Toronto Blue Jays win the American League East

August. 9, 2015 – Estrada tosses 6 1/3 shutout innings and Josh Donaldson and Jose Bautista each hit home runs as the Blue Jays finish off a sweep of New York at Yankee Stadium. The suspense ended rather quickly, as the Blue Jays built a 4-0 lead in the fourth before tagging on four runs in the fifth.


With the second half of the doubleheader and one more game against the Orioles left, that could come as soon as Thursday afternoon, since the Blue Jays’ game was moved up to 12:05 because of the threat of rain.

“It’s the ultimate right now”, Toronto manager John Gibbons said. It was a big hurdle to get over. They had nothing going at all. He suffered the injury during an exhibition game against Arizona Tuesday night. Marcus Stroman threw eight strong innings, allowing five hits while striking out eight. The Blue Jays previously won in 1985, ’89, ’91, ’92 and ’93. The Blue Jays have a 15-27 record in close games.

“I didn’t watch it”, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said of the Blue Jays’ on-field celebration, which was tempered considering it was their first division crown in more than three decades. That also was their last Major League Baseball playoff berth. The Jays clinched the spot when they beat up on the Baltimore Orioles 15-2 during the first game of a double-header Wednesday. We’ve got to be better than that. Pitcher Todd Stottlemyre, right, was a key part of the team that season. It’s not one person. “It’s everybody with one goal in sight, and that’s what we’ve done”.

Criticized by his own players for sitting on his hands and not making any trades at the 2014 deadline, Anthopoulos bided his time.

“I always thought we could be this good”, Encarnacion said.

The Rogers Centre has been buzzing, teeming with more and more enthusiastic supporters as the end of the season draws near.

– Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) October 1, 2015Get the skipper. They are just ahead of defending Kansas City for best record in the AL, which would bring a matchup against the wild-card victor.

After signing catcher Russell Martin to a US$82-million, five-year deal, Anthopoulos pulled the trigger on the trade that landed Donaldson from the Oakland Athletics for third baseman Brett Lawrie and prospects. We play awesome defence. “I still get blown away when we go on the road and we’re going all over the place”.

A year ago, Baltimore celebrated its first AL East title since 1997.

It has been a long time coming for the Jays and their fans. Baltimore was officially eliminated from postseason contention with Houston’s win in Seattle late Monday.

Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Miguel Gonzalez, left, walks off… They looked like a team that had no interest in playing a baseball game today – which is unfortunate for them since this is only the first of two they will have to play.

Davis’ first homer was the 200th of his career. Later in the inning Ryan Goins hit an RBI single to score Martin and put Toronto up 2-0.

Right-hander Kevin Gausman’s final start of the season also provided the Orioles with a few optimism for the future.


Over the first four months of the 2015 season, it was obvious that the Blue Jays were a talented team.

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