Encarnacion, Gibbons ejected in 1st vs. Tribe

Encarnacion, Gibbons ejected in 1st vs. Tribe

TORONTO -- Edwin Encarnacion and manager John Gibbons didn't get to enjoy much of Canada Day, as both were ejected during the first inning of Friday afternoon's game against the Indians.

Encarnacion was tossed after he struck out looking in his first at-bat of the game. Toronto's veteran slugger took a pitch from right-hander Josh Tomlin and felt it was off the plate, but umpire Vic Carapazza clearly disagreed.

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Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. 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.

Bautista likely out through All-Star break

Bautista likely out through All-Star break

TORONTO -- Blue Jays manager John Gibbons updated the status of injured right fielder Jose Bautista prior to Toronto's Canada Day matinee against the Cleveland Indians on Friday.

Gibbons said Bautista will likely remain out of the Blue Jays' lineup until after the All-Star break as he recovers from turf toe.

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Alykhan Ravjiani is a reporter for MLB.com based in Toronto. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Blue Jays can't slow streaking Tribe

Blue Jays can't slow streaking Tribe

TORONTO -- It has been 65 years since Cleveland has experienced something like this.

Powered by an electric 14-strikeout performance from Carlos Carrasco, the Indians pulled off a 4-1 victory over the Blue Jays on Thursday night at Rogers Centre, matching a franchise record with 13 wins in a row. Cleveland also won a baker's dozen in 1951, and in 1942 before that. One more win and this Tribe team will be in uncharted waters.

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast.

Alykhan Ravjiani is a reporter for MLB.com based in Toronto.

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Dickey continues to be snakebit at home

Veteran knuckleballer drops to 0-6 in Toronto this season

Dickey continues to be snakebit at home

TORONTO -- Thursday night ended in familiar fashion for Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey.

Dickey allowed three runs on eight hits over seven innings in a 4-1 loss to the Indians at Rogers Centre, and the veteran right-hander's record fell to 0-6 at home this season. The Blue Jays also fell to 0-8 in games started by Dickey at home, a result the veteran knuckleballer has no explanation for.

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Alykhan Ravjiani is a reporter for MLB.com based in Toronto. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cecil returns to take on 'valuable role' in 'pen

Left-hander activated off DL, Tepera optioned to Triple-A

Cecil returns to take on 'valuable role' in 'pen

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays' bullpen has been a topic of conversation for all the wrong reasons lately, but the team welcomed back a familiar face prior to Thursday's 4-1 loss to the Cleveland Indians.

Toronto activated left-handed reliever Brett Cecil from the 15-day DL and optioned reliever Ryan Tepera to Triple-A Buffalo. Cecil has been out since May 14 with a torn lat muscle, and not only adds a lone left-handed reliever to the Blue Jays' bullpen but also a late-inning option to help bridge the gap to closer Roberto Osuna.

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Alykhan Ravjiani is a reporter for MLB.com based in Toronto. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

All-Star Ballot end sets up Tuesday intrigue

Rosters announced at 7 p.m. ET Tuesday on ESPN; Final Vote next

All-Star Ballot end sets up Tuesday intrigue

The people have spoken and the countdown is on.

After 68 consecutive days of relentless fan voting to determine starting position players for the 87th All-Star Game on July 12 at Petco Park in San Diego, the largest All-Star balloting program in sports closed at 11:59 p.m. ET on Thursday.

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Donaldson homers to back Sanchez in win

Donaldson homers to back Sanchez in win

DENVER -- Aaron Sanchez twirled eight strong innings and the Blue Jays held off a late rally by the Rockies for a 5-3 victory on Wednesday to win their first series at Coors Field.

Sanchez held the Rockies to one run on six hits with two walks and three strikeouts. The 30 batters he faced tied a career high. The only damage off of him came in the fourth inning, when Daniel Descalso drove in Nolan Arenado after a leadoff single. Sanchez did well to escape a bases-loaded jam in the seventh, coaxing a double-play ball out of pinch-hitter Ryan Raburn.

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Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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Sanchez continues ascension as a starter

Sanchez continues ascension as a starter

DENVER -- Coors Field is a living nightmare for almost every pitcher in Major League Baseball, but apparently not for Aaron Sanchez.

Sanchez handled the most hitter-friendly ballpark like it was no big deal at all. He scattered six hits over eight strong innings and was the driving force behind Toronto's 5-3 victory over the Rockies on Wednesday.

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Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. 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.

Perdomo added to Futures Game World Team

Blue Jays' No. 23 prospect to step in for injured Mariners prospect

Perdomo added to Futures Game World Team

Blue Jays left-handed pitching prospect Angel Perdomo was added to the 2016 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game roster on Thursday as a member of the World Team.

Perdomo is replacing Mariners right-hander Dylan Unsworth, who will not play due to injury. Unsworth, who hails from South Africa, is currently on the disabled list with Double-A Jackson with a hamstring injury.

