Bautista's blast extends Blue Jays' WC edge

Bautista's blast extends Blue Jays' WC edge

TORONTO -- Jose Bautista has rediscovered his power stroke, and the Blue Jays will hope to ride it all the way into the postseason.

Bautista came through in a big moment yet again on Saturday with a three-run homer in the eighth inning to give Toronto a 3-0 victory over the Yankees. It was Bautista's second home run in his last three games, after he also hit a tying ninth-inning home run vs. Seattle on Wednesday.

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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.

Alykhan Ravjiani is a reporter for MLB.com based in Toronto and covered the Yankees on Saturday.

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Gibbons: Bautista 'right guy, right time'

Gibbons: Bautista 'right guy, right time'

TORONTO -- In John Gibbons' mind, Jose Bautista was the right man, in the right place, at the right time.

Bautista has displayed a knack of coming through for Toronto during big moments, and he was up to his old tricks on Saturday. It was his three-run shot with two outs in the eighth inning that secured a 3-0 victory over the Yankees at Rogers Centre.

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Liriano whips up vintage performance vs. Yanks

Lefty goes six shutout innings, has impressed Blue Jays since trade

Liriano whips up vintage performance vs. Yanks

TORONTO -- Devon Travis was only 15 years old when Francisco Liriano became an instant star at 22 as a rookie with Minnesota in 2006. They're teammates now, but Travis vividly remembers admiring Liriano as he posted a 12-3 record and 2.16 ERA that year.

In the Blue Jays' 9-0 win over the Yankees on Friday night at Rogers Centre, Liriano's six shutout innings with six strikeouts conjured old memories for Travis.

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John Lott is a contributor to MLB.com based in Toronto. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Anthony Castrovince

Tiebreaker scenarios for Wild Card berths

As the 2016 season winds down the six divisions are pretty much decided. However, the two Wild Card races are completely up in the air, and there is a good chance we end up seeing at least one tiebreaker game played on Monday, Oct. 3.

With that in mind, here is a breakdown of the likeliest tiebreaker scenarios for the American and National League Wild Cards.

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Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Blue Jays reportedly staying in Dunedin for 25 years

Details of proposal to be disclosed at city council meeting Monday

Blue Jays reportedly staying in Dunedin for 25 years

TORONTO -- Blue Jays officials declined to comment Friday on a report that they have reached a tentative $81 million agreement to keep their Spring Training headquarters in Dunedin, Fla., for the next 25 years.

However, on Monday night, a Toronto delegation led by club president Mark Shapiro will disclose details of a proposal to remain in Dunedin during a Dunedin city council meeting, a team spokesman said.

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Blue Jays break out, push Yanks back in WC race

Blue Jays break out, push Yanks back in WC race

TORONTO -- After Francisco Liriano's six shutout innings preserved a narrow lead, the Blue Jays' previously struggling offense erupted for four runs in the seventh and two more in the eighth en route to a 9-0 win over the Yankees on Friday night at Rogers Centre.

The Blue Jays, who had been averaging 3.6 runs per game in September coming into the night, retained their one-game lead for the top American League Wild Card spot over the Tigers, who defeated the Royals. The loss officially eliminated the Yankees from contention for the AL East title and dropped them four games behind the Tigers for the second AL Wild Card spot.

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John Lott is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Blue Jays on Friday.

Alykhan Ravjiani is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Yankees on Friday.

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Inbox: Sanchez in line for potential WC Game?

Beat reporter Gregor Chisholm answers questions from Blue Jays fans

Inbox: Sanchez in line for potential WC Game?

Who do you think would start the Wild Card Game if that's where Toronto finishes?
-- Shawn S., Rochester, N.Y.

The starter for that game would depend entirely on how the Blue Jays finish the season, but the most likely candidate appears to be Aaron Sanchez. Toronto's rotation is currently lined up to feature Marco Estrada, J.A. Happ and Sanchez, in that order, for the final regular-season series of the year in Boston.

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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.

Bautista rises to occasion, hits game-tying HR

Despite Blue Jays' loss, slugger shows flair for dramatic

Bautista rises to occasion, hits game-tying HR

SEATTLE -- Jose Bautista lives for the big moments, and so does his bat flip that has come to represent so much of Toronto's success over the past two years.

Bautista rose to the occasion once again during the ninth inning of Wednesday afternoon's finale against the Mariners at Safeco Field, but it was still not enough to avoid a 2-1 loss in extra innings. At the time of Bautista's blast, Toronto was down to its final two outs before he gave the Blue Jays renewed hope with one swing of the bat.

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Toronto can't boost WC push despite Bautista's HR

Toronto can't boost WC push despite Bautista's HR

SEATTLE -- Needing an ace performance to keep their playoff hopes alive, the Mariners got seven scoreless innings from Felix Hernandez on Wednesday and Robinson Cano drove in Guillermo Heredia with a walk-off sacrifice fly in the 12th as Seattle avoided being swept at Safeco Field with a dramatic 2-1 win over the Blue Jays.

