BOSTON — Just when the Blue Jays looked headed towards another staggering implosion, the Smoak show saved the day.
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BOSTON — Until Wednesday night, there wasn’t much about historic Fenway Park that intimidated Aaron Sanchez.
For a team scuffling along the way the Blue Jays have so far this season, mere mention of the playoffs sounds like crazy talk.
There was the little shoulder shimmy as he exited the mound after the first inning. After the second, it was a hop and a skip over the line between third- base and home.
MIAMI — In this, the best year of his career, Justin Smoak vows he will return to the Blue Jays with the intent to “keep the ride going.”
Perhaps Aaron Judge took all of the air out of Marlins Park with his sensational home run derby win the night before.
MIAMI — As a life-long student of the baseball swing, Canadian Joey Votto has a pretty good idea of what propels a ball out of the park.
TORONTO — For his previous two starts, the usually popular Stro Show was playing to mixed reviews.
Forget — if you can — the Blue Jays' frustrating inability to reach .500 through 75 games of the 2017 schedule.
The Mariners were determined to make the Blue Jays pay at every corner in this three-game weekend series that has become an unofficial Western Canadian holiday.They certainly did it at the ticket windows, where prices in most sections of spectacular Safeco Field were double the normal price.
The Blue Jays drive for .500 will have to wait for at least another two days.
TORONTO — When Marco Estrada’s changeup is doing its thing, he can bring some of baseball’s most seasoned hitters to their knees.
If he dared turn on his phone following Monday’s blowout loss at the Rogers Centre, Joey Votto would have had some predictable messages waiting.
A month later than thousands of Blue Jays fans would have preferred to see him back under the dome, Edwin Encarnacion will make his return to the Rogers Centre on Monday night.
Just as the baseball gods were in the process of finishing off April with another hit from the middle finger, Jose Bautista and the struggling Blue Jays offence fired back.
ST. LOUIS — Apparently nothing will come easy for the 2017 Blue Jays.
TORONTO — It was a home opener with all the trimmings.
BALTIMORE — There’s plenty of reason for Jays manager John Gibbons and his pitching staff to respect the Orioles attack.
With opening day of the 2017 major league baseball season just two weeks away, Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson is ready to return to action.
As Blue Jays manager John Gibbons says, you know Josh Donaldson is around because you can hear him.