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The Toronto Blue Jays won three out of four this past weekend against the worse team in baseball, the Houston Astros. Despite the fact the Jays were playing a bad team, it was still refreshing to see Toronto winning the four game series, especially after starting the second half of the season on a losing note. Colby Rasmus gets smothered by his teammates after hitting the game winning single. The final game ended in the bottom of the ninth inning when  Colby Rasmus drove in Emilio Bonifacio from second base with a single to give the Jays a 2-1 victory. What makes this win special is the Blue Jays left 14 men on base.  I wasn’t sure if Toronto was going to capitalized with two men on base in the ninth inning.  Fortunately, the Jays got the run Toronto needed to win. Melky Cabrera went four for four at the plate during the game. There was a bad incident involving the Blue Jays in the seventh inning.  Jose Bautista got ejected by umpire Sam Holbrook for arguing balls and strikes. The Blue Jays kicked off the series with a 4-0 shut out.  Jose Reyes went three for four at the plate.  Jay’s starting pitcher, Mark Buehrle had a great outing on the mound.  Buehrle pitched a complete game, giving up two hits, no earned runs, two walks, and struck out nine batters. It got even better for the Jays the next night as Toronto came back twice to win it 12-6.  Edwin Encarnacion went three for four at the plate and racked up five RBIs.  ”He’s (Encarnacion) had another great year,” said Jay’s manager, John Gibbons during the post game press conference. Encarnacion also tied a Blue Jay record by hitting two home runs in the same inning, including a grand slam.  Joe Carter was the first in Blue Jay’s history to hit two homers in the same inning.  Encarnacion becomes the second in Blue Jay’s history. Brandon Morrow The Jays lost the third game 8-6, however, a Blue Jay player reached a milestone in his career during the game.  Mark DeRosa hit his 100th career home run during that game. I got some bad news for Brandon Morrow fans.  Morrow won’t return to the rotation this season because of an entrapped radial nerve in his right forearm. The Jays have signed 16-year-old third base prospect, Bryan Lizardo for $250,000. The Jays head west for a ten game road trip.  The Jays face the Oakland Athletics first.  

Toronto minor leaguer Van Kirk suspended 50 games

Toronto Blue Jays Double-A outfielder Brian Van Kirk has been suspended for 50 games without pay after a second violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program for a drug of abuse. Van Kirk's penalty marks the 36th this year in baseball's minor league program and eighth in as many days. The penalty starts immediately. In his second consecutive season...

Blue Jays’ Diamond in the Rough: Edwin Encarnacion

Nathan Denette- Canadian Press In spite of an impending failure of a season, Toronto Blue Jays have a hitter in Edwin Encarnacion that continues to get better as the season progresses–possibly to the point of being an AL MVP candidate. Nine games under .500, the Jays are tangled at the bottom of the American League East. Unless they can dominate in the month of August, it looks...

Jays' Bautista ejected vs. Astros

Blue Jays designated hitter Jose Bautista was ejected in the seventh inning of Sunday's game against Houston for arguing with plate umpire Sam Holbrook. Bautista turned and said several words to Holbrook after striking out swinging with men on second and third and the score tied 1-1, voicing his displeasure with a call earlier in the at-bat. Bautista went 0 for 4 before being...

Rangers Rumors: Texas scouting Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion

The Rangers are looking at big name players to fill their offense. They have shown interest in Alex Rios, Hunter Pence, Kendrys Morales, Marlon Byrd, Chris Denorfia and Giancarlo Stanton. The Ranges are very serious about upgrading their offense. That list above just got bigger, as more names have been reported. The Rangers are scouting Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista and...

Gibbons: Cabrera 'served his time'

Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons believes outfielder Melky Cabrera served his suspension and won't be penalized by Major League Baseball for his ties to a Florida clinic accused of distributing performance-enhancing drugs. Gibbons said Monday in Oakland he isn't making contingency plans in the case that Cabrera receives another suspension. ''We don't think...

Edwin Encarnacion Is Not Your Typical Slugger

Hank Aaron. Barry Bonds. Albert Pujols. Edwin Encarnacion. If one of those names doesn’t seem to fit, perhaps you haven’t been paying close enough attention in 2013. (And you probably didn’t read Dave Cameron’s trade value column.) The fact that Encarnacion is third in the majors in home runs and fourth in runs batted in doesn’t put him in elite company in historic terms...

Cameraman snags foul ball at Blue Jays game (Video)

Your browser does not support iframes. A SportsNet cameraman made a nice two-handed grab of a foul ball at Sunday's Toronto Blue Jays game. Read more » Visit us at and follow us on Twitter @HoldoutSports.

Blue Jays 2, Astros 1

Learning to forget past failures has made Colby Rasmus a better hitter this season. It sure worked out for him Sunday. After going hitless in his first four at-bats, Rasmus drove in Emilio Bonifacio with a game-winning single in the ninth inning and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Houston Astros 2-1. Rasmus' game-winning hit came two innings after he popped out to end the seventh...

Encarnacion, Blue Jays outslug Houston Astros 12-6

“Homers win” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons used to say back in spring training when the prospect of the upcoming season was all sunshine and optimism. His team proved him right on this night at least. Edwin Encarnacion became the first Blue Jay since Joe Carter to hit two home runs in the same inning as the Jays slugged their way out of trouble against the Houston Astros on...

John Farrell keeping watch

The conversations are more frequent now four or five each day rather than the usual one or two and it’s enough that John Farrell need not look at his watch to know exactly how many hours remain before 4 p.m. Wednesday. When you’re the Red Sox manager the trade deadline will have that effect. As much as any team the Sox value their manager’s opinion. Farrell shares a close relationship...

Encarnacion belts two homers in same inning, including grand slam (VIDEO)

Edwin Encarncaion had a game he will never forget on Friday night and made Toronto Blue Jays history when the All-Star became only the second player in their almost 37 year existence to hit two home runs in the same inning.  Joe Carter was the first Jay to turn the trick in their regular season finale against the Baltimore Orioles back on October 3, 1993. ...
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