Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran drilled a pinch-hit, three-run home run off of reliever Aaron Sanchez to put the Yankees up 4-3 over the Blue Jays in the eighth inning of Friday night’s game in Toronto. It would prove to be the game-winning hit.
The win was of great importance to the Yankees, as the AL East rival Jays were on an 11-game winning streak, having picked up 7.5 games on the Yankees in the standings since shortstop Troy Tulowitzki made his debut with his new team. Friday’s win helped the Yankees reclaim first place over the Jays in the AL East, at least temporarily, with a 63-51 record.
Beltran, 38, has surprisingly turned in a solid year, batting .267/.328/.459 with 11 home runs and 39 RBI.
Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale has been placed on the 10-day injured list with left elbow inflammation, the club revealed Saturday. The assignment is retroactive to August 14. In a corresponding roster move, right-handed reliever Ryan Brasier was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket.
It’s an alarming development for the 30-year-old ace, who has been remarkably injury-free after dealing with a lingering case of shoulder inflammation last summer. While he hasn’t replicated the career-high results he delivered over the last two seasons, he still leads Red Sox pitchers with 3.6 fWAR and will head to the IL with a 6-11 record in 25 starts, a 4.40 ERA, 2.3 BB/9, and league-best 13.3 SO/9 through 147 1/3 innings. A timetable has not been given for his return, nor has the severity of his injury been disclosed. Per Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski, Sale has been experiencing pain in his elbow since Wednesday and will undergo further evaluation in the days to come.
Brasier, 31, was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket in mid-July after pitching to mixed results in the majors. He currently holds a 4.46 ERA, 2.7 BB/9, and 8.0 SO/9 with the Red Sox, though his results in Triple-A — one run, one walk, and 13 strikeouts over 9 1/3 innings — suggest that he might be capable of even sharper results when he rejoins the big league club.