Published: Wed, April 04, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Solarte homers, Pillar steals home, Toronto tops Yankees

Solarte homers, Pillar steals home, Toronto tops Yankees

After being checked by the trainer, McKinney stayed in for one more batter before being replaced by Brett Gardner.

The two-way star from Japan took the mound three days after he was the designated hitter in the opener. Offensively, Giancarlo Stanton lead the Yanks with four hits and four RBI while Brandon Drury and Didi Gregorius have combined for six hits and two RBI.

"I've already had a conversation with him that when that time comes up, you could see him in center field at some point", Boone said. So, this was a huge early-season moment for Smoak and the Jays.

The thrilling move paid off as the Blue Jays topped NY 5-3 for their first win of the season. "I'm glad he did it".


Betances, who got four strikeouts, also gave up three hits and a walk in the two innings.

Toronto took its first lead of the season on Smoak's RBI single in the first, then took a 2-0 on Smoak's RBI double in the third off CC Sabathia.

NY (+135) is hosting this game as the underdog to Toronto (-155) and oddsmakers have put the Over/Under for this game at 8.5 runs. Marisnick hit his second homer, connecting early against Matt Moore. The highlight of the day for Detroit was Miguel Cabrera's first home run of the season, a solo shot in the second game.

"I just felt better about that alignment on the fly for the first time", Boone said. The defending AL East champions won three of four at Tropicana Field under new manager Alex Cora. The trainer then rubbed McKinney's shoulder.


McKinney was recalled from Triple-A Friday after Hicks went on the 10-day disabled list because of a strained right rib cage. Josh Donaldson is aging and has one foot out the door; David Price in a Blue Jays uniform only exists online and in pictures, and Jose Bautista is adding everyone he can on twitter but not playing baseball.

Trainer Steve Donohue also checked McKinney for concussion symptoms, and it was surprising he wasn't pulled immediately, especially after Frazier has encountered multiple setbacks after experiencing recurring symptoms following a similar wall collision during spring training.

For Betances, it was his second straight rocky outing, and he's only made two appearances. 2B Devon Travis and C Russell Martin got the day off. Gibbons said Travis, who missed more than 100 games past year because of a right knee injury, will get at least one day off every three days for the time being.

Smoak's Toronto Blue Jays hosted the Yankees to open the 2018 season, and while his team split the series against the Bronx-based club, the 31-year-old has gotten off to a good start in the campaign.


The hard-throwing right-hander, acquired in an offseason trade after he was the opening day starter for Pittsburgh past year, allowed two hits to help the Astros take three of four from their state rivals.

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