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Matt W

Not with a bang but a whimper: J.A. Happ-ens to get skunked in 1-0 loss

Royals 1 Blue Jays 0

Two. That's how many hits the Jays managed tonight: a ground ball up the middle by Kendrys Morales leading off the 3rd inning (erased on a double play), and a bloop single by Darwin Barney leading off the 5th inning that Melky Cabrera couldn't quite get to. And following that, the last 15 batters of the game went down in a row.

Two crummy hits. Three walks too, if you're looking for any type of silver lining, not that it made a Whit (Merrifield) of difference. No runner...

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Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman turned away from Cactus Club after victory

“Shout to the security guards at @cactusclubcafe for denying me entry for a post-game meal. Off to @SohoHouse with the family,” Stroman tweeted.

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The 2017 Toronto Blue Jays: A Drama In Five Acts

DENIAL Do you remember when you were excited for the baseball season to start? And, more importantly, do you remember the moment when you stopped being excited? For some of you, I’m sure, it was almost immediately – the first game of the season, when the Jays left 13 men on base, Jason Grilli gave up a walk-off homer, and all of a sudden you remembered how bad September and the ALCS had been. Maybe it was during Francisco Liriano’s botched first outing of the season when he recorded...

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Mark Colley

Red Sox clinch postseason berth while Brett Anderson tears a hat

Your morning update for everything Blue Jays.

For the second consecutive season, the Boston Red Sox have clinched a postseason berth. With the Cleveland Indians beating the Los Angeles Angels 6-5 Wednesday night, the Red Sox were guaranteed at least a wildcard spot after they defeated the Baltimore Orioles 9-0.

The Red Sox, currently three games up on the New York Yankees, have a magic number of eight to clinch the AL East.

2016 and 2017 is the first time Boston has reached the postseason in...

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WATCH: Anderson's poor outing reminded him "baseball has a way of humbling you"

Toronto Blue Jays starter Brett Anderson talks about his rough start against the Kansas City Royals and how the game of baseball can be cruel like that sometimes.

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Matt W

No regicide tonight: Blue Jays pounded 15-5

Royals 15 Blue Jays 5

Major League Baseball needs a new rule: when two teams under .500 meet in September, the 10 run mercy rule is in effect. If after five innings, one team leads by 10 or more, or gets to that point thereafter, the game is over. That would have been quite helpful.

Jake Junis completely shut the Jays down over the first six innings, allowing just a measly infield single to Kevin Pillar and a walk. Meanwhile, the Royals built a 13-0 lead.

Brett Anderson got absolutely...

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Blue Jays Still Looking To Add Starters This Winter

Even after locking up righty Marco Estrada to a one-year extension, the Blue Jays are planning to pursue starters over the offseason, GM Ross Atkins tells Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca (via Twitter). Toronto aims to line up eight or nine hurlers capable of taking the ball in the majors, Atkins says. If it wasn’t clear already that the Jays won’t be entering a rebuilding phase, the move yesterday to re-up Estrada for $13MM seemingly decides the matter. Toronto already has about...

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WATCH: Tim and Sid: Estrada deal is money well spent by the Blue Jays

Ken and Sid talk about the Blue Jays resigning Marco Estrada to a one-year deal worth $13 million dollars that has both thinking it was a good move by the team.

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Marco Estrada deal proves Jays and fans are optimistic about next season: Griffin

One-year extension gives young rotation and aging offence another kick at the playoff can, reflecting a fan base that isn’t ready for a rebuild

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WATCH: Atkins knew Blue Jays could help correct Estrada

Toronto Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins meets with the media to discuss signing Marco Estrada to one-year extension.

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Blue Jays sign Estrada to one-year deal worth $13 million

Righthanded starter sticks around for another season.

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Estradabien! Blue Jays and Marco Estrada Agree on Extension

Estrada will receive a one year extension worth $13 million

In case you missed all the excitement last night, it appears as if the Blue Jays have extended Marco Estrada for the 2018 season. YAY! Jon Morosi was the first to report this:

Source: #BlueJays, Marco Estrada are close to agreeing on a contract extension. He has a 3.75 ERA over his last 10 starts. @MLB

— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) September 20, 2017

It has now been confirmed by the club:

#BlueJays announce Estrada deal. One...

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WATCH: Shapiro suggests 2018 Blue Jays could be in similar situation

Blue Jays president Mark Shapiro tells Blair and Brunt that this year was not outside the range of expected outcomes, and you can’t just flip a switch and become more balanced, athletic and younger, but that’s a process.

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Marco Estrada is Another Gamble Worth Taking for the Blue Jays

If you had asked me in mid-July whether the Toronto Blue Jays should consider bringing back Marco Estrada, I would’ve said “unequivocally no”. In fact, I wrote the Blue Jays should take whatever they could get for Estrada and his counterpart Francisco Liriano. Just prior the non-waiver trade deadline, Estrada rode a 10-game stretch when he pitched to an 8.87 ERA and threw five or less innings in all but three starts during that stretch. Something wasn’t right about Estrada. Many had...

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Blue Jays 2017 Farm System in Review: The Pitchers

Earlier this week, I took an exhaustive look at all the hitters you might be interested in next year, over 40 names in all, today I’ll take a similarly deep dive into the pitchers of interest down on the farm, divided into two sections: starters and relievers. For the sake of organization, I’ll arrange them by the level on which they did their latest significant work (for example, Ryan Borucki will be mentioned in the AA group even though he made one start in Buffalo). Starters While...

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Matt W

Stroman’s seven leads Blue Jays to 5-2 win over Royals

Royals 2 Blue Jays 5

The Royals playoff chances were pretty much already dead coming to Toronto, but I won't deny that there's still a lot of satisfaction for me in seeing the Blue Jays put another nail in the coffin after 2015.

Marcus Stroman was exceptional for the first five innings of this game. His pitches had great movement, his slider in particular was very sharp, and Kansas City couldn't do anything with him. He allowed a couple hits on ground balls in the first couple innings, the...

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Blue Jays, Estrada are reportedly closing in on new deal

The 34-year-old is set to become a free agent after this season when his current contract, a two-year, $26-million deal he signed in 2015, will expire.

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Blue Jays, Marco Estrada Nearing Extension

The Blue Jays and right-hander Marco Estrada are closing in on a contract extension, reports Jon Morosi of MLB.com (via Twitter). The 34-year-old Estrada is slated to hit free agency at season’s end but looks poised to forgo that opportunity in order to return to the Jays. More to come.

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Report: Blue Jays, Marco Estrada close to contract extension

The Toronto Blue Jays and pitcher Marco Estrada are close to agreeing to a contract extension, according to a report. MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reports the news on Estrada and Toronto. After beginning his career in the National League with the Brewers and Nationals, Estrada began having his most success after Toronto acquired him prior to 2015. He went 13-8 with a 3.13 ERA in his first season in Toronto, and then made the All-Star team last year. Though he hasn’t pitched to his top form...

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WATCH: Stroman hopes blister issue "is figured out going forward"

Toronto Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman talks with media after his teams win over the Kansas City Royals and talks about his chemistry with Russell Martin, blisters, and his delivery.

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