Knicks Update: Conflicting Andre Drummond trade reports creating confusion

New York Knicks, Andre Drummond

With the NBA trade deadline less than 24 hours away, the New York Knicks have several internal conflicts regarding a potential trade for center Andre Drummond. Drummond is currently featuring on the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the team has currently been Tim as a try to work a trade out before the deadline. Averaging 17.5 points, 13.5 rebounds, and averaging 28.9 minutes per game, there is still value to the veteran big man.

While Drummond is essentially useless as a shooter and hosts a terrible free-throw conversion rate (.597), he is still fantastic in the paint and dominant around the rim.

While his services might benefit the Knicks for the remainder of the season, giving up assets for him might be a bit of a reach.

Per Ian Begley of SNY:

There is at least one prominent voice among the Knicks who is in favor of acquiring Drummond. But, per SNY sources, a majority of organization doesn’t see Drummond as a fit.

As of earlier this week, the Knicks were hesitant toward acquiring Drummond, but things might be changing as the hours close in on the deadline. Kevin O’Connor believes that New York is emerging as a serious contender for Andre, who is still a capable player at 27 years old.

Conflicting reports doesn’t offer us any clarity regarding the situation, and there is reason to believe the Knicks might not make a big splash at all before the deadline. They have been connected to various of names, including Bradley Beal, Lonzo Ball, and more.

Drummond seems like the more realistic of the bunch, considering Cleveland is trying to get rid of him for a measly place since they will likely release him alternatively. He is due $28.7 million this season, but with the Knicks having about $15 million available in salary cap space, they could theoretically make the trade work. They would have to move about $14 million to acquire Drummond, and while they have the funds, it becomes a matter of chemistry and if he’s even worth acquiring.

Tom Thibodeau likes his pairing of Mitchell Robinson and Nerlens Noel, and adding a player who will undoubtedly steal minutes could be like trying to fit a square peg in a round hole.

Why the Knicks should acquire Eric Bledsoe from the Pelicans

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I don’t think Eric Bledsoe necessarily makes the Knicks much better. He’s a score-first guard, averaging only 5.1 assists per game, but there’s a caveat with Bledsoe. According to Ian Begley, the Pelicans are willing to attach a first-round pick to move off of his contract, and they have spoken to the Knicks about this. Anytime there’s a big contract that involves getting picks alongside it, the Knicks should be all over it. They have an arsenal of picks and a good team, and Bledsoe, in spite of his struggles this year, is a solid NBA player. He’s not horrible, and the veteran point guard can make the team better while bringing them a first-round pick as well.

Assembling Picks and Assets

The Knicks aren’t going to be able to just throw cash at everyone in hopes someone comes around, they also are going to need assets to make a trade. Look at all the best teams in the league, which one of them has no stars they spent draft capital on to acquire VIA trade? Anthony Davis, James Harden, Paul George, Chris Paul, the list goes on and on. The Knicks need to be ready with picks to deal for a star if they hope to build a championship team of their own. They have Randle and Barrett, but they’re gonna need more than that to win. Eric Bledsoe’s remaining three years are a small price to pay for a pick when you consider the Knicks’ cap space.

Eric Bledsoe Could Be a Player To Buy Low On

In 2020, Bledsoe’s been subpar, no other way around it, but in his prior two seasons, he was a pretty good point guard. His stats from 2018-2019 are pretty encouraging:

57.5% TS%
33.4% 3P%
10.1 RAPTOR WAR per 2,400 Minutes Played
15.5 PPG
+4.7 On-Off

Is he an elite player? No, and that’s why the Pelicans want to sell him with a pick during his rough season. Can he be an improvement over a guy like Elfrid Payton? Yea, he’s not a great shooter, but Payton shoots 25% from 3, so I’ll take the higher percentage on nearly 3 more attempts at point guard (with a similar amount of assists) over Payton. He’s a really solid guard, and he provides better spacing and plays at the position than we have right now.

