If you can’t join ’em spoil ’em.

That’s the Blue Jays’ motto these days. They may not be playing meaningful games this month but they can at least do their best to ruin it for those who are starting with the New York Yankees.

The Jays dealt a big blow to New York’s playoff hopes by winning Thursday’s rubber match 6-2 thanks to seven strong innings from starter Todd Redmond the Jays’ midseason minor-league callup who continues to make a case to be part of the 2014 rotation.

“The way the year’s gone here we’re looking for some satisfaction” said manager John Gibbons. “Two out of three against them is nice especially with the way they’ve been beatin’ us like a drum all year long. We’d like to inflict our own version of pain somehow.”

The Yankees have owned the Jays this season winning 14 of 19 games. In fact the two clubs have identical records against the rest of the majors. But while the Jays have kept the Yankees’ hopes afloat throughout most of the season this week’s series may have sunk them.

With the loss New York falls to 3.5 games back of the Texas Rangers for the AL’s second wild card behind Cleveland Baltimore and Kansas City with just 10 games remaining.

For the third straight night Yankee hitters were mystified by Toronto’s starting pitcher. Curtis Granderson’s solo homer off Redmond in the sixth represented New York’s only tally against Jays’ starters this series.

Redmond a 28-year-old minor-league journeyman who was plucked off waivers midway through spring training continues to make the most of the opportunity he’s getting with the Jays allowing just a single earned run in his second straight start and pitching seven innings for the first time in his career.

“He’s doing a tremendous job he really is” Gibbons said.
Expectations were slight for Redmond when he was called up from Triple-A Buffalo in July when the Jays were simply looking for warm bodies to fill their injury-riddled rotation.

“We kept that revolving door going and he was one of the guys that came up and we liked what we saw” Gibbons said. “It’s a great story. A lot of guys they’ve been in the minor leagues awhile and they don’t get that shot and they kind of get lost in the shuffle. Then it’s really hard to get that opportunity but things just worked out perfectly here for him. That’s how careers and great stories are made.”