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Happ K's 9 in potential Toronto farewell

Solarte crushes two-run homer to cap eighth-inning rally
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TORONTO -- With the trade rumors continuing to swirl, J.A. Happ took the mound at Rogers Centre while wearing a Blue Jays uniform for likely the final time in his career.

Happ struck out nine and allowed one run over five strong innings in a 5-4 victory over the Orioles on Sunday afternoon. He has one start remaining before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, but since that will take place in Chicago, the series finale vs. Baltimore was Toronto's opportunity to say goodbye.

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TORONTO -- With the trade rumors continuing to swirl, J.A. Happ took the mound at Rogers Centre while wearing a Blue Jays uniform for likely the final time in his career.

Happ struck out nine and allowed one run over five strong innings in a 5-4 victory over the Orioles on Sunday afternoon. He has one start remaining before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, but since that will take place in Chicago, the series finale vs. Baltimore was Toronto's opportunity to say goodbye.

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There's no guarantee Happ will be moved over the next week, but he remains one of the most sought after available starting pitchers on the market. With a $13-million contract that is set to expire at the end of the season, contending teams have been lining up to gauge Toronto's asking price, and it seems like only a matter of when, not if, the Blue Jays will make a move.

"No, I'm not letting myself go there," Happ said when asked if he thought about the possibility that was his final start in Toronto. "I'm just going to wait and see. It's a tough place to be mentally, so I'm trying to avoid those what ifs right now … It's a weird thing. I think in some aspects, it's like I want the week to go quick. In some aspects, I might look back and maybe not feel that way."

Video: BAL@TOR: Happ fans Mancini to K the side in the 2nd

Happ has been dealing with seemingly endless speculation about his future for the last month. The Yankees, Brewers, Phillies and Cubs have been linked to Happ in recent weeks, and the Blue Jays will be looking to score a big haul in a market that is short on front-to-mid-rotation arms. Happ alongside Cole Hamels are the top trade targets, while the market is also expected to include starters such as Detroit's Mike Fiers and New York's Sonny Gray.

The 35-year-old Happ didn't do the Blue Jays too many favors earlier this month when he allowed 18 runs over a three-start stretch leading into the All-Star break. Despite his struggles, the general consensus around Major League Baseball was that Happ likely didn't hurt his value too much because he is a known commodity and most teams will know what to expect. His outing against Baltimore proved that everything should be just fine.

Video: BAL@TOR: Solarte cranks a go-ahead 2-run homer in 8th

"To be honest, without any disrespect, I don't pay any attention to that," said Yangervis Solarte, who hit the go-ahead homer in the bottom of the eighth. "He's a great guy, hopefully he stays here for a long run. The most important thing is that we won. He had a great game and he pitched well.

"We try not to pay attention, not to think about one of our teammates getting traded or not. We're happy he's here and hopefully he stays here. When you get an All-Star, you don't want to lose him."

Video: Must C Clutch: Blue Jays take 5-4 lead with 2 HRs

The nine strikeouts -- and a couple of lapses by the Blue Jays' bullpen -- led to an elevated pitch count and meant that Happ could not return for the sixth inning, but he was extremely effective on the mound. The native of Chicago joined Justin Verlander as the only starters this season with at least four games of nine strikeouts and no walks. The only other Blue Jays starter to accomplish that feat was Roger Clemens, who did it five times in 1997.

The ability to generate a lot of swing and miss will be one of the things about Happ that interests other teams the most. He has struck out at least eight batters in nine of his 20 starts, and he's averaging double digits in strikeouts per nine innings for the first time in his career over a full season. Happ's ERA spiked to a season-high 4.29 after his last start before the All-Star break, but his outing vs. Baltimore dropped it to 4.18.

"Whatever happens, we understand it's a business," Blue Jays outfielder Randal Grichuk said. "We're going to enjoy having him out there for as long as we can. Whatever happens, we understand."

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
The two-run shots: Toronto appeared well on its way to a loss late in the game until Grichuk and Solarte hit a pair of two-run homers in the bottom of the eighth. Grichuk's 13th of the season came off right-hander Brad Brach, while Solarte's go-ahead homer was off Orioles lefty Tanner Scott. That meant O's right-hander Andrew Cashner picked up a no-decision after he allowed one run on six hits and a walk over 5 1/3 innings.

Video: BAL@TOR: Grichuk slugs a mammoth 2-run home run

"I knew I hit it well, I didn't know it was going to go out, but I knew I hit it well," Solarte said through an interpreter after the game. "The important thing is that we won that game … We put up good at-bats in that inning. We did the little things in that inning. We're happy we got that win and hopefully we get some more."

Slow to react: Happ didn't exactly receive much help from his defense in Baltimore's one-run fifth inning. Mark Trumbo led off the frame with a slow grounder to shortstop but Toronto's Aledmys Diaz wasn't nearly aggressive enough while attempting to make the play. Instead of charging in, Diaz held up at the last minute to allow the ball to come to him. The delay proved costly because Trumbo beat the throw to first and Baltimore later went on to score a run when Jace Peterson hit an RBI single to right.

"It was trending that way, for sure," Happ said when asked if it was one of his better recent starts. "I felt good. I tried to get us out of that fifth inning and it cost me some pitches, but I felt good about it overall."

Video: BAL@TOR: Trumbo scores on grounder after Jays collide

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Lourdes Gurriel Jr. went 2-for-3 to become the seventh rookie in Blue Jays history with a multi-hit streak of at least five games. Former first baseman John Olerud previously had a six-game streak in 1990.

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The Blue Jays will be going with a bullpen day for Monday's series opener against the Twins at 7:07 p.m. ET at Rogers Centre. The outing initially belonged to right-hander Marco Estrada, but he will make a rehab start for Double-A New Hampshire instead of being activated from the 10-day disabled list with a strained glute muscle. Toronto hands the ball to long reliever Luis Santos, who has a 7.88 ERA in eight innings out of the bullpen. Minnesota is set to counter with lefty Adalberto Mejia (0-0, 9.00).

Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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Estrada to make rehab start Monday

Blue Jays activate Gurriel from DL, option Urena to Triple-A
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TORONTO -- Marco Estrada will not return as expected from the disabled list on Monday, and instead the veteran right-hander will make a rehab start for Double-A New Hampshire.

