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Like Reyes, Johnson is one of several Blue Jays players to miss time with injuries, sitting out 31 games with a sore right triceps. Third baseman Brett Lawrie (left ankle), starters Brandon Morrow (forearm) and J.A. Happ (knee, head), and late-inning reliever Sergio Santos (triceps) all remain out of action.

But with Johnson healthy again, Reyes close to a return, Encarnacion swatting home runs and a once-leaky defense starting to look sharp, the rebuilt Blue Jays are finally hitting their stride.

Orioles outfielder Adam Jones, limited to just a pair of singles in Toronto’s weekend sweep, said he welcomed another contending team into the AL East mix.

“It shows that this division is getting better, it’s heating up,” Jones said. “It’s good, it’s good for this division. We all have to maintain it through the end of this month, throughout the All-Star break and then the second half should be pretty fun.”

For a while, it looked as though the Blue Jays might miss out on all that fun. After 11 straight wins, there’s reason to smile in Toronto.