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All-Star Game Starters Announced

Jul 5, 2015 9:24 PM

2015 ALL-STAR GAME STARTERS ANNOUNCED

Leading Vote-Getter Josh Donaldson Sets All-Time Single-Season Voting Record, Edges Out AL Teammate Mike Trout for Top Overall Spot;

Bryce Harper Finishes as Top NL Vote-Getter, Sets All-Time NL
Single-Season Voting Mark;

Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson, MLB’s leading vote-getter, and Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper, who led the National League in voting, will be among the starters in the 86th All-Star Game, to be played on Tuesday, July 14th at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.  The 2015 AL and NL All-Star starters were unveiled earlier this evening during the “Esurance All-Star Starters Selection Show” on ESPN.  

Donaldson, who collected 14,090,188 total votes, set a new all-time single-season voting record, surpassing Josh Hamilton’s 2012 total of 11,073,744 tallies.  

Harper receives his third Midsummer Classic selection (2012-13) and his second fan-elected start (2013), becoming the first player in Nationals-era history to claim multiple fan-elected starting assignments.  

Third baseman Todd Frazier of the host Reds received 9,233,686 votes, surpassing Matt Carpenter of the Cardinals (7,133,753) in the final week to earn his first fan election after being named an All-Star reserve in 2014.  

In the AL, reigning league batting champion Jose Altuve of the Astros reclaimed the top spot at second base in the final week, finishing with 9,634,464 votes to beat out Kansas City’s Omar Infante (8,999,117).  

Angels outfielder Mike Trout received 14,013,021 total votes, which was the second-highest total in the Majors behind Donaldson.  Trout will make his fourth consecutive All-Star appearance and third consecutive fan-elected start.

Joining Trout in the AL outfield will be Royals teammates Lorenzo Cain (12,399,127) and Alex Gordon (10,609,006).  

Rounding out the fan elections in the NL outfield alongside Harper is Giancarlo Stanton (7,036,537) of the Miami Marlins and Matt Holliday (6,362,653) of the Cardinals.  

Two-time AL Most Valuable Player (2012-13) Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers garnered 13,834,271 votes en route to his 10th career All-Star selection (also 2004-07, 2010-14) and third consecutive fan election.  

Cabrera’s NL counterpart will be Paul Goldschmidt of the Diamondbacks, who received 9,119,375 votes to attain his second consecutive fan-elected start.  

Giants catcher Buster Posey will make the start behind the plate in the NL, marking his third career Midsummer Classic selection (2012-13) and second career fan-elected start (2012).  

For the AL, Royals backstop Salvador Perez tallied 13,747,294 votes to receive his first career starting assignment in the Midsummer Classic after making the AL squad as a reserve in each of the last two seasons.  

In the AL’s tightest race, Mariners designated hitter Nelson Cruz (10,632,184) claimed his fourth All-Star selection (2009, 2013-14) as he held off Kendrys Morales (10,320,500) of the Royals.  

Up the middle of the NL infield will be Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon (7,574,750) and Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta (8,478,474).  Joining Altuve up the middle of the AL infield is Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar, who tallied 11,960,907 votes to receive his first career All-Star selection. 

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Blue Jays Sign Vladimir Guerrero, Jr.

Jul 3, 2015 10:22 AM

The Toronto Blue Jays have signed international free agent Vladimir Guerrero, Jr.

The 16-year-old is the son of 2004 American League MVP Vladimir Guerrero.

Guerrero, Jr. was born in Montreal during his father's career with the Expos, and is a Canadian citizen. A right-handed hitting outfielder, his deal is reportedly worth $3.9 million.

Associated Press

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Encarnacion Achieves 10 And 5 Rights With Blue Jays

Jul 1, 2015 5:05 PM

Edwin Encarnacion achieved a career milestone on Tuesday, earning his 10 and 5 rights as a Major Leaguer.

Encarnacion has 10 years of service time, the last five with the Toronto Blue Jays.

"Encarnacion joins Jose Bautista, who earned his status back in early April, in achieving the meaningful milestone, which grants players full pension benefits and a measure of control over their fate with the right to veto any trade that involves them," writes Shi Davidi.

He is in the final season of the $27-million, three-year extension he signed in July in 2012, a deal that includes a $10 million club option for 2016.

Shi Davidi/Sportsnet

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Astros, Blue Jays Are Front-Runners For Samardzija

Jun 30, 2015 4:03 PM

The Chicago White Sox have disappointed this season and Jeff Samardzija is expected to be discussed in trades this summer.

"It's only a matter of time before he's dealt; the [Houston] Astros and the [Toronto] Blue Jays are the early front-runners," writes Jim Bowden.