Biggest Roadblock in the Deal

If you were to acquire Bledsoe, what do you do with Payton? As many people pointed out in my Lonzo Ball article, who’s actually going to take Payton? He has to greenlight any trade, and you have to figure out where you’d play Bledsoe. RJ Barrett, Immanuel Quickley, and Derrick Rose (when he returns) should keep every minute they have now, so you have to figure out what to do with Elfrid Payton. The Knicks would have to either deal him in this trade and hope Payton greenlights a deal to his former club or try to release him. It’s a tough situation, and it’s what will be a looming question that I’ll admit I can’t answer well.

If the Knicks can figure out the Elfrid Payton ordeal and these talks for Eric Bledsoe continue, I think it’s fair to say the Knicks should 100% pounce on this opportunity and improve as a team for now and for the future.

Should the New York Giants consider drafting USC’s Alijah Vera-Tucker in round one?

new york giants, alijah vera-tucker

The New York Giants have their options open ahead of the 2021 NFL Draft. The Giants addressed two of their top weaknesses in free agency, signing a top-tier wide receiver in Kenny Golladay and a new outside cornerback in Adoree’ Jackson. This means the Giants are not forced to draft for need in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft.

The Giants could still draft a playmaker or cornerback with the eleventh overall pick. But now they do not have to. The Giants are in position to draft the best player available. That player could be an offensive lineman, a wide receiver, a tight end, or a linebacker. New York’s excellent free agency period has set them up perfectly for the upcoming draft.

But if the Giants do want to address a specific need in round one, there is one glaring weakness on their roster. The Giants need to upgrade the interior of their offensive line. Left guard Will Hernandez was moved to the bench half way through the 2020 season. Starting right guard Kevin Zeitler was a cap casualty. Now, the Giants’ offensive line features second-year Shane Lemieux and Will Hernandez as the projected starting offensive guards.

The Giants will not reap the benefits of their upgraded offensive playmakers if the offensive line does not allow Daniel Jones to spread the ball around. It could behoove New York to target an interior offensive lineman in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft. The top offensive guard for the Giants to target in round one is USC’s Alijah Vera-Tucker.

Why Alijah Vera-Tucker makes sense for the Giants

Alijah Vera-Tucker is an interesting, versatile offensive line prospect. Pro Football Focus’s top-ranked interior offensive lineman in this year’s class, Vera-Tucker actually spent the 2020 season playing offensive tackle. Alijah was the starting left tackle for USC this season and he played as one of the best tackles in the country. According to PFF, Vera-Tucker was the highest-graded offensive tackle on true pass sets this season with a grade of 89.2.

We already knew Vera-Tucker was a very good guard, but it took him kicking out to tackle in 2020 to see just how much of an all-around player he really is. – Michael Renner of Pro Football Focus

Alijah Vera-Tucker might make a lot of sense for the Giants in this year’s draft. However, he might not make sense for them with the eleventh overall pick in the draft. That might not be the best value for Vera-Tucker as he is a prospect that is often projected to be drafted in the second half of the first round.

This does, though, open up the possibility for the Giants to target Alijah Vera-Tucker in a trade down scenario. The Giants could trade down to the second half of the first round, draft Vera-Tucker as their new starting offensive guard, and gain additional draft picks in the middle rounds. That would make for two key acquisitions. The Giants could land a starting offensive lineman and increased draft capital.

Alijah Vera-Tucker is a talented offensive line prospect that would make for an instant upgrade on the Giants’ offensive line. Vera-Tucker does have short arms (32 1/8″) and small hands (9 5/8″), which is why he is projected as a guard rather than a tackle (Jordan Reid). He did play well at tackle in 2020, but being undersized, he projects as a guard at the next level.

His ability to kick out to tackle could make him more attractive to the Giants, though, a team that emphasizes versatility. Alijah Vera-Tucker is a powerful prospect, putting up 36 reps on the bench at his Pro Day. Vera-Tucker could be just what the Giants need as they look to protect Daniel Jones entering his third professional season.

Jets add veteran RB Tevin Coleman: How does he fit?

