Hutchison's road woes continue in Detroit

Hutchison's road woes continue in Detroit

DETROIT -- One of the bigger storylines from the first half of last season was how much Drew Hutchison struggled when pitching at home. This year, it has been the exact opposite with almost all of his rough outings taking place away from Rogers Centre -- his latest an 8-6 loss to the Tigers at Comerica Park on Friday.

The Toronto righty's road woes continued with another disappointing start south of the border. He allowed five runs on 10 hits and two walks over 4 2/3 innings in the series opener in Detroit.

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Toronto's late rally falls short vs. Tigers

Toronto's late rally falls short vs. Tigers

DETROIT -- Anibal Sanchez carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning, and a five-run fourth gave the Tigers a necessary cushion as they held on for an 8-6 win over the Blue Jays on Friday night at Comerica Park in a game the Tigers' Miguel Cabrera exited with a strained left calf.

Toronto's Ezequiel Carrera had a noteworthy performance, both in left field and at the plate. His throwing miscues on consecutive plays extended Detroit's big fourth inning. And, following a seven-pitch battle with Sanchez in the eighth, Carrera lined a single into left field to break up the no-hit bid with one out.

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All-Star starters unveiled Sunday, full rosters Monday

Watch selection shows on ESPN; Final Vote to get underway Monday

All-Star starters unveiled Sunday, full rosters Monday

It was historic because it happened exclusively online. It was personal because it decided the fate of your favorite players. It was intense because you argued a lot. And it was teamwork because you helped shatter a Major League Baseball record.

After 65 consecutive days of relentless fan voting to determine starting positions players for the 86th All-Star Game on July 14 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, the largest All-Star balloting program in sports closed at 11:59 p.m. ET Thursday.

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Blue Jays call up Doubront, Tepera

Lefty expected to eventually join rotation; righty begins second stint with Toronto

Blue Jays call up Doubront, Tepera

DETROIT -- Left-hander Felix Doubront was added to the Blue Jays' bullpen before Friday's 8-6 loss to the Tigers, but it might not be very long before he joins the starting rotation.

It didn't take long for Doubront to make his Blue Jays debut as he entered in relief for Drew Hutchison and allowed one run over 2 1/3 innings. He threw 33 pitches and should easily to be able to make a start on Tuesday against the White Sox if he's not needed again out of the bullpen before that.

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Blue Jays allow 8 runs in first, fall to Red Sox

Blue Jays allow 8 runs in first, fall to Red Sox

TORONTO -- The Red Sox rode a big first inning all the way to a 12-6 victory over the Blue Jays in the series finale at Rogers Centre on Thursday night. Xander Bogaerts and Brock Holt each went 4-for-6 at the plate, Mookie Betts and Alejandro De Aza had three hits apiece and Wade Miley posted a five-inning start to help Boston clinch the series.

The first eight Red Sox batters scored as the visitors tallied nine hits in the first inning, driving Toronto starter Matt Boyd from the game before he was able to record an out. David Ortiz and Hanley Ramirez cracked back-to-back homers, De Aza tripled and six other Red Sox singled to provide Boston all the offense needed to stave off a four-run second inning and a two-run ninth from the Blue Jays.

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Blue Jays sign Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

Son of nine-time All-Star, 2004 AL MVP ranked No. 4 on MLB.com Top 30 list

Blue Jays sign Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

There's a familiar name set to begin his journey through the professional ranks.

The Blue Jays signed 16-year-old Dominican outfielder Vladimir Guerrero Jr. for $3.9 million. Guerrero is ranked No. 4 on MLB.com's Top 30 International Prospects list.

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Boyd optioned following struggles vs. Boston

Blue Jays lefty doesn't record an out in 2nd big league start

Boyd optioned following struggles vs. Boston

TORONTO -- Matt Boyd's first stint in the Major Leagues came to a sudden halt when he allowed all seven Red Sox batters he faced on Thursday night to reach base.

