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Yankee Game (7/19/09)

The Yankees swept Detroit today, defeating the AL Central leading Tigers 2-1 Sunday. Before the game, the Yankees hosted its 63rd Annual Old Timer’s Day. One familiar face to young Yankee fans was Mike Mussina. It was weird seeing him depicted as an Old Timer. Anyways, I always love watching all the Old Timer’s take the field for the Old Timer’s Game. Seeing players like Yogi, Guidry, Ford, Larsen, Zimmer, Cone, Girardi, and Mussina is really special for fans young and old. Hats off to these guys!


Anyways, the Yanks were able to move within 1 game of the division leading Red Sox. Chamberlain pitched his best game of the year going 6 2/3 innings allowing just 1 run on 3 hits and striking out 8. Coke took over for the final out of the seventh getting an inning ending ground ball on just one pitch. Hughes hurled another scoreless eighth and Mariano picked up his 3rd consecutive save (26).

As for the Yanks offense, Arod belted a solo shot in the fourth, tying the game at 1. Teixeira followed suit with a dinger of his own (solo) in the sixth, giving the Yanks their second run, which they would hold onto for the victory. Both sluggers went 2-4 on the afternoon and Posada was the only other Yankee to get a hit.

NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 4 0 0 0 0 2 1 .321
Gardner, CF 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 .277
Teixeira, 1B 4 1 2 1 0 0 2 .280
Rodriguez, A, 3B 4 1 2 1 0 1 1 .255
Matsui, H, DH 2 0 0 0 2 1 1 .263
Posada, C 3 0 1 0 1 0 1 .282
Cano, 2B 3 0 0 0 0 0 5 .308
Swisher, RF 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 .235
Cabrera, Me, LF 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 .281
Totals 27 2 5 2 5 5 13  
BATTING
2B: Teixeira (24, Jackson, E), Posada (12, Jackson, E).
HR: Rodriguez, A (19, 4th inning off Jackson, E, 0 on, 2 out), Teixeira (23, 6th inning off Jackson, E, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Teixeira 6; Rodriguez, A 5; Posada 2.
RBI: Rodriguez, A (52), Teixeira (67).
2-out RBI: Rodriguez, A.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Rodriguez, A; Cano 3; Teixeira.
GIDP: Cano; Cabrera, Me.
Team RISP: 0-for-5.
Team LOB: 7.

FIELDING
E: Posada (5, throw).

Tomorrow the Yankees will take on the O’s, starting a 3 game set. Pettitte will look for his 9th win of the season as he faces David Hernandez of the O’s. I’ll take Pettitte for tomorrow due to Hernandez’s lack of control and Pettitte’s consistency. If the Yanks can win tomorrow and Boston can drop another game, then the Yanks can sneak up into first place for the second time in 10 games and hopefully force Boston to drop into second. Mitre will be making his big league debut on Tuesday, and hopefully he can give the Yankees a solid start, giving him the role as the Yanks fifth starter.
Players of the Game
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Alex Rodriguez: 2-4 with a solo homerun to tie the game at 1 
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Mark Teixeira: 2-4 with a solo homerun to give the Yankees a 2-1 lead
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Joba Chamberlain: 6 2/3 strong innings, 8 K’s, 1 run, 3 hits
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Yankee Game (7/18/09)

The New York Yankees were able to move within two games of first place, defeating the Detroit Tigers 2-1. The Yankees received stellar pitching from CC Sabathia and offensive help from Alex Rodriguez. With yesterday’s win the Yankees have now won 15 of their last 20 games, marking the best stretch of games this season for the Bombers.

As mentioned before, Sabathia pitched another great game for the Yankees going 7 strong innings allowing 0 runs on 5 hits, while striking out 4. The Tigers only run came off of Alfredo Aceves in the 8th on a solo homerun by Marcus Thames. Other than that the Yankees pitching was able to shut down the Tigers offense. Rivera earned his 2nd save coming off the All Star Break, and his 25th of the season.
However, the Yankees offense was also being shut down by one of the Tigers’ ace. Justin Verlander went 7 strong innings as well, but gave up a solo homerun to Alex Rodriguez, which really ended up being the turning point in the game. Later in the inning, Cabrera knocked in Cano for the second run of the game for the Yanks. Otherwise that was all the Yanks could muster up, but it was enough for them to come out victorious.