New York Jets potential free agency target Tevin Coleman.

The Jets have added another playmaker on the offensive side of the football. Joining La’Mical Perine, Ty Johnson, and Josh Adams in the backfield next season will be Tevin Coleman. Coleman joins the team on a one-year deal worth $2 million dollars. Coleman played for the Atlanta Falcons for four seasons before inking a deal with San Francisco just two years ago. Now, Coleman, after two seasons with the 49ers, reunites with Mike LaFleur in the Big Apple.

How Does Coleman Fit?

Tevin Coleman is going on 28 years old and joins a group of young backs. Coleman has started games in the past, most notably 14 in 2018. A season where Coleman also had over 1,000 yards from scrimmage and 9 touchdowns. Coleman has had productive seasons in the past, and he joins an offense he has played and thrived in, in the past.

Coleman will be both a good veteran presence in a locker room of young backs by showing them how the system works, but he will also be a weapon on the field. Last season, in the Shanahan offense, Coleman was unable to get going with only 28 carries for 53 yards, totaling up only 1.9 yards per attempt.

Despite those career worsts last season, in his first season with San Fran, Coleman had 137 carries for 544 yards and 6 touchdowns. He also added 180 yards and 3 touchdowns, receiving on 21 receptions. That level of production is something the Jets hope he can get back to in this upcoming season. Ultimately, Coleman will not be a bell-cow back, but in a running back room that is relatively inexperienced, Coleman provides stability.

Not only that, but if the Jets do opt to draft another back into the fold as a bell cow, Coleman can be a great complementary back. Overall the addition is not going to be as headline-grabbing as a trade for a premier back or an attempt to sign someone along the lines of a Leonard Fournette or James Conner, but the move is a low-risk high reward add for Douglas as he looks to fill out the offense with more pieces after a disastrous 2020.

New York Mets: Offense Goes Silent in 3-0 Loss to Cardinals

Carlos Martinez has finally figured out a way to shut down the New York Mets in the St. Louis Cardinals 3-0 victory. Martinez had a spring ERA over 10 heading into the outing but righted himself with a dominant outing. He threw six scoreless innings, allowing four hits, and struck out five.

The offense could not muster any consistent offense. They had at least one runner on base in five of Martinez’s six innings but could not parlay it to any run. Despite the slow team offense, Francisco Lindor recorded another hit and moved his spring average to .341. Jeff McNeil‘s double was the only extra-base hit as he tries to get himself out of a cold spell.

Originally Taijuan Walker was scheduled to pitch, but the Mets threw him in the “B” game and started Corey Oswalt. He rebounded from an ugly outing to deliver four innings, holding the Cards to one run. It came on John Nogowski‘s solo home run in the second inning; Nogowski is hitting a scorching 11-for-26 (.423) with two home runs and 11 RBIs. After the homer, Oswalt retired the last seven Cardinals he faced.

After Oswalt, Jeurys Familia and Dellin Betances delivered scoreless innings with a walk and strikeout. Miguel Castro struck out two and hit 100 mph on the radar gun to continue his brilliant month. Castro has allowed just one hit over 5.1 innings in March. Jerry Blevins was touched up for the final two Cardinal runs in the eighth inning.

The Mets get Thursday off before returning to Clover Park to face the Washington Nationals. Kyle McGowin (2-0, 2.35 ERA) starts against David Peterson (0-0, 4.50 ERA) at 6:10 p.m. ET.

New York Jets land DE Vinny Curry: What does he bring?

The New York Jets have now added a former Super Bowl champion in former Eagles edge rusher Vinny Curry. Curry joins the Jets on a one-year, $1.3 million dollar deal. Curry garnered interest from the Jets last offseason but ultimately returned to Philadelphia, now with Robert Saleh in the fold, Curry becomes another piece for Saleh to play with on defense. So, how will the veteran rusher impact the team?

