Blue Jays' Marcus Stroman given little run support in injury return
Masahiro Tanaka pitched six strong innings, Gio Urshela drove in two runs, and the New York Yankees beat the visiting Toronto Blue Jays 4-2 on Sunday.
Aroldis Chapman pitched a perfect ninth for his 25th save in 28 chances.
The Yankees took a 2-0 lead in the second inning on Urshela's two-run single to left field off Toronto starter Marcus Stroman (5-10).
Tanaka was cruising through the first four innings before the Blue Jays tied the game at 2-2 on solo homers in the fifth. Randal Grichuk led off the inning by driving Tanaka's fastball over the right-centre field fence. It was his 16th homer of the season.
In the bottom half of the inning, Urshela put the Yankees back ahead on a heads-up play when he scored on Stroman's two-out wild pitch with Aaron Judge at the plate.
Jansen got a good carom and raced to the plate and appeared to tag out Urshela on the letters on his jersey.
However, New York challenged and got the call reversed.
Mike Tauchman's fifth homer of the season off reliever Derek Law in the seventh inning extended the Yankees' lead.
Blue Jays: Left-hander Clayton Richard (left lat strain) was placed on the 10-day injury list. Richard was pulled from Saturday's start against New York after two innings. … Right-hander Edwin Jackson (1-5, 12.43 ERA) was activated from the injured list prior to Sunday's game. He was out since June 18 because of a lower back strain.
Yankees: First baseman/DH Edwin Encarnacion was held out of the lineup Sunday after he was hit by a pitch on the left arm. X-rays came back negative.
No Bo in Boston?
The Blue Jays sent first baseman Rowdy Tellez to triple-A Buffalo following Sunday's game and reportedly will summon outfielder Billy McKinney from the Bisons for Monday's series opener at Fenway Park in Boston.
There were rumblings the team might recall 21-year-old shortstop Bo Bichette, son of four-time all-star Dante Bichette.
Considered the top prospect in the Blue Jays' minor-league system, Bichette entered Sunday's action with a .301 batting average, .365 on-base percentage, five home runs and 14 stolen bases in 42 games with Buffalo this season.
Help on the way?
Right-handers Luis Severino and Dellin Betances are slated to start throwing programs Monday, after both pitchers underwent MRIs that cleared them, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Sunday.
They suffered lat injuries while they were working back from their right shoulder injuries earlier this season. Boone would not commit to a specific timeline as to how soon Severino and Betances will rejoin the team.
Blue Jays: Trent Thornton (3-6, 4.85 ERA) will be on the mound for the opener of a four-game series against Boston at Fenway Park on Monday. The rookie is 0-1 in his two starts against the Red Sox this season, having allowed nine runs and 19 hits over nine innings. Rick Porcello (6-7, 5.33) is scheduled to start for Boston.
Yankees: James Paxton (5-4, 4.01) of Delta, B.C., faces Tampa Bay in Monday's four-game series opener. It's the lefty's first start since July 7 at Tampa, where he allowed two runs in six innings. He'll be matched up against Blake Snell (5-7, 4.70 ERA). The lefty is 3-6 with a 4.62 ERA in 15 starts against New York.