Blue Jays win 5-2 over Yankees
Dunedin, Fla. – Whit Merrifield hit a two-run homer and added an RBI single as the Toronto Blue Jays topped the New York Yankees 5-2 in spring training action on Saturday.
The Yankees took an early 2–0 lead thanks to RBI singles from Anthony Rizzo and Giancarlo Stanton.
However, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. kick-started the Blue Jays with a solo shot in the bottom of the first inning to cut the deficit in half.
Merrifield put Toronto ahead 3–2 with his homer in the third inning. In the fourth, Danny Jansen drove in Matt Chapman with a double before Merfield scored Cavan Biggio shortly after.
Bowden Francis started on the mound for the Blue Jays. He struck out five batters while giving up one walk, three hits and two runs in three innings of action.
Toronto (13-10) plays the Tampa Bay Rays next Sunday.
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Earlier Saturday, the Blue Jays announced they assigned pitchers Adrian Hernandez and Casey Lawrence as well as infielder Rainer Nuñez to minor league spring training. He will remain eligible to play in spring training games as needed.
Fifty-three players (30 pitchers, six catchers, 11 infielders and six outfielders) remained in major league camp for Toronto.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published on March 18, 2023.
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