Donaldson leading at third, top vote-getter

Donaldson leading at third, top vote-getter

TORONTO -- Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson has taken over as the top vote-getter in all of Major League Baseball for next month's All-Star Game.

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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.

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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.

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Estrada looks to stay red-hot against Red Sox

Estrada looks to stay red-hot against Red Sox

The Toronto Blue Jays will send red-hot starter Marco Estrada to the hill on Tuesday against the Boston Red Sox.

Estrada (5-3, 3.45 ERA) has taken a no-hitter into the eighth inning during back-to-back starts. On Wednesday against the Rays, Estrada was perfect through seven frames until he allowed an infield single with one out in the eighth. The right-hander is the first Blue Jays pitcher to carry a no-hitter in consecutive starts since Dave Stieb did it in 1988.

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Donaldson's multihit game helps All-Star case

Slugger goes deep, says team wins more important than individual votes

Donaldson's multihit game helps All-Star case

TORONTO -- Josh Donaldson says he'll trade votes for wins any day of the week.

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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.

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Jonathan Mayo

Tellez on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

Tellez on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any player currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible, including big leaguers.

When Miguel Sano was hitting just .159 and slugging .381 in April, no one in the Twins organization was overly concerned. They knew the rust from having missed the 2014 season because of Tommy John surgery would be considerable, and fully expected him to return to the power-hitting corner infielder he was before the injury.

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Osuna records clutch multi-inning save

Rookie righty gets Blue Jays out of jam in 8th, works around leadoff double in 9th

Osuna records clutch multi-inning save

TORONTO -- On a day when one Blue Jays player was cementing his case to be an All-Star, another continued to prove why he might too be worthy of making the trip to Cincinnati next month.

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Boyd haunted by homers in big league debut

Boyd haunted by homers in big league debut

TORONTO -- Backed by three solo homers, Yovani Gallardo was nearly flawless, as he shut the down the Blue Jays and helped the Rangers snap a six-game losing skid with a 4-0 win at Rogers Centre on Saturday.

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Travis' heads-up play bails out Boyd

Travis' heads-up play bails out Boyd

TORONTO -- Blue Jays starter Matt Boyd got a little help from his defense on Saturday afternoon at Rogers Centre.

With Toronto trailing, 4-0, in the sixth, nerves perhaps got the best of Boyd, who was making his Major League debut.

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Boyd shows promise in his MLB debut

Boyd shows promise in his MLB debut

TORONTO -- Matt Boyd wasn't nervous, just excited.

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Blue Jays hold third-annual Girls' Day

Youngsters instructed by members of Baseball Canada's Women's National Team after Saturday's game

Blue Jays hold third-annual Girls' Day

Baseball isn't just for the boys of summer.

In the third-annual Girls' Day at the ballpark hosted by the Blue Jays Baseball Academy at Rogers Centre, following Toronto's Saturday afternoon matchup against the Texas Rangers, the camp saw 185 young women taking in the instruction of eight members of Baseball Canada's Women's National Team.

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Sanchez set to throw a pair of bullpens

Sanchez set to throw a pair of bullpens

TORONTO -- Aaron Sanchez is expected to take the next step in his recovery from a strained right lat muscle this week.

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Johan reportedly puts comeback on hold

Johan reportedly puts comeback on hold

Two-time American League Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana has put a halt to his attempt to try to come back from injury and pitch again in the Major Leagues this season, according to ESPN.com's Adam Rubin.

Rubin cited sources as saying that Santana has been most recently dealing with a toe infection and believes he would not have enough time to work back to a Major League-ready level in time to compete in 2015.

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Blue Jays' Pitch, Hit & Run winners crowned

Blue Jays' Pitch, Hit & Run winners crowned

TORONTO -- Stephanie Ellis can't be beat. The 14-year-old from Brantford, Ont., won her third straight Pitch, Hit & Run championship at Rogers Centre on Saturday morning.

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Encarnacion heating up with two-HR game

Gibbons confident slugger will 'catch fire,' hit hot streak

Encarnacion heating up with two-HR game

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays have the best offense in the Major Leagues this year, and the scary part about it is a lot of the results have come without consistent production from Edwin Encarnacion.

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Encarnacion's grand night leads Blue Jays

Encarnacion's grand night leads Blue Jays

TORONTO -- Edwin Encarnacion hit a grand slam and a solo shot and Russell Martin and Danny Valencia added solo homers as the Blue Jays walked all over right-hander Nick Martinez in a 12-2 victory over the Rangers on Friday night at Rogers Centre.

