Blue Jays win bidding for prized lefty Price

Tigers to receive package of prospects, including Toronto's No. 1-ranked Norris

Blue Jays win bidding for prized lefty Price

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays became instant contenders in the American League after they pulled off yet another blockbuster trade on Thursday afternoon by acquiring former AL Cy Young Award winner David Price from the Tigers.

Toronto sent left-handed prospects Daniel Norris, Matt Boyd and Jairo Labourt to the Tigers as part of the deal. It's the second major move this week after the Blue Jays acquired All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and LaTroy Hawkins from the Rockies on Tuesday.

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Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, 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.

Will the Blue Jays look to add bullpen help?

With Deadline approaching, club may try to add more pieces

Will the Blue Jays look to add bullpen help?

TORONTO -- Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos already has pulled off two major moves this week, and now the question is whether he'll be able to do anything else prior to Friday's 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline.

Toronto appears to have ruled out making another significant trade, but Anthopoulos left the door open the possibility of another minor acquisition or two. The holes on the Blue Jays' roster aren't nearly as big as they were a couple of days ago, but there are at least a couple of spots that could be addressed.

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Price may toe rubber against Royals in finale

Price may toe rubber against Royals in finale

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays haven't announced who will take the mound when they wrap their four-game series against the Royals on Sunday at Rogers Centre. The decision hinges on when newly acquired ace David Price joins the team, and whether or not he'll be ready to go in the finale.

Prior to being dealt from the Tigers to the Blue Jays on Thursday, Price's next start was slated for Sunday, which would nicely align with the Blue Jays' rotation schedule. But nothing's certain yet, said manager John Gibbons.

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Jamie Ross is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Blue Jays players beaming over acquisitions

Blue Jays players beaming over acquisitions

TORONTO -- When the Blue Jays didn't swing a deal to upgrade their roster at the 2014 non-waiver Trade Deadline, there were grumblings in the clubhouse that the club had missed an opportunity to gear up for a playoff run.

There will be no such concerns this season.

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Blue Jays weighing DL decision on Travis

Blue Jays weighing DL decision on Travis

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays likely are facing a deadline of Friday afternoon to make a final decision on whether second baseman Devon Travis will need to be placed on the disabled list.

Travis aggravated a right shoulder injury during Tuesday's 3-2 loss to the Phillies. It's the same ailment that caused him to miss approximately six weeks earlier this year, and while the hope is that it's less severe this time, no one can say for certain.

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Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, 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.

Stroman tweeted from class when Price was traded

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Stroman tweeted from class when Price was traded

Were you ever in class and, by the time you got out, found out that your friends had left for an impromptu road trip -- telling you, "We tried to reach you, but your phone was off while you were learning?" Well, today's story is kind of like that, except much cooler, because it involves Major League Baseball, deadline deals and Twitter. 

Marcus Stroman, currently working on his degree while recovering from a knee injury this season, tweeted that he was heading to class, and he needed people to keep him in the loop when he wasn't on the transaction beat. 

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Tracy Ringolsby

Now's the time: GM motivating Blue Jays

Club's big moves designed for short-term success, with future to be determined

Now's the time: GM motivating Blue Jays

In the world of uncertainty hanging over the Toronto Blue Jays, one thing is certain -- general manager Alex Anthopoulos is putting it all on the table right now.

The future? Who knows?

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Tracy Ringolsby is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Blue Jays pay visit to SickKids Hospital

Blue Jays pay visit to SickKids Hospital

TORONTO -- It was a break from the everyday routine.

Before Wednesday night's game against the Phillies, several Blue Jays players, their wives and staff members took some time out of their morning to make the day special for children battling through their daily lives at SickKids Hospital in Toronto.

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Tulo says hello: Newcomer dazzles in debut

In first career start batting leadoff, Blue Jays new arrival homers, doubles twice, drives in three

Tulo says hello: Newcomer dazzles in debut

TORONTO -- Troy Tulowitzki apparently has a thing for making positive first impressions, because he didn't waste any time showing his teammates and the city of Toronto just how good he can be.

