Donaldson duplicates late-inning magic

Hits ninth-inning homer for second straight game

Donaldson duplicates late-inning magic

TORONTO -- Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson was back to his old tricks on Wednesday afternoon as he came through with a homer in the ninth inning for the second consecutive game.

Donaldson was the hero on Tuesday night with a three-run walk-off homer against White Sox closer David Robertson, and he nearly became one again less than 24 hours later. This time it was a solo shot off Robertson that tied the game at 3 but ultimately came during a game the Blue Jays lost, 5-3, in 10 innings.

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Donaldson homers in 9th, but Jays fall in 10

Donaldson homers in 9th, but Jays fall in 10

TORONTO -- Jose Abreu tripled and scored in the top of the 10th inning as the White Sox staved off a late Blue Jays comeback to snap a four-game losing skid with a 5-3 win at Rogers Centre on Wednesday.

Facing Roberto Osuna, Abreu, who was 3-for-5, knocked a three-bagger into the right-field corner to lead off the inning before he was brought home on an Adam Eaton single. Gordon Beckham added an RBI double later in the inning.

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Martin looks like a natural at second

Swaps catcher's mitt for infielder's glove in ninth inning, makes flip on force

Martin looks like a natural at second

TORONTO -- There was a strange sight at Rogers Centre on Wednesday afternoon as former Gold Glove-winning catcher Russell Martin made an appearance at second base.

Martin spent the first eight innings of Wednesday's 5-3 loss behind the plate, but he moved to second after Ryan Goins had been lifted for a pinch-runner. That responsibility normally would have gone to Steve Tolleson, but the backup infielder wasn't available because of a strained groin.

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MLB.TV unveils new Web-based media player

MLB.TV unveils new Web-based media player

Today's schedule starts with a White Sox-Orioles doubleheader that makes up the games that were postponed last month in Baltimore, and then a Corey Kluber-vs.-Nelson Cruz matchup that headlines six more games to follow. Along the way, you are about to have another one of those MLB.TV moments that make you realize how far we have come since the first live video broadcast stream by a major sports league in 2002.

Major League Baseball Advanced Media is introducing its new Web-based media player (version 5.0), for those who currently subscribe or those who sign up now for MLB.TV Premium ($114.99 a year or $24.99 a month) or regular MLB.TV ($94.99/$19.99). You'll notice the difference right away as the HD media player has an in-page layout, so it all happens in your browser with no need for an additional download.

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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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Manchester City players join Blue Jays for BP

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Manchester City players join Blue Jays for BP

Manchester City had a pretty successful season this year, finishing second to Chelsea in the English Premier League. And, the year before that, they were crowned champions. But that's not enough for the soccer team -- they want MLB dominance too. Goalkeepers Joe Hart, Richard Wright and midfielder James Milner visited Rodgers Center on Tuesday to learn the fundamentals from Jose Bautista (who is apparently "the Blue Jays' answer to [Sergio] Aguero"). 

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On Target: Bautista thrives at Target Field

On Target: Bautista thrives at Target Field

Riding a five-game winning streak, the Twins will face a pair of Blue Jays who love hitting at Target Field when the two clubs begin a three-game set on Friday night.

Jose Bautista has made himself right at home at Target Field, hitting .356 in 66 plate appearances. He has also recorded 11 home runs in 14 games there. Bautista has had similar success against Twins pitching on the road, hitting a career .336 against Minnesota, the highest for him against any team except Detroit.

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Travis hopeful of returning early next week

Rehabbing second baseman cleared for fielding practice

Travis hopeful of returning early next week

TORONTO -- Injured second baseman Devon Travis fielded ground balls on Wednesday morning and remains optimistic that he'll be back in the Blue Jays' lineup at some point early next week.

Travis has been out since May 16 with inflammation in his left shoulder. He's eligible to come off the disabled list on Monday, but likely will require at least a couple of more days before returning.

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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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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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