Sports Montgomery goes 6 strong innings, Yankees beat Rays 3-1
Guerrero's 3 homers, 7 RBIs lead Blue Jays over Nats 9-5
DUNEDIN, Fla. — Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit three home runs, including a grand slam and solo shot off Washington ace Max Scherzer, and had seven RBIs as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Nationals 9-5 on Tuesday night. Guerrero’s slam in the third put the Blue Jays ahead 4-3 and ended Scherzer’s scoreless streak at 19 innings. Guerrero made it 7-3 with his drive in the fifth and added a two-run, seventh-inning shot off Kyle Finnegan to complete his first three-homer game. Scherzer (1-2) joined Ivan Nova as the only pitchers to have allowed a homer to both Guerrero Jr. and his father, Hall of Famer Vladimir Guerrero.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla (AP) — Jordan Montgomery pitched six strong innings, Aaron Judge and Gary Sánchez homered, and the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 on Tuesday night.
About two hours before the game started, it was announced that Yankees third base coach Phil Nevin is away from the team after a positive COVID-19 test.
After the game, the team said first base coach Reggie Willits and an unnamed staff member also tested positive. Willits was replaced by minor league coordinator Mario Garza.
Pitching coach Matt Blake was absent as contact tracing continues.
Boone said the Yankees are preparing as if they will play Wednesday night.
Conforto HR in 9th, questionable call help Mets beat Phils
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Michael Conforto hit a tiebreaking home run in the ninth inning and the New York Mets benefited from a very questionable call by the second base umpire to beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-4 Saturday night. Conforto led off the ninth by connecting against Hector Neris (1-3). Conforto also had a two-run double in a four-run first inning against former teammate Zack Wheeler. The Mets squandered the 4-0 lead but recovered to win for just the fourth time in 12 games — even after centre fielder Brandon Nimmo and third baseman J.D. Davis exited with hand injuries.
“Get ready and hope that we avoid any more hiccups or potential positives and things like that,” Boone said. “Major League Baseball and their doctors are advising us. They know what would require a non-play but they also were very confident today that we could play and should play."
Judge said the players voted to take the field.
“It was stressful but it's all part of it,” Judge said. “You're going to have days like this where things happen. We all kind of talked about it, seeing what was best for us. We're all here, we decided we were good to go and ready to play.”
The Yankees beat Tampa Bay for just the second time in seven games this season. The AL champion Rays had won 18 of the last 23 meetings, including a five-game victory in last year’s Division Series.
Adames, Margot slug Rays past Angels 7-3; Rendon injured
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Tyler Glasnow was fairly confident the Tampa Bay Rays hadn't all forgotten how to hit just one month into the new season after winning the AL pennant last fall. The Rays are finally getting it together at the plate, and their ace got the benefit. Willy Adames and Manuel Margot homered, Mike Brosseau had a two-run single and the Rays opened a seven-game California road trip with a 7-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Monday night. Glasnow (4-1) pitched six innings of four-hit ball with three walks for the Rays.
New York slugger Luke Voit went 0 for 3 in his first game this season. The major league home run leader last year with 22, he was reinstated from the 10-day injured list after having knee surgery on March 29.
Voit was hit by a pitch around the right wrist in the fourth inning and had a flyout to the right-field wall in the seventh.
Montgomery (2-1) gave up one run, two hits, walked one and tied a career high with nine strikeouts. After Jonathan Loaisiga worked two innings, Aroldis Chapman got three outs to get his eighth save and complete a three-hitter.
“They pitched well,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said. “We just couldn’t get anything going.”
Chapman had an eventful ninth, including a visit by a trainer. Austin Meadows reached on shortstop Gleyber Torres’ error, but Sánchez later threw out the Rays DH attempting to advance to second. The lefty also walked one and struck out one.
Boone said Chapman has a little soreness in a nail but is fine.
Lowe homers as Rays overcome Ohtani to defeat Angels 3-1
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Shohei Ohtani worked five scoreless innings for the first time in three years, but it wasn't enough for the Los Angeles Angels to snap out of their slump. Brandon Lowe's three-run homer in the seventh inning allowed the Tampa Bay Rays to rally for a 3-1 victory Wednesday night. Tampa Bay has won four straight and go for its first four-game sweep at Angel Stadium since 2012 on Thursday. Lowe went deep to centre off Junior Guerra (2-1) in the seventh after Brett Phillips led off the inning with a walk and Willy Adames flared a single to left. “It was good to hit the ball that solid and see it leave the yard.
Judge started in right field after being rested Sunday and hit a first-pitch, first-inning solo homer off Luis Patiño (1-1). Judge, who entered with two hits in his previous 24 at-bats, has been dealing with what Boone is calling “lower leg stuff.”
“I'd tried to get something going in the first inning and I was happy to do it,” Judge said. “I kind of feel like Montgomery rode that. He had a strong outing. He was impressive today.”
Sánchez made it 3-1 with his shot in the seventh off Josh Fleming. It was his second homer in three games after a career-high-tying 18-game homerless streak.
Mike Zunino connected on a 472-foot solo drive in the third for the Rays. It was the fourth longest homer in MLB this season, behind Yermin Mercedes (485 feet), Ronald Acuña Jr. (481 feet) and Marcell Ozuna (479 feet).
Patiño allowed two runs and three hits in four innings.
The Rays designated INF-OF Yoshi Tsutsugo for assignment. The former Japanese star hit just .167 with five RBIs this season.
Yankees: CF Aaron Hicks was a late scratch with a bruised right shin. He fouled a pitch off it in the eighth inning Sunday against Washington. ... 3B Gio Urshela (sore left knee) returned to the lineup and singled in four at-bats.
Rays: GM Erik Neander said CF Kevin Kiermaier, who sprained his left wrist sliding into second base Saturday, has no broken bones or ligament damage. ... 1B Ji-Man Choi (arthroscopic right knee) could be back in the next couple days.
Yankees ace Gerrit Cole (4-1, 1.61 ERA) will start Wednesday night’s game. The Rays will use RHP Collin McHugh (0-1) as an opener. Cole is 3-0 in four postseason starts against Tampa Bay but is 0-4 over eight regular-season appearances.
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Mark Didtler, The Associated Press
Kelenic homers for 1st hit, Mariners beat Indians 7-3 .
SEATTLE (AP) — Jarred Kelenic hit a two-run homer for his first major league hit and tacked on two doubles, leading the Seattle Mariners to a 7-3 win over the Cleveland Indians on Friday night. After going hitless in his big league debut Thursday, Kelenic brought the crowd to its feet with a drive to right-center against Aaron Civale in the third inning. The ball was clocked at 109.3 mph off the bat and Kelenic’s sprint around the bases seemed just as fast. Kyle Seager and Mitch Haniger also connected for Seattle. Chris Flexen (4-1) allowed one run in 5 2/3 innings, and Rafael Montero recorded the final out for his fifth save.