Blue Jays oust O's in 11th on Edwin's blast

Blue Jays oust O's in 11th on Edwin's blast

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays are going back to the American League Division Series. Edwin Encarnacion made sure of that.

Encarnacion hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the 11th inning to send Toronto to a 5-2 victory over the Orioles. In a battle of AL East rivals, between two teams that have been evenly matched all season and finished with identical 89-73 regular-season records, it was the Blue Jays who survived, and their reward is a matchup vs. the AL West champion Texas Rangers.

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Buck on not using Britton: 'It didn't work out'

Buck on not using Britton: 'It didn't work out'

TORONTO -- The Orioles' season ended on Tuesday night, and one of the best pitchers in baseball, closer Zach Britton, could only watch on a puzzling night that resulted in Baltimore's gut-wrenching 5-2, 11-inning defeat to the Blue Jays.

Britton -- a perfect 47-for-47 in saves on the year -- was nowhere to be found in the biggest spots in the winner-take-all American League Wild Card Game. Maybe the lefty sinkerballer, who had allowed one earned run since April, was hurt?

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Encarnacion joins Blue Jays postseason homer lore

Encarnacion joins Blue Jays postseason homer lore

TORONTO -- Last year, Jose Bautista did the bat flip heard 'round the world. This time, it was Edwin Encarnacion's time to shine.

Encarnacion cemented his spot in Blue Jays history with a walk-off three-run homer that sent his team to a dramatic 5-2 victory Tuesday night over the Orioles in the American League Wild Card Game. The second he made contact, everybody knew it was gone.

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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.

'Terrific' Stroman limits O's in quality start

Right-hander allows Trumbo's two-run HR, racks up 6 K's

'Terrific' Stroman limits O's in quality start

TORONTO -- Some questioned the decision to hand Marcus Stroman the ball in the American League Wild Card Game against the Orioles, but he passed the test with flying colors in Tuesday night's walk-off 5-2 victory.

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons called the 25-year-old right-hander a "big-game pitcher," and Stroman gave Toronto six innings of two-run ball on an efficient 81 pitches. The Blue Jays won in the 11th inning on Edwin Encarnacion's three-run homer, sending Toronto to the AL Division Series vs. the Rangers, starting Thursday in Texas (4:30 p.m. ET, TBS/Sportsnet/TVA).

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

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Paul Hagen

Blue Jays prove they have 'more than big bats'

Defense, pitching and baserunning key in Toronto's Wild Card Game win

Blue Jays prove they have 'more than big bats'

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays' fourth batter of the evening, Jose Bautista, led off the bottom of the second inning by slamming a home run to left that was so majestic that it looked as though it might scrape the girders of the open Rogers Centre roof.

The final Toronto hitter to step to the plate in the American League Wild Card Game on Tuesday night, Edwin Encarnacion, hit the ball even harder. His no-doubt three-run shot in the bottom of the 11th landed in the second level in left, gave his team a 5-2 win over the Orioles and sent the Blue Jays on to face the Rangers in the AL Division Series beginning Thursday (4:30 p.m. ET/TBS in United States, Sportsnet (English) and RDS (French) in Canada).

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O's Jones on Jays: 'Tip your cap to them'

O's Jones on Jays: 'Tip your cap to them'

TORONTO -- The Orioles fought valiantly on Tuesday night, turning in a memorable American League Wild Card Game despite the 5-2, 11-inning loss.

"It was a great game. Overall, I think we played a hell of a game. So did they," Orioles center fielder Adam Jones said. "Tip your cap to them and how they played. Tip your cap to how their pitchers pitched and how my pitchers pitched. They all went out there and dealt and did really well until the end.

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Did you know? Key facts from the AL Wild Card Game

Did you know? Key facts from the AL Wild Card Game

The 2016 postseason got off to an incredible start on Tuesday night, as Edwin Encarnacion's walk-off three-run homer in the 11th inning delivered the Blue Jays and their fans an unforgettable 5-2 win over the Orioles in the American League Wild Card Game.

It was easily among the most exciting Wild Card Games since the contest was introduced in 2012, joining Kansas City's 12-inning comeback against the A's in '14. It was the Blue Jays' first walk-off win in the postseason since Joe Carter's iconic World Series-winning blast in 1993. Tuesday's game shared several parallels with those famous contests, along with many other historic October moments.

