Donaldson, Tulo may return for Texas series

Donaldson, Tulo may return for Texas series

Home runs always seem to fly and tempers always seem to be high whenever the Blue Jays and Rangers have matched up in recent years.

Sometimes it's been with everything on the line, like in the past two American League Division Series. Other times, emotion from those series spilled over into the regular season, like last May 15, when a melee broke out between Rougned Odor and Jose Bautista at second base.

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Carson Mason is an associate reporter for MLB.com based in Milwaukee. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Goins' slam guides Blue Jays past Crew

Goins' slam guides Blue Jays past Crew

MILWAUKEE -- So much for home-field advantage. Six weeks after the Brewers took a two-game Interleague series at Rogers Centre, Ryan Goins and the Blue Jays returned the favor at Miller Park.

Kevin Pillar, Jose Bautista and Devon Travis hit long solo home runs off Brewers starter Matt Garza before Goins connected for a game-breaking grand slam off Oliver Drake, giving the Blue Jays a season-high four homers in an 8-4 win. Toronto won a two-game set that spanned about 20 hours from the first pitch to the last.

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Blue Jays slugging back to winning ways

Blue Jays slugging back to winning ways

MILWAUKEE -- Despite a tough, injury-ridden start to the season, the Blue Jays are committed to winning and sustaining a championship environment, general manager Ross Atkins said.

With a season-high four home runs -- including Ryan Goins' first career grand slam -- in their win 8-4 win over the Brewers on Wednesday, it seems that mindset is coming to fruition.

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Carson Mason is an associate reporter for MLB.com based in Milwaukee who covered the Blue Jays on Wednesday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Alford to DL with broken bone in left wrist

Blue Jays prospect had first career hit earlier in game; Happ, Tulo, Donaldson, Liriano all nearing return

Alford to DL with broken bone in left wrist

MILWAUKEE -- Anthony Alford experienced one of the biggest highs and one of the biggest lows of his professional baseball career within a 12-hour span.

The Blue Jays' No. 3 prospect logged his first Major League hit during Toronto's 4-3 win over the Brewers on Tuesday night. But he fractured a hamate bone in his left wrist in his next at-bat and was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Wednesday.

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Maese fans career-high 12 for Lansing

Maese fans career-high 12 for Lansing

After his second straight scoreless start for the Dayton Dragons, also the longest of his career, Tony Santillan may not have much more to prove at the Class A level.

The Reds' No. 14 prospect flat-out dominated over eight innings on Wednesday against Great Lakes, allowing just two hits and one walk while striking out five in a game that was suspended due to rain after 13 scoreless frames. In his previous turn, Santillan had completed a then-season-high seven innings after losing a perfect game bid with one out in the seventh.

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Morales' 447-foot HR leads Blue Jays to win

Morales' 447-foot HR leads Blue Jays to win

MILWAUKEE -- Kendrys Morales hit a booming two-run home run to give the Blue Jays a four-run lead in the fifth, and Toronto's bullpen held on to beat the Brewers, 4-3, in the opener of a two-game Interleague series on Tuesday at Miller Park.

Making his first start as a third baseman in four years, Jose Bautista extended Blue Jays' fifth with a two-out single, before Morales got all of a Jimmy Nelson sinker for a home run to straightaway center. At a projected 447 feet, according to Statcast™, Morales' home run was the second longest by a Blue Jays hitter this season, and it was also their second-hardest-hit home run, leaving the bat at 110.5 mph to give Toronto a 4-0 lead.

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Joey Bats flashes leather during start at 3B

Slugger mans hot corner in Interleague series opener vs. Brewers

Joey Bats flashes leather during start at 3B

MILWAUKEE -- Jose Bautista hadn't manned third base for nine innings in four years, but when he made the start there against the Brewers on Tuesday night, it seemed like a natural fit.

Bautista made two key defensive plays, tallied two hits and drew a walk in the Blue Jays' 4-3 win in Game 1 of a two-game Interleague set at Miller Park.