 
NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 4 0 2 0 0 1 2 .325
Damon, LF 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 .278
  Gardner, CF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .282
Teixeira, 1B 3 0 0 0 1 3 1 .277
Rodriguez, A, 3B 4 1 1 1 0 1 2 .250
Matsui, H, DH 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 .266
Posada, C 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 .281
Cano, 2B 3 1 1 0 0 1 0 .310
Swisher, RF 3 0 1 0 0 1 0 .236
Cabrera, Me, CF-LF

3 0 1 1 0 0 0 .285
Totals 30 2 7 2 1 8 8  
BATTING
2B: Damon (21, Verlander), Swisher (19, Verlander).
HR: Rodriguez, A (18, 7th inning off Verlander, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Jeter 2; Damon 2; Rodriguez, A 4; Cano; Swisher 2; Cabrera, Me.
RBI: Rodriguez, A (51), Cabrera, Me (35).
2-out RBI: Cabrera, Me.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Matsui, H; Teixeira; Jeter.
Team RISP: 1-for-5.
Team LOB: 5.

BASERUNNING
CS: Jeter (4, 2nd base by Verlander/Laird).

FIELDING
PB: Posada (3).
DP: 2 (Jeter-Cano-Teixeira 2).

Today, as I finish watching the 63rd Old Timers Day, I will make a prediction for today’s game. Chamberlain will be facing the Tigers Edwin Jackson (2009 All Star). I have to go with the Tigers due to Chamberlain’s inconsistency so far this season. However, we’ve seen the Yankees overcome an ace (yesterday against Verlander) so maybe they can go for the sweep and get off to a great start capping off the second half of the season. Good luck to all the teams!
Players of the Game
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Alex Rodriguez: 1-4 with a solo homerun that got the Yankees on the board
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CC Sabathia: 7 innings, 0 runs, 5 hits, 4 K’s

Yankee Game (7/12/09)

The Yankees followed their sweep of the Twins, with another sweep…but this time, it was the Angels doing the sweeping. The Yankees lost their 3rd game in a row yesterday, resulting in a sweep by the Angels. New York had plenty of opportunities to score against the Halos by loading the bases twice, but couldn’t capitalize, losing 5-4.


CC Sabathia had a bad fourth inning surrendering 4 runs. But he remained in the game for 6.2 innings, until he was pulled out in the seventh. Through those 6.2 innings Sabathia allowed 5 runs on 9 hits. It wasn’t a performance to remember for the Yankees ace.

The Yankees offense almost had another come from behind victory, but fell just one run short of tying the game. They were able to load the bases twice (in the seventh and eighth innings) but helped the Angels get out of it by hitting into two inning ending double plays. The offense left 9 men on base throughout the entire gam and were 3 for 9 with RISP. Overall, it wasn’t a good game played for the Yanks pitching and offense.

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Hopefully the All-Star Break can help the Yankees recharge and get on another winning streak. On Friday, the Bombers will return back to the Bronx, starting a 10 game home series with a 3 game set with the Tigers. I might be going to a game some time next week when the Yankees take on the Orioles, so I’ll keep you guys posted. Just want to wish everyone good luck towards the second half of the season, and want to encourage you to watch tonight’s Homerun Derby showdown and tomorrow’s All-Star Game. I will post my thoughts and opinions for each, so make sure to check back now and then for an update. Thanks!

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Yankee Game (7/11/09)

Well, the Yankees suffered another disappointing loss to the Angels tonight, putting them in a position to drop 2 games back from the Red Sox. The Yankees were able to belt out 5 homeruns, but still loss to the Angels 14-8. Once again, the Yankees pitching struggled today giving up 16 hits and 14 runs.

