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03-22-2019, 12:47 PM,
The New York Yankees suffered a double loss on Sunday.The Yankees , heading for the American League wild card and fighting to maintain home-field advantage for that game against the Oakland A’s, failed to finish off a sweep of the Baltimore Orioles, blowing a 3-0 lead and losing, 6-3.Then, after the game, New York manager Aaron Boone revealed Didi Gregorius suffered torn cartilage in his right wrist diving into home with the run that clinched the Yankees’ return to the postseason.Article continues below ...The shortstop received a cortisone injection and reported improvement after Sunday’s game.“Didi’s a great player and obviously I think everyone in this room understands how important he is to our team,” Boone said after the game. “Kind of an anchor for us defensively in the infield, and obviously what he brings from the left side of the plate. So, we’ll cross that bridge when we get there, but hopefully we get some good news here in a few days.” The most likely move for the Yankees, who finished their home schedule Sunday and open a four-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays Monday night in St. Petersburg, would be to shift Gleyber Torres back to second base and play Neil Walker at second with Gregorius out.Gregorius is batting .268, with a career-high 27 homers, 86 RBIs and 10 stolen bases this season.“Well it feels a little bit better now,” he said. “I know it happened yesterday during the game. I slid into home plate, my right hand got stuck. We were celebrating everything was fine. I went home Chris Rusin Jersey , fine. I woke up this morning, it wasn’t feeling good. I came up here and we did an MRI. It showed I had a small tear in the wrist.”The Yankees maintained their 1 1/2-game lead over the Oakland A’s for home field in the wild card as the A’s lost to the Minnesota Twins in Oakland.The loss kept champagne on ice for the A’s, and allows the Rays to live another day in their late-season chase for the second wild card — the Oakland magic number remaining at 1.Blake Snell won his 21st game of the season and moved a step closer to the Rays’ second Cy Young Award Sunday in Toronto.While the Yankees have not named a starter for Monday, Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said he will start “opener” Diego Castillo, with rookie Ryan Yarbrough, a 15-game winner, getting the bulk of the innings.Monday is Luis Severino’s regular day but no starter had been announced for the visitors, who missed a chance to go a season-high 37 games over .500 Sunday.Snell joined David Price as the Rays’ only 20-game winners and passed Price for most wins in a season. His ERA is down to 1.90 and he struck out 11 in 6 2/3 scoreless innings Sunday.“I think he’s pretty much cemented his case that he belongs not just in the (Cy Young) conversation, but right at the top of the list,” Cash said.Said teammate Kevin Kiermaier: “If today wasn’t a final nod, then I don’t know what is. The guy is just absolutely dominant.”The Rays lead the season series with the Yankees 8-7, but have gone 5-1 against New York at the Trop.Willie Adames missed Sunday’s game for Tampa Bay because of illness and Kiermaier left the game after running into the wall in the eighth inning — and is considered day-to-day.For the Yankees, Aaron Hicks, who had the winning hit Saturday, fouled a ball off his ankle before getting the hit and was rested Sunday.The Yankees have three possibilities to start the wild-card game and will spend this week both trying to nail down the home field and getting things in line.“We want to be at home,” said Boone.The Yankees and A’s split six games this season , but the Yankees currently hold the tiebreaker for home field because of their divisional record (39-30/35-35).Severino is 7-2 with a 3.06 ERA lifetime against the Rays, 2-1 with a 3.43 in St. Petersburg. He is 2-1 against Tampa Bay this season but was strafed by the Rays in July.Mallex Smith is 3-for-10 (.300) against Severino, but both Jesus Sucre and Joey Wendle are 1-for-9 (.111). TORONTO — The Cleveland Indians are a team headed for the postseason, but they have had their troubles with a team that will be going nowhere but home when the season ends in the Toronto Blue Jays.The Indians, who have a big lead in the American League Central, have a chance to escape the Rogers Centre with a series win Sunday afternoon. It has not been easy.Despite being outhit 18-11 on Saturday, the Indians were able to squeeze out a 9-8 victory over the Blue Jays, who almost came back from an 8-3 disadvantage after Cleveland’s seven-run fifth inning.Article continues below ...Cleveland has won two of the first three in the four-game series. The season series stands 3-3.The Indians had a big inning from catcher Roberto Perez, who led off the fifth with his second homer of the season and finished the scoring in the inning with a three-run run double.The Blue Jays had two homers from Randal Grichuk, but their pitchers gave up nine walks.The Indians will start right-hander Mike Clevinger (11-7, 3.11 ERA) in the series finale and the Blue Jays will send out left-hander Thomas Pannone (1-1, 4.58).Clevinger helped the Indians end a three-game losing streak and posted his 11th win of the season while holding the Kansas City Royals to one run in six innings in a 10-strikeout outing Tuesday He allowed four runs and three hits in four innings of a no-decision outing against the Blue Jays on April 13.Clevinger has gone 4-2 with a 2.32 ERA in nine starts since the All-Star break. He is 1-0 with a 6.75 ERA in two career games (one start) against Toronto.Pannone will make his third career major league start because Marcus Stroman is out with a blister on his right middle finger.Pannone’s first two starts were against the Baltimore Orioles with contrasting results. He pitched a one-hitter in seven innings to pick up the win on Aug. 22 in Toronto, but in Baltimore six days later, he allowed seven runs and nine hits in 3 1/3 innings to take the loss. He has made six major league relief appearances.He was acquired in a trade July 31, 2017, that sent reliever Joe Smith to the Indians.Kevin Pillar Jon Gray Jersey , who doubled twice Saturday after hitting an 11th inning walkoff homer Friday, is the player with most seniority on a team that is looking to the future with an abundance of September callups.“It’s definite energy and I think it’s a reminder, too,” said Pillar, who has six years with the Blue Jays. “I was in their shoes, too. I was a young kid, trying to prove myself. I think it’s just kind of a friendly reminder that they’re here to take your job and you have to go out and perform every single day, even when it feels like we’re not playing for anything. You have to remember it’s our job to go out and perform, continue to work and prove yourself every day.”Rowdy Tellez already has become a crowd favorite only four games into his big-league career. He hit his first career homer Saturday and added a single. His first six hits were doubles.He is the first player since 1913 with seven extra-base hits in his first four career games. He is the fourth player in the live ball era to have each of his first seven hits go for extra bases.Based on the game Saturday, Cleveland’s bullpen needs help. It could be coming, Andrew Miller (left shoulder impingement) threw 33 pitches off the bullpen mound Saturday afternoon and tried simulating a game setting. The 33-year-old threw a bullpen session Thursday. He has on the disabled list since Aug. 29 and was eligible to be activated Saturday.“I think the next step is to get used in a game and handle that adrenaline again,” Miller said. “I don’t know exactly what we’ll do. It hasn’t been that much time. I think I’d like to get into some games, I’d love to pitch here (in Toronto).”The Indians had left fielder Michael Brantley back in the lineup Saturday and he produced a two-run homer, a single and two walks. He has six career homers against the Blue Jays.He grounded out as a pinch hitter Friday in his only appearance of the first two games of the series because of a bruised left foot. He had fouled a ball off the foot Wednesday.
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