Toronto Blue Jays vs. Seattle Mariners

Will the Blue Jays complete their four-game sweep of the Mariners when the two teams meet today at 1:07PM ET in Toronto?

Pillar delighted the Mother's Day crowd of 42,030 with a blast to left off Edwin Diaz (1-2), his fifth.

"I thought he would try to get ahead of me", Goins said. "So I didn't want it to rip completely". "Now he's starring to hit them. His jersey is not even recognizable anymore". "Pillar's been swinging the bat probably as hot as anybody in the league".

Smoak believes a big key is being sprung from the platoon at first becoming mostly an every-day starter. "So right there I was really just trying to find a way to get on base". At the end of Toronto's 7-2 victory on Saturday, Pillar leads the American League in hits, with 47 in 37 games. In three at bats, Smoak scored two runs on three hits and had four RBI's, including a home run.

Expecting to contend for the playoffs a third straight season, the Toronto Blue Jays entered this year with the highest payroll in team history, clocking in at a little over $160 million, according to numbers from Cot's Contracts.

With the win, the Blue Jays are 6-4 in their last 10 games, 10-10 in their last 20 games and winners of three of their last four series.

"There's an effect to what he means to our team and on the field", Servais said.

The Mariners claimed Casey Lawrence off waivers from the Blue Jays this afternoon.

GIANTS 3, REDS 1: Brandon Belt and Justin Ruggiano homered, Matt Moore pitched into the eighth inning and San Francisco won at home.

Ian has been writing about the Toronto Blue Jays since 2007.

Bautista put the ball into the second deck of Rogers Centre in the seventh inning for a three-run homer and a 5-2 Toronto lead, cashing in Pillar and Carrera.

MARINERS KEY TRENDS: The Mariners have been profitable for bettors when Miranda pitches.

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Blue Jays manager John Gibbons was asked following Toronto's 3-2 win over the Seattle Mariners on Sunday if he had noticed any blood on Aaron Sanchez's hand.

The Mariners tied it 1-1 in the fifth when Ben Gamel punched a double over the head of Pillar to score Jarrod Dyson from third.

Four innings later, Smoak found himself in another big spot with the bases loaded and two outs.

Biagini has not walked a batter in any of his past 13 outings, covering 21 1/3 innings.

Sanchez acknowledged that his finger was bleeding at times during the game, but said it didn't affect him.

Mariners: 2B Robinson Cano (right quadriceps) missed his third straight game. His contract had just been selected from Triple-A Tacoma for the start and reliever Jean Machi had been designated for assignment to make roster room for him.

The Seattle Mariners are 2 for 16 with runners in scoring position in the first two games - both losses - in a four-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays.

It all started back in spring training when Josh Donaldson's start was ultimately pushed back due to soreness in his right calf with no further progress having been made.

"I go back out there with the mindset as I would if there were no issues before", Sanchez said. C Russell Martin (left shoulder) played catch before the game.

The rare play added some insurance for the Blue Jays an inning after Jose Bautista's three-run homer broke the game open. Unbeaten Dallas Keuchel (6-0) became the first six-game victor in the majors, helped by a home run from Carlos Correa. That 2006 season appeared to be his career-year for a while, with a 12-3 record, 2.16 ERA and third-place finish in Rookie of the Year voting.

Mariners: RHP Christian Bergman (0-0, 2.45 ERA) will make his first start of the season.

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