Yankees ride stacked bullpen, timely hits past Blue Jays


The relief he's felt at staying in Toronto has shown in his performances. It was his third consecutive start completing seven innings.

Estrada (5-7) allowed five hits and three walks while striking out six to end the drought of 12 starts without a win. "It's nice to be here still".

Jose Bautista shifted from right field into the DH role, while Ezequiel Carrera was entered into the outfield.

Bautista has now hit 35 career homers against NY, tied for the most among active players with Evan Longoria. Amazingly, the win was his first since May 27, improving him to 5-7 on the year.

Sabathia exited Tuesday's game against the Blue Jays after three innings with a tweaked right knee, Pete Caldera of The Record reports. "First start was after the deadline, he's still here". There may not be anything to it, but it may have eased his mind.

With Gray set to face Marco Estrada in the pitching matchup, the over/under now sits at 8.5 runs.

"The strikeouts don't worry me", Girardi said. I know if I hit my spot on most pitches, I can be successful. And things are kind of working out now, I feel like I've got a pretty good downhill plane when throwing fastballs and changeups.

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The Yankees had hung 11 runs on the Blue Jays in a win Wednesday.

Girardi also confirmed that first baseman Greg Bird (bruised right ankle) and second baseman Starlin Castro (strained right hamstring) should be ready to begin rehab assignments next week, with Bird's schedule slightly ahead of Castro's.

ANGELS 5, ORIOLES 1: After 10 seasons in the minors and playing in his first major league game, Cesar Puello singled in the go-ahead run and C.J. Cron added a two-run homer to lead Los Angeles at Anaheim, California. Then Ryan Goins' RBI double and Josh Donaldson's RBI single cut the Yankee lead to 6-5 in the sixth. Gray charged and flipped the ball home with his glove, but Carrera slid outside and touched the plate with his hand to give the Blue Jays a 1-0 lead. The hit saw Pillar snap a 0-for-10 slump with runners in scoring position.

Some heads-up base running by Bautista extended Toronto's lead to 2-0 in the third when he drew a walk and then stole second. "I was prepared to fight off some tough pitches and fortunately I was able to squeeze one through". Sabathia has had his problems during his most recent three starts, pitching to an ERA of 8.10 including allowing two two-run homers on Tuesday to the Blue Jays.

GIANTS 3, CUBS 1: Madison Bumgarner allowed four hits over seven innings to win for the second time since returning from a dirt bike accident, helping San Francisco complete a winning homestand for only the second time this season.

Note: Following the game the Blue Jays announced they will recall RHP Chris Rowley from triple-A Buffalo to make Saturday's start against the Pittsburgh Pirates.