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57-44, 2nd in AL East
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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

Stats & Info

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.

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Blue Jays get Benoit from Mariners for Storen

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.

Melvin Upton brings lots of options to Blue Jays (2:02)
Blue Jays walk off in 12th inning on wild pitch (0:36)

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.

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Small chance Jays trade Guerrero

Toronto is in win-now mode but should hold on to OF Vlad Guerrero Jr. The 17-year-old son of the Angels and Expos legend is hitting .264 with an .810 OPS in the Appalachian League. Schoenfield: Untouchable players for all 30 teams

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.

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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.

Melvin Upton Jr. brings speed, defense to Blue Jays (1:39)

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.

Should the Blue Jays keep Sanchez in the starting rotation? (2:27)
Dickerson launches homer to fifth deck at Rogers Centre (0:37)
Dominguez gets low to the ground with his butt for the out (0:38)
Sanchez shuts down Padres (0:22)

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Batting Average.25117th
On Base Percentage.3326th
Slugging Percentage.4386th
Earned Run Average3.829th
Quality Starts641st

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