Teixeira got the big hit, but Granderson was easily the star of this game as he went 4-for-5, scored two runs, and drove in another. CC Sabathia started and really only had one bad inning, in the 4th, but was otherwise untouchable as he went the distance for the complete game victory.
Ricky Romero was good, but the Yankees got one run off him in the 2nd, Russell Martin, and outlasted the Jays’ ace. They scored two runs in the 8th inning on a Robinson Cano double that knocked in Granderson and a Martin single that knocked in Cano.
WHAT IT MEANS: The Yankees victory combined with the Rays loss puts the Yankees in sole possession of first place. Boston won though and jumped into second place in the AL East. They have now won six of their last eight.
JETER WATCH: Derek Jeter went 0-for-5 on the night and remains 25 hits away from 3,000. The Yankees are sticking with him in the leadoff spot despite the fact that his .303 OBP is pathetically low for a leadoff hitter.
JOE AN ALL-TIME GREAT MANAGER? With the win Joe Girardi ties Buck Showalter with 313 victories, good for 8th place on the All-Time wins list by a Yankee manager.