The Blue Jays were never ever in this opening day 6-1 loss to the Yankees after they heard the opening bell - which sounded an very bad lot like a clank in and out of the glove of left fielder Curtis Granderson leading off the contest. Additionally, the Blue Jays will honor Halladay by wearing a commemorative No. 32 patch on their uniforms for the entirety of the 2018 season, just as they did during spring training.
However, Pillar's strike was far too little, too late for the lifeless Blue Jays. Tyler Austin homered twice for the Yankees.
"I am a cockeyed optimist, it's going to be good", said Joyce.
Pillar singled with one out and stole second with two away.
"To be honest, I liked (Pillar stealing home) more than my homer", said Solarte with a laugh afterwards.
"I started jumping up and down to see if I could get [Betances'] attention". "That's a big mistake there". "I can't do that". Plus, it put him in position to dance off third and then break with Toronto's first steal of home since 2007.
Homer Bailey (0-1), making his first opening day start in his 10th season with the Reds, allowed four hits and one run with three walks and three strikeouts in six innings.
Matt Barnes pitched a scoreless eighth for the Red Sox, who won for the first time under manager Alex Cora.
New manager Aaron Boone said he will stick with Betances, who has allowed runs in both appearances this season after struggling last September.
The Yankees starter struck out seven and held Toronto to just one hit and three walks over 5 2/3 innings.
Austin homered in consecutive at bats against Marco Estrada, the first multihomer game of his career. Starter CC Sabathia allowed two runs over five innings with five hits, two walks and four strikeouts. The next inning, Austin hit his second homer.
"It's definitely fun to do it for real and get off on a good note", Boone said.
NY lost another player in the sixth when reliever Adam Warren was hit in the left leg on an Aledmys Diaz comebacker. Jonathan Holder came on and immediately gave up a tiebreaking single to Luke Maile. McKinney's injury was diagnosed as a sprain of the acromioclavicular joint at the top of the shoulder; X-rays were negative.
In the third, Smoak shot a double down the left-field line, scoring Steve Pearce from first, giving the Jays a 2-0 lead.
Hicks went 2-for-4 in yesterday's opener in Toronto. Pillar is the first Blue Jays player to record three stolen bases in an inning. NY fired Joe Girardi after the Game 7 loss to Houston in the AL Championship Series, deciding it needed a new approach.
"He said really his arm kind of feels dead, not injured", manager John Gibbons said. But a couple of days off, and/or time as the DH, might be in order.
"I wanted to just be a little bit lighter on my feet", said Pillar, who stole three bases in the eighth inning against the Yankees on Saturday. LHP Sam Moll cleared waivers and was assigned to the minor leagues.
Tanaka improved to 10-4 in 16 career starts against the Blue Jays, who struck out 15 times against him in NY on September 29. The Blue Jays are 6-0 in Stromans last 6 home starts vs. Yankees and the Yankees are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
With the 6-1 lead intact, the flamethrower Aroldis Chapman locked down the Yankees' first Opening Day victory since 2011, shutting the Blue Jays down with a 1-2-3 inning.