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons made the announcement during Sunday morning's availability with the local media. The club has yet to name a replacement starter, and it's possible it will use the bullpen to get through Monday's game against the Twins.

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TORONTO -- Marco Estrada will not return as expected from the disabled list on Monday, and instead the veteran right-hander will make a rehab start for Double-A New Hampshire.

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons made the announcement during Sunday morning's availability with the local media. The club has yet to name a replacement starter, and it's possible it will use the bullpen to get through Monday's game against the Twins.

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Estrada hasn't pitched since he left a start against the Red Sox on July 3 after 12 pitches because of a strained glute. He initially was expected to be shopped before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, but his latest injury likely will complicate any negotiations.

"He threw a side and he felt much better, but we figured where he's at, how long it's been, he's better off doing it down there," Gibbons said.

Estrada is tentatively scheduled to return from the DL at some point during Toronto's upcoming three-game series against the White Sox from July 27-29. The club's course of action likely depends on how deep into the game lefty J.A. Happ can pitch on Sunday afternoon.

"We don't know," Gibbons said when asked who would get the start. "It could be a bullpen day, depending on how the game goes today. We kept an extra pitcher here because of that." The Blue Jays also activated infielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. from the 7-day concussion DL prior to Sunday's game against Baltimore. Infielder Richard Urena was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo in a corresponding move.

Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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Stroman starts 2nd half on right foot with 7 K's

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TORONTO -- Marcus Stroman would be best served forgetting all about the first half of his disappointing season. Saturday afternoon's start against the Orioles was a good start.

Stroman limited Baltimore to one run on five hits and two walks over seven strong innings to lead the Blue Jays to a 4-1 victory at Rogers Centre. The innings matched a season high, and seven strikeouts were his highest total since Stroman made his season debut against the Yankees on April 1.

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TORONTO -- Marcus Stroman would be best served forgetting all about the first half of his disappointing season. Saturday afternoon's start against the Orioles was a good start.

Stroman limited Baltimore to one run on five hits and two walks over seven strong innings to lead the Blue Jays to a 4-1 victory at Rogers Centre. The innings matched a season high, and seven strikeouts were his highest total since Stroman made his season debut against the Yankees on April 1.

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There were occasional signs of trouble, with Stroman facing multiple baserunners in the first and fourth innings, but each time the product of New York was able to escape the threat and limit the damage. The Orioles went just 1-for-4 with runners in scoring position and they left five men on base.

"I'm pretty good with adversity, usually," said Stroman, who surpassed the 100-pitch mark for the first time this season. "This game is built off ups and downs. I know I didn't have the first half that I wanted but I've always been someone who prided myself on the second half, finishing strong. And that's something I will look to continue to do this year."

Video: BAL@TOR: Maile grounds an RBI single into center

Stroman has been alternating between good starts and bad starts since he returned from the disabled list on June 23. He has completed seven innings with one earned run or fewer in three of his six starts, but in the other three he has combined to allow 10 runs over 14 2/3 innings. The consistency hasn't always been there, but the goal will be finding it over the next two months and starting next year with a clean slate.

Toronto's rotation has kicked off the unofficial start to the second half of the season on a positive note. Right-hander Sam Gaviglio tossed 7 2/3 innings during Friday night's victory, and when combined with Stroman's outing on Saturday, it marked just the third time this season the Blue Jays rotation tossed at least seven innings in consecutive starts. The only other time that happened this season was June 29-30 (Stroman and Gaviglio) and July 8-10 (Stroman and Ryan Borucki).

"Show up every day and compete," Stroman said. "I think that's something us, as Blue Jays, have been able to do over the last few years. Regardless of what the expectations are, just show up every single day, go out there and compete. I love my team. I wouldn't want any other guys. It's just a matter of going out there, and knowing what we're capable of, going out there and dominating."

Video: BAL@TOR: Grichuk plates Smoak with a double to right

The Blue Jays were able to secure Stroman's third victory of the season thanks in most part to a three-run fourth inning off Baltimore right-hander Alex Cobb. Randal Grichuk chipped in with an RBI double while backup catcher Luke Maile had an RBI single and starting shortstop Aledmys Diaz finished with a couple of hits. Cobb was charged with all four runs (one earned) on five hits and three walks with four strikeouts.

"He's a pretty good pitcher to be honest with you," manager John Gibbons said of Stroman. "Since he has come back from the DL, he has been really good. I think he is just pitching like he's always pitched here. I thought he did a good job today working ahead in the count. When he runs into some trouble, he falls behind. It was a good outing for him."

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
The arm: Blue Jays left fielder Teoscar Hernandez gave his starter a major boost in the top of the first inning with a perfect throw to take extra bases away from Jonathan Schoop. After Tim Beckham led off the game with a single, Schoop followed with a liner to the corner in left field. Beckham easily advanced to third, but Schoop tried to stretch the single into a double and the move quickly backfired. Hernandez threw a strike to second baseman Devon Travis and instead of the Orioles having runners on the corners with nobody out, Stroman was left with a runner on third and he was able to limit the damage to one run after that.

Video: BAL@TOR: Hernandez cuts down Schoop at second base

"I didn't come out very strong today," Stroman said. "I was leaving some pitches up in the zone. So whenever you can get a big play like that from your defense it's definitely a momentum shifter, and kind of told me that I need to kind of kick it in gear and start making better pitches."

Welcome relief: Tyler Clippard was charged with blown saves in each of Toronto's last two opportunities, so something had to change in the back end of the Blue Jays bullpen. That's where Ryan Tepera came into play on Saturday afternoon. Tepera, who was activated from the 10-day DL just prior to the All-Star break, tossed a scoreless ninth to pick up his seventh save of the season. The 30-year-old has now tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings since rejoining the Blue Jays, and it's possible he will generate interest from other teams in the days leading up to the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline. Tepera received a bit of help in this outing from Grichuk, who crashed into the wall to make a highlight-reel play and rob Chris Davis of a possible double.

Video: BAL@TOR: Tepera K's Mancini to earn the save

"I thought he looked good in Boston the other day, his first outing in awhile," Gibbons said. "He had a clean inning, then of course the All-Star break and he came back last night. I think he looks fine. It wasn't something we were really worried about, but it got his attention. Watching him pitch last night and today, I don't think you'd know he had any issues. We'll keep an eye on it. We'll be smart."

Video: BAL@TOR: Grichuk slams into wall for tremendous grab

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The Blue Jays picked up a victory despite not hitting a home run for just the third time this season.

