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Ryu spins 3-hitter, Jays beat Rangers 5-0 in 1st game of DH

Ryu spins 3-hitter, Jays beat Rangers 5-0 in 1st game of DH

Hyun Jin Ryu threw a three-hitter for his third career shutout and Danny Jansen hit a home run for Toronto to lead the Blue Jays to a 5-0 win over the Texas Rangers in the first game of a doubleheaderBy MIKE HAIM Associated PressJuly 18, 2021, 10:29 PM• 3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleBUFFALO, N.Y. — Hyun Jin Ryu threw a three-hitter for his third career shutout and Danny Jansen hit a home run for Toronto to lead the Blue Jays to a 5-0 win over the Texas Rangers in the first game of a doubleheader on Sunday.Ryu (9-5) went the full seven innings, striking out four and walking one in his first shutout since May 7, 2019 with the Los Angeles Dodgers against Atlanta.“During the bullpen sessions I had before the All-Star break, I talked with (pitching coach) Pete (Walker) and we discussed how my arm slot and release point had been dropping a bit,” Ryu said through a translator. “Today I was able to get on top again and that resulted in the changeup and the rest of my pitches to be a little faster than normal.”The Blue Jays, winners of three straight, took a 2-0 lead in the third inning on an RBI groundout by Marcus Semien and a run-scoring single by Bo Bichette. Jansen led off the fifth inning with his fifth homer and Randal Grichuk added a sixth-inning sacrifice fly to provide insurance.Kolby Allard (2-6) allowed five runs, seven hits and a walk over 5 1/3 innings for Texas, which has lost four in a row and eight of its last 11.Ryu escaped trouble in the second inning with the game still scoreless. He allowed a leadoff triple to Joey Gallo but struck out John Hicks and induced a soft infield popout by Eli White before fanning David Dahl to end the threat.The game took 1 hour, 48 minutes, the shortest game this season in the major leagues. Detroit and the Chicago White Sox played a doubleheader opener in 1:50 on April 29.TWO-WAY RELATIONSHIPThe Blue Jays, who received approval Friday from the Canadian federal government to return home later this month, changed the paint scheme on the dugouts at their temporary home to read “Thank You Buffalo” and include the logo of the Buffalo Bisons, the Triple-A affiliate they displaced this season.While attendance hadn’t been announced for the doubleheader, it appeared that the twin bill drew the largest crowd of the Blue Jays’ tenure at Sahlen Field. The Jays’ previous largest home crowd of the season was 10,100 on Friday night.ROSTER MOVESRangers: RHP Demarcus Evans was called up from Triple-A Round Rock as the 27th man for the doubleheader.Blue Jays: IF Breyvic Valera, who was batting .313 in 41 games at Buffalo, was selected to the major league roster. OF Jonathan Davis was optioned to Buffalo, but was the 27th man for the twin bill. LHP Nick Allgeyer, who appeared in 11 games for Buffalo and one with Toronto, was designated for assignment.TRAINER’S ROOMRangers: C Jose Trevino (right forearm contusion) is 3 for 7 in two games so far in his rehab assignment at Double-A Frisco. Rangers manager Chris Woodward said Trevino is healthy enough to be activated in the next week, but needs to continue work on his timing. … C Sam Huff (right knee surgery) was activated from the 60-day injured list and optioned to Round Rock. To make room on the 40-man roster, RHP Tyler Phillips, who was with Round Rock, was designated for assignment.UP NEXTRangers RHP Mike Foltynewicz (2-8, 5.11 ERA) takes on Blue Jays LHP Steven Matz (7-4, 4.72) in the second game of the doubleheader.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Guerrero hits 2 HRs to reach 30, Blue Jays rout Rangers 10-2

