Blue Jays sizzle in August for club record

Toronto's .778 winning percentage highest in any month

Blue Jays sizzle in August for club record

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays finished August on a losing note but that did little to take away from the type of historic month that is rarely seen across baseball, let alone north of the border.

Toronto had its mini three-game winning streak snapped on Monday night with a 4-2 loss to the Indians but the Blue Jays still finished the month with a 21-6 record. That equates to a .778 winning percentage, which is the highest in franchise history for any individual month.

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Shapiro to become Blue Jays president, CEO

Indians president will take over for retiring Beeston at season's end

Shapiro to become Blue Jays president, CEO

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays' search for a new president is over, as it was revealed on Monday that veteran Indians front-office executive Mark Shapiro will be the successor to Paul Beeston.

Ownership group Rogers Communications and the Indians acknowledged the move in public statements issued Monday morning. Shapiro will take over at season's end for Beeston, who previously announced that he would be retiring at the end of the season.

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Price drops duel with Tribe in series opener

Price drops duel with Tribe in series opener

TORONTO -- Ryan Raburn came through with a big double in the seventh inning and Cody Allen escaped a bases-loaded situation in the eighth as the Indians survived to secure a 4-2 victory over the Blue Jays on Monday night at Rogers Centre.

The loss for Toronto didn't impact its 1 1/2-game lead in the American League East over the Yankees, who lost in Boston, 4-3. Cleveland, which has won six straight, moved to four games behind the Rangers for the second AL Wild Card spot after Texas lost, 7-0, in San Diego.

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Prime Minister, LLWS squad drop by Centre

Prime Minister, LLWS squad drop by Centre

TORONTO -- Prime Minister Stephen Harper paid a special visit to Rogers Centre on Monday evening to speak with the team from British Columbia that recently represented Canada at the Little League World Series.

Harper had a brief message for the White Rock All-Stars, who were crowned the Canadian champions before advancing to the LLWS and then eventually losing to Missouri in a consolation game. Harper also stopped to sign autographs for fans who were watching batting practice on the field when his contingent walked by.

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Encarnacion's hitting streak reaches 26

Slugger tied for 2nd-longest mark in Blue Jays history

Encarnacion's hitting streak reaches 26

TORONTO -- Edwin Encarnacion was back to his old tricks Monday night, extending his hitting streak to 26 games with a single in the sixth inning off Indians starter Danny Salazar, who outdueled David Price in a 4-2 Blue Jays loss.

Encarnacion is now tied with Shannon Stewart (1999) and John Olerud (1993) for the second-longest streak in franchise history. The record belongs to former outfielder Shawn Green, who had a 28-game hitting streak in 1999.

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Estrada looks to even series against Indians

Estrada looks to even series against Indians

The Indians will look to extend their six-game winning streak when they face the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on Tuesday night. The Tribe topped the American League East's best team in the series opener, 4-2, and have won eight of their last 10 games to stay in the Wild Card hunt.

Cleveland will try to stay hot with the help of right-hander Cody Anderson, who's making his second start since he was activated from the disabled list after missing more than two weeks with an oblique strain. Anderson has never faced the Blue Jays, but he's 1-0 with a 0.57 ERA in two career starts against AL East teams.

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Blue Jays twice thwarted by Tribe's Allen

Indians closer escapes trouble with K's to end 8th, 9th

Blue Jays twice thwarted by Tribe's Allen

TORONTO -- Twice in the late innings the Blue Jays threatened to overcome a narrow deficit in their series-opening loss to Cleveland on Monday night. And both times they were thwarted by Indians closer Cody Allen, who recorded his seventh save of four-plus outs of the season in the Tribe's 4-2 victory at Rogers Centre.

Allen fanned Justin Smoak with two out and the bases loaded in the eighth and Josh Donaldson with two out and two on in the ninth to extend the Indians' win streak to six games while stopping the Blue Jays' streak at three games.

