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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Buehrle hopes to even series against Mariners

Buehrle hopes to even series against Mariners

Veteran left-hander Mark Buehrle will look to bounce back from a tough loss when he takes the mound against the Mariners on Saturday afternoon.

Buehrle was saddled with a loss after he threw eight innings -- his longest outing of the season -- against the Astros his last time out. The 36-year-old is 5-3 with a 5.36 ERA this season.

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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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Blue Jays break out behind strong Dickey

Blue Jays break out behind strong Dickey

TORONTO -- R.A. Dickey picked up his first complete game of the year while Edwin Encarnacion and Danny Valencia each homered in the Blue Jays' 8-4 victory over the Angels on Thursday night at Rogers Centre.

Dickey allowed a first-inning homer to Marc Krauss, but he settled down after that and enjoyed one of his best starts of the season. He limited the Angels to five hits and two walks and, along the way, recorded a season-high seven strikeouts. The pitching line is somewhat misleading because Los Angeles added a pair of runs with two outs in the ninth when the game was well in hand.

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Reyes looks solid in first rehab game

Shortstop picks up a hit and turns two double plays in the field

Reyes looks solid in first rehab game

TOLEDO, OHIO -- Jose Reyes played six innings at shortstop and went 1-for-4 Thursday night in the first game of his Minor League assignment for Triple-A Buffalo.

The Blue Jays shortstop, working back from a cracked rib that put him on the disabled list near the end of April, flied out to right, left and center field his first three times at-bat.

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Blue Jays' charity auction a huge success

The Blue Jays Care Foundation raises just over $270,000

Blue Jays' charity auction a huge success

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays Care Foundation raised $270,216 on Thursday night during its annual Charity Broadcast Auction.

Fans were able to call in during the broadcast of the Blue Jays-Angels game to bid on Blue Jays packages, experiences and fan packs.

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Pain continues for 'pen in another close loss

Blue Jays fall to 2-8 in 1-run games after Angels rally

Pain continues for 'pen in another close loss

TORONTO -- The last week has been a painful one for the Blue Jays bullpen. For the third time in the past seven days, Blue Jays relievers were unable to shut the door as the Angels took a 4-3, come-from-behind win at Rogers Centre on Wednesday.

Steve Delabar was charged with a blown save after surrendering a two-run double in the top of the seventh, giving the Blue Jays their seventh loss in their last eight games.

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Bullpen falters, Hutchison handed first loss

Bullpen falters, Hutchison handed first loss

TORONTO -- Marc Krauss hit the go-ahead double in the seventh inning to back a quality start by right-hander Jered Weaver in the Angels' 4-3 victory over the Blue Jays on Wednesday night at Rogers Centre.

Krauss didn't even enter the game until the fifth inning when first baseman Albert Pujols was lifted because of a contusion on his left wrist after he was struck by a Drew Hutchison pitch in the fourth inning. During his second at-bat, Krauss drove home a pair with a double to the gap in left-center field off Blue Jays right-hander Steve Delabar.

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Hoffman makes professional debut for Dunedin

Blue Jays No. 3 prospect returns to action after undergoing Tommy John surgery

Hoffman makes professional debut for Dunedin

One year after undergoing Tommy John surgery, Blue Jays No. 3 prospect (No. 80 overall) Jeff Hoffman made his professional debut for Class A Advanced Dunedin.

The righty lasted six innings on Wednesday night, giving up four earned runs on eight hits in the Jays' 6-5 win over Tampa. Hoffman struck out three Yankees and walked none.

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Russell Martin disappears going for catch

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Russell Martin disappears going for catch

Russell Martin was DEFINITELY at Wednesday's Angels-Blue Jays game. He was in the starting lineup, he was behind the plate, he was inside the Rogers Centre. But suddenly, in the fifth inning, he vanished:

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Saunders out 3-5 more weeks with bone bruise

Toronto outfielder sidelined since May 10 with left knee discomfort

Saunders out 3-5 more weeks with bone bruise

TORONTO -- Blue Jays outfielder Michael Saunders has a bone bruise in his left knee and is expected to miss an additional three to five weeks.

Saunders had the diagnosis confirmed earlier this week by renowned surgeon Dr. James Andrews. He needs an extended period of rest for the injury to properly heal but won't require additional surgery after getting 60 percent of his meniscus removed during the spring.

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Reyes set for rehab, could return Monday

Facing pitching the final step for shortstop before rejoining Blue Jays

Reyes set for rehab, could return Monday

TORONTO -- Jose Reyes is nearing his return to the Blue Jays' lineup and could rejoin the team for Monday's game against the White Sox.

Reyes has been out since April 27 with a cracked left rib. He made the trip to Toledo, Ohio, on Wednesday and is scheduled to make his first appearance in a rehab game for Triple-A Buffalo on Thursday.