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Smith among top prospect performers Wednesday

Pirates prospect continues to rake; Blue Jays outfielder homers twice, plates six

Smith among top prospect performers Wednesday

Josh Bell's body of work made it clear he deserved to be named to the International League All-Star team, but the No. 44 overall prospect (Pirates' No. 3) still took Wednesday's game as an opportunity to cement his place on the squad.

Hours after the International League All-Star roster was announced, Bell led Triple-A Indianapolis to a win with a perfect 3-for-3 day at the plate. The 23-year-old leads the league with 153 total bases and is hitting .323 with 13 homers and 48 RBIs through 77 games.

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Hail to the MVP: Donaldson fuels rally

Bases-clearing triple pads third baseman's #ASGWorthy case

Hail to the MVP: Donaldson fuels rally

DENVER -- Josh Donaldson's nickname is the The Bringer of Rain, but on Tuesday night at Coors Field, he might as well have been called The Bringer of Hail.

Toronto's game against Colorado was delayed by two hours and 41 minutes because of inclement weather that included a hailstorm. When play finally got under way, at 9:21 p.m. local time, Donaldson played a key role in the Blue Jays' 14-9 victory over the Rockies.

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Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. 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.

Tulo ignites Blue Jays on stormy night

Tulo ignites Blue Jays on stormy night

DENVER -- Troy Tulowitzki started a six-run fourth-inning rally with a home run in his former home, and the Blue Jays defeated the Rockies, 14-9, at Coors Field on Tuesday night after a 2-hour, 41-minute pregame delay for hail, rain and lightning.

Toronto chased starter Eddie Butler after 3 1/3 innings, making him throw 86 pitches to 19 batters. Tulowitzki led off the fourth with his first home run at Coors Field -- where he played for nearly 10 seasons -- since last July 20. Russell Martin doubled, Ezequiel Carrera and Devon Travis singled, and Josh Donaldson hit a bases-clearing triple. The Blue Jays added three more in the sixth on Martin's RBI single and Kevin Pillar's two-run double off reliever Yohan Flande.

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Ben Weinrib is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver and covered the Rockies on Tuesday.

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Floyd sidelined 8-12 weeks by torn lat

Veteran righty won't require surgery, could miss rest of '16

Floyd sidelined 8-12 weeks by torn lat

DENVER -- The Blue Jays could be without right-hander Gavin Floyd for the rest of the season after an MRI revealed he has a torn lat.

Toronto announced on Tuesday afternoon that Floyd will be out for eight to 12 weeks because of the injury. He will not require surgery, but Floyd faces a long road to recovery.

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Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. 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 prospect Rios earns Futures Game nod

Left-hander Perdomo also added to World Team

Blue Jays prospect Rios earns Futures Game nod

Blue Jays Minor League right-hander Francisco Rios has been rewarded for his strong start to the season with a spot on the World Team at this year's SiriusXM All-Star Futures Games in San Diego.

Rios is not ranked amongst Toronto's Top 30 prospects by MLBPipeline.com, but he has garnered some attention after a string of solid outings for Class A Dunedin. The native of Mexico is 3-3 with a 2.63 ERA while striking out 34 over 51 1/3 innings.

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Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. 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.

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In familiar place, Blue Jays eye bullpen boost

Cecil, Morales to join lefty-less relief staff; Sanchez may change role

In familiar place, Blue Jays eye bullpen boost

DENVER -- The Blue Jays believe there is relief in sight.

As the midway point in the season nears, Toronto is very much in position to make a run at a second consecutive postseason appearance -- even a second American League East title in a row. The Blue Jays' 41-37 record, in fact, prior to their rain-delayed game against the Rockies at Coors Field on Tuesday night, was the same as they had 78 games into last season.

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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.

Alford, Reid-Foley among top prospect performers Tuesday

Twins' No. 1 prospect allows one hit in seven frames, Nats' No. 6 records career-high seven RBIs

Alford, Reid-Foley among top prospect performers Tuesday

Jose Berrios followed up his best start of the year with a no-hit bid and an outing that was equally impressive.

The No. 15 overall prospect took a no-hitter into the seventh, but lost it on a one-out double -- the lone hit he allowed in seven scoreless frames. Berrios threw 64 of his 96 pitches for strikes, walking three and striking out six.

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William Boor is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Edwin's 2-HR night not enough vs. Rockies

Edwin's 2-HR night not enough vs. Rockies

DENVER -- The Rockies' Carlos Gonzalez and Nolan Arenado were proud of the 34,619 in attendance who loudly cheered Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki in his return to Coors Field -- where he played from 2006 to last July.

But Gonzalez, with a three-run sixth-inning homer, and Arenado, with a go-ahead two-run single an inning later, attracted the most joyful noises of the Rockies' 9-5 victory Monday night.

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Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, listen to podcasts and like his Facebook page.

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Tracy Ringolsby

Tulo returns to Colorado with fond memories

Blue Jays shortstop cheered in first at-bat against Rockies

Tulo returns to Colorado with fond memories

DENVER -- Troy Tulowitzki has moved on. He is a Toronto Blue Jay. And Tulowitzki is happy with the way things turned out.

There is, however, a part of Tulowitzki that still bleeds Rockies purple. It always will.

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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.

