Bautista says the Jays made a statement in the opener against the Yankees
"We won the first game of the series," Bautista told reporters after Toronto's 2-1 win over New York on Friday." Everyone knows what our offense is capable of doing. We've got David Price going (Saturday). I don't think they feel good right now going home."
Bautista, whose solo shot in the 10th sunk the Yankees and cut the gap in the AL East to just 3 1/2 games, called Friday's series opener a "statement" game.
"I've been in that situation on the opposite end," Bautista said, referring to his club's previous struggles at Yankee Stadium. "It is not a good feeling. I'm glad we are in this spot right now. We have to continue to execute. I like our position."
The Jays have now won nine straight in games started by new acquisition Troy Tulowitzki, since the arrival of the All-Star shortstop.
Toronto's Nos. 1 through 4 hitters are positing an MLB-best 1.059 OPS with 14 home runs and 39 RBIs.
Put everything aside, the Jays have shaved 4 1/2 games off the Yankees' lead over their last 10 games.