Source: Blue Jays close to extending Estrada

September 20, 2017

Estrada, 34, developed a strong rapport with the city and organization after arriving for the 2015 season, which became a career year for him. The right-hander re-signed with the Jays quickly in the fall of 2015 — a two-year, $26 million deal — and is on the verge of doing so again. Estrada’s future in Toronto was in doubt for much of the season. He struggled mightily in June and…

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Stroman's home stats put him in elite company

September 20, 2017

The 26-year-old has one start remaining at home and another on the road before his 2017 is over. He finished Tuesday’s outing with an overall ERA of 3.01, which also puts him one strong start away from becoming one of four American League starters with a chance to finish below 3.00. “I think it’s a combination of putting in a ton of work in the offseason, and in the season,…

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Barney leads Stro-powered Blue Jays past KC

September 20, 2017

Stroman kept the Royals scoreless long enough for Darwin Barney to put the Blue Jays in front with a two-run home run in the sixth inning. The Blue Jays’ ace finished the night with seven innings of one-run ball, allowing four hits and two walks with five strikeouts. Royals left fielder Alex Gordon made MLB history in defeat with the 5,694th home run hit in Major League Baseball in 2017,…

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Bichette on list of prospects with soaring stock

September 18, 2017

Bo Bichette, SS, Blue Jays’ No. 2/MLB No. 27Dante’s son also wasn’t on the preseason Top 100 but has since hit his way up to No. 27 overall. After a strong summer debut in 2016, he proved he was far from a Gulf Coast League fluke by raking across two levels of A ball as a teenager. The 19-year-old is the first teen to lead the Minors in hitting (.362)…

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Atlantic Maroon captures Tournament 12 title

“Just unreal,” said Atlantic center fielder Micah McDowell of their performance. “They carried the load for us. We didn’t have much pitching left, and they just picked us right up.” McDowell had a big day himself, hitting a single and drawing a walk en route to picking up T12 MVP honors from tournament commissioner and Hall of Fame second baseman Roberto Alomar. McDowell stood out over four days and will…

September 18, 2017
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Donaldson homers twice in 2nd straight game

September 17, 2017

“Yeah, that was a bomb,” Toronto manager John Gibbons said. “He can do that, though. We’ve seen him do that. He’s a special player.” It’s the seventh-longest home run in the Majors this season and the third-longest at Target Field since Statcast™ starting tracking home runs in 2015. The longest Target Field homers belong to Seattle’s Nelson Cruz, who hit a 493-foot clout on Sept. 24, 2016, and the Twins’ Kennys…

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Blue Jays can't hang onto early lead in loss

September 17, 2017

It proved to be more than enough run support to back Minnesota right-hander Kyle Gibson, who recovered after surrendering five runs in the first two innings. Gibson retired the final 13 batters he faced before exiting after six innings, during which he allowed three hits and five walks while striking out eight. “This one in some ways is maybe a little more impressive,” Minnesota manager Paul Molitor said of Gibson….

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