Stroman looks to stay hot vs. KC in opener

Stroman looks to stay hot vs. KC in opener

As the Royals prepare for the first game of a three-game set with the Blue Jays on Tuesday at Rogers Centre, questions remain about who will take the hill for them.

Right-hander Marcus Stroman (11-8, 3.08 ERA) will pitch for the Blue Jays. But Royals manager Ned Yost is waiting to see if right-hander Ian Kennedy (4-11, 5.45 ERA), who was skipped in the rotation last week because of shoulder fatigue and tightness, might be recovered enough to start. If not, right-hander Sam Gaviglio (4-5, 4.35 ERA), who has been solid in two starts for the Royals, will get the nod.

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Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Donaldson homers twice in 2nd straight game

Blue Jays slugger hits 481-footer in first; has AL-leading 21 home runs since All-Star break, 30 overall

Donaldson homers twice in 2nd straight game

MINNEAPOLIS -- Josh Donaldson's homer-heavy second half continued with his second two-homer game in as many days during the Blue Jays' 13-7 loss to the Twins on Sunday at Target Field.

Donaldson, who finished the game 2-for-4 with a walk, two RBIs and three runs scored, hit a mammoth first-inning home run to the third deck in left field off Twins starter Kyle Gibson that traveled a projected 481 feet, according to Statcast™. It gave the Blue Jays a 1-0 lead and sparked a four-run frame.

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Blue Jays can't hang onto early lead in loss

Blue Jays can't hang onto early lead in loss

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins erased an early five-run deficit with a pair of huge innings to power past the Blue Jays, 13-7, on Sunday at Target Field. With the win, Minnesota split the four-game set and increased its lead over the Angels for the second American League Wild Card spot to two games.

Minnesota batted around in both the second and fifth innings, pouring in seven and six runs in each frame, respectively. Eddie Rosario and Byron Buxton hit back-to-back homers in the second, while Buxton added an RBI double later in the inning. Rosario went deep again in the fifth after a grand slam by Joe Mauer. Both Buxton and Mauer finished a triple shy of the cycle.

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Shane Jackson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Minneapolis.

Brian Hall is a contributor to MLB.com based in Minnesota who covered the Blue Jays on Sunday.

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Atlantic Maroon captures Tournament 12 title

Ontario natives Griffin, Deans combine to pitch no-hitter in final

Atlantic Maroon captures Tournament 12 title

TORONTO -- The Atlantic Maroon were crowned champions of Tournament 12 on Sunday night at Rogers Centre, and they won it with a little help from two new friends.

Short on pitching entering the semifinal and championship rounds of the Canadian showcase tournament, Atlantic borrowed Caden Griffin of Nepean, Ontario, and Brandon Deans of Mississauga, Ontario, from the Futures Navy team, and the two combined to throw an incredible seven-inning no-hitter on the big stage.

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Keegan Matheson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Toronto. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jonathan Mayo

Bichette on list of prospects with soaring stock

Bichette on list of prospects with soaring stock

The prospect landscape is always changing, with players seeing their stock rise and fall over the course of any season. The 10 hitters listed below made the biggest jumps forward in 2017, with many not even on the Top 100 Prospects list to start the year rankings, but now all firmly on the list, from the top 10 on down. On Tuesday, we'll take a look at the pitchers who moved up the most.

Ronald Acuna, OF, Braves' No. 1/MLB No. 6
Acuna began the year just off of the Top 100, much to the chagrin of Braves fans, but that slight was corrected in the early stages of the 2017 season. He then proceeded to make the Minor Leagues look easy, going from the Class A Advanced Florida State League all the way up to Triple-A, all at the age of 19. After finishing with a .325/.374/.522 line to go along with 21 homers and 44 steals, Acuna should hit Atlanta at age 20.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter @JonathanMayo and Facebook, and listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Estrada keeps Twins in check with 8-inning gem

Estrada keeps Twins in check with 8-inning gem

MINNEAPOLIS -- Josh Donaldson clubbed a pair of homers to back a gem by Marco Estrada, as the Blue Jays pushed past the Twins, 7-2, on Saturday night at Target Field. Minnesota has lost back-to-back games to Toronto and dropped its lead for the second American League Wild Card spot to one game over the Angels, who beat the Rangers.

