Jays walk off to ALCS on Donaldson's dash

Jays walk off to ALCS on Donaldson's dash

TORONTO -- The Toronto Blue Jays have settled the score once and for all in their heated rivalry with the Texas Rangers. The reward is a trip to the American League Championship Series.

Josh Donaldson scored on an errant throw by Rougned Odor in the bottom of the 10th inning as the Blue Jays pulled off a dramatic 7-6 victory over the Rangers in Game 3 of the AL Division Series on Sunday night at Rogers Centre, completing a sweep. Toronto had runners on first and second base when Russell Martin hit a grounder to the hole between shortstop and third base. Elvis Andrus got the out at second, but Odor's relay throw to first got away from Mitch Moreland, and Donaldson beat the first baseman's throw to home plate with a headfirst dive.

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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.

T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.

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Blue Jays' title chase fueled by homers

Encarnacion, Martin hit club's 9th and 10th of postseason in Game 3

Blue Jays' title chase fueled by homers

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays bashed their way back to the American League Championship Series, tying an AL Division Series record with seven players going deep in the three-game sweep over the Rangers that culminated with Sunday's 7-6, 10-inning walk-off win.

"What we do -- we get criticized a lot for it -- we rely upon that home run ball," Toronto manager John Gibbons said of a group that has outhomered its opposition 10-3 this postseason to return to the ALCS. "You know what? Whether you like it or not, that's the kind of players we have."

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Pair of Rangers' leads quickly erased in Game 3

Moreland's sixth-inning double had Texas thinking ahead to Game 4

Pair of Rangers' leads quickly erased in Game 3

TORONTO -- The Texas Rangers had two leads in three games in the American League Division Series -- one that lasted about 10 minutes, and the other that ended up with, time-wise, about the same level of staying power.

The Rangers were swept by the Blue Jays in Game 3 on Sunday night, but offensively in that deciding contest, they performed better than they did in the first two. Though Toronto got off to a roaring start, scoring five runs in the first three frames, Texas didn't let up, and it caught up, before taking an eventual 7-6 loss in 10 innings.

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Alyson Footer is a national correspondent for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @alysonfooter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Did you know? Key facts from Rangers-Blue Jays Game 3

Did you know? Key facts from Rangers-Blue Jays Game 3

It was another unforgettable night in Toronto, as the Blue Jays enjoyed another dramatic walk-off win in the postseason in their 7-6 triumph over the Rangers in 10 innings on Sunday night. The victory clinched a sweep for Toronto in the American League Division Series, sending the Blue Jays to their second consecutive AL Championship Series to face the Indians for a shot at the 2016 World Series.

Toronto will play Game 1 at Progressive Field in Cleveland on Friday night at 8 p.m. ET. The ALCS will be broadcast on TBS, as well as Sportsnet and RDS (in French) in Canada.

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Statcast of the Day: Donaldson's daring dash

Blue Jays' third baseman speeds home from second to score ALDS-winning run

Statcast of the Day: Donaldson's daring dash

TORONTO -- You'll remember Josh Donaldson's hustle, scoring from second base on a grounder to shortstop, helping to secure the Toronto Blue Jays' spot in the American League Championship Series. History may not remember how important the hustle of Edwin Encarnacion and Russell Martin on the same play was in making Donaldson's play possible, but we should. Without them, Donaldson doesn't score that run.

Donaldson's heads-up baserunning play -- darting for home plate and safely sliding headfirst after second baseman Rougned Odor's errant throw to first on an attempt for an inning-ending double play -- gave the Blue Jays a walk-off 7-6 win in the 10th inning on Sunday night to complete a three-game AL Division Series sweep over the Texas Rangers. Game 1 of the ALCS against the Indians will be Friday at 8 p.m. ET at Progressive Field in Cleveland. The ALCS will be broadcast on TBS, as well as Sportsnet and RDS (French) in Canada.

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

Four! Homer-happy Toronto tees off in Texas

Four! Homer-happy Toronto tees off in Texas

ARLINGTON -- The Blue Jays' bats have come alive in Texas, and as a result, Toronto is one win away from advancing to the American League Championship Series.

