Blue Jays back Dickey's 4-hitter vs. Indians

Blue Jays back Dickey's 4-hitter vs. Indians

TORONTO -- Josh Donaldson had three hits, including a pair of doubles, while R.A. Dickey tossed his second complete game of the year to lead the Blue Jays to a 5-1 victory over the Indians on Wednesday night at Rogers Centre.

The victory ensured that Toronto maintained its 1 1/2-game lead over the Yankees for first place in the American League East after New York also came away with a 13-8 win over Boston earlier in the day. Cleveland temporarily dropped 5 1/2 games behind Texas for the second AL Wild Card spot, pending the outcome of the Rangers' game in San Diego on Wednesday night.

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Aggressive Donaldson races home on popout

Aggressive Donaldson races home on popout

TORONTO -- Josh Donaldson is one of the frontrunners for the American League MVP Award because of his bat and glove, but in Wednesday night's 5-1 win over the Indians, it was his legs that had the fans at Rogers Centre in a frenzy.

Donaldson scored from third on a sacrifice popup to shallow right-center field and later stretched a single into a double by taking advantage of a lackadaisical Michael Brantley in left field. Donaldson finished the game 3-for-4 with two doubles, three RBIs and a pair of runs scored.

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Stroman goes 4 2/3 scoreless in first rehab start

Toronto hurler doesn't allow hit in Class A outing, will pitch at Triple-A on Monday

Stroman goes 4 2/3 scoreless in first rehab start

TORONTO -- Marcus Stroman's first official rehab start with Class A Lansing proved to be an overwhelming success, as the 24-year-old tossed 4 2/3 scoreless innings of no-hit ball against the Great Lakes Loons.

Stroman walked just one while striking out seven. He threw 44 of his 69 pitches for strikes, and according to Lansing's official radio broadcast, he gave up just one hard-hit ball.

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Blue Jays flip-flop Buehrle, Price in rotation

Blue Jays flip-flop Buehrle, Price in rotation

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays made a minor adjustment to their starting rotation on Wednesday afternoon by deciding to switch Mark Buehrle and David Price in the order.

Buehrle was originally scheduled to pitch on Saturday afternoon against the Orioles, but instead he will get the call on Sunday. Price will take Buehrle's spot in the rotation, but he will be pitching on normal rest because of Thursday's off-day.

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Encarnacion wins AL Player of the Month

Blue Jays slugger honored with award after collecting hit in every game he played

Encarnacion wins AL Player of the Month

TORONTO -- The accolades continue to roll in for the red-hot Edwin Encarnacion, as the Blue Jays' slugger was named the American League Player of the Month for August on Wednesday afternoon.

Encarnacion had at least one hit in each game he played during August, and he finished the month with a .407 average (35-for-86) to go along with 11 homers, 35 RBIs, 10 doubles and 23 runs scored.

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Eyeing 14th win, Hutchison set to face Orioles

Eyeing 14th win, Hutchison set to face Orioles

An Orioles team winless in each of its last five series will face a tough task this weekend with first-place Toronto.

The beefed-up Blue Jays, who have added several big names to their roster since the two clubs last met, are one of the hottest teams in baseball as they have climbed atop the American League East.

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The Goins gets tough on grab, walk-off

Game-winning HR latest sign of reworked swing for infielder

The Goins gets tough on grab, walk-off

TORONTO -- Blue Jays second baseman Ryan Goins has never been known for his production with the bat, but he made plenty of noise with it Tuesday night, hitting a 10th-inning walk-off homer against the Indians.

Goins secured a 5-3 victory by lifting a hanging slider and sending it into the second deck in right field. It was homer No. 5 on the season for Goins, and while his glove will always be what makes the middle infielder stand out, he seems to be gaining more confidence at the plate with each passing day.

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Goins' walk-off blast in 10th sinks Tribe

Goins' walk-off blast in 10th sinks Tribe

TORONTO -- Ryan Goins came through with a walk-off homer in the 10th inning as the Blue Jays defeated the Indians, 5-3, in dramatic fashion on Tuesday night at Rogers Centre.