Estrada allowed two runs over a season-high eight innings, giving up three hits with four strikeouts and one walk. Eddie Rosario recorded the first hit off Estrada with a leadoff home run in the fifth, while Eduardo Escobar crushed solo shot in the eighth. The Twins have homered in 15 straight games, which is one shy of the club's longest streak.

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Shane Jackson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Minneapolis.

Tyler Mason is a contributor to MLB.com based in Minneapolis and covered the Blue Jays on Saturday.

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Dermody doesn't realize game is over

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Dermody doesn't realize game is over

There's been plenty of debate over what is -- and whether there even is -- the "closer's mentality." Turns out, it may have less to do with the grit and gumption necessary to get batters out in the ninth inning, and more to do with the awareness that they're even playing in the final frame. 

After closing out the ninth inning of the Blue Jays' 7-2 victory over the Twins on Saturday night, Dermody didn't stick around to shake hands. 

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Naylor cherishes lessons of Tournament 12

Brother of Padres prospect is creating buzz in amateur circles

Naylor cherishes lessons of Tournament 12

TORONTO -- Tournament 12 means different things to different players. Some of the young Canadian amateurs at Rogers Centre this weekend are looking to put their name on the map for the first time, while others, like Noah Naylor, are padding an already-stacked resume.

Even in his third T12 and coming off a year of high-profile baseball experiences, the 17-year-old Mississauga, Ontario, native still cherishes the opportunity to take the field in Toronto.

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Keegan Matheson 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 homers twice in four-hit game

Blue Jays third baseman continues run of success against Twins

Donaldson homers twice in four-hit game

MINNEAPOLIS -- It doesn't seem to matter which Twins pitcher Josh Donaldson faces. He typically tends to hit well whenever he faces Minnesota.

That was certainly the case Saturday night at Target Field for the Blue Jays third baseman. Donaldson slugged two homers, including one to score the game's first run, to lift Toronto to a 7-2 win over Minnesota.

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Tyler Mason is a contributor to MLB.com based in Minneapolis and covered the Blue Jays on Saturday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tournament 12 features top Canadian talent

Tournament 12 features top Canadian talent

TORONTO -- Tournament 12 was back in action on Saturday at Rogers Centre in Toronto as the top young Canadian amateur baseball players showcased their talent for college and professional scouts.

After a scouting day on Friday, Saturday featured a slate of six games, with eight teams taking the field. After the final two games of the preliminary round are played Sunday morning, the top two teams from each pool will play in the semifinals for a spot in the championship game at 6:00 p.m. ET.

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Keegan Matheson is a reporter for MLB.com based on Toronto. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Donaldson leads scrappy Blue Jays past Twins

Donaldson leads scrappy Blue Jays past Twins

MINNEAPOLIS -- Josh Donaldson and Kevin Pillar backed left-hander J.A. Happ with solo homers, as the Blue Jays edged the Twins by a score of 4-3 on Friday night at Target Field. Minnesota's lead for the second spot in the American League Wild Card race dropped to two games with the Angels beating the Rangers.

Happ tossed 6 1/3 innings in the win, allowing three runs on seven hits. Brian Dozier clubbed a solo shot in the fifth, while Joe Mauer (sacrifice fly) and Chris Gimenez (single) each drove in a run in the third and fourth, respectively. Happ finished with five strikeouts and one walk to notch his third straight victory.

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Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and listen to his podcast.

Shane Jackson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Minneapolis and covered the Blue Jays on Friday.

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Martin shows why he's a difference-maker

Veteran doubles twice, provides steadying influence behind plate

Martin shows why he's a difference-maker

MINNEAPOLIS -- It's no secret that catcher Russell Martin is a key cog in the Blue Jays' lineup.

Martin displayed that in just his second game back since returning from the disabled list, hitting a pair of doubles to lift Toronto past Minnesota, 4-3, on Friday night at Target Field. His second double off Bartolo Colon tied the game, and he scored the go-ahead run later in the inning.

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Shane Jackson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Minneapolis and covered the Blue Jays on Friday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Alomar likes potential he sees at Tournament 12

Hall of Famer joined by other ex-Blue Jays at Canadian showcase event

Alomar likes potential he sees at Tournament 12

TORONTO -- None of the young Canadian players taking part in Tournament 12 this weekend were even born when Hall of Fame second baseman Roberto Alomar spent five All-Star seasons with the Blue Jays, which included back-to-back World Series wins.