Guerrero hits 2 HRs to reach 30, Blue Jays rout Rangers 10-2

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. followed up his breakout All-Star Game with two homers, and the Toronto Blue Jays powered past the Texas Rangers 10-2By MIKE HAIM Associated PressJuly 17, 2021, 3:18 AM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleBUFFALO, N.Y. — Vladimir Guerrero Jr. followed up his breakout All-Star Game with two homers, and the Toronto Blue Jays powered past the Texas Rangers 10-2 on Friday night.All-Stars Teoscar Hernández and Marcus Semien homered for Toronto along with Randal Grichuk, and Robbie Ray held Texas scoreless over 6 2/3 innings.Guerrero, named the All-Star MVP on Tuesday night, connected off Texas starter Jordan Lyles in the first inning to make it 1-0 and added a three-run blast in the sixth against Dennis Santana, his 30th of the season. That led to chants of “M-V-P!” from the crowd of 10,100 as the Blue Jays opened their final stretch of games in their temporary Buffalo home. The team received approval from the Canadian government on Friday to return to Toronto for the homestand that begins July 30.“Vladdy is one of the best players in baseball right now,” Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo said. “He showed it in the All-Star Game and he showed it again today. He didn’t have a break. That’s what I like about going back to Toronto now: The fans get to watch one of the best players in baseball. He’s been amazing.”Montoyo said his team was buoyed by the news of its return to Toronto.“Everybody was smiling and everybody was happy,” Montoyo said. “We took the momentum into the game.”Ray (8-4), who took a no-hitter into the seventh inning on Sunday at Tampa Bay, allowed four hits and two walks while striking out eight. Semien, Hernández, and Grichuk all homered in the third for the Blue Jays, who won consecutive games for the first time since July 2-3.”I like staying on a five-day schedule,” Ray said. “I was able to stay in my routine, and I felt really good.”Eli White had a two-run homer in the ninth for the Rangers, who dropped their third straight and have lost six of eight. Lyles (5-6) went four innings and allowed four home runs for the second time in his career, with both instances coming in his last six appearances.“We ran into a pretty good pitcher,” Rangers manager Chris Woodward said. “He’s probably been their best guy all year. Obviously these guys are swinging the bats as well as anybody in baseball right now. We just got beat.”Montoyo paid tribute to the city that’s hosted the Blue Jays for parts of two seasons.“I don’t want to forget about how great Buffalo has been to us,” Montoyo said. “The job they did to make it closer to a big-league ballpark, and the stands were full. But we’re the Toronto Blue Jays, and it’ll be great to go home and show this team to the whole nation and Toronto.”HISTORIC HOMECOMINGBuffalo-born Rangers C Jonah Heim made his first appearance at Sahlen Field and had a sharp single to lead off the seventh inning.Fans gave him a standing ovation after the hit and Heim, who played at suburban Orchard Park High School, waved to acknowledge the crowd. Heim, taken by Baltimore in the fourth round of the 2013 draft, had never played in the park, even in the minors.According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is the first Buffalo-born player to participate in a major league game in the city since John Gillespie, who played on Oct. 1, 1890 for the Buffalo Bisons against the Boston Reds.TRAINER’S ROOMRangers: LHP John King (shoulder inflammation) is scheduled to “pick up a ball” this weekend, according to Woodward, and was likely to miss his first post-All Star Break turn in the rotation.Blue Jays: LHP Ryan Borucki (forearm flexor strain) was activated from the injured list before the game and worked the eighth inning, allowing a leadoff single and striking out two. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Blue Jays designated RHP Joel Payamps, who had been with Triple-A Buffalo, for assignment.UP NEXTIn Saturday’s middle game of the weekend series, the Rangers will send LHP Kolby Allard (2-5, 3.45 ERA) to the mound against Blue Jays LHP Hyun Jin Ryu (8-5, 3.56).———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Meadows gets 3 hits, Franco homers as Rays beat Blue Jays