MITEL REPLAY OF THE DAY
The Blue Jays won a crucial challenge in the bottom of the fourth inning that went a long way in determining the final outcome of this game. With a runner on first, Yangervis Solarte hit a little dribbler back to the mound which initially appeared as though it would be a double play. The problem was Cobb's throw to second was high and wide off the bag. Instead of focusing on the forceout at second, Beckham still tried to turn two on the play. Solarte was ruled safe at first and after a brief delay, Justin Smoak was called safe at second as well because Beckham did not maintain contact with the bag while attempting to make the catch.

Video: BAL@TOR: Smoak safe at second on overturned call

UP NEXT
Left-hander J.A. Happ (10-6, 4.29 ERA) will take the mound when the Blue Jays close out their three-game series against the Orioles on Sunday, with first pitch scheduled for 1:07 p.m. ET. This could be Happ's final start for Toronto as he continues to be the subject of trade rumors in advance of the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline. Baltimore is set to counter with right-hander Andrew Cashner (2-9 4.56).

Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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Gaviglio's strong start sets up Diaz walk-off

Martin, Grichuk go back-to-back as Blue Jays down Orioles
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TORONTO -- The Blue Jays are expected to have at least a couple of spots up for grabs in their starting rotation next season, and it appears as though right-hander Sam Gaviglio will have the next two months to audition for the job.

Prior to Friday night's 8-7 victory over the Orioles in 10 innings, Toronto manager John Gibbons said his rotation for the foreseeable future will be J.A. Happ, Marcus Stroman, Marco Estrada, Ryan Borucki and Gaviglio. There are no guarantees beyond this season, but right now Gaviglio has some job security, and it will be up to him to seize the opportunity.

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TORONTO -- The Blue Jays are expected to have at least a couple of spots up for grabs in their starting rotation next season, and it appears as though right-hander Sam Gaviglio will have the next two months to audition for the job.

Prior to Friday night's 8-7 victory over the Orioles in 10 innings, Toronto manager John Gibbons said his rotation for the foreseeable future will be J.A. Happ, Marcus Stroman, Marco Estrada, Ryan Borucki and Gaviglio. There are no guarantees beyond this season, but right now Gaviglio has some job security, and it will be up to him to seize the opportunity.

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Gaviglio left a positive impression in the series opener as he pitched into the eighth inning and set a career high with eight strikeouts before some late-inning drama from both sides somewhat overshadowed his strong start. The outing, when combined with a trio of Blue Jays home runs and a couple of late defensive miscues was enough to snap Toronto's mini two-game losing streak.

"I think he has done a tremendous job since he got here," Gibbons said of Gaviglio's first two seasons in the Majors. "He's had a couple of starts where he got hit around a little bit, that happens to them all. But you look at the overall time that he has been here, I think he has been outstanding."

Video: BAL@TOR: Gaviglio strikes out 8 vs. the Orioles

The 28-year-old Gaviglio technically doesn't have a guaranteed job for the rest of the season, but he should feel pretty safe. Injured right-hander Aaron Sanchez has not progressed to throwing off a mound, and by the time he returns, Happ likely will have been traded to another team. Estrada is a candidate to be shopped as well, but even if the crafty right-hander sticks, he's expected to leave at the end of the season as a free agent.

That has opened the door for Gaviglio, not only for this season, but as a possible fifth starter in 2019 as well. Toronto's rotation next year currently projects as Sanchez, Stroman, Borucki and a lot of uncertainty after that. Gaviglio, with a strong finish to the year, could enter the conversation as a full-fledged member of the rotation by holding off whomever the Blue Jays pick up this offseason, along with emerging prospects like Sean Reid-Foley and T.J. Zeuch.

Gaviglio's skillset doesn't necessarily scream "bona fide big league starter" with a fastball that averaged 87.1 mph and maxed out at 89.1 on Friday night. Gaviglio instead has to rely on pinpoint command by keeping his sinker down in the zone, occasionally mixing in a slider or changeup to keep his opponents honest. It hasn't always worked, but in 12 starts this season, Gaviglio has allowed more than three earned runs just three times.

Video: BAL@TOR: Gaviglio strikes out Jones looking in 5th

"He's a pitcher, he's a great competitor, and he can get you out in different ways," Gibbons said. "Some guys have to overpower you, he doesn't. He just pitches, dissects the plate a little bit, and he has shown us that he is pretty strong, too."

The downside to Gaviglio's recent performance has been a lack of innings. That wasn't an issue vs. last-place Baltimore as Gaviglio completed 7 2/3 innings before a two-run homer by Chris Davis made his pitching line look a little bit uglier than it otherwise would have. But Friday's outing was the outlier, not the norm, as Gaviglio has completed five innings in just two of his previous seven starts.

All of Gaviglio's hard work was nearly negated when Tyler Clippard blew the save with three earned runs in the top of the ninth. Toronto bounced back two innings later when a two-out errant throw by Tim Beckham allowed Russell Martin to reach. Two batters later, Aledmys Diaz had a ball sneak through the left side of the infield for the game-winning run. Diaz, Martin and Randal Grichuk all homered for the Blue Jays in the win.

Video: BAL@TOR: Martin, Grichuk crush back-to-back home runs

"It's big, especially because I've had a couple of short ones in my last [starts]," Gaviglio said. "It's nice to get deep into the game and work some stuff out mechanically. I don't get there unless Russ is doing a good job behind the plate calling pitches. He knows the hitters well and made my job easy."

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED

The seeing-eye single: Toronto's 10th-inning rally would not have been possible without a gift from Beckham. With two outs in the 10th, Baltimore's shortstop could not make a clean throw across the diamond on a little chopper off the bat of Martin. The play was ruled a hit but likely should have resulted in the final out of the inning. Instead, the inning continued and Grichuk followed with a walk before Diaz hit a seeing-eye single through the left side of the infield for the game-winning hit. The ball deflected off third baseman Renato Nunez's glove and snuck into the outfield, allowing Martin to score the winning run.

"I didn't think it was going to go through," Diaz said through an interpreter. "The third baseman was playing a good game today. I was just trying to stay up the middle, and then he threw me a good pitch to hit. To be honest, I didn't think it was going to go through."

