The Yankees' bats stayed hot in the Bronx, as a six-run first jolted them to a 10-2 win to cap their series against the Blue Jays. >> Box score
1) J.A. Happ had his shortest outing as a Yankee on Sunday, but it was enough for him to pick up yet another win. He tossed 5.1 innings, allowing two runs on seven hits while striking out eight and walking one.
2) Happ got an early lead from the Yankees thanks to a big first inning that saw six runs come across the plate. Miguel Andujar (1-for-5, 2 RBI) continued his hot streak, driving in the first run to tie things up. And after Didi Gregorius beat out an infield single to score a run, Greg Bird launched a 386-foot grand slam to right to blow things up early.
3) After Gregorius needed to come out of the game due to a foot injury trying to beat out that infield single, Ronald Torreyes took his place and made an impact. He went 3-for-4 with a run scored and a double on the day.
4) It was great to see Sonny Gray with a couple more scoreless innings. He finished the eighth and ninth innings today, allowing two hits while walking and striking out one apiece.
The Yankees offense once again clicked, backing another solid effort from Happ.
Happ is by far the most consistent starter in the Yankees rotation at the moment, which is much more than the club probably expected when making the trade for him. It would be difficult for the Yankees to pick anyone other than Happ to start a potential wild card game at this stage, and that's simply amazing.
The Yanks went 6-for-12 with runners in scoring position, with Bird's blast being the key to breaking the game open, and potentially represents a turning point for the rest of the season for the much maligned first baseman. Bird has homers in back-to-back games, which is hopefully a sign that an extended streak is coming.
However, it is hard to be confident in that as we've seen Bird have a couple of great games only to falter for an extended period to the point that the short burst of strong play is completely forgotten.
Highlights from Saturday's game
The Yankees homestand is over and they head back on the road against the Marlins on Tuesday. Masahiro Tanaka will face off against Pablo Lopez down in Miami.