Yankees’ Tanaka has strained hamstring, won’t face Blue Jays

“Eddie hits a home run that inning, so who knows”.


The trio of former Jays was introduced to the crowd by WRSSBA president Michael Gorman and Surrey-White Rock MLA Gordon Hogg, at which time Alomar – who was inducted into the baseball hall of fame in 2011 – remarked, tongue-in-cheek, that the rainy, overcast weather reminded him of his home country of Puerto Rico.

Blue Jays catcher Dioner Navarro then tied it with his fifth homer of the season on a first-pitch fastball with one out in the ninth against left-hander Andrew Miller (3-2).

New York is now just 2 1/2 games behind the first-place Blue Jays, who have dropped three of four.

Instead, the win tightened up the division race, snipping Toronto’s lead to 2½ games, with the series finale to be played Wednesday night.

The game played out to form as Price dominated over seven scoreless innings of two-hit ball, while Warren struggled out of the gate. Robinson Cano hit two home runs and drove in four for the Mariners.

Right fielder Jose Bautista helped keep the Blue Jays in the game, throwing out runners at third and home in the seventh and ninth innings, respectively. Pillar doubled with two outs, Girardi had Miller intentionally walk Matt Hague (!) to get the left-on-left matchup with Miller against Revere, but Toronto skipper John Gibbons sent Russell Martin to the plate instead. He won his start last Wednesday at Tampa Bay, allowing one run and striking out seven in 5 2/3 innings.

“His reaction was awesome”, Miller said.

“It was pretty emotional, a great battle by both teams and unfortunately we came up short”, Navarro said.

I understand it’s no easy task to work with a bullpen, but Joe Girardi has to figure out what to do with this situation that seems to be a topic every night. “All I had to do was put the tag on him”.

In other games, the Chicago Cubs edged closer towards a post-season berth with a 4-0 triumph over the Milwaukee Brewers, the Arizona Diamondbacks thrashed the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-0, the Texas Rangers defeated the Oakland Athletics 8-6 and the San Francisco Giants saw off the San Diego Padres 4-2.

TORONTO-Yankees rookie Greg Bird has already proved that he can handle first base and contribute at a major-league level, becoming an entrenched regular in the absence of injured veteran Mark Teixeira. Toronto tied it in the fourth on a two-out RBI single by Justin Smoak.

Sabathia’s return and refusal to shut himself down this season shows his dedication to the team, and to helping the Yankees do whatever they can to compete in the postseason, even if it means dealing with injuries after his playing career.

A wild pitch moved Donaldson and Bautista into scoring position and an Edwin Encarnacion grounder was enough to score Donaldson.

Bryant’s two-run homer in the third was his 26th longball, besting Billy Williams’s mark in 1961. Umpire Greg Gibson initially ruled Ackley safe, but the call was overturned upon replay review.

Estrada intentionally walked Ellsbury and was relieved by Aaron Loup.

That came in the third, when New York used an error, a single and a walk to load the bases with one out. He had a good count at 2-0, but Betances came back and got Encarnacion to chase a breaking ball out of the zone and strike him out to end the inning and leave the bases loaded.

Rodriguez – and Brian McCann – had their chances on Monday.

“What can you say really?” said Gibbons. “I like the mound; it’s very good”. But once they got in and settled, fans made their presence known. The Cards pulled off a victory Tuesday, beating the Cincinnati Reds 3-1.


Bird isn’t among the last-arriving players at games.

Another late effort gives Sox the series win over Jays