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Blue Jays select Boyd, option Rasmussen

Lefty will make Major League debut Saturday vs. Rangers

Blue Jays select Boyd, option Rasmussen

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays selected the contract of left-hander Matt Boyd from Triple-A Buffalo and optioned reliever Rob Rasmussen to the Minor Leagues following a 12-2 victory over the Rangers on Friday night.

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Travis comes off DL, brings bat back to Blue Jays

Travis comes off DL, brings bat back to Blue Jays

TORONTO -- Second baseman Devon Travis made his long-awaited return to the Blue Jays' lineup on Friday night after missing the past five weeks because of an injured left shoulder.

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Inbox: Upgrades coming for bullpen?

Beat reporter Gregor Chisholm answers questions from Blue Jays fans

Inbox: Upgrades coming for bullpen?

The Blue Jays need to upgrade their bullpen. Is Alex Anthopoulos going to make a move?
-- Daniel M., Calgary, Alberta

I don't think it's a matter of if, but when, the Blue Jays make a move. There's simply too much riding on this season for the front office and coaching staff to have a repeat of last year, when the club essentially stuck with the status quo prior to the Trade Deadline.

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Blue Jays' Labourt tabbed for Futures Game

Dominican left-hander will be a member of the World roster for July 12 contest

Blue Jays' Labourt tabbed for Futures Game

TORONTO -- Left-hander Jairo Labourt will represent the Blue Jays at the upcoming SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game in Cincinnati.

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Donaldson soars into seats for super snag

Third baseman briefly keeps Estrada's perfect game alive with highlight-reel dive

Donaldson soars into seats for super snag

ST. PETERSBURG -- Josh Donaldson made an early submission for catch of the year with an absolutely spectacular diving catch into the stands that at least temporarily preserved a perfect game for Blue Jays right-hander Marco Estrada in Wednesday afternoon's 1-0 win over the Rays at Tropicana Field.

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Hal Bodley

Blue Jays' chemistry is undeniable

As team has shown during red-hot month, pieces are there for special season

Blue Jays' chemistry is undeniable

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Blue Jays had barely worked up a sweat in Spring Training when skipper John Gibbons could sense something special.

"A few days in, I knew there was something different about this group," Gibbons said the other day. "We knew we had the talent, but it's been a disappointing team the last couple of years even with the guys we brought in. But this had a much better feeling."

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In Estrada's near-perfecto, Blue Jays win in 12

In Estrada's near-perfecto, Blue Jays win in 12

ST. PETERSBURG -- Marco Estrada carried a perfect game into the eighth inning as the Blue Jays and Rays were locked into an intense pitchers' duel until Toronto's Chris Colabello hit a solo homer in the top of the 12th inning to secure a 1-0 victory on Wednesday. The game also featured a spectacular diving catch by Josh Donaldson that gave Estrada a shot at making history.

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Crowdfunding sends Halifax boy to Pitch, Hit & Run sectionals

Crowdfunding sends Halifax boy to Pitch, Hit & Run sectionals

Jake Wamboldt may have fallen just shy of earning a spot at this weekend's Pitch, Hit & Run final at Rogers Centre, but his journey through the earlier stages of the competition provided him with baseball memories he'll never forget.

A trip to Ontario -- where he would compete against some of the best kids his age from Eastern Canada and have the opportunity to meet a pair of former Blue Jays -- was all a dream come true for the 8-year-old. But it almost didn't happen.

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Estrada joins elite with 2 no-hit bids in a row

After carrying no-no into 8th last time out, righty takes perfect game into 8th vs. Rays

Estrada joins elite with 2 no-hit bids in a row

ST. PETERSBURG -- Blue Jays right-hander Marco Estrada took a perfect game into the eighth inning of a 1-0 victory over the Rays on Wednesday afternoon and now finds himself on the type of roll that hasn't been seen since 1988.

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Roger Schlueter

Stats of the Day: Estrada almost perfect

Blue Jays starter didn't allow a baserunner until eighth, settles for no-decision

Stats of the Day: Estrada almost perfect

Here are five interesting items from around the big leagues on Wednesday:

• In St. Petersburg, the Blue Jays defeated the Rays, 1-0, in 12 innings. Toronto starter Marco Estrada's bid for a perfect game ended with one out in the eighth inning, and his bid for a win ended when he was pulled with two outs in the ninth and the score still tied at 0-0. Estrada's no-decision saw him work 8 2/3 innings, allow two hits and fan 10 with no walks. His game score for this spectacular outing works out to a 90. Estrada was the first Blue Jays hurler to post a score of at least 90 in a no-decision since Jimmy Key (92) on June 6, 1985.

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