Blue Jays hand Yankees their third straight loss

The Toronto Blue Jays beat the New York Yankees at the Rogers Centre 8-3 in Toronto, Ont. on Monday...

The Toronto Blue Jays beat the New York Yankees at the Rogers Centre 8-3 in Toronto, Ont. on Monday June 23, 2014. (Stan Behal/QMI Agency)

BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:42 PM ET

Adam Lind has been restricted to pinch hitting duties of late.

After fouling a ball off his right foot the final game in Baltimore, he had three at-bats in the final six games of the trip against the New York Yankees and Cincinnati Reds.

“They’ve got me DHing tonight,” said Lind Monday afternoon in the Jays clubhouse. “I don’t even know if I can handle that.”

Lind did not have to run very hard in the second inning of Monday night’s game against the Yankees. As he hit a 0-1 changeup into the hitter’s back drop in straightaway centre for a three-run homer and a early 6-0 lead.

In all, Lind knocked in four runs as your first-place Toronto Blue Jays -- or what’s left of them -- beat the New York Yankees 8-3 before 31,554 fans at the Rogers Centre Monday night. Last week in the Bronx, the Jays were swept scoring a grand total of eight runs, losing 3-1, 7-3 and 6-4 to extend their winless streak to 16.

The Jays lost third baseman Brett Lawrie for three to six weeks with a broken right index finger and right fielder Jose Bautista for at least a couple of games with a mild hamstring pull Sunday afternoon at Great American Ballpark. The news on Bautista was considered to be positive.

Playing does not help Lind’s injured foot but with all the injuries, rest is not an option.

Long Island native Marcus Stroman had the start he wanted to last week in front of family and friends at Yankee Stadium as he retired the first eight hitters in order before allowing a single to shortstop Brendan Ryan. Stroman held the Yanks scoreless until Mark Teixeira homered off the top of the fence in centre with two out in the fourth.

Stroman had the longest outing of his five-start career as he worked eight innings allowing only three hits: Ryan’s third-inning single (his 573rd hit in the majors), the homer by Teixeira (1,635) and Ichiro Suzuki’s two-out single in the eighth (2,786). Along the way Stroman set down eight, five and six hitters in order.

To gain his fourth win Stroman struck out seven, walked one and threw 114 pitches (73 for strikes)

IN GAME

Chad Jenkins allowed two runs and left with runners at second and third before Aaron Loup came on to retire Brian Roberts on a liner to centre to end the game ... Anthony Gose crashed into a post in right and then the wire mesh stealing extra bases from Ryan in the sixth ... Gose stole his fourth base up 7-0 ... Edwin Encarnacion may have some trouble scooping throws from across the diamond but his diving grab on a Kelly Johnson drive in the fifth turning a bid for a double into an out ... The first 15 Jays hitters managed 10 hits and seven runs against starter Chase Whitley, who allowed five hits in five innings in last start against the Jays. ... Melky Cabrera doubled and scored on Lind’s single in the first and Encarnacion followed with a single. Juan Francisco, Munenori Kawaski and Gose singled to load the bases with none out in the second. One run-producing out later, Cabrera singled in a run and Lind went deep. Encarnacion singled advanced on a ground ball and scored on a Dioner Navarro double. Whitley walked the first two hitters of the fourth and was not chased until Navarro singled in a run.

STILL UNSIGNED

The Jays have yet to sign either of their two first-round picks from the June draft: right-hander Jeff Hoffman, drafted ninth over-all from East Carolina despite requiring Tommy John surgery in mid-May and catcher Max Pentecost of Kennesaw State, selected 11th. One scout’s review:

“Pentecost is going to be a very solid every day catcher. Maybe a little bit better than Pat Borders. He might play 10-to-12 years in the big leagues, even make an all-star game. We thought he’d sign easy, I’m surprised he has not.

“Hoffman is unbridled, like Andrew Cashner with San Diego. He’s a great projection pick. He has monster stuff ... stuff wise he’s among the first five arms in the draft. Having a feel for pitching? He’s probably 15th-to-20th. He could be a front liner, but he’s so raw. He’s from upstate New York (near Albany). He either hasn’t been taught some things or he doesn’t get it.”

MELK MAN STREAK

Cabrera extended his consecutive-game hitting streak against the Yanks to 20 games with a first-inning double. The last player to have a run against the Yanks was Detroit Tigers Miguel Cabrera (2006-2010). He’s hitting .349 (29-for-83) with seven doubles, a triple and six homers. Blue Jays teammate Jose Reyes, Seattle’s Robinson Cano and San Francisco Giants Jeff Keppinger have the next longest active streaks: 18 games. Reyes against the Tigers, Cano facing the A’s and Keppinger against the Brewers.

CAPT. HOME RUN

Bautista and Troy Tulowitzki have been named the captains of the American and National League for the Home Run derby July 14 at Target Field in Minneapolis ... Bautista is a two-time major league home run champion. The early morning line favors David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox and Edwin Encarnacion ... if they are willing to participate.


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