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What a bunch of homers! Yankees slug seven more in second rout of Jays in as many nights
Author of the article:Frank ZicarelliPublishing date:Sep 17, 2020 • Last Updated 2 hours ago • 4 minute read
Six home runs one night, seven the next as the Blue Jays once again showed they are not in the same ball park as the surging New York Yankees.
Two games into a three-game series and it’s been men against boys, no contest, with New York taking big leads early, fuelled by its booming bats, and cruising the rest of the way, including Wednesday’s 13-2 win.
What a bunch of homers! Yankees slug seven more in second rout of Jays in as many nights
Two games and the Bronx Bombers have outscored the Jays by a combined 33-8 in back-to-back blowouts.
How bad was it? Yankees backup catcher Kyle Higashioka slammed three of the seven homers on the night, one to each field.
And as hot as the Yankees’ bats have been, their pitching has been just as good.
Deivi Garcia stymied the Jays on Tuesday. Then along comes baseball’s premier hired gun, Gerrit Cole, and his $36-million-a-year right arm.
Cole no-hit the Jays through five innings, the bid coming to an end when Jonathan Villar jumped on his first pitch of the sixth with a double to right.Villar came around to score Toronto’s first run.
Cole went seven strong and threw 95 pitches.
Joe Panik hit his first homer of the season for the Jays with two out in the ninth.
Jays starter Tanner Roark faced the Yankees last week and didn’t hold back when asked why he wasn’t allowed to pitch deeper into the game.
In today’s analytics-obsessed world, the Jays never wanted their big right hander to face the Yankees’ batting order for the third time and hence the hook after four innings.
Roark couldn’t get into the fifth once again, allowing six earned runs to drop to 2-2.
Roark convened with catcher Danny Jansen for a mound meeting in the fourth as D.J. LeMahieu came to the plate for the third time on the night with two out and a runner at first. With the count full, LeMahieu went the opposite way for a two-run blast, his second deep ball of the night.
The Yankees, now with seven wins in a row, are only going to get stronger with Giancarlo Stanton (on Tuesday), Aaron Judge (on Wednesday) and Gleyber Torres (soon) rejoining the lineup off the injured list
In their absence, players such as LeMahieu and Luke Voit have received more attention and acclaim. Voit hit two homers Tuesday to raise his MLB-leading total to 18, the added No. 19 on Wednesday.
GILES ON THE SHELF
Ken Giles’ regrettable season hasn’t officially come to an end, but all signs point to that unfortunate fate.
The lights-out closer strained his right forearm when the team opened its 60-game season in Tampa.
Giles missed close to seven weeks. When he returned, he made two appearances in low-leverage situations, including a one-inning outing Tuesday.
In each outing, Giles gave up a homer.
Officially, Giles moves to the 10-game injured list.
During his pre-game availability Wednesday, manager Charlie Montoyo said the team is awaiting results of an MRI.
“He gave it all he had and it just didn’t work out,” said Montoyo. “That’s how he felt (Wednesday). I wouldn’t think he’s coming back this year. That’s just speculating. I don’t know that for a fact, but there’s not that much time left.”
The Jays have 12 games left in the season and are 1.5 games behind the Yankees for second place in the AL East.
Derek Fisher, who struggled mightily in the outfield on Tuesday, has been placed on the injured list. During one of his mishaps, Fisher awkwardly collided with the wall.
Then, during Wednesday’s batting practice, Fisher was hit by a pitch on the right knee by Matt Shoemaker.
Everyone was pinning Toronto’s blowout loss on Fisher, but the truth is the Jays have been among the worst fielding teams in baseball.
In other moves, the Blue Jays optioned left-hander Anthony Kay and activated outfielder Teoscar Hernandez along with right-handers Hector Perez and Jacob Waguespack.
Montoyo also confirmed RHP Chase Anderson will start Thursday’s series finale.
Perez made his MLB debut when he entered Wednesday’s lopsided loss in the seventh. He became the seventh Blue Jays player this season to make their big-league debut.
The first batter Perez faced drew a walk. He then coaxed a double play ball on a routine 6-4-3 out. And then came another walk before yielding d Higashioka’s third moon shot on the night. Aaron Hicks struck out on a 97-mph fastball as Perez recorded his first major-league K.
