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Timely hitting and solid relief pitching lead Yankees to 4-3 win over Toronto

In what seemed like more than a regular April game, the Blue Jays traveled to the Bronx for another four-game set between the two. Jays’ ace Aaron Sanchez took the bump for the visitors, and CC Sabathia made his first start in 13 days, returning from nagging hip soreness. 6.5 games behind the Red Sox, the Yankees got a must needed win against the second-place team in the AL East. It was not pretty and no one on the Yanks tallied more than one hit, but they did enough to pull out a 4-3 win over Toronto.

Yankees sign lefty Wade LeBlanc to minors deal

The Yankees have signed LHP Wade LeBlanc to a minor league deal with an invitation to Spring Training. The deal also includes an opt out before the start of the regular season, and a guarantee of a $1 million salary if LeBlanc makes the Major League team. He also has an opt out on June 15, and would earn a salary of $32,000 per month in the minor leagues. 

LeBlanc will most likely go into spring training competing for a role as the long man in the Yankee bullpen, which aside from Aroldis Chapman and Chasen Shreve, is very short on left handed arms. He spent time as a swingman for the Mariners in 2016, appearing in 19 games (eight starts), and pitching 50 innings with a 3.77 ERA, 41 strikeouts, 52 hits, and just nine walks. After being traded to the Pirates, he threw 12 innings in relief and gave up just one earned run, while striking out ten and walking two. In 2017 he worked solely out of the Pirates pen, throwing 68 innings with a 4.50 ERA, with 54 strikeouts, 64 hits allowed, and 17 walks. In 2016 and 2017 combined, he gave up a whopping 24 home runs in 118 innings, which works out to a 1.83 HR/9 rate. Hopefully, if he was to make the Yankees Opening Day squad, those home run numbers can find a way to decrease.

LeBlanc previously spent time in the Yankees organization in 2014. However, his stay was short, as he threw just one inning, allowing two runs, two hits, and one walk, and was designated for assignment shortly after.

Article by: Alex Weir


  1. Another trade chip for when the time comes, which will probably be very soon.


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