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20 Josh Donaldson 3B
Height/Weight: 6-1/210 | Birthdate: 12/8/1985 | Birthplace: Pensacola, FL | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Toronto | College: Auburn | MLB Experience: 5 | Salary: $492,500 | Owned/Started%: 100/100 | Average Draft Position: 21.25
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Josh Donaldson homers, drives in three for Blue Jays


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(1:05 am ET) Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson hit a three run home run to help lead Toronto to a win over Minnesota on Friday. 

Donaldson went 2 for 5. The homer was his 14th of the year and brought him to 38 RBI. He's now homered in four straight games. 


Blue Jays 3B Josh Donaldson hits another ninth-inning home run


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/27/2015) Josh Donaldson did it again. For the second straight game, the Blue Jays third baseman blasted a ninth-inning home run off White Sox closer David Robertson. This time, the solo home run tied the game at three, but the White Sox would come back to win in the 10th inning.

"Cutter, just this one was a little bit up," Donaldson said of the pitch from Robertson that led to the game-tying homer, per MLB.com. "From my at-bat earlier, I hit a fly ball to right field that I thought I hit pretty well, and I figured I should try and pull it."

The home run, Donaldson's 13th of the season, was his only hit of the game. He now has eight hits over his last five games as his season average sits at .314.


Blue Jays' Josh Donaldson ends huge game with walk-off


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2015) Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson hit a three-run walk-off home run to beat the White Sox on Tuesday.

"That’s the coolest part," he said of the game winner. "All your boys there sitting at home plate, the crowd going crazy, everybody’s very exuberant, because we just won the game."

The blast capped a two homer night for Donaldson. He hit a solo shot in the first inning. 

Donaldson went 4 for 4 on the night and scored five times. He has six hits in his last seven at bats. He's scored eight runs and hit three home runs in the last two games. 

Donaldson now has 12 home runs and 33 RBI. He's hitting .315.


Josh Donaldson goes deep in Blue Jays' win


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2015) Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson hit a solo home run in Monday's win over the White Sox. 

Donaldson went 2 for 3 and scored three times. He walked once and hit his tenth home run of the season. He drove in his 29th run. 


Blue Jays 3B Josh Donaldson back in lineup Saturday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2015) Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson returned to the starting lineup Saturday against the Mariners after he was sidelined by calf soreness Friday. Donaldson did make a pinch-hit appearance Friday.

Donaldson heads into Saturday's game with a .299/.342/.507/.850 slash line over his last 18 games. 

Left-hander James Paxton is on the mound for Seattle. Donaldson is batting .389 with one double, three home runs and six RBI in nine games against left-handed starters in 2015.


Blue Jays 3B Josh Donaldson finally gets a day off Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/22/2015) Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson will get his first day off this season, as he is being held out of the lineup on Friday against the Mariners. Donaldson has hit well lately, batting .270 with two home runs and seven RBI over his last 10 games, batting solely out of the top two spots in the lineup.

Manager John Gibbons said Donaldson, who has started each of the team's first 43 games this year, has been playing on a "bad calf" and was looking to give him a day off, acording to SportsNet.

Danny Valencia will get the start at the hot corner, while Ezequiel Carrera will move up to the leadoff spot the batting order. 


Blue Jays 3B Josh Donaldson crushes ninth home run of the year


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2015) Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson went 1 for 3 at the plate in Toronto's 3-2 loss to the Angels on Tuesday. 

Donaldson led things off in the first with a solo home run off of Hector Santiago, his ninth of the season. He later brought home another run on a sacrifice fly in the fifth.

Donaldson is now hitting .316 with 28 RBI in 158 at-bats this season.


Blue Jays slot Josh Donaldson, Jose Bautista atop lineup Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/18/2015) The Blue Jays are using third baseman Josh Donaldson as the leadoff hitter on Monday while slotting designated hitter Jose Bautista second.

Regular leadoff hitter Devon Travis is out of the lineup for a second straight day Monday, but rather than plug a replacement atop the lineup and leave most of the team's batters in their normal spots, Donaldson and Bautista will bat one-two for the second time this season, followed by first baseman Edwin Encarnacion in the No. 3 spot and catcher Russell Martin batting cleanup. It's the same configuration the team used on May 1 with both Travis and Jose Reyes out of the lineup.

The Blue Jays are home underdogs (+113) on Monday, per VegasInsider.com.


