TORONTO -- The Red Sox rode a big first inning all the way to a 12-6 victory over the Blue Jays in the series finale at Rogers Centre on Thursday night. Xander Bogaerts and Brock Holt each went 4-for-6 at the plate, Mookie Betts and Alejandro De Aza had three hits apiece and Wade Miley posted a five-inning start to help Boston clinch the series.
The first eight Red Sox batters scored as the visitors tallied nine hits in the first inning, driving Toronto starter Matt Boyd from the game before he was able to record an out. David Ortiz and Hanley Ramirez cracked back-to-back homers, De Aza tripled and six other Red Sox singled to provide Boston all the offense needed to stave off a four-run second inning and a two-run ninth from the Blue Jays.
All-Star starters unveiled Sunday, full rosters Monday
Watch selection shows on ESPN; Final Vote to get underway Monday
By Mark Newman
It was historic because it happened exclusively online. It was personal because it decided the fate of your favorite players. It was intense because you argued a lot. And it was teamwork because you helped shatter a Major League Baseball record.
After 65 consecutive days of relentless fan voting to determine starting positions players for the 86th All-Star Game on July 14 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, the largest All-Star balloting program in sports closed at 11:59 p.m. ET Thursday.
The Tigers and Blue Jays will meet on Friday night for the first time since the offseason trade that saw Anthony Gose and Devon Travis switch sides.
The deal has worked out pretty well for both teams, with Gose receiving regular at-bats in center field for Detroit and Travis taking over the starting job at second base for Toronto. Both players did cool off after red-hot starts to the year, but both have the potential to become long-term fits.
TORONTO -- Matt Boyd's first stint in the Major Leagues came to a sudden halt when he allowed all seven Red Sox batters he faced on Thursday night to reach base.
Boyd surrendered seven runs on six hits and a walk before he was pulled with nobody out in the first inning. Toronto went on to lose the game, 12-6, and afterward the rookie left-hander was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo, while right-hander Todd Redmond was designated for assignment. The Blue Jays brought up left-hander Felix Doubront and right-hander Ryan Tepera from Buffalo on Friday.
TORONTO -- Blue Jays manager John Gibbons was ejected from Thursday night's 12-6 loss to the Red Sox following a disputed call at home plate that led to some confusion at Rogers Centre.
The play happened in the bottom of the fifth inning when Danny Valencia was attempting to score on a single to center with Toronto trailing, 8-4. Valencia made a wide slide and tried to swipe the plate with his left hand but was called out by home-plate umpire Gerry Davis.
TORONTO -- Blue Jays infielder Steve Tolleson cleared waivers on Thursday afternoon and was outrighted to Triple-A Buffalo.
Tolleson was designated for assignment on Wednesday after completing a rehab assignment with the Bisons. He spent some time on the big league club earlier this year, but the return of second baseman Devon Travis and the presence of backup infielder Ryan Goins meant there was no longer a spot on the team for Tolleson.
TORONTO -- Center fielder Kevin Pillar was named the Blue Jays' player of the month for June by the Toronto chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America on Thursday afternoon.
Pillar hit .365 in June, which ranked tied for third in the American League. He also added four doubles, four home runs, 18 RBIs and five stolen bases. That was enough to raise his average from .223 at the start of the month to .270.
Blue Jays' No. 2 prospect finishes 4-for-8 with a homer and 3 RBIs in 16-inning contest
By Alex M. Smith
Dalton Pompey wasn't the hero in Double-A New Hampshire's 6-5 extra innings loss to Portland on Thursday night, but he gave it a good shot.
The Blue Jays' No. 2 prospect (No. 35 overall) finished 4-for-8 with a home run and three RBIs, including a two-out, game-tying single in the ninth inning that sent the contest to extras. But that wasn't enough for the Fisher Cats, who fell to the Sea Dogs in 16 innings after Marco Hernandez scored on Cody Burns' wild pitch.
TORONTO -- All-Star candidate Jose Bautista broke out of his mini slump Wednesday afternoon, and the rest of the Blue Jays lineup followed suit in a dominating 11-2 victory over the Red Sox on Canada Day.