Last season, Curry put up 3.0 sacks, 3 TFLs and 10 QB Hits as a rotational edge rusher for the Eagles. In three seasons before that, Curry had a total of 10.5 sacks, 90 tackles, 20 TFLs, 37 QB Hits and a forced fumble. Although he is north of 30 (will be 33 by Week one), the New Jersey native brings productivity and experience to the edge spot as a rotational presence.

Curry has had exceptional seasons in the past with 9.0 sacks and 4+ forced turnovers just a few years ago, but if Curry can at the very least replicate what he did last season he will be an asset to the team.

The Jets will still likely need to add another edge in the draft, but it is clear Joe Douglas is not messing around with making additions to the defense. By adding Carl Lawson, Sheldon Rankins, and now Curry, the team continues to make the defensive front a point in order to built a legitimate presence heading into the Robert Saleh era.

In analyzing the way this defense is being outlined, it is already being formulated similarly to the 49ers Super Bowl front with Buckner, Bosa, Thomas and others. If the Jets can institute even a semblance of that they are on their way to success.

BREAKING: Former UFC champ Miesha Tate is coming out of retirement

Former UFC bantamweight champion Miesha Tate (18-7) is coming out of retirement. The former bantamweight champion told ESPN’s Brett Okamoto today that her fire is back and she’s ready to return to the octagon.

Tate will make her return to the UFC on July 17th. Standing across from Tate will be Marion Reneau (9-7-1). Reneau will be competing in her retirement fight per ESPN. Reneau has lost four fights in a row and just dropped a decision at UFC Vegas 22.

However, she couldn’t pass up the opportunity to take on the former UFC champion. Reneau told Okamoto, “I can’t think of a better situation, just because I like to say I grew up watching Miesha. I used to dream about fighting her, and now it’s coming to pass in what happens to be my last hoorah.”

Of course, the main story here is around Miesha Tate. Tate is still just 34 years old so she has plenty of fight left in her. She retired back in 2016 after she lost a decision to Raquel Pennington at UFC 205.

UFC return for Miesha Tate

That loss was the second in a row for Tate. Prior to that loss, Tate lost the UFC bantamweight title to Amanda Nunes at UFC 200. That loss to Nunes snapped a five-fight win streak that saw Tate become the bantamweight champion.

The decision for her to retire surprised many at the time. Tate had just turned 30 years old when she decided to walk away from competing. It’s also not like she was on a massive losing streak when she made the announcement.

It appeared that the former UFC champion just wanted to focus on things outside the octagon. Tate became a mother during her retirement and got to pursue other avenues. Now, she’s ready to get back into the octagon.

Tate told ESPN, “My heart is full of passion, the fire has been lit! The sport has been calling for me, it’s time I answer.”

The New York Jets have a(nother) quarterback conundrum

Sam Darnold might be here to stay, but, even if the New York Jets are ready to roll with him, their passing questions still persist.

When one analyzes the offseason of a two-win team that’s welcoming in an almost-entirely new coaching regime, it’s hard to truly lament any losses from the prior group. Sure, departures Henry Anderson and Breshad Perriman provided occasional flashes of brilliance, but one look at the 2020 New York Jets would be enough to convince fans that change was coming and should’ve given them ample time to say their goodbyes.

But one of the most recent losses may sting the new edition in unexpected ways.

The Philadelphia Eagles announced on Tuesday that former Jets thrower Joe Flacco will don a new shade of green through a one-year deal. It is widely expected that the Super Bowl XLVII MVP will backup sophomore Jalen Hurts, or at least compete for the role against Nate Sudfeld and Khalil Tate.

On paper, the Flacco departure shouldn’t affect the Jets drastically. The Audubon, NJ native’s lasting metropolitan legacy was likely to appear on endless lists and attempts at Twitter procrastination when fans pejoratively reference a legend of the game’s time in unfamiliar colors (other Jets examples in this phenomenon would include Chris Johnson, Derrick Mason, and Ronnie Lott). Additionally, if incoming receiver Corey Davis is to be believed, Sam Darnold will be the Jets’ starting quarterback come September, eliminating any semblance of a New York quarterback controversy…for now.

