Prospects Castro, Osuna earn bullpen spots

Hard-throwing righties dazzled in spring; Hynes, Redmond also make roster

Prospects Castro, Osuna earn bullpen spots

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- It seemed extremely unlikely six weeks ago, but the Blue Jays have informed top prospects Miguel Castro and Roberto Osuna that they will be on the 25-man roster for Opening Day.

At the start of camp, there seemed to be an outside chance that one of the hard-throwing right-handers would be used out of the bullpen, but it was far-fetched to consider both. That changed in the ensuing weeks, as the Blue Jays began to closely look at whether the 20-year-olds could help fill some glaring holes in relief.

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Blue Jays finalize order of starting rotation

Dickey, Norris, Buehrle and Sanchez to follow Opening Day starter Hutchison

Blue Jays finalize order of starting rotation

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Blue Jays officially announced the order of their starting rotation on Wednesday morning, and as expected, the club will go with Drew Hutchison, R.A. Dickey, Daniel Norris, Mark Buehrle and Aaron Sanchez.

Toronto announced on Tuesday that Hutchison would be the Opening Day starter. The club also strongly hinted at what the remaining order would look like but waited another day before going on the record with the information.

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Blue Jays swing bats, aid Hutchison's tuneup

Opening Day starter tosses 3 shutout innings, as Smoak, Encarnacion, Goins star at plate

Blue Jays swing bats, aid Hutchison's tuneup

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- An RBI double by Justin Smoak sparked a three-run seventh inning for the Blue Jays, who held off the charging Red Sox for a 9-7 victory Wednesday at Jet Blue Park.

Ryan Goins homered and Danny Valencia added an RBI ground-rule double to give Toronto a 9-4 lead in the eighth before Matt Spring hit a two-run double in the eighth and Blake Tekotte hit an RBI single in the ninth to lead Boston's comeback attempt.

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Reyes' health and performance go hand in hand

Full season, greater selectivity among Blue Jays shortstop's goals for 2015

Reyes' health and performance go hand in hand

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Jose Reyes is a four-time All-Star, a former batting champion and a $106 million man. Yet, somehow, when it came to this year's Spring Training, he's also someone who flew completely under the radar.

That's what happens when the team you play for adds Russell Martin and Josh Donaldson to the heart of an order that already included Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion. It's also the result of two injury-plagued seasons that have left people questioning Reyes' ability to stand out during a grueling 162-game season.

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Hendriks, Goins up for Blue Jays' last roster spot

Final call hinges on whether club decides to go with eight-man bullpen

Hendriks, Goins up for Blue Jays' last roster spot

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Blue Jays have one final decision to make before the start of the regular season, and it comes down to choosing either right-hander Liam Hendriks or infielder Ryan Goins for the final spot on the 25-man roster.

The expectation seems to be that Toronto will begin the year with an eight-man bullpen, which would give the nod to Hendriks. The Blue Jays intend to wait another couple of days before making their intentions official.

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Hutchison named Blue Jays' Opening Day starter

Dickey, Norris, Buehrle and Sanchez round out rotation, but order not set

Hutchison named Blue Jays' Opening Day starter

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- The Blue Jays have tabbed right-hander Drew Hutchison as their Opening Day starter on Monday in New York.

The news was confirmed on a day when the club came close to finalizing its 25-man roster.

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Smoak, Tolleson make club as roster takes shape

With Opening Day closing in, Blue Jays announce flurry of moves

Smoak, Tolleson make club as roster takes shape

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- The moves were coming fast and furious at Blue Jays camp on Tuesday morning as the club inched closer to naming its official 25-man roster.

In addition to Drew Hutchison being named the Opening Day starter, rookies Devon Travis and Dalton Pompey winning starting jobs at second base and center field, plus the release of Dayan Viciedo, there were a series of other developments.

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Blue Jays bullpen still taking shape as regular season looms

GM Anthopoulos remains open to adding arms through trade or signing

Blue Jays bullpen still taking shape as regular season looms

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- The Blue Jays finalized most of their plans for the 25-man roster Tuesday morning but the club has yet to make a final decision on its bullpen.

One reason behind the delay is that general manager Alex Anthopoulos is still exploring possibilities outside his organization. The Blue Jays remain open to the idea of adding another reliever either through a trade or signing.

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Middle of Blue Jays lineup powers victory

Encarnacion, Bautista and Donaldson combine for three homers, four runs, four RBIs

Middle of Blue Jays lineup powers victory

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion and Josh Donaldson each homered as the Blue Jays defeated the Phillies, 10-6, in their final home game of the spring at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.

The heart of Toronto's order combined for three home runs, four runs scored, four RBIs and four walks in one of their final tuneups for the regular season. The Blue Jays will wrap up their Florida schedule on Wednesday before heading to Montreal for a two-game exhibition series against the Reds.