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Sanchez can only wait for blood blister to heal

Blue Jays right-hander was put on DL for third time this season Saturday

Sanchez can only wait for blood blister to heal

MILWAUKEE -- The only thing Blue Jays starter Aaron Sanchez can do to nurse the blood blister on his right middle finger is wait.

Sanchez, who was sent to the 10-day disabled list for the third time this season on Saturday, said he does not have a timetable for his return. The 24-year-old first suffered a blister, followed by a split nail on his right middle finger and a now re-opened blister, forcing another extended absence.

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Inbox: Will Tulo be back in near future?

Beat reporter Gregor Chisholm answers questions from fans

Inbox: Will Tulo be back in near future?

Do you know why Troy Tulowitzki hasn't played on his rehab assignment since Thursday? Bad weather or is there some other concern?
-- @drkangman

Lots of questions this week about Tulowitzki, with plenty of concern that he suffered a setback. I can confirm that is not the case and Tulowitzki simply did not play for Class A Advanced Dunedin this weekend because the club was on a long road trip to St. Lucie, Fla., which is approximately a three-hour and 15-minute drive from Toronto's Minor League complex. Tulowitzki is scheduled to be in the lineup for Dunedin on Monday night as he continues to work his way back from a strained right hamstring. There's still no definitive time frame for his return; it will be based on how he feels, but the fact he's scheduled to play Monday means Tulo should be back in the near future. The Blue Jays also confirmed Monday afternoon that Josh Donaldson will begin his rehab assignment for Dunedin on Monday night. It's not immediately clear how many games he'll need before rejoining the big league club.

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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.

Estrada, Travis power Jays past O's in finale

Estrada, Travis power Jays past O's in finale

BALTIMORE -- Marco Estrada demonstrated pure dominance in Sunday's series finale against the Orioles. The Blue Jays' righty struck out a career-high 12 batters in Toronto's 3-1 victory.

Estrada (3-2) held the red-hot Baltimore offense to five hits, allowing just one run through 7 2/3 innings. It was the first time the Orioles have been held to less than two runs since May 7.

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Estrada rises to occasion, brings team along

Estrada rises to occasion, brings team along

BALTIMORE -- On Twitter they call him ACEStrada, and based on how he pitched Sunday afternoon, it's easy to see why.

Marco Estrada enjoyed arguably his best start of the season by allowing one run over 7 2/3 innings in a 3-1 victory over the Orioles. Toronto's veteran righty matched his career high with 12 strikeouts, and more important, helped the Blue Jays avoid a three-game sweep at Camden Yards.

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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.

Bautista homers but Blue Jays fall late to O's

Bautista homers but Blue Jays fall late to O's

BALTIMORE -- The "beef" chants at Camden Yards are unmistakable. And at this point, they're hard to stop.

Orioles catcher Welington Castillo, Friday night's hero with a walk-off homer, delivered the big blow again for Baltimore with a three-run go ahead shot in the seventh inning of Saturday's 7-5 victory over the Blue Jays.

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles 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.

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Sanchez placed on 10-day DL for third time

Blue Jays activate Martin as Pillar comes back from brief suspension

Sanchez placed on 10-day DL for third time

BALTIMORE -- The Blue Jays just can't seem to catch a break this season. On the same day that Russell Martin and Kevin Pillar made their returns, the club once again lost right-hander Aaron Sanchez to the 10-day disabled list.

Sanchez was placed on the DL on Saturday afternoon for the third time this season because of a right finger issue. First it was a blister, then it was a cracked nail and now the blister has popped up once again, forcing yet another extended absence.

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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.

Blue Jays look for positives during latest skid

Toronto has dropped five of six after falling in the first two games vs. Orioles

Blue Jays look for positives during latest skid

BALTIMORE -- It was less than a week ago that the Blue Jays were riding high after a season-best five-game winning streak. They were gaining ground in the American League East and seemed to have momentum on their side. But how quickly things have changed.