Flacco’s departure, however, may be the Jets’ most impactful loss yet.

The importance of a backup quarterback can no longer be denied in the modern NFL. Injuries remain a part of the game and teams have become especially cautious when it comes to high-profile quarterbacks. In each of the last two seasons, for example, only 13 throwers started all 16 of their team’s games. We’ve witnessed backup throwers start…and win…playoff games. The most recent Wild Card Saturday saw John Wolford and Taylor Heinicke line up under center and the football world is only three years removed from watching Nick Foles shock the Patriots in the Super Bowl. Tennessee built a contending squad after a strong safety net, Ryan Tannehill, became their primary option.

Trivial as it seems, this area must be addressed. In New York, the Jets have not had a quarterback start every game in a season since Ryan Fitzpatrick went the whole way in 2015. Darnold has yet to start to a full season and the Jets are 0-10 in his absence, with those games being overseen by Flacco, Josh McCown, Trevor Siemian, and Luke Falk.

While Davis appears confident that Darnold is the Jets’ man for the future, his comments don’t clarify over whether he’ll be the official starting quarterback. National mock drafts continue to place a non-Trevor Lawrence thrower next to the Jets’ slot at No. 2. But it’s hard to imagine the Jets, already cursed with social media notoriety, creating controversy and conflict where there doesn’t have to be. They have enough issues, which include working with a new coaching staff. When there’s finally a light at the end of the tunnel of perpetual rebuilding, it needs to be approaching as cleanly as possible.

Thus, if Davis’ words are to be taken literally, it appears Darnold is the top man. But the backup situation must be addressed and undoubtedly moved up a few pegs on the team’s active offseason priority list (which already needs blocking, secondary, and kicking questions answered).

The current situation

If the Jets stick with Darnold and he’s lost to another medical absence, uncertainty looms in the bottom half of the depth chart. The primary understudy role would probably be a toss-up between James Morgan and Mike White…who have a combined zero NFL regular season passes between them.

The case of Morgan, a mid-major standout from Florida International, is particularly perplexing. His fourth-round drafting made little sense for a team that wound up filling the backup quarterback hole with Flacco shortly after draft weekend. Even as the Jets’ stakes quickly dwindled, to the point they had literally nothing to lose except the top draft pick, Morgan couldn’t even earn a mere activation. New York instead opted to use White, a fifth-round pick in Dallas in 2018, as Flacco’s backup while Darnold recovered. The situation becomes even more bizarre when one looks at the names passed (pun itentended) to add Morgan instead; among them were instant day three contributors like Gabriel Davis and DeeJay Dallas.

It’s hard to fully blame for the predicament. He hasn’t even had the luxury of throwing a down in Jets game jersey thanks to the cancellation of the 2020 preseason. Morgan could well prove himself worth of NFL time sooner or later, but the Jets must, at the very least, create a competition for the spot, especially if they’re keeping Darnold.

What the Jets need in a backup

  • Mentorship: What Darnold needs at this point in time of his NFL career is stability and guidance. The closest he’s looked to having his NFL act together came at the end of his rookie season, when he put up a 99.1 passer rating (64 percent completion rate, 6 touchdowns, 1 interception). Darnold credited the surge in production to “watching Josh (McCown)” while he was injured. Having a de facto coach who also wears a jersey could be big for Darnold as he enters the all-important fourth year on an NFL roster.

 

  • Experience: Abstaining from drafting another quarterback if Darnold is kept would limit potentially negative attention. But if the Jets want someone to keep them afloat if Darnold is lost once again, they would be much better trusting someone used to the weight of NFL starterhood rather than entrusting an emergency situation to a day three choice. Several ex-starters who would probably be better suited for backup duties remain on the free agent market, including Blaine Gabbert from the Super Bowl champions in Tampa Bay and San Francisco passer Nick Mullens, who has worked with incoming coaches Robert Saleh and Mike LaFleur.

