8/9/2014 1:30 P.M. ET
Lady Jays support food banks with 30th annual drive
By Jamie Ross / MLB.com
TORONTO -- The Lady Jays are in the midst of their 30th annual food drive in support of Food Banks Canada. Fans attending Blue Jays home games at Rogers Centre this weekend are encouraged to donate non-perishable food items, provide monetary donations, or purchase grab bags for $25 and $40, which include an autographed baseball cap and other Blue Jays items. Donation collection will continue on Sunday at Gates 3, 5 and 10 between 10 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. ET.
"It's always important to get involved in the community, and being with Canada's only baseball team, we are incredibly lucky to host an event that has an impact across the entire country," Jilly McGowan, wife of Blue Jays starter Dustin McGowan, said in a release. "Visiting and volunteering at the food bank each year, we are able to see firsthand how important the work they are doing is, and we are very fortunate to be in the position to give back and assist them in alleviating hunger."
The Lady Jays Food Drive is the Blue Jays' longest standing community initiative. Each year, it raises awareness about hunger and food bank use in Canada. Food collected throughout the weekend will go to support a local affiliate food bank in Toronto, while cash donations will be directed to Food Banks Canada to support national programs.
Food Banks Canada represents 10 provincial associations, and a network of over 450 food banks and associated food agencies and programs. With over 830,000 Canadians using food banks each month, the organization's mission is to relieve hunger in Canada every day by raising food and funds to share with food banks nationally, to deliver programs and services to Canadian food banks and to influence public policy to create longer-term solutions.
Lind, Encarnacion nearing return to Blue Jays' lineup
TORONTO -- Adam Lind won't require any more rehab games, and he is expected to rejoin the Blue Jays in time for their series opener against the Mariners in Seattle on Monday.
The Blue Jays' designated hitter, who's been sidelined with a fractured right foot since early July, appeared in one game for the Gulf Coast League Blue Jays, going 2-for-2 with a pair of doubles on Thursday. He missed Friday's contest with back tightness, but that ailment wasn't serious and didn't affect his rehab assignment.
"He's good, he's coming with us. We need him," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said prior to Saturday's game against the Tigers.
Edwin Encarnacion, who's been on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right quadriceps since early July, was expected to appear in a rehab game with Class A Advanced Dunedin on Saturday, depending on how he felt when we arrived at the field.
"Hopefully by the end of the week," Gibbons said of Encarnacion's return to the Blue Jays' lineup.
Injuries have plagued the club of late, so the return of Lind and Encarnacion, who are key elements to the heart of Toronto's batting order, should provide an offensive boost.
Lind is hitting .320 with four homers, 27 RBIs and a .389 on-base percentage in 61 games this season. Encarnacion, meanwhile, is hitting .277 with 26 homers, 70 RBIs and a .368 OBP in 88 games.
• Max Pentecost, the Blue Jays' second pick (first round, 11th overall) in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, was batting .313 entering Saturday, with three triples and nine RBIs in 19 games with the Blue Jays' Class A Short Season affiliate in Vancouver.
Jamie Ross is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.