The Toronto Blue Jays and the New York Yankees will get familiar with one another over the next two weeks. The two teams play each other seven times in the final 14 games of the season.
Barring a disastrous finish, both teams are likely to be playing in baseball’s revamped postseason this year. How these games play out will play a big part in determining each team’s playoff seeding. Eight teams in each League make the playoffs: the three division winners and the highest second place finisher will get to host in the first round.
On Monday night, it was the Yankees that threw the first big blow, picking up their sixth-straight victory, beating the Blue Jays 20-6.
After Vladimir Guerrero Jr.'s solo home run gave Toronto an 1-0 lead in the second inning, the Yankees responded instantly and with authority over the next two innings. New York scored seven runs in the bottom half of the second inning, including two home runs from Luke Voit and Aaron Hicks.
The inning, for Toronto fans, will be remembered for the poor defense in right field by Derek Fisher. Fisher misplayed two fly balls, including a very catchable ball that kept the inning spiraling downward. Blue Jays starting pitcher Taijuan Walker didn’t make it out of the second inning.
The Yankees did not let up in the third, scoring two runs after Shun Yamaguchi hit two Yankees batters. Then, D.J. LeMahieu blew it wide-open with a bases-clearing triple to make it a 12-1 Yankees lead.
New York added more home runs later in the game from Gary Sanchez, a second homer from Voit, Clint Frazier and LeMahieu to get New York to 20 runs on the night. Lemahieu and Voit had five RBI each in the game.
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With the win, the Yankees move a half-game in front of the Blue Jays for second place in the American League East.
The teams will meet again on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium for Game 2 of the three-game series. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.