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Blue Jays edge Yankees in pitching duel on Saturday

Daniel Hudson needed to take a breather after Saturday’s 2-1 Toronto win came to an end at Yankee Stadium.

The Blue Jays brought the 32-year-old right-hander into the match-up with two outs and a two-run lead in the bottom of the eighth inning to take on the American League East division leaders, after four other relievers had already kept the Yankees off the board after starter Clayton Richard made an early exit with left lat tightness.

After hitting the first batter he faced in Edwin Encarnacion, Hudson got out of the eighth to take on the bottom of the Yankees’ order in the ninth frame with Toronto’s regular closer Ken Giles unavailable due to nerve inflammation in his throwing arm that flared up ahead of the game.