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  • 31 May
    导出博客文章NEW YORK -- If the New York Yankees reach the playoffs, theyll long remember
    this catch by Brett Gardner.Two outs in the ninth inning, bases loaded, one-run
    lead. Does it get much better?Gardner made a leaping grab at the top of the
    left-field wall, clutching the ball as he banged into the fence on Justin Smoaks
    drive for the final out, and the Yankees held off AL East-leading Toronto 7-6
    Tuesday night.I knew I was going to be able to catch up to it and get to it, I
    just didnt know if I was going to run out of room or not, Gardner said.I knew it
    was going to be close to the wall -- thank goodness it wasnt much higher. Im not
    too tall and I wasnt going to be able to jump a whole lot higher, he said.A
    scrambly September game with October implications seesawed to the last swing,
    and turned at the end in favor of the Yankees. New York won its third in a row
    and sent the Blue Jays to their fourth loss in five games.At a season-high seven
    games over .500, the Yankees closed within 4 1/2 games of first place, their
    smallest deficit since April, and remained 3 1/2 back for the ALs second wild
    card.The Blue Jays had already scored twice in the ninth off Dellin Betances
    when they loaded the bases with one out. Blake Parker, the eighth New York
    pitcher, suddenly became an unlikely closer, and he struck out Kevin
    Pillar.Smoak was up next -- in August 2015, he became the first Toronto player
    ever to hit a grand slam in the Bronx.This time, he sliced a deep shot to
    left.Thought it might have had a chance, Smoak said, later adding, put a good
    swing on it, barreled it.But Gardner ran back, squared himself on the warning
    track and jumped high and back into the padding. He held on for the catch,
    immediately leaped in the air to celebrate and tossed the ball high.I think as
    the ball went in to my glove, my glove hit the wall. And on a play like that,
    you want to make sure the ball goes in the glove before you hit the wall, he
    said.The Yankees rushed out to congratulate him and a few minutes later, a
    replay of the catch drew another ovation from the fans.The 29-year-old Smoak and
    33-year-old Gardner know each other from growing up in South Carolina.Hes an old
    man, Smoak said, smiling.Tyler Austins two-run homer in the seventh off AL ERA
    leader Aaron Sanchez put the Yankees ahead 3-2. Pillar lined a two-out, two-run
    double in the eighth that gave the Blue Jays a 4-3 edge.The Yankees then rallied
    for four runs in their half for a 7-4 lead, capped by Chase Headleys two-run
    homer. The drive off Jason Grilli (5-5) left the reliever bent over at the mound
    in frustration.With the Yankees running out of time to chase a playoff spot,
    manager Joe Girardi spared no expense with his staff. Chasen Shreve (2-1) wound
    up with the win and Parker got his first save since 2013 with the Cubs.Betances
    made it interesting in the ninth, walking the first two batters while working
    his third straight day. Edwin Encarnacion and Melvin Upton got RBI singles on
    infield hits to pull Toronto within a run.Encarnacion hit his 37th homer into
    the second deck for Toronto and tied his career high with 111 RBI. He started
    the day tied with Angels slugger Albert Pujols for the league lead in
    RBI.Playing on his 25th birthday and batting ninth, Austin sliced a two-out
    drive to right-center. His only other homer came on Aug. 13 in his first major
    league at-bat.Brian McCann also homered for the Yankees.Little did anyone know
    what was on deck. In a game of timely hits, it was Gardners defensive play that
    thrilled the Yankees.Sheer joy, Parker said.NY NUMBERSThe Yankees had lost five
    straight home series to Toronto before winning the first two games in this
    three-game set. ... Austin became the first Yankees player to homer on his
    birthday since Alex Rodriguez last year. ... Rookie Gary Sanchez has reached
    base in 21 straight games.UP NEXTBlue Jays: RHP Marcus Stroman (9-6, 4.58) has
    allowed eight earned runs in 12 innings over his last two starts.Yankees: RHP
    Bryan Mitchell was promoted from Triple-A before the game and is likely to make
    his Yankees debut this year, starting vs. Toronto. He injured a toe in spring
