Blue Jays: Bo Bichette stunning in a backhand

Blue Jays: Bo Bichette stunning in a backhand


Despite an inspiring performance from Bo Bichette, the Toronto Blue Jays lost 6-5 to the Boston Red Sox on Monday night at Fenway Park. 

The shortstop was spectacular at the plate, hitting five hits on as many occasions. In the second inning, he hit a home run over the famous green monster. At this time, his teammates Danny Jensen and Kevin Kiermaier occupied the trails. It was Bichette's seventh long ball this season and second in as many duels.

The Jays player of the hour shot wasn't enough, however. Jarren Duran stretched his arms to tie the game and Enmanuel Valdez hit a two-run homer in the sixth.

The visitors, however, were able to tie the game in the eighth inning. Kiermaier and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. produced the precious runs that gave the Blue Jays hope for the bliss of victory.

Their efforts were shattered in the ninth inning, when Alex Verdugo ejected an offering by gunner Jordan Romano out of bounds.

The victory went to Josh Winckowski (2-0).

In position for the Red Sox's two bombs in the sixth period, Blue Jays starter José Berrios gave up five runs on 11 hits in five and a third innings.

In addition, the Blue Jays outfielder Jays George Springer could not participate in the duel of the day because he was suffering from a virus. At this time, it's unclear if he'll be able to be on the field for Tuesday's matchup against the Red Sox.

A quicker-than-expected return for Bryce Harper

Philadelphia Phillies star Bryce Harper will return to action just five months after undergoing Tommy John-style surgery.

ESPN has learned that the 30-year-old was going to be on the court with his teammates in Tuesday's matchup against the Dodgers in Los Angeles. The veteran was cleared by team doctors the day before.

Harper went under the knife last November and was originally scheduled to be out until the All-Star Game break, either at the beginning of July.

The Phillies will welcome the powerful hitter with open arms, since they encounter several difficulties at the plate. The club was 14th in runs scored and 16th in home runs in major league baseball after the first month of campaign activity.

During his recent fitness, Harper took reps at the first cushion. He should, however, work as a designated hitter when he returns to action.