Storen's confidence unshaken after rocky night

Reliever hits 2 batters, allow 4 runs as Colorado grabs lead

Storen's confidence unshaken after rocky night

COLORADO -- Drew Storen had been on a nice roll for most of June, but any momentum gained after a slow start to the season came to a halt Monday night in the Blue Jays' 9-5 loss to the Rockies at Coors Field.

Storen was called upon to protect a 4-3 lead in the seventh inning. Five batters later, with the lone out coming via a sacrifice bunt, Storen was sent to the showers and Toronto was on its way to a series-opening loss.

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Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. 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.

Bautista (toe) making steady progress

Blue Jays outfielder feeling better, but remains in a walking boot

Bautista (toe) making steady progress

CHICAGO -- Jose Bautista's swollen toe is healing, but the Blue Jays outfielder is still in a walking boot.

Bautista, 35, was placed on the 15-day disabled list June 17 with a turf toe injury to his left big toe. He's making progress, but there is still no definitive timeline for when Bautista will return to the active roster.

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Brian Hedger is a contributor to MLB.com based in Chicago. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Good signs for Stroman despite loss

Blue Jays righty allows four runs over five innings in series finale

Good signs for Stroman despite loss

CHICAGO -- Marcus Stroman was better than his previous start, but better wasn't good enough to best White Sox ace Chris Sale in the series finale at U.S. Cellular Field.

After allowing seven runs to the Orioles in just 3 2/3 innings on June 19, Stroman yielded four runs in five innings against Chicago in the Blue Jays' 5-2 loss on Sunday. He struck out four, but also allowed seven hits, walked four and uncorked a wild pitch.

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Blue Jays stifled by White Sox ace Sale

Blue Jays stifled by White Sox ace Sale

CHICAGO -- Chris Sale pitched like an ace when the White Sox desperately needed him.

With the team sitting one game below .500, fading further behind American League Central-leading Cleveland and facing an overused back end of the bullpen, Sale used 99 pitches to cover eight strong innings in a 5-2 victory over the Blue Jays on Sunday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field. Sale became MLB's first 13-game winner this season, improving to 13-2, and matched his win total from last year.

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Brian Hedger is a contributor to MLB.com based in Chicago and covered the Blue Jays on Sunday.

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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7 dwarfed: Jays happy despite foe might

7 dwarfed: Jays happy despite foe might

CHICAGO -- Edwin Encarnacion drove in four runs and Devon Travis added two hits and two RBIs, as the Blue Jays survived a franchise-record-tying seven White Sox home runs -- all solo shots -- to claim a 10-8 victory Saturday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field and even this three-game set. It was the third time in history a team hit seven home runs in a loss (also the Tigers of 1995 and 2004).

"I don't think I've ever been part of a game like that, that many home runs, but they were all solos," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "We came out early [and scored], they kept chipping away. A couple of our old teammates [were] doing some damage against us, too. It's a nice win, but it was a crazy day. It's a nice hitting park, especially when it heats up. It didn't feel good until that final out was made."

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Brian Hedger is a contributor to MLB.com based in Chicago and covered the Blue Jays on Saturday.

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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Travis on a tear at plate following slow start

Blue Jays second baseman didn't make season debut until May following shoulder surgery

Travis on a tear at plate following slow start

CHICAGO -- Devon Travis is starting to rake again, like he did during his injury-shortened rookie season, and it couldn't come at a better time for the Blue Jays.

Without Jose Bautista, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list last week with turf toe, Toronto's powerful lineup had started to lack some punch at the top. Travis, 25, might be the solution, as evidenced by his performance in the Blue Jays' 10-8 win against the White Sox on Saturday at U.S. Cellular Field.

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Brian Hedger is a contributor to MLB.com based in Chicago. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Like father, like home run: Dad sees Vlad Jr. jack

Blue Jays' No. 5 prospect collects hit in pro debut, goes deep with father in attendance

Like father, like home run: Dad sees Vlad Jr. jack

Rain put the highly anticipated professional debut of Vladimir Guerrero Jr. on hold on Thursday night as Rookie-level Bluefield's season opener against Bristol was suspended after three innings. The weather couldn't stop the 17-year-old on Friday, however, as the Blue Jays' No. 5 prospect recorded his first pro hit and, later, his first home run.

On Thursday, Guerrero Jr., the son of former American League MVP and nine-time Major League All-Star Vladimir Guerrero, grounded out to shortstop with two outs in the bottom of the first in his only trip to the plate before the skies opened up.

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Blue Jays have chance in 9th, but fall to White Sox

Blue Jays have chance in 9th, but fall to White Sox

CHICAGO -- The White Sox hadn't hit in 12 opportunities with runners in scoring position during Friday's series opener against the Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field. Todd Frazier's futility streak extended deeper than one night.

But it was Frazier who came through with a single to left off of Jesse Chavez with two outs in the seventh to score Tim Anderson and give the White Sox a 3-2 victory. The White Sox have won four of their last five games, all coming against the American League East.

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Brian Hedger is a contributor to MLB.com based in Chicago and covered the Blue Jays on Friday.

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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