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The biggest series of the season - a first-place throwdown and showdown as the Blue Jays look to escape from the Big Apple in first place in the American League East.

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The Lugnuts earned a 6-5 decision over the Great Lake Loons in game one of their best of three series. The lead changed hands several times in an exciting game.
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It only took 20 years but the MLB schedule makers finally got it right. The San Diego Padres will finally play in Toronto for the first time since interleague play was introduced in 1997. Here is your 2016 schedule.


Troy Tulowitzki will see Philadelphia in mid-June before visiting his former team in Denver at the end of the month.
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Back in November, the Blue Jays signed themselves a big ticket free agent - catcher Russell Martin.
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The affiliates finished the regular season with a win and two losses on the Labour Day Monday. A much widely anticipated rehab start did not go very well and the only playoff-bound affiliate ended on a losing note. The boys in Double-A saved the day from being a total washout.
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The Blue Jays begin a 10-game road trip in Beantown.


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Labour Day is a day to avoid work and I took that idea to heart. The Buffalo, New Hampshire and Lansing reports below are from the teams feed. Only the Dunedin and Vancouver are original works. The affiliates won four of five games, only Dunedin lost. Some players are ending on a high note with just Lansing continuing to play past Monday.
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The affiliates could only manage two wins out of six but the winning teams saw their pitchers no-hit the opposition for a combined nine innings.
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The Vancouver Canadians put an end to a three-game losing streak thanks to five multi-run innings against the Everett AquaSox at Nat Bailey Stadium Friday night.


Francisco Rios got through five innings to pick up the victory in his last start of the season.
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The affiliates had a winning Friday night by taking three out of five. They were 0-2 against Yankees farm clubs and 3-0 against everyone else.
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The affiliates won just once in five tries Thursday.
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The Blue Jays should be wired up to face the Orioles for the final time at The Dome this weekend.

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The Jays affiliates are mostly limping to the end of the season. Only Lansing will keep playing past the weekend and all affiliates lost yesterday. Vancouver and the GCL Jays suffered 1-0 losses. For the GCL team it was the end of their season, they lost two games to none in the best of three final. Vancouver were eliminated from playoff contention after five straight years in the post-season. Buffalo had a bullpen loss, as did New Hampshire in extra innings. The game went to extras when Shane Opitz hit a two run, game tying, home run in the ninth. Lansing took a 4-0 lead to the ninth and had two outs with one baserunner on first. But Great Lakes scored seven runs with two outs for the win. But hey, Stroman!
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The affiliates won three out of seven Tuesday with a doubleheader sweep being the highlight. The lowlight was a disappointing season finale. Meanwhile, Game 2 of the Gulf Coast League final between the Blue Jays and Red Sox was rained out. The two teams will play this morning in Dunedin for Game 2 and head over to Fort Myers later today if the Jays can force a third and deciding game.
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The affiliates lost four out of six and all four losses were of the come-from-ahead variety. The most painful one was down on the Gulf Coast as the Jays are down 1-0 in the best-of-three GCL final. Dunedin's second game against Tampa was rained out and Vancouver had the night off.
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