Carlos Beltran hit a huge home run in the eighth inning, Andrew Miller escaped a big jam in the ninth and the New York Yankees stopped Toronto’s 11-game winning streak, beating the Blue Jays 4-3 Friday night.
The Yankees lost their fourth straight and had their lead over Toronto in the AL East trimmed to a half-game.
The first-place Yankees are about to get a pair of important players back at once.
Manager Joe Girardi confirmed the news on Tuesday, just hours before the Yankees were to start a three-game series with the visiting Athletics.
Mason Williams has rebuilt the trust the Yankees are now showing in him.
New York’s dominant bullpen took a big hit when the team announced closer Andrew Miller has a left forearm strain and won’t throw for 10 days to two weeks.
Denard Span had a run-scoring infield hit with two outs in the 11th inning, and the Washington Nationals snapped the New York Yankees’ seven-game winning streak with a 5-4 victory Wednesday.
Masahiro Tanaka gave up one run over seven innings in his return from the disabled list and the New York Yankees completed a three-game sweep of Seattle Mariners with a 3-1 victory Wednesday.
Ryan Zimmerman’s two-run shot with two outs in the 10th inning off Yankees closer Andrew Miller lifted the Washington Nationals to an 8-6 comeback victory over AL East-leading New York on Tuesday night.
Brian McCann hit an early two-run homer, Andrew Miller got his major league-leading 13th save and the New York Yankees held on to beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-4 Friday night after taking a quick five-run lead.
Brian McCann drove in Jacoby Ellsbury with the tie-breaking run in the eighth inning and the New York Yankees held on to beat the Detroit Tigers 2-1 on a chilly Thursday afternoon.
Girardi needed something to give his team a boost, and he got it with the Betances-to-Miller progression. Now he should go back to the book. The one that will tell him to let Betances do his job in the ninth.
The Bronx Bombers are about to bomb, for the third straight season. No tweet or Twitter troll can change that truth.
The bullpen is the Yankees’ biggest strength. It’s also the team’s biggest question mark — at least it is for me.
“I’ve talked to both guys,” Girardi said. “They’re concerned about winning more than titles, in a sense of ‘I’m this guy, I’m this guy.’ That’s the sense that I’ve got from them.”