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The New and Improved Justin Smoak is Here to Stay

Justin Smoak has always been an odd player, but this year he’s been downright baffling. In his post on the 2010 Rangers Top 11 prospects, Kevin Goldstein noted that, “[Justin Smoak] has the best plate discipline in the organization, and among the best in baseball, with plus raw power from both sides.” Yet up until 2016, through the major and minor leagues, he’d hit home runs in just 3.4 percent of his plate appearances. For reference, the major league average home run rate in 2017...

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Blue Jays closer to pretenders than contenders: Griffin

Selling seems likely, but moving both Marco Estrada and Francisco Liriano would be tough, even if they consider 2018 a bridge season.

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WATCH: Gotta Hear It: Gibbons doesn’t mince words about being swept in Cleveland

John Gibbons talks with reporters about a disappointing end to a tough July road trip for the Toronto Blue Jays.

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WATCH: Bautista on trade rumours: I don’t want to speculate on speculation

Jose Bautista talks about the Blue Jays being in the middle of a tough season and rumours as the trade deadline nears.

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Oakland A’s at Toronto Blue Jays: series preview

Francisco Liriano starts for Jays in opener of four-game set with A’s at Rogers Centre, continuing stretch of 20 games in 20 days.

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Blue Jays trade for Nick Tepesch

The Toronto Blue Jays have acquired right-handed pitcher Nick Tepesch from the Minnesota Twins for cash considerations, reports Twins beat guy Mike Berardino.

#mntwins have traded with Blue Jays: Tepesch for cash.

— Mike Berardino (@MikeBerardino) July 23, 2017

Tepesch is currently on a minor-league deal with the Twins, re-signing after being released earlier this season. He was immediately placed on the disabled list (hamstring) and pitched in three rehab starts in the Gulf Coast...

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Cleveland completes sweep of Blue Jays

Blue Jays 1 Cleveland 8

Cut and place any of the recaps from any of the other 53 losses so far this year.

Happ had a very rough first inning, giving up 4 hits and a walk and 4 earned. He ate some innings after that, and that’s about the best thing you can say about his effort. He fought through 6 innings, 9 hits, 3 walks, 3 strikeouts.

Happ is one of the few guys who I though had some trade value and then he goes and has a game like that

Our Smiths each pitched an inning of relief. Joe...

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Blue Jays acquire Rob Refsnyder from the Yankees for Ryan McBroom

The Blue Jays made a minor league trade today

During the Blue Jays game a tweet from the Kyle Franko who covers the Yankees AA team announced that the Yankees have acquired Ryan McBroom. It was later announced the Jays acquired Rob Refsnyder from the Yankees.

#Yankees acquire minor league infielder Ryan McBroom from Jays. He'll switch clubhouses today since NH are at Thunder

— Kyle Franko (@kj_franko) July 23, 2017

Trade news: We've acquired INF Rob Refsnyder from the Yankees in...

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Great start from Stroman wasted, Jays lose in extras

Blue Jays 1 Cleveland 2 (10 innings)

Not much to say about that one, Marcus Stroman was great. The offense wasn’t.

Stroman went 7.2, allowed 5 hits, 4 singles and a double, 5 walks, with 7 strikeouts. As usual, he kept the ball on the ground, 12 ground outs, 1 fly out (ever think that the Jays should add an extra infielder and go with 2 outfielders in his starts?).

He had some troubles finding the strike zone, but he looked as good as he’s ever looked. He gave out 2 walks and his 1 run,...

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Tulowitzki has Blue Jays’ back in troubled times: Griffin

Jays’ problems revolve around starting rotation, now without Aaron Sanchez for the fourth time after blister leads to DL.

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Blue Jays Roster News: Sanchez DL, Beliveau DFA, A Pair of Smiths Called Up

Our daily roster moves:

Aaron Sanchez is back on the DL, for the fourth time, with blister issues. They say the blister is in a new place.

Jeff Beliveau was DFAed.

And we are opening with a pair of Smiths. Joe Smith has been activated from the DL. Chris Smith has been called up.

Joe Smith has been on the disabled list since before the All-Star break. He has a 3.41 ERA in 31.2 innings. His last outing, before going on the DL, was a bad one, giving up 3 earned in 1 inning of work. Before that...

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Blue Jays Place Aaron Sanchez On DL, Designate Jeff Beliveau

The Blue Jays have announced that they’ve activated righty Joe Smith from the DL and recalled righty Chris Smith. To clear roster space, they’ve placed righty Aaron Sanchez on the DL with blister issues and designated lefty Jeff Beliveau for assignment.  

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The Best Tweets from the Jays Series at Boston Red Sox

15 inning games inspire some pretty golden tweets

Here's a comprehensive list of the Best Tweets from the Jays series at Fenway Park:


On the infinite number of items you can advertise on:

I would really like to know how much this advertising space costs. pic.twitter.com/t74dg75xKu

— Laura Armstrong (@lauraarmy) July 18, 2017


On Happ, wondering why the Jays pen and offense seem to be less than stellar on his starts:

I think Happ is ready to murder someone if this run scores....

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WATCH: Estrada: I overdid it, ran out of gas

Marco Estrada spoke candidly about his successes and struggles in the Blue Jays' loss to the Indians, saying he ran out of gas in the fifth inning and fell apart.

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Yet another bad loss, Jay get thumped in Cleveland

Blue Jays 3 Cleveland 13 or so

I’m guessing that we lead the league in games lost my more than a touchdown.

The first 4 innings were fun. Mid-way through the 5th we were up 3-0, having ‘manufactured’ a run in each of the first, second and fifth innings.

Bottom of the fifth the wheels fell off.

Through 4 innings Marco Estrada allowed 3 hits and 1 walk. He looked good, in control like he had figured things out.

The fifth inning went: Triple, walk, single, strikeout (yay), walk,...

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Sidearmer Smith returning to deeper Blue Jays bullpen

Jays to activate Joe Smith for Saturday night’s game in Cleveland. Aaron Sanchez sees another hand specialist.

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Jays infielder Ryan Goins searches for consistency on offence: Griffin

Injuries have created opportunities, but Goins’ bat hasn’t always filled the void.

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Blue Jays have reportedly ‘gotten some feelers’ on Jose Bautista

The Toronto Blue Jays are headed in the wrong direction and look to be sellers at the deadline. That could involve moving one of their big stars.According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, the Jays have received some calls on outfielder Jose Bautista, though his poor season is minimizing interest. Anyone with interest in Bautista will be hoping he can replicate his month of May, in which he hit .317 with nine of his 16 home runs. The rest of his season has been brutal.He nearly left the team over...

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Report: Teams calling Blue Jays about Jose Bautista

The Toronto Blue Jays find themselves seven games under .500 and in last place in the American League East. It’s been a sorely disappointing season for a squad that won 89 games and earned a trip to the ALCS last season.Despite this, Toronto has not shown itself to be sellers heading up to the trade deadline later this month. Maybe the team is holding out hope that it can rebound from a season-long slump. Such hope is false and should be met with skepticism. Simply put, Toronto doesn’t...

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MLB Trade Rumors: Bautista, Estrada

So it is that team of year when trade rumors are all over place. I woke up to this one:

Jerry Crasnick, from ESPN is reporting there is interest in Jose Bautista. He doesn’t suggest what team or teams are interested or if the Jays are talking. Nor does he suggest if Jose has told the team he would accept any trade, as he has 10 and 5 rights.

He has what’s left on a $17 million contract for this year and a mutual option for next year (but I think we can pretty much guess that it won’t...

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