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TORONTO -- Based on their scouting report, Tampa Bays hitters had a good idea how Toronto left-hander J.A. Happ was going to try and beat them.He went out and beat the Rays anyway.Happ and three relievers combined on a four-hitter as Happ became the first 16-game winner in the majors, and the Blue Jays blanked Tampa Bay 7-0 on Wednesday night.Toronto took over first place in the AL East when the Orioles lost 1-0 to Oakland later Wednesday.Troy Tulowitzki homered and had a season-high five RBI and Justin Smoak also connected for the Blue Jays, whose 162 homers this season are second only to Baltimore. The Orioles entered play Wednesday with 170.Rays manager Kevin Cash said Happ lived up to a scouting report that suggested they would see plenty of fastballs, especially four-seamers.We knew we were going to get it, we just werent able to handle it, Cash said.Happ (16-3) allowed four hits, all singles, to win his 10th consecutive decision.Thats a team number right there, those wins, Happ said after passing Bostons Rick Porcello and Washingtons Stephen Strasburg for most in the majors. But it feels good to go out there and give us a chance to win consistently. Thats always been my goal.Toronto has won Happs past 11 outings and is 18-5 when he starts.We knew he was a good pitcher and were glad to have him back, manager John Gibbons said.Rays infielder Brad Miller played behind Happ when both were with Seattle last season. Miller struck out twice in three at-bats Wednesday.Obviously today it was tough battling in there against him, Miller said. Thats what I liked when I was on his team was his competitive fire and his conviction.Joe Biagini, Jason Grilli and Ryan Tepera worked one inning each to complete Torontos seventh shutout.Tulowitzki hit a two-out, three-run homer off Rays rookie Blake Snell in the first inning, his 19th. The drive snapped a streak of 17 straight solo home runs by Toronto, which hadnt gone deep with a man on base since Josh Donaldsons two-run homer in the first inning of a July 20 win at Arizona.All three runs were unearned after Rays right fielder Steven Souza Jr. was charged with an error when he dropped Donaldsons foul fly ball.I had to run a long way but that ball has got to be caught, Souza said.Snell ran into trouble again in the second and could not finish the inning. After Devon Travis hit an RBI single, Donaldson reached on a fielders choice and went to second on a balk. Snell walked Edwin Encarnacion and Russell Martin to load the bases for Tulowitzki, who walked on a full-count pitch to bring home another run. Dylan Floro came on and retired Melvin Upton Jr. to end the rally.Snell (3-5) worked a career-low 1 2/3 innings and matched a career-worst by allowing five runs, two earned, and five hits. He threw 68 pitches, 37 strikes.Thats the first time weve really seen him struggle, Cash said. It wasnt for lack of stuff, he had the stuff going. It was lack of command and location with his pitches.Before the game, the Blue Jays placed slugger Jose Bautista on the 15-day disabled list because of a sprained left knee. Bautista stumbled and fell while making a throw in the third inning Tuesday.STOLEN MOMENTSUpton stole three bases, the most by a Blue Jay since Jose Reyes stole three against Kansas City on July 11, 2015.TRAINERS ROOMRays: SS Matt Duffy (left Achilles) went 0 for 4 in a rehab game at Triple-A Durham. 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That once was commonplace, with marquee players Bob Cousy, Oscar Robertson, Alex English and Isiah Thomas all serving as union presidents. But Paul, a six-time All-Star who is widely regarded as the best point guard in the league, is the first big star to hold the top spot since Patrick Ewings run ended in 2001. Role players Michael Curry, Antonio Davis and Fisher, who had been in charge since 2006, followed Ewing. "That wasnt a requirement, but I think it gives us a little more oomph, I guess, having somebody like him wanting to step up and take on that role," Charlotte Bobcats forward Anthony Tolliver said in a phone interview. "It means a lot." Paul served as a vice-president for the last four years, so he has intimate knowledge of the inner workings of the union, and the trouble that engulfed it recently. "It was something I saw as a challenge, something I knew Id be able to handle," Paul said. 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Commissioner David Stern, who is retiring in February and handing the reins over to deputy commissioner Adam Silver, has said multiple times this summer that testing for HGH was a priority. "Chris is an All-Star player and person and we look forward to working with him," Silver said in a statement. Tolliver, who has long been one of the most devoted player representatives in the league, and Steve Blake were elected vice-presidents, filling the executive committee positions vacated by Paul and Mason. "This is not a position thats about me or one person," Paul said. "Its about the collective group and the players and I think from my experience ... its about growing the game and expanding our brand and continue to get our players involved as we can and make sure our voice is heard. The guys here just understand its our union, theres no one person that is bigger than the group." Paul said the union needed a "rebuild," and he was looking forward to rolling up his sleeves and getting to work. Tolliver agreed, saying it was time for a "fresh start" after a messy time in the unions history. "We want to make sure that nothing remotely close that has gone on in the union in the past 12 months or so will ever happen again," Tolliver said. "Its a huge job. Its a huge responsibility. Im glad to be a part of that." Pauls ascension could pave the way for more involvement from the biggest names in the game. LeBron James considered running for the job before deciding against it, and Paul is an All-NBA first team player who has been tight with James for years. "Since Ive been in the NBA the superstars have come to a few meetings here and there, every once in a while, but not very often," Tolliver said. "The fact that (James) even considered doing that lets me know that hes going to be more involved in the future. ... 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