Travis homers, exits with shoulder irritation

Travis homers, exits with shoulder irritation

TORONTO -- Devon Travis was forced to leave Tuesday night's game against the Phillies in the top of the third inning because of left shoulder irritation.

Travis took his position at second base between innings, but he didn't stay there for long. Blue Jays trainer George Poulis and manager John Gibbons jogged onto the field, and after a brief conversation, they decided to take him out of the game.

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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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Will Blue Jays deal for pitching before Deadline?

Will Blue Jays deal for pitching before Deadline?

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays made a potent lineup even better by acquiring shortstop Troy Tulowitzki in a blockbuster trade with the Rockies on Tuesday morning, but the pitching staff remains an area of weakness that will have to be addressed prior to Friday's non-waiver Trade Deadline.

Toronto general manager Alex Anthopoulos has openly talked about his desire to upgrade the rotation, but time is starting to run out. Anthopoulos has three days left to acquire at least one pitcher prior to Friday's 4 p.m. ET Deadline, but he does have the luxury of shopping in a market that's still flush with arms.

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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, he 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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Hawkins to fit in with Toronto as middle reliever

Expected to retire at season's end, veteran 'excited' to pitch for team in contention

Hawkins to fit 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, 3-2 -- and getting a pair of groundouts before a strikeout of Ryan Howard.

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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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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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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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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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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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Umpire Joyce exits after being struck by foul ball

Umpire Joyce exits after being struck by foul ball

SEATTLE -- Third-base umpire Jim Joyce exited with a leg injury in the 10th inning of the Mariners' 6-5 win over the Blue Jays on Sunday at Safeco Field.

Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano fouled a fastball from Blue Jays pitcher Aaron Loup down the third-base line with no outs in the 10th. The ball made contact with Joyce, who hesitated momentarily before calling the ball foul.

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Gibbons defies book, pushes right buttons

Blue Jays manager calls on Carrera in pinch, sticks with Colabello for winning rally

Gibbons defies book, pushes right buttons

SEATTLE -- A pair of unorthodox late-inning decisions by Blue Jays manager John Gibbons proved to be the difference in an 8-6 victory over the Mariners on Saturday afternoon at Safeco Field.

The interesting thought process began in the eighth, when Gibbons decided to use Ezequiel Carrera as a pinch-hitter instead of Justin Smoak, which led to a game-tying two-run shot, Carrera's second homer of the season. In the ninth, Gibbons then opted to stick with Chris Colabello with the bases loaded, and the veteran hitter came through with the go-ahead two-run single.

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Late rally gives Blue Jays final say in Seattle

Late rally gives Blue Jays final say in Seattle

SEATTLE -- Chris Colabello hit a go-ahead two-run single in the ninth inning as the Blue Jays came from behind to beat the Mariners, 8-6, in the second game of a three-game series Saturday afternoon at Safeco Field.

"Listen, I think our offense is starting to click," said Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon. "I think we're playing extremely good baseball. Today was a hiccup. It was a tough loss, no question about it."

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Activated from DL, Sanchez to bolster bullpen

Blue Jays righty understands transition from starter to reliever; Delabar optioned

Activated from DL, Sanchez to bolster bullpen

SEATTLE -- The Blue Jays finally added a big piece to their bullpen on Saturday afternoon as right-hander Aaron Sanchez made his long-awaited return following a six-week absence.

Sanchez was activated from the disabled list prior to Saturday's game against the Mariners while right-hander Steve Delabar became the odd-man out and was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo. Sanchez entered Saturday's game in the eighth inning and pitched around a single to record a groundout and two lineouts, one of which was snared by Josh Donaldson to end the inning in the Blue Jays' 8-6 win.

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Estrada shoulders blame after rough start

Moved up a day with Hutchison scratched, Blue Jays righty doesn't use it as an excuse

Estrada shoulders blame after rough start

SEATTLE -- Even when Blue Jays righty Marco Estrada doesn't have his best stuff, he usually can find a way to at least partially survive with above-average command, but that wasn't the case Friday night at Safeco Field.

Estrada missed his spot more often than not and there were far too many pitches left up in the zone en route to a 5-2 loss to the Marienrs. The pitching line was decent enough until the fifth inning, but there was hard contact throughout and that ultimately resulted in a short night.

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Blue Jays fall to Felix, M's in opener

Blue Jays fall to Felix, M's in opener

SEATTLE -- Felix Hernandez forged a tie for the American League lead in wins with No. 12 as the Mariners beat the Blue Jays, 5-2, in Friday night's series opener at Safeco Field.