A two-base throwing error on third baseman Josh Donaldson put Heredia on to open the 12th, and Heredia advanced when Donaldson dropped the ball as the Blue Jays tried to make a play at third on a sacrifice by Ben Gamel. That set up Cano for the game-winner off of R.A. Dickey, who entered in the 12th as Toronto's 10th pitcher of the day.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB and listen to his podcast.

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Bautista unveils new trot on massive HR

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Bautista unveils new trot on massive HR

Jose Bautista's bat flip against the Rangers last year has moved beyond the world of baseball and now exists as a stunning work of art in popular consciousness. It's featured on a box of cereal, it's included in a hockey video game and it certainly plays on repeat in the dreams of Blue Jays fans everywhere. 

But, like all artists, at some point they must come up with a follow-up smash. Would he be the bat flip version of LEN, recording only "Steal My Sunshine" before fading into obscurity, or would he be the baseball Smash Mouth, recording "All Star" only after saturating the marketplace with "Walking on the Sun." 

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Blue Jays alone atop Wild Card after 4-homer rout

Blue Jays alone atop Wild Card after 4-homer rout

SEATTLE -- J.A. Happ became Toronto's first 20-game winner since 2008 on Tuesday night and delivered a blow to his former Mariners teammates' playoff chances in the process, while the Blue Jays smacked four home runs in a 10-2 runaway at Safeco Field.

Happ allowed two runs over five innings while striking out eight as he hiked his record to 20-4 with a 3.28 ERA, moving the Blue Jays into sole possession of the American League's top Wild Card spot, four games back of AL East-leading Boston at 83-68.

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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.

Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB and listen to his podcast.

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Happ joins Blue Jays elite with 20th victory

Happ joins Blue Jays elite with 20th victory

SEATTLE -- Move over Roy Halladay, Roger Clemens, Pat Hentgen, David Wells and Jack Morris. J.A. Happ has joined the 20-win club.

Happ became the sixth Blue Jays pitcher in franchise history to earn 20 victories in one season after Toronto defeated the Mariners, 10-2, on Tuesday night at Safeco Field. He's the first since Halladay went 20-11 in 2008.

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Western Canada has invaded Seattle

Western Canada has invaded Seattle

SEATTLE -- The Blue Jays needed a spark to reignite their pursuit of a spot in this year's postseason. They found it in a sea of blue at Safeco Field.

Toronto arrived in Seattle earlier this week with a league-worst 5-11 record in September and a two-game lead in the American League Wild Card race that seemed to be slipping away. In a recent series vs. the Angels, the Blue Jays were sluggish and sloppy, but the club has looked rejuvenated this week and the fans from Western Canada deserve at least some of the credit.

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Encarnacion could not believe this flyout wasn't a homer

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Encarnacion could not believe this flyout wasn't a homer

Edwin Encarnacion is used to hitting home runs. Entering the Blue Jays' 10-2 win over the Mariners on Tuesday, he had mashed 41 of them this season -- one shy of his career high in 2012 -- and more than 300 of 'em during his 12 years in MLB.

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Saunders on other side of Toronto-Seattle rivalry

Saunders on other side of Toronto-Seattle rivalry

SEATTLE -- Michael Saunders spent the first six years of his career with the Mariners, but whenever the Blue Jays came to town, it felt like a road game. Now he's getting a taste of what it's like on the other side of the spectrum.

Thousands of fans from Canada have descended upon Seattle this week for Toronto's crucial three-game series against the Mariners. It has become an annual tradition for people from British Columbia and other parts of the West Coast to invade Safeco Field in a sea of blue.

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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.

Estrada steps up in playoff-like atmosphere

Estrada steps up in playoff-like atmosphere

SEATTLE -- Marco Estrada seems to save his best for when the Blue Jays' backs are against the wall. Just when it appears the entire country is on the verge of a full-blown panic attack, he finds a way to restore order.

Estrada bounced back from a series of rough outings on Monday night to come through when Toronto needed him the most. He carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning, struck out eight and didn't allow a run in the Blue Jays' 3-2 victory over the Mariners.

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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.

Estrada's gem puts Blue Jays back in WC tie

Estrada's gem puts Blue Jays back in WC tie

SEATTLE -- Marco Estrada allowed one hit over seven-plus innings and Edwin Encarnacion supplied the punch with a two-run homer as the Blue Jays opened a critical three-game series at Safeco Field with a 3-2 victory over the Mariners on Monday night.

The win pulled the Blue Jays back into a tie with the Orioles for the two American League Wild Card spots, with both teams 82-68 after Baltimore lost to Boston, 5-2. Seattle fell three games back at 79-71, tied with Houston a half-game behind idle Detroit, with 12 games remaining.

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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.

Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB and listen to his podcast.

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Alomar eyes Puerto Rico for Tournament 12

Blue Jays great would like to bring high school tournament to native country

Alomar eyes Puerto Rico for Tournament 12

TORONTO -- For four years, Tournament 12 has been a showcase bringing together the top high school baseball talent that Canada has to offer, and as the Blue Jays-hosted event continues to grow, commissioner Roberto Alomar -- for whom the event is named -- could take it in another direction entirely.