SPRING IN THEIR STEP
All 30 big-league teams will begin their 2021 spring training games on Feb. 27. Toronto will open against the Phillies in Clearwater before wrapping up its exhibition schedule on March 29.
The 2021 regular season will open on April 1 with the Blue Jays playing against the Bronx Bombers at Yankee Stadium.
MLB also announced the spring training schedule is subject to change as the sport continues to deal with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Kyle Higashioka hit a career-high three home runs, DJ LeMahieu connected twice and the resurgent New York Yankees hit a season-best seven homers in another Bronx air show, thumping the Toronto Blue Jays 13-2 on Wednesday night.
Luke Voit lofted a three-run drive for his major league-leading 19th homer and Clint Frazier added a solo shot as the Yankees won their seventh straight game following a 5-15 slide. New York moved 1 1/2 games ahead of Toronto for second place in the AL East, with the top two teams ensured spots in the expanded postseason that begins in less than two weeks.
LeMahieu, Voit and Frazier also connected Tuesday — Voit homered twice — when New York hit six home runs and pummeled Toronto 20-6. It’s the first time the Yankees have hit six homers in consecutive games.
Gerrit Cole (6-3) had another overpowering start for New York, carrying a no-hitter into the sixth. The right-hander completed seven innings of three-hit ball, striking out eight and walking two. He also took a no-hitter into the fifth in his previous start — a seven-inning, two-hit shutout against Baltimore in the opener of a doubleheader Friday.
Aaron Judge was activated from the injured list but wasn’t much help, going hitless with three strikeouts. The two-time All-Star had been out since Aug. 26 after re-aggravating a strained right calf.
Higashioka had never topped three homers in a season but has four in the past six days while emerging as Cole’s preferred batterymate. The last New York player with three homers in a game was teammate Gary Sánchez on April 7, 2019 at Baltimore.
The 30-year-old Higashioka hit a two-run homer in the third off Tanner Roark (2-2), a solo shot in the sixth against Jacob Waguespack and another two-run drive in the seventh off Hector Perez. He matched a career high with five RBIs.
One of the organization’s longest-tenured players after being drafted in 2008, Higashioka didn’t make the majors until 2017 and was routinely shuttled between Triple-A and the majors prior to this season. He started the year as Sánchez’s full-time backup and has been getting more playing time as Sánchez struggles. Higashioka is batting .250 in 12 games this season.
New York is the first team in major league history to have their Nos. 1 and 9 hitters connect at least twice in the same game, according to STATS.
Judge’s return gives manager Aaron Boone a full stable of position players after injuries to Judge, LeMahieu, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres and Gio Urshela nearly derailed New York’s season.
LeMahieu got the fully loaded Bronx Bombers going with his major league-leading fifth leadoff homer, a liner that narrowly cleared Yankee Stadium’s short right field fence. He also had for a two-run shot in the fourth, his ninth of the season. LeMahieu has five career multihomer games, including two this month.
Jonathan Villar ended Cole’s no-hit bid with a leadoff double in the sixth. Villar later scored on Cole’s wild pitch.
Jonathan Loaisiga relieved Cole and pitched a scoreless eighth in his first appearance since recovering from an undisclosed illness. Nick Nelson allowed Joe Panik’s solo homer in the ninth before finishing off the five-hitter.
Blue Jays: OF Teoscar Hernández (left oblique) was activated from the IL. … RHP Ken Giles was placed on the 10-day IL with a right flexor strain. … RHPs Perez and Waguespack were called up from the alternate site. Perez made his major league debut. … OF Derek Fisher was placed on the 10-day injured list with a right knee bruise. … LHP Anthony Kay was optioned and added to the taxi squad.
Yankees: LHP James Paxton (left flexor tendon strain) was transferred to the 45-day injured list, ending his season. … Torres (quad) was held out of the lineup for a second straight game with tightness that Boone said was minor. Boone said Torres was available as a late-game replacement and is expected to start Thursday. … Stanton (left hamstring) was held out a day after returning from the injured list as part of New York’s plan to ease him back into full-time duty. Boone expects Stanton to start Thursday.
Yankees RHP Masahiro Tanaka (2-2, 3.16 ERA) closes out the series against Toronto, which hadn’t announced a starter.
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