Meadows gets 3 hits, Franco homers as Rays beat Blue Jays

Austin Meadows had three hits, including two RBI doubles, and the Tampa Bay Rays ended their 10-game road losing streak with a 5-1 victory over the Toronto Blue JaysBy MIKE HAIM Associated PressJuly 4, 2021, 9:13 PM• 3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleBUFFALO, N.Y. — Austin Meadows had three hits, including two RBI doubles, and the Tampa Bay Rays ended their 10-game road losing streak with a 5-1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday.Wander Franco hit his second homer for Tampa Bay, which had dropped five in a row overall. Yandy Díaz had two hits and scored twice.The Rays trailed 1-0 before Franco connected in the sixth inning against Robbie Ray (6-4). Díaz then doubled and scored on Meadows’ first RBI double.Tampa Bay added three more in the ninth. Meadows drove in Díaz again with his third double of the game. Taylor Walls also had an RBI double, and Mike Brosseau added a sacrifice fly.“It was quite the pitchers’ duel early on. Robbie Ray was really challenging for us, then Wander comes up with the big home run and then we were able to add on a little bit,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. “It feels good to win.”Ryan Yarbrough (5-3) pitched five innings of four-hit ball for Tampa Bay. Collin McHugh struck out six in three innings before Diego Castillo worked the ninth.Since returning from the injured list on May 4, McHugh has an ERA of just 0.32, allowing one earned run in 28 1/3 innings with 45 strikeouts. The six he recorded Sunday were his most as a reliever.“It feels like a continuation of how I’ve pitched out of the bullpen since the beginning of 2018,” McHugh said. “I’ve felt pretty comfortable in this type of role.”Randal Grichuk hit his 15th homer for Toronto in the second. Bo Bichette had two of Toronto’s six hits as the Blue Jays fell four games behind the second-place Rays in the AL East standings.Ray allowed five hits in seven innings and finished with six strikeouts. He now has 119 in his 16 starts this season, the second-most by a Blue Jays pitcher over their first 16 starts, trailing only Roger Clemens’ 122 in 1997.Toronto was looking to sweep Tampa Bay for the first time in a three-game series since September 2015.“Coming into the series, I was thinking we had to take two of three,” Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said. “Today wasn’t our best game, but I’m pleased with the two out of three that we took from the Rays.”Tampa Bay recorded eight hits after mustering a total of 10 and batting only .156 in the first two games of the weekend set against Toronto.TRAINER’S ROOMBlue Jays: RHP Rafael Dolis (finger) was activated from the injured list and retired just one of the five batters he faced in the ninth inning, allowing three hits and hitting a batter. To make room on the roster, Toronto optioned LHP Nick Allgeyer, who made his MLB debut on Friday, to Triple-A Buffalo.UP NEXTRays: Return home for a three-game series against Cleveland. LHP Rich Hill (6-3, 3.70 ERA) will face Indians LHP Logan Allen (1-5, 8.38 ERA) on Monday.Blue Jays: After an off day, Toronto will visit Baltimore for a three-game series starting Tuesday, with LHP Steven Matz (4-3, 4.48 ERA) taking the mound. The Orioles have not yet announced a starter for the series opener.———More AP MLB coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Manoah fans 10 and 3 Blue Jays homer in 11-1 win over Rays

