Tellez blasts a first home run in the 5-2 win

Rowdy Tellez hit his first home run of the pre-season to help lift the Toronto Blue Jays to a 5-2 comeback win over the New York Yankees on Sunday in spring training action.

Tellez’s two-run blast to centre field came in the sixth inning off Yankees pitcher Trevor Stephan. Therefore erasing a 2-1 Toronto deficit.

Billy McKinney also homered for the Blue Jays, a solo shot in the third inning. Eric Sogard added to the lead with a sacrifice fly in the seventh before Santiago Espinal scored on an error.

Luke Voit homered off Toronto starter Matt Shoemaker in the second inning and DJ LeMahieu added an RBI single in the third to account for New York’s runs.

Blue Jays third baseman Vlad Guerrero Jr., baseball’s top prospect, was 1 for 3 with a double. While, the 19-year-old Guerrero also made a fielding error.

Reliever Ken Giles earned the win while Stephan took the loss.

Right-hander Marcus Stroman has been the talk of trade rumors in recent months. Meanwhile, Nicholson-Smith has suggested that nobody has met Toronto’s asking price yet.

For now, “trade talks are relatively quiet,” Nicholson-Smith states. Although he notes that could change if a starter-needy team loses out on Keuchel and pivots to Stroman as a Plan B.

Stroman, who’s in his second-last year of team control, made headlines last month when he expressed frustration toward the Blue Jays for neither extending his contract nor being more active in free agency.

They’ve since agreed to deals with fellow righties Clay Buchholz and Bud Norris. Which could assuage Stroman to some degree. Whether he opens 2019 with Toronto or another club. Stroman will attempt to bounce back from an uncharacteristically poor 2018 season.

Also injured second baseman Devon Travis will sit out at least the next few days because of left knee inflammation.

Manager Charlie Montoyo isn’t exactly pushing the panic button over the issue. But it nonetheless continues a discouraging run of lower-body issues in recent years for Travis. Who’s coming off a disastrous campaign. In which he slashed .232/.275/.381 and recorded minus-0.5 fWAR in 378 plate appearances.

Should Travis begin 2019 on the injured list, Lourdes Gurriel Jr. would likely assume the reins at second. Leaving a utility infield spot for Eric Sogard or Richard Urena.

Peace,

Burke.

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