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    2012 seventh-rounder Marek Langhamer. NEW YORK -- The next time David Ortiz and
    the Boston Red Sox conduct postgame interviews, they hope their comments take
    place in a raucous clubhouse during a boisterous celebration for clinching the
    American League East.The Red Sox did not clinch Tuesday as Ortiz was 0-for-5
    with two strikeouts and stranded seven runners during a 6-4 loss.Their next
    opportunity will be Wednesday in Ortizs penultimate game against the Yankees.The
    Red Sox won 11 of their last 12 to be in position for their eighth division
    title. They need a win, or a loss by Toronto to Baltimore, but neither happened
    in the series opener.Ortizs comments were also as quiet as his bat. He did not
    field any questions and before exiting the clubhouse said: That aint fun. They
    got me out, just put it down like that. They tricked me tonight. Too much
    talking between the pitcher and catcher. Ill trick them tomorrow.If Ortiz can
    trick the Yankees by getting more big hits in a win, the Red Sox will be
    division champions, doing so after starting their 11-game streak with four
    straight victories over the Yankees at Fenway Park.I mean its what he always
    does, Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts said. He comes through in those
    situations. Nobodys perfect so hell be ready to go tomorrow.Beside Ortizs
    inability to add to his 124 RBI, David Price allowed three home runs among 12
    hits in 6 1/3 innings.The Red Sox hope Clay Buchholz can continue his recent
    resurgence and further improve his chances of being on the postseason roster.
    The Red Sox can use an effective Buchholz since Drew Pomeranz (forearm soreness)
    was scratched from his Thursday start and Steven Wright remains out with
    shoulder bursitis.On the surface, Buchholzs numbers of 8-10 with a 5.00 ERA in
    in 36 appearances (20 starts), are not appealing but playoff roster construction
    often is a what have you done for me lately business.And for Buchholz, the
    answer is this: 4-0 with a 3.09 ERA in his last six starts. Those wins are not
    necessarily a situation where he has been blessed with tremendous run support.I
    knew it wasnt going to be bad all year, Buchholz told reporters in Baltimore
    last week.ddddddddddddThere were a stretch that I didnt really know what was
    going on and I didnt know how to fix it. And when I tried to fix it, I was
    trying too hard and overdoing a lot of things, overanalyzing.His run of
    effective starts began Aug. 16 and 23 in a 4-3 loss and a 2-1 victory against
    Detroit and Tampa Bay, respectively. Three relief appearances followed and then
    came four more starts this month against San Diego, Toronto, New York and
    Baltimore.Only the start against the Blue Jays can be considered ineffective as
    Buchholz allowed six runs and four hits in three innings of Bostons 11-8
    victory. In the other three starts, he allowed four earned runs and 18 hits in
    19 2/3 innings.Buchholz is 6-9 with a 5.99 ERA in 19 appearances (18 starts)
    against the Yankees. On Sept. 16, he allowed two runs and seven hits in six
    innings at Fenway Park.The Yankees have won five of their last 15 games
    following a seven-game winning streak and are barely mathematically alive. They
    are four games behind Baltimore with five to play, but also are behind Houston,
    Seattle and Detroit.Gary Sanchez hit his 20th home run and Tyler Austin had the
    tiebreaking home run in the seventh Tuesday, and at this point the storylines
    for the Yankees are not about postseason plans but development.There are some
    good things that have happened but no because were about winning championships
    and whenever you fall short, theres a ton of disappointment, manager Joe Girardi
    said when asked if this season has been successful. Its very difficult. You look
    and examine everything thats went on with the player and what you need to do to
    get to that level. So I think there are successful stories but as an overall
    success, no.Bryan Mitchell makes his fifth start of the season and eighth of his
    career Wednesday for the Yankees. He pitched in Fridays 9-0 loss at Toronto but
    allowed three runs (one earned) and six hits in a career-high six innings. ' ' '