Martin, Carrera, Goins power Blue Jays in win

Martin, Carrera, Goins power Blue Jays in win

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays returned home from a grueling three-city road trip desperately needing a victory, and Russell Martin made sure they got one.

Martin homered and threw out Rajai Davis in a key situation as the Blue Jays escaped with a 4-2 victory over the A's on Monday night at Rogers Centre. Martin finished 2-for-4 while Ezequiel Carrera also chipped in with a pair of hits as Toronto snapped its losing streak at three games.

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Liriano: 'I concentrate on what I can control'

Ahead of Trade Deadline, starter unconcerned about speculation

Liriano: 'I concentrate on what I can control'

TORONTO -- Pretty much every player in baseball insists they aren't worried about the upcoming non-waiver Trade Deadline, but it's actually believable when it comes from Francisco Liriano. He has been there, done that.

Liriano has been dealt at the Trade Deadline twice before in his career, and there's a chance a third trade might not be too far away. The speculation has been there, but it didn't seem to bother him Monday night as Liriano tossed five strong innings in a 4-2 victory over the A's.

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No. 6 Vlad Jr. among 3 Blue Jays on Top 100 list

For first time, top 11 on list are all hitters; top eight are international signees

No. 6 Vlad Jr. among 3 Blue Jays on Top 100 list

A year ago at this time, Alex Bregman of the Astros had ascended to the top spot on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list. He had just been called up to the big leagues, and he graduated off the list before the season was over.

Fast forward to the official re-rank of the Top 100 in 2017. This time, it's a familiar face in the top spot: Yoan Moncada. But much like Bregman in '16, the fact that Moncada is holding on to the No. 1 slot in the Top 100 is overshadowed a bit by having been called up to the White Sox for the first time. One has to think he's going to follow a Bregman-esque path and play his way off of this list before the year is over.

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At Deadline, Blue Jays looking ahead to 2018

Atkins: 'It's more about controllable young talent'

At Deadline, Blue Jays looking ahead to 2018

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays have been trending in the wrong direction since the All-Star break, and with the non-waiver Trade Deadline just one week away, their approach is changing to reflect that reality.

General manager Ross Atkins said on Monday that one of the club's primary focuses will be improving the 2018 roster, which is expected to return many of this year's core players.

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Blue Jays tab Valdez to take on former club

Blue Jays tab Valdez to take on former club

Sonny Gray is scheduled to take the mound for the A's on Tuesday in Toronto as trade speculation continues to swirl ahead of the non-waiver Trade Deadline.

The right-hander is peaking at the right time for Oakland, posting a 1.62 ERA over his past five starts while holding opposing hitters to a .155 batting average. Given Gray's high value, affordable contract and additional years of team control, he would be one of the jewels of the market if Oakland decides to explore a deal.

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Blue Jays get utility man Refsnyder from Yanks

Toronto sends prospect McBroom to New York

Blue Jays get utility man Refsnyder from Yanks

CLEVELAND -- The Blue Jays and Yankees pulled off a Minor League deal on Sunday afternoon, with Toronto acquiring utlity man Rob Refsnyder and sending first baseman Ryan McBroom the other way.

Refsnyder, who was designated for assignment by New York earlier this week, will report to Triple-A Buffalo. He provides Toronto with some additional depth at second base and the corner-outfield positions.

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Happ struggles as Blue Jays drop finale

Happ struggles as Blue Jays drop finale

CLEVELAND -- The Indians pounced for four runs in the first inning, and that would be more than enough for a dominant Corey Kluber in an 8-1 rout of the Blue Jays on Sunday as Cleveland finished a three-game sweep at Progressive Field.

Kluber continued his lights-out play with 7 2/3 innings of one-run ball and a season-high 14 strikeouts. This was Kluber's 10th straight start with at least eight strikeouts, which is a club record. Kluber had been battling a sore neck, but he showed no signs of weakness after two days of extra rest.

