Brett Gardner could be out for the season and the trade deadline is upon us. The next two weeks are going to be exciting.
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Mon: Yankees 6, Toronto 3. W: David Robertson (1-3, 2.36), L: Aaron Loup (0-1, 7.71), S: Rafael Soriano (23, 1.49). HR: Raul Ibanez (12, off Jason Frasor), Russell Martin (9, off Henderson Alvarez), Adam Lind (8, off Phil Hughes).
With 16 games still left against the Blue Jays this year, the Yankees wanted to get off to a good start against them in this series and they did behind a strong performance by Phil Hughes and a timely grand slam by Raul Ibanez in the 8th inning.
The Yankees got on the board first as Martin sent a solo shot to right field for a 1-0 lead. Robinson Cano then doubled to right in the 3rd inning to make it 2-0. The Blue Jays battled back and tied it at 2-2 on a Lind homer in the 4th and Edwin Encarnacion, who is having an amazing year, doubled to tie it.
That was all the runs the Jays would score off Hughes though who had a knack of getting out of trouble Monday. He finished with 4 K’s and 3 BB’s over 7 innings. Those pesky homers always bother him.
Loup and Frasor loaded the bases in the 8th inning and the Jays nearly escape damage as they retired Nick Swisher in a tough at bat, but Ibanez crushed the pitch to left for the difference maker.
Tue: Yankees 6, Toronto 1. W: CC Sabathia (10-3, 3.27), L: Brett Cecil (2-2, 6.34), S: Rafael Soriano (24, 1.46). HR: Andruw Jones, (12, off Cecil).
This game was all about CC Sabathia’s return to the mound. His command was fantastic as he tossed six shutout innings and probably could have gone for the complete game shutout if it weren’t for his pitch count coming off an injury.
The bullpen was a little shaky, especially Chad Qualls, but Soriano came in and got a game ending double play on just five pitches to escape with the 6-1 win.
The Yankees got their runs from 3-run innings in the 2nd and 7th. In the 2nd they grinded out Cecil until Jones victimized him for a 3-run shot that made it 3-0. Then the Yankees made it 6-0 on back-to-back-to-back doubles by Jayson Nix, Chris Stewart, and Derek Jeter. Alex Rodriguez then drove in a run on a hard hit fielder’s choice.
Wed: Yankees 6, Toronto 0. W: Hiroki Kuroda (9-7, 3.46), L: Ricky Romero (8-6, 5.22). HR: Mark Teixeira (19, off Romero).
The Yankees jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning and Hiroki Kuroda made it stand up as he pitched seven shutout innings before the rain came and closed out the game just after they played God Bless America.
Romero has really struggled this season and it was no different in the 1st inning as five hits, including a 2-run shot by Teixeira gave the Yankees a 4-0 lead. The Yankees struck again in the 4th innings after Jayson Nix doubled and Dewayne Wise drove him in with a ground rule double to right. The Yankees tacked on one more run in the 6th as Wise again drove in Nix with a RBI-single to center that made it 6-0.
That was all Kuroda needed as he worked quickly and efficiently over seven shutout innings. He allowed just one double, three singles, didn’t walk any and struck out five. He might have at least started the 8th inning if it wasn’t for the rain.
Thu: Yankees @ Oakland, 10:05 p.m., YES Network. RHP Freddy Garcia (4-2, 5.25) vs. RHP A.J. Griffin (1-0, 2.63).
Fri: Yankees @ Oakland, 10:05 p.m., YES Network. RHP Ivan Nova (10-4, 4.18) vs. LHP Tommy Milone (9-6, 3.54).
Sat: Yankees @ Oakland, 9:05 p.m., YES Network. RHP Phil Hughes (9-7, 4.22) vs. RHP Jarrod Parker (6-4, 3.07).
Sun: Yankees @ Oakland, 4:05 p.m., YES Network. LHP CC Sabathia (9-3, 3.45) vs. Bartolo Colon (6-7, 3.80).