Berti, Grichuk help Blue Jays rally past Rays, 7-6
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Three days after he thought his season was over, Jon Berti achieved a milestone in the major leagues.
Berti got his first two RBIs and Randal Grichuk had a pinch-hit, three-run triple to lead the Toronto Blue Jays to a 7-6 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night.
Meadows drives in 3, Rays stay alive by routing Jays 11-3
TORONTO (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays used big games by a pair of former National Leaguers to keep their American League wild-card playoff hopes alive.
Austin Meadows drove in three runs, Tommy Pham had two hits and two RBIs and the Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 11-3 on Friday night.
Chris Sale returns to Red Sox with scoreless inning vs Jays
BOSTON (AP) — Chris Sale pitched a scoreless inning for the Boston Red Sox in his first start since going on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation.
Sale allowed a hit, struck out two and hit a batter before getting Toronto's Randal Grichuk to pop out to second and end the inning Tuesday night.
Blue Jays OF Grichuk back 2 days after colliding with chair
BOSTON (AP) — Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Randal Grichuk is back in the lineup, two days after he crashed face-first into a guard's metal chair.
Grichuk as starting in right field and batting fifth as the Blue Jays played at Boston on Tuesday night.
Grichuk knocks into guard’s chair, Blue Jays top Indians 6-2
TORONTO (AP) — Toronto first baseman Justin Smoak figured teammate Randal Grichuk never saw it coming.
Grichuk was injured in a bizarre collision with a security guard's chair, and replacement Tesocar Hernandez hit a three-run homer as the Blue Jays beat the Cleveland Indians 6-2 on Sunday.
The Indians' magic number to lock up their third straight AL Central title stayed at five.
Blue Jays OF Grichuk hurt in collision with guard’s chair
TORONTO (AP) — Blue Jays right fielder Randal Grichuk is being checked for a possible concussion after slamming face-first into a security guard's chair while chasing a foul ball.
Grichuk had a swollen mark across his face as he left Sunday's game in Toronto against Cleveland. He was injured while catching Brandon Guyer's fly in the fourth inning.
TORONTO (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles could have used Manny Machado's steady infield defense on Friday night.
Aledmys Diaz singled home the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning and the Toronto Blue Jays recovered after blowing a three-run lead in the ninth to beat Baltimore 8-7, their fifth straight win over the struggling Orioles.
Diaz had four hits, including a solo homer, and scored twice as the Blue Jays improved to 7-1 against Baltimore.
Grichuk helps Blue Jays beat Astros 6-3
HOUSTON (AP) — Toronto's Randal Grichuk put on a show for hundreds of friends and family that made the trek up to Houston to see him play just his third career game at a ballpark only about 35 miles from his hometown of Rosenberg, Texas.
Grichuk hit a two-run homer and made a huge defensive play, helping the Blue Jays beat the Houston Astros 6-3 on Monday.
TORONTO (AP) — Washington Nationals reliever Ryan Madson had spent the past couple of weeks thinking about how long he'd gone between giving up home runs.
He won't have to wonder about it any more after the Toronto Blue Jays burned him with back-to-back blasts.
TORONTO (AP) — Blue Jays catcher Luke Maile didn't need to swing his bat to drive in the winning run against the Orioles.
Maile broke a tie with a bases-loaded walk in the 10th inning and Toronto beat Baltimore 4-3 on Saturday.
"I wanted to swing," Maile said. "It just worked out the other way."
Maile walked on four pitches from Baltimore's Mychal Givens (0-2) to score Justin Smoak as the Blue Jays improved to 7-1 in extra innings.
"I got off rhythm and just wasn't throwing strikes," Givens said.
TORONTO (AP) — J.A. Happ hit the century mark in career victories and gave the Toronto Blue Jays their first winning streak in more than a month.
Happ allowed two hits in seven innings to earn his 100th win, Russell Martin homered and drove in two runs and the Blue Jays beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-1 on Friday night.
"It's a cool number. It's a nice number that I'm proud of," Happ said. "I'm going to enjoy it tonight and try to get 101 the next time."
Blue Jays hit three HRs, beat Rangers 7-2 to avoid sweep
TORONTO (AP) — Sloppy outfield play cost the Blue Jays a couple of runs on Saturday.
On Sunday, Randal Grichuk changed the conversation with a highlight reel catch to start a double play.
Kevin Pillar homered for the third time in two games, J.A. Happ pitched seven innings to win his fourth straight decision and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Texas Rangers 7-2 on Sunday to avoid a three-game sweep.
Granderson, Blue Jays finalize $5 million, 1-year deal
TORONTO (AP) — Outfielder Curtis Granderson and the Toronto Blue Jays have finalized a $5 million, one-year contract.