The Blue Jays homered four times to take a stranglehold over the AL Division Series with a 5-3 victory over the Rangers in Game 2 on Friday afternoon at Globe Life Park. Toronto now returns north of the border with a 2-0 lead in the series and a chance to close things out on Sunday night, thanks in large part to Texas going 2-for-18 with runners in scoring position.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his 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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Happ escapes jams to get 1st postseason win

Happ escapes jams to get 1st postseason win

ARLINGTON -- Veteran lefty J.A. Happ certainly wasn't at his best during Game 2 of the American League Division Series on Friday afternoon, but as he has done so many times this year, he found a way to grind through and get the win.

Happ had two baserunners on base in each of the first four innings but managed to pitch into the sixth having allowed just one run. That was enough to preserve Toronto's early lead, help secure a 5-3 victory over Texas and take a 2-0 lead in the series.

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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.

Did you know? Key facts from Blue Jays-Rangers Game 2

Did you know? Key facts from Blue Jays-Rangers Game 2

In less than 24 hours, the Blue Jays and Rangers completed the first two games of their best-of-five American League Division Series, with Toronto taking control after a 5-3 victory in Game 2 on Friday afternoon.

The Blue Jays will carry a 2-0 series lead north of the border, with Game 3 set to go on Sunday evening at 7:30 p.m. ET at Rogers Centre on TBS (United States) and Sportsnet (Canada). These two teams have built quite the rivalry after last year's ALDS went the distance. Although Game 1 finished in a blowout, Game 2 provided its own theatrics with an intriguing finish.

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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.

Osuna returns, locks down five-out save

Osuna returns, locks down five-out save

ARLINGTON -- Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna returned to the mound on Friday afternoon, recording five outs and the save in the 5-3 Game 2 win over the Rangers in the American League Division Series.

Osuna, who abruptly exited Tuesday's AL Wild Card Game against Baltimore in the top of the 10th inning, said later that he felt as though something was stretched in his right shoulder. Manager John Gibbons confirmed after Game 1's 10-1 win that Osuna wouldn't have been available on Thursday.

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Brittany Ghiroli has been a reporter 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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pulling fast ones: Jays pounce on Yu's heat

Rangers' Darvish serves up career-high 4 homers, 3 in fifth, after falling behind and relying on fastball

Pulling fast ones: Jays pounce on Yu's heat

ARLINGTON -- Four fastballs, four home runs. For Yu Darvish, the damage was swift. And for his Rangers, those four blasts were too much to overcome as the Blue Jays held on for a 5-3 win in Friday afternoon's Game 2 of the American League Division Series and now head to Toronto with a firm 2-0 grip on the best-of-five battle.

Darvish had allowed three home runs in a game only twice in his Major League career, but the Blue Jays equaled that feat in the fifth inning alone on a damp afternoon at Globe Life Park, where they made the most of their six hits on the day.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Texas' 'tails whipped' by Toronto in G1

Texas' 'tails whipped' by Toronto in G1

ARLINGTON -- In a rematch of last year's American League Division Series, it took the Blue Jays all of three innings to take control.

Toronto set the tone in this matchup between bitter rivals and used a five-run third inning to cruise to a 10-1 victory over the Rangers in Game 1 on Thursday afternoon at Globe Life Park. That was more than enough run support for right-hander Marco Estrada, who allowed just four hits and one run over 8 1/3 innings in the longest start by a pitcher in Toronto postseason history.

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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.

T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.

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Hamels chased by Blue Jays in 4th inning

Rangers lefty allows seven runs in Game 1 of AL Division Series

Hamels chased by Blue Jays in 4th inning

ARLINGTON -- Cole Hamels is the ace of a pitching staff on a team that finished with the best record in the American League, and he has a solid postseason track record that dates back to 2007, his second year in the big leagues. But none of this mattered on Thursday to the Blue Jays, who rocked the lefty for seven runs (six earned) in 3 1/3 innings in Game 1 of the AL Division Series.

Game 2 is scheduled for noon CT on Friday at Globe Life Park (TBS in the U.S./Sportsnet (English) and TVA (French) in Canada).

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Alyson Footer is a national correspondent for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @alysonfooter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Did you know? Key facts from Blue Jays-Rangers Game 1

Did you know? Key facts from Blue Jays-Rangers Game 1

The American League Division Series between the Blue Jays and Rangers was highly anticipated after last year's five-game thriller between the teams, won by Toronto after an unforgettable seventh inning in Game 5.

Game 1 of this year's rematch on Thursday afternoon featured its fair share of action, with the Blue Jays taking a 10-1 victory and a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five series.

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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.