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Subject: The Tampa Bay Rays aren’t blessed with a bunch of big boppers Posted: Monday, February 11, 2019 - 07:18:48

TORONTO (AP) — , but they will burn up the basepaths at every opportunity.Willy Adames had two hits and drove in the decisive run, and the Rays beat the Blue Jays 3-1 on Saturday, their seventh win in eight meetings with Toronto this season.“With our lineup, we have to execute the small things a lot more than other teams,” outfielder Kevin Kiermaier said. “We don’t have the big home run hitters or anything like that. We just try to move base to base and, anytime we can, try to capitalize on any mistakes or errors and make them pay.”Tampa Bay took advantage of a pair of early Toronto miscues to take extra bases that led to runs. Speedy outfielder Mallex Smith led off the first with a chopper over the mound. Shortstop Aledmys Diaz and second baseman Devon Travis both charged, and then backed off as the ball rolled between them. Smith took advantage of two infielders being out of position to advance to second and was credited with a double. He scored one out later on Joey Wendle’s double just inside the right field foul line.“Initially I thought I would beat out the ball and just get the single,” Smith said. “I head the crowd go ‘Ooh,’ so I thought they bobbled it. Then I saw it just kind of helplessly rolling out to center field.”In the second, Kiermaier led off with a single and advanced when center fielder Kevin Pillar bobbled the ball. Kiermaier later stole third and scored on Adames’ RBI grounder.“We’re not a very high-scoring offense, so we have to take advantage of any little mistake, bobble, whatever, to get that extra 90 feet,” manager Kevin Cash said. “We don’t score those runs if they don’t do those things.”Aledmys Diaz homered for the Blue Jays Barry Larkin Jersey , who have lost five of six and are a season-worst 12 games below .500.“Any time you can limit a team to one run, things are going right,” Cash said.Ryne Stanek opened for the Rays, leaving after four outs. Diego Castillo (3-2) pitched 2 2/3 innings and Jamie Schultz allowed one run in two innings. Hunter Wood pitched the seventh, Pedro Alvorado handled the eighth and Sergio Romo worked a perfect ninth for his 15th save in 22 opportunities.“They were tough today,” Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin said. “They made pitches, made some plays on defense.”Toronto had two runners thrown out on the bases in the seventh. Martin led off with a single but was caught trying to steal second. The inning ended when Pillar was picked off first following a walk.Diaz cut the deficit in half with a leadoff homer off Schultz in the fifth, his 15th. Jesus Sucre hit an RBI single off Ryan Tepera in the ninth to restore the two-run cushion.Sam Gaviglio (2-5) allowed two runs, one earned, and six hits in 5 1/3 innings. Gaviglio is winless in 14 starts since a May 25 victory at Philadelphia.BACK2BACKToronto honored the 25th anniversary of its consecutive World Series titles in 1992 and 1993 with a pregame ceremony. More than 20 coaches and players from the two championship teams were on hand, including Hall of Famers Roberto Alomar and Dave Winfield, 1993 hero Joe Carter and manager Cito Gaston.DRY SPELLToronto, which lost 7-0 Friday, scored one run or fewer in consecutive games for the third time.DID IT AGAINBlue Jays prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. homered for Triple-A Buffalo on Saturday, his fourth in four games.TRAINER’S ROOMBlue Jays: Manager John Gibbons said INF Yangervis Solarte will go on the disabled list after injuring his right oblique on an awkward swing in the second inning and leaving the game. Solarte was replaced by Richard Urena. … In a statement, the Blue Jays said injured 3B Josh Donaldson (left calf) is “ramping up intensity” in his workouts at its spring training facility in Dunedin , Florida. Donaldson has been out since May 28.UP NEXTRays RHP Tyler Glasnow (1-2, 4.14 ERA) starts Sunday’s series finale against RHP Marcus Stroman (4-8, 5.20). Glasnow is 0-0 with a 2.57 ERA in two starts since being acquired from Pittsburgh last month. Stroman left Tuesday’s start against Boston after allowing one unearned run in seven innings because of a blister on his middle finger. CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) — Months before the start of spring training, the New York Yankees‘ injury list is lengthening.Catcher Gary Sanchez had surgery on his left shoulder Thursday, which could slow him during spring training but is not likely to keep him out of the lineup on opening day.“His shoulder has bothered him off and on since ’17,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Wednesday. “He’s been treated conservatively with it. He had an injection towards the end of ’17. He had two in ’18. He just resumed workouts and still felt a little bit lingering from it.”Cashman made the announcement at the general managers’ meetings, hours after the Yankees finalized an $8 million, one-year contract with CC Sabathia. The 38-year-old left-hander said 2019 will be his final season.New York announced last month that Didi Gregorius will miss much of next season after Tommy John surgery to repair a torn ligament in the shortstop’s right elbow.An All-Star in 2017 who slumped badly this year, Sanchez felt continued shoulder pain while working out last week at the Yankees’ minor league complex in Tampa, Florida, with strength and conditioning coach Matt Krause.“He said things are going well, but my shoulder is still cranky. It’s still lingering in there,” Cashman said. “So it’s just enough complaints, too many over the course of a year-and-half now.”Head team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad performed a debridement at New York-Presbyterian Hospital to remove loose debris from Sanchez’s non-throwing shoulder. The recovery is expected to be about three months.Sanchez, 25 Billy Hamilton Jersey , hit .299 with 20 homers and 42 RBIs two years ago, when he impressed during a call-up in the season’s final two months, and he was an All-Star in 2017 who hit .278 with 33 homers and 90 RBIs in 122 games. But he slumped to a .186 with 18 homers and 53 RBIs in 89 games this year, when he was limited by a groin injury, and his defense was poor for the second straight year.“It may very well have been something that affected him performance-wise. I can’t rule that out,” Cashman said.Sabathia went 9-7 with a 3.65 ERA in 29 starts this year. He met with Cashman in the Yankees clubhouse the day after New York’s season ended.“He said, ‘Cash I want to play again. I will play somewhere else if I have to. But I don’t want to play anywhere else. I’m a Yankee. I want to end as a Yankee. Next year is my last year, but I am going to play and I’m hoping it’s here.'”A six-time All-Star and the 2007 AL Cy Young Award winner, Sabathia is 246-153 in 18 major league seasons with a 3.70 ERA and 2,986 strikeouts, including 129-80 in a decade with the Yankees. He took a $2 million paycut.“It’s certainly not simple negotiating with someone you have a great deal of respect for and you’re dealing with lesser dollars,” Cashman said. “Those are not easy conversations to have.”

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