The three-time All-Star wore a Blue Jays T-shirt in a video posted to his Twitter timeline Tuesday and wrote he was "thrilled" to announce he'll be playing north of the border this season.
He can earn an additional $1.5 million in performance bonuses based on plate appearances: $125,000 for 450, $250,000 apiece for 500 and 550, $375,000 for 600 and $500,000 for 650.
Cardinals trade OF Randal Grichuk to Toronto for 2 pitchers
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Randal Grichuk wasn't too thrilled about the idea of playing in a reserve role this season for the St. Louis Cardinals.
He won't have to worry about that any more.
The Cardinals traded the 26-year-old outfielder to the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday for reliever Dominic Leone and minor league pitcher Conner Greene.
Cardinals reach $9 million deal with Ozuna
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals have agreed to a one-year, $9 million contract with newly acquired outfielder Marcell Ozuna, avoiding arbitration.
The Cardinals also reached one-year deals on Friday with outfielder Randal Grichuk ($2.6 million), right-hander Michael Wacha ($5.3 million) and left-hander Tyler Lyons ($1.2 million).
Ozuna is coming off a breakout season. He hit .312 with 37 homers and 124 RBIs for the Miami Marlins, then was traded to St. Louis in December.
Cardinals deny Cubs from clinching
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Chicago Cubs went into Tuesday night's game against St. Louis with a chance to clinch the NL Central. The Cardinals did everything they could to keep that from happening.
The Cardinals hit four home runs and were able to withstand a late Cubs' rally for an 8-7 victory.
Cardinals rally past Pirates in 9th for 4-3 win
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A flip to second base gone awry threatened to sap the St. Louis Cardinals of the momentum that has carried them from the doldrums of August to the middle of the playoff race in September.
No matter. A series of small moves executed perfectly allowed the Cardinals to rally against one of the best closers in the game.
Molina, Wacha lead Cardinals past Pirates
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Yadier Molina's teammates could tell their All-Star catcher was not happy.
After taking a fastball from Ivan Nova high and tight, Molina hit the next pitch for a three-run homer to help the St. Louis Cardinal beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-0 on Sunday.
"Everyone knows don't mess with Yadi," St. Louis infielder Kolten Wong said. "After that, you could tell he's (ticked) off. He took it out on the baseball."
Cardinals CF Fowler bruises knee crashing into wall on homer
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Cardinals center fielder Dexter Fowler has bruised his left knee against Pittsburgh when he crashed into the wall trying to catch a long drive by Adam Frazier that turned into an inside-the-park home run.
Frazier's shot off John Brebbia in the seventh inning Saturday night hit just a foot from the top of the wall. After banging into the fence, Fowler crumpled to the ground and stayed down as Frazier circled the bases. The solo home run gave the Pirates a 3-2 lead.
Wacha bounces back, Grichuk homers as Cards top Giants 5-2
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — When a dominant pitcher with a history of injuries appears to hit a wall late in the season for a contending team, it tends to raise alarm bells.
Michael Wacha silenced those concerns on Thursday night.
Wacha pitched six strong innings and Randal Grichuk hit a two-run homer as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the San Francisco Giants 5-2.
The Giants were without staff ace Madison Bumgarner, a late scratch with flu symptoms, as they lost for the sixth time in seven games.
Brewers hold off Cardinals for 6-5 victory
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Pitcher Corey Knebel told center fielder Keon Broxton he owes him big time.
For good reason.
Domingo Santana and Jonathan Villar homered in the sixth inning, and Broxton made a leaping catch over the wall for the final out in the Milwaukee Brewers' 6-5 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday.
Grichuk, DeJong homer to lead Cardinals past Braves
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Randal Grichuk and Paul DeJong homered and the St. Louis Cardinals stretched their winning streak to eight games with a 6-5 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday night.
Carlos Martinez (9-9) tossed six solid innings and also drove in a run for the Cardinals, who moved within 1/2 game of the first-place Chicago Cubs in the NL Central.
Brandon Phillips homered for Atlanta, which lost its fifth in a row.
DeJong, Grichuk lead streaking Cardinals past Braves 8-5
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Adam Wainwright didn't have his best stuff, but the red-hot St. Louis Cardinals offense provided more than enough backup Friday night.
Paul DeJong had two doubles with three RBIs and Randal Grichuk tripled and drove in two as the surging Cardinals held off the Atlanta Braves 8-5 to win their season-high seventh straight game.
The Cardinals have scored eight or more runs in six straight games, the longest such streak since 2011.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals scored so many times off Jason Vargas and the Kansas City bullpen in the fifth inning Tuesday night that they broke the Royals' crown-shaped scoreboard.