Manoah fans 10 and 3 Blue Jays homer in 11-1 win over Rays

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Alek Manoah, back from a five-game suspension, struck out a career-high 10 over seven scoreless innings of three-hit ball for the Toronto Blue Jays in their 11-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night.George Springer, Marcus Semien and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. homered for Toronto, which has won nine of 12. Semien, elected an All-Star starter Thursday, scored three times.Manoah (2-0) allowed only Francisco Mejía’s bloop double with one out in the sixth and then clean singles by Wander Franco and Joey Wendle in the seventh. The 23-year-old rookie also walked Ji-Man Choi in the first.“In the sixth, when Grich (Randal Grichuk) missed that ball and everybody started clapping, I thought, what are they clapping at? He missed it,” Manoah said, grinning. “I had no clue what was going on. Then I looked up at the scoreboard and thought, oh, that would have been cool.“I was in a good rhythm tonight. I was able to attack and get ahead first pitch and let the defense work behind me.”Luis Patiño (1-2), fresh off 17 straight shutout innings at Triple-A Durham, was tagged for six runs in the first two innings but settled down to retire 10 consecutive batters before allowing a sixth-inning run.He struck out five and yielded seven hits and a walk for Tampa Bay, which dropped its fourth straight overall and ninth in a row on the road.“Even though you may not start as well as you want, you still have to finish well,” said Patiño, optioned back to Durham after the game. “Give credit to their hitters for barreling some of those balls. I tried to keep my confidence, even though the results weren’t quite there.”Mejia finished with two doubles and Brandon Lowe had an RBI double in the eighth as the Rays spoiled Toronto’s shutout bid.Manoah was suspended by Major League Baseball after being ejected from a June 19 start at Baltimore, but appealed it and pitched last Friday in a rematch against the Orioles. He dropped his appeal Saturday.“It’s kind of like putting a plate of food in front of somebody and telling them they can’t eat it for seven days,” Manoah said. “I was just really hungry to get back out there.”Springer hit his fourth homer, a two-run shot to straightaway center field, in the first. One inning later, Lourdes Gurriel Jr., Reese McGuire, Guerrero and Semien all had RBIs as Toronto rallied for four more runs and jumped out to a 6-0 lead.In the seventh, Semien led off with his 21st homer and Guerrero added his 27th to plate two runs and tie Boston’s Rafael Devers for the American League RBI lead with 69. The figure also matches Guerrero’s personal high from 2019.Tampa Bay outfielder Brett Phillips pitched the eighth inning and allowed one run.Toronto lefty Nick Allgeyer made his big league debut, pitching a perfect ninth.PROUD AS PAPASThe day after three Blue Jays were voted by fans into the starting lineup for the American League in the July 13 All-Star Game, manager Charlie Montoyo was beaming with pride.“I feel like a dad, when your kids do something right,” Montoyo said about the selection of Guerrero, Semien and Teoscar Hernández. “I’m so happy for them. I know it was a voting deal, but they all earned it. Their numbers are amazing, and they all deserve to be there.”Meanwhile, Rays manager Kevin Cash was happy that two Rays minor leaguers — Durham right-handers Shane Baz and Joe Ryan — were chosen for the U.S. Olympic roster.“They’re both pitchers we think really highly of,” Cash said. “For them to go represent your country, that’s pretty special. We’re proud as an organization of both of them.”TRAINER’S ROOMRays: Cash said RHPs Chris Archer (right lateral forearm tightness) and Oliver Drake (right flexor tendon strain) threw live batting practice in Port Charlotte, Florida, and are scheduled to do the same next Tuesday.Blue Jays: RHP Tyler Chatwood (neck strain) was placed on the 10-day IL. RHP Patrick Murphy was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo, and two pitchers — Allgeyer and righty Anthony Castro — were recalled from Triple-A. … Montoyo said Danny Jansen (hamstring) and Alejandro Kirk (hip flexor) would split the catching duties Friday for Triple-A Buffalo in a doubleheader against Lehigh Valley. In the first game, Jansen went 1 for 4 and RHP Rafael Dolis (finger) worked a shutout inning to begin his rehab assignment.UP NEXTTampa Bay sends LHP Shane McClanahan (3-2, 4.09 ERA) to the mound against RHP Ross Stripling (3-4, 4.27) in the middle game of the series Saturday.———More AP MLB coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Kikuchi sharp in seven, Mariners win 7-2 over Blue Jays

