Yankees Vs. Blue Jays: New York Drops Finale, 8-5

The New York Yankees failed to earn a series victory Wednesday, as they lost their rubber match to the Toronto Blue Jays, 8-5.

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Yankees Vs. Blue Jays Final Score: New York Drops Series Finale, 8-5

Yunel Escobar went 4-for-5 with a two-run home run in the top of the sixth inning Wednesday, helping the Toronto Blue Jays defeat the New York Yankees, 6-5, in the rubber match of the three-game series at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees (75-54) have now lost six of their last nine games and own just a three-and-a-half-game lead in the AL East standings.

Escobar's blast came off of losing pitcher CC Sabathia (13-4), and turned a one-run New York lead into a one-run deficit, bringing the score to 5-4. The Blue Jays tacked on a run in the top of the eighth, and later put the game away with a two-run ninth.

Sabathia pitched seven innings and allowed five runs on nine hits while striking out eight batters, but was out-dueled by winning pitcher J.A. Happ (10-10). The lefty tossed five innings, allowed five runs on four hits and struck out six.

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Yankees Vs. Blue Jays: Hughes Strong As Yankees Top Blue Jays, 2-1

One night after dropping a tough 11-inning contest to the Toronto Blue Jays, the New York Yankees bounced back with a 2-1 victory over the Jays at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday night.

Phil Hughes went seven innings for the Yankees, giving up one earned run on four hits, providing a break for a bullpen that pitched 4.2 innings in Monday night's loss.

Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher got the scoring started for the Yankees, ripping a single to score Jayson Nix in the third inning. Curtis Granderson added the Yankees' only other run, scoring new addition Steve Pearce from third base on a sacrifice fly in the fourth. Pearce batted clean-up for the Yankees in a lineup that lacked first baseman Mark Teixeira.

Yankees relievers David Robertson and Rafael Soriano combined to close out the Blue Jays, as each pitched perfect frames to end the game. Robertson needed just five pitches — all strikes — to retire the side in the eighth. Soriano bounced back from a blown save the previous night.

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Yankees Vs. Blue Jays Preview: Game Time, TV Schedule, Probable Pitchers And More

A night after playing an extra-inning affair, the New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays will resume their three-game series at Yankee Stadium Tuesday (7:05 p.m. ET on YES Network). The Yankees will try to rebound from Monday's 8-7 loss in 11 innings, by sending Phil Hughes (12-11) to the mound against Toronto lefty Ricky Romero (8-11).

Hughes will be looking to build off a seven-inning, two-run, five-hit outing last Wednesday, while Romero is trying to rebounding from a eight-walk performance in his last start against the Detroit Tigers.

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The Yankees will be without first baseman Mark Teixeira, who Monday announced he could miss one to two weeks, maybe more, because of a Grade 1 strain in his left calf. The Yankees are expected to use a platoon of players, including newly-acquired first baseman Steve Pearce to fill the void.



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Mark Teixeira Injury: Calf Injury Sidelines Yankees First Baseman

New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira estimated Monday he could be out 1-2 weeks, possibly more, with a Grade 1 strain of his left calf. The news came a week after Teixeira returned to the Yankees' lineup after missing three games because of a sore left wrist.

Fortunately, Teixeira's injury came shortly before the Yankees acquired first baseman Steve Pearce from the Houston Astros for cash considerations. New York is expected to replace Teixeira by platooning Pearce, outfielder Nick Swisher, third basemen Eric Chavez and Casey McGehee. Swisher, who has been swinging the bat well lately, will get more of the starts.

"He's been such a backbone to our lineup," Swisher said. "I didn't hear anything on how long he's going to be out for, but for a guy like that to be out of our lineup, man that's a big deal."

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