Toronto followed up that winning streak by losing five of six, with the latest loss coming Saturday night, 7-5, to the Orioles. The Blue Jays' season once again appears to be nearing a crossroads, and they may not be able to dig a much deeper hole.

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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.

Guerrero does it all for Lansing

Guerrero does it all for Lansing

Astros prospects Kyle Tucker and Jason Martin have been swinging hot bats lately, and the trend continued Saturday as the duo led Class A Advanced Buies Creek to an 8-2 win over Down East.

Tucker, ranked as the Astros' No. 2 prospect and 30th on MLB Pipeline's Top 100 Prospects list, and Martin (Astros' No. 26) combined for five hits and five RBIs as the Astros won for the fifth time in six games.

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Strange play costs Blue Jays in loss to O's in 10

Strange play costs Blue Jays in loss to O's in 10

BALTIMORE -- Welington Castillo delivered his first career walk-off homer, a two-run shot, as part of a two-homer night that saw the Orioles outlast the Blue Jays, 5-3, in Friday's 10-inning marathon.

The win, which marked the fourth walk-off victory this season for the O's, snapped a stretch of six consecutive one-run losses for Baltimore. The game started with a 30-minute delay, and also had a delay of 58 minutes prior to the bottom of the 10th inning.

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles 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.

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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Prospect Alford goes 0-for-2 in MLB debut

Prospect Alford goes 0-for-2 in MLB debut

BALTIMORE -- What seemed like a pipe dream five years ago, became a reality on Friday night when Blue Jays outfielder Anthony Alford was called up to make his big league debut in a 10-inning, 5-3 loss to the Orioles.

Alford is Toronto's No. 3 overall prospect and the No. 62 prospect in baseball according to MLBPipeline.com but there was a time when the Blue Jays weren't sure whether he'd stick with the sport. His stock in the 2012 Draft dropped because of a commitment to play college football, but the Blue Jays selected him anyway, in the third round, with the hope he would eventually change his mind.

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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.

Blue Jays' go-ahead run overturned in 7th

Blue Jays' go-ahead run overturned in 7th

BALTIMORE -- The Blue Jays thought they scored the go-ahead run during the seventh inning of Friday night's 5-3, 10-inning loss to the Orioles on a strikeout of all things, only to see the call overturned on a replay.

Justin Smoak was batting with the bases loaded and the score tied at three when he swung and missed at a pitch from reliever Darren O'Day. That was strike three, but the ball bounced away from catcher Welington Castillo and Smoak ran to first while Chris Coghlan -- who was on third -- appeared to score.

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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.

What to expect from Alford in big leagues

What to expect from Alford in big leagues

The Toronto Blue Jays promoted Anthony Alford, the organization's No. 3 prospect, to the Major Leagues on Friday ahead of their weekend series in Baltimore. He assumed the roster spot of Darrell Ceciliani, who was placed on the 10-day disabled list after suffering a left shoulder injury on Thursday night.

No. 62 on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list, Alford is making the jump to the big leagues directly from Double-A New Hampshire, where he had produced a .325/.411/.455 batting line, with 10 extra-base hits (including three home runs), 18 runs scored and nine steals in 33 games.

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Tellez smashes walk-off homer for Buffalo

Tellez smashes walk-off homer for Buffalo

Nationals No. 1 prospect (No. 5 overall) Victor Robles had a 20th birthday to remember on Friday, going 4-for-5 with a triple and a two-run homer in Class A Advanced Potomac's 11-7 loss to Lynchburg. Robles raised his season average by 28 points with the performance to .283.

"We got off to a rough start tonight and got down a bunch, but he goes out and hits an opposite-field homer and then the triple," Potomac manager Tripp Keister told MiLB.com. "When he hit it, you really didn't think he'd get three out of it, but he's so fast and does so many things that make you say, 'Wow.'"

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Due Jay: On your Marcus, set, go deep!

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Due Jay: On your Marcus, set, go deep!

Everything Marcus Stroman does, he does with style. Pitching, dancing, showing off his footwear of choice, it's all a cut above for the Blue Jays right-hander.

