Player News - Blue Jays

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Marco Estrada limited the Yankees to one run over seven innings but took a no-decision in a 4-3 victory for the Blue Jays.

Estrada struck out seven, walked two and yielded just four hits, but one of them was a solo shot by Didi Gregorius to tie things up in the seventh. It was reported earlier this month that Estrada has been pitching through a herniated disc in his back, but the righty has now allowed just one run over his last 14 frames. His regular season concludes next weekend in Boston.
Sep 25 - 4:57 PM

Roberto Osuna blew a save but picked up a win Sunday, allowing two runs in his inning of work against the Yankees.

Osuna was tasked with protecting a one-run lead in the top of the ninth but coughed it up on a one-out RBI single from Mason Williams and a sac fly from Ronald Torreyes. However, the Blue Jays then rallied with two runs over their own in the bottom of the frame to make Osuna a winner.
Sep 25 - 4:45 PM

Jose Bautista reached base four times and homered for the third time in four games in Sunday's win over the Yankees.

Bautista got the scoring going with a solo shot off of Michael Pineda in the fourth inning. He wound up reaching base in all four of his trips to the plate and has really heated things up of late with three multi-hit contests and a trio of home runs over his last five games.
Sep 25 - 4:39 PM

Marcus Stroman yielded just one hit over seven scoreless frames Saturday in a no-decision against the Yankees.

Nobody scored until the eighth inning when Jose Bautista broke it open with a three-run shot to left field. New York's only hit off Stroman came in the second inning when Aaron Hicks dropped a one-out single to left field. Stroman finished the afternoon with three walks and five strikeouts. Despite a seven-start winless streak, the right-hander has recorded quality outings in each of his last three starts. The Yankees have been shut out three times in a row and have quickly fallen out of the AL Wild Card race. Stroman's next start is scheduled for Thursday against Baltimore.
Sep 24 - 7:38 PM

Jose Bautista bopped a tie-breaking three-run homer Saturday in a dramatic win over the Yankees.

It wasn't as epic as the famous "bat flip" but it was a worthy sequel and a reminder that Bautista is money when the stakes are highest. Bautista broke a scoreless tie with a righteous blast to left field off Tyler Clippard in the eighth inning. It was one of two hits for Bautista, who also doubled in the second inning. Bautista is rounding into postseason form with two homers over his last three outings. With the victory, the Blue Jays are now a full two games clear of Baltimore and Detroit in the AL Wild Card race.
Sep 24 - 7:33 PM

Michael Saunders is not in the Blue Jays starting lineup for Saturday afternoon's tilt against the Yankees.

With veteran southpaw C.C. Sabathia on the hill, it's a good time to get Saunders a breather and get Melvin Upton a start. Saunders should be back in there for Sunday's series finale.
Sep 24 - 12:55 PM

Francisco Liriano fired six scoreless frames in a 9-0 win over the Yankees on Friday.

It was his best start as a member of the Blue Jays. Liriano limited the Yankees to just three hits (two of them from Gary Sanchez) while walking two batters and striking out six. The veteran southpaw has quietly posted a 3.35 ERA through seven starts and two relief appearances with Toronto. He’ll finish off the regular season with a start against the Orioles at home next week.
Sep 23 - 10:40 PM

Troy Tulowitzki knocked in four runs Friday against the Yankees.

Tulo went 2-for-4 on the night. He drove in two runs with a single in the first inning before adding another two-run single in the seventh. The 31-year-old is hitting .253/.318/.445 with 24 homers and 77 RBI in his first full season with the Blue Jays. Those numbers don’t stand out as much at the shortstop position these days in fantasy leagues.
Sep 23 - 10:39 PM

Josh Donaldson went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer, a walk, and two runs scored in Friday’s shutout win over the Yankees.

It was his second homer in his last three games. Donaldson has been banged up in recent weeks, so this is a good sign about how he’s feeling right now. The 30-year-old is batting .283/.401/.554 with 36 homers and 96 RBI through 146 games this season.
Sep 23 - 10:38 PM

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Thursday that Aaron Sanchez will pitch every fifth day for as long as the club is still playing.

The Jays have done their best to space out Sanchez's starts in the second half after reversing course and deciding he'd remain in the rotation rather than be sent to the bullpen. However, he'll now remain on turn the rest of the way as the Jays fight to secure a playoff spot. It's worth noting that team president Mark Shapiro has indicated previously there's an innings threshold Sanchez wouldn't go past, although he didn't say what it was. The right-hander is currently at 179 innings for the season.
Source: Toronto Sun
Sep 23 - 11:03 AM

Jose Bautista smashed a game-tying solo home run in the ninth inning of Wednesday's 12-inning loss to the Mariners.

Bautista absolutely unloaded on an Edwin Diaz offering with one out in the ninth inning, sending it an estimated 424 feet to left field. That monster shot tied proceedings at 1-1. The Mariners would eventually win in the bottom of the 12th on a Robinson Cano sacrifice fly. For the season, Bautista is now slashing .230/.358/.437 with 19 homers and 60 RBI over 391 at-bats. Wednesday's homer was just his second in the month of September.
Sep 21 - 8:22 PM

Aaron Sanchez pitched well in Wednesday's no-decision against the Mariners, surrendering one run on four hits over six innings.

Sanchez struck out five and walked three on the afternoon. The only run to score over his six innings of work came home courtesy of an RBI single by Nori Aoki in the third inning. The score would remain 1-0 until the ninth, when Jose Bautista took Sanchez off the hook with a game-tying solo homer. For the season, Sanchez now holds a 3.12 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 145/58 K/BB ratio over 179 innings. He will do battle with the Orioles next time he toes the rubber.
Sep 21 - 8:13 PM

Edwin Encarnacion went 2-for-5 with a solo home run and three total RBI in Tuesday's 10-2 win over the Mariners.

The Blue Jays waited three innings before unleashing a torrent of runs in the fourth. Encarnacion capped off that eight-run frame with a two-run double. He would strike again in the eighth via a long solo home run. The dinger was his 42nd of the season and tied the career-best he swatted in 2012. A free agent to be this coming offseason, Encarnacion is slashing .267/.354/.549 with 42 homers and 123 RBI over 556 at-bats. He has mashed five homers in his last 10 games.
Sep 21 - 2:03 AM

J.A. Happ allowed two runs on six hits over five innings in Tuesday's win over the Mariners.

Happ struck out eight and walked one on the evening. He surrendered a two-run triple to Robinson Cano in the third inning, but his mates would strike back for eight runs in the top of the fourth to help him improve to 20-4. The veteran southpaw will carry a 3.28 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 160/54 K/BB ratio (182 1/3 innings) into a home start against the Yankees next time he toes the rubber.
Sep 21 - 1:55 AM

Marco Estrada allowed just one hit over seven scoreless innings and struck out eight in defeating the Mariners on Monday.

Estrada was lifted after walking Leonys Martin on four pitches to start the eighth. The Jays got through that frame unscathed, but barely held on to win 3-2 in the ninth after Martin homered. Estrada is 9-9 with a 3.62 ERA. He's struck out 154 in 164 innings this year. During his fantastic 2015 season, he struck out just 131 in 181 innings.
Sep 20 - 1:52 AM


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