Price as advertised in superb first act for Blue Jays

Price as advertised in superb first act for Blue Jays

TORONTO -- The anthems hadn't even been sung and a sellout crowd was already on its feet at Rogers Centre, screaming its collective heart out for David Price -- the Blue Jays' newest starting pitcher -- as he made his way from the bullpen to the dugout ahead of Monday afternoon's series opener against the Twins.

It wouldn't be the last time the 45,766 Toronto faithful were on their feet for the ace left-hander, who got another standing ovation when he walked off after pitching eight innings in his debut, and one more as the team celebrated a 5-1 victory over the Twins.

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Jamie Ross is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Price stifles Twins with 11-K gem in Jays debut

Price stifles Twins with 11-K gem in Jays debut

TORONTO -- David Price dazzled in his Blue Jays debut, allowing just one run over eight innings, and he was backed by homers from Josh Donaldson and Ryan Goins in a 5-1 win over the Twins on Monday afternoon at Rogers Centre. The victory moved Toronto into a virtual tie with Minnesota for the second American League Wild Card spot.

Price, acquired from the Tigers before Friday's non-waiver Trade Deadline, gave up just three hits and walked two while striking out 11. The lone run he allowed came on a solo blast from Torii Hunter in the second inning.

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Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger 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 spurs Blue Jays with go-ahead homer

Donaldson spurs Blue Jays with go-ahead homer

TORONTO -- It's not every day a Josh Donaldson tiebreaking homer is the undercard in a Blue Jays victory, but with David Price making his club debut in electric fashion, the All-Star third baseman's go-ahead two-run shot in the fifth inning was easy to overlook. It was no less crucial, however, in the Blue Jays' 5-1 victory over the Twins in the series opener at Rogers Centre on Monday.

"He's not afraid to fail -- that's why he so successful," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "He thrives on that. He's been doing it all year. It's not like we've only seen it a couple of times."

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Richard Justice

Jays, Yanks, O's in a fight to finish in AL East

Breaking down post-Deadline standings, remaining matchups

Jays, Yanks, O's in a fight to finish in AL East

Overview
The Yankees have been alone in first place since July 3, and despite a laundry list of concerns, have a solid six-game lead over the Orioles and Blue Jays entering Monday. Unlike the Yankees who won the World Series four times in five seasons between 1996 and 2000, this current club is built on an offense that has gotten huge seasons from Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira. Only the Blue Jays have scored more runs in the Majors. Meanwhile, the Yankees have used 29 pitchers. Yankees starters have a 4.37 ERA, which places them 23rd in the Majors.

Think this formula won't win? Actually, it's almost the exact same one the Yankees used to win in 2009. That season was the last time their rotation had a higher ERA (4.48), but they won by scoring a whopping 915 runs -- 32 more than any other team.

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. Read his blog, Justice4U. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bautista takes issue with stance of Yost

Royals manager lauds umpiring after Sunday's contentious finale vs. Blue Jays

Bautista takes issue with stance of Yost

TORONTO -- Though he was prepping to take the field to open a four-game series against the Twins on Monday, Jose Bautista had some residual feelings about the Blue Jays' recent series against the Royals -- specifically the spark-filled finale on Sunday afternoon that featured cleared benches, wars of words, hit batsmen and multiple ejections.

While home-plate umpire Jim Wolf was widely criticized by Toronto for the way he handled the contentious affair, he received praise from Kansas City manager Ned Yost. That didn't sit well with Bautista.

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Jamie Ross is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Estrada, Hughes to duel as Jays, Twins continue set

Estrada, Hughes to duel as Jays, Twins continue set

Phil Hughes carries a nine-start unbeaten streak into his outing on Tuesday at Rogers Centre, where the Twins and Blue Jays will continue a four-game series. The big right-hander hasn't taken a loss since June 8, and he's gone 6-0 with a 3.20 ERA during the run, tying him for the longest active winning streak in the Majors.

