Chris Colabello: The Unsung Hero of the Toronto Blue Jays

Behind the Toronto Blue Jays’ top-ranked offense, many names come to mind: Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion, Josh Donaldson, Russell Martin, Jose Reyes. But there’s one name that almost nobody thinks of. He wears number 15 and is the polar opposite of what a true “star” would look like: Chris Colabello. Colabello is the prime example of a late-bloomer. He made his MLB debut...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Encarnacion homers twice, Jays rout Rangers

Edwin Encarnacion was just trying to hit a sacrifice fly. He ended up giving the Blue Jays a whole lot more. Encarnacion hit his seventh career grand slam and added a solo homer as the Blue Jays handed the slumping Texas Rangers their season-high sixth straight loss, 12-2 Friday night. "Every time he steps in the box, he's got a chance to go deep," manager John Gibbons said. Encarnacion...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Encarnacion homers twice, Jays rout Rangers 12-2

TORONTO (AP) Edwin Encarnacion hit his seventh career grand slam and a solo homer as the Toronto Blue Jays handed the slumping Texas Rangers their season-high sixth straight loss, 12-2 Friday night. Russell Martin and Danny Valencia each hit solo homers for the Blue Jays, who improved to 17-7 in June and boosted their ML-leading run total to 417. Encarnacion had three hits and narrowly...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Estrada flirts with no-hitter, Blue Jays beat Orioles 5-4

TORONTO (AP) Marco Estrada took a no-hitter into the eighth inning, Edwin Encarnacion had two RBIs and the Toronto Blue Jays won their ninth straight home game Friday night, beating the Baltimore Orioles 5-4. Batting for Steve Pearce, pinch-hitter Jimmy Paredes broke up Estrada's no-hit bid with a bloop single to left to begin the eighth, ending a streak of 15 straight outs. Bench...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Mets-Blue Jays Preview

The Toronto Blue Jays steamrolled their way offensively through a long winning streak that had them looking like the class of the AL East, but those good fortunes have gone by the wayside against the New York Mets. Having suffered their first back-to-back losses of the month, the Blue Jays look to return to their high-scoring ways when this four-game home-and-home series shifts to...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Encarnacion hits walk off, tells Jays to be wary of injured shoulder (Video)

Edwin Encarnacion wanted to celebrate after hitting a two-run walkoff home run, but didn't want to celebrate too much.Trailing 3-2 in the bottom of the 9th against the Miami Marlins, Encarnacion stepped up to the plate and crushed a two-run shot, rounded the bases, but wanted to make sure his teammates remembered that he is nursing an injured shoulder:On the season, Encarnacion is...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Marlins' Stanton hits 2, but Jays' Encarnacion hits walk-off HR

  Edwin Encarnacion hit a two-run home run in the ninth inning and the Toronto Blue Jays extended their winning streak to seven games, beating the Miami Marlins 4-3 on Tuesday night. Returning to the lineup after sitting out the previous two games with a sore left shoulder, Encarnacion connected off A.J. Ramos (0-1) with a one-out drive to center, his 13th. It was the fourth walkoff...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Encarnacion hits game-winning homer, Jays beat Marlins 4-3

TORONTO (AP) Edwin Encarnacion hit a two-run home run in the ninth inning and the Toronto Blue Jays extended their winning streak to seven games, beating the Miami Marlins 4-3 on Tuesday night. Returning to the lineup after sitting out the previous two games with a sore left shoulder, Encarnacion connected off A.J. Ramos (0-1) with a one-out drive to center, his 13th. It was the...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

Best hitters and pitchers: Week 9

Welcome to Week 9 of our ongoing series recapping the previous week’s best hitters and pitchers. This week we’re highlighting two players, one a pitcher the other an outfielder, doing their best to keep their respective teams in the playoff hunt. BEST HITTER: Jose Bautista, OF, Blue Jays It’s actually quite surprising to me the Blue Jays have struggled so much this year. I...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Five hitters that are currently slumping

Edwin Encarnacion – Photo Credit – Keith Allison Similar to a hot streak, being on a cold streak is also pretty normal. There is no in between. You’re either on fire or you are ice cold. Okay, that is not necessarily true, but you only make headlines it seems if you are in the midst of one or the other. Sometimes, a slump does not even mean that you’re playing bad. It could...
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June 02, 2015  |  Discuss

MLB Power Rankings: How Good Are the Blue Jays

Today is the first day of June, which means it’s time for our updated MLB power rankings.  The end of each month marks a good time to evaluate where each team stands in the league as a whole. Find out where Justin Dyer ranks Edwin Encarnacion, Mark Buehrle and the Toronto Blue Jays. Power Rankings Link: http://topsportsreport.com/featured/mlb-power-rankings-june-edition/
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June 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Looking Back: Blue Jays In May

As the Toronto Blue Jays close out a very weak second month of the year (12-17. .414), let’s take a look back at how the team has performed in some of the more noteworthy months of May. You only need to go back one year to find one of the more exceptional ones, when Edwin Encarnacion and his American League record-tying 16 home runs powered the Blue Jays to a .700 winning percentage...
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May 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Mets Could Match-Up Well With Blue Jays