Alomar's connection to Canada's next generation of baseball talent runs deep, however, and as the commissioner of the fifth annual T12, Alomar is excited by the potential he sees in 160 of the country's top young amateur players with college eligibility.

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Keegan Matheson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Toronto. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Abram shows growth in Tournament 12

17-year-old pitcher goes four strong for Ontario Green

Abram shows growth in Tournament 12

TORONTO -- It's hard to miss a 6-foot-8 pitcher like Dellin Betances or Doug Fister standing atop a 10-inch Major League mound. When that towering right-hander is a 17-year-old Canadian who throws strikes, heads really turn.

Ben Abram, one of the premier young arms at Tournament 12 in Toronto this weekend, threw four strong innings in Ontario Green's 5-3 win over Ontario Black on Friday night at Rogers Centre. The Georgetown, Ontario, native allowed one run on three hits with three walks and six strikeouts. His velocity sat in the mid-80s and touched 87 mph multiple times. Abram understands those numbers will continue to grow into his 235-pound frame.

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Keegan Matheson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Toronto. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Anderson's outing shortened by blister issue

Blue Jays starter walks four in loss to Twins

Anderson's outing shortened by blister issue

MINNEAPOLIS -- Blue Jays manager John Gibbons was certain that left-hander Brett Anderson was going to go deep into the game, after watching his early innings from the visitors' dugout at Target Field on Thursday night.

Anderson's cruise in his fourth start for Toronto was brought to a screeching halt, however, when he started to deal with a blister on his throwing hand in the fifth inning. The frame eventually got away from him, and he turned in his shortest outing with Toronto in the team's 3-2 walk-off loss.

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Shane Jackson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Minneapolis. He covered the Blue Jays on Thursday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Blue Jays force extras, but fall in walk-off

Blue Jays force extras, but fall in walk-off

MINNEAPOLIS -- For the second consecutive night, the Twins won on a walk-off homer, as Byron Buxton delivered a two-out blast in the 10th inning to push his club past the Blue Jays, 3-2, on Thursday night at Target Field.

With their third straight win, Minnesota increased its lead for the second American League Wild Card spot to three games over the Angels, who lost to the Astros.

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Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and Facebook.

Shane Jackson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Minneapolis. He covered the Blue Jays on Thursday.

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Clarke among top Canadian talent at T12

Center fielder is participating in annual tournament at Rogers Centre

Clarke among top Canadian talent at T12

TORONTO -- Center fielder Denzel Clarke is brimming with athletic upside, and at 17, the Canadian Junior National Team member is using his return to Tournament 12 in Toronto as an opportunity to show the strides he's made over the past 12 months.

Now in its fifth year, Tournament 12 (T12) highlights the best Canadian amateur baseball players with college eligibility. Eight teams of 20 players take over Rogers Centre from September 14-17 with the Blue Jays on the road, including a scout day on Friday. The tournament is headed up by Hall of Fame second baseman Roberto Alomar.

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Keegan Matheson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Toronto. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jesse Sanchez

Vlad Jr. taken 3rd in DR Winter League draft

First five Dominican Winter League picks among MLB's Top 100 prospects

Vlad Jr. taken 3rd in DR Winter League draft

Some of the biggest -- and youngest -- stars in the game are going home for the winter. The Liga de Béisbol Profesional de la República Dominicana, also known as the Dominican Republic Winter League, will be waiting for them when they arrive.

On Thursday, the league held its annual rookie draft in front of 500 fans, family and friends in a mall lobby in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The draft, which is for players in Class A Advanced or higher, who had not been previously selected by a winter league team, was broadcast live on national television and online.

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Jesse Sanchez, who has been writing for MLB.com since 2001, is a national reporter based in Phoenix. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Resilient Stroman shakes off tough-luck loss

Righty gives up no earned runs over six innings while dealing with tight forearm

Resilient Stroman shakes off tough-luck loss

TORONTO -- Marcus Stroman still isn't completely over a right arm injury that plagued him earlier this month, but it's not going to impact his quest for 200 innings.