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Beeston to leave decorated legacy in Toronto

Beeston to leave decorated legacy in Toronto

TORONTO -- Paul Beeston might be stepping aside as the Blue Jays' president and CEO at the end of the season, but he will leave behind a lasting legacy that won't be forgotten in Toronto and across the entire country any time soon.

Beeston's resume and track record speak for themselves, and they have secured his deserving spot on the club's Level of Excellence. He was the first employee the club hired back in 1976, and he spent a total of 15 years as president over two tenures.

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How does Shapiro's move impact Indians, Blue Jays?

How does Shapiro's move impact Indians, Blue Jays?

CLEVELAND -- The Indians and Blue Jays are playing a three-game series in Toronto this week, because that's just odd and happenstance enough to make total sense in the odd and often happenstance industry of professional sports.

This is a strange series because Mark Shapiro is leaving one organization for another. We all know that now. As announced by both clubs on Monday, the president of the Indians will be leaving to become president and CEO of the Blue Jays and Rogers Centre.

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Edwin's 6 HRs, 17 RBIs net him weekly AL honour

Edwin's 6 HRs, 17 RBIs net him weekly AL honour

In helping the Blue Jays keep up their torrid pace this month, Edwin Encarnacion has been named the American League Player of the Week.

Entering Monday, the Toronto slugger is riding a 25-game hitting streak (the longest in baseball this year, and fourth longest in Blue Jays history) and a streak of 30 straight games in which he's reached base.

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Four homers power Blue Jays to series sweep

Four homers power Blue Jays to series sweep

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays hit four home runs for the second day in a row to help complete the series sweep over the Tigers in a 9-2 victory on Sunday at Rogers Centre. Josh Donaldson, Edwin Encarnacion, Kevin Pillar and Russell Martin went yard as the Blue Jays won their 21st game of the month, one shy of a franchise record. Over three games, they outscored Detroit, 29-6.

The offensive outburst backed a solid outing from lefty Mark Buehrle, who threw his team-best 18th quality start by allowing one earned run on five hits and two walks over six-plus innings. The loss went to Tigers right-hander Alfredo Simon, who was knocked around for six earned runs on six hits over five frames as Detroit dropped its fourth straight game and the ninth in its past 10 contests.

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Encore-nacion: Homer extends streak to 25

Blue Jays slugger follows three-HR performance with solo shot in first

Encore-nacion: Homer extends streak to 25

TORONTO -- Edwin Encarnacion maintained his power stroke and the Blue Jays' home run parade continued on Sunday in a 9-2 victory over the Tigers at Rogers Centre.

Encarnacion's solo shot in the first inning extended his Major League-best hitting streak to 25 games as a part of a four-homer afternoon by Toronto as it completed the series sweep of Detroit in dominant fashion. It was the second game in a row the Blue Jays hit four homers, and after a three-homer night in the series opener on Friday, the home team racked up 11 over three games.

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Pillar nearly adds miraculous catch to reel

Blue Jays center fielder unable to finish leaping grab to pair with two-run homer

Pillar nearly adds miraculous catch to reel

TORONTO -- There was a brief moment of concern when Kevin Pillar crashed into the outfield wall while he tracked a deep fly ball in the seventh inning of the Blue Jays' 9-2 win over the Tigers on Sunday.

The Toronto center fielder nearly came up with an almost-impossible catch on a Nick Castellanos double, snagging the fly ball as he made contact with the ball but losing it when he hit the ground. Pillar paid the price as he lay sprawled out on the Rogers Centre turf for a few moments, prompting manager John Gibbons to exit the dugout.

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Revere hits leadoff as Tulo drops to No. 5 spot

Each batter reaches base once in Blue Jays' rout to sweep Tigers

Revere hits leadoff as Tulo drops to No. 5 spot

TORONTO -- In spite of a near-record run through August, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons shook up his batting order on Sunday.