Kikuchi sharp in seven, Mariners win 7-2 over Blue Jays

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Yusei Kikuchi pitched one-run ball over seven innings, Jake Fraley and Shed Long Jr. homered off Hyun Jin Ryu, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-2 Thursday.Kikuchi (6-3) struck out six and allowed five hits in winning his third straight start, moving to 5-0 in his last seven appearances. After a leadoff home run by Marcus Semien, the left-hander didn’t let another Blue Jay reach second base until Teoscar Hernández led off the seventh with a double.In his last four starts, Kikuchi has allowed three earned runs over 26 2/3 innings for an ERA of 1.01.“I haven’t gone through a stretch like this here in the (United) States,” Kikuchi said through a translator. “It’s not like I’ve had my best stuff every time out, but I was able to make my adjustments and go deep into games. That’s the biggest thing for me.”Mariners manager Scott Servais was especially impressed, given that Toronto ranks second in the American League in batting average and third in runs scored.“That’s one of the better hitting ballclubs in the American League and he got right after them,” he said. “He had really good stuff and didn’t back off. To get seven innings out of him against that kind of team says a lot about his effort and the season he’s putting together. I said he’s worthy of pitching in the All-Star Game and he backed it up.”Fraley, Mitch Haniger and Kyle Seager each had two hits for Seattle, which finished its road trip with a 4-2 record. Paul Sewald got the final four outs, all by strikeout, for his first save.“A lot of things are clicking for us, so it’s going well for us as a team,” Fraley said.Semien had three hits and Bo Bichette added two, including an eighth-inning RBI single, as Toronto absorbed consecutive losses for the first time since a five-game skid June 14-18.Ryu (7-5) worked four innings, his second-fewest this season, and allowed five runs on seven hits.“A lot of my pitches were just off the plate, and the hitters were being very patient,” Ryu said through a translator. “My command was a little off, and that’s what I’m more worried about.”Seattle struck early, taking a 2-0 lead in the first after the first three hitters reached on hits. Seager had an RBI single and Ty France added a sacrifice fly.After Semien’s leadoff homer — the 12th of his career — Fraley struck with a second-inning solo homer and Long lined a two-run shot to right-center in the third.Toronto’s Jekyll-and-Hyde bullpen was generally strong in relief of Ryu, as three pitchers limited Seattle to two hits over four innings before Tyler Chatwood allowed two runs in the ninth. Adam Cimber, acquired from Miami on Tuesday, made his Toronto debut and worked 1 1/3 innings.WEARING THE RED, BUT MISSING THE TRUE NORTHEven though they were playing in their temporary Buffalo home, Toronto wore their red jerseys and caps emblazoned with a maple leaf in honor of Canada Day.Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo expressed some disappointment about not being able to play before Canadian fans at Rogers Centre.“We miss Toronto every day, but this is one of those days where it would be great be to be in Toronto, seeing all the red and the full house,” Montoyo said. “Buffalo’s been great to us, don’t get me wrong. But today’s one of those days where we really miss Toronto.”TRAINER’S ROOMBlue Jays: RHP Rafael Dolis (finger) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Buffalo on Friday, Montoyo said. The Bisons are currently in a homestand in Trenton, New Jersey, while the Blue Jays continue their occupancy in Buffalo. … LHP Ryan Borucki (forearm flexor) will throw a live BP early next week before beginning his rehab stint.UP NEXTMariners: Return home to face Texas in a three-game series. In Friday night’s opener, RHP Logan Gilbert (2-2, 4.25) ERA) will face Rangers RHP Kyle Gibson (6-0, 2.00).Blue Jays: Will host Tampa Bay on Friday, with RHP Alek Manoah (1-0, 3.34) coming off his five-game suspension for throwing at Baltimore’s Maikel Franco. The Rays have not announced their starter.———More AP MLB coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Guerrero hits 26th homer, Blue Jays beat Orioles 12-4

