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Yankees shutout Blue Jays to start second half

NEW YORK — The Yankees continued their winning ways after opening the season’s second half with a victory over the Toronto Blue Jays, 4-0, at Yankee Stadium. It was the team’s American League leading 58th win of 2019.

With Tampa also winning today, however, New York’s lead remains at a respectable 6.5 games for the top spot in the AL East.

Pitching set the tone for the Bombers tonight, with Domingo German giving Aaron Boone six strong innings of three-hit shutout baseball. Accompanied by seven strikeouts, the performance was more than enough to give the right-hander his 11th win of the season.

Just like their last game against Toronto starter Aaron Sanchez, the Bombers were stymied early before finally breaking through in the fifth inning.

Brett Gardner opened the inning with a triple, before being driven in by a DJ LeMahieu groundout. The next three Yankee batters then got on-base, setting the stage for Edwin Encarnacion to make some damage.

While he didn’t walk the parrot, Encarnacion did clear the bases with a laser three-run double to the alley in left center field. It was a big hit for the Yankee DH, who has struggled a bit since wearing the Pinstripes.

Though New York did not score again, Tommy Kahnle and Chad Green combined for three scoreless innings to finish the job and seal the victory.

The series continues tomorrow as J.A. Happ challenges Clayton Richard at 1:05 ET.

Current Yankees Record: 58-31