Andy Pettitte wasn’t his usual self today going 4.1 innings and allowing 6 runs on 7 hits. After he  exited the game, Robertson looked to help the Yankees stay in the game, but allowed 3 more runs on 3 hits through 1.1 innings. Then Tomko came in, but he allowed a run on 3 hits through 1.1 innings as well. And if that wasn’t enough, Phil Coke came in with the Angels up 10-8 and gave up 4 runs in the 8th on 3 hits. Nobody could get an out throughout the entire game. And even if they did, it was either a hard hit or a close play. It was a nightmare!!! And that’s putting it lightly!!!
(there’s always a hesitation when I go to write about the pitching for the Yanks because it’s either flawless, or anything but flawless)
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Okay, now that I got that out of my system lets move to the Yankees offense, which continued to remain on fire!!! As mentioned before, the Yanks were able to crank out 5 homeruns off the Angels today. 2 of them came from Alex Rodriguez (2 run homer and a solo shot) and 2 came from the newly acquired Eric Hinske (solo homer and a 2 run shot). Matsui followed Arod’s second blast with a homer of his own (solo shot). That was the 8th time, this season, the Yankees have hit back to back homers. But, the 5 homers weren’t enough.

NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 5 0 1 0 0 0 1 .320
Damon, LF 4 1 0 0 1 3 1 .276
Teixeira, 1B 4 0 0 0 0 2 2 .276
Rodriguez, A, 3B 3 3 2 3 1 1 0 .263
Matsui, H, DH 4 1 1 1 0 3 1 .266
Posada, C 4 0 0 0 0 2 1 .281
Cano, 2B 3 1 2 1 1 0 0 .309
Hinske, RF 4 2 2 3 0 0 2 .270
Gardner, CF 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 .283
  a-Cabrera, Me, PH-CF 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 .280
Totals 35 8 9 8 3 13 8  
a-Struck out for Gardner in the 7th.
BATTING
2B: Jeter (18, Weaver, Jr).
HR: Rodriguez, A 2 (17, 1st inning off Weaver, Jr, 1 on, 2 out; 8th inning off Bulger, 0 on, 1 out), Hinske 2 (4, 2nd inning off Weaver, Jr, 0 on, 2 out; 7th inning off Oliver, 1 on, 0 out), Matsui, H (14, 8th inning off Bulger, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Jeter 2; Rodriguez, A 8; Matsui, H 4; Cano 2; Hinske 8; Cabrera, Me.
RBI: Rodriguez, A 3 (50), Hinske 3 (15), Cano (46), Matsui, H (40).
2-out RBI: Rodriguez, A 2; Hinske; Cano.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Teixeira.
GIDP: Jeter.
Team RISP: 1-for-4.
Team LOB: 3.

FIELDING
E: Coke (1, pickoff).
DP: 2 (Jeter-Cano-Teixeira 2).

Now look, I’m going to give you my honest opinion. There is no reason why the Yankees should have to score any more than 4 or even 5 runs a game. Look at their pitching rotation and forget the numbers this season. 1) C.C. Sabathia 2) AJ Burnett 3) Andy Pettitte 4) Joba Chamberlain 5) Chien Ming Wang (but now he is hurt so we’ll see who will take his place) Now just take a look at those names and don’t focus on any numbers. Sabathia, Burnett, and Pettitte should already have 10 wins this season, Chamberlain with maybe 8 or 9 and if Wang was his healthy self, I would say 8 or 9 as well. There is no reason why they shouldn’t be leading the division. Their offense is remaining hot, so all we need are the pitchers to regain their velocity, location, and command for the second half of the season, and we’ll be leading the division in no time! Come on Yankees!!! I have faith in you!!!
As far as tomorrow’s matchup, I have to go with Sabathia (8-5) over Lackey (3-4) since Sabathia loves the hot weather and has had success with the Angels before. Lackey is 4-7 lifetime against the Yankees. Hopefully the Yankees can pick up a win before the All Star Break and carry some momentum into the second half of the season. I’ll also be covering the All Star Game and Homerun Derby so continue to read my posts throughout next week.