Boyd surrendered seven runs on six hits and a walk before he was pulled with nobody out in the first inning. Toronto went on to lose the game, 12-6, and afterward the rookie left-hander was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo, while right-hander Todd Redmond was designated for assignment. The Blue Jays brought up left-hander Felix Doubront and right-hander Ryan Tepera from Buffalo on Friday.

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Gibbons tossed after Blue Jays lose challenge

Out call on Valencia at home stands following replay

Gibbons tossed after Blue Jays lose challenge

TORONTO -- Blue Jays manager John Gibbons was ejected from Thursday night's 12-6 loss to the Red Sox following a disputed call at home plate that led to some confusion at Rogers Centre.

The play happened in the bottom of the fifth inning when Danny Valencia was attempting to score on a single to center with Toronto trailing, 8-4. Valencia made a wide slide and tried to swipe the plate with his left hand but was called out by home-plate umpire Gerry Davis.

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Blue Jays outright Tolleson to Triple-A

Blue Jays outright Tolleson to Triple-A

TORONTO -- Blue Jays infielder Steve Tolleson cleared waivers on Thursday afternoon and was outrighted to Triple-A Buffalo.

Tolleson was designated for assignment on Wednesday after completing a rehab assignment with the Bisons. He spent some time on the big league club earlier this year, but the return of second baseman Devon Travis and the presence of backup infielder Ryan Goins meant there was no longer a spot on the team for Tolleson.

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Pillar nets June honour from Toronto BBWAA

Center fielder named Blue Jays player of the month

Pillar nets June honour from Toronto BBWAA

TORONTO -- Center fielder Kevin Pillar was named the Blue Jays' player of the month for June by the Toronto chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America on Thursday afternoon.

Pillar hit .365 in June, which ranked tied for third in the American League. He also added four doubles, four home runs, 18 RBIs and five stolen bases. That was enough to raise his average from .223 at the start of the month to .270.

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Pompey's hit ties game in 9th for Fisher Cats

Blue Jays' No. 2 prospect finishes 4-for-8 with a homer and 3 RBIs in 16-inning contest

Pompey's hit ties game in 9th for Fisher Cats

Dalton Pompey wasn't the hero in Double-A New Hampshire's 6-5 extra innings loss to Portland on Thursday night, but he gave it a good shot.

The Blue Jays' No. 2 prospect (No. 35 overall) finished 4-for-8 with a home run and three RBIs, including a two-out, game-tying single in the ninth inning that sent the contest to extras. But that wasn't enough for the Fisher Cats, who fell to the Sea Dogs in 16 innings after Marco Hernandez scored on Cody Burns' wild pitch.

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Bautista, Donaldson lead offence's breakout

All-Star candidates swat two of Toronto's five HRs

Bautista, Donaldson lead offence's breakout

 TORONTO -- All-Star candidate Jose Bautista broke out of his mini slump Wednesday afternoon, and the rest of the Blue Jays lineup followed suit in a dominating 11-2 victory over the Red Sox on Canada Day.

Bautista was mired in an 0-for-25 skid until a two-run shot -- his 16th homer of the season -- in the second inning easily cleared the wall in left-center field. He also added a double and a sacrifice fly to finish with three RBIs.

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Blue Jays pound Red Sox with 5 HRs

Blue Jays pound Red Sox with 5 HRs

TORONTO -- Justin Smoak hit a pair of home runs while Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion and Josh Donaldson also went deep as the Blue Jays offense rolled all over Red Sox right-hander Rick Porcello during an 11-2 victory on a special Canada Day matinee affair Wednesday at Rogers Centre.

Toronto didn't waste any time putting this game away as the club scored five in the first inning and two in the second off Porcello. Encarnacion opened the scoring with a three-run shot, Smoak made it 5-0 with a two-run homer later in the first and Bautista added a two-run shot of his own in the second. Jose Reyes, who scored on the Encarnacion, Bautista and Donaldson homers, went 4-for-5 and scored four runs overall.

