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pitcher Sonny Gray as of Thursday afternoon , according to Fancred's Jon Heyman.Heyman reported earlier in the day that the Cincinnati Reds, the San Francisco Giants, the Milwaukee Brewers, the Oakland Athletics, the San Diego Padres, the Atlanta Braves and the Seattle Mariners are all among the teams that have inquired about Gray.Those reports come after New York signed free-agent reliever Adam Ottavino to a three-year, $27 million contract on Thursday, perHeyman.A 2011 first-round pick, Gray debuted with Oakland back in 2013 and quickly became one of the top up-and-coming pitchers in all of baseball. He was named to the American League All-Star team in his second full season in 2015 Reggie Jackson Jersey , finishing third in AL Cy Young voting following a season in which he went 14-7 with a 2.73 ERA in 31 starts.He spent the first four-plus years of his career with the A's before being acquired by the Yankees in a 2017deadline deal. And while that trade was made in an effort to bring a front-of-the-rotation arm to the Bronx, the right-hander's time in pinstripes hasn't been smooth.Gray went 4-7 with a 3.72 ERA in 11 starts following the trade in 2017 and went 0-1 with a 4.32 ERA (allowing five runs, four earned, in 8.1 innings) over the course of two postseason starts. This past season, he went 11-9 with a 4.90 ERA in 30 appearances, including 23 starts. He was demoted to the bullpen in August after posting a 5.56 ERA in 21 starts.He was not a part of the Yankees' postseason roster.Gray is just 29 years old, so even though he endured a rough 2018 campaign, there has been no shortage of interest in him around the league.If the Yankees do, in fact , trade Gray, it would mark just their latest transaction in what has been a busy offseason. This winter, they have acquired Ottavino, starting pitcher James Paxton, shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and infielder D.J. LeMahieu while re-signing C.C. Sabathia, Brett Gardner, Zach Britton and J.A. Happ. TORONTO (AP) — Finally hitting his stride in the midst of a trying season, Marcus Stroman’s body has betrayed him in two straight starts.Kevin Pillar scored the tiebreaking run on an infield grounder in the sixth inning, and the Toronto Blue Jays overcame another abbreviated start by Stroman to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1 on Sunday.Limited to two pitches because of a recurring blister Yunel Escobar Jersey , Stroman battled through five innings before deciding he couldn’t risk further damage to his tender middle finger. The right-hander allowed one run and five hits while throwing 76 pitches.“I just threw sinker, cutter today because I couldn’t put pressure on my curveball or slider,” Stroman said. “I pushed it pretty aggressively. It was just at the point where I felt like if I continued to go, I would have to possibly miss my next start.”Stroman left Tuesday’s game against Boston after seven innings because of a blister on his right middle finger, walking off with the trainer after coming out to warm up for the eighth.Devon Travis had two hits and drove in a run as the Blue Jays won for the second time in nine meetings with the Rays, avoiding a three-game series sweep.Tampa Bay’s lone run came in the fourth on a two-out RBI single by Willy Adames.Jaime Garcia (3-6) worked one inning for the win. Danny Barnes got two outs in the seventh and Tyler Clippard got the third, stranding runners at the corners. Ryan Tepera pitched the eighth and Ken Giles finished for his 13th save in 13 opportunities.“We got pitched tough,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. “Still not clicking offensively like we’re capable of.”Making his third start for Tampa Bay since being acquired from Pittsburgh last month, right-hander Tyler Glasnow allowed one run and two hits in five-plus innings.Pillar pinch-hit for Curtis Granderson and greeted right-hander Jose Alvarado (1-5) with a double. Travis followed with a tying single and Martin Maldonado Jersey , one out later, Pillar raced home from third on Randal Grichuk’s groundout to the catcher.Pitcher Ryne Stanek covered home plate but Pillar evaded the tag and was called safe. Tampa Bay challenged umpire Ryan Additon’s call but it was confirmed by video review. The lead was Toronto’s first of the series.“He left me a little window between his legs to try and get home plate,” Pillar said. “Sometimes you’ve got to gamble and it paid off.”SAVE MEGiles gave Toronto its first save in 19 games, ending a streak that matched the 10th-longest in team history.KEEPING IT CLOSEThe Rays are 22-28 in one-run games, while the Blue Jays are 15-12.MAKING MOVESFollowing the game, Toronto optioned right-hander Danny Barnes to Triple-A Buffalo to clear a roster spot for right-hander Sean Reid-Foley, who will make his major league debut at Kansas City on Monday. The Blue Jays still need to open a 40-man roster spot for Reid-Foley.TRAINER’S ROOMRays: Following the game, RHP Jamie Schultz was optioned to Triple-A Durham. RHP Chaz Roe (left knee) will be come off the 10-day disabled list Tuesday.Blue Jays: INF Yangervis Solarte (strained right oblique) was placed on the 10-day DL and C Danny Jansen was promoted from Buffalo. Jansen, who played in this year’s Futures Game , was batting .275 with 12 homers and 58 RBIs in 88 games at Triple-A.PARTING WORDSJansen was removed from Buffalo’s game Saturday when word of his promotion reached the dugout. Manager Bobby Meacham broke the news by telling Jansen “Kid, you’re going to the big leagues. I don’t want to see you again.”UP NEXTRays: Are off Monday. They have not named a starter for Tuesday’s opener of a three-game series against the New York Yankees. The Rays have lost 12 straight series at Yankee Stadium.Blue Jays: Reid-Foley will pitch to Jansen, his former Triple-A batterymate, when faces the Royals on Monday. Reid-Foley went 12-4 with a 2.98 ERA in 23 starts at Double-A and Triple-A this season. RHP Brad Keller (4-5, 3.57 ERA) starts for Kansas City.
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