Hughes, who's making his team-leading 22nd start, has faced Toronto 29 times in his career, more than any other team.

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Nothing but fond memories of Toronto for Molitor

Nothing but fond memories of Toronto for Molitor

TORONTO -- Paul Molitor will always be remembered by Blue Jays fans for being named the Most Valuable Player of the 1993 World Series, and he made his return to Rogers Centre as the manager of the Twins on Monday.

Molitor, who played in Toronto from 1993-95 after spending the first 15 years of his career in Milwaukee, said he has fond memories of his time with the Blue Jays.

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Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Dickey baffles Royals as Blue Jays win series

Dickey baffles Royals as Blue Jays win series

TORONTO -- Right-hander R.A. Dickey threw seven shutout innings and Chris Colabello smashed a two-run homer as the Blue Jays earned a 5-2 win over the Royals on Sunday to win three of the four games in the series at Rogers Centre.

Dickey gave up just two hits and struck out six.

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Jeffrey Flanagan is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FlannyMLB. Dan Toman is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Things get heated as Blue Jays down Royals

Things get heated as Blue Jays down Royals

TORONTO -- The first three games of a pivotal series between the Blue Jays and the American League-leading Royals had a playoff-like atmosphere. Sunday's finale, however, turned decidedly more intense.

Chin music was played, batters were hit and benches cleared in Toronto's 5-2 win at Rogers Centre that culminated with three ejections -- including Blue Jays manager John Gibbons -- and a heated exchange of words following the game.

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Dan Toman is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Phil Rogers

Post-Deadline, Jays swooping in on Wild Card race

Post-Deadline, Jays swooping in on Wild Card race

CHICAGO -- Oh, well. Hanging onto Jeff Samardzija at the non-waiver Trade Deadline seemed like a good idea at the time.

Maybe not so much by mid-afternoon on Sunday, when the Yankees were pounding the Shark for nine runs en route to a 12-3 victory to win the series. It was a step in the wrong direction for the White Sox, in what has been a wide-open Wild Card race, lacking definition.

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

Dickey delivers with solid outing against KC

Dickey delivers with solid outing against KC

TORONTO -- Faster, better, stronger. R.A. Dickey looked no worse for wear pitching on short rest.

The veteran knuckleballer continued to roll on Sunday with another well-pitched effort, scattering just a pair of singles with six strikeouts over seven scoreless frames to earn his third straight win in the Blue Jays' 5-2 victory over the Royals.

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Dan Toman is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Josh Donaldson flips his bat after drawing a walk

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Josh Donaldson flips his bat after drawing a walk

Sunday's Royals-Blue Jays matchup had all the ingredients for an emphatic Josh Donaldson bat flip. You could practically sense one coming from the first pitch. And when it eventually came, it was of the special off-menu variety: A bat flip on a walk. 

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Revere eager to help with fine catch in debut

Outfielder looks forward to being in Blue Jays' push for postseason

Revere eager to help with fine catch in debut

TORONTO -- Outfielder Ben Revere went from one extreme to the other on Friday afternoon when he was traded to the Blue Jays after spending the last three seasons with the Phillies.

Revere made his Toronto debut and went hitless in a 7-6 loss to Kansas City on Saturday, but he did make a leaping catch at the wall in left to rob Kendrys Morales of extra bases in the sixth. Even just by looking at him, it's easy to tell how excited Revere is by the new surroundings.

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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' power surge doesn't slow Royals

Blue Jays' power surge doesn't slow Royals

TORONTO -- The Royals scored three runs in the top of the eighth inning vs. recently acquired right-hander Mark Lowe to steal a victory away from the Blue Jays with a 7-6 win on Saturday afternoon at Rogers Centre.

"We had to have this one today," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "We had to find a way to beat [Mark] Buehrle, especially the way he performs against us."

