Urena, Reid-Foley crack Top 100 Prospects list

Urena, Reid-Foley crack Top 100 Prospects list

TORONTO -- The future is starting to look brighter for shortstop Richard Urena and left-hander Sean Reid-Foley -- both Blue Jays prospects have cracked MLBPipeline.com's midseason Top 100 Prospects list.

Urena and Reid-Foley were not ranked in the top 100 prior to Spring Training, but they have since landed a spot on the list. Urena is Toronto's top-ranked prospect at No. 91, while Reid-Foley is close behind at 93.

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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.

On short rest, Dickey struggles to curb homers

Knuckleballer switched with Estrada in rotation

On short rest, Dickey struggles to curb homers

TORONTO -- R.A. Dickey has hit another bump in the road, and once again, it's because of his tendency to give up a lot of home runs.

Dickey has allowed more home runs than anyone else in baseball since the start of 2013, and he surrendered two more in Wednesday's 8-4 loss to the Padres. He has surrendered 26 home runs in 22 starts this season, which is tied for most in the Major Leagues.

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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 hope Benoit can transform bullpen

Reliever fans 2, walks 2 in scoreless Toronto debut

Blue Jays hope Benoit can transform bullpen

TORONTO -- The transformation of Toronto's bullpen continued late Tuesday night, when the Blue Jays officially dealt right-hander Drew Storen and cash considerations to the Mariners for reliever Joaquin Benoit.

Benoit joined his new ballclub the following morning after he boarded a 7 a.m. flight from Pittsburgh. He tossed a scoreless ninth inning during Toronto's 8-4 loss to the Padres, and he struck out two but also issued a pair of walks.

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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.

Pillar's strong day not enough in finale loss

Pillar's strong day not enough in finale loss

TORONTO -- The Padres avoided a three-game sweep in their first series north of the border, and it should come as no surprise that home runs were the main reason why.

Adam Rosales, Brett Wallace and Alex Dickerson each went deep in San Diego's 8-4 victory over the Blue Jays on Wednesday afternoon at Rogers Centre. Christian Bethancourt added a Little League home run after he doubled in the fourth but was able to keep running thanks to a pair of Toronto errors on the play.

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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.

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Estrada to take mound against division-rival O's

Estrada to take mound against division-rival O's

The battle for first place in the American League East will take center stage when the Blue Jays and Orioles meet on Friday night at Rogers Centre.

This is the first series between these two teams since the Blue Jays traveled to Baltimore for a three-game set from June 17-19. Toronto is two games back of the Orioles for first place in the division.

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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.

Alford, Urena among top prospect performers Wednesday

Pair of Blue Jays prospects combine to propel Dunedin to 10-9 win

Alford, Urena among top prospect performers Wednesday

A pair of Blue Jays' prospects led the way in a slugfest for Class A Advanced Dunedin on Wednesday.

Anthony Alford (Blue Jays' No. 3) and Richard Urena (Blue Jays' No. 1No. 91 overall) combined for six hits, five RBIs and four runs in Dunedin's 10-9 win over Lakeland.

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Great Wild North: Travis takes off, stuns SD!

Great Wild North: Travis takes off, stuns SD!

TORONTO -- Just when it appeared as though the Blue Jays were down and out, their offense brought them all the way back in the most unconventional way.

Toronto scored three runs in the bottom of the 12th inning, including the winning run on a wild pitch, to earn a 7-6, come-from-behind victory over the Padres on Tuesday night at Rogers Centre.

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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.

Alykhan Ravjiani is a reporter for MLB.com based in Toronto.

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Travis' 14-pitch at-bat sparks 12th-inning win

2nd baseman walks, later scores decisive run on wild pitch for walk-off victory

Travis' 14-pitch at-bat sparks 12th-inning win

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays' come-from-behind victory on Tuesday evening was fueled by an unlikely hero in a game that looked out of reach when the bottom of the 12th inning rolled around.

With runners on second and third with one out in the inning and Toronto trailing by two runs, Devon Travis' at-bat was the game-defining moment, lifting the Blue Jays to an improbable 7-6 victory in the late hours of the evening.

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

Blue Jays acquire Upton Jr. from Padres

Veteran outfielder has enjoyed productive season with San Diego

Blue Jays acquire Upton Jr. from Padres

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays made their first big move of 2016 by acquiring veteran Melvin Upton Jr. from the Padres on Tuesday morning.

Toronto picked up the versatile outfielder in exchange for Class A pitching prospect Hansel Rodriguez, who was the Blue Jays' No. 18 prospect, according to MLBPipeline.com.

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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.

Busy Blue Jays add Benoit in deal for Storen

Busy Blue Jays add Benoit in deal for Storen

TORONTO -- Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins completed his second trade in less than 24 hours on Tuesday night by acquiring right-hander Joaquin Benoit from the Mariners for fellow reliever Drew Storen.

Seattle also will receive cash considerations as part of the deal. The trade was officially announced on the same day that the Blue Jays acquired veteran outfielder Melvin Upton Jr. from the Padres for pitching prospect Hansel Rodriguez.