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Statcast of the Day: Bourn has mixed results

Statcast of the Day: Bourn has mixed results

TORONTO -- With the Blue Jays trailing the Orioles by a run in the bottom of the fifth inning of the American League Wild Card Game on Tuesday, Toronto came up with two unlikely hits to spur a game-tying rally in its eventual 5-2 win in 11 innings.

Michael Saunders sparked the rally with a lazy fly ball down the left-field line off Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman, as it had an exit velocity of just 83.6 mph with a launch angle of 33 degrees and going a projected 282 feet before bouncing into the stands.

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Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Osuna exits in 10th with shoulder 'fatigue'

Blue Jays avoid scare; closer expects to be ready for ALDS

Osuna exits in 10th with shoulder 'fatigue'

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays are heading to Texas to take on the Rangers in a rematch of last year's American League Division Series after defeating the Orioles, 5-2, in 11 innings on Tuesday night in the AL Wild Card Game, and it looks like Toronto will have closer Roberto Osuna available after an injury scare.

Osuna left the game after retiring Chris Davis in the top of the 10th -- his second inning of work -- and after the game, he described the injury as "a big stretch" in his right shoulder. The 21-year-old said the stretch initially occurred on a fastball thrown to Davis.

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

Pillar leads Blue Jays' strong defense vs. O's

Pillar leads Blue Jays' strong defense vs. O's

TORONTO -- The 2016 Blue Jays may not have the same offense as last year's ballclub, but the defense has become an unmistakable staple of the current team's identity.

While Toronto's 5-2 victory over the Orioles in Tuesday's American League Wild Card Game will be remembered for Edwin Encarnacion's walk-off home run in the 11th, the team's defense gave the Blue Jays a chance to hang tight all evening before breaking through.

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

O's Kim nearly pelted by thrown can

O's Kim nearly pelted by thrown can

TORONTO -- A fan threw a canned beverage onto the field in the seventh inning of Baltimore's 5-2 loss to Toronto in 11 innings on Tuesday night in the American League Wild Card Game, prompting immediate objections by the Orioles.

O's left fielder Hyun Soo Kim caught the final out of the inning, a fly ball off the bat of Melvin Upton Jr., just after the can landed near him. Kim said the can caught him by surprise and was happy that center fielder Adam Jones immediately came to his defense.

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Bautista's Wild Card Game HR adds to postseason tally

Bautista's Wild Card Game HR adds to postseason tally

TORONTO -- Jose Bautista lives for the big moments. In case anybody forgot that, he reminded them on Tuesday night.

Bautista opened the second inning of the American League Wild Card Game vs. Baltimore with a bang. He lifted a 3-1 fastball from Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman and sent it over the left-field wall for an early lead in what turned out to be 5-2 victory in extra innings. The win sends Toronto to the AL Division Series vs. the Rangers starting Thursday in Texas (4:30 p.m. ET, TBS).

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Bullpen bails O's out with two double plays

Bullpen bails O's out with two double plays

TORONTO -- The Orioles dropped Tuesday night's American League Wild Card Game to the Blue Jays in 11 innings, 5-2, but before the game ended, the Baltimore bullpen and defense came up with some key escapes.

The biggest one came in the ninth, when Darren O'Day faced Russell Martin with two runners on with one out after a leadoff double from Josh Donaldson and an intentional walk to Edwin Encarnacion.

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Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

How they were built: Orioles

Baltimore among four clubs tied for most homegrown players on projected Division Series roster

How they were built: Orioles

MLBPipeline.com is breaking down how each of the playoff teams was built, looking at the composition of projected Division Series rosters.

For the third time in five years, the Baltimore Orioles are in the postseason. The Orioles got hot at the right time down the stretch, winning their final five road series and seven of their last nine games to claim the second American League Wild Card spot with an 89-73 overall record.

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jim Callis

How they were built: Blue Jays

Three different front-office regimes have bolstered Toronto's team with trades

How they were built: Blue Jays

MLBPipeline.com is breaking down how each of the playoff teams was built, looking at the composition of projected Division Series rosters.

After missing the postseason for 21 consecutive years, the Blue Jays are back in the playoffs for the second straight October. Unlike the other four clubs that reached the postseason in both 2015 and '16 (Cubs, Dodgers, Mets and Rangers), Toronto did so with two front-office administrations.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter and listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.