January 24 2018

Yankees clinch playoff berth with 5-1 win over Blue Jays

January 24 2018, 02:00 | Sammy Rose

Bautista's strikeout record an unfortunate footnote on Blue Jays career


His next act put the game out of reach.

"We love you", said the off-the-wall Biagini, when asked what he needs to work on to establish himself as a bonafide starter next year.

Where the evaluation lands carries major implications on the team's winter plans, which is why the five innings of three-run ball Biagini delivered in Saturday's 5-1 loss to the post-season bound New York Yankees is an intriguing entry into the discussion.

And Aroldis Chapman pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

"I feel like they're a little louder", Bautista said. He also pummelled a ball into the second deck in left field Friday off Masahiro Tanaka and taking a pair of quality playoff-bound pitchers deep is the type of thing that helps alter opinions. "What a group. We were just trying to get (Gray) runs".

It was the Yankees' second loss in their last nine games. They will enter the series trailing the first-place Boston Red Sox by three games.

"I thought I did and I didn't [have both feet on the base]", Frazier told reporters, according to the New York Post. "It actually was a good pitch". I didnt know, ” said Estrada, who completely fell in love with playing in Toronto. "So you tip your hat to that". The Blue Jays are a +150 underdog and the over-under is 9.

Even the TV announcers weren't sure why Frazier was called out once the ball was thrown into Ryan Goins covering the bag. Jose Bautista hit a slow chopper that brought home the speedy leadoff man.

The shoddy play began in the bottom of the first when Castro gifted a run right back to the Jays. But send him up there with the bases loaded and look out. Urena has played well in his opportunity this month, but he hit just.247/.286/.359 at the Double A level this year, so he could likely use more time before making a permanent move to the big leagues. "It was different so it was fun". Tanaka has enjoyed success against the Blue Jays.

"It's great", Aaron Judge said as players doused each other in copious amounts of champagne and beer that quickly flooded the cramped visitor's clubhouse.

In Los Angeles, the Dodgers clinched their fifth straight NL West title, beating San Francisco as Cody Bellinger set an NL rookie record with his 39th home run.

Cincinnati's Scooter Gennett hit a grand slam off Rick Porcello in the first inning.

This was the second bad outing in three for Tanaka, who gave up seven runs over four innings in a road loss to the Texas Rangers on September 8. He surrendered six hits, including three homers worth seven runs combined, and walked three while striking out six at Rogers Centre. Toronto has won seven of the last 10 meetings and the over-under is 4-5-1.

Judge hammered his 46th homer of the season to left in the first inning. Donaldson and Smoak are a combined 4-for-40 against Tanaka, who is 8-3 with a 2.62 ERA against the Blue Jays. Eastern Time instead of the usual 1:07 p.m. ...

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