Josh Donaldson hit a solo shot for Toronto in the first and the score was tied at one apiece until Jose Bautista homered in the 10th inning to lift the Blue Jays to a 2-1 win in New York.
Toronto sends Price against the Yankees Saturday, and against that backdrop, the Jays continue to plot a pitching course for their ace and for the remainder of their rotation.
New York Yankees pitcher Ivan Nova (47) watches as Toronto Blue Jays Justin Smoak rounds the bases after Smoak hit a grand slam home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, August 8, 2015, in New York. Warren faced two batters after Smoak’s grand slam, struck them both out, and was removed from the game. Everyone knows what our offense is capable of.
“We’d like to (keep Price on five days rotation), but maybe a time where he gets an extra day, depending on who we face”.
Tonight, the New York Yankees began a three game series against the Toronto Blue Jays, who trailed New York in the AL East by 4.5 games. “I was nothing more than a fan watching his favorite player, if you really want to look at it”, he said. “Making a statement that’s the most important part”.
The first of 13 games remaining between the division rivals started as most expected, with a slugfest.
Rookie reliever Roberto Osuna than came on to retire the Yankees in order in the bottom of the frame to record his ninth save of the season.
Nathan Eovaldi rose to the occasion against the AL’s highest-scoring lineup. His counterpart Eovaldi had a strong outing himself, going six and one thirds innings, giving up six hits and one earned run.
2B – Robinson Cano, Mariners: Cano went 2 for 4 with a solo home run in Seattle’s 4-3 win over the Rangers. “He’s done a good job of kind of piece by piece assembling a team that does a lot of things well”.
A group played some serious soccer in left field before batting practice and Liam Hendrickson zipped around on a CyBoard – it’s like a Segway without something to hold onto. He’s feeling fine, but hadn’t had much career success vs. Price. Duda went to second on a wild pitch and came home on Conforto’s liner to left-center. It was the first time in 15 appearances that Storen (2-1) gave up a run.
“They’re very similar to us”, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. Carlos Santana drew a one-out walk and pinch-hitter Ryan Raburn singled with two outs, but Jerry Sands struck out on three pitches to end the game. The Blue Jays are 14-38 in the last 52 meetings in New York. It’s also two fewer than Toronto, who is second in the majors behind Houston, which entered the night with 153.
Yankees: OF Brett Gardner didn’t start. The Yankees should have pulled him, when he loaded the bases, but I’m happy they didn’t.
Lester (7-8) gave up two runs and six hits over seven innings. The Yankees mustered just one run and four hits over eight innings Wednesday against Boston knuckleballer Steven Wright.
Once they were gone, Pinder buckled, Bautista’s drive silencing a crowd of 42,839, save for the pockets of Blue Jays fans. Toronto manager John Gibbons said LHP David Price will start next Friday in the series opener against the Yankees…. He had 11 Ks in an electrifying debut for the Jays.
His clubs have won his last six starts at Yankee Stadium, where he is 4-0 with a 2.16 ERA and 49 strikeouts over 41 2-3 innings in that span.
Kendry Flores (0-1) took the loss in relief of Jose Fernandez.
Toronto, since trading for lefty David Price and shortstop Tulowitzki, has won seven straight.