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Despite injuries, Blue Jays lead Yankees 8-1

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Bolstered by a 2-for-2 start by LF Melky Cabrera and 4-RBI performance from DH Adam Lind, the Toronto Blue Jays are leading the New York Yankees 8-1 at Rogers Centre on Monday just one day after being hit with multiple injuries to their line up.

Infielder Brett Lawrie was placed on the 15-day DL Monday after fracturing his right index finger during an AB the day before against the Cincinnati Reds, the Blue Jays said in a statement. He is expected to miss at least three to six weeks. RF Jose Bautista suffered a mild hamstring strain in the same game while running to first. He is listed day-to-day but is expected to miss only few games and will avoid a DL stint.

“You know what he does defensively. Offensively, he’s been clutch for us all year. And he brings that energy too. We’ve got some low-energy guys, so that’s part of it too,” said Manager John Gibbons of Lawrie. “He livens things up. Not only his play on the field. We’re going to miss some of that, his toughness.”

Outfielders Anthony Gose and Kevin Pillar were recalled to Toronto from AAA Buffalo earlier Monday while C Erik Kratz was optioned to AAA, the organization said. Gose appeared in 24 games prior to Monday’s game and is batting slightly better with the big league club this season at .233 with three extra base hits and four RBI. He averaged .225 in AAA during 46 games this season with a career-high 12 HRs and 38 RBI.

Pillar has a .243 average with Toronto this season with three extra base hits in 24 games while Kratz averaged .221 with three HRs and 10 RBI in 30 games.

Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman, making his fifth career start tonight, had six strikeouts across 5.1 innings at press time, allowing two hits, a HR, and one walk. Lind was 2 for 2 with a HR, 4 RBIs, 1 R, and 1 walk and Cabrera is 2 for 3 with two hits, two runs scored, and one RBI.

The Blue Jays began a nine-game home stand on Monday with a three-game series against the Yankees followed by a four game series against the Chicago White Sox beginning on Thursday. LHP Mark Buehrle [10-4, 2.32 ERA in 2014] is scheduled to start on Tuesday against Yankees righty David Phelps [3-4, 4.13 ERA]. He is followed by RHP Drew Hutchison, LHP J.A. Happ and knuckleballer R.A. Dickey on Friday.