Bautista's bat flip memorialized in cornfield

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Bautista's bat flip memorialized in cornfield

The Joey Bats Bat Flip took the world by storm last postseason. It got its very own Statcast, it was immortalized on a Topps Card, it's featured as a goal celebration in NHL '17 ... it is, as you remember, worthy of all these things.

And now, finally, perhaps to rival David Ortiz's New England corn maze, New Brunswick, Canada's Hunter Brothers Farm has honored Bautista's iconic moment.

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Barney placed on family emergency leave list

Barney placed on family emergency leave list

BALTIMORE -- The Blue Jays placed infielder Darwin Barney on the family medical emergency list Wednesday and recalled Ryan Goins from Triple-A Buffalo. Additionally, they optioned reliever Bo Schultz to the Bisons to make room for Wednesday's starter, Aaron Sanchez, who was officially recalled from Class A Advanced Dunedin. Sanchez allowed one unearned run over six innings and exited with Toronto leading, 4-1.

Sanchez had been optioned to keep his innings down, not pitching in a live game during his 10 days away from the club. As Toronto continues to monitor his workload, manager John Gibbons said he won't be moved to the bullpen. Sanchez will remain a starter for as long as the Blue Jays feel comfortable having him pitch.

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Ryan Baillargeon is a reporter for MLB.com based in Baltimore and covered the Blue Jays on Wednesday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Umpire Layne forced to exit Blue Jays-O's game

Umpire Layne forced to exit Blue Jays-O's game

BALTIMORE -- In the bottom of the third inning Wednesday with the Blue Jays leading the Orioles, 3-0, Toronto starter Aaron Sanchez delivered a pitch that glanced off catcher Russell Martin's glove and hit home-plate umpire Jerry Layne in the mask.

Orioles trainer Richie Bancells examined Layne, and he was removed from the game. Alan Porter, who was behind the plate Monday, moved from second base to home plate.

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Ryan Baillargeon is a reporter for MLB.com based in Baltimore and covered the Blue Jays on Wednesday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Toronto allows late blast as O's gain in race

Toronto allows late blast as O's gain in race

BALTIMORE -- Matt Wieters' two-out, two-run homer in the eighth inning lifted Baltimore to a much-needed 5-3, series-evening win over the Blue Jays on Tuesday night at Camden Yards.

The first-place Blue Jays, who saw their four-game winning streak snapped, remain atop the American League East, while the O's -- who had lost four of five coming in -- moved to three back in the division and maintain a slim lead for the AL's second Wild Card spot. Baltimore also moved to a game back of Boston for the top Wild Card spot due to the Red Sox's loss to the Rays.

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Ryan Baillargeon is a reporter for MLB.com based in Baltimore and covered the Blue Jays on Tuesday.

Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

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Alford highlights Blue Jays headed to Fall League

Red Sox's Moncada, Bucs' Meadows among 21 from Top 100 list headed to Arizona

Alford highlights Blue Jays headed to Fall League

The Arizona Fall League annually provides a place to see the best prospects in baseball all playing in the same place. This season, the league's 25th, which begins on Oct. 11 and runs through the championship game on Nov. 19, is once again pulling out all the stops.

The preliminary rosters, announced on Wednesday, are packed with future stars, sent by all 30 organizations to fill the AFL's six teams. There are a total of 21 players on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list scheduled to compete in Arizona this fall, though the rosters will change and be amended as organizations finalize who they are sending.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter @JonathanMayo and Facebook, and listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Scoreless month for Grilli ends on home run

Blue Jays reliever allows go-ahead blast in loss to Orioles

Scoreless month for Grilli ends on home run

BALTIMORE -- Blue Jays reliever Jason Grilli nearly got through August without allowing a run, but it took just one pitch to Matt Wieters on Tuesday night to change that. The Orioles catcher jumped on a first-pitch fastball for the decisive two-run homer in the eighth inning of Toronto's 5-3 loss at Camden Yards.

The long ball ended a string of 13 2/3 scoreless innings for Grilli, who has a 1.93 ERA with Toronto since he was acquired from Atlanta on May 31. The veteran righty had allowed just four hits over his past 13 innings entering Tuesday.

