Biagini, Barney's blast lift Blue Jays to win over Rays

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Nobody appreciated the effort more than Marcus Stroman.

Cleveland Indians takes on Toronto Blue Jays in the first of the three-game series tonight.

Goins went deep in the second inning and Justin Smoak drove in two more runs in the third as the Blue Jays won for the third time in four games.

Pillar said his approach was no different on this play than on his many other spectacular catches. "That's all I'm thinking about - catching the ball". Encarnacion ended up signing with the Indians, a three-year deal worth $60 million, similar to the contract the Blue Jays offered.

Cleveland is coming off a 1-0 victory over the Royals at Kansas City on Sunday when starter Mike Clevinger allowed only one hit in 5 2/3 innings and four relievers allowed none. The right-hander struck out one and induced three double-play grounders after coming out his previous start in NY last week after three innings with tightness in his right armpit. But I took the necessary steps to secure my future and things got easier. "Maybe off a hair, but he did a heck of a job, he didn't give up a run".

"Today was one those days where Stroman had his good stuff", Pillar said. Their starting rotation has so far survived the absence of Sanchez and Happ, and those two should provide the team with a boost when they return. "The (Blue Jays) did what they needed to do and I did my part and I went to where the door was open to me".

Then, as Encarnacion settled into the batter's box, the Toronto fans gave him a standing ovation in appreciation of his accomplishments with the Blue Jays.

"Like I always say, it's not in my plan to start slow like this", Encarnacion said.

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"I'm having a hard time lifting my arm and catching certain pitches", he said. But now, with a right ankle sprain sidelining him for at least the first game, we'll get a glimpse of the dilapidated outfield we thought we were getting all season long.

The early-season injuries has provided Toronto with a glimpse at its worse-case scenario with this group as it tries to make the playoffs for a third consecutive season. Another defensive gem came courtesy of Goins in the fifth when he just managed to keep his foot on the bag at second as he reached to catch a high throw from Stroman before firing off to first to finish off the inning-ending double ... He has given up one home run with the bases empty; he has given up five home runs with runners on.

Lindor was awarded second base and crew chief Tom Hallion tossed Gibbons for arguing.

"OK that might be the rule, but I've been around a while and I've never seen (the call made) without some kind of contact", Gibbons said.

Smith retired Jason Kipnis on a grounder to first and struck out Encarnacion and Ramirez to end the inning.

The Indians (17-14) scored twice in the eighth inning.

He reminded us all of this fact once again in the Blue Jays' 4-2 win over the Indians at Rogers Centre on Monday on a ball struck by Jose Ramirez in the sixth inning.

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