Bautista, Hutchison lead Blue Jays over Yankees
(The Sports Xchange) - The Toronto Blue Jays were given a little inspiration from their team of 30 years ago on Sunday and then went out to defeat the New York Yankees 3-1 courtesy of a two-run homer by Jose Bautista and strong pitching by starter Drew Hutchison.
The 1985 team, who beat the Yankees for the franchise's first American League East title, was honored before the game.
Bautista took notice.
"It's awesome seeing how they can come back and enjoy those victories in a great season after a long time," the Blue Jays right fielder said. "Fans love talking about a year like '85 and then the World Series years (1992-93).
"Hopefully I can, we all can, create some memories like that for us to enjoy later on when we retire. I'm hoping 2015 will be one to remember."
The Blue Jays (65-54) took a step in the right direction as they moved back to within 1/2 a game of the first-place Yankees (64-52) in the AL East.
Hutchison (12-2) allowed three hits, one walk and one run and struck out five in 6-2/3 innings.
The only run allowed by the right-hander came on a home run by Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury in the sixth.
"I had good command," Hutchison said. "I had a good changeup today. Tried to pound the zone, get ahead of guys and make good pitches." Continued...