The Blue Jays currently sit in last place in the American League East 3.5 games back of the first-place Rays. Of course it is early in the year and 3.5 games is a small margin, but to jump four teams is tough. If things continue to trend downward for the Jays, it’s quite possible that GM Alex Anthopoulos might have to throw in the towel on his attempt to put together a win-now...
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May 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Encarnacion and Goins homer, Blue Jays beat Mariners 8-2

TORONTO (AP) Edwin Encarnacion and Ryan Goins homered, Aaron Sanchez won for the first time in three starts and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Seattle Mariners 8-2 on Sunday, avoiding a three-game sweep. Sanchez (4-4) allowed two runs and seven hits in 6 2-3 innings to help Toronto win for just the third time in 12 games. Seattle's Kyle Seager homered for the second straight game...
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May 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Encarnacion hits 2 HRs to carry Blue Jays past Orioles 10-2

BALTIMORE (AP) Edwin Encarnacion homered twice and drove in three runs, Mark Buehrle threw six innings of four-hit ball and the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Baltimore Orioles 10-2 Tuesday night. Encarnacion tied the game with a solo shot in the sixth inning and capped a four-run seventh with a drive off Tommy Hunter. It was his 19th career two-homer game and second this season...
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May 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Encarnacion homers, Blue Jays beat Red Sox 7-1

TORONTO (AP) Edwin Encarnacion hit a three-run homer, Josh Donaldson had three hits and the Toronto Blue Jays beat Boston 7-1 on Saturday, handing the slumping Red Sox their seventh loss in eight games. Encarnacion had two hits and walked twice. Donaldson went 3 for 5 with an RBI and scored two runs as Toronto won its third straight. Russell Martin put the Blue Jays in front with...
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May 09, 2015  |  Discuss

JABO: The Emerging Josh Reddick

If you sort the Major League leaderboards by runs scored for each team, you’ll find the Toronto Blue Jays at the top of the list. That’s probably no big surprise, given that they feature prodigious sluggers like Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion, and Josh Donaldson; the Blue Jays have some serious thump in the middle of […]
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May 06, 2015  |  Discuss

The longest home runs for the week ending April 23rd

Talk about a dramatic week at the top of the charts – we’ve got a brand new top three for the season, and a new leader on THE LIST for the season. 1. Alex Rodriguez vs Nathan Karns, 477 feet (April 17th) I love this homer. I’ve never seen anyone smash a ball up to the Captain Morgan bar at the Trop. A-Rod absolutely killed this baseball. 2. Josh Donaldson vs Chris Tillman,...
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April 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Encarnacion hits 2 home runs, Blue Jay beat Orioles 13-6

TORONTO (AP) Edwin Encarnacion smashed a pair of home runs and Jose Bautista added another to power the Toronto Blue Jays to a 13-6 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday night. Encarnacion's first was a leadoff shot that landed on the batter's eye beyond center field and sparked a six-run second inning. The second for his fourth of the season was a left-field blast into the...
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April 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Daily DraftKings Picks: Wednesday, Apr 15

Yesterday was a disappointing day for the Official Lineup. Matt Andriese and the Rays shut down the Blue Jays’ thumpers — Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista combined for 2.00 points and neither Jose Reyes nor Josh Donaldson managed double digits. Garrett Jones, my massive sleeper for the day that I had in all lineups, went hitless, and Jake Arrieta, who I chose over Matt Harvey...
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April 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Toronto Blue Jays: opening day observations

The Toronto Blue Jays got their season off on the right foot, beating the New York Yankees handily 6-1 earlier today. There were a number of notable occurrences from the game: Drew Hutchison dazzled in his first season opener, with a line of 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 HR, 2 BB, and 3 SO. Hutchison didn’t necessarily have his best stuff, but he was his usual gritty self. After only...
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April 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Urgent News Footage: Edwin Encarnacion Still Baseball T-Rex

At some level, Opening Day represents the birth of a new season and facilitates all the optimism associated with new beginnings. At the same time, however, that new season is also embedded within a perpetual cycle of recurring baseball seasons and their attendant narratives and symbols. Pursuant to that latter point, one finds that while […]
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April 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Yankees Fan Fails to Throw Back Edwin Encarnacion’s Home Run Ball

This embed is invalid" /> The new MLB season is barely an hour old and already we’ve come across a baseball fan who thinks the definition of being “die hard” is to throw back home run balls. It’s a stupid concept, but drunk idiots really believe in the philosophy. A female Yankees fan took the honor of throwing back the first home run ball of the season...
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April 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Blue Jays go deep 4 times, beat Phillies 10-6

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) Edwin Encarnacion, Jose Bautista and Josh Donaldson each hit long home runs Tuesday, lifting the Toronto Blue Jays to a 10-6 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. Encarnacion's two-run shot off Sean O'Sullivan in the first inning went over batter's eye screen in center field. It was the first of the spring for Encarnacion, who has struggled to a .118 average...
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March 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Toronto Blue Jays 2015 Preview: 3 Up and 3 Down

The Toronto Blue Jays emerged as a force to be reckoned with during the first half of the 2014 season. They led the A.L. East as late as July 2, but an injury to Edwin Encarnacion seemed to derail the team and its hope for a playoff berth for the first time in 20 years. Other than Mark Buehrle, the starting rotation and bullpen were nothing to write home about, but they weren’t...
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March 18, 2015  |  Discuss
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