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Annual hospital visit meaningful for Blue Jays

@baseballexis
8:24 PM EDT

TORONTO -- As Charlie Montoyo and the Blue Jays walked through the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital on Wednesday, Toronto’s manager got chills. As the father of two sons, one -- his youngest, Alex, now 11 -- who was born with a congenital heart defect known as Ebstein’s anomaly, Montoyo

Stroman on trade speculation: 'I love Toronto'

@baseballexis
June 18, 2019

TORONTO -- It can’t be ignored. What Marcus Stroman has done on the mound for the Blue Jays this year has been the highlight of a pitching staff that is mired in injuries and inconsistencies. On Tuesday, the 28-year-old right-hander threw seven-plus solid innings in a 3-1 loss to the

Shafer, McKinney recalled; E-Jax, Smoak to IL

@baseballexis
June 18, 2019

TORONTO -- Over the last 48 hours, Justin Shafer has had to pack and unpack his belongings several times. The 26-year-old right-hander joined the Blue Jays on their last road trip in Baltimore, and before the team loaded up to head home from Houston on Sunday, Shafer was informed that

VOTE NOW: All-Star primary ends Friday, 4 ET

@castrovince
June 17, 2019

Baseball’s version of the primary season is upon us, and the sport’s answer to Election Day is not far behind. And in incorporating shades of the political process, the 2019 Google MLB All-Star Ballot brings major change to the selection system for All-Star Game starters. • VOTE NOW: 2019 Google

Biggio's pair of HRs highlight rough Toronto loss

@baseballexis
June 18, 2019

TORONTO -- Nothing has gone right for Edwin Jackson since he joined the Blue Jays in May. The 35-year-old right-hander’s appearances for Toronto this season have felt a lot like Groundhog Day, with Jackson living the same game -- and result -- outing after outing on the mound. • Box

Teen phenom leads updated Top 100 list

@JonathanMayo
June 18, 2019

Another month and change has gone by since we last updated our Top 100 Prospects list. We’re just about at the half-way point of the 2019 Minor League season and short-season leagues have just gotten underway, so it’s a perfect time to make some tweaks to the list. This will

Tuesday's top prospect performers

@wboor and @GoldenSombrero
2:13 AM EDT

Here's a look at Tuesday's top Minor League performers from each team's Top 30 Prospects list and 2019 Draft class: AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST Blue Jays: Cal Stevenson, OF (No. 24) -- 3-for-4, 3B, RBI, R, SB (Class A Adv Dunedin) Stevenson was the only Dunedin player to post multiple hits

After long road of rehab, Phelps is back in bigs

Reliever tossed scoreless inning with a walk and a strikeout in return
@baseballexis
June 17, 2019

TORONTO -- After spending an arduous 21 months on the sidelines, David Phelps is back in the big leagues. Making his return after multiple surgical procedures within the last couple of years, the right-handed reliever was added to the roster ahead of Toronto's 10-5 loss to the Angels on Monday

Vlad Jr. seeking push for All-Star Game

@baseballexis
June 17, 2019

Read our FAQ on this year’s revamped balloting format, which includes two phases of fan voting to determine the All-Star starters, and the ability to vote through Google Search. TORONTO -- Vladimir Guerrero Jr. would like to play in his first All-Star Game. With the current vote totals, he'll need

Facing team that traded him, Thornton excels

Rookie right-hander backed by five home runs
@alysonfooter
June 16, 2019

HOUSTON -- Who could blame Trent Thornton if he brought a little extra something with him to his start against the Houston Astros on Sunday? That's not to suggest Thornton isn't determined to win every time he takes the mound. But when a pitcher faces the team that drafted him,

Here is each team's most deserving All-Star

@williamfleitch
June 16, 2019

Read our FAQ on this year’s revamped balloting format, which includes two phases of fan voting to determine the All-Star starters, and the ability to vote through Google Search. Every team gets an All-Star. That’s the rule for All-Star Games, and I’d argue that's that way it should be: The

Blue Jays celebrate fatherhood in many forms

@baseballexis
June 16, 2019

Eric and Kaycee Sogard have had adoption on their minds for the entire eight years they’ve been married. Kaycee grew up with adopted sisters, and the idea of adding to her own family the same way resonated. When she met Eric, he shared her sentiment. When the most recent offseason

