Giancarlo Stanton: Batting fourth in order Thursday

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However, it is more likely that he is another option for Blue Jays skipper John Gibbons to use in order to give either Devon Travis or Aledmys Diaz a rest day.

But Gray gave that lead back, too, on back-to-back doubles and then a two-run single by Lourdes Gurriel Jr., who was making his major league debut after being called up from Class AA earlier in the day.

"That's frustrating not only for myself but for the rest of the guys in the locker room, for sure".

The New York Yankees have to be wondering what is in the water in Boston, who have jumped out to an astonishing 15-2 record this season. "We've got to kind of circle the wagons with him and continue to work through it, because he's really important to us".

The Blue Jays will also activate designated hitter Kendrys Morales ahead of tonight's contest with the Yankees.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone is reportedly considering a roster shakeup that could drop Stanton down in the batting order.

"I had to do something", he said.

Boone acknowledged concern about the lack of velocity on Gray's fastball, which was clocked between 90 and 91 miles per hour, but said he believed that Gray was healthy.

Morales made it a one-run game on a double that just stayed in fair territory near the line in left field. "I feel fine", he said. It's 40 degrees outside. "I don't think anybody's throwing as hard as they're going to in the middle of the summer".

With shutdown relief from Chad Green and a promising hitless inning from Dellin Betances, the score would remain the same until a 7th inning solo shot from Aaron Judge (5) would extend the Yankee lead to two. The 17 strikeouts Stanton had through his first eight home games in 2010 with his former team, the Miami Marlins, are tied for second on that list. Toronto has still won seven of its last nine and is 12-6 on the season and 5-3 on the road. I wish I knew... I just threw the pitched that I wanted and I threw that pitch.

The 28-year-old righty even departed to the throaty boos usually reserved for newcomer Giancarlo Stanton. The shot ended a homer-less streak of 50 at-bats for Stanton. He allowed five runs on five hits, walking four and striking out none.

Still, a collective 4.93 ERA clearly was not what Cashman had envisioned for this starting staff when he stood pat during the offseason, bypassing Cole and free agents such as Yu Darvish to bring back the same rotation that finished 2017.

NY entered tied for the AL lead with 17 errors and struggled defensively once again. The good thing is there's another game tomorrow. "Runs better than me and is a better defensive player than me". Two timely groundouts later, a 90 miles per hour fastball would trickle away off the glove of Gary Sanchez for a passed ball, scoring Maile, trimming the Yankee lead to 2-1. "By a lot", Boone said of the Red Sox before the game.