began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Buffalo on Tuesday night.

Navarro has been out since April 21 with a tear in his left hamstring. The injury took a little bit longer to heal than originally anticipated, but he is now pain free and could return early next week.

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Hutchison on cruise control in second shutout

Right-hander whiffs 8, allows four hits in latest dominant outing

Hutchison on cruise control in second shutout

TORONTO -- Drew Hutchison got off to a well-documented slow start this season, but he appears to have turned things around lately and arguably was better than ever during Monday's 6-0 victory over the White Sox.

Hutchison picked up the second shutout of his career after limiting Chicago to four hits in a dominating performance. He didn't walk a batter and allowed just one runner to reach scoring position on a night when he made everything look easy.

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Reyes sparks Blue Jays' shutout of White Sox

Reyes sparks Blue Jays' shutout of White Sox

TORONTO -- Drew Hutchison picked up the second shutout of his career and Justin Smoak and Josh Donaldson homered in the Blue Jays' 6-0 victory over the White Sox on Monday night at Rogers Centre.

Hutchison cruised through most of his outing and faced one batter over the minimum during a stretch that began in the second inning and lasted until the final out. He allowed four hits, didn't walk a batter, struck out eight and threw 70 of his 96 pitches for strikes.

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Reyes activated from DL, makes presence felt

Shortstop had been sidelined while recovering from cracked left rib

Reyes activated from DL, makes presence felt

TORONTO -- Jose Reyes went 1-for-4 with a double in his return to the Blue Jays' lineup on Monday night after missing almost a month because of a cracked left rib.

Reyes made his presence felt right away with a double in his first at-bat. He came around to score and provided a spark at the top of the lineup during Toronto's 6-0 victory over the White Sox.

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Bautista sits while dealing with inflammation

Outfielder likely to return as DH to see if pain subsides

Bautista sits while dealing with inflammation

TORONTO -- Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista missed his second consecutive game on Monday night as he continues to recover from a cortisone shot in his injured right shoulder.

Bautista received the cortisone shot on Sunday morning and was expected to miss at least the next two games. He remains questionable to start at designated hitter for Tuesday night's game against the White Sox, but there is no timetable for his return to right field.

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Melky returns to Rogers Centre with Chicago

Outfielder left Toronto during offseason for three-year deal with White Sox

Melky returns to Rogers Centre with Chicago

TORONTO -- Melky Cabrera was back at Rogers Centre on Monday for the first time since leaving the Blue Jays via free agency to join the White Sox.

Cabrera spent a pair of seasons in Toronto, where he experienced mixed success. After most of his first season was hampered by a benign tumor in his back that severely limited his performance, Cabrera had a bounceback season in 2014 and was rewarded with a $42 million, three-year contract from the White Sox last December.

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With solid run, Sanchez solidifying rotation spot

Rookie, who earned win Sunday, has steadily decreased walk rate

With solid run, Sanchez solidifying rotation spot

TORONTO -- All of that talk about moving Aaron Sanchez to the bullpen can be safely ignored for the foreseeable future, as it appears the promising rookie has found a home in the starting rotation.

Sanchez has become one of the Blue Jays' most reliable starters over the last couple of weeks, and even though the bullpen still has some glaring holes, they won't be plugged by the promising rookie.

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Goins, Edwin go yard to back Sanchez's strong start

Goins, Edwin go yard to back Sanchez's strong start

TORONTO -- Edwin Encarnacion and Ryan Goins homered while Aaron Sanchez tossed 6 2/3 strong innings in the Blue Jays' 8-2 victory over the Mariners on Sunday afternoon at Rogers Centre.

Chris Colabello reached base three times, and Justin Smoak added an RBI single as Toronto avoided falling eight games below .500 for the first time since the end of the 2013 season. The combined efforts also allowed the Blue Jays to avoid getting swept for the second time in their last three series.

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Bautista gets cortisone shot in right shoulder

Blue Jays slugger has been unable to throw, limited to DH for past month

Bautista gets cortisone shot in right shoulder

TORONTO -- Jose Bautista sat out of Sunday's 8-2 win over the Mariners after receiving a cortisone shot in his injured right shoulder.

Bautista has assumed the everyday designated-hitter role for nearly a month as he recovers from a strain in his throwing shoulder. The injury has prevented him from playing the field but not from swinging.

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Buehrle keeps up rotation's solid run in loss to Seattle

Lefty turns in fifth quality start, giving up three runs in 7 1/3 innings

Buehrle keeps up rotation's solid run in loss to Seattle

TORONTO -- The starting rotation has finally come around, though it hasn't exactly translated into victories for the struggling Blue Jays.

