Against the Blue Jays this season, the only thing that has stopped the Yankees was a day full of rain. And that's what happened Sunday in the Bronx.
"It's going to rain until probably 9 o'clock," Yankees manager Joe Girardi observed, perhaps wistfully.
The Yankees would have been trying to make it seven in a row against the Blue Jays, but rain began to fall in the late morning with no signs of letting up, and the game was postponed before it started.
Since last season, New York has won its last nine home games against Toronto, as well as the last six overall vs. its AL East rival.
"There's no question they've had our number. They've outplayed us, too," Toronto manager John Gibbons said. "This has always been a tough place to play."
No makeup date was announced. The two are not scheduled to meet again in the Bronx until August.
Rays outfielder Matt Joyce was awarded his eighth home run of the season Sunday afternoon at Camden Yards, but only after an argument and an official review.
Play was stopped in the sixth inning after Joyce sent Orioles starter Chris Tillman's fastball down the right-field line for what originally went down as a one-out double. Then the arguing began: Orioles manager Buck Showalter came out to say his piece; Orioles rightfielder Nick Markakis called it a foul; and Rays manager Joe Maddon said both were wrong.
Any ball that hits a foul pole is deemed a home run, and television replays showed that the ball hit the black part of the line, right above the wall that houses the visiting scoreboard.
After a prolonged on-field deliberation by the umpiring crew, Joyce's hit was put under official review and ruled a homer. It was the go-ahead run in the Rays' 3-1 win.
Don't see that often
The Diamondbacks pulled off a rare 2-1 putout in eighth inning vs. the Marlins on Sunday when shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria popped up a bunt that bounced off catcher Miguel Montero and was then corralled by pitcher Josh Collmenter - after he bobbled it with his bare hand. Didn't matter as Arizona lost, 2-1.
- Inquirer wire services