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Ryan Baillargeon is a reporter for MLB.com based in Baltimore and covered the Blue Jays on Tuesday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Smith, Fields among top prospect performers Tuesday

Pair of Pirates players shine in impressive outings

Smith, Fields among top prospect performers Tuesday

Mitch Keller may have moved up a level, but the results stayed the same.

Keller made his debut with Class A Advanced Bradenton and led the club to a 8-1 win over Jupiter on Tuesday.

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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.

Blue Jays bolster lead on O's with win in opener

Blue Jays bolster lead on O's with win in opener

BALTIMORE -- Josh Donaldson homered -- his fourth in two days -- and Jose Bautista joined in, backing a fantastic start from Marco Estrada to give the red-hot Blue Jays a 5-1 win during Monday's series opener at Camden Yards.

The win puts the first-place Blue Jays a season-high 19 games over .500 and is their fourth straight victory. The Orioles, who have lost four of their last five games, are still in line for the second American League Wild Card spot -- holding a one-game lead over Detroit -- but fell to four games back in the AL East race. Toronto leads Boston by two games in the division.

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Ryan Baillargeon is a reporter for MLB.com based in Baltimore and covered the Blue Jays on Monday.

Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

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Donaldson's power surge continues

Blue Jays third baseman follows up 3-homer game with a solo shot

Donaldson's power surge continues

BALTIMORE -- After blasting three home runs in a game for the first time in his career during the Blue Jays' win Sunday, Josh Donaldson nearly left the yard in his first two at-bats of Monday's 5-1 victory at Camden Yards. Orioles center fielder Nolan Reimold made a terrific running catch on his fly ball in the first inning, crashing into the wall to rob him of extra bases.

But neither Reimold nor right fielder Mark Trumbo had a play in the fourth inning when Donaldson launched his 34th home run of the season to right-center field to tie the game at 1. He belted an 0-1 fastball from Wade Miley for the Blue Jays' first hit of the night after Miley set down the first 10 batters in order.

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Ryan Baillargeon is a reporter for MLB.com based in Baltimore and covered the Blue Jays on Monday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Estrada like 'old self' in big start for Toronto

Righty delivers win vs. O's following back-to-back tough outings

Estrada like 'old self' in big start for Toronto

BALTIMORE -- Blue Jays manager John Gibbons seemed to sense Marco Estrada would return to form Monday night at Camden Yards. He was right.

After Estrada had allowed five or more earned runs in back-to-back starts after not doing so in his first 20 outings, the righty stifled the Orioles' power-hitting lineup in a 5-1 victory. Estrada held the Orioles to one run on four hits over seven-plus innings, just his second time completing seven innings since June 5.

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Ryan Baillargeon is a reporter for MLB.com based in Baltimore and covered the Blue Jays on Monday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Navarro thrilled to return to Blue Jays

Toronto designates Thole for assignment

Navarro thrilled to return to Blue Jays

BALTIMORE -- There was a steady stream of hugs and handshakes Monday afternoon in the Blue Jays' clubhouse at Camden Yards as Toronto welcomed back catcher Dioner Navarro, who was acquired from the White Sox on Saturday. The Blue Jays designated Josh Thole for assignment to make room for Navarro.

"Outstanding, man. It feels great," Navarro said of rejoining the club he spent the 2014-15 seasons with. "I was in shock when it happened. I was happy two minutes later, because I was coming to an organization where I feel really comfortable and to a group of guys that I have a good relationship with."

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Ryan Baillargeon is a reporter for MLB.com based in Baltimore and covered the Blue Jays on Monday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tellez among top prospect performers Monday

Giants' No. 2 prospect allows two hits, fans 11 in shutout for Squirrels

Tellez among top prospect performers Monday

Tyler Beede needed just 94 pitches, 70 strikes, to spin his first shutout.

The Giants' No. 2 prospect led Double-A Richmond to a 4-0 win over Hartford on Monday, notching his first double-digit strikeout game of the season along the way.

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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.

Donaldson hits 3 HRs; Blue Jays sweep Twins

Donaldson hits 3 HRs; Blue Jays sweep Twins

TORONTO -- Josh Donaldson brought the rain with his first career three-homer game, and the Blue Jays brought the brooms, completing a sweep of the Twins, 9-6, and handing Minnesota its season-high 10th straight loss on Sunday afternoon at Rogers Centre.

