Guerrero homers, leads Stripling, Blue Jays over Tigers 6-0

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DETROIT — Vladimir Guerrero Jr. homered, Ross Stripling pitched one-hit ball for six innings and the Toronto Blue Jays went on to beat the Detroit Tigers 6-0 Sunday.

The Blue Jays took two of three from Detroit, giving them 13 victories in 17 games. Toronto has the third-best record in the American League, trailing the East-leading New York Yankees in its division and West-leading Houston.

Just two teams in the league, meanwhile, have won fewer games than Detroit this season.

Stripling (3-1) allowed only one hit for the second straight start and struck out four without a walk. Yimi Garcia, Trent Thornton and Jordan Romano followed with three innings of one-hit relief.

Tarik Skubal (5-3) lost for the first time since April 28 and lasted just four innings, the shortest outing since his first start of the season. Skubal struck out three in three scoreless innings before giving up Guerrero’s 421-foot line drive over the left-center fence, a two-run drive and his 14th homer of the season.

Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and Cavan Biggio added RBI doubles in the four-run fourth.

Gurriel, who has a seven-game hitting streak, hit a two-run single off Jacob Barnes in the eighth to give Toronto a 6-0 cushion that was quite comfortable against the offensively challenged Tigers.

CELEBRATING CABRERA

The Tigers had a pregame ceremony, celebrating Miguel Cabrera for joining Hank Aaron and Albert Pujols as the three players in baseball history with 500 homers, 3,000 hits and 600 doubles.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Blue Jays: 3B Matt Chapman was given a second straight day off to rest his sore left wrist. He did defensive drills Sunday morning with his wrist taped.

Tigers: RHP Jose Cisnero, who has not pitched this season due to a strained shoulder, hurt his Achilles while running at the team’s spring training complex in Lakeland, Florida. He was scheduled to start a rehab assignment this week at Triple-A Toledo.

UP NEXT

Blue Jays: Host Baltimore on Monday night, starting a seven-game homestand against teams in the division that includes a chance to make up ground against the AL East-leading Yankees.

Tigers: Play the Chicago White Sox at home on Monday night to start a three-game series in the middle of a 10-game homestand that ends against Texas.

MLB sells share of BAMTech to Walt Disney Co. for $900M

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NEW YORK – Major League Baseball has sold its remaining share of a streaming service technology company to the Walt Disney Co. for $900 million.

The sale was disclosed Tuesday in Walt Disney Co.’s annual filing report through the SEC. MLB received the $900 million in exchange for the 15% stake it still had in a company called BAMTech, which originally started as MLB Advanced Media in 2000.

The technology helped MLB become a leader in sports streaming in the 2000s.

Walt Disney Co. has been buying chunks of BAMTech for the past five years and now owns 100% of the company. The National Hockey League sold its 10% share of BAMTech to Walt Disney Co. for a reported $350 million in 2021.