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Manoah, Merrifield lead Jays to 3-1 win over Rays
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Manoah, Merrifield lead Jays to 3-1 win over Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Toronto interim manager John Schneider is willing to go all in trying to get the top AL wild card and the home playoff series that goes with it. Alex Manoah and Whit Merrifield helped the Blue Jays move closer to that goal.Manoah pitched seven shutout innings, Merrifield hit a three-run homer and the Blue Jays regained the first wild-card spot with a 3-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday night.“Love it, man,” Manoah said when asked about pitching in big games. “We’ve got a great team. Being able to come to battle with these guys, it’s what I dreamed of my whole life right here. Being on that mound, I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.”The Blue Jays lead Tampa Bay by one game. The top wild card finisher will host all games in their best-of-thre...
Arozarena 6 RBIs, Rays beat Blue Jays, tie for AL WC lead
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Arozarena 6 RBIs, Rays beat Blue Jays, tie for AL WC lead

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Randy Arozarena hit his 20th homer and drove in six runs as the Tampa Bay Rays beat Toronto 10-6 Friday night, tying the Blue Jays at the top of the AL wild-card standings. The win clinched the season series — and the tiebreaker — for the Rays, who have won 10 of 17 against the Blue Jays.“We’re both trying to get the top wild-card spot,” Arozarena said through a translator. “They got the lead and we were able to come back, and we were able to take advantage there at the end.”Arozarena’s three-run homer gave Tampa Bay a 6-4 lead in the fifth inning. He hit a two-out, two-run single in the eighth off Yimi Garcia (4-5).“I definitely got more confident after the home run,” said Arozarena, the only player in the majors with 20 homers and 30 stolen bases this...
Blue Jays meet the Orioles with 1-0 series lead
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Blue Jays meet the Orioles with 1-0 series lead

Baltimore Orioles (75-68, fourth in the AL East) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (82-63, second in the AL East) Toronto; Saturday, 3:07 p.m. EDTPITCHING PROBABLES: Orioles: Kyle Bradish (3-6, 5.01 ERA, 1.44 WHIP, 90 strikeouts); Blue Jays: Jose Berrios (10-5, 5.07 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, 133 strikeouts)FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Blue Jays -164, Orioles +138; over/under is 8 1/2 runsBOTTOM LINE: The Toronto Blue Jays lead 1-0 in a three-game series with the Baltimore Orioles.Toronto has a 42-31 record at home and an 82-63 record overall. Blue Jays hitters have a collective .427 slugging percentage to rank fourth in the majors. Related Videos 1:58 ...
Springer homers, Jays beat Rays 7-2 for doubleheader split
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Springer homers, Jays beat Rays 7-2 for doubleheader split

TORONTO (AP) — Pinch-hitter Whit Merrifield drove in two runs with a seventh-inning double, George Springer added a two-run homer and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays 7-2 Tuesday night to gain a doubleheader split between AL wild card contenders. Toronto (80-62) remained a half-game ahead of the Rays (79-62) in a race for the three AL wild cards that also includes Seattle (79-61), which played later Tuesday.The Blue Jays trailed 2-1 before rallying with a four-run seventh against left-hander Colin Poche (4-2). Pinch-hitter Santiago Espinal walked and advanced to third on two wild pitches. Pinch-hitter Danny Jansen drew a one-out walk and was replaced by pinch-runner Bradley Zimmer. Merrifield followed with a double down the third-base line.“It was a big moment in a bi...
Jays score early, often in 11-7 win over Rangers
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Jays score early, often in 11-7 win over Rangers

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Danny Jansen homered and matched a career high with four hits, Santiago Espinal tied his career highs with three hits and three RBIs, and Raimel Tapia hit a three-run homer as Toronto’s bottom of the order led an early onslaught in an 11-7 victory over the Texas Rangers on Saturday night. “Janno, Tap, Spee, those guys — I think they’ve been pretty consistent all year doing that in that part of the lineup,” Blue Jays interim manager John Schneider said. “When you’re doing that with the top of order (also hitting) … it’s a pretty good mix.”All 11 Blue Jays runs came in the first four innings, helping Kevin Gausman to his fourth consecutive win. The Blue Jays are a season-best 18 games over .500 and pulled within one-half game of AL wild-card leader Tampa Bay....
Orioles top Blue Jays 9-6 in heated matchup of contenders
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Orioles top Blue Jays 9-6 in heated matchup of contenders