Yankee Game (7/8/09)

The Yankees continued to pound the ball Wednesday night, and remain undefeated against the Twins this season, capping off a 4-3 victory. A.J Burnett wasn’t his sharp self last night, throwing a couple of wild pitches (curveballs) into the dirt, but the Yankees bullpen and offense were able to hold off the Twins, winning 12 of their last 14 games.

AJ Burnett gave up 2 runs on 7 hits through 6.1 innings pitched last night. However, his command wasn’t there resulting in 4 walks issued by the right hander. He also didn’t have his curveball working with him early, as he gave up a run on a wild pitch in the bottom of the third. But later in the game, Burnett was able to re-locate his curveball to get himself out of a few jams, which could have resulted in a loss for the Yanks. But the Yankees bullpen and offense, once again, came through to help Burnett earn his 8th win of the season.
The Yankees offense continued to remain hot, scoring 4 runs on 8 hits off the Twins Anthony Swarzak, knocking him out in the fifth inning. Gardner went 1-4 with a 2 run single in the 2nd giving the Yanks a 3-0 lead over the Twins. Later in the game, Alex Rodriguez, who went 1-4, added an RBI single of his own in the fifth inning. From that point on, the Yankees were able to hold a 4-3 lead with bullpen relief from Hughes and Rivera, who earned his 22nd save of the season.

NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 5 1 2 0 0 0 1 .315
Damon, LF 5 0 0 0 0 0 2 .280
  Cabrera, Me, LF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .278
Teixeira, 1B 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 .281
Rodriguez, A, 3B 4 0 1 1 0 0 1 .246
Matsui, H, DH 4 1 1 0 0 0 3 .268
Posada, C 3 1 2 0 1 0 0 .288
Cano, 2B 3 1 1 0 0 0 3 .305
Swisher, RF 4 0 1 1 0 0 4 .243
Gardner, CF 4 0 1 2 0 0 3 .287
Totals 35 4 10 4 2 0 17  
BATTING
2B: Posada (10, Swarzak, A), Jeter (16, Swarzak, A).
TB: Jeter 3; Teixeira; Rodriguez, A; Matsui, H; Posada 3; Cano; Swisher; Gardner.
RBI: Swisher (45), Gardner 2 (17), Rodriguez, A (45).
2-out RBI: Gardner 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Jeter; Gardner; Cano 2.
GIDP: Damon.
Team RISP: 3-for-10.
Team LOB: 7.

BASERUNNING
SB: Gardner (18, 2nd base off Swarzak, A/Mauer).
CS: Gardner (3, 2nd base by Keppel/Mauer).

FIELDING
Pickoffs: Burnett, A (Span at 2nd base).

Other than that, the Yankees played an average ball game. Not too many outstanding plays defensively and as mentioned before, Burnett pitched an average game as well. The Yanks offense proved to be the deciding factor in yesterday’s game staying undefeated against the Twins this season.
Player of the Game

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Brett Gardner: 1-4 with a 2 run single


Today, the Yankees we’ll look to sweep the Twins with Alfredo Aceves (5-1) getting the start for the Yankees, taking the place of the injured Chien-Ming Wang. Francisco Liriano (4-8) will start for the Twins, looking to help the Twins salvage a win in the final game that these two teams will play this season. (Except for the possibility of the post-season) As mentioned before, the Yankees have won 12 of their last 14 games and have beat the Twins 6 out of 6 times this season, so they’ll look to officially sweep the Twins for the entire regular season. I honestly don’t have a prediction for this game because I’ve never seen Aceves start and am not sure how well he’ll do. Liriano is also having problems this year, and is sporting a 5.49 ERA coming into today’s game. So, it looks to me that today’s game will be an offensive battle for both teams.