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Toronto searching for answers after 3-7 trip

Toronto searching for answers after 3-7 trip

CLEVELAND -- The Blue Jays came out of the All-Star break knowing full well that they needed to turn things around in a hurry before they could be considered realistic contenders in the American League East. It didn't happen.

Toronto completed its 10-game road trip through Detroit, Boston and Cleveland by getting swept by the Indians. The latest blow came with an 8-1 loss on Sunday afternoon as the Blue Jays dropped to 3-7 on the road trip and now find themselves 10 games under .500 for the first time since May 6.

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Borucki impresses in Double-A debut

Borucki impresses in Double-A debut

Max Schrock took full advantage of Double-A Midland's doubleheader, collecting a total of five hits and six RBIs in the two wins over Corpus Christi on Sunday.

The Athletics No. 18 prospect got off to a fast start in the first game, a 12-2 Midland win, as he doubled in the first, singled in the third and fifth and capped his perfect day with a two-run homer in the sixth.

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Stroman battles blister to gut out 7 2/3 innings

Finger issue not believed to be as serious as one that landed Sanchez on DL

Stroman battles blister to gut out 7 2/3 innings

CLEVELAND -- First it was Aaron Sanchez and now it's Marcus Stroman who is dealing with a blister on his right hand that just won't go away.

Stroman initially developed the blister during a start against the Yankees before the All-Star break. It resurfaced during Toronto's 2-1 loss to Cleveland in 10 innings on Saturday night at Progressive Field, but he still found a way to toss 7 2/3 quality frames.

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Blue Jays fall in 10 after Smoak's late tying HR

Blue Jays fall in 10 after Smoak's late tying HR

CLEVELAND -- Francisco Lindor began the 10th inning by bobbling a routine grounder, which put the go-ahead run on base. He was mad at himself, but he knew he had a chance to make up for the error since he would lead off the bottom of the frame.

Eventually, Cody Allen and Bryan Shaw escaped a two-on, no-out jam, but when Lindor came up to bat, rain started falling by the second pitch. He broke his bat on the following pitch, and the rain came down harder. But on the seventh pitch, Lindor launched his first career walk-off homer to propel the Indians over the Blue Jays, 2-1, on Saturday night at Progressive Field.

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Blister forces Sanchez to DL for 4th time

Blue Jays righty says he isn't considering shutting it down for season

Blister forces Sanchez to DL for 4th time

CLEVELAND -- Aaron Sanchez said he is "absolutely not" considering shutting it down for the season after being placed on the disabled list for the fourth time because of a blister on his right middle finger.

Sanchez met with a hand specialist in Cleveland on Friday afternoon and was prescribed more rest. The doctor plans on taking a closer look at his files over the next couple of days and coming up with a defined treatment plan, but for now Sanchez just has to wait it out.

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Tulowitzki day to day with sore groin

Blue Jays activate Joe Smith, recall Chris Smith; Beliveau DFA'd

Tulowitzki day to day with sore groin

CLEVELAND -- Troy Tulowitzki was held out of the Blue Jays' lineup on Saturday night because of a sore groin muscle and he is considered day to day.

Tulowitzki sustained the injury after hitting a single during the ninth inning of Friday night's 13-3 loss to Cleveland. He felt something when running out of the batter's box and was lifted for a pinch-runner after reaching first base.

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Blue Jays' rotation woes continue to affect 'pen

Blue Jays' rotation woes continue to affect 'pen

CLEVELAND -- The Blue Jays' starting rotation was supposed to be their biggest strength but instead has became their biggest liability, and the ripple effect is now being felt in the bullpen.

Toronto's relief corps finished Friday's 13-3 loss having tossed the second-most innings in the American League. The consistently high workload has led to a revolving-door roster and a manager in John Gibbons who frequently has his hands tied when determining who he can use and when.