Josh Donaldson homers, drives in three for Blue Jays


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2015) Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson hit a two-run home run and drove in three runs in Tuesday's win over Baltimore. 

Donaldson went 2 for 5, increasing his average to .319. He went deep for the eighth time this year and drove in his 24th run. 


Josh Donaldson, Chris Colabello provide solo homers in Blue Jays' win


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/9/2015) Josh Donaldson and Chris Colabello connected for solo home runs in the Blue Jays' rout of the Red Sox on Friday.

Donaldson delivered a first-inning solo shot while Colabello added a bases-empty blast in the second.


Blue Jays 3B Josh Donaldson smacks lead-off home run Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/2/2015) Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson did all he could to help his club avoid defeat Friday against the Indians. Donaldson, who was moved to the leadoff spot in the lineup, went 2 for 3 with two walks, a run scored and a solo home run.

The homer was Donaldson's sixth of the year and came on Carlos Carrasco's second pitch of the game. It doesn't seem to matter where manager John Gibbons puts Donaldson in the lineup these days, as he is hitting .282 with three home runs and six RBI over his last 10 games. 


Donaldson moves into leadoff spot for Blue Jays as Travis gets day off


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/1/2015) With Jose Reyes on the disabled list and Devon Travis getting his second day off this season, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons decided to shake up his lineup Friday against the Indians.

Josh Donaldson, Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion all moved up one spot in the lineup, which meant Donaldson moved into the leadoff spot. It was the first time in Donaldson's career he hit leadoff.

Russell Martin moved into the cleanup spot, which is usually where Encarnacion bats. He was followed by Kevin Pillar, Michael Saunders, Dalton Pompey, Ryan Goins (who started for Travis) and Jonathan Diaz.


Blue Jays 3B Josh Donaldson rips up Red Sox


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2015) Its only April, but the addition of third baseman Josh Donaldson certainly appears to be a great one for the Blue Jays.

Donaldson has been mashing since an 0-for-7 start to the season. He remained on a roll Tuesday night with a three-hit game against Boston in which he singled in a run and scored in the third, singled and scored in the fourth and put the cherry on top in the ninth with a 415-foot solo homer to center.

The big night gave Donaldson 24 hits in his last 57 at-bats and 13 RBI during that stretch. He boasts a fine slash line of .349/.402/.602.


Josh Donaldson homers, Blue Jays sweep Orioles


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2015) Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson went 2 for 4 with a double, a home run and two RBI as his team was able to complete a sweep of the Orioles with a 7-6 victory Thursday.

Donaldson's two-run homer capped a three-run third inning, and the Blue Jays were able add on three more runs in the fourth inning and another in the fifth, the last of which proving to be crucial after the Orioles scored six runs in the final four innings. The third baseman has hit .349/.400/.635 with four home runs and 13 RBI in 63 at-bats.


Blue Jays' Donaldson has trio of three-hit games in last six outings


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2015) Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson collected three hits for the third time in six games on Tuesday vs. Baltimore. He finished with one run, one RBI, one walk and two doubles.

After batting .192 in his first seven games, Donaldson is batting .483 (14 for 29) with three doubles, three home runs, eight RBI and eight runs in his last seven games. 

He has seven multihit games this season.


Blue Jays' Josh Donaldson hits walk-off HR in 11th inning on Saturday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/18/2015) Josh Donaldson's solo home run in the bottom of the 11th inning broke a 5-5 tie and gave the Blue Jays a walk-off win over the Braves on Saturday.

That is Donaldson's fourth walk-off home run over the last two seasons -- more than 23 teams have in that span.

'"As a baseball player, as any competitor, you enjoy moments where you can win the game for your team," Donaldson said.

"Not everybody can do that," manager John Gibbons said after Donaldson crushed a 1-0 changeup from Braves reliever Sugar Ray Marimon. "Donaldson is one of those guys. He's so focused, he's not just up there swinging ... He has a plan."


Valencia, Tolleson in lineup; Donaldson at DH vs. LHP Wood


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2015) The Blue Jays moved Josh Donaldson to designated hitter and included Danny Valencia and Steve Tolleson in the lineup Saturday afternoon against Braves left-hander Alex Wood, according to the Toronto Star. Donaldson remained in his normal No. 2 hole, while Valencia will bat fifth and Tolleson eighth.

