Blue Jays pitchers visit children's hospital

On Monday, Toronto Blue Jays pitchers Mark Buehrle, Drew Hutchison, Bo Schultz with wife Neha, and Liam Hendriks with wife Kristi, left their gloves and cleats behind and travelled to Holland Bloorview Children's Rehabilitation Hospital in Toronto to spend the day with some very deserving fans.

When the players, wives and staff members arrived, they were greeted by many children and their families who were dressed head to toe in Blue Jays gear. The players spent time distributing Blue Jays hats and signing autographs for many of the hospital's inpatients before engaging in a game of wheelchair tee-ball in the Kinder Foundation gymnasium.

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Stroman's final rehab start set for Monday

Right-hander rejoins Blue Jays for bullpen session, reflects on rehab at Duke University

Stroman's final rehab start set for Monday

TORONTO -- Marcus Stroman can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel as his grueling six-month rehab from left knee surgery is days away from being over.

Stroman rejoined the Blue Jays on Friday afternoon at Rogers Centre to throw a bullpen session. He'll remain with the club this weekend before going to Triple-A Buffalo on Monday to make his final rehab start.

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Blue Jays fall to O's, lose ground in AL East

Blue Jays fall to O's, lose ground in AL East

TORONTO -- Chris Davis hit a pair of home runs as the Orioles roughed up Blue Jays right-hander Drew Hutchison for six runs over five-plus innings in a 10-2 victory on Friday night at Rogers Centre.

The loss dropped Toronto's lead in the American League East to a half-game after the Yankees pulled out a 5-2 win over Tampa Bay earlier in the night. The Orioles kept their fading postseason hopes alive with the win to move six games back of Texas for the second AL Wild Card spot.

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Rough 6th hands Hutchison rare home loss

Righty's rotation spot could be in question with Stroman's upcoming return

Rough 6th hands Hutchison rare home loss

TORONTO -- Drew Hutchison has pitched well at home for most of the season, and he typically dominates the Orioles' lineup, but on Friday night at Rogers Centre both of those factors ended up working against him.

Hutchison was strong through the middle innings but saw his outing fall apart in a four-run sixth that not only sent the Blue Jays to a lopsided 10-2 loss but also likely puts his future in the rotation into doubt.

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Price looks to keep up hot stretch with Blue Jays

Price looks to keep up hot stretch with Blue Jays

David Price will make his seventh start in a Blue Jays uniform when he takes the mound to face the Orioles on Saturday afternoon at Rogers Centre. The ace left-hander had his start bumped up a day as the club opted to give veteran Mark Buehrle one more day of rest. Buehrle will now go Sunday.

Price has put up a 4-1 record with a 2.28 ERA since joining Toronto at the Trade Deadline, allowing three earned runs or fewer in each of his past six starts. He has thrown at least six innings in 13 consecutive outings and has 21 quality starts on the season.

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5 burning questions as Toronto makes playoff push

5 burning questions as Toronto makes playoff push

TORONTO -- Life couldn't be much better for the Blue Jays right now, but there's still a full month left in the regular season, so the road to the postseason is far from over.

Toronto has become a front-runner in the American League thanks to a 31-11 record since the All-Star break, which is the best in baseball. It has been mostly smooth sailing for the past six weeks, but with this much time left, there is bound to be some adversity and tough decisions ahead.

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Giving back important to Bautista, Donaldson

In position to help, Blue Jays teammates feel duty to lead community efforts

Giving back important to Bautista, Donaldson

TORONTO -- All they needed was for someone to point them in the right direction.

Jose Bautista and Josh Donaldson, two of the most talked-about players on one of the hottest teams in baseball right now in the Blue Jays, are at the top of the Major League world. And if not for some guidance and a nudge down a couple of correct paths early on, they might not be here.

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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 dropped to six games behind Texas for the second AL Wild Card spot after the Rangers won in San Diego late 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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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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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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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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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. Jamie Ross is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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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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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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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Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.