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Morning Mound Visit: Blue Jays sweep Yankees, shrink wild card deficit

Wild card gets spicy; How good is taking a pitch?; Yoshi Tsutsugo figuring things out

Toronto Blue Jays v New York Yankees Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

Tom Dakers | Bluebird Banter: The Blue Jays won their eighth game in a row and swept the Yankees to pull within half a game in the AL Wild Card race. José Berríos struck out eight over 6 23 innings, and Bo Bichette, Randall Grichuk, and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. all homered.

Devan Fink | FanGraphs: Swinging at a major league pitch is a dicey proposition. Hitters actually produce negative run value when swinging at pitches, but what about when they take a pitch?

Austin Bechtold | Buc’s Dugout: Yoshi Tsutsugo has had a rough beginning of his major league career, but the beginning of his Pirates career couldn’t have gone better. The former NPB slugger has seven home runs through his first 22 games with Pittsburgh.

Quick Hits

Tyler O’Neill’s home run was enough for the Cardinals to take Thursday’s contest and split a four-game series against the Dodgers.

The Rockies erased a two-run deficit in the ninth to beat the Phillies 4-3.

Joc Pederson walked it off in the 10th to give Atlanta a 3.5 game lead in the NL East.