TORONTO — Yandy Diaz hit a three-run home run as the Tampa Bay Rais — launching an unprecedented team of nine Latino players on Roberto Clemente Day — thrashed Toronto 11-0 on Thursday and played the Blue Jays in a half game in wild nature. – card chase.
Clemente, the late Hall of Famer outfielder from Puerto Rico, was a two-time World Series winner and NL MVP who played 18 seasons with Pittsburgh. The Latin American players of the Blue Jays represent five countries: Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Venezuela and the Dominican Republic.
“Very happy, especially on a day like today,” Diaz said. “I think Hispanics really have an impact on the game of baseball.”
All nine of Ray’s starters, as well as base coaches Chris Prieto and Rodney Linares, wore number 21 in honor of Clemente. Nine players in the starting line-up were photographed on the field after the game.
Diaz said he hopes to frame his jersey and squad card to remember the historic day.
Rays manager Kevin Cash said the lineup was based on batters he wanted to face the Toronto right-hander. Kevin Gausman.
“We have Gausman as the reverse split guy, so load right-handers,” Cash said. “It just turned out that they were all of Latin origin.”
Shane McClanahan returned from the injured list to field five close innings.
“I really wanted to come back and help this team in any way I can,” McClanahan said.
Isaac Walls hit a solo home run and added an RBI single as the Rays (80–63) won the fifth and final game of the series. Toronto (81-63) will play a four-game series in Tampa Bay starting next Thursday.
Seattle (80-62), which is one of three wildcard spots in the AL, was inactive on Thursday but outperformed Toronto by percentage points.
Diaz homered in the second four-run inning, his ninth. Paredes made it 5-0 with an opening burst in the seventh, his 19th.
Randy Arozarena had three hits, including an RBI single in the ninth, and Manuel Margo added a three-run double later in a six-run frame as Tampa Bay lashed out at the right-handers Trevor Richards as well as David Phelps.
Removed from the injured list after missing 15 games with a left shoulder strike, McClanahan (12-5) allowed three hits, struck out five and walked one.
“Without a doubt, we are better off with him than without him,” Cash said. He’s such a talented pitcher.”
The left-hander made a couple of singles in the first inning and then sent off 14 of the last 16 batters he faced. He dropped his ERA to 2.13.
“Today he was so nasty,” said raycatcher Rene Pinto. “We are not machines, but he looks like a machine.”
Gausman (12-10) allowed five runs and six hits in seven innings, recording a streak of four consecutive winning decisions. He struck out seven and walked one.
“Too many mistakes and misses made worse by the guys on base,” Gausman said.
After Vladimir Guerrero Jr. as well as Beau Bichette hit in a row in singles in the first, the pair made a double interception. McClanahan escaped by striking Matt Chapman and force Theoscar Hernandez to fly out.
Bichette doubled JT Chargois in the sixth and advanced on Chapman’s singles infield, but Hernandez struck out before Adam came out to eliminate the hitter. Cavan Biggio.
IN HONOR OF CLEMENT
Bichette, right-hander Jose Berrios, outfielder George Springer and third base coach Luis Rivera wore number 21 for Toronto.
Two fans from Toronto’s Korean community treated slugger Ray Ji-Man Choi during a workout, including one with Choco Pie on it. In return, Choi donated several signed baseballs.
Tampa Bay selected LHP Josh Fleming to Triple-A Durham to make way for McClanahan.
Beams: RHP Shane Baz (right elbow) started throwing on level ground but won’t be back this season, Cash said.
Blue Jays: S Alejandro Kirk (left thigh) was not. Kirk didn’t play on Wednesday.
Beams: RHP Corey Kluber (10-8, 4.36 ERA) starts Friday as the Rays return home to take over Texas. LHP Martin Perez (11-6, 2.77 ERA) goes to the Rangers.
Blue Jays: Toronto didn’t name a starter for Friday’s home game against Baltimore. RHP Jordan Lyles (10-10, 4.62 ERA) starts for the Orioles.
DETROIT – Andrew Wong won his first career Grand Slam, and on Sunday the Chicago White Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 11-5.
“This trip went in the right direction,” right-hander from Chicago. Vince Velasquez said. “We’re taking the right steps to hurt Cleveland at home.”
The White Sox are trying to capture AL Central’s leading Guardians, but they are running out of time. They are 3 1/2 games behind Cleveland after the Guardian lost 3-0 to Minnesota.
Chicago hosts Cleveland on Tuesday night, opening a three-game streak.
“It’s September now – everyone is tired, everyone’s legs and bodies hurt,” Vaughn said. “But we just have to give it our all every day, no matter what you have.”
The White Sox improved to 12-4 against the last-placed Tigers of the season. The teams will play again next weekend in Chicago.
The defending champions AL Central seized control with five runs in the fifth. Sheets snapped tie with a loaded base walk against Drew Hutchison (2-9) and Vaughn made it 7-2 as he moved the 1-2 slider from James Foley deep to left center for his commanding 17th homer.
“That (home run) was big,” White Sox acting manager Miguel Cairo said. “In a bullpen with short staff, it was nice to immediately put on a big number and give the bullpen a breather.”
The White Sox (76-71) have recorded 31 homers in their last 19 games. They’re 27-5 when they’ve hit at least two homers.
“He’s been doing it all year since he joined the bullpen,” Cairo said. “He was a guy who came in and shut down opportunities. This was our plan.”
“I was about to go on deck and it sounded like a gunshot,” Vaughn said. “That one was special. He can hit a few baseballs far.”
Jimenez added a double RBI in the eighth. He’s 17 of 43 with five homers and 16 RBIs over his last 11 games.
Willy Castro hit a two-run homer for Detroit in the first, and Javier Baez added a solo shot in the eighth. Baez returned to the designated hitter lineup after dealing with knee swelling following an awkward plate game on Friday.
Hutchison was charged with six runs and seven hits in 4 2/3 innings in front of a crowd of 14,435. He has only one win in his last 13 matches.
“There’s a fine line between pitching aggressively and giving yourself a chance to get out of this (fifth) inning,” Tigers manager AJ Hinch said. “And that inning just kept going up and up and it obviously exploded.”
Velasquez allowed two runs and three hits in four innings in his first start since June 9. Velasquez was forced to act because Johnny Cueto deals with illness.
“By giving up a home run, I take all the blame for it, but once I calmed down and started to sort it out, it was a good, easy, smooth ride,” Velasquez said. “You just have to always be on the lookout.”
Tanner Banks (2-0) gave up three opportunities to win.
“It was so great to see our bullpen,” Cairo said. “Everyone contributes. And everyone in the roster does little things to win matches.”
MOVING THE COMPOSITION
White Sox posted pitcher Joe Kelly on the family leave list. Banks was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte.
White Sox: CF Louis Robert (hand) was disabled as a precaution. Cairo said that Robert could return on Tuesday. … Right side Michael Kopech (shoulder), who was placed in a 15-day IL on Saturday, said he was closed as a precaution and hoped to be back before the end of the season.
White Sox: There was no word on a starting pitcher for either team on Tuesday. Chicago pitching plan remains in motion after Cueto falls ill.