Clippard can't close it: Clippard's issues at the back-end of Toronto's bullpen continued in the series opener. In the ninth, Clippard allowed homers to Caleb Joseph and Jonathan Schoop while Trey Mancini doubled and later scored on a wild pitch. It's the second consecutive game that Clippard was saddled with a blown save, and he has allowed runs in three of his last five appearances. Clippard's stint as Toronto's closer isn't expected to last much longer with Ryan Tepera back from the disabled list, and Roberto Osuna set to return from his suspension at the beginning of August.

"You never know what you're going to get coming out of an All-Star break," Gibbons said. "He's had five days off, so you never really know who's going to be sharp and who's not. … He has done a great job for us. The late-inning bullpen guys, it's a tough job. Sometimes they get you, sometimes they don't."

Video: BAL@TOR: Schoop hits game-tying solo homer in the 9th

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The Blue Jays have won five straight games against the Orioles, which is their longest winning streak vs. Baltimore since 2010.

UP NEXT
Right-hander Marcus Stroman (2-7, 5.86 ERA) will take the mound as the Blue Jays continue their three-game series against the Orioles on Saturday afternoon at 1:07 p.m. ET at Rogers Centre. Stroman will look to turn the page on a disappointing first half of the season that saw him allow fewer than four earned runs just four times in 12 starts. Baltimore will counter with right-hander Alex Cobb (2-12, 6.41).

Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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Martin, Grichuk go back-to-back vs. Orioles

O's, Blue Jays club 7 homers in extra-inning affair
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TORONTO -- The Blue Jays hit back-to-back home runs for the third time this season when Russell Martin and Randal Grichuk each went deep during the fifth inning of Friday night's 8-7, 10-inning win against the Orioles.

Martin opened the inning vs. Baltimore right-hander Dylan Bundy with a shot to left field on the first pitch he saw. Three pitches later, Grichuk added his 12th home run of the season with a deep drive to left-center field.

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TORONTO -- The Blue Jays hit back-to-back home runs for the third time this season when Russell Martin and Randal Grichuk each went deep during the fifth inning of Friday night's 8-7, 10-inning win against the Orioles.

Martin opened the inning vs. Baltimore right-hander Dylan Bundy with a shot to left field on the first pitch he saw. Three pitches later, Grichuk added his 12th home run of the season with a deep drive to left-center field.

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Video: TOR@TEX: Martin goes back-to-back with Solarte in 6th

Martin also was involved in one of Toronto's other back-to-back moments earlier this year. On April 6 at Texas, Martin and Yangervis Solarte hit consecutive homers while Teoscar Hernandez and Solarte accomplished the feat on June 17 against Washington.

Video: Must C Clutch: Hernandez, Solarte go back-to-back

According to Statcast™, Martin's seventh of the year was projected to travel 392 feet and left his bat at 102.3 mph. Grichuk's solo shot was projected to travel 414 feet and left his bat at 106.2 mph.

"I thought he was a little bit off," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said of Bundy. "He has one of the best breaking balls in baseball, but I thought he might have been a little bit off. ... Some guys are sharp coming out of the break, some aren't.

"We never like to face him, I know that, but I thought we battled him pretty good. Of course, those home runs are always big with Russ and Grich back-to-back, that's hard to do. That doesn't happen very often."

Before the inning was over, Toronto added two more runs. Devon Travis walked, Curtis Granderson doubled and a run scored on a sacrifice fly by Hernandez. Justin Smoak followed with an RBI double as Toronto jumped in front, 5-2.

The back-and-forth game featured fireworks on both sides, with the Orioles mashing four homers of their own.

Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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Tulo making slow progress, timetable unknown

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TORONTO -- The Blue Jays still have no idea when Troy Tulowitzki will return to the lineup, but manager John Gibbons is, at least publicly, holding out hope it will happen this season.

Tulowitzki has yet to play a game in 2018 following surgery this spring to remove bone spurs in both of his feet. Since the procedure was performed, there have been very few medical updates from the club on his status, and the former All-Star appears to be recovering extremely slowly.

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TORONTO -- The Blue Jays still have no idea when Troy Tulowitzki will return to the lineup, but manager John Gibbons is, at least publicly, holding out hope it will happen this season.

Tulowitzki has yet to play a game in 2018 following surgery this spring to remove bone spurs in both of his feet. Since the procedure was performed, there have been very few medical updates from the club on his status, and the former All-Star appears to be recovering extremely slowly.

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Per a Blue Jays spokesman on Friday afternoon, Tulowitzki continues to go through a "running progression" at the Blue Jays' Minor League complex in Dunedin, Fla. He is participating in regular baseball drills -- fielding and batting practice -- but there is no timetable for his return.

"I'd like to see him," Gibbons said. "I think for his own good, it would be [positive] ... At this stage of his career, especially. Nobody is more frustrated than he is."

The reason behind Toronto's lack of medical updates on Tulowitzki doesn't have anything to do with transparency. The Blue Jays' public relations department regularly provides health information on its injured players, but in this case, it appears to stem from the fact that the player's body has been so slow to respond.

The Blue Jays have provided updates on the latest progression from other players on the DL -- Josh Donaldson, Danny Barnes and Aaron Sanchez, among others -- but for Tulowitzki, it has been mostly status quo. Earlier he was running on an anti-gravity machine, now he's running on flat ground and going through light baseball work, but it doesn't seem like he will be back any time soon.

Gibbons said he would not hesitate to insert Tulowitzki back into the starting lineup upon his return, even though the Blue Jays have been putting more of an emphasis on making sure their younger players receive long looks in what has otherwise become a lost season.

"[The younger players will] play, but I also think that Tulo's signed up here for a couple of years," Gibbons said. "He's still a part of the team right now. There's always a way to find time for those young guys."

Injury updates
• Donaldson is currently going through a running program with "good intensity" at Toronto's Minor League complex. The 32-year-old hasn't played since May 28 because of a strained left calf muscle, and there is no timeframe for his return.

• Barnes threw a live practice session during the All-Star break and is scheduled to repeat that process again on Saturday. The 28-year-old has been out since June 21 because of left knee tendinitis, and he will be re-evaluated for game action next week.

Lourdes Gurriel Jr., who sustained a concussion during a game against the Red Sox on July 14, has been going through Major League Baseball's testing protocol without any issues. He was expected to advance to a higher level of cardio activities on Friday and will continue to increase the level of his baseball-related activities pending good health. Gurriel is eligible to return from the DL on Sunday.

