Rays hit 4 homers, beat slumping Blue Jays 7-4

TORONTO (AP) -- With a late power surge, the Tampa Bay Rays wiped away the memory of a tough loss. Logan Morrison hit a two-run homer, Evan Longoria and Corey Dickerson added solo shots and the Rays connected three times in the eighth inning to beat the struggling Toronto Blue Jays 7-4 on Friday night.

Coghlan's leap, Stroman's hit lift Blue Jays over Cards 6-5

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Toronto's Chris Coghlan called it instinct. It was more like a leap of faith. Coghlan made an acrobatic, run-scoring bound over St. Louis All-Star catcher Yadier Molina, and Marcus Stroman came across with the go-ahead run after pinch hitting in the 11th inning and doubling for his first major league hit in the Blue Jays' 6-5 win over the Cardinals on Tuesday night.

LEADING OFF: Twins-Tigers scrap; Scherzer on Sunday night

A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ BAD BLOOD The Tigers and Twins close out a three-game series a day after benches cleared and punches were thrown. Detroit's JaCoby Jones was hit in the face by a pitch, and two innings later, Minnesota slugger Miguel Sano punched Tigers catcher James McCann in the mask as both dugouts emptied after Matthew Boyd threw a pitch behind Sano.

Orioles hit 4 HRs, beat slumping Blue Jays 6-4

TORONTO (AP) -- The Toronto Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles got a bit of a scare Friday night -- from home plate umpire Dale Scott. Scott sustained a concussion when he was hit in the face mask by a foul tip from Baltimore slugger Mark Trumbo, casting a shadow over the Orioles' 6-4 victory over the sputtering Blue Jays. "That one didn't sound good," Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said.

Update on the latest sports

NHL PLAYOFFS Playoffs begin tonight UNDATED (AP) -- The NHL playoffs get underway tonight, with 16 teams aiming for the Stanley Cup. Defending champion Pittsburgh will try to become the first team since the Detroit Red Wings in 1997 and 1998 to win consecutive championships. The Penguins begin their quest tonight when they host the Columbus Blue Jackets. Also tonight, the New York Rangers visit Montreal, Boston is in Ottawa, Minnesota hosts St.

Baseball's new trend: Saying 'NO' to ground balls

Josh Donaldson and Reggie Jackson stood off to the third base side of the batting cage, a pair of former American League MVPs discussing their craft in spring training. When the Blue Jays star hopped in to take his swings, Mr. October pulled out his phone to shoot video, a visual aid for his job as a special adviser to the Yankees. "Josh's swing, it's something new and different," the 70-year-old Jackson said.