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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 shifting attention to pitching

After acquiring Upton Jr., Benoit, Toronto expected to continue search for arms before Deadline

Blue Jays shifting attention to pitching

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays upgraded their lineup and added to the bullpen, but the search for more pitching is expected to continue for the rest of this week.

Toronto completed a pair of deals on Tuesday. The first saw the Blue Jays acquire veteran outfielder Melvin Upton Jr. and cash considerations from the Padres for pitching prospect Hansel Rodriguez. The second involved Toronto sending reliever Drew Storen and cash to the Mariners for right-hander Joaquin Benoit.

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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.

Greene among top prospect performers Tuesday

Rays' No. 13 prospect knocks in career-high five runs, Reds' No. 18 scores winning run and hits for cycle

Greene among top prospect performers Tuesday

Justin Williams tied his career high for homers in a season and set a career high for RBIs in a game. Not bad for a day's work.

Williams, the Rays' No. 13 prospect, went 3-for-4 with five RBIs Tuesday as he led Double-A Montgomery to a 10-5 win over Pensacola.

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Sanchez, Blue Jays take down Padres up north

Sanchez, Blue Jays take down Padres up north

TORONTO -- Aaron Sanchez will not be moving to the bullpen without a fight. At least that's what his continued dominance on the mound would suggest.

Sanchez struck out seven and tossed seven scoreless innings in the Blue Jays' 4-2 victory over the Padres on Monday night at Rogers Centre, San Diego's first ever game in Toronto. He scattered three hits and has allowed two earned runs or fewer in all but one of his 10 starts since the beginning of June.

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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.

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Dominant Sanchez wins 10th straight decision

Righty inches closer to career high in innings for season

Dominant Sanchez wins 10th straight decision

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays don't know exactly when they'll be shifting Aaron Sanchez to the bullpen, but they know exactly what they're getting every time he makes a start.

Sanchez recorded his American League-leading 16th quality start on Monday evening against the Padres, throwing seven scoreless innings in Toronto's 4-2 victory.

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

Blue Jays activate Bautista off DL

Toronto designates outfielder Lake for assignment

Blue Jays activate Bautista off DL

TORONTO -- The biggest addition for the Blue Jays prior to the Aug. 1 non-waiver Trade Deadline likely came in the form of Jose Bautista's return to the lineup on Monday night.

Bautista was activated from the 15-day disabled list prior to Monday night's 4-2 victory over the Padres. He played all nine innings in right field and went 1-for-3 with a walk after having been out since the middle of June with turf toe on his left foot.

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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.

Watch Encarnacion's nephew hit a rocket to him

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Watch Encarnacion's nephew hit a rocket to him

While Edwin Encarnacion is still crushing baseballs and is just three homers shy of his fourth straight 30-home run season, it appears that his nephew is looking to find his way onto the Blue Jays roster ... any way possible. While taking a few swings against his uncle in the cage, the youngster got a chance to show off for any scouts watching. He also tried to open up a roster spot by knocking Encarnacion's block clear off. 

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Blue Jays hold Mariners to 1 hit in shutout

Blue Jays hold Mariners to 1 hit in shutout

TORONTO -- J.A. Happ battled his way through six scoreless innings while Edwin Encarnacion reached another milestone on Sunday afternoon at Rogers Centre as the Blue Jays one-hit the Mariners in a 2-0 victory.

Despite walking four batters, hitting one and throwing just 54 of his 103 pitches for strikes, Happ limited his former team to just a third-inning single and set a career high with his 13th victory of the season.

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Dhiren Mahiban is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Mariners on Sunday.

Alykhan Ravjiani is a reporter for MLB.com based in Toronto.

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It's all Happening for lefty in 2nd Blue Jays stint

Southpaw throws six scoreless innings vs. Seattle for career-high 13th win

It's all Happening for lefty in 2nd Blue Jays stint

TORONTO -- When J.A. Happ signed with the Blue Jays in the offseason, not many would have expected the veteran left-hander to be among the best starters in the American League this season. But Happ continued his career-best year and held the Mariners to just a single on Sunday afternoon in the Blue Jays' 2-0 victory.

The 33-year-old battled control problems in the early going, and while he wasn't at his best -- walking four batters while hitting one -- the southpaw earned his career-high 13th victory. Happ's initial stint with Toronto lasted parts of three years before he was dealt to the Mariners after the 2014 season for outfielder Michael Saunders. The Blue Jays always liked what they saw from Happ, and their three-year, $36 million deal with him in the offseason has certainly paid dividends to this point.

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

Pentecost among top prospect performers Sunday

Nationals' No. 5 prospect hurls his first shutout following big league debt

Pentecost among top prospect performers Sunday

Reynaldo Lopez is eager to get back to the big leagues.