Guerrero hits 26th homer, Blue Jays beat Orioles 12-4

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit his major league-leading 26th home run, Teoscar Hernández and Randal Grichuk also connected and the Toronto Blue Jays breezed past the Baltimore Orioles 12-4By MIKE HAIM Associated PressJune 26, 2021, 10:24 PM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleBUFFALO, N.Y. — Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit his major league-leading 26th home run, Teoscar Hernández and Randal Grichuk also connected and the Toronto Blue Jays breezed past the Baltimore Orioles 12-4 Saturday.Guerrero edged ahead of San Diego’s Fernando Tatís Jr. for the most homers this year.Guerrero homered during a four-run burst in the third inning that also included Bo Bichette’s RBI double and Hernández’s homer.Grichuk hit a three-run homer in the fifth. Toronto scored four runs apiece in the third, fifth and sixth innings en route to winning its sixth of seven games.Grichuk, who drove in four runs, and Bichette each had three hits of Toronto’s 15 hits.Pedro Severino and Cedric Mullins each had two RBIs for Baltimore, which lost for the 15th time in 17 games and dropped its 21st of 22 road games. The Orioles snapped a 20-game road losing streak on Friday.Hyun Jin Ryu (7-4) allowed seven hits over 6 2/3 innings, but yielded only two singles through the first six innings, during which he threw an economical 62 pitches.Ryu was tagged for four runs on five hits in the seventh inning when he delivered 29 pitches.Keegan Akin (0-4) allowed six runs in 4 1/3 innings. Konner Wade. a 29-year old journeyman, allowed six runs in 1 2/3 innings, and Alexander Wells, a 24-year old Australian, worked two scoreless innings in their major league debuts.An MLB-high 10 Orioles have made their first big league appearances this season.MOUNTCASTLE TAKING STEPSOrioles 1B Ryan Mountcastle, after drawing only one walk in 95 plate appearances between May 24 and June 23, has four in 13 during the last three games against Toronto. He drew another free pass in his first at-bat on Saturday.MANOAH ACCEPTS SUSPENSIONToronto RHP Alek Manoah, who pitched six innings on Friday while his five-game suspension was under appeal, agreed to begin serving that suspension on Saturday. He will be eligible to return on July 2, when Toronto hosts Tampa Bay. The timing appears to work well for the Blue Jays, who will likely have Steven Matz (COVID-19) return to start Wednesday against Seattle.Manoah was suspended in the wake of his ejection in Baltimore last Saturday, when he hit Maikel Franco with a pitch following back-to-back home runs by Mountcastle and DJ Stewart.VLADDY WEARING THE MAPLE LEAF WELLGuerrero, who was born in Montreal while his Hall ofFamer father played for the Expos, set a new Toronto record on Friday night for most home runs hit in a season by a Canadian-born Blue Jay. With his 25th homer, Guerrero surpassed Michael Saunders, who hit 24 in 2016.TRAINER’S ROOMOrioles: SS Freddy Galvis left the game after pulling up on the way to first while bunting for a single in the second inning. Galvis was taken off the field on a cart prior to the third inning, since the visitor’s clubhouse facilities for MLB games in Buffalo are temporarily located behind the outfield fence. Baltimore announced that Galvis had right quadriceps discomfort.Blue Jays: LHP Ryan Borucki (forearm) did well in his bullpen session on Friday and will either throw a side session on Monday or live BP on Tuesday before starting a rehab assignment. … C Alejandro Kirk (hip flexor), who will be eligible to come off the 60-day IL next weekend, has been in Trenton with the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons and was described by Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo as “building up to playing games” though there is no timeframe yet for a rehab stint.UP NEXTThe teams will conclude their four-game series on Sunday with Baltimore RHP Jorge López (2-9, 5.68 ERA) facing Toronto RHP Ross Stripling (2-4, 4.33).———More AP MLB coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Stanton HR, triple play key Yankees' 8-4 win over Blue Jays

