Leap Cog! Dive over C part of wild Blue Jays W

Leap Cog! Dive over C part of wild Blue Jays W

ST. LOUIS -- The Blue Jays' team motto this year is "Let's Rise." Chris Coghlan took it to a new level during Tuesday's 6-5, 11-inning victory over the Cardinals with one of the most acrobatic "slides" ever seen.

Coghlan turned what appeared to be a guaranteed out into a Blue Jays run by soaring over the head of Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina in the seventh inning of a tied game. Molina appeared to have Coghlan out on arrival, but clearly, the veteran utility man had other ideas.

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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's double leads to Toronto win in 11th

Stroman's double leads to Toronto win in 11th

ST. LOUIS -- A back-and-forth Interleague affair that featured aerial acrobatics and the most unexpected of contributors ended after 11 innings on Tuesday, when the Blue Jays capitalized on the Cardinals' fourth error of the night. After squandering away three leads, the Blue Jays wouldn't lose another, as Ryan Tepera stranded the potential tying run in scoring position to cap off a 6-5 win over the Cardinals at Busch Stadium.

The Cardinals' sloppy play led to unearned runs in the ninth and 11th, the latter of which scored when first baseman Jose Martinez couldn't corral a wide throw from shortstop Aledmys Diaz. A pinch-hit, one-out double by starting pitcher Marcus Stroman set up Toronto's game-winning rally, as he later scored on Diaz's errant throw on Steve Pearce's two-out ground ball.

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With empty bench, Stroman displays offense

Starter doubles, scores winning run in 11th inning

With empty bench, Stroman displays offense

ST. LOUIS -- Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman makes a living off his electric arm. But on Tuesday night, it was his bat that made an impression.

Stroman became the first pitcher in franchise history to successfully record a pinch-hit when he doubled to the left-field corner during the 11th inning of Toronto's 6-5 win over the Cardinals. That marked the first hit of Stroman's big league career, but more importantly, it eventually led to the winning run.

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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 Jr. stays hot with third homer

Guerrero Jr. stays hot with third homer

Class A Advanced Florida's offense was shut out on Sunday for the first time this season. That was anything but the case on Tuesday, however, as the Fire Frogs erupted for 10 runs in the first inning before defeating Palm Beach, 22-2. Florida pounded out 18 hits including four home runs in the victory, with each starter collecting at least one hit and scoring one run.

Braves No. 7 prospect Ronald Acuna (No. 96 overall) established season highs with three hits and five RBIs, three of which came on his three-run triple in the first inning. The 19-year-old center fielder later added his second home run of the season, a two-run shot to center field in the eighth inning, to finish 3-for-5 at the plate.

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Sanchez throws bullpen session, nears return

Right-hander could start as soon as this weekend

Sanchez throws bullpen session, nears return

ST. LOUIS -- Aaron Sanchez is one step closer to making his return, as the Blue Jays right-hander threw a 30-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday afternoon.

Sanchez threw off a mound prior to the Blue Jays' series opener against the Cardinals. He used all of his pitches, and the blister that forced a stint on the disabled list apparently was no longer an issue.

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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.

Latos set for Cardinals in second '17 start

Latos set for Cardinals in second '17 start

Cardinals first baseman Matt Carpenter will return from his one-game suspension on Wednesday night, and it might be as part of a new-look St. Louis lineup.

The Cardinals are contemplating making some changes in an effort to jump-start their struggling lineup. One move being considered is putting Carpenter in the No. 2 spot instead of at No. 3 when St. Louis' series against the Blue Jays continues.

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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 settle for split at Angel Stadium

Blue Jays settle for split at Angel Stadium

ANAHEIM -- Thanks to a solid start by Jesse Chavez and a crafty slide by Cameron Maybin, the Angels secured a split of their four-game series with the Blue Jays after holding on for a 2-1 victory in Monday night's finale at Angel Stadium.

