Player News - Blue Jays

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Kevin Pillar went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and four RBI on Saturday, leading the Blue Jays in a 9-1 thrashing of the Orioles.

Pillar capped off a seven-run uprising in the fifth inning with a two-run double, then replicated the feat in the seventh to put the Jays ahead 9-1. With his two-hit attack, he's now hitting .268/.300/.396 with seven homers, 45 RBI and eight stolen bases.
Jul 30 - 4:30 PM

J.A. Happ delivered a brilliant outing in Saturday's victory over the Orioles, punching out 11 over seven innings of one-run ball.

Happ allowed just three hits and three walks on the day. His lone mistake came on an 0-2 pitch to Pedro Alvarez in the second inning that caught too much of the plate and was deposited into the seats in right field. Happ has been a tremendous addition to the Blue Jays rotation this season, posting a 13-3 record with a 3.16 ERA and 1.16 WHIP. He'll take on the Astros his next time out in Houston on Thursday.
Jul 30 - 4:27 PM

Justin Smoak is not in the Blue Jays starting lineup on Saturday.

In an alignment that may start to happen more often, Edwin Encarnacion is getting the start at first base while Jose Bautista serves as the designated hitter and Melvin Upton gets the call in right field.
Jul 30 - 12:32 PM

Edwin Encarnacion socked his 28th home run of the season on Friday, powering the Blue Jays to a 6-5 victory over the visiting Orioles.

Encarnacion hit one of three first-inning solo shots off O's starter Kevin Gausman, as Jose Bautista and Troy Tulowitzki also tagged him. Encarnacion also doubled and walked in the contest, finishing the night 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored. He's now hitting .265/.357/.549 with 28 bombs and a league-leading 88 RBI on the season.
Jul 29 - 10:22 PM

Marco Estrada earned his sixth victory of the season on Friday, allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits over six innings against the Orioles.

Estrada racked up six strikeouts on the night while issuing a pair of walks. The O's got to him early, with a two-run double from Mark Trumbo in the first inning, but the right-hander was able to settle in nicely afterwards. He has been tremendous for the Jays this season, registering a 3.02 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 108/42 K/BB ratio across 116 1/3 innings. He'll take on the Astros his next time out in Houston on Wednesday.
Jul 29 - 10:20 PM

Blue Jays released C Tony Sanchez.

The Blue Jays needed to clear a roster spot for Erik Kratz, who agreed to a minor league deal on Thursday. Sanchez was only hitting .201 for Triple-A Buffalo and wasn't close to getting called up to the major leagues. The 28-year-old will catch on somewhere else as minor league depth.
Source: Sportnet
Jul 28 - 4:19 PM

Blue Jays OF prospect Anthony Alford ripped three hits Wednesday in a win for High-A Dunedin.

He supplied two triples, a double and two RBI as the Blue Jays squeaked out a 10-9 win over Lakewood. Alford has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games, batting .371 during that span with two homers and six RBI. The hot streak has raised his average from .188 to .232. The 22-year-old is looking for better results after a disappointing first half that included a .200 batting average and 50 strikeouts in 125 at-bats.
Source: MILB.com
Jul 28 - 11:43 AM

Blue Jays signed C Erik Kratz to a minor league contract; assigned him to Triple-A Buffalo.

Kratz was designated for assignment by the Pirates on July 19 and elected to become a free agent a few days alter. He was 6-for-56 (.107) in Pittsburgh and is no more than a depth signing for the Blue Jays.
Source: Sportsnet.ca
Jul 28 - 9:05 AM

R.A. Dickey allowed seven runs -- six earned -- over 5 2/3 innings Wednesday in a loss to the Padres.

Dickey walked four and gave up four hits, including a two-run homer to Adam Rosales in the top of the third inning and a solo homer to Brett Wallace in the top of the fifth. The veteran knuckleballer is 7-12 with a 4.66 ERA and 1.34 WHIP in 131 1/3 innings this season.
Jul 27 - 3:41 PM

Blue Jays RHP prospect Conner Greene provided seven shutout innings Tuesday in a win for Double-A New Hampshire.

He scattered four hits and pair of walks while matching a season-high with seven strikeouts. Greene endured a couple of rocky outings after getting called up from High-A Dunedin but he's settled down over his last three starts, allowing just three earned runs in his last 19 innings of work (1.42 ERA). Walks have been an issue for Greene this year. The 21-year-old has yielded at least two free passes in each of his last 10 starts.
Source: MILB.com
Jul 27 - 1:56 PM

Troy Tulowitzki is getting the day off Wednesday.

Darwin Barney will start at shortstop and bat eighth versus Padres right-hander Luis Perdomo. This is just a day of maintenance for Tulo, who's batting .317/.348/.500 with four homers and 17 RBI so far in July.
Jul 27 - 10:29 AM

Melvin Upton is batting cleanup in his first start with the Blue Jays on Wednesday.

Upton was acquired from San Diego on Tuesday morning in exchange for pitching prospect Hansel Rodriguez. He will start in left field over Michael Saunders with the Padres throwing right-hander Luis Perdomo.
Jul 27 - 10:27 AM

Blue Jays optioned RHP Bo Schultz to Triple-A Buffalo.

The move clears a roster spot for Joaquin Benoit, who was acquired from the Mariners late Tuesday night for Drew Storen. Schultz has a 3.27 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, and 7/2 K/BB ratio in 11 innings this season at the MLB level.
Jul 27 - 9:55 AM

Josh Donaldson collected his 25th homer and 24th double as the Blue Jays edged the Padres 7-6 in 12 innings Tuesday.

After the Padres scored twice in the top of the 12th, the Jays came back and won it, with the final run scoring on a wild pitch. Donaldson has eight homers and 23 RBI in his last 22 games. He's right in the thick of the AL MVP race again.
Jul 26 - 11:44 PM

Marcus Stroman gave up four runs in 6 2/3 innings Tuesday in a no-decision against the Padres.

Stroman couldn't have asked for a much easier schedule of late, but he hasn't capitalized quite as much as hoped. He did have a strong start against the Royals before the break and one in Arizona last week, but he was ineffective against the A's in his first start of the second half and mediocre tonight. He's 8-4 with a 4.92 ERA.
Jul 26 - 11:37 PM


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