Blue Jays decision to hit Josh Donaldson in No. 2 spot pays off


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2015) Blue Jays manager John Gibbons was pleased with his decision to move third baseman Josh Donaldson to second in the batting order Wednesday against the Rays.

Donaldson, who spent the first eight games of the season in the No. 5, singled in the opening frame and scored on a two-run homer by Jose Bautista. He finished 3 for 5 with two singles, a double, two runs scored and three RBI in a 12-7 victory over the Rays.

"Donaldson I thought might be a good guy there, thought we'd give him a try now," Gibbons said of moving Donaldson from the fifth spot. "You always like your top hitters there. They might get that extra at-bat. He's up there setting the table. He's a threat."

Donaldson has four games with at least two hits, including two in as many days. He is hitting .286 with three doubles, three walks and six RBI in nine games.


Blue Jays move Josh Donaldson to second spot in batting order


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2015) Blue Jays manager John Gibbons moved third baseman Josh Donaldson to second in the batting order Wednesday against the Rays. Donaldson -- who hit fifth in the first eight games -- was batting behind Jose Reyes and in front of Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion.

Donaldson is batting .167 (2 for 12) with one home run and three RBI in his career against Erasmo Ramirez, who is starting for the Rays on Wednesday.

Donaldson has a career .275 average, .473 slugging percentage, five home runs, nine doubles and 19 RBI in 34 games batting second.


Blue Jays' Josh Donaldson totals 3 RBI in win over Orioles


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2015) Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson came up with three RBI during Friday's 12-5 win over the Orioles. 

Donaldson went 2 for 3, scored a run and drew a walk. Donaldson entered the game just 2 for 11 through three games.

Donaldson hit a sacrifice fly in the third and a two-run double in the fifth. Those were his first three RBI of the season. 


Blue Jays 3B Josh Donaldson connects for third spring HR


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2015) Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson homered for the third time this spring and second time in three games Tuesday against the Twins. He hit a solo home run off Ricky Nolasco in the fifth inning.

Donaldson has homered off Nolasco, David Buchanan and Seth Rosin this spring. He is batting .364 (12 for 33) with six RBI in 13 spring games.


Josh Donaldson loses arbitration case with Blue Jays, to earn $4.3M


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2/13/2015) Third baseman Josh Donaldson lost his arbitration case with the Blue Jays and will receive $4.3 million in 2015, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Donaldson, heading into his first season in Toronto, was seeking $5.75 million while the Blue Jays were offering $4.3 million. Donaldson hit .255 with 29 home runs and 98 RBI in 2014 for the Athletics.


Josh Donaldson, Blue Jays likely heading for arbitration


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) Third baseman Josh Donaldson and the Blue Jays are likely headed for arbitration after failing to agree on a deal before the deadline Friday. Donaldson reportedly submitted a $5.75 million request, while the Blue Jays submitted a $4.3 million request, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Donaldson was traded to Toronto in Novemeber for Brett Lawrie and Kendall Graveman. He hit .255 with 29 home runs and 98 RBI in 2014.


Blue Jays 3B Donaldson expecting more homers in 2015


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/29/2014) New Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson has predicted a power surge in 2015, greatly as a result to the move to a new home ballpark.

"(There were) 14 balls I hit in Oakland this year I thought would go out for homers but didn't," he told Sportsnet. "I'm looking forward to hitting in Rogers Center."

Donaldson still blasted 29 home runs with the Athletics last season.


A's deal Josh Donaldson to Blue Jays for Brett Lawrie


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/28/2014) The Athletics have dealt third baseman Josh Donaldson to the Blue Jays for third baseman Brett Lawrie and pitcher Kendall Graveman, according to FoxSports.com. CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman has confirmed the deal.

Pitcher Sean Nolin and shortstop Franklin Barreto are also heading to Oakland, according to Yahoo! The 28-year-old Donaldson is entering his first year of arbitration. He's under team control until 2019. Lawrie is also entering his first year of arbitration, but will become a free-agent in 2018. Lawrie is entering his age-25 season. Graveman sky-rocketed through Toronto's farm system last year, jumping multiple levels. The 23-year-old posted a 1.83 ERA in 27 starts over four levels. He made his major-league debut as well, coming out of the bullpen five times at the end of the year. 

The 24-year-old Nolin posted a 3.43 ERA over three levels in the minors last season. He tossed one inning in the majors last season, giving up one run. The 18-year-old Barreto hit .311/.384/.481 over 328 at-bats in Class A ball.