Mariners designated hitter Mark Trumbo hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the fourth and second baseman Robinson Cano followed with a two-run triple in the fifth to secure Seattle's first set of back-to-back wins since June 30 and July 1.

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Saunders not expected back before September

Saunders not expected back before September

SEATTLE -- Blue Jays manager John Gibbons doesn't envision a scenario where injured outfielder Michael Saunders would be able to return before September.

Toronto hasn't lost hope that Saunders will be back this season, but it's clear that it won't be happening soon. The 28-year-old has appeared in just nine games as he continues to experience difficulty recovering from left knee surgery.

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Bautista replies to ex-ESPN host's remarks

Blue Jays slugger doesn't accept apology for Cowherd's take on Dominican Republic

Bautista replies to ex-ESPN host's remarks

SEATTLE -- Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista used his platform as one of the biggest names in baseball to speak out against the controversial remarks made earlier this week by former ESPN radio host Colin Cowherd.

Cowherd made headlines Thursday when he suggested that baseball wasn't a complex sport and tried to back up his argument by saying a third of the sport was played by people from the Dominican Republic.

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Dickey starting to see fruits of his labor

Dickey starting to see fruits of his labor

OAKLAND -- R.A. Dickey began turning his season around nearly two months ago, but he finally has a win to show for his efforts after getting some run support in a 5-2 victory over the A's Thursday afternoon.

Toronto has the top offense in baseball, but for some reason runs have been hard to come by when Dickey's on the mound. Prior to Thursday, the Blue Jays hadn't scored more than two runs while he's been pitching in five straight starts and in 10 losses this year he's received 24 runs.

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Hutchison scratched again due to flu

Estrada moves up to fill in; Blue Jays hope young righty can start Saturday

Hutchison scratched again due to flu

SEATTLE -- Blue Jays right-hander Drew Hutchison was scratched from Friday's game against the Mariners, and the start instead went to Marco Estrada.

Hutchison has been dealing with a case of the flu this week. He was scratched from an outing against Oakland on Thursday afternoon and was considered questionable for the series opener in Seattle, a 5-2 loss by Toronto.

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Martin, Dickey lead Blue Jays to win over A's

Martin, Dickey lead Blue Jays to win over A's

OAKLAND -- Russell Martin homered and drove in three runs, R.A. Dickey allowed two runs in a sharp 8 1/3-inning effort and the Blue Jays beat the A's 5-2 on Thursday afternoon at the Coliseum.

Hours after Scott Kazmir was dealt to the Astros, Drew Pomeranz filled in as the A's starter, but only lasted 1 2/3 innings. The A's used four pitchers in total and surrendered two home runs to Toronto, including one to former A's third baseman Josh Donaldson in the fifth.

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Blue Jays reportedly interested in Indians' Carrasco

Blue Jays reportedly interested in Indians' Carrasco

OAKLAND -- The Blue Jays have expressed interest in acquiring right-hander Carlos Carrasco from the Indians according to a report from Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.

An additional report from Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports confirmed Toronto's interest, but stated that it would take "quite a haul" for the Indians to be motived enough to part ways with a promising young pitcher.

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Bang-bang play doesn't go Blue Jays' way

Call on infield hit stands, allowing A's to walk off in 10

Bang-bang play doesn't go Blue Jays' way

OAKLAND -- The old saying is that baseball is a game of inches and never was that more evident than on the final play of the Blue Jays' 4-3, 10-ininng loss to the A's on Wednesday night at the Coliseum.

Toronto's fate was decided by instant replay following a disputed call on the game's final play. Jose Reyes nearly saved the night with a diving stop of a ground ball by Ike Davis, but his throw to first was a split-second too late as Josh Reddick scored the winning run from third.

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Blue Jays tie it late, fall to A's in 10

Blue Jays tie it late, fall to A's in 10

OAKLAND -- A's pinch-hitter Ike Davis beat out an infield single for a walk-off hit against Blue Jays right-hander Roberto Osuna that gave Oakland a 4-3 victory in the 10th inning Wednesday night.

The final play was reviewed, but the call stood, capping a wild night at the Coliseum that saw A's closer Tyler Clippard walk three and surrender a double to Devon Travis in a 40-pitch ninth, allowing the tying run to score to wipe away a potential Sonny Gray victory.

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