The Hall of Fame second baseman's desired route would be to head back to his native Puerto Rico, another place where a number of young players could benefit from exposure that the Blue Jays Baseball Academy's tournament at Rogers Centre has provided in the country he played in for five years.

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

Donaldson gets tossed after called third strike

Donaldson gets tossed after called third strike

SEATTLE -- Josh Donaldson was ejected by home-plate umpire Chris Conroy for arguing a called third strike during the seventh inning of the Blue Jays' 3-2 win over the Mariners on Monday night at Safeco Field.

Donaldson initially took exception to the first strike of the at-bat vs. Seattle's Drew Storen, on a check-swing. The All-Star slugger exchanged words with Conroy but the at-bat continued.

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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.

Happ goes for 20th win against Mariners

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Happ goes for 20th win against Mariners

With only 13 days left in the season, every game has the potential to alter the postseason picture. As we enter the final days of the stretch run, we'll spotlight the biggest moments that we know you won't want to miss. 

Blue Jays at Mariners - 10:10 ET

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Blue Jays scaling down Biagini's workload

Blue Jays scaling down Biagini's workload

SEATTLE -- The Blue Jays intend on making some minor adjustments to the alignment of their bullpen with two weeks remaining in the regular season.

Right-hander Joe Biagini is expected to see his usage decreased, while left-hander Brett Cecil is scheduled to take on a more prominent role. The move is going to be made because the club has some concerns about Biagini's workload.

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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.

Vote: Donaldson up for Esurance Best Major Leaguer

Balloting open until Nov. 11 to reward game's elite

Vote: Donaldson up for Esurance Best Major Leaguer

They are the reason we buy tickets. They hit for average and power, they run, they throw, they defend and they thrill, night after night.

The plan for Major League Baseball's best players is to show up to work every day, do something to help a team win and hopefully delight fans in the process.

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Ontario Black crowned Tournament 12 champ

Ontario Black crowned Tournament 12 champ

TORONTO -- Tournament 12, presented by New Era, saw a different winner for the fourth time in its four-year history when Ontario Black was crowned champion on Monday night after a 6-3 victory over BC Orange at Rogers Centre.

The Black squad didn't allow an earned run, showing some depth from the pitching staff. Ontario had contributions up and down the lineup, with second baseman Leo Markotic and right fielder Adam Plouffe each notching two RBIs in the championship and Tournament 12 Most Valuable Player Adam Hall driving in one.

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Blue Jays name Beeston president emeritus

Blue Jays name Beeston president emeritus

SEATTLE -- The Blue Jays have honored longtime front office executive Paul Beeston by officially giving him the title of president emeritus.

Beeston received the position "in perpetuity" and he becomes the first employee to hold such a distinction. The move was designed to recognize the 71-year-old for his many years of service and contributions to the organization.

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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.

Blue Jays blanked by Angels, fall to 2nd WC

Blue Jays blanked by Angels, fall to 2nd WC

ANAHEIM -- The Blue Jays traveled to the West Coast looking to make up some ground in the American League East and take a stranglehold over the first Wild Card spot. The Angels made sure that didn't happen.

The Angels played the role of spoiler once again on Sunday afternoon as right-hander Alex Meyer tossed five scoreless innings and struck out seven in a 4-0 victory that featured a 13-minute delay in the bottom of the third inning as a swarm of bees descended upon the field.

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Jack Baer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. He covered the Angels on Saturday.

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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Stroman stays sharp but again support lags

Blue Jays starter delivers 4th straight outing of 3 ER or less

Stroman stays sharp but again support lags

ANAHEIM -- Marcus Stroman has yet to win a game during the Blue Jays' most crucial month of the season, but he can hardly be blamed for the club's recent woes. The harsh reality is the rest of his teammates aren't doing enough to pick him up.

Stroman was the victim of no run support yet again on Sunday afternoon as Toronto fell, 4-0, to the Angels. The 25-year-old is 0-4 this month but he's allowed three earned runs or less during each of those four outings. The problem is that the Blue Jays have scored a total of five runs over that same span.

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Swarm of bees delay Blue Jays-Angels game

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Swarm of bees delay Blue Jays-Angels game

Bees. BEES. 

The mere mention of them can strike fear in folks' hearts, and an angry, buzzing swarm of them taking over an infield is enough to drive a bunch of players -- including the Blue Jays and Angels, who fled in the third inning on Sunday afternoon -- running for cover.

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Statcast of the Day: Toronto thwarted by Trout's slide

Statcast of the Day: Toronto thwarted by Trout's slide

ANAHEIM -- Another game, another spectacular slide from Mike Trout, who yet again displayed a combination of awareness and athleticism on the basepaths to steal a run at home despite Jose Bautista's throw in Sunday's 4-0 win over Toronto.

In the fifth inning, Trout managed a double on a line drive with an aggressive decision to go for second. Trout then sped for home on a single from Albert Pujols in the subsequent at-bat.

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Jack Baer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. He covered the Angels on Saturday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.