The Yankees rediscovered their swagger in the tented clubhouse beyond the left-field wall at Sahlen Field in Buffalo, N.Y., about two weeks ago, where a team meeting was cited as a season turning point. They’ll need to find that mojo once more.
As manager Aaron Boone shuffled his rotation to prepare Gerrit Cole and Masahiro Tanaka for the postseason, Michael King made an early exit from his spot start as the Yankees suffered their second lopsided defeat in as many days, falling 11-5 to the Blue Jays on Monday.
Cole and Tanaka will start the next two games of the series, aligning for optimal rest as they eye the first round of the playoffs. Handed the ball for his fourth start of the year, King hurled two strong innings but stumbled in a lengthy third, thumped for five runs in 2 2/3 frames.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. collected a pair of doubles and drove in three runs for the Jays, who batted around in the third and fourth innings. Jonathan Loaisiga relieved King and was also ineffective, charged with four runs (three earned) in one inning.