• Center fielder Kevin Pillar, who sustained a sprained right sternoclavicular joint during the same July 14 game against Boston, has been going through range of motion exercises. He is scheduled to be re-evaluated prior to the start of Toronto's road trip on Wednesday to determine the next steps of his rehab. Pillar is expected to be out for at least another two to five weeks.

• Right-hander Sanchez is working out in Dunedin as he rehabs from a contusion on his right middle finger. Sanchez is playing catch and will progress to mound work when ready. He does not appear close to a return and will eventually require a rehab assignment, so the Blue Jays are set to move forward with a rotation of Marcus Stroman, Marco Estrada, Ryan Borucki, Sam Gaviglio and the trade target J.A. Happ.

Urena called up
The Blue Jays recalled infielder Richard Urena from Triple-A Buffalo on Friday afternoon. Toronto had an open spot on the 25-man roster after Chris Rowley was optioned to the Minors earlier in the week. Urena was batting .235 with a .602 OPS in 41 games for the Bisons this season.

Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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On record-setting night, AL outslugs NL

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WASHINGTON -- The ball wasn't flying out of Nationals Park quite as frequently as it did during Bryce Harper's heroic hometown homer binge a night earlier, but it was flying all the same in a dinger-driven, record-breaking 89th All-Star Game presented by Mastercard on Tuesday night.

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WASHINGTON -- The ball wasn't flying out of Nationals Park quite as frequently as it did during Bryce Harper's heroic hometown homer binge a night earlier, but it was flying all the same in a dinger-driven, record-breaking 89th All-Star Game presented by Mastercard on Tuesday night.

Video: 2018 All-Star Game sets new record with 10 home runs

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In the end, the two standout swats were the back-to-back solo shots hit by Astros teammates Alex Bregman and George Springer -- off a Dodgers pitcher (Ross Stripling), no less -- in the top of the 10th inning of what became an 8-6 victory for the American League.

Video: 2018 ASG: Bregman wins MVP, gives car to his mother

Bregman was given the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet for his role in the AL's sixth straight win in the Midsummer Classic.

"I took a cutter down the middle of the first pitch and kind of went into battle mode and just was trying to put a line drive in play, and it left the yard," said Bregman. "It was crazy. It was a lot of fun."

But while the result reflects the AL's recent dominance in this summer showcase and, in a way, the Astros' standing as defending champs, the game itself was reflective of the homer-happy times we live in.

Video: 2018 ASG: AL bash 5 homers to earn extra-innings win

"It was like a regular-season game with the home runs accounting for pretty much everything," said Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ, who made a rare turn in the "closer" role by getting the save in the 10th. "Maybe a few less walks than normal, but pretty standard stuff. We were commenting in the bullpen that that's the way it's going these days."

The two teams combined for 10 homers, destroying the previous record of six that had last been reached in 1971 by some gentlemen named Johnny Bench, Hank Aaron, Reggie Jackson, Frank Robinson, Harmon Killebrew and Roberto Clemente -- Hall of Famers, all.

Video: 2018 ASG: NL crush 5 home runs in Washington, D.C.

Maybe not all of the blasts on this night were hit by guys who are Cooperstown-bound. But Bregman, Springer, Aaron Judge, Mike Trout, Willson Contreras, Trevor Story, Jean Segura, Christian Yelich, Scooter Gennett and Joey Votto collectively put up a performance for the All-Star ages. All but one of the game's 14 runs was driven in by a long ball.

Video: 2018 ASG: Segura clobbers a go-ahead 3-run HR

"To kind of empty your tank and hit homers at this event is probably the best thing imaginable," said AL and Astros manager AJ Hinch. "Just to have that kind of emotion that comes with the home run. Especially when the big boys hit it, and especially when the Astros hit it."

Video: 2018 ASG: Hinch on Bregman, Springer in All-Star Game

The AL seemingly had the game in hand thanks to Segura's pinch-hit three-run homer off Josh Hader in the top of the eighth. But Gennett wowed the crowd and stunned the junior circuit by taking Mariners closer Edwin Diaz deep in the bottom of the ninth to tie it.

To extras it went, and it didn't take long for Bregman and Springer to summon the Fall Classic magic of old. The AL added another run on -- of all things -- a sacrifice fly from Michael Brantley. And though Votto's solo shot in the bottom of the 10th kept things interesting, Happ was able to close it out before any more dinger drama developed.

Video: 2018 ASG: Sale K's 1 in scoreless 1st inning

So this was a night for watching it fly and letting it fly. AL starter Chris Sale threw a fastball clocked by Statcast™ at 100.7 mph -- his fastest pitch since 2010. NL starter Max Scherzer threw his four fastest pitches of the season en route to striking out four in two innings of work.

Video: 2018 ASG: Scherzer fans 4 batters in ASG start

The All-Stars capitalized on their opportunity to showcase their skills in the nation's capital, and they let their personalities show, too, with in-game selfies and mic'd-up position players. Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor felt so bad when he couldn't muscle a drive over the wall that he dropped down and did some pushups. It was that kind of night.

Video: 2018 ASG: Lindor hits the grass for some pushups

There was even some off-the-field drama developing, with reports swirling about Manny Machado possibly heading to the Dodgers as he played what might have been his last game in a Baltimore Orioles uniform. In an in-game interview with FOX Sports and MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal, Machado acknowledged the not-so-subtle storyline by saying, "If this is the last time, hopefully I treated them well, I did everything I could for the organization."

Video: 2018 ASG: Machado talks All-Star Game, trade rumors

The AL could be losing one of its signature stars. But it won a game that very much resembled a Derby.

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Gennett's game-tying homer might get lost to history, given the end result, but he still put himself in a pretty cool spot in the All-Star history books. When he hit his two-run, 396-foot blast off Diaz, Gennett became just the third player to hit a game-tying home run in the ninth inning of a Midsummer Classic, joining Ralph Kiner in 1950 and Fred McGriff in '94. That sent the All-Star Game into extras for a second consecutive year. The last time that had happened was 1966-67.

Video: 2018 ASG: Gennett hits game-tying HR in the 9th

SOUND SMART
This was the first game in MLB history -- regular season, postseason or All-Star -- in which five players homered for each team.

