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Oct 22, 2015

Blue Jays stay alive with dominant win over Royals

TORONTO (Reuters) – The Toronto Blue Jays got a pitching masterpiece from Marco Estrada in a one-sided 7-1 win on Wednesday to keep their season alive and put the Kansas City Royals’ hopes of securing a World Series berth on hold.

Estrada allowed three hits and one run in 7-2/3 innings and faced the minimum 18 batters through six innings as Toronto pulled to within 3-2 in the best-of-seven American League Championship Series.

Oct 21, 2015

Royal Rios gives Blue Jays fans more reason to boo

TORONTO (Reuters) – Former Blue Jay Alex Rios has been the main target of Toronto fans’ hostility during the American League Championship Series and on Tuesday the big Kansas City outfielder gave them more reason to jeer.

Rios collected three hits, including a second-inning solo home run, as the Royals hammered the Blue Jays 14-2 to take a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series, leaving Kansas City one win away from a return to the World Series.

Oct 21, 2015

Royals rout Jays, one win from World Series berth

TORONTO (Reuters) – The Kansas City Royals pounced early then powered their way to a 14-2 demolition of the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday to move one win away from reaching the World Series for a second consecutive year.

The Royals, with the help of a two-run homer from Ben Zobrist, scored four runs in the first inning then sealed the victory with a four-run seventh to seize a commanding 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven American League Championship Series.

Oct 20, 2015

Royals Young gets second start after nine years

TORONTO (Reuters) – Nine years between postseason starts, Kansas City righthander Chris Young will be back on the mound in the American League Championship Series on Tuesday as the Royals try to push the Toronto Blue Jays to the brink.

Leading the best-of-seven series 2-1, Royals manager Ned Yost is taking a Game Four gamble by handing the ball to Young, who has made just two starts since late July.

Oct 20, 2015

Blue Jays bats come to life to beat Royals

TORONTO (Reuters) – The Toronto Blue Jays blasted their way back into the American League championship Series with an 11-8 win over the Kansas City Royals on Monday, the home side delivering a landslide victory on election day in Canada.

Trailing 2-0 after losses in Kansas City, the Blue Jays returned to the Roger Centre’s hitter-friendly confines and got a three-run blast from Troy Tulowitzki and a two-run shot from Josh Donaldson in a six-run third inning to open a 9-2 lead.

Oct 15, 2015

Despite collapse Rangers exit with heads held high

TORONTO (Reuters) – The Texas Rangers saw their post-season unravel in spectacular style with three consecutive errors in the seventh inning allowing the Toronto Blue Jays to steal a 6-3 win on Wednesday and a trip to the American League Championship Series.

The Rangers had opened the best-of-five AL Division Series by taking two wins in Toronto but followed that with three successive losses, including two at home.

Oct 15, 2015

Blue Jays in seventh heaven after wild inning keys win

TORONTO (Reuters) – What started out as the inning from hell turned into seventh heaven for the Toronto Blue Jays as they channeled their anger into a four-run burst and a trip to the American League Championship with a 6-3 win over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday.

With the best-of-five series level at 2-2 a tense game turned during a stormy seventh inning, which had managers and umpires checking the rule book, featured two dugout clearing confrontations, an incensed capacity crowd showering the field with debris and Toronto playing the game under protest.

Oct 9, 2015

Blue Jays loss sparks Canadian conspiracy theory

TORONTO (Reuters) – The Toronto Blue Jays dropped a 14 inning, 6-4 heartbreaker to the Texas Rangers on Friday and head to Arlington with fans floating conspiracy theories over Major League Baseball covert plans to keep the Canadian franchise out of the World Series.

The euphoria of returning to the playoffs after a 22-year absence fizzled quickly with two losses in 24 hours to leave the Blue Jays trailing the best-of-five Division Series 2-0 and on the brink of elimination.

Oct 9, 2015

Blue Jays get spotlight, Rangers get win

TORONTO (Reuters) – The Toronto Blue Jays were anointed as World Series favorites after a sizzling second half finish to the season that brought them back to the Major League Baseball playoffs for the first time in 22 years.

Below .500 at the all-star break, the Blue Jays took flight and closed out the campaign with a 43-18 run that made them the postseason darlings.

Oct 9, 2015

Blue Jays endure rough return to postseason baseball

TORONTO (Reuters) – The Toronto Blue Jays and their fans had a sobering return to MLB’s postseason party on Thursday as their ace pitcher struggled in a losing effort and two of their best players left the game with injuries.

The American League Division Series opener was played a day after Toronto’s National Hockey League team kicked off a new season, an event that would normally have the hockey-mad city doing cartwheels.