The Blue Jays reportedly remain active in the trade market for starters after a pair of moves on Tuesday to bolster their outfield and bullpen.
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Lineup: Blue Jays (57-44) vs. Padres (43-58)
- 1. Jose Bautista, DH (R)
- 2. Josh Donaldson, 3B (R)
- 3. Edwin Encarnacion, 1B (R)
- 4. Melvin Upton Jr. LF (R)
- 5. Kevin Pillar, CF (R)
- 6. Devon Travis, 2B (R)
- 7. Ezequiel Carrera, RF (L)
- 8. Darwin Barney, SS (R)
- 9. Josh Thole, C (L)
- SP: R.A. Dickey, RHP Daily notes
No explaining Jays' one-run game woes
Despite being one of the best teams in the majors over the last two seasons, Toronto is far and away the worst when it comes to games decided by one run.
Buster Olney talks to Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star about the Blue Jays' trade for Melvin Upton and what else the club may do before the trade deadline.
In their second deal of the day, the Blue Jays acquired struggling reliever Joaquin Benoit from the Mariners for fellow right-hander Drew Storen and cash.
Devon Travis scored the winning run on a wild pitch, and the Toronto Blue Jays rallied for three runs in the 12th inning to beat the San Diego Padres 7-6 on Tuesday night.
David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer
What a win for the Blue Jays as they score three runs in the bottom of the 12th. Pinch-hitter Darwin Barney had a big double in the rally and Jose Bautista a bases-loaded walk to force in one run. The winning then scored on a wild pitch. Crazy night at Rogers Centre.
Right-hander Andrew Cashner could be the next prominent player traded away by the Padres.
The Blue Jays are going for it this year, and they're betting that even minor acquisitions can help them achieve their goal of a deep run in October.
Small chance Jays trade Guerrero
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David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer
The "loser" in the Melvin Upton trade may be Justin Smoak, if today's lineup is a sign. Upton is in left field, Michael Saunders in right, Edwin Encarnacion at first and Jose Bautista is the DH. Makes sense, as Upton should be a defensive upgrade over Bautista.
Shades of Halladay for Aaron Sanchez
Sanchez won his 10th straight decision against the Padres on Monday. He's the first Toronto pitcher to fashion a double-digit winning streak since Roy Halladay won 15 in a row in his 2003 Cy Young season, the Elias Sports Bureau reports.
Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer
The Blue Jays need pitching more than another outfielder. But Melvin Upton gives them some OF insurance with Jose Bautista and Michael Saunders headed to free agency in November. He's also tied for 3rd among MLB left fielders with 9 Defensive Runs Saved, and he has 20 stolen bases this season. The Blue Jays have only 32 steals as a team, so Upton provides some speed they've been lacking on the roster.
Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer
The Toronto Blue Jays are 2nd in the AL in defensive runs saved since May 24 behind only the Houston Astros. The expected acquisition of Melvin Upton Jr from the San Diego Padres will make that defense even better as Jose Bautista will probably be moved to DH, Edwin Encarnacion to 1B opening RF for Upton. Despite his low on-base percentage, he is on pace to join the 30/30 club. 30 Home Runs and 30 Stolen bases. The fact he's controlled past this year could indicate the Blue Jays are resigning themselves to losing Jose Bautista and/or Michael Saunders to free agency at season's end.
The Toronto Blue Jays have acquired outfielder Melvin Upton Jr. from the San Diego Padres.
Aaron Sanchez has become quite the ace for the Toronto Blue Jays, which makes their decision on whether or not to conserve his innings a tough one.
Aaron Sanchez pitched seven shutout innings to win his 10th consecutive decision, Kevin Pillar had three hits and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the San Diego Padres 4-2 on Monday night.
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