Published: Mon, April 02, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

Tanaka, Yanks top Blue Jays

Tanaka, Yanks top Blue Jays

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"Sometimes when runs are tough to come by, especially early on in the year, you've got to go out there and try to make some stuff happen", Pillar said.

Former Blue Jays players Pat Hentgen, Paul Spoljaric, Paul Quantrill, Scott Rolen, Jose Cruz Jr., Jason Frasor and Chris Carpenter and former manager Cito Gaston were also part of the ceremony.

The Blue Jays' Troy Tulowitzki will open the regular season on the 60-day disabled list with bilateral heel bone spurs, the team announced before Thursday's season opener against the visiting New York Yankees. His next time up, Drury jumped a 1-0 fastball and ripped it into left for an RBI single.

The club returned the favour Thursday, enshrining him on the Rogers Centre's Level of Excellence and unfurling a No. 32 banner from the centre-fielder rafters to thunderous applause.

Four relievers held the Astros to one hit over the final four innings, capped by Keone Kela pitching around a walk in the ninth.

When Pillar broke for home on the steal, Betances panicked and threw a lawn dart that catcher Gary Sanchez had no chance at catching. So I remember that moment (the no-hitter) and being so happy for him.

NY is 5-14 in its last 19 games on the road against Toronto. Sanchez (0-1) walked four and struck out two.

"Ultimately, that's what truly makes a good lineup over the course of 162", Boone said.

"I'm sure it's going to be very emotional", first-year Yanks manager Aaron Boone said before the game. "So we'll continue to work with him, continue to believe in him and continue to need him in big situations".

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Kennedy and O'Neil "appeared to be under the influence of alcohol and were being belligerent", the incident report added. The witness reportedly told police they saw the pair "willfully and knowingly deface and remove monument items".

The All-Star third baseman short-hopped or softly tossed several throws to first base in Toronto's game against the Yankees, causing broadcasters to comment on his arm strength.

What made Drury stand out in particular Friday was the way he took advantage of a pair of favorable two-out counts during his first two at-bats.

Brett Gardner hit a leadoff home run off Danny Barnes in the seventh. Torres and Heller are two names the Yankees and their fans can get accustomed to their call-ups in all likelihood coming this season. They have called up outfielder Billy McKinney from Scranton to take his place on the roster. Boone said Andujar will be used at third, first and DH. We have seen Joe Carter get fooled in much the same way, even after Joe had been at that position for years. X-rays on Warren's ankle were negative and he will be re-evaluated Sunday.

Hicks went 2-for-4 in yesterday's opener in Toronto.

He is 2-2 with a 2.40 ERA in 13 outings, including three starts, in his career against the Yankees.

The 6-foot-7 Judge tied Walt Bond of the 1964 Houston Colt.45s as the tallest center field in major league history. He led the league in wins once, innings three times, complete games five times, and shutouts twice while a member of the Blue Jays.

All four NY hits were for extra bases. McKinney was later diagnosed with a left shoulder sprain.

Hicks joined Clint Frazier (concussion) and Jacoby Ellsbury (right oblique strain) on the shelf.

It was an Opening Day to forget for Toronto, as the offence came up dry. LHP Sam Moll cleared waivers and was assigned to the minor leagues.

He signed a one-day, free-agent deal with Toronto in December 2013 to retire as a Blue Jay. Over that time with the Jays he won 148 games, putting up a 3.43 ERA, 1.2 WHIP and 1,495 strikeouts in 2046.2 innings.

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