Troy Tulowitzki was removed from the leadoff role in place of Ben Revere and hit in the No. 5 spot as Toronto wrapped its three-game series at Rogers Centre against Detroit with a 9-2 victory. He went 1-for-4 with a double, while Revere was hitless with a walk in four at-bats.

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Encarnacion's homer hat trick leads rout of Tigers

Encarnacion's homer hat trick leads rout of Tigers

TORONTO -- Edwin Encarnacion belted three homers, including a grand slam, and Drew Hutchison made an impactful return to the starting rotation, as the Blue Jays crushed the Tigers, 15-1, on Saturday at Rogers Centre.

Encarnacion drove in nine runs and Russell Martin added a solo shot, as the Blue Jays racked up 18 hits -- five during a six-run seventh inning -- to win for the seventh time in their last eight games. For the Tigers, it meant their eighth loss in their last nine games. Buck Farmer took the loss, going four innings while allowing eight hits and five earned runs. The right-hander ran into trouble early when he surrendered a three-run shot to Encarnacion in a four-run first inning. Farmer went on to allow a run in each of his next three innings before getting the hook.

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Blue Jays' momentum shows no signs of slowing

Blue Jays' momentum shows no signs of slowing

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays have been on a tear since the Trade Deadline. If Saturday's 15-1 rout of the Tigers is any indication, the American League East's top team has no plans to slow down any time soon.

Toronto has won seven of its last nine series since loading up on top-flight talent at the end of July, acquiring the likes of All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki from the Rockies and ace lefty David Price from the Tigers, among others. The Blue Jays are 23-5 since Tulowitzki played his first game for Toronto on July 29.

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Bat trick: Jays' EE records 3 HRs, 9 RBIs

Bat trick: Jays' EE records 3 HRs, 9 RBIs

TORONTO -- If the the dome wasn't already open at Rogers Centre on Saturday, the applause for Edwin Encarnacion would've blown the roof clean off. Toronto's cleanup man had a momentous afternoon, belting three home runs while tying Roy Howell for the single-game club record for RBIs with nine in the Blue Jays' 15-1 victory over the Tigers.

In hitting his third homer of the game in the seventh inning, Encarnacion matched another club mark: He tied Carlos Delgado (1997) and Darrin Fletcher (2000) as the only players to have hit three grand slams in a season.

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Goins takes advantage of lapse to score on a two-base sac fly

Goins takes advantage of lapse to score on a two-base sac fly

TORONTO -- Ryan Goins scored all the way from second on a two-base sacrifice fly in the fourth inning of the Blue Jays' 15-1 win over the Tigers on Saturday at Rogers Centre.

Josh Donaldson flied out to Detroit center fielder Anthony Gose, who hauled in what he thought was the third out of the inning and began trotting off the field. Unfortunately for him, it was only the second out.

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Blue Jays fans celebrate Encarnacion's HR hat trick

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Blue Jays fans celebrate Encarnacion's HR hat trick

After Edwin Encarnacion launched his third home run of the game in the seventh inning against the Tigers on Saturday afternoon, the fans in attendance at Rogers Centre feted him by throwing their hats onto the field. 

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Thole optioned to make room for Hutchison

Thole optioned to make room for Hutchison

TORONTO -- Josh Thole packed for Bluefield, Va., after he was optioned to the Blue Jays' rookie affiliate following Friday's win over the Tigers at Rogers Centre. Bluefield's season ends Sept. 1, at which point the Blue Jays can recall the 28-year-old catcher.

Had the club sent him to Triple-A Buffalo, he wouldn't have been eligible for recall until Sept. 7, the last day of the Bisons' season, because of the 10-day stay rule. The Thole move was necessary to make room on the roster for Drew Hutchison, who was brought back from Buffalo to make Saturday's start against Detroit.

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Donaldson follows Tulo with mammoth homer

Third baseman's blast hits facing of upper deck at Rogers Centre

Donaldson follows Tulo with mammoth homer

TORONTO -- By now, everyone knows Josh Donaldson can hit the long ball. But his towering solo homer in the third inning of the Blue Jays' victory over the Tigers was impressive by even the loftiest of standards.