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Smoak swats homer from each side

Blue Jays first baseman delivers in rare start

Smoak swats homer from each side

TORONTO -- Justin Smoak might not be getting a lot of playing time, but he is certainly making the most out of his opportunities.

Smoak homered from both sides of the plate in Wednesday's 11-2 Blue Jays victory over the Red Sox. It was the third multi-homer game of his career and the second time he's gon deep from both sides of the plate in the same game.

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Estrada shows signs of fatigue after stellar run

Right-hander walks four in first inning after two extended no-hit bids

Estrada shows signs of fatigue after stellar run

TORONTO -- Blue Jays right-hander Marco Estrada emptied the tank in his previous two starts, both late-inning no-hit bids, and he appeared to be pitching on fumes during a disappointing outing against the Red Sox on Tuesday night.

Estrada was chased in the third inning of a 4-3 loss to Boston. He allowed four runs -- two earned -- on three hits and four walks. When he wasn't missing the zone, the Red Sox were teeing off with a lot of hard-hit balls, including a pair of homers by Jackie Bradley Jr. and David Ortiz.

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Estrada fights command in loss to Red Sox

Estrada fights command in loss to Red Sox

TORONTO -- David Ortiz and Jackie Bradley Jr. homered while left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez tossed six strong innings in Boston's 4-3 victory over the Blue Jays on Tuesday night at Rogers Centre.

Boston did all of its damage against Blue Jays right-hander Marco Estrada, who took a no-hitter into the eighth inning of each of his previous two starts. That type of dominance was nowhere to be seen against Boston as he walked four in the first inning and allowed four runs -- two earned -- on three hits over 2 1/3 innings.

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Blue Jays contemplating Sanchez's role

Expected back in July, rookie right-hander could fill need in rotation or bullpen

Blue Jays contemplating Sanchez's role

TORONTO -- Aaron Sanchez is on the mend, and the Blue Jays must decide what role the rookie right-hander will have when he returns to the big leagues at some point in July.

Sanchez has been on the 15-day disabled list with a strained lat since June 5. He threw off flat ground on Monday and is scheduled to throw off a mound on Wednesday and Saturday.

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Offence can't get on track vs. Red Sox

Offence can't get on track vs. Red Sox

TORONTO -- Clay Buchholz continued his streak of success at Rogers Centre, delivering his team-best 11th quality start of the season to lead the Red Sox to a 3-1 victory over the Blue Jays in Monday's series opener.

The right-hander improved to 10-3 lifetime in Toronto as he lasted eight innings while allowing one earned run on five hits without walking a batter. Buchholz pitched the normally dangerous Blue Jays tough for most of the night, and he benefitted from some timely defence when needed. Alejandro De Aza ran down a key fly ball to end the sixth inning, and Pablo Sandoval started a big double play to get Boston out of the seventh after Buchholz allowed a one-out single to Chris Colabello. Koji Uehara came on to pitch a perfect ninth to record his 17th save.

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Bats unable to come to Dickey's rescue

Bats unable to come to Dickey's rescue

TORONTO -- Prior to the start of the Blue Jays' four-game series with the Boston Red Sox, manager John Gibbons noted his team's inability to provide run support for knuckleballer R.A. Dickey.

Things didn't change in Monday's 3-1 loss at Rogers Centre.

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Donaldson sparks Blue Jays to series win

Donaldson sparks Blue Jays to series win

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays held on for a 3-2, series-clinching victory over the Rangers at Rogers Centre on Sunday afternoon. Josh Donaldson homered while Jose Reyes and Devon Travis drove in runs as Toronto held on for a one-run victory despite middle-innings rallies from Texas.

Drew Hutchison earned the win on the mound for the Blue Jays, posting a 5 2/3-innings performance. He walked three and struck out eight before he was lifted with two out and the bases loaded in the sixth. It was Hutchison's fourth straight victory as his sterling record at home improved to 7-1 on the season. Chi Chi Gonzalez was saddled with loss, allowing three earned runs on four hits over six innings.

