Matt Chapman homers, Berríos gets win as Jays beat Tigers 4-1

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TORONTO — Matt Chapman hit a two-run homer, Jose Berrios won his third straight decision and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the error-prone Detroit Tigers 4-1.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette had RBI doubles for the Blue Jays, who have won 12 of 15 overall after taking three of four from the Tigers. Toronto (57-45) is a season-high 12 games above .500 for the third time, and the first time since the Blue Jays were 37-25 on June 15.

Detroit (41-62) has gone 4-7 since the All-Star break.

Berrios (8-4) allowed three hits in seven innings, including a solo home run to his brother-in-law, Javier Baez. Berrios walked one and struck out six.

“He was landing his curveball. He was spotting his fastball up,” interim manager John Schneider said. “He was on.”

Tim Mayza worked the eighth and Jordan Romano finished for his AL-leading 24th save in 27 chances, striking out Miguel Cabrera to end it with the fans in the crowd of 40,298 on their feet.

The Tigers made four errors Sunday, giving them seven in the four-game series. Left fielder Robbie Grossman dropped Guerrero’s line drive in the third, Baez dropped Bichette’s pop fly in the fourth, Hill made an errant pickoff throw to first in the fifth and Baez made a throwing error on Teoscar Hernandez’s grounder in the eighth.

“It was inexcusable,” manager A.J. Hinch said. “Those are sloppy plays that need to be made.”

Hinch disputed the suggestion that the upcoming trade deadline is affecting his team’s focus.

“These are big boys. They can make plays,” Hinch said.

None of Toronto’s runs were unearned.

Chapman opened the scoring when he connected off right-hander Garrett Hill in the second inning, his 20th this season and fourth this series. Chapman homered twice Thursday and went deep again Friday.

“I don’t really know what to do against him right now,” Tigers catcher Tucker Barnhart said.

Baez and Berrios battled in a first-inning at-bat that included several deep foul drives, one into the upper deck. Baez thought he’d walked on ball three before taking a curve outside on the ninth pitch of the at-bat.

“Their holiday dinners will probably revolve around these at-bats,” Hinch said.

It was the first time Berrios had allowed a hit against Baez, who came in 0 for 5 against his brother-in-law.

“I already texted him and told him he got me,” Berrios said.

Baez cut Toronto’s lead in half with his leadoff homer in the fourth, his 10th, but Guerrero and Bichette drove in runs as Toronto chased Hill with a two-run fifth.

Hill (1-3) allowed four runs and six hits in five innings, his third straight losing decision. Hill walked two and struck out one.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Tigers: RHP Matt Manning (shoulder) is expected to be activated off the injured list to start against Minnesota on Tuesday, Hinch said. Manning last pitched for Detroit April 16 at Kansas City.

Blue Jays: OF George Springer (right elbow) sat for the second time in three games. Springer also sat out Friday. He started at DH Saturday. . RHP Alek Manoah felt fine after playing catch before the game, Manoah left Friday’s start in the sixth after taking a comebacker off his right elbow.

HOT AT HOME

Berrios has won 13 consecutive home starts, breaking Roy Halladay’s Blue Jays record. Haladay won 12 straight at home from May 31, 2007 to April 6, 2008.

SAVE ME

Romano’s 24 save was a career-best. He had 23 last season.

UP NEXT

Tigers: LHP Tarik Skubal (7-8, 3.67) starts Monday as Detroit begins a three-game series at Minnesota.

Blue Jays: RHP Kevin Gausman (7-8, 3.30) is expected to start Tuesday as Toronto opens a two-game series at Tampa Bay. RHP Drew Rasmussen (6-3, 3.17) goes for the Rays.

Phillies’ Bryce Harper to miss start of season after elbow surgery

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PHILADELPHIA – Phillies slugger Bryce Harper will miss the start of the 2023 season after he had reconstructive right elbow surgery.

The operation was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.

Harper is expected to return to Philadelphia’s lineup as the designated hitter by the All-Star break. He could be back in right field by the end of the season, according to the team.

The 30-year-old Harper suffered a small ulnar collateral ligament tear in his elbow in April. He last played right field at Miami on April 16. He had a platelet-rich plasma injection in May and shifted to designated hitter.

Harper met Nov. 14 with ElAttrache, who determined the tear did not heal on its own, necessitating surgery.

Even with the elbow injury, Harper led the Phillies to their first World Series since 2009, where they lost in six games to Houston. He hit .349 with six homers and 13 RBIs in 17 postseason games.

In late June, Harper suffered a broken thumb when he was hit by a pitch and was sidelined for two months. The two-time NL MVP still hit .286 with 18 homers and 65 RBIs for the season.

Harper left Washington and signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies in 2019. A seven-time All-Star, Harper has 285 career home runs.

With Harper out, the Phillies could use Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber at designated hitter. J.T. Realmuto also could serve as the DH when he needs a break from his catching duties.