HE SAID IT
"In the beginning, it was, 'Is anybody going to get a hit other than a homer?' And at the end, it was, 'Are we going to have enough pitching to get out of this mess?'" -- Hinch

UP NEXT
Oh yes, they'll meet again. The 90th All-Star Game will take place on July 9, 2019, at Cleveland's Progressive Field, which last hosted the Midsummer Classic in 1997 (when it was still known as Jacobs Field). The AL will take an All-Star edge into that contest, having broken the all-time tie Tuesday by improving to 44-43-2 against the NL.

Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004. Read his columns, listen to his podcast and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince.

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Blue Jays expected to sell at Trade Deadline

Youth movement on horizon, Toronto likely to trade players like Happ, Axford
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TORONTO -- There was a time earlier this season when the Blue Jays expected to be buyers at the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, but 95 games into the year, it's clear they have no choice but to go in a different direction.

It's almost hard to remember, but Toronto's 2018 campaign began with great promise following April's 15-10 record. There were some initial hopes that the organization would be able to hang around the fringes of the American League Wild Card race, but an historically bad 9-19 record in May changed that.

TORONTO -- There was a time earlier this season when the Blue Jays expected to be buyers at the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, but 95 games into the year, it's clear they have no choice but to go in a different direction.

It's almost hard to remember, but Toronto's 2018 campaign began with great promise following April's 15-10 record. There were some initial hopes that the organization would be able to hang around the fringes of the American League Wild Card race, but an historically bad 9-19 record in May changed that.

The Blue Jays entered the All-Star break with a 43-52 record, with slim hopes for postseason contention. Their .453 winning percentage is below last year's midseason mark of .466 (41-47), and the club finds itself 23 1/2 games back of the Red Sox for first place in the AL East. Trades are coming soon.

Video: TOR@HOU: Oh strikes out Altuve and picks up the save

Here's a look at where the Blue Jays stand at the season's halfway point.

Current status: Seller
A pair of trips to the AL Championship Series has been followed up with two disappointing seasons. The window of opportunity for this season's core has closed, and now it will be about building for the future. All players on expiring deals should be available, and prospects or emerging big leaguers with multiple years of control will be the targets. Toronto's Minor League system is better than most, so this isn't necessarily a traditional rebuild. But by next year, the youth movement will be in full swing.

What they are seeking
The Blue Jays will be treating this Deadline with the familiar "best player available" strategy that is implemented at every MLB Draft. There does appear to be a need for more quality pitching depth at the upper levels of the Minors, but that doesn't mean the club would shy away from adding top position players. The goal should be to acquire prospects who are at least somewhat advanced so their timelines match up with the next wave of talent, which includes Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Bo Bichette, Danny Jansen, Anthony Alford and others.

Video: BOS@TOR: Alford singles, picks up first career RBI

What they have to offer
The Blue Jays could sell any players on expiring contracts, and perhaps some veterans with multiple years of control. J.A. Happ remains Toronto's biggest trade chip, but the club also should explore the markets for relievers Seunghwan Oh, John Axford and Tyler Clippard. Versatile infielder Yangervis Solarte could be available, and Curtis Granderson is up for grabs if a contending team is looking for a left-handed bat off the bench.

Toronto's biggest uncertainty is the health of Josh Donaldson and Marco Estrada. Both veterans -- who were expected to be dealt -- now find themselves on the disabled list. With less than two weeks remaining until the Deadline, there's not much time left to recoup value, but if healthy, they could be last-minute additions to this trade watch.

Video: WSH@TOR: Donaldson fields grounders during recovery

Possible scenario
The Yankees have long been considered the front-runner to acquire Happ, but there are a couple of teams in the National League that should not be overlooked. The Phillies are attempting to make some big moves -- they could use some help in the rotation, plus there's familiarity, considering the close proximity of their Minor League complexes. Happ remains beloved in the Philly area, and he likely would welcome a return to the organization that drafted him in 2004.

The Brewers remain another intriguing team to trade with, although some reports suggest they would prefer acquiring someone with multiple years of control. Regardless of where Happ lands, expect the Blue Jays to offer paying at least some of his remaining salary to increase the quality of prospects coming in return.

Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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Happ appreciative and proud of All-Star bid

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WASHINGTON -- J.A. Happ spent a lot of time wondering if this day would ever come. The more time passed and the more his body went through the grind of a season, it seemed like it never would.

"You never know. So many things kind of have to go right," Happ said at All-Star media availability Monday. " … You never know how much you've got left to go."

WASHINGTON -- J.A. Happ spent a lot of time wondering if this day would ever come. The more time passed and the more his body went through the grind of a season, it seemed like it never would.

"You never know. So many things kind of have to go right," Happ said at All-Star media availability Monday. " … You never know how much you've got left to go."

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So when Blue Jays manager John Gibbons called a team meeting earlier this month to announce that Happ would be representing the squad at the All-Star Game presented by Mastercard in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. ET on Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, he couldn't help but feel a sense of relief.

"I was just hoping there was a chance," said Happ, adding that he's been able to appreciate the honor more after the long wait.

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At 35 years old, Happ, a 12-year veteran who is on his second stint with Toronto, is making his first All-Star appearance in a time of his career when players' talents are expected to be in a decline.

"I think I can appreciate just how difficult of a thing it can be," Happ said. "Those guys that do it year in and year out, it's incredibly impressive to do that. For me, it does mean a lot, finally getting an opportunity and getting nominated for it."

Happ's selection not only feels like the long-awaited notoriety has finally come in his career, but also sends a message to anyone along the way who counted him out and said his place was not with the biggest stars in baseball.

"Early in my career, a lot of that stuff fueled me," Happ said of how he's dealt with doubt. " … Then I started to understand the best way to be constantly motivated is just the inner drive I've always had. I've used that more than trying to get back at people, than who wrote this about me. It certainly feels good to do things people maybe didn't think you could when you first started out."

Video: Happ lands a spot in the 2018 All-Star Game

The moment for Happ comes when he's working through an additional new experience: The possibility of being dealt at the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline to a contender. The Phillies -- Happ's former team -- have been near the top of trade rumors recently for the left-hander.

"Those are some of my best baseball memories, being on that team," Happ said of his first years with the Phillies, which saw a World Series win in 2008.

Happ said he would welcome the opportunity to return to Philadelphia with open arms if it comes.

"Yeah, maybe," Happ said, rather enthusiastically.

Despite the noted interest, Happ says he's tried to tune out any trade rumors that have come his way and not let them hamper the incredible honor he feels by being here. After all, he's waited long enough to make it in the first place.