Biggio family celebrates Father's Day in Houston

Blue Jays second baseman faces Hall of Fame dad's club
@alysonfooter
June 14, 2019

HOUSTON -- Craig Biggio is used to having the cameras on him. He was the center of attention in Houston during his Hall of Fame career for 20 years, and these days, he's often filmed as a spectator in the stands, both at Astros games as a special assistant in

Manoah sees Blue Jays as a 'perfect fit'

@baseballexis
June 15, 2019

It’s the perfect fit. Over many months and games with the West Virginia Mountaineers, Alek Manoah got to know Coulson Barbiche, the Blue Jays scout based in his area. In their first meeting, the young right-hander and the talent evaluator bonded over a similar sense of pride in their handshakes,

Blue Jays can't get bats going in Vlad's absence

Club scores only 2 runs for 2nd straight game, goes 1-for-6 with RISP
@alysonfooter
June 15, 2019

HOUSTON -- A rebuilding Blue Jays team will have to scrape and claw for every win it gets this season. Trying to do it without a huge piece of its offense, while facing a first-place team, is a tall order. That was apparent during Toronto’s 7-2 loss to the Astros

Biggio homers twice in offensive outburst vs. O's

June 14, 2019

BALTIMORE -- Cavan Biggio started it, and he nearly finished it, too. The young Blue Jays outfielder needed 41 at-bats for his first big league home run. In Thursday’s 12-3 win over the Orioles, he needed just three to collect homers No. 2 and 3, igniting the Toronto offense for

Blue Jays trade for right-hander Nick Kingham

Luciano heads to injured list with elbow inflammation
June 13, 2019

BALTIMORE -- The Blue Jays added some flexibility to their pitching staff Thursday by acquiring right-handed pitcher Nick Kingham from the Pirates in exchange for cash considerations. Kingham was not with the team in Baltimore for Thursday’s series finale against the Orioles and will join the club in Houston on

Blue Jays finalize deal with 1st-rounder Manoah

June 13, 2019

BALTIMORE -- The Blue Jays announced on Thursday that they have signed right-hander Alek Manoah, their first-round pick in last week's Draft. His bonus of $4,547,500 (full pick value), a source confirmed, is the largest in team history for an amateur, (exceeding Adeiny Hechavarria's $4 million in 2010). Manoah, the

Top draftees, prospects begin short-season play

June 14, 2019

Three of Minor League Baseball's short-season leagues get underway tonight, which means it's an Opening Day of sorts for many younger prospects as they start their 2019 campaigns. Among them are several players who were just selected in last week's Draft and will be making their professional debuts. Here's a

Here's one breakout prospect for every team

@GoldenSombrero and @JimCallisMLB and @JonathanMayo
June 13, 2019

Keston Hiura (Brewers) and Luis Urias (Padres) are raking with OPS greater than 1.000 in Triple-A. Casey Mize (Tigers) and MacKenzie Gore (Padres) are dueling for the Minor League ERA leadership. None of that should be surprising, because Hiura and Urias are two of the best hitting prospects in baseball,

Tellez’s historic slam fuels big inning, win

Blue Jays find success in 'opener' model
June 13, 2019

BALTIMORE -- For as desolate as this 2019 Blue Jays season may be thus far, moments like Rowdy Tellez’s history-making home run in Wednesday’s 8-6 win over the Orioles serve as a reminder of reassurance and source of respite for the Toronto fan base. The grand slam from Tellez punctuated

Ken Giles on IL; Ont. native Romano called up

Buchholz transferred to 60-day injured list
June 13, 2019

BALTIMORE -- Amid it all -- leaving his hometown Blue Jays for the White Sox in the 2018 Rule 5 Draft, subsequently being traded to the Rangers, not making the big league roster out of Spring Training, being returned to Toronto’s Triple-A Buffalo staff and the stress that comes with

Thornton finishes five but bats quiet in loss to O's

June 11, 2019

BALTIMORE -- Trent Thornton worked around his walks to escape unharmed, but doubles did him in against the Orioles on Tuesday. Trey Mancini and Chance Cisco each doubled in runs in the third inning, Anthony Santander notched a two-bagger from a defensive miscue in the fourth that plated another, and