Chavez held Toronto to one run on four hits while walking four and striking out seven over six innings against his former club. Chavez had been slated to start on Sunday, but his outing was pushed back one day after he was pressed into relief action and allowed the game-winning home run during the Angels' 13-inning loss to the Blue Jays on Friday.

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Blue Jays aren't catching any breaks

Blue Jays aren't catching any breaks

ANAHEIM -- Monday wasn't the Blue Jays' night. For the seventh time in this young season, Toronto lost a one-run game, this time a 2-1 setback in the series finale against the Angels.

The contest was plagued with close calls in the Angels' favor, tough-luck plays and a number of missed opportunities. The Blue Jays put at least one runner on base in every inning, but two were caught stealing, two were erased by double plays, seven were stranded and a stolen base was called back on batter's interference. Toronto outhit the Angels, 7-5, but came away with only one run to show for it -- on a home run by Russell Martin in the fourth inning.

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Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. He covered the Blue Jays on Monday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Stroman settles in after quick-pitch hiccup

Blue Jays righty strikes out five in complete game, gives 'pen a rest

Stroman settles in after quick-pitch hiccup

ANAHEIM -- The Blue Jays needed a win, and some rest for their bullpen, and starting pitcher Marcus Stroman delivered both with a complete-game victory Sunday against the Angels.

Stroman was efficient for nine innings, making 99 pitches to lead the Blue Jays to a 6-2 win over the Angels at Angel Stadium. With the dominant performance, Stroman became the first pitcher in the Major Leagues with a pair of complete games this season.

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Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. He covered the Blue Jays on Sunday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Big flies seal Stroman's complete-game win

Big flies seal Stroman's complete-game win

ANAHEIM -- A dominant performance by Marcus Stroman and a trio of late home runs from Devon Travis, Kevin Pillar and Ryan Goins helped propel the Blue Jays past the Angels for a 6-2 victory Sunday afternoon at Angel Stadium. The win gave Toronto a 2-1 edge in the series heading into Monday's finale.

"I think the biggest thing was Stroman out there dealing, and it was just time for the offense to wake up a little bit and I'm just really thankful it worked out the way it did," Travis said.

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Gibbons ejected after arguing quick-pitch call

Gibbons ejected after arguing quick-pitch call

ANAHEIM -- Blue Jays manager John Gibbons was ejected from Sunday's 6-2 win over the Angels in the bottom of the third inning. It was his first ejection of the season.

Gibbons was ejected by home-plate umpire Ramon De Jesus. Gibbons came out of the dugout and onto the field after some confusion during a plate appearance by Kole Calhoun.

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Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. He covered the Blue Jays on Sunday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Fisher Cats' Alford homers, lifts average to .469

Fisher Cats' Alford homers, lifts average to .469

It seems like every time he takes the mound, Kolby Allard keeps showing why the Braves drafted him No. 14 overall two years ago.

The 19-year-old left-hander, already pitching for Double-A Mississippi, has a 1.29 ERA through his first four starts of 2017 after tossing five scoreless innings against the Montgomery Biscuits on Sunday. Allard scattered five hits, walked one and struck out five.

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Slam spoils Lawrence's first MLB start

Slam spoils Lawrence's first MLB start

ANAHEIM -- Andrelton Simmons hit his second career grand slam Saturday, vaulting the Angels past the Blue Jays for a 5-4 win in the second game of a four-game series at Angel Stadium.

Simmons' homer snapped an early 1-1 tie and backed a strong performance by the Angels' defense and starterTyler Skaggs, who, after tossing seven scoreless frames against the Royals his last time out, was again effective. He held the Jays to two runs and seven hits through seven-plus innings, becoming the first Angels starter to pitch into the eighth inning this season. More >

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Goins ready to fill in while Tulo is sidelined

Blue Jays infielder doubles, makes great play in loss to Angels

Goins ready to fill in while Tulo is sidelined

ANAHEIM -- The Blue Jays are going to be asking a lot more of Ryan Goins moving forward, now that starting shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is on the 10-day disabled list.

