Bautista enjoys #ASGWorthy effort vs. Texas

Bautista enjoys #ASGWorthy effort vs. Texas

TORONTO -- Teams across Major League Baseball would probably be well-served to avoid any on-field conflicts with Jose Bautista, because he seems to have a knack for getting the last word.

Baltimore. Atlanta. Texas. It doesn't seem to matter what organization it is, if Bautista is made out to be the enemy, he usually finds a way to let his bat do most of the talking. That was the case again Saturday afternoon when Bautista hit a three-run homer to lead the Blue Jays to a 3-1 victory over the Rangers.

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Toronto wins fifth straight behind Estrada's gem

Toronto wins fifth straight behind Estrada's gem

TORONTO -- Marco Estrada got the best of Texas during the 2015 and 2016 American League Division Series. Now he owns the early bragging rights for 2017 as well.

Estrada's early-season dominance continued, as he outdueled Yu Darvish to push the Blue Jays' winning streak to five games with a 3-1 victory over Texas on Saturday afternoon. Estrada surrendered a homer to Shin-Soo Choo to lead off the game but didn't allow another run the rest of the way as he scattered four hits and a walk over six innings.

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Keegan Matheson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Toronto.

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Prospect Alford out 4-6 weeks for wrist surgery

Prospect Alford out 4-6 weeks for wrist surgery

TORONTO -- Blue Jays outfielder Anthony Alford will undergo surgery next week to repair a broken hamate bone in his left wrist.

Toronto announced on Saturday morning that Alford will travel to Arizona early next week to have the procedure performed by hand specialist Dr. Donald Sheridan. Alford is expected to be out for at least the next 4-6 weeks, depending on his 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.

Tellez notches four hits, four RBIs for Buffalo

Tellez notches four hits, four RBIs for Buffalo

A trio of the Phillies top prospect led the way as Triple-A Lehigh Valley topped Louisville, 13-1, on Saturday.

No. 4 overall prospect J.P Crawford (Phillies' No. 1) and Nick Williams (Phillies' No. 4) combined for five hits, two homers and six RBIs at the plate, while No. 24 prospect Ben Lively gave up one unearned run over eight innings on the mound.

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Blue Jays welcome back Donaldson, Tulo

Blue Jays welcome back Donaldson, Tulo

TORONTO -- For at least one night, everything in Blue Jays land felt normal. Josh Donaldson and Troy Tulowitzki were back, the middle of the order was hitting home runs and the Rangers never seemed to have much of a chance. It was just like old times.

To some, normalcy might seem boring. To the Blue Jays, it's anything but, because after weeks of uncertainty and turmoil, the old gang is back together. Donaldson and Tulowitzki returned from the disabled list for Friday's 7-6 victory over Texas and for the first time since early April, this team has something to be excited about.

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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.

Travis' grand slam powers Blue Jays to victory

Travis' grand slam powers Blue Jays to victory

TORONTO -- Josh Donaldson and Troy Tulowitzki returned to the Blue Jays' lineup on Friday night, but it was second baseman Devon Travis who stole the show.

Travis finished 3-for-4 with a grand slam and a double in Toronto's 7-6 victory over the Rangers. In the process, he set the record for the most extra-base hits in any one month by a Blue Jays second baseman, and tied Fred Lewis for the most doubles in the month of May with 15. How good has Travis been? He opened the month batting .130, but has since hit .372 (29-for-78) with 15 RBIs and 10 multi-hit games.

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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.

Keegan Matheson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Toronto and covered the Rangers on Friday.

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Happ nearing return, may start Tuesday

Happ nearing return, may start Tuesday

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays have yet to make any final determinations, but it's possible that left-hander J.A. Happ will return from the disabled list to start on Tuesday against Cincinnati.

Happ made his first official rehab appearance for Class A Advanced Dunedin on Thursday night and allowed three runs on seven hits over three innings. Initially, he was expected to make another rehab start, but some pressing needs in Toronto's rotation might speed up that timeline.

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Perdomo thrives in prospect duel

Perdomo thrives in prospect duel

Angel Perdomo and Kyle Funkhouser put together quite a pitcher's duel on Friday as Class A Advanced Dunedin topped Lakeland, 3-1.

Perdomo, the Blue Jays' No. 20 prospect, put together his best start of the season, giving up three hits over six scoreless innings. Control has been a struggle for the 23-year-old in the past, but he was able to harness it Friday.

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Goins' slam guides Blue Jays past Crew

Goins' slam guides Blue Jays past Crew

MILWAUKEE -- So much for home-field advantage. Six weeks after the Brewers took a two-game Interleague series at Rogers Centre, Ryan Goins and the Blue Jays returned the favor at Miller Park.

Kevin Pillar, Jose Bautista and Devon Travis hit long solo home runs off Brewers starter Matt Garza before Goins connected for a game-breaking grand slam off Oliver Drake, giving the Blue Jays a season-high four homers in an 8-4 win. Toronto won a two-game set that spanned about 20 hours from the first pitch to the last.

