Tor­res tum­bles, AL East champ Yan­kees fall to Blue Jays

The Prince George Citizen - - Sports - Ben WALKER

NEW YORK — Star sec­ond base­man Gley­ber Tor­res prompted an au­di­ble gasp from the Yan­kee Sta­dium crowd when his right leg buck­led while field­ing a grounder and made an early exit Fri­day night as New York lost to the Toronto Blue Jays 4-3.

Tor­res said his lower legs felt weak­ness. Yan­kees man­ager Aaron Boone said he ex­pects him to be OK but pulled him as a pre­cau­tion. Tor­res leads the AL East cham­pi­ons with 38 home runs and is hit­ting .284 with 90 RBIs.

Aaron Judge and Tyler Wade home­red for the Yan­kees a day af­ter they clinched the divi­sion. New York is still com­pet­ing for the best record in the ma­jors and home-field ad­van­tage through­out the post-sea­son – the Yan­kees and Houston each be­gan the day with 100 wins.

Justin Smoak hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the sev­enth to help Toronto match a sea­son high with its fifth straight vic­tory. He con­nected off Tommy Kahnle (3-2) as the Yan­kees’ bullpen wob­bled in the late in­nings for the third time in a week.

Danny Jansen also home­red for the Blue Jays. Ja­son Adam (2-0) won in re­lief. and Ken Giles closed for his 21st save in 22 chances.

Tor­res was shaken up in the fourth. With Ca­van Big­gio run­ning from sec­ond, Tor­res skid­ded to stop Vladimir Guer­rero Jr.’s grounder up the mid­dle and sprung to his feet to throw home. But his plant leg gave way, and he went down hard as Big­gio scored.

The awk­ward tum­ble prompted the crowd of 45,270 to gasp, and man­ager Aaron Boone and head ath­letic trainer Steve Dono­hue came out to check on Tor­res. Af­ter a few mo­ments, Tor­res got up and stayed in through the sixth.

The Yan­kees have been be­set by in­juries this year, with sev­eral stars banged up head­ing into their Divi­sion Series opener Oct. 4.

Yan­kees starter J.A. Happ al­lowed two runs and four hits in 5 1/3 in­nings, giv­ing up his 34th home run.

He worked around an early triple on a fly­ball mis­played by right fielder Clint Fra­zier.

Ros­ter move

The Blue Jays claimed INF Breyvic Valera off waivers from the Yan­kees. He’ll join his new team Satur­day. RHP Ryan Dull, re­cently claimed from the Yan­kees, was des­ig­nated for as­sign­ment.

Trainer’s room Blue Jays:

SS Bo Bichette is likely to miss this week­end series af­ter be­ing hit on the hel­met by a pitch Thurs­day night in Bal­ti­more. The 21-year-old rookie is bat­ting .311 with 11 home runs in 46 games.

“It could be a few days, three days, a week,” man­ager Char­lie Mon­toyo said.

“If I had to guess, Bo wants to play to­day but re­al­is­ti­cally... I don’t see him play­ing th­ese three days.”

OF Gian­carlo Stan­ton got a day off af­ter play­ing two days in the field. He’s set to start Satur­day . ... Slug­ger Ed­win En­car­na­cion (oblique) is ex­pected to play next week, Boone said. C Gary Sanchez (groin tight­ness) is re­cov­er­ing more slow

Yan­kees:

than En­car­na­cion, but Boone is “op­ti­mistic he’ll be ready for the post-sea­son.”

Up next Blue Jays:

Rookie RHP T.J. Zeuch (1-0, 4.61 ERA) got his first MLB win in his pre­vi­ous out­ing, go­ing 5 1/3 in­nings in re­lief vs. the Yan­kees last Sun­day.

LHP James Pax­ton (14-6, 3.88) has won a ca­reer-best nine straight starts. He beat Toronto last week­end in his most re­cent game and pitches this time on six days’ rest.

Yan­kees:

AP PHOTO

Toronto Blue Jays’ Justin Smoak fist-bumps third base coach Luis Rivera af­ter hit­ting a two-run home run dur­ing the sev­enth in­ning of a game against the New York Yan­kees on Fri­day in New York.

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