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Alex Avila capped Chicago's three-run 10th inning with a two-run single, and the Cubs swept the Toronto Blue Jays with a wild 6-5 victory on Sunday.
Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer
Now that Aaron Hicks is playing every day, it can be said that every AL East team has a superb defensive center fielder. Feel free to rank them: Jackie Bradley Jr. (Red Sox), Hicks (Yankees), Adam Jones (Orioles), Kevin Pillar (Blue Jays) and, when healthy, Kevin Kiermaier (Rays).
The Jays have one of the best in Kevin Pillar in center, but their corner outfielders have cost them more runs than Pillar can make up for by himself.
The Miami Marlins have traded pitcher Tom Koehler and cash to the Toronto Blue Jays for minor league pitcher Osman Gutierrez.
Rookie Ian Happ hit his 18th home run, Jose Quintana pitched six effective innings and the Chicago Cubs beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-3 Saturday to keep up their success against AL opponents.
Jake Arrieta pitched into the seventh inning and allowed a run, Javier Baez homered and drove in three runs and the Chicago Cubs beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-4 on Friday.
Justin Smoak hit a tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning, Josh Donaldson added two solo blasts and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-3 on Thursday.
Marcus Stroman pitched 6 1/3 innings, Steve Pearce homered and scored twice and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 on Wednesday night.
Lucas Duda hit a two-run homer, Wilson Ramos added a solo shot and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-4 on Tuesday night, snapping a four-game skid.
Toronto reportedly has little interest in dealing starter Marco Estrada after an unknown team claimed him on revocable waivers.
Given his age, past production and tenure in the majors, Smoak's breakout is one of the most surprising seasons in recent memory. The first baseman started the All-Star Game and hasn't slowed since.
Bautista is all power at this point, and few MLB teams are interested in players like that. Hence, rival executives don't see the Blue Jays and Bautista exercising their mutual option for 2018.
Josh Donaldson homered for the second consecutive game, Nick Tepesch won for the first time in almost three years and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the slumping Tampa Bay Rays 2-1 on Monday night.
Blue Jays select Mayza among roster moves
On Monday, the Blue Jays selected LHP Tim Mayza from Triple-A Buffalo, optioned RHP Leonel Campos to Buffalo, outrighted RHP Chris Smith to Triple-A and released RHP Taylor Cole.
Sunday's longest home runs
Javier Baez's eighth-inning blast helped give the Cubs insurance in their win over the Diamondbacks. Josh Donaldson smashed his home run to the tune of a 116.3 mph speed off the bat. Pablo Sandoval's first homer since returning to the Giants lands him on the list.
J.A. Happ pitched six innings to win his third straight start, Josh Donaldson hit a two-run home run and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-1 Sunday.
Trying to maintain his throwing arm in the midst of a 30-month stint with the U.S. Army often proved challenging for Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Chris Rowley. Fortunately, his company medic was willing to cooperate.
No hits? No problem
All of the Blue Jays' runs in Saturday's 7-2 win over the Pirates were scored without a hit, which tied for the most such runs by any team since 2006. Three came home on errors, two on fielder's choice groundouts, one on a bases-loaded walk and one on a sacrifice fly. Toronto also tallied seven runs of that kind in an 18-1 win at Kansas City in 2003. (Elias Sports Bureau)
On Base Percentage.31622nd
Earned Run Average4.5318th