Loaisiga has been out with a right shoulder injury since September 5.
Prior to the injury, Loaisiga had been the Yankees’ most effective reliever. Before allowing a point in his last outing on September 3, Loaisiga had allowed just one point in 15 appearances, covering a span of 18 ² / ₃ of innings.
Luis Severino, a recent addition to the bullpen after returning from Tommy John surgery in February 2020, threw another scoreless round of relief, a 1-2-3 eighth.
In three outings, he combined to pitch five white innings – and he left Gerrit Cole in awe.
“I was pleasantly surprised by his feel for his out-of-speed throws,” Cole said before the game. “He was extremely lively. It was an emotional uplift for us and the Yankees fans to see him there again. “
Michael King, who was strong again on Tuesday, allowing just one point in a 2 ¹ / ₃ inning, has embarked on “an important role” in relief, according to Boone.
The right-hander has pitched well since returning from a finger injury, especially with the bullpen missing Loaisiga and Zack Britton.
“I’ll be happy to fill any role,” King said.
Giancarlo Stanton, whose three-runner homerun in the seventh broke the open game, was the DH, but Boone said it wasn’t because of the artificial turf in Toronto.
“I thought about putting [Stanton] over there, ”Boone said. “The grass was not a factor, especially at this point in the season where I’m going to give us the best chance of winning. “
Boone and Stanton said they are happy to be able to play at Rogers Center for the first time since 2019. The Blue Jays played all of their games last season at their Triple-A stadium in Buffalo, and earlier this year they played their Low-A. baseball stadium in Dunedin, Florida, and Buffalo.
“It was cool,” Stanton said of playing in the open dome. “It was a good atmosphere. “
Gio Urshela continued his recent hot stretch with a single and a home run. He’s 17-for-47 (0.362) with nine runs, one double, three homers and six RBIs in his last 13 games.
It followed eight ugly games in which the third baseman turned shortstop to 3 for 23 with no hits or extra goals – and 10 strikeouts.