The last time Sonny Gray really dominated on the mound came in Toronto on June 6, where he pitched eight shutout innings and allowed just two hits.
The Yankees eventually won that game in 13 innings, and hope tonight that Gray can recover from one of the worst stretches in his career. Since that start, the righty has pitched to a 7.58 ERA and hitters have a .935 OPS against him in four starts against the Washington Nationals (twice), Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox. The Yankees have only won one of those starts. Gray continues to be a weak point in the Yankees rotation, and it’s clear that Brian Cashman is searching for an upgrade.
The Blue Jays send Sam Gaviglio to the hill for his second start of the season against the Yankees. Gaviglio pitched equally well June 6, allowing just three hits across seven shutout innings. He, too, has struggled since then, with a 6.16 ERA and .850 OPS against in four starts against Tampa Bay, Washington, Los Angeles-AL and Detroit. However, the Blue Jays have managed to win three of those four starts.
Austin Romine returns to the lineup to catch Gray. He had not started a game since June 30, which he came out of after seven innings because of hamstring tightness. Neil Walker gets the start at second base as Gleyber Torres is in his second day of a minimum 10-day DL stint. Tyler Wade is up to replace Torres on the active roster.
- CC Sabathia will start game one of the Yankees’ doubleheader July 9 in Baltimore, per Aaron Boone. It’s unclear at the moment who will start game two, with Luis Cessa and Jonathan Loáisiga in the mix. Masahiro Tanaka will start Tuesday.
- Gary Sánchez is traveling with the team, and “appears on track to rejoin the MLB roster shortly after the All-Star break,” per Bryan Hoch of MLB.com
- Torres’ hip strain is “mild,” per Boone, so hopefully his DL stint won’t be much longer than the 10 days.
Blue Jays Lineup
- Curtis Granderson – DH
- Teoscar Hernández – LF
- Yangervis Solarte – 3B
- Justin Smoak – 1B
- Kevin Pillar – CF
- Russell Martin – C
- Randall Grichuk – RF
- Aledmys Díaz – SS
- Devon Travis – 2B