Yankees take 2 of 3 from the Blue Jays

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The Yankees took two of three from the highly touted Blue Jays over the weekend as they won Friday and Saturday and failed to finish off the sweep with a loss on Sunday.

FRIDAY (9-4 win)

Friday’s win was all about Andy Pettitte. His line: 7.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR. He staked the Yankees to a 8-1 lead heading into the sixth inning when the Jays scored two on a Jose Bautista home run.

The Yankees offense showed up in a big way too as Robinson Cano went 3-for-5 with a double, Travis Hafner and Vernon Wells both went 2-for-5 with a homer each, and Lyle Overbay even homered. Only Eduardo Nunez went without a hit.

SATURDAY (5-3 win, 11 innings)

The Yankees had a 3-0 lead heading into the eighth inning, but Hiroki Kuroda, who had a great night: 7.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 0 HR, tired and David Robertson couldn’t hold on to the lead as the Jays tied it at 3-3.

Everybody behind them kept it together as Joba Chamberlain, Boone Logan, Shawn Kelley, and Mariano Rivera combined for three shutout inning.

That gave the Yankees a chance to win it in the 11th inning when Jays pitcher Aaron Loup, pitching in his second inning, gave up back-to-back singles and then threw the ball away on a sac bunt as two runs scored.

SUNDAY (8-4 loss)

The Yankees lost on Sunday after they blew a 4-2 lead in the sixth inning when the Jays rallied for four runs off of Ivan Nova, Boone Logan, and David Phelps. The Jays tacked on two more runs in the seventh as the Yankees offense failed to mount a comeback.

It was typical Nova. His line: 5 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 5 BB, 0 HR. He was shaky throughout the start and if it wasn’t for a great catch by Vernon Wells and a couple of double plays it could have been a much worse start.

We’re all still waiting for David Phelps to settle down. He’s upto a 6.23 ERA so far this season. He does have a solid 9.0 K/9, but he’s been walking too many with a 4.2 BB/9.

The offense managed to have five batters with a pair of hits, but only scratched out four runs including nothing after the sixth. Chris Stewart‘s 2-for-3 with a home run day was notable.

WHO’S HOT?

Vernon Wells went 7-for-15 over the weekend with a pair of homers, Robinson Cano went 6-for-14 with a walk, and Brett Gardner went 5-for-14 with a walk.

WHO’S NOT?

Eduardo Nunez went 0-for-10, Kevin Youkilis, who has been dealing with back pain, went 1-for-7, Ichiro Suzuki went 3-for-13. Of those three, only Nunez walked which he did twice.

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(April 18, 2013 – Source: Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images North America).

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