The Yankees trailed 3-0 and then again 4-3, but managed to come from behind to beat the Blue Jays 5-4 thanks to a big game from Travis Hafner at the Stadium on Saturday.
CC Sabathia started and once again didn’t have his best stuff as the Jays scored one run in the third and two more in the fourth to build a 3-0 lead. The Yankees tied it in the bottom of the fourth when Travis Hafner crushed a three-run shot to right center.
The Jays added another one in the sixth on a Brett Lawrie homer, but the Yankees took the lead in the bottom of the seventh on a Vernon Wells RBI-single and a Travis Hafner RBI-triple. The Jays would not score again as CC retired the final nine batters he faced and Joba Chamberlain nailed down the save.
• It was a rare start against a lefty for Hafner, but it paid off big time for the Yankees who have hit just .217/.289/.343 against lefties this year as a team. Hafner actually handles lefties well though and has hit .273/.467/.727 against them this year in 15 plate appearances. It’s really been more about keeping him healthy.
• How great is CC Sabathia? He once again didn’t have his best stuff, but finds a way to get it done. His final line: 8 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 2 HR. He gets four wins in April for the first time in his career and posted a strong 3.35 ERA in a month where his previous career average was a 4.02 ERA.
• Joba gave up a couple of hits, but continued recent strong performance. Not counting his first three terrible outings, Joba has held batters to a .231/.231/.269 line with a 0.00 ERA and no walks in 6.2 innings. He got the save because David Robertson and Mariano Rivera had thrown a lot recently and got the day off.
• Kevin Youkilis was back in the lineup after he missed six games with a bad back. He went 0-for-3 and is now 3-for-31 after a hot start. A big part of that problem is that he hasn’t hit lefties at all this season, .048/.167/.096 in 21 at bats. He’s down to .266/.347/.422 overall this season.
• Robinson Cano continues to carry the team with a 2-for-4 day. He’s up to .326/.379/.632 on the season.
• Ichiro went 2-for-4 and is up to .344/.364/.406 in his last eight games.
• Vernon Wells went 1-for-3 with a RBI, two runs scored, and a stolen base. He’s up to .309/.374/.580 on the season.
• The Yankees placed both Francisco Cervelli and Ivan Nova on the DL before the game. Austin Romine was called up to replace Cervelli. He is expected to split the playing time with Chris Stewart. Nuno will join the bullpen as David Phelps moves into the rotation. Derek Jeter was moved to the 60-day DL to make room on the 40-man roster for Nuno.
(April 26, 2013 – Source: Mike Stobe/Getty Images North America).