Bautista was mired in an 0-for-25 skid until a two-run shot -- his 16th homer of the season -- in the second inning easily cleared the wall in left-center field. He also added a double and a sacrifice fly to finish with three RBIs.
Toronto didn't waste any time putting this game away as the club scored five in the first inning and two in the second off Porcello. Encarnacion opened the scoring with a three-run shot, Smoak made it 5-0 with a two-run homer later in the first and Bautista added a two-run shot of his own in the second. Jose Reyes, who scored on the Encarnacion, Bautista and Donaldson homers, went 4-for-5 and scored four runs overall.
TORONTO -- Justin Smoak might not be getting a lot of playing time, but he is certainly making the most out of his opportunities.
Smoak homered from both sides of the plate in Wednesday's 11-2 Blue Jays victory over the Red Sox. It was the third multi-homer game of his career and the second time he's gon deep from both sides of the plate in the same game.
TORONTO -- Blue Jays right-hander Marco Estrada emptied the tank in his previous two starts, both late-inning no-hit bids, and he appeared to be pitching on fumes during a disappointing outing against the Red Sox on Tuesday night.
Estrada was chased in the third inning of a 4-3 loss to Boston. He allowed four runs -- two earned -- on three hits and four walks. When he wasn't missing the zone, the Red Sox were teeing off with a lot of hard-hit balls, including a pair of homers by Jackie Bradley Jr. and David Ortiz.
Boston did all of its damage against Blue Jays right-hander Marco Estrada, who took a no-hitter into the eighth inning of each of his previous two starts. That type of dominance was nowhere to be seen against Boston as he walked four in the first inning and allowed four runs -- two earned -- on three hits over 2 1/3 innings.
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.
The right-hander improved to 10-3 lifetime in Toronto as he lasted eight innings while allowing one earned run on five hits without walking a batter. Buchholz pitched the normally dangerous Blue Jays tough for most of the night, and he benefitted from some timely defence when needed. Alejandro De Aza ran down a key fly ball to end the sixth inning, and Pablo Sandoval started a big double play to get Boston out of the seventh after Buchholz allowed a one-out single to Chris Colabello. Koji Uehara came on to pitch a perfect ninth to record his 17th save.
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.
Drew Hutchison earned the win on the mound for the Blue Jays, posting a 5 2/3-innings performance. He walked three and struck out eight before he was lifted with two out and the bases loaded in the sixth. It was Hutchison's fourth straight victory as his sterling record at home improved to 7-1 on the season. Chi Chi Gonzalez was saddled with loss, allowing three earned runs on four hits over six innings.
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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.
Rookie righty gets Blue Jays out of jam in 8th, works around leadoff double in 9th
By Dan Toman
Special to MLB.com |
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.
Rookie right-hander Roberto Osuna complemented Josh Donaldson's offensive effort with his second multi-inning save this week, striking out two over 1 1/3 scoreless frames to preserve the Blue Jays' 3-2 victory over Texas at Rogers Centre on Sunday.
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.
The Rangers' righty saw his scoreless streak reach 23 1/3 innings -- the longest of his career -- as he three-hit the normally dangerous Blue Jays offense, improving to 7-6 on the season. He tossed 8 1/3 innings, while striking out four and walking two. Gallardo hasn't allowed an earned run in four of his last five outings, and hasn't lost a decision since May 19, a span of seven starts. He was lifted in the ninth in favor of closer Shawn Tolleson, after allowing a one-out single to Josh Donaldson. Tolleson promptly got Jose Bautista to ground into a game-ending double play.
TORONTO -- Matt Boyd wasn't nervous, just excited.
The Blue Jays' left-hander made his Major League debut on Saturday -- allowing four earned runs on nine hits over 6 2/3 innings, while striking out seven, in a 4-0 loss to the Rangers at Rogers Centre.
Dhiren Mahiban is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Blue Jays hold third-annual Girls' Day
Youngsters instructed by members of Baseball Canada's Women's National Team after Saturday's game
By Alexis Brudnicki
Specual to MLB.com |
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.
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.
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.
Toronto's veteran first baseman has struggled at times this season -- at least by his standards -- but a pair of swings was all it took to lead the Blue Jays to a 12-2 victory over the Rangers on Friday night at Rogers Centre.