Blue Jays shut out Yankees again for eighth straight win

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Marco Estrada tossed 6 1/3 innings of shutout ball and Jose Bautista and Josh Donaldson both hit solo homers as the Blue Jays blanked the Yankees 2-0 on Sunday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.

It’s the eighth consecutive victory for the Blue Jays, who now stand just 1 1/2 games back of New York in the American League East standings.

Toronto beat the Yankees 2-1 on Friday and 6-0 on Saturday. This is the first time the Yankees have been shut out in back-to-back games since May of 1999, per MLB’s Stat of the Day Twitter feed.

Troy Tulowitzki must be loving all this winning stuff. He’s been a part of 11 wins and only one loss since leaving the last-place Rockies on July 28.

Reds are the frontrunner for Nicholas Castellanos

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Jon Morosi of MLB.com reports that the Reds “have emerged as the frontrunner” to sign free agent outfielder Nicholas Castellanos. Morosi says the Reds and Castellanos “have made progress over the past several days.”

The Reds were going to have a lot of outfielders already when they hit Goodyear, Arizona in a couple of weeks, with newcomer Shogo Akiyama, Jesse Winkler, Nick Senzel, Aristides Aquino, Travis Jankowski, Scott Schebler, and Rule 5 draftee Mark Payton. Senzel was an infielder before last year, of course, so he could move back to the dirt, perhaps. And, of course, the Reds could trade from their outfield surplus if, indeed, they end up with an outfield surplus.

Without question, however, Castellanos would be the big dog, at least offensively, in that setup. He had a breakout year at the plate in 2019, hitting .289/.337/.525 overall (OPS+ 121), but slugging at a blistering .321/.356/.646 pace (OPS+ 151) after being traded from the Tigers to the Cubs. In Chicago — rescued from cavernous Comerica Park — his big doubles power turned into big homer power. If he were to sign to play half his season in hitter-friendly Great American Ballpark one can only imagine the damage he’d do.