Jays’ rookie embracing challenge

The Canadian Press
Dhiren Mahiban

TORONTO–Ryan Borucki’s introduction to the big leagues hasn’t been easy but the rookie left-hander is embracing the challenge.
Borucki went seven innings, allowing just one earned run, in picking up a no-decision as the Blue Jays fell 2-1 to the Yankees in 10 innings yesterday afternoon.
Brett Gardner delivered an RBI single in the 10th as the Yankees (58-29) improved to 9-4 against the Jays this season.
The Blue Jays (41-48) wrapped up their final homestand prior to the all-star break with a 4-5 record.
“Obviously it’s a confidence boost. These guys are some of the best lineups in baseball,” Borucki noted.
“I don’t really care who I go against, I’m going to pitch the same way as I always do,” he added.
“Obviously you’ve got to focus a little bit when you’ve got [Aaron] Judge and [Giancarlo] Stanton in there, in that tight spot, but it’s been fun so far.”
The 24-year-old Borucki (0-1) made his major-league debut on June 26, surrendering two earned runs on six hits over six innings against the defending World Series champion Houston Astros.
Although he struggled with his command early yesterday, Borucki got stronger through his start against the Yankees, allowing seven hits while striking out five and walking two.
His final start before the all-star break will come later this week against the AL East-leading Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.
“It’s good to throw guys into the fire, especially if you think they’re pretty good, and he’s a big part of the future here,” said Jays’ manager John Gibbons.
“I don’t see anything wrong with that.
“It’s a pretty good feat,” he added. “It won’t surprise me one bit if he goes out there and does a heck of a job again.”
Tyler Clippard (4-3) was tagged with the loss after allowing an earned run on one hit in an inning of work.
Yankees’ reliever Chad Green (5-1) struck out one in an inning of relief for the win.
Clippard hit Greg Bird with a pitch to lead off the 10th. Then with Tyler Wade pinch-running for Bird, Austin Romine dropped down a perfectly-executed bunt, moving Wade into scoring position.
Gardner followed it up with a single to left, driving home Wade from second for the go-ahead run.
David Robertson pitched a scoreless 10th to record his second save of the season.
“Domingo [German] picked us up big time by going six strong [innings],” said Yankees’ manager Aaron Boone.
“To be able to scratch a run there in the 10th is about as good as we could have drawn it up as far as usage and everything.”
New York got on the board in the first on Miguel Andujar’s groundout to second, which scored Judge from third.
Kendrys Morales finally got to German in the sixth, putting a 3-2 fastball over the wall in right field for his 10th home run of the season and 200th of his career.
Morales becomes just the fifth Cuban-born player to reach the 200-home run mark, joining Rafael Palmeiro, Jose Canseco, Tony Perez, and Tony Oliva.
Elsewhere in the AL, Minnesota bombed Baltimore 10-1, Boston beat Kansas City 7-4, Texas blanked Detroit 3-0, Oakland dumped Cleveland 6-0, and Houston edged Chicago 2-1.
Over in the NL, Pittsburgh beat Philadelphia 4-1, Miami pounded Washington 10-2, Milwaukee dumped Atlanta 10-3, Chicago nipped Cincinnati 6-5 (10 innings), San Francisco topped St. Louis 13-8, and San Diego shaded Arizona 4-3 (16 innings).
Tampa Bay trounced the New York Mets 9-0, Seattle beat Colorado 6-4, and the L.A. Angels downed the L.A. Dodgers 4-3.