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 Latest Toronto Blue Jays Player Notes:

Oct 1 2017 - Justin Smoak
  1B Justin Smoak played the entire game Sunday against the Yankees, giving him four chances at homers No. 39 and 40. He went 1-for-4 in the win, finishing the year with 38 homers but none since Sept. 14, a span of 14 games.


Oct 1 2017 - Ryan Goins
  IF Ryan Goins drove in the final run of the season for the Blue Jays with an RBI grounder just in front of home plate in the eighth inning of Sunday's win over the Yankees. While Goins batted .237 in a career-high 143 at-bats, he had an interesting season against the Yankees, whom he drove in 12 runs against. On May 1 in New York, Goins hit the team's first two-run sacrifice fly. On Sept. 22 in Toronto, he hit a grand slam against RHP Masahiro Tanaka and pulled off the hidden ball trick on 3B Todd Frazier.


Oct 1 2017 - Brett Anderson
  LHP Brett Anderson was in line to get his third win with Toronto Sunday but took a no-decision after allowing three hits in five scoreless innings in the win over the Yankees. In seven starts for Toronto, he went 2-2 with a 5.13 ERA.


Oct 1 2017 - Josh Donaldson
  3B Josh Donaldson, whose name was referenced in recent trade rumors, did not play. He finished his third season with Toronto batting .270 with 33 homers and 78 RBIs in 113 games. Donaldson finished the year by hitting .315 (29-for-92) with 10 homers and 20 RBIs in his last 23 games. Before Sunday's game, Donaldson addressed those rumors and his contract, which runs through the end of 2018 and said he approached the front office with a desire to be part of the team on a long-term basis. Asked if he hopes the front office approaches his agent he told reporters: "I feel like I've proven what I need to prove on the field. I don't hope or wish for anything. I've made it known to our front office that I enjoy a Toronto Blue Jays. That I enjoy my time here. If it's a possibility, I would definitely enjoy being a Blue Jay for a long time. I'm not going to sit here and try to force their hand and they're not going to sit here and force mine."


Sep 30 2017 - Kendrys Morales
  DH Kendrys Morales did not play Saturday because of a sore right Achilles tendon. He is day-to-day and if he does not play Sunday, Morales will conclude his first season with Toronto by hitting .250 with 28 homers and 85 RBIs in 150 games.


Sep 30 2017 - Marcus Stroman
  RHP Marcus Stroman surpassed the 200-inning mark for the second straight season as he finished at 201 after pitching four innings Saturday. He finished three shy of last season's total and finished the season by going 13-9 with a 3.09 ERA. "It's been a huge point of emphasis of mine," said Stroman, who added he is pursuing 220 innings next year. "I know there was big questions from critics, analysts, saying that I could never be a durable guy because of my height so going out there and pitching 200 innings each and every year is kind of a goal of mine and to be able to get to that is extremely gratifying." Stroman gave up 21 homers with three of those coming against Yankees RF Aaron Judge. After the game, Stroman tweeted: @TheJudge44 is creating history. He hits baseballs extremely far too. Lol looking forward to competing against him the rest of my career!


Sep 30 2017 - Josh Donaldson
  3B Josh Donaldson drove in Toronto's lone run with a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning. Despite going 0-for-3, he is batting .529 with four doubles, eight home runs and 12 RBIs in his last eight road games.


Sep 30 2017 - Joe Biagini
  RHP Joe Biagini allowed three earned runs and six hits in five innings Friday, concluding the season with a 3-13 record. He went 2-12 with a 5.73 ERA in his 18 starts and ended the season 0-7 with a 6.55 ERA in his last nine starts since June 27.


Sep 30 2017 - Kevin Pillar
  CF Kevin Pillar was not with the Blue Jays on Friday as he left the team to be with his wife, who is expected to give birth shortly. Pillar is hitting .256 with 16 homers and 42 RBIs in 154 games, though he is in a 12-for-57 slump.


Sep 30 2017 - Brett Anderson
  LHP Brett Anderson (blister) is expected to make his next scheduled start Sunday in New York after throwing 80 pitches in five innings Monday at Boston. Anderson is 2-2 with a 6.04 ERA in two starts for the Blue Jays.


Sep 30 2017 - Aaron Sanchez
  RHP Aaron Sanchez (blister) was moved to the 60-day DL as a formality to get RHP Taylor Cole on Toronto's roster. Sanchez was limited to eight starts and was 1-3 with a 4.25 ERA. He was placed on the DL for a fourth time on July 22, two days after leaving a start against the Boston Red Sox in the fourth inning.


Sep 30 2017 - Taylor Cole
  RHP Taylor Cole had his contract purchased from Triple-A Buffalo and was added to Toronto's active roster Friday. Cole was rehabbing a broken toe in the team's minor league complex in Dunedin, Fla., before Friday. The 28-year-old appeared in one inning this season on Aug. 9 in Toronto and allowed four runs before getting hurt. He did allow an earned run in nine minor league appearances with a combined three teams this season. He was released by Toronto Aug. 14 but rejoined the club four days later by signing a minor league deal.


Sep 28 2017 - Joe Biagini
  RHP Joe Biagini is hoping for a similar performance, but a different outcome, as his most recent start. Biagini (3-12, 5.34 ERA) held the Yankees to three runs on three hits with four walks and three strikeouts in a five-inning loss last Saturday. He is 1-3 with a 3.26 ERA in nine career appearances (two starts) against the Yankees. Greg Bird is 1-for-2 with a home run and three RBIs versus Biagini. Didi Gregorius is 3-for-7 with two RBIs, and Aaron Judge is 3-for-5 with an RBI lifetime opposite Biagini.


