Kevin Gausman won for the first time in four starts, Mark Trumbo hit an RBI double and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Toronto Blue Jays 3-1 on Tuesday night.
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Grilli DFA'd and other Blue Jays roster moves
Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Jason Grilli has been designated for assignment and fellow reliever Chris Smith has been recalled. LF Dwight Smith Jr. has also been optioned, and LF Ezequiel Carrera has been activated in a corresponding move.
Smith preparing for call-up
Sportsnet.ca is reporting that the Blue Jays plan to recall RHP Chris Smith from Triple-A Buffalo before Tuesday night's contest with the Orioles. In 14 games with Buffalo this spring, Smith has posted a 3.93 ERA with 15 strikeouts and two walks in 18 1/3 innings.
In the unlikely event that Josh Donaldson is moved at the trade deadline, he'd likely provide the greatest immediate impact.
Opponents hit .203 last year against Marco Estrada, the lowest mark by any AL pitcher to qualify for the ERA title.
The Jays continue to hover around .500, but they've still yet to go over for the first time this season. Justin Smoak has been one bright spot all season.
Sunday's longest home runs
A pair of Astros sluggers hit two of the five longest home runs on Sunday, but Cardinals LF Randal Grichuk led the way. Meanwhile, Travis Shaw's 429-foot homer is his 15th of the season, just one short of his career high in 145 games last season.
Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna struck out three in a scoreless ninth inning a day after saying he was dealing with anxiety issues, and Toronto avoided a sweep by beating the Kansas City Royals 8-2 Sunday.
The Blue Jays already got their greatest weapon back in Josh Donaldson, and more help is on the way once Aaron Sanchez returns from his blister issues.
Saturday's longest home runs
Aaron Judge's league-leading 26th blast was matched by the first of Michael Taylor's two home runs against the Reds. Matt Olson went deep twice for his first two career homers, while Troy Tulowitzki's 422-footer was his first since May 29.
Jason Vargas earned his major league-leading 11th victory, pitching seven efficient innings to lead the surging Kansas City Royals over the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2 Saturday.
Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna says he is dealing with an anxiety issue, telling reporters that he is "just a little bit lost right now."
Whit Merrifield hit a two-run, two-out double that capped a four-run rally in the ninth inning, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-4 on Friday night to reach .500 for the first time since April.
Carlos Gomez homered twice to drive in five runs, and the Texas Rangers beat the Toronto Blue Jays 11-4 on Thursday for a split of the four-game series.
Jose Bautista is likely to remain a leadoff hitter after being moved to the top of the Blue Jays order on Wednesday.
Darwin Barney's two-run homer capped a six-run first inning and the Toronto Blue Jays held on for a 7-5 win over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night.
Chris Coghlan's leap faces Sidney Crosby's one-handed goal in the first round of voting. Let your voice be heard by casting your vote in our polls, and make sure to tune into the ESPYS on July 12.
Northwestern's buzzer-beater faces Edwin Encarnacion's walk-off HR in the first round of voting. Let your voice be heard by casting your vote in our polls, and make sure to tune into the ESPYS on July 12.
Blue Jays are far from blue at the plate
Home runs are coming quick and easy for Toronto, whose percent of runs scored via home runs is now over half, marking the highest rate in the league this season.
Carlos Gomez homered in a four-run first inning, Nick Martinez allowed two hits while taking a shutout into the seventh and the Texas Rangers beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-1 on Tuesday night.
Smith placed on DL
The Blue Jays placed RHP Joe Smith on the 10-day disabled list Monday with inflammation in his right shoulder, recalling RHP Leonel Campos from Triple-A Buffalo to take his place. In 34 appearances this season, the side-arming Smith has struck out 47 batters to eight walks, with a 1.14 WHIP.
Monday's longest home runs
Eric Hosmer led the way with his second-longest homer of the year. Meanwhile, Houston's Jake Marisnick made the top five for the second consecutive day.