In his first start since debuting with the Nationals on July 19, Lopez recorded his first shutout on Sunday as Triple-A Syracuse defeated Rochester, 6-0. The Nationals' No. 5 prospect scattered four hits and struck out seven in nine dominant innings, throwing 69 of his 99 pitches for strikes.

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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.

Saunders homers twice; Dickey struggles in loss

Saunders homers twice; Dickey struggles in loss

TORONTO -- Nelson Cruz brought the big bat on Saturday afternoon at Rogers Centre, slamming a pair of home runs, including a grand slam, and driving in seven to help the Mariners clinch their weekend series with the Blue Jays and earn a 14-5 victory.

Cruz recorded the 20th multi-homer game of his career, belting his ninth career grand slam in the second inning and a smashing a three-run home run for good measure in the eighth inning.

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Colabello to stay in Minors after suspension

Colabello to stay in Minors after suspension

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays announced on Sunday that they've reinstated Chris Colabello from the restricted list and removed him off the team's 25-man roster.

The move allows the Blue Jays to keep Colabello on the 40-man roster, and he is expected to remain with Triple-A Buffalo. Because of the suspension, Colabello is not eligible to be on the Blue Jays' postseason roster.

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

Dickey's HR issues continue in rough outing

Knuckleballer has allowed four home runs over last two starts

Dickey's HR issues continue in rough outing

TORONTO -- R.A. Dickey has made 122 starts for the Blue Jays since joining the team ahead of the 2013 season. His start on Saturday was the shortest of them all.

Dickey made it into the fourth inning of Toronto's 14-5 loss, but was unable to retire a single batter. He was removed with the bases loaded. The veteran knuckleballer lasted just three innings -- his shortest since going 2 2/3 innings on May 26, 2011.

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

Biagini's favorite thing about Canada is the smiles

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Biagini's favorite thing about Canada is the smiles

Apparently there's a bit of a cultural learning curve when you play baseball in Canada. J.A. Happ, for example, still doesn't get the whole "milk-in-bags" thing. But Blue Jays reliever Joe Biagini seems to have adjusted well, telling Sportsnet's Jackie Redmond that his favorite thing about Canada is that the "smiling rate is much higher than other countries."

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Blue Jays drop opener despite quality Estrada

Blue Jays drop opener despite quality Estrada

TORONTO -- James Paxton stole the show and had a night to remember at Rogers Centre on Friday, as the left-hander struck out nine Blue Jays and helped the Mariners take the first game of their weekend series, 2-1.

Paxton kept Toronto off balance all night, surrendering just three hits over seven innings. The nine strikeouts were one off a career-high for the 27-year-old southpaw, who helped the Mariners open their eight-game road trip on a high note.

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Dhiren Mahiban is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Mariners on Friday.

Alykhan Ravjiani is a reporter for MLB.com based in Toronto.

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Saunders shows power in 1st matchup with M's

Blue Jays' All-Star outfielder goes deep in loss to former team

Saunders shows power in 1st matchup with M's

TORONTO -- Michael Saunders spent his first six seasons in the Major Leagues with the Mariners, and he faced his former team for the first time on Friday night.

The 29-year-old was at the forefront in a pair of critical moments in the Blue Jays' 2-1 loss, finishing 1-for-4 with a home run, while also striking out to end the game in the bottom of the ninth.

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

Blue Jays activate Estrada, Morales from DL

Loup, Burns optioned to Triple-A, while Toronto DFA's Antolin

Blue Jays activate Estrada, Morales from DL

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays officially reinstated right-hander Marco Estrada from the 15-day disabled list to start Friday's series opener against the Mariners at Rogers Centre.

Estrada had been dealing with a sore lower back and missed his final outing before the All-Star break as a result. The 33-year-old received multiple cortisone shots in early July, and the break provided Estrada with additional time to rest. Blue Jays manager John Gibbons believes Estrada will return to his normal form down the stretch, as the Blue Jays aim to earn their second consecutive playoff berth.

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

Martin day to day after injuring knee in shower

Catcher passed out after spending time in sauna, doesn't foresee DL

Martin day to day after injuring knee in shower

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays will be without the services of Russell Martin for at least the next couple of days after Toronto's starting catcher injured his left knee in the shower.

The veteran backstop took a shower after spending time in the sauna during Thursday's off-day and passed out for a brief amount of time, injuring his left knee in the process. An MRI on Friday morning showed no structural damage and Martin is expected to avoid a stint on the disabled list, listing himself as day to day.

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

Alford, Zeuch among top prospect performers Friday

Mariners slugger makes immediate impact with new team; top Twins prospect fires eight strong

Alford, Zeuch among top prospect performers Friday

Dan Vogelbach sure knows how to make an introduction. Playing in his first game with Triple-A Tacoma since being traded from the Cubs to the Mariners on Wednesday, Seattle's new No. 15 prospect went 3-for-3 with two RBIs.

The 23-year-old wasted no time showing off his power stroke, hitting his 17th homer of the season in his first at-bat with Tacoma. After hitting that solo blast to right field in the second inning, Vogelbach followed up with an RBI double to left in the third.

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