Blue Jays lose to Yanks, Phillies, Braves
The Toronto Blue Jays dropped a pair of major-league baseball exhibition split-squad games Sunday, falling 7-2 to the New York Yankees and 10-3 to Philadelphia.
At Dunedin Andres Blanco went deep and Nick Williams drove in two runs for the Phillies.
Jose Bautista went 2-for-3, including a double in the first, and Kendrys Morales went 2-for-2 with a solo home run and two runs batted in for Toronto, which committed three errors.
Ben Lively picked up the win for Philadelphia, while Justin Shafer took the loss for Toronto. Jays starter Joe Biagini gave up two hits and a walk and struck out three over 1 2/3 innings.
At Tampa Starlin Castro hit a three-run homer and Billy McKinney added a tworun shot to power the Yankees’ offence. Luis Severino picked up the win for New York.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia had a tworun homer for the Blue Jays. Brett Oberholtzer surrendered three earned runs over two innings and took the loss for Toronto.
On Saturday in Lake Buena Vista, ex-Blue Jay Emilio Bonifacio was 2 for 2 and drove in two runs to help the Atlanta Braves beat Toronto, 7-4, on Saturday in the Grapefruit League opener for both teams. Anthony Recker also drove in a pair for the Braves. Jace Peterson, Adonis Garcia and Tyler Flowers had the other RBI’s.
Glenn Sparkman, the Blue Jays’ pick in December’s Rule 5 draft, took the loss. He allowed four runs on four hits through an inning of work.
Anthony Alford, Reese McGuire, Dwight Smith and Jake Elmore, who went 3 for 3, drove in runs for Toronto.
Yankees’ Didi Gregorius, left, gets bowled over trying to tag Toronto Blue Jays’ Anthony Alford stealing second.