Russell Martin and Justin Smoak each homered and drove in five runs as the Toronto Blue Jays hammered Minnesota 15-8 Friday night, handing the Twins their eighth straight loss.
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Catcher Dioner Navarro, who spent two seasons in Toronto before joining the White Sox as a free agent in December, is heading back to the Blue Jays via a trade Friday.
Lineup: Blue Jays (71-56) vs. Twins (49-78)
- 1. Jose Bautista, RF (R)
- 2. Josh Donaldson, 3B (R)
- 3. Edwin Encarnacion, DH (R)
- 4. Russell Martin, C (R)
- 5. Troy Tulowitzki, SS (R)
- 6. Melvin Upton Jr., LF (R)
- 7. Kevin Pillar, CF (R)
- 8. Justin Smoak, 1B (S)
- 9. Darwin Barney, 2B (R)
- SP: Francisco Liriano, LHP Daily lineups
Thursday's longest home runs
Josh Donaldson's 29th home run of the season on Thursday traveled 456 feet for the longest of the day. Jayson Werth, James McCann, Adrian Beltre and Robinson Cano round out the list of long balls.
Albert Pujols reached the 100-RBI mark for the 13th time, the fifth player in history to achieve the feat, Mike Trout had three hits and drove in four runs, and the Angels beat the Blue Jays 6-3.
David Aardsma was "pretty impressed" after pitching to the former quarterback to help him prepare for his workout for MLB teams next Tuesday.
Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista has been activated from the 15-day disabled list and is leading off against the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday night.
How do Blue Jays rank in intangibles?
Melvin Upton Jr. is fast, but how does he fare in terms of baserunning skill? And where do R.A. Dickey and Francisco Liriano rank in inducing soft contact? Dan Szymborski breaks it down. Ranking "intangible" tools (Insider)
Albert Pujols moved into sole possession of 10th place on baseball's all-time list by hitting his 584th home run, Matt Shoemaker pitched six shutout innings as the Angels topped the Blue Jays.
The Blue Jays and Reds had serious discussions regarding Joey Votto last offseason, leaving the door open for talks to resume at some point.
Any Blue Jays among MLB's top defenders?
Whether it's Russell Martin's glove behind the plate, Troy Tulowitzki's arm in the infield or Kevin Pillar's theatrics in the outfield, the Jays have several standout defenders on their roster. Does Keith Law rank any of them No. 1 at what they do? Best fielding/throwing tools (Insider)
Tuesday starters key to AL East?
The Blue Jays, Red Sox and Orioles all won, so the O's remain two games behind the Jays and Sox in the division. R.A. Dickey, capable of getting on a roll at any moment, had an encouraging outing. He held the Angels to two runs in 6 2/3 innings. Five things we learned Tuesday
Russell Martin keeps raking
Martin went 3-for-3 with two RBIs for the Blue Jays on Tuesday night. The 33-year-old has 14 hits and has knocked in 10 runs over his last seven games. It's the first time in his career that Martin has had that many hits and RBIs over a seven-game span, the Elias Sports Bureau notes.
Reigning AL MVP Josh Donaldson took to Twitter on Wednesday morning to share some of his sage knowledge on the art of hitting.
Saunders sends one out in a hurry
Michael Saunders' homer off Angels reliever A.J. Achter on Tuesday was a screaming liner, traveling 412 feet at 114.5 mph off the bat. That's the fastest of Saunders' career, per ESPN's Home Run Tracker.
Buster Olney talks to Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star about the Blue Jays' potential interest in Joey Votto, concerns for the club down the stretch and more.
Russell Martin had three hits and two RBI, R.A. Dickey pitched 6 2/3 innings for his first home win since July 10 and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Los Angeles Angels 7-2 on Tuesday night.
Aaron Sanchez is a legit Cy Young candidate who's been sent to the minors for the time being. The Blue Jays should reward his selflessness accordingly.
Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar has been activated off the 15-day disabled list and is starting in center field against the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday.
Aaron Sanchez pitching for Team USA?
Sanchez has proven this season that he's one of the best in the game when he's on, and he'll only be 28 years old by the time the Tokyo Olympics are here. If the best U.S. players were allowed to participate, he would surely make the cut. Schoenfield: 2020 U.S. Olympic dream team
Is Jose Bautista's injury a concern?
Bautista has missed 44 games this season, mainly due to turf toe and a sprained left knee. He's slated to start rehabbing in a matter of days. The Jays could use the fastball punishing, bat-flipping version of Joey Bats to outlast Baltimore and Boston in the AL East race. Crasnick: Injury questions for contenders
The agency for Blue Jays DH Edwin Encarnacion said a lawsuit that claims their client gave sexually transmitted diseases to a woman is "completely inappropriate and meritless."
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