Update on the latest sports
Jays open series with Yankees
NEW YORK (AP) – Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and the hot-hitting Toronto Blue Jays open a four-game set at Yankee Stadium. Guerrero smashed a 467-foot homer in a 12-6 loss to Texas on Sunday, the longest of his career, and Toronto has scored 20 runs during a 2-1 start to a season it hopes ends in an AL East crown. The division-rival Yankees are coming off a series win against Boston and will start right-hander Jameson Taillon, making his first appearance since offseason surgery on his right ankle. He’ll face righty Alek Manoah, who won his big league debut in the Bronx last May.
In other baseball action:
– The Philadelphia Phillies, who scored 13 runs in the first two games of the season before being limited to just a run yesterday in a loss to Oakland, will now host a division rival, the 3-and-1 Mets.
– The Cleveland Guardians close out a four-game series against the Kansas City Royals with a matinee at Kauffman Stadium. Cleveland rookie Steven Kwan is 8 for 10 in the first three games, including a 5-for-5 performance Sunday as Cleveland won for the first time since changing its name to the Guardians.
– After getting big swings from a couple of newcomers Sunday, the Minnesota Twins are looking for a strong debut from Dylan Bundy. He makes his first start for the team against Seattle right-hander Chris Flexen in the finale of a four-game series. Gary Sanchez’s first home run for the Twins was a grand slam into the third deck Sunday, and Carlos Correa also went deep for the first time with Minnesota during a 10-4 victory.
– The Tampa Bay Rays – the only team without a loss so far this season, at 3-and-0, will continue a seven-game homestand with Luis Patino starting the first of four games against Oakland. Paul Blackburn takes the ball first for the Athletics.
– The Baltimore Orioles play their home opener after getting off to a rough start on the road. Coming off a 110-loss season, Baltimore is 0-3 for the first time since 2007. The O’s never led while they were swept at Tampa Bay. Back at Camden Yards, lefty Bruce Zimmermann starts against Milwaukee. Adrian Houser pitches for the Brewers.
– The Pirates and Cardinals wrap up their season-opening four-game series in St. Louis. A grand slam from Michael Chavis helped bring the Pirates their first win of the season Sunday.
– Lefthander Taylor Hearn starts as the Texas Rangers open their home schedule against Colorado. Lefty Austin Gomber will be on the mound for the Rockies.
– Braves righthander Huascar Ynoa will make his season debut at home against a yet-to-be announced starter for Washington. Anibal Sanchez was scheduled to go for the Nationals but is dealing with neck stiffness.
– The San Diego Padres, who’ve won three in a row after losing the season opener to Arizona, head to San Francisco for the start of a three-game series against the Giants. Nick Martinez will start for the Padres against Alex Wood.
– The Boston Red Sox, who avoided a three-game sweep with a win over the Yankees Sunday night, are in Detroit to play the Tigers.
– After losing three of four to the Astros, the Angels open a two-game interleague series at home against the Miami Marlins. Orange County native Michael Lorenzen makes his Angels debut. He signed with his hometown team to be a starter after six years as a reliever in Cincinnati.
Jets host Canadiens
MONTREAL (AP) – In tonight’s only NHL contest, the struggling Winnipeg Jets visit the Montreal Canadiens, the team with the fewest wins in the league. Winnipeg had lost four straight before beating the Senators Sunday night.