TORONTO — It’s been a stable begin to the Toronto Blue Jays’ season, profitable their first home-opening collection at Rogers Centre in three years.
Santiago Espinal mentioned after Saturday’s 4-3 victory over the Texas Rangers that it’s a pleasure for the gamers to return to Toronto’s clubhouse day by day. He believes that cohesiveness is integral of the Blue Jays’ tradition.
“I love coming in here early and seeing everybody happy, seeing everybody dancing,” mentioned Espinal. “This is just the first two games, I know we have a lot of games left, but this is going to be the same team every day.”
Toronto begins its first street journey of the season on Monday night time, going through the New York Yankees in a four-game collection. The Yankees additionally gained their first collection of 2022, taking two out of three video games from the visiting Boston Red Sox.
Blue Jays supervisor Charlie Montoyo mentioned his crew isn’t fazed by the Yankees since each crew within the aggressive American League East is harmful.
“It’s not a test because you’re going to be facing those teams so many times,” he mentioned 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 crammed Rogers Centre _ the primary sellout at Toronto’s ballpark since March 29, 2018.
Teoscar Hernandez had a three-run homer and scored the profitable 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 mentioned that Toronto’s team-first mentality is the Blue Jays’ power.
“You know, we’re all family, we’re all together and we’ve all got our backs,” he mentioned. “Just coming in every day, hard work and making sure that every opportunity that we make sure we take advantage of it.”
Toronto’s aid 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.
“But should be OK for tomorrow,” mentioned 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 towards 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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