BALTIMORE (AP) — Brandon Hyde managed like he was in an elimination game, and Baltimore held on for a big victory over Toronto. In the process, this race between the Orioles and Blue Jays turned testy.Adley Rutschman hit a bases-loaded double during a five-run third inning, and the Orioles rebounded with a 9-6 victory over Toronto on Tuesday night in a heated game in which both benches briefly emptied in the middle of the seventh.The Orioles pulled within 3 1/2 games of Toronto for the last American League wild card. They were swept by the Blue Jays in a doubleheader Monday that opened this crucial series. The following night, Hyde used three of his top relievers — Dillon Tate (4-3), Cionel Pérez and Félix Bautista — for a combined five innings.“I thought we needed to win the game...
Blue Jays win 6-5 in 10th to sweep Red Sox
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Blue Jays win 6-5 in 10th to sweep Red Sox

BOSTON (AP) — Automatic runner Cavan Biggio slid under the tag to score the go-ahead run in the 10th inning, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat Boston 6-5 on Thursday night to complete a three-game sweep and earn their eighth straight win at Fenway Park. The Red Sox had a runner on third with nobody out in the eighth and then loaded the bases with no outs in the ninth, and both times failed to score. In the 10th, Biggio took third on a groundout and then rushed home on George Springer’s grounder to short, with the throw from Xander Bogaerts coming in too high.Danny Jansen had three hits, including a home run, for the Blue Jays, who have won seven of their last eight games. They are 8-1 in Boston this year, winning the last two in extra innings.Jordan Romano (5-3) pitched out of a base...
Springer RBI in 10th leads Blue Jays past Red Sox
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Springer RBI in 10th leads Blue Jays past Red Sox

BOSTON (AP) — George Springer got three hits, including a 10th-inning double on the first pitch from Boston reliever Ryan Brasier that scored automatic runner Jackie Bradley Jr. and lifted the Toronto Blue Jays over the Red Sox 3-2 Wednesday night. Bradley started the 10th on second, the only time on base in the game for the former Boston outfielder. He signed with Toronto on Aug. 9, five days after being released by the Red Sox.Adam Cimber (10-5) pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up one hit. Jordan Romano worked a scoreless 10th inning, issuing an intentional walk to Rafael Devers before getting his 27th save.Brasier (0-3) took the loss.Franchy Cordero’s sixth homer, a two-run drive in the second off José Berrios, made it 2-0.Berrios went six innings, giving up five hits and a wa...
Blue Jays meet the Red Sox with 1-0 series lead
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Blue Jays meet the Red Sox with 1-0 series lead

Toronto Blue Jays (66-55, third in the AL East) vs. Boston Red Sox (60-63, fifth in the AL East) Boston; Wednesday, 7:10 p.m. EDTPITCHING PROBABLES: Blue Jays: Jose Berrios (9-5, 5.39 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, 117 strikeouts); Red Sox: Brayan Bello (0-0)FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Blue Jays -175, Red Sox +148; over/under is 9 1/2 runsBOTTOM LINE: The Toronto Blue Jays meet the Boston Red Sox leading the series 1-0.Boston has a 29-31 record in home games and a 60-63 record overall. Red Sox hitters have a collective .405 slugging percentage to rank fifth in the AL. Related Videos 4:18 Jays Care Foundation campaign aims to...
Bradley Jr. sparks 8-run rally in Jays’ win
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Bradley Jr. sparks 8-run rally in Jays’ win

BOSTON (AP) — Jackie Bradley Jr. doubled and scored to key an eight-run inning against his former team and the Toronto Blue Jays rolled to a 9-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night. George Springer had two hits and drove in three runs in his return to the lineup at designated hitter. The Blue Jays (66-55) notched their fifth win in six outings to keep pace with the Tampa Bay Rays in the AL wild-card standings.Ross Stripling (6-3) followed up his flirtation with a perfect game last week with another efficient night, yielding one run off six hits and striking out six over six innings.The Red Sox (60-63) have lost four of their last five.Boston starter Josh Winckowski (5-7) lasted only 2 2/3 innings, allowing six runs, six hits and walking two. He’s given up 12 runs over...