Blue Jays pitchers hold Rays to 3 hits in 2-1 win

John Gibbons and Tom Hallion

Pillar made the defensive play of the game - perhaps the season - in the sixth, diving on the warning track in center to catch a deep drive by Jose Ramirez and strand runners at second and third.

October 4, 2016: The Blue Jays defeated the Baltimore Orioles in the wild-card game thanks to Encarnacion's three-run home run in extra innings.

Stroman (3-2) allowed six hits and two walks.

"I should probably write down in my diary and put some extra hearts and stars around today", he said.

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"I was happy. I was so excited", Encarnacion said.

Toronto manager John Gibbons said Biagini will remain in the rotation. Bauer has been largely ineffective and his problems have led to a 2-3 record with a high 7.67 ERA over five outings. Biagini was very impressive in his first start, pitching 4.0 innings, with zero unearned runs. "Guys said I wasn't fast enough, but it was always about my first step and my instincts and being able to read the bat". Some of the Sports Channels they have access to include Fox Sport 1 and 2, SportsTime Ohio.

"I hope, in his mind, this is something to build off of because I thought he did a lot of good stuff", Francona said. "You saw two polar opposites, with a guy that was buzzing through a lineup by himself, and you saw a combination of guys buzz through another lineup".

Francisco Lindor hit an RBI single, and a second run scored when Lindor got caught in a rundown.

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Bauer walked Kevin Pillar and gave up a double to Kendrys Morales to bring Smoak to the plate.

That's a hard premise for Blue Jays fans to accept, especially after waiting two decades for their team to be back in playoff contention. He is scheduled to pitch Tuesday at extended spring training and could rejoin the rotation after that. Two invaluable arms who have been out for weeks are J.A. Happ, out with left elbow inflammation and ace Aaron Sanchez, out with a fingernail issue.

Rays: SS Matt Duffy (Achilles tendon surgery) continues running the bases and could be nearing a minor league rehab assignment.

The futures of Encarnacion and Bautista were talking points as soon as the Blue Jays were eliminated last fall. His batting average dropped to.174. A tribute video was played for him before the game, and he tipped his cap in response.

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The host Toronto Blue Jays and Cleveland Indians will meet for the first time since the American League Championship Series last October when they open a three-game set Monday night at the Rogers Centre. This Jays' home stand is sure to be an emotional one, with Toronto's former slugger Encarnacion making his first return to the Rogers Centre since signing with the Indians. The Indians squeezed out a 1-0 victory at Kansas City in the final game of their series behind an outstanding performance on the mound.

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