 

  • That Championship Feeling: The Jets would be wise to seek someone whose has experienced the passing highs the NFL has had to offer. For example, Blake Bortles, most recently a member of the Los Angeles Rams, was starting in an AFC title game three seasons ago. Enough can’t be written about Alex Smith’s inspiring NFL journey. These throwers, amongst others, can provide the Jets some assurance and security in case the unthinkable happens to Darnold yet again, while providing him some off-the-field skills to learn as well.

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags

New York Rangers Taxi Squad Gem: Keith Kinkaid

It was probably not what the New York Rangers were thinking when they signed Keith Kinkaid. When the Rangers signed the 31-year-old Long Island native in October, they thought was that he would be there just in case something happened COVID-wise to Igor Shesterkin and Alexandar Georgiev. However, that “something” turned into a Shesterkin injury, and Georgiev being very shaky of late.

He was not exactly unknown to the Rangers and head coach David Quinn. “I knew him way back to his Union [College] days and coached him in the World Championships [in 2016], so I’m pretty familiar with him,’’ Quinn said post-game after Kinkaid came in against the Penguins on March 7. “I’ve always thought him to be a good goalie.’’

Kinkaid played for Union College from 2009–2011. In his freshman season, he was named to the ECAC All-Rookie Team and Third Team. Kinkaid had an outstanding sophomore season in which he posted a 25-10-3 record and led the Dutchmen to their first NCAA tournament appearance and was named an AHCA East First-Team All-American. He was also named to the All-ECAC Hockey First Team. He was awarded the Ken Dryden Award as the best goaltender in the ECAC. Kinkaid signed an entry-level contract with the Devils in April 2011 after his sophomore season with Union.

After a couple of seasons with New Jersey, he bounced around a bit in the NHL. Last season he spent some time with the Montreal Canadiens. However, he did not play well in Montreal and was sent down to finish the season in the AHL.

The Rangers then signed him in October as some COVID-19 insurance. With the Shersterkin injury and Georgiev not playing well, Kinkaid got his chance to play on March 7 when he came in for Georgiev.

The veteran netminder has been solid for a team that needed some consistency in net. He is 3-0-1 in his last four starts, but since shutting out the Bruins on March 13 he has just a so-so 2.95 GAA and .885 save percentage.

The New York Rangers gained another benefit from signing Kinkaid.

When the Rangers signed Kinkaid, they inked him to a two-year deal. This allowed them to have a goaltender they could potentially expose for this summer’s Seattle Kraken expansion draft. 

According to the NHL, teams must make available one goalie who is under contract in 2021-22. A player could also be a restricted free agent at the end of his current contract immediately prior to 2021-22. If a team elects to make a restricted free agent goalie available, this will meet a requirement the goalie must have received his qualifying offer prior to the submission of the team’s protected list.

While it is likely that Kinkaid will be made available, his good play the rest of the seasons would at least give them options in case something happens to Georgiev. Shesterkin is ineligible for selection as first and second-year players are exempt from selection.

While Kinkaid waited patiently for his chance to show he can still play the NHL, he gave credit to Rangers goalie coach Benoit Allaire for helping him rebuild his confidence and his game after that rough 2019-20 season.

“I’ve been hoping for a break,’’ Kinkaid said post-game after his first Rangers start on March 9. “I plan on taking absolute control of this opportunity. And to prove I still belong in this league.’’

Thankfully for the New York Rangers, he has done just that.

 

 

 

 

New York Yankees Recap: Deivi Garcia bombs out big time in Jays shutout of the Yankees

New York Yankees, Deivi Garcia

The New York Yankees were back at home at George M. Steinbrenner Field today to play the Toronto Blue Jays. The starting Yankee pitcher was Deivi Garcia, and the start for the Jays was Trent Thornton. Like most spring training games in Florida, it was a nice day for a ball game. The game-time temperature was 78 degrees, and the game was played under partly sunny skies. The Jays shut out the Yankees 5-0.