Goins started at shortstop in Saturday's 5-4 loss to the Angels, the first game the Blue Jays played since Tulowitzki went down with a strained right hamstring. Goins played his usual solid defense, and also contributed a double and a run scored.

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Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. He covered the Blue Jays on Saturday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tulo lands on DL with strained right hamstring

Blue Jays also promote Campos and Lawrence

Tulo lands on DL with strained right hamstring

ANAHEIM -- The Blue Jays were dealt another blow on the injury front Saturday, as the club placed starting shortstop Troy Tulowitzki on the 10-day disabled list, the result of a strained right hamstring.

Tulowitzki injured his hamstring in Friday's 8-7 win over the Angels, removing himself from the game in the top of the eighth inning after sliding into third base.

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Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. He covered the Blue Jays on Saturday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Joey Bats' breakout blast a sweet relief

Blue Jays slugger's go-ahead HR snaps 67 at-bat drought

Joey Bats' breakout blast a sweet relief

ANAHEIM -- The Blue Jays were in need of a spark, and some runs, when Jose Bautista stepped to the plate with two outs and two on in the top of the 13th inning early Saturday morning. Bautista delivered with his first home run of the season, propelling his team to a much-needed victory. It was the type of swing the Blue Jays are hoping will unleash the full power potential of their star slugger.

Bautista's three-run homer off Angels right-hander Jesse Chavez helped the Blue Jays to an 8-7 win over the Angels in a game that went 5 hours, 36 minutes. It not only helped seal the game for Toronto, but also could go a long way toward getting Bautista back to his regular form.

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Bautista's HR lifts Blue Jays over Halos in 13

Bautista's HR lifts Blue Jays over Halos in 13

ANAHEIM -- Jose Bautista blasted a three-run home run off Jesse Chavez to break a tie in the 13th inning, and the Blue Jays held on for an 8-7 comeback win in Friday night's series opener at Angel Stadium.

Kevin Pillar ignited the rally with a two-out single and advanced to third on Ezequiel Carrera's subsequent base hit to left. Bautista followed by crushing a 1-1 offspeed pitch to left-center for his first home run of the season.

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Howell (shoulder) nears return to bullpen

Howell (shoulder) nears return to bullpen

ANAHEIM -- The Blue Jays are expecting to get some bullpen help next week with the return of left-hander J.P. Howell, who is on track to come off the 10-day disabled list when the club begins a three-game Interleague series against the Cardinals on Tuesday, according to manager John Gibbons.

Howell began a Minor League rehab assignment with Class A Dunedin on Thursday, striking out two and allowing one hit in a scoreless inning. The lefty is slated for one more rehab appearance this weekend.

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Shaky 'pen command is Blue Jays' undoing

Grilli yields three-run double to Sox in 10th inning

Shaky 'pen command is Blue Jays' undoing

TORONTO -- When the offense is not producing, it leaves little margin for error for the pitching staff. Toronto's bullpen found that out the hard way again on Thursday afternoon.

Right-hander Jason Grilli loaded the bases in the top of the 10th, and then he allowed a three-run double off the bat of Mookie Betts in Toronto's 4-1 loss to the Red Sox. It marked Grilli's second loss in Toronto's three extra-innings games this season, and even though he allowed all of the baserunners to reach base, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said he did not consider making a change.

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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.

Morales' HR, Estrada's 6 scoreless not enough

Morales' HR, Estrada's 6 scoreless not enough

TORONTO -- Mookie Betts came through with a three-run double in the top of the 10th inning, and along the way, he helped provide some protection to Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel and manager John Farrell.

Betts' go-ahead double came off Blue Jays reliever Jason Grilli and helped secure a 4-1 victory on Thursday afternoon at Rogers Centre.

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Liriano, bullpen carry Blue Jays over Sox

Liriano, bullpen carry Blue Jays over Sox

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays are finally back in the win column.

Francisco Liriano tossed 5 1/3 scoreless innings while Toronto took advantage of two errors made by Boston's infield to secure a 3-0 victory on Wednesday night at Rogers Centre. That snapped the Blue Jays' mini two-game losing streak but more importantly came following a stretch in which the club went 2-11 for the worst start in franchise history.