Or maybe it was just a coincidence that the massive outfield video screen suddenly went dark.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Paul DeJong homered and Randal Grichuk had a career-high four hits as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Colorado Rockies 10-5 on Wednesday night to complete a three-game sweep.
St. Louis has won four of five while Colorado has lost four of six.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Randal Grichuk is riding his longest home run streak in the majors.
Grichuk hit a two-run homer, Mike Leake pitched seven scoreless innings and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Colorado Rockies 8-2 on Monday night.
Leake's six-strikeout performance was his best since giving up one run over eight innings against Washington on June 30. It was the first win for Leake (7-8) against the Rockies since Aug. 10, 2011.
Cardinals activate OF Grichuk, LHP Duke from DL
CHICAGO (AP) — The sliding St. Louis Cardinals made a flurry of moves before the start of a key series against the Chicago Cubs, activating outfielder Randal Grichuk and reliever Zach Duke from the disabled list on Friday and recalling catching prospect Carson Kelly from Triple-A Memphis.
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Grichuk’s 5 RBIs lead Cards over Diamondbacks 10-4
PHOENIX (AP) — Three weeks in the minor leagues improved Randal Grichuk's swing.
Grichuk hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in the seventh inning and drove in five runs, leading the St. Louis Cardinals over the Arizona Diamondbacks 10-4 Thursday.
In his fourth big league season, Grichuk was sent down May 29 and recalled from Triple-A Memphis on Sunday after 15 games in the minors.
"I definitely took it as a wake-up call," he explained. "I said, let's go and make sure it doesn't happen again."
ST. LOUIS - Randal Grichuk looks good since his return from Triple-A. So does the St. Louis lineup. Grichuk homered for the second straight game and the Cardinals broke out the bats again for an 8-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday. "I feel good with where I'm at mentally and I feel good...
Grichuk, Gyorko homer, lead Cardinals over Reds 8-2
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Randal Grichuk looks good since his return from Triple-A. So does the St. Louis lineup.
Grichuk homered for the second straight game and the Cardinals broke out the bats again for an 8-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday.
"I feel good with where I'm at mentally and I feel good with where I'm at mechanically with my swing," Grichuk said.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals welcomed back Randal Grichuk and Yadier Molina, and the duo made a big difference in their return.
Grichuk homered in his first game since being promoted from the minors, Molina had three hits and the Cardinals beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-4 on Sunday night.
Grichuk, who was sent to the minors on May 29 after struggling with consistency, had two hits — including his solo homer in the sixth inning — and scored twice.
Molina homers twice to help Cardinals beat Cubs
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis infielder Matt Carpenter finally got the best of close friend Jake Arrieta.
But he isn't going to brag about it.
Carpenter slammed a two-run homer, Yadier Molina homered twice and Adam Wainwright threw seven shutout innings to lead the Cardinals to a 5-0 win over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday.
Randal Grichuk added three hits for St. Louis, which won for the eighth time in nine games. Chicago has lost three of four.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Cardinals outfielders Dexter Fowler and Stephen Piscotty left Thursday night's game against Milwaukee after getting hurt.
Piscotty pulled up with a strained right hamstring after crossing first base on his grounder to third base that ended the second inning. Jose Martinez replaced Piscotty in right field.
Fowler strained his right shoulder in an unsuccessful attempt for a diving catch on Hernan Perez's third-inning drive.
Cardinals sweep doubleheader from Blue Jays
ST. LOUIS (AP) — It took a little while for the St. Louis Cardinals bats to get going during Thursday's day-night doubleheader against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Once they did, they made a big difference.
After rallying late to win the first game, backed by Randal Grichuk's ninth-inning homer and Matt Carpenter's 11th inning grand slam, the Cardinals scored early and often in the nightcap to beat the Blue Jays 6-4 and sweep the doubleheader.
NEW YORK (AP) — For a stretch Friday night, Masahiro Tanaka looked like New York's ace for the first time this season.
Next step: keep that form over a full game.
Tanaka delivered 6 1/3 effective innings, Aroldis Chapman escaped his own jam for his third save in three days and the Yankees beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-3 for their fifth straight win.
Grichuk, Cardinals top Cubs 4-3 in wild opener
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Randal Grichuk smiled as he backed away from a mob of St. Louis Cardinals chasing him around the field. Then he stopped and jumped into the air for a celebratory collision with Dexter Fowler.
It was wet and wild, and far from a masterpiece. But opening day was a ton of fun for Grichuk & Co.
Grichuk hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning and a game-ending RBI single in the ninth, helping the Cardinals top the Chicago Cubs 4-3 on Sunday.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon became the first manager to call for a no-pitch intentional walk, using the rule that was adopted by Major League Baseball in St. Louis' 4-3 win on Sunday night.
Maddon had left hander Mike Montgomery intentionally walk St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning with the game tied at 3-3.