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Lineup: Blue Jays (54-42) vs. Mariners (48-47)
- 1. Darwin Barney, LF (R)
- 2. Josh Donaldson, 3B (R)
- 3. Edwin Encarnacion, 1B (R)
- 4. Troy Tulowitzki, SS (R)
- 5. Michael Saunders, DH (L)
- 6. Kevin Pillar, CF (R)
- 7. Devon Travis, 2B (R)
- 8. Junior Lake, RF (R)
- 9. Josh Thole, C (L)
- SP: Marco Estrada, RHP Daily notes
Mike Trout, Josh Donaldson, Jose Altuve and Robinson Cano are among the AL WAR leaders. Who has the best case for AL MVP heading into the weekend?
The Blue Jays are in the market for starting pitching and took a look at Yankees veteran left-hander CC Sabathia on Thursday.
All-Time #MLBRank: No. 19 Roger Clemens
The Rocket became the first pitcher to strike out 20 batters in a nine-inning game and is the only one to do so twice. He won a record seven Cy Young awards and is one of five players to win the award in both leagues. His 4,672 strikeouts are the third-most of all time. Nos. 20-11
Blue Jays' deadline status: buyers
The Jays' objectives include a left-handed reliever, a starting pitcher for when they move Aaron Sanchez to the bullpen and speed, Jim Bowden writes. Just don't expect them to wheel and deal like they did last year. Trade deadline objectives (Insider)
Hot-hitting Red Sox leading the way
Since the start of July, Boston leads the majors with a .316 batting average. The surging Angels (.296) and offensively-stacked Blue Jays (.287) rank second and third.
All-Time #MLBRank: No. 22 Rickey Henderson
Henderson has the most stolen bases in MLB history and is the only player ever with 3,000 hits and 2,000 walks. He scored more runs than any player ever. The all-time leader in leadoff home runs with 81, he's also the only player in baseball history to hit a home run in 25 seasons. Nos. 30-21
AL East is looking like a dogfight
Baltimore's loss and Boston's win moved the Red Sox into first place by themselves for the first time since June 4. However, the Jays and O's are still within a game. Start preparing those three-way tiebreaker scenarios. Five things we learned Wednesday
Edwin Encarnacion loves Chase Field
Encarnacion has hit 10 homers in 61 at-bats at Chase Field for a home-run rate of one every 6.1 at-bats. That's the best HR rate at that venue among players who have hit at least 10 homers there, the Elias Sports Bureau reports.
Big homers lead to big wins on Wednesday
Edwin Encarnacion, Carlos Santana, Bryce Harper and Anthony Rizzo all hit season-long home runs to lead their teams to wins on Wednesday. However, Todd Frazier's longest homer came in a White Sox loss.
Wednesday's longest home runs
Wednesday was a day for big blasts, as all five of the longest home runs hit were season bests for the sluggers that hit them. Edwin Encarnacion led the way with his 469-foot shot.
Encarnacion goes yard
Edwin Encarnacion blasted out a two-run homer in the eighth inning against the Diamondbacks on Wednesday. The long ball was Encarnacion's 26th of the season and the longest by a Blue Jay since Aug. 2015.
Josh Donaldson and Edwin Encarnacion each hit two-run homers and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 10-4 on Wednesday.
Aaron Sanchez remains tough to beat
Sanchez picked up the win against the Diamondbacks on Tuesday and has now gone 15 straight starts without a loss. Only the Nationals' Stephen Strasburg (21) has a longer active streak, ESPN Stats & Info notes.
Edwin Encarnacion hit his 25th home run, Aaron Sanchez pitched seven strong innings and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-1 on Tuesday night.
Toronto's Jose Bautista, out since June 16 with turf toe, will play for Class A Dunedin on Wednesday and play three games with Triple-A Buffalo over the weekend before a possible return Monday.
All-time #MLBRank: No. 72 Dave Winfield
A 12-time All-Star between both leagues and member of the 1992 World Series champion Blue Jays, Winfield's 1,833 RBIs rank 16th all time, per the Elias Sports Bureau. Nos. 80-71
All-time #MLBRank: No. 80 Roberto Alomar
Alomar's regular-season slash line (.300/.371/.443) is very similar to his postseason slash line (.313/.381/.448). The second baseman is one of five players to hit .470 or better in two LCS or World Series, along with Lou Gehrig, Albert Pujols, Brooks Robinson and Paul O'Neill. Nos. 80-71
Blue Jays fall to No. 9 in Power Rankings
Toronto takes a three-spot tumble in this week's rankings after losing two of three in Oakland to start the second half. Power Rankings: Week 15
All-Time #MLBRANK: No. 90 Paul Molitor
Molitor had 3,319 career hits in the regular season and 43 more in the postseason, including 23 in 13 World Series games. Molitor's .418 World Series batting average is tied with Pepper Martin for the highest among players with at least 60 plate appearances. Nos. 90-81
Blue Jays with consistent closer
Roberto Osuna has pitched well: 19 saves and a .167 FBA. Also, Toronto has Jason Grilli and Drew Storen as closing options. Closer situations (Insider)
Josh Donaldson hit a tiebreaking two-run double with two outs in the ninth against his former team and the Blue Jays held on for a 5-3 win over the Athletics on Sunday.
Saturday's longest home runs
He may be struggling this season, but Jhonny Peralta's fifth-inning solo blast helped seal the Cardinals' 5-0 win over the Marlins. It was Peralta's fifth home run of the year.
Blue Jays vs Mariners
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