"When it's all said and done and I look back, it's going to be something I'm really proud of," he said.

While watching the 2018 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard live on Tuesday, fans can submit their choices for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet with the 2018 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote.

The 89th Midsummer Classic, at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 180 countries. FOX Deportes will provide Spanish-language coverage in the United States, while ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network, MLB.com and SiriusXM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage.

For more information about MLB All-Star Week and to purchase tickets, visit AllStarGame.com and follow @MLB and @AllStarGame on social media.

Zachary Silver is a reporter for MLB.com based in Baltimore. Follow him on Twitter at @zachsilver .

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Thursday's top prospect performers

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Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Thursday.

Jesus Luzardo extended his scoreless streak to 26 innings as he spun another gem in Double-A Midland's 3-1 win over Corpus Christi.

Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Thursday.

Jesus Luzardo extended his scoreless streak to 26 innings as he spun another gem in Double-A Midland's 3-1 win over Corpus Christi.

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The Athletics' top prospect (No. 20 overall) hasn't surrendered a run since June 11 and hasn't allowed an earned run since June 6. The lefty has been lights out all season, posting a 2.36 through 14 starts with Midland after beginning the year with Class A Advanced Stockton, and Thursday's outing was no different.

Luzardo threw 42 of his 68 pitches for strikes and issued just one walk and one hit as he cruised through five innings. Luzardo also recorded seven strikeouts, bringing his total to 106 through 83 1/3 innings this season.

Luzardo's seventh strikeout

The 20-year-old got into a rhythm right away as he retired the first nine batters he faced. The Hooks put their leadoff man on base in both the fourth and fifth innings, but no damage was done and Luzardo retired six in a row to finish his outing.

Other top prospect performances from Thursday's action:

• No. 10 overall prospect Michael Kopech (White Sox No. 2) put together another strong start for Triple-A Charlotte. The hard-throwing right-hander yielded seven hits, but limited the damage to just two runs (one earned) over six innings. Kopech, who has struggled with consistency this season, has thrown the ball well lately, giving up one earned run or less in four of his past five starts. Also worth noting that Kopech's command was strong as he threw 70 of his 102 pitches for strikes while striking out nine and walking one.

• No. 100 overall prospect Dakota Hudson (Cardinals' No. 3) fell two outs shy of his first complete game this season, but still picked up his 13th win for Triple-A Memphis. Hudson, who was lifted after 6 1/3 innings, struck out eight and gave up one run on five hits as he lowered his ERA to 2.36 through 18 starts.

Braves No. 12 prospect Bryse Wilson has been nearly untouchable lately for Double-A Mississippi. After throwing seven scoreless frames, Wilson has turned in a scoreless performance in three of his past four starts. The 20-year-old right-hander matched his season high with nine strikeouts -- a total he's reached in three of his past four starts -- as he threw 64 of his 99 pitches for strikes. Wilson also walked one and gave up three hits.

Wilson throws seven scoreless

• Cardinals No. 27 prospect Elehuris Montero hit a pair of homers -- his first career multihomer game -- as part of a 3-for-5 performance for Class A Peoria. The 19-year-old hit two run homers in both the third and seventh innings.

Watch: Montero goes yard

Cubs No. 18 prospect Keegan Thompson continues to post zeros for Double-A Tennessee. The right-hander threw five scoreless innings and hasn't given up a run in three of his past four starts. Thompson threw 42 of his 72 pitches for strikes, struck out five, walked one and gave up two hits.

Dodgers No. 11 prospect Gavin Lux extended his hitting streak to 19 games with a leadoff triple for Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga. The 20-year-old later added another hit to finish 2-for-4 and boost his average to .324. Lux, a first-round pick from the 2016 Draft, last went hitless on June 26. Since then, he's raised his average 15 points and collected multiple hits in nine of the 19 games.

Reds No. 8 prospect Tyler Stephenson set a career high with two homers and tied a career high with five RBIs in a huge game for Class A Advanced Daytona. Stephenson, who is hitting .282 through 76 games this season, hit a two-run shot in the sixth and then capped his night with a three-run blast in the ninth.

Watch: Stephenson launches homer

• Reds No. 9 prospect Vladimir Gutierrez gave up one run over seven innings for Double-A Pensalcola and has now surrendered one earned run or less in seven of his past eight starts. Not only did Gutierrez keep the runs off the board, but he also piled up the strikeouts, reaching double digits (10) for the second time in his career.

Tigers No. 11 prospect Mike Gerber helped lift Triple-A Toledo to a win as he clubbed a pair of homers for the second time this season. Gerber, who has 12 homers through 59 games this season, hit solo homers in the fifth and eighth innings before finishing 2-for-3 with two RBIs.

Watch: Gerber rips 2nd homer

Twins No. 16 prospect Kohl Stewart seems to be finding his rhythm with Triple-A Rochester. Stewart gave up one run over six innings, while striking out eight and giving up a trio of hits. After giving up 11 runs in 10 innings over his first two starts, the right-hander has allowed one earned run in each of his past two outings (12 innings).

• Blue Jays first-round Draft pick Jordan Groshans came through with the second three-hit game of his career, finishing 3-for-5 with a homer in the Rookie-level GCL. The 18-year-old has gotten off to a fast start in his brief career and is slashing .372/.440/.590 with three homers through 21 games.

William Boor is a reporter for MLB Pipeline. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor.

How every team's players fared at Futures Game

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The 20th edition of the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game had no shortage of big moments, with the two sides combining for eight home runs -- doubling the previous Futures Game record -- as Team USA outslugged the World, 10-6, on All-Star Sunday at Nationals Park.

The 20th edition of the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game had no shortage of big moments, with the two sides combining for eight home runs -- doubling the previous Futures Game record -- as Team USA outslugged the World, 10-6, on All-Star Sunday at Nationals Park.

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Below is a recap of each player's performance, with a breakdown of each club's representatives.

ANGELS
Jo Adell, OF, LAA No. 1 | MLB No. 36
Adell went 1-for-4, but it wasn't for a lack of contact, which has been a concern early in his career. Adell grounded out to Fernando Tatis Jr. in the first, then popped out twice and hit a sac fly.

Box score

ASTROS
Yordan Alvarez, OF/1B, HOU No. 3 | MLB No. 51
Playing in his second straight Futures Game, Alvarez went 1-for-3 with a walk, and he drew widespread attention, both on the field and in the social realms, for his 6-foot-5, 225-pound frame.

