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Toronto Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin (55) celebrates with Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman, right, after hitting a three run home run against the New York Yankees during seventh inning AL baseball action in Toronto on Wednesday, September 23, 2015.Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press

It was still a tight baseball game Wednesday night at Rogers Centre between the New York Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jays when David Price made another veteran move.

The Blue Jays ace pulled on a batting glove over his right hand, anticipating the worst.

Price was not getting called into the game by manager John Gibbons to pinch-hit, or anything drastic like that.

It was purely a precautionary measure by Price, knowing that Marcus Stroman, his emotionally charged teammate, was about to roar through the Toronto dugout like a category-five hurricane.

Price was looking to protect himself from the onslaught of turbo-charged high-fives that Stroman has been known to deliver in moments of rapturous celebration.

And this moment in the seventh inning certainly qualified.

With his team holding a tenuous 1-0 lead over the Yankees in Toronto's biggest game of the season to date, Stroman was in a spot of trouble with Yankee runners at first and second and two out.

Dustin Ackley was at the plate for New York and he drove a line drive to centrefield that caused the more than 48,000 fanatics at Rogers Centre to gasp as one as it looked like the ball would drop and the game might be tied.

But Toronto centrefielder Kevin Pillar, as he has done so often this year, got an amazing first jump on the ball and was able to zip in and make a fine catch for the final out.

Stroman, knowing it was his final inning of work, leaped off the mound like he had springs in his heels. He excitedly rushed into the dugout where a rugged round of kamikaze hand slapping ensured.

"I guess he's got soft hands, he can't handle it," Stroman said of Price's glove work. "Having that guy waiting on the top step after every inning is definitely motivating. He's the man and I'm just lucky to be on his team."

Bolstered in no small fashion by a huge three-run home run shot by Russell Martin in the bottom of the seventh, the Blue Jays would go on to earn a 4-0 victory over the Yankees to move another stop closer to the hallowed ground of the postseason.

With the win, the Blue Jays won the American League East showdown over the Yankees two games to one, increasing their lead over New York atop the standing to 3 ½ games.

Toronto's so-called magic number to clinch its first playoff berth since 1993 now stands at three. Any combination of Toronto wins and Minnesota Twins losses adding up to three moves the Blue Jays on.

The Blue Jays magic number to clinch their division over the Yankees is down to eight.

"He spins the ball as good as anybody in the game in my opinion," Martin said of Stroman. "And he's got a changeup. And he's got five pitches that work for him so he's a special cat."

It was also a special moment for Martin, whose home run was his 21st of the season, matching his career high that he established back in 2012 when he was playing for the Yankees.

"Just the fact that the park is sold out, the crowd is electric," Martin said of the dramatic hit. "It makes those moments stand out even more. If the crowd wasn't as loud as it was it wouldn't feel the same.

"Definitely a good feeling for me. I know the boys enjoyed it, too."

As for Stroman, the 24-year-old says he constantly reminds himself of all the naysayers who predicted he would not amount to much as a big-league pitcher because of his compact five-foot-eight frame. He said that fuels his motivation when he is on the mound.

"I'm a very emotional person, I pitch with a huge chip on my shoulder," Stroman said. "And I feel like every time I'm out there I have to prove a lot of people wrong. So I'm pretty determined and motivated."