With the victory, Toronto maintained its 1 1/2-game lead over the Yankees for first place in the American League East, as New York also came out on top with a 3-1 victory over the Red Sox. The Indians had their winning streak snapped at six, dropping to five games back of the Rangers for the second AL Wild Card.

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Pompey, Kawasaki among Blue Jays' callups

Pitchers Loup, Tepera, Francis also join expanded roster

Pompey, Kawasaki among Blue Jays' callups

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays added some depth to their roster for the stretch run by promoting Aaron Loup, Jeff Francis, Ryan Tepera, Dalton Pompey and Munenori Kawasaki from the Minor Leagues on Tuesday.

Major League teams were allowed to expand rosters to 40 players on Sept. 1, and in the coming days, Toronto also is expected to add catcher Josh Thole, right-hander Marcus Stroman and possibly corner infielder Matt Hague.

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Tellez leads Blue Jays' picks for Fall ball

Toronto's No. 8 prospect among 6 headed to Arizona

Tellez leads Blue Jays' picks for Fall ball

TORONTO -- A group of Toronto's top prospects will have an opportunity to compete in the Arizona Fall League when play gets underway next month.

The Blue Jays added infielders Matt Dean and Rowdy Tellez to the roster of the Salt River Rapids on Tuesday. Outfielder Roemon Fields also made the team, as did pitchers Chad Girodo, Brady Dragmire and Justin Shafer.

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Encarnacion's hit streak ends at 26 games

Designated hitter finishes two games short of Green's club record

Encarnacion's hit streak ends at 26 games

TORONTO -- Edwin Encarnacion's impressive run at the plate came to an end Tuesday night as his hitting streak was snapped at 26 games in a 5-3 victory over the Indians.

Encarnacion went 0-for-2 at the plate with a walk and a sacrifice fly. He finished two games short of the club record set by Shawn Green in 1999 but Encarnacion still holds bragging rights for the longest hitting streak in the Major Leagues this season.

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Bernie Pleskoff

Pompey has potential to be a five-tool player

Blue Jays' top prospect called up as rosters expand for September

Pompey has potential to be a five-tool player

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Switch-hitting outfielder Dalton Pompey was raised in Mississauga, Ontario, a suburb of Toronto. He intended to learn accounting at University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne, Ind., but playing on the Canadian junior team changed his fortunes.

Growing up a Blue Jays fan, Pompey played baseball in Canadian amateur programs. Toronto became interested in him after watching Pompey play for Team Canada, and it selected him in the 16th round of the 2010 Draft when he was only 17.

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Bernie Pleskoff has served as a professional scout for the Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners. Follow @BerniePleskoff on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Blue Jays sizzle in August for club record

Toronto's .778 winning percentage highest in any month

Blue Jays sizzle in August for club record

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays finished August on a losing note, but that did little to take away from the type of historic month that is rarely seen across baseball, let alone north of the border.

Toronto had its three-game winning streak snapped on Monday night with a 4-2 loss to the Indians, but the Blue Jays still finished the month with a 21-6 record. That equates to a .778 winning percentage, which is the highest in franchise history for any individual month.

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Shapiro to become Blue Jays president, CEO

Indians president will take over for retiring Beeston at season's end

Shapiro to become Blue Jays president, CEO

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays' search for a new president is over, as it was revealed on Monday that veteran Indians front-office executive Mark Shapiro will be the successor to Paul Beeston.

Ownership group Rogers Communications and the Indians acknowledged the move in public statements issued Monday morning. Shapiro will take over at season's end for Beeston, who previously announced that he would be retiring at the end of the season.

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Price drops duel with Tribe in series opener

Price drops duel with Tribe in series opener

TORONTO -- Ryan Raburn came through with a big double in the seventh inning and Cody Allen escaped a bases-loaded situation in the eighth as the Indians survived to secure a 4-2 victory over the Blue Jays on Monday night at Rogers Centre.

The loss for Toronto didn't impact its 1 1/2-game lead in the American League East over the Yankees, who lost in Boston, 4-3. Cleveland, which has won six straight, moved to four games behind the Rangers for the second AL Wild Card spot after Texas lost, 7-0, in San Diego.

