Blue Jays open spring exhibition schedule with road win over Yankees

The Toronto Blue Jays executed a double steal to round off an eventful first spring training game to defeat the New York Yankees 2-1.

TAMPA, United States — Trent Thornton pitched two scoreless innings as the Toronto Blue Jays earned a 2-1 road win over the New York Yankees on Saturday in their first contest of the exhibition season.

Thornton, who’s vying for a spot in Toronto’s rotation, got the start for the Jays. He allowed just one walk.

Anthony Alford singled and stole three bases for Toronto, including home in the seventh inning.

Former Blue Jay J.A. Happ pitched two perfect innings as New York’s starter, adding three strikeouts. Chris Gittens accounted for the Yankees run with a solo homer in the ninth.

Toronto takes on the Minnesota Twins on Sunday.

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