Bautista, Martin part of AL All-Star reserves

Bautista, Martin part of AL All-Star reserves

CHICAGO -- Three of the Blue Jays' biggest stars are headed to the All-Star Game after Jose Bautista and Russell Martin officially joined starting third baseman Josh Donaldson on the American League team Monday evening.

Bautista was voted into the game by the players, while Martin was personally selected by Kansas City manager Ned Yost, who will lead the AL team at the Mid-Summer Classic. It's the third consecutive year Toronto's had at least three representatives at the game.

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Buehrle gives former club vintage performance

Lefty pitches on South Side for perhaps final time

Buehrle gives former club vintage performance

CHICAGO -- Mark Buehrle's sole focus is helping the Blue Jays get to the postseason, but Chicago will always feel like home for the veteran southpaw, and if Monday night was his final start at U.S. Cellular Field, he almost went out with a bang.

Buehrle carried a 2-1 lead into the bottom of the eighth inning and was four outs away from a complete game until the White Sox rallied for three runs to steal a victory. The end result was Toronto coming out on the wrong side of a 4-2 score as Buehrle got charged with a loss for the first time since May 29.

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Eighth-inning miscue sparks Blue Jays' demise

Eighth-inning miscue sparks Blue Jays' demise

CHICAGO -- The White Sox rallied for three unearned runs against Mark Buehrle in the eighth inning, claiming a 4-2 victory Monday night in the series opener with the Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field that last one hour and 54 minutes. Chris Sale didn't reach double-digits in strikeouts, but he did pitch his first complete game of 2015.

"Any time you can pick up your bullpen and leave them out of it, that's huge," said Sale, who didn't issue a walk in his eighth career complete game. "That's what you strive for, filling in innings, getting deep into games and giving your team a chance to win. Fortunately for myself, my team came back for us and we won."

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Reyes' error opens window of opportunity

Miscue leads to game-winning rally in eighth

Reyes' error opens window of opportunity

CHICAGO -- Jose Reyes' defense up the middle has been an ongoing concern this season, and on Monday night, it was a fielding error that proved to be the turning point in a 4-2 loss to the White Sox.

Toronto was clinging to a 2-1 lead when Gordon Beckham started the bottom of the eighth with a sharp grounder to shortstop. Reyes was in position to make a play and the ball didn't take a bad bounce, but it still somehow snuck through Reyes' legs.

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Donaldson receives most ASG votes in history

Third baseman becomes Blue Jays' fourth infielder to win fan election

Donaldson receives most ASG votes in history

DETROIT -- Josh Donaldson is not only headed to the All-Star Game as the starting third baseman for the American League, but he also shattered the all-time record for most fan votes.

Donaldson's vote total (14,090,188) surpassed the previous record, owned by Josh Hamilton (11,073,744). Toronto's slugging infielder also joins Jose Bautista as the only two players in franchise history to lead the league in voting. Fans answered Canadian hockey commentator Don Cherry's call in droves to send Donaldson to the Midsummer Classic in Cincinnati.

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Booming offense keyed by HRs, 6-run frame

Booming offense keyed by HRs, 6-run frame

DETROIT -- The Blue Jays had seen vintage Anibal Sanchez on Friday, vintage David Price on Saturday and, for a stretch Sunday, were facing vintage Justin Verlander. Then they unloaded for six runs in the fifth inning off the right-hander, avoiding a sweep with a 10-5 win at Comerica Park.

Home runs by Jose Bautista and Justin Smoak capped Toronto's scorching fifth, which began when left fielder Danny Valencia worked a leadoff walk despite falling behind in the count, 0-2. Before allowing five hits in that inning, Verlander had retired 12 of the last 13 batters he had faced following third baseman Josh Donaldson's single that scored Jose Reyes in the first.

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Osuna stays in game despite back injury

Trainers check on Blue Jays closer, who will likely get at least a day of rest

Osuna stays in game despite back injury

DETROIT -- Roberto Osuna appeared to sustain a minor back injury during Sunday's 10-5 victory over the Tigers, but he insisted after the game that everything is fine and he won't be required to miss any time.

Toronto's training staff rushed to the mound in the ninth inning after they saw him grabbing at his lower back. Blue Jays manager John Gibbons joined them, but Osuna lobbied to remain in the game and eventually received clearance.

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Dickey unable to get rotation back on track

With inconsistent knuckler, Blue Jays vet allows five runs over 5 2/3 frames

Dickey unable to get rotation back on track

DETROIT -- The Blue Jays' struggles on the mound went from bad to worse on Saturday afternoon after R.A. Dickey surrendered four runs in the first inning en route to an eventual 8-3 loss to Detroit on Saturday afternoon.

Toronto's starting rotation now has a 4.59 ERA on the season, which is second worst in the American League. The Blue Jays have lost five of their last six games, and it's no coincidence that they fell behind early in each of those losses.

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Blue Jays homer twice, but Dickey struggles

Blue Jays homer twice, but Dickey struggles

DETROIT -- Hours after the Tigers put Miguel Cabrera on the 15-day disabled list, their offense began the coping process with a four-run first inning off knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, putting Detroit in command from the outset for an 8-3 win over the Blue Jays on Saturday afternoon at Comerica Park.

J.D. Martinez, batting cleanup with Cabrera out, fueled the opening-inning rally with a two-run home run to go with Victor Martinez's RBI groundout and James McCann's RBI triple as the Tigers batted around. Dickey (3-9) eventually found enough bite to his knuckler to pitch into the sixth, allowing only a Yoenis Cespedes RBI single after that, but he lost for the third consecutive start. Ian Kinsler's two-run single capped a three-run eighth off Steve Delabar to put the game away.

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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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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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