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Prime Minister, LLWS squad drop by Centre

Prime Minister, LLWS squad drop by Centre

TORONTO -- Prime Minister Stephen Harper paid a special visit to Rogers Centre on Monday evening to speak with the team from British Columbia that recently represented Canada at the Little League World Series.

Harper had a brief message for the White Rock All-Stars, who were crowned the Canadian champions before advancing to the LLWS and then eventually losing to Missouri in a consolation game. Harper also stopped to sign autographs for fans who were watching batting practice on the field when his contingent walked by.

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Encarnacion's hitting streak reaches 26

Slugger tied for 2nd-longest mark in Blue Jays history

Encarnacion's hitting streak reaches 26

TORONTO -- Edwin Encarnacion was back to his old tricks Monday night, extending his hitting streak to 26 games with a single in the sixth inning off Indians starter Danny Salazar, who outdueled David Price in a 4-2 Blue Jays loss.

Encarnacion is now tied with Shannon Stewart (1999) and John Olerud (1993) for the second-longest streak in franchise history. The record belongs to former outfielder Shawn Green, who had a 28-game hitting streak in 1999.

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Beeston to leave decorated legacy in Toronto

Beeston to leave decorated legacy in Toronto

TORONTO -- Paul Beeston might be stepping aside as the Blue Jays' president and CEO at the end of the season, but he will leave behind a lasting legacy that won't be forgotten in Toronto and across the entire country any time soon.

Beeston's resume and track record speak for themselves, and they have secured his deserving spot on the club's Level of Excellence. He was the first employee the club hired back in 1976, and he spent a total of 15 years as president over two tenures.

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Blue Jays twice thwarted by Tribe's Allen

Indians closer escapes trouble with K's to end 8th, 9th

Blue Jays twice thwarted by Tribe's Allen

TORONTO -- Twice in the late innings the Blue Jays threatened to overcome a narrow deficit in their series-opening loss to Cleveland on Monday night. And both times they were thwarted by Indians closer Cody Allen, who recorded his seventh save of four-plus outs of the season in the Tribe's 4-2 victory at Rogers Centre.

Allen fanned Justin Smoak with two out and the bases loaded in the eighth and Josh Donaldson with two out and two on in the ninth to extend the Indians' win streak to six games while stopping the Blue Jays' streak at three games.

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Anthony Castrovince

How does Shapiro's move impact Indians, Blue Jays?

How does Shapiro's move impact Indians, Blue Jays?

CLEVELAND -- The Indians and Blue Jays are playing a three-game series in Toronto this week, because that's just odd and happenstance enough to make total sense in the odd and often happenstance industry of professional sports.

This is a strange series because Mark Shapiro is leaving one organization for another. We all know that now. As announced by both clubs on Monday, the president of the Indians will be leaving to become president and CEO of the Blue Jays and Rogers Centre.

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Four homers power Blue Jays to series sweep

Four homers power Blue Jays to series sweep

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays hit four home runs for the second day in a row to help complete the series sweep over the Tigers in a 9-2 victory on Sunday at Rogers Centre. Josh Donaldson, Edwin Encarnacion, Kevin Pillar and Russell Martin went yard as the Blue Jays won their 21st game of the month, one shy of a franchise record. Over three games, they outscored Detroit, 29-6.

The offensive outburst backed a solid outing from lefty Mark Buehrle, who threw his team-best 18th quality start by allowing one earned run on five hits and two walks over six-plus innings. The loss went to Tigers right-hander Alfredo Simon, who was knocked around for six earned runs on six hits over five frames as Detroit dropped its fourth straight game and the ninth in its past 10 contests.

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Encore-nacion: Homer extends streak to 25

Blue Jays slugger follows three-HR performance with solo shot in first

Encore-nacion: Homer extends streak to 25

TORONTO -- Edwin Encarnacion maintained his power stroke and the Blue Jays' home run parade continued on Sunday in a 9-2 victory over the Tigers at Rogers Centre.

