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Wednesday, August 17, 2022

How the Yankees Became MLB’s Hottest Team

TORONTO — The Yankees lost here Wednesday, snapping an 11-game winning streak. It was a closely fought game, as most of the contests between them and the Blue Jays have been this season.

Trailing by 2-1 in the ninth inning, the Yankees loaded the bases with two outs but fell a step short of tying the score when shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefa smacked a ground ball to third baseman Matt Chapman, whose bouncing throw was scooped up at first by Vladimir Guerrero Jr., who showed off his flexibility by doing the splits.

“I was very mad at myself,” Chapman, a three-time Gold Glove winner, said of the throw, “and then very excited.”

The Yankees lingered on the field as they challenged the play, but they ultimately packed up the visitor’s clubhouse and headed home. Even with a defeat, they had won the three-game set, maintaining the best record in baseball (18-7) and handing the Blue Jays their first series loss of the season.

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