McCoy's 'cool' first homer
By Ken Fidlin, QMI Agency
NEW YORK - Mike McCoy worked a long time to get to the major leagues so he is entitled to savour his first home run, an impressive swat of more than 400 feet to right field at Yankee Stadium.
"It was pretty cool and to do it here was a special moment," said McCoy who, at 30 years old, is in just his second year in the majors.
Yankee Stadium fans always throw back opposition home runs so McCoy got the ball. Derek Jeter tossed it to Brian Butterfield, who relayed to Jose Bautista. Bautista then pretended to throw McCoy's memento into the stands before handing it over.
McCoy also impacted the game with his glove, making a spectacular over-the-shoulder catch of a pop-up deep in right field, then wheeling to double up Robinson Cano at first.
"I take a lot of pride in my defence. I think it's probably what has gotten me to the big leagues," McCoy said. "I love that. But I can't give back that homer."
When Juan Rivera and Edwin Encarnacion combined for a double-steal in the second inning, it set a Toronto record for stolen bases in the month of April.
The previous record was 27, set in 1983 and matched in 1984.
With three steals in the game, the April team record now sits at 30.
A LITTLE LESS RELIEF
Having an eight-man bullpen is a nice comfort blanket for Blue Jays manager John Farrell, but he knows he probably is going to have to go back to seven relievers soon.
"We're getting close to that," Farrell said Saturday.
"As Aaron (Hill) and Jayson (Nix) get nearer to their return, our goal is to get back to 12 pitchers to give us a little more depth on the bench and a little more flexibility on the offensive side."
Hill is nearing full health after suffering a hamstring pull on April 19.
Nix is further away after suffering a nasty contusion on his right shin in a collision at second base ten days ago.