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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. Jeffrey Flanagan is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FlannyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Lowe isn't rattled by shaky Blue Jays debut

Lowe isn't rattled by shaky Blue Jays debut

TORONTO -- Mark Lowe's debut in a Blue Jays uniform was one he'll want to forget after allowing three runs in a 7-6 loss to the Royals on Saturday afternoon at Rogers Centre.

Lowe entered in the eighth inning looking to protect a 5-4 lead. He retired Alcides Escobar to start the frame, but then proceeded to surrender a solo homer to Ben Zobrist. That was just the first sign of trouble as the issues continued when Kansas City followed with three consecutive hits.

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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 create roster space for newcomers

Tepera sent to Triple-A; Valencia, Carrera designated for assignment

Blue Jays create roster space for newcomers

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays made a flurry of roster moves on Saturday morning, as they optioned right-hander Ryan Tepera to Triple-A Buffalo and designated Danny Valencia and outfielder Ezequiel Carrera for assignment.

The moves came as Toronto created space on its 25-man roster for recently acquired outfielder Ben Revere and right-hander Mark Lowe. The Blue Jays also recalled infielder Munenori Kawasaki and will, at least temporarily, go with an eight-man bullpen.

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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.

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Jim Duquette

Duquette: Three biggest Deadline winners

Duquette: Three biggest Deadline winners

While the actual Deadline day didn't feature many high-profile moves, the last week has been filled with them. Now that the dust has settled, here are the three clubs that I think improved the most as a result of Trade Deadline deals.

Blue Jays
They are the clear the winner at the Deadline. Toronto general manager Alex Anthopoulos pushed all of his trade chips to the front in acquiring five players, headlined by starter David Price and All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. Price becomes the ace of a pitching staff that has ranked toward the bottom in the American League in ERA, while Tulo improves an already deep Blue Jays lineup and upgrades their infield defense.

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Jim Duquette is an analyst for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bautista hits first homer off Davis since 2013

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Bautista hits first homer off Davis since 2013

Well, Wade Davis allowed a home run on Saturday. It has been a long, long time since that happened.

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Price excited about opportunity in Toronto

New ace welcomed Friday, cheered on Blue Jays during walk-off win

Price excited about opportunity in Toronto

TORONTO -- David Price's world was turned upside down last year when he was dealt to Detroit from Tampa Bay, the only organization he had ever known. All of a sudden, there were unfamiliar faces everywhere and it understandably took some time to adjust. This season seems like a polar opposite by comparison.

Price was moved prior to the non-waiver Trade Deadline for the second consecutive year, but this time there's a "been there, done that" kind of feel to it. He experienced everything before, which should make his transition to the Blue Jays relatively easy.

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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.

Donaldson caps comeback with walk-off single

Donaldson caps comeback with walk-off single

TORONTO -- Josh Donaldson hit a walk-off single in the 11th inning to send the Blue Jays to a 7-6 victory over the Royals on Friday night at Rogers Centre.

Donaldson's third hit of the night scored Troy Tulowitzki from second and came off left-hander Franklin Morales. The rally in the 11th inning began with a one-out single by Tulowitzki, who later advanced to second when a balk was called on Morales. Donaldson finished 3-for-5 with a walk, four RBIs and a run scored.

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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. Jeffrey Flanagan is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FlannyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Blue Jays all in with 20 percent roster overhaul

Tulo, Price make big splashes while Toronto adds key pieces in 'pen, outfield

Blue Jays all in with 20 percent roster overhaul

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays had every intention of being extremely active prior to this year's non-waiver Trade Deadline, but nobody could have predicted that Alex Anthopoulos would make this many moves in such a short period of time.

Anthopoulos finalized four trades prior to Friday's 4 p.m. ET Deadline. He acquired the top position player available in Troy Tulowitzki and the top pitcher available in David Price, but he didn't stop there. Toronto also bolstered its bullpen with Mark Lowe and LaTroy Hawkins, while upgrading left field by trading for Ben Revere.