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Blue Jays can't match Indians' 8-run frame

Blue Jays can't match Indians' 8-run frame

CLEVELAND -- The Indians returned to Cleveland desperately needing a victory after beginning their second half with a 1-5 West Coast road trip. The Tribe did just that in the series opener against the Blue Jays on Friday night at Progressive Field, scoring 12 unanswered runs to win, 13-3, behind a four-run fifth inning and an eight-run seventh.

Edwin Encarnacion finished with three hits and four RBIs, including a solo homer and the go-ahead two-run double in the fifth. Abraham Almonte connected for a three-run homer in the seventh, and Bradley Zimmer drove in two with a single. Erik Gonzalez, Jose Ramirez and Carlos Santana added RBI knocks.

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Reid-Foley racks up 12 K's for Fisher Cats

Reid-Foley racks up 12 K's for Fisher Cats

It's not a secret that when Touki Toussaint is right he can miss bats with the best of them.

That was the case on Friday, as the Braves' No. 11 prospect matched his career highs with 11 strikeouts in eight innings as he recorded his second straight double-digit strikeout performance for Class A Advanced Florida.

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In breakout year, Smoak sets another mark

Blue Jays slugger plates 3 on 2-HR day, giving him career-high 62 RBIs

In breakout year, Smoak sets another mark

BOSTON -- Justin Smoak's breakthrough season seems to be getting better and better with each passing day. In June, it was a new a career high in home runs and in July, it's a career high in RBIs.

Smoak surpassed another personal milestone during Toronto's 8-6 victory over the Red Sox on Thursday afternoon at Fenway Park. He went 3-for-5 with two homers, a pair of runs scored and three RBIs to bring his season total to 62, a personal best.

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Smoak, 'pen secure series split for Blue Jays

Smoak, 'pen secure series split for Blue Jays

BOSTON -- A stout Blue Jays bullpen was up to the task for seven-plus innings Thursday afternoon, helping Toronto escape Fenway Park with an 8-6 win over the Red Sox and a split of the four-game series.

Following a rough 1 2/3-inning performance from starter Francisco Liriano, the 'pen inherited a 3-1 deficit in the second. Right-hander Dominic Leone calmed the storm, striking out four in 2 1/3 scoreless innings.

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Bolsinger to DL with left knee inflammation

Blue Jays call up journeyman Valdez in corresponding move

Bolsinger to DL with left knee inflammation

BOSTON -- The Blue Jays placed right-hander Mike Bolsinger on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday afternoon with inflammation in his left knee.

Bolsinger surrendered a walk-off homer to Hanley Ramirez during the 15th inning of Tuesday night's 5-4 loss to the Red Sox. Prior to the home run, he had tossed 3 1/3 scoreless innings with six strikeouts without allowing a hit or a walk.

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Blue Jays can't climb out of early hole vs. Sox

Blue Jays can't climb out of early hole vs. Sox

BOSTON -- Finally, the Red Sox could relax a little.

After a string of tension-filled games coming out of the All-Star break, the bats strung together some early offense and Drew Pomeranz made it stand up, lifting Boston to a 5-1 victory over the Blue Jays on Wednesday night at Fenway Park.

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Romano spins a gem for Dunedin

Romano spins a gem for Dunedin

Astros prospects Daz Cameron and Ronnie Dawson put up monster numbers to help lead Class A Quad Cities to a 20-3 win over Lansing on Wednesday night.

The duo combined to go 6-for-9 with two triples, three home runs, four runs scored and eight RBIs on a night where everything went right for the River Bandits' offense.

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Blue Jays grab lead in 11th, but lose in 15th

Blue Jays grab lead in 11th, but lose in 15th

BOSTON -- Hanley Ramirez sent everyone home early Wednesday morning with a walk-off homer that soared over the Green Monster, giving the Red Sox a 5-4 win over the Blue Jays in 15 innings at Fenway Park.

The blast was struck with one out against Mike Bolsinger and went a projected distance of 439 feet, per Statcast™.