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Gibbons not afraid to lean on rising youngsters

From Travis to Sanchez, prospects may earn significant roles with '15 Blue Jays

Gibbons not afraid to lean on rising youngsters

The following is a question-and-answer session with Blue Jays manager John Gibbons as he looks ahead to the 2015 season:

On the bullpen showing increased depth with such players as Miguel Castro and Roberto Osuna stepping forward ...

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Manfred to throw first pitch at Blue Jays' home opener

Manfred to throw first pitch at Blue Jays' home opener

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- The Blue Jays announced on Tuesday that Commissioner Rob Manfred will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the club's home opener against the Rays on April 13.

It will mark the first time in franchise history that a Major League Baseball Commissioner will open the Blue Jays' home schedule with a ceremonial first pitch. Other details pertaining to the Opening Night festivities will be announced at a later date.

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Travis, Pompey break through together

Teammates have been close since 2013 Midwest All-Star game

Travis, Pompey break through together

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Devon Travis and Dalton Pompey will be celebrating in Central Florida on Tuesday night after the rookies were informed they have won starting jobs on the Blue Jays' 25-man roster.

Travis becomes the everyday second baseman following his acquisition from Detroit this past offseason. He entered the spring competing for the job, and since that time, veterans Maicer Izturis and Ramon Santiago were lost to injuries.

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Blue Jays release outfielder Viciedo

Blue Jays release outfielder Viciedo

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Dayan Viciedo will be granted his release now that the Blue Jays have decided not to include him on the 25-man roster.

Viciedo was informed of the club's decision following Monday night's game in Kissimmee, Fla., against the Astros. The 26-year-old didn't have an opt-out clause in his contract, but there was an agreement going into camp that if he didn't make the roster, he would be allowed to explore opportunities with other teams.

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Blue Jays expect improved outfield defense in 2015

Blue Jays expect improved outfield defense in 2015

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- The Blue Jays' fielding left a lot to be desired over the last couple of years, and one area in particular in which the club hopes for an improvement this season can be found in the outfield.

Toronto's outfielders ranked near the bottom of the league in almost every defensive metric last year, but since that time, there has been a lot of turnover. Colby Rasmus and Melky Cabrera are gone, and while their departures will be felt in different ways, the overall fielding efficiency should drastically improve.

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Norris wraps Grapefruit slate with eight K's vs. Astros

Valencia, Colabello, Smoak go deep in support of left-hander in victory

Norris wraps Grapefruit slate with eight K's vs. Astros

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Danny Valencia, Chris Colabello and Justin Smoak each walloped home runs in the first two innings off Astros starter Brett Oberholtzer to lead the Blue Jays to a 7-4 win Monday night at Osceola County Stadium.

Daniel Norris, Toronto's top prospect, who is on track to start Game 3 of the regular season, fanned eight over six innings, allowing four runs on five hits.

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Blue Jays thinking about 8-man 'pen to open season

Carrying three catchers not likely; Tolleson could be choice over Goins

Blue Jays thinking about 8-man 'pen to open season

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- The Blue Jays are thinking about starting the year with an eight-man bullpen, and they have all but officially ruled out the possibility of carrying three catchers.

The eight-man bullpen likely would be a temporary move until outfielder Michael Saunders (late-February left knee surgery) is ready to come off the disabled list. He has been ruled out for Opening Day but the hope is that he will be available for the home opener on April 13.

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Blue Jays release veteran infielder Santiago

Blue Jays release veteran infielder Santiago

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- The Blue Jays released veteran infielder Ramon Santiago on Monday afternoon.

Santiago is expected to be out for at least another two months with a broken left collarbone. Prior to the injury, he was a favorite to make the 25-man roster as a backup second baseman.

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Buehrle to make first season start April 10 vs. Orioles

Penciled in as Blue Jays' No. 4 starter, lefty to pitch for Baltimore's home opener

Buehrle to make first season start April 10 vs. Orioles

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Left-hander Mark Buehrle confirmed on Sunday afternoon that his first start of the regular season will take place on April 10 in Baltimore.

Toronto has yet to officially announce its rotation, but for the past couple of weeks it has been expected the club would go with an order of Drew Hutchison, R.A. Dickey, Daniel Norris, Buehrle and Aaron Sanchez.

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Donaldson's dinger backs Buehrle's stingy start

Blue Jays slugger hits No. 4 of spring; lefty allows one run over five innings

Donaldson's dinger backs Buehrle's stingy start

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez tossed six strong innings, while Jimmy Paredes, Dariel Alvarez and Chris Parmelee (three) each had multiple hits in the Orioles' 4-2 victory over the Blue Jays on Sunday afternoon at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium.