Stroman was bothered by tightness in his right forearm during a 2-1 loss to the Orioles on Wednesday night at Rogers Centre. He was visited on the mound by trainer George Poulis and manager John Gibbons in the sixth inning but remained in the game and finished strong.

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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.

Sept. 23 game vs. Yankees changed to 4 ET

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays' game on Saturday, Sept. 23, against the Yankees, originally scheduled to start at 1:07 p.m. ET, will now begin at 4:07 p.m. The game-time change is to accommodate broadcast commitments.

Gates will open at 2:30 p.m. and Jr. Jays Saturdays will run as planned with activities both pregame and postgame, including running the bases.

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Urena plates lone run as bats quiet in loss

Urena plates lone run as bats quiet in loss

The Orioles halted their losing streak at six games and avoided the sweep in Toronto on Wednesday night with a well-pitched 2-1 win over the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.

With the win, Baltimore remained 4 1/2 games of the Twins in the American League Wild Card race after Minnesota's victory over San Diego, and still need to leap over the Mariners, Royals, Rangers and Angels after its recent skid.

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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.

Keegan Matheson is a contributor to MLB.com based in Toronto who covered the Orioles on Wednesday.

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Blue Jays extend O's skid with walk-off win

Blue Jays extend O's skid with walk-off win

TORONTO -- The Orioles have fallen flat at the most inopportune time, extending their recent skid to six games on Saturday night at Rogers Centre, as closer Zach Britton blew a save and the Blue Jays walked it off for a 3-2 win.

Kevin Pillar walked to lead off the bottom of the ninth and moved to third on a Teoscar Hernandez single. Catcher Luke Maile drove home the tying run with a sharp grounder that just got away from Orioles third baseman Manny Machado, before rookie shortstop Richard Urena hit a well-struck line drive up the middle to end it.

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Keegan Matheson is a contributor to MLB.com based in Toronto who covered the Orioles on Tuesday.

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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Big stage means big hits for Blue Jays' Urena

Big stage means big hits for Blue Jays' Urena

TORONTO -- Richard Urena's disappointing season in the Minor Leagues seems to be a distant memory now that he's riding high under the bright lights of a big league ballpark.

Urena burst onto the scene earlier this month and hasn't looked back. His latest highlight came Tuesday night on a walk-off single in Toronto's 3-2 victory vs. Orioles star closer Zach Britton.

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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.

Warmoth leads Canadians to title

Warmoth leads Canadians to title

Logan Warmoth's fifth-inning single put Vancouver ahead and the bullpen didn't allow a hit the rest of the way as the Canadians defeated Eugene, 4-2, on Tuesday to win the Class A Short Season Northwest League championship.

It was Vancouver's first NWL title since 2013 and the club's fourth in the past seven years.

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

New wrinkles on Blue Jays' 2018 slate

More 4:07 p.m. Saturday afternoon starts; Opening Day is March 29

New wrinkles on Blue Jays' 2018 slate

TORONTO -- Saturday afternoons will look a lot different next season as the Blue Jays have decided to push back the time of first pitch for most of their home games.

Toronto will host nine Saturday afternoon games at 4:07 p.m. ET while four games remain unchanged at 1:07 p.m. Several other changes for the 2018 season include Jr. Jays Saturdays moving to Sunday and a greater number of weekday giveaways than ever before, per the club's announcement.

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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.

Warmoth comes up big in clutch

Warmoth comes up big in clutch

Tasked with starting the most important game of the season, Brendan McKay was at his best.

McKay, Tampa Bay's No. 3 prospect (No. 29 overall), was nearly untouchable on Tuesday as he allowed one hit in five scoreless innings to lead Class A Short Season Hudson Valley past Staten Island, 7-1, and into the New York-Penn League finals.

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

Goins, Estrada lift Blue Jays past reeling O's

Goins, Estrada lift Blue Jays past reeling O's

TORONTO -- The Orioles dropped their fifth consecutive game Monday night at Rogers Centre, a 4-3 loss to the Blue Jays as their path to the postseason continues to grow more difficult.

With the loss, the O's are 3 1/2 games behind the Twins, who hold the second American League Wild Card spot.

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Keegan Matheson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Toronto.

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.