Fenway fan hit in head by Devon Travis’ thrown bat
BOSTON (AP) — A man sitting in the box seats at Wednesday night's Red Sox game was hit on the forehead by a bat that slipped out of Devon Travis' hands in the eighth inning.
The bat cleared the netting along the baseline and landed about 15 rows up in the box seats, about midway between third base and home plate. Security scrambled for towels and a stretcher was brought to take the man.
Smoak’s pinch-hit slam lifts Blue Jays over Marlins 6-5
MIAMI (AP) — Justin Smoak's first career pinch-hit homer was one memorable drive.
Smoak capped Toronto's five-run ninth inning with a grand slam, sending the Blue Jays to a 6-5 victory over the Miami Marlins on Friday night.
"It's awesome, man," Smoak said. "In that situation, down the whole game, to be able to come big for your team, it's what it's all about."
Morales homers for 4th straight games, Jays beat Orioles 6-0
TORONTO (AP) — Kendrys Morales kept up his hot hitting and sent the Baltimore Orioles south of the border with another loss in Canada.
Morales homered for the fourth consecutive game, Thomas Pannone and two relievers combined on a two-hitter and the Blue Jays beat Baltimore 6-0 on Wednesday, completing a 10-game season sweep of the Orioles in Toronto.
Adames, Wendle lead Rays to 3-1 win over Blue Jays
TORONTO (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays aren't blessed with a bunch of big boppers, but they will burn up the basepaths at every opportunity.
Willy Adames had two hits and drove in the decisive run, and the Rays beat the Blue Jays 3-1 on Saturday, their seventh win in eight meetings with Toronto this season.
Blue Jays snap road losing streak, beat Angels 4-1
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — After losing 10 of their previous 11 games away from home, the Toronto Blue Jays got timely plays to break out of their rut.
Steve Pearce hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning and the Blue Jays ended a five-game road losing streak with a 4-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday night.
Scherzer loses 2nd start in row, Blue Jays blank Nats 2-0
TORONTO (AP) — Max Scherzer had gone more than two months without a defeat. Now the Washington Nationals ace has lost consecutive starts for the first time in nearly three years.
Marco Estrada took a shutout into the seventh inning, Devon Travis homered and the Toronto Blue Jays beat Scherzer and the Nationals 2-0 on Saturday.
Solarte homers from both sides of plate, Jays beat Nats 6-5
TORONTO (AP) — Yangervis Solarte provided power from both sides of the plate to help the Toronto Blue Jays end a record stretch of futility against left-handed pitchers.
Solarte hit two home runs, Devon Travis also connected and the Blue Jays beat the Washington Nationals 6-5 on Friday night, their fifth straight home victory.
Tigers score three in the eighth to beat Blue Jays 7-4
DETROIT (AP) — John Hicks had a simple goal when he got to the plate in the eighth inning on Saturday.
He just wanted to put the ball in play. Hicks had struck out in his first three-at bats, but he now had a chance to put the Detroit Tigers ahead. In a 4-4 game, Detroit had loaded the bases with one out.
J.A. Happ bests former team, Blue Jays top Phillies 5-3
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — J.A. Happ is always at his best against his former team.
Devon Travis and Dwight Smith Jr. each hit two-run doubles, Happ pitched neatly into the seventh inning and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-3 Sunday.
Curtis Granderson added a solo homer to help the Blue Jays take two of three in the interleague series.
TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto Blue Jays have acquired infielder Gio Urshela from the Cleveland Indians for a player to be named or cash.
Urshela hadn't played in the majors this season after a hamstring injury set him back in spring training. The trade came Wednesday, five days after the Indians designated him for assignment.
TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto Blue Jays have optioned slumping infielder Devon Travis to Triple-A Buffalo and recalled right-hander Carlos Ramirez.
Travis started on opening day and was expected to be Toronto's regular second baseman but has struggled at the plate, batting .148 with one homer and three RBIs in 18 games. He struck out 18 times in 61 at-bats.
Martinez’s 3-run homer lifts Red Sox over Blue Jays 5-4
TORONTO (AP) — Boston's Chris Sale wasn't his usual dominant self against the Blue Jays.
J.D. Martinez made sure that didn't matter.
Martinez hit a three-run homer, Sale won for the first time in three starts and the Red Sox rallied to beat Toronto 5-4 on Thursday night.
