Saturday, 14 December, 2019

Tanaka deals, Chapman gets Guerrero as Yanks top Jays 1-0

Yankees third baseman Gio Urshela gets a hug from shortstop Didi Gregorius after the first of his two homers on Thursday night in Toronto a two-run shot in the first inning Tanaka deals, Chapman gets Guerrero as Yanks top Jays 1-0
Cary Erickson | 12 August, 2019, 21:41

"But we concentrated on working hard in the minors to one day like now we would be together all three with the Blue Jays".

And yes, even though he didn't get a hit for the first time in his young career, Bo Bichette was a factor with a stunning, multiple run-saving defensive play in the fifth inning, an effort overshadowed only by a pair of Teoscar Hernandez round trippers.

"That's obviously, in a lot of ways, the ball game there", Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. With the Yankees turning to a reliever today, I think Toronto can jump out on him and be able to pick up another win at home today.

Yankees left-hander J.A. Happ (9-7) allowed six runs, four hits and thee walks while striking out four in five innings against one of his former teams. Hernandez, who homered twice Friday, greeted righty Chance Adam with a three-run drive into the second deck, his 18th. The Rangers are 3-7 in the last 10 meetings in Toronto and the over is 5-1-1 in the last 7 meetings. That didn't stop many fans from grumbling on social media about the team's biggest star missing a Sunday home game against the Yankees, which they paid premium prices for. Of his past 29 hits, 20 have been for extra bases. His finished off the eighth and ninth innings to earn a four-out save and hand the 28-year-old Adam (1-0) his first Major League victory, giving Toronto a 2-1 series lead heading into the finale on Sunday.

A foul on a sinker slightly out of the strike zone followed, and then came ball one, low.

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In the third, Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner was ejected from the game after arguing balls and strikes from the dugout during Cameron Maybin's at-bat. Torres has missed the past three games. OF Giancarlo Stanton (right knee) was transferred to the 60-day injured list to open a spot on the 40-man roster.

Yankees: New York returns home Monday for a doubleheader against Baltimore, as the teams make up for a May 14 rainout. "Hopefully it's something that's a little shorter term but he's definitely got some impingement in there", Boone said. In 6.2 innings of work against the Yankees, he has a 2.70 ERA. RHP Jonathan Loaisiga (shoulder) threw 48 pitches over three shutout innings at Triple-A Friday. "He could potentially become an option for us some point this coming week.". OF Giancarlo Stanton (right knee) continues to hit off the tee and throw, but has yet to ramp up his activity. "Going into the game, I already knew I didn't have Giles".

The Blue Jays have struggled with pitching all season. He underwent surgery to remove bone spurs in his elbow.

Blue Jays rookie Bo Bichette went hitless for the first time in his 12-game career, ending a major league record streak that saw him hit at least one double in nine consecutive games. Of course it was Bichette (who walked) and Biggio (single) that Guerrero brought home with his triple. Guerrero leads all players with eight batted balls of 115 miles per hour or greater.

Yankees: RHP Masahiro Tanaka (7-6, 4.93) has an 8.71 ERA over six starts in July and August. Of the Jays 43 remaining games, 18 are against division leaders (including eight against the Yanks) and 25 against teams now holding down a playoff spot.