Toronto's third come from behind victory of the series was fueled by the reigning American league MVP. Donaldson's two-run shot in the bottom of the seventh put the Blue Jays in front for good, and his second solo home run of the day in the eighth put the icing on the cake.

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

Dhiren Mahiban is a contributor to MLB.com based in Toronto and covered the Twins on Sunday.

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Molitor reflects on three seasons in Toronto

Twins manager won 1993 World Series championship with Blue Jays

Molitor reflects on three seasons in Toronto

TORONTO -- Visits to Toronto are always a little extra special for Twins manager Paul Molitor.

The man known to his peers as "The Ignitor" during his playing days has long held a special affinity in his heart for the only Canadian franchise. While Molitor spent only three of his 21 Major League seasons playing for the Blue Jays, he was a key ingredient to the team's second of back-to-back World Series championships in 1993.

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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.

Donaldson records first career three-homer game

Reigning AL MVP helps power Blue Jays to sweep of Twins

Donaldson records first career three-homer game

TORONTO -- Last season, Josh Donaldson referred to the Major Leagues as a "get-it-done" league. On Sunday afternoon at Rogers Centre, Donaldson got it done in a manner few others around the game can.

The reigning American League MVP recorded his first career three-homer game and received his first career curtain call, lifting the Blue Jays over the Twins, 9-6, completing another comeback victory.

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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.

Photo of the Day: Aftermath of Donaldson's 3-homer day/hat trick

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Photo of the Day: Aftermath of Donaldson's 3-homer day/hat trick

As we've learned earlier this season, when a Toronto Blue Jays player hits three home runs in one game (even if it happens in Baltimore), Blue Jay fans will honor the moment hockey-style and toss their hats onto the field. 

So, when Josh Donaldson hit three in the team's 9-6 win over the Twins on Sunday, the Bringer of Rain became the Bringer of Caps. And because the game was actually in Rogers Centre this time, there were many, many more.

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Upton Jr.'s sensational sprint caps Blue Jays' win

Upton Jr.'s sensational sprint caps Blue Jays' win

TORONTO -- Melvin Upton Jr. served what looked like a soft single into right field, but it took him on a non-stop trip around the bases that lifted the Toronto Blue Jays to an 8-7 comeback win over the Minnesota Twins on Saturday afternoon at Rogers Centre.

The win leaves the Blue Jays atop the American League East by a game over the Red Sox, after Boston defeated Kansas City later in the evening, and three games ahead of the Orioles, after Baltimore's second consecutive loss to the Yankees.

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

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Resurgent vets Benoit, Grilli anchoring 'pen

2016 additions to Toronto's relief corps provide steady bridge to Osuna

Resurgent vets Benoit, Grilli anchoring 'pen

TORONTO -- Jason Grilli was the first surprise success story for the Blue Jays' bullpen. He brought a 5.29 ERA from Atlanta in a May 31 trade and quickly took over as Toronto's lockdown setup man.

Then, on July 26, Joaquin Benoit and his 5.18 ERA arrived from Seattle. He promptly settled into the seventh inning. In 13 appearances since the trade for Drew Storen, Benoit has not allowed an earned run.

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Upton Jr.'s speed adding dimension to lineup

Blue Jays outfielder hits game-tying triple, scores winning run on error

Upton Jr.'s speed adding dimension to lineup

TORONTO -- Melvin Upton Jr. finished an electrifying excursion around the bases with a leisurely trot, scoring the deciding run in the Blue Jays' 8-7 win over the Twins on Saturday.

With Kevin Pillar on second base, Upton hit a sinking liner into right field. Charging and diving, Max Kepler thought he could catch it, but the ball bounced past him and rolled deep into the outfield, where Kepler raced to catch up and compounded his misery by kicking it to the warning track.

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Blue Jays alone in first with offensive outpouring

Blue Jays alone in first with offensive outpouring

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays' offense finally came back to life on Friday, recording 15 hits in Toronto's 15-8 rout of the Twins.

The win, combined with the Red Sox's loss to the Royals, puts the Blue Jays in sole possession of first place in the American League East, one game ahead of Boston. Toronto also gained an additional game on the Orioles, who lost earlier in the evening at Yankee Stadium.

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Alykhan Ravjiani is a reporter for MLB.com based in Toronto and covered the Blue Jays on Friday.

Dhiren Mahiban is a contributor to MLB.com based in Toronto and covered the Twins on Friday.

