Yankees face Jays, look to end recent frustration

In the eighth inning of his New York Yankees home debut on Friday, Juan Soto flung his bat in frustration after striking out for the second time. After a hot start, Soto has just one hit in his past 16 at-bats, and the newest Yankees slugger hopes to avoid another rough game Saturday night when New York hosts the Toronto Blue Jays. The Yankees are 6-2, but both losses have been shutouts. On Friday, they

‘Fired up’ Yankees set for home opener vs. Blue Jays

The last time the New York Yankees were seen at Yankee Stadium, they were playing a makeup game in front of a smattering of fans the day after being eliminated from playoff contention for the first time since 2016. So far, the attempt to forget about the disappointment of last season is off to a good start. The Yankees will try to maintain their early roll on Friday afternoon when they play their home opener

Astros bask in no-hitter, get set to play Jays again

With right-handers Justin Verlander and Jose Urquidy opening this season on the injured list, Astros right-hander Ronel Blanco was presented with an opportunity that had escaped him previously in his career: to begin a campaign as a member of Houston’s rotation. Blanco, making just his eighth career start, threw the 17th no-hitter in club history to lead the Astros to their first win of the season, 10-0 over the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday. The

Astros aim for elusive first win in series opener vs. Blue Jays

Houston Astros manager Joe Espada had no intention of completing the first series of this season with any fresh players, not after the New York Yankees took the first three games of the weekend set. Espada used two of his high-leverage relievers — right-hander Bryan Abreu and closer Josh Hader — for the second time in as many games on Sunday, with the latter pitching for the third time in the four-game series. Espada used

Rays shifting gears in series finale vs. Blue Jays

After leaning on his starting pitchers to deliver two straight wins, Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash is shifting his strategy for Sunday’s matinee against the Toronto Blue Jays in St. Petersburg, Fla. Cash will deploy right-hander Shawn Armstrong as an opener before likely calling on lefty Tyler Alexander to serve as a bulk reliever. The change comes even after Aaron Civale and Zack Littell each worked six effective innings for Tampa Bay in their

Rays aim for continued contributions throughout lineup vs. Jays

After being the only winless American League East club following the Opening Day games, the Tampa Bay Rays set out to change that Friday night. They did that and more. The Rays received contributions at both ends of the lineup in an 8-2 win over Toronto and will try to earn at least a split of a four-game series with the Blue Jays on Saturday afternoon in St. Petersburg, Fla. Second-place hitter Brandon Lowe hit

Blue Jays look to keep momentum going vs. Rays

The Toronto Blue Jays have gotten off to a quick start when it comes to play in the American League East. After clobbering the division rival Tampa Bay Rays 8-2 on Thursday on Opening Day behind three home runs, Toronto will get behind one of its top pitchers Friday night in St. Petersburg, Fla., in an attempt to open the season with two wins. Last season, Toronto was 21-31 against the AL East, including a

Rays open with Jays, begin life without Wander Franco

The Tampa Bay Rays will open the season Thursday with a new shortstop and Opening Day starting pitcher when they host the Toronto Blue Jays in St. Petersburg, Fla. The saga of arrested star shortstop Wander Franco, 23, is likely to take another turn with the club expected to remove him from the roster for an alleged relationship with a 14-year-old girl in the Dominican Republic. The Dominican legal system and MLB continue to investigate