Sep 28 2017 - Teoscar Hernandez
  LF Teoscar Hernandez crushed a two-run homer in the ninth inning Wednesday against the Red Sox, his sixth long ball in as many games. Hernandez's shot didn't matter much in a 10-7 loss, however. His blast went an estimated 396 feet over the Green Monster in left field with two outs in the ninth. The 24-year-old now has eight homers in 24 games this season. "Teoscar, shoot, he hit another one tonight," manager John Gibbons said.


Sep 28 2017 - Marco Estrada
  RHP Marco Estrada's string of solid starts against the Red Sox ended Wednesday when he gave up eight runs (seven earned) in 2 1/3 innings en route to a loss. Estrada (10-9, 4.98 ERA) allowed nine hits and a walk with two strikeouts in his brief outing. He had held the Red Sox to two earned runs over 17 1/3 innings in three prior starts against them this season.


Sep 27 2017 - J.A. Happ
  LHP J.A. Happ gave up a run before he got an out in the first inning but then retired 16 straight batters and worked seven strong innings for his 10th win of the season. He struck out nine and didn't walk anyone while allowing four hits in seven innings as he improved his final record to 10-11. He won 20 games last season. "I felt like it's definitely a good one, you know, to potentially end on," he said. "I feel like I was on the edges of the plate a lot using pretty much the whole arsenal. I feel like it was a good way of attacking, getting ahead of guys and a strong way to finish." He finished by going 3-1 with a 1.91 ERA over his last six starts.


Sep 27 2017 - Josh Donaldson
  3B Josh Donaldson hit his major league-leading 15th first-inning homer and then homered again off Chris Sale his second time up -- his 23rd and 24 home runs since the All-Star break, and 32nd and 33rd of the season. He came in 5-for-24 with two home runs and six RBIs lifetime against Sale. It was the 16th career multi-homer game for Donaldson, his sixth this season and second this month. He joined Miguel Cabrera, Eric Hosmer and Ryan Raburn as the only players with multiple homers off Sale in a game.


Sep 27 2017 - Teoscar Hernandez
  LF Teoscar Hernandez struck out three times but hit his fourth and fifth homers in the last five games in Tuesday's victory. It was his second multi-homer game this month and he has seven homers and 18 RBIs in only 23 games with the Jays. The 18 RBIs this month are the most by a Blue Jays call-up and 13 of his last 20 hits have gone for extra bases.


Sep 27 2017 - Kendrys Morales
  DH Kendrys Morales drilled his 28th homer of the season and the third of his career against Chris Sale -- a two-run shot in the fifth inning. He has posted an .820 OPS over his last 29 games and is 22 for his last 51 at-bats against left-handed pitching. He is batting .398 batting right-handed since May 18. He and 1B Justin Smoak have 66 homers between them, two shy of the record for a switch hitting duo in a single season.


Sep 27 2017 - Kevin Pillar
  CF Kevin Pillar had three hits, his ninth game of the season with three-plus hits in a game. He is batting .336 against left-handed pitching this season and is a .324 career hitter in 34 games at Fenway Park.


Sep 27 2017 - Marco Estrada
  RHP Marco Estrada goes for his fourth straight win when he faces the Red Sox in the finale of a three-game series at Fenway Park on Wednesday. Estrada, 10-8 with a 4.70 ERA on the season, has allowed five runs in 17 innings over the three starts. He has pitched three times against the Red Sox this season, yielding only two runs in 17 1/3 innings without a decision. He is 4-4 with a 3.15 ERA lifetime against Boston, 3-2, 3.30 at Fenway.


Sep 26 2017 - Ryan Goins
  SS Ryan Goins homered in the ninth inning to cap a three-hit night, his second homer in the last four games. It was his eight career game with at least three hits, his third this season, and he is 11-for-30 (.367) with seven RBIs over his last 11 games.


Sep 26 2017 - Brett Anderson
  LHP Brett Anderson, coming off a terrible start that saw him allow eight runs on seven hits in 1 1/3 innings, pitched five innings Monday night, allowing three runs – two of them in the first inning – and six hits. He picked up only his second victory since April 24. "Good, really good," said manager John Gibbons. "He kind of got that little hot spot on his finger so we took him out. But I thought he was really good. I thought he did a good job of equalizing some guys, left, right…it's too bad he couldn't go longer. But we thought, why risk it?" Anderson is 2-0 in five road starts this season.


Sep 26 2017 - Teoscar Hernandez
  LF Teoscar Hernandez, who homered in all three games against the New York Yankees over the weekend, delivered a two-run double off the Green Monster that would have been a home run in many ballparks and also had an outfield assist (his second) in the win. "His at bats are good," said manager John Gibbons. "I see more discipline now. He made a nice throw to throw a guy out at second base. He's doing a lot of good things. I tell you what, he's shown me a lot. I know that." Eleven of his last 18 hits have been for extra bases.


Sep 26 2017 - Josh Donaldson
  3B Josh Donaldson, who went just 3-for-22 on the just-completed homestand, homered in the first inning and smacked a two-run double in the second inning Monday night. The homer was his 14th first-inning blast of the season, tying him with Gioncarlo Stanton for the MLB lead and snapping last year's career high of 13. He went 3-for-3 with a walk and the homer was his MLB-leading 22nd since the All-Star break. "He was hobbling pretty good in that first half," said manager John Gibbons. "Of course he missed a lot of time. But he's an impact player." Donaldson has homered in four straight road games.