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Tellez on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

Tellez on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any player currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible, including big leaguers.

When Miguel Sano was hitting just .159 and slugging .381 in April, no one in the Twins organization was overly concerned. They knew the rust from having missed the 2014 season because of Tommy John surgery would be considerable, and fully expected him to return to the power-hitting corner infielder he was before the injury.

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Osuna records clutch multi-inning save

Rookie righty gets Blue Jays out of jam in 8th, works around leadoff double in 9th

Osuna records clutch multi-inning save

TORONTO -- On a day when one Blue Jays player was cementing his case to be an All-Star, another continued to prove why he might too be worthy of making the trip to Cincinnati next month.

Rookie right-hander Roberto Osuna complemented Josh Donaldson's offensive effort with his second multi-inning save this week, striking out two over 1 1/3 scoreless frames to preserve the Blue Jays' 3-2 victory over Texas at Rogers Centre on Sunday.

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Boyd haunted by homers in big league debut

Boyd haunted by homers in big league debut

TORONTO -- Backed by three solo homers, Yovani Gallardo was nearly flawless, as he shut the down the Blue Jays and helped the Rangers snap a six-game losing skid with a 4-0 win at Rogers Centre on Saturday.

The Rangers' righty saw his scoreless streak reach 23 1/3 innings -- the longest of his career -- as he three-hit the normally dangerous Blue Jays offense, improving to 7-6 on the season. He tossed 8 1/3 innings, while striking out four and walking two. Gallardo hasn't allowed an earned run in four of his last five outings, and hasn't lost a decision since May 19, a span of seven starts. He was lifted in the ninth in favor of closer Shawn Tolleson, after allowing a one-out single to Josh Donaldson. Tolleson promptly got Jose Bautista to ground into a game-ending double play.

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Travis' heads-up play bails out Boyd

Travis' heads-up play bails out Boyd

TORONTO -- Blue Jays starter Matt Boyd got a little help from his defense on Saturday afternoon at Rogers Centre.

With Toronto trailing, 4-0, in the sixth, nerves perhaps got the best of Boyd, who was making his Major League debut.

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Boyd shows promise in his MLB debut

Boyd shows promise in his MLB debut

TORONTO -- Matt Boyd wasn't nervous, just excited.

The Blue Jays' left-hander made his Major League debut on Saturday -- allowing four earned runs on nine hits over 6 2/3 innings, while striking out seven, in a 4-0 loss to the Rangers at Rogers Centre.

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Blue Jays hold third-annual Girls' Day

Youngsters instructed by members of Baseball Canada's Women's National Team after Saturday's game

Blue Jays hold third-annual Girls' Day

Baseball isn't just for the boys of summer.

In the third-annual Girls' Day at the ballpark hosted by the Blue Jays Baseball Academy at Rogers Centre, following Toronto's Saturday afternoon matchup against the Texas Rangers, the camp saw 185 young women taking in the instruction of eight members of Baseball Canada's Women's National Team.

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Sanchez set to throw a pair of bullpens

Sanchez set to throw a pair of bullpens

TORONTO -- Aaron Sanchez is expected to take the next step in his recovery from a strained right lat muscle this week.

The Blue Jays' right-hander will throw bullpen sessions off of a mound on Wednesday and next Saturday in Dunedin. Sanchez will then be re-evaluated before being considered for rehab starts.

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Johan reportedly puts comeback on hold

Johan reportedly puts comeback on hold

Two-time American League Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana has put a halt to his attempt to try to come back from injury and pitch again in the Major Leagues this season, according to ESPN.com's Adam Rubin.

Rubin cited sources as saying that Santana has been most recently dealing with a toe infection and believes he would not have enough time to work back to a Major League-ready level in time to compete in 2015.

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