Grichuk’s glove, bat help Jays beat Yankees
Toronto center fielder Randal Grichuk made a diving catch with the bases loaded and hit a two-run single as the visiting Blue Jays held off the New York Yankees 2-1 on Saturday.
The AL East-leading Yankees, who have not been shut out in more than a year, scored with two outs in the ninth inning on Aaron Judge’s fourth hit of the game, a single off third baseman Brandon Drury’s glove. With runners at the corners, Luke Voit looked at strike three from Daniel Hudson to end it.
Voit went 0 for 3 with two walks after being activated from the injured list. The 28-yearold first baseman suffered an abdominal strain after going 4-for-4 in five innings against Boston on June 29 in London and missed seven games.
The Yankees have scored in 172 straight games since June 30, 2018, the fifth-longest streak in the majors since 1900. The modern record is 308 by the 193133 Yankees.
Nationals: RHP Max Scherzer (mid-back strain) is on the 10-day injury list, retroactive to July 10. Scherzer (9-5) was 7-0 with an 0.84 ERA in his last nine starts before the All-Star break. C Spencer Kieboom was recalled from Double-A Harrisburg to take his roster spot. Mets: Former three-time All-Star OF Matt Kemp was released. Kemp, 34, signed a minor-league contract May 24 and hit .235 with one home run and three RBIs in eight games at Triple-A Syracuse. He appeared in 20 games for Cincinnati this season, hitting .200 with one homer and five RBIs before breaking a rib April 21 after colliding into the outfield wall. Kemp was an All-Star last season with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Pirates: C Francisco Cervelli denied reports from website DK Pittsburgh Sports that he was done catching. “Saying that I quit from my catcher responsibilities is inaccurate,” he wrote on his Instagram account. “My hope is to catch again.” Cervelli, 33, has been sidelined since May 25 with a concussion, which is believed to be at least the sixth of his 12-year MLB career. Trade: Boston upgraded its starting rotation by obtaining RHP Andrew Cashner and cash from Baltimore for 17-year-old prospects Neolberth Romero and Elio Prado. Cashner, 32, went 9-3 with a 3.83 ERA in 17 starts for the worst team in baseball. He has a 1.41 ERA since the beginning of June.
Athletics 13, White Sox 2: Franklin Barreto hit a three-run home run to cap a seven-run first inning, and host Oakland beat Chicago. Matt Chapman had three hits and scored twice for the A’s, who have won nine of 11.
Orioles 2, Rays 1: Stevie Wilkerson hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning to back a surprisingly effective performance by Baltimore’s pitching staff, and the host Orioles beat Tampa Bay to open a split doubleheader.
Cubs 10, Pirates 4: Jon Lester homered, tied a career high with three RBIs and pitched effectively into the seventh inning to lead Chicago past Pittsburgh.
Toronto’s Cavan Biggio steals second base in front of the Yankees’ Gleyber Torres during the sixth inning Saturday in New York. The Blue Jays won 2-1.