Yankee Game (7/7/09)

In 3 1/2 hours of convincing baseball on Tuesday, CC Sabathia and the Bronx Bombers reaffirmed that the past two weeks have not been a fluke. They hit as well as they pitched, they pitched as well as they hit, and they bundled all of that into a 10-2 victory at the Metrodome. I have to say that last night was probably one of the best offensive nights for the Yanks as every starter picked up at least one hit. However, not one of the Yankees 16 hits left the Metrodome, showing how well the team was able to hit with runners in scoring position. C.C. Sabathia pitched one of the greatest, if not the best, game this year allowing just 1 run on 3 hits through 7 innings.


Otherwise, it was all about the Yankees offense Tuesday night. In the first inning, Matsui drove in the Yanks first run with an RBI single. Then in the second, Fransico Cervelli and Teixeira each drove in a run making it 3-0 Yankees. Sabathia gave up his only run in the bottom of the second. Two more runs scored for the Yanks in the fourth, but it would have been more, if it weren’t for Carlos Gomez’s spectacular catch that robbed Alex Rodriguez of a grand slam in center field. Arod probably hit the ball about 410 feet but Gomez timed it perfectly and brought it back into the ballpark, making it just a sacrifice fly. But, the grand slam wasn’t necessary because in the top of the 6th the Yanks rallied for 5 runs. Brett Gardner and Cervelli highlighted that rally, tripling and doubling in succession. And Robinson Cano singled home two runs, snapping an 0-for-22 skid with runners in scoring position. Each hitter in the Yanks starting lineup last night, had at least one hit. Also each starter, except for Jeter and Damon, drove in at least one run as well.

Overall I think the Yankees had one of their best games this year. Sabathia surrendered 1 run over seven innings and the Yanks scored 10 runs on 16 hits. Keep in mind that not one ball left the Metrodome yesterday for the Yanks, yet they were still able to score 10 runs. It just shows you how well the lineup came through with runners in scoring position. (7-17 with RISP)
The Yankees have now won 11 out of their last 13 games. Last time the Yanks played the Twins at the stadium, they swept them in four games. Maybe they can do it again, this time at the Metrodome.

NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 4 2 1 0 1 1 2 .313
  Ransom, SS 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .177
Damon, LF 3 0 1 0 1 2 1 .284
  a-Cabrera, Me, PH-LF 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .278
Teixeira, 1B 6 1 4 1 0 0 3 .281
Rodriguez, A, 3B 3 1 1 1 1 1 4 .246
  Hinske, 3B 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .261
Matsui, H, DH 3 0 1 1 2 0 2 .268
Swisher, RF 3 1 1 1 2 2 4 .243
Cano, 2B 5 2 2 2 0 0 4 .305
Gardner, CF 5 2 3 2 0 1 1 .287
Cervelli, C 4 1 2 2 0 0 1 .269
Totals 40 10 16 10 7 7 24  
a-Popped out for Damon in the 7th.
BATTING
2B: Cano (22, Baker, S), Cervelli (3, Dickey).
3B: Gardner (5, Dickey).
TB: Jeter; Damon; Teixeira 4; Rodriguez, A; Matsui, H; Swisher; Cano 3; Gardner 5; Cervelli 3.
RBI: Matsui, H (39), Cervelli 2 (9), Teixeira (62), Rodriguez, A (44), Swisher (44), Cano 2 (45), Gardner 2 (15).
2-out RBI: Matsui, H; Teixeira; Swisher; Cano 2; Gardner 2; Cervelli.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Swisher 2; Rodriguez, A; Cano 2; Jeter; Ransom.
SF: Cervelli; Rodriguez, A.
GIDP: Hinske.
Team RISP: 7-for-17.
Team LOB: 12.

The Yankees will continue to play the Twins on Wednesday with Burnett (7-4) getting the start for the Yanks and Anthony Swarzak (2-2) for the Twins. I’ll have to go with the Yanks this time because if the Yanks can keep their offense hot, then they can give AJ some support and set him up for the win. And if they can win and the Red Sox can drop one, then we’ll have a tie for 1st in the AL East.
Players of the Game

Yankee  Starting Lineup (7/7/09) and C.C. Sabathia

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Yankee Game (7/2/09)

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The New York Yankees were in route for their 8th straight win, but came up short as the Seattle Mariners defeated the Yankees 8-4. 