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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.

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Blue Jays put together 'great ballgame'

After slow start, Toronto solid in all phases vs. Boston

Blue Jays put together 'great ballgame'

TORONTO -- For at least one game, everything worked out pretty much exactly how the Blue Jays would have drawn it up before the start of the season.

A strong performance from a starting pitcher, timely hits with men on base and a bullpen that did not budge an inch. After two weeks of struggle, Toronto even made it seem almost easy in a 3-0 victory over the Red Sox on Wednesday night at Rogers Centre.

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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' bullpen trio closes out Red Sox

Biagini, Grilli and Osuna finish off victory over Boston

Blue Jays' bullpen trio closes out Red Sox

TORONTO -- It took until the 14th game of the season, but the Blue Jays finally lined up their ideal bullpen roles for Roberto Osuna's first save on Wednesday night in a 3-0 victory over the Red Sox.

After 5 1/3 shutout innings from starter Francisco Liriano, the back-end trio of Joe Biagini, Jason Grilli, and Osuna cleaned up the rest. Toronto's slow start to the season has made these save situations rare, but the sense of regularity they offer is valuable to their relief pitchers.

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

Stroman struggles in loss to Red Sox

Stroman struggles in loss to Red Sox

TORONTO -- A trip to Rogers Centre might have been just the cure for what was ailing the Red Sox's lineup.

Mookie Betts, Pablo Sandoval and Mitch Moreland all had three hits as Boston's lineup enjoyed arguably its best game of the season in an 8-7 win over the Blue Jays on Tuesday night. Left-hander Brian Johnson picked up the first victory of his big league career and the Red Sox extended their winning streak to four games with the impressive showing.

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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.

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Pillar showing he can handle leadoff spot

Pillar showing he can handle leadoff spot

TORONTO -- With three doubles down the left-field line that looked like replays of one another, Kevin Pillar's successful audition as the Blue Jays' leadoff hitter continued in Tuesday night's 8-7 loss to the Red Sox at Rogers Centre.

Pillar overhauled his plate approach this past offseason, focusing on improving his patience, especially with two strikes, and attacking early pitches inside the zone. After a short-lived stint atop the lineup to open 2016, these changes were made consciously and with a certain opportunity in mind.

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

Left elbow inflammation forces Happ to DL

Sanchez undergoes surgery to remove portion of fingernail

Left elbow inflammation forces Happ to DL

TORONTO -- After a week of dread, the Blue Jays finally received some positive injury news on Tuesday afternoon. Turns out J.A. Happ and Aaron Sanchez won't miss that much time after all.

The MRI results on Happ's sore left elbow came back clean, and instead of a torn ligament, he is dealing with inflammation and could miss just one start. Sanchez's blister on his right middle finger will keep him out a little longer than that, but the Blue Jays expect to have him back within a couple of weeks at most.

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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.

No timetable for Donaldson's return

No timetable for Donaldson's return

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays still don't have an official timetable for Josh Donaldson's return to the field, but they know it won't be imminent.

There was a report from MLB Network's Ken Rosenthal on Tuesday morning that suggested Donaldson will be out for at least two to four weeks because of a strained right calf muscle. Blue Jays manager John Gibbons stopped short of confirming the news, but it's clear that Donaldson is going to need a lot more time than 10 days.

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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.

Inbox: Will Toronto make moves or have faith?

Beat reporter Gregor Chisholm answers Blue Jays fans' questions

Inbox: Will Toronto make moves or have faith?

Should the Blue Jays make some trades, sign free agents, or just keep the faith in their current roster?
-- Jordan L., Waterloo, Ontario

The Blue Jays really have no choice but to let this situation play out. Outside of relatively small moves, the trade market typically does not heat up until June. This is not the time to make a big addition or subtraction. Minor tinkering is possible, but it's also not going to fix what is currently ailing this Toronto team, so the likely scenario is that the club will stay the course for at least another couple of months.

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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.