Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Betances, Yankees Rebound against Blue Jays

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Betances, Yankees Rebound against Blue Jays

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NEW YORK - Dellin Betances had the pulse of Yankees Universe in mind, talking about his latest selection to the All-Star Game.

"Thank God the players voted last week," Betances said of the process that put him on the AL team a fourth-straight season, despite his recent struggles as the Yankees' setup man. "I had a tough couple of games."

Manager Joe Girardi had Betances back into a high-leverage situation on Monday night, and the right-hander - with a little help by catcher Gary Sanchez and Chase Headley - came through at Yankee Stadium.

Betances held a one-run lead in the eighth, and Headley's three RBI helped the Yankees to a 6-3 win against the struggling Blue Jays before 46,616 fans.

"We need to finish this first half strong," said Headley, whose two-run double in the eighth opened a route toward a four-run inning.

Having lost 14 of their last 19 games entering play, "obviously the last couple weeks haven't gone the way that we hoped," Headley said.

"But if we come out and play the way we're capable of, I think we're going to be in a great spot in the second half."

Plus, CC Sabathia (hamstring) and setup man Adam Warren (shoulder) are coming off the disabled list today, with Sabathia starting the Fourth of July matinee.

Aroldis Chapman gave two runs back and Jose Bautista was on deck as the tying run when third baseman Headley speared Russell Martin's liner to end it - giving Masahiro Tanaka his first Yankee Stadium win since May 2, when he also beat Toronto (37-45).

"I still feel (my) command could be better," Tanaka said through an interpreter after yielding just one run in seven innings, with five hits and a walk.

He struck out eight Jays and did not allow a homer for a third-straight start.

"I was able to execute pitches when I needed to."

So did Betances, whose issues lately have mostly been with his curveball command.

Inheriting a 2-1 lead, Betances entered the eighth by striking out Bautista. …

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