ATHLETICS
Jesus Luzardo, LHP, OAK No. 1 | MLB No. 20
Luzardo started for the World Team and pitched the first two innings, giving up three hits and an earned run in the first inning. Luzardo reached 97 mph on his four-seamer, while showing movement on many of his secondary pitches, particularly the two-seamer and slider. As he has over parts of his young career, Luzardo struggled with command. But scouting reports suggest that once Luzardo finds control, he possesses top-of-the-rotation stuff.

Video: WLD@USA: Luzardo strikes out Hiura, Jansen in the 2nd

BLUE JAYS
Bo Bichette, SS/2B, TOR No. 2 | MLB No. 7
Toronto's incredibly talented hitter finished 1-for-3 with a 102.2-mph ground-ball single off Bryan Mata in the third inning. He also got a bit of a surprise in the first inning, when Luzardo quick-pitched him into a flyout.

Danny Jansen, C, TOR No. 6
Jansen sparked a USA rally in the fourth by launching a changeup up and out for a 381-foot game-tying home run to left, which was quickly followed up by Ke'Bryan Hayes' tater to left-center. Toronto's top catching prospect finished 1-for-2 with two runs driven in.

Video: WLD@USA: Jansen clubs a two-run homer to left field

BRAVES
Kyle Wright, RHP, ATL No. 2 | MLB No. 25
Inheriting runners at first and third and no outs in the top of the eighth, Wright induced a flyout from Miguel Amaya and a double play from Andres Gimenez to escape the jam.

Touki Toussaint, RHP, ATL No. 10
A day after being promoted to the World Team roster as a late addition, Toussaint twirled the eighth inning, giving up a triple to Taylor Trammel -- which many, including Trammel, thought was headed to the bleachers before pegging into the center-field wall. Toussaint, who was recently promoted to Triple-A Gwinnett and led the Southern League (Double-A) in strikeouts at the time of his promotion, sat in the high-90s with his two-seamer, dropped 10 mph on his changeup and dropped another 10 mph on his curveball, which he threw just once.

BREWERS
Keston Hiura, 2B, MIL No. 1 | MLB No. 30
Hiura's hitting ability has helped his name come up often with the non-waiver Trade Deadline looming, but he struck out in each of his two plate appearances Sunday.

Luis Ortiz, RHP, MIL No. 4
Ortiz was the last player on either roster to enter the game, doing so with two outs in the top of the ninth against Yusniel Diaz, who had homered twice already. Ortiz threw one pitch, a 95.4-mph four-seamer, that induced a groundout to end the game.

Video: WLD@USA: Ortiz gets Diaz to ground out to end 9th

CARDINALS
Dakota Hudson, RHP, STL No. 3

Hudson made the most of his 11 pitches over a perfect sixth inning. His fastball never dropped below 96 mph, and his slider fooled Keibert Ruiz for a strikeout. That specific combination is why there might be a spot for him in the Cardinals' bullpen at some point.

Andrew Knizner, C, STL No. 5
Days after he was added to the Team USA roster as as an injury replacement for A's catcher Sean Murphy, Knizner entered in the sixth to catch for fellow Cards prospect Hudson. The 23-year-old Knizner, who is hitting .310/.376/.418 between Double-A Springfield and Triple-A Memphis, went 0-for-2 with a pair of strikeouts.

Randy Arozarena, OF, STL. No. 7
Arozarena entered in the bottom of the seventh and got just one at-bat. He reached on a fielding error by USA first baseman and Mets prospect Peter Alonso.

CUBS
Miguel Amaya, C/1B, CHC No. 10
Amaya went 0-for-2 at the plate after starting at catcher for the World Team.

D-BACKS
Yoan Lopez, RHP, ARI No. 25
Lopez faced just one batter -- entering with two outs in the bottom of the fifth and the game tied at 5 -- striking out Ryan Mountcastle on three fastballs clocked at 96.4, 96.0 and 97.2 mph.

Video: WLD@USA: Lopez gets Mountcastle swinging in the 5th

DODGERS
Keibert Ruiz, C, LAD No. 2 | MLB No. 44
Ruiz, whose name has been linked to Manny Machado trade rumors, left the game after getting clocked on his right hand by a foul ball. X-rays were negative, according to the Los Angeles Times. At the dish, Ruiz struck out in his lone at-bat during the sixth inning.

Yusniel Diaz, OF, LAD No. 4 | MLB No. 85
Diaz entered the game with just six homers over the entire season with Double-A Tulsa. He added another pair on Sunday -- a 409-foot blast in the fifth and a 408-foot shot in the seventh. Diaz became just the second player to homer twice in Futures Game history and was one of just five players to remain in the game from start to finish.

Video: WLD@USA: Diaz clobbers 2-run jack, game-tying HR

GIANTS
Shaun Anderson, RHP, SF No. 7
Anderson gave up a solo home run to Diaz in the seventh, but wound up being the winning pitcher after Team USA powered to a lead it wouldn't relinquish in the following frame. Anderson, who will be promoted to Triple-A Sacramento to start the second half, also gave up a hit to fellow Giants prospect Heliot Ramos just after surrendering the homer.

Heliot Ramos, OF, SF No. 1 | MLB No. 70
Ramos laced a single off fellow Giants prospect Anderson in the seventh in his lone at-bat. He didn't see any action in the field since he entered the game as the designated hitter.

INDIANS
Kieran Lovegrove, RHP
Lovegrove entered Sunday having faced 100 hitters this year without giving up a homer. That ended when Trammel -- the first batter Lovegrove faced -- launched a 438-foot laser to straightaway center. Over his brief appearance in the sixth inning, Lovegrove faced one more batter, recorded an out, then was pulled.

MARINERS
Kyle Lewis, OF, SEA No. 1 | MLB No. 58
Lewis went 0-for-1 with a flyout to right in his first at-bat, a walk and a run scored, courtesy of Hayes' deep fly to left in the fourth frame, and he didn't see any action in the field.

MARLINS
Jorge Guzman, RHP, MIA No. 3
Guzman, who many will identify as a key return in the Giancarlo Stanton trade, flashed his raw stuff to the three batters he faced, throwing 10 pitches -- all between 96.8 and 99.7 mph -- with one strikeout.