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Carson Mason is an associate reporter for MLB.com based in Milwaukee who covered the Blue Jays on Wednesday.

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Blue Jays host annual Curve Ball Gala

Blue Jays host annual Curve Ball Gala

TORONTO -- The Rogers Centre was transformed on Thursday night as the annual Curve Ball Gala was held in support of the Jays Care Foundation. Blue Jays players and coaches were on hand as fans, supporters and sponsors came together to raise money for Canadian youths in need.

Jays Care works to use the game of baseball as a tool that helps young people learn life skills and create lasting social change away from the diamond. For many Blue Jays in attendance, the work done by Jays Care also helps put into perspective their own role in the community.

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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.

Blue Jays slugging back to winning ways

Blue Jays slugging back to winning ways

MILWAUKEE -- Despite a tough, injury-ridden start to the season, the Blue Jays are committed to winning and sustaining a championship environment, general manager Ross Atkins said.

With a season-high four home runs -- including Ryan Goins' first career grand slam -- in their win 8-4 win over the Brewers on Wednesday, it seems that mindset is coming to fruition.

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Carson Mason is an associate reporter for MLB.com based in Milwaukee who covered the Blue Jays on Wednesday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Maese fans career-high 12 for Lansing

Maese fans career-high 12 for Lansing

After his second straight scoreless start for the Dayton Dragons, also the longest of his career, Tony Santillan may not have much more to prove at the Class A level.

The Reds' No. 14 prospect flat-out dominated over eight innings on Wednesday against Great Lakes, allowing just two hits and one walk while striking out five in a game that was suspended due to rain after 13 scoreless frames. In his previous turn, Santillan had completed a then-season-high seven innings after losing a perfect game bid with one out in the seventh.

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Morales' 447-foot HR leads Blue Jays to win

Morales' 447-foot HR leads Blue Jays to win

MILWAUKEE -- Kendrys Morales hit a booming two-run home run to give the Blue Jays a four-run lead in the fifth, and Toronto's bullpen held on to beat the Brewers, 4-3, in the opener of a two-game Interleague series on Tuesday at Miller Park.

Making his first start as a third baseman in four years, Jose Bautista extended Blue Jays' fifth with a two-out single, before Morales got all of a Jimmy Nelson sinker for a home run to straightaway center. At a projected 447 feet, according to Statcast™, Morales' home run was the second longest by a Blue Jays hitter this season, and it was also their second-hardest-hit home run, leaving the bat at 110.5 mph to give Toronto a 4-0 lead.

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Joey Bats flashes leather during start at 3B

Slugger mans hot corner in Interleague series opener vs. Brewers

Joey Bats flashes leather during start at 3B

MILWAUKEE -- Jose Bautista hadn't manned third base for nine innings in four years, but when he made the start there against the Brewers on Tuesday night, it seemed like a natural fit.

Bautista made two key defensive plays, tallied two hits and drew a walk in the Blue Jays' 4-3 win in Game 1 of a two-game Interleague set at Miller Park.

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

Sanchez can only wait for blood blister to heal

Blue Jays right-hander was put on DL for third time this season Saturday

Sanchez can only wait for blood blister to heal

MILWAUKEE -- The only thing Blue Jays starter Aaron Sanchez can do to nurse the blood blister on his right middle finger is wait.

Sanchez, who was sent to the 10-day disabled list for the third time this season on Saturday, said he does not have a timetable for his return. The 24-year-old first suffered a blister, followed by a split nail on his right middle finger and a now re-opened blister, forcing another extended absence.

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Estrada, Travis power Jays past O's in finale

Estrada, Travis power Jays past O's in finale

BALTIMORE -- Marco Estrada demonstrated pure dominance in Sunday's series finale against the Orioles. The Blue Jays' righty struck out a career-high 12 batters in Toronto's 3-1 victory.

Estrada (3-2) held the red-hot Baltimore offense to five hits, allowing just one run through 7 2/3 innings. It was the first time the Orioles have been held to less than two runs since May 7.

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Estrada rises to occasion, brings team along

Estrada rises to occasion, brings team along

BALTIMORE -- On Twitter they call him ACEStrada, and based on how he pitched Sunday afternoon, it's easy to see why.

Marco Estrada enjoyed arguably his best start of the season by allowing one run over 7 2/3 innings in a 3-1 victory over the Orioles. Toronto's veteran righty matched his career high with 12 strikeouts, and more important, helped the Blue Jays avoid a three-game sweep at Camden Yards.

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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 homers but Blue Jays fall late to O's

Bautista homers but Blue Jays fall late to O's

BALTIMORE -- The "beef" chants at Camden Yards are unmistakable. And at this point, they're hard to stop.

Orioles catcher Welington Castillo, Friday night's hero with a walk-off homer, delivered the big blow again for Baltimore with a three-run go ahead shot in the seventh inning of Saturday's 7-5 victory over the Blue Jays.

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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.

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 placed on 10-day DL for third time

Blue Jays activate Martin as Pillar comes back from brief suspension

Sanchez placed on 10-day DL for third time

BALTIMORE -- The Blue Jays just can't seem to catch a break this season. On the same day that Russell Martin and Kevin Pillar made their returns, the club once again lost right-hander Aaron Sanchez to the 10-day disabled list.