Tulowitzki went 3-for-5 with a home run, two doubles, three RBIs and three runs to lead the Blue Jays to an 8-2 victory over the Phillies in his American League debut Wednesday. Not bad for a guy who less than 36 hours prior had been left stunned by a shocking trade away from the only Major League franchise he had ever known.

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Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, 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 follow Tulo's lead in rout of Phillies

Blue Jays follow Tulo's lead in rout of Phillies

TORONTO -- Troy Tulowitzki made the most of his Blue Jays debut Wednesday, cracking a homer while collecting a pair of doubles in an 8-2 win over the Phillies at Rogers Centre. The Blue Jays' newest star collected three hits with three RBIs and three runs scored as Toronto split the two-game set.

Making his first career start in a leadoff role, Tulowitzki, acquired in a trade with the Rockies on Tuesday, made his presence felt in the third, when he went deep with a two-run shot off Philly starter Jerome Williams to spot the Blue Jays an early 2-0 lead. He was at it again in the fifth, when he laced a leadoff double to left field before Jose Bautista cashed him in with a one-out single. Tulowitzki hit an RBI double off the wall in his next at-bat as part of a three-run sixth, and he finished 3-for-5.

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Jamie Ross is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

After initial shock, Tulo excited to join Blue Jays

Shortstop buying into win-now mentality along with club's long-term vision

After initial shock, Tulo excited to join Blue Jays

TORONTO -- Troy Tulowitzki had been frequently mentioned in trade talks over the last couple of years, but his constant presence in the rumor mill did little to alleviate the shock he felt when Colorado officially agreed to a blockbuster trade with the Blue Jays.

Tulowitzki admitted he was "blindsided" by Tuesday's deal that saw him head to Toronto alongside reliever LaTroy Hawkins in a stunning trade for Jose Reyes and a package of top pitching prospects. The business side of baseball can often serve as a wakeup call for a lot of players, and that harsh reality was pretty evident this week.

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Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, 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 designate Doubront; rotation spot in flux

As club weighs potential trades, replacement may come from outside organization

Blue Jays designate Doubront; rotation spot in flux

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays will go the next few days without a fifth starter, having decided to designate left-hander Felix Doubront for assignment in order to make room on the roster for shortstop Troy Tulowitzki.

Doubront made his final start for Toronto on Tuesday night, when he allowed three runs over four-plus innings. It was his third consecutive outing of five innings or fewer.

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Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, 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.

Troy Tulowitzki crushes homer in Jays debut

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Troy Tulowitzki crushes homer in Jays debut

You may have heard that Troy Tulowitzki was traded from the Rockies to the Blue Jays this week. We even gave him a guide on how to enjoy his new home north of the border. But instead of gorging on poutine or growing a mullet, Tulo, who was making his debut against the Phillies on Wednesday night, figured the best way to fit in would be to do as his other teammates do -- destroy baseballs into the far reaches of Rogers Centre.

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Bautista clears air regarding Tulo comments

Blue Jays star takes exception to headlines that misinterpreted his remarks

Bautista clears air regarding Tulo comments

TORONTO -- Jose Bautista wants to set the record straight.

The Blue Jays' star outfielder said on Wednesday that he felt his comments regarding the Troy Tulowitzki trade a day earlier were unfairly characterized by local broadcast networks, which suggested that he was less than enthusiastic about the club acquiring the All-Star shortstop in a trade for Jose Reyes.

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Jamie Ross is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hawkins fits in with Toronto as middle reliever

'Excited' to pitch for team in contention, veteran tosses 1-2-3 sixth in Blue Jays debut

Hawkins fits in with Toronto as middle reliever

TORONTO -- The presence of LaTroy Hawkins doesn't change the Blue Jays' plans for closing out games, but it does give manager John Gibbons another reliable reliever to use in high-leverage situations.

Hawkins immediately made his presence felt, coming in during the sixth inning Tuesday -- with the Blue Jays trailing the Phillies by one run -- and getting a pair of groundouts before a strikeout of Ryan Howard. Toronto went on to fall, 3-2.

