Estrada acknowledged the buzz of the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline took its toll. Of course with MLB’s waiver deadline of Aug. 31 approaching, Estrada could be in further demand, especially if the Jays don’t make up serious ground in the wildcard race.
By the time he left the Rogers Centre mound on Thursday, social media was humming with several teams that could be logical destinations for the veteran.
“It is a little weight off your shoulders once you realize you’re not going anywhere,” Estrada acknowledged. “I know we still have a month and things could happen but I’m really not thinking about it any more.
“I’ve said it a million times — I want to play with these guys. I would go on and help whatever team (if traded) but I want to stick around.”
Estrada was sharp early in this one, striking out four Yankees batters in the first two innings the Estrada outing: In each of the first three innings he allowed a two-out double. In each case, he was able to retire the next batter.… The Jays jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second thanks to an error from Yankees starter Sonny Gray, who tried to pick off Ryan Goins at second and a great slide to the back of the plate from Ezequiel Carrera to avoid the tag from Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez … It was the second throwing error by Gray in as many visits to the Rogers Centre, the previous when he was here with the Oakland A’s and resulted in four unearned Jays runs … Josh Donaldson’s RBI single in the third was his 13th over the past 12 games. His previous 13 RBI took 36 games … Even though there was no save situation, Gibbons trotted closer Roberto Osuna out for the ninth. Osuna allowed a couple of walks, but struck out three to close it out. @longleysunsport