Sanchez was placed on the DL on Saturday afternoon for the third time this season because of a right finger issue. First it was a blister, then it was a cracked nail and now the blister has popped up once again, forcing yet another extended absence.

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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.

Guerrero does it all for Lansing

Guerrero does it all for Lansing

Astros prospects Kyle Tucker and Jason Martin have been swinging hot bats lately, and the trend continued Saturday as the duo led Class A Advanced Buies Creek to an 8-2 win over Down East.

Tucker, ranked as the Astros' No. 2 prospect and 30th on MLB Pipeline's Top 100 Prospects list, and Martin (Astros' No. 26) combined for five hits and five RBIs as the Astros won for the fifth time in six games.

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Strange play costs Blue Jays in loss to O's in 10

Strange play costs Blue Jays in loss to O's in 10

BALTIMORE -- Welington Castillo delivered his first career walk-off homer, a two-run shot, as part of a two-homer night that saw the Orioles outlast the Blue Jays, 5-3, in Friday's 10-inning marathon.

The win, which marked the fourth walk-off victory this season for the O's, snapped a stretch of six consecutive one-run losses for Baltimore. The game started with a 30-minute delay, and also had a delay of 58 minutes prior to the bottom of the 10th inning.

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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.

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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Prospect Alford goes 0-for-2 in MLB debut

Prospect Alford goes 0-for-2 in MLB debut

BALTIMORE -- What seemed like a pipe dream five years ago, became a reality on Friday night when Blue Jays outfielder Anthony Alford was called up to make his big league debut in a 10-inning, 5-3 loss to the Orioles.

Alford is Toronto's No. 3 overall prospect and the No. 62 prospect in baseball according to MLBPipeline.com but there was a time when the Blue Jays weren't sure whether he'd stick with the sport. His stock in the 2012 Draft dropped because of a commitment to play college football, but the Blue Jays selected him anyway, in the third round, with the hope he would eventually change his mind.

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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' go-ahead run overturned in 7th

Blue Jays' go-ahead run overturned in 7th

BALTIMORE -- The Blue Jays thought they scored the go-ahead run during the seventh inning of Friday night's 5-3, 10-inning loss to the Orioles on a strikeout of all things, only to see the call overturned on a replay.

Justin Smoak was batting with the bases loaded and the score tied at three when he swung and missed at a pitch from reliever Darren O'Day. That was strike three, but the ball bounced away from catcher Welington Castillo and Smoak ran to first while Chris Coghlan -- who was on third -- appeared to score.

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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.

Tellez smashes walk-off homer for Buffalo

Tellez smashes walk-off homer for Buffalo

Nationals No. 1 prospect (No. 5 overall) Victor Robles had a 20th birthday to remember on Friday, going 4-for-5 with a triple and a two-run homer in Class A Advanced Potomac's 11-7 loss to Lynchburg. Robles raised his season average by 28 points with the performance to .283.

"We got off to a rough start tonight and got down a bunch, but he goes out and hits an opposite-field homer and then the triple," Potomac manager Tripp Keister told MiLB.com. "When he hit it, you really didn't think he'd get three out of it, but he's so fast and does so many things that make you say, 'Wow.'"

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Due Jay: On your Marcus, set, go deep!

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Due Jay: On your Marcus, set, go deep!

Everything Marcus Stroman does, he does with style. Pitching, dancing, showing off his footwear of choice, it's all a cut above for the Blue Jays right-hander.

In Thursday's game with the Braves at SunTrust Park, the Jays shot out to a 6-0 lead in the third inning ... but then the rains came, forcing a delay. Given the inclement weather and the big lead, would Stroman come back out once the rain let up, or would Toronto go to the bullpen?

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Stroman, Blue Jays slug way to win in Atlanta

Stroman, Blue Jays slug way to win in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Along with accounting for one of the three home runs Julio Teheran surrendered to players who hadn't previously homered this season, Marcus Stroman easily handled a Freddie Freeman-less Braves lineup while helping the Blue Jays cruise to Thursday night's 9-0 win over the Braves at SunTrust Park.

After losing each of the first three games of this home-and-home Interleague series, the Blue Jays left no doubt in this finale as they tallied three runs in three of the first four innings. Stroman completed 5 2/3 scoreless innings and contributed to the early offensive onslaught as he drilled his first career home run in the fourth inning. The opposite-field shot traveled a projected 370 feet with a 99-mph exit velocity, per Statcast™.

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Ceciliani injures shoulder while hitting HR

Blue Jays outfielder likely headed to DL with partial dislocation

Ceciliani injures shoulder while hitting HR

ATLANTA -- The Blue Jays just can't seem to avoid the injury bug. Even when they're hitting home runs.

Outfielder Darrell Ceciliani hit a two-run homer during the third inning of Thursday night's 9-0 win over the Braves, but on the swing he sustained a partial subluxation of his left shoulder, which in layman's terms means a partial dislocation.

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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.