Encarnacion's solo shot in the first inning extended his Major League-best hitting streak to 25 games as a part of a four-homer afternoon by Toronto as it completed the series sweep of Detroit in dominant fashion. It was the second game in a row the Blue Jays hit four homers, and after a three-homer night in the series opener on Friday, the home team racked up 11 over three games.

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Pillar nearly adds miraculous catch to reel

Blue Jays center fielder unable to finish leaping grab to pair with two-run homer

Pillar nearly adds miraculous catch to reel

TORONTO -- There was a brief moment of concern when Kevin Pillar crashed into the outfield wall while he tracked a deep fly ball in the seventh inning of the Blue Jays' 9-2 win over the Tigers on Sunday.

The Toronto center fielder nearly came up with an almost-impossible catch on a Nick Castellanos double, snagging the fly ball as he made contact with the ball but losing it when he hit the ground. Pillar paid the price as he lay sprawled out on the Rogers Centre turf for a few moments, prompting manager John Gibbons to exit the dugout.

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Revere hits leadoff as Tulo drops to No. 5 spot

Each batter reaches base once in Blue Jays' rout to sweep Tigers

Revere hits leadoff as Tulo drops to No. 5 spot

TORONTO -- In spite of a near-record run through August, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons shook up his batting order on Sunday.

Troy Tulowitzki was removed from the leadoff role in place of Ben Revere and hit in the No. 5 spot as Toronto wrapped its three-game series at Rogers Centre against Detroit with a 9-2 victory. He went 1-for-4 with a double, while Revere was hitless with a walk in four at-bats.

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Encarnacion's homer hat trick leads rout of Tigers

Encarnacion's homer hat trick leads rout of Tigers

TORONTO -- Edwin Encarnacion belted three homers, including a grand slam, and Drew Hutchison made an impactful return to the starting rotation, as the Blue Jays crushed the Tigers, 15-1, on Saturday at Rogers Centre.

Encarnacion drove in nine runs and Russell Martin added a solo shot, as the Blue Jays racked up 18 hits -- five during a six-run seventh inning -- to win for the seventh time in their last eight games. For the Tigers, it meant their eighth loss in their last nine games. Buck Farmer took the loss, going four innings while allowing eight hits and five earned runs. The right-hander ran into trouble early when he surrendered a three-run shot to Encarnacion in a four-run first inning. Farmer went on to allow a run in each of his next three innings before getting the hook.

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Blue Jays' momentum shows no signs of slowing

Blue Jays' momentum shows no signs of slowing

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays have been on a tear since the Trade Deadline. If Saturday's 15-1 rout of the Tigers is any indication, the American League East's top team has no plans to slow down any time soon.

Toronto has won seven of its last nine series since loading up on top-flight talent at the end of July, acquiring the likes of All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki from the Rockies and ace lefty David Price from the Tigers, among others. The Blue Jays are 23-5 since Tulowitzki played his first game for Toronto on July 29.

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Bat trick: Jays' EE records 3 HRs, 9 RBIs

Bat trick: Jays' EE records 3 HRs, 9 RBIs

TORONTO -- If the the dome wasn't already open at Rogers Centre on Saturday, the applause for Edwin Encarnacion would've blown the roof clean off. Toronto's cleanup man had a momentous afternoon, belting three home runs while tying Roy Howell for the single-game club record for RBIs with nine in the Blue Jays' 15-1 victory over the Tigers.

In hitting his third homer of the game in the seventh inning, Encarnacion matched another club mark: He tied Carlos Delgado (1997) and Darrin Fletcher (2000) as the only players to have hit three grand slams in a season.

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Goins takes advantage of lapse to score on a two-base sac fly

Goins takes advantage of lapse to score on a two-base sac fly

TORONTO -- Ryan Goins scored all the way from second on a two-base sacrifice fly in the fourth inning of the Blue Jays' 15-1 win over the Tigers on Saturday at Rogers Centre.

Josh Donaldson flied out to Detroit center fielder Anthony Gose, who hauled in what he thought was the third out of the inning and began trotting off the field. Unfortunately for him, it was only the second out.

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