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TORONTO (AP) — opening day.The right-hander took a perfect game into the seventh inning Carlos Santana Jersey , Christin Stewart hit a two-run homer in the 10th and the Detroit Tigers beat the Toronto Blue Jays 2-0 Thursday.“One of those days where everything was working and the command was really good,” Zimmermann said.Zimmermann, who pitched a no-hitter for Washington on the final day of the 2014 season, came close to bookending it — Hall of Famer Bob Feller threw the only no-hitter on opening day, for Cleveland in 1940.This bid ended when Teoscar Hernandez reached on a two-out infield single. Hernandez grounded a 1-2 pitch to the shortstop side of second base. Josh Harrison made a sliding play, but his throw to first was late and wide.“It was really a good pitch,” Zimmermann said. “It was off the plate and down and he just hit a grounder where they weren’t.”That was the only hit Zimmermann allowed in seven sparkling innings. He struck out four and threw only 70 pitches.“He was in control of the plate, just getting enough of the corners,” Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. “He did a really nice job of changing speeds, adjusting and using all of his pitches very well.”Blue Jays rookie manager Charlie Montoyo called Zimmermann’s performance “outstanding.”“He was pitching in and out, keeping our hitters off balance,” Montoyo said.According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Zimmermann’s 6 2/3 innings marked the longest bid for a perfect game on opening day since April 16, 1940, when Lefty Grove threw seven perfect innings for the Boston Red Sox against the Washington Senators.“He was in the zone,” Stewart said.Niko Goodrum doubled off Blue Jays right-hander Daniel Hudson (0-1) to begin the 10th , and Stewart homered to right field on an 0-2 pitch.“That one got too much of the plate and he killed it,” Gardenhire said.Victor Alcantara (1-0) pitched one inning for the win and Shane Greene finished for a save as Detroit won its opener for the seventh time in eight seasons.The Blue Jays lost their eighth consecutive home opener — tying the third-longest streak in baseball history. Pittsburgh dropped eight straight from 1994-2001, and the Washington Senators did it from 1963-70.The Brooklyn Dodgers lost a major league-worst 11 straight home openers from 1903-13, and Oakland lost 10 in a row from 2005-14.Blue Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman walked Harrison, the first batter of the game, on four pitches but didn’t allow a hit until a two-out single by Nicholas Castellanos in the sixth. Stroman yielded two hits and walked four in seven scoreless innings.YESTERYEARZimmermann pitched a no-hitter against Miami on Sept. 28, 2014, the first in Nationals history. Outfielder Steven Souza Jr. made a dramatic, diving catch for the final out, retiring Christian Yelich. Souza, who had just entered the game as a defensive replacement, used his bare hand to squeeze the ball in his mitt as he fell.Feller threw his opening day no-hitter against the Chicago White Sox on the same day Grove took a run at that perfect game: April 16, 1940. The Indians won 1-0.MIGGY’S RETURNPlaying for the first time since June 2018 after missing the second half of last season because of a biceps injury, Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera went hitless in four at-bats. He struck out once and grounded into a double play.FAN A LOTThree Blue Jays pitchers combined to strike out seven straight Detroit batters in the late innings, a streak that began when Stroman fanned Grayson Greiner for the final out of the seventh. Right-handers Joe Biagini and Ken Giles came on and struck out the side in the eighth and ninth, respectively.TRAINER’S ROOMTigers: OF JaCoby Jones (strained left shoulder) is expected to miss at least the first two weeks of the season. … RHP Drew Verhagen (right shoulder) is on the 10-day injured list.Blue Jays: Toronto recalled 1B Rowdy Tellez from Triple-A to take the place of DH Kendrys Morales Will Middlebrooks Jersey , who was traded to Oakland on Wednesday. … Several Blue Jays began the season on the 10-day injured list, including LHP Ryan Borucki (left elbow), RHP Ryan Tepera (right elbow), RHP Clay Buchholz (right flexor strain), RHP David Phelps (elbow surgery) and OF Jonathan Davis (right ankle). OF Dalton Pompey is on the seven-day concussion list. RHP Bud Norris (right forearm) was not healthy in time for opening day. … The Blue Jays selected the contract of RHP Javy Guerra from the minors.UP NEXTTigers: LHP Matthew Boyd went 1-1 with a 5.00 ERA in five spring training starts, striking out 20 batters in 18 innings.Blue Jays: RHP Matt Shoemaker makes his first start with Toronto after signing as a free agent. He had no record and a 5.00 ERA in five spring outings. BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Danny Farquhar took the mound in a game again. That was more than enough on Saturday.Farquhar’s spring training appearance for the New York Yankees was his first game since the 32-year-old reliever collapsed in the Chicago White Sox dugout on April 20 because of a ruptured aneurysm and brain hemorrhage. The right-hander got one out and was charged with five runs in an 8-7 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates.“I felt great out there,” Farquhar said. “I was happy to be back on the mound. Obviously, the results weren’t great but I call it a good day. I felt like a baseball player, again.”Farquhar allowed three hits and walked two while throwing 19 pitches in the fourth inning. He is in camp with the Yankees on a minor league deal.“The fact that he’s on the mound and gotten to this point is pretty awesome,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “I found myself a little more emotional than I even thought. Even though it didn’t go great, I think he really appreciated how special it was for him to be back out on a mound.”Farquhar’s teammates moved to the top step of the third base dugout and clapped as he walked off the mound with his glove held in his right hand.“It felt like for better or for worse they had my back,” Farquhar said. “It was nice to have that support. I’ve never been high-fived so much giving up five runs in my career.”Farquhar’s wife, Lexie, and children Madison (7), Landon (3) and Liam (1) were among a dozen family members and friends at the game. Madison could be heard yelling “Daddy” from the stands.“I heard them from the beginning Jersey ,” Farquhar said. “My mom, my daughter. They were screaming.”“I loved having my family here,” Farquhar added. “It means the world to have them here and see them after. Just to see how my wife was feeling, how my kids loved me. They didn’t care how good or bad I did today. It brings life into perspective on what’s important.”Josh Bell started the inning with an opposite-field double off the wall in left. After Melky Cabrera lined out to right, a Kevin Kramer single was sandwiched between walks to Erik Gonzalez and Ke’Bryan Hayes.“I thought it was good for him to get back out there and get the adrenaline pumping again,” said Austin Romine, who caught Farquhar. “I think he’s going to move forward with that.”Farquhar’s day ended on first-pitch single by Steven Baron.He said the game sped up on him.“It was like, go, go, go fast,” Farquhar said. “It was hard to keep slow.”Farquhar had surgery the day after collapsing last year and was hospitalized nearly three weeks.“I can only imagine what he’s gone through and his family has gone through,” Romine said. “He’s a positive human being. I’ve got nothing but respect and admiration for what he’s done. It’s fun to see a guy fight all the way back and get that chance again.”Farquhar has pitched in 253 games over seven big league seasons, going 10-15 with a 3.39 ERA and 18 saves for Toronto (2011), Seattle (2013-15), Tampa Bay (2016-17) and the White Sox (2017-18). He was 1-1 with a 5.63 ERA in eight innings over eight games last year.
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