Baltimore opened the scoring in the top of the third inning on back-to-back doubles by Everth Cabrera and Paredes. That was the only damage against Blue Jays veteran lefty Mark Buehrle, who scattered seven hits and didn't walk a batter while striking out four over five innings.

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Blue Jays' hopes rest heavily on rotation vitality

Club features solid starting five, but lack of depth a concern; Estrada could prove critical

Blue Jays' hopes rest heavily on rotation vitality

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- The Blue Jays have aspirations of contending this season, but their chances of competing likely will come down to the health of the starting rotation.

Toronto seems to have more depth in most areas of its roster compared to previous years except for the starting staff. That's one aspect of the organization that has to be a major concern as the start of the regular season rapidly approaches.

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Blue Jays claim Wilkins off waivers from White Sox

First baseman immediately optioned to Triple-A Buffalo

Blue Jays claim Wilkins off waivers from White Sox

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- The Blue Jays claimed first baseman Andy Wilkins off waivers from the White Sox on Sunday afternoon and promptly optioned him to Triple-A Buffalo.

Wilkins appeared in 17 games for Chicago last season and hit .140 (6-for-43) with two extra-base hits and two RBIs. He spent most of the 2014 campaign in Triple-A Charlotte, where he hit .293 with 30 home runs, 38 doubles and 85 RBIs.

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Siddall: Martin, youthful arms will set pace for Blue Jays

Siddall: Martin, youthful arms will set pace for Blue Jays

The following is a question and answer interview with Blue Jays broadcaster Joe Siddall as he takes a look ahead to the 2015 season:

On the impact of adding Russell Martin...

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Bautista continues strong spring as Estrada returns

Blue Jays slugger collects 2-run double; righty works 3 solid innings vs. Braves

Bautista continues strong spring as Estrada returns

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- After Alex Wood delivered six solid innings of three-run ball, Jace Peterson ripped a go-ahead two-run double in the eighth as the Braves defeated the Blue Jays, 5-3, on Saturday at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium.

Atlanta opened the scoring in the top of the second inning after Kelly Johnson led off with a double. Two batters later, Phil Gosselin collected an RBI single with right-hander Marco Estrada on the mound for Toronto.

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Estrada ready to contribute in any role for Blue Jays

Estrada ready to contribute in any role for Blue Jays

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Marco Estrada arrived in Spring Training with the goal of winning a job in the starting rotation, and while that no longer appears to be a possibility, he's willing to accept any role the Blue Jays have for him.

Estrada made his return to the mound on Saturday afternoon following a two-week absence with a sprained ankle. The injury essentially eliminated any remaining chance he had at a starting role, and it now appears likely that he will end up in middle or long relief.

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Barton, Valencia go deep against Pirates

Blue Jays unable to generate much offense as Wolf struggles on the hill

Barton, Valencia go deep against Pirates

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Charlie Morton put in a claim for his inclusion in Pittsburgh's season-opening rotation with six solid innings, and Gregory Polanco struck his second homer in as many days as the Pirates downed a Toronto split-squad, 8-3, in Grapefruit League play Saturday.

Morton, making his way back from Sept. 26 labrum repair surgery, still could remain in Florida for extended spring training when the Bucs break camp on April 2. But he overcame solo homers by Daric Barton and Danny Valencia to limit Toronto to three runs, allowing six hits and walking two without a strikeout. He finished strong, retiring the last nine men he faced.

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Smoak swinging a hot bat at just the right time

Smoak swinging a hot bat at just the right time

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Justin Smoak got off to a well-documented slow start this spring, but there have been signs of life recently and he appears to be heating up at the right time.

Smoak went hitless in his first 16 at-bats and was batting a paltry .077 on March 18. Since then, it has been a different story as Smoak entered play on Saturday with five hits, three home runs, six RBIs and four walks in his past six games.

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Johan hopes to start throwing off mound in mid-April

Johan hopes to start throwing off mound in mid-April

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Blue Jays left-hander Johan Santana continues to take a cautious approach to the 2015 season and isn't expected to begin throwing off a mound until the middle of April.

Santana, who signed a Minor League contract late last month, has been throwing off flat ground while continuing to go through strength exercises on his left shoulder.

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Hutchison ready for regular season after strong outing

Right-hander allows one run over five innings in rain-shortened win

Hutchison ready for regular season after strong outing

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Drew Hutchison made his final full outing of the spring on Friday afternoon and pronounced himself ready for the regular season.

Toronto's right-hander technically has one more start remaining, but the Blue Jays are expected to limit him to either two or three innings. It will be an abbreviated appearance that is designed to keep him sharp without exerting too much energy.

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