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