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Smoak catches fire with five-RBI night

First baseman snaps 0-for-29 skid with RISP

Smoak catches fire with five-RBI night

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays' offensive explosion had an unlikely catalyst on Friday evening, as Justin Smoak had night to remember in Toronto's 15-8 victory against the Twins.

Smoak slammed a three-run home run in the second inning to give the Blue Jays a lead they would not relinquish, and he finished his outing 3-for-5 with a season-high five RBIs.

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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 acquire Navarro from White Sox

Catcher played for Toronto from 2014-15; Minor League pitcher Turner sent to Chicago

Blue Jays acquire Navarro from White Sox

TORONTO -- Dioner Navarro is returning to the place he called home for the past two seasons.

The Blue Jays acquired the veteran catcher from the White Sox on Friday in exchange for left-handed pitching prospect Colton Turner, reuniting Navarro with the club he played for from 2014-15.

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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.

Borucki, Tellez among top prospect performers Friday

Indians' No. 7 outduels Blue Jays' No. 17 in impressive matchup

Borucki, Tellez among top prospect performers Friday

Fans in attendance for Friday's matchup between Class A Lake County and Lansing were treated to a pitchers' duel between starters Triston McKenzie and Ryan Borucki, who combined for 11 scoreless innings and 18 strikeouts. Ultimately, it was McKenzie, the Indians' No. 7 prospect, who recorded the win as the Captains shut out Lansing, 3-0.

Making his fifth start for Lake County, McKenzie surrendered just two hits and a walk over six scoreless innings. He struck out nine, throwing 57 of his 84 pitches for strikes.

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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.

Happ, Blue Jays denied sole possession of first

Happ, Blue Jays denied sole possession of first

TORONTO -- Mike Trout had three hits and drove in four runs Thursday night as the Angels made sure the Blue Jays could not get too comfortable sitting alone atop the standings in the American League East with a 6-3 victory at Rogers Centre.

Toronto had an opportunity to pull one game ahead of Boston, but instead both teams still find themselves tied following a pair of losses on Thursday. That created the possibility for a three-way tie in the standings, but the Orioles also lost, 4-0, in Washington to remain one game back.

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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.

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

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Blue Jays' offence finds itself in another rut

But Gibbons points to how Toronto broke out of previous slump earlier this year

Blue Jays' offence finds itself in another rut

TORONTO -- John Gibbons has been known to say that when the Blue Jays don't score in bunches, they don't win. That point was driven home yet again on Thursday night.

Toronto's offense continued its recent downward trend in another disappointing 6-3 loss to the Angels. The Blue Jays' lineup struggled early this year, and then bounced back by the end of May, but the issues have resurfaced during the dog days of August.

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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.

Activated from DL, Bautista leads off, plates 2

Serving as DH, slugger likely to remain toward top of Blue Jays' batting order

Activated from DL, Bautista leads off, plates 2

TORONTO -- Jose Bautista made his return to the Blue Jays' starting lineup on Thursday night after missing the previous 15 days with a twisted left knee, but it was not enough to avoid a 6-3 loss to the Angels.

Bautista was activated from the DL prior to the game, and he went 1-for-4 with an RBI double and a sacrifice fly in the losing cause. Ryan Goins was optioned to the Minor Leagues to make room for Bautista on the 25-man roster.

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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.

Donaldson uses Arenado's bat, hits home run

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Donaldson uses Arenado's bat, hits home run

In the month of August entering Thursday, Josh Donaldson was hitting just .235 with three homers and seven RBIs. He's in what big leaguers dread being in more than anything else in the world, a slump. So he decided to use Nolan Arenado's powerful bat -- which former Rockies teammate/current Blue Jay Troy Tulowitzki had in the clubhouse.

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18th-rounder Jones swats three homers for Bluefield Jays

Blue Jays' 18th-rounder records career-high four hits and drives in five

18th-rounder Jones swats three homers for Bluefield Jays

Bradley Jones continues to show off his home run trot as he hit three homers in Rookie-level Bluefield's 12-5 win over Pulaski on Thursday.

Jones, the Blue Jays' 18th-round selection in the 2016 Draft, went 4-for-4 with three homers, a double and five RBIs in the best offensive game of his young career. The four hits marked a new high for Jones.

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