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Estrada ac­knowl­edged the buzz of the July 31 non-waiver trade dead­line took its toll. Of course with MLB’s waiver dead­line of Aug. 31 ap­proach­ing, Estrada could be in fur­ther de­mand, es­pe­cially if the Jays don’t make up se­ri­ous ground in the wild­card race.

By the time he left the Rogers Cen­tre mound on Thurs­day, so­cial me­dia was hum­ming with sev­eral teams that could be log­i­cal des­ti­na­tions for the vet­eran.

“It is a lit­tle weight off your shoul­ders once you re­al­ize you’re not go­ing any­where,” Estrada ac­knowl­edged. “I know we still have a month and things could hap­pen but I’m re­ally not think­ing about it any more.

“I’ve said it a mil­lion times — I want to play with these guys. I would go on and help what­ever team (if traded) but I want to stick around.”

Estrada was sharp early in this one, strik­ing out four Yan­kees bat­ters in the first two in­nings the Estrada out­ing: In each of the first three in­nings he al­lowed a two-out dou­ble. In each case, he was able to re­tire the next bat­ter.… The Jays jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the sec­ond thanks to an er­ror from Yan­kees starter Sonny Gray, who tried to pick off Ryan Goins at sec­ond and a great slide to the back of the plate from Eze­quiel Car­rera to avoid the tag from Yan­kees catcher Gary Sanchez … It was the sec­ond throw­ing er­ror by Gray in as many vis­its to the Rogers Cen­tre, the pre­vi­ous when he was here with the Oak­land A’s and re­sulted in four un­earned Jays runs … Josh Don­ald­son’s RBI sin­gle in the third was his 13th over the past 12 games. His pre­vi­ous 13 RBI took 36 games … Even though there was no save sit­u­a­tion, Gib­bons trot­ted closer Roberto Osuna out for the ninth. Osuna al­lowed a cou­ple of walks, but struck out three to close it out. @lon­g­ley­sun­sport

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