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Guerrero Jr. heating up for Dunedin

Guerrero Jr. heating up for Dunedin

Tyler O'Neill has plenty of power and he showed it off with home runs in each game of Triple-A Tacoma's doubleheader split against Albuquerque.

O'Neill, the No. 29 overall prospect (Mariners No. 2) is heating up lately, having homered in three straight games and boasting a .327 average through 14 games this month.

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Bolsinger 2nd Blue Jay to post 4-K inning

Righty allows walk-off HR after retiring 10 out of 11 Red Sox hitters

Bolsinger 2nd Blue Jay to post 4-K inning

BOSTON -- Mike Bolsinger's outing against the Red Sox on Tuesday night ended on a sour note, but not before he found a place in the Blue Jays' record books.

Bolsinger became the second pitcher in franchise history to strike out four batters in the same inning. He didn't allow a run for 3 1/3 frames until Boston's Hanley Ramirez spoiled everything with a walk-off homer that sent the Blue Jays to a 5-4 loss in 15 innings.

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Pillar named Heart and Hustle Award winner

Pillar named Heart and Hustle Award winner

The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association revealed the 30 preliminary winners of the 2017 Heart and Hustle Award on Tuesday. The honor is the only one voted on by former players, and is bestowed each year upon the active player who most represents a passion for the game of baseball, and best embodies the values, spirit and tradition of the game.

Past winners of the Heart and Hustle Award include David Eckstein (2005), Hall of Famer Craig Biggio (2006, 2007), Grady Sizemore (2008), Albert Pujols (2009), Roy Halladay (2010), Torii Hunter (2011), Mike Trout (2012), Dustin Pedroia (2013), Josh Harrison (2014), Anthony Rizzo (2015) and Todd Frazier (2016).

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Pearce heating up, but may be trade chip

Versatile Blue Jays vet rips HR, go-ahead single

Pearce heating up, but may be trade chip

BOSTON -- It took longer than initially expected, but the Blue Jays are starting to see a strong return on one of their key offseason additions.

Steve Pearce got off to a rough start, and his year went from bad to worse following an extended absence with a calf injury. Since his return in late June, though, Pearce has been everything the Blue Jays could have hoped for, with the latest example coming during a 4-3 victory over the Red Sox on Monday night at Fenway Park.

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Blue Jays edge Sox after late Boston rally

Blue Jays edge Sox after late Boston rally

BOSTON -- The Blue Jays bent, but they did not break in a pivotal series opener against the division-rival Red Sox at Fenway Park.

Toronto is trying to keep its postseason hopes alive in the days leading up to the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, and Monday night's 4-3 victory over the first-place Red Sox was a small step in that direction. Steve Pearce homered and hit the go-ahead RBI single in the eighth while Kendrys Morales chipped in with a two-run double.

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Pentecost stays hot for Dunedin

Pentecost stays hot for Dunedin

J.P. Crawford's season has been a struggle, but the Phillies No. 1 prospect has shown signs of life lately, including a 2-for-4 performance in Triple-A Lehigh Valley's 8-4 win over Gwinnett on Monday.

The No. 4 overall prospect hit his eighth homer of the season, a two-run blast in the fifth, and boosted his average to .221 - the highest it's been all year - as he continues to start the second half on a high note.

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Tigers spoil Toronto's three-homer day in 11

Tigers spoil Toronto's three-homer day in 11

DETROIT -- The Tigers withstood a barrage of Blue Jays home runs to take the rubber match of a three-game series at Comerica Park. Miguel Cabrera's bases-loaded walk forced home Alex Avila in the 11th inning for a 6-5 win Sunday afternoon.

On a day when Toronto starter Marco Estrada struggled to find the strike zone and threw 94 pitches over just 3 2/3 innings, Jose Bautista's go-ahead two-run homer in the fifth inning had the Blue Jays in position to take the series. However, J.D. Martinez had other plans, tying the game with an eighth-inning solo home run that just made it over the right-field wall off Danny Barnes. It was initially ruled to be a double before a crew chief review overturned the call.

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