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Toronto Blue Jays go on 1st road trip of 2022 to visit New York Yankees in the Bronx

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TORONTO — It’s been a strong begin to the Toronto Blue Jays’ season, successful their first home-opening sequence at Rogers Centre in three years.

Santiago Espinal stated after Saturday’s 4-3 victory over the Texas Rangers that it’s a pleasure for the gamers to come back to Toronto’s clubhouse day by day. He believes that cohesiveness is integral to the Blue Jays’ tradition.

“I really like coming in right here early and seeing all people completely happy, seeing all people dancing,” stated Espinal. “That is simply the primary two video games, I do know we’ve a number of video games left, however that is going to be the identical workforce day by day.”

Toronto begins its first street journey of the season on Monday evening, dealing with the New York Yankees in a four-game sequence. The Yankees additionally received their first sequence of 2022, taking two out of three video games from the visiting Boston Pink Sox.

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Blue Jays supervisor Charlie Montoyo stated his workforce isn’t fazed by the Yankees since each workforce within the aggressive American League East is harmful.

“It’s not a take a look at since you’re going to be dealing with these groups so many instances,” he stated after Sunday’s 12-6 loss to Texas.

Friday’s house opener was the Blue Jays’ first in Toronto since 2019, with the COVID-19 pandemic forcing them to play many of the previous two seasons in Dunedin, Fla., and Buffalo N.Y. A sold-out crowd of 45,022 stuffed Rogers Centre _ the primary sellout at Toronto’s ballpark since March 29, 2018.

Teoscar Hernandez had a three-run homer and scored the successful run on Friday because the Blue Jays got here again from a seven-run deficit to beat Texas 10-8.

Espinal hit a go-ahead RBI double within the house opener, after which drove house the game-winning run with one other double in Saturday’s 4-3 win over the Rangers. Espinal was pinch hitting for second baseman Cavan Biggio in each video games and stated that Toronto’s team-first mentality is the Blue Jays’ power.

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“You realize, we’re all household, we’re all collectively and we’ve all received our backs,” he stated. “Simply coming in day by day, arduous work and ensuring that each alternative that we be sure that we benefit from it.”

Toronto’s reduction pitchers mixed for 18 1/3 innings within the three-game set, however Montoyo famous that relievers Adam Cimber, Trevor Richards, Yimi Garcia, and nearer Jordan Romano had been all rested.

“However needs to be OK for tomorrow,” stated Montoyo about taking part in the Yankees in New York on Monday.

Montoyo additionally hoped that Alek Manoah, who’s scheduled to pitch on Monday, would go deeper than starters Jose Berrios, Kevin Gausman, and Hyun Jin Ryu did over the weekend in opposition to Texas. Gausman went the deepest of the three, pitching 5 innings on Saturday.

The Blue Jays return to Toronto on this coming Friday to host the Oakland Athletics in a three-game set.

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