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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 boost bullpen, deal for Lowe

Left-handers Wells, Brentz and Rasmussen headed to Mariners

Blue Jays boost bullpen, deal for Lowe

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays' made another move to solidify their bullpen on Friday afternoon by acquiring right-hander Mark Lowe from the Mariners in exchange for three Minor League pitchers.

Left-hander Nick Wells is the primary piece going to Seattle, while lefties Jacob Brentz and Rob Rasmussen also were included in the deal that was officially announced approximately two hours before Friday's 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline.

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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.

Busy Blue Jays add speedy outfielder Revere

Toronto sends right-handed Minor Leaguers Cordero, Tirado to Philadelphia

Busy Blue Jays add speedy outfielder Revere

TORONTO -- Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos acquired what he hopes becomes the final piece of the puzzle by trading for Phillies outfielder Ben Revere on Friday afternoon.

Toronto got Revere and cash considerations from Philly in exchange for right-handed Minor League pitchers Jimmy Cordero and Alberto Tirado.

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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 place Travis on DL, activate Price

Blue Jays place Travis on DL, activate Price

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays will be without the services of second baseman Devon Travis for at least the next two weeks after he was placed on the 15-day disabled list prior to Friday night's game vs. the Royals.

The move is retroactive to July 29, and it opened a spot on the roster for left-hander David Price to be officially added to the 25-man roster. A replacement for Travis will join the Blue Jays prior to Saturday's game, with Munenori Kawasaki appearing to be the top candidate.

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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 win bidding for prized lefty Price

Tigers to receive package of prospects, including Toronto's No. 1-ranked Norris

Blue Jays win bidding for prized lefty Price

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays became instant contenders in the American League after they pulled off yet another blockbuster trade on Thursday afternoon by acquiring former AL Cy Young Award winner David Price from the Tigers.

Toronto sent left-handed prospects Daniel Norris, Matt Boyd and Jairo Labourt to the Tigers as part of the deal. It's the second major move this week after the Blue Jays acquired All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and LaTroy Hawkins from the Rockies on Tuesday.

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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 club three homers to deck Royals

Blue Jays club three homers to deck Royals

TORONTO -- Dioner Navarro, Russell Martin and Josh Donaldson each homered while right-hander Marco Estrada tossed 5 2/3 strong innings in the Blue Jays' 5-2 victory over the Royals on Thursday night at Rogers Centre.

All three home runs were charged to Kansas City left-hander Danny Duffy, who allowed five runs on six hits and four walks over six innings. It was the first time Duffy surrendered more than four runs since May 11 and it broke a string of four consecutive quality 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. Jeffrey Flanagan is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FlannyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Price has car trouble en route to Toronto

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Price has car trouble en route to Toronto

David Price was traded to the Blue Jays on Thursday, and while he was excited about playing for his new team, he wasn't in too much of a rush to hit the road:

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The Blue Jays' new playoff odds

The Blue Jays' new playoff odds

There are two ways to look at the pair of jaw-dropping non-waiver Trade Deadline deals that brought the Blue Jays two of baseball's biggest stars in Troy Tulowitzki and David Price. Either the Blue Jays are a much better team than their 52-51 record would make it seem -- their run differential of plus-100 heading into Thursday night was the second best in all of baseball, after all -- and circumstances demand they go all-in this year, or they're the frustrating group that's suffered three losing months out of four and is just a game up on the fourth-place Tampa Bay Rays.

How you feel about the decision to mortgage some of the future in an attempt to win now is without question colored by what you think the Blue Jays' chances actually are of making 2015 a memorable year. Clearly, Toronto management feels it's the former, because they've cashed in six players, including highly touted pitching prospects Daniel Norris and Jeff Hoffman, to try to end the longest playoff drought in North American team sports. (Norris and Hoffman were each born in 1993, the last time Toronto saw postseason baseball.)

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Mike Petriello is an analyst for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.