Andrew Benitendi had two hits and an RBI for the Red Sox, who wrapped up a 6-3 trip. The Red Sox are a major league-best 19-5, including 7-1 in one-run games.
Blue Jays acquire Aledmys Diaz from Cardinals
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Toronto Blue Jays acquired infielder Aledmys Diaz from the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday in exchange for minor league outfielder J.B. Woodman.
Diaz was an All-Star as a breakout rookie in 2016 but slumped throughout last season, batting .259 with seven homers in 79 games. The 27-year-old Cuban is primarily a shortstop but has also played second base, third base and left field. He is likely to serve as depth behind shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and second baseman Devon Travis.
Tigers say goodbye to Anthony Gose, Steven Moya
Detroit — Dave Dombrowski didn't make a lot of bad trades when he was the Tigers' president and general manager. You can probably count the stinkers on one hand. But one that stands out was the Devon Travis-for-Anthony Gose swap with the Toronto Blue Jays.
That deal officially has been shifted to the Tigers' "trash" category, now that Gose has left the organization and signed as a minor-league free agent with the Texas Rangers.
Travis hits tiebreaking homer, Jays sweep Reds with 5-4 win
TORONTO (AP) — After a hot month of May returned the Blue Jays to respectability, the start of June will bring a stiff test: a visit from the first-place New York Yankees.
Devon Travis hit a tiebreaking two-run home run in the seventh inning, Luke Maile also hit a two-run shot, and Toronto beat the Cincinnati Reds 5-4 on Wednesday to complete a three-game sweep.
Jason Grilli (2-4) pitched one inning for the victory as the Blue Jays won for the eighth time in nine games and finished May at 18-10.
Tulowitzki hits grand slam, Blue Jays rout Reds 17-2
TORONTO (AP) — Up and down the lineup, every single Blue Jays batter did his part to help prolong Marcus Stroman's unbeaten streak.
Troy Tulowitzki hit his fourth career grand slam, Stroman won his fifth straight decision and the Toronto Blue Jays set a season-high in runs, routing the Cincinnati Reds 17-2 on Monday night.
Justin Smoak hit a three-run homer and Russell Martin added a two-run shot for the Blue Jays, who have 43 home runs in May.
Travis hits grand slam, Blue Jays beat Rangers 7-6
TORONTO (AP) — Devon Travis celebrated the return of Josh Donaldson and Troy Tulowitzki with one big swing for the Toronto Blue Jays.
Travis hit his second career grand slam, and Toronto beat the Texas Rangers 7-6 on Friday night for its fourth consecutive victory.
Justin Smoak and Kendrys Morales also connected, and Aaron Loup (2-0) pitched 1 1/3 innings for the win.
Travis’ status for start of the season still in doubt
DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) — Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Devon Travis ran sprints in the outfield Monday, still unsure of his status for opening day.
Travis has been slowed by a bone bruise on his right knee, which had offseason surgery to remove a small flap of cartilage.
"He's got to get moving quick to do that because he needs some work," Toronto manager John Gibbons said. "He's cutting it close."
Bautista moved to leadoff spot in Game 3 for Blue Jays
TORONTO (AP) — Jose Bautista is batting leadoff as the Toronto Blue Jays try to snap out of their offensive funk in the AL Championship Series.
Toronto scored one run over the first two games and trails Cleveland 2-0 in the series heading into Game 3. Ezequiel Carrera led off for the Blue Jays in their previous four games. He is hitting eighth Monday.
Jays’ Devon Travis done for season; leaves team to get MRI
CLEVELAND (AP) — Blue Jays second baseman Devon Travis will not play again this season after returning to Toronto on Saturday for more tests on his injured right knee.
Travis was replaced by first baseman Justin Smoak, meaning Travis is ineligible for the ALCS and World Series if the Blue Jays advance. Major League Baseball had to approve the roster substitution.
Blue Jays 2B Travis to undergo MRI on knee after ALCS injury
CLEVELAND (AP) — Losing the opener might not be Toronto's only setback early in the AL Championship Series.
Blue Jays second baseman Devon Travis aggravated an injury in his right knee during a 2-0 loss to the Cleveland Indians on Friday night and afterward sounded pessimistic about his chances of returning in the series.
Blue Jays 2B Travis to miss second straight game
TORONTO (AP) — Blue Jays second baseman Devon Travis is not in the lineup for Sunday's Game 3 of the AL Division Series against Texas and might need to be replaced on the roster if a bone bruise in his right knee does not heal quickly.