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Promising start fizzles as Blue Jays fall to Phils

Promising start fizzles as Blue Jays fall to Phils

TORONTO -- Ken Giles settled into his newly minted role as closer on Tuesday, helping the Phillies seal a 3-2 win over the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.

Hours after former closer Jonathan Papelbon was traded to the Nationals, Giles came on to protect a one-run lead and threw a scoreless ninth inning as Philadelphia took the opener of a two-game set. After allowing a leadoff single to Edwin Encarnacion, Giles retired Chris Colabello and Russell Martin on flyouts before Danny Valencia grounded into a forceout to end the game. It was Giles' first save of the season and the second of his career.

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Jamie Ross is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bautista dismisses injury as minor leg cramp

Blue Jays starter exits after grounding out in eighth, says he'll be ready to play in the finale

Bautista dismisses injury as minor leg cramp

TORONTO -- A leg cramp -- nothing more -- forced Jose Bautista from the game in the eighth inning of the Blue Jays' 3-2 loss to the Phillies on Tuesday.

Bautista hit an inning-ending grounder to shortstop and almost immediately pulled up as he headed down the first-base line. The 34-year old grabbed his right hamstring before turning and limping off the field.

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Blue Jays eye present, future with Tulo trade

Toronto parts with Reyes, three pitching prospects in deal for shortstop, reliever Hawkins

Blue Jays eye present, future with Tulo trade

TORONTO -- Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos doubled down early Tuesday morning by pulling off a blockbuster trade with the Rockies for All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, but make no mistake, the move was as much about the future as it was a run at the postseason.

Tulowitzki is under club control through the 2021 season, and he is now part of a long-term core that includes third baseman Josh Donaldson and catcher Russell Martin. None of those three players can be eligible for free agency until at least after the 2018 season, and all could be around long after the contracts of Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion eventually expire.

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Donaldson, Dickey can relate to Tulo's shift

Blue Jays duo familiar with culture shock, pressure of joining new organization

Donaldson, Dickey can relate to Tulo's shift

TORONTO -- Josh Donaldson knows how Troy Tulowitzki must be feeling. When the Blue Jays acquired Donaldson in an offseason blockbuster deal with the A's, the move caught everyone off guard, but perhaps no one more than Donaldson himself. After earning fan-favourite status over three seasons in Oakland, Donaldson was shocked when he was shipped north of the border. 

So in some ways, Donaldson can relate to Tulowitzki's surprise when the Rockies dealt their star shortstop to the Blue Jays on Tuesday, and the challenges that come with joining a new team in a new city and different country.

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What ramifications will Tulowitzki trade have for Blue Jays?

What ramifications will Tulowitzki trade have for Blue Jays?

Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos pulled off another shocking trade early Tuesday morning, a deal that brought five-time All-Star Troy Tulowitzki to Toronto in exchange for Jose Reyes and a package of top prospects.

The magnitude of this deal is nothing short of stunning and will cause ripple effects through the Blue Jays' organization -- not only for this season, but also for years to come. Its impact will be felt in many ways, and the trade creates a lot of questions about where Toronto will go from here.

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Tulo turns attention to Toronto and the future

Tulo turns attention to Toronto and the future

CHICAGO -- Troy Tulowitzki admitted feeling "somewhat blindsided" when the Rockies traded him on Monday night, but he is turning his attention to a Blue Jays team that did its homework and considers him part of what it hopes is a playoff run.

"It's mixed emotions -- sad, excited, kind of like getting drafted all over again," said Tulowitzki, who as a rookie in 2007 contributed to a Rockies team that went to the World Series and later developed into one of the game's best shortstops. "It's like the big league debut. I didn't sleep at all last night, and I didn't sleep before my big league debut. It's tough, but all I can do is look forward and keep doing what I do, and things will work out."