In Thursday's game with the Braves at SunTrust Park, the Jays shot out to a 6-0 lead in the third inning ... but then the rains came, forcing a delay. Given the inclement weather and the big lead, would Stroman come back out once the rain let up, or would Toronto go to the bullpen?

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Blue Jays hand Pillar two-game suspension

Blue Jays hand Pillar two-game suspension

ATLANTA -- In a joint decision between the Blue Jays and Major League Baseball on Thursday, Toronto suspended center fielder Kevin Pillar two games for his use of a homophobic slur during Toronto's 8-4 loss to the Braves on Wednesday night.

Toronto made its decision on Thursday morning after discussions with Pillar, the league and the MLB Players Association. The details still have to be worked out, but Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins said Pillar's salary for the next two games, plus an undisclosed fine, will be donated to a couple of organizations supporting the LGBTQ community.

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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.

Stroman, Blue Jays slug way to win in Atlanta

Stroman, Blue Jays slug way to win in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Along with accounting for one of the three home runs Julio Teheran surrendered to players who hadn't previously homered this season, Marcus Stroman easily handled a Freddie Freeman-less Braves lineup while helping the Blue Jays cruise to Thursday night's 9-0 win over the Braves at SunTrust Park.

After losing each of the first three games of this home-and-home Interleague series, the Blue Jays left no doubt in this finale as they tallied three runs in three of the first four innings. Stroman completed 5 2/3 scoreless innings and contributed to the early offensive onslaught as he drilled his first career home run in the fourth inning. The opposite-field shot traveled a projected 370 feet with a 99-mph exit velocity, per Statcast™.

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Ceciliani injures shoulder while hitting HR

Blue Jays outfielder likely headed to DL with partial dislocation

Ceciliani injures shoulder while hitting HR

ATLANTA -- The Blue Jays just can't seem to avoid the injury bug. Even when they're hitting home runs.

Outfielder Darrell Ceciliani hit a two-run homer during the third inning of Thursday night's 9-0 win over the Braves, but on the swing he sustained a partial subluxation of his left shoulder, which in layman's terms means a partial dislocation.

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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.

Stroman goes opposite field for 1st career HR

Blue Jays righty becomes first AL pitcher to barrel a ball this season

Stroman goes opposite field for 1st career HR

ATLANTA -- Marcus Stroman talks a big game when it comes to his hitting prowess. He backed it up on Thursday night with the first home run of his career.

Toronto's right-hander hit an opposite-field homer, going back-to-back with Luke Maile, during the fourth inning of a 9-0 win over the Braves. According to Statcast™, Stroman's shot to right was projected to travel 370 feet and left his bat at 99 mph.

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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.

Murphy flirts with no-no for Lansing

Murphy flirts with no-no for Lansing

Cody Reed crossed a pair of accomplishments off his career bucket list on Thursday night with a historic performance for Class A Kane County.

The D-backs' No. 19 prospect fired a complete-game three-hitter with nine strikeouts and one walk in a 1-0 win over Quad Cities. The nine-inning shutout was the first of Reed's career and the first by a Cougars pitcher since Aug. 31, 2004. It also marked the 20-year-old lefty's second straight scoreless outing after he completed a then-season-high eight frames in his previous turn.

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Blue Jays can't overcome Biagini's rough 1st

Blue Jays can't overcome Biagini's rough 1st

ATLANTA -- Kurt Suzuki capped a six-run first inning with a three-run home run and added a double during a two-run sixth that provided the Braves some comfort as they backed Mike Foltynewicz's effective start during Wednesday night's 8-4 win over the Blue Jays at SunTrust Park.

On their way to winning their third straight game against the previously streaking Blue Jays, the Braves tallied six runs before Toronto starter Joe Biagini recorded his first out. Nick Markakis aided the early barrage with a two-run single that was immediately followed by Suzuki's second homer of the season. Per Statcast™, the shot into the left-center-field seats traveled a projected 414 feet and had an exit velocity of 103.4 mph.

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