Liriano looks to build momentum in finale

Liriano looks to build momentum in finale

The Blue Jays and Angels wrap up their four-game series Monday night at Angel Stadium, with Francisco Liriano starting for Toronto, opposite Jesse Chavez.

Liriano will be looking to build off two consecutive strong starts. The left-hander held the Red Sox scoreless over 5 1/3 innings in his last outing to pick up his first win of the season. He previously struck out 10 over 6 2/3 innings of two-run ball against the Orioles on April 13.

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Stroman settles in after quick-pitch hiccup

Blue Jays righty strikes out five in complete game, gives 'pen a rest

Stroman settles in after quick-pitch hiccup

ANAHEIM -- The Blue Jays needed a win, and some rest for their bullpen, and starting pitcher Marcus Stroman delivered both with a complete-game victory Sunday against the Angels.

Stroman was efficient for nine innings, making 99 pitches to lead the Blue Jays to a 6-2 win over the Angels at Angel Stadium. With the dominant performance, Stroman became the first pitcher in the Major Leagues with a pair of complete games this season.

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Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. He covered the Blue Jays on Sunday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Big flies seal Stroman's complete-game win

Big flies seal Stroman's complete-game win

ANAHEIM -- A dominant performance by Marcus Stroman and a trio of late home runs from Devon Travis, Kevin Pillar and Ryan Goins helped propel the Blue Jays past the Angels for a 6-2 victory Sunday afternoon at Angel Stadium. The win gave Toronto a 2-1 edge in the series heading into Monday's finale.

"I think the biggest thing was Stroman out there dealing, and it was just time for the offense to wake up a little bit and I'm just really thankful it worked out the way it did," Travis said.

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Gibbons ejected after arguing quick-pitch call

Gibbons ejected after arguing quick-pitch call

ANAHEIM -- Blue Jays manager John Gibbons was ejected from Sunday's 6-2 win over the Angels in the bottom of the third inning. It was his first ejection of the season.

Gibbons was ejected by home-plate umpire Ramon De Jesus. Gibbons came out of the dugout and onto the field after some confusion during a plate appearance by Kole Calhoun.

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Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. He covered the Blue Jays on Sunday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Fisher Cats' Alford homers, lifts average to .469

Fisher Cats' Alford homers, lifts average to .469

It seems like every time he takes the mound, Kolby Allard keeps showing why the Braves drafted him No. 14 overall two years ago.

The 19-year-old left-hander, already pitching for Double-A Mississippi, has a 1.29 ERA through his first four starts of 2017 after tossing five scoreless innings against the Montgomery Biscuits on Sunday. Allard scattered five hits, walked one and struck out five.

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Slam spoils Lawrence's first MLB start

Slam spoils Lawrence's first MLB start

ANAHEIM -- Andrelton Simmons hit his second career grand slam Saturday, vaulting the Angels past the Blue Jays for a 5-4 win in the second game of a four-game series at Angel Stadium.

Simmons' homer snapped an early 1-1 tie and backed a strong performance by the Angels' defense and starterTyler Skaggs, who, after tossing seven scoreless frames against the Royals his last time out, was again effective. He held the Jays to two runs and seven hits through seven-plus innings, becoming the first Angels starter to pitch into the eighth inning this season. More >

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Goins ready to fill in while Tulo is sidelined

Blue Jays infielder doubles, makes great play in loss to Angels

Goins ready to fill in while Tulo is sidelined

ANAHEIM -- The Blue Jays are going to be asking a lot more of Ryan Goins moving forward, now that starting shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is on the 10-day disabled list.

Goins started at shortstop in Saturday's 5-4 loss to the Angels, the first game the Blue Jays played since Tulowitzki went down with a strained right hamstring. Goins played his usual solid defense, and also contributed a double and a run scored.

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Tulo lands on DL with strained right hamstring

Blue Jays also promote Campos and Lawrence

Tulo lands on DL with strained right hamstring

ANAHEIM -- The Blue Jays were dealt another blow on the injury front Saturday, as the club placed starting shortstop Troy Tulowitzki on the 10-day disabled list, the result of a strained right hamstring.

Tulowitzki injured his hamstring in Friday's 8-7 win over the Angels, removing himself from the game in the top of the eighth inning after sliding into third base.

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Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. He covered the Blue Jays on Saturday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Joey Bats' breakout blast a sweet relief

Blue Jays slugger's go-ahead HR snaps 67 at-bat drought

Joey Bats' breakout blast a sweet relief

ANAHEIM -- The Blue Jays were in need of a spark, and some runs, when Jose Bautista stepped to the plate with two outs and two on in the top of the 13th inning early Saturday morning. Bautista delivered with his first home run of the season, propelling his team to a much-needed victory. It was the type of swing the Blue Jays are hoping will unleash the full power potential of their star slugger.

Bautista's three-run homer off Angels right-hander Jesse Chavez helped the Blue Jays to an 8-7 win over the Angels in a game that went 5 hours, 36 minutes. It not only helped seal the game for Toronto, but also could go a long way toward getting Bautista back to his regular form.

