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Blue Jays Spoil Yankees’ Home Opener with 3-0 Victory

In a thrilling matchup at Yankee Stadium, the Toronto Blue Jays clinched a 3-0 victory over the New York Yankees, spoiling the home team’s opener on Friday. The decisive moment came in the seventh inning when pinch-hitter Ernie Clement, a Rochester native and former Yankees fan, smashed a tiebreaking solo home run off Caleb Ferguson. This marked Clement’s first career pinch-hit homer and set the tone for the Blue Jays’ triumph.

Reflecting on his winning hit, Clement expressed his satisfaction in defeating his childhood favorites. “The Toronto faithful may not like this, but I was the biggest Yankees fan growing up, so I’m glad we could kick their (butt),” he said.

The game also saw Juan Soto’s debut for the pinstripes, but the star player struggled, going 0 for 4 with two strikeouts. Soto’s frustration was evident as he slammed his bat and helmet after his final out in the eighth inning. However, he acknowledged his responsibility for the performance, stating, “It really gets you mad. And at the end of the day, that’s my fault, shouldn’t do that, but things happen.”

The Blue Jays secured their victory with additional runs in the ninth inning, courtesy of wild pitches by Nick Burdi, much to the dismay of the sellout crowd at Yankee Stadium. The defeat marked the first time the Yankees were shut out in a home opener since 1967 and dropped their record to 81-40-1 in home openers.

Giancarlo Stanton continued to face batting struggles, maintaining a .120 batting average with 13 strikeouts, further adding to the Yankees’ offensive woes.

Injuries loomed over both teams, with Kevin Kiermaier of the Blue Jays sidelined due to lower back tightness and Jonathan Loáisiga of the Yankees placed on the 60-day injured list.

The next game promises a riveting matchup with RHP Clarke Schmidt starting for the Yankees and RHP Kevin Gausman for the Blue Jays in a rare Saturday night clash at Yankee Stadium.


The Blue Jays’ victory marks a significant moment in the early stages of the season, showing their ability to compete against top contenders like the Yankees. Ernie Clement’s story adds a personal touch to the game, illustrating the unpredictable nature of sports allegiances. With both teams facing injury challenges, depth and resilience will be crucial moving forward. As the season unfolds, fans can anticipate more thrilling encounters and unexpected outcomes on the baseball diamond.

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