Mark Buehrle pitched 7 1/3 innings while allowing three earned runs, but was saddled with a loss despite throwing his fifth quality start as the Blue Jays fell to the Mariners, 3-2, on Saturday.

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Using players out of position, Toronto hurt by miscues

First baseman Colabello playing right field, Valencia in left because of injuries

Using players out of position, Toronto hurt by miscues

TORONTO -- A string of injuries to their starting lineup has forced the Blue Jays to use players out of position, and it's bitten them the past two games.

For the second straight day, Chris Colabello committed a defensive miscue that proved costly in the Blue Jays' 3-2 loss to the Mariners.

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Buehrle's solid start not enough vs. Mariners

Buehrle's solid start not enough vs. Mariners

TORONTO -- Left-hander James Paxton continued his strong recent surge on Saturday as the Mariners topped the Blue Jays, 3-2, for their second straight win at Rogers Centre.

Paxton saw his string of scoreless innings end at 20 on Edwin Encarnacion's first-inning sacrifice fly, but the 26-year-old Canadian wound up throwing six innings of two-run ball on four hits as he improved to 3-2 with a 3.52 ERA. Paxton is 3-1 with a 1.63 ERA over his last six starts for a Seattle club that is now 3-2 on this road trip and 20-22 overall. More >

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Mending Stroman visits teammates in Toronto

After tearing left ACL in spring, righty eyeing September return

Mending Stroman visits teammates in Toronto

TORONTO -- School's out for Marcus Stroman, for the weekend anyway.

The injured Blue Jays pitcher took a break from his studies at Duke University and visited Rogers Centre to see his teammates and shag fly balls on Saturday before the Blue Jays took on the Mariners.

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Estrada takes step forward in loss to Mariners

Right-hander allows four runs in seven innings in longest outing of season

Estrada takes step forward in loss to Mariners

TORONTO -- Calling his outing a breakthrough might be overstating it, but Marco Estrada certainly took a step forward in Friday's start against the Mariners. Trouble was, he went head-to-head with one of the game's best pitchers.

Estrada, making his fourth start since joining the Blue Jays rotation, threw seven innings and 100+ pitches for first time this season but was bested in the end by a solid start from Felix Hernandez as Blue Jays fell to the Mariners, 4-3, in the series opener at Rogers Centre.

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Late homer not enough to top Mariners

Late homer not enough to top Mariners

TORONTO -- Felix Hernandez had another dominating performance while Nelson Cruz homered and Logan Morrison added a two-run triple in the Mariners' 4-3 victory over the Blue Jays on Friday night at Rogers Centre.

Hernandez surrendered a solo homer to Edwin Encarnacion in the first inning, but was borderline flawless from that point on. He faced the minimum from the second inning through the fifth and allowed only two baserunners to reach scoring position.

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Travis disappointed, but understands DL move

Second baseman expects to return on first day eligible

Travis disappointed, but understands DL move

TORONTO -- Devon Travis isn't happy about it, but he understands why he needs to go on the 15-day disabled list.

The Blue Jays placed the their rookie second baseman on the shelf late Thursday night after he missed five straight games because of an injured shoulder sustained in late April. The move is backdated to May 17.

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'Banged up' Donaldson gets time off

Gibbons admits All-Star third baseman not 100 percent healthy

'Banged up' Donaldson gets time off

TORONTO -- Josh Donaldson was held out of the Blue Jays' starting lineup on Friday night and while rest was a factor, his manager also admitted that the All-Star third baseman is a little "banged up."

Donaldson started all of Toronto's 43 games prior to the series opener against Seattle. That will take a toll on anybody, but Donaldson also is used to a heavy workload after appearing in 158 games during each of the past two seasons.

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In Toronto, Happ recalls time with Blue Jays

In Toronto, Happ recalls time with Blue Jays

TORONTO -- J.A. Happ is about as mild-mannered and polite of a person that you can find in the Major Leagues, but for whatever reason, when it came to his time in Toronto, he always seemed to be surrounded by controversy.

From Day 1, the relationship between Happ and Toronto appeared strained. During the ensuing years, little was done to repair that partnership as Happ's role was constantly in a state of flux and each spring brought a new level of uncertainty.

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Change in mechanics helps Dickey excel

Knuckleballer allows four runs and strikes out seven in complete game

Change in mechanics helps Dickey excel

TORONTO -- R.A. Dickey didn't want to get into specifics, but he said that a recent change to his mechanics was one of the main reasons behind his solid outing against the Angels on Thursday night.

Dickey picked up his first complete game of the year with an 8-4 victory over Los Angeles. He allowed five hits and two walks while striking out a season-high seven batters in one of his best outings of the year.

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