Yankees finish off first four-game sweep of Jays since 1995

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The Yankees had yet another come from behind victory, beating the Blue Jays 3-2 at the Stadium on Sunday as they swept the Jays, this year’s sexy pick to win the AL East, in four games for the first time since 1995. They’ve won six out of seven against them so far.

It was a close pitchers duel between Phil Hughes and the reigning NL Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey. Hughes was great early on, but ran into some trouble in the fourth when Adam Lind tied it at 1-1 with a RBI-single. The Jays then took a 2-1 lead in the sixth when Maicer Izturis, of all people, drilled one off the right field wall for a RBI-double.

Meanwhile Dickey was nearly shutting down the Yankees and held them to just four hits in seven innings. Brennan Boesch homered in the second, a solo shot that made it 1-0 at the time. Then, with the Yankees trailing 2-1 in the seventh, Lyle Overbay hit a two-run shot to center that made it 3-2.

The Yankees bullpen, Boone Logan, David Robertson and Mariano Rivera, held it there as they combined to throw three shutout innings with only one runner reaching base.

• Hughes didn’t give up a home run for the second game in a row, a feat he was only able to accomplish once in 2012. His line: 6 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 9 K, 0 HR. Remember, he was rushed off the DL when the team panicked following a bad start by Ivan Nova. His first two starts were bad, but since then he has a 2.70 ERA, a 9.5 K/9, a 1.4 BB/9, and a 1.10 WHIP.

• Ichiro Suzuki leadoff and started in center field for the first time this season. He went 0-for-3 and is now hitting .247/.298/.312 on the season. Aside from today, he’s been hitting better lately, but he’s not exactly smoking the ball. With that kind of line he’s going to have to play great defense (which he has been) and steal 30 bases (so far he has just one) to be valuable to this team. He can’t be a defense only type player.

At this point he could be the one to sit when Curtis Granderson returns. How’s he going to feel coming off the bench?

• Lyle Overbay, who went 2-for-3, was the only Yankee with a multi-hit game. Travis Hafner, who scored on the Overbay homer, went 1-for-4 and Brennan Boesch went 1-for-3. Everybody else went 0-fer.

• Eduardo Nunez nearly got charged with an error, he didn’t, and he also made some great plays in the field today. After going 0-for-2 with a walk, he’s down to .164/.274/.180 on the season. Michael Kay said that Kevin Long made an adjustment with his swing starting today where he spread his legs out more like they were last season.

Kevin Youkilis sat out today with a bad back again. After the game Joe Girardi told Meredith Marakovits that Youk will go for a MRI tomorrow. Not good. Hopefully if he goes on the DL, the Yankees will call up David Adams.

• Neither Austin Romine or Vidal Nuno have played in a game even though they’ve been on the roster for two days now.

(April 27, 2013 – Source: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images North America).

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6 Responses to Yankees finish off first four-game sweep of Jays since 1995

  1. brian says:

    Exciting thing is that where the Yankees are weak… help is coming…

    A little light in the outfield??? Granderson will be back
    Weak at first base??? Teixeira will be back
    Very weak at shortstop??? Well, it'll be a few months but Jeter will be back playing everyday at somepoint

    They're still weak at catcher but so what, almost every team is weak at catcher…

    This is a playoff team, no doubt about it… they will nab one of the 2 wildcards at worst and a division title is still within reach

  2. dirtywater says:

    David Adams isn't on the 40 man roster so the Yankees will have to make a cut to get him there if Youk goes DL. Francisco is the obvious choice.

    Adams isn't much with the glove which is why no one grabbed him when he got cut from the 40.

    • mikefoxtrot says:

      whhat happened to that guy Mustelier who was hitting the ball really well in camp and playing a not-good third base?

      • Mustelier is still technically rehabbing. He's playing in extended spring training while recovering from the knee injury he sustained in camp.

        • mikefoxtrot says:

          thanks, Rob. i appreciate the info and the reply.

          what did you think of him as a hitter? do you think he might merit a roster spot if he's healthy and ARod's still out and Youkilis still has a balky back?

  3. I think Mustelier could have a shot at making this team once he's healthy. He's a righty and he hits lefties well. I think he could replace Joseph or Francisco when he's ready to go. He's not on the 40-man roster though so I think it would be more likely he'd replace Francisco.