Donaldson sent a 1-2 fastball from Tigers starter Matt Boyd off the facing of the fifth deck -- a projected 454 feet, according to Statcast™ -- to help the Blue Jays to a 5-3 win in the series opener on Friday at Rogers Centre.

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Osuna reaches AL high with 16th straight save

Young closer strikes out side in Blue Jays' victory over Tigers

Osuna reaches AL high with 16th straight save

TORONTO -- With Roberto Osuna taking the mound, the Blue Jays could've left their seven other position players -- aside from the catcher -- on the bench in the ninth. It wouldn't have made any difference.

The 20-year-old closer came into the game and struck out the side on 12 pitches to lock down Toronto's 5-3 win over Detroit at Rogers Centre in the series opener Friday night. It was an electric performance from the game's youngest player, who has proven unshakable in a pressure-packed role that few pitchers his age would be able to handle.

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Trio of solo shots power Blue Jays in opener

Trio of solo shots power Blue Jays in opener

TORONTO -- Troy Tulowitzki, Josh Donaldson and Jose Bautista hit solo shots to power the Blue Jays to a 5-3 victory over the Tigers in the series opener at Rogers Centre on Friday.

Tulowitzki and Donaldson went back-to-back in the third to break a 1-1 tie before Bautista put Toronto ahead, 5-1, in the fifth with his 10th homer of August. Ian Kinsler homered in the first before former Blue Jays outfielder Anthony Gose went deep with a two-run shot in the seventh, but Toronto's bullpen came on and locked it down over the final 2 2/3 innings to secure the win. Roberto Osuna recorded his 16th save as he struck out the side in the ninth.

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Stroman throws simulated game in Dunedin

Recovering from torn ACL, Blue Jays righty set to make rehab start for Class A Lansing

Stroman throws simulated game in Dunedin

TORONTO -- Marcus Stroman is another step closer to returning to the Blue Jays' roster after a simulated game on Friday. The right-hander threw 51 pitches at the club's Minor League complex in Dunedin, Fla., and he said in a tweet that he "crushed it."

Toronto is stretching Stroman out as a starter, leaving open the possibility that he could join the rotation when he comes off the 60-day disabled list. Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said that will depend on how Stroman fares in his two rehab starts, which he's scheduled to make with Class A Lansing on Wednesday and Triple-A Buffalo on Sept. 7, the final day of the Minor League season.

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DeShields turns Bautista's error into 'homer'

DeShields turns Bautista's error into 'homer'

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers clung to a one-run lead through 6 1/2 innings on Thursday afternoon, mainly because of some tough, gritty pitching in the Texas heat.

Then they got a huge break on the kind of "home run" usually reserved for Little League and it gave them the margin they needed for a 4-1 victory over the Blue Jays.

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Winning streak snapped at five games

Winning streak snapped at five games

ARLINGTON -- Tough pitching on a hot afternoon helped the Rangers avoid a sweep as they cooled off the Blue Jays with a 4-1 victory on Thursday.

Five Rangers pitchers combined for the victory, led by starter Yovani Gallardo. He held the Blue Jays scoreless for 5 1/3 innings before relievers Keone Kela, Jake Diekman, Sam Dyson and Shawn Tolleson battled their way through 3 2/3 innings. The Blue Jays had eight baserunners on in the last four innings, but they managed just one run. Toronto was 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position on the afternoon.

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Revere gets on his horse to snare liner

Revere gets on his horse to snare liner

ARLINGTON -- Ben Revere is starting to make a habit out of highlight-reel catches, as he took a hit away from the Rangers for the second consecutive day with another impressive grab.

After robbing Delino DeShields of extra bases on Wednesday night, Revere was up to his old tricks less than 24 hours later. This time, his running catch stole a potential double away from second baseman Hanser Alberto during a 4-1 loss to Texas.

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