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Bautista's HR lifts Blue Jays over Halos in 13

Bautista's HR lifts Blue Jays over Halos in 13

ANAHEIM -- Jose Bautista blasted a three-run home run off Jesse Chavez to break a tie in the 13th inning, and the Blue Jays held on for an 8-7 comeback win in Friday night's series opener at Angel Stadium.

Kevin Pillar ignited the rally with a two-out single and advanced to third on Ezequiel Carrera's subsequent base hit to left. Bautista followed by crushing a 1-1 offspeed pitch to left-center for his first home run of the season.

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Howell (shoulder) nears return to bullpen

Howell (shoulder) nears return to bullpen

ANAHEIM -- The Blue Jays are expecting to get some bullpen help next week with the return of left-hander J.P. Howell, who is on track to come off the 10-day disabled list when the club begins a three-game Interleague series against the Cardinals on Tuesday, according to manager John Gibbons.

Howell began a Minor League rehab assignment with Class A Dunedin on Thursday, striking out two and allowing one hit in a scoreless inning. The lefty is slated for one more rehab appearance this weekend.

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Shaky 'pen command is Blue Jays' undoing

Grilli yields three-run double to Sox in 10th inning

Shaky 'pen command is Blue Jays' undoing

TORONTO -- When the offense is not producing, it leaves little margin for error for the pitching staff. Toronto's bullpen found that out the hard way again on Thursday afternoon.

Right-hander Jason Grilli loaded the bases in the top of the 10th, and then he allowed a three-run double off the bat of Mookie Betts in Toronto's 4-1 loss to the Red Sox. It marked Grilli's second loss in Toronto's three extra-innings games this season, and even though he allowed all of the baserunners to reach base, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said he did not consider making a change.

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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.

Morales' HR, Estrada's 6 scoreless not enough

Morales' HR, Estrada's 6 scoreless not enough

TORONTO -- Mookie Betts came through with a three-run double in the top of the 10th inning, and along the way, he helped provide some protection to Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel and manager John Farrell.

Betts' go-ahead double came off Blue Jays reliever Jason Grilli and helped secure a 4-1 victory on Thursday afternoon at Rogers Centre.

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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.

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Liriano, bullpen carry Blue Jays over Sox

Liriano, bullpen carry Blue Jays over Sox

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays are finally back in the win column.

Francisco Liriano tossed 5 1/3 scoreless innings while Toronto took advantage of two errors made by Boston's infield to secure a 3-0 victory on Wednesday night at Rogers Centre. That snapped the Blue Jays' mini two-game losing streak but more importantly came following a stretch in which the club went 2-11 for the worst start in franchise history.

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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.

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Blue Jays put together 'great ballgame'

After slow start, Toronto solid in all phases vs. Boston

Blue Jays put together 'great ballgame'

TORONTO -- For at least one game, everything worked out pretty much exactly how the Blue Jays would have drawn it up before the start of the season.

A strong performance from a starting pitcher, timely hits with men on base and a bullpen that did not budge an inch. After two weeks of struggle, Toronto even made it seem almost easy in a 3-0 victory over the Red Sox on Wednesday night at Rogers Centre.

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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' bullpen trio closes out Red Sox

Biagini, Grilli and Osuna finish off victory over Boston

Blue Jays' bullpen trio closes out Red Sox

TORONTO -- It took until the 14th game of the season, but the Blue Jays finally lined up their ideal bullpen roles for Roberto Osuna's first save on Wednesday night in a 3-0 victory over the Red Sox.

After 5 1/3 shutout innings from starter Francisco Liriano, the back-end trio of Joe Biagini, Jason Grilli, and Osuna cleaned up the rest. Toronto's slow start to the season has made these save situations rare, but the sense of regularity they offer is valuable to their relief pitchers.

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

Stroman struggles in loss to Red Sox

Stroman struggles in loss to Red Sox

TORONTO -- A trip to Rogers Centre might have been just the cure for what was ailing the Red Sox's lineup.

Mookie Betts, Pablo Sandoval and Mitch Moreland all had three hits as Boston's lineup enjoyed arguably its best game of the season in an 8-7 win over the Blue Jays on Tuesday night. Left-hander Brian Johnson picked up the first victory of his big league career and the Red Sox extended their winning streak to four games with the impressive showing.

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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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Pillar showing he can handle leadoff spot

Pillar showing he can handle leadoff spot

TORONTO -- With three doubles down the left-field line that looked like replays of one another, Kevin Pillar's successful audition as the Blue Jays' leadoff hitter continued in Tuesday night's 8-7 loss to the Red Sox at Rogers Centre.

Pillar overhauled his plate approach this past offseason, focusing on improving his patience, especially with two strikes, and attacking early pitches inside the zone. After a short-lived stint atop the lineup to open 2016, these changes were made consciously and with a certain opportunity in mind.

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

Left elbow inflammation forces Happ to DL

Sanchez undergoes surgery to remove portion of fingernail

Left elbow inflammation forces Happ to DL

TORONTO -- After a week of dread, the Blue Jays finally received some positive injury news on Tuesday afternoon. Turns out J.A. Happ and Aaron Sanchez won't miss that much time after all.