Manager John Gibbons said also said left-hander Francisco Liriano exited the ballpark several hours before the game because he wasn't feeling well. Liriano was removed from the roster after sustaining a concussion in Toronto's 5-3 win Friday.
A capsule look at the Blue Jays-Rangers playoff series
A look at the best-of-five American League Division Series between the Toronto Blue Jays and Texas Rangers:
Schedule: (All times EDT) Game 1, Thursday, at Texas (4:38 p.m.); Game 2, Friday, at Texas (1:08 p.m.); Game 3, Sunday, at Toronto (7:38 p.m.); x-Game 4, Monday, Oct. 10, at Toronto (TBA); x-Game 5, Wednesday, Oct. 12, at Texas (TBA). (All games on TBS).
Blue Jays stumble in wild-card race as Red Sox win 5-3
BOSTON (AP) — David Ortiz has knocked plenty of teams out of the playoffs with his late-inning heroics.
This time he is hurting the Toronto Blue Jays' chances of making it there.
The soon-to-retire Red Sox slugger opened his final weekend with yet another game-winning homer on Friday night, lining a two-run shot into the right-field stands to break a seventh-inning tie and help Boston beat Toronto 5-3.
Benoit likely to miss rest of regular season with torn calf
TORONTO (AP) — Blue Jays reliever Joaquin Benoit will miss the rest of the regular season after tearing his left calf muscle when he tripped and fell while running in from the bullpen the second time benches cleared during Monday's 7-5 loss to the New York Yankees.
Benoit expects to be out for at least two to three weeks, meaning he likely won't pitch again unless the Blue Jays make deep playoff run.
Blue Jays lose 2 to injury in brawl-marred loss to Yankees
TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto Blue Jays hope they don't pay a high price for playing hardball with the New York Yankees.
Mark Teixeira hit a tying homer in the ninth inning, adding an uncharacteristic bat flip, and Aaron Hicks added a game-winning blast as the Yankees avoided a four-game sweep, beating the Blue Jays 7-5 on Monday night in a testy game that featured two benches-clearing incidents.
Toronto still leads the AL wild card race, one game ahead of Baltimore. The Orioles were off Monday.
Jays’ Dickey loses 6th straight decision at Yankees, 5-3
NEW YORK (AP) — Given a quick lead, R.A. Dickey relinquished it in all of three pitches.
Jacoby Ellsbury overcame a first-inning deficit with a two-run homer, then added an RBI single against the knuckleballer to lead the New York Yankees over the Toronto Blue Jays 5-3 Monday.
Bullpen struggles as Rays lose 5-3 to Blue Jays
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — For a while, 17-game loser Chris Archer was in position to beat 17-game winner J.A. Happ. Then Tampa Bay lost a bullpen battle to Toronto.
Kevin Jepsen yielded a tiebreaking two-run homer to Russell Martin in the eighth inning, and the Rays missed out on a chance for a three-game sweep with a 5-3 loss to the Blue Jays on Sunday.
Devon Travis had a career-high four hits, including the go-ahead single in the seventh inning, and the Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays, 7-5, on Monday night at Toronto.
Edwin Encarnacion hit his 299th career home run as the Blue Jays snapped a three-game losing streak against the Rays.
Encarnacion and Jose Bautista each had three RBI as Toronto scored more than four runs for the first time since a 9-1 win over Baltimore on July 30.
Travis has 4 hits, Blue Jays beat Rays 7-5
TORONTO (AP) — Coming into Monday night's game against Toronto, Tampa Bay right-hander Jake Odorizzi had gone three straight starts without allowing a run.
It took just three pitches for the Blue Jays to snap Odorizzi's scoreless streak.
Devon Travis had a career-high four hits, including the go-ahead single in the seventh inning, and the Blue Jays beat the Rays 7-5 on Monday.
Odorizzi came in riding a streak of 20 2-3 scoreless innings, the longest active...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Royals' offense has been historically bad of late.
The Royals set a club record by scoring three or fewer runs in a ninth consecutive game, and Devon Travis hit his second homer of the game in the ninth inning to lift the Toronto Blue Jays over Kansas City 4-3 on Friday night.
The Royals have averaged 2.2 runs and hit .205 in this stretch.
"It's a broken record," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "We just have to find a...