Sabathia took the mound for the Yankees with a 7-4 record. Sabathia gave up 6 earned runs over 5.2 IP with 8 strikeouts and scattering 10 hits. Sabathia took the loss, earning his fifth loss of the season. It was a start to forget for the 290 pound left hander.
Hideki Matsui led the Yankees offense, going 2 for 3 including a two run homer and a double while knocking in 3.
Robinson Cano also had an offensive day at the plate going 3 for 3, boosting his AVG to .307, and scoring 2 of the Yankees 4 runs.
As far as the Yankees defense, Mark Teixeira committed his first error of the season by throwing away a ball to Aceves, who was covering 1st base, on a hard grounder which Teixeira dove to get.

Seattle AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Suzuki, I, RF 4 2 2 2 1 1 0 .370
Branyan, 1B 4 1 1 2 1 3 2 .297
Lopez, J, 2B 4 0 0 1 1 1 3 .255
Sweeney, M, DH 5 0 0 0 0 1 1 .252
Gutierrez, F, CF 5 2 3 1 0 0 0 .285
Johjima, C 3 2 2 0 0 0 1 .262
Langerhans, LF 4 0 2 0 0 0 2 .500
Woodward, 3B 3 1 2 2 0 1 1 .381
Cedeno, SS 4 0 0 0 0 2 4 .131
Totals 36 8 12 8 3 9 14  
BATTING
2B: Suzuki, I 2 (16, Sabathia, Sabathia), Langerhans (1, Sabathia).
HR: Gutierrez, F (8, 2nd inning off Sabathia, 0 on, 0 out), Branyan (20, 9th inning off Aceves, A, 1 on, 0 out).
TB: Suzuki, I 4; Branyan 4; Gutierrez, F 6; Johjima 2; Langerhans 3; Woodward 2.
RBI: Lopez, J (47), Gutierrez, F (29), Woodward 2 (2), Suzuki, I 2 (20), Branyan 2 (42).
2-out RBI: Suzuki, I 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Branyan; Lopez, J 2.
SF: Woodward.
Team RISP: 2-for-10.
Team LOB: 6.

BASERUNNING
SB: Suzuki, I (17, 3rd base off Sabathia/Cervelli).
CS: Johjima (1, 2nd base by Aceves, A/Cervelli), Langerhans (1, 2nd base by Sabathia/Cervelli).

FIELDING
E: Suzuki, I (3, fielding).

 
NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 4 0 1 0 0 1 1 .307
Damon, LF 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 .288
Teixeira, 1B 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .274
Rodriguez, A, 3B 3 1 0 0 1 1 0 .235
Cano, 2B 3 2 3 0 1 0 0 .307
Swisher, RF 3 0 1 1 0 1 2 .240
Matsui, H, DH 3 1 2 3 0 0 2 .254
Cabrera, Me, CF 4 0 0 0 0 1 4 .282
Cervelli, C 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 .257
  a-Posada, PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 .267
Totals 32 4 7 4 2 5 14  
a-Struck out for Cervelli in the 9th.
BATTING
2B: Cano (19, Vargas, J), Matsui, H (14, Lowe, M).
HR: Matsui, H (11, 4th inning off Vargas, J, 1 on, 2 out).
TB: Jeter; Cano 4; Swisher; Matsui, H 6.
RBI: Swisher (40), Matsui, H 3 (31).
2-out RBI: Matsui, H 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Jeter; Posada.
SF: Swisher; Matsui, H.
Team RISP: 0-for-6.
Team LOB: 5.

BASERUNNING
CS: Jeter (2, 2nd base by Vargas, J/Johjima).

FIELDING
E: Teixeira (1, throw).
Outfield assists: Damon (Woodward at 2nd base).

The Yankees will look to spark another winning streak, as they take on the Blue Jays today at 1:05 with A.J Burnett (6-4) getting the nod.