The MRI results on Happ's sore left elbow came back clean, and instead of a torn ligament, he is dealing with inflammation and could miss just one start. Sanchez's blister on his right middle finger will keep him out a little longer than that, but the Blue Jays expect to have him back within a couple of weeks at most.

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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.

No timetable for Donaldson's return

No timetable for Donaldson's return

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays still don't have an official timetable for Josh Donaldson's return to the field, but they know it won't be imminent.

There was a report from MLB Network's Ken Rosenthal on Tuesday morning that suggested Donaldson will be out for at least two to four weeks because of a strained right calf muscle. Blue Jays manager John Gibbons stopped short of confirming the news, but it's clear that Donaldson is going to need a lot more time than 10 days.

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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.

Inbox: Will Toronto make moves or have faith?

Beat reporter Gregor Chisholm answers Blue Jays fans' questions

Inbox: Will Toronto make moves or have faith?

Should the Blue Jays make some trades, sign free agents, or just keep the faith in their current roster?
-- Jordan L., Waterloo, Ontario

The Blue Jays really have no choice but to let this situation play out. Outside of relatively small moves, the trade market typically does not heat up until June. This is not the time to make a big addition or subtraction. Minor tinkering is possible, but it's also not going to fix what is currently ailing this Toronto team, so the likely scenario is that the club will stay the course for at least another couple of months.

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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 can't find rhythm as Happ exits

Blue Jays can't find rhythm as Happ exits

TORONTO -- The Orioles rolled into Rogers Centre this weekend and made a clear statement that they are a force to be reckoned with in the American League East.

Trey Mancini homered twice while Manny Machado and Craig Gentry each added one of their own in an 11-4 victory over the Blue Jays on Sunday afternoon. The Orioles have won five out of six games vs. Toronto this season and have a 6 1/2-game lead over their division rival.

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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.

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

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Morales ends Blue Jays' skid with walk-off HR

Morales ends Blue Jays' skid with walk-off HR

TORONTO -- Kendrys Morales put an end to Toronto's seven-game losing streak with one dramatic swing of the bat.

Morales hit a walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth to send the Blue Jays to a 2-1 victory over the Orioles on Saturday afternoon at Rogers Centre. Morales' second of the year came on the first pitch he saw from Orioles reliever Tyler Wilson and gave Toronto its first walk-off victory of the season. The shot to right-center field came just a few minutes after Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna blew his first save of the year. 

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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.

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

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Estrada again steps up when needed most

Right-hander deploys improved changeup to help stop losing streak

Estrada again steps up when needed most

TORONTO -- Whenever the Blue Jays needed a big victory over the last couple of years, more often than not it seemed like Marco Estrada was the guy who rose to the occasion. He just did it again.

With Toronto's offense ice cold at the plate, Blue Jays starters have been afforded very little margin for error. The way Estrada pitched on Saturday afternoon it almost didn't matter, as he tossed seven scoreless innings in the Blue Jays' 2-1 victory over the Orioles.

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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.

Hale thinks Robinson's impact is growing

Former Orioles, current Blue Jays bench coach pleased by open dialogue

Hale thinks Robinson's impact is growing

TORONTO -- Today, Major League Baseball celebrates the memory of Jackie Robinson and the deep impact of his life on the game of baseball and the culture surrounding it.

Robinson broke MLB's color barrier 70 years ago on April 15th, 1947 at Ebbets Field as the first African-American to play in a Major League game and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1962.

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

Blister forces Sanchez to 10-day disabled list

Righty has dealt with issue intermittently throughout his career

Blister forces Sanchez to 10-day disabled list

TORONTO -- The blister on Aaron Sanchez's right hand just won't seem to go away, and now the Blue Jays will have to survive without arguably their best pitcher for an indefinite period of time.

Sanchez was placed on the 10-day disabled list prior to Sunday's game against the Orioles. He is eligible to return April 25 in St. Louis, but the 24-year-old would not commit to a timeframe for his return, and the problem appears to be more serious than initially believed.  

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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.

Alford belts first Double-A homer

Alford belts first Double-A homer

Astros No. 2 prospect Kyle Tucker enjoyed a huge night at the plate on Saturday for Class A Advanced Buies Creek, helping slug his club to a 13-6 victory at Winston-Salem.

Tucker, also the No. 32 overall prospect in baseball, went 4-for-5 with a home run, two doubles, three runs scored and seven RBIs. In his ninth game of the season, the 20-year-old left-handed batter boosted his line to .343/.395/.714.

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Smoak heats up as Sanchez wavers in loss

Smoak heats up as Sanchez wavers in loss

TORONTO -- The Orioles slugged their way to the top of the American League East standings, and based on how they have been playing lately, that's a spot they will not be giving up without a fight.

Chris Davis, Jonathan Schoop, J.J. Hardy and Seth Smith each homered while Wade Miley tossed six strong innings in Baltimore's 6-4 victory over Toronto on Friday night at Rogers Centre. The Orioles have at least owned a share of first place each day of the season, and they now have a 6 1/2-game lead over the last-place Blue Jays.

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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.

Dhiren Mahiban is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Orioles on Friday.

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