Stanton HR, triple play key Yankees' 8-4 win over Blue Jays

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Giancarlo Stanton hit a go-ahead homer in a four-run seventh inning and the New York Yankees pulled off a wacky triple play Thursday night in an 8-4 win over the reeling Toronto Blue Jays.Stanton broke a 3-all tie with his 13th homer, an opposite-field, two-run shot off Anthony Castro (1-2). The triple play in the first inning marked the first time the storied Yankees franchise turned two in one year.Chris Gittens came off the bench to drive in three runs, and Gio Urshela had three hits and scored three runs for New York, which swept the three-game series and finished 5-3 on its road trip.Chad Green (1-4) was the winning pitcher.“This was a big series for us,” manager Aaron Boone said. “To come up here, coming off a tough weekend, to really bounce back and have some gut-check wins, come from behind and have people contributing, it was exciting.”Reese McGuire had three hits and Santiago Espinal scored twice for Toronto, which has lost four straight and six of eight. Randal Grichuk gave the Blue Jays a 4-3 lead in the sixth with an RBI single, bringing them back from a 3-0 deficit.Later in the sixth, Aaron Judge robbed Cavan Biggio of a home run, reaching over the right-field wall to record a 358-foot out.A few minutes later, Stanton hit his decisive homer.“He saved two runs and I hit two runs,” Stanton said. “We basically did the same thing. I let a fastball get deep and used the whole field.”Judge’s catch wasn’t the Yankees’ only significant defensive play, as New York turned its triple play mere weeks after pulling one off May 21 against the Chicago White Sox.Yankees starter Michael King had runners on second and third with no outs when Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit a tapper to King, who threw to first for the out. First baseman DJ LeMahieu then threw to shortstop Gleyber Torres at second base, with both Toronto runners in limbo.Torres threw to catcher Gary Sánchez, who tossed to third baseman Urshela for the tag on Marcus Semien between third and home. Urshela alertly threw back to Torres, who tagged Bo Bichette as he slid into third on a close play that was reviewed.“I called it my Houdini act,” King said. “It’s good luck. A little poor baserunning by them, and I’m glad I escaped it.”“We didn’t do a good job on that,” Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo said. “Young kids are going to make mistakes. After that, I’m proud that we regrouped and had a lead.”The 1-3-6-2-5-6 sequence was the first time that combination was used in any of the 726 triple plays in major league history, per a list maintained by Baseball Almanac.“Everybody got involved and played good catch,” Boone said. “Who knows where that inning goes if Vladimir gets on?”For his part, Urshela was trying to keep things simple.“We were just trying to get an out,” Urshela said. “I tagged the runner, turned around and had the opportunity to get the third out.”Blue Jays left-hander Taylor Saucedo made his major league debut and had a strikeout in one inning.RIGHT AT HOMEThe three-game series, played at Toronto’s temporary home in Buffalo, drew crowds predominantly clad in Yankees gear and cheering as if the Blue Jays were the visitors. Both managers noticed the difference.“It’s been definitely unique,” Boone said. “You can definitely feel their presence and the excitement. It’s been nice to hear them behind us and know how excited they are to see us come in. That’s been pretty cool to witness.”Montoyo had a more resigned reaction.“The first week here it was really cool, the support we had,” he said. “It is what is is and we’re gonna deal with it. But of course it felt weird.”YANKEES DEAL FORDThe Yankees traded 1B Mike Ford to the Tampa Bay Rays for $100,000 and a player to be named. Ford was designated for assignment Saturday when reliever Zack Britton was activated from the injured list.TRAINER’S ROOMYankees: Torres left after three innings with lower back stiffness and will undergo further evaluation Friday. Boone said Torres was doing well after getting treatment and it didn’t appear to be a serious injury. … RHP Darren O’Day (strained rotator cuff) had his latest bullpen and will throw another one Friday or Saturday before starting a rehab assignment. … LHP Justin Wilson (strained right hamstring) is slated to do some bullpen work Friday.Blue Jays: RHP Carl Edwards Jr. (strained oblique) was transferred to the 60-day IL to make room on the roster for OF Jared Hoying, who was promoted to the active roster. … RHP Rafael Dolis (strained right middle finger), who left Wednesday’s game after four pitches, was placed on the 10-day IL. … OF Teoscar Hernández was placed on the paternity list. … OF George Springer (quad strain) played six innings in center field in a rehab game for Triple-A Buffalo and went 1 for 4 with an RBI double in Rochester. He is 2 for 12 in three rehab games.UP NEXTThe Yankees return home Friday to face Oakland. RHP Jameson Taillon (1-4, 5.74 ERA) pitches against Athletics RHP James Kaprielian (3-1, 2.51).Toronto travels to Baltimore, where LHP Robbie Ray (4-2, 3.45) opposes Orioles LHP Bruce Zimmermann (4-4, 4.83) in the series opener.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

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