Outfielder Carlos Beltran saved the Yankees from ignominy on Friday night, slugging a pinch-hit, go-ahead, three-run home run in the eighth inning against reliever Aaron Sanchez in a 4-3 win over the Blue Jays. Chase Headley had knocked in the Yankees’ first run of the game against starter David Price with a ground-rule double earlier that inning, marking the first time the Yankees had scored against the Blue Jays since the second inning on August 7, the first game of a three-game series. The Blue Jays had held them scoreless for 33 consecutive innings before Headley’s double.
The Blue Jays’ 11-game winning streak also ended on Friday night. Since shortstop Troy Tulowitzki’s first game with the Blue Jays on July 29, the club had won 14 of 15 games. They went from 51-51 in third place and seven games out of first place to 64-52, leading the AL East by half a game over the Yankees entering Friday’s action. They’re now a half-game behind the Yankees.
Katie Sharp of River Ave Blues provided some interesting trivia from the game. Beltran’s pinch-hit homer was the second of his career, with the other occuring on May 18, 2003 against the Blue Jays. Beltran became the first Yankee with a go-ahead home run when trailing in the eighth inning or later on the road since Don Mattingly on July 24, 1994 against the then-California Angels.
Your Friday box scores and recaps:
Cubs 6, White Sox 5
Athletics 6, Orioles 8 (13 innings)
Pirates 3, Mets 2 (10 innings)
Yankees 4, Blue Jays 3
Diamondbacks 2, Braves 3
Mariners 1, Red Sox 15
Phillies 1, Brewers 3
Rays 3, Rangers 5
Marlins 1, Cardinals 3
Angels 1, Royals 4
Padres 9, Rockies 5
Indians 6, Twins 1
Tigers 1, Astros 5
Reds 3, Dodgers 5
Nationals 5, Giants 8
Drew Smyly made it through a fourth rehab start Tuesday night at Triple-A Durham without feeling any abnormal discomfort in his throwing shoulder and could return to Tampa Bay’s starting rotation for Sunday’s series finale against the Rangers.
Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times says Smyly will travel with the Rays to Texas and throw a bullpen session in front of team management on Friday. If that goes well, an official go-ahead should follow.
Smyly has been on the disabled list since early May with a partially-torn labrum in his left shoulder. He had a 2.70 ERA in three starts before the injury and the 26-year-old boasts a 1.96 ERA in 10 total appearances (64 1/3 innings) with Tampa Bay dating back to last summer’s trade — a blockbuster swap that sent Smyly to Tampa Bay and David Price to Detroit.
Veteran outfielder Chris Heisey has signed a minor-league contract with the Blue Jays after being released by the Dodgers last week.
Heisey has spent most of this season at Triple-A, but was a semi-regular for the Reds from 2010-2014 and hit .247 with 50 homers, 25 steals, and a .721 OPS in 543 games while seeing time in all three outfield spots.
Toronto has been very busy beefing up the roster, including big trades for Troy Tulowitzki and David Price, and now the Blue Jays are simply making sure they’re well-stocked with useful depth.
Dodgers president Stan Kasten said to MLB Network Radio on Sunday that the club won’t worry until after the season about starter Zack Greinke potentially opting out of his contract.
Greinke signed a six-year, $147 million contract with the Dodgers in December 2012. The contract includes an opt-out clause after three seasons. So, if Greinke wanted to, he could opt out and hit the market as a free agent this off-season. If he decides to stay with the Dodgers, he would be owed $71 million over the final three years of the contract.
Greinke leads the majors with a 1.71 ERA. In a free agent class that will include Johnny Cueto, David Price, Scott Kazmir, and Jordan Zimmermann, Greinke would rank at the head of the class and likely could land a bigger contract.