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Toronto Blue Jays' Cavan Biggio beats Baltimore Orioles catcher Pedro Severino to the plate on a ball hit by Vladimir Guerrero Jr. during the eighth inning of a baseball game Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

Biggio and Grichuk homer as Blue Jays beat Orioles 5-2

Sep. 26, 2020 10:41 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Cavan Biggio broke up a no-hit bid with a solo home run in the sixth inning, Randal Grichuk added a three-run shot and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-2 Saturday night. The Blue Jays need another victory in Sunday’s regular-season finale, and a Miami win over...

Toronto Blue Jays' Jacob Waguespack reacts as New York Yankees' Kyle Higashioka runs the bases after hitting a home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Higashioka hits 3 of Yanks' 7 HRs in 13-2 romp vs Blue Jays

Sep. 16, 2020 11:16 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Kyle Higashioka was as surprised as anyone. “It's just kind of crazy how baseball works sometimes," the career .169 hitter said. “One minute, you can’t hit the ball to save your life, and then the next game you play and pop three over the fence.” Higashioka...

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Hyun Jin Ryu throws to a New York Mets batter during the first inning of a baseball game in Buffalo, N.Y., Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)

Ryu wins 4th straight decision, Blue Jays beat Mets 7-3

Sep. 13, 2020 7:20 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Lourdes Gurriel Jr. hit a home run completely out of Sahlen Field and Hyun Jin Ryu made the early lead stand up, winning his fourth straight decision as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the New York Mets 7-3 Sunday. Santiago Espinal hit a three-run double in a five-run sixth inning as the...

New York Mets starting pitcher Seth Lugo, left, jumps off the base after forcing out Toronto Blue Jays' Travis Shaw at third during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Buffalo, N.Y., Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020. The call was upheld after a Toronto challenge. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)

Bichette returns, Kirk debuts as Blue Jays beat Mets 3-2

Sep. 12, 2020 11:13 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Bo Bichette singled and scored in a successful return to the Toronto lineup and Alejandro Kirk also got a hit and scored in his big league debut Saturday night as the Blue Jays beat the New York Mets 3-2. Bichette, who missed 27 games with a right knee sprain, was activated from the...

Miami Marlins' Starling Marte celebrates as he rounds first base after hitting a home run during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Marte's homer gives Marlins 3-2 win over Blue Jays

Sep. 1, 2020 10:50 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Starling Marte celebrated his Miami debut with a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning, helping the Marlins top the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2 on Tuesday night. Marte, who was acquired in a trade with Arizona on Monday, drove a 1-0 pitch from Shun Yamaguchi (1-3) deep to left-center for his third...

Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Robbie Ray throws against the Colorado Rockies during the first inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Blue Jays get left-hander Robbie Ray in trade with D-backs

Sep. 1, 2020 12:11 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Toronto acquired left-hander Robbie Ray in a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday, giving the Blue Jays a former All-Star who has struggled so far in 2020. The Diamondbacks got lefty Travis Bergen in the deal. Toronto also will receive $300,000 from Arizona on Sept. 15. The...

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Mike Clevinger delivers in the first inning in a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Padres get Clevinger, Marlins acquire Marte at deadline

Aug. 31, 2020 8:35 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — San Diego acted boldly once again. Miami actually strengthened its roster. Mike Clevinger, Starling Marte, Archie Bradley and Todd Frazier were on the move. Lance Lynn and Dylan Bundy stayed put. Baseball's pandemic-delayed trade deadline was quite a day. The contending Padres got Clevinger...

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Ross Stripling works against the Texas Rangers during the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)

Dodgers send starter Stripling to Toronto for 2 prospects

Aug. 31, 2020 8:23 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers traded right-hander Ross Stripling to the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday for two players to be named, making their only move on a quiet deadline day for the major league leaders. Stripling went 3-1 with a 5.61 ERA in seven starts this season for Los Angeles, racking...

Baltimore Orioles pitcher Cesar Valdez (62) helps Toronto Blue Jays' Lourdes Gurriel Jr. off the ground after he was tagged out at the plate to end a baseball game in the 11th inning in Buffalo, N.Y., Monday, Aug. 31, 2020. Baltimore beat Toronto 4-3. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)

Iglesias' hit, throw help Orioles to 4-3 win over Blue Jays

Aug. 31, 2020 7:13 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — José Iglesias and Bryan Holaday had RBI doubles in the 11th inning for Baltimore, and Iglesias threw out the potential tying run at home plate as the Orioles salvaged a 4-3 win against the Toronto Blue Jays to break a five-game losing streak on Monday. Iglesias' leadoff hit, to...

Arizona Diamondbacks' Starling Marte flips his bat after striking out against the San Francisco Giants during the fourth inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Marlins get outfielder Starling Marte in trade with D-backs

Aug. 31, 2020 7:05 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Miami acquired outfielder Starling Marte in a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday, giving the Marlins a versatile hitter and defender as they try to make a surprising push for the playoffs. The Diamondbacks received pitchers Caleb Smith, Humberto Mejia and a player to be named. ...