Jim Bowden/ESPN

Tags: Chicago White Sox, Houston Astros, Toronto Blue Jays, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Red Sox Inquired About Donaldson, Were Told He Wasn't Available

Jun 30, 2015 4:00 PM

The Boston Red Sox inquired about Josh Donaldson before signing Pablo Sandoval last offseason, according to the Boston Herald.

The Oakland Athletics, who eventually traded Donaldson to the Toronto Blue Jays, told the Red Sox that Donaldson wasn't available.

Boston went on to sign Sandoval for five years and $95 million.

Jason Mastrodonato/Boston Herald

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Oakland Athletics, Toronto Blue Jays, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Blue Jays Will Be Active On Pitching Market

Jun 29, 2015 8:13 PM

The Toronto Blue Jays will be active on the pitching market, according to Alex Anthopoulos.

"We still need to make upgrades in the rotation and the bullpen, that goes without saying," Anthopoulos said. "I'd love to land both. What we come away with or don't come away with, I have no idea. Clearly we're looking to be active. We're looking to add and make the club a lot better."

Ben Nicholson-Smith/Sportsnet

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Johan Santana Suspends Comeback Bid

Jun 27, 2015 1:43 PM

Johan Santana has suspended his bid to pitch in the majors and will try again in 2016, a source told ESPN.com.

Santana has been dealing with a toe infection and became resigned that he would not have sufficient time to ramp up this season to pitch in the majors once that issue is resolved.

Santana, 36, signed a minor league deal with the Blue Jays in February.

ESPN.com

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Prince Fielder Joins Dad In 300-Homer Club

Jun 27, 2015 12:58 AM

Rangers slugger Prince Fielder has joined his dad Cecil in the 300-homer club, making them the second father-son duo to reach the plateau along with Barry and Bobby Bonds.

Prince Fielder homered in the first inning of the Rangers' loss to the Blue Jays on Friday night.

ESPN.com

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Marco Estrada Makes History With Consecutive No-Hit Bids

Jun 24, 2015 5:18 PM

Marco Estrada retired the first 22 batters he faced for the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday afternoon, following up another no-hit bid in his previous start.

Estrada is the first Major League pitcher to take a no-hitter into the eighth inning in consecutive starts since Dave Stieb, also with Toronto, did so in 1988 -- both times with two outs in the ninth and two strikes on the batter, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

The right-hander has a 3.45 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 63 strikeouts in 73 innings this season.

Elias Sports Bureau

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Gibbons Praises Donaldson, Martin As 'Uniters' With Blue Jays

Jun 18, 2015 3:34 PM

A recent hot streak has the Toronto Blue Jays just a few games out of first place in the American League East.

A pair of offseason additions, Josh Donaldson and Russell Martin, have been praised for Toronto's success.

"I saw it the first couple of days of spring training -- that there's something different about these two," John Gibbons said. "We had heard these guys are winners. But you want to see it for yourself, and we could see it early on.

"They're both kind of uniters. There's a lot of stuff going on in our clubhouse now that you used to see back in my playing days -- a lot of ribbing and guys cutting each other up. I'm not sure we've had that here in the past. Maybe more in a malicious way, but now it's in good fun. These guys have loosened things up and helped this team focus."

Martin, who signed a five-year, $82 million deal as a free agent, leads Major League catchers with 40 runs scored and is second in OPS at .864 and Wins Above Replacement at 2.5.

Donaldson, who came over from the Oakland Athletics in a deal for Brett Lawrie and three Minor Leaguers, has 54 runs scored, is fourth in wins above replacement at 3.9 and fifth in total bases with 148.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

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Oklahoma Leads All Schools With 11 Drafted Players
The University of Oklahoma had 11 players selected in the 2015 Major League Baseball draft this week, the most of any school.

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Pitchers Represent 52 Percent Of 2015 Draft Picks
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First Round Nearly Split Between College, High School Players
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2015 MLB Draft Slot Values
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Blue Jays Targeted Zach Duke This Past Offseason
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Should Blue Jays Consider Dealing Bautista Or Encarnacion?
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Joel Sherman/New York Post

Johnny Cueto Attracts 20 Scouts For Start
With Johnny Cueto on the mound for the Reds on Thursday night, as many as 20 scouts showed up to watch him.

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Blue Jays Place Michael Saunders On DL
The Blue Jays have recalled Steve Tolleson from Triple-A Buffalo.

ESPN.com

Pirates Acquire Jayson Aquino From Jays For Cash
The Pirates acquired pitcher Jayson Aquino from the Jays on Sunday and optioned him to Single-A Bradenton.

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Keith Law Lists Brendan Rodgers As Top Draft Prospect
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Blue Jays Hitting Coach Suspended 14 Games
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Experts Split On Tate, Rodgers As No. 1 Pick
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2015 MLB All-Star Ballot Released
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Blue Jays Release Ricky Romero
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Jose Bautista Could Be Headed To DL
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