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Yanks hope to ride homer rampage to sweep of Jays
Toronto Blue Jays at New York Yankees
- The Yankees have homered in a franchise-record 26 consecutive games and are one shy of the major league mark of 27 set by the 2002 Rangers. The Bronx Bombers have homered in 12 straight home games against the Blue Jays, the club's longest home run streak in home games in the series.
- Since New York's home run streak began on May 26, Gary Sanchez leads the Yankees with eight homers. Sanchez has hit 23 homers on the season, and the Yankees are 16-4 this season in games in which he homers. He is the first catcher with 23 homers before July since the Braves' Javy Lopez in 2003.
- Gleyber Torres has six home runs during the Yankees' homer streak, with three coming in his last four games. On the season, Torres has a .458/.519/1.000 slash line in the seventh inning. That 1.519 OPS is tops in the AL among the 92 batters with at least 25 plate appearances in the seventh inning.
- The Blue Jays have scored at least five runs in five straight games, and have reached the five-run mark an MLB-best nine times in 12 games since June 12. They had nine such games in their previous 38 contests.
- Lourdes Gurriel Jr. had three hits Sunday for his third multi-hit game in his last four contests. On the season, he is batting .339 with runners on, compared to .182 with nobody on and nobody out. That difference of plus-.157 with runners on is the sixth greatest in MLB (min 150 total PAs).
- Aaron Sanchez has a 13.50 ERA in his last three starts and has lost eight consecutive decisions since beating the A's on April 27. His eight straight losses are the most by a Toronto starter in a single season since Ricky Romero lost 13 decisions in a row in 2012.
- Brewers replace Grandal with M's Narvaez
- Mets acquire OF Marisnick from Astros
- Royals' Matheny keeping most of staff
- Phils ink RHP Wheeler for 5 years, $118M
- Hamels, Braves agree to $18M for 1 year
The New York Yankees own the major league record after hitting a homer for the 28th consecutive game Tuesday.
Now they want to keep it going -- especially if it leads to another win.
The Yankees get a chance to extend their long-ball streak Wednesday afternoon at Yankee Stadium when they go for the three-game sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays.
New York broke the homer-streak record set by the 2002 Texas Rangers when it hit four solo homers Tuesday in a 4-3 win. DJ LeMahieu and Aaron Judge opened the game by homering, and Gleyber Torres and Edwin Encarnacion also connected.
"It's a tribute to having a lot of really good hitters and having a lot of guys that can hit for power, and I think now we're seeing as we get more whole that I think they kind of protect each other," Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. "When you look at our lineup, it's really tough for the opponent to have to navigate through, and I think they all benefit from each guy being a really good hitter and making the pitcher work really hard."
The Yankees are 10-1 in their past 11 games and 17-11 during the homer streak, in which 14 players have combined for 51 homers. That list includes Giancarlo Stanton, who homered Monday but exited the Tuesday game due to a right knee contusion. He might not play Wednesday.
Toronto is 2-8 in its past 10 games in the Bronx and 5-13 in the past 18 meetings with the Yankees. The Blue Jays are hoping to avoid a sweep after seeing two late comeback bids fall short when Freddy Galvis made the last out during lengthy at-bats against Aroldis Chapman each night.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Randal Grichuk hit RBI singles for Toronto on Tuesday in a game where the Blue Jays were 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position and struck out 12 times.
"We're just playing good baseball," Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo said. "We're in every game, good pitching, we're swinging the bats, we're playing good defense. That's what I mean by progress. We're playing good baseball."
New York left-hander James Paxton (5-3, 3.75 ERA) will attempt to win his third straight start on Wednesday. In victories over the Chicago White Sox and Houston Astros, Paxton has allowed three runs on 13 hits with 14 strikeouts in 11 innings.
Before the past two outings, Paxton was 0-1 with a 7.15 ERA in his previous three starts following an injured-list stint caused by left knee inflammation.
Paxton faced the Blue Jays three weeks ago in Toronto, and he allowed four runs (three earned) in 4 2/3 innings, taking a no-decision in an 11-7 loss. The 30-year-old Canadian is 3-3 with a 4.69 ERA in seven career starts against the Blue Jays, and he threw a no-hitter in Toronto on May 8, 2018.
Rookie Trent Thornton (2-5, 4.25 ERA) will make his 17th career start for Toronto. He is 1-1 with a 3.52 ERA in his past four starts.
Thornton last pitched Friday, taking a no-decision in Boston when he allowed two runs on eight hits in 6 1/3 innings during Toronto's 7-5, 10-inning loss.
Thornton opposed Paxton three weeks ago, his first career appearance against the Yankees. He allowed four runs on five hits in five innings, and he wasn't involved in the decision.
--Field Level Media
Updated June 26, 2019