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Hawkins excited for next chapter with Blue Jays

Veteran reliever headed to 11th team as he plays in his final season

Hawkins excited for next chapter with Blue Jays

CHICAGO -- Right-handed reliever LaTroy Hawkins had boarded the Rockies' team bus after Monday night's 9-8 loss to the Cubs at Wrigley Field when Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich rang to inform him the team had agreed to trade him and star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to the Blue Jays for shortstop Jose Reyes and three pitching prospects.

The deal was formally announced Tuesday morning.

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Tracy Ringolsby

Tulo deal could help Blue Jays to next level

Tulo deal could help Blue Jays to next level

The focus for the Toronto Blue Jays as Friday's non-waiver Trade Deadline nears is on strengthening their pitching staff.

Enter shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, acquired by the Blue Jays along with setup reliever LaTroy Hawkins, on Monday night in exchange for shortstop Jose Reyes and three Minor League players, right-handed pitchers Jeff Hoffman, Miguel Castro and Jesus Tinoco

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Tracy Ringolsby is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

A Canadian primer for Tulo now that he's a Blue Jay

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A Canadian primer for Tulo now that he's a Blue Jay

By now, you've no doubt heard that the Blue Jays reportedly managed to land star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki from the Rockies in a blockbuster deal early Tuesday morning. Neither club has yet confirmed it, but it's a trade that's sure to send shockwaves throughout the league. We'll leave the actual baseball ramifications to smarter folks, and instead take this opportunity to perform a far greater service: Giving Tulo a bit of a Canadian primer. 

You see, Tulowitzki's only visited our neighbor to the north once, during Interleague Play in 2007, so he'll be adjusting to a lot of new things on the fly as the pennant race kicks into high gear. And so, to help ease his transition, we've compiled a list of some important things to do in/know about Toronto.

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Blue Jays split road trip, but it ends with disappointment

Blue Jays split road trip, but it ends with disappointment

SEATTLE -- The Blue Jays' West Coast trip, which began with such promise, ended in disappointment with a 6-5 loss to the Mariners on Sunday afternoon as the cons off-set any of the pros from the last six days.

Toronto, which has struggled on the road all season, went 3-3 with stops in Oakland and Seattle. On the surface, that doesn't sound too bad, but things appear a lot worse when the losses are examined a little more closely.

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Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, 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.

Carrera's big day not enough as Blue Jays drop finale

Carrera's big day not enough as Blue Jays drop finale

SEATTLE -- Franklin Gutierrez hit a walk-off home run as the Mariners beat the Blue Jays, 6-5, in 10 innings in Sunday's series finale at Safeco Field.

"Guti's a veteran, and he's been big for us. He's really playing extremely good baseball," said Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon afterward. "It's kind of hard to keep him out of that lineup."

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Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Andrew Erickson is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bullpen remains a major concern for Blue Jays

Schultz gives up tying homer vs. Seattle, before Loup takes the loss

Bullpen remains a major concern for Blue Jays

SEATTLE -- Toronto's bullpen has been an ongoing concern all season, and even after receiving a facelift on Saturday afternoon, it wasn't enough to change the club's fortunes during a weekend series vs. the Mariners.

The Blue Jays once again couldn't protect a lead late in the game as Bo Schultz surrendered a game tying two-run homer in the seventh, and lefty Aaron Loup surrendered a walk-off solo shot to Franklin Gutierrez in the 10th. That resulted in a 6-5 loss and forced Toronto to settle for a 3-3 road trip.

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Goins hits into wacky triple play vs. Mariners

Carrera falls off third base to become the final out

Goins hits into wacky triple play vs. Mariners

SEATTLE -- In a truly wacky series of events, the Mariners turned their 11th triple play in franchise history in the fourth inning of their 6-5 win over Toronto, their first since Aug. 9, 2010. It was the first time the Blue Jays had hit into a triple play since June 6, 2014 against the Cardinals.

Leading, 4-3, the Blue Jays put runners on first and third with nobody out, when second baseman Ryan Goins grounded a 1-2 curveball to first baseman Mark Trumbo.

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Andrew Erickson is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.