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Francis clears waivers, headed to Triple-A Buffalo

Francis clears waivers, headed to Triple-A Buffalo

TORONTO -- Blue Jays veteran left-hander Jeff Francis cleared waivers on Wednesday afternoon and has been outrighted to Triple-A Buffalo.

Francis was designated for assignment late Sunday night to make room on the 25-man roster for right-hander Todd Redmond. The big league stint for Redmond lasted all of one day as he made a spot start for the Blue Jays and then also got designated for assignment.

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Sanchez improving start by start for Toronto

Righty takes hard-luck loss after allowing three runs to Angels

Sanchez improving start by start for Toronto

TORONTO -- Aaron Sanchez has shown steady progress through each of his starts this season, and Tuesday night was no exception.

The Blue Jays right-hander turned in his second quality start of 2015, but he was still saddled with a loss as Toronto fell, 3-2, to the Angels at Rogers Centre.

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Sanchez's strong effort not enough vs. Halos

Sanchez's strong effort not enough vs. Halos

TORONTO -- Hector Santiago tossed seven strong innings while Kole Calhoun homered and scored a pair of runs in the Angels' 3-2 victory over the Blue Jays on Tuesday night at Rogers Centre.

Santiago surrendered a leadoff homer to Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson in the first but was nearly flawless the rest of the way. His only other blemish came in the fifth when Donaldson added Toronto's second run on a sacrifice fly. Santiago allowed just four hits and three walks to a team that entered the game leading the Majors with a .328 average against lefties.

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Inability to tag Aybar at third costs Blue Jays

Angels speedster avoids Donaldson's glove, scores go-ahead run on sac fly

Inability to tag Aybar at third costs Blue Jays

TORONTO -- What at first seemed like any other grounder ended up being a crucial play in the Blue Jays' 3-2 loss to the Angels on Tuesday.

With the score tied at 2, runners on first and second base and one out in the top of the eighth, Kole Calhoun got out in front of a changeup from Roberto Osuna and cued the offering off the end of the bat toward Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson.

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Gibbons has dealt with job speculation before

Blue Jays manager not concerned about report saying club is considering a change

Gibbons has dealt with job speculation before

TORONTO -- John Gibbons doesn't appear to be putting much thought into a recent report that suggested the Blue Jays have at least contemplated making a change at either manager or pitching coach.

According to the Toronto Sun, Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos and president Paul Beeston met Monday morning to discuss the organization's current state of affairs. The report suggested every aspect of the club was examined, with a particularly close look at the coaching staff.

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Blue Jays DFA Redmond following spot start

Team recalls fellow right-hander Copeland from Triple-A Buffalo

Blue Jays DFA Redmond following spot start

TORONTO -- After Todd Redmond threw four innings Monday in the Blue Jays' win in the series opener against the Angels, the right-hander was designated for assignment ahead of Tuesday's game at Rogers Centre.

Redmond was making a spot start as the Blue Jays opted to bump their rotation back by one day. He pitched his first three innings without allowing a hit, but Redmond gave up three earned runs in the fourth before he was lifted in favor of Ryan Tepera.

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Offence springs to life as Blue Jays end skid

Offence springs to life as Blue Jays end skid

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays' offence matched a season high with 17 hits and registered double digits in runs scored for the eighth time in their 10-6 win over the Angels on Monday.

Six Blue Jays had multihit efforts on the afternoon, paced by a pair of four-run innings in the second and sixth.

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Blue Jays rap out 17 hits to outslug Angels

Blue Jays rap out 17 hits to outslug Angels

TORONTO -- A pair of four-run innings helped the Blue Jays snap a five-game losing streak with a 10-6 series-opening victory over the Angels on Monday afternoon.

The home team put up four runs apiece in the second and sixth frames before adding a pair in the seventh as it opened a 10-game homestand at Rogers Centre.

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Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez and listen to his podcast. Jamie Ross is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Donaldson has words with Angels' dugout

Donaldson has words with Angels' dugout

TORONTO -- Josh Donaldson had some choice words for the Angels' dugout after he struck out in the sixth inning of the Blue Jays' series-opening, 10-6 victory on Monday at Rogers Centre.

The Toronto third baseman unleashed a spat of four-letter words and an obscene gesture from his own bench in response to what he thought were verbal barbs being thrown his way from the Halos' side after Mike Morin struck him out.

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Timely hits missing for Blue Jays in Houston

Toronto tips cap to Astros after finale of rocky road trip

Timely hits missing for Blue Jays in Houston

HOUSTON -- There's no shortage of frustration for the Blue Jays recently, but Sunday's 4-2 loss to the Astros boiled down to a common bugaboo of late.

Hitting with runners in scoring position was again lacking, and Toronto couldn't overcome it in the final game of a four-game sweep at Minute Maid Park, closing a 1-6 road trip.

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