At the top of the first, Deivi Garcia, who had an ERA of 1.64 in his last four starts, took the Yankees’ mound. Semien struck out on five pitches. Grichuk flew out to center, and Bichette homered over Aaron Judge’s head at the wall. Hernandez walked, Guerrero Jr. struck out, but the Jay’s picked up a run. At the bottom, Thornton stuck out DJ LeMahieu. Aaron Judge cracked a long single to center. Aaron Hicks lined out to center, and Giancarlo Stanton singled with Judge going to third, but Gleyber Torres flew out to end the inning. Jays 1 Yankees 0.

At the top of the second, Tellez singled off Garcia. Davis ripped on to the left for a single, moving Tellez to second. McGuire popped out to Judge. Valera popped out to Hicks. Semien singled driving in Tellez in for another Jay’s run. Crichuk ground out to end the half. Garcia was definitely having command problems, seldom hitting what Sanchez was calling for; he was continually high. At the bottom, Jay Bruce was out swinging. Gio Urshela flew out to the far-right. Gary Sanchez got a long single to right. Brett Gardner, with one on, lined out to second and a quick inning for Thornton. Jays 2 Yankees 0.

Deivi out for a third inning; his first pitch was a passed ball by Sanchez. Bichette singled just past LeMahieu. Hernandez homered driving in Bichette. Guerrero Jr. singled. Tellez ground out, and Davis hit into a double play to allow Garcia, while still struggling mightily, to get out of the inning, giving up just two runs. At the bottom, LeMahieu ground out to short. Aaron Judge struck out, and Hicks, who has a great eye, walked. Stanton was out at first when Thornton covered.  Jays 4 Yankees 0.

Garcia continued to get his work in allowing a leadoff walk to McGuire, and the Yankees had seen enough, pulling Garcia out of the game in favor of  Luis Cessa. Cessa got Valera to line out, Semien to strike out swinging, and Crichuk to line out to third, a quick 1-2-3 inning for Cessa. Gleyber Torres flew out to second, giving the new Jay’s pitcher Ricardson a quick out. Bruce struck out. Urshela ground out to the hot corner. Jays 4 Yankees 0.

Bo Bichette got his second home run of the game leading off the fifth inning. Warmoth struck out. Guerrero Jr. lined out to Gio. Tellez struck out, ending four and a half. Gary Sachez singled down the left-field line. Gardner had a hard-hit single to left. Judge struck out swinging to end the inning.

Lucas Luetge on the mound for the sixth allowed Davis to walk. McGuire lined out. Davis tried to steal but got in a rundown that DJ won. Valera flew out to Hicks. Aaron Hicks walked again to lead off the bottom of the sixth. Stanton struck out, and Gleyber Torres lined to Lopez, who made an excellent rolling-over catch. Thairo Estrada struck out to end the inning. Jays 5 Yankees 0.

Lopez lined out at the top of the seventh against Luetge. Crichuk struck out, and Addison Russ replaced Luetge; Russ lined out Groshans to end the half. A.J. Cole faced Urshela and struck him out. Sanchez had back-to-back strikeouts. Gardner doubled to far-right on the 10th pitch at-bat.  Chris Gittens struck out to end the quick seventh inning. Jays 5 Yankees 0.

Kyle Barraclough on the mound for the New York Yankees in the eighth. Warmoth struck out, Martinez struck out looking. Tellez lined out for a quick 1-2-3 inning for Barraclough. At the bottom, Brito lined out, Florial popped out, and Gary Stanton struck out for a very fast eight for both pitchers.

At the top of the ninth, New York Yankee’s prospect Alberto Abreu was on the mound for the Yankees, he flew out Cullen, lined out Adams, and Urena struck out. During the last three innings, Yankee pitching mowed through Jay’s hitters. With last licks for the Yankees, Amburgey walked and took second on a wild pitch. Estrada ground out to short. Hoy Jun  Park struck out swinging, and Max McDowell was hit by a pitch, taking first. Oswald Peraza struck out to end the game and give the 5-0 shutout to the Toronto Blue Jays.

The winning pitcher was Trent Thornton and the loser Deivi Garcia for his second loss of the spring. Game time 2 hours 52 minutes.